Over the next little while, I’ll be telling you guys all about the party we had down in Palm Springs at MEET MAKE DO. (Heretofore lovingly referred to as MMD.) I’ll be telling you guys every little detail including what I made, what I did, and what I ate (that’s a given). It was such a magical time and I’m so happy I was able to make it out and party with some fantastic ladies. I may have been star-struck when I arrived. I really shouldn’t be allowed out in public.
This was my first trip to Palm Springs, and although we were bombarded with rain on one of the days, I was NOT disappointed. I felt like I had flown right into that colorful neighborhood that is shown in the movie “Edward Scissorhands”. You know which one I’m referring to. And if you don’t, you’re lying.
The bloggers were given free reign on the supply shelf. Everything I wanted. Right there. Balloons. Fabric. Paint. WASHI TAPE. Tissue paper. We were just ecstatic. Some folks got to making right away. I may have gabbed more than I actually created. And for that, I must apologize to the women there.
This whole shebang was made possible by BING. I’ll be sharing more about their new rewards program (it’s baller) so keep your eyes peeled for that one!
Because what is life without a ginormous swan? I named her Odette.
And then there was the sugar. Lots of it. We’re talkin’ egg-free batter. Where the jeff was that stuff when I was pregnant?!?!?! Come on!!!
Flower Muse supplied us with hundreds of beautiful stems. It was the dreamiest of afternoons. I couldn’t have loved those petals more if I tried.
We hit a snag one of the nights and had to move to the Saguaro Hotel. Poor us, right? Just look at the color! The pool had hot pink pool towels for the guests. Just top notch.
I was so thrilled to be invited to such a getaway with such baller people. I feel like I just returned from camp and am homesick for these gals. The conversations were wonderful. That’s what I love so much about events like this. Staying up until 3am chatting about work and life and everything in between.
Huge huge HUGE thank you to all ma’ ladies Melanie (You Are My Fave), Danni (Oh, Hello Friend), Chelsea (The Paper Mama), Ash (Sugar + Cloth), Erin (House of Earnest), Jenn (Scout), Brittany (The House That Lars Built), and behind-the-camera-queen Mary (Mary Costa Photography), our hosts, (Brittni, Chelsea, and Kelly!) and to BING and all the amazing sponsors who made it possible for us to live a dream for a few days!
Can’t wait to share all the lovely nitty gritty with you guys!
photography: all photos by Mary Costa Photography
Guys. First of all, let me apologize for the ridiculous surprise blog hiatus! What the what?!?! We’ve been slammed with lots of changes in these last few weeks and I’m playing catch up. We moved. Sick baby. Lots of crazy awesome new partnerships and opportunities. And ya know what? I just needed a minute to catch my breath. And I’m so sorry it was quite here because of that!
However! I’m back now. And I think I may have discovered the happy medium. We’ll see… I just returned from Palm Springs for Meet Make Do with BING hosted by my favorite ladies, Brittni, Chelsea, and Kelly! It was a crafters high, I tell you. Lots of supplies. Lots of food (and Diet Cokes for me!), and lots of amazing conversation. I can’t wait to tell you all about it. For now, just take a gander at the photo above and imagine diving headfirst into that blue blue water!
Slap me. Forgive me. Hug me.
photo by The Proper Pinwheel
Do you have recipes that bring back memories when you make them? You know, that one recipe that you have a specific memory of? That’s exactly what these pie crust sugar cookies are to me. I remember baking (and devouring!) them at my Great-Grandma Ellis’ when I was really little. This recipe didn’t resurface in my life for years. I searched and searched for it, but it seemed to have passed on into recipe heaven. Until two years ago when I begged my mother to help me find it. I practically threatened her life. I take my treats very seriously, I’ll have you know.
These cookies are delicious. And they’re tiny so you can have a lot of them without feeling like you’re doing any serious damage. ;)
- 1c butter (softened)
- 2 c flour
- 1/2 c sour cream
Cream butter and flour together and then slowly add sour cream. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for a minimum of two hours. Once chilled, roll to 1/4″ thick. Using a small circular cutter (I used the lid from my vegetable oil! I’m so clever…), cut out tiny circles and place on a greased cookie sheet. Poke holes with a fork in the tops of cookies. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 minutes and allow to cool!
- 1/4 c butter (softened)
- 1 c powdered sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla
Cream butter and powdered sugar together. Add egg yolk and vanilla and mix well. Drop one drop of your choice of food coloring and mix, mix, mix! Spread some frosting on the bottom of one cookie and sandwich it with another! Keep cookies chilled until ready to serve.
The magic behind these cookies is how light they are. I mean, it’s like eating really, really delicious pie crust. That’s been sprinkled with sugary goodness and filled with fantabulous frosting. I’m salivating just typing these words. So sad to say I ate all these cookies after photographing them. This recipe makes A LOT. And I ate them all…
Pop ‘em like popcorn, my friends. I feel so nostalgic whenever I make these. It’s funny how a memory can do that to you. Do you have a recipe that just takes you to memory town? I’d love to hear!
Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends! Can you believe it’s here? February is practically over! It may as well be Summer… But let’s not get ahead of ourselves! Last night, while Logan was asleep, I snuck into the bathroom and blew up a whole slew of V-day balloons and filled the tub with them! He appreciated it! He didn’t LOVE it, but he appreciated it. :)
Do y’all have some fantastic plans planned for this weekend? We are going to lay low. You know, because we have a baby and we are all boring now. However, we liked laying low PRE-VITA, so I don’t know what our excuse was then! We’ve got a little brunch date planned for tomorrow morning. And then lots of packing because, guess what, we are moving! The owners of our townhome have decided to sell our place and we don’t love it enough to buy it! I will be super sad to part with Vita’s nursery though. I spent most of my pregnancy working on that room! Tears. Tears are flowing…
Before I head off to go style a product shoot for some children’s clothing (follow along on Insta from some sneak peeks!), I’ll leave you with a few links to some amazing gold leaf projects for your weekend wonderment!
XOxOxOXO. I hope you get lucky this weekend.
Give an old chair a makeover!
These gold and wood bowls are perfect to store jewelry!
An easy deer sculpture with gilded antlers? Ok!
Make your own art for your place.
Custom gold-tipped shoes, my friends!
Gilded silverware. I’m on board.
Ceramic dishes with a gold touch.
Gold-leaf your desk!
photography: The Proper Pinwheel on Instagram via VSCO
I’ve got one last DIY project for you for Valentine’s Day. I had planned to share this one days ago, but then little miss Vita-roo decided to come down with the croup and it just got away from me! Luckily, this washi tape heart wall installation is easy to make! Seriously. Takes less than an hour and less than one roll of tape! Win. Win. I had such a hard time choosing a tape pattern. I had y’all weigh in and help me choose on Instagram last week!
- white poster paper (cut in shape of half-heart)
- washi tape (sprinkle tape from Target)
Use the poster paper to trace a heart onto the wall. Starting at the top, apply torn pieces of washi and make sure they stick well. The pieces can be different sizes, but I didn’t tear any longer than 2.5″. Work your way down the shape until you reach the bottom.
And you’re done! Run your hand over the tape to smooth out any edges.
I just might keep this guy up for a little longer this year.
Logan hardly ever checks this here blog so I’m going to surprise him with a bunch of these all over our house! We have lots of washi tape here and what better use for it?!?
Are you doing something special for your love this year? Single and partying? I’d love to hear your tradition!
So here’s the thing. I’m not stylish. And I don’t really have the time to head out and get regular manicures. (I don’t have the time to have regular showers, but I’m not telling you that…) In my world, having painted nails is such a luxury. I’ve only ever had two manicures in my life! IN MY LIFE!!!
One of my resolutions for the new year was to take a few moments every now and again and do something for myself. What did I decide to do? I decided to paint my nails to honor the upcoming holiday of love. And I wanted to share this little valentine XO manicure with you.
I’ll be straight and tell you that this was so ridiculously easy. Even the pictures of my right hand don’t look half bad! You can give your nails some love, too!
- hot pink nail polish
- white acrylic paint
- super thin paint brush or toothpick
Paint nails with two layers of pink and allow to dry. Dip the paintbrush or toothpick into the white acrylic paint and draw out some little x’s and o’s on each nail! You can make them big or tiny. You can draw a little heart. You can draw whatever your heart desires, my friends.
I loved waking up to this little pop of color this morning. I’m super easy to please. I mean, I eat at McDonald’s every year on my birthday so OF COURSE I’m easy to please! ;)
If you end up painting your nails like this for V-day, then please share on Instagram (@properpinwheel) and tag me! I’d love to see!
Click here to see more Valentine-y DIY projects!
Who isn’t in love with Valentine’s Day?!?! There are only a few people. And those people must just hate love for some reason. The heart wants what it wants. I can’t make excuses for those people. This project is for the ones who love this glorious day of love. If you and your luvvah like to exchange handmade gifts, have I got a project for you?! These DIY Valentine XO Mugs are the perfect addition to your morning coffee/hot chocolate/diet-coke-in-a-mug routine.
You don’t really need pictures of the how-to. It’s basically a paint-whatever-you-want-on-the-mug situation. If you don’t have the best hand-writing then jotting down an X and an O are perfect. No skill required, my friends. That’s how I live my life.
Once painted, allow to dry for 24 hours and then bake according to directions on paint. Usually 30 minutes at 300 degrees F.
Package these up with some hot chocolate sticks from Ticket Kitchen, some conversation hearts and other V-day goodies, wrap some twine around it and call it a day. Call it a Valentine’s Day! The pink one is my favorite! ;)
Heya, valentines! I’m so glad you’re alive. And I’m so glad it’s Friday. And I’m so glad that this weekend involves doughnuts. Homemade. Store-bought. Whatever we want. It’s happening. I don’t want to brag, but it’s my birthday on Sunday and I’m celebrating with a slew of fried and baked dough. So maybe watch out on Instagram because I will most likely be gramming those carbs like there’s no tomorrow.
The flowers above were designed by my new crush, Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. She designed all the flower arrangements from the Cricut event I attended a few weeks ago. I have been stalking her ever since. Check out her Instagram to really have your mind blown. She’ll be running a pop up shop in Salt Lake City and she’s sharing all the details on her blog. If you’re in Utah, run RUN and click click click to get to her site. And now you can have all the pretty flowers. Photo taken by the lovely Ciara Richardson. Those ladies are just a dream team.
With V-day around the corner, you should be spending all your free time working on gifts and treats and paper goods for your loved ones! So here are a few projects to help you get inspired!
Print these and you’ll be loved forever.
Everyone needs to know how to fold a paper box!
Donut valentines. You know I love these.
These treat bags stole my heart with the mylar addition!
Here’s what you do with those heart sunglasses.
A jeweled heart sweatshirt for the win!
Hang this cardboard heart garland today!
These mini vase magnets are perfect for your valentines.
Anything with rock candy is going to change lives.
An oversized paper heart chain is amazing.
photography: Ciara Richardson for Tinge Floral
So here’s the thing. I love cream. I could drink the stuff. I also love candy. And sparkling water. So it’s no surprise that I love Italian sodas. My mother used to make them for us all the time during my childhood. We were the cream-lovers of the neighborhood. I love Italian sodas. And I want you to love them too. What better way to spruce them up then with a candied rim???
Rimming the glasses is ridiculously simple. It’s basically a melt and dip situation. Crush some jolly ranchers (red and pink for the win!) and pour in a small bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 60 seconds. The candy will be bubbly. Dip the rims of your glasses and set aside to allow the candy to cool. Easy, right? Just make sure you work quick before the candy sets!
Cute, no? The best part is the taste when you sip the drink!
Have you ever made an Italian soda? I get them at Starbucks all the time. The funny thing is that everyone makes them differently. I once had one at Starbucks WITHOUT cream. I know. Not tasty. Not impressed.
To make your own Raspberry Italian Sodas you’ll need:
- crushed ice
- cream (or half n half if you want to be all healthy and fit)
- Torani Raspberry Syrup
- club soda / seltzer / sparkling water / the water of life
Fill your glasses with ice 3/4 the way to the top. Start by pouring a small amount of cream into the bottom. Fill your glass halfway with cream. Pour the club soda / seltzer / sparkling water / water of life over the cream until the glass is almost full. Top off with the raspberry syrup. And that’s it!
Now, I like mine super creamy and sweet. Some people prefer lots of cream and some don’t. The beauty of these types of bevs is that they can be made to taste. There’s no right or wrong way to build one!
Add some cute straws and stir and sip away! The soda turns a creamy pink color that slightly resembles Pepto Bismol. Really, really delicious Pepto Bismol.
Confession: I drank all of these myself after I photographed them. And I wonder why the baby weight won’t come off? ;)
These are perfect for Valentine’s Day so grab some jolly ranchers, some cream and syrup, and hop to it!
Friends, friends, cyber-friends. I’m so thrilled to be sharing little miss Vita’s nursery with you today. This was something that I worked day and night on while I was pregnant and is absolutely, hands-down, my most favorite room in our home. I could just hang out in here all day. And you can too! Virtually. See what I did there?
I was able to partner with the amazing folks at Land of Nod and a few other awesome brands to help my nursery dream become a nursery reality. And then I had my amazing friend and photographer, Sally, capture it all. It’s been immortalized. Take a look!
We are currently renting our townhome and so I didn’t have the chance to go all out with a giant painted mural. Answer to my problem? That would be Walls by Mur. These navy triangles were easy to hang (thanks to the help of my OCD Mother) and they are easy to peel off when it’s time to move!
Long before I was even pregnant, I started collecting art for our future bebe. I have artwork for a boy nursery that I’m storing away for now. We are so in love with Colorado and this print by my friend Kirsten suited the nursery perfectly. The Kraken canvas print from Land of Nod is my favorite of the three. The coral color just sucked me right in. I purchased the little print from Brickyard Buffalo & Small Fry years ago for Operation Sandy Hook and just printed it out and framed it myself.
Read all about that custom quilt by Yellow Bug Quilts here!
There’s a LOT more to see so make sure you click after the jump!