a giant wall flower is my fave (guest post from alli)

May 31, 2012

I had a baby so I’ve invited some fave guests to take over for me while I spend time with the little guy. Today’s post is from the always delightful Alli of Hooray

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With the abundance of paper flower tutorials out there, I’d be surprised if we’re not all making these in our sleep. For awhile I’ve had a few simple tissue poms up on one wall of our living room, but after seeing these over-sized crepe paper flowers, I figured it was time for an upgrade.
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Though the instructions call for fancy crepe paper, I just used the cheap kind I had on hand from the local craft store. I made about 14 heart shaped petals from pink, and 5 or 6 teardrop petals from cream (for a nice layered look).
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Because the petals are so large and the paper not very sturdy, my finished flower is a bit floppy, but perfect for casually hanging on a wall. To hang, I bent the wire stem into a circle and suspended it from a thumbtack in the wall. And voila! A pretty addition to our room and just in time for spring.
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a welcome to the world shower is my fave

May 30, 2012

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A couple months ago when my belly was a tad more basketball-ish, my friend Mykol (who clearly has impeccable taste) hosted an amazing baby shower. The theme was welcome to the world so everything from the invitation envelope to the paper garland favor were map and globe themed. She even borrowed about thirty globes from her mom’s collection to scatter throughout the house! It looked (and the food spread tasted) like something right out of the pages of Martha Stewart Living. I am dang lucky to have such thoughtful friends. Beck definitely had a warm welcome to the world.

All photos taken by the talented Diana of Yan Photography

This post is sponsored by Disney Baby. I’ll be joining the Disney Baby blogging team next month, and look forward to sharing these kinds of stories (projects/ideas/etc) with you over there! Stay tuned for more details!

a dip drip vase diy is my fave (guest post from chelsea)

May 29, 2012

I had a baby so I’ve invited some fave guests to take over for me while I spend time with the little guy. Today’s post is from crafting champion, Chelsea from Lovely Indeed.

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I’ve got a cool little DIY for you, so get your materials together:
– clear glass vase
– gold paint
– container to dip in

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This project is about as simple as you can get. Make sure your vase is clean and dry. Pour your paint into a container that’s wider than the top end of your vase (my old used butter container worked like a charm). Holding your vase upside-down, dip it in the paint, only about a quarter of the way in. Flip the vase right-side-up and place it on a covered surface to dry.

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That’s all there is to it! Let the paint do its thing, and make sure it’s thoroughly dry before you begin handling it. Fill it with some gorgeous spring flowers and sit back to admire your handiwork.

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Happy dipping!

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one month is my fave

May 25, 2012

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On Monday Beck turned one month old. To say time has moved quickly is an understatement and to be honest, it’s been a bit of a blur. So to help me visually keep track of his rapid growth, I’ve decided to take monthly photos on the same blanket and detail a few of his stats and traits.

This little guy has been gaining weight like a champ but if you take a look at his scrawny limbs you might think it’s all going to his head. He’s got a cry as loud as a siren but only let’s that be known when he’s tired or hungry. Otherwise he’s perfectly content just opening his eyes wide and staring at his surroundings while flailing about. We’re so happy and blessed.

How did/are you keeping track of your baby’s growth? Here are some other cute monthly baby photos I thought you might like:
Headshots with fabric letters
12 months, same chair
Resting on daddy’s arm
Colorful patterned fabric backdrops
Playing dress-up (this one is elaborate but hilarious)

This post is sponsored by Disney Baby. I’ll be joining the Disney Baby blogging team next month, and look forward to sharing these kinds of stories (projects/ideas/etc) with you over there! Stay tuned for more details!

an herb garden in a box is my fave (guest post from randi)

May 24, 2012

I had a baby so I’ve invited some fave guests to take over for me while I spend time with the little guy. Today’s post is from Randi of Swoon.

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Spring has always been my favorite season for lots of obvious reasons. Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the days are getting longer. If you’re as nerdy about Spring as I am, why not spread the love with this simple gift? It’s perfect for neighbors and teachers too.

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All you need is a half carton of eggs, a few seed packets, some soil, and a label (download my label below). I recently learned that if you sprout your seeds in an eggshell with a little bit of soil, you can plant the whole thing when it’s ready, eggshell and all!

Here’s how to make your own herb garden in a box: Carefully crack each of your six eggs near the top and discard the top of the shell. Set the eggs aside for some serious omelet making. Gently wash the eggshells with soap and water and let dry. Once dry, use a needle to poke a few holes in the bottom of each eggshell. It’s not as hard as it sounds! The best method is to “screw” the needle in until it pokes a hole in the shell.

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Place your eggshells, right side up in the carton and fill with a little bit of potting soil. Pick a few seed packets designed for transplanting and put in an envelope or drawstring bag. Put your seeds in the top of the carton and carefully close. Put your label on top and tie with pretty ribbon or a fabric scrap.

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Now download the label here and get making.

Happy spring!

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