Small World Inspired Christmas Garland

One of my favorite Disneyland rides during the holidays is “It’s a Small World.” I love, love, love all of the white sparkly decor and especially the huge white garland that is on almost everything inside the ride! The best part about the garland is the plastic, translucent, iridescent balls on the lights.

I have been wanting to recreate these for years but it was difficult finding iridescent, clear ornament balls that were made of plastic and not glass until I ran into them at Joann’s this season! I think I did a pretty good job…the left is on the actual ride and the right is my version!

To give your garland a little something extra this season, all you need are some white sparkly garland, colorful lights, and plastic, iridescent ornament balls.

To prep the balls, remove the aluminum caps and metal pins.

Slide the pin around the light wires and behind the light you want the ball to go around.

While putting the light in the ball, insert the metal pin as well and push together.

The wire should hold the ball in place, with the light in the center!

Look at how magical they are! I love the way the iridescent ball reflects all of the the different colors of lights. They definitely give me Small World vibes and now I want to make all of our holiday decor in these colors!

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Craft Night – Geometric Cork Coasters

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Another successful craft night in the books! A lovely group joined us this past weekend to make their own set of painted, geometric cork coasters. Just like the last event, it was so much fun to see everyone’s individual personality come out in their creativity.

One thing I try to accomplish is to have a variety of methods and choices for each person to feel comfortable in their crafting ability while still feeling challenged and proud of what they make. I supplied geometric stencils made by my handy Cricut, painter’s tape to make your own patterns, and brushes for anyone who wanted to freehand.

See this post for a full tutorial on making your own set with painter’s tape.

After some festive drinks and treats, everyone got right to work. The focus in the room was intense and you can see why below!

Look at what they made!

At each craft night so far we have had a variety of people with different crafting and artistic levels. Some consider themselves not crafty at all while others are semi/professional. One of the best things about these nights for me is to not be able to see the difference at the end of the night. Being creative and crafty are more of a state of mind when you see someone expressing themselves through what they make and I hope everyone that attends has more confidence at the end of the day to say that they are!

For tips on hosting your own craft night, see here.


Interchangeable Emoji Bookmark

If you have been following along, you know I am a huge fan of thoughtful gift making. The challenge of thinking of the perfect gift can be really difficult but the reward of giving something meaningful makes it worth it.

This emoji bookmark was perfect for my brother-in-law, Cole. Not only does he still read actual books (which is rare in these e-reader times) but he is a master at figuring out the perfect emojis to go with his photography. Seriously, it is an art form on top of his art form. Just take a look here.

Without going into too much detail about how the actual emojis were made, I wanted to give you my patterns for the bases and the basic construction on how to make the bookmark interchangeable.

Get your free base patterns HERE. Print out, cut out and then use as a guide.

In each of these photos, you can see the different layers of each emoji to give you an idea on how to put them together. If there is an emoji you love that is not pictured here, all you need to do is print it out on at the size you want, cut it out and use it as a pattern and guide.

Don’t you hate when you forget to photograph something! I am sorry to leave this little lantern out but the pieces are pretty simple, with a middle, top and bottom on a square base.

When all of your emojis are completed, grab some elastic and hot glue a plain base in the middle. Hot glue the scratchy side of a small velcro circle to the middle of the base and the soft side of those same velcro circles to the backs of all of your emoji bases!

I know it’s hard to believe but that’s it! You can make your emojis as detailed or as simple as you want.

As someone who loves options this bookmark is the perfect way to express your vibe for the day without even having to say a word. And for someone like Cole, a photographer and arts educator, I hope this is just another way that he can visually express himself!

Thank You!

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Use them for your books, journal, planner and even as a hair accessory.

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Halloween: Superhero Costumes

 

It’s a family of SUPERS! Having kids has turned Halloween from one of my least favorite holidays to one of my favorites. Now that my daughter is 4, she is able to tell me exactly who she wants to be and I love the challenge of making the costume.  This year she wanted to be a Superhero Princess and it could not be more perfect for her or her brothers as they each have their own sets of superpowers.

Using felt, glitter canvas, gold foil iron-on, metallic duct tape, and sparkly ribbon, I was able to make all of the pieces of their costume. Their arm and leg cuffs and belt are removable using velcro strips. The boys solid onesies are from Primary and I was able to find the capes and masks from Amazon.  All of which I embellished using a little hot glue and my Cricut machine.

My husband and I came up with their own logos and symbols to match their superhero names: Super Princess Ellie, Thundercloud Chasey and Lightning Cades!

Thundercloud Chasey

Powers: Strength, Sneakiness
Description: Chase the “Thundercloud” sneaks up on bad guys with his stealth moves and surprisingly loud screams. He gets his strength from his “thunder” thighs.

Lightning Cades

Powers: Speed, Throwing
Description: Lightning Cades outruns all of his enemies and never stays in one place. He throws everything he can get his hands on and never misses his target.

Super Princess Ellie

Powers: Kindness, Wit, Laughter
Description: Ellie isn’t your average superhero or princess. She defeats enemies with her mind and epic dance-offs.

Let me tell you, I had high hopes for a professional photo shoot in front of a green screen and everything and then the flu hit our household and mommy’s superpowers were almost depleted. That’s the thing though about a family of SUPERS, I was able to pull powers from each of these little heroes and my number one hero, my husband, to power through and get these finished just in time for Halloween. Whew!

Happy Halloween!

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A Palm Springs Bachelorette

My sister said YAAAS! So we took her and her friends to Palm Springs and rented the cutest, happiest, mid-century modern home for her bachelorette.

Do you recognize these banners? We used them for her Metallic Garden Bridal Shower!

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As soon as my sister Emily and I saw this living room, we knew it was the perfect house for Sara, the soon-to-be bride.

The decor was so great on its own that we decorated very strategically and minimally. Gold confetti balloons hung from the chandelier and the lamp.In the entry, hung the custom doily and her “I said yes!” bridal sash that I made using my Cricut and gold foil iron on. I made it a little differently with thicker ribbon just in the front and a woven cream and gold, thin ribbon in the back. We also scattered colorful, metallic balloons around the room. Don’t they look great against this rug?!I brought supplies to make custom pins out of shrink plastic. Of course I did! How cute is this palm leaf Sara made to remember the occasion. Also, a close-up of her sash.My favorite piece of decor is this very “Palm Springs” party banner which I made from these awesome icons by Valerie Thompson from the modern flâneur. So much fun.




You know what else was fun? These drink floaties!!!Everyone loved the aqua vintage fridge and we stocked the counter with drinks and the party favors: rainbow tumblers I customized with holographic vinyl , geometric shapes, a mini cactus and the “S+C”.

The tumblers worked perfectly for the long days we spent lounging and floating in our own pool!

Not only were the living spaces adorable, but so were each of the bedrooms.


Emily and I knew Sara would not be into the matching shirts, sashes, and hats for all of her friends to wear out, so instead we decided to have everyone wear felt flower pins in different colors. Emily picked the Mermaid Lagoon palette from Benzie Design and I had Sara give me a tutorial because she is the felt flower master. She had no idea I was learning it for her own party though!Cocktails and tapas at Azucar in the La Serena Villas resort to end the trip!Perfect weekend? Check! Happy sister? Check!!!

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Firefighter Felt Board

The holidays are creeping up and if you are a fan of making your own gifts, this felt board is a great option for the little ones in your life. It can be as intricate or as simple as you have time for and provides hours of imaginative fun! These are my tips to help you along the way!

If you have been following along, you know how much of an IKEA fan I am.

TIP:  Fiskbo frames are perfect for kids in that they are lightweight and there is no glass involved, just a sheet of protective plastic.
This sheet of plastic was perfect to hot glue the felt backing on. Trim around the edges to take off the excess felt, put it back into the framing and secure down.

You’re left with a clean, flat and secured felt board!

My nephew LOVES firetrucks and I made this for his 3rd birthday! In this scene he can fight the fire in the building by knocking them out of the windows!

TIP: One of the best parts of a felt board is how interactive it can be. Make sure to give the props purpose to keep imaginations and attention spans running!

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Not only does the ladder come off the firetruck, but I included a moveable water hose to assist with those blazing flames!

TIP: The ladder is attached with small velcro dots. Although felt does stick to each other, it can be hard to play if they don’t stick well enough.  These velcro dots give a little bit more reinforcement which is probably needed when kids are playing anyways!

I had to include my nephew in a firefighter costume. And because I know that children change interests all the time, the velcro dots will come in handy making new outfits and new scenes for more fun in the future!

TIP: My last tip is to make sure all of the pieces have a place to be stored and protected. It is as easy as hot gluing some stiff felt pockets for the large and small pieces. Plastic bags don’t hurt too!

Although the pieces in this scene were rather intricate, they do not have to be! A simple house with doors that open and close or a couple roads with rectangular cars are just a couple of examples of scenes that are interactive and fun!



Paper Leaves Chandelier

Sick of the shower posts yet? No? Great! This is a really good one. Out of all the decor for that party, this paper leaves chandelier was by far my favorite and the showpiece of the room. I love the natural versus metallic and geometric look and it fit the style of decor perfectly.

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You will need:

I grabbed these amazing and FREE leaf patterns from Lia Griffith. You can get them here. I added some octagons to the mix using both the pink and metallic rose gold cardstock.

Aren’t they beautiful? They look so life-like and delicate.





I used 2 equal sized pieces of the leather cording to tie on the hoop at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock areas. I then made a loop with another smaller piece of cording to connect the longer pieces. This is how the chandelier hung.

Now to begin adding the leaves and strings of octagons. Put a thin line of hot glue on the stem of each branch and jiggle the end of the fishing wire into it. Hold it there while it cools and then cut to the desired length. For the strings of octagons, sandwich the fishing line and hot glue between two matching pieces. Start at the end and work your way up every 1-3 inches. Double-knot them to your hoop. To secure add a drop of hot glue on top of each knot on the hoop.

Add in as many or as little as you would like. Utilize the different shades of cardstock and different styles of branches to make sure the details don’t get lost as they are so pretty!

Isn’t it gorgeous??? Not only would this work for a party, but it would make for lovely home decor.

Check out the rest of A Metallic Garden Bridal Shower here.





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Mason Jar Favors

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Did you catch those adorable little mason jar favors on my last post, A Metallic Garden Bridal Shower? Mason jars are the way to package things these days but it can be challenging to dress them up while staying in line with the guest of honor’s tastes. Here’s how we did it.

My sister, Emily made these gorgeous gem shaped soaps and we knew that they deserved something beautiful to be packaged in.

She found the cutest, little mason jars. We added some white and gold shred inside which held and protected the soap gem perfectly.

For the top of the jar, the good folks at Cream City Ribbon sent me some of their gorgeous ribbons in the colors, Copen, Copper and Kraft with Cream. I wish you could feel these. They are super luxurious and elegant while having a paper-like, artisanal feel. I knew they would give the favors a touch of fancy while still having an understated beauty, just like my sister, the bride-to-be’s tastes!

To make the bow, I cut pieces of ribbon about 6 inches long. Using craft glue tape, I glued them into loops.

I brought the loop down in the middle and wrapped a small piece of ribbon around the middle.

Aren’t they adorable? This type of bow can be difficult to make look elegant if you don’t have the right type of ribbon and the Cream City Ribbons worked perfectly. I almost want to make little hair bows out of them!

Using my handy Cricut, I cut out octagons with a heart and the couples initials. The bow was glued right in the middle.

And that’s it! Wasn’t that super easy? Not only are they so cute on their own, but they look amazing all lined up in rows together ready to be taken home and enjoyed.










A Metallic Garden Bridal Shower

My sister Sara is getting married! The bridal shower kicked off all of the wedding festivities so Emily, our youngest sister, and I wanted to make sure we set the tone right. Not gonna lie, the tone was really hard for me to get a handle on as I kept wavering between a lot of different themes and looks to the shower. Emily set us on the right track when she sent me a color palette that she thought really resembled Sara’s tastes. From there, I was able to base almost every decor decision on that color palette.

TIP: When planning an event’s decor, find one or two inspiration pieces (a color palette, a swatch of fabric, a paper print, a piece of home decor, a bouquet of flowers, etc.) that will be your guide. Measure each decor decision on those inspiration pieces and you will have a cohesive look to your party!

I love decorating my front door for events. For one, it let’s your guests know they have the right house and I think it just adds to the party atmosphere.  Sara’s taste is a sort of classy, minimalist with just a touch of pop whether that be metallic or floral or color. She loves clean lines and simple design and I tried to tailor the look of that in her invites.

The entry way is always a fun place for me to decorate. Emily inspired my cherry blossom banner and doily cut-outs in her suggestion to use circles in the decor. And we found this AMAZING letter board on sale the day before the shower.

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The favors were handmade, scented gem soaps, made by Ems! (Tutorial here) Each color was a different scent, rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender!

As with any design aspect of our party, the favor packaging was very important. We needed the outside to match the amazing soap inside. I was introduced to Cream City Ribbon and the beautiful ribbons they make. They were the perfect addition to the favors as Sara has a deep love and appreciation of artisanal work and these are made on machines from the 1920’s!  See more here!

The only instruction Sara told me and Ems was “No cheesy games!” LOL! Is there anyone out there that actually likes those cheesy shower games??? If so, I have not met them yet. Sara and Cole love to eat and cook and as Cole is vegetarian, they could always use more options of meals they can enjoy together as a couple. Recipe cards were sent out in the mail with the invite and we asked that they write down their fav dish (veg appreciated) and bring it to the shower. Our other activities included a date night idea jar and the ring game! Aren’t those rings adorable? They are erasers believe it or not! You can find them here.

All of these floral handkerchiefs belonged to our grandmother who passed recently and it was a nice way of having a part of her there.

My favorite party drinkware are the glasses from the dollar store! The best part is that they are all plastic. The little “love” swizzle sticks completed the picture.

In typical brunch fashion, there were a lot of cute, little bites to eat: mini pancakes, egg souffle, cut fruit and mini yogurt parfaits… with the centerpiece being my paper leaf and metallic octagon chandelier. Tutorial here!

Our local Spudnuts donut shop not only has the best tasting donuts but they do custom decorations! They were able to swash these with light strokes of metallic edible paint for me and they could not have been more perfect. Especially with their glitter gem toppers.

Have I told you guys how much I love my Cricut? I mean, look what it does for me! If you have the vision, it can make it!

Custom cut doilies, leaves and metallic octogans hung from the patio lights and decorated the tables.

TIP: Use your Cricut “weeds” or the cut-out parts you are not going to use, as confetti!

Last, but not least, there is a wall in my dining room that I always like to use as a photo wall. See my other photo backdrop here.

TIP: A photo wall not only adds more decor to the event but is a great reminder to take photos!

I covered the painting that was already hanging there in craft paper and Emily found the most perfect colored streamers (teal, peach and grey) and hung them as a backdrop.

Happy to say, that despite the 100 degree weather, the event was a complete success just based on seeing our sister’s face and hearing her reaction when she walked in the door and I hoped she felt very loved! Stay tuned for the next event, the Palm Springs trip!


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