Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Cupcake Liner Wreath

After hearing all of the amazing and encouraging comments on my red cupcake liner wreath that I posted about a month ago (click HERE to view), I decided to make a Spring cupcake liner wreath. Actually I designed it to where I can change out the little embellishments throughout the year to decorate for the seasons/holidays. Which explains why I chose to use white cupcake liners to keep it neutral.

Here are the supplies I used:

  • foam wreath (this one was 12 inches in diameter)
  • thick ribbon (I used green since it's what I had on hand)
  • white cupcake liners (I used about 150)
  • hot glue and gun

Overall, it only took me a couple of hours (with many added interruptions), but it was well worth the effort!

I also added this little embellishment that I made out of tissue paper. It's just a standard pom-pom flower (click HERE to view the tutorial) with a big white button and and orange ribbon tied in a bow. I attached the entire thing with ribbon to make it easy to remove and change out according to the theme.

Linking this project up to these parties! Come join me! :0)

Stay tuned tomorrow to view my Spring mantel that includes this wreath!


Monday, March 28, 2011

[Motivational Monday: Decorating with Flowers]

Don't you just love springtime? When all of the plants come back to life and the beautiful flowers start to bloom? Even though my allergies will disagree, I enjoy filling my home with colorful flowers in unique ways. Here are just a few fun ways to add a little "life" in your home:

{courtesy of My Home Ideas}

[Placing a single flower in a colored bottle is simplistic yet adds a touch of class to any home.]

[I love this look of cut roses bunched together in this square vase. Makes a pretty centerpiece.]

[Not only do I love the flower arrangement in this trophy-like vase, but I simply adore the flowers displayed in bowls on stacks of books & bookshelf in the background.]

[Recognize this? I posted a while back (click HERE to view) about having flowers in pitchers. I simply put these feux flowers in a pitcher that I found at Goodwill. Even though the flowers aren't real, it still makes me smile just to look at them.]

So go pick up some flowers at your local florist or even the grocery store and fill your home with life and color! :0)


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lucky Star - St. Patty's Day Treat

Do you make any special treats to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Well, it has sort of become a tradition at my house (you can view last year's St. Patty's Day cookies HERE). This year I decided to make green Rice Krispie treats. I originally got this idea from Mique over at Thirty Handmade Days and her super fun Rainbow Treats. This was so much fun to make with my 2 year old daughter, even though she'd rather eat it than make it. :0)

  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 package of marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • green food coloring
  • cooking spray
First, melt butter in sauce pan. Then add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat and add food coloring. Pour cereal into a large bowl and stir in melted marshmallows. Spray 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and pour in mixture. Using your hands, firmly pat down mixture into pan until even distributed. Let cool and enjoy!

Since I don't have a shamrock cookie cutter, I decided to use one of my Christmas cookie cutters (since that's all I have!). After I found the star, I immediately thought "lucky star". Okay, I know it's a bit of a stretch for St. Patty's Day, but I had to get a little creative.

YOU are my lucky star! :0) Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!


Happy St. Patty's Day!

Coming from a girl who's about 1/60th Irish (haha!), I hope you all have a fabulous St. Patrick's Day!

You are all me lucky charms! :0)


Monday, March 14, 2011

[Motivational Monday: Massucco Warner Miller]

Oh my! Has it been an entire week since I last posted?? That's no good! I need to be more active in the blogging world! No worries though, I've got a few upcoming posts up my sleeve. :0)

Anyways, have any of you ever heard of Massucco Warner Miller? Well, I had never heard of them until this past week. It's a fabulous interior design company based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. When I went to take a peek at their website, I fell in love with some of the most amazing rooms. All of the decor was so inspirational and had tons of eye candy for this "wanna-be interior designer". Here's just a few of the many amazing spaces they've designed:

I could just look at their site for hours soaking up every last detail. Maybe someday my house will look just like this. {sigh}

[Note: This post was scheduled to be posted yesterday, but for some reason it was never posted. Grrr...blogger...]


Monday, March 7, 2011

[Motivational Monday: FREE St. Patty's Day Printables]

There are so many FREE St. Patty's Day printables out here in blogland that I just had to share some of them with you. So here you go! Enjoy! :0)

Subway Art

  1.  St. Patrick's Day Subway Art from While He Was Napping
  2. Lucky Subway Art from eighteen25
  3. Shamrock Subway Art from Today's Fabulous Finds
  4. Jefferson Quote Subway Art from C.R.A.F.T.
Lucky & Shamrocks

  1. Shamrock Print from Auntie Lo Crafts
  2. Lucky Print from Sprik Space
  3. Quatrefoil & Four Leaf Clover from Crafts and Sutch
  4. Sweet Lucky Print from Madigan Made
Gift Tags & Cupcake Toppers

  1. Lucky to have You Circle Tags from The Crafting Chicks
  2. Lucky Tags & Shamrocks from it is what it is
  3. Lucky to have You Strips from The Crafty Chicks
  4. St. Patty's Day Cupcake Toppers from The TomKat Studio
Card & Party Printables

  1. Lucky Banner from The TomKat Studio
  2. Happy St. Patrick's Day Card from Nifty Thrifty Things
  3. Keep Calm and Shamrock On from Two Twenty One
  4. Somewhere Over the Rainbow from Funky Polkadot Giraffe
For Your Special Someone

  1. Lucky in Love from Agape Love
  2. Oh So Lucky To Have You from A Little Tipsy
  3. Kiss Me & Happy St. Patrick's Day from The TomKat Studio
  4. You're My Pot of Gold from it is what it is
Lunch Notes

St. Patty's Day Lunch Notes from Crafts & Sutch


Saturday, March 5, 2011

[Scrapperday: Happy Birthday]

To conclude "Party Week" and to celebrate my birthday weekend, I wanted to share with you a fun little birthday card. I am actually planning on giving it to my niece who is turning 7 in a couple of weeks. I was inspired by Kristina Werner at KWerner Designs. Click [here] to view her video tutorial on how to make a card similar to this one.

It was very simple to make. The flowers were actually cutouts of two different patterned scrapbook pages. I placed them on some dimensional adhesive and added a fun little button in the center. The "Birthday" letters are from the Parcel collection by Jolee's Boutique. I used them before to make this [pumpkin card] last Halloween. Don't you love it when scrapbooking supplies are so versatile? :0)

Linking up to these fabulous [parties]!

And to all of you who share a birthday with me this weekend...HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :0)


Friday, March 4, 2011

Birthday Party Theme Ideas for Adults

For some reason, throwing a birthday party for an adult seems to be much more difficult than planning a child's birthday party. I guess it's because supplies and ideas are much more limited. But have no fear, I have "supplied" (no pun intended) with lots of fun and versatile ideas for hosting your next adult birthday party.

"Picture-Perfect" Birthday Party
{courtesy of Martha Stewart}

Spa Birthday Party

Totally 80's Party
{courtesy of Kara's Party Ideas}

Mustache Party
{courtesy of Kangas Commune}

Paper Airplane Party
{courtesy of Buggie & Jellybean}

Country Western Party

Okay, I realize that some of them look like they are for kid's parties, but you could definitely incorporate the decorations and overall theme. As with any creative idea, you can customize it to fit however you like...that's the fun part! :0)

Tomorrow is the last day of "Party Week". I will be sharing with you a birthday card to help celebrate my birthday weekend! Yippee! :0)


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Kid's Birthday Party Theme Ideas

To continue "Party Week", I wanted to share some ideas I've come across to help you plan your child's birthday. There are so many theme ideas out there that it can become a little overwhelming. But it's always nice to have a little inspiration to make this event really special for the birthday boy or girl. So here are some ideas I thought were super cute:

"Up" Themed Birthday Party

Carnival/Circus Party

All Pink Party
 {courtesy of Martha Stewart & P is for Party}

Rainbow Party
{courtesy of Hip Hooray & Buggy & Jellybean}

Kite-Flying Party
{courtesy of Tracey Lau

Baseball Party
{courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids}

Pirate Party
{courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids & HGTV}

Enchanted/Fairy Party

Sweet Shoppe Party
{courtesy of [Frame Fanatic]}

Stay tuned tomorrow for some fun birthday party ideas for adults! :0)