Friday, July 7th, 2017

A COLORFUL BOHO SUITE

This colorful boho suite for a recent client was such a fun one to create! The wild florals and little critters are my absolute favorite things to design.  I’m so pleased with how bright and lovely these turned out.  Complete with a simple map of the area and the cute yellow barn they will be married in front of. I used all gouache / watercolor for the design and we printed on 110lb linen textured card stock complete with luxe blush envelopes from paper source.  

I’m off to Fort Lauderdale for the weekend. Hope you all have a great one! 

XO

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Thursday, July 6th, 2017

DIY EARRING STAND

I’m super excited with how this diy earring display that Hunter and I made turned out! I’ve had jewelry piled up in little dishes and have been desperate to find a way to organize it so I can see what I have and utilize all of my pieces.  

We started with old piece of quarter inch birch wood from Home Depot.  I drew up a sketch of how I wanted it to look and Hunter laid it all out and cut it.  I decided on square 10″ x 10″ but you could really do this any size depending on your space and how many you want to hang. 

He then cut it down with a circular saw – you could also use a table saw or see if the folks at home depot are nice enough to cut it for you 🙂

To get our measurements for the drill holes we laid out some of the different sized earrings for spacing.  I knew I wanted to do smallest to largest so we put the top two rows a little closer together to save room.  Again, just plan this for what you have and how many to want to display! We used a 5/32 drill bit for all of the holes. 

Then he made this base out of an extra piece of oak wood he had.  I was planning to prop it on my dresser or make a little stand for the back but Hunter wanted to go all fancy on me, that’s just the kind of guy he is 🙂  Again, using the table saw he made this groove and cut the sides to the dimensions of the square. Then with some ‘vigorous sanding’ he smoothed all the edges down to make it look smooth and pretty.

Violà!

Then I meticulously hung all of these guys and got really excited to find a few that I had forgotten about! 

Just in case: the smaller ones on the first two rows are a mix of jcrew, kate spade, madewell, and anthropologie (all older) //  yellow tassels are Forever 21 // the red tassels and silver bon bons are from The Gem Co on Etsy // the beaded tassels are from Bauble Bar 

Happy crafting! 

XO

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Monday, July 3rd, 2017

MUTED FLORALS + A CREST FOR AN ONTARIO WEDDING

As I’ve stated before, one of my favorite parts of designing an invitation suite is seeing how couples infuse their personalities and favorite things into the design…i.e. PETS! ha. You know when someone tells me they have four pets to include I’m going to jump on that opportunity!  For this suite, we did the design and florals in a muted palette which helped keep a formal appearance. The bride, Sarah, had the idea to print the crest on the back which I thought was a fun idea, the pets were subtle and we kept with the color scheme to make everything flow together.  All elements were painted with gouache and printed on linen card stock.  I used paper source ‘soft white’ envelopes with the same grey gouache to hand paint the guests addresses on the envelopes.  

XO

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Saturday, July 1st, 2017

AMERICAN PIE FOR THE 4TH OF JULY

This is the perfect treat for the 4th of July holiday weekend.  It’s super easy to make and looks so festive.  Two baking sessions in one week is huge for me guys, ha.

Ingredients: 

Strawberry Filling – 
1 quart of strawberries
1 carton of raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons lemon juice 

Blueberry Filling –
1 pint of blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Two store bought pie crusts

You can make your own crust if you’re your feeling fancy. Which I wanted to but for times sake I decided to buy public brand crusts.  You also might want to pick up some vanilla ice cream to serve with this, just sayin’.

Preheat oven to 350. Blind bake the crust by greasing your pie plate. Roll out the pie crust and press it down and ruffle the edges (if you want) with your fingers. Use a fork to make about 20 indentations around the bottom (this allows air to escape). Grease the inside of the crust, line with aluminum foil and fill with dry rice or beans (or something similar).  Bake for 10 minutes. Remove aluminum and beans and allow the crust to cool.  Meanwhile make your fillings… combine all ingredients for the strawberry in a large bowl and all ingredients for the blueberry in a smaller bowl. Use a piece of aluminum foil to make a ‘barrier’ between the two berries (fold in a 90 degree angle) and carefully place the berries where you want them.  Removed the piece of aluminum and situated your ‘flag how you want it. With the second pie crust use a small knife to cut stripes and little stars. Make sure to press the stripes into the sides of the bottom crust.  Brush the entire thing with milk then bake for 40-45 minutes. 

Happy 4th of July! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. 

XO

pot holder, berry container, & measuring spoons from Anthropologie // marble rolling pin is thrifted

And just because he’s cute… 

 

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Friday, June 30th, 2017

A HOMEMADE PUPCAKE (FOR BLADE’S FIRST BIRTHDAY)


Since we love this boy so much, naturally we decided to celebrate his first birthday with a homemade ‘pupcake’, if you will.  I’ve been wanting to experiment with some organic / natural homemade treats so I thought this would be fun and cute for starters (all for the sake of photos + @bladethedogo ‘s instagram of course, ha). We’re just a little obsessed with him!

Ingredients: 

1 c. unsalted, all natural peanut butter
3 eggs
2 bananas (mashed)
1 apple (diced)
1/2 c. coconut flour
 1/4 c. cottage cheese
3/4 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350, grease a cake pan (or this could make 12 cupcakes / muffins), in a large bowl combine the peanut butter, cottage cheese, bananas, and eggs.  Mash and stir until well mixed and smooth (ish).  Add in diced apples, coconut flour, and baking soda.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on the top.  Remove and let cool before frosting. 

Frosting ingredients:

1/2 c. cream cheese
1/2 c. unsalted, all natural peanut butter
1 tbsp. coconut oil 

Cream all ingredients together until smooth and frost once the cake (or cupcakes) have cooled. 

All of the emotions of your first birthday and first cake tasting….

It’s his party and he’ll cry if he wants to. 

Happy Friday!

XO

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