Thursday, August 28, 2014

DIY Mini Veil

For D's bachelorette last weekend, we went to Miami to relax and hang out and party. My fellow bridesmaids and I wanted to have a few kitschy, cliche aspects so JL brought along a sash and I made a little veil. I was going to make a tiara but I didn't have a spare headband and I think it worked out a little better because this veil screams "I'm getting married!" more than a tiara would. Plus, I think it looks a little prettier.

I think it came out super cute so I'm sharing the DIY here.
You'll need:
4 pieces of tulle, 6" x 10"
1 metal bendy clip
pearl beads, sequins, or gems
piece of felt (white or cream is probably the way to go), 1/2" x 3"
hot glue

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DIY Car Freshener

I'm back from Miami, which stinks. But you know what doesn't stink? These DIY car fresheners that I'm sharing today!
You'll need:
colorful cardstock
essential oils

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DIY Baby Prints

My friends E and B are having a baby soon! I went to a baby shower earlier this month to celebrate baby boy C and it was a ton of fun. They live in Vegas but they came all the way out to the east coast, which was such a lovely treat. But because they live in Vegas, I had to ship my gift so they wouldn't have an overwhelming amount of luggage on their way home.

I bought a few things but I also wanted to do something handmade because that's just my style. I ended up making a print. Of course, I gave them a little FYI that I wouldn't be offended if they completely hated it and tossed it because I'm not a fan of forcing stuff on people. But hopefully they enjoy it!
Can you guess what the print says yet?

Monday, August 18, 2014

D's Bridal Shower

Today I wanted to share fun snaps from the bridal shower that my fellow bridesmaids and I threw for our fave gal, D. I want to share because 1) I'm proud of the work we did, 2) the space we were able to use was gorgeous, and 3) because it was such a happy occasion. Plus, maybe you can glean a few ideas from us for your own shower.

D's a classy lady with understandably high standards (we're v. similar in that regard) so the four of us threw together a sweet tea party shower with the cutest tea bags and food signage ever (courtesy JR), fun and un-cheesy games (that was all L), lush flower arrangements and plenty of booze (thanks to D's sister, JL), and a giant cake (which was my doing). Garden party was an unofficial theme. We didn't have an actual theme-y theme because D thinks that's tacky (as do I). We just wanted to look pretty, eat pretty foods, and enjoy each others' company.
If you're wondering, I'm sharing the recipes over on my food blog so watch for those. A few are up and a few are scheduled to go up soon. Run on over! But only if you care about food.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Miami Packing List

I'm heading to Miami in a week! Whoo! What's the occasion? We're heading down for my favorite friend's bachelorette party. It's going to be a blast, I'm sure. I'm hoping for gloriously hot weather so I can work on my tan. I've got a few new swimsuits and dresses that I can't wait to show off. Here's what I'm thinking about bringing:
miami weekend

I'm bringing mostly cream-formula makeup for a dewy look (which will also be achieved naturally through sweat and shine) and plenty of breezy clothes because I've been to Miami in August. I know it's going to be disgustingly hot.


Monday, August 11, 2014

DIY Soy Teacup Candles

I love candles. I know that almost everyone enjoys candles but I seriously love them, almost to a fault. I have a stock of hundreds of tealights - which I tend to light almost everyday in the autumn and winter - and several larger jar candles scattered throughout my room. I'll find a jar candle with a scent that I enjoy and then I'll stock up on them and be hesitant to burn them too long because I don't want to run out. See? There's the fault.

Anyway, today's craft is a fun little idea I cooked up for a friend's bridal shower. She's one of my favorite people in the world and she's super classy and cool so my fellow bridesmaids and I had quite the task on our hands. We decided on a garden party theme with tea sandwiches and macarons with tons of flowers. We thought afternoon tea would also be elegant and since we were purchasing actual tea cups for the occasion that would never be used again, I thought it would be fun idea to repurpose them into candles so that everyone could take them home as party favors. This was also an economical choice for us, since we had a limited budget to work with and I already had all of the materials for candle making.

Because I didn't want to go into the activity blind, I thought I should do a test run. And the test run was a success, duh, because I'm sharing this today.
You'll need:
cute teacup (I bought mine from Christmas Tree Shops for $3)
soy wax flakes (available at craft stores but it's so much cheaper on
fragrance (I used coconut)
double boiler and metal container with lid (or a container specifically meant for melting wax)
stirrer (something disposable like a wooden skewer)
hot glue
tag & marker (optional)
Start by cleaning the teacup. You don't want any residue on the cup that might end up either floating in the candle wax or preventing the wax from sticking to the cup.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Dakota Zoo

The Sunday after the rodeo, I had to check out of my Bismarck hotel and head back to Beulah. I had the whole day with no plans so I decided to check out the Dakota Zoo. Admission was only $7.25 anyway so why not?
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't really expecting much, especially considering the cheap admission. But this zoo was actually really nice! The way that most of the enclosures were set up was really nice because they allowed you to get decent shots of the animals. I ended up having more fun than I thought I would.

Now, this isn't a lesson in animals, so I'm just going to share what I saw.
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