Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pitcher of Peonies DIY

Hi everyone! Sorry for slacking on the blog the past couple weeks. Its funny how as the school year winds down, life starts to speed up but now that it's summer break, I'll have a ton of great posts coming up! Hope everyone enjoys this sweet and simple pitcher DIY :)

-hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
-white acrylic paint
-small paint brush 
-reinforcement labels 
( All supplies from Michaels with the exception of the fresh flowers)


and with love, a 

p.s. I always read and respond to each and every comment, I love to hear feedback! Also share your links with me please :)! Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, May 20, 2013

DIY Pom Pom Clutch

I'm loving the pom pom trend that I have been seeing around on backpacks, clothing, and even wrapping paper so I decided to whip out the hot glue gun along with some pom pom trim and get to work on a clutch that I have been wanting to spruce up for a while! Hopefully this post inspires you to make something with pom poms because they are just so stinking cute!

-pom pom trim from Joann's (two yards)
-clutch (thrifted)
-hot glue gun & glue
-cut trim according to size of flap
-turn over flap and start glueing
-seal down trim as you go to make sure the glue is still wet

-glue inside the creases along borders of clutch
-place trim inside gluey crease and seal down

Yay!! Pom pom trim clutch!! 

Can't wait to show this off ;) 

-and with love, a 

p.s. Comment below and tell me what you think and share some of your clutch or pom pom diy's :) 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Finally, two of my favorite bloggers, Emma and Elsie from A Beautiful Mess, created the cutest photo editing app called "beautiful mess" and it just launched today! Not only is this app totally addicting, but it brings such a fun, fresh life to iphone pictures and instagrams! It has so many great features including camera filters, texts, doodle, and phrases!  The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod, and iPads so you can download it from the iTunes store for just $0.99!!

Check out the beautiful mess I have created with some of my favorite iPhone and instagram pics :)

- and with love love, a 

p.s.!!! Remember to hashtag #abeautifulmess if you post your beautiful mess !!!

...and yes, the majority of pics on my iPhone consist of delicious food and my silly piglet face, so there you go! :P  

Comment below and share some of your favorite photo editing apps!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Crepe Kit

Thinking of a creative hostess or housewarming gift can be bit daunting. The pressure of buying something that will fit in ones home and reflect their style, or the anxiety of unwrapping something that you "LOVE" and "just so happened really needed", when it will actually be hidden until the next time that person visits can be really stressful. While the more typical gift like a seasonal dish towel and scented soap is a lovely gesture, making a home a little more special by adding a personal and creative touch can really go a long way. So that's how my sister and I came up with creating a Crepe Kit to bring as a little house warming gift for our friends, Stacey and Caitlin! Best of all this is cute and EASY :) Hope you enjoy! 

Crepe Kit: 

-Large Jar
-Mini chalkboards and chalk
-Basket Filler  

-Crepe Mix
-Mini wild blueberry syrup
-Mini Nutella
-Mini apricot jam
-Mini whisk

-fill bottom of jar with basket filler
-arrange all the ingredients and whisk inside the jar
-wrap the neck of the jar with twine and tie on chalk board and chalk 

In case you have not yet noticed, I am kind of, actually seriously OBSESSED things that are simple, easy, and involving anything miniature. Not yet sure if it is a healthy obsession or not...I guess time will tell ;)  

-and with love, a
p.s. I'm thinking next time it would be cute to make a little cupcake kit! What else do you think would work? 

*Supplies found at World Market with the exception of  twine and basket filler which can be found at Michaels

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Weekend DIY

Happy Weekend Everyone! Hope you enjoy this fun mini canvas DIY! 

-white acrylic paint
-pink (or any color you may choose) acrylic paint
-two small paint brushes
-black ribbon
-three 2x2 mini canvases 
-reinforcement labels 
Paint each canvas white as a base coat...

allow to dry completely, then make desired patterns using a ruler or straight edge...

for polkadots it is best to arrange reinforcement labels on the canvas and add paint in the center of each label...

allow to dry completely...

turn over canvases and space them out evenly, lay out ribbon and cut it leaving extra space at the top...
staple the ribbon on the top and bottom of each canvas

Make a loop with the excess ribbon on the top and tie a bow on it! 

-Don't be afraid to make mistakes, the white paint will be your best friend.
-Blowdryers are great paint dryers for those who are as impatient as me :)

Now I just need to find the perfect spot to hang this up! 

-and with love, a 

p.s. Comment and share your weekend craft ideas with me and let me know what you think of this one! 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Gift Guide: Mother's Day Musts

Mother's Day is around the corner so it's time to start shopping for the special day! To take some of the stress off all the preparations, I have selected a variety of traditional gifts with a unique edge that would win over any mom, grandma, aunt, sister, mother-in-law, etc. I had so much fun picking out these items so I hope this gift guide will help you in your search for the perfect prezzie!

one: fun "baubles" from Bauble Bar , totally elegant!
two: gorgeous bowler bag from ASOS (super lovely and affordable... I think I need it for myself too :P)
three: the gag gift, martini book from Kitson 
four: trendy tray found on Etsy
five: Lipstick holder from anthropologie
six: spring calla lily vase from World Market (serious steal!) 
seven: cool coaster set from Layla Grayce
eight: beautiful Paul Marrot candle from Furbish Studio

Anyways, how can you show your mom how much you love her through a gift? You can't, it's literally impossible. So along with choosing from some of my gift ideas, show your mom how much you appreciate her with a handmade, or at least handwritten, card, pick flowers from the garden, or bake a special treat! Wow, I think I have just given myself some great new ideas for my next post ;)

-and with love, a 

p.s. Please share any of your Mother's Day recipes, activities,traditions, or gift ideas in the comment box! I would also love to hear about what you think of my gift selections! 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Crazy for Cork!

One of my favorite ways to come up with a new DIY is to go to the craft store without a list of supplies. Today, I went in knowing that I wanted to make something with neon colors, and the rest was up to what seemed to call my name from the shelves! These super fun cork gift tags are sure to brighten up any gift, and depending on the stamp, they can be made for all sorts of occasions!

neon paint
medium paint brush
cork gift tags 

Stamp the tag...
use the tip of the paint brush to make dots...

and voila!

Hope you enjoy this simple, easy, and adorable DIY! Leave a comment below and tell me what you think! 

-and with love, a

p.s. Want to know just how simple and easy this craft is?! 
I made these while I made and ate, rather devoured, a quessadilla :O

*All the supplies I used can be found at Michaels or any other crafts store! 


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Top Six Picks: Circle Sunnies

It is no question that circle sunnies are all the rage right now and I have to say I LOVE this John Lennon reminiscent trend! There are so many different styles, prints, and colors to chose from that they can be worn for any occasion. Whether it be a laid-back music festival, an afternoon by the pool, or a chic event, you can count on finding the perfect pair of round shades to complete any outfit. Featured below are my Top Six Picks dream sunglasses!

Where you can find my top six picks :
three: Nordstrom
four: TOMS
five: ASOS
six: Target

-and with love, a

p.s. I bought my first pair this week at H&M for just $6.95...

 and I think I just started a new addiction! I feel a splurge coming on and I have been drooling over those Marc Jacobs beauties!  But, shhhh! Don't tell my parents, I have to save up for new tires for my car EEEEK!

Comment below and tell me what you think about the circle sunnies trend! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rosey Thursday

 What a wonderful day for some spring inspiration, right?! RIGHT.  So, as I was drinking my morning cup of chamomile from my favorite anthropologie mug, admiring the bright spring blooms in my backyard, I thought that fresh roses would be the perfect addition to my kitchen table. I rushed inside, grabbed a pair of scissors, and approached the rose garden ready to snip some stems. As I took a closer look at all the roses, most looked like they were but a slight breeze away from losing all their petals. Putting them in a vase would basically ensure immediate drooping so I decided to leave them on the bush. I grabbed my mug to go inside, and that's when I had the perfect idea.The roses would look adorable in my cutest mugs, the lips of the mug would hold up the petals to prevent them from falling apart!

I selected the three best roses...

and trimmed off all the leaves and thorns, then cut the stems slightly shorter than the height of the mug. 

So remember, you do not need to have a bunch of perfect flowers to make something spectacular, just think outside the vase! :) Happy Thursday everyone! 

-and with love, a 

p.s. I am currently OBSESSED with mugs. Mugs from anthropologie are my fave but I usually wait until they are on sale and Cost Plus has awesome mugs with great prices! 

Post a comment below and tell me where you find your favorite mugs!