four ways to top a cake are my fave

February 23, 2015

cake decorating ideas
This is the same cake. The same mediocre, grocery store cake with an unidentified flavor and filling. But hey, the outside looks good. And it takes 5 minutes to complete each one, tops.

Get the full details right here on Julep.

an updated gift closet is my fave

February 18, 2015

I thought it was time for a gift closet update – ideas for items to have on hand in case of gifting emergency.
gift closet ideas

Crowd pleasing books – a lot of my friends like to craft so Make and Give and Playful are two books that I love to give. Or you could pick up a stack of your favorite, favorite read and gift it to everyone from your mom to your mailman.

Vases for blooms – these Atelier Stella vases are my recent pick.

Fine art cards – put a message inside, they can frame it as art. Boom! Two presents in one. This geometric one is from Inaluxe.

gift ideas for moms

More personal gifts – You might shy away from gifts that are heavily based on personal taste, art and jewelry and such, unless you know the person really well. But I say do it! The trick is to find items that seem really personal but would actually work with a lot of people’s tastes.

If you’re gifting a decorative object, find something that could be purposed in several ways like this faceted terrarium.

If you’re gifting art, try to stay away from anything too big or too narrowly focused. Hillary Butler’s mini abstract paintings are perfect. Colorful, happy, mini and could fit-in with a variety of decorating styles.

As far as jewelry, simple is best. I can imagine my hip niece wearing this bracelet from Megan Auman and it looking equally as nice on my mother-in-law.

gift ideas for moms

I’ve entered the age of kid’s birthday parties and this is what I’ve learned: moms don’t want to compile a lot of stuff. So try to find gifts that will be functional but still fun. For instance:
– books (like the well designed BabyLit)
– art supplies (mini colored pencils)
– cute accessories (headbands)
– toys that are cute even if they’re left out (animal nesting dolls)

Now I need to look at whose birthday is coming up next.

galentine’s totes are my fave

February 11, 2015

Parks and Rec totes

Leave it to me to create a tote for a made up holiday created by a fictional character. I love TV. And party favors. And ladies celebrating ladies.

To create these Leslie Knope quote totes, I used my Cricut Explore and Cricut Iron-on material. If you’re a wizard with a x-acto knife, that works too. Downloads below!

Galentine's Day ideas
Galentine's Day

What’s inside? Chocolate. Loads and loads of chocolate.

Ovaries Before Brovaries download
Friends Waffles Work download

PS Galentine’s Day in a box

fruity valentines are my fave

February 2, 2015

We moved. We survived. A brief hiatus turned into three months. Let’s roll.

free valentines

The great day of love is quickly approaching and I can’t let it pass by without offering some punny Valentines. There are ten fruity designs for you to choose from to fit all your Valentine needs. The orange one is perfect for the kid that just discovered knock knock jokes. The peach one is perfect for grandma. And the banana one is perfect for Rachel Zoe. I’ve thought of every possible scenario.¬†Grab the free download at the bottom of this post.

free valentines

fruit valentines

free valentines

fruit valentines

printable valentines

Fruity Valentine Download

Designs: Kirsten Bingham

PS Here’s another Valentine printable I put together for Julep.

a brief hiatus is my fave

November 6, 2014

this place is crazy town

I mentioned on Instagram that we’re leaving Denver. Actually, we’ve officially left and are headed to Washington state. I know your first reaction to that sentence is, “Seattle is great! You’ll love it there!” but we’re actually moving to eastern Washington. Kennewick to be exact. You can send a sympathy note in the mail.

Now don’t get me wrong, there will be good things about this move (family! no commute!) but I’m having a difficult time leaving the community and friends we’ve made in Denver. Like hide under a blanket and sob daily kind of difficult. So as I make this transition, shortly after making the transition of being a mother of two, and while everything is in boxes still waiting on our new house – I’ve decided to allow myself a break and take a brief hiatus from this blog. I do have some holiday posts prepped for Julep (including a How to Holiday list!) and will be sharing those and other updates on Instagram, so follow me there if you’re afraid of withdrawals. And I’ll be back in the new year with some fresh content.

Thank you, as always, for reading and being a friend.

artwork by Rachel Castle


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