Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Cheap & Chic Glass Bud Vases . . .

I have spent plenty of time searching for a pretty little assortment of vintage turquoise vases for the living room mantel and never can seem to find the amount that I want or the right color of blue.  So imagine my delight when I came across this super simple project from Teresa Blackburn over at Relish; just the look I was going for at a fraction of the price & the perfect way to re-use those glass bottles I have leftover in the kitchen . . .

Supplies you will need:

~ Various clean, empty bottles- any variety of bottles recycled from your kitchen will work, including dressing, olive oil, and vinegar bottles. You can also do this project with a collection of canning or plastic jars.
~ 1 can robin’s egg Blue spray paint—I used Design Master’s paint which can be found at most large art and craft stores. Be sure to choose paint with a “flat” finish to create a pretty glow when light hits the finished vases.
1.    Place clean, dry bottles on spray surface.
2.    Spray and layer color until bottles are evenly coated.
3.    Let dry for at least an hour before using bottles as vases.

To use as Vases:

Fill each bottle carefully with water and place a blossom in each one. Line bottles up in a window, down a dining table, or on a shelf above the sink.
To care for vases after painting, wipe carefully with a damp cloth. Do not put in dishwasher or in hot soapy water.

And a bit more inspiration . . .

An assortment of these beauties would be a lovely & very budget-friendly centerpiece for the tables at your wedding or shower too...just picture the glass painted in white or whatever neutral tone you are leaning towards for your big event and the beautiful blooms bursting with color in your brightest hue!

Now hit up that kitchen for your best glass bottles and whip up something delicious to use up that olive oil or salad dressing!! Photobucket

Monday, January 30, 2012

Juneberry Baby: The Sweetest Shower Idea . . .

Throwing a baby shower for your BFF and looking for a creative & fun little project to get your companions crafting?  I just love this 'Make-a-Mobile' idea from On To Baby and brought to you via the great Wiley Valentine!

What an amazing way to get your guests mingling while sparking their creativity at the same time; and best yet, what a wonderful keepsake for the baby-on-the-way to enjoy when he/she makes their sweet little appearance!!  Take a look . . .

Mobile Station designed by The Collection Event Studio

So darling, right?  And when baby outgrows the mobile, just hang the handmade lovelies from your Christmas tree to be enjoyed by the family for years to come!! Photobucket

Friday, January 27, 2012

'Cupid's Love Dust' and THREE FREE Printables!!!

I think this little jar of fairy dust is just the sweetest thing.  I can already see the delight in the eye's of your little ones as they come downstairs in the morning and find this on the fireplace mantel.  

And think of all of the fun you can have deciding what to sprinkle this on to open up a world of magic to that special little guy or girl in your life.  I am thinking a little jar of 'Cupid's Love Dust' would be the most darling project.  Something along the lines of these little stunners from These Tiny Treasures on Etsy:

Perhaps your little lovebug could sprinkle some 'Love Dust' on Daddy's pillow and he just so happens to bring home a little treat when he gets home from work the next day?  Or place a little 'Pixie Dust' on a patch of dirt in the garden and surprise the kiddos with a freshly planted flower the following morning.  

Even the tooth fairy might be persuaded to leave a little extra cash if there was a bit of 'Fairy Dust' sprinkled in the pouch along with the usual pearly white.  And, of course, these would make fantastic favors for a 'Fairy' birthday party, a 'Neverland' baby shower,  or even a 'Woodland Wonderland' fete!  Ah, the options are endless.  How much fun is that?

A little inspiration . . .

And now, for a few FREE printables to get you started . . .

And here are your downloads for a multiple page of whatever kind of 'dust' you have in mind . . .

Cupid's Love Dust Multiple Tags

Fairy Dust Multiple Tags

Pixie Dust Multiple Tags

Have an absolutely magical weekend:) Photobucket

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Vanlentine Dream: Perfectly Pink Hot Cocoa . . .

In some parts of the world it is still downright cold outside and in every part of my world Valentine's Day will be here in a couple of short weeks.  And guess what goes perfectly with the most romantic day of the year? That's right....pink!!!

I just can't think of a happier way to spend your weekend than making Valentine cards with your little sweetie and sipping on some of this divine deliciousness . . .


~ 1 cup white chocolate chips
~ 1 cup heavy cream 
~ 4 c. half and half 
~ vanilla (to taste)
~ red food coloring

~ In a large saucepan, melt the white chocolate chips with the heavy cream, stirring until completely smooth. Add the half and half, vanilla, then the food coloring to get your desired color (I used 7-8 drops). Heat through. Serve in mugs, topped with whipped cream or marshmallows!

Recipe Courtesy of Brown Paper Packages

(pictures courtesy of Life is a Party)

And whatever you do, don't forget the homemade marshmallows!  You can find our recipe on how to make a few of your very own here: Juneberry Lane Homemade Marshmallows

Now all you will need is a heart-shaped cookie-cutter and your cup will be overflowing with love.  Or go ahead and add a few of the store bought kind if you are a bit pressed for time . . .  they are awfully cute too:

And head on back over to Juneberry Lane tomorrow for a magical little craft that will delight the little one's in your life:)  See you then!! Photobucket

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: A Brilliant Bridal Shower for the 'Girl Scout' in All of Us . . .

A few days ago my sweet little neighbor knocked on our door and asked if my son Sully would like some girl scout cookies!  Now this is one unexpected visitor that I am thrilled to receive and perhaps the only door-to-door sale out there that I welcome with total glee!

And it just so happens that I came across  the most adorable 'Girl Scout' Bridal Shower from Beau and Arrow Events via  Green Wedding Shoes, to celebrate the marvelous occasion . . .

Love this stunning invitation suite by the girls over at Posh Paperie . . .

And the green & gold palette is perfect, don't you think?

What could be better than a gorgeous & green sash for the bride?

A Girl Scout is always ready for any emergency . . . and these little 'wedding day' kits make the ideal favor!

I am seriously swooning for that gold tablecloth from Wildflower Linens.  Seriously.

Fabulous Vendors:

event design + coordination: Beau & Arrow Events // photography: Katie Neal Photo // venue: Olivenhain Meeting House // florals: Blush Botanicals // paper goods: Posh Paperie // cake + cupcakes: Hey! There Cupcake // hair & make up: 10.11 Make up // rentals: Moss Vintage Rentals // cookies: VG Donuts & Bakery // lollipops: Custom Candy Creations // chiavari chairs: Allie’s Party Rentals // linens: Wildflower Linens

So much fun and so unique too!  I love when an unexpected theme turns up being glamorous and delightful, don't you?  And wouldn't those Samoa Cupcakes we featured awhile back just be the perfect little dessert to serve?  Yum!!!  Now how to pass the time until my cookies arrive, hmmmmm . . . Photobucket