gold gilded gift boxes are my fave

October 31, 2013

diy gold gilded gift boxes | you are my fave

Since I’ve learned how easy it is to gild, I can’t stop thinking of surfaces I want to turn golden. I’m kind of worried my house might start looking like a tacky Las Vegas hotel. Please stop me if it gets to that point (but let me down gently, with ice cream or something).

diy gold gilded gift boxes | you are my fave

For now, we’ll start with gift boxes. To make your own you’ll need:
– wooden boxes (I found these at Michaels for a dollar!)
– masking tape
– acrylic paint
Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Adhesive
Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Sheets
Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Brush Set

Step one: Tape off one side of the box and paint with acrylic (you may need a couple coats). Let dry and remove tape.

Step two: Tape off the painted side and cover with gilding adhesive. Let air dry until tacky.

Step three: Lay gilding sheet face down on top of the glued side. Press down firmly with a brush and gently peel away the excess. Done!

diy gold gilded gift boxes | you are my fave

These boxes would be perfect for party favors, small gifts, or tabletop storage.

diy gold gilded gift boxes | you are my fave

diy gold gilded gift boxes | you are my fave

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

last minute halloween costumes are my fave

October 24, 2013

ice cream man halloween costume

drummer boy halloween costume

The request was to create Halloween costumes that could be made with items you most likely already have in your home. The results were a marching band drummer and an ice cream scooper modeled by a candy bribed toddler. You can find the directions for both of these costumes (plus three adorable ones from Kelly) right here on Martha Stewart. Yes, Martha Stewart! Hot diggity dog.

ten minute costumes are my fave

October 22, 2013

I don’t think I knew that store bought Halloween costumes existed as a child. My mom would somehow find a way to whip up seven costume requests, often tirelessly the night before. While I didn’t inherit her sewing skills, I did inherit her diy attitude. Here are three costumes that can be pulled together in 10 minutes or less with items you probably already own.

The Marathon Runner:
marathon runner halloween costume

– white tee
– shorts
– tennis shoes
– paper
– markers
– white cloth headband

marathon runner halloween costume

The Original Mouseketeer (this will score you big points with the 60+ crowd):
mouseketeer halloween costume

– white tee
– black marker
– mouse ears

mouseketeer halloween costume

The Cute Clown:
easy clown halloween costume

– patterned pants and tee
– bow tie
– party hat (I covered mine with fabric)
– yarn (for a pom flower)

easy clown halloween costume

For more easy diy costume ideas, my friend Kelly has an awesome series that’s definitely worth a look.

PS The only way I could get Beck to sit still and not pull the hats off was to turn on a Taylor Swift music video. That’s why he has the same glossy eyed expression in every photo.

a surprise birthday party is my fave

October 17, 2013

My niece turned twelve last weekend so as a special surprise, I flew to Minneapolis to help my sister pull off a surprise party (yes, I’m the cool aunt and Beck is the youngest cousin so naturally the favorite). Everything from the color palette to the favors were based off of  the theme Maren’s favorite things. Here’s a look at the results.

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

I have to admit, I’m not really familiar with what 12-year-olds think is cool nowadays so I was a bit stumped creating the party plan. We ended up having a photo booth (which was a huge hit), a sit-down dinner with a menu they could customize, haiku writing (about the birthday girl), and then I taught them some group games. They were hilariously loud and over excited about everything. Ah, middle school. One girl deemed the party, “Pinterest worthy,” so I’m going to consider it a success.

invitation and menu design: Kirsten Bingham
sources: cake stand, honeycomb balls, gold glittered letters from Michaels, party hats, striped straws, favor bags

paper bag lights tutorial

joining the slow blogging movement is my fave

October 10, 2013


Over a year ago I declared on Twitter that I had lost my blogging sparkle (an embarrassing choice of words, I admit). At the time I thought I was just adjusting to motherhood. But as time went on and even as I had established a schedule for myself, I couldn’t shake the feeling of missing something.

I listened to all the voices telling me that all I needed to do was, “HUSTLE!” So I kept at it, working harder and putting in more hours. But the feeling lingered and maybe got worse. I sought advice (and pep talks), attempted some formulaic ideas and methods, and kept going. The blogging stress and pressure seemed to be a daily experience.

Eventually I had to realize that the hustle and formulaic approaches were causing my work to suffer. And not just my work, but I was neglecting the more important parts of my life too. I think I realized this months ago and it has taken me some time to come to my conclusion of change. Today I’ve decided to follow Erin and join what she termed the slow blogging movement. I’m slowing things down a bit around here. Less content. More thought. I like what my friend Danyelle says, “your blog can be whatever you want it to be.” Right now I want it to be a place I enjoy again because that’s just silly if it isn’t.

PS I’ve been thinking about deleting this post all morning but have decided maybe one of you will benefit from hearing the words slow down instead of hustle.

quote source: Anamu

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