Monthly Archives: February 2013

7 Necessities For A St. Patty’s Day Ice Cream Party

February 27, 2013

7 Necessities For A St. Patty's Ice Cream Party Spring is almost here. March is almost here. And that means St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! Growing up, green was always one of my favorite colors. It still is. I loved green, but I didn’t love St. Patrick. The pinching! Oh! The pinching. I could have done without it. My excuse was always, “I’m wearing green underwear!”, or something along those lines.

Now that I’m an adult, I can appreciate the thoughtfulness of St. Patrick and how he carefully created a holiday dedicated to one color scheme. He was really thinking of us party-lovers. I can’t thank the man enough! I’m getting ready to throw a St. Patty’s-themed ice cream party and I’ve rounded up a few necessities to make it a success. The above tools (they’re tools, okay? this is serious work.) will help make your low-key party fun and cohesive. I’m not sure if I love one more than the other!

Shovel Spoons by Sucre Shop – Be honest. How fun would it be to dig out treasures hidden in your ice cream? I’d really love it if I could dig up some cash…

Shamrock Sprinkles by Candy Warehouse – Shamrocks should be everywhere in march, including on top of your ice cream. They’re almost pretty enough to eat alone. Don’t ya think?

Gold Shovels by Factory Direct Craft – Fill small buckets with assorted green and gold candies and then use these adorable shovels to scoop and serve.

Polka Dot Candy Cups by Shop Sweet Lulu – These cute lil’ cups are made for candy, but I plan to serve small scoops of ice cream in them. Everything good is green.

Chocolate Gold Nuggets by Candy Warehouse – The only reason I love these little nugs is ‘cuz they’re gold and beautiful. And I’m really vain and into pretty things…

Stripey Straws by Bake It Pretty – If you want to go the root beer float route, these straws will take it to the top. Color your soda with green food coloring and you’ll have green foam to sip up!

Shamrock Garland by Studio DIY – No party is complete without decor. If you don’t want to pull out all the stops (but seriously, why wouldn’t you?!?), this shamrock garland/streamers makes a big statement and is super easy to make!

Do you have plans for the big green day?

DIY Sequin Birthday Cards

February 26, 2013

DIY Sequin Birthday Cards by The Proper Pinwheel

Holy what the. That’s all I can say. I’m sure you noticed I was gone last week. So much has happened in the last few days! We are gearing up to move and have been trying to get everything ready for that. We even get to paint. OMFG as;dfoiawhert;oaiesgyaoewihtawetihaoewg. <—— I just had a seizure because I’m so excited for that. I’ll be keeping you guys posted as it gets closer. We’ve been house-sitting for the last two years and we have zero furniture. Actually. That’s not true. We have a bed. And a dresser. So there’s that. If you have any suggestions as to where we can find some goods, I’d love ya forever. I already love ya, but it’s good to be on top, you know?

I’ve been obsessed with sequins lately. I’m putting them on everything. Even Tagg. He’s never looked so glamorous. I made a few birthday cards the other day and decided to add a few to the front. Sparkle balloons are just the ticket to a fabulous celebration. I shared the how-to with the folks over at Craftsy. Have you heard of them? It’s an awesome platform for taking online classes to grow all sorts of crafty skills. Take classes on cake decorating, quilting, gardening, and way more! Head on over here to see the full how-to on these glam birthday cards!

DIY Sequin Birthday Cards by The Proper Pinwheel

Fresh Find Friday

February 15, 2013

Ruffled Wedding Cake via Fresh Find Friday

The weekend. The weekend is here. Oh joy. I love Saturday mornings ’round here. Logan makes crepes almost every Saturday morning. We call him Crepe Master Flex. He’s really proud of the magic he can produce with a pan. I’m proud, too. So you can bet that we will probably be having those for breakfast tomorrow. Heck yeah! We are gearing up for a move into our own little place. If you live in Denver (or if you happen to have a lot of time on your hands and search for rental homes in Denver and know of a few) give me a call. We have several open-houses to see today and tomorrow. It’s gon’ be crazy. I can feel it in my bones. We move quite a bit. But this time, we plan to stay put for a few years so I’m really excited about it. Wish us luck!

The pic above is from a wedding that was featured on fave blog, Ruffled. It’s a wedding with old charm and gold touches. The cake stole my heart, but click here to view the gallery. Just look at the gorgeous floral crown on the bride. It’s a good thing I wasn’t invited to the wedding. I would have stolen the crown and ran…

le finds:

If you aren’t celebrating V-day ’til tomorrow, these printable placemats are perfect for dinner!

This anthro DIY is pretty great. I’m ready to make and sip.

Running a blog outta your car.

Fabric flowers that require no sewing. Yes.

DIY brushed text tea towels.

Dip-dyed kitchen towels.

I need these pajamas. Now.

Pink food. Pink drink. Thanks, Cyd.

**happy weekend**

photo cred: Len of I Love Wednesdays

Recipe: Colorblocked Valentine Brownies

February 13, 2013

Colorblocked Valentine Brownies by The Proper Pinwheel

For me, the holidays are always about food. I mean that in the most sincere way. The holidays give me an excuse to make excessive amounts of treats and devour them with only a few second-glances my way. Perfect, no? Colorblocking is a popular trend and has been for quite some time. Why not bring that trend in the kitchen and incorporate it into food? Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to do it. Let’s talk about these colorblocked brownies, m’kay?

Colorblocked Valentine Brownies by The Proper Pinwheel

To make your own colorblocked valentine brownies you’ll need:

  • pan of brownies in assorted colors (recipe at bottom of this post)
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DIY Edible Confetti

February 8, 2013

DIY Edible Confetti by The Proper Pinwheel

Valentine’s Day has to be one of my fave holidays. You guys know that I love love. I know I try to show it in a sarcastic way, but I do. I love the idea of devoting an entire day to showing someone how much they mean to you. Shoot. I’m married and I should technically be doing that everyday. And I’m sad to say that I don’t. Oh man. Poor Logan. I gotta go do something for that guy!

Okay, sorry. Back on the V-day bandwagon. I’ve been wanting to share this idea for a while, but have been SO sick since returning from Alt and haven’t had two seconds to make this guy come to life. I finally felt better today and decided I better whip this project out before I die. Confetti is so fun. At parties or in birthday cards, it is so fun to play with. The only downside of actual confetti is the clean up. It’s tricky getting your fingernails under those guys to pick ‘em up. Solution: make the confetti edible. You can lick it right out of the envelope. Or off or the floor. Potato potahto.

DIY Edible Confetti by The Proper Pinwheel

 To make your own edible confetti you’ll need:

DIY Edible Confetti

Lay out your airheads on the first sheet of waxpaper. Place in the microwave for 7 seconds. Once heated, remove from microwave and place second sheet of wax paper on top. Flatten and thin airheads with rolling pin.

DIY Edible Confetti by The Proper Pinwheel

 Repeat the above steps until your airheads are super duper thin and will fit through the paper punch.

DIY Edible Confetti by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY Edible Confetti by The Proper Pinwheel

While the airheads are still barely warm, place them in the paper punch and start making that heart-shaped confetti! If the airheads harden, the sheets will crack and it will be a little tricky to keep punching. If that happens, just continue to slightly warm in the microwave until you’ve punched the amount of desired shapes.

DIY Edible Confetti by The Proper Pinwheel

Use the hole punch to punch out the rest of the regular confetti.

DIY Edible Confetti made from Airheads candy by The Proper Pinwheel

I almost ate all of those airheads and then there would have been nothing left to photograph. How pretty are those candy hearts?!

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Place the edible confetti in your mouth in the glassine bags and seal with a piece of decorative washi tape. I have SO much washi tape it’s ridiculous. Logan always gives me a look when I buy more. But ya see? I’ve gotten so much use out of this red!!!

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These are definitely the cutest valentines I’ve ever made. And they may also be the tastiest!!! Isn’t it great when you can eat your messes?

READ THIS NOTE: If you are concerned about cooties, make sure to wear gloves while preparing these valentines. To be extra cautious, you can use brand-spankin’-new punches for the confetti.

Fresh Find Friday

Birthday cake with ribbon bunting

I am SO happy it’s the weekend. Logan has had to travel quite a bit these last few weeks and we really haven’t gotten to spend that much time together. But we are going to hang out all weekend together! It’s my birthday tomorrow and we are going out to dinner! On a date! HOO-rah! We may even do a little ice-skating as a repeat of last year’s birthday. I’m not that good on the ice. Actually, I’m grotesquely horrible when it comes to water sports (frozen or not).

Some sweet friends of mine decided to surprise me with a little birthday brunch tomorrow. Logan actually spilled the beans and told me it was a tea party. That guy can NOT keep a secret. Either way, I’m excited to spend the day with friends and wear some sort of fab frock. Anyone want to loan me a fascinator? If you know my friends, you know we go all out. :)

the links:

Soft pretzels. Pink salt. Heck yes.

I’m definitely making these conversation heart cakes this weekend.

I want these candles on my cake tomorrow.

Cheerleader pom pom valentines!

I love everything about this V-day gift.

These heart teabags are the sweetest.

Plaster letters. Melt my heart.

Make a bunch of these mini-sized and hand out to friends!

**Happy Weekend**

photo cred:   photo by  The Proper Pinwheel via Instagram

The Ins & Outs of The Hello Social

February 5, 2013

The Hello Social

Wow! I am still catching up from Alt Summit and am so happy to finally share the details of The Hello Social! This party was in the works for quite some time, and now that’s it’s over, I’m so happy we did it! It was created for all new attendees to Alt Summit but lots of veterans showed up too! Melissa and I were absolutely overwhelmed by the turnout. Lots of people! At West Elm! At a party we threw! Heck yeah!

It was held at the beautiful new West Elm in the City Creek Shopping Center in SLC. Now, I have been to a lot of West Elms. I love them. I feel a kinship to that store. And Salt Lake City was breathtaking. They have a gorgeous loft in the middle of the store and decor from floor to ceiling. I have to admit, I was more interested in stealing some cake plates than setting up for the party! Good thing I’m an honest person and was taught to never steal. No matter how much you want to….. ;)

We worked very closely with the store manager, Liz, and the rest of the staff to get all of the details ironed out. Those people know just what they’re doing and they become instant friends with you! They were so fun to hang out with at the event, and afterward during the cleanup! Good conversations were had.

The Hello Social

Now, there are a LOT of photos and there is a LOT of information below. I suggest you read on. :)

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The Business of Alt’s Business Cards – Best Letterpress, Black & White, and Color & Shape

February 4, 2013

Alt Business Cards - Best Letterpress, Black & White, and Color & Shape

The business card invasion is still going strong at my house. I have cards coming up the wazoo and I don’t even mind! There are so many beautiful cards and I can’t help but just stare at them. This is the last card roundup I’ll do for Alt 2013 and this one is a doozy. Seriously. There are billions of cards I’m about to show you. Let’s start with the letterpress, shall we?

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Fresh Find Friday

February 1, 2013

Simple Heart Cake Toppers | Fresh Find Friday | The Proper Pinwheel

What a week it has been! I am still trying to catch up from the madness that was Alt Summit last week. Lots of emails and comments are needing to be returned. If you are one of those people waiting on one for me, expect one this weekend! Wait… it’s Friday, right? Okay, then yes. Expect one from me this weekend! A friend is in town for a visit so I need to step off the web and be a good friend. It’s tough to disconnect. Am I right? I’ll leave you with a few links before I go!

Alt Summit Recaps:

Gabriel gets honest.

Biz cards of Alt through Ciera’s eyes.

Leslie’s take on making connections.

What Alt taught Megan. She’s so real.

More biz cards from Kelly and Ez. Can you spot mine?

Brittni shares what went down at Alt.

Up & Coming blogs by Cyd. I’m one! Pinch me!

An interview with Monica. I’m a stutterer! Ack!

10 things I learned at Alt.

Crafty links:

DIY date arrows. So cute.

A geometric framed heart.

A bow tie collar. I need one. And Tagg needs one.

This accordion heart melts my cold dead one.

My forever-favorite blogger created the sweetest headbands.

Treat bags and wrapping for your goodies on v-day.

Paper hearts. Cutest.

**Happy Weekend**

photo cred: Simple Cake Toppers by Curious & CatCat