wedding: can you do me a favor?

Friday, July 27, 2012

I love simple projects that only take a few steps and have big impacts. When I pinned this project, I didn't check the source (I mean, who really does initially) and couldn't find the instructions when I visited the site later. That's perfectly ok with me since I truly enjoy the challenge of figuring something like this out. The result was a cute Sunday brunch party favor.

First, I cut adorable pieces of paper into 7.25" x 5.5" and then scored at the following measurements

Next, I folded the narrow flap and glued to the opposite flap, making a flat cylinder (well, you know what I mean).

With the sewing machine, sew one end of the paper - I chose the zig zag stitch but you can choose something more creative. After stuffing each of the pockets with some candy, sew the other end but in the opposite layout. 

There are some additional ways to personalize these little darlings, like adding monograms or a picture. I also think that using maps for a going away party is a great idea.

Since we were celebrating a soon-to-be-Mrs., I used my Cricut machine and the "Tie the Knot" cartridge to cut lips, which I then glued to each favor.

Did you know that the original party favors were called bonbonnieres, small trinket boxes made of crystalporcelain, and/or precious stones, and contained sweets to symbolize wealth and royalty?

wedding: the wedding is in the details

Thursday, July 26, 2012

What's my favorite part about weddings? Aside from eating cake? The endless possibilities to create projects yourself that really stand out. When we got married last year, the bulk of the cost went into rentals, food and flowers. But the standout pieces were the lanterns that my brother created, the monogram pillows and the personalized take home boxes.

In honor of paper, one such detail can be made for the top of a cake. My project today is a former save the date turned cake topper. My friend A.S. is getting married next month and we had a little work shower for her that included a yummy cake. Here is the save the date postcard:

I offered to personalize the cake by cutting out the graphic in her save the date (created by Karl Johnson at and mounting it on cardstock. I taped two toothpicks on the back and then glued a second piece of cardstock on the other side to cover the toothpicks.

All I needed was the cake and voila! I unique and simple DIY caketopper! Rumor has it that this personalized cake topper will be used in the future ...

craft: july colorful paper cuts

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The paper cutter has been super busy this month! Between babies, weddings and sweet somethings, I've had fun putting glue to paper! Here are my favorite july super stars:

This baby shower card was made with the party's Tiny Prints invitation. I just cut out the details and combined a few pieces of matching paper to salvage the adorable invite.

The Whole EnCHELLEada tied the knot earlier this month and I was so lucky to be an honored guest. Her gorgeous invitations were just too cute to put in the recycle bin and I'm no hoarder! So I turned her invite into our card, including the twine she used to wrap it all up!

And this last stack of congratulatory cards was snapped on Instagram for all of the amazing people in our lives celebrating big things!

diy: now showing - notebook

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

In the corporate world, we go through a lot of paper - drafts, meeting agendas, reminders, etc. I'm incredibly conscientious about all of the paper that I use and keep a stack of one-sided printed paper on my desk to reuse where possible (two-sided goes right into the recycle bin if not used for flying paper aircrafts). Also, I keep small notebooks in my bags to write blog ideas and To Do lists. So I found a tutorial on Pinterest from Bee Inspired and made myself a new purse notebook.

Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle

giveaway: celebrate paper

Monday, July 23, 2012

Remember when we spent hours making scrapbooks? Then we started making cards. Now we're creating banners, cupcake decorations and napkins holders. This week, let's celebrate the paper that motivated us to create! 

In honor of paper, I'm sharing some of my recent favorite paper projects this week! But before showing anything off, I want to give some goods away! Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite paper project is and one lucky winner will receive six of my DIY cards. That will make you either leave a comment or go to another website.

Stop by all week and I'll choose a winner this weekend. Want to see more paper projects? Visit my DIY-Paper Pinterest board for more inspiration.

whisker graphics giveaway: divine twine love!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bees!! My friend at Whisker Graphics is having a great giveaway and she's offering six different ways to win! I'm collecting my Divine Twine colors (up to four colors now!) and I really want the hot new teal!!

So take a chance! Enter yourself, your mom and your kitty for a chance to win your favorite color - three winners will be chosen! Knock on her virtual door here.

guest contributor: refinish fetish

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A big *clap-clap* for Kimie who put together this project and wants to show it off here at IHB!! As I try to find flights to visit my favorite girls in Portland, she sends me these pictures to lure me in ...

I about died when I saw this adorable kid's dresser from Design Sponge. I frantically started looking around my house to refinish something, anything!! (que: carefully highlighted hair-pulling) I knew I didn't have anything as large as a dresser, but I was hoping to find a piece that needed some refinishing.

I uncovered the perfect victim: an old, unfinished high chair in an oak finish (yuck).

I found a great editorial on, went to Michaels, checked out what paint I had in the garage, and got to work (that's only three pre-steps). Then I followed these simple steps:
1. clean
2. prime
3. paint

Check out for a more detailed editorial. It was the best that I found!
My daughter is greatly enjoying her improved highchair, although she thinks the A is the letter B (something I need to work on). Happy refinishing fellow bees!!