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simple party { wine glass exchange

How it works: Everyone invited simply brings one wine glass (wrapped real pretty), and then you play "steal from your neighbor" or just trade gifts. Perfect for holidays, when budgets are tight and calendars are full of parties. Even more fun, bringing FOUR individually wrapped glasses, so that you go home with an entirely unique set.

Other great gift party ideas? Something wallet friendly AND you want to take home (unlike the dreaded white elephant exhange)?


lime & lace gift wrap

Starting the week with a little lime green wrapping. Had to dig through the archives for todays' post because I was helping with a big event over the weekend and sadly missed out on taking photos. Apparently it was a bad week for me and photos (per this post).

Luckily I found these images buried on the hard drive. As of late, I love wrapping with fabric as ribbon (not sure I use paper ribbon anymore). The lime is a fun exchange for the traditional pink bachelorette gift, and probably more fitting. ;)


winter sangria recipe

{click to download ::: pattern by lovelydesign}

Perfect for that fall/winter seasonal gathering—and mighty tasty! I figured it was also a fun post to start the week off. Hope you have a most excellent Monday.


bbq and baby

Being that I love all things rustic and non-traditional, it's clear that I was smitten when Mekala of Tie That Binds posted this baby shower featuring her custom stationery. Oh, to be a guest! The subtle charm and sweet southern flair is so classy, and the stationery was perfect for the occasion. This chica is constantly showcasing one beautiful event after the other, and I so admire her hard work and building a dream business from the ground up. Motivation for us all to pursue our dreams.

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Be sure to click through the links above for endless inspiration for all things wedding and personal touches for any occasion.


crafting goddess

Please drool over the work of Ashley Meaders with me.

You may recognize some images from her pancake breakfast or popsicle picnic features on Design*Sponge. I can't even tell you how far my jaw dropped when I realized this was all done by the same person! Could the talent be laid on any thicker??? If only it was possible to steal a creative crumb or two!

Head over to her site for even more inspirational lovliness. Now I MUST mop up this drool spot before I pack up and hit the road, er....air.


charming diy craft

These wine glass charms were a super fun craft that my sis-in-law, Colleen, put together for a bridal shower. Perfect for any group of gals, using their personal taste to create something unique and sassy.

Just combine any bead with any wire in any shape. I just loved how easy this craft was, especially for the non-crafty types. And the perfect job for the leftover stash of unwanted beads! My charms turned out more dull than others', because I wanted to coordinate with my kitchen color! < nerd

} A selection of colored wire
} A slew of leftover beads // all shapes & sizes
} Wire cutter
} Needle nose plier

And this is my adorable nephew, Van, that is the creative genius behind Colleen's blog name, Chipmonkey. I included him just for show and tell.


baby shower game, er...craft

So instead of measuring tummies or pinning the sperm on the egg, we opted to do something practical and crafty! Using fabric scraps and fabric glue, each guest decorated a onsie for the new mom. Everyone enjoyed making works of art, and seeing them all together was so fun. {photos by Shutterly Lovely}

Enjoy your last weekend in July, friends!


adorable baby shower

Remember the fun melon palette clothespins I made? Time to share why I made them!

My friend Amy from Lovely Nest hosted THE most adorable shower I've ever been to. Each detail was adorable, everything from the invite to the cupcake toppers! She shares tips on her blog, so swing over if you are in the market for baby showers. All photography courtesy of Lovely Nest, posted here. Yummy fruit kabobs courtesy of myself, but can't share those with you.

I have one additional surprise to share Friday—the non traditional "game" we played!


patriotic pinwheel diy

Supplies // Paper cut into 2" squares // stir straw // stick pin // star stickers {see fig. 1}

Stick the pin through the center. Cut each corner toward the center, leaving a dime sized amount {see fig. 2}. This should leave you with four triangle shapes. Take one corner of each triangle (be consistent on the right or left side of each triangle) and punch a small hole with the pin. Place the star on the pin and then each of the corner holes {see fig. 3}. Then take the pin and stick through the drinking straw {see fig. 4}. To complete, you could either glue the sharp end to the straw or perhaps take needle-nose pliers and bend a small 90 degree angle.

So there you have fun little drink accents!


patriotic shortcake

Please let me share my hopes and dreams (in the form of styling this photo shoot).

Photo Info > Strawberry shortcake, showcased red white & blue. BTW, this recipe for lemon shortcake is AH-mazing. Pinwheel drink stirrer DIY coming Wednesday.

Rambling > This is what I want to be when I grow up (or do, I suppose). Yes, I just threw this together for no reason other than the fact that someday I want to earn a living styling photos. I love it. SO MUCH. Coming up on six months of having this blog, I hit a small identity crisis of "what I am I doing with my life?" What steps should I take? How do I map this out? What is the means to this end? This blog is a tool, but am I using it the right way? So many questions that will go unanswered. Creative lives have to be individually explored one step at a time—with no instruction manual—and outside the box. If anyone has direction or a word, please drop me a hint. That's all. Thank you for your time. I hope you enjoyed the fruits of my mini crisis.