Just a reminder…

…that RICE DESIGNS has a new home! For those of you that subscribed and got email notifications of new posts, that subscription (sadly) doesn’t apply anymore. (In fact, you can’t even visit the old blog, because all traffic is forwarded to the new one!) So make sure you check out ricedesignblog.com. I will soon have an email subscription set up on the new site! Thanks for reading! And don’t forget to say hi on the new blog!


You should head over to ricedesignblog.com! There’s still some tweaking to be done, but the new site is up! I’ll be back soon for some details about the move, but for now I just have to step away from the computer screen and enjoy the beautiful weather (and perhaps tackle the mountain of laundry)! Have a great day!

diy {business cards}

I’ve been needing to make more business cards, but wanted to do something different than I had before. I envisioned using tags (the ones that look like manila file folders and have the reinforced hole at the top) and having simple, black type. I played around on the computer, trying to design something using Word (publishing layout) but never got anything I loved. I thought about printing on labels, and then sticking the labels to the tags. But that idea never really got me excited. What I really wanted was a stamp. I love stamps. I thought having a stamp would be multi-functional. I could use it for business cards and tags and different branding. It’d be perfect. I browsed Etsy, looking at custom stamps, but they were a little out of my price range. And the idea of committing to one stamp was just too much for me. What if I wanted to change it? Or what about when my domain name changes (I’m in the process of getting a new website!)… a stamp seemed so… permanent. How’s that for over-thinking?

So I did a good, old fashioned Google image search (for custom stamp business card), hoping for another option, and sure enough, a Design Sponge post came up near the top. I had my answer.

Tristan came home for lunch, and instead of being a good wife and sharing lunch together, I dashed to Staples to pick up my supply. Yes. Supply. Singular. Just one thing. And it’s quite possibly my most favorite crafting supply of the moment.

It’s a custom stamp kit.



The one online was still a little more money than I wanted to spend (my Craig’s List sales money is only so big) but I figured I’d go and see what I found. I was thrilled when it was nearly $10 cheaper in the store than online!

You use those tweezers to pick out each letter and put it on the stamp thing. The letters are pretty small (there are two sizes- small and smaller). It takes some time to put on the letters on and get them lined up, but it wasn’t nearly as tedious as I thought.



I wrote out what I wanted to stamp. There are multiples of each letter, but I made sure I’d have enough to spell out what I wanted. I alternated sizes (bigger size on the first line, smaller next, bigger, smaller). You’re basically just spelling the words backwards.



These are the larger letters. Or, as I said, small and smaller.



You push them right onto the stamp thing. I centered mine. Or kind of centered it. The letters can kind of move once they’re on, so you can slide them around to get them lined up.

It comes with a stamp pad (in black) that worked really well. I did a couple test stamps on scrap paper and then went to town stamping my tags.



Speaking of tags. You can find them at craft stores, but they’re cheaper at office supply stores. I think these were $5 for 100. Which is like 20 cents a business card. Totally doable.





They’re called shipping tags and they’re great. A craft supply must have, if you ask me.



They turned out even better than I imagined. I love them! The best way to get a clean, crisp stamp is to carefully put the stamp onto the paper (don’t let it shift around) and then give the top a nice little tap with your hand. Like a hammer.



Aren’t they great?! I really love them. And the stamp in multi-functional! I’ll use it for tags and other crafts. The set also came with another stamp thing, so I can make another one! The ideas are just swirling around my head.



I’m going to make a branch tree of sorts, to hang the tags from. For now they’re hanging from a jewelry hook hanger tree thing I got at thrift store and (shockingly) spray painted gold!

I’m so happy with my business cards. They’re easy to make and the stamp in multi-functional. And if I need to change it, I can! I have a feeling I’m going to be stamping a lot of things around here!

round up {kitchen organization}

If you like RICE on Facebook (which you definitely should!), you might have seen this picture already…



There’s a little kitchen organization project in the works over here! It’s not quite finished yet, so I thought I’d do a little round up of kitchen organization to get you inspired…



A Beautiful Mess

I love pegboard pot racks in the kitchen. I really love black pegboard pot racks. And I love reclaimed wood projects. So I think this photo is just pretty great all around. I made my own pegboard and wrote about it here. The area looks a lot different now, though!



A cork covered fridge. Brilliant! You could make an ugly fridge pretty and functional with some cork tiles. You can also get rolls of cork, similar to drawer liners, but it isn’t very thick. I love this idea.


The Inspired Room

I love the use of shelves in this photo. Using jars is a great and attractive way to store dried food!



If this isn’t a beautifully organized pantry, I don’t know what is! Not only is the shelving amazing, but the baskets and glass jars look lovely.



Taking the doors off your cabinets is an easy way to get the open shelving look. It’s great if you’re a renter (you can put the doors back on) and you can also test out the open shelf idea to see if you like it. I like the way the space above the cabinets is used with those big baskets. Functional and pretty. I also love the black window frame, the step stool (which I think is Ikea) and the white tile floor.



How creative to use an old door to organize your kitchen. Perfect for renters! Paint it to match your kitchen and attach some hooks and art. So inventive. Don’t forget to attach it to the wall, especially if you have kids running around!


You should head over here to get these printable chalkboard labels for your kitchen, spice jars and pantry. They’re amazing! Emily McDowell is so talented and so kind to make and share them. There are tons of labels like the ones above that you can print to use in your kitchen!

How do you have your kitchen organized? Have any tips or tricks to share? Check back soon to see our little kitchen organization project!

round up {outside}

I’m hopeful that the cold weather is behind us and warm days are in our future! I’m so ready to open the windows and dig in the dirt! I’m going to try my hand at a vegetable garden again. I did one last year. And then I weeded it twice and the morning glories took over and it became a jungle. A big, abandoned jungle. Since I’m hopeful that warm weather is just around the corner, I thought I’d share some outside inspiration pictures!




Is that a charming front porch, or what? I was trying to think of a place I could put corrugated metal like that, but I don’t know where it’d go. I love the way it looks as a backdrop for those gorgeous pots!


There’s a great tutorial to make those planters on wheels over on Gardenista! Maybe I have a thing for corrugated metal.. it’s the backdrop for these lovely plants, too!

outside chalkboard


How fun would it be to have a giant chalkboard outside? It’d be cute to have an outdoor dinner party and write the menu on it!

mason jars


How charming would it be to hang some mason jars from the trees and enjoy some candlelight in the yard?

pallet walkway


I love pallets and I really like the idea of using them to make a walkway!

rocking chair swing


I’m pretty good at finding cheap, junky chairs. I’d love to turn one into a swing!

I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so we can spend some time working outside! Do you have any projects waiting for warm weather? Are you a gardener (or are you trying to be one, like me)?

when someone gives you a brick….

… don’t get mad… get crafty?!

A couple months ago, someone gave us a brick. By way of throwing it. At our windshield. So for a couple months, we’ve had this lone brick sitting around our house. I’ve seen bricks dressed up and used in different ways, most often as book ends. But it didn’t occur to me until I saw this post on craftgawker that I should turn our gifted brick into something fun. When life hands you lemons…. you know!



the brick before

I slapped some white paint on it (acrylic craft paint- if it was warmer I would have spray painted it gold) and then sat staring at it, unsure what to do next. I started making black polka dots on it, but didn’t like it, so I wiped the black off and painted it white again. I had white cotton clothesline sitting on my desk, and it caught my eye. I decided to wrap it around the brick. I just winged it and ended up wrapping it in stripes.


Who would have thought that a brick that withstands being thrown at a windshield (and busting the windshield) would break when I start wrapping rope around it. And did you know that hot glue doesn’t really stick to bricks.. or maybe it was the paint that was on the brick. Either way, I’ll be honest and say this project, which was supposed to be simple and quick, didn’t quite go as planned! The rope holds the broken brick together, but it needs to be handled gently. I never thought I’d say to Gabe, “Be careful with the brick.. it’s fragile!” If I made another one, I’d use different paint (either spray paint or latex wall paint) because the acrylic craft paint got kind of chalky, weird feeling.


But the end result is kind of fun. And it adds a little something to the books in my crates. And the brick has a story.


Perhaps you’ve never been gifted a brick. Don’t feel left out. You can probably buy them at a place like Home Depot. You could make a ton of brick bookends for what a gifted brick ends up costing!


I guess it’s not technically a book end if it sits on top of the books!



I like the different textures of the painted brick and the rope. I hope you’ve never been gifted a brick the way we were. Have any of you gotten crafty with bricks? What did you make?