Monthly Archives: April 2013

Fresh Find Friday

April 26, 2013

Dustjacket Attic via The Proper Pinwheel

Woo! It’s Friday! April 26th!!! I’ve been waiting weeks for today because today is the day that we find out if B-dub (Baby Ward’s nickname) is he or a she! I’d love a he. I’d love a she! I’m nervous! Yikes! So I’m going to make this quick because I just can’t focus on anything else right now. :)

the goods:

Fresh flowers. On top of a cake!

The cutest little circus play school.

My favorite piñata.

Even if I wasn’t going to be a mama, I’d want this snack box.

Since I AM going to be a mama, I’ll take any one of these.

A 1920′s-themed wedding. Someone invite me.

**Happy Weekend**

photo cred: Sam McAdam via Dustjacket Attic

DIY Artistic Votives

April 25, 2013

Artistic Votives by The Proper Pinwheel for One Charming Party

I’m just now ready for Summer. It’s Spring here in Denver, but the ground is covered in Snow. I’m not happy about it and that’s all I’m going to say about that. Once Summer hits, it’ll be time for outdoor dinner parties with candles down the table. Instead of lining that table with the regular old boring votives, spice things up by adding a little color to the inside. They’re colorful and pretty! Like everything should be in the world. ;)

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View the full how-to for these artistic votives over on One Charming Party!

Click here for more DIYs!

Mother’s Day With Anthropologie & Me

April 24, 2013

It’s happened. I finally tricked the fine folks at Anthropologie into thinking I’m cool enough to hang out with them. I mean, I’ve stalked their Colorado & Utah stores regularly. It’s an illness, really. I’m happy to say that I’ll be hanging out at the local Anthropologie here on the morning of May 4th and I’ll be teaching peeps how to make some ginormous fabric flowers. Make a bouquet. Wear ‘em as a brooch. Put ‘em in your hair. Put ‘em in the center of a table. The possibilities are endless!

The Proper Pinwheel & Anthropologie for Mother's Day

I’m told spots fill up quick so if you’re in the Denver area and you want to come and eat lots of snacks with me, then RSVP here! I promise it will be a good time. I’ll be sharing a few sneak peeks of what we’ll be working on over on Instagram, so make sure you check there regularly (@properpinwheel)! And if you want to follow the other events, keep an eye on the hashtag #anthroevents! You can also follow @anthropologie for all the details.

Click here to RSVP!

 

Not in Denver? Don’t sweat it. Check out the Mother’s Day DIY page and see if there is a Mother’s Day event in your area!

photo cred: artwork courtesy of Anthropologie (I love it when I don’t have to draw!)

EAT DRINK CREATE – A New & Regular Happening

April 23, 2013

 

EAT DRINK CREATE event by The Proper Pinwheel and Art Social

A few weeks ago, Erin of Art Social and I held our first EAT DRINK CREATE event at West Elm here in Denver. We’ve been planning this event for several months and we were so thrilled to finally let the secret out! I know! There are so many secrets being spilled over here! We wanted an outlet that would bring bloggers and other creatives in the Denver area together. It’s been quiet around here for too long. I’ve met many of the people who attended the event and I wanted some kind of party where they could all meet each other! Erin and I decided that these events were going to happen every quarter and we’re already planning the summer and the fall! It’s gonna be good. ;)

**Make sure you watch the video at the bottom of this post. It captures the party so perfectly! And the music is so fun to dance to. ;)

The deets:

EAT – There were donut kabobs. There was popcorn. In TWO flavors! Have you ever had Doc’s Popcorn? The kettle corn is to die for. A little salt. A little sweet. My mouth just filled with saliva typing about it! We also had regular butter flavor for those who love movie popcorn. Again, these were mostly accommodating to my taste buds. And I ate (no joke) 5 bags of the stuff before the night was over. I’m unstoppable. I’m a machine!

DRINK – We served Mexican Jarritos in assorted flavors. We attached little tags with our logo stamped on. We also had bottles of water for those who were driving.

CREATE – What. The. Fringe. We  gave everyone cute mini lanterns that could be covered with fringe to make pinatas/fringe decor with. There was so much fringe. Everywhere. We had it all pre-cut and my house was filled to the brim with the stuff in the days leading up to the party. Luckily, it got all used up and I didn’t go home with any! Phew. I’m not into fringe storage.

Consumer Crafts was kind enough to donate a goodie bag to each attendee. These things were filled with some serious goods including baker’s twine and washi tape. Two necessities when considering serious crafting. (Huge thanks to Katie of Lemon Jitters for helping us with the hook up and for also donating the cutest little “hello” signs! We couldn’t have done it without you!)

Ban.do also threw in some cute pom pom flowers for everybody. I planned to just keep them all for myself, but about an hour before the party, I grew a conscience. Ack.

Kate Donaldson was our awesome photographer for the evening and she took so many great photos it was hard to pick which ones I wanted to share with you! The girl has a great eye and took a lot of fun photos of our guests!
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Look at all the ban.do flowers! I’m coveting all over again… To see more of what’s inside these goodie bags, hop on over to Erin’s recap. They were seriously LOADED with goods.

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The dangerously delicious popcorn that I had in my hands all night. Five bags, people! I am beyond happy with our logo for these events. It was designed by the wonderful Sarah Fritzler! We also worked with her on designing the invitation for The Hello Social! The girl’s got game. I mean that.

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We all know that strawberry is the BEST flavor of this stuff. Artificially sweet. There’s nothing better in life.

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How cute is Erin? And how intense am I?

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These lovely ladies had me laughing all night. Their instagram captions were nothing short of hilarious. Go here to check out all the photos on the instagram feed! (#eatdrinkcreate)

Artifact Uprising at EAT DRINK CREATE #eatdrinkcreate

The awesome folks at Artifact Uprising gave away a custom Instagram book to one lucky attendee. Congratulations to Tara from Modern Maven for winning that lil’ sucker! Again, I’m so so jealous! Have you heard of Artifact Uprising? They have an amazing aesthetic. If there is a list for who to follow on Instagram, they’re at the top! @artifactuprising

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This table looks neater than my house at the moment. Oh boy.

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See? The popcorn. It was amazing.

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This is cute Jayne. She’s 1/2 of the October Ink equation and we were so happy she could come! She just moved to Denver and we wanted to welcome her properly. With a party, of course!

I can’t thank West Elm of Cherry Creek enough. Those folks love to party and we had a lot of fun working with them! PLUS – the store looked amazing and it was hard not to spend all the money that I don’t really have. Did you know that West Elm has a blog and that it’s filled with loads of useful decoration information?

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These two make me want to chop my hair off and dress really chic and stylish. I envy them and their coolness.

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A few of the gals (Emily from A Denver Home Companion, Sarah from Sarah Ann Noel, and Tara from Modern Maven) waiting for a photo op! It was so fun to have everyone together. Together and eating.

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Erin is a total dreamboat to work with. I couldn’t have picked a better partner for these events. She’s creative. She’s cute. And she’s oh-so-friendly. I can’t wait to start spilling the beans for the summer event! If you are in the Denver area, we want you there! It’s going to be big!

I’m so grateful to everyone who came! We had a blast getting to know you better and can’t wait to see you this Summer! Woo!

We also had Annabelle Mintz from Evergreen Lane Productions hanging around catching some vids for us. This is by far the funnest video I’ve ever seen. Maybe I’m biased, but it’s cute. The music is super chipper. I dare you to watch it! It’s a quick little snippet that gives more insight into the fun we had at the first EAT DRINK CREATE!

Eat Drink Create – Spring from Annabelle Mintz on Vimeo.

A huge thank you to all those who contributed:

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Consumer Crafts
Kate Donaldson
West Elm
Sarah Fritzler
Lemon Jitters
Annabelle Mintz
Artifact Uprising

 

photo cred: all photos by Kate Donaldson Photo

Fresh Find Friday

April 19, 2013

Handmade Serape Bow

 

Woo! Another week has gone by. It was a blizzard here in Denver the first three days of this week and so I’m in a Mexican fiesta kind of mood! I’ve linked up to all things Cinco de Mayo. Are you having a party? I kind of want to, but only if you come. I hate having parties and then no one shows up. In my dreams. :)

The photo above was spotted here on SVPPLY. These handmade serape bows used to be made by a little shop on Etsy, but that shop no longer exists. But you could totally make these bows! Serapes are everywhere. They’re going to start sprouting up. You’ll see. Cut some little bows and attach them to mini boxes for your party favors for guests! ¡Olé!

los goods:

A fringe table runner. Heck yes.

Celebrate with Chipotle Popcorn with Avocado Butter!

Every fiesta needs a tissue banner.

If you happen to be getting married on or around May 5th.

Piñata cookies, of course!

The essential geometric fiesta garland.

**Happy Weekend**

photo cred: Unknown Shop via SVPPLY

There’s A Baby In There

April 17, 2013

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I have nodes. I mean I have news. (Anyone seen Pitch Perfect?)

I’ve been dying to tell you guys for months. We’re having a b-a-b-y in October. I’m starting to spell words out loud for parent p-r-a-c-t-i-c-e. The news actually came as a huge shock to us. This is something I’ve wanted for a long time. A long time. LONG. time.

Before I left for Alt Summit, I was feeling super crazy and emotional, but I just chalked that up to my lack of sleep and crazy stress from preparing for that huge mother of a conference. I came home and was feeling super tired and fatigued. I learned that tons of people had caught the flu at Alt and that we were all under the weather. Two weeks later, I was still super sick and on my death bed. People were better and I was still sick. And guys, I have the immune system of a dog. Dogs have GREAT immune systems because they eat anything and everything and build antibodies. That’s my theory. I eat anything and everything too, and so I rarely get super sick. But it happened. I was sleeping all day everyday and dropping weight like it was my job. Then one early morning, I took a test and it was positive. I took another! Positive. Logan was out of town and so it was just me and lil’ Tagg in the bathroom. I was talking things through with Tagg.

“We must be pregnant, Tagg. There are two lines on the tests and two lines means we’re pregnant. There are two lines. We’re pregnant. Don’t you agree?”

He concurred.

“By the way, Tagg, you have the strongest immune system I have ever seen.”

I went to the doctor and had it confirmed. I kept it a secret for another week before telling Logan. I wanted to tell him on Valentine’s Day in some cute way. Instead, I gave him an empty box of chocolates and blamed the emptiness on the fact of my pregnant-ness.

When I first returned from Alt, I worked to convince myself that I was glad that I wasn’t pregnant. I had just gone five days without sleep and was drinking 5+ Diet Cokes a day. I was dancing my buns off at all the dance parties. I was a crazy person. I told myself that it was a good thing I wasn’t pregnant because there is no way a baby would have survived the insanity that was me at Alt Summit. But this bebe is a total fighter. I can’t believe he/she stuck around. I must be really great company. PS – we find out next week if it’s a little he or a little she. :)

Since then, things have been really crazy. To say I have been sick is a total understatement. That’s why things were so quiet around here! I had absolutely no energy to create. I’ve lived in bed for the last 7.5 weeks. Living in silence all while wanting to scream “I’m with child!” is tricky business. I’m starting to feel like myself again and have had a lot of time to plan some great projects to come in the future. I hope you’ll stick around now that you know my deep, dark secret. I’m back. I’m blogging. I’m having a baby. Ready yourselves. :)

Feeling blessed,

Lexy

Let’s Get Serious

April 16, 2013

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Things have been super quiet around here. I know this. (Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you all about the new happenings around here! Big news, friends. BIG. NEWS.)

Instead of sharing some fun party DIY or other rockin’ post, I wanted to just take a moment to say how grateful I am for the life and friends that I have. The events in Boston have reminded me of the crazy time that we live in. It’s a little frightening to say, but I’m not really surprised by much in the news anymore. It’s scary that life is not as valued as it used to be. There are a lot of crazy people out there that try to hurt and damage society. Over the last several months, I’ve had to be careful when I watch the news because it’s more depressing than informative.

Even with all the horrible events going on, I’m still amazed to see how quick people are to help. In the footage of the bombs in Boston, you can see bystanders running over to assist those injured immediately after the bombs had gone off. People weren’t running away. They were there and were trying to help. It’s refreshing to see that there are still selfless people who will go out of their way to assist those in need.

I’m very grateful for the community that I live in. With all the crazy that is going on, I’m glad to know that there are still wonderful people in the world who will always do what they can to help others.

Thank you to all of you.

photo via Swoon Events

Fresh Find Friday

April 5, 2013

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All I can say is that I’m so glad it’s Friday. I love the weekend. I heard it’s supposed to snow here in Denver and I’m hoping that the weatherman just didn’t know what he was talking about because he didn’t go to college. Cross your fingers for me. I have to head out because I have to make 100 cupcakes for an event tomorrow. I’ll be busy today! :)

The links:

We have crepes all the time. They NEED to be in cone form.

Where is Curly Sue now?

Did you win last week’s giveaway? Head on over here to find out! 

This brunch doesn’t have to just be for Easter.

A fave things party for a two-year-old!

A giveaway with avocados, my friends.

$10 fondant bubble DIY for any cake.

Behind the scenes at Bottega Louie.

 

This week’s Curbly articles:

Easy Concrete Planter DIY

10 Original Ways To Display Your Books

DIY Plastic Animal Bookends

**Happy Weekend**

photo cred: All photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY Gold-leafed Avocado Seeds & A Giveaway!

April 3, 2013

DIY Gold-leafed Avocado Seeds by The Proper Pinwheel

Hola! I’m feeling all exotic because I’ve been using a bunch of avocados up in here! Growing up, I didn’t love avocados. I thought they were slimy and mushy. The only thing they had going for them was the fact that they were green. And green happened to be my favorite color. Though they were pretty and good for you, I never wanted to try them. It wasn’t until college that I actually welcomed avocados into my life. I started to eat healthier and incorporate them into my recipes. PLUS – I heard that they did wonders for your hair. And they totally do. :)

Avocados are one of those versatile fruits that can dress up a whole bunch of recipes. But what if you want to craft with them? That’s where the seeds come in. Yes, I know they are also called “pits”, but I honestly hate that word. It’s ug. So we’re referring to them as “seeds” today. Avocados from Mexico recently approached me and asked if I would be interested in joining their “Spring For Avocados “campaign and come up with a little project using their avocados. Now that I love avocados, you can see why I was totally on board with this! They sent a bunch of avocados my way and I started eating. We had lots of guac over here. And cowboy caviar. Don’t know what that is? I’ll share a recipe for it next week because it’s delish!

I knew I wanted to do something incorporating the seeds. I have been gold-leafing a lot of small projects around our new place and decided to gild the seeds! It took ten minutes and I had these unique lil’ place card holders after I was done! Read on for the how-to.

DIY Gold-leafed Avocado Seeds by The Proper Pinwheel

To make your own avocado seed place card holders you need:

  • avocado seeds (washed and dried)
  • gold leafing pen and sheets (found at Michael’s or any other craft store)
  • sharp knife (not pictured)

DIY Gold-leafed Avocado Seeds by The Proper Pinwheel

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Using your gold-leafing pen, cover the bottom half of the seed with the glue mixture. It starts to set quickly and it will get on your hands. It’s no big deal.

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Take a sheet of the gold leaf and press it onto the glue-covered bottom of the seed. Press all over to cover as much of the glue with the gold leaf as possible. Peel the sheet back and see where else needs to be covered. Some of the gold will be sticking up.

DIY Gold-leafed Avocado Seeds by The Proper Pinwheel

Pat down any stray gold leaf with your fingers. Do this gently. The gold leaf will set to the glue and shouldn’t rub off.

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Once your seed is gilded, take a sharp steak knife and cut a small slit in the top. It doesn’t need to be huge, just wide enough for a piece of paper or cardstock to fit through.

DIY Gold-leafed Avocado Seeds by The Proper Pinwheel

Make some little name cards (these were made on cardstock with a pen) and stick them into the small slit at the top of the seed.

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And voila! Now you have some fun little place card holders that look like little gold beads. So easy.

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Fun, right? Avocados are more than just a snack to you now. I’d much rather play with my food than eat it. :) Oh wait. Just kidding. I’d rather eat it…

Now the fun part!

Avocados from Mexico is offering one of you a prize pack that includes:

  • a copy of Chef Roberto Santibañez’ cookbook, Truly Mexican 
  • an “I <3 Avocado” t-shirt
  • a time-saving avocado slicer
  • a $10 gift card to an area retailer where Avocados from Mexico are sold.

To enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me when it was that you fell in love with avocados. If you aren’t in love with them, tell me why not.

Giveaway ends: Saturday, April 6th, at 11pm pacific.

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.

update – Congratulations to Sarah from Sarah Hearts! You won, girl! Sarah said:

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This is brilliant, Lexy! Gold foil is now on my shopping list (I always have avocados in the fridge)!

Guys, I have the shirt. It’s super cute. Logan wants to wear it but it’s a little small for him. ;) If you want some more inspiration for what you can do with an avocado, visit Avocados from Mexico’s Pinterest page! Lots of recipes and other fun projects!

 

Spring for Avocados Logo FINAL 1 *While this post is sponsored by Avocados from Mexico, all opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that help The Proper Pinwheel bring you quality goodness!

DIY Airheads Cupcake Toppers

April 2, 2013

Airhead Cupcake Toppers by The Proper Pinwheel

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Happy Spring, everyone! The sun is finally starting to come out here in Denver. We’ve had blizzards lately and it has put me in the WORST mood! Now that the sun is shining, it’s finally starting to feel like Spring! Hoo-rah.

I partnered with Airheads a little while ago and I’ve been itching to share these cute little flower cupcake toppers with you.  Airheads asked if I could whip out something fun and Spring-related. It’s a bonus that they’re 100% edible! Why? Because they’re made of Airheads candy!

Supplies:

  • Airheads candy in assorted spring colors
  • Mini round cookie cutters (I used icing tips to keep it REALLY mini!)
  • Plastic white toothpicks
  • Wax paper
  • Microwave (used to soften Airheads, but isn’t necessary)

Airhead Flower Cupcake Toppers by The Proper Pinwheel

Airhead Flower Cupcake Toppers by The Proper Pinwheel

Start by laying your airheads on the sheet of wax paper. Microwave the airheads for 7 seconds to soften them up a bit. Fold the wax paper on top of the airheads and flatten them a little using your fingers. Do this until the airheads are wide enough to fit your largest cutter or icing tip.

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Using the large icing tip or cutter, punch circles in one of the Airhead candy strips.

Airhead Flower Cupcake Toppers by The Proper Pinwheel

Repeat these steps using the smaller cutter or icing tip and punching out more Airhead circles. You need at least 6 or 7 mini circles to every large circle. These will be the “petals”. airhead 3

Going one at a time, attach the mini circles to the larger circle by pressing firmly. Press one half of each circle on while leaving the other half untouched. Repeat these steps until only one space for a petal is left. You can use Wilton’s edible adhesive if you live in a very dry climate and the circles aren’t sticking. I just pressed mine together and they didn’t come apart!

Before you attach the last petal, place the toothpick on the center of the large circle. Cover the toothpick with a small “scrap” of airhead and press firmly. Place the last petal over the toothpick and press firmly.

Airhead Flower Cupcake Toppers by The Proper Pinwheel

Turn over, and you’ve got yourself a cute and edible flower! Place these in delicious cupcakes and admire your tasty craft!

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Airhead Cupcake Toppers by The Proper Pinwheel

For downloadable instructions, visit the Airheads Candy Facebook App!

*This post is sponsored by Airheads, but all  ideas and opinions belong to yours truly. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help The Proper Pinwheel bring some quality goodness to our readers!