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5TH BIRTHDAY
Afternoon Sweets Party

Today I get to share a few snaps from my daughter’s birthday party this past weekend! She had so much fun at the party, and of course I had a blast putting the party scheme together in pink, navy and red floral, gingham, stripes and polka dot patterns. Using an “Afternoon Sweets” theme, I enlisted the help of the fam to create a dessert table with cupcakes, cookies, macarons, lemon bars, brownie bites and cake balls. I even got to make flower arrangements with pink and red mini carnations, red tulips, and pink daisies (all supermarket flowers!).

Best part of all, my daughter got to help with details like replacing the ugly water bottle labels with cute little flower stickers, placing the cake balls into the paper flowers, and setting up the strawberry & chocolate milk station with plastic French milk bottles and stripey straws — perfect kid-friendly projects! She was so excited to be helping out with her big girl party…

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HOLIDAY PALETTE
Black, White, Pink, Gold, Silver

I’m definitely behind schedule but I’m bringing it full speed ahead from now until Christmas! I thought this palette of mine would be tough to gather together, but surprisingly there are bits and pieces and ideas everywhere to pull it off! I’m definitely going to try those D.I.Y. ombre candles and D.I.Y. clear glass ornaments with gold glitter. I’ll be sure to share the final results, but in the meantime…

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DISCO GOURD
Have a Happenin’ Halloween!

This Halloween, I decided to put the par-tay in pumpkin with a little disco ball pumpkin…Studio 54 style! Last year, I did the 2-step, paint-and-stick D.I.Y. pumpkins, so I guess I thought I could outdo myself with a 1-step version. (Have I gotten really lazy with it or what?)

Nonetheless, hope you all have a (safely) wicked day and night!

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D.I.Y.
Spotted Canvas

Here’s a fun, cheap and easy project for your weekend: a black and white spotted canvas. I recently did one up to add to my gallery wall, and it was so simple I had to share…

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TINY PRINTS
Displaying Kids’ Art

Happy Friday! A reader recently asked, “What do you do with all your kid’s artwork?” My answer: frame it, display it proudly! So here’s a little D.I.Y. weekend-warrior project for parents out there: rummaging through your kids’ old artwork that you have stashed away, and selecting pieces to display in their rooms. Here are the four ways I’ve done so in my daughter’s room, with a few tips to make it work for your home…

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D.I.Y.
Make a “Smile File”

This probably doesn’t deserve to be called a “D.I.Y.” in the traditional sense, but I thought it was such a cute idea and anyone can do it! A friend recently told me about her “smile file” — a collection of notes, cards, photographs and bits of memorabilia that you can reference every once in a while when you need a little pick-me-up…

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D.I.Y.
Candle Makeup Jar

First off, let me say how silly I feel for even making a post out of this because it’s SO STINKIN’ EASY. But when I had an old Diptyque Baies candle that I didn’t have the heart to throw away, I honestly didn’t know how to take the wax out, and had to google it. While a few of the recommended methods sounded a little dangerous, one seemed almost too good to be true. Here are the 3 steps:

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ANNIVERSARY CHANDELIER
My 10-Year Gift

Today is my 10-year wedding anniversary! You may remember I posted this D.I.Y. chandelier by Lindsey Adelman back in March. Well, I immediately put the husband to work, and he really came through for me. I love it! Paired with flowers from recent photo shoots, it makes for a very celebratory scene, doesn’t it?

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ANNIVERSARY “JEWELRY”
D.I.Y. Chandelier by Lindsey Adelman

Plus a new “Design Under the Influence”

My 10-year wedding anniversary is coming up, and instead of asking for diamond earrings again, this year I decided to get creative. The husband may not be the hearts and flowers type, but he is quite handy around the house (a lost art these days, don’t you think?). So I’m putting my architect to good use with a D.I.Y. chandelier by Lindsey AdelmanHer custom pieces go from $6k-$20k and up, so it’s a real treat that she would share a $130 version for us regular folk! I’m excited, and the husband’s happy he gets off the hook for another year…

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D.I.Y. FAVOR BAGS
Bugs & Butterflies

Blogging later than usual because I wanted to share this little project that my daughter and I worked on last night for her birthday! Last year we made the same bags with an “animal” theme, and this year, I opted for “bugs & butterflies.” Whenever I make things like these, my friends ask me how?!  I honestly make it up as I go along, but I thought I could break it down here for those interested…

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