craft: september colorful paper cuts

Friday, September 28, 2012

Already the end of September and my Halloween mantel is still to be designed and shared. #Fail. But this is not a time to highlight my shortcomings. Instead, let's look back on the month that was and relive the great news and celebrations that we enjoyed in the last 28 days. A few babies, birthdays and congratulations around!!


craft: double the pinterest inspiration

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Today's guest contributor moved to New Jersey from California a few months ago and I miss her dearly! This is Carrie's first post since leaving the sunny state but she's back with two great inspirational posts!
The pins for pumpkin recipes on Pinterest lately are making me drool, especially the one from Brown Eyed Baker. They have inspired me to dig out my mom’s pumpkin bread recipe - what better way to welcome fall?! From this recipe, I made 3 small loafs and used the extra mix to make a few muffins with chocolate chips. So delish!

My Mom's Pumpkin Bread Recipe
3 c. sugar                                                      1 tsp. nutmeg
3  1/3 c. flour                                                1 c. oil
2 tsp. baking soda                                         2/3 c. water
3 tsp. cinnamon                                             4 eggs
1 ½ tsp.  ginger                                             2 c. pumpkin (1 small can)

** Chocolate chips (optional)
** 1 c. nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease & flour 2 large or 4 small loaf pans. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients & stir with a whisk. Add moist ingredients-mix until smooth. Pour into pans. Bake at 350 for:

2 large pans - 60 minutes
4 small pan - 50 minutes
muffins - 15-20 minutes

Test with a toothpick. Cool in pan. Turn out on racks. Wrap in plastic. Freezes well. 

Gender Neutral Baby Shower

This summer, I offered to do the decorations for a relative’s baby shower. The parents-to-be are not finding out the sex of the baby, so I went with a color palette of mostly green and yellow pastels. I searched Etsy and Pinterest for ideas. Here is what I found and how I made it my own.

Thanks to A to Zebra Celebrations for the banner inspiration:

My banner:

Thanks to Sunny Side Print Party on Etsy for the prediction inspiration:

My prediction card:



guest contributor: birthday six pack

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mrs. L joins IHB for her first post-wedding contribution!!  This newlywed has been busy wrapping up a wedding, planning more events and crossing finish lines. A big welcome to Michelle!

I love putting together gifts that are thoughtful and fun. Lately I've used 6-pack containers to make gift packs. It started last Christmas with Rein-beers, carried on to our wedding out of town 'packs' and now I'm on to the birthday pack! 

This past weekend two of my closest friends celebrated their birthdays by running a half marathon. I got some items that could be enjoyed before and after the big race. Contents included: party hat, wand, mini Presseco, chocolate bar, coconut water and a mini diary. 

To spruce up the pack I used some patterned paper and spray adhesive glue (outside toy). I only wrapped the base of the pack, because once the items are placed in pack you can't see the handle. For a little extra fun, I did use Glitter Blast spray paint on the handle (also outside toy!).

I then individually wrapped each item in white tissue paper and placed in the pack. I finished off with a coordinated gift tag, tied to the handle with a nice pink ribbon. 


guest contributor: healing herbs in small places

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A big IHB welcome to guest contributor, Cece. Recently, my BFF moved into a spacious space a few miles away with lots of room to grow her Pinterest green thumb!
Separated at Growth
I was inspired by this Teenie Cakes pin on growing a small herb garden, since we don’t have a large backyard to grow plants to their full potential.  This project was perfect because I was able to get my boyfriend involved and he had an excuse to buy a drill, and I had an excuse to buy a wine barrel.

We picked materials from our local Ace Hardware Store (I had a coupon and only paid $20). First, we cleaned the barrel and sprayed it with white vinegar, an important step to kill any fungus that was left in the wood from the wine. The BF drilled holes at the bottom of the barrel to allow for drainage, and lined the bottom with rocks. He even attached wheels on the bottom so that we can move it around. We then filled it with dirt and planted our most used herbs (mint, basil, oregano). We used acrylic sheets from Tap Plastics to divide the herbs.
Te de Limon amigo?
Do you know how difficult it is to find lemongrass plants or the seeds? Answer: pretty difficult. So when I saw this pin from Season with Spice on how to grow and harvest your own lemongrass, I was intrigued. Lemongrass reminds me of my late grandmother and visiting her in Mexico. She always had a cup of lemongrass tea (te de limon) ready for me when I woke up in the morning. I find the aroma healing and nostalgic.

I went to Whole Foods Market because that was the only place that I could find lemongrass stock and followed the instructions. My lemongrass is growing and I can’t wait to enjoy it.


guest contributor: oh, this old lamp?!

Monday, September 24, 2012

A big welcome to IHB guest contributor, Kimie. Read how she took a hand-me-down and turned it into a chic and modern piece for the family room.

I inherited this clay-colored lamp from my mom years ago. Its days of taking up space in the garage were numbered the minute I saw the post from Christian's blog, Bless Our Nest on Pinterest

After a quick trip to Home Depot to purchase spray paint (Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch in the color leafy green and finish in satin), I got to work. A couple of pieces of tape and a few coats of spray paint, and she was almost complete! 

A new, modern shade really completed the look for me! I am so happy that I hung on to the lamp for so many years (literally, years), and now it's such an important focal point in our house!
Happy spray painting!! 

stay tuned: fall decor rerun

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The blogosphere reminds me daily that I'm a little behind on my Fall decorating but I assure you that this house will soon be full of pumpkins, foliage and the smell of spice. Until then, I bring you a short rerun of IHB Fall decor from the past.
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wedding: the out-of-town guest bag

Monday, September 10, 2012

When we were married last year, I put a lot of thought into what the OOT guest bags would look like, the contents and the personal touches. Now that I'm helping brides decide on these types of details, it's wonderful to see how many options are available for any type of wedding. I love to help brainstorm great local products or personal treats that are special to each couple. Here are some ideas for common themes.
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Every bag is definitely unique to the couple and location, but here are a few location neutral additions:
  • Thank you cards for guests (make it personal)
  • A homemade treat from someone who really wants to help out and just so happens to be a great baker
  • Directions for wedding events to and from the hotel
  • Weekend timeline so that everyone shows up on time
  • Water, Aspirin, gum/mints -- these are key!
  • Copy of the local newspaper, magazine, travel guide
  • Local eateries: add some of your favorites and include your menu recommendations (double double animal style)
  • Activities to do in the area, especially if little ones are involved (Target is only a fun house for adults)
  • Local activities: farmers' market on Sundays, movie in the park on Fridays
  • Quiz about the bride and groom
  • Name and contact information for questions

home: facelift at the 929

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sewing, gluing, taping and creating are not the only things I enjoy doing with my limited downtime. I'm also the co-CEO of our home - 929 - and every once in a while, we save up a little bit of money to upgrade a piece of our small castle. Most recently, we changed the colors of our home from this:

To this! Doesn't it look more modern? And I went back and forth for some time about the garage door color (I really wanted to keep it white) and finally decided on a dark red door. These decisions can really keep you up at night!!

And look at how great the new color matches the pavers in the backyard!! Although, when we remodeled the backyard last summer, we did have in mind this future house color. It's just really nice to see it all come to life!

paint company: Custom Painting in Livermore, California

coming soon: ihb on etsy

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The long summer weekend is over, and although I'm back to hitting my alarm clock at 5:30 a.m. and running onto the train in heels, I am proud to say that I successfully closed the weekend with a selection of items to begin my Etsy account. Soon.
Here's a little preview:
Inspired Honey Bee on Etsy. Coming later this month.