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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 […]

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stuffed animal birthday invitations

Sending birthday invitations for a kids party can feel a bit like putting on lipstick before the gym, because really the interested party won’t even notice. That is until you send these adorable stuffed animal birthday invites that will get the attention of any kid and ensure their excitement for the big party day. They […]

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Extra Large DIY Letter Board

Inside: DIY letter board I’m a big fan of letter boards and how easily they can express exactly the thing I needed to say. But the black backdrop isn’t exactly my favorite and it’s quite hard to find one that is large in size affordably. Instead, we decided to make an extra large DIY letter board. […]

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A Crafters Holiday Checklist

Every year about this time my mind starts streaming with ideas and plans. Seeing them all through, while still enjoying the season, is another feat all together. Follow this simple holiday crafters calendar to reign in the crazy this season, and craft up a beautiful celebration. Download the PDF to check and go right here.

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25 tips for taking low-light evening photos

With the sun setting earlier each night our evenings are getting longer and longer. Hooray for bonfires and cider drinking! However, capturing those awesome moments of fall can be tricky without the wonderful summer sun. It’s not impossible though, with a few simple photo tricks. Here are 25 great tips for taking photos in low-light. […]

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Birthday Beeswax Candles

When it comes to candles, there’s not much that beats the ease of making them with beeswax. It’s as simple as rolling (that’s it!) I love the look of crazy long birthday candles, and these birthday beeswax candles require almost no effort! They’re bright, festive and will make every birthday seem supremely special. Going the […]

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Wear It & Share It: Hearts

Introducing a new post series for the year… Wear it & Share it! I’ve been thinking about how to bring more revelry into the real life of living daily, running errands and blessing others. The easiest way to do this is to just share it with the people around us. Each month we will be taking a […]

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DIY A Large Balloon Easter Basket That Will Hold All Your Fav Candy

Inside: An easy DIY balloon Easter basket. Easter is quickly approaching which means the Easter bunny will be visiting soon! My favorite treat that the Easter bunny brings is the assortment of yummy MARS candy. With the Easter bunnies arrival, we must know first of all how to stuff an Easter basket and then have […]

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A Natural and Bright Holiday

I’m inspired this season by natural elements and bright colors. Before we jump into the Christmas season in full-force this week, here are some of my favorite posts that are perfect for incorporating a bright and natural style this season: hot cocoa ornaments (above). How to make natural wood garland. Apple wood cakes stands and a pretty […]

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wrap it up | with festive gift tags

Judy Kaufmann has a gorgeous site filled with illustrations that elicit celebration. Her designs are bright and whimsical, these gift tags are no exception. I am pleased she has designed this original set to share in our bright spring contrast issue. Download the page here. Use them to adorn presents and favors or print onto […]

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natural dyed face paint

Halloween is a fun holiday for our kids, but making sure it’s a nontoxic one can be difficult. I first made a version of this natural face paint when the twins were babies. Needing a green face for Frankenstein and fearing the unnatural chemicals on my baby’s skin. This project uses simple fruits, veggies + natural (non-fluoride toothpaste) to make […]

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double-sided glitter

We are planning a festive girls camping time later this week with a couple friends on our deck. I just love having a little girl to glitter up and party with (smile!). I’ve fancied up basic typed invitations with glitter for the occasion. It is crazy simple to do… place double sided tape, add a […]

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26 Sleepover Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Sleepovers are like a relaxing getaway for every kid and teen across the country. It is an opportunity to bond with old school friends or new friends from that hip-hop class your child recently joined. Having so many children under one roof can be daunting, therefore, finding the right activities to keep all the little […]

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Umbrella Cupcake Toppers For Rainy Day Fun

It’s Fall, which means rainy days are on the way and we are preparing with a fun craft idea for the kids. Making umbrella cupcake toppers and obviously baking the cupcakes will easily turn a boring rainy afternoon into a fun-filled event.

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hosting halloween (the bright way!)

Since moving into our current neighborhood Halloween has become a BIG deal. Every house joins in the celebration and the kids just eat it up. We’ve started a tradition of hosting Halloween for our friends complete with chili and cornbread (to coat the tummies before candy). Instead of spooky, I like to make the night bright and […]

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party in | San Francisco

Throwing a party in San Francisco is unlike throwing a party anywhere. There are shops upon shops to explore when planning an event in San Francisco, with flagships looming above and gorgeously styled independent boutiques lining many of the city’s streets. There is one place though, that beats them all for planning the perfect party […]

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apple pie a la bow

Wanting to serve up a summer dessert worthy of festive party style? Stick to tradition and make folded apple pies, but mix the idea up and serve them each with a bright pretty bow! The miniature fold-over pies made with the simple recipe below are a dessert that anyone can manage and when served up […]

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my Mr. Handsome

Danni is running a series entitled Mr. Handsome where she interviews the husbands of bloggers. I love that she has each guy share about both the pros and cons to having a wife who blogs. Here is Matt’s interview if you’d like to read it. PS. Photo is from our 30th birthday, read more here. […]

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Leftover pie cocktail

Left over Starburst cut-outs make great drink toppers! And speaking of leftovers do you ever wonder what to do with all that leftover pie? After the party if there are a few pieces of fruit, pumpkin, berry or key lime pie left, a simple solution is to make a leftover pie cocktail. A pie martini! Place […]

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Clutch winner + sponsor goodies

I am happy to announce the winner of our clutch giveaway is Jessica, congrats! Thanks so much to everyone who entered. We have had a few other pretty amazing advertisers join us lately with great celebration stashes for you to grab up.  I would just love it if you would pop over to the sidebar […]

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Finding your native tongue

There’s been a lot of discussion in media lately about the sustainability of blogging as a profession. I will be the first to admit that DIY blogging takes an enormous amount of time, effort, and passion to get right. I have found an enormous help – finding and resting in my own blogging voice. There […]

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Death Cab invitation

Happy Friday. I am fabulously enjoying myself at Alt. this week! Thanks so much for your kind words about my talk yesterday and I have LOVED meeting all of you who are here. In honor of this amazing rock star week, a Death Cab for Cutie poster is the perfect way to welcome in the […]

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reason to celebrate | Sunday brunch

I am quite excited for this weekend because my mom is coming to town! We will be spending our days brunching on the deck catching up. I am hoping it will look something like Nikaela’s photo above, just dreamy. I am excited to show her my new favorite shop and enjoy a date night out […]

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DIY PVC Pipe Photo Booth Backdrop

Inside: DIY PVC pipe photo booth backdrop perfect for a quinceanera party backdrop. This bright parasol DIY PVC backdrop is great for backyard birthdays and showers this spring. Providing a beautiful pop of color behind a focal table or a vibrant place to snap photos of your guests. The PVC pipe photo booth base can be […]

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Sneak peak | Vintage wedding

My desire to grow in patience seems to have paid off, last night I received two sets of event photos + a pile of DIY’s that will be lovely to share. For now, a sneak peak at a wedding I styled last July. The location was a perfect mix of fashionable and old vintage charm. […]

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tall kraft cone party hat

The second installment in our spring hat series is a large kraft paper hat with neon green bow. I cannot think of any happier way to celebrate a birthday headtop!

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Stamped Pie Crust

This pie idea is the simplest yet. Stamp words onto any cooled pie crust! It works for store bought or homemade pies and gives a presentation that is both creative and pretty. I’d love see it done on miniature pies with each guest’s name stamped on top. To recreate this idea; use a new or thoroughly washed stamp […]

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Star studded balloons and sangria floats

The Oscars are coming up this weekend. Do you watch? I find it’s always more fun to watch with friends. Pulling together a last minute viewing party can be easy with a couple simple details – an easy party appetizer (like soft pretzels) to nervously eat while awaiting the envelopes, sticker star balloons to liven […]

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custom soap carvings

* Welcome to the winter celebration challenge, so fresh and so clean! This DIY project belongs to Brittni’s winter craft party. Brittni designed this modern (clean) project for her guests to create together. You can use it to carve words, initials, shapes, and anything else you can dream up. The finished soap carvings can be […]

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Fishbowl Slime Party Favors That Shimmer Like The Sea

Inside: How to make fishbowl slime party favors.  This fun fishbowl slime recipe is the perfect party favor idea! It’s unique texture and fun fishy accents make for such a cute and fun DIY. We stored our slime in small individual containers to keep them fresh and fun for all of our party guests. Fishbowl […]

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Printed paper lanterns

I’ve always loved paper lanterns, they are awesome for filling any party space with festive fun. White party lanterns are great for making a room instantly feel like a breezy spring soiree. They are even better when printed and prepped with fun party statements. Sweet. YAY! Hooray. How can we go wrong with that!?! We […]

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no-sew felt favor bags

Creating favor bags out of felt is a great way to bring subtle texture to any party. The weightiness of felt makes it seem a bit more thought out than using paper alone, and since the bags can be used again and again, they become their own little favors in themselves. Stashed with candy for […]

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Cupids games

Cupid is coming and we all could use a dart of extra love in our lives. I styled a festive girls night in to celebrate and included a game bringing cupid’s love darts into any relationship. Friends, husbands, a classroom, even an office needing a bit of love would be inspired by this ball tossing, […]

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Shiplap Bathroom Shower Renovation

 shipInside: Our newly renovated shiplap bathroom shower wall. Today I’m giving a little tour of a very small guest bathroom we’ve renovated. The house has three bathrooms in it – this one was the worst and therefore the first one to tackle. It was REALLY gross! Since the bathroom is only used by guests and […]

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Sponsor | Julia’s poppies

I am thrilled to be introducing you to a new sponsor today, Julia’s Poppies– a shop brimming with gorgeous invitation and stationary options. I completely adore how Jamie describes her designs as having a vintage, feminine feel with a spunk. She has a new spring line out including the peony notes cards above that would […]

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Mini Mirror Glaze Cake With Major Disco Style

Mirror, mirror, on the… Wait, we all love fairytales, but this dreamy mirror glaze cake is so much better! We’ve all seen the impossibly gorgeous looks of the mirror cake trend and we’re bringing you a super simple way to make your own mirror glaze recipe for mini cakes that will wow your friends with […]

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Sherbert & Spice, part two

After all the spicy circles seen in part one transformed our backyard into a truly fun place to be we added a bit of old fashioned charm and of course, the ice cream. Ice Cream Birthday A bit of old fashion vintage charm peaked through many of our ice cream birthday design pieces. We washed […]

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The Perfect Party Pom Headband

Inside: Party pom headband from DIY yarn pom poms! Welcome to April! (aka party month around this site). With birthdays and spring in full force, April has quickly become my favorite month. We always turn the party meter up a notch this time of year. I am excited to be kicking off a new creative […]

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The Cutest Vintage Ribbon Party Blowers

Inside: Fun vintage inspired ribbon party blowers! I happened upon a length of gorgeous vintage ribbon last month and am thrilled to have found the perfect project for it. Ribbon adorned party noise blowers! They’ve become my new favorite detail for celebrating this spring. Use the party blowers to cheer along the birthday girl, to […]

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Colorful Ghost Cake Topper

I am still a little in awe of the fact that October is flying at us so quickly. This week, eeek! These colorful ghost toppers are a great project to create now before Halloween rush hits. A colorful bunch of ghosts is exactly how I do Halloween – fully in the ghoulish spirit of it, […]

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53 Wedding Games to Play On Your Special Day

Inside: 53 of the best wedding games. Weddings are a whole bunch of fun all on their own. Between dinner and dancing, photo booths and cake cutting, there’s a lot happening. And games only add to the experience! Whether you’re planning your own wedding or helping out a friend who’s soon-to-be-married, these wedding games are […]

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Printable silly faces template for the cutest Easter eggs!

Inside: DIY printable silly faces to make the cutest eggs with faces! Simple Easter crafts that make the kids excited are so great. These printable silly egg faces are a blast! They are hilarious and they don’t even require coloring the eggs first. Save your hands from being dyed an awful shade of blue this year. Instead […]

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tis’ the season of the feast

Now that it is officially September I figure we can celebrate fall without remorse. Hooray for pumpkin pancakes, salted caramel, falling leaves, giant feasts and everything that I love about this season. Here are a few popular fall posts from the past that you may have missed to kick things off. A printable Halloween mask […]

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minted challenge

I was thrilled to be asked to participate in the most recent Minted blogger challenge. I designed three different wedding programs and was pleased to find out I am one of the winners! Thanks to Minted for putting on such a fun design challenge.

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zip tied flowers

The Random series, a fun and whimsical take on household items. Each month I will take a random seasonal object and show you its amazing, hidden, celebration potential. Completely random… fabulously fun! Encouraging us to be more creative as we live and celebrate in the everyday. January | Zip Ties Wrapped into themselves as confetti. […]

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50 festive holiday activites

It’s official, we are pulling out the holiday hoopla. Ready… go! Although, I will wait a couple more weeks before getting into trees, ornaments, and launching our jam packed holiday magazine issue. This week, I’d love to share a couple advent ideas. Advent starts on December 2nd, which seems so soon. Since many advent calendars are […]

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A mad tea

The last week in May a sweet girl turned 13 and wanted a mad tea. A very mad tea. So she came as Alice- white gloves and all… We had a mad tea when the clock struck noon- Red Queen’s orders. The Mad-hatter himself even showed up to celebrate. A mad tea We beckoned guests […]

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Best Home Vacuum Sealer of 2020: Complete Reviews with Comparisons

For decades, vacuum sealers have been used in restaurants and hotels, where chefs have perfected the art of sous-vide cooking. Today, home cooks can also take utilize advanced food preparation and preservation techniques themselves, with home vacuum sealers that are increasingly more versatile, sophisticated, and easy to use. Home vacuum sealers are a highly effective […]

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How to Make A Pizookie That Looks This Good

Channeling my inner Mrs. Fields, and whipping up this tasty Thanksgiving pie alternative. A GIANT, chocolate chip pizookie (pizza + cookie = pizookie). We learned all the tips and tricks for how to make a pizookie that tastes like the best version of your childhood dreams. Such a fun and unexpected pie alternative for a […]

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my real life pinterest board

I have a confession to make. I’ve been a pinner all my life. Have you? Since a very young age I would find things I loved – photos that inspired me – and tear them out to keep. In college I had an actual pinboard I would use and as my inspiration stack grew – […]

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Our Vinyl Plank Flooring

After falling in love with our wide plank wood floors upstairs we originally planned to put in the same flooring on the bottom level of our house, but with a concrete foundation putting in wood meant building out a sub-floor. We quickly realized our budget and schedule needed a different solution. I couldn’t find a laminate […]

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Galaxy Inspired Chocolate Waffle Cones

With nights getting warmer, ice cream and stars are obviously on my mind and what better way to combine that love than with galaxy inspired chocolate waffle cones! Galaxy inspired chocolate waffle cones are easily one of my favorite sweet treats, both the chocolate flavor and the waffle texture combine for a treat that is […]

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Accessories For Home

The kitchen is finally done and it feels so good to say that! I can’t wait to share the entire space soon, but first the importance of the small details like hardware. The hardware chosen in a kitchen can create an entire look on it’s own. It’s like how we can dress up a t-shirt […]

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The Cutest DIY Envelope Liners

Inside: DIY envelope liners It’s the time of year I always start thinking about everyone I’d like to say thank you too. Our awesome teachers, mom, dad, the friend who carpools with me on Wednesdays. Something about the spring garners in me a crazy desire to thank everyone who has been a part of our […]

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Pink Christmas Mantel & DIY Balloon Hanging

We’ve been using our pink fireplace as a jumping off place for holiday decorating this year. I think the pink Halloween mantel has been my favorite so far, until this! Christmas is coming in all it’s pink sparkly shimmer. We created a festive tied balloon ceiling hanging that is very fun and it brings a […]

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Summer Blogging Update

We are headed back from summer vacation this coming week and I have so many thoughts whirling around. We took life (and blogging!) a little slow last month which we haven’t done in nearly 7 years! I missed this space like crazy. We are finishing out our vacation this coming week and I am already […]

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Fried Cheesecake Birthday Bites

Don’t these cheesecake bites look amazing? They are such an easy and fun stand in for a birthday cake. A plate filled with candle topped ones makes a gorgeous display. And you can eat them without forks and plates (Hello end of summer picnic party!). To make the cheesecake bites you will need cheesecake (store-bought […]

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Tips For Giving Bright Flowers

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommas! If you are a mom, may you be loved and may your bright flowers be gorgeously collected this weekend. After years of longing, Mother’s Day is always such a special day for me and we are celebrating this year with the best gift ever… bright flowers! Gifting and […]

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The Easiest Unicorn Toast Recipe

Inside: The easiest unicorn toast recipe! Making food that is filled with revelry is my favorite kind of treat! It doesn’t have to be cake to be awesome! This unicorn toast takes the prize as the most magical, easy and fun way to gussy up an otherwise normal piece of bread. Whether I am are serving after-school snacks or […]

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Unicorn Christmas Tree

Making a themed Christmas tree is just one of those things that I never gave much thought to before – Until my team suggested making a unicorn Christmas tree. A UNICORN CHRISTMAS TREE. The word unicorn is basically the only word that I need to hear before jumping on board with any idea (exhibit one, […]

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Lunch Ideas For Kids With Stickers

This post has been sponsored by Mott’s®, NABISCO, and ZIPLOC® brand. All thoughts are mine. Starting the new school year can be tough, but easy lunch ideas for kids makes it just a little bit easier on everyone! From backpacks to revamping our sleep schedules to the dreaded daily lunch making – I wish it […]

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merrymaking 2.3.2012

After plastering the flowers for Valentine’s Day, I became a bit obsessed with the medium and started grabbing random objects from around my home to dip. This simple fruit basket was one of my favorites! I also plastered a couple bows, a cutting board and a paper star but stopped myself before grabbing the television. […]

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DIY Home Photography Studio – 3 Ways

Inside: We created the perfect DIY home photography studio and how to set up a photo studio at home cheap! I know I have been promising blog updates. I have so much to share with you soon! First today, I want to share a little behind the scenes of how we get a studio look […]

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5 Things I Learned (About Blogging) This Year & A Few Questions For You

This post has become kind of an annual tradition for us since we started it in 2015. Marking the changes in our business, this site and the general digital world year by year (2016, 2017). Last year was filled with SO MUCH GROWTH for our business and myself personally. I’m thrilled to share with you […]

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Paint can deck candles

The early summer evenings in the mountains are incredibly cool and beautiful – I can’t help but be outside every chance I get. To create a pretty glow outside I reach for candles this time of year, but burning tapers every night can get costly. Instead, we filled old paint cans with wax and a wick – […]

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crepe paper flower bouquet

A shipment of extra large crepe paper arrived at my door last week. I noticed these paper flowers for sale around town and knew they’d be a cinch to make myself. One simple accordion fold, a very tight knot and a bit of floral tape left me with this pretty floral bouquet that will not wilt […]

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Pumpkin pie pops

There are 157 different activities that I am expected to bring treats to over the coming weeks. Something about this season makes every gathering from PFA meetings to play dates desperate for something sweet to be included. No complaints here! Keep the treats fun, easy and creative with these pumpkin pie pops. Miniature pumpkin pies […]

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From Us to You

Wishing you the most wonderful Christmas week! These are our family Christmas cards that went out this year (Minted always has such stylish cards). I wish that I could send one to each of you… We talk all year about celebrating and this week it feels like a culmination of sorts. All the giving, loving and connecting really does […]

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fancy turkey stir sticks

I’ve never been a huge fan of the traditional Thanksgiving decor. Too much brown and not enough flair for my taste. Then I got to thinking – why do we always feel stuck with the same old ideas? We seem to reinterpret everything else these days, why not make turkey feathers pink, and fluffy, and […]

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My Favorite Galentines Day Ideas

Inside: Fun and flirty galentines day ideas! With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, harnessing my inner Leslie Knope and taking a turn out with the girls is always fun. Whether it’s brunch, drinks or an evening out on the town – celebrating the love of friends is always a great idea! Here are a few […]

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3 Family Movie Snacks

Having family movie time is a weekly tradition. We used to watch movies on Friday nights, but with evening sports starting up we needed to find another time. Sunday afternoons have become our spot. We treat the family to a sweet snack and sit down to watch a movie together. Since you can only watch […]

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fancy churros and 13 cinco de mayo treats

Cinco De Mayo is coming up quick! I always love a reason to brighten up my treats and drinks, and the holiday is perfect for doing that. A few years ago we hosted a churro party – it would be so fun to host another to celebrate this year. Everyone loved making their own churros […]

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Dried floral bouquet for Julep

I am really excited to share this holiday floral bouquet today (it is a perfect last minute Thanksgiving project), and I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Julep the new blog from Minted. Minted has been a long time supporter of our site and I’m happy to have joined their team as a DIY blogger. I […]

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Ginger cake frosting

Cupcakes with a ginger frosting make me weak in the knees. The flavor would be an unexpected treat for a summer party or a very sweet midweek pick me up. Find the recipe here, pretty yellow pom toppers from here and the beautiful photo plus inspiration to eat these lovelies out on the deck from […]

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Can You Vacuum Seal Bread: Food Storage 101

Vacuum sealing your bread is not as easy as other food. This is why you may wonder "Can you vacuum seal bread?" Here is the answer in detail!

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merrymaking 5.4.2012

I’ve noticed myself drawn to the mixture of stripes and florals lately, such a nice and fresh combo for spring! In fact, everything is feeling a bit fresh and ready for summer around here. Our farmer’s market opens this weekend and we will be first in line. Plus, we are taking a day trip to […]

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summer picnic in the park

Summer feels like it is flying by this year! Enjoying this glorious season of sun and rest through picnicking is a magical way to slow it down, even if only for an afternoon. This week I will be sharing photos and projects I’ve styled for summer picnic inspiration. Simple textures, little sandwiches and a bit […]

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pendant tassle lights

Welcome back from a nice long weekend. We spent some of it working on projects for home. When we moved into the new house earlier this summer function was at the top of my mind. Now that the book is done, I am having fun sprucing the place up with festive D.I.Y. details. Simple and […]

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french toast baked in oranges

Are you doing anything special to celebrate your mother, or being a mom, this weekend? I am looking forward to enjoying my family and a favorite breakfast of orange French toast, after sleeping in of course (it’s the little things these days!). Baked in oranges, this simple breakfast recipe brings a wow factor to a breakfast in bed tray that any […]

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Pretty printed ribbons, a tutorial

I designed a wedding inspiration earlier this month. I hate having to wait to share it with you! One of the projects from the shoot has become a tad of an addiction for me, so I thought I would give you a quick peek… Printing on ribbon! You can do it & it is super […]

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reason to celebrate | meat market

Matt’s birthday is coming up soon and I’m hoping to do something special for him this year (he usually has to share with me since we have the same birthday). I am thinking a manly meat theme. He really likes steak and with the local farms around it would be easy to plan a meat […]

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easy summer appetizers

The second of our summer contributors is a new friend, Gabrielle Ramsey, an event planner and passionate chef. I had the pleasure of enjoying a few of her gourmet creations this spring, everything she makes is incredibly taste worthy! For her first post she put together homemade Cilantro Hummus and Herbed Goat Cheese for an […]

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Styled. downloads

A quick thank you for being so fabulous! Download the thank you cards and make your next party guests feel quite loved. Also the rest of the Styled. downloads below…

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plastic spoon olympic wreaths

Along with the rest of the world, we are thrilled to be watching the Olympics this week. With games starting today and the opening ceremony tomorrow the kids have been dying to have a little Olympic revelry of our own. Inspired by this pretty white wreath, we decided to try our hand at crafting with […]

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reason to celebrate | Walden

A party based on the book Walden, by Henry David Thoreau is the perfect match for an evening revelry. Plus bunting that may kill! Photo and concept by Hearblack for Nathan’s birthday I assume. blessings.

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Friday dreaming… hanging crates

A goal of mine this fall is to spend more weekends dreaming! Taking time to let my mind wander, to dwell on things that are beautiful and true, giving myself space from the hustle of my organized week. I want my design work to stem from desire and dreams, not tasks and lists. It is […]

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Fall Party Decorations You’ll Want To Buy Today

Our Fall party decorations are always up because this is the season when we love to host parties. We tend to gather often this season with friends for celebrations big and small. Since these decorations are always up, we set aside some time to decorate in a way that is more natural and in tune […]

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raspberry and ice-cream oreo sandwich

While sweating in the Vegas sun last week, my mom whipped up a treat to cool us down. The coconut, berry and chocolate mixture in this raspberry ice-cream sandwich was incredibly refreshing. The recipe calls for brownies, but I immediately decided they must be done with oreos for summer ease (you don’t need to turn on an oven!). Plus, in mini […]

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Macrame Plant Hanger DIY – A Friendship Bracelet For Plants

One of my favorite projects from our recent master suite renovation was the macrame plant hanger DIY that we put in. I needed a burst of color on one wall and didn’t want to go the art route. This macrame flower pot brings the best burst of fresh fun to the space and getting to learn […]

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happy new year + thanks for everything

As we round out the year today, and I run to prepare for our East Coast Style NYE party, I wanted to pop in and give a quick update and give a HUGE THANKS to all of you who’ve been along for the ride this year. 2013 was a really exciting and fun year for […]

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies Midnighting As Easter Bunny Cookies

I so totally can’t believe it’s March, where are the days going? We’re already thinking about spring break ideas, picnics in the park with these yummy lemon poppy seed cookies and Easter that is on it’s way, almost too soon. But, I am really excited that we’re getting into spring and that means ALL the […]

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Painted party pillows

This post is sponsored by Disney Publishing. It’s about this time of year that I start craving comfort, friends, home and all things warm. Having a best friend that you can connect with and learn about the world alongside is one of the most valuable achievements in life. I’ve been reading the new Diva and […]

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Plastic bottle flower vases making

With inspiration sought after, and the invitations sent out- this week we are focusing on what will make your party extra lovely. Adding a little flair, something funky, a special unexpected twist to your party’s decor with these plastic bottle flower vases making. After falling head-over-heels in love with the plastic bottle wreath earlier this week, […]

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Winter Wonderland Cake – Perfect for a snowy party!

Inside: The cutest winter wonderland cake for any snowy celebration like a winter wonderland cake birthday!  Today is our first real winter storm. Not a pretty dusting, but an all out I’m sliding around the road kind of storm. It seems appropriate considering the day, to share with you my new favorite holiday cake. A […]

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Frozen Chocolate Banana Birthday Treats

Inside: The perfect banana birthday treats, chocolate covered frozen bananas! I’ve always loved a good frozen banana. Something about the update to a normally plain fruit makes the sweet treat feel wonderfully special and unique. Covered in chocolate and rolled in a few favorite birthday cake toppings these festive frozen bananas are worthy of any […]

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Reason to celebrate #244

A holiday table in black, white and gold perfectly set to take you all the way through Valentines day. Styled by the team at Lonny Magazine for their mini edition. PS. The table cloth is made from custom, costly fabric ($98 a yard- yikes!). It would make a fabulous project to recreate with stamps and […]

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why don’t we – carve a pineapple?

We are headed out to the pumpkin patch for round one of pumpkin picking this weekend. We do an early pumpkin carving and another one just a couple days before Halloween. This year I am incredibly intrigued by all the awesome carving I see going around on things other than pumpkins. I mean, if you think […]

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diy fabric twister game

We are working hard to enjoy the last few weeks of warm weather and bright sun – playing twister after school seems like a great way to do that. We made one of these awhile back for a birthday party game and my kids just adore using it as a daily toy – So I […]

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reason to celebrate amidst a tragedy

I, like many of you, have been burdened this week by the ongoing tragedy in Japan. It is difficult to see trials so great in our world. It has been encouraging over the past few days to hear survivor stories begin to trickle in. To hear of restaurant owners opening up shop to freely feed […]

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Graduation Sticker Balloon Decorations

Inside: Graduation balloon decoration We are in the final countdown to summer starting and like all the other school moms, I’m knee-deep in graduations, performances, and end of year activities. No complaining here though – I love reliving the awesomeness of field day. Whoever invented that idea should get everything! Instead of bringing flowers to all these […]

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tassle trim favor bags

I’ve been a bit obsessed with tassels lately. They are simple, bright, and can turn anything into a party in 2 minutes flat. These basic favor bags were in need of a splash, and now they are adorned with bright bursts of fun – perfect for a celebration of any kind. See more today at […]

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Polygon paper vases

Give a handful of flowers a bright modern touch with these super easy (and crazy cheap) polygon paper vases. Use the artistic display to center a table for a stunning and fun spring look. The vases will lend good use to that stack of mason jars sitting around from last spring! To make these polygon […]

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Handcrafted parties- A very pretty shower

The first time I laid eyes on this shower I was stunned. It is pure beauty, handcrafted for Meg Fish by her very talented group of friends. Photographed by Christy Schuler, Every detail is so very sweet. A chicken-wire birdcage that was used to cover a simple shower cake on the amazing dessert display was […]

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Printable Father’s Day Garland

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend. If you are still looking for a way to let dad know you care – make him a banner! Hang it over something he really loves, like steak or a favorite record. It’s a simple way to let him know how amazing he is. And although I am […]

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A Piñata Costume DIY for You & Your Furry Friend

Inside: The cutest Piñata costume for you and your furry friend. It’s the season of sugary treats, spooky parties, and some super cute costumes! I love a good festive party costume like these 17 DIY couples costumes or these adorable DIY costumes for kids. I REALLY love a matching costume duo. The best duo I could […]

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May Monthly Update

May was a crazy month around here. We adhere to the idea that our kids have a limited (18!) summers with us at home, so it’s a great focus to make the most of them. When you think about it, it is probably more like 15, because I can already tell they’re not planning to lay […]

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reason to celebrate | salt mounds

In one of the most genius table displays I have seen Tony Assness used mounds of table salt to anchor a twelve foot skinny taper candle display. It is gorgeous, a little spooky and totally crazy! I love design like this. See the rest of the shoot and an explanation from Tony on how he […]

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feather her nest…

Hosting a modern day feathered brunch is a fresh way to celebrate with an almost married Mrs. or an about to pop mom. Forgo the frilly feather look and take a modern spin on the idea. Incorporate bright colors, a simple design and a few quirky elements for a relaxed and pretty celebration. This shower […]

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the building of a scene

In this last post about the new Boxtrolls movie, I am excited to show a behind the scenes clip of the design and process of creating the movie. All animated movies take an incredible amount of artistic work to create, but the Boxtrolls takes it to the next level. What these artists create out of […]

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Globe balloons

There’s something about spring that always puts me in a mood for traveling. Whether you are spring break vacationing this week, or not, let’s inspire ourselves with these whimsical globe balloons! These balloons are great fun for a bon voyage party and for Earth Day festivities (coming up April 22nd!). Use the balloons to decorate a spring […]

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A Colorful Wall of DIY Painted Plates

Inside: How to hang DIY painted plates on a wall. I love the huge impact these DIY painted plates have on the space, they turned the wall behind my desk from plain jane white to bright and festive – such a great mood booster. Normally a huge work of colorful art costs a fortune, but […]

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recreate | impromptu party seats

A fun solution for your next “too many butts for available seats” party. This new furniture design entitled Hockenheimer by njustudio could be quickly recreated in your own living room. Stack magazines as high as you would like, belt them together (or use ribbon) and secure a pillow on the top. How easy and completely […]

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Sequin Glitter Pumpkins Disco Balls

Glitz, glam and ghouls, this halloween got a little more fun! Whether it’s just one or dozens, these sparkly sequin glitter pumpkins are the perfect addition to your holiday decor! All you need to make glitter pumpkins that look a whole lot like disco balls this season are a few supplies, including a faux pumpkin, […]

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the easiest party streamers

I often get in the same discussion with friends, “I’d like to plan a cute party, but who has the time!” Well, decking a room out in fun festive style doesn’t have to take forever… It doesn’t even have to take the whole afternoon! These streamers scream party fun so flipping loudly, AND you can […]

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Bringing confetti to life

I’ve always been enamored with the work of Lucas Allen, mainly due to his genius styling in Real Simple magazine. While browsing his portfolio this weekend for inspiration, I gasped when seeing this astounding space. Gorgeous, right? The idea of confetti as artwork makes me quite happy and I do not think there could be […]

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trust your gut

Most of my business decisions I make with my gut (that and my crazy 2 am crafting dreams). It is one of the pure joys of running the show around here. Something seems right and I do it – something does not and I back away. It has never failed me. We announced last spring […]

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Raffia Flower Tutorial

A quick sneak peak at what is in-store for next week… Raffia flowers. A frugal and lovely addition to a spring time party, or dinner table, or a fun bouquet for someone who has been particularly kind to you this week! These are super quick to put together and the project costs under $1 for […]

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merrymaking 5.11.2012

Mother’s Day is such a special time for me. Not only to celebrate our wonderful mothers, but also because I struggled for so long desperately wanting to be a mother myself. Something about the battle I went through and the joy of finally holding my babies makes the day so incredibly sweet to me. I […]

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Soda Cupcakes for all the Birthday Fun

Celebrating a birthday in the midst of the crazy fall season can feel overwhelming, but I am here to tell you it doesn’t have to be! Instead of stressing over a huge cake that will inevitably end up lopsided and half eaten, why not make soda cupcakes?! They’re not just any cupcakes, but cupcakes in […]

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Circus Costumes Ideas for Your Twins

We did a styled photo session with the kids earlier this year that was set up like a circus party! It was so fun and in a lot of ways describes life these days. It’s been a crazy season around here. Like a circus. Ha! Most days I function more like ringmaster making sure all […]

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A pumpkin brunch- sneak peak…

I recently styled a pumpkin brunch in a beautiful yard underneath big trees, complete with leaves gently falling down. The design is one of my favorites & you can see sneak peak photos HERE. As a festive addition to the harvest table I gutted out miniature pumpkins to stack our pancakes in. They are the […]

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back to school schultüte

A cute little gift to celebrate back-to-school. I love borrowing special traditions from different cultures, and gifting a schultüte – which is a german tradition – really does make their first week back sweeter. The present is normally a cardboard cone filled with treats for the school year – I think it looks great in […]

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Text Printed Table Runner

Here is a really easy way to make any table ready for any celebration. A printed text paper runner! Perfect for Thanksgiving when filled with phrases of thanks. To make the runner, go to your local copy store with one of the following: a printed version of what you’d like the runner to say, a […]

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Vacation Crush- weddings

While on vacation I have given myself a little smidgen of time to rest and relax. I have been reading, sleeping, cuddling my babies… and crushing over the gorgeous designs of weddings these days. So many of the designs correlate well for any upcoming party. I have dog eared 3 million fabulous photos to inspire […]

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reason to celebrate | party dress platter

I absolutely adore this party dress platter handcrafted by Rae Dunn. It would be a very special gift for a beloved party thrower. blessings.

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The Best Summer Party Ideas

Inside: Summer Party Ideas. This post is sponsored by EDWARDS® Desserts. All opinions are my own. We are in the final stretch of the school year and I have a serious case of summer-can’t-come-soon-enough, get-those-kids-out-of-school mindset. I love summer for so many reasons, but this year having the time and space to host small gatherings and […]

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The cutest magical rainbow hair ever!

Inside: The cutest rainbow unicorn hair with these amazing pastel rainbow hair colors! Let’s become a real-life unicorns with pastel rainbow hair and a unicorn inspired sand art cake. Who says birthdays aren’t magic? Would you like a slice of cake with your rainbow hair? With gold specks in the rainbow unicorn cake mimicking the […]

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Guest post- goodbye Ruffles & Stuff

This post is especially sweet to me today. One of my favorite people in this huge blog world has come to share her summer inspirations. Disney has lead the way for so many of us in crafty inspiration this year. Saturday marked her last blog post, I am very honored to be sharing one tiny […]

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How To Play Safeway Monopoly

Inside: How to play Safeway Monopoly game. This post has been sponsored by Safeway. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Making the everyday moments into fun spurts of revelry is exactly what I need when grocery shopping in the middle of winter. Safeway’s MONOPOLY Collect & Win game – collect tickets for the win […]

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Cheese spread jewlery

I shared earlier about my plan this year to take you through the corners of my home that I’ve designed to be celebratory, giving a bit of inspiration for injecting party design into the everyday interior. Here we go, month one!!! The dresser beside my bed is host to my jewelry collection- laid out as […]

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Everyone

Inside: The best valentines day gift ideas for everyone on your I love you list! Valentine’s Day is coming up so soon! Are you ready? In case you still need a little help in the gift department here’s the best valentines gift guide ideas to grab the best gifts for all your people. Scroll below […]

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Waffle Cookie Bite Sandwiches with Nutella® Hazelnut Spread

During the cozy winter months, having a sweet treat is the best way to instantly warm us all up. Taking cues from that, we will create gorgeous waffle cookie bite sandwiches with Nutella®. They are everything we love about our favorite breakfast in cookie sizes and layered with the goodness of Nutella®. It is a winter treat you won’t want to miss.

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DIY Message Board

Inside: A colorful and fun DIY message board A colorful DIY message board is a fun way to make that happen. Hung in the kitchen, dining room, or in a playroom, the colorful wall of letters will be a fun place to arrange, rearrange, and arrange letters again. I  love adding fun pops of color […]

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raw fruit layer cake

Tis’ the season for pies, cakes and sweets! Sometimes the insanity of all the goodies we eat over the next 6 weeks starts to add up. So why not serve up something healthy for a change!?! This fruit cake looks amazing and is an awesome option for a more healthy dessert. This vegan, raw, gluten […]

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favorite christmas gift – soup delivery

Last year, I found a new favorite Christmas gift to give. I cooked up a couple batches of my favorite homemade soup and collected pretty soup pots throughout the month. I filled them with soup and brought that with a crusty loaf of french bread to a few chosen friends. The gift was accompanied with […]

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The Yummiest Cotton Candy Cocktail

Inside: The yummiest Cotton Candy Cocktail Making our drinks festive is always a party goal of mine. I fully believe that a fun and colorful cocktail takes any party to a whole other level!  Stacking out a number of glasses with heaping cotton candy is a wonderfully fun way to liven up the bar top. […]

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chocolate chocolate-chip cherry brownies

Tis the weekend of sweets and candy! Our chocolate bucket is already filled with milky, gooey wrappers – and the twins still have school parties, a house party, and trick-or-treating to go. We will be stocked up, but I’m trying to not dig into their stash too much this year. I always end up disappointed […]

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Pool Float Halloween Costume

When I say Halloween. You say Easy! I am so excited about this year’s first Halloween costume because it is absolutely the easiest costume there ever was. You may know by now that I am not a fan of difficult to create, sewing involved types of costumes. October is a crazy month for all families, […]

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Geryon E2800-C Vacuum Sealer Review

We’ve reviewed the Geryon E2800-C Vacuum Sealer to give you an idea how it works and provide the information you need to make a solid purchasing decision.

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Recreate project, sheet bunting

A project from Monday’s beautiful birdie party – celebration bunting made from a sheet. Jess used a sheet she had on hand to create this gorgeous party banner… To recreate: Iron the bed sheets and cut vertically in varying widths. Fray the edges, then sew a button on the top of each section giving the […]

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Toothpick arrows

Valentine’s Day is a holiday I love to celebrate without going totally overboard – we are not doing Christmas 2.0 around here. So an easy element like small toothpicks with cut paper, that can turn anything into a festive food plate is a favorite option for a mellow, but still festive celebration. Top the kids treats for […]

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Homemade macaroons

In an effort to encourage celebrating simply, my third styled Christmas design is filled with tiny hints of simplicity. Easy details you could incorporate to create a relaxed holiday with a little added sparkle! For instance homemade macaroons… In an effort to have this fabulously trendy treat but stay within budget, I decided to try […]

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Fringe Paper Chandelier

It’s birthday week around here. Matt and I share a birthday and are both turning 35 this year. It seems like we just turned 30 yesterday! While we won’t be having a full on birthday bash this year (because of this) celebrating in small ways like a breakfast treat, a night out on the town, […]

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All About That Bling Ice Cubes

Tis’ the season of love & bling! The perfect time to be kicking off a new Wedding Wednesday series. I have been so excited to share more ideas relating to weddings, engagements, bridal showers, and anniversaries here on the blog, so we’ve developed an entire series that will run most of the year. Every Wednesday we […]

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Crenova VS100s Review

How you store food is the most important thing when it comes to keeping its freshness and taste for the upcoming days. While sealing in an airtight jar is one of the most popular methods, it is mostly used for preserving jams or pickled vegetables. This leaves us with one big question – how can you store regular food like sandwiches and fruits, without the risk of these spoiling? In our opinion, the most effective way is to seal food in vacuum bags.

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firecracker straws

We are always looking for ways to make Fourth of July firecrackers something even the littlest kids can enjoy. These firework straws are a great way to bring the sparkle and fun safely into the afternoon. They are bright, shiny, and a festive way to sip celebratory drinks. To make the firecracker straws, start by […]

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Confetti White Chocolate Brownies

This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Brownies are hands-down one of my favorite treats. That is true about most people I know. I can rarely resist the chocolate goodness a fudge-filled brownie holds. The only problem I have with the treat is that it is… Just. So. Brown. Well lucky us, I found […]

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6 Ideas for a Fun Girls Night In

It’s important to make time for a night with just the girls. It’s easy for all of us to get caught up in the stress of our everyday lives with work, significant others and much-needed me-time. But dedicating one night every week or every month to just hang with the girls will keep your friendship […]

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How To Make Paint Dipped Pumpkins Easy

Inside: How to make paint dipped pumpkins. Pumpkin season is my favorite season, and these fun paint dipped pumpkins combine all things fall, fun, and festive. I love creating unique (non-carve) ways to decorate pumpkins, like these forever favorite abstract painted pumpkins, I have so much fun every year coming up with new ideas. There is […]

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geometric wood garland

I am seeing geometric shapes popping up everywhere and I might be obsessed. After the holidays, I really love using natural textures like wood, to bring in the freshness of the new season. After all of the colors and loads of decorations, I love to have my house breathe. I am also crazy about neon, so […]

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a merry hostess shares her treats

sweet preserves | packaged goodies | treat buffet | cookies | sparkly attire | invite notes

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great party ideas to save for 2014

It’s time to start looking back and planning for the future. Over the next few weeks (along with new posts) I’ll be sharing some of my favorite projects and moments from the past year. During late December, I always like to take a bit of time to look at the new year ahead; goals to […]

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two-tone balloons

A bouquet of balloons is quite possibly the easiest way to make any space feel like a party. S?ince they’ve become ever so commonplace, I wanted to bring a bit of a subtle artistic touch to our store bought balloons. Inspired by these balloons I wanted to try out painting the balloons a bright second hue to give […]

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veggie thread cake toppers

Fall is my favorite time of the year to cook vegetables. It is finally cool enough to turn on the oven, and our summer planted harvest is at its peak. There’s no reason why dinner should have all the veggie fun. Top a sweet cake with these whimsical thread veggie toppers and be prepared for […]

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ice cream birthday squares

Looking for a sweet way to celebrate an ice cream lovers birthday? These ice cream birthday squares are so festive and fun! They’ll be an instant hit and can freeze in a couple hours. Claire made them for us, using an ice cube tray as the mold (we’ve done that before!). They’re are a fabulous […]

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painted guestbook

After the myriad of watercolor projects this spring, I’ve complied quite the paint collection. This bright and artistic (masterpiece) guest book is a fun solution and would be a fresh idea for your next celebration. To recreate; find an old frame and fill it with an extra large sheet of artist paper. Leave guests instructions […]

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weekend revelries | girl time

I’m catching an early morning flight today, meeting up with friends for a little post-birthday celebration… Friends I’ve known since the last time hair bows were in style (think high school cheer squad)! We are spending the weekend together in San Fransisco and I couldn’t be happier for a bit of refreshment and fun. We […]

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Why don’t we… infuse a lemon drop cocktail

Have you ever tried a lemon drop cocktail? I had one last week with an added touch of floral water. It was fabulous! My favorite new drink, for sure, and a great option to serve at a party. The lemon drop cocktail is refreshing in itself, and it tastes even better when mixed with floral […]

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crepe paper wreaths

I am so excited to welcome in a new fall season with you today! Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Everything from the schedules, to the pumpkins, I just about die of inspiration every fall. One thing I don’t love is the loads of neutrals this season can often get drenched in. […]

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adorable birthday ritual

This creative birthday ritual pulls heavy on my mom heart strings, it is so sweet. Have your child stand in the same place every year, on the same day (their birthday!) and snap a quick photo. What a perfect way to mark milestones and build a keepsake to treasure. Photos by Yolanda Edwards via Canadian […]

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alt recap | what’s your story

I left the family last week and ran off to Utah for the Altitude Design Summit. For the second year in a row, it did not disappoint! The entire conference was filled with great connecting, reminders of why I love what I do and encouragement to make this space even better for us. I had […]

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raspberry marshmallows and gifts for foodies

I am all for DIY gifts, but there are some people on my list this year for whom crafting just isn’t going to cut it. Like the foodies in my life. I cannot craft a cast iron skillet, it is just not my wheel house! For this, I was incredibly grateful that Sur La Table […]

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S’more Miniature Houses

We have a slew of friends who seem to be moving this time of year. In an effort to bring something over that is creative and sweet we made these s’more house treats using Dolci Frutta chocolate shell. A fun way to design a miniature version of our favorite friend’s new houses and a sweet housewarming […]

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wrap it up | with streamers

I included this brilliant project as one of the 100 reasons to celebrate. I love it so much, I wanted to be sure you didn’t miss it. Wrapping presents in streamers this summer is pretty and incredibly easy. To recreate; run a length of streamer around your package and tie off with two bows on […]

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Festive Friday: The Big Game

It has been 8 years since I’ve watched a super bowl game. It’s crazy to admit that, but I’ve taken to having the afternoon to myself while Matt takes the kids to a loud football party of fun. This year though we have a good friend hosting, so I’m going to go to chat and […]

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holiday hoopla giveaway with minted!

(Ed note: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Mallory for winning our holiday hoopla package.) Have you seen the new holiday goodies at Minted yet? Minted has been one of my favorite companies for a long time. Their commitment to supporting artists and showcasing their work is so inspiring. Many of my favorite designers […]

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Celebrating picnics well = you!

I just want to say THANKS SO MUCH again for everyone who participated in our celebrate picnic month contest. I hope you were blessed by the encouragement to get out and picnic- I was sure inspired by each one of the entries received. Our first place picnic was chosen not only because of the lovely […]

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Painted pine cone table runner

Inspired by bottle brush trees in gorgeous holiday hues, I asked my friend Sam to update the idea using pine cones for a November feast. The look is so pretty and is a perfect way to bridge the color and festivity gap of this coming month. Spread along a table, the pine cones are a […]

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Spooky Halloween Treats We Are Craving All Fall!

Halloween is just around the corner, so we’re putting our favorite spooky Halloween treats together for you. Costumes and spiderweb decorations are essential this season, but food is definitely the most important part. This month is all about indulging your munchies! Take inspiration from these sweet and savory treats by dressing up your favorite snacks […]

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typography popcorn bags

In the midst of all the holiday fun, we had an extra special weekend celebrating the twins 5th birthday with popcorn bags! With inches of snow falling, we were so happy to have a house packed out with preschool kids playing their hearts out in a massive balloon fort. It was an epic celebration in […]

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Inspired by… simple parties

Hard wired into my DNA is the desire to- Go. All. Out. for celebrations. You love me for that:) On the flip side it can also be nice to light a few candles, make a paper hat and sign a sweet melody… The End. Simple paper cones and stapled tissue paper create the most adorably […]

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embroidered pumpkins

Looking for a different and (VERY) pretty way to carve your pumpkins this year? Look no further than a bit of yarn, a needle, and paint. Embroidered pumpkins have everything we love about carving, and the criss-crossing strings add a nice graphic punch to the mix. Using yarn and a simple pattern, you don’t even […]

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Master Suite Before & After Reveal

Our work in finishing the master suite is finally done and the renovation of the space means so much to me. Being the room where I spend a lot of time and also one of the last huge room renovations we had for the festive house design, the final photo session was honestly a little […]

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Oh moose…

Did you notice the moose on the Christmas mantel? I made him into a large wall ornament which is putting such a smile on my face with every passing glance. You should definitely make one for your wall as well! It is a super easy project that brings a heavy dose of holiday cheer. To […]

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Recreate project- large word banners

I spotted these banners from Loro’s incredible wedding and I knew I had to share them. They are an easy project to recreate and give the most wonderfully drastic visual effect. (Photography by Clay Austin) I can imagine them lining the room at just about any celebration. Wouldn’t they be great with old-fashioned holiday song […]

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Layered Crepe Paper Instillation

I’ve found the easiest way to make a beautiful centerpiece or back drop for a party – layer crepe paper streamers! They are affordable, plus a huge installment can be put together no matter your crafting skill level, in about 20 minutes. To make the layered streamer centerpiece, start with a piece of wood and […]

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Make A Sour Patch Kids Cake To Win With The Monopoly App

We are still working our game board for the SHOP, PLAY, WIN!® Collect & Win Game featuring MONOPOLY at Safeway. Have you started playing yet? If not, there is still time! One tip we’ve found is to combine new products we hadn’t thought of before for extra chances to win on your next shopping trip to Safeway. That’s how we came up with this Sour Patch Kids Cake. It is a huge win for both my kids & my board. :)

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Cooking With Kids

Our family loves to cook together. From intense top chef-like competitions to making Saturday morning pancakes – we spend a LOT of time in our kitchen. The kids enjoy cooking so much that this summer we gave them the chance to start planning and fully cooking one meal a week for the family. It’s cute […]

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details in teal

Last summer I had the joy of styling a beautiful wedding held at Heritage Historic park. The day was filled with vintage charm and very bright pops of teal. A hundred year old church and sprawling lawns made for a perfect afternoon. The contrast of modern teal and vintage charm was seen throughout the day. […]

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Handcrafted parties- A very pretty tea

I have seen many well done Alice in Wonderland themes this year. Vibrant colors and striking pieces fit to make a child giggle with glee. This afternoon tea was different than the others… and I love it! It may be the first truly simple and very pretty take on the popular Alice theme. I am […]

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giveaway | pick your present

Update: This contest is now closed. Congrats to Kristen for being our randomly selected winner. I have a special giveaway today from a new favorite site, Daily Grommet. Every day at noon, they launch one product that you likely have never seen before. Watch a short video as they explain what makes each find special, […]

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wreath wrapped gifts for creatives

We don’t normally do much in the way of gift guides here at A Subtle Revelry, mostly because there are always way too many holiday DIY’s I am dying to share. This year I will be posting a couple different gift ideas. There are a few products to buy and a few details to make that I […]

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Bang… bang…

Happy Tuesday! Since this week is a short one, I thought we’d start it with a bang… These pinatas are just too much fun! I love how bright and bold they are (great for a grown-up birthday) + the top one could seriously double as a disco ball. If you visit the shop you can […]

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jingle chime garland

You guys… We turned on the Christmas music this weekend! I just couldn’t wait any longer :) The season is coming and, although I still have a few Thanksgiving goodies to share, I am definitely ready to get a jump on our holiday decorating and ideas. I’ve decided this year that having a select few […]

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How To Print On Wrapping Paper For Personalized Presents

It’s finally here! Time to grab all your favorite gifts for all the gals you know. We have been sharing gift guides over this last week and I hope you’ve been inspired to get your gifting on. Today we are sharing one final gift and a crazy cute way to package all these gifts up with love. Did you know you can print your own wrapping paper at home?! It’s a great way to create a thoughtful gift package and costs no extra money. Plus, you can design your own wrapping paper to say whatever wishes imaginable.

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Painted Paper Plate Garland

To decorate last week’s craft party we hung a fun garland made from paper plates! A humble paper plate turned into a beautiful piece of art that can quickly center a party in a seriously pretty way. I love the challenge of making something pretty out of an unexpected material. To make the painted paper plate […]

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animal magnets

Looking for a more affordable way to give this gift to my holiday hosts, I came up with a very easy way to make an entire bunch of adorable animal magnets for giving this season. They are quite happy to look at and will make the notes of shopping and dinner preparations even more pleasant […]

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wooden and gold candles

I love the graphic touch these candle bring into a room. They are easy to make and will quickly help not just the warmth, but also the romance in your home. A perfect use for old candles you might have stored away! Don’t you think a package of four small ones would make the perfect […]

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Ombre Petal Cake

There’s nothing like a ombre petal cake to let the entire world know, “I KNOW HOW TO BAKE A CAKE!”. It is a gorgeous showcase of cake decorating abilities that everyone will love. And the best part… It’s way easier to create that you might ever imagine. In fact you really don’t need to know much at all […]

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Reason to celebrate – fun and festive cascarones

Inside: We are talking about how to make Cascarones and if you aren’t in the mood to make, we have the best place to buy Cascarones! With Easter quickly approaching I am so excited about starting one of our favorite DIY traditions, Cascarones! They are so fun and such a festive way to celebrate the […]

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Recreate project- pretty photo puzzles

A gorgeous bridal shower was thrown in a garden late this summer- a long burlap covered table filled with apples and homemade hard cider made for a lovely afternoon. While waiting to eat, each guest was given a puzzle of the engaged couple to put together, designed and photographed by Jodi, a very simple and […]

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Paper Lantern Instillation

A paper lantern instillation is a festive and calming way to decorate this season. Make it now and enjoy the glow all winter long as it becomes a permanent decor piece to brighten up your home. To design your own paper lantern instillation you will need – cardboard inner from a toilet or kitchen roll, double sided tape, white […]

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Feeling cozy.

Happy Sunday. We have had a crazy weekend of parties and other exciting things going on. Today is devoted to clean up and decorating for Christmas, I think we may even bust open the egg nog! Are you already decorated and feeling cozy? A little sneak peak at the pretty classic Christmas designs coming up […]

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fabric balloons

I have a fun DIY to share today, taken from one of the editorial stories I styled for fall. Fabric balloons are a festive way to bring in texture when needed. I love their whimsical take on a very ordinary party supply. Make these balloons in multiple colors and in a combination of coordinating fabrics […]

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35 Fun Easter Games To Play

Inside: 35 Fun Easter Games to Play Easter brings with it the promise of Spring, the taste of chocolate bunnies and fruity jelly beans, and the celebration of the Risen King! There are so many fun reasons to host a party or get together this Easter and some festive games are the perfect addition to […]

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Rainbow Color House Number

Greeting everyone at the door for your next party is fun with a little rainbow color added to your front house number. We took cues from our love of letter boards this season and created a rainbow color house number that will make sure every guest finds the right door. It is such a bright […]

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Green Couch Reading Challenge

We are officially on spring break this week and already having a blast. Whenever my kids get school breaks whether its for spring or summer we try to plan something fun, while also trying to further their good reading habits. As a family we create our own reading challenge that aligns to wherever we might be […]

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How to Treat Your Dog to Their Best Party Ever

Pets are part of the family, so why not celebrate a special day for them each year too? It could be their actual birthday if you know it, or perhaps the date you adopted them or brought them home. Don’t worry, your dog won’t know if you don’t quite remember the exact date! You might […]

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reason to celebrate | whimsical tea

I am planning a couple casual gatherings this season and one will be an afternoon tea. In my search for a whimsical take on the tea time norm I’ve come across Kuehn Keramik. The entire Alice collection is gorgeous! I love the playful nod to anti-tradition, perfect fun for a warm summer afternoon.

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long and skinny candles

Long skinny candles are a birthday party favorite, but they are hard to find and expensive to purchase. I’ve made my own before and the process is so easy, I am excited to show you how. The candles have a very homemade and festive feel to them which is perfect for birthdays and special occasions. These are […]

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Temporary Confetti Dot Glasses

The holidays are littered with special occasions fit for big doses of bling and celebration. Use this simple project to bring it, wash it off, and still be able to use your glasses come January. I love how the removable confetti dotes take ho-hum everyday glasses and make them celebration worthy- simple and quick! They […]

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food color painted paper plates

With the weather warming up (and our kitchen packed up) we are eating more meals out on the deck. I’ve been wracking my brain for a way to make our paper plates more creative and fun, since the store bought versions never seem all that appealing. Then it dawned on me – food coloring! It is non-toxic, so your guests […]

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Being Prepared For Back To School

This post is created in partnership with Zappos and Stride Rite. The kids start back to school today and I have all the feelings of excitement for them. The beginning of the new year is made so much easier when we are prepared with all the basics, plus a few fun items as well. I’ve learned […]

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Water bottle flowers craft

You all should know by now my favorite store in all the world- the place that inspires 97% of my design ideas- the most lovely 20 minutes I can spend shopping any day is ducking into Anthropologie. A few weeks ago I spotted their spring window display of upcyled bike wheel wreaths and just like […]

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folded felt wreath

A felt circle is one of my favorite craft pieces to work with. I cut up yards and yards of it for the princess party last year and knew it would come around again. Threaded together in wreath form, the folded felt takes on a very pretty and grown up vibe. In pink and shaped as a […]

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32 Creative Birthday Party Ideas

Today is a big birthday. My husband and I actually share a birthday (No, literally: we were born in the same hospital on the same day. Nursery mates = love and fate, and all the gushy birthday talk). While we take the day off to celebrate, I wanted to share with you my favorite 32 creative birthday […]

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Making Sick Days Fun With A Sick Day Care Kit

Sick days are no fun for anyone! Whether you are the kid who’s sniffly and sad or the mom who’s taking a day off to care for your sweet littles, sick days are usually no fun!I’ve always hated that on a day you need cheering up the most, it’s the least fun day of them all.So, I’ve created these fun sick day kits

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DIY Mini Letter Balloons

Inside: The cutest DIY Mini Letter Balloons! I’ve always been a fan of mini letter balloons  – they look exceptionally great in a headband. But sometimes the standard size just doesn’t cut it and the store bought shapes can seem limiting. When you have a desperate need to make a mini cactus balloon – sometimes you […]

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fresh garden berry compote

One of the best things about our new home is the garden! We have a small gated garden bed that we have already begun work with (truth be told, I started on the garden before even unpacking the bathroom). I am thrilled to finally be able to grow fresh berries and vegetables. I love serving this […]

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a honeycomb baby shower

I threw a baby shower this last weekend and it was such joy! We themed the celebration around welcoming Erin’s new hunny and filled the space with honeycomb inspired decor and honey infused food. I happened upon the thought of using chicken wire as honeycomb and bought a big package of it. After the shower […]

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Easy Spring Decor Ideas For Sprucing Up Home

With spring in full force around here and our major renovations now done for the season (whoohoo!) we are working on the details and the fun spring decor ideas this month. Sprucing up the house for spring is something that will make every room feel fresh and a bit new to you.

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Birthday cake pumpkins

We’ve baked cakes in pumpkins before, but today we are making a birthday cake out of pumpkins. I’m obsessed with this idea! It is such a bright way to decorate the table or front porch for a more fun than spooky display. Stacked with sprinkles or layered with crepe paper, these fun pumpkins will give […]

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A lifetime allotment of flowers

This has been such a fun couple of weeks for me! Materially Crafted dropped last week and your encouragement and support has literally blown me away. We had a fabulously fun launch party, a little cocktail clad signing, spent a bit of time on the Amazon home decor/crafting best seller list (life list check!). I’ve […]

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Cantaloupe Martinis

Tis’ the season for New Years resolutions and cantaloupe martinis. This year I can’t seem to wrap my mind around how many of my resolutions seem to contradict each other. Does that ever happen to you? For instance, I want to eat more fruits… but also enjoy more cocktail parties with friends. How do I […]

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Wear It & Share It: How To Wear Confetti

I have an important conversation to have with you today. We need to discuss how to wear confetti! Because we’ve all had those moments where we want to be as festive and fun as the party we are going to, but are not sure how to make it happen. Today I’m thrilled to share our […]

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Recreate project, stitched hearts

I have a two more projects from our harvest pumpkin brunch to share with you this week. The first, a hand stitched crocheted heart runner, topped off our breakfast table and lent a bit of needed warmth to the bunch design. Stitched heart runner To recreate: Find crocheted dollies at your local craft store. Fold […]

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sneak peak at the dock

Although promised on the video to go live today… It will be a few more days until Styled. issue three will be up. I just cannot wait to show you all the gorgeous photos and awesome features that are included as we combine the magazine and site together. I promise it will be worth the […]

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Citrus Frose Recipe! The Only Summer Drink Required

Making summer Frose had become something of an annual opening of the summer season in our house. It is the most refreshing option I find for a balmy summer day & easy as cake to whip up for a crowd. We updated the frozen rose idea by adding our own variation of citrus sweet to […]

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honeycomb pumpkins + a fall countdown

In decorating for Halloween this year I wanted to add in bright pops of color. I love this bunch of bright pumpkins, and the festive touch they bring to our normally dark fall decor. After cutting out the pumpkins, I wrote on the inside of each a fun fall family activity. We are using them […]

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Painted Bead & Brass Garland

Adding in vibrant elements of fun is a great way to gussy up a room and bring a little whimsy to the house. Although this can be as simple as blowing up a package of balloons, for something more lasting we created this painted bead & brass garland. Instead of hanging across the wall – […]

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beer tasting for Dad + giveaway

Give dad something he will truly enjoy for Father’s Day this year, beer! A beer tasting gift is both thoughtful and easy to put together. Adding photo labels from Pinhole Press with cute a snapshot of the kids will make the gesture extra special. To give a great beer tasting gift pack, pick out a […]

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Reindeer pinatas

Even though we started the holidays a bit early this year with Christmas tree cupcakes, gummy bear cookies, and my current wrapping obsession – now it is definitely holiday season. I’m jumping right in with these fun reindeer pinatas. A similar concept to the unicorn pinatas, except reindeers! Because reindeers are the magical creatures I am […]

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25 party garlands

The easiest way to turn a white wall into a gorgeous party backdrop is with a few strands of simple party garland. In fact, I love garland so much we are installing a wall of it as permanent decor in our new house – like a necklace for my wall. There are so many creative ideas […]

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colorful party garland and paper trees

Nothing beats a festive strand of party bunting. No matter what the holiday is… colorful bunting is always the right answer! Bunting, combined with a simple scene of white tress and peppermint striped straws, makes for a holiday centerpiece reminiscent of the north pole. This little set up will bring a festive touch to your […]

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a little preview of issue #2

Talk about the upcoming issue of Styled. magazine has been more subtle than boisterous around here… but can I tell you I am so excited about the issue. So excited! Many of the stories are quickly becoming favorites of mine, the photography is captivating, the projects really fun. I am just so thrilled to be […]

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Paperclip Garland

If your room is in need of a last minute party update, look no further than your home office. Pulled out and locked together, a simple strand of paperclips moonlight as festive party garland in moments. Quick designs like this allow you to celebrate in colorful style this spring, no matter how pressed for time […]

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Summer Nature Donut Hunt

With summer winding down we are on the lookout for easy activities to fill our days. My kids love hunting in the backyard for treasures… so we’ve been keeping busy doing nature hunts, swimming and watching movies. It’s great to be a kid in summer! I’m sharing this recent nature donut hunt in partnership with […]

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Garden flower stake tutorial

Earlier today I shared with you Susan’s lovely garden party. One of my favorite handcrafted features was the handmade flower stake, filled with the most lovely simple bouquet stuck in the ground. Susan has been so sweet to share the tutorial for these stakes. Make your own garden flower stakes: These would be lovely placed […]

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let’s host an american flag party

This time of year I’m starting to see flags popping up everywhere! Memorial Day is just a couple weeks away. Wouldn’t it be fun to host an American Flag party? The idea is simple, bold and an easy one to pull off for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July… really any summer BBQ. I did […]

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a cover

Have a very happy holiday weekend friends. See you next week with a new magazine (hooray!). Here is the cover for you to peek at. I cannot stop smiling about it. PS. Also, this weekend peek into Minted., they are offering 25 free business cards (or calling cards for handing out to new teachers). Next […]

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Dreaming of Joy…

Have you had a joyous week? I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend ahead to be with family and a fun visit to the Queen Bee Market. Here is a simple idea from our Christmas shoot today. Use a clean stamp and baking glitter to make a wonderful word impression on any soft fruit. […]

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reason to celebrate | edible mushrooms

This wild mushroom candy is just perfect for fall! blessings.

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This Cake is Bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S

Seeing as how my kids go through a pack of bananas every couple days, a banana cake seems fit for just about any celebration! Taking away the normal play of monkeys & bananas, we’e updated the idea to make a cake that is vividly colorful and supremely fun. This cake is BANANAS, B-A-N-A-N-A-S. There is […]

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Friday dreaming, dress up

After a fabulous day of shooting a holiday play date at the beach (sneak peak soon). I am off to enjoy a cozy dress up weekend with my family. Do you dress up for Halloween? (Photo by The light Fantastic) Enjoy your weekend dressed up or not and I’ll see you Monday for the launch […]

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hand font chair cover

I am excited to continue our hand font series today with this simple stenciled chair update. I own a pair of vintage chairs that really needed to be recovered and a scripted hand stencil made all the difference. To update the chair we used inexpensive drop canvas as our fabric, and sheets of duct tape […]

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Social Distancing Approved -Virtual Birthday Party Ideas

Unfortunately we can’t postpone birthdays. But just because we are stuck at home doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate birthdays the best way we know how! We have put together 9 of the best social distancing approved, virtual birthday party ideas to make this year extra special! Hosting a Virtual Birthday Party 1. Host a Virtual […]

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Why don’t we… brunch with mandarin orange salad

Inside: A tasty mandarin orange salad dressing that is perfect for brunch. Brighten up the weekend by brunching with a mandarin orange salad. Entertaining in the winter (post-holiday) doesn’t have to be hard. With long dark evenings and cold mornings getting friends together for a bright winter brunch while the sun is nice and high […]

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45 Free Script Fonts To Download Now

Confession: I’ve got a major addiction to script fonts. Like, I literally can’t get enough of them! They’re all so pretty and I love that each one is different and unique. So, in celebration of my current font obsession, I’m sharing with you 45 Free Script fonts. I picked out my favorites, some modern script […]

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DIY Concrete Countertops

One of my FAVORITE things in the kitchen are our new concrete countertops! When I was planning the kitchen I wanted a countertop that was substantial – we priced out a few options and I quickly realized how far thick granite (or thick anything!) was from the budget. After looking for other options, I was […]

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how to print on paper napkins

Tis’ the season for BBQ’s and outdoor gatherings. When serving outdoors I often use paper napkins, but ones that fit my style are sometimes hard to come by. So, of course, I make my own by printing on them with my inkjet printer. They are great to use for outdoor parties, and you can print […]

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a subtle revelry

Welcome! I am thrilled to be starting this week by sharing our new site name! A subtle revelry was chosen to express my passion of merry making, cheer bringing & party throwing in the most subtle of ways. I find it the perfect word combination to describe what pours out of my mind and heart […]

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DIY Printable Planner The Ultimate Back-To-School Project

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a new planner when the school year starts again. This DIY printable planner that is also paintable means I get customize exactly the way I want to, which gets me even more excited about all the organization I’m about to do!

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golden glitter star cake toppers

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are having a gorgeous day filled with turkey, family and love. For those who are checking in today I have a fun DIY that is perfect for a last minute celebration (because there’s always room for one more cake!). This would also make a great pre-holiday project to get glittery […]

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succulent garden table runner

In the new house we have aquired something that I am over the moon excited about – a 10 foot dining table! It is HUGE, and gorgeous, and will be the setting of so much fun this coming year. Although this feature was one of the things that actually sold me on our new home, I quickly noticed that my current […]

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What’s In My Soccer-Mom Bag

This post is sponsored by Allegra and SheKnows Media. With school starting back up and our sports seasons picking up again, I am sadly turning in my beach bag and my travel bag to pick up my soccer mom bag again. The change from summer season to back to school season has the starkest contrast […]

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Iron On DIY Dish Towels

We made our first batch of pumpkin pie pops this weekend, which means the fall baking season has officially begun! To celebrate the season we made these easy to craft DIY dish towels for the kitchen with Craft Bundles. The iron on dish towels are a fun way to get a few favorite fall quotes […]

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In my sketch book- holiday at the beach

In my sketch book- A new series I will be doing to share a bit more of my creative process with you. I am super excited about launching this series! Before each event I style comes a sketch, and from that sketch come all my plans and projects. I am working, a very talented artist […]

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a contrast of black and white

I am very excited to finally share a few photos from the celebration of my twins turning three (see the story in Styled. issue five out today). The stark contrast fits them at this age and the elements were great fun to design. My favorite piece from the day being my husband’s broken down childhood […]

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Peppermint Banana Freak Shake

With holiday break coming at us quick (my kids get 3 full weeks off!), I am already starting to think about how to fill that time. Luckily, when the weather is freezing outside we can cozy up inside making fun shakes and snuggling up to hilarious movies. A promise of a freak shake and then make it way more fun with Minion bananas and a mix of peppermint ice cream and chocolate sauce. It will be an afternoon at home everyone will remember.

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Leather Tassel Bookmarks + My Favorite Summer Books

Summer reading is an obvious favorite. Picking up a great book while headed out for vacation means our time away will be that much sweeter. Before signing off for the long holiday weekend I thought I’d share a few favorite books perfect for a summer vacation away, or a Saturday to lounge around dreaming about […]

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Creative Halloween Makeup Ideas

I’m a big fan of dressing up for Halloween. And a makeup costume might be just the right amount of festive spunk this year. Instead of adorning a full-fledged dress up, grab a couple of colorful Halloween makeup idea details and a little time in front of the mirror. For a fun and creative alternative to a full body […]

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colorful candies & cocktails

With all the candy and sweets going around this season, I’ve found our aisles filled with yummy treats that are covered in not so awesome packaging. Whether it’s for a party, bringing treats to school, or sweetening up the office this time of year – making your own candy wrappers is a simple way to add […]

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Brightly colored funnel cakes

I there is one treat I cannot have enough of – it is the funnel cake. The sweet, sugared and fried combination makes a wonderful indulgence for any celebration. We’ve put a twist on the original version by using bright colorful hues for the batter and miniaturizing the portion sizes. Creating a new dessert for everyday parties, large and […]

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mod and merry christmas decor

Bright and modern Christmas decor has definitely been a favorite in our house this year. When Blush and Whim sent over this colorful Christmas table, I was immediately drawn to it – and not just because they used my favorite word “merrymaking.” The theme of mod and merry together is vibrant, festive, and hits a […]

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The Home Depot Decor Line In The New Kids Bedroom

This post is done in partnership with the The Home Depot. The Nation’s #1 and most trusted Home Improvement retailer. This is the first time that The Home Depot is announcing to the world that they are in the Interior Décor space. 100% of their furniture and home decor products are online for easy browsing! […]

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giant surprise balls

Have you participated in the tradition of using surprise balls? They look like so much fun and I’ve been wanting to make some for awhile. When I unpacked a stack of beach balls earlier this month I was instantly inspired to use them for an updated giant version. These would be a blast to have at a […]

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giveaway | a printable party

Today’s giveaway is from Mirabelle Creations, a printable party shop. Win a $50 gift card to the shop which is enough to outfit any party you might be planning. To enter visit the shop and comment below what your favorite collection is. I’m loving the lotus collection above, especially the elephants. For additional entries share […]

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Staircase Revamp With Wallpaper Stair Risers & Large Family Photos

We’ve partnered with Mixbook and added an array of fun details to turn our dingy staircase at home into a bright and fun transition with wallpaper stair risers & the best large print family photos. Staircase Renovation Process When we first purchased our house the staircase was one of the FIRST things we tackled. The house […]

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DIY Pom Pom Napkin Rings

Inside: DIY Pom Pom Napkin Rings Spring and Summer are the perfect seasons for a dinner celebration! We have Easter, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial Day to just name a few. For us, there are several spring and summer birthdays that require the most festive of dinner celebrations. Mine being included! These DIY […]

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Festive Friday – 5 Fun Things

Happy Friday! I’m excited to share that our new book, Make in a Day: Pompom Crafts is available for pre-sale this week! I’m looking forward to sharing more about the book in the coming weeks. It is set to release Oct 19th, so if you buy a copy now it will mail that day. The book […]

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materially crafted – the book cover!

Ahhh… EEK… you guys, it’s so close! The book I’ve been working on for the past year-ish is finally off to print. Here is the cover!!! There is so much about writing a book that I want to chat with you about, and I will be following  up with more of it soon. I know […]

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Hot Chocolate Cake

We’re dipping our toes into fall and it’s almost time to start enjoying all your cozy cold weather favorites. One of mine is a super sweet cup of hot chocolate with tons of marshmallows, whipped cream and sprinkles. But, since it’s still a little too warm for hot chocolate, at least here in the Southwest, […]

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afternoon pumpkin carving

We had a couple friends over last week for a pumpkin carving party. Unfortunately, I didn’t get many photos of the action as kids yielding sharpies and knives floating around took a bit of attention (remind me to use paint next year!). They had a lot of fun playing and pretending to cut. We spent […]

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legit birthday crown

A gorgeous handmade party crown to start the week. Gold and flowers are definitely prettier than cardboard for a good friend’s birthday. Made by Fay Andrada.

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Flowers for your best friend who is always in style

Continuing the florals for everyone series – today we are covering your best friend who is always in perfect style. Give her something that never goes out of trend, a floral bouquet necklace. The necklace is a great way to show you care, and will be a loved addition to her Valentine’s Day, birthday, or […]

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Blueprint.

I have a knack for loving things that are soon to disappear. From my favorite Mediterranean restaurant to my newly obsessed over perfume. I try hard these days not to get too attached… but sometimes it happens, and then I find an old issue of Blueprint buried under a stack of papers and I mourn […]

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cupcake wrapper wreath

We finally took down our Christmas wreaths last week. I couldn’t bear to see them go a moment earlier! In their place, I wanted to inject a bit of brightness to offset the wintery weather outside. A collection of bright cupcake wrappers seemed to do the trick. In just about 20 minutes, this pretty wreath […]

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Toucan Donuts

There are some days when nothing but a cute donut will hit the spot. These adorable toucan donuts are just the right mix of whimsy and fun. As great as flamingos are, I’ve been dreaming up a few different birds to design around and toucans with their graphic punch might be my new favorite of […]

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fun ideas for hanging huge photos at home

As spring-cleaning is in full swing, I am most definitely dreaming of new creative ways to fill my home with small corners of revelry. This often brings me back to photos. I love celebrating our family, adventures and friends through photos. There is something especially fun about hanging photos, especially HUGE photos! They inject such […]

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5 Scary Cakes That Are Wildly Fun

My kid’s LOVE the Halloween store this time of year, all the spooky and scary thrills them. We made a batch of 5 scary cakes for Halloween that have all the spook without the gore and blood. Instead we opted for pink candies, covered cookies and the best frightful cake recipes to surprise your Halloween […]

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reason to celebrate | Valentine’s Day

A bright, bold, original love for reveling in… My wish for you today! PS. See more bright love details here.

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Cheese & Chocolate Crossiants

With back to school here, I am always on the look-out for easy and fun recipes that the kids will love. We used these easy to grab Sargento® Cheese slices to whip up a back to school recipe the kids are loving! It’s easy to make and with natural cheese (not process cheese), I love serving it and they’ll love the taste.

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giveaway | paper coterie

Today’s giveaway is a bit special because everyone is a winner! One of our new sponsors Paper Coterie has offered to give each reader a gift card worth $30 to their shop for holiday shopping (hooray!). You can use it to purchase whichever items you would like from Christmas cards, to calendars to some of […]

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Paper umbrella drink stirs

It was cold and stormy all weekend, how fitting that tomorrow February 10th is Umbrella Day. In the spirit of celebrating through the storms, and to give us all a bright glimpse of the spring that is… eventually coming, these colorful umbrella drink stirs are great! They will instantly brighten up any drink with an […]

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25 more great fonts for parties

It’s that time of year again, when the weather cools down and I start dreaming of all the holiday projects to come. It is my favorite season of the year – parties to throw, cards to write, and a million reasons to use a new font. We’ve updated our first party font collection for a […]

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wreaths & pies with bows

With sweet holiday desserts popping up everywhere this week and a million reasons to bake, gift and give treats. All that flour can start to feel overwhelming. Right!?! Instead of stressing yourself out about working from scratch – take a little help today from me and Marie Callender’s to gussy up a pie that is […]

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the best ice cream hack ever

Before we take off for the weekend I have to let you in on my new favorite way to eat ice cream. You might remember last year we made a batch of oreo ice cream sandwiches, well – this is even better and easier! Simply scoop your ice cream (here’s my current favorite) and then sprinkle smashed up oreo […]

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25 of Our Favorite Handmade Valentines

Inside: My favorite DIY handmade Valentines  It’s that time of year where everywhere you turn you see those cheesy puns and the overload of love. It seems like Valentine’s Day has been a day to cheese out on love. But there is still something sweet about stepping back and remembering the people in our lives […]

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A Magical Rainbow Grilled Cheese Recipe

Inside: The yummiest rainbow grilled cheese recipe and more rainbow fun! I’m so excited to share how to make this rainbow grilled cheese today! To cheer up an otherwise dreary week we’ve been focusing all our eyes on rainbows around here… there have been double rainbows almost every day in the sky and in the […]

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a little preview- eighteen months

Thank you all for being so patient while I have been taking a bit of a break the past two weeks. I hope you have enjoyed the guests and parties that have been up. I am looking forward to being back next week- I have three events done this month that are just aching to […]

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Make These Rainbow Grad Tassels That Will Earn You Extra Credit

Inside: DIY Rainbow Grad Tassels Graduation season is upon us, which for some of you means a whole new beginning! How exciting! I remember graduation like it was yesterday, college applications, summer plans and walking across that stage were the only things I was thinking about. Graduation was the icing on the longest baking cake […]

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16th Birthday Ideas For The Perfect Party

Wow, 16 already! Where does the time go? And what an age to celebrate! Sixteen marks the end of being carefree and the start of some serious responsibilities. With school exams around the corner and the pressure to start thinking of a career path for the future, life can get busy and overwhelming … and […]

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reason to celebrate | the king’s speech

I saw The King’s Speech this weekend and adored every minute of it. Have you seen it? If you are in need of holiday plans today, I would highly suggest it. The scene above reminded me of my absolute love for vintage tea parties. It has been far to long since I hosted one of […]

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planet cake toppers and a milky way cake

A couple weeks ago we received a fun package of books in the mail. The new Ricky Ricotta series by Dav Pilkey & illustrated by Dan Santat. The books were immediately whisked away and it was literally a full hour before I heard another request from the twins. As new readers, my kids love books […]

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Summer Luau Party Ideas With Kona Ice

Summer is coming and our parties are quickly moving outside. I love throwing a summer luau party outside when it’s hot, and we’ve come up with a bunch of fun ideas for hosting one of your own. The thing I love best about a good luau is that it is crazy easy to pull together. No stress or sweating under the sun. Just god ol’ fun!

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reason to celebrate | checking the mail

Everyday is the perfect day for mail. Especially when it comes ready to celebrate! This sweet package received by Merissa sparked the most wonderful idea to send little surprise parties along in the mail. PS. Melanie created the most adorable birthday party in a box earlier this year. blessings.

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my favorite party pins

Balloons, streamers, sweet food – it doesn’t matter what we are celebrating, these elements must be nearby. Simply change up the colors depending on the group of friends and get ready to party. Even if you aren’t planning a themed event anytime soon, take a hint from this collection of my favorite party pins and […]

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Sketchbook | vintage storybook

I am aching to share with you three different events styled before the holidays. While I wait and continue work on my growing patience, I have a party sketch to show you. A vintage storybook birthday with balloons, books and a dance floor to enjoy. Wonderful artistic sketch work done by Amanda Waggoner. I love […]

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cactus stencil outdoor rug

Gussying up the deck was a big focus of our first week of summer. I was really excited about getting a big rug outside and had such a hard time finding one I loved. Instead of buying one I didn’t love – I bought a huge piece of AstroTurf from Costco and stencil painted cactus […]

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A printable party guest book

Happy Monday morning, I finally feel like we are coming out of the haze of being sick around here. This will be a fun week, I have DIY’s to show and one more party theme from last month to share. One of my favorite touches to the Sherbert & Spice Party was our printable guest […]

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merrymaking 8.20.2012

Happy Friday. We’ve been celebrating the marriage of my little brother this week and I am in the best mood! Something about weddings just makes every moment seem so special. Plus, the fire-flys here in New York are amazing. We are headed into the big city this weekend (YAY!). Before we take off, I wanted […]

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5 FREE Goldfish Valentine Printable Cards

To send cute Valentines that also have a snack you can feel good about serving your kids, try creating your own with our free Goldfish® Crackers Valentine printable cards. There are 5 separate options for creating a fun Valentine your kids will love to give and the other parents will be grateful to be given.

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how to teach dinner party manners to kids

With fall coming fast upon us, our schedules have become more and more filled with birthday parties, dinners, evening gatherings, and a myriad of other table activities all necessitating that my three year olds act like they know how to behave in public situations. Thankfully, we’ve actually worked quite a bit on honing the kids party manners […]

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“Punny” Candy Bars For Halloween

It’s time to up our Halloween candy game. I love a big bag of generic candy bars, but how much more fun to hand out candy covered in colorful puns? Especially for hosting Halloween parties this idea is colorful, fun and super easy. The “punny” wrappers will instantly better your candy game without the need to slave over creating a treat […]

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latte bowl centerpiece

These latte bowl centerpieces look wonderful filled with peonies and the bright morning light. See the tutorial I designed for a wedding brunch or shower over at Project Wedding.

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Nuzzling sweetness for the day.

Today my babies turn two! Playing hooky for the rest of the day to nuzzle into their sweetness and celebrate their wonderful little lives, see you tomorrow… PS. Here’s the first sneak peak at the party we held for them last weekend, it was wonderful… Expect the rest of the vintage storybook celebration to pop […]

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a simple floral wreath

I designed this simple floral wreath for Project Wedding, which is now hanging on a brass nail directly above my bed (love!). The twine looking wreath was inspired by the lush peony floral wreaths I paid way to much for on my own wedding day eight years ago. To do it over…. sigh. This simplified […]

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Fun Printable Back to School Tattoos

Inside: Printable Back to School Tattoos. All the back to school feelings are officially buzzing around our home these days. The kids are starting back next week. I am as excited but I am also a little sad… that’s always how it goes. I am excited that we can regain order around here and the fact […]

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paper pumpkins

We had a gathering of friends over this weekend to carve pumpkins. There are more photos to come but I couldn’t wait to show you these little paper mache pumpkins. They were easy to make and looked sweet strung up as bunting for our afternoon. We stuffed each one with pumpkin seeds which allowed them […]

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homemade glitter

Homemade glitter! Could there be a better way to end a week? The easy instructions here. Via Joy on pinterest. PS. I made glitter with sugar today for our moving party. Yes. For the record. We had a party the day we packed up to move, sheesh. Have a happy weekend, thanks for reading friends! […]

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festive ideas for the first weekend of spring

I am so happy it is officially spring! I am currently knee deep in Easter shoots, bright home updates, and birthday party plans. For our shared birthday, Matt and I are hosting a lip synch birthday party contest – inspired by my new favorite Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon! I am practicing daily:) Spring is […]

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Best Vacuum Sealers of 2020: Complete Reviews with Comparisons

This guide has been created to help you determine the best vacuum sealer for your food preservation needs. Read on to learn more.

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fabric tape tutorial

I used my favorite scarf to make this fabric tape last year. After snagging it in a door, I was quite happy to give the accessory a new life as beautiful tape! Last week I found the tape, remembered how much I adored it and used pieces of it to brighten a otherwise boring corner. […]

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bright wintry bridal shower

There is nothing like gathering with your girlfriends to share in one of the happiest moments of your life. Add a tasty breakfast and you’ll have a perfect bridal shower. Using wool as a key decor element we gave everyone a cozy and warm feeling on this cold winter day. Our wool was also used […]

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Fun and Fluffy Tulle Hats

Inside: Adorable tulle hats, tulle bows, and DIY tulle bow headbands Nothing says girlie party fun like large tulle bows, dotted with rhinestones. A birthday tulle hat that your best friend, mom, or daughter will not soon forget. Make them for guests of honor, or craft a couple to wear on those long summer days […]

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DIY Cleaning Basket For Everything Life Throws At You

This post has been sponsored by Clorox®. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As a mom & a blogger, I have to be ready for any kind of crazy mess no matter what day it is! Some days are filled with kid craft parties and glitter everywhere; other days are filled with floral clad […]

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create your own wonderland…

This shoot was a crazy mix of emotions for me. I had been dreaming of a gorgeous winter wonderland since we moved to Reno last summer. I planned and prepped… then we canceled (twice!) because it has yet to snow this winter in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I envisioned a snowy field and sadly there […]

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How to make holiday pies awesome!

With the holidays upon us there are so many chances for sharing sweets and treats. Cakes, cookies, and my favorite pies are great to serve guests this time of year. Make someone’s day, bring by a gorgeous pie surprise! Or set out a collection of pies to make your holiday gathering one to remember. With […]

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How to Make a Feather Headdress Party Hat

Inside: How to make a DIY feather headdress For a party hat with a touch of glamorous style, look no further than a very bold DIY feather headdress. Feathers with paint, glitter and bling – what else could a birthday girl ask for!?! How to make a feather headdress The first step to making this […]

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Chill out with Wine Ice Cubes

Wine ice cubes are always better than normal cubes of frozen water. Especially when it’s 6:45 pm, and we have friends stopping by and I’m rushing to figure out what new drink to serve them. A glass of summer red with a sangria ice cube inside is always a hit!     I’ve come to […]

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6 Wellness Tips for Handling Stress During the Fall

According to a 2017 study by Gallup, 8 in 10 Americans feel stressed sometimes or frequently during their day. Most commonly, stressful emotions are caused by work or children, but lack of time and financial troubles also play a big part. During the fall, most families have to adjust their schedules for the school year. […]

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accordion kids birthday crowns

Paper crowns are a birthday party must, and these accordion folds look sweet on kids of any size. A bit of cutting, folding and glueing together is all it takes. To make the accordion crowns – cut a piece of scrapbook paper into 1 inch sections, then cut each section in half. Accordion fold the […]

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why don’t we – make a bonfire tub

Hey, it’s Friday… let’s light a bonfire! Now that it’s basically summer, bonfires are on my mind. One day I’d love to own a huge field to host bonfires in, but until then making them work on the back deck will have to suffice. While searching for a way to create a perfect bonfire without […]

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Miniature Butterball Turkeys

What do you get when you cross ribbon fringe with copper feet, then add a wooden ball body? This adorable butterball turkey – that’s what! This is a fun project to add to the Thanksgiving table as place cards, favors, or just an ornamental piece of cheer. To make the butterball turkey: First, form the […]

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Recreate project, dollie vases

I am completely smitten with dollies this season. I used them to make a hand stitched runner HERE and an adorable cake topper you will see soon. (photos by Jonas Peterson via 100layercake) This may be the simplest idea to incorporate them I have seen yet- wrap a few around clear bottles & tie with […]

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snowball watercolor

I found this amazing project for those of you who will spend the weekend deep under snow banks, hoping it might cheer up your afternoon! Make art and bring in a colorful dose of joy during the dead of winter by using your snow to watercolor. Follow the instructions on Sarah’s tutorial for the step […]

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sewn floral bowls

Some of my favorite photos from this spring are of the sewn tulips for Styled.’s ice cream bar. They would be perfect grouped together as a centerpiece and look delicately pretty served on plates when filled with treats. Make a grouping of sewn floral bowls for your summer celebrations… Start with blooms that open up […]

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Chalk Board Party Hat

The second hat in our creative party hat series is just sweet enough to fit into any child’s birthday, and hits the right touch for school, home, or a summer blow-out party. A chalkboard hat, made out of the simplest material of all – construction paper! The everyday black construction paper – when adorned with […]

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25 FREE tattoo fonts for your next ink session

Inside: 25 tattoo fonts that are perfect for your next ink session Want to get some cute new ink but don’t know where to start? I found 25 fonts that are perfect for that next tattoo. If you want more fonts than the ones below, we recommend The Super Gorgeous Fonts Bundle. From inspirational quotes […]

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reason to celebrate | the color gray

I have been on a gray kick lately, it is such a dreamy color and a pretty hue to use for celebrating. The subtly of it really makes everything else pop (like baby pink polkadots)! This gray and pink mixture would be such a sweet color scheme to anchor a late summer party or wedding. […]

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Handcrafted parties- A garden 1/2 birthday

When I saw these photos come in from Susan last week, I squealed with joy! A garden party for her sweet daughters 1/2 birthday. In the woods- filled with a complete dinning room set, beautiful flowers and 30 feet of hand sewn bunting. This soiree has instantly become one of my most favorite. A garden […]

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NYE Balloon Drop with Glitter Balloons

With both my kids birthdays in December, hosting a holiday party is not something that comes easy – so we’ve taken to hosting NYE for the past 5 years. It is my favorite party we host every year. We normally invite a handful of our dearest friends, do something fun for dinner (this year its […]

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Costume

Tis’ the weekend for sweet treats and fun dress-up. As the weather turns chilly there are not many forms of ice cream I reach for… but a few like pumpkin, peppermint and mint chocolate chip costume are always a welcome treat. If dressing up like cotton candy, a party fan, or a birthday cake aren’t […]

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illustrated spring party printables

The struggle of spring to break through. A perfectly gorgeous illustration that will make a wonderful impression on a bridal shower or birthday party this season. Download the PDF packet which includes one full page print (for hanging), one 4×6 print invitation (write details on the back) and a page of gift tags to share. […]

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DIY Galaxy Shoes with a Sharpie

Inside: How to make DIY Galaxy Shoes with a Sharpie.  These totally stellar DIY galaxy shoes are the perfect out of this world DIY to create. I love all the fun vibrant colors and glitter accents that make this galaxy project come alive. The awesome part about these star inspired shoes is that you can […]

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Picnic Month

Happy June & a very happy celebrate picnic month to you! Today is officially summer for me. The weather is getting warmer, school is letting out, and we are on a small vacation. It is the perfect time to take a break and spend an afternoon under a tree- How lovely…. In case you need […]

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stamping with rubberbands

Stamping with rubberbands is an easy way to update just about anything in our homes. The process is very simple and the result is festive and fun! A great way to make napkins, shirts and wrapping paper come alive. Here are six fun ideas, and a quick tutorial, on how to stamp with rubberbands. Start […]

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Candy Arrows

Valentine’s Day is coming up in just a couple weeks. Are you ready? Since we are moving the weekend of Valentine’s Day I’ve have already started getting everything prepared so it won’t be quite as crazy the week of – especially for the kid’s parties. There is something amazingly fun about being a kid and […]

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Herb Infused Spring Birthday Cakes

Inside: These Rosemary olive oil cakes are the best Spring brunch birthday cakes recipe. It’s finally warm enough to pot our spring herbs. Last year I fell in love with the taste of herbs and sweets together. Rosemary ice cream… Thyme cookies… and now I am so excited about this rosemary olive oil cake. Why […]

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post-it note ornaments

There’s not much I love more than easy and homemade this time of year. I am excited to be partnering with the Post-it Brand today to blend a bit of festive vibrant holiday décor with an easy project anyone can make in just moments at home. Post-it Note baubles are a cinch to pinch together. […]

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threaded napkin hearts

Popping in amidst the sea of challenge inspiration to share a sweet something from the Valentines party I recently styled. Threaded hearts in napkins give a festively crafty feel any type of meal. They were super easy to make and will be so fun to do for whatever your Valentines Day will include. Five am […]

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celebrate in style | pink feathered hair

I had a fun afternoon last week spending time with an old friend and working on this tutorial to create a hair style that is easy and festive for your next warm weather celebration. We purchased a pink hair feather (buy online here) and weaved it into a braid, creating a look that is perfect […]

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sparkle and lace bunting

A recent bunting DIY with sparkle and lace! I first used this idea for our Valentine’s girls night and imagine it to be a gorgeous touch for any winter wedding. I saved the project after photographing it to use with our Christmas decor. The texture and sparkle lend such a festive touch. See the complete […]

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A Fool Proof Home Cocktail Bar

Spring is finally here! After a long winter of chilly temperatures, gray skies, and being stuck inside, I am dreaming of warm weather, sunny days, and leisurely evenings spent sipping a fresh cocktail. I love to try out new cocktail recipes right at home, and having my very own cocktail bar gives me the perfect […]

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Reason to celebrate #521

A wand of star garland perfect for a New Year, sold here via Pinterest. blessings.

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Party Hack: Hire a babysitter

We are home from our summer vacations this week and readjusting to life. This photo was taken on a rooftop in DC, I’ll be sharing more from our travels and this fun party shoot next week. But first… we had the best experience at a party this summer because of this genius idea that will […]

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leather hearts

In the midst of kid centric Valentine prep I’ve wanted to design something pretty to give away to the people I know over three feet tall. Using leather scraps (found for cheap at local craft stores), a pack of key rings and an exacto knife I put together these leather heart key chains. A little […]

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Fall celebration, watermelon

*Welcome to our fall celebration challenge. This weeks posts will feature a few of my favorite event designers & their visions for fall seen through a handcrafted celebration. Enjoy the inspiration and share why you love their work by leaving a comment below- you could even win something rad, details here. One last dose of […]

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How to Make Your Own Wallpaper – Simple Steps!

I’ve learned a new home decor DIY trick, how to make your own wallpaper! It is crazy easy and so much fun to do. It’s obvious I’m a big fan of hanging wallpaper of all types in our home. But this version of creating our own is an all-time favorite for creating a space that […]

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8 Great Boat Party Ideas

Inside: 8 great boat party food and game ideas! Now that it’s the middle of summer, we have all either spent plenty of time (or, in my case, dreamed of spending plenty of time) on a boat. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be on a boat today?!? If you don’t have the ability to be sailing […]

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How to Vacuum Seal a Ziplock Bag: A Beginner’s Guide

Ziplock bags can make vacuum sealing easier and effective. Here is a detailed guide on how to vacuum seal a ziplock bag!

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Fall Celebration, artichokes.

* Welcome to our fall celebration challenge. This weeks posts will feature a few of my favorite event designers & their visions for fall seen through a handcrafted celebration. Enjoy the inspiration and share why you love their work by leaving a comment below- you could even win something rad, details here. Continuing our week, […]

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Not-So Sleepover Party Idea

What is your stance on sleepovers for kids? I remember being a kid and LOVING a good sleepover, but now that my kids are getting to that age it seems so much less romantic. Between sleep issues and the 179 other things I’d worry about, we’ve decided to just nix the whole sleepover idea outside […]

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8 weeks until Christmas

There are 8 weeks until Christmas! Can you even believe that? I’ve already started dreaming, planning, and yes even wrapping for the quickly coming holiday season. I am thrilled about the holiday content being created and can’t wait to start sharing it soon. I wonder how you are feeling about the upcoming holiday season. Are […]

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The Perfect Sidecar Cocktail Recipe With A Twist

Inside: Sidecar cocktail recipe with a twist. For this year’s holiday drink, I’ve come to love sidecars for their smoke forward bite. I recently made our classic sidecar cocktail recipe with tangerine and lemon added and it was one of my favorite drinks ever! The tangerine adds a sweet note, taking some of the bites out […]

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Happy March + Weekend Links

  Happy March! Today marks a new season to me, even though spring doesn’t officially start for a few weeks. Now that the snow has melted, I’ve been busy planning our spring/summer trips, parties and weekend adventures. There just seems to be so much to look forward to these days. Do you have anything exciting […]

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Christmas Perler Bead Patterns Snowflakes & Fun

Christmas perler bead patterns filled with snowflakes and fun. Perler beads are totally underrated and we have a bunch of kid friendly perler bead patterns that are getting us excited these days! Since I don’t think these fun little beads were around yet when I was wee kiddo (at least I don’t think ha), I’m […]

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festive screensavers & media sabbaths

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 […]

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Summer Fun DIY Swizzle Sticks

Adding a little swizzle to our summer fun is a great way to serve up drinks with a festive vibe. Summer crafting should always be about bright details and easy projects. This is one you can quickly whip out while sitting in the shade, sipping on a sparkling glass of whatever is chilled. The DIY swizzle […]

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Easter Basket – 35 Creative Ideas

Inside: Fun and unique Easter basket ideas for adults! Easter is just one month away! Which seems crazy in the middle of our snow storm this last week, but totally true. Easter just wouldn’t be the same without a cute and colorful giant Easter basket filled with all sorts of goodies. We’re branching out from […]

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How To Make Balloon Monkey Party Favors

Inside: We are showing you how to make a balloon monkey animal. Hey little monkey, we have the cutest birthday fun for you! These colorful and fun balloon monkeys are perfect for your next birthday bash. We created a bunch of bright and festive monkey balloon animals that make great party favors, headbands or party decor. […]

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Painted Sea Shells

Are you packing up your family, and heading off to a beach vacation this summer? We are getting packed and ready for our annual long summer trip to Las Vegas (where there are no sea shells at all) and then to the beach (where there are plenty!). Here is a simple craft to bring along for […]

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school paper snack bags

For the twins first day of school I wanted to send them off with a little special something. I crafted these school paper lined snack bags in the morning (they only took 5 minutes!) and stuffed them with their favorite snacks. They would make easy + cute favor bags as well. See the full tutorial here.

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reason to celebrate | winter combo

Black, bright red and muted pink! I adore how this pretty winter color combo pops right off the page. Photo via Lily. blessings.

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10 creative ways to use a sharpie

Although these little pens pack a distinct smell, their magical powers keep us coming back for more. Not only are they permanent, but they are extremely versatile. And have you seen the colors they come in? They are available in every color of the rainbow. Whether you are embellishing a bowl, outlining a poster or […]

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Bright Beaded Garland

Pretty painted garland in a loopy formation adds a special, sweet touch to holiday décor. Like a string of jewels for the mantel or tree. Make this simple project by; painting small craft beads using acrylic paint. Each loop on the garland uses 25 beads and extends 4″ in length. Helpful hint: When painting, string […]

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Disco Ball Headband

With holiday parties and New Years Eve almost here, why wait for the disco ball to come to you? With this disco ball headband you can be one the one bringing the sparkle to the party! Wear it and watch the room light up when you walk in. Even if bling and dazzle are not […]

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reason to celebrate | SHIMTOKK

Two of my favorite designers just launched a collaborative site. I am in love the the pretty packaging and subtle party ideas, like these printable Hello tags (fun!). blessings.

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felt hanging party banners

When decorating for the holidays I make an effort not to have too many knick knacks and little pieces around the house. I have found they add to the clutter, but don’t add to my joy. Instead, I decorate with fresh greens and a few big and festive eye catchers. These felt hanging banners completely […]

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bright confetti table runner

This DIY confetti table runner packs a festive spirit for your endless evenings outside. I crafted this bright version to bring a pop of color to a favorite grey corner of mine. It’s such a perfect party antidote to the dimming colors of fall. To make the runner simply load a few circle brushes and […]

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Pink princess birthday hat- tutorial

Happy Monday! I am really excited about this week, there is so much to share with you. First off the birthday hat tutorial from our Pinwheels & Pearls party. I just adore this hat & it was super easy to make. Later on, I will be sharing the secret Mother’s Day project and announcing the […]

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painter’s canvas picnic blanket

Finding pretty picnic blankets is always a challenge for me. For whatever reason, picnic season tends to bring out the bright cheesy fabrics in many of my favorite brands. Instead of buying one I don’t love, I prefer to invest 30 minutes and make one I do love! Last year’s no-sew version was fun to make. […]

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Glitter butterfly cake toppers

Having pretty cake toppers this time of year is down right necessary. I mean, on life’s list of things you need this week… a pretty way to top our cakes with butterfly cake toppers should be ranking up there. :) With Mother’s Day coming, bridal/baby shower season in full swing and birthday brunches filling my […]

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reason to celebrate | 15 inch tapers

I attempted making these for Emery’s birthday, I ended up with one tall candle and a destroyed kitchen. Next time I will buy them. So happy to see two cute colors measuring 15 inches by Olive and Cocoa. Via Erin’s pinterest. blessings.

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Checkerboard Birthday Cake

Today we are continuing the birthday cake series with a checkerboard birthday cake. I love this idea because it will surprise your guests giving them a bit of a WOW factor when the cake is cut. It is a particularly great cake for the guys and the avid board game lovers in your life. To make a checkerboard […]

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reason to celebrate | pom wreath

This pom wreath is just amazing. I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind all week. I love finding a project that has been floating around for awhile but done in a fresh and absolutely perfect way! Want to make your own gorgeous pom wreath? Check out my tutorial for easy to […]

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how to make pretty macaroons

Today’s quick-tip is two fold. First, I found these perfectly colored mini macaroons at Whole Foods over the weekend and had to let you know. For those of us who don’t live in big cities with gorgeous french bakeries, you can buy a pack of brightly colored ones there. Now you know! Secondly, make the […]

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Sweet stitches

I came across these adorable handcrafted cross stitches that say the sweetest love sentiments… (via totally charmed) With the plethora of camp style designs around today- I think they would make the perfect gift for an upcoming wedding, engagement, or anniversary celebration! PS. I especially like the one hot couple stitch, it would be adorable […]

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Plum love, wedding inspiration

The plum love shoot was one of the most fun projects I worked on this summer, partly because the women I had a chance to partner with, partly because I adored the concept and partly because we shot it in my backyard, against my favorite white chipped wall. The main design piece of the concept […]

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How to make an easy homemade photo booth

Inside: This easy homemade photo booth for the party that needs a little kick. Throwing parties are always a great idea – even when you are on a trip. Until you start realizing how much time, money and stress the preparation causes. Because of this, I am constantly coming up with ideas to help make […]

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Custom fabric vases

To make these simple and stunning vases, print out the free pattern transfers by clicking here. Print the patterns directly onto iron-on transfer paper.˜Iron the print-outs on to your fabric, following the instructions provided with your transfer paper. Trim printed fabric to desired size for wrapping around the vase. Layer if you want, mixing and […]

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The Best Sugar Cranberries Recipe

My favorite Sugar Cranberries recipe is the perfect way to start the season celebrations together. In fact, this recipe is a treasured find from my first year of marriage, and a treat I have made for celebrations every year since. Not only are these sugar coated cranberries sweet and delicious, but they also add a […]

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How To Have Great Trips With Kids

The kids school schedule runs where we get a full week off every October (fall break), it’s always one of my favorite weeks of the year and this time we took a quick trip to the Monterey Bay. We originally had a much larger trip planned, but with the current house renovations, the ending of […]

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A Fox Themed Baby Shower – Perfect for Baby Boy

Inside: A Sly Fox themed baby shower.  A fox baby shower, Sly Little Fox was thrown this weekend with great joy. I just adore Debbie, the mom-to-be. It was a blessing working with her friends and to plan this special evening for her. Baby boy is due in July and his favorite animal is now […]

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reason to celebrate | candle forks

A little something festive for your Friday afternoon. These candle forks look like so much fun for a birthday + they are on sale! PS. We are finally moving into our new place this weekend (SMILES), I am very much looking forward to getting settled. Have a happy weekend and I hope to see you […]

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reason to celebrate | musee des possibles

One of the most cheerful projects a city could produce, in Montreal’s Quartier de spectacles the people awoke to 500 bright and floating balloons! A project by the Musee de possibles to encourage support and involvement in what the space will become. What a beautiful site to happen upon as you travel into work and […]

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25 crazy creative fonts

Something about the transition to Fall makes my mind run at a super speed for creativity. I’m not sure whether it’s the impending holiday season, the cooler air (which is finally allowing me to breathe), or the welcome return of our routine – whatever it is, it works! To encourage my creativity more and to […]

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Best Vacuum Sealer for Fish: Which One Is Best for You?

Fish is healthy and one of the prime sources of protein. If you want your fish to last longer and stay fresh, use the best vacuum sealer for fishes. Here are top options!

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reason to celebrate | wigs and wine

Before Jenea was married last spring, her friends threw a shower with the most fun theme, wigs and wine! Each girl picked out a different wig to wear, we enjoyed wine together and then took to the town with the new bright do’s. If you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with girl friends this year it […]

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8 Favorite Blog Reads

Every New Year I try to take a little time to invest in refreshing my blog feeds. I have a small list of oldie but goodie blogs that I still enjoy reading daily, but with hundreds of new sites popping up always – it is fun to find a few new inspirations every so often. […]

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graphic map details

Maps are incredibly versatile, they provide easy ways to personalize your party decor. Decoupage votives or napkin wraps and put a meaningful map location at each place setting. Guests will enjoy trying to figure out which place is theirs! Maps are also great for creating drink service trays. Purchase a wooden tray from the craft […]

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Can You Reuse Vacuum Sealer Bags?

If you are reading this article, the chances are that you are familiar with vacuum sealing as the most popular method for food storage. No one wants to eat food that has an odd taste and is past its expiry date, which is the main reason why you need to ensure the proper storage conditions for different types of food. We are not talking about preserving methods that are popular for jams or spread – no, we are thinking about storing sandwiches, marinated fish and meat, cheese, and other fresh or cooked food that may spoil fast. 

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how to make a pie cake

Okay… okay… I know that this time of year pies tend to own the market. But can I be honest – I prefer a cake over a pie ANYDAY! I am crazy, I know. Lucky for me this year, we don’t have to choose. I wanted the best of both worlds and was so pleased […]

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wrap it up | with free art

If you are ever in a bind for last minute wrapping paper (I totally was earlier this week) it is so easy to make your own by printing out free art online. No stress and beautiful images to adorn your gifts with! There are quite a few sites for finding great art available online now. […]

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47 Kickass Fall Party Ideas

Fall is coming quick! Is it just me or is anyone else ready for some cooler weather, to get back into routine, and for all of the beautiful colors?! I think it is time to celebrate with 47 kickass fall party ideas. Don’t get me wrong, we definitely had an amazing summer, and enjoyed the […]

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the business of blogging

So you’ve started a blog. You’re gaining a following, heck you’re kind of good at it. In fact, more often than not you find yourself wishing that blogging could just be your job. The only problem: you have no idea how to actually make that happen. I receive emails often asking for advice and mentorship […]

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reason to celebrate | brightly matched

Bright matches (smile!) a festive find for today’s snowy forecast. PS. They would be incredibly cute sticking out of a fire starter kit this winter. blessings.

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why don’t we… collect pretty leaves

Happy Halloween friends! Besides collecting loads of candy this weekend we will also be out collecting leaves. They are changing and so seriously pretty this time of year. Collecting leaves and crafting with them is a great way to fill the rest of the weekend, and an awesome distraction from that gigantic bowl of treats, […]

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challenge | so fresh and so clean…

Happy Monday! I am thrilled to announce this week we will be hosting the 2nd annual celebration design challenge!!! Hosting one last fall was such a joy- I have asked a few of my favorite celebration bloggers to contribute for another round. The next four days you can expect to see event designs that will […]

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Reason to celebrate #49

Love this fresh take on metallic bunting via Liu Wen that served as my focal inspiration for a pretty Valentines party styled this week. I adore the festively bright touch it interjects into a space, plus pink and metallic together are so very perfect. blessings.

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a sailor knot for dad

I designed these sailor knot boutonnieres recently for Project Wedding. They would be just as sweet made for a dad, as for a groom. The traditional sailor knot, also called an eight knot, was made to never be broken. It was designed to withstand the constant weathering of the sea. A perfect sentiment about the […]

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how to throw a party

The How To Project has quickly become one of my favorite places to find tongue and cheek graphic art. The studio works with both graphic and text to create fun and whimsical posters about everyday life activities (like how to tie a tie). They’ve designed a special party set that includes an original how to […]

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DIY Mophead Tassel Garland Tutorial

Inside: DIY tassel garland tutorial  I love the skinny, pretty DIY tassels that are adorning much this year. Here’s a tutorial on how to make them with wrapping paper, and I love how they look on a bright white pendant. BUT, there’s something to be said about a substantial frill and it’s graphics ability to […]

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how to land a book deal or anything else you want

After announcing that I am writing a book this summer many of you emailed and asked great questions about the process. Since we have our first shoot for the book this week, it seems like a great time to answer. Getting a book deal (just like getting any job you want) may seem like a stroke of […]

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why don’t we – make a spooky drink

As my kids get older, Halloween has become one of my favorite holidays. Not much beats the excitement of my kids this time of year – which is why I am jumping the gun a bit early, sharing this easy idea to spook up our drinks for the quickly coming Halloween season. Store the idea […]

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rain drop pinata

Let the summer celebrations begin! Since I moved from sunny San Diego to Reno, one of the things I have grown to love is the stark changing of the seasons. We say goodbye to one and just that quickly another hits us with full steam force. Summer here equals hot and dry days, so I’d like to bid an […]

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a smooch bouquet

“Smooches for sale” reads the tag on these fun + festive lips. To celebrate upcoming Valentine’s Day, and our general love of love – we crafted up a stash of very large smooches and put them on sticks. They are a bouquet I know my guy would love to receive in the office (perhaps with […]

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The easiest DIY cake stand

Inside: How to make a DIY wedding cake stand This is one of those projects that after it is done, I think to myself – I’m opening an Etsy shop and selling these for the rest of my life… Then we thought about how much they would be to ship… Oye. Although heavy, these concrete cake stands […]

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Blogging Is Your Job? How To Talk About Blogging As A Real Life Career

Tis’ the season for holiday parties and gathering around and answering the same question a million times… So what do you do? I always find this question to be so confusing to answer. On one hand I know what I do everyday. I am a blogger, an author, a creative director and a digital teacher […]

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Paper Number Pinatas

I knew I wanted individual pinatas for the twins birthday last month, but most of the inspiration I found included way too much finge cutting for twenty individual favors, and more frill then I was hoping for. I designed these simple paper numbers pinatas and they came out so festive! Each kid got their own “4” […]

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Newsprint tree

There is a family down the street who leaves their fake Christmas tree up all year long! Incase you decide to leave yours up for the week of New Years or even for the next 51 weeks to come, here is a fabulous way to make it play along sans Christmas. Take down the red […]

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Paint a coat on it + weekend links

This week, I have been loving the introduction we are having to spring. We’ve been busy pulling out our old furniture, drop cloths and painting supplies. Painting everything! Not sure what it is, but spring always makes me want to put a coat of hot pink spray paint on everything I own. I snagged this old plant […]

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how to keep balloons tethered down

To keep balloons grounded at your next party tie them to rubber bands on kitchen skewers! You can space the balloons out to make as big of a show as you’d like. Each one will stay nice and tethered to the ground. I did this festive DIY today for one of my new favorite kid sites, Hello Bee. […]

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party in | Washington, D.C.

Ah, our nation’s capitol. What better place to throw a party than the historic city that still has cobble stone streets, colorful buildings and blossoms beautifully in the spring? And don’t think you only have to do a patriotic theme. There are lots of shops that will help you create the fun bash you’re hoping […]

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Green Leprechaun Lemonade Drink

Inside: A festive green lemonade we like to call The Green Leprechaun! St. Patrick’s Day is coming up in just a week. Even with our crazy exciting launching of Materially Crafted, the holiday has not been forgotten. With small kids in tow, the best way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is definitely turning normal everyday items green. […]

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Typography Pie

After realizing earlier this year how fabulously fun it was to make our dessert talk – al’a a typography cake. We figure the holidays are a great time to relive the concept but even better, because now it’s typography in a pie! A talking pie that can be made in any flavor with any word you […]

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wrap it up | with graphic lines and floppy bows

Of all the wrapping photos flooding in this week, this one is my favorite. I love the simplicity of a straight graphic line along with the whimsy of a big floppy bow. You just can’t go wrong with that! Make your own with tape, twine or ribbon. See the tutorial for the graphic cube name […]

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Guess That Baby! Shower Game

It’s baby shower season and I’m always on the hunt for fun shower games that get everyone included and don’t involve smelling something gross from a diaper. This balloon guessing game is an easy way to get all the guests laughing and having fun. Guess that baby! How many of your friends could you guess […]

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The Best Trolls Birthday Party Ideas Ever!

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