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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jelly bean layer cake

Jelly Bean Layer Cake

Jelly beans are at the front of my mind this time of year. They are little, sweet, and can really pack a punch when showcased in a substantial way. Covering a cake with them brings a huge burst of color onto the table.

In a simple repeating rainbow pattern, the jelly beans will make a cheery showing for any spring gathering. Covering a cake in candy is so basic, anyone can do it! No master chef skills required… so bake one up and serve a sweetly bright cake that your guests will adore this spring.

Jelly Bean Layer Cake

Jelly Bean Layer Cake

Jelly Bean Layer Cake

Jelly Bean Layer Cake

To make the 6-layer jelly bean cake you will need; your favorite cake mix doubled, or two boxes of cake mix (any flavor), and 1-1/2 to 2 lbs of assorted jelly beans.

For the whipped cream frosting make sure to have on hand; 2 cups heavy cream (chilled), 1/2 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

Make the cake following the recipe instructions. Divide batter evenly into 4 pans (we used a 6×3 round cake pans) and bake 40-45 minutes; check for doneness with a toothpick.   

Posted March 18, 2014 10 Comments
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birthday balloon bombing

Birthday Balloon Bombing! Fill their ground with balloons to celebrate a birthday.

My good friend Carly has the sweetest tradition with her daughter. Each year she sneaks in on her birthday, before anyone is awake, and fills her floor with balloons! Such a fun and festive way to start a birthday off right. I definitely recommend buying a couple packs of balloons (in their favorite colors), sneaking in, and recreating this sweet moment whenever you can.

Posted March 17, 2014 3 Comments
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rainbow paper garland

Rainbow Paper Garland

With Saint Patrick’s Day coming, and a spring sky filled with clouds today – the hope of a rainbow is seemingly everywhere. This easy to craft rainbow garland is a great solution for last minute St. Patrick’s Day decor. Plus, it’s one of those party pieces that works to brighten up moods on any old day.

If you happen to be planning a rainbow party (and why wouldn’t you be?) it’s a fun jumping off piece. Pair it with rainbow waffles, rainbow candles and any one of these rainbow crafts to host a gathering that will part the clouds and melt the snow (*claim not scientifically proven).

Rainbow Paper Garland

Rainbow Paper Garland

Rainbow Paper Garland

To make the rainbow paper garland; cut 2 inch lengths of bright colorful paper. Our circles are 12 inches by 2 inches (made using 12×12 scrapbook paper). The garland can be made smaller or larger depending on your paper size.

 

Posted March 13, 2014 1 Comment
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25 genius ideas for spring

25 Genius Ideas for Spring

This weekend we turned up the time… Hooray! Colors are beginning to pop up everywhere, and I’m so excited to put away my winter coat and get picnicking. It is truly the most beautiful season of the year. Cure your spring fever with these 25 genius ideas to get in the mood for the season.

25 Genius Ideas for Spring - Cheesecake Tarts by Baking a Moment

Chocolate Cheesecake tartlets

25 Genius Ideas for Spring - Heart Pants by Nylon

Cut Out Jeans

25 Genius Ideas for Spring - Ombre Placemats by Design Love Fest

Dyed Ombre Place mats

25 Genius Ideas for Spring - Oversize Flowers by The House that Lars Built

Oversized Paper Poppies

25 Genius Ideas for Spring - Forest Pillow by Ruffles and Stuff

Felt Forest Pillow

25 Genius Ideas for Spring - Painted Rocks by Gennine

Painted River Rocks

25 Genius Ideas for Spring - Lemon Cookies by Cooking Classy

Lemon Sugar Cookies  

Posted March 12, 2014 7 Comments
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faux floral lights

Faux Floral Lights

It’s that time of year when I desperately want bright flowers lining my walls and this strand of faux floral lights is such a pretty way to make that happen. I am obsessed with it! A fun and bright burst of spring – the lights are amazing for showers and parties this season. The strand is currently brightening up my office and I don’t think I will ever take it down:) Hang over a table, or string along a wall for an instant burst of spring.

faux floral lights

Faux Floral Lights

Faux Floral Lights

Faux Floral Lights

Faux Floral Lights

To make the faux floral light strand use a handful of bright artificial flowers (the dollar store is great for this!), and an old strand of Christmas lights. If the lights will be staying up for more than one day I would recommend using LED lights for safety.  

Posted March 11, 2014 3 Comments
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