This box is for the Leslie Knope holiday known as Galentine’s Day because heaven knows, men wouldn’t fully appreciate the cuteness of those bowls.
While most of the boxes I feature here are put together solely for the blog, I actually gave these as favors for a Galentine’s brunch last week. It was one of those times when it was better to be the gifter than the giftee. A little bit because it was like shopping for myself but mostly because I knew that it would be loved and appreciated. And that it was. My gal pals have good taste.
I wouldn’t list promptness as one of my strengths, hence delivering you these postcard valentines just a few days before the holiday. But if you print them out today and simply slap a stamp and address on them, they’ll get to your far away favorites just in time.
I can just hear Chris Traeger saying, “you are literally, my fave.”
design: Kirsten Bingham
My sister told me her kid’s school just implemented a no candy valentines policy (this slightly bums me out thinking that in the future Beck won’t be bringing home a fake mailbox full of treats that I can confiscate and eat myself). So I came up with this candy free valentine that is still sure to impress since fake glasses are all the rage. Get the free printable right here on Julep.
design: Kirsten Bingham
My holiday decoration collection is minimal but my party supply is excessive. So I dug into my stash and repurposed some honeycomb decorations for some Valentine festiveness. And it took a total of five minutes, including a snack break. Get all the info right here on Julep.
Step one: trim your patterned paper to fit the inside back of the box. Place in box, glue if necessary.
Step two: print download, cut out message and shape (animal or boat).
Step three: Make the shape pop-up and adhere it by taking a scrap piece of paper, trimming it down to a rectangle and accordion folding it. Then hot glue the top to the back of the cut-out shape (animal or boat) and glue the bottom of the accordion fold to the back of the box (see the below image). Adhere the flag by folding down the edge of paper and hot gluing to the side of the box.
Fair warning, with the lid on, your valentine may think you’re giving them something a little more blingy than paper. Hopefully one of these won’t cause disappointment.
Design: Kirsten Bingham
This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line.
Last week I shared the before photos of my friend’s kitchen that was in desperate need of a makeover. One thing I failed to mention is that budget was key in transforming the space. The kitchen is in good condition, everything is only a couple years old, and they weren’t ready for any major renovation. We relied on Valspar paint (Valspar Ocean Radiance for the wall, Valspar Feather Quill for the cabinets) and budget friendly tile to make everything look upgraded when really nothing was replaced. Behold, the after:
I think you’ll be floored to know that this was all done for under $200! Can you believe that?! It looks like an entirely different space.
Feeling motivated to spruce up a room in your house? Lucky for you Valspar is giving away four gallons of Feather Quill to one winner and four gallons of Ocean Radiance (the colors used in this project) to one winner. Simply comment on this post by eod Friday, February 7th stating where you would use the paint in your home. Happy painting!
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Valspar is confident that you’ll find the right paint color for you, but if you don’t like the first color you choose, you can have another on them. It’s all part of the Valspar Color Guarantee. I know from experience – the first color chosen for the wall was a mustard yellow that looked a little too curry in the space. With the Color Guarantee, we weren’t afraid to try another color.
Just in time for your Olympic festivities, this mini mountain cake was created by Rebecca Hansen of First Mate Photo.
This cake is pretty easy, looks really wintery, and will get your gang in the mood for the Olympics. I used a beehive cake mold to get my cake mountain shaped but if you feel up to it you can bake three layers of cake and shave away the sides until you have the shape you like.
- Beehive cake mold (you can find these on Amazon)
- 1 Box mix (don’t make your life harder than it needs to be)
Follow the instructions on the box for a bundt cake. Done.
Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting:
- 1 stick butter (softened)
- 1 Package cream cheese (softened)
- 4 cups powder sugar
In a mixer beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the sugar (one cup at a time), making sure your mixer is on low when you add it. If the icing seems too thick you can add milk a tablespoon at a time until you get the right consistency.
If you are using the beehive cake mold, cut off any excess cake on the flat insides of your cake. Put a thick layer of frosting between the two and stick them together. Then give your cake a good crumb coat. Lightly cover the entire cake in a thin layer of icing then let it set in the fridge for 15 minutes. Next add a thick layer of frosting. This layer doesn’t need to be too neat since you’ll be covering it.
While your crumb coat is setting assemble your giant slalom gates (those red and blue flags). Use an inch of washi tape and wrap each end around a toothpick. Set aside.
Once you have your cake completely frosted, cover the frosting in coconut. Place your gates on the cake in an alternating pattern. Put a skier at the top or somewhere in the course. Add the trees in around the sides then dust the cake with some powdered sugar so it looks extra snowy. Finish up by eating a slice and cheering for Bode.
Valentine’s Day is not on my list of favorite holidays but it is a fun one to craft for. Even if my hearts turn out a little blob-like and my letters are skewed. Get the full tutorial for this easy, oversized valentine right here on Julep.
Ever since I’ve known Kirsten (the lady behind a lot of the design work you see on this blog) she’s been talking about making over her kitchen. Her and her husband bought their modern townhome new but had budget restrictions so the kitchen was all standard builder grade. The rest of the home is a mix of modern/mid-century and the oak cabinets stuck out like a sore thumb. Kirsten tries to avoid looking at them since she despises them so much but that’s kind of hard (read: impossible) with the open layout. She’s decided it’s time to change all that, so this week I’m helping transform the room with a little paint from Valspar. Here are some before shots (the least attractive room I’ll feature on my blog) and the inspiration for the makeover:
I’m showing you these photos so you can really be wowed when you see the afters.
Here’s the game plan:
- Paint the back wall Valspar Ocean Radiance (Kirsten’s first choice was actually Valspar Sense of Wonder, but after painting a swatch she decided to go in a different direction. Luckily Valspar has the Color Guarantee where they offer a complimentary replacement color to anyone who does not like their first color choice.
- Paint the cabinets Valspar Feather Quill
- Tile the backsplash with white hexagon tile and gray grout
I’m excited to see the results, I think it will really transform the space. Hopefully we survive, I’ve heard painting cabinets can be a real beast. Wish us luck!
Valspar is newly available at Ace Hardware stores and Valspar is currently rolling out their Ace paint collection nationwide. For a retailer nearest you, please visit the Find A Retailer tool on ValsparPaint.com.
If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I take the Olympic Games very seriously. I’m not much of a sports watcher at other times of the year but when the Olympics come on, the spirit of the games takes over and I’m hooked. Sometimes, I even watch curling (to be fair, it’s the only sport that gives me hope I could be a competing athlete someday).
For you fellow fans, I offer you these Olympic party invitations ready for you to print, fill-in, score, and fold for your viewing parties. Be warned, only invite true fans or you might get some talkers during a very important triple axel.
design: Kirsten Bingham