door darling: the cutest custom wreath you’ll ever make — for less than $25!
June 2, 2014

summer door wreath diy michaels green and gold baylor

hello friends!

i hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend!

as evidenced by my recent posts and instagrams, i have become a little crazy about seasonal DIYing.  so when the weather took a turn for the warmer (and i realized my door had been “naked” since Christmas!) — i knew the time had come for a playful, “summer’s almost here” dose of door darling.

my mom was in town — which always helps send my creative tendencies into full swing — and we headed to every crafter’s promised land, the glorious treasure trove that is michaels.  i had in my mind a very simple and affordable concept, punched up with some whimsy, and i’m so happy with the piece that resulted!  it’s a super fun way to fling my baylor green and gold, and for less than $25!

what you’ll need:

summer wreath diy michaels green and gold baylor

– scotch tape
a floral wreath form (i chose the 14″ green version)
your choice of wired grosgrain ribbon (you’ll need two rolls to cover a 14″ form)
note: i serendipitously stumbled upon my polka dot find, so i encourage you to take the time to roam the ribbon aisle and see what strikes your fancy!
– three (or more, up to you) felt flower clips
these little babies were peeking out of a bin at the end of the silk greenery aisle, and i have a feeling they’re going to end up on my clothes, scarves, office meeting agendas, etc.  they’re so fabulous!

step 1:

summer door wreath diy michaels green and gold baylor

open the first roll of ribbon and attach a piece of scotch tape to the end.  press it firmly to the inside of the wreath form (anywhere on the form is ok).  if you’d like it to be a bit more secure, feel free to add more tape or use a straight pin.

step 2:

summer door wreath diy michaels green and gold baylor

after making the initial attachment, start to wrap the ribbon around the wreath form, covering the tape if you’d like.  i left about a 1/2″ or so between borders, but you are welcome to make them closer or further (note: if you make them closer, you’ll probably need another roll of ribbon).

step 3:

summer door wreath diy michaels green and gold baylor

continue wrapping the ribbon all the way around the form. sometimes it helps to take the actual roll and do a few “pre-loops” that you can tighten as you go.  when you get to the end of the first roll, simply tape the end down and repeat steps 1-3 with second roll.

step 4:

summer door wreath diy michaels green and gold baylor

admire your fully wrapped wreath form!  go you!

step 5:

summer door wreath diy michaels green and gold baylor


summer door wreath diy michaels green and gold baylor

take your first felt flower clip.  press it to open clamps and slide the bottom clamp under one of the ribbon borders, depending on where you’d like flowers to be placed.  tweak placement and angle to your liking.

repeat with other clips.  i chose three, but it’s up to you!

step 6:

summer door wreath diy michaels green and gold baylor

pat yourself on the (creative) back for designing a totally awesome, totally “you” custom wreath!

step 7:

summer door wreath diy michaels green and gold baylor

proudly hang your new creation on the front door — or wherever you’d like it to show it off!


pastel perfection: a spring table style diy
April 25, 2014

hello friends!

who’s excited that spring is upon us?!  as evidenced by the hillside wildflower shows, rosebunch upon rosebunch in beautiful bloom, and the cutest of baby animals making their début at the san diego zoo and safari park — the season of dainty delightfulness is in full swing.

so it’s no surprise i couldn’t wait to dress our kitchen table accordingly.  and thanks to amazing-yet-affordable finds discovered at my local target, michael’s and 99 cents only stores — as well as san diego’s incredible wholesale flowers near usd — this little creative adventure turned out so fun.  bring on the daily tea parties!

here we go!


what you’ll need:
– burlap runner (or full tablecloth, if you prefer), wholesale flowers
– laser-cut felt ribbon, michael’s
– assorted glassware (narrow vase, cake stand, trifle bowl and ), my own
– white everyday plate and silver charger, 99 cents only
– vintage-print  and flower melamine plates, 99 cents only and tuesday morning (thanks, mom!)
– tea cup and saucer, gifted by a sweet friend
– ceramic bird salt shakers, 99 cents only, and woodern bird accent, charlotte’s of salado
– silk hydrangea bunches, wholesale flowers
– pearlized gumballs, target


step 1: lay the burlap runner across the middle of the table (hint: it helps to take an iron — with dishtowels on top of and under the burlap — to smooth out any packaging wrinkles.)  set the larger vintage-print melamine plate on top of the everyday plate and charger, then top with the narrow vase.  next to this setup, place the trifle bowl atop the cake stand, with a smaller glass container inside it.


step 2: place the silk hydrangeas in the narrow vase, then fill around them with pearlized gumballs.


step 3: arrange tea cup and flower melamine plates around cake stand.


step 4: place one of the other vintage-print plates on the cake stand, and arrange bird accents around it.


step 5: add flowers to inner container and finish with color-coordinated ribbon on the outside.


a quick shot of the final arrangement (almost complete!).


step 6: add two strips of laser-cut felt ribbon, splitting the middle of the burlap runner.


step 7: set table with desired placesettings…and enjoy!  i’d love to see your own take on seasonal centerpieces!

stylish mom monday: sweeten up with some arm candy
July 22, 2012

silver bangle bracelets loehmann's mission valley San Diego

helloooo friends!

apologies for the week off, but i’m back with another roundup of quick and easy style tricks for moms on-the-go!

this week was inspired by an unexpected loehmann’s find (and subsequent revelation). while out enjoying a surprise kid-free night to leisurely browse, i stumbled upon’s.greatest.silver.bangles. they are — truly.

i never thought of myself as a bangle-wearer, per se, but oh — how things have changed. it’s like when i found out there was french blood in my past…suddenly so many things made sense (those of you who know me are laughing and probably rolling your eyes). or when cher horowitz realizes “i love josh!” at the wilshire electric fountain in clueless. deep down i was meant to sport a daily bangle. and it feels so good. how i ever lived without the heavenly jingle-jangle, i don’t know.

so, with my newfound love for five thin rings of bling, i present you with six different ways to dress those wrists up. let’s face it — when getting out the door with everyone at least partially bathed and clothed is a victory in itself — speed is the name of the game. throwing on some key pieces can step up any look, and in just mere seconds.

silver bangles with guess silver watch

add to the bling with a dramatic timepiece! aforementioned bangles with guess watch.

silver bangles with gray rok rubber candy watch

swap out the classic watch for a quirky rubber version! love this rok candy steal in gray (from the staples cashwrap, no less!) that i snagged while finalizing my 2011 holiday gift guide.

forever 21 stacked bracelets

switching gears a bit, pair together two floral cuffs in different finishes for a dose of romantic. for more on this look, click here.

ladylike made easy is yours with these next few suggestions. from mixing black and white to repurposing a multi-strand of chunky pearls, to creating a totally unique cuff from an elastic headwrap and fancy bobbypin — each option allows you to add your own personalized touches. and in less than five minutes!

what are your “out-the-door” style secrets?

tarina Tarantino black rose bracelet and chunky bone enamel bracelet from forever 21

pearl strand forever 21 made into bracelet with chunky bone enamel bracelet

elastic headband with flower bobbypin

elastic headband with flower bobbypin

elastic headband with flower bobbypin with tarina Tarantino black rose bracelet

silver bangles, loehmann’s
silver guess watch, macy’s
rok candy watch, staples
floral cuffs, pearl strand, chunky bone resin bracelet, and floral bobbypin, forever 21
black rosette bracelet, tarina tarantino (my own from a gazillion years ago!)
black elastic headband, coverings, downtown slo

all photos created with instagram (“earlybird” filter) and picfx (“light” filter) apps for iPhone

flap flap fluttered by
May 26, 2012

this post’s title comes from “madeline loves animals,” a household favorite, and is usually read with a toddler’s accent (swap the “fl” sound for a “fw”).

do you ever find that your great ambitions for wrapping that perfect present, the one that’s almost too pretty to open and perfectly themed, sometimes get a reality check? mine do often, so instead of continually being disappointed by “life taking over,” i’ve decided to find some quick tricks to still achieve a touch of gift-giving creativity.

here’s a fun one from today: for a sweet friend who loves butterflies and has a bitty butterfly on the way, i wanted to add some “flutter” to her shower gift. by taking a striped giftbag and pack of scrapbook stickers (so conveniently located across the aisle from each other at target), i was able to whip up a little custom something.

hey, it’s no designer diaper cake — but as a stretched mommy i’m claiming the crafty victory.

do tell…what are your “in a pinch” pointers?

photo created with instagram and frametastic apps for iPhone