Monthly Archives: November 2012

Holiday Cards Part 2: In Love With Minted

November 30, 2012

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The holidays are all about the cards. The weight. The thickness. The color. These are all important factors when choosing a card. Now that December is finally upon is, it’s time to get your cards, address them, and send them on their merry way. When Minted sent me the holiday cards above, I danced around my living room. Heck yes! They’re so pretty and you KNOW you are holding a classy card when you hold one in your hand. I love Minted. (PS – have you seen their newest blog, Julep?) For years, I always try to order a few cards from Minted. There are so many designs to choose from and their designers are churning out new products constantly.

If you haven’t ordered your cards yet, click on over here and take a look at what they have to offer. Minted is currently offering one of the best deals I’ve seen from them: 15% off all holiday cards PLUS free 3-day shipping. What the? That means you can order your cards today and ship them off to friends and family next week. You should do it. (I’m not trying to pressure you, but you should know that I was a bully in school…)


Fresh Find Friday

Fresh Find Friday, The Proper Pinwheel, Mission: Merry Wow! What a crazy week! Am I right? With the launch of Mission: Merry 2012, I’ve been sipping Diet Cokes like it’s nobody’s business. I am overwhelmed by the response! Your great messages, tweets, and comments have been so supportive and I can’t wait to share next week’s projects with you. WOO!!! If you missed the first two projects, don’t worry! There’s still time to make this lattice advent calendar. OR take the weekend and make this santa & reindeer garland. Check back later today for some more tips on holiday cards! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’m going to be watching White Christmas and stuffing my face with holiday goodies. Because I didn’t get enough food on Thanksgiving…

The goods:

 A reusable advent.

24 days of giveaways. And I’m day 22!

A minty phone. If you want to get me something…

A giant tree that doesn’t take up a lot of space!

A modern advent.

Twig push pins!

Vintage tree toppers.

A perfect cutting board for parties.

A pine cone garland. Yes.

Minted’s new blog, Julep. My favorite.

photo by me

DIY Santa & Reindeer Garland

November 29, 2012

DIY Santa & Reindeer Garland, The Proper Pinwheel, Mission: Merry 2012, Holiday DIY, Mantle Decorations

Out of all the crafting mediums, paper is one of my favorites. You can make almost anything. Any design. Any color. Any size. It’s so perfect. Every mantle needs decorations at Christmas. Seriously. This is where I go a little nuts. There are garlands-galore, candles, glitter, snowflakes, antlers, etc. I can tell you that Logan really enjoys it… This santa & reindeer garland is the second project in Mission: Merry 2012! It’s easy-peasy and can be hung many different ways. Just take some scissors, an afternoon, and prepare yourself for the cutest little reindeer to have ever lived. Download at the bottom of this post!

DIY Santa & Reindeer Garland, The Proper Pinwheel, Mission: Merry 2012, Holiday DIY, Mantle Decorations

DIY Santa & Reindeer Garland, The Proper Pinwheel, Mission: Merry 2012, Holiday DIY, Mantle Decorations

To make your own santa & reindeer garland you’ll need:

  • Downloadable template for sleigh and reindeer
  • 5 large sheets of light brown cardstock
  • 4 large sheets of dark brown cardstock
  • 1 large sheet of red cardstock
  • brown or red twine
  • jingle bells
  • scissors and hot glue

Download the template for the sleigh and reindeer. Trace the reindeer onto the brown cardstock and cut out. Be gentle with the antlers! They’re fragile! Trace the sleigh on the red cardstock and cut out.

DIY Santa & Reindeer Garland, The Proper Pinwheel, Mission: Merry 2012, Holiday DIY, Mantle Decorations

DIY Santa & Reindeer Garland, The Proper Pinwheel, Mission: Merry 2012, Holiday DIY, Mantle Decorations

Wrap the twine around the reindeer’s necks (this isn’t animal cruelty) and hot glue in place if necessary. Hot glue the twine to the back of the sleigh to keep it upright. Hot glue one small red jingle bell onto Rudolph’s nose, and thread extra bells onto each end of the garland. Drape over your mantle. Tape in place with some cute washi tape. Sing Wham’s “Last Christmas” while dancing around the living room. Merry Christmas indeed.

Download the template here: Santa & Reindeer

photo cred: Ashley Swapp Photography

**no reindeer were harmed in the creation of this garland**

DIY Lattice Advent Calendar

November 28, 2012

MISSION:MERRY 2012, Advent Calendar, DIY, Christmas, Lattice Wood, The Proper Pinwheel, Holiday DIY

To kick off Mission: Merry 2012, I figured it was only appropriate to feature an advent calendar. Who doesn’t love opening something small (or BIG!!!) daily in anticipation of Christmas?! I know that it’s nothing new to paint some muslin bags and dress ‘em up all pretty, but what makes this project so special and fun is the lovely lattice that the bags hang from. All you need is an afternoon to craft up a lattice advent calendar that keeps on giving the whole month long.

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To make your own Lattice Advent Calendar you’ll need:

  • 24 muslin bags (mine from Michael’s)
  • craft paint in three different colors (i chose white, seafoam, and a bright tomato red)
  • assorted paint brushes
  • silver glitter
  • number stamps
  • wood lattice (finished in white at Home Depot)
  • washi tape for hanging
  • assorted goods to stuff (eg. cash)

MISSION:MERRY 2012, Advent Calendar, DIY, Christmas, Lattice Wood, The Proper Pinwheel, Holiday DIY

Embellish the bags with paint, a little glitter, and number them with the stamps. Keep to three colors to keep it minimal and cohesive. You can follow a pattern, or decorate randomly. This took about 2 hours including drying time. Just sip a little Diet Coke and watch White Christmas while you work it. Once the bags are dry, lay them out on the lattice in the order you want them. Cut one end of the lattice down with scissors or gardening shears. (You’ll be surprised at how easily this wood cuts!). Hang the bags with washi tape and keep out of reach of greedy children/adults who don’t understand the importance of dollar bills. I mean candy. Just kidding about that last part.

photo cred: Ashley Swapp Photography

Mission: Merry 2012 – A Holiday Series

Mission: Merry 2012, The Proper Pinwheel, Holiday Series, Christmas DIY Projects

You guys. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to introduce The Proper Pinwheel’s new holiday series, Mission: Merry 2012. It’s been in the works for quite some time, and if you’ve followed the hashtag #missionmerry2012 on twitter and instagram, you’ve seen a few sneak peeks. Well now it begins! I’m so happy to let the cat out of the bag. Mission: Merry 2012 is a fun series for the whole month of December. We’re talkin’ quality DIY projects, downloads, treats, and more. The best part? It’s happening every weekday until Christmas. You heard me. There will even be a few projects for New Year’s, too!  Things have been quiet around here and this is why. Get ready for your mind to be blown, your face to melt, and your stockings to be hung. This is going to be great.

The first project goes live today at 11am MST. See you then. :)

UPDATE: Go here to view this month’s projects

Mission: Merry 2012 design by Joy Laforme

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2012

White Turkeys, The Proper Pinwheel, Thanksgiving, You've Got Mail

Happy Turkey Day, my friends! All I can think about is that scene in You’ve Got Mail where Kathleen Kelly goes through the “cash only” line at the supermarket. You know the scene. Callie Torres from Grey’s is all like, “This is cash only!”, and Joe Fox comes over and saves the day. And then he forces Callie Torres to say “Happy Thanksgiving” and she says, “Happy ThanksgiBBing”. It’s been in my head for the last 24 hours.

Anywho, I just want to say how grateful I am to have the support and love from you guys! This has been a crazy year and you still want to be with me! That’s dedication, I tell you. :) I hope you have the most wonderful meal! I’m wearing my stretchy pants and plan to gain a pound or thirteen…

See you back here tomorrow!

photo via Crossfit Providence

Holiday Cards Part 1: In Love With Pinhole Press

November 21, 2012

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One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is the cards. I love collecting cards. If you’ve ever sent me a holiday card, you should know that I still have it. I don’t throw them away. They’re too pretty! People spend a lot of time designing them. You plan what you’ll wear. You plan where you’ll be. You plan what it will say. Ummmm, it’s so great.

Pinhole Press and I got together and collaborated on some holiday cards for Logan and myself. They just arrived and are heading out in the mail this week. There were a lot to choose from and it was tricky. We settled on these and I’m pretty excited about them. I honestly had a hard time not putting everything in my cart. They’ve go paper calendars. They’ve got gift tags. It’s a paper-palooza and it’s dangerous for people like me. I’m a paper-holic. In past years, I’ve purchased holiday cards that have been too pretty to send. I get afraid to send them to those that don’t appreciate the beauty! Is that bad? Am I a card hoarder?

I want to know your stance on cards. Do you spend a month choosing the layout and design? Do you carefully plan the font and color? Or do you just grab some from Anthro, slap your name on them, and call it a day? There’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s. And there’s no wrong way to do the holiday card…

DIY Geometric Clutch

November 19, 2012

American Bridal, The Proper Pinwheel

American Bridal, Geometric Clutch DIY, Bridesmaid Gifts DIY, The Proper Pinwheel

If you’ve ever been a bridemaid, you know the difficult situation you can be put in when the time comes for the dress fitting. “You can wear it again and again!” You’ve heard that phrase. I know you have. What do you do when you’re not in love with what the bride picked? What do you do if you’re the bride?!

I’m a fan of geometric patterns. I’m also a fan of projects that take less than 20 minutes. I’ve been working on gifts for bridesmaids that can be easily tweaked to fit someone’s personal style. American Bridal gave me these clutches to use as bridesmaid gifts. Now, on their own, they’re okay! I love grey. It’s one of the main colors in my wardrobe. I decided to add a little yarn to give these clutches a personal feel. You can add any shape. I chose a geometric pattern because you can just stitch in any direction and it will look good. So easy.

To make your own Geometric Clutch you’ll need:

Create a knot and tie the yarn under the flap. Bring through the top of the flap and start stitching in different directions. After you’ve created the shape you wanted, make sure all of the yarn is connected. Bring back down through the flap and tie one more knot. That’s it! I didn’t use a pattern. I just stitched as I went and played around with different directions. If you’re not confident in your geometric skills, print out a shape and trace it on to the top of the flap. Easy as pie.  You can create these to match any color scheme for any wedding or party. The best part? You don’t have to shorten it and wear it again…

Fresh Find Friday

November 16, 2012

Fresh Find Friday, Christmas Wreath, Paper Wreath, The Red Thread, The Proper Pinwheel

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I am ready to eat. I’m ready for the turkey. I’m ready for the stuffing. I’m ready for the pie. Bring it on. This is the last weekend of holiday prep for this here blog. I sure hope you are ready for the new holiday series – MISSION: MERRY 2012! (Follow #MissionMerry2012 on instagram!) There will be lots of sneak peeks on Instagram this weekend of all the projects you’ll be able to make next month. I’m also attending a ltitle crafty Holi-DIY with You Are My Fave at Anthropologie. If you’re in Denver, will you be there? Can’t wait to see what that girl has in store. It’s a craft-filled weekend!

The wreath above was spotted on The Red Thread and I’m a huge fan of the colors. I love Christmas wreaths, but if they can be used year-round, then color-me-satisfied. See the how-to here.

let’s talk about these:

one great advent.

paper christmas trees.

my favorite thanksgiving printable.

neon for life.

paper straws. blown up.

party at alt revealed! what will you wear?

**happy weekend**

photo cred: the red thread

Autumn Appetite: Healthy(?) Pumpkin Bars

November 15, 2012

Healthy Pumpkin Bars, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin, Autumn Appetite, The Proper Pinwheel

Healthy Pumpkin Bars, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin, Autumn Appetite, The Proper Pinwheel

Healthy Pumpkin Bars, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin, Autumn Appetite, The Proper Pinwheel

It’s been a while since my last post for Autumn Appetite! Can you believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving?! The time is just flyin’ by. Sheesh! Now that it’s fall/winter, we’re packing on the pounds to keep us warm. We work hard every summer to drop a few pounds so that we can gain it all back in the fall. I just love to eat and don’t want to worry about calories when there is cake or some other form of sugar around. Logan has been bugging me for the last two years (no joke. 700 days) to make these pumpkin bars. They’re so ridiculously easy that I don’t know why I haven’t. They take two minutes to whip up and two second to devour a whole pan. Ready yourselves.

Healthy Pumpkin Bars

  • 1 box Spice cake mix
  • 1 14 oz. pumpkin puree
  • as many chocolate chips as you want
  • a splash of vegetable oil

Those are the ingredients. That’s it. Mix it all together. Pour the batter in a greased 9×13 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 F. It takes less than 30 minutes to get your house smelling like a giant pumpkin! Who doesn’t love that?

If you want to go cuh-razy, and I know you do, you can add a little powdered sugar glaze over the top. Just give it a little drizzle and call it a day. Mix a splash of milk into a little powdered sugar and stir well. You want the mixture to be a bit runny so that it will dribble drizzle like Michael Jordan. Holy moly. That’s all I can say.