Stargazing. There's nothing like the big Minnesota sky on a clear summer evening. Up north and lakeside with a glimpse of the Northern Lights is icing on the cake.
Stars are magical. They have such a cool mystique. I love their inspiration. I love their sparkle. I love their energy. The perfect way to infuse a little bit of magic into your celebration.
I am loving this e-session sent in from Elegance by ACE. In true Southern fashion, Xenia is stunning and Sheldon quite dapper coupled with infectious smiles. They have such a cool vibe (and great taste in music!) that was captured perfectly by Photo 225.
Makes me want a bunch of balloons and a romantic picnic in the park. Stat.
From the lakes of Minnesota,
To the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.
From Detroit down to Houston,
And New York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
And its time we stand and say.
That I'm proud to be an American,
Where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
Who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
Next to you and defend her still today.
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.
First of all I can't believe it's already July 4th?!? And with that bit of anxiety, I needed a last minute garland to help boost the upcoming holiday festivities! And there's nothing better than garland to help do that...
A bit obsessed with felt lately, I thought we'd take a crack at making a patriotic garland that resembles the glorious bunting often draped around a town square...but mini!
With the help of crafter-extraordinaire, Jodi of One Simple Dream, we created a charming garland that could be used for any occasion if you just swap out the colors!
Here's what you will need:
Grab your template for the circles...in my case, a juice glass! Trace onto the felt. You should be able to get at least 20 circles per 12x12 sheet of felt.
Our 9 foot garland needed 72 total circles (total quantity varies depending on how you like your spacing). I cut out 24 of each color.
Stack four circles of felt on top of each other. You can chose to do all of the same in the stack or vary it! I did a little of each.
Sew directly down the middle of each stack of four. Cut excess thread.
Sew 18 circle stacks and pull apart to fluff each pouf. Pouf!
Cut 9 feet of the baker's twine and thread on a needle. I strongly recommend using a needle with a large "eye" as the baker's twine can be challenging to thread (but it's cuteness is key and worth every minute you spend threading that needle!)
Tie a double knot on each end and thread the poufs through the center.
Evenly space the poufs and hang!
Oh say can you see...a fun and festive garland!?!
Photo credit: Jordi Lee Photography
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that last week I was back in NYC for a few days checking things off my bucket list right and left. For starters, I was one lucky duck who attended Alt Summit NYC!
I'm still walking on sunshine just thinking about the all of the fabulousness those 48 hours contained??!
Alt NYC was held at the offices of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. I have to admit I had butterflies heading down West 26th Street dreaming what would be waiting behind the doors of what a few of us kindly referred to as "Martha's House."
Confirmed. It is the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory of crafting and inspiration. Crisp white everything. Crafting gurus to your right and your left. Beautiful food and pastries lining the entry. Amazing energy and passion oozing from everyone bustling and chatting throughout this magical place.
Martha Stewart and Alt are a match made in heaven as both always pull out all of the stops. So I wanted to give you a glimpse into my day at an event that continues to prove life-changing with relentless support, creativity, inspiration and new friendships.
Welcome to Alt and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia!
Never lacking in smiles and welcome swag...
Let the crafting begin...
Hands down, one of the most impressive things about Alt is the quality of the speakers.
The advice and insight in regards to the dynamics and world of blogging is second to none. While often starstruck by the uber talented, creative, innovative and even ballsy speakers, I am most in awe of their candor, generosity and vulnerability as they are even more impactful when it comes to sharing their gems of genius on life.
Blaze your own version of a path.
Surround yourself with positive people and people who welcome change.
Silence = a soft pat on the back.
We were honored to have THE Martha Stewart stop by and share a few good things. (She is as undeniably poised, stunning and brilliant with a presence as magical as you would imagine! And she even appeared from a little door like Alice in Wonderland...wow!)
In the words of Martha Stewart...
Bloggers. Curators. Educators. Tastemakers.
You get Martha Stewart Living.
A huge fan of Martha Stewart's American Made program...we had the chance to hear directly from some amazing makers.
Turn things that are less than awesome into learning opportunities.
Remember to love. Experience life. Be present.
If you are afraid, you will stay exactly where you are.
It's just cookies.
Superwoman died of exhaustion.
Creating a life you love with style, grace and fiery spirit.
Believe in your secret sauce.
Pick your spot. Put your flag down. Speak loudly.
Always time for coffee, snacks, chatting, charging and of course, the infamous business card exchange.
And one of the speakers I was waiting for all day was Garance Dore. I have long been a fan of her fashion illustration and blog. She has an amazing sense of style, grace and humor. And she was every bit delightful and cool in person.
It's important to observe and not always react.
Branch out (but stay on the same tree).
Prove yourself everyday...for the rest of your life.
What you say NO to is as important as what you say YES to. It defines you.
Nothing like capping off this fantastic day with a rooftop cocktail party, good looking servers (you know Martha had cast), party decor only Martha and her team could coordinate...and a candy bar and sweets presented with perfection.
No Alt is complete without a couple visits to the Smilebooth!
Looking forward to more inspiration and Alt-goodness next month when I head west to San Francisco...
Photos courtesty of Justin Hackworth
Ever wonder how you could possibly repurpose all of those old trophies you have packed away in storage?! Inspired by my hoarding of childhood trophies which feature the most eclectic collection of trophy tops - a rabbit, a horse, a soccer player, a cheerleader - I realized that I loved the tops and what they represented (okay, maybe I a little personal validation of my childhood feats?!)
And what better way to make what is old, new again than transform these trophies into fresh and modern wine stoppers! It is so easy that you can even do it just in time for Father's Day!
Here's what you need:
First, pre-drill the cork with the drill bit (a 5/32 bit is what we used). The size of the bit should be just a tad smaller than the threads on the trophy top. Drill 1/2 the length of the cork.
Next (and finally), add just a a dab of Super Glue to the threads of the trophy and screw the top into the cork.
Yahoo! Coolest wine stopper ever complete.
These are as good as gold but how about adding a pop of color?! We painted, dipped and sprayed a few and I'm in love with the results!
When painting with a paint brush, we used Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint in Chipotle from Michaels. Put washi tape on the trophy top to create a nice edge and prevent the paint from bleeding. Paint with a brush. Remove tape and let dry.
To dip paint the trophy, we used Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Graphite to create a modern matte finish. I recommend putting some of the paint in a small container and dipping the trophy in the paint to the desired amount. Hang to dry with a paper towel underneath to catch any drips. (Make sure to gently wipe any drips off the bottom of the trophy before they dry!) This horse head is MY FAVE!
If you are opting to spray paint, I recommend finding a scrap piece of wood and drill some holes the size of the threads of the trophy. Place the trophy tops in the holes. Spray with small even strokes. Let dry. We used Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Chrome to make this football player nice and shiny!
Not only are these wine stoppers a great gift but I would love to use these as part of a centerpiece or table numbers! What a fun way to show off your skillz (even if they are wannabe)...or even cheers to the glory days!
Photo credit: Jordi Lee Photography