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! a climb on the attractiveness scale!) 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
Jumping from Halloween to Christmas, that’s how I roll.
Having one of these poppers at each setting adds some fancy and fun to the table. You can fill them with confetti, money, fortunes, special prizes, or treats. Even if you’re not planning on having guests, make them for your family. They’ll love them so much, it might lead to a better Christmas gift for you.
Along with the poppers, you can make an easy centerpiece (no floral design required) to add some festive to the table. Simply mix and match ornaments, tissue balls, and garlands then cluster them together. I used these mid-century paper ornaments, mercury ball ornaments, green tissue balls, and this felt garland.
Get the easy tutorial for the poppers on this advent post from last year. Or if you’re in Denver, Austin, Edina (Minnesota), St. Louis, Chicago, Oakbrook, Indianapolis, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Durham, Charlotte, Birmingham (Alabama), New Orleans, or El Paso – you can come and make them at your local west elm store next week. Get the full details and rsvp right here. Pull, pop hooray!
UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I won’t be able to host the workshop at the Denver store. But the good news is Jennifer Little will be stepping in for me! She’s one of my favorite people with southern charm that will knock your socks off so you’re really lucky.
Photos: Jennifer Little
by guest contributor Brittany Jepsen
I made this two-toned paper fan for Cinco de Mayo this year and I thought it would be fun to turn it Halloween by adding some jack-o-lantern faces onto them. I love how they turned out!
Materials: black and white twine, scissors, stapler, orange tissue paper, chipboard or cardstock, black paper, glue
Step 1: Follow the directions here to create the fans garland part
Step 2: Give them the jagged edges by by cutting into the sides.
Step 3: Cut out the pieces to create a jack-o-lantern face out of black paper.
Step 4: Glue the pieces on with some strong glue. I would recommend something stronger than a glue stick. Place the nose on the center fold and the eyes on the folds nearest it.
Donzo! Happy Halloween!
I have some fun news today! Every room in my house has at least one item from west elm in it so I was beyond excited when they asked me to host a DIY holiday workshop. Come craft some party poppers (great for place cards, advents, or new years eve!) alongside me on November 13th at west elm Denver. The event is free but there is limited space so in order to attend, you need to rsvp right here.
This workshop will also be held at west elm stores in Austin, Edina (Minnesota), St. Louis, Chicago, Oakbrook, Indianapolis, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Durham, Charlotte, Birmingham (Alabama), New Orleans, and El Paso.
Don’t see your local store on the list? Three other crafty bloggers are hosting events across the country. You can see all the who, what, and where right here on Front + Main (every store will be holding an event!).
Even if you wouldn’t define yourself as crafty, all of the projects are user friendly so come join in. Plus it’s a great excuse to check out the holiday collection, bust out the festive tunes, and meet new friends.
west elm Denver DIY Party Popper Workshop
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: 2955 E. 1st Avenue, Denver
Click here to rsvp
I couldn’t let the season pass by without putting babies in cutesy homemade costumes. And good news for you non-crafters, both of these costumes only require scissors and a hot glue gun. You know I don’t like to over complicate things.
PS Even though it says my daughter on the swan post, that’s actually my friend’s adorable little girl Ettie.
from guest contributor Kelly Smith
When I was a kid I was so proud to walk around the neighborhood with the candy bag my mom sewed to look like a jack-o-lantern. So, of course, I wanted to make something similar for my kids to use year after year. That is, until I realized that sewing is not my strong suit. So, I opted for this Halloween bucket hack instead.
Supplies: All you need to make a Halloween candy bucket is a galvanized bucket from a hardware store, a can of spray paint, a little bit of vinyl, and a sealer. That means no real crafting skills necessary.
Process: While waiting for the spray paint to dry on each bucket, I hopped over to the Cricut Design Space and picked out a few spooky figures, loaded my vinyl, and pressed GO on my Cricut Explore. But if you don’t own a Cricut Explore, you could just as easily cut shapes out with scissors or an x-acto knife. Once the shapes were cut, I placed them right onto the bucket and finished with a bit of decoupage to protect the paint and vinyl from Halloween shenanigans.
Time: This was super easy and took less than 30 minutes.
And, do I even have to mention that this didn’t cost much more than the cheesy plastic ones found at Walmart? Step it up people, step it up.
This post has been submitted as an entry to the Cricut Design Star Challenge.
I’m teaming with Craftsy to learn some new skills and share them with you. Craftsy offers hundreds of online video classes in sewing, cake decorating, photography, art, cooking and many other categories all led by expert instructors.
I have to admit when I heard about Spectacular Stamping, the latest free Craftsy class I tried out, I thought stamping was so basic there was no need to take a class about it. If you have the same thought, take a look at what you’ll learn in this class:
- masking technique
- stamping in foregrounds and backgrounds
- heat embossing and embossed resist stamping
- stamping on vellum and acetate
- fussy-cutting embossed images
I hadn’t even heard of most of these techniques so what I thought would be a basic class actually turned into the one I’ve learned the most from so far. I used these newly acquired skills to create this embossed pillow box and favor bag.
My projects are simple (you got to start somewhere, right?) but Joy Macdonell, the education director for Simplicity and EK Success Brands and instructor of this class, gives expert tips that will have you making intricate cards in no time. Perfect for the upcoming gift giving season!
Want to add these skills to your crafting repertoire? You’re in luck because Craftsy is offering this class to yamf readers for free! Just sign up here for the free class and start stamping away. This is the perfect way to try out Craftsy, risk free. Cheers to that.
Craftsy is a yamf sponsor but I would love their classes even if they weren’t. View their entire class catalog right here.
Our neighborhood goes over-the-top with Halloween decorations, even more so than Christmas. Beck is enthralled with them all so with some prodding from him, I decided to make a quick Halloween garland using the grade school paper loop method. The black and white patterns are more my style, I’m not so much into the gory/scary parts of the holiday.
To make your own, download and print (double sided) the patterns then trim into two inch strips. Loop together and attach each one with a staple.
To hang it up, I used Command Party Banner Anchors from their new line of party products and they worked perfectly. One of the first things Ryan had to do to prep our house to sell was fill in all the holes I had made hanging party decorations, I kid you not. So I’m genuinely excited about the entire line (the balloon bunchers would work great for a balloon wall) and know I will use the products frequently, especially since they’re reusable.
The patterns would also work great for a traditional triangle garland or gift wrap. Can I say I have Halloween spirit now?
designs created by Kirsten Bingham
Command is a yamf sponsor but I would like their products even if they weren’t. See the entire line of party specific products right here. Command Party products can also be found in the party aisle at your local Walmart.
I wanted to have a Mufasa/Simba moment (queue the music) to announce the arrival of Margo so I asked the talented husband and wife team, Eva and Kirk of Sycamore Street Press, to design and print a special announcement. Eva has designed my favorite announcements of all time so I had no doubt the result would be pretty fantastic. And that it is. I’m framing it for her nursery and it will always be a treasure.
Because Eva and Kirk are so kind, they’re offering 25% off their entire shop until this Friday, October 10th. Just use the code youaremyfave at checkout. Three of my favorites are this floral gift wrap, a foil pressed card for new parents, and a gold foil art print.
photo of Margo taken by Nicole Coleman
Do you ever receive ads in the mail but the business puts them in a colored envelope and handwrites the address? I always fall for it. So basically what I’m trying to say with these envelope ideas is trick your friends into opening whatever you send to them. Because an invitation to your tupperware party isn’t always well received.
Get the details right here on Julep.