Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mustaches & Bow Ties

My Nephew's Baby Shower was full of mustaches and bow ties- A 'Little Man' theme to be exact. 

The invites set the theme and we went from there! I made a little insert to add to the invite to ask that guests bring their favorite childhood book or one of their favorites! Popular Repeats Include: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, How Much I Love You, and Goodnight Moon!

This child better love to read because he has books for days! 

We made the favors and decided to do a few of Amy's favorite pregnancy items; lavender bath salt and coconut sugar scrub.

The guest of honor received the largest favor :)

We played a multiple-choice game about Amy's pregnancy (that I failed royally!), a 'guess the gift' BINGO game and filled out a well wish card that I made for Amy and Jimmy to read through. 

I ended up finding a fun miniature album that matches KJ's nursery colors to save them in!
 They are so blessed to have so many friends and family members that already love their son and hope nothing but the best for him!

A special THANK YOU to Jessica for helping to sew the cake topper!! I REALLLLY need to learn how to  use a sewing machine but until then...I have Jess!

Amy's mini cheesecake- she's never been a fan of normal cake! (Makes me wonder if we're really related....)

This little gem.....

It's a melon flavor mustache lollipop that Jessica and I made. It makes me cringe hard core just thinking about it but it turned out cute. Too bad that after 298462387641 hours of slaving over a hot stove, burning the shit out of my hands, leaving a forever ruined-with-lollipop goo all over my kitchen appliances they didn't work out (Please refer to picture below!!!!). So plan A, B, C, D, E, F, no wait G, was to create lemon flavored mustache candies that were so large I encouraged guests to not really eat them due to a choking hazard scare of mine. 

Ruined Stove. A direct result of bringing sugar and high fructose corn syrup to a whopping 400 degree or some ungodly temperature. 

Choking Hazard.

Jessica. BEFORE we knew what we were in for. (Notice my black stove too).

I only have a few extremely blurry pics of the actual baby squint your eyes and use your imagination!! Ha.

The only picture of people that I have! 

A few gifts that Keriann and I made for Amy and our nephew to be!

I have a feeling one day this is going to turn into a go-cart of some sort...(yep, I'll be THAT kind of Auntie)

I tried my best to give a gift of a Maternity shoot for Amy and Jimmy. I have a wonderful camera and they were easy to photograph! Here are a few of my favorite shots!


Can't wait for his arrival! 3 weeks (or less) and counting....

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Express Yourself

Let me first mention that everybody, literally EVERYBODY, around me is pregnant or already has kids. If neither of these statements abides to you its because you either:

1. Really want babies secretly.
2. Are currently trying.
3. Your name is Jessica.

When babies are born they pretty much look gender neutral. Regardless of the amount of hair or length of lashes, youre never really 100% positive unless you look for context clues. A handsome and manly compliment towards a baby girl will be taken personally by the Mother and what guy wants to be told how beautiful and delicate their new son is? Lets get serious, both comments are equally disappointing. Ive come up with a few cute ways that my friends can help their newbies express themselves and best of all its super simple! 

I think this sweet headband is just the right mix between girly and sophisticated. I made it for my friend Eva, she is weeks away from welcoming her second baby girl, Andreana! 

Supplies needed to make a Rosette Headband:
- Strip of Fabric (I like the look of ripping the edge of the fabric- gives it a vintage feel)
- About 13'' of elastic (You can choose the width you prefer)
- Rit Dye (I dyed my elastic Gray using this dye. It comes in powder and liquid form in almost every color.  It can be found at craft stores, Walmart and even Publix!)
- Hot Glue
- Sassy Extra- I sewed Pink Tulle into the rosette but you can use anything you have lying around like a button, rhinestone, or feather! 

** Keep in mind that smaller objects can also be a choking hazard in babies!! I suggest always taking off any accessory during car rides, naps and anytime 'curious mouths' are unattended! **

Steps to make your own Fabric Rosette: 

Princesses’ can wear blue too…Especially with this fun rosette paci’ clip!

We can’t forget the handsome fella’s! These stretchy bowties can be made in less than 20 minutes and can feature a clip on design as well. Just make a bigger bowtie for toddlers!

Now that you’ve brainstormed a little, go ahead and express yourself - Your kids will thank you later…

Thursday, February 7, 2013

give it some sass

As the 'older' generation classifies it, Sassafras is a type of tree who's root was used to make tea. The more modern crowd will define it as a feisty person with pizzazz.

...I choose the latter definition for obvious reasons. Sassafras is the way I choose describe my design style as well. I like classic pieces with an extra punch of unexpected zest.

My Mom was getting rid of a DVD storage box we've had since I was younger. I had to add a few nails to ensure the sturdy factor but then I took a step back....

and it was horribly ugly. 

I had recently found and purchased shelf liner in my favorite *Gray Chevron* pattern so I decided to give it some sass! Here's one more example of out with the old, in with the new!

 ßthis stuff is pretty awesomecomes in so many fun patterns and will stick to virtually anything!


I really like the revamp! Im not exactly sure what Ill be using it for but I know it will come in handy. Im moving from a 900 sq ft. place to a 2,000 sq ft. condo in a month and Ill have plenty of unused space. Best part is I can hang it from a wall, stand it on the ground or set it on a table. 

Ive been seeing these retro gold corners on everything these days (frames, tables, shelves). I wanted to test it out on something I already owned. I have two record album frames hanging that are plain black- perfect!
 I taped off the corners and painted them with gold paint. (Please note: I tried to use a gold paint pen the first time around- Dont try it. It gets gunky and stops working halfway through, causing you to rub alcohol on the frame to remove it.)  
Our Fifth House has great tips for using Rub N Buffto achieve the  gold corners on her furniture.I think Ill test this method out with my buffet in the new house!


Oh the wonders paint, liner, and outdated items can create! Check back soon for more easy updates your wallet will agree with.