Book Club + downloads + printable / Friday, 20 Apr 2018

The Language of Flowers Artwork

The Language of Flowers Artwork

Hello readers! When we announced The Language of Flowers as April’s book, we had instant feedback! Our Instagram post was full of comments with high praise for it, so we’re hoping you’ve been reading along with us, whether it’s for the first time or the second. How are you liking it? Parts of this book are not easy to read, as Victoria pushes everything good away from her again and again. Her communication is through flowers though, and it’s from that language that she gains knowledge and ultimately, confidence in herself as a mother and hope for a future with the people she loves. Yes, loves! By the end, Victoria has learned to let love into her life. Here are a few discussion questions and reading suggestions. If you have a copy of the book with the author’s other discussion questions, read those too! They’re fabulous! Our amazing artwork this month was illustrated by the incredible Lisa Grue! Stay tuned for an interview with her in the next week.

Continue to see the discussion questions and download The Language of Flowers Artwork!

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Crafts + DIY / Thursday, 19 Apr 2018

DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow

DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow

Sometimes you just need a bright spot to rest your eyes and lift your spirits. Whether it’s a workspace or a corner of your house that needs cheering up this DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow is just the ticket! We used a classic technique you might have used in grade school. All you’ll need are some tissue paper squares, a pencil, and some glue. This is one of those crafts appropriate for all ages and can be easily customized to suit your tastes. You can rest it on a shelf, mount it to the wall, or even frame it with a shadow box! P.S we used this technique in Craft the Rainbow to create something pretty incredible if I do say so myself, so make sure to check it out!

Make your own DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow with step-by-step instructions!

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DIY + Party / Wednesday, 18 Apr 2018

Printable Papel Picado Streamers

DIY Papel Picado StreamersYou’re probably familiar with the beautiful tissue paper garlands that you commonly see at traditional Mexican celebrations. It’s a decorative craft made from intricately cut paper, often showcasing very elaborate designs and bright colors. An inspiring example of Mexican folk art, we love the depictions of birds and fun florals. They can be a little tricky to come by so we wanted to create our own designs that we could customize to whatever color palette we wanted! We originally used them in our Cinco de Mayo party here and made them mini version, but you can size them to whatever you’d like. Use these Papel Picado Streamers at your next fiesta! Cut out the patterns with a die-cut machine using our free templates or an Exacto knife and glue some twine onto the back of them. They would be the perfect decoration for any party with a fiesta feel, a backyard BBQ, or Cinco de Mayo of course!

DIY Papel Picado Streamers

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baby + Life + Projects + sewing / Monday, 16 Apr 2018

DIY Crib Skirt and Mattress Giveaway

DIY Crib Skirt

As one might expect at this point, I’m still getting the hang of this whole “Mom” thing. Every day is a learning day and it’s quite the wild ride! After doing my fair share of baby book reading, I’m constantly paranoid that Baby J might suffocate in his crib, stop breathing, or insert any other fear that gets ingrained in a new mother’s brain. DHP (remember their rad futon and bedding?!)  approached me about their Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams Crib and Toddler Mattress I couldn’t have been happier! This mattress is perfect for a worrying mama: Hypoallergenic, Thermo-bonded core so the babe gets plenty of support and water-resistant outer cover for easy clean-ups! What more could you want?! DIY Crib Skirt

This mattress really is top of the line and it won the 2017 Women’s Choice Award as Amerca’s Most Recommended Brand for Crib & Toddler Mattress. Since I am now determined to get Jasper sleeping in his crib with his new mattress I decided to go all in and complete the look with a DIY Crib Skirt. I wanted a traditional gathered look and had Becca, our resident seamstress, whip one up. And since baby mattresses are pretty standard (at least in North America), you can easily make one yourself with these same dimensions. It’s simple enough for a novice sewer.

Find out how to win a Safety 1st Mattress of your own and sew your own DIY Crib Skirt! Read on →

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DIY + flowers + Projects + Wedding / Thursday, 12 Apr 2018

Cinco de Mayo Paper Wedding Bouquet

Cinco de Mayo Wedding Bouquet

If you haven’t heard, we’re creating a new paper wedding bouquet every month for all you brides to be out there! We kept it clean and simple last month with a white stunner that would work for so many different styles. This month’s bouquet is far more colorful and perfect for a more casual, lively gathering! We’re calling it our Cinco de Mayo Paper Wedding Bouquet! Poppies, daffodils, tulips, and a few kumquats come together to create a bright and springy bouquet. We’ve provided templates and step-by-step instructions so you can recreate this lush beauty for your next event! It looks lovely in a vase as well!

Cinco de Mayo Wedding Bouquet

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