Sunday, September 28, 2014

PLG DIY: Mackenzie's Girly Baby Shower

A few weeks ago I threw a shower for my fab friend Mackenzie. That girl has AMAZING taste so I knew it had to be perfect, but my budget was tight so we were on threat level orange for some serious creativity and affordability.  Luckily, I thrive under fiscal pressure so we made it work. Here's what I did to make this pretty party decor for her baby girl on the way. 

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  First, let's talk ceiling decor.

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Hanging a little something from the ceiling can help to draw the eye up and make your decorations feel more put together and dramatic. Doing a couple of different kinds of decorations can add a lot of interest, so instead of relying just on pom poms or fans, do pom poms AND fans. More is more y'all, both in party decor and putting whipped cream on stuff. The whipped cream doesn't really apply here but I'll never miss an opportunity to mention it.

You can find a great tutorial for these tissue poms here and I bet you already have the supplies hanging around your house! Tossing in a little garland can also add so much and will cost you pennies. To make the one I used all I did was cut out squares from some scrapbook paper, punch out some little hearts, hot glue them to some string, and BAM, an adorable garland was born!

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Next, the food table. This is all about aesthetics. You can buy the simplest of cupcakes or donuts or cookies from the most boring of grocery stores and make them look like a million with a couple of simple touches. How do I know? I didn't make a dang thing. (Baking is hard. Judge me.) So, here's what I did to make those bakery items my own. First, I turned these donut holes sassy by picking up some plain kabob skewers and adding some craft paint! So easy, so cute. You know you have a bunch of craft paints rolling around your drawers, so add a little color to your next party table and paint your skewers!

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Next, I stuck some colorful straws through some chocolate chips cookies and added some milk. You can find these straws at any party store (or I got mine from this Etsy shop) for just a couple of dollars and guests love them. There's just something about a pretty straw that makes a party feel like a party.

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To take my store-bought cupcakes to the next level, I used a heart punch to punch out some glittery hearts from scrapbook paper and stuck them on some toothpicks! There was nothing to it and  it cost me zero dollars because I already had all the supplies. Also I should note that I'd put a heart on pretty much everything I eat if it was acceptable. I mean, look how cuuuuute.

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I really didn't do anything with these fruit skewers, but fruit is just pretty on it's own so let's look at it:

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Since I was at the grocery store anyway I also picked up a bunch of their cheapest blooms, brought them home and rearranged them in some mason jars I had lying around. This is such an inexpensive way to add pretty to any table! I think it cost me 4.99 for the bunch!

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And my favorite part, the cake. This cake just a simple white cake from a grocery store bakery, but I knew that if it was going to be the centerpiece of the table then it needed some spunk. So, I fashioned a little pom pom cake topper with some felt and leftover skewers to give it that sass. I followed the tutorial here to make them, glue gunned the skewers in and they were easy as pie. 

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The final touch of this party was so simple it was ridiculous, but it added such a cute final touch to the event. All I did was fill some plan treat bags with Mackenzie's favorite candy and stapled the paper used in the decor to the top. So easy my toddler could do it (but he didn't do it because that kid is wild and certainly would staple his face to the wall.) and the gals loved them.

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You are hereby ready to party! (All while saving enough money to get yourself some extra donut holes for after everyone leaves. Party planning can really make you work up an appetite.)

ox/Liz 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

PLG DIY: Stenciled Mum Pots


It's FAAAAALL!!! Shall we celebrate with a fall DIY project? Let's do it. I'm going to show you how I glammed up some plain pots to make room for one of my favorite treasures of the fall season, MUMS! I love those suckers. They are hearty, they are colorful, and it doesn't take many of them to make a big impact. And, since I love my mums I decided that they needed pots that deserved their loveliness. So, when our friends at FolkArt Stencils and Paints sent us some of their fab products recently I knew what had to be done. Here's what I did: 


What you need: 
-Garden pots 
-FolkArt Paint (You can find FolkArt products at Michaels)
-FolkArt Stencil Glue
-Stencil (Mine is a FolkArt Stencil1 stencil)
-Foam Brush
-Sandpaper (optional) 


What you do: 

1. Apply stencil glue to the stencil. I had never used stencil glue before and it made ALL the difference. Those stencils can be slippery and you have to be fairly precise for them to look good so this was a lifesaver. 

2. Press stencil on pot. My glue said to wait 10 minutes for it to dry but I found that I could paint the pots just fine after about a minute. 

3. Paint!

4.. Remove stencil! (I didn't let my paint dry before I removed the stencil because I am an anxious crafter. This did cause a little bit of sloppiness, so if you have patience to wait before removing it then yours may look like an expert made them.)


5. Once my pots were completely painted I decided I wanted them to look a little more weathered so I busted out the sandpaper and roughed them up a bit. I love the worn look this gave the design.  


6. Plant your flowers, admire your lovely pots, and get yourself something to drink with pumpkin spice because it's freaking fall now!






Happy Fall crafting, PLG friends!
ox/Liz


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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Blueprint Social + FolkArt. Thank you for supporting the companies that support this blog!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Most Basic






Is there anything better than the combination of a white blouse and jeans? These are the most basic pieces put together to make the most classic casual look that is virtually impossible to mess up. I mean, basically a white blouse and jeans are the Beyonce of outfits pieces since they can do NO wrong. Also, these jeans, which I just got in the mail yesterday, are the dreamiest ever. I have been on the hunt for new jeans for a while and these hit the spot. Nice stretch, cute wash, true to size, flattering. BAM. So good. In fact, I'm not 100% sure if this is fact but I heard that the angel Beyonce is referring to in her song "Halo" is these jeans.

Ok, no, that's a lie. It's midweek and we're stuck here in a Wednesday so I had to come up with something to keep this post together and usually Beyonce does the trick. Next time I'll try something with some sort of baked goods. Those are fool proof (kinda like a white shirt and jeans see the metaphor is writing itself already).

ox/Sam

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Top: c/o SheInside
Jeans: c/o UOI Online
Boots: Gift (similar)