DIY \\ Painted Buck Stacking Game

December 15, 2014

DIY Painted Buck Stacking Game

It is absolutely appropriate to have a buck stacking game if you’re a resident of Colorado. Lucky for me, I am. So I was so excited to whip out my new buck-stacking game from Uncommon Goods! It’s perfect for the holidays, no?! While you know I’m a sucker for something all white, I decided to add a little punch to the antlers by painting a few gold and (what else?!?) neon pink! DIY Painted Buck Stacking Game

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The Weekenders!

December 12, 2014


You guys! Can I get a pat on the back for posting every day this week?!? I know that probably seems like something small and ridiculous to you, but it was a lot of work for me to be able to do that! Babies make computer work tough, you know?!? I am so so so happy that the weekend is here. This is the first weekend in a long time that I have something more than just work to do! It’s Logan’s birthday on Sunday so we’re going to the movies tomorrow. YOU GUYS. A movie!!! I haven’t been to one in so long. I’m getting popcorn. And a drink. And maybe those little mini boxes of butterfingers that are way over-priced and the candy bars are eeny teeny, but you have to have them. I’m such a cheap date! Before I head off to dream about my movie snacks, I”ll leave you with a few links!

Let’s click!

Thanks, Buzzfeed, for including my reindeer pom pom gift wrap!

Printable gem stone gift tags!?! You bet.

We all need to try these snowball floats! They look pretty AND tasty!

I love Brittni’s ornament message board! So clever!

Chalkboard save-the-dates!

I still go back to these DIY clay lollipop ornaments!

Just picked up a bunch of these CB2 pink bowls from Studio DIY’s wedding!

I love this Sharpie gift wrap idea!


Catch up with Proper’s projects from this week!

DIY Macaron Christmas Ornaments

DIY Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

DIY Peppermint Christmas Ornaments

DIY Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths


photography: The photo above is of a pie I made a few days ago. You know that I”m obsessed with pie. It’s so relaxing to just work with the crust and zone out for a few minutes. And when your bakeware is really cute, it absolutely puts you in the mood to bake! Find a pie pan like mine at American Bakeware!

DIY \\ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

December 11, 2014

DIY \\ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

I honestly feel like it’s so much easier to create during the holidays! Inspiration is abundant and almost anything looks better when a little greenery is attached. These wine glass holiday wreaths are perfectly perfect for your holiday soiree. You are hosting a holiday soiree, aren’t you? Whether a dinner with wine glasses, or a brunch with champagne glasses, these wreaths need to be present. (Present. Get it? Gifts? I’m too much.)

DIY \\ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

To make your own wine glass holiday wreaths you’ll need:

  • wine or champagne glasses (mine from Anthro)
  • greenery of choice (cedar falls beautifully!)
  • floral wire
  • scissors or wire cutters
  • ribbon

DIY \\ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

DIY \ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

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DIY \\ Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

December 10, 2014

DIY \\ Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

Today’s project is really really really really REALLY easy! Everyone can do it. And should! If you’re looking for a cute and simple way to trim the tree, look no further than these DIY peppermint candy Christmas ornaments! DIY \\ Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

It’s quick and easy, my friends. And it fits almost any holiday color scheme! I don’t usually love red, but in during the holiday season I just go nuts with the combo of red and white! All peppermint. All the time.  DIY \\ Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments Visit Curbly for the full tutorial! It’s one of many fun DIYs for the Curbly Ornament Challenge so lots of eye candy to be had!

Click here for the how-to!

To view other holiday DIY projects for Mission: Merry, click here!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

December 9, 2014

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

Raise your hand if you love gift wrap! I’m imagining about a bazillion hands in the air because that’s how many people read this blog. ;)  Anywho! Wrapping presents is always a fave of mine, no matter the season. The reindeer pom pom gift wrap from a few years ago is still a reader fave, so I decided to revamp it and bring it back this year! You know that the cactus (all the cacti) is on top of the trend food chain right now, so let’s just add to this year’s presents with this DIY cactus pom pom gift wrap!

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

To make your own cactus pom pom gift wrap you’ll need:

Start by trimming the wrapping paper to fit whatever box you’ll be wrapping. Once cut, lay the paper out flat and start stamping the cactus stamp randomly over the surface.

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

Let the ink dry for a minimum of five minutes before you start wrapping your gifts. Once you’ve wrapped your box, add the pom poms with a little hot glue or a glue dot at the top of each cactus… arm?
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DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap Cover as many cacti as your little heart desires. Don’t worry about the back or the bottom based on however you’ll be displaying the gift.

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap
DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

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DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap
DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap
DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

And now we’re all pommed out for the holidays. Pretty gifts are the best gifts. I have said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t care if the box is empty. I’m a sucker for a gorgeously wrapped present.

This post is part of The Proper Pinwheel’s holiday series, Mission: Merry – click there to view more holiday projects and recipes!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Printed \\ Printable Holiday Treat Labels

December 3, 2014

Today is the first day of our fave holiday series, MISSION: MERRY!
Printable Holiday Treat Labels

Holy holiday madness! December is upon us and already flying by! This is my favorite month of the year. I almost like the whole month leading up to Christmas more than the actual day of Christmas. It’s just fun and suspenseful and jolly, ya know? I’m always happy because each December we whip out our holiday series, MISSION:MERRY! Lots of holiday projects every day leading up to New Years! I also love the weeks leading up to Christmas because I spend that time eating delivering treats to family and friends! I’m all about the packaging and so I’m way too excited for today’s post. I’ve had to keep this under wraps (get it?!? under wraps?!? Because it’s wrapping paper?!?) for a while now and it’s been tough! But here we are and I get to share these super fun printable holiday treat labels (download at the bottom of the post!) that will dress up your treats this year.

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I’ve partnered with Avery to help you customize your packages this year. From stickers to shipping labels to wraparound labels, you’ll be able to customize all your boxes and bags this holiday season.  Printable Holiday Treat Labels

How about that wrapping paper? I’m that person that asks you to carefully cut the tape and return the gift wrap to me when you’ve opened your present. I have to work hard to keep friends…

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Shopped \\ A Pie-tastic Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014

Cherry Pie Recipe Print from MINTED

We’ve now entered what I call Holiday Zone. It’s all holiday. All the time. And I don’t mind it! And I hope you don’t either. I’m sure y’all are gathering supplies for tomorrow’s tasty pies. I am slammed with Thanksgiving prep and couldn’t be happier about it. This year, we’re actually not having Thanksgiving dinner. We decided to drive around town and deliver meals to those who might need a lil’ pie in their lives. I’m totally not telling you this to brag about how good I’m feeling about myself. ;) I’m just really excited to do this this year as I feel like everyone can use a reminder of what the holiday season is really about. It’s about having a pie-tastic Thanksgiving!

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A few of these gems were given to the attendees of last month’s pie workshop (recap here on Style Me Pretty Living! ), including this pie print from Minted’s Limited Edition Art Prints!

The Ultimate Pie Supply

Natural Linen Apron | PIEBOX || Branch & Twig Server | Poppy Ring Pie Pan | French Rolling Pin | Norpro Pie Weights | Sweetie Pie Letterpress Card | Gold Twine | Cherry Pie Recipe Print

Happy Thanksgiving!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Decorate It \\ Candles At Home & DIY Cinnamon Stick Coasters

November 25, 2014

DIY Cinnamon Stick Coasters

I was talking to Logan the other day. (This is usually how most of my stories begin.) Anyway, I was talking to him and asked him which of the five senses he would give up if he had to. He said that he would relinquish his ability to smell. And then he proceeded to tell me “how the other 3 senses are more important”. Sooooooo, I’m not really going to take his answer into account.

A favorite holiday scent of mine would have to be that of Douglas Fir & Pine. Something about the fresh cut pine needles just sucks me in. Every holiday season, I search the shops for candles with a scent like this. And when I find it, I buy about 6-8. I’m not kidding. I burn through these babies like it’s my job. Glade’s Sparkling Spruce happens to match my ideal holiday scent. So it works! DIY Cinnamon Stick Coasters I’m a firm believer in the power of scent. For instance, the smell of Coconut Lime Verbena anything takes me back to my sophomore year in high school. Showing my age? Smells trigger memories (hopefully mostly happy ones!), and I feel like every room needs a candle. I’ve partnered with Glade to share a simple way to decorate with candles at home!
DIY Cinnamon Stick Coasters

A cinnamon stick coaster is a ridiculously easy way to bring the festive holiday decor into the home without going over-the-top. And when have I ever gone over-the-top? ;)

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DIY Cinnamon Stick Coasters

To make your own, just simply hot glue several sticks together. It’s like a making a miniature cinnamon stick raft that won’t float. Place your candles on them and enjoy the smellories (smell+memories) that come your way. DIY Cinnamon Stick Coasters

You can also give your candles an instant facelift by writing some holiday phrases and words on the glass with a gold paint pen. Writing out the word “merry” is my favorite because it makes it easy to look like a calligrapher waltzed in and wrote all over your candles.

You can also keep up with all the holiday happenings with Glade by following them over on their new Pinterest account! I’m curious. Would you give up one of the five senses if you had to? Which would it be? Do you have a favorite scent that connects with a favorite memory? Do tell.

*This post is in sponsored by Glade, a company that believes in creating memories with lovely scents. Thanks for continually supporting the brands that enable this blog to create! 

A Family Memory Game with Pinhole Press

November 24, 2014

Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press We’ve lived in Denver for several years now, and we try to see family as much as we can, but not always as much as we want. Especially now that we have Vita. I want her to be familiar with her cousins so that whenever we do see them, she can recognize them and be ready to party. We’re a party family. I was excited an inappropriate amount when I saw that Pinhole Press came out with a fun memory card game. What better way to help Vita learn the faces of her cousins than with a memory game?!
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It’s the cutest thing to watch her match up the pictures. She gets so excited every time she lifts a card! And let’s talk about her curly hair. It’s everything I ever wanted in a daughter’s hair.  Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press

They’re printed on some quality ultrathick paper that stands up to her teething on it. She loves to eat paper. Like a gerbil. I’m glad these cards don’t give out so easily!
Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press
Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press

Vita has about 20 cousins, so we are going to need another set of cards over here! Each game is capped at 12 photos, so that should be the right amount for you normal folk. ;)
Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press

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We also ordered a few holiday cards from Pinhole as well. We order every year (check out year’s past here and here). I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but can’t help it. When I got these back, I honestly cried. I think I’m still emotional one year post-partum. Ain’t no thang.

Psss! Pinhole Press is currently offering 30% off all holiday card orders through Cyber Monday  when you enter the code: PROPERPINWHEEL! So what are you waiting for?! Send me one, mmmmkay? I’m not kidding.

This post is in partnership with Pinhole Press, a baller paper company that believes in printing quality cards & other paper products. Thank you for supporting the brands that help The Proper Pinwheel keep creating!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel