Thursday, October 16, 2008

Passionately Pink...

The Breast cancer awareness campaign is a great cause to participate in. there are so many neat products that are donating proceeds....try to buy PINK this month!

Paper ribbons are a really easy craft that can be used as quick decoration for offices, classrooms, gifts or to wear. Cut 1" strips of pink paper.

Loop the paper and either tape the back or use glue.
Cut the ends on an angle.

Be Passionately Pink!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

bounty of the season...

This is such a pretty time to get outside and enjoy nature. Every year, when we were little, my family would visit the State Capital for an afternoon and collect the fallen chestnuts while we explored the grounds.
We never knew what to do with them once we found them, but they always seemed so rich and beautiful.
If my memory serves....I think my siblings and I ended up just throwing them at one another.
A really easy way to display them is to load up a vase and add a candle.
This season holds so much beauty and I'm always reminded of family traditions and memories during this time.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

skip the grocery store floral department...

...and head down the produce aisle! Every couple of weeks I pick up a carton of wheatgrass from my local grocery store. It's only $1.19 and looks so much fresher and way less expensive than the flowers you can buy there.


The grass has a well established root system so I just place it in a pot or bowl with some soil in the bottom. It really does brighten up a room.

As my little buddy is demonstrating it's very pet-friendly and both dogs and cats enjoy helping you "trim" the healthy greens!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Flower party...


These flowers are such a quick and easy idea for a party decoration. Click here for the previous post explaining how they are constructed. They are great to stick on walls and I even glued them to sticks for the centerpiece. The dots were cut out of card stock and used as the flower centers and also as confetti to decorate the table.


The sign was made in Word using the text box and I changed the shape to a circle with a dot border.
These are fun and inexpensive decorations that you can easily make with your kids!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Easy signs...

I make these quick signs for just about every occasion....even if no sign is necessary or warranted :-) They can be easily re-used and are totally cost effective (this one was about $1 in paper cost)
Select heavy card stock in the colors that will match your decorations or table settings. Cut the sheets for the letters in half and cut out the letters.


Don't stress out if they aren't perfect, it's great that it looks handmade! This sign is for my Bunco group, it's a fun, fast paced dice game that offers a great excuse to gather with your friends and goof off.

I like to decoupage the letters on, since I re-use the signs, it's good to have them really sturdy and permanent. You'll need to lay them flat under something heavy while they dry...I prefer one of my roommates' Geochemical Society books (it's her own fault for being smart enough to read heavy books).

I'm making dice out of little gift boxes with scrap dots, they turned out pretty cute!

The sign can be a big design element for your party, it ties together all of your colors and decorations. When it's over un-clip them from the ribbon or string and it can be easily stored for next time!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

framed...

To add a quick and easy splash of interest or color to a wall, stretch a scrap of fabric over a frame and staple to the back. A bright pattern would be great for a kid's room or nursery. It is really easy to change the fabric and update seasonally or for a particular event.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

thank you Martha...

Like all crafty gals, I can't wait each month to recieve the latest Martha and Real Simple magazine. I'm always pulling out the pages with ideas that are just too great and inspiring to be forgotten. But I'm never very organized with them once they've been ripped out...until now.


I've decided I'll display my favorite ideas all month and then replace them when the new mag's come. All you need are a couple of frames and mats. My favorite place to get frames is at the dollar store or clearance racks they usually come matted with a picture already in them. Try to look beyond the picture of the kitty in a hammock and remember you just need the frame!


Put the mat over the picture and crop the photo by taping it to the back and folding up or cutting off the edges.


The frame usually comes with a piece of cardboard and just tape it to the back.


It's a great way to be inspired all month long and since the pictures change monthly it never gets old! Seriously, what would we do without Martha?

Monday, June 16, 2008

summer flowers....

I am LOVING summer at the new house! I forgot how much I love to plant flowers...
Maybe I went a little too far with all the pots but I couldn't help myself :-)

The existing garden is so mature and beatiful, it's been really fun to see what will bloom next.


I hope that you're all enjoying the beauty of the season!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Anatomy of a Birthday Party....

3 cake mixes + 3 tubs of frosting = super cute and inexpensive centerpiece/cake
Back yard random blooms + pair of scissors = inexpensive decorations
Cheap brown bed sheet (yikes on the thread count) + bright happy pots = cheap re-usable table settings
Colorful card stock + bold block lettering = a great outdoor banner
galvanized bucket + ribbon and ice = perfect drink cooler
Happy Birthday Erika, I hope you and your friends had a great time!!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Inspiration...

I absolutely love these covered jars from Crate and Barrel. I was so inspired when I saw them I cleaned and displayed some of my own covered jars and hope to add these two to my collection.
It turned out really cute, a couple of hater's told me it looks a little sterile, but you could also make an arrangement with colored glass. The colors are amazing and the reflection changes all throughout the day.
It's garage sale season so keep an eye out for glass jars, they can be really inexpensive but make great decorative statements.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Who doesn't love cupcakes?

We stumbled on to the cutest bakery/coffee shop called Mini's Cupcakes. The cupcakes are amazing and so beautiful, my favorite was the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in Tiffany blue with little edible jewels. If you're in the neighborhood of 800 S 14 E Salt Lake City stop by and help support these local girls, the atmosphere is so friendly and the little mini cupcakes are heavenly!


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