Archive for October, 2010

And the Winner is…

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I am so excited to announce the winner of the Small Talk Studio Giveaway today. But before I do, I wanted to thank Alyssa Nassner for creating such wonderful and playful work and so generously offering to giveaway such a great gift.

Everyone’s stories of who they’d take in a hot air ballon if given the chance were touching, hilarious and inspiring. I enjoyed reading each and every comment and I honestly think this was by far the most entertaining giveaway yet. Thank you to everyone who entered! And now, for the winner…

Congratulations to Tanya, you are one lucky lady! I will be in touch with you shortly. If you aren’t Miss W., you can still purchase your own print or cards through the Small Talk shop and get updates by visiting the blog.

Taking a break from all the Halloween and Autumn inspired crafts today to share these freakishly adorable Matryoshka iPhone Wallpapers from Studiobenben! I spotted them on ffffound (of course) and loving all things Matryoshkia, I had to have them. Designer and illustrator, Ben Schlitter, is the genieus behind these freebies.

My biggest pet peeve about iPhone wallpapers is that designers often forget to accomodate the clock at the top of the screen and the slide-to-unlock button. Ben’s done a fantastic job providing enough space for both and manages to capture a cheeky version of the nesting doll too! Included characters are: Rainy Day, Treats, Research (my personal fave), Music, Pictress and Leisure.

Cupcake Liner Flower Tree

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I can’t believe I almost forgot to mention this but I have been wanting to do this craft for months! In July, Kristen of Paper Crave, shared her tutorial for how to make a cupcake liner flower tree. Hers was originally inspired by a stunning sugar flower cake seen on the cover of the Martha Stewart Weddings. Kristen made hers in white but suggested that a black one for Halloween would be just as spectacular.

I ended up making one to use as a prop for my BHG pumpkin candle holders project but sadly ended up not using any of the shots. However, this little tree is still one of my favorite crafts I’ve done in a while and it was super simple to do. It now sits prominently on our mantle and I love that it will last for the duration of the fall.

I imagine that one of these in any color would be amazing and instantly add a pop of festivity to any event! How cute would it be if the cupcake wrappers were polka-dots, stripes or gradated from one color to another… oh the possibilities!

Kristen’s got some amazing shots of how to put it all together so be sure to check out her full post for all the details and instructions. Thanks for the fantastic inspiration Kristen!

T&T for Better Homes & Gardens Part IV

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

First of all, I just want to thank everyone again for all your kind words and votes over the last few weeks. The Better Homes & Gardens contest has been a ton of work and loads of fun but it’s even better knowing I have so much support!

Today is the beginning of the forth and final leg! For this round, myself and the other three bloggers, were asked to make an outdoor display for the fall season. I wanted to create a pretty arrangement with a hint of Halloween spirit. All it took was a mix of store bought items, a few cans of spray paint and some simple arranging. Below are the materials and instructions to create your own.

See what the other bloggers have been up to and vote for your favorite at! And don’t forget, you can vote once a day!

Pumpkins in varying sizes
Matte Black Spray Paint
Gold Spray Paint
Black Vinyl Sticker Numbers (Found at local art supply stores)
Spiky Plants (I used 2 Cordyline Plants)
Black Halloween Wreath (Found at Target)
Black Urns (Found at Target)
Black Ribbon

1. Wash and throughly dry pumpkins. Once completley dry, spray paint pumpkins in desired colors. I choose to make one gold to stand out.
2. While the pumpkins are drying, spray paint plants in the same or a complimentary shade of spray paint. Try to find a plant that looks full but has few leaves. It can take some time to paint all the leaves so the fewer the better.
3. Once the pumpkins have dried, place your house numbers where desired taking care to align and center them.
4. Now with all the pieces ready, it’s time to decorate! Using some black ribbon, hang the wreath on the front of your door. Flank either side with a black urn filled will brilliant gold plants. To complete the look, place the pumpkins to one side so that you can clearly see the house numbers. Done and ready for trick-or-treaters!
*BIG thanks to my friends Gordon and Lisa for letting me use their beautiful home for this project! I was so inspired by their amazing entry way and knew it would be the perfect setting. Gordon also took all these fabulous shots for me. I got a few pictures myself but they didn’t compare to what he managed to capture. Thanks G & L!!!

A Sweet Bridal Shower

Monday, October 25th, 2010

As promised, I’ve got tons of pictures and details to share of my sister Laurel’s bridal shower. To match the invitation, most of the desserts were either pink or white. On the menu; a pink lemonade cake with sugar poppies (the brides wedding flower) I got from a local cake decorator, pink and white marshmallows, mini powered donuts, waffer cookies and peppermint knots. To drink, we had pink lemonade, blackberry IZZEs, Sophia Champagne and gin and tonics with a splash of grenadine.

For activities, I made a Couple’s Pop Quiz and custom cards for adult bingo. The main attraction, was a video my sister Allison made of Laurel’s fiancé answering a series of questions. Laurel then had to guess his response. It was so much fun and definitely the highlight of the night.

Lastly, for favors, I gave raspberry macaroons in boxes that I cut out on my SilhouetteSD. I was planning on making the macaroons myself but they didn’t turn out well (think Pepto Hershey Kisses) so I purchased some form a nearby bakery instead. I also made little cloth envelopes made to look like air mail envelopes with naughty scratch-it tickets inside.

All in all it was a great time and I was so happy to help see my sister off on this new chapter in her life!