fridays are my fave

March 28, 2014

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1. Golf tees + balloons make a happy garden
2. Jelly beans are not my Easter candy of choice, but I love how they look on a cake
3. I wish Mendl’s and the perfect bakery boxes were real
4. My favorite pattern of the moment in garland form
5. Finding inspiration for baby girl’s room in this cheery print

Plus!
- Fave diys of the week
- Fave gram of the week
- Fave pin of the week

letter bag toppers are my fave

March 26, 2014

diy party favors

I try to make all the projects I feature here very doable, and these mini clothespin toppers definitely fall in that category. They take less than five minutes and can be customized as gift toppers/party favors/place cards/unnecessary chip clips.

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All you need are mini clothespins, plastic letters (check the scrapbooking section, these are Recollections brand from Michaels), and a hot glue gun. Simply adhere the letters on the clothespins and top your bag. Effortless party style.

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diy party favors

easter egg hunt invitations are my fave

March 25, 2014

printable easter egg hunt invitations

I’ve seen enough odes to Mini Eggs hat I think most people are in agreement that Easter produces the best candy. If you’re planning to make your kids/friends/pets forage for those delightful morsels (so you can confiscate them later), here are some printable invitations to make the occasion even sweeter.

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I loved this just for fun invitation designed by Christine of Darling Studio so much, I thought the concept would work great for an Easter egg hunt invitation as well. Simply print, fill-in the details, then use a razor blade to cut out the letters (or leave the design as is). For those who like to go the extra mile of being awesome, fill a box with candy eggs and place the invitation inside for a top notch presentation. It will convince invitees that you’re cooler than you really are.

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Easter egg hunt invitation download

design: Kirsten Bingham

a simple flower centerpiece is my fave

March 21, 2014

easy floral centerpiece

I hope this week’s content put a little spring in your step (intentional play on words, hate me if you must). To send you into the weekend, here’s a simple (long lasting!) flower centerpiece I created for Julep. Wouldn’t a series of these be pretty for an Easter table?

More posts you’re sure to love:
- Best of the week!
- And best of (last) week!
- 10 (doable) ways to make your child’s birthday memorable
- Color me obsessed with every single item

Have a sunny one!

a hello spring banner is my fave

March 20, 2014

diy hello spring banner

I’m so happy spring is here, I made a banner to welcome it.

To make your own you’ll need:
- 1/4 yard floral fabric (I knew I would need the perfect floral fabric to execute this project, so I relied on
Bing Image Search and found this dainty daisies pattern from Joel Dewberry. Bingo!)
- 1/4 yard felt
- hot glue gun
- Cricut Iron-on Lite
- iron
- wooden dowel
- twine
- hello spring download

Step one: Cut floral fabric to desired size. Use hot glue to back with felt. Trim edges.

Step two: Print hello spring download and use razor blade to cut the text out of the iron-on material (I used the Cricut Explore to do the hard work for me). Follow package instructions to iron-on to your fabric.

Step three: Fold about an inch of the fabric on the top over and adhere to the back of the banner with hot glue, leaving a space open for the dowel to slide through. Slide the dowel through and knot twine onto the ends to hang. Hello spring.

diy hello spring banner

diy hello spring banner

I mentioned that ever since Meet Make Do I have made a conscious effort to use Bing for my search needs (I’ve made it the default search function for my phone and computer) and and it’s paying off. Not only because it helped me with the creation of this project, but because of Bing Rewards.

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Basically I’m rewarded be for my Internet searches (even the embarrassing ones). Every time I search using Bing, I get points that can be redeemed for useful items like Amazon giftcards. I search so frequently, I was quickly able to earn enough points to purchase the iron-on material needed for this banner. Win!

 

This post was created in partnership with Bing.

flower cake toppers are my fave

March 19, 2014

diy cake toppers

Cake is welcome any season. Spring-one-up with these flower cake toppers that take only seconds to create (so you’re not wasting valuable cake eating time).

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All you need is floral wire and these Martha Stewart Crafts pom-pom stickers. Cut the wire into various lengths and stick the poms on then (bam!) you’ve got yourself some cake toppers.

easy flower cake toppers

easy flower cake toppers

Pretty, right? Just don’t drop the cake on the floor.

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

a floral dotted bunting is my fave

March 18, 2014

no sew garland

I loved this Oscar de la Renta pattern so much, I decided a spring bunting inspired by it was in order. And since I always forget how the bobbin works, it’s no sew. You’re welcome.

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To make your own you’ll need:
- polka dotted fabric
- floral fabric (preferably with a medium scale pattern, like this one from Joel Dewberry)
- felt
- hot glue gun
- Martha Stewart Crafts fabric to fabric decoupage
- twine or thread (I used Martha Stewart Crafts gold thread)

Step one: Cut the polka dotted fabric into flags or triangles. If the fabric needs some heft, back with felt using hot glue.

Step two: Cut around flowers from the floral fabric. Adhere on top of the flags with fabric to fabric decoupage.

Step three: Use a needle to string the thread or hot glue it to the back of each flag. Done!

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diy garland

easy garland

Two more days until spring officially starts, I will survive.

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

happy spring tags are my fave

March 17, 2014

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Thursday marks the first day of spring, hooray! Even if the weather doesn’t automatically change, just the fact that it’s no longer technically winter changes my disposition. I’ve literally had to give myself some pep talks lately to get through this crummy season. So to celebrate, this week will be dedicated to springy projects.

printable spring tags

First up, these happy tags are ready for you to print and attach to a bouquet, sweet treat, bike handle, small child, you name it. Let everybody know you’re in love with spring and not afraid to show it.

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happy spring tag download

design: Kirsten Bingham

meet make do is my fave

March 14, 2014

I’m just going to put it out there that in this post I’m going to gush. I’m going to gush about lovely hosts. I’m going to gush about Palm Springs. I’m going to gush about roomies. I’m going to gush about Bing. I’m going to gush about meeting, making, and doing.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed a couple weeks ago that the usual scenery of my home and Beck was replaced by sunny Palm Springs. I was lucky enough to be invited to a small diy blogger retreat, Meet Make Do, which was hosted by three of my faves – Kelly of Studio DIY, Brittni of Paper & Stitch, and Chelsea of Lovely Indeed and sponsored by Bing. If you’re wondering how in the world I got an invitation, I have no explanation. The entire weekend I was thinking, “I must have done at least one thing right to be here.”

Let me start with the gushing I promised.

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Gush #1: The Accommodations
The mid-century dream house we vacated greeted us with yellow doors, a giant swan, heart totes filled with the goods, and a cheese and jam spread worthy of a magazine spread. Heck yes.

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Gush #2: The Meet
Hands down, my favorite part of the event was chatting and laughing with each of the ladies. I’m an awkward hugger and the second I walked in the door I was embracing each one like it was my job. You would be too if this is who you were with:

me (naturally), Danni of Oh Hello Friend, Chelsea of Lovely Indeed, Brittni of Paper & Stitch, Kelly of Studio DIY, Ashley of Sugar and Cloth, Erin of House of Earnest, Jenn of Scout, Chelsey of The Paper Mama, Brittany of The House That Lars Built, Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel, Mary Costa (taking the photo)

I had met them all on previous occasions but the laid back setting of the event was conducive to long (late into the night) conversations and honest questioning and answers that we don’t normally get as stay-at-home bloggers who usually work solo. It was so refreshing and honestly made me cry of happiness. There were so many a-ha moments you would have thought I was on Oprah.

We also had quite a few laughs, like when I convinced Brittany to do this.

By the end of the 2 1/2 days, I was trying to convince them all it would be a great idea to start a commune together. Oh, how I love them all so.

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Gush #3: The Making
The hosts made sure we were well stocked with supplies (even the stash was styled) so for one day we just spent time making together. I loved seeing everyone’s creative processes and seeing how we pooled our talents to pull off some amazing projects (another reason the commune would be so great).

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Gush #4: Bing
I’d never been to Palm Springs before the trip but knew (thanks Instagram) that it was the colorful place where bloggers go for all their dreams to come true. And that it was my friends, that it was. To plan my trip to the unknown (since I had an entire day to myself, wheee!), I used Bing Travel app. I honestly had never used Bing regularly but since they were sponsoring the event, I made an effort to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised by the results. I especially loved that I could see when was the best time to buy my plane ticket, I was able to see panoramic views of where I was headed, and map all my destinations out. It made for a good day of exploring (and a delicious eggs benedict). And I’m a complete convert to their image search.

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Gush #5: The (Second) Accommodations
Due to a slight hiccup, we had to switch over to The Saguaro. It’s a rainbow-hued hotel, need I say more? Okay, I will say more. The hotel restaurant, El Jefe, served the best french toast I have ever eaten. I would make a special trip back to Palm Springs just to partake of the citrus-vanilla, deep fried goodness again.

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Gush #6: The Doing (And Lesson Learned)
As I mentioned, a lot of the time was spent dishing with the ladies. I came into things thinking I was going to learn some tricks from these admirable bloggers that would help me (selfish, I know). We did indeed share tips/stories/rates etc but when I was trying to decipher the secret formula to success it all came back to this simple phrase we’ve all heard before. Work hard and be nice. This was universal, all of these women work extremely hard (their content proves that) but they wouldn’t be where they are without being nice. One of my favorite conversations was about power-houses we admire who didn’t give up being nice to be on top. It seems too simple but no phrase could be more true. Ah, I’m turning all Oprah on you now.

I’m done with the gushing for now but if you ever want to ask me for more details in person, be prepared for waterworks because if there ever was a fave – Meet Make Do is it.

Photography: Mary Costa
no one belongs here blanket from Coveted Things, work hard print from Minted

PS You can win a bag of goods just like I posted! Enter on Paper & Stitch, Studio DIY, and/or Lovely Indeed

one cake, three ways is my fave

March 13, 2014

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Jazzing up your cake doesn’t have to be a sweat inducing ordeal. Lazy cake decorating with visual impact can be as easy as 1-2-3! All you need to do is head to the grocery store for inspiration.

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Start with a bare naked, just frosted in vanilla buttercream cake. From scratch or from a mix, either way seems great to me as long as cake is involved!

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1. For a chocolate shards cake, use your favourite good quality chocolate bar. I used milk chocolate with sea salt. Chop the bar into rough triangular shards.

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Place the shards into the top of the buttercream like a chocolate glass city of the future or a sculptural chocolate field.

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2. Omg candy cake! Surprise a candy-loving or rainbow-loving pal with a cake dotted with colorful favourites such as swedish berries, candy shelled chocolate eggs in pastel colors, sparkly sour fruit gummies and malt balls. There would have been more malt balls on this cake if I had been able to stop myself from eating most of them.

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3. Want to go au naturel? Go fruity with fresh strawberries. Using a sharp paring knife, thinly slice strawberries into triangle shapes.

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Make a strawberry crown with a strawberry border! Lightly press the slices into the buttercream to adhere.

What other simple grocery store item ideas would you use to bring life to a simple cake? Do tell!

Happy cakeing!

Cake, photos and styling by Lyndsay Sung.


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