Archive for October, 2010

A Sweet Bridal Shower Invitation

Monday, October 25th, 2010

* Note: All addresses have been changed for privacy.
My little sister Laurel, the youngest of 5, is getting married this coming Saturday! I can’t believe the day is almost here but I am beyond excited for her! To wish her luck and enjoy one last big evening with her before she says “I do”, I threw a bridal shower in her honor this weekend.

The theme was a lingerie shower with a few of her closest friends, an array of cocktails and desserts. I wanted the invites to reflect and celebrate the girly nature of the party so I choose pink, white and gold as the colors. I letterpressed the square cards with gold ink and paired it with a miniature bright pink envelope which was glued to the card. The mini envelope contained all the party details on an accordion folded insert.

I’ll be back later today with loads more details and pics of the event so be sure to check in!

DIY Pumpkin Candle Holders for BHG

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

I shared my third project for the Better Homes & Gardens contest yesterday and today I have all the materials and instructions you’ll need to make your own. With just a few simple steps, you can make any foam gourd into a pretty and natural looking fall accessory. Have fun!

Styrofoam Pumpkin
Hole Saw Attachment for drill (found at hardware stores)
Craft Glue


Determine the width of the candle and make sure the hole saw is just slightly larger. Remove the stem and locate the center on top of the pumpkin. With the pumpkin firmly secure, center the hole cutting attachment above the pumpkin and slowly drill out the center. It may help to have someone hold the pumpkin steady while you drill. Once center is cut, you’ll need to carve out the foam with a knife. Continue the process until you have desired depth.

Once the hole is cut, coat entire pumpkin in craft glue. Generously cover with colored glitter and let dry. Once glitter is dry and to prevent glitter from flaking off, spray with a bit of hairspray to set.
Use non-drip candles (typically the wide candles don’t) or if you’re using tea-lights, opt for ones that have a plastic or metal cup so that wax doesn’t get into pumpkin. Place candle inside and light!

*As with all flammables, be mindful and keep a watchful eye.

T&T for Better Homes & Gardens Part III

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Things are moving fast and furious now as we get closer to the holidays and this week is the third leg of the Better Homes & Gardens contest. For this round, I, and the other three bloggers, were tasked with using either real or fake pumpkins to create a home decor item. I ended up creating large and small candle holders out of foam pumpkins.

I would have loved to use real pumpkins for this round but sadly due to the unseasonably cool summer here in the northwest, there were no pumpkins to be found in early September. I had never used a fake pumpkin so carving into foam was a bit nerve-wracking but I’m thrilled with the result! The best part, this project will last for years and seasons to come.

To add a little sparkle, I ended up coating the pumpkins in simmering gold glitter before placing the candles inside. I love the charm they add to a tablescape and how the light reflects off the glitter. Paired with the DIY Pumpkin Place Cards I shared earlier, you’ve got an autumnal table fit for entertaining! Check back tomorrow for the complete how-to instructions.

And don’t forget, you can see the rest of the projects and vote for your favorite at!

Back Tomorrow

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Small Talk Studio Giveaway!

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I’ve got an exciting giveaway today to brighten your Tuesday morning! This one comes from the incredibly talented Alyssa Nassner of Small Talk Studio. You might remember me gushing about her craft inspired prints. Well, Alyssa’s recently added some new prints, cards and notebooks to her Etsy shop.

To give back, she’s generously giving away alimited edition Up and Away Print along with a set of  Delightful Foxes Cards. How charming are both of those?! I just love those two foxy foxes!

To enter to win:
1. Visit the Small Talk Studio Shop to see all her beautiful goods.
2. Leave a comment at the end of this post telling us who’s the one person you’d take on a hot air ballon ride if you got the chance.
3. Include your email address along with your first name and last initial. Only one entry per person please!

*Contest is now closed Giveaway closes Tuesday, October  26th at 10pm PST. One lucky winner will be randomly selected from the comments and announced Friday, October 29th.

Good luck everyone!