a brief hiatus is my fave

November 6, 2014

this place is crazy town

I mentioned on Instagram that we’re leaving Denver. Actually, we’ve officially left and are headed to Washington state. I know your first reaction to that sentence is, “Seattle is great! You’ll love it there!” but we’re actually moving to eastern Washington. Kennewick to be exact. You can send a sympathy note in the mail.

Now don’t get me wrong, there will be good things about this move (family! no commute!) but I’m having a difficult time leaving the community and friends we’ve made in Denver. Like hide under a blanket and sob daily kind of difficult. So as I make this transition, shortly after making the transition of being a mother of two, and while everything is in boxes still waiting on our new house – I’ve decided to allow myself a break and take a brief hiatus from this blog. I do have some holiday posts prepped for Julep (including a How to Holiday list!) and will be sharing those and other updates on Instagram, so follow me there if you’re afraid of withdrawals. And I’ll be back in the new year with some fresh content.

Thank you, as always, for reading and being a friend.

artwork by Rachel Castle

party popper place cards are my fave

November 5, 2014

Jumping from Halloween to Christmas, that’s how I roll.
diy confetti poppers

I just announced the diy holiday workshop I’ll be hosting at west elm next week (rsvp here!) so I thought I’d share the party popper project in action as place cards.

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confetti poppers

diy confetti poppers

Having one of these poppers at each setting adds some fancy and fun to the table. You can fill them with confetti, money, fortunes, special prizes, or treats. Even if you’re not planning on having guests, make them for your family. They’ll love them so much, it might lead to a better Christmas gift for you.

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holiday table ideas

Along with the poppers, you can make an easy centerpiece (no floral design required) to add some festive to the table. Simply mix and match ornaments, tissue balls, and garlands then cluster them together. I used these mid-century paper ornaments, mercury ball ornaments, green tissue balls, and this felt garland.

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diy confetti poppers

Get the easy tutorial for the poppers on this advent post from last year. Or if you’re in Denver, Austin, Edina (Minnesota), St. Louis, Chicago, Oakbrook, Indianapolis, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Durham, Charlotte, Birmingham (Alabama), New Orleans, or El Paso – you can come and make them at your local west elm store next week. Get the full details and rsvp right here. Pull, pop hooray!

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I won’t be able to host the workshop at the Denver store. But the good news is Jennifer Little will be stepping in for me! She’s one of my favorite people with southern charm that will knock your socks off so you’re really lucky.

sources: mid-century dining table, onyx flatware, quilted acrylic wine glass, ikat stripe salad plates, platinum dinner plates

Photos: Jennifer Little

a west elm event is my fave

October 24, 2014

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I have some fun news today! Every room in my house has at least one item from west elm in it so I was beyond excited when they asked me to host a DIY holiday workshop. Come craft some party poppers (great for place cards, advents, or new years eve!) alongside me on November 13th at west elm Denver. The event is free but there is limited space so in order to attend, you need to rsvp right here.

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This workshop will also be held at west elm stores in Austin, Edina (Minnesota), St. Louis, Chicago, Oakbrook, Indianapolis, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Durham, Charlotte, Birmingham (Alabama), New Orleans, and El Paso.

Don’t see your local store on the list? Three other crafty bloggers are hosting events across the country. You can see all the who, what, and where right here on Front + Main (every store will be holding an event!).

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Even if you wouldn’t define yourself as crafty, all of the projects are user friendly so come join in. Plus it’s a great excuse to check out the holiday collection, bust out the festive tunes, and meet new friends.

west elm Denver DIY Party Popper Workshop
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: 2955 E. 1st Avenue, Denver
Click here to rsvp

a swan and a strawberry are my fave

October 23, 2014

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easy diy halloween costume

I couldn’t let the season pass by without putting babies in cutesy homemade costumes. And good news for you non-crafters, both of these costumes only require scissors and a hot glue gun. You know I don’t like to over complicate things.

Find instructions for the swan right here and the strawberry right here on Julep.

PS Even though it says my daughter on the swan post, that’s actually my friend’s adorable little girl Ettie.

halloween buckets are my fave

October 15, 2014

from guest contributor Kelly Smith

When I was a kid I was so proud to walk around the neighborhood with the candy bag my mom sewed to look like a jack-o-lantern. So, of course, I wanted to make something similar for my kids to use year after year. That is, until I realized that sewing is not my strong suit. So, I opted for this Halloween bucket hack instead.

Supplies: All you need to make a Halloween candy bucket is a galvanized bucket from a hardware store, a can of spray paint, a little bit of vinyl, and a sealer. That means no real crafting skills necessary.

Process: While waiting for the spray paint to dry on each bucket, I hopped over to the Cricut Design Space and picked out a few spooky figures, loaded my vinyl, and pressed GO on my Cricut Explore. But if you don’t own a Cricut Explore, you could just as easily cut shapes out with scissors or an x-acto knife. Once the shapes were cut, I placed them right onto the bucket and finished with a bit of decoupage to protect the paint and vinyl from Halloween shenanigans.

Time: This was super easy and took less than 30 minutes.

And, do I even have to mention that this didn’t cost much more than the cheesy plastic ones found at Walmart? Step it up people, step it up.





This post has been submitted as an entry to the Cricut Design Star Challenge.

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