Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2013 Year in Review

Another amazing year gone by – here’s what I was up to!
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January – I made this fabric necklace in all of about two Minutes
February – I worked with one of my favorite wedding blogs to style a shoot
March – I made this fabric basket for one of my favorite DIY Blogs
April – I styled a Mother’s Day table with Williams Sonoma
May – I shared three easy DIY’s to use for one party
June – I made these treat boxes that are perfect for your next party
July – I figured out how to make my own stencil
August – One of my besties turned 30 so I made her this
September – I had a wedding with the most beautiful flowers
October – We spent the entire month traveling through Australia & New Zealand
November – I got creative for a gift
December – I decorated the dining room to host a NYE dinner party

Another awesome year gone by…….but something tells me that 2014 is going to be even better!


Recap from 2012 HERE

Sunday, December 29, 2013

DIY Party Decor for New Years Eve


Each year since we’ve lived in San Francisco we’ve thrown a New Year’s Eve party.  I love just about any excuse to don a fancy party dress and catch up with friends – and the fact that I don’t even have to leave my house?  Well that’s just the icing on the cake!  Last year was my first year to go all out with the décor and I’m still shocked at how popular  (nearly 300 pins!) the DIY décor template has become! 
Easy DIY New Years Eve PartyThis year I decided to stick with a similar game plan – Low budget (under $20), easy to recreate, and of course looks pretty!New Years Eve Party DIYA lot of what I used, was repurposed from last year.  This included the Happy New Year letters and all of the numbers – except for the 3 of course!
NYE Party DIYAll of the décor was completed in just a few hours and all of the food is store bought because let’s be honest: I am not crafty in the kitchen.
Easy DIY for New YearBackdrop DIY:
 photo eeca50f9-b647-4bb3-b761-0c5a9d8c5bb0.pngMaterial:
- Two Yards of Black Fabric (I used this as the backdrop)
- Cardstock (Letters)
- Roll of wrapping paper (mine is from HERE)
- X-Acto Knife
- Painters Tape
- Glue Dots
- Cutting Mat

How To:
- Tape the wrapping paper in place to your cutting mat
- Use the painters tape to create a shape (everything covered by tape will remain)
- Cut with your X-Acto knife
- Once completed, adhere to the fabric with the glue dots

Hope you have a wonderful New Year!  I've got something very exciting in the works which is why the blog has been so quiet the last few months!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Custom 3-D Wedding Card DIY

I always like to give the couples whose wedding I plan a little something on their wedding day.  I realized that I had run out of congratulations cards and with a wedding coming up the next day, I decided it would be easier (and more fun) to make a custom card using material that I already had on hand!
hand cut wedding card DIY
The card came out really cute and based on your reactions to my Instagram picture, I’d say you guys liked it too!
Wedding Card DIY
Material: Computer paper, cardstock paper, decorative paper, washi tape, X-Acto Knife, Tacky Glue, scissors
How to hand cut a cardHow To:

- In a word document, choose a font you like and printout the words/shapes you want
- Tape the paper to the cardstock
- Cut out the sides and tops of the letters and shapes (don’t cut out the bottom!)
- Fold the words up
- Trim the decorative paper to be the same size as your card
- Glue the decorative paper to the inside of the card

Monday, August 12, 2013

Give-A-Way with Diamond Candle


It’s not an exaggeration when I say that we keep a candle burning pretty much around the clock when we’re home.   I love the light scent that fills the room and the glowing light sets the perfect ambiance both day and night.  So when Diamond Candles reached out to me to try one of their all-natural soy based candles I was thrilled.  Oh, and what’s that you say!?! Each and every candle has a ring inside worth anywhere from $10 to $5,000! Gimmie!Give a way with diamond candleI poured over the scents available on the Diamond Candles website and decided to go with the honeysuckle candle.  I’m hooked.  The candle is enough to fill a large room with the scent of fresh blooms but light enough not to overpower the space.  I also love that it is soy based so it burns clean without leaving that black soot around the edge of the jar.Diamond candle ringIt took some restraint but I was VERY patient when it came to pulling out the ring.  Truth be told, I figured the longer I waited the less wax that would be wasted and the longer my candle would last!Diamond candle ringThe ring is really pretty!  I’m fairly certain it’s a $10 ring but in my honest opinion, the ring is really a fun bonus to a great candle.  I’m looking forward to wearing it and the process of waiting to reveal the ring while enjoying the candle was really fun!


Diamond Candle is kind enough to allow me to give-a-way a Diamond Candle to one of my readers.

Good Luck!  

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*This is a sponsored post.  Diamond Candles was kind enough to provided the candle for review, but all opinions expressed are my own.