Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cake Stand Love: Red White and Blue

The 4th of July is right around the corner, and it's time to put it on a pedestal. Your Independence Day dessert, I mean! Here is a two-tiered cupcake stand/server I love with a darling red, white and blue bunting design for patriotic partying. Check out these matching plates as well!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vintage Reproduction Coffee Can Project

In a recent post I talked about my shopping spree at the soon-to-close Razzle Dazzle. Though it feels like I bought out the store, I wasn't able to splurge on some of their best stuff—an awesome selection of vintage packaging. They had vintage ice cream containers, candy boxes, and other terrific food packages. Luckily, this tutorial by Mitzi's Collectibles offers an affordable way for me to satisfy my craving. Head to Mitzi's Collectibles to snag and print her terrific old coffee can labels. Adhere them to flea market canisters and vases and enjoy them for storage and display! Viola! Super affordable "vintage" food packaging of your own.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Free 4th of July Printables from Twig and Thistle

I spotted these free 4th of July printables I thought you'd enjoy! Head to Twig and Thistle for your free download. How will you be celebrating the 4th this year?


Monday, June 27, 2011

Farewell and a Farmers Market

Baked Goods by Jinou Edible Art

My final hours in Los Angeles were spent strolling through the farmers market in Studio City. Vendors there hawk your typical produce and seafood fare plus a few surprises like designer snow cones and $4 cupcakes I hear are worth the price. One tasty find was the baked goodness offered up by Jinou Edible Art. We bought two wheat free cakelets and a chocolate souffle fresh fruit tart.

Posing with my purchases and Michael

The real joy of the morning was meeting Michael Wells of Cattle Headquarters. He was a treat to talk to and sells teriffic dishtowels, napkins, tablecloths and aprons at a great price. I picked up retro farm advertising styled dishtowels and am kicking myself for not bringing home his California printed apron. You'll enjoy his flour and feed sack inspired designs. Anything from Cattle Headquarters would make a terrific hostess gift alone or paired with a bottle of wine. I plan to make my LA friend shop for me by proxy for Christmas gifts before I visit her again.

So much to see in Los Angeles and the surrounding area! If you have tips on a great place to check out, leave a comment and I'll schedule it into my next trip!

Studio City Farmers Market
Open Sundays from 8am to 1pm
Ventura Place between Laurel Canyon Blvd and Radford Avenue
www.studiocityfarmersmarket.com/

Cattle Headquarters
www.cattleheadquarters.com


Jinou Edible Art
http://jinou-edible-art.com/


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Farewell to the Ol' Razzle and Dazzle

If you saw my post on the cake stand mecca, Bountiful, then you know I'm in LA this week. Yesterday's SoCal adventures included brunch with a pal where we both wore vintage hats (fun!) and a trip to a tucked-away shop we spotted in Studio City called Razzle Dazzle. Seeing as I just discovered this gem of a store, I'm completely crushed to hear that it's closing.

Razzle Dazzle is a sweet little boutique full of sparkly pretties, cake stands, vintage goods and packaging, jewelry, ceramics and more. I'm very sad to hear of it's impending close, but I was happy to offer a good home to a number of fabulous purchases—including two new cake stands! The glass beauties pictured here were a steal at under $15 each and I can't wait to put them to good use. Other unique finds included handkerchiefs printed with reproductions of vintage children's book illustrations, a recipe book holder (to be photographed another day), and felt cake ornaments. If you're in the area head to Razzle Dazzle in Studio City and enjoy this lovely store before it's gone!

Razzle Dazzle
{Closing its doors around August 2011}
12154 Ventura Place
Studio City, CA 91604
http://shoprazzledazzle.com/


Saturday, June 25, 2011

"Nice" Lookin' Banner

Spotted via Style Me Pretty, these party banners by Nice are girly and gaudy and I kinda love 'em. Is this "Forever" banner not fringe-tastic? And the one below? I {heart} you, too. Now, we just need to get Caitlin of Nice to make some that are a little less pretty (read: wedding) and a little more party! Visit Nice to check out these, plus some cutie vintage goods.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Giveaway Winner: Awesome Acrylic Doilies

Congratulations to our randomly chosen giveaway winner, "Micah and Catherine!" You'll receive three extra-fun lasercut acrylic doilies made by Archicraft. Thank you to all who entered our giveaway. We'll have another one soon!


Cake Stand Heaven at Bountiful

I'm away on a fun little vacation in LA this week, and while strolling through the neighborhood near Venice Beach I stumbled across my idea of heaven in retail form. It's a fabulous store called Bountiful, and has the best store displays I've ever seen—mainly because they use stacks and stacks of drop dead gorgeous cake stands.

All of their cake stands are either genuine vintage and antique or made using original materials and molds by classic manufacturers. The whole store is jaw-droppingly pretty and full of more than just cake stands. They have vintage glassware, signs, decor, furniture, chandeliers, fabrics, and bric-a-brac. It's an absolute must if you're in the area. Just be sure to budget in a big chunk of change to spend! The good stuff doesn't come cheap.

Bountiful

1335 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291

(310) 450-3620

www.bountifulhome.com/


Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Renegade Craft Fair Approaches!

It's summertime, baby, and that means garage sales and craft fairs. And not just any craft fairs—Renegade Craft Fairs! Those of you on the West Coast, mark your calendars for July 9 & 10 in San Francisco at Fort Mason (See you there!!) and in Los Angeles State Historic Park July 16 & 17. Mid-westerners have to cool their heels till September—or come visit us in Cali. Who's with me?!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fabulous 4th of July Dessert

I swear I'm not unpatriotic, but sometimes Fourth of July themed goodies fail to really float my boat. Maybe I'm just not a red, blue and white girl at heart? But when I find a DIY project done just right I'll flip for it! Feast your eyes on these beauties: American flag themed cupcakes in a jar created by Glory of Glorious Treats for The TomKat Studio, who topped them with some great party printables. Visit The Tomkat Studio for more photos and to download the free printables. Then head to Glorious Treats to check out a full cake that looks like a flag inside! Have you seen any other projects for the 4th you think I'll like?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer On! with a Free Download

I don't have a "Keep Calm" poster up in my house (yet), but I'm sorely tempted to print and hang this one! "Keep Calm and Summer On" definitely expresses my mood lately—I'm loving the sunshine and it's making my hectic life seem much more enjoyable! The awesome Jacin Fitzgerald of Lovely Little Details and Darling Little Details created this fun poster in two colors. It's waiting for you to download for free over at Lovely Little Details! I don't know if it's the crown or the colors, but it's making me want to plan a summer high tea party.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cake Stand Love: Big On Color

Looking for a particular color of cake stand? Look no further! The Bauer Pottery Company in Los Angeles offers classic cake stands in 15 different shades. Which color would you get?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Giveaway: Awesome Acrylic Doilies!

We have a unique and fabulous giveaway today! One lucky winner will be the proud owner of these super fab acrylic doilies (worth over $55!). But these aren't just any doilies. Instead of your grandmother's lace or silk numbers, these are made from lasercut acrylic by Archicraft. We've got a set of three up for grabs in this week's giveaway. They're perfect for your tabletop!

To enter to win leave a comment after the post! Tell us your favorite use or project for regular doilies, or simply say hello! The winner will be chosen by random drawing. Contest ends at midnight (PST) on Thursday, June 23rd. Good luck!

**If your email isn't already linked to your comment through Blogger, etc., don't forget to leave an email address where I can reach you if you win!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

A New Use for Teacups

You're gonna love this! I spotted this DIY teacup craft over at Intimate Weddings. It's a very simple tutorial on how turn thrift store or vintage teacups into fabulous little bird feeders. How great would this be for a garden party, tea party, Alice in Wonderland party—or anything girly, really?! I say go beyond feeders too. Put miniature flower arrangements in them, candles, or even candy at a tea party for children. Visit Intimate weddings for the tutorial.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father's Day Printables

Check out these super-cute party printables by Shindig Parties to Go! What an adorable banner for Father's Day—and the best part is they are free to download! Click here now to get yours.

Now my question to you: What DIY projects for Father's Day have you seen (and loved) that did not involve ties or golf?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DIY Paper Tape

Cool craft alert over at Just Something I Made. Click here to head there now and see just how Cathe made this fabulous custom paper tape!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Aqua and Pink Lovebird Tweet Party

Kara's Party Ideas recently featured an insanely pretty bird-themed party you've just got to see. I know some people are getting a little tired of birds these days, but when they are done right I still swoon! Gayle from I Will Invitations created this pink and aqua party for her daughter. Want the look for yourself? The printables and accessories are available on I Will Invitations. In the meantime, head to Kara's Party Ideas for the pics!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Printed Parchment Paper

I use parchment paper for almost everything. Under pizza, cookies, and roasted vegetables, at the bottom of brownie pans or as a package for steaming fish, sometimes even in lieu of a plate under my sandwich. Why it never occurred to me you could print on parchment paper I cannot say. Fortunately, the folks at Project Wedding realized it, and went one step further, making cute food labels you can print directly on parchment paper! Click here for the tutorial over at Project Wedding. It's the perfect craft for home-baked favors and dessert bars. {Spotted via Party Frosting}


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sweet Paul Summer 2011

The Sweet Paul Summer 2011 issue is out! Click here now for the full look. In addition to some tasty-looking recipes, here's what is especially worth reading:

  • Cheater's Decoupage (pg. 24)
  • Rhubarb Strussel Cupcakes (pg. 33)
  • A Grey Gardens-inspired (and surprisingly colorful!) photo shoot (pg. 42)
  • Home-made Sodas (pg. 48)
  • Best Summer Cakes (pg. 124)
  • New Life for Old Cans (pg. 134)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mini Mail

Have you seen The World's Smallest Post Service? I've been lucky enough to come across Lea Redmond and her pint-sized mailing station at local craft fairs more than once, each time thrilling at her miniature missives. Lea handwrites messages so tiny you'll want a magnifying glass to see it properly. They come complete with teensy stamps, stickers and a wee little envelope. Now anyone can create and send their own Lilliputian letters with The World's Smallest Post Service kit, which includes all the materials you'll need along with instructions for sending your letters through the real postal service. Lea proves once more that good things come in small packages!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Free Father's Day Cards from Tomkat Studio

Father's Day is almost here! Get prepped now by downloading and printing one of these great, free cards created by the Tomkat Studio. Click here to head to the Tomkat Studio now for your free downloads!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Brats, Beers and Baseball!

My husband is a hard-core baseball fan from Wisconsin. So when his home team, the Brewers, went up against my favorite team, the Mets, I thought I'd make him a special dinner to show my support...and, you know, cushion the blow if my team won.

I cooked us up a pair of tasty bratwursts, each served on a french roll with peppers and onions. Brats are practically the state food of Wisconsin.

As the song goes, I just had to buy him some peanuts and Cracker Jack. I also tucked two 24oz cans of Miller High Life in the back—because what's baseball without the beer? He drank his in a glass from one of his favorite WI pubs. I prefer mine from the can, because I'm classy like that.

I packed it all up in my bright red Milwaukee tool box—storage for a good ol' Milwaukee Sawzall.

The Mets did me proud, winning 2 to 1. Go Mets! Maybe next game I'll serve up a Nathan's hotdog with my guilty pleasure, Sabrett onion sauce, in their honor.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Friday Giveaway Winner: It's In The Bag

Congratulations to reader smw2389! You've won the Giftbag Giveaway! Please email me at hostess@host-itnotes.com to claim your prize.


Violins and Vows Rehearsal Dinner Shoot

I'm thrilled to share photos from the latest Host-It Notes inspiration shoot for the MyWedding.com blog, Delightfully Engaged. The theme of the day was Violins & Vows, and the look was entirely DIY from the hand-rolled fabric flowers to the sheet music bows on the gifts. Head to Delightfully Engaged now to see the full look! {Photography by Nissa Nicole}

Monday, June 6, 2011

Printable Puppets From Wild Olive

Wild Olive has a fantastic freebie for you! Head there now for these adorable printable finger puppets done in an Alice in Wonderland theme. Click here to check it out!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Giveaway: It's In The Bag

Happy Friday Giveaway! This week I'm giving away a colorful pack of 12 gift bags and stickers by Hammerpress. They make for great gift giving. To enter to win, leave a comment below telling me what your next craft project or party theme is going to be! The contest ends at midnight on Monday (PST) and I'll announce the randomly chosen winner on Tuesday. Have a great weekend!!


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fabric Party Postcard

I love this idea! Diane Gilleland posted a great tutorial a while back over at craftstylish for awesome fabric postcards. Change up the fabric and pattern to fit any theme. Can you believe these can actually go in the mail? Then again, why not? What a treat! Click here for Diane's tutorial.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lemonade Labels

We've had a few sunny days here in the Bay Area (with the exception of yesterday's typical SF sprinkles) and it already has me thinking about refreshing beverages for the summer. Lemonades, cucumber spritzers, Singapore Slings...ahhh! To get you in the mood for summer sipping, here are some terrific free label downloads made by J.Bartyn & Marry You Me. Click this link to head there now.

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