appreciative gift recipients are my fave

June 30, 2011

I already posted about this on HHH but I couldn’t help but post it here too because it made me so happy. I sent Emily a summer party in a box and she put it to good use. Here are just a couple photos from the party that her kids claimed was the best ever. I like that kids are so easy to please. If a party involves lots of sugar, it’s declared the best.

To make the banner, I used letters from a banner kit then covered their colored metallic ugliness with washi tapein summery hues. I think I need one for the half wall too.

Hooray for summer parties!

spotted and hearted

June 29, 2011

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Perfect prints for the kitchen spotted on Creature Comforts

Cute family reunion tees (I thought it was an oxymoron too) spotted on Angela Hardison

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I’m already excited for next summer spotted on One Sydney Road

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A beautiful video capturing a hot air balloon ride spotted on That’s Happy

I love that Stella (we’re on a first name basis) threw a garden party to show off her latest collection spotted onSize Too Small

I’m writing a little summer series on different US cities to party in first up, D-town of course! spotted on A Subtle Revelry

two projects for the 4th are my fave

June 28, 2011

Contrary to popular belief, a 4th of July project doesn’t have to involve an American flag with an eagle soaring across it holding a banner that says something about liberty and guns. That is just a description of my tattoo.

Both of these projects are super quick and could be a good addition to your weekend festivities.
Picnik collage
Patriotic Noise Makers
– small noise makers (found at the dollar store)
– patterned paper
– metallic fringe garland (party store)
– double sided tape
Roll your paper into a cone shape and attach to the noise maker with double sided tape. Cut to size and add the fringe around the bottom with tape and you’re golden.

Ginormous Sparkler Tube 
– wrapping paper tube, cut to size
– patterned paper
– double sided tape
– tissue
– large sparklers
Cut the tube to a length a little longer than the sparklers. Make a stop at one end with a piece of wax paper and a rubber band. Cover the tube with patterned paper and stick with double sided tape. Stuff the sparklers in and finish with tissue paper and a twine bow.

Now I’m going to go march around to something by John Sousa.

how i met your style is my fave

June 27, 2011

One of my readers (hi Tuwie!) brought to my attention the lovely site, How I Met Your Style. Filled with pretty shots of details surrounding the incredibly stylish, it make you a twinge jealous but inspired all at the same time. I love some of the quirky bits captured.

I swear these photographers could even make my closet with the plastic sock bin stuffed inside of it look good. One day I will have money to spend at the Container Store on matching hangers and such and then I’ll sing, “I’m a star! I’m on top! Somebody bring me some ham!”

images from HIMYS by photographers Carmen Chan and Ken Wu

summer pops are my fave

June 24, 2011

For the final day of summer giving I gifted myself Pops! and a popsicle mold. I’m just trying to keep my summer goals here people. If that means I have to buy myself presents, so be it.

These were my first pops of the season, root beer float. They didn’t turn out as pretty as the picture in the book but they are mighty tasty. All you do is plop a cherry in the mold, pour in some root beer, add a scoop of vanilla and top it off with more root beer. Badda bing, badda boom.

Have a delightful summer weekend.

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