Thursday, March 22, 2012
I was doing a little browsing over at 100 Layer Cake's online marketplace. I'm not getting married (if you are, congrats!), but I do find that wedding sites offer great party inspiration and help you source some of the most darling materials. While there I spotted this sweet and stately cake stand pedestal. It's a homemade wonder made from a teapot, cup and plates. Wouldn't this be perfect for a tea party or an Alice in Wonderland theme? The stand pictured here is selling for $75, or just hit up the thrift store for some fun materials of your own and start glueing!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I'm in a stately state of mind these days. In addition to marveling over the awesomeness of cast iron skillets shaped to form the United States, I am totally loving these state-shaped cutting boards. What do you think? A California bread board or a Wisconsin cheese board? Prices run from $20 to $40, and you can find them online at upwoodcrafts.com.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I love this simple, fun idea from Martha Stewart's decorating editor, Rebecca Robertson. Take an ordinary jelly roll style cookie sheet, a little fabric and other supplies, and viola! You've got yourself a fabulous new decorative tray! Click here for the full tutorial at Martha Stewart online.
Monday, March 19, 2012
One of my many little personal projects this month includes participating in Mollie Johanson's super fun stitch swap over at Wild Olive. If you like to embroider, you're probably already following Wild Olive. If not—you're going to love it! Mollie makes the cutest designs and has such fun and fresh finished work. And she's very giving—freebies galore to enjoy in addition to checking out her cute shop.
What's a stitch swap, you ask? Well, readers had an opportunity to sign up to send another randomly assigned reader an embroidered piece. The only rules are it has to be a finished, ready to hang piece in a 4-inch hoop. I finished the embroidery days ago, but there's a weird hoop drought in SF. I can't find a 4" one to save my life! Once I do, I'll add a ribbon to hang it, finish up the back—I'm thinking a yo-yo finish, maybe with a cute button detail—then get this little lady in the mail. The recipient of my piece says she loves russian nesting dolls and bold color combos. I took a risk on the background fabric, but here's hoping she loves it! I know I do. I'll try to snap a pic that's better than this one I took on my iPhone.
Are you participating in any fun swaps or group projects this month?
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Check out these cutie Easter printables by Tanya of Australia's The Candy Tree. They's darling rabbits are available for free download over at Little Red Bus. What a nice little Easter treat! Perfect for a brunch or lunch, and something kids would love too. What are your Easter plans?
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
My latest super cute Etsy shop find? Dot and Army! It's a wee little store full of a few sweet things done right—namely handmade cloth napkins and banners for weddings and parties. There's a little selection of fun housewares to check out while you're there too. I'm a sucker for pretty vintage fabrics. If you are too, head to Dot and Army to check these out for yourself.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
These tiny porcelain cupcake toppers are a tea table in miniature—perfect for topping cakes and cupcakes with at your next tea party. I'd love to get my hands on one. They look perfect for dollhouses too! You can find these and loads of other deliciously sweet party supplies, decor and dragees, at www.fancyflours.com.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Do you send Easter cards? It's never really been my bag, but I'm starting to wonder if maybe I should. I've been meaning to catch up with friends and family, and mail is the most fun way to do so in my opinion. Then again, maybe I've just fallen hard for these cards from Quill and Fox and want to justify the need for them…
Friday, March 9, 2012
I'm pretty sure being awesome is genetic. You're cool, which means your kid is born with a natural cool factor—right? All you true rockstars who want to announce your newborn drool-machine in style should check out Rattle-n-Roll. It's a groovy birth announcement site that immortalizes your future rock god in classic concert poster form. These are some of the most creative birth announcements I've seen in years. You can even use these as inspiration for a whole music themed party to show off your new acquisition! Visit www.rattle-n-roll.com for more.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
This post alone is enough to convince me I need to start following Oh My Creative. Head there now to scope out these sweet-not-savory hamburger cupcakes. Oh man they're so cute! Find out how they're made at www.ohmy-creative.com.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Spotted thanks to my latest issue of Sunset magazine, I'm loving these "Garden Bon Bons." Each box looks like a sweet selection of pretty chocolates. In reality they're nifty seed bombs the recipient can use to grow all sorts of things like basil and other herbs or tea leaves. At $14.95 per box, this is a price-friendly, creative gift to give a hostess with a garden as the perfect thank you for a wonderful dinner or a quick visit. These seed bombs from Moulton can be found online at www.moultonology.com.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Sigh! I've been doing some wishful clicking online at Nordic Ware (www.nordicware.com). Their shaped bakeware has me wanting to cook up cakes galore, from petit fours to pineapples, to a pretty fabulous looking lemon loaf. I tell you though, cakelets are just the cutest any way you bake them. Which design do you like the best?
Monday, March 5, 2012
Holy cats! Just popped over to the online shop Jessie Steele. The apron selection for sale there is awesome! Here are a few of my faves—I could keep going, there are just oodles!! Prices clock in at a reasonable $20-$35. What's stopping you?! www.jessiesteele.com Ps. Don't you kind of just want these to be full-on dresses?
Friday, March 2, 2012
Ooh, I like these! You can find these ceramic cake stands by Jansen+Co. online at aplusrstore.com. The price is pretty nice at $34 each, and their modern look is just what the modern hostess needs. How can you resist this green one?!
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Adorable? Check. Practical? Check. Pom-Poms? Check.
What's not to love about these great pom-pom trimmed cocktail napkins? I just love the color combinations.
Find them online at Palladio Interiors Inc. ($46/4)