DIY // State Silhouette Easter Eggs

April 18, 2014

DIY State Silhouette Easter Eggs

Okay, okay, okay. I need to be stopped. I’m snowballing, but with eggs. Egg-balling? That’s a thing, right? I’ve got one more quick little Easter DIY for you and that would be these easy peasy DIY state silhouette Easter eggs. If you thought yesterday’s was easy, well then this is your cup o’ tea.

DIY State Silhouette Easter Eggs

Take a pencil. Take an egg. Take a sharpie. Draw your state. Or all of the states! Fill in with a sharpie marker and wait a minute to guarantee the ink is dry and smudge-proof.  DIY State Silhouette Easter Eggs DIY State Silhouette Easter Eggs DIY State Silhouette Easter Eggs I actually attempted all 50 states, but there just wasn’t enough naptime over here. So I’m going to just start all 50 now and will share ‘em again next year. I should hopefully be done with them by then.

DIY United States Easter Eggs

While you work on these little beauties, check out a few other Easter projects that you can make before Sunday!

Ice cream cone eggs. Yup.

Lovin’ these origami egg holders for the table.

Paper tulips. A basket of ‘em!

I’ve been obsessing over these carrot cupcake toppers.

Carrot cake! A whole new meaning.

**hoppy weekend**

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

 

DIY // His & Hers Easter Eggs

April 17, 2014

DIY His & Hers Easter Eggs Guys. Friends. Pals. It doesn’t get much easier than this. If you’re not big into dyeing, or painting, or mod-podge-ing your Easter eggs, then these little eggy gems are for you. Make these His & Hers Easter Eggs for your Easter morning brunch. Place them at the table. Give them to your friends. They’re gender-specific, but I want the mustache!
DIY His & Hers Easter Eggs In a nutshell (eggshell???), grab a pencil and draw mustaches and lips on each one. Fill in the tracings with colored markers, pop ‘em in some sweet crepe paper mini baskets, and give ‘em to all your Easter-bunny-lovin’-friends.
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If you really want to keep the amount of finger-lifting to a minimum, get fake white eggs from Walmart. Nobody will cry over spilled yolk. I’m full of these little puns today! No messes with kids. Everybody wins.

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY // Pastel Ornament Cake Toppers

April 16, 2014

Paint-filled Ornament Cake Toppers Once again, I’m in love with cake. Some would call it a sickness, but Imma go ahead and call it a strength. Next to eating cakes, I love decorating them. (cough, cough – ombre mosaic cake, anyone?) These pastel ornament cake toppers are just one of those projects that are simple and lovely and fun and pretty and colorful and easy. That’s right. All those qualities rolled up into one tiny little thing. I’m over at gorgeous-gorgeous Inspired By This today sharing how to make these. So you best head over there to, if nothing else, drool while you imagine devouring the cake.
Paint-filled Ornament Cake Toppers Note to self: sharing can be a good thing. Must remember next time a cake is presented to me.

Visit Inspired By This for the full how-to.

photography: All photos by Sally Mae Photography

DIY // Ombre Mosaic Cake

April 15, 2014

DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake

Cake is just one of those things that I’m good at. Good at eating, that is. I’ve never met a cake I didn’t like and I’m pretty sure that if that hasn’t happened by now, it never will. This DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake is colorful and 100% edible, friends. Let’s eat, shall we? DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake

To make your own you’ll need:

  • Wilton Sugar Sheet
  • paintbrush
  • food coloring
  • dish or bowl filled with rubbing alcohol
  • cutting mat & rotary cutter (not pictured)
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Mix a little food coloring into the dish. I wanted a blue-green hue, so I used a 2:1 ratio.

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Dip the paintbrush in the food coloring and then into the rubbing alcohol to dilute it. Paint the sugar sheet as you see fit.
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Start at the top of the sheet by coloring the lightest color at the top and darkening the hue as you reach the bottom. Wait for the sheet to dry to a slightly damp state. It’s quick. The alcohol will evaporate and you won’t smell or taste it! DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake

Once the sheet is slightly damp, use your rotary cutter and mat to cut little tiles.  DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake

Frost a cake. Peel the protective backing away from each tile and stick ‘em right where the sun don’t shine into that frosting with the lightest ones at the top.
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It’s almost too pretty to eat. I’ve never said the words, “it’s too pretty to eat”. There’s always an “almost” in there. And for good reason.

Now go and cake it up. And celebrate the fact that tax season is behind us.

DIY \\ Nest Placecards

April 14, 2014

Today’s post is from one of my blogging bestest friends, Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth. That girl and I have shared a few hotel beds and, therefore, have shared everything. She’s queen of beautifully styled and shot DIY projects and today’s is a real winner.
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Even though Easter is a week away, there are still a few quick and easy projects to make for a personalized Sunday get together, like these DIY nest placecards.
They only take a few steps to make and the supplies are budget friendly, which leaves plenty of wiggle room for more candy supplies and cupcake making, am I right?
 
Materials:
 
Paint brush
Craft paint
Splash of water in a small bowl for each color
Gold leafing pen
Mini bird’s nests (you can buy them a t a local craft store, mine are from Hobby Lobby)
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Add a squirt of craft paint to a small bowl with a splash of water and stir to create your watercolors. The more paint you add the more vibrant the color will be so start adding the color slowly.
Begin brushing the paint onto the eggs starting at the bottom and brushing up, letting the color fade. Once they dry, place them in the little nests.
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Now use the liquid gold leaf pen to draw monograms on the eggs for each of your guests, and let it dry to the touch.
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Not only are they a cute way to style the table, but guests can also take them home as favors!
To see more of Ashley’s sick talent, visit her blog Sugar & Cloth!
photography: all photos by Sugar & Cloth

DIY \\ Textured Frame

April 9, 2014

DIY Textured Frame

I’m on a frame kick. As evidenced by this post here. I got lots o’ prints in the house and am needing some cute frames to display them in. Thing is, I’m a little picky about the look. And the cost. I don’t want to drop a ton of $$$ on something unless I love it and would throw a Diet Coke in front of a bus for it. That’s love, my man.

I like unique frames that are pretty and textured and colorful and pretty. Sometimes I can’t find what I’m looking for, so I make my own.

DIY Textured Frame

To make your own textured frames you’ll need:

  • cheap frame (IKEA, anyone?)
  • old necklace with unique beads
  • hot glue & gun
  • spray paint

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Hot glue the necklace/beads right on to the frame. Once all the beads are glued in place, cut the cord or string that was holding the necklace together and pull it gently through each strand until it’s completely out. Spray paint the frame a color you like and try to fight the urge to sniff the paint while you wait for it to dry. And that’s it!

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Amiright? I’m thinking this is going to get a little out of hand now that I’ve scoured my jewelry box and found a whole slew of necklaces that can be recycled. Look out, frames. And look out, world.

photography: The Proper Pinwheel

DIY // Woodburned Easter Eggs

April 8, 2014

DIY Woodburned Eggs

Easter Easter Easter Easter. Eggs everywhere. Chocolate everywhere. Bunnies everywhere. It’s like a regular day. I love this holiday for the crafty ways folks decorate their eggs. And as you can see, I’ve recently taken up woodburning. DIY Woodburned Eggs DIY Woodburned Eggs

If there is a piece of advice that I had to give before dying, it would be to pick up a woodburner. Today.

To make your own, snag a woodburner and burn whatever designs or words your little heart desires right into the wooden eggs. (Both eggs and woodburner found at Joann’s Crafts,) The best part? These don’t spoil so you can keep them around long after Easter should you feel the need to be egg-cited around the clock.

Couldn’t resist.

photography: The Proper Pinwheel

The House \\ The Making Of A Gallery Wall

March 27, 2014

Gallery Wall with BING Rewards

I’ve always loved the look of a gallery wall. Bunches of random frames all pieced together in a magical way. I’m just on the outside looking in as I wasn’t gifted with the decorator gene. I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to making a house look good. Poor Logan…

We just moved a few weeks ago, but before we left, I scoured our storage boxes for old frames that I wanted to hang on to. One quick coat of gold paint and I was one step closer to my gallery dream.
Gallery Wall with BING Rewards

I recently hung the frames on our new wall (that makes it sounds like I live in a place with one wall. But don’t you fret, we have two.) in our new place. Never you mind that there aren’t prints or pictures in a few of them. I was just too impatient and wanted to get them up on the wall! I needed to see the look! And I’m not gonna lie, I actually like the look of the empty frames. I might empty out the rest of them if I can convince Logan that the paint on our wall is “art”.

Gallery Wall with BING Rewards

I’m not vain. That was a frame from our wedding ages ago and I just haven’t taken the pic out yet. I will once I decide what I want this frame to display. Don’t want our guests to have to sit and stare at me in my wedding dress!

Gallery Wall with BING Rewards

I wasn’t sure of the best way to start the wall so I just looked up a few different ones online. Best way for me? Lay out all the frames on the floor and take pictures of each setup until you find your fave. After I decided my layout, the rest was a piece of cake by just following my photo. I attached a few of the Velcro wall stickers (these frames are super light when they’re print-less!) and used a level to help assist in straightening each frame.

Gallery Wall with BING Rewards

I’ve been trying to “Bing it” more since returning from Meet Make Do. I’ve found that Bing’s image search is much friendlier regarding sources and the content I’ve searched for. PLUS I’ve been earning points for gift cards and other goods from all my searching with Bing Rewards. Literally. Points for every search. And I search A LOT. I changed the search engine on my phone and computer to Bing to ensure no search is left behind. #nosearchleftbehind. Sooooo Logan and I will be heading out for a night on the town this weekend to redeem all the points I’ve been rackin’ up. Diet Cokes for everyone! If you want to see some more of the awesome that can come from searching it up with Bing, search for the #bingrewards hashtag on Instagram & Twitter! There are LOTS of ways to use Bing for good.

Do you have a gallery wall in your home? Any tips for me? I also need your vote: full frames or empty frames?

This post was created in partnership with Bing.

all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Attend \\ Manzanita Calligraphy Workshop

March 26, 2014

Manzanita Calligraphy Workshop

Two weekends ago, I was able to attend a sneak peek of a new calligraphy workshop series by my friend, Rebecca Caridad of Manzanita. That girl knows all about pretty. Everything she does is magic. I mean it. (Remember when she HAND-PAINTED the watercolor invite for my baby shower?!?)  I’ve been a fan of her calligraphy for some time now and was overly excited when she invited me to her first-ever Manzanita Calligraphy Workshop. I was really excited. Like, over-the-top.

Manzanita Calligraphy Workshop

She hosted us in her cute home up in Boulder, Colorado. It was small and intimate and every detail was just too much. We all know I love brown kraft paper. And then those chairs… my heart. Manzanita Calligraphy Workshop Manzanita Calligraphy Workshop This workshop was the perfect intro to calligraphy. I’ve been faking it for a while by purchasing a little starter kit from Hobby Lobby and pretending I know what I’m doing, when in reality I haven’t the slightest clue.

NEWS FLASH: You gotta have quality goods if you’re gonna have quality penmanship.

Rebecca made sure we all had quality tools. We’re talkin’ good nibs, good paper, good ink, and good beverages to keep us calm when our nibs ran out of ink mid-stroke.

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We started out by getting a feel for the pens by just drawing lines and strokes however we saw fit. Then we moved on to the minors by tracing the alphabet and seeing the best ways to draw letters. Couldn’t break my concentration. Must. Trace. Alphabet. Manzanita Calligraphy Workshop Manzanita Calligraphy Workshop Manzanita Calligraphy Workshop Manzanita Calligraphy Workshop

Rebecca watched over our shoulders and encouraged us as we wrote. I occasionally popped over her shoulder to watch her do her thang. I’m a visual learner and she made sure to demonstrate!
Manzanita Calligraphy Workshop

The class is just over two hours long and was such a great starter! A workshop like this is perfect for someone wanting to dip their toes into calligraphy. I felt like I knew a little more about what I was doing and am totally ready for the big leagues – writing sentences! umph! Manzanita Calligraphy Workshop

You could say we were all happy with ourselves at the end. Rebecca is building up her schedule for workshops around the country so follow her on Instagram (@rebeccacaridad) to see if she’s comin’ to your town. And if she is, jump on that.

photography: all photos by Manzanita

Travel \\ The 411 On Meet Make Do with BING

March 25, 2014

MMD_3732 I love Denver. I do. But I’m seriously considering relocating to the Palm Springs desert after attending Meet Make Do with BING. It’s just one of those places where you can’t help but smile after stepping off the plane. The airport is outdoors and it’s all just so magical. I need to stop dreaming about it before the Denver snow kills me.

I’ve already said how fortunate I felt to get to attend such a glorious getaway put on by my gals Brittni, Chelsea, & Kelly, and the fine folks at BING. This was a much needed vacation for me. I’ve felt like I’ve been living in a baby-cave (a glorious one that I am so happy to live in!) for months and just needed to get out and recharge my creative juices. You know what I’m sayin’?

The whole point of this retreat was to pool the talents of a few creative women and just see where it takes us. We spent a few days in the beautiful bubble that is Palm Springs and just relaxed and created. The best part? The creating was just for us. No deadlines. Just fun. Pure bliss.

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Let’s first talk about the house we stayed at the first night I arrived. Oh gee wiz. This was right out of a dream, I tell you. Gorgeous ranch-style home with bright walls and yellow front doors. Open kitchen with sky lights. Crazy awesome pool. Life-size chess board in the backyard. Palm trees everywhere. And, of course, the 7′ beach ball and the ginormous swan, Odette. What’s that? You say you want to customize your own 7′ beach ball? Head on over to Studio DIY for the how-to!

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This amazing prop shelf was every blogger’s dream. Fabrics. Balloons. Tapes. Paint. Tissue paper. Honeycombs. Giftwrap. Twine. They may as well have pinned dollar bills to the wall. I was so in love with everything and it was all at my fingertips to be created into whatever I wanted. Check out one of the projects I worked on while there – A Life-size putting green!

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The backyard was so colorful and fun. Instant inspiration occurred every time I walked out the backdoor.  MMD_4367 MMD_4408

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Still salivating over the egg-free batter and cookie dough provided by Edoughble. They ship all over the place so you better be ordering. Where was this stuff when I was prego?! Why didn’t you guys tell me about it?!?!

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While we were there, we got the chance to play around with the BING surface tablets! I’m not fancy. I never get to play with stuff like this. I can’t tell you how handy it was to be able to search for anything and everything under the sun. I wasn’t exactly sure how croquet balls looked when searching for inspiration for my putting green project so this was super helpful! My fave feature is the PIN from search feature.

PIN IT You can pin images right from the search so you have the source right at your fingertips! Saves lots of time. And brain cells. I wanted to do some exploring so I made sure to find cute places to visit including this lemonade stand at the Parker Hotel! My, oh my. MMD_5816

As with all blogger parties, retreats, and conferences, the gifts are always dreamy and just way too pretty to actually unwrap. My fave stylist, Jenn, whipped up this little shot so you could see some of the gorgeous goods provided by the sponsors (all sponsors & vendors listed at the bottom of this post!). I had no idea that foil tape existed. I thought it was like a unicorn. You know, a magical myth. I was wrong. It’s real. And now I’m in trouble.  MMD_6231

I arrived on the second day because I was having a tough time figuring out how to leave Vita-girl for four whole days. (Shameless plug: I had to keep rearranging travel dates to get Vita-roo to my mom and back, so we used the BING Travel app relentlessly.) I couldn’t make it the whole trip, so I was only in Palm Springs for a quick 48. And on the second night, we had a festive little dinner with MINTED at the Ace Hotel. A DIY Taco Bar? hell yes. The table was laid out so perfectly and, unfortunately, I didn’t get any good shots until it was too late and the sun had gone down. But you can see all the lovely details over on Brittni’s blog! And don’t we all just love that Minted print?
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That second night, we hit a little snag with our sweet little house and ended up moving to the Saguaro Hotel. I did NOT complain. Say it with me. Saguaro. Colorful and fun doesn’t even beGIN to describe this place. Hot pink pool towels. Can’t say enough.  MMD_6351 MMD_6411c

This was a quick getaway. It was. I was exhausted by the time I returned home, but it was soooooo worth it. Each lady brought something different to the table, and it was so great to see how everyone worked and handled the life of a full-time blogger. Hint: It’s not all confetti and cakes and other pretty things. It gets super stressful and it was so nice to hear that these gals have felt everything I have.

One of the best parts of intimate gatherings like this one, is the late-night chat and coke sessions. (Diet Coke, peeps. Get your mind out of the gutter! wink wink)  I’m convinced we all need to live in a big ol’ house together where we just eat meet and make all the live-long day. I love each one of these women. In a platonic, non-stalker way?

The biggest virtual hug to all of our sponsors & vendors:

photography: all photos by Mary Costa Photography