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DIY || Typography BOO Pumpkins

October 21, 2014

Typography BOO Pumpkins

You guys. The internet is hard. I don’t know why, but every now and again, I struggle to find that balance between work and mom-life. It’s just been one of those weeks when the blog stops working and then Vita-girl gets sick. And when she’s sick, I just feel like the world stops. I hope you understand. I’m sure you do. Thanks for that. :) Okay, now that I got that out of the way, let’s talk about these typography BOO pumpkins, aight?

Typography BOO Pumpkins

I’m just obsessed with letters. Letters that make words. And when you can easily write those words on pumpkins? Well, everybody wins.

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The Weekenders!

October 17, 2014

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Oh. My. Gawsh. (Look at her butt. You were thinking it.)

These last two weeks have been nuts you guys! Last week’s pie workshop just sent me over the edge and I needed a moment or two to recover! And then the back-end of this here blog went all sk-wonky and I’ve been working with developers to get that back up and running! I’m just glad you guys couldn’t tell. You just thought it was run-o’-the-mill silence from yours truly. Hashtag don’t blame ya.

Since I basically missed a whole week of blogging (and I have so many more Halloween projects to share with your for Mission: Scary!), so check in on Facebook and Insta to see what’s goin’ down! One of my faves coming up involves ice cream! The greatest thing on the planet! That, and Netflix. And Mcdonald’s Monopoly!

Here are a few links to kick off your Friday!

The loveliest watercolor wall art there is. DIY style.

9. NINE! DIY costumes for Halloween! Love the champagne bubbles.

I love this color-dyed wheat wreath. Probably too much.

Skull pillow from old black sweater? I’m on board.

A free printable Halloween invitation and it’s calligraphed!

I want this towel for my kitchen!

A rustic apple tart. No more words.

DIY napkins just in time for the season of entertaining!

And. WHY didn’t I think of these for Vita’s party?!

My girl, Ciera, just had a 5 year blogiversary and is having a MASSIVE giveaway! There are tons of ways to enter and the contest runs until October 27th! You can visit her blog to read more and you can also enter the giveaway down below! Check it, my friends.

Ciera Design Celebrates 5 Years of Blogging with a Giveaway

I decided to join in and help Ciera Design celebrate 5 years of blogging this month! It’s such an exciting accomplishment (5 yearsies!) and what better way to celebrate than by giving away a special gift to our amazing readers? One lucky person will receive a $400 prepaid MasterCard that can be spent anywhere in the world that accepts Debit MasterCards. You’re not dreaming. If you win, share with me? I pay in treats. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks to the lovely sponsors who made this possible!

Ciera DesignKory WoodardYellow Heart ArtRebecca Lately
Patti Murphy Designs | Anna DeloresCocorrinaRachel The HatFashiony Fab
Sugar and Type | Squirrelly MindsHigh WallsThe Nectar Collective
The Proper PinwheelEx VitaeFry Sauce & GritsA Ruffled Life
Pinegate RoadBuckets & SpadesA Girl Named PJSarah HeartsTara Victoria

This giveaway will be running until October 27th, 2014 and is opened to international readers!

**Happy weekend**

photography: floral | The Proper Pinwheel     glitter | Ciera Design

Taste It \\ The Classic Popover

October 7, 2014

Taste It \\ The Classic Popover

If there was ever a recipe that I would beg you to try, it would be this one. I have this unconditional love for breakfast food. We’re star-crossed lovers, if you will. There’s something about a piece of french toast, or a pancake, or in this case, a tasty popover that just sends me into breakfast bliss. The classic popover is similar to a German pancake, only smaller, cuter, and therefore, superior.

Taste It \\ The Classic Popover
Taste It \\ The Classic Popover

This shoot was a toughy to complete. I kept taking bites out of the popovers! So tempting! And it doesn’t hurt that they’re in those pretty-in-pink ramekins!

Get the full recipe over on Style Me Pretty Living today!

Happy Tuesday!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Spooky & Sweet Macarons

October 2, 2014

DIY \\ Spooky & Sweet Macarons

Say it with me. “I’m an addict. I have a problem. I need help.”

“I also need to eat all the macarons.”

“All of ‘em.”

These have to be one of the most versatile treats in all the land! My latest obsesh? These spooky & sweet macarons. They’re the perfect little favor to give to yourself your friends and neighbors. If you want to be super fancy, just let the kids trick-or-treat for these guys.

DIY \\ Spooky & Sweet Macarons

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Taste It \\ Pumpkin Macarons With Chocolate Ganache

October 1, 2014

Pumpkin Macarons With Chocolate Ganache It’s no secret that I’m addicted to Macarons now. Their sugar content is low, so that means they’re diabetic-friendly, yes? Yes. With the weather cooling down, I’ve been cooking and baking with pumpkin a LOT more. And you should, too! So let’s start with some pumpkin macarons with chocolate ganache, mmmmkay? It’s like a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. But classier.

Joking. Like anything could be classier than the pumpkin chocolate chip cookie! Pumpkin Macarons With Chocolate Ganache Pumpkin Macarons With Chocolate Ganache

To make the macarons, follow the simple macaron recipe from this edible typography macaron post! There are a few changes so listen up.

Just before the egg whites reach their puffy and glossy texture, drop 2 droplets of orange gel food coloring and 1 droplet of brown gel food coloring into the mix and keep beating! Beat until the egg white mixture becomes the cloudy glossyness that meringues are famous for!

Add 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice to the dry almond flour and powdered sugar mix. Whisk well to incorporate and then add the dry mix to the egg whites as the recipe suggests. Follow the rest of the recipe directions until you’ve got yourself some pumpkin-y french macarons!
Pumpkin Macarons With Chocolate Ganache For the chocolate ganache:

  • 12 ounces milk or dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Heat cream in sauce pan over medium-high heat until it boils. Once it’s boiling, immediate remove from heat and pour over chocolate. Gently whisk until all chocolate is melted and the mixture is glossy. Allow to cool completely. The longer the ganache sits, the more stable it will be. I placed mine in the refrigerator overnight to help it stiffen up before being piped onto the macarons.

Now go and give. Or go and eat. I’d probably do the latter…

This recipe is part of The Proper Pinwheel’s Halloween series, MISSION:SCARY. To see more Halloween projects, click here!

To see more recipes, click here!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Zombie Wildlife

September 25, 2014

DIY \\ Zombie Wildlife

Alternate titles for this post would be:

“Undead Wildlife”

“Zombie Dinosaurs”

“Paint The Toy White”

“The Rawring Dead”

I could go on… This is one of those projects that I am overly excited about. It probably has to do with the fact that I’m now a parent who gets to teach her daughter all about dinosaurs and how they can turn into zombie wildlife with the power of one’s imagination. Thanks, AMC.

If you know me, then you know that I’m terrified of zombies. Truly. My recurring nightmare is one that involves zombies of civil war soldiers. It’s frightening, alright. These zombies are on the friendlier, less-threatening, side of the undead spectrum. I’m okay with ‘em. And your kids will be, too.

DIY \\ Zombie Wildlife

DIY Zombie Wildlife

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DIY \\ Concrete Pumpkin Place Card Holders

September 23, 2014

This project is part of our Halloween series, MISSION: SCARY. To see more Halloween projects, click here!

Concrete pumpkin place care holders

Okay, so some of the projects for MISSION: SCARY aren’t as scary as they are pretty. The only thing frightening about these concrete pumpkin place card holders is how gold and awesome they are. Oh, and maybe how ridiculously easy they are, too. You can have concrete pumpkins in under an hour, my friends.  Concrete pumpkin place care holders

They make perfect ornaments for your plates at Thanksgiving dinner. Their own con? You can’t eat ‘em.

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DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

September 22, 2014

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

Oh, oh, oh. Boo. Boo. Boo. I love Halloween way too much. Just kidding. Not too much. An appropriate amount. And that’s why I can’t wait another second to start a new Halloween series! Remember every year around Christmas time when I introduce Mission: Merry?! And then proceed to share all sorts of Christmas-y DIY goodness?! Welp. For this next Halloween holiday cycle, we’re runnin’ with a new series called Mission: SCARY. See what I did there? I know. I’m good with the words. Anyway! This series includes a slew of terrifyingly cute/fun/spooky Halloween projects. We’re kicking off with these easy DIY Halloween Boo Bottles. They’re terrifyingly easy…

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series Materials:

  • assorted glass milk bottles
  • white spray paint
  • cotton balls
  • tape
  • black Sharpie marker

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

And it goes like this:

Stuff cotton balls into the mouth of each bottle and tape over the top. This will help protect the opening so that the bottles can still be used for beverages!

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

Shake your tail feathers paint can and spray each bottle making sure to cover the entire surface. Allow 1 hour for each bottle to dry to the touch. Once dry, draw fun and spooky faces on each bottle like a ghosty face or the face of a happy jack o’ lantern.

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

Fill the bottles with tasty cider or some orange soda (Diet Coke for me, thanks!) and then pop a cute and Halloween-appropriate straw in each! You’re all set for a terrifyingly fun celebration. Get ready for all the “terrifyingly fun” puns that are about to commence. I’ve got a lot of ‘em.

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

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Keep up with all the sneak peeks and fun happenings with this series by following the hashtag #missionscary! And if you feel like getting a head start on Christmas, check out the hashtag #missionmerry!

Sidenote – Logan made sure to tell me that this post was filled with “photos of the same thing but just at different angles”. I recognize. And I just liked all the photos too much not to share. ;)

So boo me. (Get it?)

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Gift It: Be The Ultimate Giver With Giftry

September 18, 2014

It’s no secret that I love gifts. I love giving them. I love getting them. I love wrapping them. I love shopping for them. It’s all just so wonderful. That’s why I’m stoked to share Giftry with y’all today! What is Giftry? Oh, it’s just a new site that helps you create gift registries for your pals and loved ones. You could even make a Giftry for someone you hate. It’s so fun curating items that you would eventually grow to love the person whom you are giftry-ing. I’ve partnered with Giftry as as part of their Influencer program (with some other baller bloggers ) to share a few ways to get the most out of it and become the ultimate giver.

With Vita’s birthday just around the corner, I’ve had so many friends ask what she might need or want as a gift. Since I don’t want to admit that she loves anything that’s a choking hazard (television cords, votive candles, chapstick, etc.), I thought it would be easiest to create a Giftry titled FOR THE ONE YEAR OLD.

How to use giftry

This particular Giftry is filled with gift suggestions from popular kid sites around the web including Land of Nod and Wilson and Frenchy, two of my faves. Peeps can just click the photo and be taken directly to the source to purchase! I have a bit of an obsession with children’s toys and I might just need to purchase everything on the list. I gotta have it all!

And it goes like this:

How to use Giftry

You simply download the “add to giftry” button to your browser. Then, it hangs out all up in your toolbar waiting for you to click it. It’s similar to the “pin it” button from Pinterest. You can add items from within the Giftry collections, or you can add items from outside webpages that you may be shopping on. Wanna add a bunch of items from Anthro? There’s a Giftry for that.

One of my fave features of Giftry is that you can create an endless amount of Giftries. I currently have several growing including:

One FOR THE BAKER:

How to use Giftry
One FOR THE DONUT LOVER: giftry 3

One FOR THE PAPER LOVER:

How To Use Giftry

And since I fall into the DIY category (Have we nailed that down?), I even have a Giftry FOR THE MAKER:

How To Use Giftry

When creating Giftries, keep the types of friends you have in mind. Do they spend a lot of time in the kitchen? Do they have children? Are they really into techie gear? If you’re feeling lost when it comes to inspiration, you can check out the Giftries of some of the Influencers! Each has a different style and will help you uncover cyber gems you didn’t know existed.

You can also collaborate with other users on Giftry. Let’s create a scenario, shall we? Logan decides to throw me a surprise party. He’s created a Giftry with items specifically for me. While he tries, he’s not always the best gift giver. hashtag bless his heart. He invites friends and family to add items to the Giftry. They all share ideas and everyone attending the surprise party shows up with a perfect gift for little old me. What a win, right?

I have to say this: Giftry is so similar to Pinterest that I know you’re gonna love it. The best part? The source is ALWAYS right there so no hunting fo’ you!

You can sign up to create your own Giftries right here! 

And, of course, the funnest party of the gifting art is the wrap! I could honestly create a Giftry list filled with gift wrap supplies! I’m a sucker for pretty packaging and I take pride when giving gifts. You should, too! Remember this tissue fringe wrap? It’s thrown in with a whole juggernaut of gift wrap DIY ideas that can be found right here! 

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And the DIY pom pom wrap! Holy smokes. Let’s give gifts, you guys?!?!?!?!?!

*This post is in partnership with Giftry. These words are totally my own. Thanks for supporting brands that help keep Proper partying! 

EAT DRINK CREATE Pie Workshop

September 16, 2014

People of the internet. I have been working so hard to keep this under wraps and today is the day that I get to spill the beans! It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with sweets. And when they’re pretty? Even better. Pie is no exception. And now that the Fall season is upon us, it’s time to eat lots of pie. And if you’re in Denver, you should most definitely come party with me next month at the newest addition to the EAT DRINK CREATE event series - a pie workshop!

pie workshop

Come hang out at Denver’s newest urban event space, 3126 Larimer. The place is all white and all right. We’ll be learning the art of pie art! We’ll be making pies and decorating pies and then, of course, eating pies! It’s just in time to help you prepare to wow your Thanksgiving guests with pie from heaven.

Decorative Pie Workshop

At the workshop, we’ll each make a tasty pie and learn different techniques for decoration. We’re talkin’ crust designs like half-moon trims, calligraphy designs, braided edges, and lots more. You’ll get to take it home and flaunt your domesticity to your friends and loved ones. Who doesn’t love to pie-brag? That’s a thing. It’s a crust-creation-celebration!

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Of course, no creative workshop would be complete without baller goodies for each guest to take home. Each attendee will get all the supplies needed to bake the perfect pie (ingredients, pie tins, rolling pins, pastry cutter, custom aprons, etc.). You’ll head home with gifts and goodies totaling over $100 including a gorgeous print from the masters of paper, MINTED. And, I totally want to keep it a surprise, so you may or may not be getting one of these gorgeous wooden boxes from PIEBOX!

I get butterflies just looking at those photos.

After we’ve worked up a sweat with our pastry pretties, we’ll kick back and enjoy some tasty treats including some delish pie from local Denver pie professionals, The Long i Pie!

Decorative Pie Workshop

There’s just so much goodness that’s going to happen! So join me on Thursday, October 9th, at 6:30pm, won’t ya?! This is going to be intimate as we’ve capped the guest list at 25 people! So snag your friends and snag a spot!

Tickets are currently $10 off until 9/22 and you can purchase your tickets here on BROWN PAPER TICKETS! All the deets are there! Can’t wait to see you! Follow the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate to see sneak peeks! It’s good stuff, you guys. Read the invite up close and personal here - Pie Workshop Invitation

Buy tickets for EAT DRINK CREATE | Pie Workshop with Lexy Ward

To see photos and videos from past EAT DRINK CREATE events, click below!

EDC Holiday

EDC Spring

EDC Summer

photography: PIEBOX photos via PIEBOX, all other photos by The Proper Pinwheel

invitation design: Kirsten Bingham