DIY Name Tags

DIY Name Tags

When it comes to weddings, showers, birthdays or any event really, I love to take a closer look at all the fun paper goods and fun designs. I always find inspiration to go home with and can’t wait to try some fun things of my own! This past Creative Connection event I was honored to design the flyer, sign up/contact sheet and name tags. I knew it was going to be outside in a beautiful area and wanted a design that was feminine and light. I decided to keep it fairly simple: soft colors with a touch of vintage lace. They turned out super cute and hope to do more things like this in the future! It’s just too fun! Want to design your own name tags: Create a simple design on your computer or do something fun by hand! If you design something on the computer, get it printed at your nearest print store (I just went to Kinkos and they turned out great…super cheap too!). You can even print from your own printer, just use sturdy card stock! I hole punched the upper left corner and slid my vintage lace through it. I hot glued a rolling clasp pin on the back of each one and I was finished! Not bad, right?  Another thing I had to think about after designing the name tags was how to present them. I decided to use clothes pins and clip them to a vintage wooden display. The colors and textures went well together and the stand was a lot of fun to work with (bonus)! The girls loved everything and...
DIY Canvas Art

DIY Canvas Art

I love to make my own art pieces around the house! Whether it’s a DIY Sunburst Mirror for our dining room, a graphic print or a fun banner! It makes everything feel very personal and gives you a sense of pride for creating something truly special.  I’ve had these amazing stamps that I borrowed from a great friend (thanks Tara!) and I’ve been kind of using them a lot lately. Call it an obsession, I am loving how versitile they can be! I scored a free blank canvas at school and was excited about using it for something fun! I decided to go the untraditional root and not paint over it. Instead, I created a stamped canvas! Here is how you can create one for yourself!  Materials: Blank canvas any size  Individual stamp letters  Ink pad Directions: Take your blank canvas and predetermine what you would like your stamped canvas to say! I chose a line from a song my husband wrote that is meaningful to him and I. You can choose almost anything: your favorite quote, a line from a movie, a sentence in a book, a verse of a song, it’s your pick! Once you decide, temporarily lay out your stamps onto the canvas to make sure it will fit nicely. Then you can tweak it so it all looks evenly spaced and the layout it pleasing to the eye. Take one letter at a time, stamp out all the letters onto the canvas until it’s all complete! You may want to gently roll your stamp from side to side when stamping on the canvas, since working...
Inspired by: Green

Inspired by: Green

Since the next week I will be in Ireland, I thought I would share a post dedicated to one of my favorite colors: Green! Looking at pictures of this beautiful country, all I seem to notice is how lush everything is. It’s crazy beautiful! I only hear amazing things from people that have been there and can’t wait to experience it myself!  It was hard for me to narrow down my lists of green inspiration, since I fell in love with so many things! Well, I managed to dwindle down my list to 6 things I am inspired by! Hope you enjoy: 1. Green Stripey Party Straws: I love these straws! Are they not so sweet? They can dress up any drink and be the perfect touch for any party or event!  2. Green Tea Cup: If you looked into my cupboard you would be horrified by how many tea cups and coffee mugs I have! I enjoy having a special one for all kinds of drinks. This Green cup would be perfect to add to my collection! Better yet, if I could just have a whole set I would be quite pleased!  3. Green Succulent Floral Bouquet: When I first got engaged, I really wanted green to be our wedding color. Then I found out that both my sister-in-laws had green and I didn’t want to be the third! So, we decided to be different and live on the wild side (we chose pink and orange…crazy, right?! It turned out beautifully). If I had stuck to my original idea, I would have loved a beautiful bouquet like this!...
Luck of the Irish

Luck of the Irish

This year, my husband and I have been blessed with an amazing gift: my in-laws have offered to take the whole family to Ireland over Spring break! I have never been to Ireland (let alone Europe) and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am!! We leave in 4 days and I am still in shock. I feel so unbelievably blessed!  We leave this Saturday and have a very long day of traveling ahead. We fly to New York and stay one night (which is an amazing trip in itself!). Then Sunday morning we fly out to Dublin and begin our adventures! The next 7 days will be lots of sightseeing, exploring castles, taking in the landscape, trying new food, doing some shopping, hopefully find some fantastic flea markets and SO much more! I plan on blogging while I’m there, if at all possible.  You can expect a lot of pictures and updates!  As a small token of our appreciation, I designed this simple art print for my in-laws. It’s simply an image of Ireland with a heart, to symbolize our time there as a family and the memories we will make. We also have a matching one and hope to have it on our wall before we leave. I also have plans for another art piece from our trip, which I will share with you later as well! I’ve seen a lot of prints similiar to this on Etsy and Pinterest, but I wanted to create it myself so it could be a bit more personal. Plus, it’s what I do and I love it!  Do...
Making New Friends: CCOC

Making New Friends: CCOC

  I mentioned last week how a few of us girls were headed to CCOC and how we could hardly wait!  Well, we’re back from our fun getaway and enjoyed our time in the beautiful Mission Viejo! The thing I really appreciate about CCOC is the amazing women you meet. From all backgrounds, professions and interests, you always leave encouraged and inspired! Not to mentioned, you make at least 12 new friends! I appreciate how their goal is to support your creative outlet and to help you feel like you are headed in the right direction. None of this competitive or negative behavior you might get elsewhere. These girls are truly sweet! The only problem is, you don’t want to leave…you could sit and chat all week long!!!!  I had a fantastic time being one of the featured creatives, along with a few other AMAZING ladies! As soon as I got there, my nerves melted away because of all their uplifting words. Thanks ladies for making this experience a great one!   I am already looking forward to next month’s! If you are interested in joining or want to find out dates for the next event, check out their facebook page to see if you have one in your area!  How do you feel about the idea of meeting up with local creatives and having the chance to make new friends? It’s pretty amazing if ever given the chance! Here are a few more creatives to check out: Sue Wheelock Ashleigh Garret Nook and Sea Ellen Kern Double-Sided Tape One Handspun Day Postscript Thoughts If I missed you, I...
Thrifty Find: Dinnerware

Thrifty Find: Dinnerware

Last time I took a little visit to Anthropologie, my eye caught their beautiful Latte Bowls! I wanted a few, but when I saw how much they were I couldn’t justify it! I thought of buying one, but what’s the point…we would have to take turns eating our morning cereal!  So, I forgot about it and put it all behind me. I went to Fresh and Easy to buy some groceries and what did I find? Some bowls that looked awfully familiar (not exactly the same, but still cute!). They were pretty much the same bowls I had been eyeing at Athropologie, I was pretty excited as you could imagine. Oh, but these bowls were a steal of a deal in comparison to those! Instead of paying $30 for one bowl, I paid $2.99 and bought 6 guilt free! Can you imagine spending $180 on 6 bowls?! Ok, maybe you could but I just wouldn’t feel right about it! Now everyone can have their own bowl and cereal in the morning!  If you are a thrifty shopper looking for something to buy, don’t make any quick decisions! Take your time, think about it overnight, shop around, compare prices and surely you will find what you are looking for!  Are you are bargain shopper? What kind of things are you trying to get a good deal on these days?! XOXO, Lidy...
Inspired by: Washi Tape

Inspired by: Washi Tape

Lately I am obsessed with Washi Tape. I ordered a few rolls last week and am waiting patiently impatiently for their arrival! I’m telling you, it’s out of control when it comes to this stuff! I had to dedicate a whole board on Pinterest to Washi tape because there are so many ideas circulating! Who would have thought this sticky stuff would become so popular, genius! I am making a list a mile long of all the things I want to tape around my house. I’m starting to think I should have ordered more rolls…I’m hardly going to have enough by the time it gets here! Here are a few ideas I’m thinking I might try!    Introducing the many looks of Washi Tape: There are thousands upon thousands of different designs! Florals, geometric shapes, simple, fancy, you name it! I could just have the rolls sitting around, they are that cute! I cannot wait to use this fabulous stuff! Don’t worry, you can find this anywhere (online that is) and buy as many as you want!   Washi Tape Cake Toppers or Stir Sticks: These are the easiest thing to make! Get some skewers, your tape and some scissors and make magic happen! Look how simple, yet effective it is?! LOVE! I’m just getting started…..   Washi Tape Notebook: You can recover anything! I saw this notebook and thought it would be darling! A cute book to write all my Washi Tape ideas in!    Washi Tape Bottles: How fantastic are these bottles! They are so pretty and feminine! Take some old bottles, repaint them white and put some...
Creative Connection OC

Creative Connection OC

This month is a busy one for me, I don’t know where it has gone! We are getting close to the end of the month already, can you believe it?! In February, I had the pleasure of going to my first Creative Connection event in LA. I met some amazing girls and have been in contact with many of them since then. I love meeting new people and making new friends, especially when you share similar passions and hobbies! I was blown away by the talent I saw and left feeling so inspired, hopeful and encouraged (pictures courtesy Meghan!). This month, I am planning on attending the Creative Connection in Orange County (this Saturday!). Not only that, but I am SO excited to be one of the featured creatives! I was asked if I would like to be a part of it and couldn’t refuse….even though I was super nervous and maybe even a bit doubtful of myself. But that’s the thing, you never know until you try! One of the things I learned from the last  Creative Connection event was to set bigger goals and maybe you will accomplish more than you would have had you put yourself in a box. This is me taking myself out of that tiny box and allowing opportunities to come my way. I have been so supported by family and friends, that I feel I am growing more confidently in what I know and love!  So, Friday after work a bunch of of us are driving up to Orange County to spend the night and galavant around! Perhaps we shall do some shopping,...
DIY: Scrap Fabric Banner

DIY: Scrap Fabric Banner

Do you have a craft room full of scrap fabric you just don’t know what to do with? Why not make a super simple banner for a lovely Anthro-inspired look!  I don’t know what it is about banners this spring, but I’m loving them! I have one outside, in the nursery and thanks to these fabric scraps I now have one in our family room too! This is such a fast project, I’m in the process of making another one for our master bedroom!  It’s an easy way to dress up the home and leave a feeling of handmade happiness!  What you need: Scrap fabric (it’s more fun if it’s an array of different colors and patterns!) Scissors Twine Instructions: Cut strips of fabric any width or length you desire. The wider the strips, the fluffier the banner will look. The length will also effect how it appears, but it’s hard to go wrong! You may have to cut several pieces of fabric if you want a longer banner! Mine was a bit small and it took me under 5 minutes to complete. It might become a tad tedious if you want a long one, so pop in a movie and have a delicious cup of tea! Take your fabric and tie it onto the twine. Once all the fabric is tied, you can adjust it as needed. That’s it! Hang it up somewhere, it’s bound to look super cute! I feel happy with the end result, I put this fabric to use and now I don’t feel so wasteful! I’ve been dying to try it out and now I...
A Place for Resting: Part II

A Place for Resting: Part II

So now that you know the story, I thought I would share some pictures of this gorgeous retreat! Perhaps you might find yourself wondering up this mountain to a quiet Haven! Watch out for those freak snow storms! Camp Nelson Lodge: Such and inviting atmosphere! It was so cozy and warm, I couldn’t get enough of it! The pictures do no justice. Down to the last detail, I was struck by how quaint it was! My husband would have loved it, it’s his dream “Man-Cave”! Also known as his cabin in the woods where he will one day retire!  The Cabins: Every room had a name and theme! Our cabin was called “The Cabin” and the decor was evidently deer. I have to admit, I kinda liked it! The beds were surprisingly the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! Let’s just say, some friends and I are going to take our husbands and start a new holiday tradition: Thanksgiving up in Camp Nelson! So nice to be home, but so glad I discovered this wonderful place up in the mountains! If you are in the area, I highly recommend checking out this lodge! What’s your favorite place to retreat to?! XOXO, Lidy    ...
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