Friday, September 30, 2011

Psychic Sweets

Whether these are a gimmick, or truly mystical munchies, I'm secretly dying to try Psychic Fortunes at my next girls night. Psychic Kimberly Berg reads energy fields (aka your personal "vibe") to see what's on your mind, in your life, and invisibly affecting you. Able to read you from just your name, Kimberly has translated her insight into crunchy cookie favors that come with personalized psychic fortunes you can order for each of your guests. Each cookie reading is $10. www.psychicfortunes.com

If anyone ends up trying this, let me know how it goes by emailing me at hostess@host-itnotes.com. I'd love to know if they are spot on! I'll update my post if I ever dabble in the psychic side of my dessert.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Giveaway Winner (I'm feeling better!)

Thanks to all of you who entered last week's giveaway for Party In A Cup! The summer cold that prompted me to post the giveaway is finally gone and I'm feeling oh-so-much-better. As I mentioned, my illness is one person's gain. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner, Stephanie Horn! Stephanie, I'll be emailing you shortly.

Thanks again to all who played! I've got more goodies on the prize shelf tucked away for another day, so keep reading!


Fabulous Finds at Sushipot Parts

I'm grooving on this super-quirky online store. It's called Sushipot Parts, and it has me all torn up with desire for a) the fabulous tea for two set above, b) this dictionary page on vintage aeronautics (I'm crazy for hot air balloon illustrations—but not real balloons), and c) pretty much everything else in the shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/sushipotpart

For one thing, I'm totally into tin...oh and this Donkey Party Game is insanely cute! The shop is full of vintage ephemera and dishy goodness. Check it out!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Book of Love Party Inspiration

Here's a peek at the book-themed party table I put together for Delightfully Engaged this month. I love the way the paper garlands turned out, and the fact that I used some of my big collection of books in the decor. Check out the full post at Delightfully Engaged.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Cake Stand Love: Free Printable

As you might have guessed, cake stands are pretty much my favorite thing ever. So I'm loving this free downloadable print from The Handmade Home. It's part of a set of kitchen themed printables, and you'll love their vintage-esque mixing bowls and scale too! They are instant decoration, or get creative and turn them into an invitation. Find them after the link.

These aren't their only freebies either. Click here for all of their gorgeous downloads (including these hot air balloon prints, which I'm swooning over)!

Friday, September 23, 2011

I'm Sick, So Here's a Giveaway!!

I'm sick, guys. It's a mean summer cold that morphed with allergies and has a vise-like grip on my tonsils. What that means for you? Giveaway time! I'm going to toss this giveaway up and let it ride. You may not hear from me until I announce a winner. Send me chicken soup vibes!

What we've got: Party in a Cup! Easy Party Treats Kids Can Cook in Silicone Cups. It's a cookbook and party plan all in one and comes with silicone baking cups too! To enter to win just leave a comment after the post with one use for a cupcake liner that's not a cupcake (example: serving trail mix). Contest ends Wednesday, Sept. 28th, with the randomly chosen winner announced on Thursday. Good luck!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Make Tiny Envelopes

Check out this guest tutorial over at Poppytalk! Blogger Ruth Bleakley provides easy, pretty instructions for making your own tiny envelopes. They're perfect for gift giving, so make a whole batch in advance for the holiday season! Find the tutorial after the link.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Candy Corn Bottles

Adorable Halloween Craft Alert! Spotted via Apartment Therapy, the candy corn lover in me digs these sweet little vases by Alexa Westerfield of The Swell Life. Made of bottles and spray paint alone—could this craft be any easier? Find the tutorial here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kawaii Goodies Galore

Library Index Cards

I'm always on the lookout for cute party supplies, and these days online stores provide limitless possibilities. Recently spotted: Kawaii Goodies, a super-cute shop full of fabric embellishments, paper party bags, kawaii stickers and more. I've posted a few of my favorites here, but there are pages of pretties to click through in the shop: www.etsy.com/shop/kawaiigoodies


Alphabet Fabric

Vintage Ad Party Bags

Peel and Stick Fabric Deco Tape

Eiffel Tower Food Bags

Mixed Stripe Party Bags


Monday, September 19, 2011

Paint Swatch Chandelier

Aiieee!! How I love this DIY Paint Swatch Chandelier. I found it over on Hey Gorgeous, where there's a handy photo tutorial to help you make your own. Lovely, no?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hand Printed Fabric

This post over at WhipUp.net does what I would have thought impossible—it makes hand printing your own fabric look easy! Or doable at the very least. Textile designer Karen BarbĂ© shows you how she makes a custom stamp using tiny squares of hard foam and uses it to hand print a length of muslin. I love the cross-stitch look it gives the fabric. Check it out!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Holiday Vegetable Trays

Living Locurto has a great roundup of festive vegetable trays. These aren't just a collection of carrots—these platters have personality! Check them out here.

{Pumpkin Veggie Tray — Taste of Home}

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Latest Issue of Sweet Paul Magazine

The latest issue of Sweet Paul is out! Here are my five favorite things in the new issue:

  • A whole host of recipes for beets. Seriously, I'm nuts about beets. They are nature's candy! (pg. 46)
  • DIY paint dip creations—you'll definitely want to make over your wooden spoons! (pg. 68)
  • Perfect pear recipes. (pg. 94)
  • Black Halloween, complete with embroidery art {I'm obsessed with embroidery art these days!}. (pg. 116)
  • A cute camping party with sweet cake toppers. (pg. 142)

Check out the whole shebang after the link!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Free Baby Shower Printables

Throwing a baby shower? These chic, free printables from On To Baby, are the perfect detail to get you started. On to Baby offers three designs, patterned with either a sweet banner, umbrellas, or prams. Each suite includes an invitation, thank you card, and round favor stickers. Simply fill in your information and print! You can even control the choice of colors! Find them after the link.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Get Styled.

Online magazines are everywhere these days, filling my head with dozens of amazing ideas and gorgeous images. One you simply must check out is the new issue of Styled. Styled. Mag is all about crafting/styling/entertaining—basically all of the things I love the most (except people, of course). There's something beautiful on every page, so give it a look, but if you want to skip straight to the best part I don't blame you. Head to page 67 where Styled. kicks off 8 great DIY projects in a row. Swoon! Go forth, and craftify!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Real Party Inspiration: Jungle Baby Shower

Today's post comes from Host-It Notes reader Laura C. She recently attended an adorable DIY baby shower for her sister-in-law, Jen. Jen's mom, Lori, and sister, Monica, planned a beautiful jungle-themed shower welcoming baby boy, Tyson. Each table had a centerpiece of a different animal perched on diapers and surrounded by tasty treats.

Animal details were everywhere: Mom-to-be Jen had an awesome dress, a giant stuffed giraffe held the raffle ticket entry box, and there were colorful cupcakes with different animal rings on them.

Even the guests got into the theme with their wrapping and gift ideas—one guest actually made a "Lil' snuggler"-type gift that swaddled a little plush giraffe.

Thanks for sharing such a lovely and creative party with us, Laura!

Got a party of your own you think we'd like? Send an email to hostess@host-itnotes.com!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sugar Cookie Bowls

Chris over at Celebrations At Home spotted this terrific idea on the Wilton website. They used a specialty pan to create sugar cookie bowls for serving up ice cream, berries, puddings and more. Instead of pressing the dough into the inside of the pan, you drape it over the outside of the molds after spraying them. I say give this a try with any specialty pans you already have and see what the result is! Also, does anyone else think dipping the bottoms of the bowls in some melted chocolate might just take this to the next level? Mmm...and sprinkles? I need to get started on this! Wilton also has a recipe for this project here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Plushie Patterns from Spoonflower

Spoonflower—that great site for making your own fabric designs—recently ran a round-up of their favorite plushie pattern fabrics. These cute fabrics have shapes and instructions for instant plush toys. Just cut, sew, and stuff! I love the winner of their weekly contest—the breakfast themed toy pattern by Bora (above). Don't you want to make a plushie milk carton and toast? So cute. For other great patterns, like an owl, little red riding hood and a super piggy, check out their post here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

DIY Fabric With Inkodye

How About Orange has an amazing tutorial for making your own fabrics using light-sensitive dye. The effect will remind you of Sunprint Paper (man, I need to get some Sunprint Paper to play around with too!). Head to How About Orange to see how they used light-sensitive dye and safety pins to make this oh-so-cute fabric pouch.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Good Kind of Mold

Whether you're making candy, soap, clay crafts, or jewelry, silicone molds are an invaluable tool for making unique party favors and decor. For a great selection, visit the Mold Shop. Holiday molds, vintage-inspired molds, decorative elements—you'll find plenty to inspire you for your next themed party!

{via HWTM}

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Beauty of a Baby Shower, Plus a Brilliant Backdrop

If you haven't seen this gorgeous Secret Garden Baby Shower by Tradewind Tiaras, believe me, you should!! At first I wasn't sure what I loved more, the cupcake swing (cute!!) or the amazing white paper flower backdrop. The backdrop pulled into the lead when Nicole at Tradewind Tiaras posted a 3-part tutorial on how to make your own. I love it when creative and crafty people don't mind sharing the secrets of their success. And this party looks like it was an enormous (and gorgeous) success for sure!

Click here to head to Part One of the tutorial.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Crafty Crayon Projects

Back-to-school stuff is flying around the interweebs these days. Having no kids, I haven't really joined in on the fun. I can't help but stop and stare, though, at two amazing crayon-themed projects I've loved this week.

Up top, a fun, melty project from the blog Whatever... {via Apartment Therapy}. Take crayons, add blow dryer, and things get pretty! Tutorial here.

Our Best Bites has an awesome tutorial on making realistic-looking candy "crayons." Check it out after the link.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Cutie Custom Favor Bags

Take a look at these darling custom favor and gift bags by Jennifer's Cookies. Made of organic muslin cotton, these little bags can be printed with your own design and custom colored. I love a perfectly personalized favor!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Deal Site For The Handmade Hunter

As a frequent browser and sometimes buyer of flash sale and deal sites like ideeli and Groupon, I was thrilled to find a similar site that's closer to my heart. I love buying handmade. It supports individual artists and creatives and makes for such unique gift giving. A deal site called Heartsy launched earlier this year, giving small-scale vendors and artisans a chance to give out big one-time offers on their handmade and vintage shops. It's like a Groupon for Etsy. The part I really like? I get to have a say in what deals get offered! Heartsy has a "Pick Deals" tab, which lets you click through a gallery of shops and select how strongly you feel about buying their products. If enough folks show interest, they'll offer a deal from that vendor. Happy shopping!

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