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a victory cheer

I have some exciting announcements, but I'm waiting on a few wrap ups.

So what to do when waiting to post? Why, make bunting of course!

My office walls are in dire need of some personality, so here I have installment #1. Professionally crafted with staples, spray paint, and hot glue. I thought it was fun....until I discovered awesome bunting here. Now I will be restless till I get my grubby hands on that aqua burlap.

Anywho. Coming soon (I promise) will be a much more exciting post, that will make YOU do a victory cheer. Hooray!



What better way to find beautiful details than weddings?! I promise this will not turn
into a wedding blog...but I COULD NOT resist the unbelievably adorable details found
in this wedding. Aimee and Phil were married in a little white chapel in Kansas. You can
see their charm and personality throughout every inch of the celebration. All photos taken by the talented Tom and Jerry, a father/son team in Kansas City.

You can probably guess that my favorite is the thrifted coffee cup favors. LOVE LOVE. The adirondack chairs and parasols being a close second. Every detail is so fresh. You can find more pictures here. Doesn't this ALMOST make you want to get married again.......?


home sweet home

So super excited to share my recent projects with you.

First, the latest addition to my bathroom door.

Easiest craft EVER. I found these little wood cutouts at Hobby Lobby and used some scrapbooking paper I had on hand. Simply glue them down with mod podge and then trim the eccess paper around the edges. The knubbs presented a little difficulty, but still easy enough to re-make if I decide I want color patterns.

And some personality for the mailbox! Below is the outside slot, which my husband suggested we paint it to have a mouth with fangs, so it appears to eat the mail..............

And the inside. {before}

And {after}

Using a decorative knob from Hobby Lobby and an order of vinyl letters from Words Anywhere, I'd say an improvement, yes?

Lastly, the other sweet in my home today. I entered a giveaway from inspired by charm and WON! I just had to share my delightful little prize, pinapple blueberry jam, it was delicious! Maybe I've only had grocery-store-grape, but I was never a big jam person. Until now. I also acquired lovely bakers twine—on spindles, take a look at Michaels blog and check them out, so great! Thanks again Michael.

Happy weekend friends!


irish cream tut

Almost time for yummy goodness. But first...housekeeping! // Thanks for all the wonderful comments and especially to Jessica from How About Orange for the publicity. Last week was so great and the number of subscribers is nearing 3 digits!!!
I'm also finding so much great content that I'll now be posting three times a week!

On to good cheer.

Downloadable Tags
Mason Jars & Ribbon from Michael’s Craft Store // Or really any jar/container
Homemade Irish Cream


1. Download and print labels on cardstock (I had ivory on hand). Cut using gray guides,
I used a rounded corner punch on two opposite corners. Also, hole punch top left corner for ribbon.

2. Make recipe of Irish cream and fill mason jars (be sure to wash jars first).

3. Attach tags with ribbon, using 21″ of ribbon on each jar.

// If I did this again I might find green fabric and cut squares for the jar lids, sealing it with coordinating ribbon. I hope you enjoy making this fun treat!


love your neighbor…

…by giving them muffins!

//UPDATE The muffin boxes were purchased from The Container Store. You can find the recipe here. Thanks! //

Last weekend I put together this little project and delivered it to my neighbors. These muffins are my absolute favorite, lemon & blueberries. I use any excuse to make them whenever possible.

For anyone interested in making a little treat for your neighbor, I am including a download of the cards I made. Nothing is more fun than giving a bribe to get on your neighbor's good side.


many horns of plenty to you

Happy Thanksgiving! Above is a card that I letterpressed onto chipboard, and some lovely little felted acorns that I couldn't resist making.

I found this lovely tutorial from Betz White. Probably one of the easiest and highest
pay off for craft projects. I found the acorn tops on ebay and the felt balls are from Ornamentea. A few hours hot gluing and around $35 later, I had 150 of these little guys! I enjoyed giving them out along with the Thanksgiving cards, and I still have so many leftover!


Happy Halloween!

Good thing no one is reading this because I its been a long while since the last post.
But finally the ghoulish promise is delivered. Most idea credits must be given to Martha Stewart, young and old, as I looked through years of her Oct magazine while planning for the 2008 Halloween party. Here are my favorite simple tips that add spooktacular accents to your scare fest:

ABOVE: Use a small red candle to drip red wax over a tall taper candle.

ABOVE: Put a few drops of red food coloring in water, and floating candles and you have a bloody glow!

ABOVE: Just glue plastic spiders to toothpicks and insert into any food.

ABOVE: I found some plastic flys with the spiders, and simply set them on food plates.

Wishing you a wonderful evening of creepy crawlies!

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