Last week my friend Jaimie Meares was in town and helped me finish decorating my apartment. I had gotten the main pieces into place last summer but felt like it still needed some art, plants, lighting and pillows before it was “done.” One thing I’ve learned about living in a small apartment is when you add art and furniture the space feels so much bigger. I can’t wait to share the photos of our teeny tiny place.
Here is a fun project inspired by some of the party supplies I found in France. The idea is pretty simple. You fill up a tube with confetti and when you are ready to throw the confetti you take off the lid and throw the confetti. The motion of your arm propels all the little confettis into the air. Of course you could buy confetti pre-made but our pretty confetti only took a little time to make and you can custom tailor the colors to your event. These look so nice when they are done that they are easy to incorporate into your party or wedding decor. Find the instructions and sources below.
Step 1: To make the confetti cut strips into the folds of tissue paper then cut through the strips to make little square confettis. Make sure the size of your confetti is small enough to fit in your tubes.
Step 2: Put the confetti in the clear tubes and cap the lid so they are ready for your guests.
My friend Andrea came up with these wonderful pot de creme and cookie spoons for our Craft Night and we asked here to share how she did it. She developed a special recipe for this so that the cookie would stay crisp and would actually be functional when you dipped it in your pot de creme but would also taste delicious. Find all the directions below.
Step 1: Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper until it is very thin, about 1/16″ thick. Then place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until chilled.
Step 2: Using the spoon cookie cutter cut out the gingersnap dough and remove excess. Transfer to a baking sheet making sure the spoons are chilled and flat.
Step 3: Bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes. The cookies should be crisp not bendy.
Andrea packaged the Pot de Creme in Weck Jars and then served envelopes of cookies spoons in clear cupcake boxes with the napkins folded at the bottom.
We had such a fun time at the letterpress Craft Night sponsored by Bing. We had the designs ready and then everyone took a turn printing 20 letterpress cards. My friend Rebecca Wright has been planning this series and has done such a great job coordinating all the details to make such wonderful gift bags.
We reprinted the “Draw me a Sheep” calendars and dip-dyed them and Rifle Paper Co. sent over these colorful notepads filled with hand-painted florals. I’ve been a fan of Rifle Paper Co. forever so I was delighted to work with them.
Ticket Chocolate sent us Valentine Gift Packs featuring two Hot Chocolate Ticket Sticks (that you swirl into your hot milk or water to make creamy hot chocolate) and fresh marshmellows, packaged with a cute letterpressed red heart coaster. So delicious!!
Heart necklaces, earrings and bracelets from Fresh Tangerine. Cute, simple 14K gold fill jewelry made by Kimberlee in her Portland, Oregon studio. I met Kimberlee at Alt and fell in love with her necklace. It is the perfect necklace.
Thank you to everyone for coming and thank you to our wonderful sponsors. We are working hard to coordinate the next Craft Nights and we will announce them soon!
Here is a super easy Valentine we came up with the other day. All you need is some crepe paper and lollipops and you’re set. We added some “You’re my best bud” labels but these are sweet on their own too.
Materials Needed: Crepe Paper, Glue, Scissors, Tape, Lollipops
Step 1: Take a fold of crepe paper and cut out a stack of petal shapes with the paper grain going from top to bottom. Leaving a long piece at the stem.
Step 2: Stretch out the petals with your thumb to form a round petal shape.
Step 3: Take the sucker and add petals pinching them at the base of the candy.
Step 4: Continue adding layers of petals and add a piece of tape to secure them in place.
Step 5: Cut off excess paper beyond the tape.
Step 6: Cut off a strip of crepe paper for the stem and dap some glue on the end of it.
Step 7: Starting at the base wrap the strip around the stem and secure with a dab of glue at the end.