a candy button backdrop is my fave

March 29, 2013

candy button photo backdrop

candy button photo backdrop

As useless as candy buttons are as an actual candy (hardened cough syrup), they sure make a happy backdrop for a photo booth. I posted the one step tutorial right here on Julep.

And a few links for your weekend:
– If you haven’t dyed your eggs yet, here are 10 ideas
Best DIY Projects of the Week (the accordion style lamp is brilliant)
7 of the best (looking) ways to print your Instagram photos
– Fave wooden block sets (I want them all)

Have a terrific Easter!

diy easter baskets are my fave

March 28, 2013

diy easter baskets

I know, Easter is three days away and you’ve already got the ham in the oven. But if you tend to do things last minute like me, you might be interested in busting out one of these simple, fabric covered baskets. They’ll only take you about 15 minutes each and trump the plastic woven variety.

diy easter baskets

To make your own you’ll need:
– paper mache box (I found these at Hobby Lobby)
– fabric (1/4 yard is plenty)
– Mod Podge
– paint brush
– scissors
– handles from paper bag (I used some from a Nordstrom bag but felt, ribbon or cording would work too)
– paper flowers (the ones I used are from West Elm) or ribbon

Step one: Cover outside of box with Mod Podge then wrap the fabric around to adhere. Smooth out any bubbles and add extra coat of clue on the outside if needed (it dries clear).

Step two: Fold excess fabric on top into open box and trim the fabric on the bottom then fold and glue it to the bottom of the box. Let dry.

Step three: Use hot glue to adhere the handle in the inside of the box then add embellishments and fillings (anything besides black and purple jelly beans).

diy easter baskets

diy easter baskets

diy easter baskets

diy easter baskets

Yes, the ears are eaten off of the bunny in the last photo. I needed some mid blog project nourishment.

a gold dipped feather mobile is my fave

March 27, 2013

Today’s post is from sweet Joy, the gal behind Frock Files


Over the past six months, we’ve turned our second bedroom from a storage space to my office. Now that it’s finally cleared out I have lots and lots of wall space to fill, so I decided to create some of my own artwork. Gold dipped feathers seemed like the perfect thing to conjure magic when I’m feeling uninspired — and, in total, this project costs less than, say, a poster from Ikea.

To make your own you’ll need:
– 5 white turkey feathers
– Gold craft paint
– A jar or small cup
– An ice cube tray
– Gold glitter
– 1 spool embroidery floss
– 1 pants hanger
– White floral tape



1. Pour some gold paint into a cup or jar. Dip the end of a feather into the paint, then immediately cover in glitter. Rest on an ice cube tray or, really, anything that will allow the feather to balance while it dries. Repeat for four remaining feathers. Allow to dry.


2. Take the end of a feather and hold a piece of embroidery floss up against it. Secure the feather and floss together using floral tape. Continue with four remaining feathers, making each piece of embroidery floss a slightly different length.


3. Tie each feather to the pants hanger.


4. Hang somewhere visible. Have all house guests marvel at your artistic talents.


See more from Joy on Frock Files

a boxed breakfast is my fave

March 26, 2013

you are my fave: boxed breakfast

I put this boxed breakfast together as a simple way to treat the adults who are corralling the Easter egg hunt participants this weekend and who surely didn’t have time for breakfast since they were too busy fussing with the bow ties and saddle shoes.

you are my fave: boxed breakfast

To make your own you’ll need:
– a small, sturdy box
– acrylic paints (I honestly don’t think you can beat the colors from the Martha Stewart line)
– stencil (I used a Martha Stewart Crafts adhesive stencil since freehand painting is not my forte)
– paint brush
weck jars
– glassine bag
– breakfast food items (bagel, orange juice, granola, yogurt, fruit)

you are my fave: boxed breakfast

Step one: paint the outside of the box in pattern of your choosing and let dry. You can also make an easy juice label by stamping a circle onto a piece of paper to create an orange. Very little art skill required.

Step two: Prepare food items. Package bagel in glassine bag and seal with tape or a label. Tape juice label onto bottle. Layer yogurt and granola in one weck jar and berries in the other. Fit nicely into box.

Step three: Hand out and enjoy while watching the kids stuff their cheeks full of jelly beans.

you are my fave: boxed breakfast

you are my fave: boxed breakfast

you are my fave: boxed breakfast

This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from  the Martha Stewart Craft line. 

March 22, 2013

egg nesting dolls

I hope the first couple days of spring have been happy on your end. It’s supposed to snow in Denver this weekend (boo) so I guess that means we’ll be forced to stay inside and curse at the teams that screw up our brackets. And I better start planning Beck’s 1st birthday for real (1 month!). Here are a few more posts you might enjoy.

15 free Easter downloads (the stickers would be a great basket filler)
Clever ideas for your Easter egg hunt
– And the coolest Easter projects in the best of the week

And two things for baby too:
Adorable prints for the nursery (or my room)
My favorites from Gap’s newest baby line

Monday is the last time I’ll be teaching the Alt online class, Bringing Home the Bacon When Your Blog Isn’t Huge – $15 for an hour with me spilling my secrets!

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