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:


How to use Giftry


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! 


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

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

DIY \\ Affordable Paint Burst Art

September 4, 2014

DIY \\ Paint Burst Art

There is a certain type of person that just NEEDS quick art. At times, I am that person. There are too many empty walls in our place. And there are too few dollar bills in my wallet. So I have to improvise and that’s what I did with this paint burst art. Wall art in seconds? Okay.
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  • canvas
  • assorted spray paints

Are you ready for the super tricky instructions?

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DIY \\ Paint Burst Art

And it goes like this: spray the paint in short little bursts. Layer the colors over one another. Let it dry. Repeat on other canvases. Pat yourself on the back.

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DIY \\ Paint Burst Art

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but I am already scheming up a version of this for Christmas. I’m so ready!

Do you have any shortcuts for art in your home? I’d love to hear. I was once given several small coupons from Urban Outfitters that had hearts printed on the back. I may have taken a few more just so I could have some heart art… Judge away.

photography: The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins

September 3, 2014

DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins

Alright. Listen up. I know that we just had Labor Day. And I know that we’re going into Fall (hooray!). And I know that the pineapple was, like, the “it” fruit of the summer. But I’m not ready to give that up. I won’t give that up. I’m translating that trend and bringing it with me in a “back-to-school” sense. These concrete pineapple pushpins are just the ticket to a brighter and more cheery inspiration board, desk, or workspace. And I’m obsessed with pointy office things. Evidence: here and here. DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins

Materials needed:

  • cement mix (I used cement-all)
  • pineapple ice tray
  • liquid leaf in classic gold
  • small paint brush

And it goes like this:

Mix up your cement. Add a tad more water than the instructions suggest so that the mix is a little runny. When I say, “tad”, I mean, “smidge”. You just need a spoonful to change the consistency. I’m not the first to use these pineapple trays for concrete. You can find some adorable concrete magnets over on Homey Oh My! I purchased these trays a while ago with the original intention to make magnets with these fruit trays, but this tutorial is way too cute! Great minds think alike!

So let’s make pushpins instead, mmmkay? You can tell I’ve used these trays for lots of different projects – including some fun crayons coming your way soon! :)

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Once mixed, pour the concrete into the ice tray and tap the ice tray gently on the counter several times. No air bubbles, friends! Before the concrete has a chance to get any harder, gently place a pushpin in the center of each pineapple. Place a wet paper towel over the ice tray to help the concrete cure for an hour.

Now that it’s dry, gently pop those suckers out of the ice tray and get ready to gild!

Holding onto the pushpin, paint a thin layer of the liquid gold on the surface of the pineapple. Hold onto the needle so that you can paint the back of the pineapple, too.

DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins Let the liquid gold dry. And then just sit and worship the golden pineapple for the rest of your days. DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins

Back to school is the greatest, isn’t it?

Photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Pretty & Polished Thumb Tacks

September 2, 2014

DIY \\ Pretty & Polished Thumb Tacks

I’m SUCH a sucker for office and school supplies. Bouquets of  newly-sharpened pencils, anyone? Awwww, September is here so we can all watch that movie! When the kids go back to school, I also decide to tidy up my workspace. But I like things custom and colorful. And that’s where these DIY polished thumb tacks come in. They’re “polished” thanks to a special material that we all have on hand. Polished. On hand. I’m killing it with puns today. DIY \\ Pretty & Polished Thumb Tacks DIY \\ Pretty & Polished Thumb Tacks

To make your own, head on over to Style Me Pretty Living for more photos and the full how-to!

DIY Pretty & Polished Thumb tacks 

Hope your Labor day was relaxing! It’s back to business now. ;)

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