festive screensavers & media sabbaths

Smelling the roses screen saver

Taking time offline each week to rest and revive my mind from constant media is a practice that’s really important for me. It reminds me of what I value most and allows my brain to reset, keeping me fresh for the new week ahead. Taking regular times where you turn off the screens is my biggest piece of advice for bloggers, moms, and really anyone who spends a significant amount of time online. Have you ever taken a rest from media? It’s so refreshing!

To help the cause we created three really fun screensavers. Each design has a horizontal version for your computer and a vertical version for your phone. Whenever I try to take time off I find myself often reaching for my phone, or opening my computer (it’s so addicting!). Having a bright and festive screensaver up reminding me what I WANT to be doing is such a huge help.  

Posted February 14, 2014 3 Comments
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10 ways to spell love

Love… love… love! Roses and candy are one way to share your feelings, but why not get a little creative this year? Use these ten love-ly inspirations to spell your favorite word – even at the last minute. Chances are, you have the materials for at least one of these DIYs lying around your home, now get started already!

10 Ways Spell Love

1. flower petals - penelope & pip | 2. conversation hearts - a subtle revelry | 3. felt note - say yes | 4. giant gold sequins - pop cosmo | 5. ombre sparkles - lia griffith | 6. painted clay - ehow crafts | 7. chalkboard vases - a subtle revelry | 8. glitter banner - lovely indeed | 9. washi tape - traveling mama | 10. string art - que linda

PS. How to say love in another language.

Graphic done in collaboration with Lindsey Campbell.

Posted February 13, 2014 1 Comment
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floral cup wraps

Printable Floral Cup Holders

It’s that time of year when everything is romantically sweet (Valentine’s Day is 48 hours days away!) and I find myself twiddling my thumbs in anticipation of spring. You can give me smooches and candy hearts, but nothing is more romantic than fresh flowers blooming and a warm sun above. I am ready for spring!

To channel these spring notions we made pretty cups covered in florals. They’re great for brightening up the office with something besides roses on Friday, and perfect for parties and coffee dates this spring. We are so close!!!

Printable Floral Cup Holders

Printable Floral Cup Holders

The cup wraps disguise insulated cups with pretty white florals and pastel ombre that make for a romantically festive drink. They work great for keeping drinks extra toasty on a chilly day. The design is sized for standard 12 oz. insulated party cups that are available in most stores. Easy, peasy, spring in a cup!  

Posted February 12, 2014 12 Comments
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#wagonspotting with volvo

#wagonspotting

For the better part of the last 5 years I’ve driven a wagon, and I will always drive one. Driving a wagon matches my lifestyle perfectly. I am so excited to be partnering with Volvo to introduce you to their new Sportswagon as a part of their #wagonspotting campaign.

When the twins were babies, we went in search of a new car that would be big enough to fit my double stroller, but not too massive for me to easily reach the babies, pull out their car seats, and stash away any other items I may find on my way. We settled on a Sportswagon because it had all the features I was looking for, the price point was great, and I wasn’t going to have to guzzle gas driving my babies around town. Little did I know the car would become my dream car.

And although I may have been a couple years before my time, now… The wagon is back. Don’t you love it when something you love comes back as cool again! Although our roads are still filled with lots of SUV’s, I’ve been rocking our Sportswagon with twins, stroller, craft supplies, and groceries – all more comfortably packed inside. My car handles even my biggest loads with ease and maneuvers the streets way better than a truck would.  

Posted February 11, 2014 1 Comment
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sugar glitter layer cake

Sugar Glitter Cake

I’ve always loved the look of glitter on a cake, but purchasing edible glitter always seems a bit above my crafting pay grade. As a result, I started dreaming about making my own. It’s really simple to make, and the glitter can be tinted to any color imaginable. I am so in love with this cake! The gorgeous texture and pretty details make it great treat for showers, birthdays, and parties this coming spring. Shimmer, shine, eat… repeat!

Sugar Glitter Cake

DIY Sugar Glitter

To make the sugar glitter layer cake you will need – your favorite cake mix in any flavor (here’s my favorite), 1 can of frosting, white sparkling sugar (8 oz), and Pearl Dust in the colors you want (they come in 0.05oz vials).   

Posted February 10, 2014 4 Comments
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12 bouquets that will not wilt

A colorful bouquet is the perfect icing to make any room party ready. While I’m stocking up on fresh flowers to make our snowy weekend feel special, it can be sad to say goodbye when their time is up. I prefer flowers that stay fresh forever! Loving the idea of blooms made to last – especially when I don’t need to change their water. Here are 12 bouquets that will keep bright and festive all winter long.

12 Bouquets that Will Not Wilt

1. pom poms - camille styles | 2. pajaki chandelier - a beautiful mess | 3. silk flowers – wedding chicks | 4. paper lilies – the elli blog | 5. plaster flowers - a subtle revelry | 6. crepe paper - the bride’s cafe | 7. painted newspaper – instructables | 8. party poppers - a subtle revelry | 9. fabric roses - scout mob | 10. butcher paper - her library adventures | 11. tissue paper garland - a subtle revelry | 12. crepe and watercolor – craftberry bush

Graphic by Lindsey Campbell for A Subtle Revelry.

Posted February 07, 2014 6 Comments
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