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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 get 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!

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

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

The Weekend Is Here

September 12, 2014

High Point Creamery Ice Cream Flight

I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to see a Friday! This week has been one of those crazy weeks that you’d just like to forget, ya know? You have those, right? I’m not the only one? I am going to attempt to do a little relaxing this weekend (that’s crazy though because I have HUGE announcement next week that I have to finish prep for! Stay tuned!). Wish me the best of luck. Before I go, here’s a weekend roundup of a few faves from the web this week.

I want to make about five of these DIY Moroccan Wedding Pillows!

Keeping this retro diamond wall pattern on my mind for future rooms.

This pot was a prop in a project and I can’t get over it! Must buy!

I was so sad I couldn’t attend this shower! Looked like a citrus DREAM!

Just look at her studio. Should we all move in?

Amen. It takes me several minutes to get that IG shot.

In love with this selection of tea towels.

A Watermelon Peter Pan Collar. I need one. You need one.

How cute is this color pop bodysuit?

**happy weekend**

PS – my computer totally froze and I had to do this roundup on my phone tonight! Yikes! So I apologize for typos and/or format issues! Here’s hoping your day is better than mine! ;)

photography: The Proper Pinwheel on Instagram 

Organize It \\ A Bright & Colorful Workspace

September 11, 2014

organized workspace

You guys. Before I had a baby, I was a neat freak. I still am, but it’s just been masked by this tiny little thing called clutter. And the need for sleep. And the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day… But no more! I’ve been working hard to de-clutter our space. And it was a task! But it worked, and I owe it all to Poppin. Their cutey cute products gave me the push to gut the house and make it prettier. My new fave place happens to be my desk. See why?!

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You can see all the pictures (including the ugly HIDEOUS before) over on Curbly today! So head over there and get ready to drop your jaw at the before photo. It’s bad. But the end result is SO good.

9 Tips To Avoid Counter Clutter on Curbly

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

The Weekend Is Here

August 29, 2014

DIY Napkin Garland

Hola, friendlies! It’s Friday. It’s Labor Day Weekend. Is that not the best news you’ve ever heard? Long weekends are my fave. Long weekends and Vita and corn dogs. All my faves. Before I sign off and go spend the rest of my day and money at Target on the new Oh Joy! For Target line, here are a few links you gotta click! Ya gotta!

Kelly’s studio is going to be my second living arrangement. She knows this.

All the kids need these surprise lunch cards!

If you’re hosting, you need to read all these things. Tips for days, folks!

Pregnancy is soooo crazy. And Chels is actually making me miss it!

A freebie for your screenie!

A DIY Napkin Garland from yours truly.

Scalloped backdrop. A must.

These notebook tea cloths are inspiring!!!

**happy weekend**

photography: The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Popcorn Cone Favors

August 8, 2014

Popcorn Cone Favors

One word: POPCONES. That’s what we’re calling these popcorn cone favors. They’re easy to make. I know I’m not the first person to make cones like these and I’m almost too ashamed to share this as an official DIY. Almost… (It’s Friday, you guys. I’ve lost my head.)

Popcorn Cone Favors

I’m sure you get the gist. Take a square of paper. Roll into a cone. Place a piece of tape on the back to keep in place. Fill with popcorn. Snap a picture. Devour. Popcorn Cone Favors Popcorn Cone Favors Popcorn Cone Favors At the moment, we are in Salt Lake City celebrating the DIY Fest that is Craft Lake City. We’ll be there today and tomorrow! Will you? If so, let me know! You can party with me and Logan. And by “party”, I mean “stuff your face with delish food that I’m sure we will find”. Before I sign off, here are a few fave popcorn projects from around the web!

 printable popcorn boxes!

cookie butter popcorn!

lemon popcorn!

garlic parmesan popcorn!

butterfinger popcorn!

pb&j popcorn!

**happy weekend**

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

End O’ The Week

August 1, 2014

DIY Popsicle Party Backdrop

My, oh my. It’s August. It may as well be Christmas now. Just kidding. I’m not ready for that. Though I have been working on a few big projects that you’ll be seeing come December. Sneak peeks coming soon! The weekends tend to fly by before I have a chance to really soak them in. I’m poor at time management when Friday rolls around. I think I have all weekend, and then BAM. It’s Sunday night and I’m getting depressed. Does this happen to you?

Before I sign off to go eat my weight in sugar-less weight watchers caramels (thanks, Diabetes), I’ll leave with you with a few of my fave projects and posts that made their way around the web this week! My fave? Of course it would be Vita sittin’ pretty in front of this DIY Popsicle Party Backdrop that I made over on You Are My Fave. You are having a popsicle party, right?

CLICK ‘EM ALL.

I’m thinking I need to make my way over to Manhattan Beach.

The kiwi is my fave! What’s yours?

Keep your kids safe in a digital age. Starring Vita.

A pineapple boat. No other words necessary.

Perfect picnics with origami boxes can happen.

 I may spend tomorrow afternoon making salt water taffy!

All the macarons. The fruity macarons.

You NEED these flamingo straws in your life. We all do.

photography: The Proper Pinwheel for You Are My Fave

Behind The Blog \\ Thoughts On Creating & Sharing Content

July 29, 2014

This is just one of those things that I sit on for a long time. I sit. Stewing. And thinking. And stewing. Then I forget about it and go on my merry way. And then something happens and I’m back stewing all over again.

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Whenever someone asks me about blogging, they assume that it’s all pretty photo shoots and getting free stuff in the mail and being your own boss and “oh so cute!”. Half the time, when someone finds out what I do, that’s the response.

“You blog? That’s so cute.”

Yes, it is cute. Er, it can be cute. I’m happy to photograph cute things and share them with all eleven of you. That’s part of the fun.

And yes, it can be awesome to be your own boss. But technically, I’m not. I’m only one of my bosses. I have about 8 bosses at the moment. And it can be a little tricky to manage if you don’t have enough Diet Coke stocked in the fridge.

One of the toughest parts about blogging is mastering the management of time. I’d like to master the art of reversing time, but whaddayado? You have to manage emails, deadlines, employees, invoices, incomes, props, ads, campaigns, sponsors, etc. It can be a little exhausting.

For me, I currently contribute to several larger sites while still (totally scraping by!!!) managing my own blog. I work around the clock. When Vita’s eyes are closed, my laptop is open or my camera is on and my brain is spinning with ideas for new projects. It’s tiring, and I sometimes wish that I could just unplug at night and decompress with my family. But then I remember that because I want to spend my days doing what I love and being with the little girl that I love, I have to keep plugging along and find a way to keep moving.
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But it’s tough to do. I’m guilty of doing the online comparing thing. And that can be dangerous. I have to remember that everyone moves at their own pace.

I want this place to be one of inspiration. Whatever I share here, I want it to do something for you. I want you to laugh. I want you to be happy. I want you to feel creative. I want you to feel inspired. And I want you to feel like you’ve got it all, folks.

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As someone who works hard to create internet awesomeness, it feels amazing to have your work shared by friends, new and old, who inspire you! I always love finding my work around the webs. It’s neat!

However, what isn’t neat? When I find my work being credited with a “via pinterest”. Pals, I’m sure you know this, but I feel like I need to shout it at the top of my lungs.

THAT’S NOT THE WAY, MY FRIENDS!

Turn back.

This occasionally happens to me, but it doesn’t bother me too much. I’ll usually send a quick little email asking if the author could change the info and link me as the source. And most of the time, it’s taken care of rather quickly. It’s always polite. It’s always courteous. And it never becomes a big deal.

I’m lucky that this doesn’t happen to me too often. But I have friends that it happens to all the time! Can you believe that?!? As bloggers/freelancers, we try to make a living off the content we create and share online. And if we aren’t recognized as the original creator, we miss out on other opportunities, amiright? I think it’s wonderful to have my work shared, and in turn, share the work of others. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it.

Pals, I know I don’t need to elaborate on this topic. I’ll just say that it is easier than you think to find photo credits. If you find something that you want to share that wasn’t yours, just credit! Can’t find the credit because you found it through Pinterest and you just keep going ’round and ’round in “via Pinterest” circles? You can use BING’s reverse image search. It’s that easy. If you can’t find the credit no matter how hard you have tried, then I urge you not to use that photo. You might not think it, but you could be doing a disservice to the blogger in question.

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This is something that I feel very strongly about and I’m hoping that by mentioning it here, some will become a little more aware of the potential damage that can be done. The online community is supposed to be a supportive one, so let’s support each other, mmmmmkay?!?

And listen, if I have ever used one of your photos (and you don’t want it all up on Proper) or I have credited an image wrong, please feel free to shoot me an email and tell me that changes need to be made! I get it!
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I would love to hear your thoughts on this. It can be a heated topic for some, but I always love hearing other points of view.  Has this happened to you? What do you do about it?!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Behind The Blog \\ Dealing With Diabetes

June 19, 2014

Here we go. It’s text-heavy. We’ve got sugary photos because I need to look at them while I type these words.

donut

Hey. Could that post title be any more dramatic? I don’t think that it could. I’ve been struggling to write this post for a while now. It’s not an excuse as to why things have been so quiet here. Actually. Who am I kidding? It’s totally my excuse. ;)

People have been wondering if my instagram account has been hijacked. And I can’t blame them. Who the flip is posting all this healthy stuff?!? It’s totally not like me. My account is usually plastered with sugar & sweets & Diet Coke, so I totally get it. Things have been crazy and I’ve had to drastically change my diet over the last two weeks. Hence the healthy snacks.

Christmas Treat, Holiday Recipe, Toffee, Chocolate, The Proper Pinwheel, Delicious toffee, easy toffee

To give y’all the basic rundown, I’ve been diagnosed with LADA. It’s a form of Type 1 Diabetes where I am now insulin dependent. The difference is that Type 1 usually manifests in children and teens, and not so much in peeps in their late twenties like myself. About a month ago, I noticed that my vision power (that’s a thing) was decreasing severely. It was gradual and, by the end, I couldn’t make out Vita-roo’s face if she was more than ten feet away. And you know how cute her face is, so this was tough to take. I visited my eye doc who suggested I visit my regular doc who suggested we test my blood sugar. So it was tested. And it was through the roof. More tests. And then we realized that I had almost every other diabetic symptom.

Lemon 5

“I did this to myself! I know it!”

“All the donuts and carbs and treats have caught up with me in the worst way.”

“I didn’t even get to say a proper goodbye to some of my favorite cookies and donuts!” (Lookin’ at you, Keebler.)

(I really did say that. And I really did cry about it. Hi, I’m five years old.)

Those and about a million others were the thoughts racing through my mind. I cried and I cried and, quite honestly, my ego power (also a thing) took a huge plunge. As someone who was secretly thrilled by the fact that she ate junk food regularly, this was my worst nightmare. The life of Shelby from Steel Magnolias immediately played in my mind. Be glad you weren’t there for that. This all happened around National Donut Day, mind you. I mean, talk about a kick in the pants.

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Fast-forward to today. After lots of blood work and other tests, I’m on the mend. It’s treatable. It’s a life-changer, yes, but I’m dealing. I begin and end the day with needles. I used to do it with Diet Coke & a candy bar, so I’m honestly surprised it’s not Type 2. I’m not grateful to have it at all, but I’m grateful to know that my poor habits aren’t what caused it. When the official Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis came, I made sure to emphasize to everyone we told that it wasn’t Type 2. That I didn’t cause it. That it started near the end of my pregnancy. I felt like I needed people to know that because, hello, I’ve been known for my sugary habits. Irony. It’s there, alright.

For about 48 hours, I wrestled with what to do with this here blog. I was afraid I should just shut it down. I’ve been so tired (worse than pregnancy, you guys!) and just kept thinking about all the treats I could no longer post! And then I realized that I need this blog. I need to write my thoughts here. And if you guys are there to support me, that’s super. If not, that’s totally fine. But I feel like we’ve got a good relationship, you and I. And I feel like I can share this with you. It’s not always bright, colorful, styled photos around here. It’s sometimes messy. Like right now. This is a HUGE change for me. HUGE. I’m still wrapping my brain around it. And I could sure use your help.

Typography Macarons

Going forward, things might be a little different. I’ve obviously had to tweak my personal habits, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop posting about all the sugary goodness that I like to make for you guys. Most of the time in the past, I’d just give away what I made. I’d like to say that I could eat donut after cake after donut, but I’m maxxing out at around 4 post-Vita. You’ll still get a healthy dose of DIY and delish, delectable treats, but you’ll also be seeing/reading a little more about the healthy lifestyle change I’m making. Mmmkay?

I don’t think I can do this alone.

I know I can’t do this alone.

I’m not sharing this information here to get you to feel sorry for me. I’m sharing it because I share a lot of my life here. And my life is changing.

Color-blocked Old Fashioned Donuts

To the folks that already know this, I thank you for your sweet, sweet, emails and messages. It really is amazing to be on the receiving end of such love.

To end this on a happier note, I feel like I should shout this next part at the top of my lungs. I CAN STILL HAVE DIET COKE! You don’t know what that means to me. I know that soda isn’t the best thing for a person, but if I had to give that up cold turkey, well, then, you’d have to have me committed.

Okay. Phew. That was a lot. Hope your eyes aren’t burning from all these words! Thanks for reading this. And thanks for being there.

Virtually hugging the crap out of you,

Lexy

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel (dive into the archives, baby!)

Decorate \\ That Time I Was A Guest Curator For UGallery

June 18, 2014

Guest Curator: The Proper Pinwheel for UGallery

I hate a lot of things. Just kidding. That’s not true. I’m a lover. And I love art. I love to have it all over my walls and I hate when they’re bare. I’m currently dealing with some bare walls in our new place. These frames. Remember them? They’re still empty! So while I have been dreaming of filling them with pretty pretty prints, I spent some time curating a few of my favorites for a collection over at UGallery!   Guest Curator: The Proper Pinwheel for UGallery Guest Curator: The Proper Pinwheel for UGallery Guest Curator: The Proper Pinwheel for UGallery

It’s a lot of color. It’s a lot of bright. And I think it’s a lot of fun. So head over to UGallery to check it out! You can check out some other guest-curated collections by a few of my internet faves including SF Girl By Bay, RUE Mag, The Jealous Curator, Meg Biram, & more! And if you pick up one of those pretty prints, I’ll pay you double. I want it. I want it all.

all images from The Proper Pinwheel & UGallery collection

Fresh // Found

June 13, 2014

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Friday the 13th. Beware. I read an article somewhere that was about things and places to avoid on this day. You shouldn’t go outside. You shouldn’t stay inside. You shouldn’t breathe air. I mean. This is bad, guys. Be careful. ;)

We are taking Miss V on her first camping trip tonight. And as I type this, I’m starting to regret that decision. What kind of shenanigans could we get into on Friday the 13th? Yeepers!!! Say a prayer that things go smooth and that the s’mores are still tasty! I think it’s the perfect way for Logan to really exercise his manly parenting skills in time for Father’s Day, don’t you?

This Texas loft reveal is amazing!

Pop art for your pops!

Toasted Coconut Mango ice cream. Yes.

We will be making this for Logan.

I’ve been eating healthy lately and these breakfast ideas sound delish!!!

I’d like my bedroom surrounded by brick, please.

Coasters for dads that the kids can make!

Mix n match donuts. I thank the heavens that Melissa was born.

**happy weekend**

photography: JFK & daughter, Caroline. Ed Clark—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images