Metallic Streamer Dessert Toppers

There are still many festive holiday projects coming up, but today it is pouring out and I am home sick with my daughter. It’s a day in need of sparkle, so I thought I would give a quick nod to New Years with these simple metallic sparkler dessert toppers. Make the toppers using one of my new favorite products, glitzy metallic streamers.

The basic idea is to fringe the streamers and wrap around a kitchen skewer, see the complete tutorial I designed right here. Mixing metallic hues on the toppers will give your holiday desserts a sparkly dose of depth and style.

Photography done in collaboration with Pictilio.

Posted December 05, 2012 5 Comments
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lemon drops falling

Recently we spent a few hours in the park celebrating the coming of summer. Jackie took a multitude of lemon drop photos. It was originally planned for a video, but upon seeing the final work I just fell in love with the instantaneous shots.

There is an active discussion these days about film vs. video for weddings and events. While it is true they both give unique and important angles to remembering an event, I am partial to photography. I love how a photo captures such enormous depth in its perfectly still form.

Tim Walker in a recent interview said, “Stills are powerful because they freeze the moment…” When I remember celebrations it’s often the quiet, frozen moments which seem most powerful.

Photography by Jackie Wonders.


Posted June 13, 2011 5 Comments
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Alligator & Daisies – inspiration board

*Reminder- This is the last week to enter the 30×30 contest to win a $50 spa gift card. It has been wonderfully fun to read through your party theme ideas, some of them are downright brilliant!

Today’s reader question is from Kim, who recently asked for ideas to begin the planning of her twin daughters 2nd year birthday. She has been inspired by this adorable kids line at Gymboree and is excited about making the alligator theme work for a girlie party. Adding daisies + a bit of pink + good dose of moss & a few white ruffles will make her celebration gator friendly & also wonderfully girlie!

A little gator & daisy inspiration-

Ruffled shower curtain.
Closet daisies.
Alligator cross-stitch.
Easy paper daisies.
Reindeer moss frame.
Smiling fabric gators.
& The girliest gator purse around.

A great party idea that is sure to translate into a beautiful afternoon.


PS. Thanks so much for all your questions, you all seem to come up with the best things to talk about! Thanks also for your wonderful patience as I answer in due time. If you have a party planning question, contact me here to have it answered.

Posted April 07, 2010 2 Comments
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* Please click on the image above to read the entire D.I.Y. football banner post-thanks.


PS. This is how you will know when there is a new DIY/event post listed from now on. Simply click the picture if you want to see the full post. This one includes a laughable free download for your football viewing pleasure- enjoy.

Posted January 08, 2010 Comments Off
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Footballing bunting

This footballing bunting project was inspired by a funny article Bill Simmons wrote, by this clip from Scrubs where J.D. embarrasses the guys by watching footi-ball like a girl, and by the fact that I now live in an NFL team city so it was due time I got into the footballing spirit.

Go Bronco’s…. oh wait… nope… oops… I meant… Go Chargers;)

An ironic take on a football pendant banner.

The download includes 10 funny and completely stereotypical girl sport phrases. It can be printed out directly from your computer onto your teams chosen colors and hung up to decorate for the big game day.

Once printed you will need to think back to high school geometry and cut each page into an upside down triangle (Isosceles to be specific). Then hole punch the two top corners and thread your ribbon behind to add a fun detail to your next football gathering.

I will be hanging mine above the veggie tray to give the ladies a little laugh during the play-offs.

Here is the link-

* As always please do not reproduce this download for anything other than personal use. Just a fun project from me to you- thanks.


PS. This is meant to be a lighthearted fun project so if you are a girl who actually does love football please don’t be offended. I am not anti-you liking sports, I am just trying to make it laughable for those of us who prefer the commercials to the game.

Posted January 08, 2010 7 Comments
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marbled paper garland

Marbled Paper Garland

Everywhere I look I see marbling! Countertops, prints, scarves, leather pouches, bags, and pillowcases have all joined the trend. If I could marble my entire house from floor to ceiling, I might just do it! However, I don’t have the budget (or a willing husband) that would allow those changes. So, a pretty garland will satisfy my obsession. This garland reminds me of spring, and the beloved marbled Easter eggs of my childhood.

Marbled Paper Garland

Marbled Paper Garland

Marbled Paper Garland

This marbled paper garland has a gorgeous abstract look. The strands spin in a way that looks like a sculptural mobile. It would go great with other artistic details, like watercolor and calligraphy, for a birthday party or bridal shower.

Marbled Paper Garland

Marbled Paper Garland

To make the marbled garland, fill a container with room temperature water. Pour nail polish in water. Layer different colors on top of each other. Use a toothpick or skewer to swirl and make designs with the nail polish. The key to working with the nail polish is to work very quickly as most nail polishes dry fast once they hit the water.  

Posted March 19, 2014 7 Comments
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