Happy weekend! My kids are starting at a preschool in a week so it is the last week of real summer for us. We still need to get some more bike rides and picnics in. Since we’ve been back from France we’ve been so much better about setting boundaries with work and and personal time. Even though I still feel behind all the time it is great to feel like I’m at least not dropping the ball on things that are most important to me. I loved listening to Grace’s podcast on this same subject. Do you have a secret for feeling on top of things? Mine includes leaving the laptop at the studio and making sure the house is clean before I go to work. I hope you have a beautiful weekend!
This week I’m partnering with Bing for their Summer of Doing campaign. Here is a little interview they did with me. Each day there is a different theme and today is bonfiring. So I asked Alexis Birkmeyer to put together this DIY for me. A few years ago we stayed at a hotel down the coast and they gave away big s’mores kits for the families staying there. We could go out to the firepits and make s’mores to our hearts content. This kit would make an awesome gift for a party or a hostess gift. We created a free downloadable printable and Alexis even put together instructions to make your own wire marshmallow toasting forks that attach to the end of sticks. So all you have to do is fill up the kit.
Download the free printable label right here.
Complete instructions are after the jump.
Grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and head to the beach! It’s officially summer and I LOVE IT. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting on soft sand, listening to the waves crash in the background, enjoying some tasty treats, and soaking up some sun. If you’re not near the coast – you should truck it to the nearest park or pool!! Ready – Set – Go!
It seems like the cupcake craze has now made its way over to Scandinavia. There are a number of cupcakeries popping up all over and I’m certainly not complaining. I figured they needed a stand of their own so I decided to attempt one out of super simple materials and I love how it turned out. Plus, it’s super to pack up and transport to parties or picnics.
Materials: cutting board, matte board color of your choice, spray paint (I choose high gloss gold for ultimate shine), x-acto knife, metal ruler for cutting.
Step 1: I first created a design and then cut out all of the 5 parts below with my x-acto knife. You can download this template to the size that you’d like and use it as a template to transfer to your matte board.
Step 2: Assemble the parts together by first putting part 2 on top of part 1. Continue by stacking part 4 on top of the stand and sliding it down to the bottom rung. Add part 5 by repeating and putting it on the middle rung. Finish it off with part 3 at the top rung.
Step 3: I decided to give it a spray of gold spray paint for extra shine. I first disassembled the parts and then sprayed them and let them dry for a day. Then spray the other side and let dry for a day. That will avoid finger prints in the paint.
Voila! Easy squeezy!
To top it off my sweet husband made rhubarb cupcakes and I used gold liners to create a lovely golden glow against the stand.
Photography by Amanda Thomsen
I’m so excited to share this post today Alexis Birkmeyer put together. This food presentation would be great for any outdoor picnic or even a Father’s Day lunch. Little bite-sized hot dogs take a bit more work than their bigger counterparts but make the food feel that much more special. We presented these mini hot dogs in simple but genius DIY vellum food containers Alexis came up with. You could use vellum like we did or even use a patterned cardstock to hold any type of picnic food. See below for our free template, photos, and full instructions.
Click through for full instructions.