peach custard pie is my fave

August 19, 2013

Today’s peachy post is from Rebecca of First Mate Photo. I just ate an entire box of peaches in three days so yeah, I need to try this (topped with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream).

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Since it’s peach season (did you know it’s peach season?), I have an abundance of delicious juicy peaches and am trying to think of amazing things to do with them. This one is so easy. The most time consuming part is peeling the peaches. The rest is about as difficult as making a smoothie.

Peach Custard Pie

3 or 4 medium size peaches
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar (plus some to sprinkle over the peaches)
1/3 cup flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar (optional)

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Preheat your oven to 350 and butter a 9 inch pie dish. Prepare your peaches! Peel and halve them, and remove the pits, then cut into small slices. Place the peaches in a bowl and pour a little bit of sugar over the top as well, stir. Arrange the slices in a nice spiral pattern in your plate (or don’t, it doesn’t really matter. who are you trying to impress anyways?)

In a blender, blend the butter, sugar, flour, vanilla, eggs, milk, and salt until smooth.

Pour the batter over the peaches in the pie plate. Bake for 40-45 minutes until it’s golden. If you like you can dust the top with powdered sugar to make it look extra fancy. If you’re into that sort of thing.

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See more from Rebecca at First Mate Photo

mini chalkboard portraits are my fave

August 15, 2013

Today’s post is from my real life best friend and all around creative gal, Kelly of Cloudy Day Gray.

Portraits have always been a fave of mine. Two beautifully made portraits of my brothers hung in our house growing up. The only problem was there were five of us. Three boys and two girls. Investing in art can be tricky when growing a family is involved.

To make these portable, removable, and erasable chalkboard portraits you won’t need much money (less than 15 bucks) or time.

Step 1: Buy a few wooden boards and some chalkboard paint.

Step 2: Paint the boards. It took two coats – allowing one hour in between to dry.

Step 3: Wait 24 hours for the chalkboard paint to cure and then color the boards completely with chalk.

Step 4: Wipe off the base chalk and create simple portraits of your family members.

Step 5: I used velcro command strips to hang on my wall so that I could easily take them off and draw something new.

Step 6: Position them where you want and press for a few minutes. Enjoy!

See more from Kelly (and get seriously baby hungry, thanks Matilda) on Cloudy Day Gray

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!).

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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. 

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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.

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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


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