Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Flower Balloons

I guess I can't get enough of sticking things on balloons - first it was pom-poms, then tissue paper, and recently washi tape. Can you guess what these flower balloons are made from?!


Cupcake wrappers!! These pretty Martha Stewart wrappers reminded me of flowers, especially when embellished with a little floral sticker on top. 


I made these for my Mother's Day brunch. They would be so sweet for a garden party, baby shower, or a surprise gift for someone special!


Here's how you can whip up a bunch in just a few minutes:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mother's Day Brunch Ideas


It's hard to believe it, but Mother's Day is less than a month away! I recently had the opportunity to create a Mother's Day brunch for the folks at Martha Stewart as part of the 12 Months of Martha program. I'm hoping this tablescape using simple craft supplies gives you some easy ideas for your own special brunch - whether it is for Mother's Day or Easter Brunch this Sunday!


The timing of this brunch actually worked out perfectly, as both my mom and mother-in-law visited me a couple weeks ago (they're buddies!). It was so fun to put together a special brunch for them to enjoy, rather than just doing it for the sake of a photo shoot. 


Truth be told, I even put them to work the night before helping prep! A big thanks to my mom for helping out with the food and my mother-in-law with the decor. My MIL was a big fan of this Martha Stewart Circle Edge Punch - it allows you to transform a piece of paper into a pretty doily circle in seconds. I sent her home with one so she can make doilies until her heart's content. ;) 



This party is made up of a bunch of simple elements that come together for a big impact. I've detailed them all out below in case you want to do the whole shebang or just try a couple ideas!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Man Cave Plans and National Painting Week

This coming Monday is my husband Ross's birthday. In preparation we've finally started working on his "man cave"! 

The actual man cave is truly a cave - just a tiny room off of laundry room, but a space of his own nonetheless! The poor guy is outnumbered 3 to 1 in our house full of pinks and purples (you've seen my pink office, right?!). I put the above mood board together to capture the industrial, vintage feel Ross is hoping to achieve with the room…with just a touch of Texas flair (think cowhide rug).

While we have a ways to go in furnishing the room, we scored some really great industrial accents at Home Goods last weekend. I particularly love the numbered nesting bins.

Ross has ambitious plans to DIY some industrial pipe shelving on one wall to house a TV and a little desk nook for himself like this: 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fiesta Wreath!


Today kicks off Fiesta - a two week celebration filled with parades, parties, and pageantry only found in San Antonio. It is a celebration that dates back to 1890 to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto.

My first intro to Fiesta came last April during our house hunting trip. I immediately noticed a number of homes with brightly colored wreaths like these on their front doors.

Source (clockwise top to bottom): my friend Cindy (!), Sew Crafty Girls, DecoGlitz, Show Me Decorating  

There was something so cool about these wreaths made from a mix of artificial flowers, long bright ribbons, and other knick knacks thrown in. They were so pretty and eye-catching, yet just a touch tacky (in a good way!). I knew I would have to attempt to make my own this year!


I wanted to put my own spin on the Fiesta wreath so I went with a little different color palette (hot pink, orange, and lime green) and incorporated some simple cupcake wrapper flowers as an alternative to the popular tissue paper flowers.


This wreath was a lot of fun to make - it took less than 2 hours and under $40 in new materials. Since similar Fiesta wreaths go for upwards of $150, it was worth the DIY challenge! 

Even if you don't live in San Antonio, this style of wreath would brighten any door. Here's how you can make your own:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stenciled Easter Eggs


I've always loved dying Easter eggs. While there are so many amazing egg decorating ideas out there, usually the good old PAAS dye packs are all I need to be happy! The eggs the girls and I made last year turned out so pretty just from dunking them in the dye. 

This year, I stuck with this tried and true method but decided to take them up notch with the addition of a little simple stenciling!


The new flexible adhesive stencils from Martha Stewart made this craft possible. You can wrap them right around the egg and peel them off and reuse them again and again - so cool!


While I stenciled real eggs, but for longer lasting results you could use this same technique on paper mache eggs. Just paint the eggs instead of dyeing them. Here's how to stencil your eggs:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kids Art Gallery Wall


On Tuesday I shared some kid-friendly updates I recently made to our living room. If you had a keen eye, you may have noticed that our gallery wall got a little kid-friendly update as well! 

I figured one way to make the room a welcoming space for our girls was to showcase some of their best creations on the main wall in the living room.


Previously the space had been a gallery grouping of black and white family photos:


While I liked the family photo wall, I am loving the pops of color and whimsey created by swapping out some of the photos for the girls' art. I kept the frames exactly as they were before.


Incorporating a few pieces of kids art in with your family photos or 'adult' art pieces adds such a fun, eclectic vibe to a room. Below are a few tips for making your own kids art gallery wall. For other ideas be sure to check out my simple clothespin art wall and kids art bunting!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Kid-Friendly Living Room with

This week I am over at sharing how I recently transformed our living room into a more functional, fun space for our family thanks to a few kid-friendly furnishings!


Our living room is the center of activity in our house and often serves as a second playroom for the girls. While I liked our initial living room design, I struggled to know what to do with all the toys at the end of the day to reclaim any sort of adult space.

I partnered with Hayneedle to transform a previously sparse corner of the room into a special space just for Stella and Hazel with the addition of a new play table and toy storage unit.


I love the modern look of this storage unit and the mix of cabinets that lets me shut some of toys away! It manages to hold a ton of toys while still being an attractive piece of furniture.


It has been great to have a room that the girls can play in freely and Ross and I can still enjoy. Hop on over to the Hayneedle blog to see lots more photos of our space and my tips for a carving out your own stylish and functional kids' area in your living room!


You can find all the furniture pieces I used along with other great kid-friendly suggestions on my Hayneedle Styleboard.

This post was sponsored by Hayneedle. All content and opinions are my own. 

Photos by Candice Stringham

Thursday, March 27, 2014

DIY Spring Cupcake Stand - and a Martha Stewart Giveaway!

Today I am excited to have another fun 12 Months of Martha project and a Martha Stewart giveaway for you all! 

Martha Stewart sells these pretty cupcake stands in white. They are perfect for parties and the beauty of them is that you can embellish them however you like! I gave mine a spring makeover using my favorite Martha craft paints and her beautiful butterfly stickers.

This cupcake stand is going to be the centerpiece of an exciting Mother's Day brunch project I'm working on for the folks at Martha Stewart. I can't wait to share more photos with you in the coming weeks! In the meantime, this serves as a little sneak peek. How gorgeous are these butterfly stickers?!

If you have a birthday party or a shower coming up, these cupcake stands would make a sweet addition. Here's how you can make the butterfly version, or have fun putting your own spin on it.

Supplies for Cupcake Stand

Enter below to win supplies for making your own Martha Stewart cupcake stand!

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