July 3, 2014
This week was my first full week back to work, or should I say blogging and doing a million other things (like work on my brother’s wedding invitations). After being in SLC for a week, having a cold for a week, and hosting Meet + Make, things have been a little bit crazy still as I get back into my routine. Good thing it’s a long weekend and also my birthday weekend!
If you like me and haven’t even started thinking about your 4th of July plans (oops!) here are a few cute and simple DIYs to help your celebration extra special.
1. The printable paper bags by Melanie Blodgett for Julep are just so cute. They would be perfect for storing treats for the kids or even for sending guests home with leftovers.
2. These tassel napkin ties by Creature Comforts are easy to make and chances are you already have all the materials you need.
3. Every summer BBQ needs paper straws but your 4th of July BBQ really needs these sparkler straws by Lexy Ward for Babiekins.
I’m also loving:
These toasted marshmallow chocolate-dipped ice cream sandwiches from Love & Olive Oil.
These printable July 4th sparkler labels by Almost Makes Perfect.
This red, white, and blue painted straw tote bag by Dream Green DIY.
Check out my past 4th of July recipes and DIYs here.
July 2, 2014
Last Thursday I hosted my second Meet + Make of the year at West Elm Orlando. As always, it was just so much fun and I really can’t wait to host the next one. It so fun to facilitate creativity and community and Meet + Make does just that—it’s an evening of bringing people together and creating. Oh and there’s sweets, sips, and swag bags too.
If you’re wondering when the next Meet + Make is (hint: late summer or early fall) be sure to sign-up for my mailing list so you know when tickets are going to go on sale.
Until then, here’s a little peek into the evening and at what we were making.
We used these cute little yellow gift tags from Sweet Estelle with mini painted clothespins as name tags. This is now my favorite way to make name tags because it doesn’t leave a hole in your shirt or dress.
Each attendee learned how to make a paper cut collage on a wood panel. Doesn’t this mod flower design look at home on this sideboard?
Cupcakes in jars are now one of my favorite party foods. The Ball jars looked so cute with the blue lids and kraft paper labels on them (get more details about how they were made here).
A BIG thanks to Jordan Emmitt Photography for capturing the event and for these great photos. Be sure to like her page on Facebook and follow her gorgeous Instagram feed so you don’t miss a beat. This lady has fabulous style and a great eye!
Thanks so much Marcela, Angela and the West Elm Orlando team for hosting over 50 of us!
July 1, 2014
Last Thursday I hosted another Meet + Make! It was a ton of fun and a big part of it’s success is due to the awesome sponsors we had. They each contributed awesome items to fill the swag bags or make the event details just so great. If you attended the event and absolutely loved the items you received in your swag bag or enjoyed at the workshop here are our awesome sponsors with links directly to their shops.
Each attendee got a pack of three bright pink task pads from Poppin. I use mine daily and thought the attendees would love them as much as I do! They help make my daily to-do list a bit more manageable and way cuter too!
The lovely Orlando based Gather & Dwell supplied this delicious “I Love You More Than Ice Cream” cards. Don’t you just want to eat ice cream, like, right now? They are known for pairing gorgeous photography with clever text to create beautiful stationery, calendars and more.
Every party needs some great party details and the cheery goods shown above were supplied by Sweet Estelle’s Bake Shop. Each attendee took home a cute little ice cream cone cookie cutter. I used mini clothespins clipped to the yellow gift tags as name tags and used the yellow baker’s twine to tie the wooden spoons to the mason jars. And of course, we had to have yellow striped paper straws for our sodas too.
This Meet + Make I wanted to change up the way I serve the sweets. Ball provided these 8 oz. Ball mason jars which were perfect for making layered cupcakes-in-a-jar. Don’t you just love the metallic blue lids?
I can’t get enough of these gold foil chevron gift tags by Jenny Bevlin. Who doesn’t love pretty paper that’s adorned with gold foil? Each attendee got a pack of 10 tags that are perfect for any occasion. Jenny also sells adorable custom gold foil stationery too.
I’m such a big fan of Thatch & Thistle Supply Co. They sell the cutest goods for making packages look oh-so-stunning (think tags, twine, garland, and washi tape) and gave each attendee a pack of mini heart stickers.
If you’re wondering how on earth I cut out all those paper shapes, I’ll let you in on my little secret: I used my Silhouette Cameo! Since we were creating paper collages on wood panels, it was a huge part of making that happen. Silhouette provided cutting blades and their new light hold cutting mats to help make the job much easier and make each cut nice and clean.
The last item in each swag bag was one of these bright handmade sunglass cases by Lima Green Designs. They are just perfect for protecting your summer sunnies and the bright prints make them easy to spot in your bag. Lima Green Designs also sells handmade bow ties, hair ties, and throw pillows.
If you attended last week’s Meet + Make, don’t forgot to give the sponsors some love! Share a photo of your favorite item from your swag bag with #meetandmake and don’t forgot to tag the sponsor.
June 30, 2014
With temperatures reaching near (or over) 100 degrees, this summer wallpaper will definitely make you crave a cold popsicle! As always, it’s available both with and without a monthly calendar so you can keep it up year round if you like. I’ve also included a version with a summery quote because we all can use a little sunshine!
Download this month’s wallpaper for all your devices:
2560 x 1440 | 2560 x 1440 with calendar | 2560 x 1440 with quote
1440 x 900 | 1440 x 900 with calendar | 1440 x 900 with quote
2880 x 1800 Retina | 2880 x 1800 Retina with calendar | 2880 x 1800 Retina with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen wallpaper
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen wallpaper
Please note that the iPhone and iPad wallpapers are created to fit the screen without perspective zoom. When you set your wallpaper, simply turn perspective zoom off to view the entire design.
Love free wallpapers? Check out all my past wallpaper designs here.