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 shower...so 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.
OR
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!



 Voila!

Oh the wonders paint, liner, and outdated items can create!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




Sunday, January 20, 2013

a space to play with lace


My kitchen table is adorned with globs of glue, crevices full of glitter and flecks of paint. Needless to say, I need a space to play with lace! A sturdy, functional, organized area of my own to accidentally break in. I printed out a couple photos and discussed the pro/cons with my boyfriend. Together we designed MY perfect concept of a craft table.


Total Time: 1.5 days (including time for paint & stain to dry)
Total Cost: $100 (Tools, brushes, & stain were all previously purchased!)

Out first stop was to Lowes to pick out our wood. In case you were unaware, Lowes offers a wonderful service-they will cut wood to YOUR specifications! This is very useful if you do not have the correct tools at home. They also sell table top ready pieces of wood that are sturdy, straight and ready to be stained. I chose this option because it was cost efficient for the size I wanted.

Always start by laying out your supplies!
 Brian grouped similar items together and began sanding everything to ensure a smooth surface.
I began staining the table top. I used a brush on stain and only one coat. Once COMPLETELY dry I will seal it with Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish Matte Spray. I prefer the matte versus the shine but they both work well, the spray is easier no doubt!
 Once the top was stained & dry, Brian secured the bottom with screws and brackets. When making a table that is heavy and sturdy, brackets are a must! They can easily be hidden within a design and come in plenty of sizes.
I painted the legs and shelves with interior white paint. I loved the contrast between the dark stain and light paint! Finish your project with a protective spray. 
For being the first piece of custom designed furniture that we've built- I'm ecstatic!
 Here is my completed craft table! Last step is to cover the shelves with bins and jars full of my craft supplies!

 A special THANK YOU to my amazingly talented and patient boyfriend, Brian!! You're the best :) 

 If you have any questions about building your own piece, please ask! 







Friday, January 11, 2013

my favorite things


"I've always known that life is better when you share it. I now realize it gets even sweeter when you expand the circle." Oprah

I may not be Oprah but I thought Id share some of my favorite things with you in hopes that youd return the favor. Please leave comments about products youve tried similar to mine or your opinion of my faves. Please note they are in random order- Enjoy ;)

favorite things:


1 birchbox: For $10 each month, this box arrives in the mail and you get to sample the latest beauty and lifestyle products. I havent been disappointed with my products since Ive signed up and who doesn't like to receive goodies in the mail?


2 chic camera strap: An accessory with function. My fave comes from bloom theory.



3 rubbermade blox: Encourages me to pack my lunch (which in turn saves $ and calories!)



4 craft table: God bless Brian. I drew a design and explained the dimensions then he built my dream desk!



5 h.p. photosmart wireless printer: Able to print from your phone or computer virtually anywhere and the touchscreen on the printer is able to download apps...perfect for automatically printing coupons or a weekly menu!



6 cassis american brasserie dessert menu: Passion fruit sorbet is uh-may-zing! Adorable restaurant located off Beach Drive in downtown St. Pete. Features include a bakery next door and even a dog menu. The atmosphere is fun and trendy with brilliant decor! 




7 my niece or nephew to be ;) that's right, folks! There is a sweet baby with the cutest belly ever due to arrive mid July!



8 apophyllite crystal: my boyfriend bought this for me because he knows Im obsessed with sparkly things.



9 gummy bears: with flavors like pomegranate pucker, sour apple tart, perfectly peach and mango tango; you cant go wrong.



10 ringling museum: the most amazing museum + the most beautiful estate + the most colorful gardens = Ringling Museum of Art. (PLUS its governed by Florida State University so that is just icing on the cake!)I have a somewhat odd liking towards the circus...



* Notice the chevron pattern on the outdoor patio? Yep, this place is just screaming my name ;)

Here's to trying new things in 2013- now I can check one item off my list! Please subscribe to my blog,

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