a surprise baby shower is my fave

August 14, 2013

Lexy girl is expecting and soon! Today I’m participating in a virtual baby shower to celebrate mama-to-be and baby Ward too by sharing the anatomy of a (really great) baby shower gift.

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The gift philosophy want, need, wear, read doesn’t just apply to Christmas time, it fits nicely when putting together a baby shower gift too. It’s impossible to resist cute little outfits (especially for baby girls) but I love to include a couple of my favorite items too, like a swaddle blanket and board book. And adding a treat (like a chocolate bar or gift certificate for a pedicure) specifically for the mom is always appreciated. Being pregnant is hard work!

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You don’t want your gift to fall flat because the wrapping is ho-hum. I like to use colorful boxes (since I’m rubbish at wrapping the corners flat) and then add flair on top. Poms are a good alternative to bows and super quick to make. And Egg Press makes the best cards.

baby shower gift wrap

Ta-da!

Congrats Lexy! Sorry you already know what your gift is.

I’m not the only one celebrating today, take a look at  all the awesome these ladies created:
Kelly of Studio DIY / Brittni of Paper & Stitch / Chelsea of Lovely Indeed /Ashley of Sugar & Cloth / Melissa of The Faux Martha / Erin of Art Social / Lauren of A Fabulous Fete /Jenny of Hank & Hunt

a striped candy jar is my fave

August 13, 2013

diy striped candy jar

Of all the products from the Martha Stewart Crafts line, I definitely use the paints the most. You can’t beat the range of colors. This month I got to try out the glass paints and created this easy striped candy jar that would work well for a neighborly gift.

diy striped candy jar

Supplies:
- glass storage container
- Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint
- Martha Stewart Crafts Stencil Tape
- paint brush

To make your own, tape off where you’d like the stripes on the jar just like you would if you were painting a wall. If you want to trim down your tape so there’s less space between the stripes, use a ruler and rotary cutter to create a straight line. Paint straight onto the glass (a couple coats) and let dry completely before pulling off the tape carefully. Fill with a treat and make someone happy.

diy striped candy jar

diy striped candy jar

diy striped candy jar

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

a necklace making workshop is my fave

August 12, 2013

Last week I co-hosted (with the lovely ladies of Anthropologie) a necklace making workshop. The crafting crowd was delightful, the food spread tasty, and the final results were every day wear worthy. Here are some snaps from the night.

diy wooden bead necklaces

diy wooden bead necklaces

diy wooden bead necklaces

diy wooden bead necklaces

diy wooden bead necklaces

diy wooden bead necklaces

The wooden beads were painted with acrylic paints (two coats looked best) then strung with a strip (about 1/2″ rolled) of stretch jersey fabric cut from old t-shirts. They take less than an hour to put together and can easily be crafted by kids or adults alike. I loved the results!

Thank you Anthropologie and all the ladies who came out to craft it up.

sources: faceted beads (thanks Danyelle), round beads from Joann’s, acrylic paints from Martha Stewart Crafts

bottom left photo: Erin of Sewbon

clay letter cake toppers are my fave

August 9, 2013

diy cake toppers

When cake toppers are this easy to make, it would be a shame to serve a naked cake. (But not really, because cake is always welcome. Unless it’s pineapple upside down.)

You can check out the easy tutorial I created for Julep, right here.

Other posts you’re sure to like:
- Ready for back to school? Here are DIYS you have to try and preschool crafts and activities
- Clever storage solutions for the nursery (Beck’s stuff is starting to accumulate)
- If you’re in the midst of planning a baby shower, I’ve got your back
- Dang, I want a play room as cool as one of these
- Best diys of the week!

a bubblegum party is my fave

August 7, 2013

Today’s post is from super crafter and cute mom, Amelia of The Homebook. This would have never worked in my house growing up since we had a strict no chewing rule but now I want every party to be bubblegum themed.

bubblegum party | you are my fave

Oh, you know, just fulfilling all of my childhood dreams with this party theme. Am I the only kid who was obsessed with bubblegum? I asked for some at every checkout line, I’m sure of it. With a bag of Skittles on the side, please! I don’t know why I never thought to ask my mom for a bubblegum bash when I was younger, because creating this pink party was fun and easy.

bubblegum party | you are my fave

bubblegum party | you are my fave

bubblegum party | you are my fave

Almost all of the supplies I used for the party were found at Target. All you need are a few packs of pink balloons to resemble blown up bubbles of gum (I used pink water balloons for the smaller balloons), and a whole lot of gum. I decorated the cake with bubblegum tape, and topped it with gumballs stuck onto wooden skewers. To add a bit of humor and keep the party from becoming overly pink and precious, I bought a few chattering teeth from my local party store and put them at each place setting with little blown up pink water balloon. These, along with a handful of gumballs, can double as party favors when your guests go home.

bubblegum party | you are my fave

bubblegum party | you are my fave

For place settings, I cut 4 inch pieces of bubblegum tape and stamped the names of my guests onto them using small letter stamps I had on hand (and found at Michaels a few months ago).

bubblegum party | you are my fave

Now, go and throw your own bubblegum party, and make my candy-obsessed childhood dreams come true. And, while you’re at it, maybe make a dentist appointment– because when this party’s over, you’re sure to have a sore jaw. And probably a few cavities. Sorry!

See more from Amelia on The Homebook

a grown-up pizza party is my fave

August 6, 2013

Sometimes I forget that a party doesn’t have to be a production and that casual get togethers can be more fun. I guess I’ve been blogging too long. A grown-up pizza party takes about 2 hours to put together (grocery shopping and all). I even invited guests only about 6 hours beforehand (look how spontaneous I am!).

grilled pizza

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Menu:
- grilled pizzas (buy pre-made dough to save time) with your choice of toppings (this peach and prosciutto one sounds good, our go-to is feta, tomatoes and basil)
- mixed green salad with raspberries, apple, and candied almonds
- sliced watermelon
- Izzes
- homemade ice cream

Prepping the pizza toppings and grilling the dough before your guests arrive will make it easy to throw them back on the grill and serve them hot right away.

And to think, I didn’t even have to hang up decorations to have fun (not that I won’t do that plenty in the future).

summer camp in a box is my fave

August 2, 2013

summer camp in a box

summer camp in a box

summer camp in a box

My parents never sent me to summer camp but I’ve watched The Parent Trap enough times to feel like I have – because we all know how realistic that movie is.

And now I feel like wearing gingham and eating a popsicle.

sources: Field Notes, Poppin pen, happy camper card, badge, first aid box

a treasure lei is my fave

July 31, 2013

Today’s post is from sweet Joy, the gal behind Frock Files. I think this surprise package put into lei form would be a huge hit as a kid’s party favor. 

treasure-lei-opener

Since it’s summertime, I thought it would be fun to throw a luau and to send everyone home with a lei! Although flower leis are my favorite, they’re hard to make very far ahead of time and they start wilting pretty quickly. Instead, I decided to make a treasure lei for each of the guests. This is the lei that I made for my closest girlfriend.

Materials:
- 8-12 assorted treasures
- 2-3 sheets tissue paper
- Washi tape
- Baker’s twine
- Flower clip or other decoration

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1. Fold each piece of tissue paper in quarters lengthwise and overlap the end of one sheet with the next.

2. Lay the treasures out, leaving a few inches of room between each one. Keep them closer to one edge of the tissue paper.

3. Roll the tissue paper until it makes a long tube.

PicMonkey Collage

4. Join the overlapping center ends of the tissue paper with washi tape. Tie off each side of the center treasure with baker’s twine. Continue with remaining treasures.

5. To join the two ends of the lei, place a small treasure in one side. Overlap that end with the other end. Secure with washi tape.

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6. Decorate with a flower clip, ribbon, or other decoration.

7. Hula the night away!

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See more from Joy on Frock Files

a buttercream message cake is my fave

July 29, 2013

To go along with last week’s typography party ideas, I asked Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land to share a tutorial on writing on top of a cake. She came up with this buttercream wonder. 

I just love vintage-look cakes… and I love typography! Combine vintage cakes and type and you get this ruffly easy-to-execute buttercream cake with an embedded buttercream message. Who doesn’t love a buttercream message? No, not a massage. You’re reading that wrong.

 Get your message across nice and clear – with this cake! So many options for piping words once you get the hang of your “drop star” technique! Monogrammed wedding cake, silly words, hey, even classic Happy Birthday! Who woulda thunk.

You will need:

- A baked and cooled cake that’s all ready to be frosted. Round, square, doesn’t really matter! I made a 7 inch round two layer vanilla cake.
Buttercream! I used around four cups for this 7 inch cake.
- Gel color food coloring to tint your buttercream – although I think an all white cake with a pink colored I LOVE YOU (or other message) would be pretty cute – then you’d only need 1 gel color instead of two. For this cake I used Royal Blue (just a touch) and Lemon Yellow (just a dab).
- An offset spatula or butter knife to frost your cake.
- Two piping bags fitted with an open star tip. For this cake, I used Wilton 22 size. Or, you can use one piping bag and wash it out between color changes!

 Make it!

 1. Start by crumb-coating your cake. That simply means you use your offset spatula or butter knife to cover your cake with a thin layer of buttercream to trap in those crazy old crumbs.

2. Now, place your cake in the fridge or freezer to let it set for 20 minutes. You will want a cold cake when it comes time to pipe your letters in case you mess up (like I did).

3. Fill your piping bags with two different colors – one with the lettering color, and one with the fill color. You will use less buttercream to pipe your letters then you will to fill the empty space. I used ¼ amount of my buttercream for the yellow lettering and the rest was covered in blue buttercream drop stars.

4. Practice piping the drop star on a piece of wax paper or on a spare plate if you want! Then move on over to your cold, fresh-out-of-the-fridge cake! Pipe lines of drop stars to form letters, spelling out your message. I chose “I LOVE YOU.” If you mess up, simply scoop off the letters with the offset spatula, being careful not to graze the crumb coated cake too much. Try piping again! No one will see your blunder once you fill the cake with the fill color. Trust!

4. Now, take the second fill color of buttercream fitted with the size 22 tip. Pipe all around the sides of the cake. I start at the bottom and pipe my way up. Then, move to the top of the cake and fill in the areas surrounding “I LOVE YOU.”

5. Top with a little craft paper heart taped to a wooden BBQ skewer if desired!

 6. Present this cake to whomever it is that you love… and hopefully they will cut you a big old piece to share with them!

Cake, photos and styling by Lyndsay Sung.

birthday shirts are my fave

July 26, 2013

I’m the type of person who likes to milk their birthday for all it’s worth so I decided to make some birthday shirts for those who fall into the same category (kids).

birthday shirt

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Simply print the design (reverse) onto an piece of heat transfer paper and iron it onto a shirt. You could even slip it on the child on a random day of the year to see how many perks you get. I say bring me that free piece of cake!

birthday shirt

birthday shirt


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