Design, Seasonal

DIY Mother’s Day Bunting

As promised, I’ve got a fab printable Mother’s Day Bunting for you to DIY just in time for this Sunday’s events!

Print this “Best Mom Ever” DIY Mother’s Day Bunting, & follow along with me.

DIY Mother's Day Bunting

You’ll need:

First, cut along the dotted line around each individual flag. Crank some tunes or binge some Netflix, because this takes some time.

Next, select which ‘mom’ name you’d like to use. I’ve included the extra letters necessary to make the following names: Mom, Mommy, Mum, Momma, Mother, Mama or Ma.

Once you’ve chosen a ‘mom’, place your flags spaced as you like, and lay out your twine/ string over top to measure the length needed. Then cut your twine.

Now it’s time to secure your flags onto your string. Place a small piece of tape on the top of your flag. Then, fold the tape over the string and on onto the back of the flag securing the string in the tape. Continue on until all your flags are attached.

 

DIY Mother's Day Bunting

Voila, you’ve made a festive Mother’s Day Bunting! Now string it up over Mom’s bed, in the living room, over the brunch table, wherever you please.

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day?

 

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Party Time | Cinco de Mayo

Hola Babes! In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, I’ve got some festive fiesta inspiration for you!

But first, a little history lesson.

Cinco de Mayo is a day to pay tribute to the Mexican army’s improbable victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The French army was well-equipped, had twice the man power, and had not been defeated in almost 50 years, but under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín, 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the French forces. As Time magazine remarked, “The Puebla victory came to symbolize unity and pride for what seemed like a Mexican David defeating a French Goliath.” Mexico did remain occupied by the French a year later, but the victory at Puebla helped establish a much-needed sense of national unity and patriotism.

In America today, due to typical over-commercialization and general stupidity, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse to buy (racist) fake mustaches from the party store and get bombed on tequila. I try to keep the core spirit of any holiday in mind when celebrating, so for Cinco de Mayo, I’ll be cooking up some authentic Mexican recipes and enjoying the sunshine with friends. No appropriation or inebriation for this babe.

If you’re interested in celebrando, here’s a look at some Cinco de Mayo food & fun:

Margarita | Barbacoa | Corn | Guacamole | Sorbet | Agua Fresca

Table | Gilded Piñata | Streamers | Planters | Wall Hanging | Cactus Piñata | Flowers

How will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

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Beauty, Fashion, Food, Home, Personal

February, March & April Favorites

I haven’t written a favorites post since January, because I wasn’t trying many new products. Now, I’ve collected some new (& old) favorites in the months past, so I’m giving you more of a seasonal favorites list today.

Here’s a look at some goodies I was feeling in February, March, & April!

Beauty Faves

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask from LUSH

As you may have noticed, I’m a fan of LUSH’s Fresh Face Masks. But, sometimes they stink. This babe is not only a fabulous cleansing mask, but it smells of warm, sweet honey. The ground almonds in this mask are fairly abrasive, but if your skin is tough, it makes for a great exfoliant.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 from Nordstrom

I’ve used this lip balm on & off for like 7 years. It’s always been in my lip balm rotation. I bought a new tube a while back, and wasn’t as in love as I had been in the past. Currently, it’s the perfect formula for my lips. I think it’s important to try products at different times in the year, or in your life. Something you’re not happy with in fall, could be perfect for you in the spring. It’s all about second chances babes!

Fashion Faves

A-Line Top from H&M

Stripes are everything. A good section of my closet is black & white stripped. So, when I saw this a-line top at H&M, I knew I had to add it to my collection. It’s a lovely relaxed fit, with a generous short sleeve. I also love the higher crew collar. This top is a perfect wardrobe staple.

Coquette Slipper from Ugg

My family sent me these as a gift and I cannot believe I survived without them for 25 years. I’d been needing slippers for some time. I just kept wearing my boo’s, regardless of the fact that they’re like 5 sizes too big, so I’m sure he’s as happy about these Uggs as I am. They’re warm & cozy like my Ugg boots, but in the ease of a slip-on.

Food Faves

Mini York Peppermint Patties from Amazon

I am so into Peppermint Patties as of a few years ago. I never liked them much before, but now I’m hooked. So for Valentine’s Day, I bought a themed pack of Mini Peppermint Patties. They’re such a nice after dinner treat because it’s like having a mint, but they’re chocolates!

Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Red Berries Granola from Nature’s Path Organic

You babes know how I like my yogurt, and this new granola has taken my breakfast to new heights! This crunchy goodness is divine. If you’re a chocolate lover (of course you are) you’ve got to give this granola a try. It’s loaded with sweet cocoa flavor, dehydrated raspberries & strawberries, and little chunks of dark chocolate. I don’t even have to sweeten my plain greek yogurt when I add this stuff because it’s so rich and flavorful on its own.

Home Faves

Shades of Glass Waterlily & Aloe Soy Candle from Target

I purchased this candle as a birthday gift for a friend. I could not stop sniffing this bad boy while in the store, so I purchased myself a little votive in the same scent. Because the candle is soy, it doesn’t throw a huge amount of scent like a paraffin candle could. But, even when unlit, you can smell the sweet, fresh perfume from nearby.

Cup and Saucer from H&M

I feel like such a lady when I have my tea or coffee is this precious babe. When not in use, this cup & saucer lend themselves to my home decor by sitting perched on a stack of books in my bookshelf.

Personal Faves

“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding on iTunes

I could not get enough of this song in February! (I’m still playing it). I love Ellie Goulding; her voice is that of an angle’s. I really like the whole Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, but this track is my fave.

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley from Amazon

As I’ve been reading the most famous book set in every state, I’ve noticed a trend. I’m most draw in by books about families, specifically families who live on farms. Smiley’s novel centers on the dynamics of three generations living and working on the family’s Iowa farm. As you read on, more of the family’s past is exposed and it gets juicier and juicier. It’s truly an engaging read.

 What are some of your recent favorites?

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Home, Seasonal

Easter Egg Decorations

Easter is this Sunday, so it’s time for some egg-spiration! Here’s a look at some eggcelent egg decorating ideas that everybunny will love.

01. Paper Napkin Decoupage | 02. Temporary Tattoo | 03. Natural Dye | 04. Shimmer | 05. Humpty Dumpty | 06. Natural Brown | 07. Speckled | 08. Sharpie Silhouette | 09. Chalkboard Paint

Which decorating teggchnique is your fave?

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Valentine’s Day Wallpapers

Happy Friday Babes!

As part of my Valentine’s Day series, I created 4 lovely wallpaper designs to make your desktops, tablets, and phones a little more festive.

Click on an image to launch the gallery then select “view full size” to open the full size wallpapers.

Kiss Me Wallpapers

Kiss Me Desktop Wallpaper

Kiss Me Desktop Wallpaper

XO Wallpapers

XO Desktop Wallpaper

XO Desktop Wallpaper

Floral Wallpapers

Floral Desktop Wallpaper

Floral Desktop Wallpaper

Love Wallpapers

Love Desktop Wallpaper

Love Desktop Wallpaper

Which wallpaper is your favorite?

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DIY Valentine’s Day

Hello Babes! Today, I’ve got your second installment of V-Day love.

Nothing says you care like taking the time to do it yourself, so I’ve gathered some DIY Valentine’s Day cards, crafts, gifts, and decor.

Roll up your sleeves, turn on your printer, and get ready for some go old DIY!

Cards

  1. Printable Valentines Cards from Almost Makes Perfect
  2. Valentine’s Day Free Printable Cards from Design Eat Repeat
  3. DIY Printable Valentine’s Cards from A Pair & A Spare
  4. Postcard Valentines Are My Fave from You Are My Fave

Crafts | Gifts

  1. DIY Candle Carved With Initials from Hello Natural
  2. Do It Yourself Valentine Love Book from Wedding Chicks
  3. DIY XO Gift Wrap from Sugar & Cloth
  4. Sentimental Valentine’s Day Wheel from Martha Stewart

Decor

  1. DIY Heart Pillows from DesignLoveFest
  2. Valentine Garland from Creat.Craft.Love
  3. Easy & Affordable Heart Backdrop from DesignLoveFest
  4. Cupid’s Arrow Wreath from Nest of Posies

Which is your favorite DIY project?

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Home, Seasonal

Menorah Roundup

Hanukkah begins next week! So, in preparation of the Festival of Lights, I’ve created a roundup of menorahs to buy and to DIY.

To Buy

01. Silver Art Deco $53 from Target | 02. Origami $115 from Etsy | 03. Cast Iron $100 from Dwell | 04. Industrial Style Copper $128 from Provisions | 05. Lucite $198 from Casa.com | 06. Wood + Metal $49 from West Elm | 07. Contemporary Aluminum $20 from Bed Bath & Beyond


To DIY

01. Color Blocked on ConfettiPop | 02. Branch on Martha Stewart | 03. Glass Votive on Good Housekeeping | 04. Bead Blocks on Martha Stewart | 05. Hardware on eHow


BONUS

01. Dreidel Matchstrike Jar on Thanksgivukkah | 02. Chanukah Candles from Amazon

Do you like to buy or DIY your Hanukkah decor?

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DIY Autumn Decor: Bringing The Outdoors In

I’ve been pinning up a storm while looking for some autumn decor inspiration, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite DIY finds.

Wreathes

  1. Fall Twig Wreath from Design, Dining + Diapers
  2. DIY Autumn Wreath from Tiffany Zajas Photography
  3. DIY Fall Paper Leaf Wreath from Lia Griffith

 

Candles

  1. Birch Bark Candles DIY from Just a Smidgen
  2. Twinkling Twigs from It’s Kriativ
  3. Tree Stump Candle Holders from Cozy•Stylish•Chic

 

Garland

  1. Super Easy Leaf Garland from Lorajean’s Magazine
  2. DIY Pine Cone Garland from CAKE.
  3. DIY Felted Acorn Garland from Style Me Pretty

What DIY Autumn decor will you be making for your home?

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Circle Flag Birthday Banner | DIY

Image of DIY graphicTo continue with the birthday theme, I have for you a birthday decor DIY. I like to make birthday banners vs. purchase ready-made ones in store, so I’ve made this Circle Flag one for my boo’s birthday this weekend.

This is a simple paper flag banner that you attach to string with tape. And as if that’s not simple enough, I’ve made the circle flags for you! Just click on the pdf below, see the print instructions to print out the flags, & follow along with me!

Circle Flag Birthday Banner PDF

You can print these flags onto card stock if you’d like them to be a little more firm, but I printed mine on copy paper.

SuppliesThen I assembled my supplies: Printed Circle Flag Pages, Scissors, String, Black & White Washi Tape.

Cut FlagsNext, I cut out my circle flags from the printed pages.

For the string, measure out the length you need to accommodate all your circle flags. I prefer to have the “happy” & “birthday” on two separate strings for a more dynamic banner, but if you’d like them all on one string, measure for that.

TapeNow to adhere the flags onto the string. Cut a length of tape & place  in along the top of the flag, overlapping the edge at about halfway up the width of the tape.

Flip over your flag & place the string along the tape. Fold over the unstuck half of the tape onto the back of the flag, securing the string inside.

ContinueContinue taping your flags until they’re all adhered to the string.

FinishedVoila! You’ve made a birthday banner. Now hang that thing up because it’s time to cut the cake and open presents!

What birthday DIYs do you like to do?

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Star Spangled Banner | DIY

Image of DIY graphicIn honor of Independence Day this Friday, I thought I’d bring you a few patriotic posts. This first one is, drum roll please, a Star Spangled Banner! It’s a totally cheesy name, I know, but sometimes you have to be a Cheese-ball Babe to be properly festive.

This is a super basic paper flag banner that you attach to string with tape. And as if that’s not simple enough, I’ve made the flags for you! I’ve designed 4 pattern pages that make 3 flags each. Just click on the pdf below, print out the pages, & follow along with me, Babes.

Star Spangled Banner Printable

Photo of Banner SuppliesYou can print these flags onto card stock if you’d like them to be a little more firm, but I printed mine on copy paper.

Close Up Photo of SuppliesThen I assembled my supplies: Printed Pattern Pages, Cutting Mat, X-acto Knife, Straight Edge, Hole Punch, String, Blue & Red Washi Tape

Photo of 3 Cut Out FlagsNext I cut out my flags from the printed pattern pages.

Photo of All Cut Out FlagsYou can print more pages than just the 4 I did if you want to create a longer banner or multiple banners.

Photo of Flags in Pattern ArrangementOnce I cut out all of my flags, I organized them into a pleasing pattern arrangement.

Photo of Measuring the Banner StringNow grab your string. I chose a simple (inexpensive) butchers twine. Measure out the length you need to accommodate all your flags. I like to lay out my flags, spaced how I’d like them to hang, & then place the string over top to get the total length I need.

Photo of Flag with Punched HolesThere are many ways you can mount your flags to your string. I’ll show you two easy options. The first is to punch two holes at the top of your flag.

Photo of Flag Thread Onto StringThen thread your flag onto your string like so. If you chose this method, carry on punching & threading your flags.

Photo of Taping the Top of the FlagOption 2 is to tape the flags onto the string. This is the method I chose because I like the look of the tape at the top & because I have been hoarding washi tape & rarely using it! You’re welcome to use any other tape you fancy. Cut a length of tape & place  in along the top of the flag, overlapping the edge at about halfway up the width of the tape.12_fold over tapeFlip over your flag & place the string along the tape. Fold over the unstuck half of the tape onto the back of the flag, securing the string inside.

13_contin tapingContinue taping your flags until they’re all adhered to the string.

Photo of Finished Star Spangled BannerAnd tada! A Star Spangled Banner! Hang this babe up & let your patriotism shine.Close Up Photo of Finished Star Spangled Banner

What other Independence Day crafts or decor are you babes working on for this weekend’s festivities?

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