Projects + Style / Thursday, 18 Apr 2019

3 DIY Derby Hats with Fiskars

It was this time six years ago that I got my 15 minutes (actually, it was only like 3 minutes, I’m still waiting on the remainder) of fame. I had submitted a paper flower hat design to The Today Show for a Kentucky Derby hat contest. I, along with two other finalists, were brought on to the show to show off our hats and what do you know, June Ambrose and Al Roker named me the winner. Ha! It was all very hilarious. You can see the full video here for proof.

As you saw in the video, I won a HUGE trophy (where to put that in your house? Please advise???) and I’ve been staring at it for 6 years. Derby hats are clearly ALWAYS on my brain. When Fiskars asked us to use their new DIY heavy duty scissors as well as their classic orange-handled scissors, I knew exactly what to do with them. In fact, we made three versions so you have some options. And they’re all made from materials that you probably already have in your house.

Let’s get cracking!

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Projects / Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019

Mother’s Day Advent card and Cricut giveaway!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

We loved creating the Valentine Advent a few months ago–the anticipating of the holiday is often times the most fun of the event itself, no?! This time, we created a version for your Mother in partnership with Cricut. The idea is to send this Mother’s Day advent card to your mom BEFORE May even starts.  Each day starting May 1st she can open up a bloom that will reveal one thing that you love about her! Consider it an actionable version of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem, “How do I love thee, let me count the ways”.

And to show how much we, and Cricut love thee, we’re giving away TWO Cricut Maker Bundles! One for you and one for your Mother! Head over to our Instagram to enter! Read on →

Design + Interiors + Life + One Room Challenge + Projects / Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019

One Room Challenge Week 3: Demo and Installation

We’re three weeks in and things are starting to come together.  Literally! This week we share everything you ever wanted to know about 1) Kitchen demo and CliqStudios cabinet installation, 2) Bertazzoni range and oven selection and tips for a seamless installation 3) GE refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave selection. There’s a lot here so make sure you bookmark for your next reno!
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Projects / Monday, 15 Apr 2019

Daffodil napkin bouquet

Daffodil napkin bouquet name tagMeals are a cause of major anxiety for me, which is precisely why I haven’t done one in years (sadly, not joking). The set up goes like this–Paul makes the food and I set the table. Not a bad trade off 😉 Because of this, I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking of what to do with the table. Enter, daffodil napkin bouquet.Daffodil napkin bouquet name tag

I wanted something simple for Easter this year and these daffodil napkin bouquets are just the trick. They are a cinch to make and capture the essence of the season. If you’re looking to make a more substantial paper flower, you can use our tutorial here, or feel free to use your craft cutting machine or hand cut these out. They’re perfect for little hands too! Add on a name to serve as a name tag. Read on →

Life + Uncategorized / Sunday, 14 Apr 2019

Becoming: Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Co

This year we were inspired by Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, our Book Club book for January, and we decided to focus on learning from women who we find inspiring and can tell us about their journey of “becoming”. You can read the rest of the interviews here. Stay tuned for more each month.

This month I’m pleased to introduce you to creative director, Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Co. Eva is become of my dearest friends since moving to Utah and she’s one of the very first people I “met” when I started blogging. Wet met in person at the very first Alt Summit in 2010. As we’ve gotten to know each other we’ve learned that we not only share a lot of the same interests, but we’ve led rather parallel lives in a lot of ways (oldest of 4, played tennis in high school, studied art, run our own businesses, want to move to France, and many more). I thought I knew it all, but today she’s sharing even more insight into her world. Her career trajectory has taken quite a turn in the last few years and it’s been so interesting watching from the sidelines as she pivots from running a stationery company to a full fled-fled creative services company and all the fears and then confidence that have resulted from it. I’m thrilled to introduce you to Eva!

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