craft: august colorful paper cuts

Monday, August 27, 2012

Can you believe that August is closing shop and we're already replacing summer closets and planting spring bulbs (well, I'm sure some of you are). It's that time of month for me to look back on the milestones that the month had to offer and count my blessings for the people in my life. First, a great big thank you to my BFF for watching Kitty while we made our yearly East Coast trip. I even included a small starfish that I picked up in Provincetown, Mass.

A big congrats to our friends M and J and their growing family for the purchase of their first home together in Massachusetts.

The much-anticipated wedding of our friends A and D resulted in a lot of creativity, but I also shared some of my own with our card. Here, the envelope received some mixed patterns and marital messages. Below is the card that we gave them made from the wedding invitation and the bakers twine used to wrap the invitation suite.

Birthdays were also big this month. My cousin's little girl turned 5 years old and started kindergarten in the same week!! My other cousin's not-so-little-girl anymore turned 18 years old and went away to college the same week!!

And last but certainly not least, a wonderful friend and her husband welcomed their son last week! This card is especially unique because a friend knows how much I enjoy repurposing materials and she gave me cards from her son's first birthday party that were too precious to throw away. So this little giraffe is seeing another fun event!

Yeah to August!! I very much look forward to a fun-filled September!

craft: put a stamp on it

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I love a thoughtful handwritten note. Especially one that has a stamp on the envelope and totally surprises me in the mail! That's why I take so much time into making a card or handwriting a note of thanks. Today, I want to show off easy ways to jazz up the presentation by adding creativity to the address block. For instance, our friends just bought a home and I used a stamp and washi tape for the address block.

Another great use of washi tape and cardstock paper:

This one is super cute - I cut a heart from glitter paper (I mean, we love) and then used scrapbook paper to continue the address block. This one is a favorite.

I love the simplicity of this address block. We have leftover colored envelopes from our wedding invitations and it's so fun to add designed paper. It has the look of trying hard but without the effort.

Because the Cricut machine can make anything look better, just cutting a simple shape and gluing it onto the envelope makes such an impact. I heart hearts. Smiles.


wedding: something blue ...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We're back with a download of wedding goodness! As we reviewed last week, A and D called for IHB reinforcements to put a few personal touches to their beautiful farm wedding. One project included adding little flags to 265 Susie Cakes cupcakes. Easy as .. um, pie. We picked up a box of 800 toothpicks for $2 and one roll of washi tape from Cutetape to create the flags. One roll = 240 flags. Amazing.

My favorite project was the escort jars! The bride had this great idea to include a small mason jar with a everyone's name on a Cutetape tag. The grey and white Divine Twine bakers twine is from Whisker Graphics. (Note: one spool tied 230 mason jars and 240 invitations, with enough twine leftover for more projects!)  We printed out the numbers on cardstock and punched with a circle punch, and then glued them to the top of the jar.

Guests filled their jars with Jelly Belly flops, a locally-made candy!

And the award for most fun project: DIY mercury votives! We were incredibly inspired with all of the tutorials available on the Internet (here, here and here). But the bride and her mom had to scour the ends of the world to find the mirror spray paint needed to make the "mercury" look. Then when it was time to create mercury glass, our fingers turned into mini mirrors. So cute!

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home: the summer never ends ...

Monday, August 20, 2012

We just finished cleaning up from our annual summer party, and while moping the sticky kitchen floor, I realized that summer is just about over and I never shared our summer mantel on IHB. Sorry about that! But I'm glad that this post took its sweet time because TWE just sent me this amazing West Elm vase to brighten up the space. And then I got a matching blue vase (because it's sad to be standing by yourself on a mantel).

This cute little watercolor was a $10 find at a Santa Barbara art event one summer weekend. And the mirror is a homemade project by the Mendes siblings. Enjoy the story here.

Just because the kids are back at school, the stores are selling Halloween and Fall decorations, and we need to bring a lightweight sweater to backyard bar-be-ques, doesn't mean we still can't invite summer into our homes. Hold on to summer my friends!!


wedding: something old (burlap) ...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

This week's featured bride texted me one early morning last winter with an unusual discovery - she had found a bag with endless yards of clean burlap on her San Francisco street corner! Then the estimated $500 question: should she take it? YES!! Imagine the wedding possibilities!

We quickly put our heads together to create simple DIY burlap table runners from this pot of burlap gold. When I laid out the fabric and used the measurements based on the table's width, I easily cut four runners at one time.  (Note: burlap is a top four outside toy. Keep vacuum close.)

I simply cut the runners in as straight of a line as I possibly could, then ironed the burlap, and went back to clean up the messy lines. After cutting out the runners, there was plenty of burlap leftover to create a banner (or two), cover a not-so-attractive pot and for future projects!

Once everything was cut and ironed, I pulled out a string or two from the edges to give it a more rustic look. There's no need to sew anything! The end result was fabulous - simple burlap runners on off white linens really gave this tablescape a unique and bright look.


wedding: something borrowed ..

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

This weekend, we celebrated with our friends A and D as they were married at a beautiful farm in Suisun Valley, California. The wedding was especially precious to me as the bride and I have become very good friends in the last year while we were planning the details of this special day.

Before I share the projects that were created for this one-of-a-kind wedding, I'm starting the week by sharing the journey of the 'just married' banner that has now visited its fourth wedding. I created the banner last year when we got married as a picture prop.

A few months later, our friends A and R were married in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and borrowed the banner as a prop on this vintage Fiat.

This summer, The Whole EnCHELLEada and her groom hung this lovely on a rustic mantel behind the sweetheart table, where they enjoyed a view of their guests!

Just a few days ago, A and D welcomed guests to their sugary dessert table with the burlap banner attached to an old-door-turned-table. (More to come about those amazing little cupcakes!)

There really isn't anything that I enjoy more than to share these little things with my friends - in this case, three dear friends were able to use a piece of my wedding day at their special event. Do you want to make one for the bride in your life? Click here to follow the steps on how I created this simple burlap banner.

craft: a happy wife is a happy life!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Today's post is a forgotten project but still a great reminder of how simple a personal gift can be. My coworker A.D. needed a little wedding anniversary help earlier this year and in the spirit of working on a DIY project, I asked him for a few momentos and took advantage of the Buy One Get One for $1 frame special at Aaron Brothers.

Matching the color of their initials on the wedding program, I found this plaid scrapbook paper to use as background. I used the open program in the center of the frame, the front of the program on the left, and a great black and white picture of the couple on their wedding day on the right.

The easiest way to pick out an anniversary gift is to follow the traditional or modern gift idea lists. I'm a sucker for tradition (and the list has less expensive items), so I've included the recommended gift ideas for each anniversary below:

First: paper | Second: cotton | Third: leather | Fourth: fruit/flowers (edible creations?) | Fifth: wood | Sixth: candy/iron (jawbreaker?) | Seventh: wool/copper | Eighth: bronze/pottery | Ninth: pottery/willow | Tenth: tin/aluminum | Eleventh: steel | Twelfth: silk/linen | Thirteenth: lace | Fourteenth: ivory | Fifteenth: crystal | Twentieth: china | Twenty-fifth: silver | Thirtieth: pearl | Thirty-fifth: coral | Fortieth: ruby | Forty-fifth: sapphire | Fiftieth: gold | Fifty-fifth: emerald | Sixtieth: diamond (think diamond jubilee, queen)

recap: alameda point antiques faire

Monday, August 6, 2012

Yesterday, I made my first visit to the famous Alameda Point Antiques Fairethe largest antiques show in Northern California. This little fair takes place the first Sunday of every month and includes over 800 dealer booths.  My friends and I walked all the way to the back ... and walked down every single row - that's about 30 plus rows of trinkets, furniture, fabric and a few scary clowns.

Although I didn't walk out of there with any big finds (like MJ with her two fabulous chairs that she plans to reupholster), there were a few little things that I grabbed to wet my antiques appetite. Like six Scrabble letters to print out the best last name ever!

And I do have to say that I held myself back from buying bundles of fabric in different prints, weights and eras, but I did grab this bundle for $4. Project forthcoming.

This wall may look unrecognizable, but I'm in the process of changing our entry gallery wall to a destination theme. Since I'm more of a "frame before picture" girl, I had a naked frame just waiting for this vintage-ish North America map.

This piece started the day! I found this vintage 7-Up bottle crate that had already been finished so didn't look too beat up. The 12 compartments made it a perfect wine holder on our buffet table, leaving more space for bottles down below.

I can't believe that it's taken me this long to make it out to this Bay Area gem. The faire takes place on the runway of the former Naval Air Station Alameda and has the best view of the City of San Francisco.  If you plan on being in the Bay Area during the first Sunday of a month, you must stop by!!