DIY Flower Crown

If you are heading to Coachella or just want a fun spring/summer accessory that you can make for yourself watch this video! There are different ways to make flower crowns, but this is a sturdy way to ensure your flowers won't be falling off when you're getting your dance on. Hope you enjoy and can't wait to see what you come up with! A huge thank you to the awesome ladies of Michelle Phan's ICON Network for allowing me to be a part of this fun project! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl5G0Zrgmgw

DIY Bohemian Glam Inspired Easter Eggs

This fun little project is inspired by my new found obsession for Moroccan wedding blankets thanks to the fabulous JL Designs! They are absolutely gorgeous, full of texture, and have an amazing bohemian glam look that I love. If you've never seen one check them out here and here. While I do like traditional Easter eggs with their cute pastel colors, I adore that these have a more sophisticated look. I used plastic dyeable eggs for these so that I can store them and use them for next year! Easter5

Here's what you need!

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  • Plastic Dyeable Easter Eggs (These are a brand called "Celebrate It" from Hobby Lobby. Note that these are a matte texture and not the plastic eggs that you put candy in.)
  • Textured Fabric Trimmings in Cream and Metallic Gold (I chose mostly tassel like creams and sparkly golds. You can can also do silver or copper if you'd rather!)
  • Hot Glue Gun (+ Glue Sticks)
  • Scissors

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Lay out your materials to plan out the pattern. Make sure to cut the trims so that they will fit around the different parts of the egg.

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I placed some kraft paper on my table to protect it from the hot glue. I also kept a paper plate nearby to set the glue gun on in between layers. Feel free to start wherever you would like to on the egg. Leave a little room at the top and bottom if you plan to cover the entire egg. I found that it is easier to fill in those spaces at the end. Once you get your first trim on, you will see how quickly it goes and how easy it is to follow the line of the piece before. (see below) Be careful not to touch the hot glue with your fingers when pressing the trims down. The amazing thing about this glue is how quickly it dries, so luckily it's not hot for too long, but when it's hot, it's scorching!

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If you want to cover the entire egg, you will eventually have to repeat the layers depending on how many different trims you started with. Feel free to switch up the pattern, that is the beauty of Moroccan wedding blankets, they are unique!

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And there you have it folks, a Moroccan wedding blanket Easter egg! Who knew!?

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It's fun to do a variation of completely covered and partially covered eggs. You can see what I chose to do below. The most important rule to crafting these is that there are no rules!

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Floral Fun: Spring "Watering Can" Arrangement

With Easter quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to put together a spring-inspired arrangement using a watering can as a vase. This would be super cute for an Easter table or for Spring in general. Here's what you need and how to put together your very own! SpringArrangement24

I wanted to make sure this arrangement had a mixture of fun textures, so I tried to choose blooms of varying shapes and sizes.

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  • kale
  • lavender poms
  • pink tulips
  • boxwood greenery

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You Will Need:

  • Watering Can
  • Floral Shears (Mine are a brand called Ohana, the absolute best!)
  • Clear Floral Tape
  • Scissors (gold handle optional :))

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STEP 1: Fill the watering can with water, be careful not to fill it too high. Cut the clear floral tape into strips (it's best to do this as you go in my opinion, rather than cutting them all ahead of time) and place from one side of the watering can to the other, leaving space in between each piece (these should all be going in the same direction). Once you have finished, you will repeat this process going the opposite direction to create a grid across the opening of the watering can. This will help hold your stems in place while you are designing.

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STEP 2: Begin placing your blooms and greenery between the tape. I started with kale, then began adding other flowers as I went. You can see step by step what I did below. Apologies for the photos where it may be hard to tell what was added! Hopefully this will be fairly easy to follow.

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Here I turned the vase the opposite direction so that you could see the other side of the watering can while I was placing the blooms.

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Greenery like the boxwood I added below gives the arrangement a more garden like feel!

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Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifting Guide

Here are a few last minute gift ideas for your Valentine! Most of these items are available via Amazon Prime if you would like to order online to be shipped to you before this weekend, or you can find them in a local store. I've included links to each one to make it easier to find them :) ValentineGiftingGuide 1. Herschel Supply Duffel Bag - I actually got this bag for my husband for Christmas and he loves it! It is the perfect size for a quick getaway or even a week-long trip to somewhere warm where you don't need to pack larger clothes like coats or sweaters. I highly recommend this!

2. Izola Flask - This was also a Christmas gift that I got for the man in my life! It fits amazingly into inner suit pockets, ideal for the Mad Man in your life...Don Draper anyone?

3. Rag & Bone Card Case - The color of this card case is amazing. I love that it is unique and ultra masculine! This is great for a simplistic guy that doesn't want to carry around a bulky full-sized wallet.

4. Ray Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses - These glasses....I love them! I think they are the perfect blend of vintage meets ultra cool.

5. Worn & Wound Watch Strap - If you have a watch enthusiast in your life, he will LOVE Worn & Wound straps. They are such high quality products and really transform any timepiece. My husband adores these! (Hint: If you don't know very much about watches, make sure to note the size of your partner's watch before purchasing. There is a big difference between 18mm and 20mm, etc.)

6. Leatherman Multi-Tool - Men like to feel prepared for anything, so why not get yours a multi-tool to keep in their pocket or in their car?

7. Art of Shaving Set - This luxurious shaving set will make your guy feel like he has his own personal barber on call. There are three variations for this set. (The one here is the unscented version!)

8. Fitbit - Fitbits are a great way to help facilitate a healthier lifestyle. It's also a fun way to get you and your partner involved in healthier habits together. Why not have a Fitbit competition for two where the one with the most steps each week wins a prize, gets to choose date night, etc.

My Favorite Things: The Lettermate

I have always been fascinated by calligraphy and the art of hand-lettering! If you like to pretend you can hand-letter like I do, or even if you actually have a talent for it, you NEED a Lettermate! This little tool saved my life this year while I was addressing Christmas cards. Last year, I sat there with a ruler and had to draw each line, spacing them as I went, needless to say, it took FOREVER! When I found the Lettermate through Pinterest it was like a little beacon of light and I just had to have one. Here are a few pictures from their site that show you some of the fun things you can use it for! LetterMate8

This perfectly spaced stencil is ideal for creating sharp looking hand-lettering! If you don't want to write while holding the stencil down, you can lightly trace the lines of the stencil and then erase them when you are done.

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This is one of my favorite looks you can achieve with the Lettermate. I love a cursive last name with a super cute simplistic font. I also adore placing the zip code on it's own line centered underneath everything else, seriously...I do it every single time. #sorrynotsorry

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Little embellishments add that extra something special that lets your recipients know that you took the time to hand address their envelope. One of my current favorite things to do is a simple arrow beneath the zip code!

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I also love adding words like "Deliver To:" or "For the One and Only:" I feel like a cute little phrase makes that piece of mail all the more fancy and who doesn't want to be fancy?

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You can see videos of the Lettermate in action here! This tool is honestly such a great investment and I cannot recommend it enough! Hopefully, one day I will be even half as good as the lovely hands that created the examples I shared above! But, until then, I will keep trying out new ways to make my mail look extra special using this awesome little helper!

(I was certainly not asked by Lettermate to share about them, nor am I affiliated with them. I just really believe in their product! NOW GO BUY ONE!) :)

 

Kitchen Adventure: Sea Salt Caramel + Pecan Crumble Bars

With Christmas this week (WHAT!?) I wanted to share a simple, yet yummy dessert that you can bring with you to your family dinners or get togethers. This is a recipe that came straight from Pillsbury. Here is what you need!

  • 8x8 inch pan (mine is Pyrex)
  • Non-Stick Spray (not pictured here)
  • 1 roll of refrigerated Pillsbury sugar cookie dough
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons flour (It's a good idea to separate these right off the bat as they will be used at different times)
  • 1/2 cup caramel
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Gold dot napkin, spatula, pine cones, and glitter antlers (optional) :)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Coat pan with non-stick spray. I prefer to use the butter flavored kind!

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Step 2: In a bowl, break up the cookie dough and add 1/4 cup flour. Mix with a spoon, spatula, or your hands until well incorporated.

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Step 3: Take 3/4 of the dough and press evenly into the bottom of the pan. Set aside the remaining dough for later. Bake for 16 - 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Keep in mind, you are going to put the pan back in the oven later to complete the dessert so be careful not to overcook in this step.

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Step 4: While the bottom layer is baking, pour the caramel and 2 tablespoons of flour into a bowl. Mix until well combined. The color will change to a milky caramel.

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Steps 5 & 6: Once your bottom layer is done baking, take it out of the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. You are then going to pour the caramel mixture evenly over the base. Once you have it spread out well, take 1/2 of the pecans and the 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and sprinkle over the caramel.

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Step 7: In another bowl, mix the remaining cookie dough with the remaining pecans until well combined. I think it is easiest to do this step with your hands. (freshly washed of course!)

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Step 8: Crumble pecan/cookie dough mixture over the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. I like to bake things for less time and add more time if necessary. I am very careful not to over-bake things, because who wants a crunchy dessert that is supposed to be soft and gooey?

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Step 9: Allow pan to cool for at least an hour before cutting or indulge immediately with some vanilla ice cream!

Step 10: Enjoy!

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2015 Holiday Gifting Guide

With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to share some items that would make perfect gifts for friends/family or even for yourself. (We all have a wish list, right?) It can be tricky to buy gifts as we get older because most people are able to buy themselves the things they want, unlike when we were kids with no money and a list that was a mile long. These gifts range from $16.50 to $100, so there is definitely something for everyone in your #squad -- besties, work friends, or sisters. Happy shopping! HolidayGiftingGuide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Sunglasses 2. Statement Necklace 3. Becca - Champagne Pop 4. Voluspa Candle 5. Glitter Makeup Bag 6. S'Well Bottle 7. Ombre Scarf 8. MAC Soar Lipliner 9. Confetti Wallet

Sugar Paper Los Angeles for Target - Christmas Haul

If you have never heard of Sugar Paper, you are missing out! They have the cutest, modern paper goods! They have been teaming up with Target to create affordable, chic planners and calendars for the last few years. This holiday season, they also came out with a whole collection of Christmas items! I was SO thrilled to see this at my local Target and decided that I must Sugar Paper theme my gifts for this year! They have some other color options available, but I decided to go with a Red, Mint, Gold, Black, and White scheme. I am a sucker for anything gold foiled and these products do not disappoint in that department. Here are the fun things I bought! SugarPaper-5

The awesome thing about these three adorable bags is that while they are great for the holiday season, you can also use them year round for birthday gifts, baby showers, etc. I love the modern look of them -- totally beats Santa Claus printed paper in my book! (Sorry, Santa!)

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I love the simplicity of this pretty white and gold bag. The material it is made out of feels very high quality, and at only $3.00 per bag, you really can't beat that!

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So many fun prints available in this wrapping paper collection! Like the three small bags I shared above, the gold stripe and mint & gold dot papers can be used any time of the year! I love the sweet little mittens on the white paper. They are minimal, but make a statement, and I have never seen anything quite like them. I also loved the pop of red this cute "Merry Christmas" paper tied into the look. I like that it added that tasteful, yet classic Christmas feel.

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These gold trimmed white boxes are so cute, I might just keep them for myself to put keepsakes in. They are sturdy and easily stackable, perfect to just tie a pretty bow onto and call it a day.

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So long to losing labels year after year and having to buy new ones every Christmas. I love that this is a label dispenser in the style of a tape dispenser. The labels stay neatly inside until you are ready to use them so they are always protected. This is another great product in this line because it is not holiday specific!

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I will have to get a pretty gold pen to write in my best wannabe-calligrapher's handwriting on these little tags! These will be great for presents with bows or ribbon! I also had to get these adorable gift toppers that look like tiny ornaments. I will probably use these for a holiday girls' night idea that I am stirring up!

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Overall, I am super impressed with everything this collection has to offer! I hope they decide to do this year after year. If you love luxe paper goods, but don't want to break the bank wrapping presents this year...run, don't walk to your nearest Target now! Or you can see what they still have available online here.

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My Favorite Things: Ankle Boots

I have been LOVING wearing ankle boots this fall! They are so comfortable and really help bring an outfit to the next level. I personally do not wear high heels on a regular basis, so if the heel of this style of boot scares you, don't let it! Here are some cute, affordable (and I do mean affordable!) options that I found and wanted to share!

AztecBootI love the Aztec print of this boot! This type of pattern is very "in" right now and these go really well with a cute denim dress and a sun hat...flea market trip anyone? And you won't believe the price of these!

LuLusBlueThese navy boots have a fringe accent that I just adore! I love these moody rock n' roll booties and think they would be perfect to wear to a concert. I will definitely be ordering these for myself soon!

BlackCowboyThese cowboy boots are a fun alternative to the traditional mid-calf boot. Although I do think these are great for fall, they would also be perfect for summer BBQs or music festivals. Fun tip: Target also offers these in other colors!

JCPenneyRedThe color of these boots...I can't even handle it! This color is called "Bordeaux" and I love it! I honestly don't know if I could pick a more perfect Fall shoe color. These might be a bit trickier to wear, but I think the perfect outfit for these would be a black sundress, (yes, you can wear a sundress in California at this time of year) with a denim jacket over it. If you're really feeling festive you could even add a cute floppy style hat like this one!

BrownForever21The rich brown of these boots makes me want to throw on a flannel shirt and run through some fall leaves while holding a pumpkin. If only we had actual fall leaves and cold weather in California...sigh. But seriously, I love the warm, cozy feeling I get just from looking at these!

BrownFringeBootI actually own these boots and I am obsessed with them! They go so well with dresses! If you couldn't tell, I'm really into fringe right now, so the bohemian feel of these is right up my alley. Again, you can't beat the price on these either!

BlackHMChic. Cool. Fierce. I love these! The sharp details paired with a smooth finish make for an ultra sophisticated, yet edgy boot that would work amazingly well for a night on the town! These would be stunning with an all black outfit.

Kitchen Adventure: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Over the long weekend I decided I wanted to try a new dessert recipe. I found this yummy treat on Pinterest (of course!) and decided to try it out. Overall, it is a pretty easy recipe that I enjoyed making. One thing that I would have liked to have had to make this process easier is a hand mixer. I adore my KitchenAid stand mixer, but because you have to blend two different substances separately it would have been much easier to have an additional hand mixer to speed up the process, rather than having to wash my stand mixer bowl in between steps. These will last for a few days in your refrigerator, if you can help not eating them all before then. I hope you enjoy this sweet as much as I did! IMG_2309

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Floral Fun: My First Wedding Flowers

I'm so excited to share a few shots of the flowers I did for a lovely bride's big day in August. It was my first time doing floral work for someone professionally, so I am extremely excited to share this with you!

Rosie's wedding colors were the perfect summer palette: Peach, Coral, and Yellow. It was so much fun to play with these hues and find combinations of flowers that I felt worked really well for the feel she wanted on the biggest day of her life.

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For the bride's bouquet I used: Peach David Austin Garden Roses, Peach Roses, Coral Roses, Butter Yellow Roses, Yellow Ranunculus, White Lisianthus, and White Tulips with pretty pastel toned Dusty Miller for the greenery. I loved her bouquet and the light-hearted joy that it exuded.

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For the bridesmaids bouquets, I decided to use: Butter Yellow Roses, Coral Roses, Peach Roses, Tuberose, Stock, White Lisianthus, Dusty Miller, and Seeded Eucalyptus. The bouquets looked really pretty against the yellow, coral, and peach colored bridesmaid dresses that each girl wore!

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For the groom's boutineer, I decided to use: a Yellow Ranunculus, a leaf of Dusty Miller, and Seeded Eucalyptus. I didn't want the boutineer to come off as too girly, so I decided to keep it very green with a pop of yellow (the bride's favorite color). I finished this off with some floral wire instead of ribbon for a more masculine look as well.

I am so grateful that Rosie allowed me to do her flowers! It was such a great first experience and I look forward to hopefully doing more floral work for weddings/events in the future.

Weekend Project: Hairpin Leg Coffee Table

Recently, my awesome brother-in-law and sister-in-law helped us put together the DREAMIEST gold hairpin leg coffee table! I had to share a few shots of it in it’s new home. :)  We made it in one day and I am so incredibly happy with how it turned out! These are the instructions that we used. I am truly so grateful for all Chris and Laura did to help make this possible. Thank you both so so much! PS: Shoutout to my sparkly gold antlers, I don't think I'll ever get over you ;) IMG_2117

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Current Beauty Must-Haves

I have been watching a lot of beauty bloggers on YouTube lately which has re-ignited my love for make-up products! I want to share a few of my current must-haves.

BeautyBlenderThe Original BeautyBlender: I have always been wary of spending money on the official beautyblender, buying a few knock-offs here and there instead. But, let me tell you, I am so glad I finally decided to try out the real deal! It is amazing! There is something about the texture of this sponge that sets it apart from other blenders. It helps you get that flawless look quickly and evenly. Being a "use my finger to blend" girl in the past, this product has made me never want to go back. This blender won't leave unwanted hairs in your foundation like most makeup brushes and it doesn't soak up your foundation like a regular sponge. In my opinion, this product is worth the hype!

MACM.A.C Pro Longwear Concealer: Tons of beauty YouTubers talk about this product on a consistent basis, so I decided to try it out for myself. I love the creamy formula and high pigmented coverage this concealer provides! It goes on smooth and blends really well into my skin. One trick that I am loving with this product is getting a shade that is similar to your skin tone and then getting another that is a little lighter and mixing them. This really helps brighten up the under eye area!

TarteTarte Amazonian Clay Foundation: I really like this full coverage foundation! It has a smooth texture and blends really well with my beautyblender. It is not a runny foundation, which I personally like because I feel like it stays in place throughout the day. I also love the packaging of this product! It is not a glass bottle like so many other foundations so if (okay, WHEN) I drop it I don't have to worry about it breaking and sending my foundation all over the room. I am now on my second tube of this stuff and I'm loving it!

GrowLusciousRevlon Grow Luscious Mascara: This stuff, I love this stuff. I have been using this mascara for quite a while now and whenever I try something new I always come back to it. I love its' larger, fluffier brush applicator that allows me to sweep my lashes to the sky and leaves them looking full and voluminous. (I am personally not a fan of tiny silicone brushes, I feel like they clump my lashes together instead of separating them) Another awesome plus of this mascara is the growth formula within it that you apply to your lashes with each use. Each time you use this you are strengthening your lashes. This is an amazing drug store product that can definitely go head to head with a high end mascara in my opinion.

If you've never watched beauty bloggers, you should! It's awesome to hear their opinions on products, especially if you are considering something new and aren't sure if it's worth the money. A few of my current faves to watch are: KathleenLights, JaclynHill, and KandeeJohnson.

Kitchen Adventure: Mini Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Donuts I found this great recipe through Pinterest that I decided to try out on my own. I altered the recipe slightly, but the original can be found here: http://www.sweetlittlebluebird.com/2012/11/snickerdoodle-donut-muffins.html These were a big hit with everyone who tried them and really easy to make! They are perfect for a brunch or breakfast, especially when you'll want a spread of various treats but don't want everything to be full-sized. These minis are ideal! This recipe will make about two dozen mini donut muffins, so be sure to adjust it for your own needs. Also, please note that there are two separate ingredient lists, the first is for the actual muffins themselves and the second little list is for the yummy cinnamon sugar coating that you will dip them in once they are done baking. Enjoy :)

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Floral Fun: Peachy Coral Dreams

Owens2015 (6 of 6) First of all, it is PEONY season, people! :) Just a tip for any of my fellow peony lovers...check to see if your local Trader Joe's has these beauties in stock and buy them while you can! They have the best pricing that I have seen thus far - $6.99 for five stems. The flower market typically sells this flower (yes, even when they are actually in season, which is May) for $16-$20 per five stems. This means you could get ten peonies at Trader Joe's for less than you would pay for one bunch at the flower mart! That is insanity.

This weekend I wanted to play with a peachy/coral look based off of the coral peonies I picked up this week. So, I headed to the flower market on the Saturday before Mother's Day (eek!) to pick out some blooms to go with my coral treasures. I do not recommend going to the flower mart on this day because everything is more expensive than usual and it is overly crowded. I still had a great time picking out my flowers for these arrangements, but I will never take my leisurely, not crowded strolls around the flower mart for granted again.

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For this centerpiece I used a combination of white hydrangea, peach spray roses, peach hypericum berries, and leather leaf greenery.

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This arrangement is a mixture of coral peonies, white hydrangea, peach hypercium berries, and leather leaf greenery.

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Of course, I had to add in one of my favorite decor items to these photos, my sparkly antlers!

Happy Mother's Day everyone! Let's all be sure to appreciate the women who gave and continue to give us everything! xo

 

DIY Watermelon Garland

Over the weekend, I saw the cutest watermelon banner kit at Paper Source, so I decided to make one for myself. This is what the original garland looks like. 4071295692

This little project is so simple and can totally be done while you're sitting at home watching TV :)

Here's what you'll need: Circular objects to trace (as you can see, mine are random things I found in the house), twine, green, cream/white, and red/pink colored paper, glue stick/adhesive, sharpie, pen or pencil to trace, and scissors.

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Step 1: Trace your first circle. I started with the largest circle which will be the the outer layer of the watermelon. Trace as many circles as you'd like, keeping in mind the length that you want your garland to be in the end.IMG_1807

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Step 7: Draw black polka dots on your red circles. These are the watermelon seeds! (If you prefer, this part can be done after you have traced and before you cut out the shapes.)IMG_1848

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Step 8: Glue your circles together. Green will be on the bottom, followed by cream/white, and finally the red/pink circle! You should now have a cute little circular watermelon.IMG_1862

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Step 9: Fold your completed circles in half and glue them together over the twine. This will create a darling watermelon half that is visible from either side of the garland when it is hung. IMG_1870

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