Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rock Candy Chandy Tute

Roses are red.
Rock candy is cute.
I should be cleaning,
But I am eating lots of sugar + writing this tute:)

Enjoy this sweet + simple tutorial.
Disclaimer: The candy is for adorable presentation. Don't eat it-it has glue on it:)

Stuff you need:
Rock candy on strings
Assorted ribbon
Floral wire picks
Purple Hot Glue Gun
Display stand or tree

Homegoods purchase that I spray painted silver

cut rock candy strings into desired lengths 

cut wire picks into 2-3 inch pieces bend a hook at end

make sure glue gun is very hot, it should burn/melt the candy
I add glue until the candy cracks and melts a tiny bit, then insert hook
let cool for about 15 minutes

add ribbon and hang

Another option-just use rock candy sticks and hang with ribbon

Another candy chandelier idea courtesy
of the sparkling Shawna Brockmeier

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ode to the Value Pack of Gift Bows...

I feel kind of bad for the old school value pack of gift bows. Once the Gold Standard of polished gift wrapping-they have now fallen into the clearance bin shadows of baker's twine, washi tape, snazzy yarn and more clever packaging ideas. I, however, still believe gift bows can offer old school charm. I also adore the idea of using everyday, underappreciated items and imagining them into something wicked cute. With minimal physical effort. Come on, you know that's funny:)

Oh, Value Bag of Gift Bows, I love you so...

Create the world's easiest table runner with a piece of
fabric and add gift bows for adorable drama

cut fabric edges with scalloped scissors for an easy, inexpensive runner

animals crakers dipped into melted white chocolate
and then dunked into a pool of nonpareils

perfect for any party presentation
or a special afterschool snack with your chimps

 string gift bows for a bright, colorful garland

use gift bows to create a spectacular entrance
this dazzling wreath is by Maria {Love & Sugar Kisses}
Tutorial here.

totally adorbs gift bow usage to jazz up some cuppies
by the sparkling Jeannette {J. At Your Service}

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

25 Things You {Probably} Don't Know About Me...

25 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Me…

Laura from Live Smile Celebrate has come up with a blog series called “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” based on the celebrity series in US Magazine.
She tagged Jillian from Catch My Party and Jillian tagged me and four other party gals to write the same post and after doing so, tag some other party friends. 
Wicked cool idea:) 

So here are 25 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Me

1. I am extremely particular about the shades of purple I adore.
2. I am craft crazy. I will dabble in almost every aisle in the craft store + I love to learn new skills.
3. I love Cinnabons. A lot. Not the tiny, crappy ones you get in Burger King, the   real ones.
4. I have been married for 18 years {together for 23} Ah, young love…
5. I have two little chimps that are my heart + soul.  My boys complete me.
6. When I was a teen I worked at the Renaissance Faire, had to dress up like a wench and say, in the lamest accent, “Programs, get your programs here-only ten pounds.” Worst. Job. Ever.
7. I will always stand up for the rights of those that cannot stand up for themselves.
8. I never make my bed. Unless my MIL is coming overJ
9. I am always envisioning how logos and partyware designs of other businesses would look with glitter.
10. My favorite TV shows are Chopped, Top Chef and any of the RH.
11. I think greed is a disgusting trait.
12. I love the smell of apples.
13. I worship anything handmade. Just so special, original + meaningful.
14. My favorite color is Pantone Purple Ash.
15. I like big hair. I know, shocking! I cannot understand the time some people spend to flatten and straighten their hair.
16. I hate to cook. Especially bacon. I always get burned by the grease. Lame.
17. I adore real parties.  
18. By the time a party trend has become popular-I’m way over it.
19. I firmly believe that talent will always trump hype.  
20. I am a lova of handbags. Seriously.
21. I never paint my nails-interferes with the glitta + paper.
22. I am kind of shy + quiet in real life.
23. I'm not really into Pinterest. Or Instagram. 
24. The most satisfying part of my job is getting to be a part of such important milestones-an honor I do not take lightly.
25. I’m with Jillian on this ~I never want anyone to throw me a surprise party because I think I would freak out and then walk out! 


Bird {Bird's Party}

Linnette {Paper Glitter}

Angela {Anything But Perfect}

Ebony {Sparkling Events & Designs}

Abigail {Paper + Cake}