Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

A New Way to Extend the Life of Cut Flower Arrangements

Since we’ve been working with Flower Muse on all of these pretty floral projects, I’ve been getting better and better at making my cut flowers last! Yes, there’s definitely a…

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Since we’ve been working with Flower Muse on all of these pretty floral projects, I’ve been getting better and better at making my cut flowers last! Yes, there’s definitely a shelf life but there are also lots of little tricks you can use to extend the life of cut flowers. It just kills me after making a project like this one to toss the flowers when it’s done. I can’t bear it! So we came up with a little inspiration and created this unexpected floral arrangement using only flowers that had already been used in other projects — beautiful flowers that lots of people would just throw away. Here we go!

Materials

  • florals (fresh or a little used, it’s okay either way!)
  • a low dish
  • scissors
  • fresh water

Make Time: 10 Minutes

There really aren’t any right or wrong steps here so I’ll just describe what we did! We had lots of flowers left over from other projects where we had cut the stems short (these, these, and these are perfect examples). All of the flowers had been out of water for a few hours, cut up, wired, taped, and more. But the blooms themselves were still beautiful!

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

So. We trimmed the stems down to about 1 inch each, getting rid of any broken or soggy greenery. (When you trim, be sure to cut the stem on an angle to allow the flower to soak up maximum water.) Next, we filled a low dish (it’s actually a serving platter) with about a half-inch of water. Finally, we just started filling the dish with the florals until it was chock full of blooms!

This arrangement lasted for another 5 or 6 days, and I was so glad we decided to start salvaging these blooms! To really make them last, change the water daily with fresh, cold water and remove any flowers that start to go bad.

I kind of love this new take on a floral arrangement anyway — it’s so unexpected in a dish, and it wasn’t annoying me by getting in the way of the person sitting across the table while we were trying to talk. Hooray all around! xoxo

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Flowers for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the Tail on the Llama Game for Cinco de Mayo

We are hooking you all UP for Cinco de Mayo this year! I don’t know what it is — maybe it’s because I’m pregnant and all I want is a…

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

We are hooking you all UP for Cinco de Mayo this year! I don’t know what it is — maybe it’s because I’m pregnant and all I want is a margarita with lots of salt, but I’m just in the mood to celebrate. So now that you know what you’ll be mixing up to drink, we’ve got the perfect game for you to play at your Cinco celebrations! A little Pin the Tail on the Llama — obviously. We teamed up with our gal pal Megan again and she designed us this most adorable llama, who I think we should probably call Trudy. She looks like a Trudy doesn’t she? Anyway, Trudy seems to have lost her tail so you better get to pinning it on there again. Here we go!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Llama illustration

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Step 1: Print out our llama poster at your local print shop! It’s designed to be printed on an 18″ x 24″ poster.

Step 2: Now, option one is to just slap that baby up on your wall as-is. But if you want to get fancy, mount your poster on some foam core board using spray glue. Be careful to align all the edges before smoothing down.

Step 3: Make your tails. Cut out three colors of cardstock in small, medium, and large sizes. We freehanded our llama tails because, well, llamas are individuals, you know? So don’t get too picky. On the rounded side, cut some fringe. Then wrap each piece around a pencil to curl the fringed ends.

Step 4: Layer the pieces on top of one another and affix them together with small pieces of double stick tape.

Step 5: If you mounted your llama poster on a board, make a hanger for it. We just braided some yarn, tied knots on either end, and taped the knots to the back of the board with masking tape.

Step 6: For all you overachievers! Use your pompom makers to make some fun pompoms and hang them around your poster. Braid some random yarn and drape it here and there to be festive.

Step 7: Add some double stick tape to the back side of each llama tail.

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Now get your game on! Blindfold your guests, hand them a llama tail with some double stick tape on the back, and let them try to get it in the right spot! I closed my eyes and tried to put a tail on Trudy and it ended up smack in the middle of her neck. It ain’t as easy as it looks, folks! I think the loser should have to make the winner mezcal mules all night. Sound good? xoxo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Craft Production Assistance by Shari Stamps

Paper Notebooks

Paper Lovers, Rejoice

Truth be told, I have stacks and stacks of cards and notebooks and gorgeous pieces of paper in the studio that I just loooove. I love stationery! So when my…

Truth be told, I have stacks and stacks of cards and notebooks and gorgeous pieces of paper in the studio that I just loooove. I love stationery! So when my pal Kristina said that she was opening a brick + mortar shop filled with her favorite paper goods, I had to have her stop by and share with you guys. This girl is hysterical (I’ve been reading and laughing out loud at her comments for years!) and she’s got a killer knack for choosing fun goodies. She’s one of those readers that has become a friend, and I think you’re gonna love her too! Check out her paper faves (and some fun extras too). xoxo

Paper Notebooks

Hello Lovelies! Chelsea and I go WAY BACK (if you count all the comments I post to her delightful projects!) and she graciously allowed me to rant about stationery in her little corner of the internet today. My name is Kristina (KB) and I own a little online stationery shop called Crumple & Toss. I am about to open my first retail space and have been loading up on SO MUCH cute stuff I just HAD to share, so here I am!

When I pick out cards for the shop, letters and words always catch my attention first. And of course they HAVE to be clever! Bold, black type on white heavy paper? OO LALA! But I also adore gold foil, hand-lettering, and bright colors. These beauties above are some of my favorites. And clearly writing notes is more fun when you have fancy pens to write with!

Humorous Greeting Cards

You Know Me | Fancy Coffee | Be Mine | I Can’t Even | Pens

Cards are a mail-able smile. A brightly colored envelope in your mailbox will do the trick all by itself, but once you get inside, the card really needs to bring it. I love cards with a spicy wit or a pop-culture reference that really connects the giver and the recipient. A really bad (and by “bad” of course I mean AWESOME) pun always gets me, as well as cards with a bit of a dry wit or weirdness about it. Side note – if you’re not decorating your mail with washi tape, like seriously what are you doing with your life?

Humorous Greeting Cards

Clueless | McConauHey Thanks | Rawr | Plants | You’re Really Pretty | Tape

HANDS UP who’s a notebook fiend? I love the newness of a fresh notebook. So much promise! How many ideas will you hold? How many brilliant thoughts (or grocery lists) can I fit in here? These little guys are my new fave. By BerinMade, a designer in the UK, this set of 2 (!!) cuties is perfectly pocket-sized; one patterned and the other gold-foiled. The textured cover and pink interior pages are ALL KINDS OF WIN.

Paper Notebooks

Hustle Hustle Notebooks | All Notebooks

As I grow my gift selection for the store, I am totally getting sucked into the pin trend and seriously, how can you not with cuties like these? I JUST got these in from Hello Lucky and I’m so glad they started making pins. I got a rose gold cactus pin at the National Stationery Show from them last year as a freebie and people are always asking me about it. Each of these pins are rose gold and pastel with a tiny pun (YAY!) and come on an illustrated card so it’s like a greeting card and gift in one! Genius!

Enamel Lapel Pins

Lapel Pins

PHEW ok that’s all for now but if you’d like to see what other treasures I have come hang out online at Crumple & Toss! Or even better,  if you’re local to the Boston area come visit me in my new location when I open in June! Thanks for having me, Chelsea!

Macrame and wooden bead wall hanging

Happy Friday + A Few Faves

Hey you gorgeous Friday dolls! Why does getting to Friday feel like a monumental achievement these days? Maybe it has to do with the fact that Henry is now a…

Macrame and wooden bead wall hanging

Hey you gorgeous Friday dolls! Why does getting to Friday feel like a monumental achievement these days? Maybe it has to do with the fact that Henry is now a human tornado ripping through our house and it’s nearly impossible to keep up with him during the workweek. Or maybe it’s the bun in the oven sapping me of all extra energy whatsoever, so that when Friday hits all I can think about is laying on the couch all weekend (which never really happens anyway)? Who cares?! It’s Friday and we should be celebrating by pretending to work but really watching fun videos on YouTube to waste time until you can leave work!!! Wait… Just me? Okay, in case you need something to pass the time:

This. Video. I watch it every few months when I need to be astounded and also giggle. This boy totally recreates a Beyonce video shot for shot and it’s BONKERS.
A soft pretzel party?! Everything my carb-loaded dreams are made of.
These rope tassel keychains are so simple but SO cool.
A living backdrop!
A cactus forest that’s way too cool.

Happy weekending! xoxo

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

DIY “Sail Away” Travel Pouch

It’s been so fun to go wild with these travel-inspired DIYs withCarnival Cruise Lines! This last one is sweet and simple but absolutely perfect for summer, whether you’re staying in…

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

It’s been so fun to go wild with these travel-inspired DIYs withCarnival Cruise Lines! This last one is sweet and simple but absolutely perfect for summer, whether you’re staying in one spot or jumping on a cruise ship to a far-off isle (which, by the way, I realllllly wish I was doing right about now!). And just for funsies, let’s play a game — if you could sail away to anywhere right this second, where would you go? Ohhhh, the possibilities! Think on that and in the meantime, let’s make these bad boys!

Materials

  • toiletry pouch or small purse
  • gold vinyl iron-on material
  • scissors, craft knife, or cutting machine
  • iron
  • ironing sheet

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

Step 1: Cut your letters out of the iron-on vinyl. If you have a cutting machine, fire it up and let it do its thing! If not, print words on your printer, trace onto the vinyl, and cut out by hand.

Step 2: Begin placing the letters on the pouch. I recommend starting from the center of the phrase and working your way outward so that the words stay centered on the bag.

Step 3: Finish placing all the letters.

Step 4: Consult the instructions on your iron-on material. Ours worked best by using an ironing sheet, placing it over the vinyl, and smoothing the letters down with a hot iron.

Fill up your bag and hit the road! Okay, let’s finish the game — where would you set sail for today?! I’m gonna go with a little trip to Europe and a stop in Greece. I’ve never been and I’m just dying to see those colors in real life. Now you — where does your dream trip take you?! xoxo

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

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How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

DIY Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Didja try our Mezcal Mule recipe from yesterday?! No matter what you like to put in your mule mug, we’ve got a rad project today so that you and your…

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Didja try our Mezcal Mule recipe from yesterday?! No matter what you like to put in your mule mug, we’ve got a rad project today so that you and your guests can keep track of which drink is which at your Cinco de Mayo shindig! I’m loving these DIY mule mug tassels, especially organized in a pretty rainbow. Why is rainbow order so dang satisfying?!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes Per Tassel Set

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardboard about 3″ x 10″. Wrap your embroidery thread around it in different colors, about 20 wraps per color.

Step 2: For each color, cut two additional pieces of thread about 10″ each.

Step 3: Remove one color from the cardboard, keeping the loops intact. Fold the loops in half over one of the extra pieces of thread.

Step 4: Take the other extra piece of thread and loop it over itself, laying the loop on top of the folded threads. Tightly wrap the long end of this thread around the folded threads and over itself multiple times.

Step 5: Tuck the end of the thread through the loop you made.

Step 6: Pull the upper end of that thread to tighten the loop and lock it into place.

Step 7: Trim the top of the thread and snip through all of the loops on the bottom of the tassel. Trim to even them out.

Step 8: Take the long thread from which the tassel is hanging and tie the tops together. Trim the ends.

Step 9: Repeat all of the steps to make an additional tassel in each color. When you fold these loops over, fold them over the knot in the long thread so that you’ll end up with two tassels hanging from that same loop.

Tie the tassels around mugs as you hand out drinks at your Cinco festivities and your guests will never lose track of what they’re sipping! I also just think they’re pretty fun as an extra little decoration — hang them from cabinet doors, keychains, anywhere! xoxo

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

Mules for everybody! I may be pregnant but it doesn’t stop my deep longing for a mule cocktail of just about any kind. And since Cinco de Mayo is coming…

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

Mules for everybody! I may be pregnant but it doesn’t stop my deep longing for a mule cocktail of just about any kind. And since Cinco de Mayo is coming up, we’re celebrating by teaching you how to make a legit mezcal mule. I’m not currently partaking but word on the street is that these babies are delicious and strong! So add these to your Cinco celebrations (responsibly, duh!) and impress people with your mule making skills.

Ingredients

Watch our video for the full recipe!

Now cheers, y’all! Add a photo backdrop and some garlands to your party and you’ll be the most festive house on the block. Happy Cinco! xoxo

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

We have hummingbirds in our yard! They kind of come and go a little bit and I wanted to entice them to stick around, so we came up with this…

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

We have hummingbirds in our yard! They kind of come and go a little bit and I wanted to entice them to stick around, so we came up with this pretty DIY macrame hummingbird feeder! My mom taught me macrame deep in the 80’s when I was little and I had to reach waaaaaay back in the memory bank to put this one together. But I forgot how fun it is, and how quickly it comes together! This one’s made of just a few basic knots and a little spray paint, and it’s enough to attract the hummingbirds to come hang out. We wanted to try to hang it in a couple of different spots to see which would be the best for them, so we teamed with Command™ to hang it usingCommand™ Outdoor Wire Hooks. That way we’ve been able to move it around without damaging any hanging surfaces. Perfect!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

Step 1: Tie a loop of cord wide enough to fit snugly around the neck of your bottle. Tie a square knot — first tie the right side over the left, then the left side over the right.

Step 2: Trim the ends of the knot.

Step 3: Cut four lengths of cord, about 3 yards each. Fold these in half. Take the first cord and place the halfway point over the loop you made. Pull the ends of that cord underneath the loop and through itself, securing it to the loop. Pull taut.

Step 4: Repeat step three with each of the other three lengths of cord. Fit the original loop over the neck of the bottle. The four cords should be evenly spaced around the four sides of the loop. Now you should have four sets of two lengths of cord each.

Step 5: Take the cord on the right of one set; from the set to its right, take the cord on the left. Tie these two cords together with a square knot, about 2-3 inches from the previous square knots. Repeat this process with the rest of the sets of cord.

Step 6: Repeat step 5 with another round of square knots; you’ll start to see a net pattern appearing in the cords.

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

Step 7: Taking two cords from one set, loop the right cord around the left, under, and through itself. Pull taut. Repeat this over and over until you reach the end of the right cord. You’ll see a spiral pattern being created. Once you reach the end, trim the tail of the cord.

Step 8: Repeat step 7 with the other three sets of cord.

Step 9: Take all cords and tie them in a knot a few inches above the ends of the spirals, leaving a loop at the top from which to hang the feeder.

Step 10: Optional: Spray paint sections of the cord (with the bottle removed) to create some colorful sections.

Step 11: After the cord is dry, fill the bottle with 1 part sugar and 4 parts water. Insert the feeder tube in the bottle and put the bottle in the macrame hanger.

Step 12: Clean the surface of the area where you’d like to hang yourCommand™ hook.

Step 13: Remove the blue liner and press the adhesive onto the hook.

Step 14: Remove the black liner and press the hook onto the surface for 30 seconds. After letting it cure for one hour, hang your hummingbird feeder!

We’ve had some birdies come and go from the feeder but I’ve yet to be quick enough to capture one on camera! Have you ever really sat and watched one? It’s just crazy how teeny tiny they are, and how fast. I’m hoping word spreads through the hummingbird grapevine and soon we’ll have gangs of ’em coming to sip on our little feeder! xoxo

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

Palm Springs house with pink door and bike

Happy Friday + Tell Me Something Good

We took our bikes to Palm Springs with us and cruised around. A stop in front of #thatpinkdoor was in order. Whoooooo man it’s been an action-packed couple of weeks!…

Palm Springs house with pink door and bike

We took our bikes to Palm Springs with us and cruised around. A stop in front of #thatpinkdoor was in order.

Whoooooo man it’s been an action-packed couple of weeks! Last week we were in Palm Springs with some of our best bloggy pals, and then headed to Ventura for Craftcation, where I led a workshop and spoke on a panel. It was such a great adventure but then there’s always the aftermath when you arrive back home and have twelve piles of laundry and a massively full inbox. We did, however, return home to some fun developments on the renovation, so extra points there.

We also all got taken out by this innocent little runny nose that Henry had about 10 days ago, and for some sadistic reason we ALL still have full-blown colds. It. Is. Rough. Pregnant + nausea that won’t go away + cold + house that’s torn apart = GAHHHHHHH. But! On the flip side, Henry started going to a babysitter a couple of half days a week and he loves her and it means that we have a few extra hours to get things done at work and around the house. So you see what I mean here about an action-packed couple of weeks! Lots of ups and lots of downs, but that’s pretty much the usual, right?!

In blogland, we’re gearing up for summer behind the scenes and I’m so pumped to share some of the projects and plans we have in store! I have a feeling it’s gonna be a good summer, y’all. OKAY enough about me! Tell me something good! I would love to know something that you’re excited about right now. Let’s start this weekend pumped about life! xoxo

DIY Floral Boutonnieres

How to Make a DIY Floral Boutonniere

Is it just me or is prom right around the corner?! Did you go to prom? I kind of both loved and hated it. There’s so much pressure! I just…

DIY Floral Boutonnieres

Is it just me or is prom right around the corner?! Did you go to prom? I kind of both loved and hated it. There’s so much pressure! I just wanted to dance and have fun, but you have so many things to plan for and worry about. Should we get a limo? Who’s going in our limo? Should I just borrow my dad’s car? What’s my date wearing? Do we match? And what about the boutonnieres?! Getting flowers for your date was like a big deal in my day. The boys had to get the girls corsages and the girls had to get the boys boutonnieres. If I was going to prom now, I’d get all my girlfriends together that morning and make a bunch of these for our dates. Boom. Problem solved.

So simple, huh? They took me about 3 minutes each to make in real time, and if you get a mixed bouquet you can make a whole bunch of them! Totally simple and way less cheesy than the little rosebud you’ll get at a florist IMHO. 😉 In case you’re in a reading mood, see full instructions below!

Materials

Step 1: Pick a few stems and trim them to about 3 inches in length.

Step 2: Layer the blooms and wrap the stems with a few rounds of floral tape.

Step 3: Wrap a length of twine around the floral tape, tying with a double knot on the back side of the boutonniere.

Step 4: Trim the ends of the twine and trim all of the stems so that they’re even. Fasten to a lapel with a straight pin.

That’s it! Now let’s all go pretend we’re florists! xoxo

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Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Floral Boutonnieres

Music: Bensound

Hole in Living Room Floor

Married Life // Under Construction

How’s that for a glamorous photo? I decided it’s one of those “keep-it-real” days around here. This is an actual picture of an actual hole in our actual living room….

Hole in Living Room Floor

How’s that for a glamorous photo? I decided it’s one of those “keep-it-real” days around here. This is an actual picture of an actual hole in our actual living room.

Before we started this renovation on our house, my dad made an offhand comment to me one day about how we should be ready because construction has broken up more than a few marriages. I nodded seriously at him and giggled inside because sometimes my dad cracks me up with his sage advice. But truth be told, now that we’re in the midst of this whole shebang I can absolutely see how a marriage is tested by sledgehammers and cement mixers. It’s chaos. And sometimes the physical chaos starts feeling like mental chaos and you both just start to snap.

Right now, there’s a hole in the middle of our living room where our fireplace used to be. A giant, 6-foot-by-5-foot hole. Just hanging out. And in the three adjoining rooms, there’s a layer of dust on everything that meets the eye. So here we are, trying to go about our lives and work and entertain a toddler but not let him fall in the hole or lick the dust or anything else life threatening. And meanwhile, we’re deciding how best to plug the hole temporarily and what kind of cabinet exactly is going to go there eventually, and should it be a cabinet or closet? And what really is the difference? And will two extra feet in this room really matter? OH MAN. It gets intense.

And to top it all off, I’m pregnant now and for some reason we always end up doing these major life-changing things (like moving to a new town or a complete home remodel) while I’m with child. Because we just really like to live on the edge. All of this is to say that yes renovations can absolutely challenge a relationship. We had a little taste of it when we moved into the house a couple of years back, but this is next level.

So how do you deal? We’re figuring that one out as we go along. I think mostly you just fight tooth and nail to remember that you’re on the same team. Because as soon as one person gets a little tone in their voice, the other one gets defensive, and then all of a sudden the new dining room is a war zone. So maybe we have differing opinions about whether we need obscured glass or clear glass in the new bathroom windows, but it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the world. We’re trying to keep our heads from spinning with all of these teeny tiny decisions, and lean on each other instead of pitting ourselves against each other with differences of opinion. It’s really easy to dig your feet in and try to stand your ground, but really nobody wins at the end of that situation.

Oh, and you’ll be happy to know that some old closet doors are now covering the hole so we can’t fall in. At least we got that one figured out. 😉 xoxo