Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Very Vera Shower

One of my beautiful friends is getting married soon, and her soon-to-be sister hosted a shower for her last week. It was my honor to be in charge of the theme/decorations. As she is a lover of all things Vera Bradley, we went with a Tutti Frutti theme, which is a beautiful pattern of pinks and mint. We had "He put a ring on it" ring pop favors, lips and mustaches for a game of "He said She said," and an entryway chalkboard sign. Check out the details below!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cuss Yeah, Joelle's Birthday!

While I'm catching up on events, I thought I'd throw in a post for Joelle's Wes Anderson themed birthday party. 

I had so much fun making the details for this one, from Wes Anderson character wall portraits, to Mendls boxes, to faux Margot Tenenbaum publications.

Everyone did an awesome job with costumes, and we had characters from Rushmore, The Life Aquatic, Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest!







The whole group:

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Easy DIY Pumpkin Vase

FALL IS HERE! Well... officially tomorrow, but in preparation, I headed to the Farmers' Market yesterday to start decorating.

Here's an easy way to use a pumpkin for indoor or outdoor decorating this autumn! AND it fits in the $5 DIY category!!!

You Need:

  • a pumpkin
  • a plastic cup
  • a marker
  • cutting/scooper implements for the pumpkin
  • flowers!

Cut your plastic cup to the depth of the pumpkin, and then trace the rim of the cup on your pumpkin.

Cut and scoop! Save those seeds to bake and eat. (yummmmm)

Place your cup into the pumpkin, fill with water, and trim flowers down to the correct height...

TA-DA! Ten minute autumnal centerpiece!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Elbow Patches!

Finally patched up the worn out elbows of my two favorite cardigans! 
Some iron-on patches and embroidery floss later, they're good to go!
An easy way to save a cardigan. =]

My White Picket Fence

The American Dream- a house, a car, two kids, and a white picket fence holding it all together like a shiny bow.
None of these things in themselves are bad things. In fact, dreams, aspirations, goals, are definitely not bad things.
But… my white picket fence became a bad thing. It may not have looked like the traditional version, but it became as much of an idol as any other could.
It has taken quite a bit of personal reflection to realize that I was/am idolizing excitement.
It was masked as adventure, travel, wanderlust. I dreamed of a life spent traveling, taking pictures of the mountains and trying all the independent coffee shops and collecting antiques as souvenirs. My excitement for being “out there” left me discontent with being “right here,” wherever that here may be.
While I’ve always craved change, I think recently my fiery discontentment was fueled by comparison on social media. Specifically Instagram. I can see the best of people’s lives in the beautifully tranquil Pacific Northwest or the unfathomably green countryside of England. All the best everywhere (but here) has to offer. Right in front of me, all the time.
And I want that. I think that’s better. I think I can choose my life better than God can.
I dream up the Erin Dream. And none of the components of my dreams are bad things, until they take my eyes off of my path right now.
So, I have a new use for my daydreaming time:
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 And what is more exciting to be living within the will of the Awesome and Sovereign God?
Hint... nothing. =]

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Free Font Roundup: Nautical Fonts

Spring is coming which means NAUTICAL THINGS! 
And two is better than one, so let's put two awesome things together: nautical and fonts! 
Oh, and they're free!

Here's the links:
Sail Away
Show Boat
Stars from Our Eyes
Sailor Larry

Happy fonting! =]

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Make Your Own Nutella!

Happy Wednesday, friends! I want to share something with you that I just made. And it’s delicious.

So most of you are probably familiar with Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread), but did you know how easy it is to make your own?

Tonight I made a version using chocolate and almonds (yummm) but this recipe works with hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, or peanuts. You can even play around with other nuts or combinations if you want!

Here’s what you need:
16 ounces (2 cups) roasted nuts (I used lightly salted because I like that salty sweet combination.)
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Grind the nuts in a food processor until smooth, about 5 minutes. Use a spatula to scoop down the sides as needed.

Add in cocoa powder and sugar. Blend until smooth.

Transfer to a jar and store in a cool place for up to a month… (it doesn’t last a month before getting eaten in my house.)

You could also tie up your jar with a pretty ribbon and give someone the gift of delicious homemade chocolate nut butter! Voila!

Possible additions or variations include cinnamon, honey, mixed nuts, and more.

Let me know of any combos you try!