Monthly Archives: May 2013

Fresh Find Friday

May 31, 2013


Aloha, friendlies. We are just wrapping things up here in Hawaii and I am so depressed about it. This week has flown by and it’s almost time to return to Denver. I’m sad, but knowing that there is no snow awaiting me softens the blow a bit. The photo above was taken the other evening and has NO filter on it! Canyabelieveit? No filter. That’s just how pretty it is here. Dangit, Denver. While I’m soaking up the last few drops of Colada, here are some links to kick off your weekend. :)

A party hat. For your neck.

IKEA shelves that don’t look like IKEA shelves!

Fruit-dyed wooden ice cream spoons.

An ice cream crawl in your city. It can happen.

Mint and coral  bowls! Yes!

All geometric. All the time.

And paper lanterns. For outside!

**Happy Weekend**

photo cred: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

A Watercolor Tablecloth For Your Summer Dinner Parties

May 30, 2013

While I’m out for the week, I’ve asked some awesome friends to drop by and share inspiration with y’all! Today’s post is from Christie of Summer Hen!

Watercolor Tablecloth by Summer Hen

Hi Proper Pinwheelers! My name is Christie and I blog over at Summer Hen where I share my general enthusiasm for DIYs, holidays, and summer time. The weather is finally taking a turn for the better (hooray!) and the 70+ temperatures are making me want a little reminder of outside everywhere I go.

I’ve accidentally fallen in love with a couple of verrry expensive watercolor tablecloths that carry that hint of summer on them. Funny enough, I’m nowhere close to being a billionaire, so I decided to do it myself.
Disclaimer- you don’t have to have any great painting skill to create this tablecloth. The best part about watercolor is that it’s imperfect!

Watercolor Tablecloth by Summer Hen
To make your own watercolor tablecloth you’ll need:

  • 1 Tablecloth made out of natural materials i.e. cotton (I found mine at Target)
  • 1 Spray Bottle filled with water
  • Paint Brushes
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paint Plate
  • Inspiration

Wash your tablecloth to get rid of any store gunk and water repellant finishing solvents all new fabrics seem to have. Once out of the dryer, give it a quick swipe with your iron so you have a smooth work surface.

While your tablecloth is in the wash, find your inspiration. It can be anything! Here’s mine:

Watercolor Inspiration
Once your cloth is ready to go, spread it out on a tarp or something you don’t care about if paint gets on it. We’re painting on fabric so paint will leak through. I’m using the cement outside of my apartment. If you are doing something bold and graphic like I am, establish were you want the design to be. I’m guilty of starting something and realizing too late it was a size to big or small.

Watercolor Tablecloth by Summer Hen
Pick your first paint color and mix it with water on your paint plate. The more water you add, the lighter the color will be.

Watercolor Tablecloth by Summer Hen

Before painting an area, spray it using your water filled spray bottle. This will help the paint disperse more evenly and give you better coverage on the fabric. Paint away!

Watercolor Tablecloth by Summer Hen

Once you put the finishing touches on your cloth, let it dry for 24 hours. Your tablecloth will be machine washable because we used acrylic paints. Use it well and use it often! Mine has happily moved in to the kitchen for the summer and is bonding nicely with the aloe plant we recently adopted named Steve.

Watercolor Tablecloth by Summer Hen

To see more of Christie’s life as a blogger, visit Summer Hen! You can see more of her easy DIYs and awesome travels!

Recipe: Pretzel Strawberry Icebox Pie

May 29, 2013

It’s no secret that I prefer sugar to all other food sources on this planet. Give me cake or pie any day and we’ll be instant best friends. Today’s post comes from cute baker Lizzy who writes Lizzy Pancakes!

Pretzel Strawberry Icebox Pie by Lizzy Pancakes

Hello, pretties.  My name is Lizzy , sweets-maker-in-chief over at Lizzy Pancakes.  I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes with you guys today.  It is sweet and creamy and perfect for the hot Summer months.
  • 2 cups finely crushed pretzel sticks
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

Pretzel Strawberry Icebox Pie by Lizzy Pancakes


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together first 3 ingredients; firmly press on bottom, up sides, and onto lip of a lightly greased 10-inch pie plate. Bake the curst 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let it cool on a wire rack for ten minutes or so.
  • Process strawberries in a blender or food processor until finely chopped.
  • Beat condensed milk and cream cheese and strawberry gelatin at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.  Add the blended strawberries; beat at low speed just until blended.
  • Beat 3/4 cup whipping cream at high speed until soft peaks form; gently fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture until there is no color variation. Spoon into prepared crust. Cover and freeze 8 to 12 hours or until firm.
  • Make the remainder of the cream and sugar into whip cream and top your pie.  Add some sliced strawberries for garnish and that’s it!

Pretzel Strawberry Icebox Pie by Lizzy Pancakes

The only step left is to share with friends and watch as your popularity soars.  I’m serious.  It’s science.  Go try it, you’ll see.

To see more delish recipes from Lizzy, visit Lizzy Pancakes! My current fave dish? These vanilla bean cookies!

DIY Glittered Clothespins To Hold Your Fancy Photos

May 28, 2013

You guys know that the craft world wouldn’t be complete if glitter didn’t exist. It always adds a little pizazz to whatever you may be working on. Today’s post comes from the talented Rachel of 52 Weeks Project. She shares one project every week all year long! The girl gots skill! Take it away, Rachel!

Glittered Clothespins by 52 Weeks Project

To make your own glittered clothespins you’ll need:

  • clothespins
  • thumb tacks
  • glitter
  • mod podge
  • paint brush
  • paint (optional)
  • E-6000 glue

Glittered Clothespins by 52 Weeks Project

Although completely optional, I recommend you paint your clothespins with acrylic paint before starting this project. Your glitter wont cover the entire surface, so part of the wood will peak through.  I used a light gold, which adds a bit a shimmer and subtle color on the visible areas.

Glittered Clothespins by 52 Weeks Project

Moving one section/color at a time, brush on a thick layer of mod podge then sprinkle on your glitter before the glue dries. You might need to use your finger to reposition the glitter over the blank spots if you use larger glitter. Shake off any excess.

Once both sections of the clothespin are covered in glitter, apply another layer of mod podge on top to seal. It will dry clear, so be generous!

Glittered Clothespins by 52 Weeks Project

When the top is dry, you’ll need to glue your thumb tack to the back. I used E-6000 glue for a stronger hold.

Glittered Clothespins by 52 Weeks Project

Clip on to your favorite photos, pin to a cork board, and enjoy!


To see more of Rachel’s projects, visit 52 Weeks Project! My current fave post? Her painterly iPhone cases!

DIY Starburst Beverage Tags Made From Straws

May 27, 2013

Starburst Tags by The Proper Pinwheel

Hey friendlies!!! I’m sorry to say (not really) that I’m in Hawaii this week. We’re out here hangin’ with my family and spending a little quality time on the beach. While I’m away, I’ve lined up some posts from some awesome guest contributors for the rest of the week. So make sure you check back each day to see who will be visiting!

I made these easy-peasy starburst beverage tags for the folks over at Shop Sweet Lulu a few weeks ago. The post is live today and you can get the full how-to over there! So head on over to learn how to make these lil’ beauties out of any pretty straw you possess!

And don’t forget to enter the Favorite Things Giveaway! It ends tomorrow and you can win a whole bunch of goods!

**aloha** <—– I just had to.

Fresh Find Friday

May 24, 2013

charcoal lamb cashmere baby long johns by Red Envelope

People of the web! I am sooooo excited for this particular Friday. Why? Because we are heading to M-A-U-I tomorrow morning! That’s right. Prego Lexy is gettin’ on a plane. And I’ve got drugs. I’ve got a travel pillow. I’ve got the seventh book of Harry Potter to keep me company. That plane ride better be a piece of cake. I’ll be out all next week but have some amazing guest contributors sharing some quality goods with y’all each day! So make sure you come on back. Make sure.

The photo above is of theeeee most adorable long johns for babies I have ever seen. They were gifted to Baby Girl Ward by the lovely folks at  RedEnvelope and I need her to get here so she can wear ‘em! Cashmere lambs are the new black. She’s going to be more fashionable than Logan. Hard to believe, but true.

I’m sharing a few other links of crazy cool goods found at RedEnvelope. Father’s Day is just around the corner and you need to get something for those pesky men in your life.

For the golfer who prefers chilled bevs.

For the James Bond wannabe.

For the hairy beast.

For the muncher.

For the photographer.

For the street DJ.

For the Boy Scout.

For the Jedi wannabe.

For the athlete.

For the musician.

 To see more manly gifts, click here!

**Happy Weekend**

photo cred: Red Envelope

*While the long johns were a gift, I was not paid to promote RedEnvelope in any way. I’m just obsessed with everything in their online shop! 

Giveaway: A Few Of My Favorite Things

May 23, 2013

This is a group giveaway! Not a groupie giveaway. I’m no longer allowed to provide band followers to the masses.

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I love sunsets. My phone’s camera roll is filled to the brim with different pictures of sunsets that would make Ansel Adams cringe. I just can’t help myself. The color palette is always to die for. Who doesn’t love coral hues?! I mean, come on! And when paired with gold accents, you just can’t lose.

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite items that just happen to fall in this beloved category. And I’m wanting to give ‘em all away to one of you. You need these things in your life!

One lucky human will receive: a paper garland by Mara-Mi, Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Tutti Fruitti, a bag of Starburst FaveREDS, stripey wooden forks by Sucre Shop, watercolor napkins, a notebook by Rifle Paper Co., chevron stripey straws by Shop Sweet Lulu, and golden thank you cards by Mara-Mi.

Holy crap. That’s a lot of good coral-y red stuff.

The Proper Pinwheel - Fave Things 2

The Proper Pinwheel - Fave Things 3

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You want to enter this giveaway, you say? Awesome. Just leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about summer (as if you could pick just one thing!)

The deets:


To enter this giveaway : leave a comment on this post telling me your fave thing about summer. You must leave a comment to be eligible to win. For an extra entry, like The Proper Pinwheel on FB and leave a separate comment telling me you’ve done so! Bam. Two entries.

This giveaway ends: Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 11pm MST. Winner will be announced on this post as well as on Facebook!

Good luck!

Congratulations to Icing Designs! We’ll be sending you a box of coral goodness soon! :)

What’s better than one giveaway? A whole bunch of them! I’ve teamed up with five other cool cool peeps who are sharing their favorite things! Click on the pictures to win goods from each of us! Shiny Happy SprinklesGirl. Inspired.Confetti Sunshine, PagingSupermom, and Sew.Craft.Create.

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Spotlight: In Love With Moglea

May 21, 2013

I am always obsessing over great designers. Today, I’m sharing one of my fave MintiesMeg Gleason. Her name is and she’s a talent and a half! Pronounced just like the name of our little jungle friend raised by the little jungle animals, her designer name is Moglea.

Designer Moglea prints via The Proper Pinwheel

These are a few prints from her party line with Minted. Adorable, no? I might just have to throw a baby shower for myself just so that I can have all that paper goodness.

Designer Moglea prints via The Proper Pinwheel

Blind impressions  look amazing on white paper.

Designer Moglea prints via The Proper Pinwheel

Christmas  cards! I have a huge selection and it’s about to get bigger. Which is your fave? The presents. Mine too.

Designer Moglea prints via The Proper Pinwheel

Designer Moglea prints via The Proper Pinwheel

She also does baby announcements. What the?!? It’s like we were MFEO. That’s made for each other. I’m up to date on all the hip language across the land.

Pop on over to Meg’s site and view her lookbook. Head right to her shop to spend some $$$! And if you happen to be at the National Stationery Show, she’s in booth 2055!

photo cred: First photo via Minted, all other photos by Meg Gleason

Printable Watercolor Popsicles For The Win

May 17, 2013

Popsicle Printout by The Proper Pinwheel

Hooray! Friday is here! I’ve spent the last two day wrapped up in Alt For Everyone and it’s time for a lil’ break! We are going to try and go camping this weekend. Who knows if it will work out. I’m just itching to get to the mountains. Itching!

To wrap up #popsicleweek, I wanted to share a super sweet and super simple printable from yours truly. The download link is below. There is no text, just popsicles. I didn’t want to complicate things. :)

Download the popsicles here

**Happy Weekend**

Please remember that this download was designed for non-commercial use and may not be distributed or sold in any way. So happy if you share it, but please link to the original post. Thanks mucho!

Four Popsicle Printables For Your Popsicle Party

May 16, 2013

Aside from just licking popsicles, I like to celebrate them. That’s why we are sharing a few printables to have some popsicle parties! Links to the downloads below!

Popsicle Printables

1. Kick the memory game up a notch with these popsicle printables from EAT DRINK CHIC!

Popsicle Printables

2. These will probably be my forever favorite popsicle party invitations. Oh, Martha.

Popsicle Printables

3. Do you like to camp but in a glamorous fashion? These glamping popsicle invites are so perfect. Download via HGTV!

Popsicle Printables

4. When I saw these popsicle totes, my cold and dead heart melted. Get it? Melted? Get the download from Creature Comforts right here!

Gotta bounce! I’m hosting several Alt For Everyone classes today and have to find time to eat!