a friend with chocolate is my fave

June 29, 2012

I really love this whole set of quotes Erin Jang designed for Real Simple but this one is tops. Now I understand why everybody thinks Charles Dickens was a genius (kidding).

Some more posts I wrote this week that you’re sure to like:
4th of July project goodness
11 food blogs you should be reading (not recommended if you’re trying to lose weight)
The mega awesome DIY project round-up PART 1
And PART 2
Summer shoe wish list (I’ve already caved and bought a few pairs)
Best of the week!

a bridal shower in a box is my fave

June 28, 2012

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It’s the perfect time of year to throw a garden party for a bride to be. Start with these cute bridal shower invitations from Wedding Paper Divas, add the ingredients for a simple centerpiece, serving pieces and favor boxes and you’ve got yourself the start of a pretty shower. And now I feel like grabbing my sun hat and sipping some fancy drink with my lady friends.

Other things that could be included: something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, coordinating thank you cards from Wedding Paper Divas, favorite party food recipes and non perishable ingredients.

sources: bowls from Target, vintage fabric, sweet styling invitations, flags from BHLDN, Martha Stewart favor boxes (no longer available), string lights from Target, vase from Urban Outfitters, bamboo utensils from Garnish

spotted and hearted

June 27, 2012

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A pretty shower for a little girly on her way spotted on Katie’s Pencil Box

Wooden gradient blocks spotted by Katie

I want to make a bike ice cream cart spotted on A Subtle Revelry

A menu printed on a napkin is a genius idea spotted on Snippet and Ink

photo: Jessica Lorren

macrame balloons are my fave

June 26, 2012

You know it’s going to be a good day when Sharon visits YAMF. These macrame balloons would look amazing in a huge bundle don’t you think?
Do you wish you had a local bar named the Regal Beagle that you could go to with your friends?  Did your dad have facial hair that looked similar to Magnum PI? Was your mom’s hair down to her waist?  If you said yes to any of these questions, your mom probably did some sort of macrame crafts when you were growing up.  If not your mom, it was most certainly hanging in a neighbor’s house.  It is popping up again in home decor magazines as everything old seems to be new again.  So I decided to update it and work it in to a party decor.  I recruited a fantastic photographer, Jackie Culmer, to help shoot this as I knew that I wouldn’t be able to capture these balloons the way I wanted you to see them.  She did not disappoint!  I freaking love her work.  And I kind of want to make some of these to just hang around the house!

While you could certainly use macrame cording (which I kind of love because it is an awesome thickness) I decided to use yarn which is cheap and something that most people are likely to have around the house.  Likewise, while lots of people are in to the giant balloons, which not only cost an arm, you still have to pay to have them filled (a leg) and then figure out how many will fit in your car to get them to the party location.  I think everyday, run of the mill balloons, are super festive and there are tons of new ways to use them for a big impact without needing a PHD in Crafting or a lot of dough.

See the full tutorial after the jump. (more…)

beck’s birth announcements are my fave

June 22, 2012

I think the day I announced my pregnancy I called dibs on Suann to design and print the announcements. I’ve admired her work since my early days of blogging and had the pleasure of working with her on Hip Hip Hooray so I knew the final product would be no less than stellar. And I was right of course. She churned these bad boys out in no time even though she had the NSS just a week after. Suann, you are my fave.

design and letterpress printing by Suann of Simplesong Design
photo by Jennifer Little of Sugar 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!

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