DIY Letter Board Accessories

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It’s my first post in the New Year and this one might already be one of my favorites! Who else has jumped on the letter board train? I love using it in photos for my crafts but it is also really fun to have at home, put up for special events or in photos with the kids. After having it though, I realized that there is not a lot of options for accessories. The stores carry some in the same plastic material as the letters but I am always a fan of mixing textures and what better to do that than with my favs, felt and sparkle!

In this tutorial, I am going to show you a really simple way to make your own custom letter board accessories!

You will need:

  • Small and cheap letter board letters or shapes (I found these emoji ones in the dollar spot at Target!) I say cheap, because you will be covering these up and using them only for the peg piece on the back.
  • Templates or stencils of the shapes you want to create, like these hearts for Valentine’s Day
  • Felt or stiff felt
  • Glitter canvas
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Xacto knife
  • Thin marker

Start by figuring out what shapes you want to use to decorate your letter board and cut them out in the felt and glitter canvas. I cut two pieces of felt out, one for the front and one for the backing and a smaller piece on glitter canvas. Since Valentine’s Day is next month, hearts seemed very appropriate.

Next, take one of your letter board letters or shapes and position it on the felt backing where you would like the peg piece to go. If the letter is too big for your shape, you can cut it down around the peg.  Just make sure to leave enough space to add glue later. Lower it just a bit so that you can mark where to cut into the felt. Take your Xacto knife and make a small cut just big enough for the peg piece to fit through.

Push the peg piece through the small hole to make sure it fits and goes through all the way. You can then hot glue it in place. Take your felt front piece and hot glue it on top.

Glue your smaller glitter heart on top and you’re not going to believe this but you are done!

You can make this craft even more simple by finding pre-made shapes in the dollar bins at your favorite stores and just simply gluing it onto the plastic peg piece. I covered the back to give it a more finished look but that is completely optional to its functionality.

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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!!!


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.


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!




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!


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!



First Birthday Carnival

Invite design by my super talented husband!

Our boys are ONE! The night before the big party, I was prepping and thinking how first birthdays are kind of silly. The boys are too young to remember and yet the first birthday party is such a big deal. I came to realize that this party was in part for our boys, but more so for all the close people in our lives. And of course for us to celebrate having made it through the newborn and infant stages!

Chase and Caden have completely different personalities. The inspiration for the party came from that difference.  We always thought that Chase had very gentleman-like qualities. He is quiet, observant and plays independently.  Caden always reminds us of a king. He sits up very straight and almost looks down his nose at others! And he loves when he is the center of attention. Little Man Chase and King Cades became the theme of the party and to make it even more fun, we made it a carnival!

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Color palette: dark and light blues with gold and silver metallics. I wanted to combine top hats and mustaches with crowns and sparkly golds.

My husband and I are big kids ourselves, so when we throw a birthday party for our kids, the fun is for the adults too. As soon as the guests entered, they grabbed a crown and a ‘stache.

My little crepe paper buntings draped the top of every window and sliding door. It was such a simple DIY and I love anything that can be stapled!

TIP: I keep hooks over the slider all year round. They come in handy for holidays and parties.

Over the fireplace, I made a super full but still really easy crepe paper banner. TIP: Did you know that you don’t need any tape or glue with crepe paper tassels? Twist it and it holds!

TIP: Always, always, always try to make decorations that can be  re-purposed for another celebration. This paper straw banner was from my daughter’s party earlier this year. I just added some metallic fringe to the ends.

One of my favorite parts of a first birthday party is seeing all of the monthly photos together. For King Caden’s banner, I chose very royal, metallic and bold prints. The shape of the bunting also gave it a medieval feel.

For Little Man Chase’s banner, I chose muted colors and prints that reminded me of a business shirt. The shape of his bunting looked like a tie.

To label each photo with the month, I gave them mini construction paper top hats and crowns and wrote the number on them.

You have probably heard me say over and over that I am not a baker. I wish I was but I’m not. Thank goodness for my amazing market bakery.

I told them exactly what I wanted and they gave it to me and they were delicious.

Ten minutes on the Cricut machine and I had the cutest little crown and ‘stache cupcake toppers!

For the outside decor, I wanted to keep it fairly simple as all of the games would be outside too.  Flowy crepe paper hung from the trees,

dollar store white and blue table clothes mimicked a circus tent around the patio,

and one of my favorite DIY decorations, punch ball balloons! TIP: Those huge balloons are so festive and this is a great way to have them minus the helium. The reason they work so well is because they have elastic on top to hang and a place to tie a tassel on, on the bottom!

The games were spread out on the lawn. All homemade and classic carnival fun. I knew not only would the kids enjoy them but the adults would too.

If you don’t know already, I am the oldest of 16 cousins, I think it’s 16, haha. My mom has 5 sisters. So we have a BIG family. They all came to help with the party and even manned the games and gave out tickets.

Ping pong toss was the first game I thought of, it is my fav! There’s something so satisfying when that ball clinks around on the glasses and then falls in! It was fairly easy to make, the backboard took some brain power and effort.

Can toss was another game that was super easy to put together. We saved our cans and I wrapped them in fun paper, ordered some bean bags and that was it!

Tic tac toe was a little more challenging to make but I ended up finding the perfect square cardboard box, which was not easy to find. I cut the dividers out of foam core and covered them in wrapping paper.

Maybe the simplest game to put together but one of the hardest to play was ring toss.

The highlight of the games was the prize table where you could turn in your tickets for all of these goodies!

Okay, I lied. The highlight was the cotton candy machine.  Everyone wanted to try it but my cousin Kathy is now named Queen of the Cotton Candy. She was determined to master it and I think she did!

The kiddos loved it!

What’s a carnival without popcorn?  These mini popcorn containers were adorable. We popped bags and bags of microwave popcorn and my uncle handed them out to the crowd.

I think the highlight of my boys day though was definitely the cake. They were SO tired at this point but they were such troopers. I barely saw them as they were passed from friend to family to friend. They definitely stole the show.

Having twins is no joke, and add in other siblings and you have a very full life; full of every emotion, activity and feeling that you can think of. Our friends and family have supported us from the beginning and our parents have been there for us more times than we can count.  This party was for them and I hope they enjoyed every minute of it.

Inspired Peace

Mini crepe paper buntings at Hawaiian inspired first birthday party!

















A Balloons & Bubbly Sprinkle

On my husband’s side, between him and his two sisters, there have been 6 grandkids born in 4 years! With the next making her grand appearance this summer, we wanted to celebrate my sister in law and our new niece with a little sprinkle and the theme was Balloons & Bubbly! Two things that are very hard not to love and to decorate for. Needless to say, I was excited to help plan it and my inspiration: rose gold, blush and champagne. The drink and the color!

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In the entryway, I borrowed a gorgeous gold sequined table cloth from a dear friend to cover the console table. (Remember A Rustic, Glam Wedding?) Yes, it was gorgeous! It was the perfect place for the favors: bottles of rose champagne and rose gold goodie bags with personalized handwritten tags.

Going with the theme, goodies for the guest included everything that “pops”: bubbly, bubblegum, blow pops and popcorn!

A big thing right now is metallic cutlery and I was able to find these rose gold plastic forks, just perfect to eat the mini blush cupcakes with pearl sprinkles.

I used white melting chocolates to lighten up the pink ones to a very light blush color as well and decorated them with pearl white and gold sprinkles.

Using chiffon and tulle fabric strips, I strung them across the fireplace for a whimsical and feminine tassel garland.  TIP: To give your fabric garland a more modern feel, try to keep each strip a uniform length and thickness. Also cut away any loose strings or frayed edges.

For parties and events, I love creating my own floral arrangements.  I picked up a bunch of blush and light green roses and a bouquet of mixed white and green flowers.  I always have a bunch of different shaped vases in the house and even use my tealight holders for the cutest mini arrangements.

Can you believe these champagne glasses are from the dollar store??? Since the party was on the smaller side (about 12 people), I wanted to personalize the glasses and decided to make custom initial charms.  See the tutorial here!

Hanging over the dining room table, were diamond honeycomb decorations that I added rose, blush and champagne colored ribbon to. TIP: If you purchase decorations, try to find ones in basic solid colors or shapes that can be reused at other events.  Small elements like ribbons can personalize it to the event’s theme.

To go with the bubbly theme, I used lots of clear balloons. I strung some and put them over the sliding doors and windows and also made a balloon wall where guests could take pictures. See how I made it here!

Since it was a “sprinkle” we wanted most of the time for my sister in law to visit with her close friends and family.  We did include a small activity where guests could write endearing and funny messages on diapers for those rough midnight changings.

Honestly, I never really understood the concept of the “sprinkle” as I always thought that having another shower, which is basically what a sprinkle is, was a faux pas.  But now, having had 3 kids, I really think it is not a shower but more of a last hurrah before the baby comes.  A reason to throw a party and celebrate with all of the people closest to you before you become twice (or more!) as busy as you were before!






Balloon Photo Wall

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I have always wanted to make one of those super full and bubbly balloon arches and the Balloons & Bubbly Sprinkle was the perfect opportunity to try it. Did you know that you can actually purchase balloon decorative strip just for making balloon arches?  I decided to save the $7 and work with my good ol’ butcher’s twine instead.

You will need:

If you have ever tried blowing up a water balloon, it is nearly impossible! I suggest the party balloon pump for the smaller balloons.  It will save your cheeks! After blowing up the white balloons, tie them to the string anywhere from 3-5 inches apart. It really depends on how full you want your garland to be.

After all of your “base color” balloons are tied on, in my case clear, attach it to the wall in the shape you want it. It will be easier to place the other colors and sizes in the exact places you want them. My balloon garland was used to accent this foil “love” balloon.Roll a piece of clear tape and stick it to the side of the other balloons.  Find the spot you want it to go and stick it to one of the base colored balloons. Some may need more than one piece of rolled tape just to make sure it stays in place.

Continue on with all of your different colors and sizes!

Your wall is ready and just waiting for photos to be taken. Here is the guest of honor and her family of 3 soon to be 4!

Did you see the Champagne Glass Charms for the Balloons & Bubbly Sprinkle? See the rest of the party HERE!