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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Paper Kawaii Food

I am super excited to announce this collaboration with… my 4 year old daughter! Lol! In all honesty though, it really was a collab and it is titled “Ellie loves…” Her title in the project was Head of Adhesives with the occasional marker drawing. I have been trying to find a reason to make something in the kawaii style (which is basically putting a super cute face on something) and my daughter’s favorite foods were the perfect subject. Every couple days, I posted one to Insta and we are finally at our last one…the kawaii sprinkled donut. I hope you enjoy seeing them all together in one place and I can’t wait to collaborate with her again!




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GRAND OPENING: THE SPARKLE SHOP

I call myself a lifetime crafter because I was raised creating & making and I don’t plan on stopping, ever! In 2013, I started this blog as a way to catalog everything I made, all of the parties I planned and to highlight the creativity of the people around me. My posts soon morphed from just showing what I made into crafting tutorials with the hope of inspiring people to build their inner “craft confidence.” With the addition of Craft Nights, I feel myself getting closer and closer to my goals and the path that I would like to continue on.

It has been a secret (or not-so-secret) dream of mine to open a shop of my own but I could never decide on what to sell. I love trying all sorts of crafts and the challenge of making something new, so I could never commit to just one thing over and over again. I realized, with the help of those closest to me, that I didn’t have to choose one thing in order to open my own shop. Duh! I could really make whatever I wanted, but the main driving force would be my passion for sparkles. Sparkles make me happy and bring me peace and have always been one of my favorite things.

And that brings me to announcing the Grand Opening of my SPARKLE SHOP on Etsy! Everything listed will have a little bit (or a lot!) of sparkle to them and most items will be made only once. But the exciting part (besides the sparkles, of course) is that I hope to add new and different collections of items all of the time. ***Make sure to stop by and if you have an Etsy log-in, don’t forget to make it a “Favorite” and “like” all of the items you love***

Just search me on Etsy or you can access the shop through the menu above!

I am so incredibly grateful to all of you for supporting me in my creative path. It is through you, that I have gained the confidence to take each one of these little steps that bring me closer and closer to where my creative passions lie.

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Pom Pom & Tassel Keychains

Did you catch those pom pom and tassel keychains at my Craft Night? Well, they were a super easy DIY favor I gave to everyone who joined in all of the making!

When we returned from vacation in Cabo, Mexico, I was so inspired by all of the colors in their handmade pom pom and tassel items that I went straight to the craft store and picked up these yarn skeins with super bright color gradients.

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For this craft, you will need:

Now, you don’t “need” to buy a pom pom and tassel maker BUT I did try and make them using the hacks you can find online and let’s just say I was happy to invest the <$10 for each of these items to make my life a little easier.

The directions on the back of the pom pom and tassel maker packages were fairly good but if you prefer to try your own method, Pinterest has some great tutorials.

When you make your tassel, make sure to leave enough string on top to add your pom pom and any beads you want to use. You will also be tying the lobster clasp to that string so make sure to factor that into the length as well.


  1. Thread your string into a large needle.
  2. Add your beads and use the needle to push the string through the center of the pom pom.
  3. Add more beads on top if you wish.
  4. Double-knot the end of your string to the jump ring.
  5. Attach the jump ring to the lobster clasp.

*I did not do this, but would suggest adding a little hot glue to my knot on the jump ring as mine already untied. But I think adding the glue should do the trick. Thank goodness for the glue gun!

These keychains look especially good attached to your black bags because of how much the colors pop! Add them to your beach bag, your car, your purse or backpack or give them away to friends!






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Craft Night – Yarn Wall Hanging

You guys! I had my very first craft night and I can honestly say that it was a huge success. I wanted to give you all the details as well as some tips if you are looking to put on one of your own!

I have wanted to put on my own craft night ever since going to the one put on by my girl Desiree from Heirloom Paper. It was such a fulfilling creative outlet, a fun night out with friends and a great way to meet others who love/aspire to be more crafty. More than 2 YEARS (!!!) later, it finally seemed like the right time to jump in and do it and the yarn wall hanging was the perfect first craft.




TIP: When picking a craft, make sure to teach something you have done before. I know this seems like common sense, but you really don’t know how involved it can get or how long something will take until you have tried it for yourself. I doubt you or your guests want a 6 hour craft night or something too hard that it becomes frustrating.

The yarn wall hanging I made was on display and since this was my first (aka tester) craft night, I wanted to give a special thanks to all of my guests with these handmade pom pom & tassel keychains. (Tutorial here!)

Upon receiving everyone’s RSVP, I made sure to ask if they had a preference on yarn color. I really wanted this to be something they would love and want to display proudly in their homes. There were also inspirational photos sent out a couple days before the event and up during the night.

TIP: Give your guests lots of ideas and different ways to make the craft their own. Not everyone has the same style, so it is important to give your guests options. I know that if I am tasked with a new craft, I need to see what other’s have done first before deciding on what I want mine to look like. Give them enough time to see some options and make sure to have them available at your event.

Can I tell you how happy all of these colors make me!These next few photos should speak for themselves really. LOL! My secret: good ol’ Trader Joes.

TIP: Have food and drink ready! Now, I love throwing parties, so your spread does not have to look like this, but I do feel like going the extra step just adds to the ambience of the whole night. If you are having a craft night, there is not usually time or set-up available to add dinner in there, so I would suggest light apps and/or desserts.  Just make sure to warn your guest to eat their meal beforehand!

P.S. Check out those adorable (and disposable!) wine and water glasses! See how I made them here.






For the crafting areas, a layer of kraft paper served to protect the tables but also to give the space a more uniformed look. Each seat had a set of tools needed and if you need your guests to share, just put them in the middle for them to take turns. 

TIP: Have seating assignments. I know, I know…this can be somewhat “controversial.” But seating always gives me a little anxiety if I don’t know where to sit and if your guests know their seat is saved, there is no need for them to hover around their area or claim their spot before the event begins. The trick to this is to make sure to place groups that come together next to each other!

After some mingling, drinking & eating time, there was a quick intro by me and a short tutorial to get everyone started.

TIP: Make a somewhat loose schedule for how you want your night to go. This will help you to keep the night on track and to get your guests started doing what they came to do!

I was so happy to see how everyone got straight to it! Some knew exactly what they wanted to do first and the others that didn’t took time to wander around, look at the inspiration pieces or to see what others were doing until they got their spark. I LOVED seeing people ask others for suggestions or opinions and making crafting a communal and social activity. No one was afraid to try anything and if they didn’t like it, they took it out and started again.




TIP: If you are hosting/teaching, make yourself the non-official expert/consultant for the night. This does not mean that you have to know how to do everything. Believe me, I could not remember for the life of me how to macrame that night and I have done it a couple times before! But you should be available to help your guests figure out what to do by giving them options or talking out their ideas with you.

This was one of my favorite parts: being able to help someone fulfill their vision!

Most of all, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED seeing everyone’s makes. They were all SO different and so much like the person that made them. I cannot say enough how impressed I am by how they turned out, especially from those that have expressed to me before that they are “not crafty.” Yea… I don’t think they can tell me that again!

Aren’t they amazing!!! The wall hangings and the women that made them! Not like there was much doubt before, but I am definitely doing more of these in the future. I even have the next couple crafts picked out, so make sure to follow along!





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Getting to Know You – Teacher Questionnaire

Can you believe summer is almost over and it’s almost time to go back to school?! If you have been following along, you know I am a huge fan of thoughtful gift giving. It can be quite challenging when you don’t know much about the person though and unfortunately my daughter’s teachers always fall in that category. This past year at our school, the parents were given a questionnaire that all of the teacher’s filled out and that made buying thoughtful gifts SO much easier.



If this is not available at your school, I made this questionnaire for you to take gift giving matters into your own hands!

FREE TEACHER QUESTIONNAIRE (download here)

Just print it and ask your child’s teacher to fill it out at the beginning of the school year.  I even included a place for your student to write their name so they know who to give it back to.  I can confidently say that this survey is “teacher approved” having asked a handful of close teacher friends and family what they would like their students to know about them! Not only will you know what to get those deserving and hardworking teachers, this will also give you a chance to get to know them a little bit better!

Has this been helpful? I would love to hear from you!