Posts Categorized: Party

Life + Party + Projects / Monday, 3 Oct 2016

Pink Thread Project and DIY Breast Cancer awareness ribbon balloons

Land's End Pink Thread for Breast Cancer Awareness with Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

I was talking with a friend of mine on the phone a few weeks ago. This friend was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago and has since beat it. She’s a fighter! And she does it with humor and grace. I don’t know how she does it. She asked if I would focus some attention on the topic this month as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It was an easy “of course” and “why haven’t I done this earlier?”

You see, both my grandmothers had breast cancer. My dad’s mom, Helene Aileen McGuire Watson from Brooklyn, New York, was diagnosed when she was 49. The cancer eventually spread throughout her body and after four years she lost the battle. My dad was 13. My mom’s mother, Dorothy Bradshaw from Los Angeles, the sweetest person in the entire world, was diagnosed later in her life and underwent a double mastectomy. She later passed away from unrelated health issues.

Clearly, breast cancer awareness is something close to my heart, which is why I was thrilled when I could partner with Lands’ End. For the second year they are kicking off the Pink Thread Project, a campaign created to help raise awareness and funding for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), to further support the organization’s mission to be the end of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.

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Party + Projects / Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016

DIY tea bag art

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When I met Paul I was astounded at his vast tea collection. He had a whole cupboard dedicated to every blend of herbal tea you could think of! I wasn’t much of a tea drinker then, but  I’ve since adopted his habit (or hobby I dare say) and we’ve been collecting delicious teas ever since. I was thrilled to partner with Tazo® Tea on this post as I’ve been a big fan over the years. Their delicious blends are just that little bit of joy that I need to get me through my projects. And they’ve gotten me through a lot! In fact, we’ve started building up our own tea collection here at the studio. Perfect timing!
In honor of one of our favorite teas, we created an art piece using dyed Tazo tea bags. It’s not too difficult to make and it goes perfectly with the colors of fall. It would be a lovely statement piece for a fall party. And it’s especially helpful if you have a huge collection of tea bags, much like Paul 😉

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Party + Projects / Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016

DIY balloon chandelier

DIY balloon chandelier

When I first spotted this glass chandelier (below) at a local restaurant a few years ago I immediately thought it would be so cool done as a DIY balloon chandelier. And I love how it turned out! Balloons can be anything! It would be great for a party or event and it was surprisingly much easier than I anticipated.

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Cricut + paper + Party + Projects / Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016

DIY daisy string lights

DIY paper daisy string light tutorial

You guys LOVED the DIY paper daisy backdrop and the DIY decorative string lights we did using Bright Lab lights. I haven’t been able to get either out of my head so we combined the two and created some daisy Bright Lab lights. I LOVE how they turned out! So simple yet bright and cheery. I love that you can turn them on for a party or as a night light in a child’s room.

It’s so simple to make, especially if you have a craft cutter machine, and we’re providing the PDFs and SVGs for you. It’s just two steps!
DIY paper daisy string lights

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flowers + Party / Wednesday, 17 Aug 2016

Flower ice cream sundae

Flower ice cream sundae

My friend Liz of Queen Elizabeth Aprons, grew up in a floral shop. I mean that quite literally. Her parent’s own a local florist (one of my favorites!) and she grew up making arrangements and familiarizing herself with flowers. I turn to her whenever I have a question about flowers. I recently attended a workshop she gave and she showed us some quick and easy arrangements to make with flowers from the grocery store including this flower ice cream sundae idea. I asked if I could share it with you and she said of course, so here it is!

We took the common carnation, just a simple dozen bouquet from the store, cut a few off for each glass and then stuck them in some traditional sundae glasses (you can get them so cheap on Amazon!). I ended up filling the glass with cut up petals and I loved how it turned out. Top it with a cherry and they make a quick and easy floral arrangement for a baby or bridal shower or even a more retro sock hop.

Photo by Anna Killian

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