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Treasury Time: I Love NY

Sunday, June 26, 2016

I made this cake topper in black and yellow with a construction or cars theme in mind, then thought that it would look awesome as part of a New York City theme as well.  This theme would be super cute for a baby shower or kid's birthday party.   I put together the treasury below for some inspiration, Big Apple style: taxi cab favor boxes, pretzel cookies, and Statue of Libery confetti.  I just love the city skyline photo backdrop from Type and Love Paperie, and the "City Kid" t-shirt from The Yellow Cabinet would be really fun for the birthday boy or girl to wear!  

Yellow Black Checkered Paper...

New York City - 8x10 photogr...

Empire State Building NYC - ...

big apple card - you're ...

New York Taxi Cab Card, A6 S...

Number Cupcake Topper Girls ...

New York Pillow, Black and W...

New York City skyline, vinyl...

Pencils New York City NYC Wh...

Gift box 6 Vanilla - Manhatt...

Mini New York Taxi Cab Knitt...

Pigeon - A3 - Printable Wall...

I love NY Baby Head wrap bab...

Taxi Cab Favor Box : DIY Pri...

Statue of Liberty Confetti |...

City Kid Hand Pulled Screen ...
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Opa! A Greek Island Party

Saturday, June 25, 2016

We had a Greek island theme for Angelo's birthday this year and it felt like we were transported to the Mediterranean for the afternoon.  There's no place quite like Greece in summer!  The simple white, blue, and sunny lemon yellow palette was so bright and inviting yet so serene.  I used a lot of amazing ideas from around the web so here are the decoration details:
1.  We just happen to have small orange and lemon trees, but terra cotta pots of traditional Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, basil, bay, and oregano would also be perfect.  I cut some rosemary and bay and used them in glass vases as well.  You will find succulents growing among the rocks in Greece and in pots as outdoor decor, so our little collection fit in well here.  I even made a paper succulent to decorate the chandelier using this tutorial from Craftberry Bush. Bowls of lemons and oranges added some bright color to the decor. 
2.  I found DIY instructions for these beautiful crepe paper anemones at Ash and Crafts.  Anemones, or windflowers, are connected to Greek mythology and I thought they would be a great fit.  Paper flowers are awesome because you can make them whatever color you like!  Plus, if I wanted fresh cut flowers this particular kind would be really difficult for me to get a hold of.  I also made some yellow poppies, shown in the next set of photos, from a petal template that I just kind of estimated.  
3.  I made a wall display of hand-weaving using embroidery hoops.  My yiayia and I had made these for another occasion.  Learn how to make your own here at the Living Crafts blog
4.  We made the "Opa" sign from papier mache letters purchased from A.C. Moore and painted white.  "Opa" is a Greek expression of joy and you'll hear it quite often during a celebration! 
5.  I loved these driftwood boats from Alisa Burke.  We didn't have driftwood so we just cut down some wood strips instead.  We used painted watercolor paper for some of the boats and patterned paper for others.   
Hope you enjoy the photos!  


New Items: Embroidery Hoops

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Happy weekend everyone!  Here are some new embroidery hoops that I've just added to the shop.  

"Love you" hoop in yellow and pink with multicolor hearts - a great gift for your favorite person!

"Sleepy Time" hoop set in yellow and aqua, with a coordinating jungle animal print in bright pastels, is perfect for a safari-themed nursery.

"Hello" hoop in aqua and coral would add a fun pop of color for your home office decor. 

Hello Summer!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Summertime is finally here, and it's time to make the most of all that outdoor inspiration.  Blue is a popular color for summer parties, from pool parties to nautical themes and beach weddings.  I've hand-picked a range of beautiful ombre shades for my latest bunting, inspired by ocean blues and beautiful blue skies.  Enjoy!  


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