honeycomb party decorations are my fave

September 28, 2012

honeycomb ball decorations
For years people passed by honeycomb decorations thinking they were cheap and dated and then Martha came along and slapped her seal of approval on them and now they’re a party staple. I’m a fan.

Other posts I wrote this week that you’re sure to like:
A day in the life of Beck
Party hats you’ll want to wear
These are perfect for your Halloween party
You’ll want to make all of these geometric projects
Awesome ideas for all your Instagrams
Best DIYs of the week

Bonus! If you’re near Costa Mesa, come shopping with me this weekend!

images: Bolia via Simply Grove, Bondville, Susanna Vento, Varpunen, Merriment Events, Weekday Carnival

a three layer peanut butter pie is my fave

September 26, 2012

frozen peanut butter pie
peanut butter cup cake
Every Thanksgiving my sisters and I (Ryan can’t be trusted, he likes pumpkin) try to determine the winning pie of the year among the 30 varieties there usually are. Last year this chocolate peanut butter mousse pie made by my 14 year old cousin won. I just made it last week for a friend’s birthday and thought it might be time to dish out the recipe.

Layer one:
1 c. chocolate graham cracker crumbs (I just used normal graham crackers)
1/3 c. honey-roasted peanuts, chopped
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted

In medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, peanuts and butter; press mixture in bottom and up sides of 9″ pie pan or spring form pan. Set aside.

Layer two (I like to go heavy on this one):
1/2 c. whipping cream
1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips

Pour cream into microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir in condensed milk and chocolate chips until smooth. Spoon into crust. Chill 1 hour.

Layer three:
1 c. whipping cream
1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
6 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1 c. Peanut Butter Crunch cereal (optional)

In large bowl, beat cream to stiff peaks; set aside.

In separate bowl, beat condensed milk, cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Fold in whipped cream and cereal. Spoon over chocolate filling.

Freeze 3-5 hours or until firm. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with mini peanut butter cups.

I apologize if I just ruined your diet.

a color collective is my fave

September 25, 2012

Alternate titles: things I’ve come across and liked and somehow they all fit together so nicely or mint green unites us.

sources: mottled knobs from Anthropologie, chair photo from 91 Magazine, push pins from Omoi Zakka Shop, happy birthday cards from Moglea, Hill painting from Kelly Neidig

tissue flower garlands are my fave

September 24, 2012

Today’s post is a special treat from the queen of diy party goodness, Jenny of Hank and Hunt.

I have always admired the gorgeous garlands by Ashley Meaders, they are so fun and playful. Oh, and the colors are amazing. They just make me happy. I heard from a little birdy that you want to know how to make one, well, this is my cheater version.

tissue paper
XL Glue Dots 

I have always wanted to make this garland, but shy away from sewing flowers by hand. I am kind of a klutz and if I know anything it is that I will eventually poke myself. These XL adhesive dots are 1″ in diameter, perfect for making a good sized flower.

The first thing you will do is cut 5″ squares of tissue paper. This doesn’t have to be exact, you are cutting most of it off anyway. Fold ten squares in half. Then fold it in half again. Using your scissors, cut three petals, starting on the fold as shown. It is okay if they aren’t even, variation looks pretty once the flower is made. Cut as many as you need for your garland, I made about 12 for two short ones.

Open the flower and separate the pieces. Take the XL Glue Dot and peel off the top clear layer, this will reveal one sticky side. Take a flower piece and press over your finger to a point, flatten and press into the Glue Dot.  Repeat around the edge of the Glue Dot until you have covered the entire outer edge, about 6 flower pieces. Take one more flower piece and press flat over the center. Repeat this for as many flowers as needed.

Once you have your flowers, set out a piece of twine.  Flip over a flower and peel off the remaining clear sheet to reveal the sticky side. Run the twine down the center of the Glue Dot. Fold the flower in half towards itself to seal and adhere. Press and fluff with fingers. Move down the line to make more flowers on your garland.

Use these easy to make flowers in a garland as shown or for decoration, any way you do will be amazing. These are quick, easy and addicting…you won’t be able to stop.

colorful jewelry knobs are my fave

September 20, 2012

Super simple, something that you can whip out while watching one episode of Parks and Rec (happy season premiere day!), no written tutorial needed. That’s a weekly quick craft for you.

Disclaimer: I did this project a while ago then came across one almost identical to it at the beginning of this week. I didn’t intentionally copy anyone but will admit it’s not a super original idea that I’m seeking the patent for.

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