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crafts: flowers and gift tags

May 4, 2009

I feel like my presence in here has been absent. I’ve been busy, busy living life. And well, for that I won’t apologize. Right now life is busy, good, beautiful. I’m fortunate.

As you can see from my previous post I’ve been busy writing notes to friends and family. As much as I enjoy sending snail mail I don’t do it nearly enough. And well, I like to savor my stationary in the way I like to savor my wrapping paper. As much delight as I receive from sending off a lovely note card I take just as much joy and pleasure in keeping my stash plentiful; hidden in boxes at the bottom of my closet.

And my weekends are also filled with Graycen. At present, we’ve been scouring the city for the best playgrounds. To see the smile on his face when we first arrive to a new spot brings me more joy then I ever knew existed. When I’m not busy with my little guy I am off, enjoying my time with good friends. I’ve been doing a lot of that as well. Hanging out, laughing, having a drink (or two).

May is quickly filling up with appointments that include more of the same – love notes, hunts for the perfect playground and time with good friends. Yes, I’m fortunate.

A few weeks back my lovely friend hosted a baby shower. She asked me to bring a floral arrangement and sadly the shower was the morning of my first floral class so I wasn’t able to utilize any special skills that I might have went on to learn. In fact, I made a big mistake with my arrangement that I solved in my class later that evening.

The only guidance my friend provided me with was that the color scheme was bright turquoise, espresso and yellow. How gorgeous is that? In fact, I think I will tuck these colors away for a later appearance but I digress. Instantly I knew I would need yellow flowers and picked up some lovely tulips at the market. I assembled my arrangement that evening and the morning of the shower I woke up to tulips that were big and wide. They had completely opened up. The perfect dome I had formed the flowers into had shifted and everything was off. The flowers were big and beautiful but I hadn’t wanted them to open up that big. I was disappointed and dumbfounded as to what went wrong. Well I figured it out at my floral class that evening. My house was too warm and the heat caused my flowers to bloom. For your viewing pleasure:

yellow tulips
yellow tulips

Lesson learned: If you need to open your flowers quickly, use warm water in your arrangement. Or, put them in a warm place. If you want your flowers to stay a bit more closed, keep them cool. This may be obvious to others but it wasn’t to me.

I also made tags to hang from the favors that were being given out. The theme was travel and when I found a clip art image of vintage luggage I was in love. Would you not agree? (image below)

I doubt I need to say this but it’s always fun to have an excuse to whip out my crafting supplies.

gift label
gift label

things i’m lovin’

April 24, 2009

I’ve been a bit absent this week but I have found myself consumed with a few things so I thought I would share.

 

via Land of Nod, polka dot chalk

via Land of Nod, polka dot chalk

I was looking for some summer toys this week and came across polka dot chalk on the Land of Nod website. O-kay, how flipping cute it that! The set also includes marbleized and striped chalk but I’m going gah-gah over the polka dot chalk. Way too adorable.

 

via Land of Nod, summer leg warmers

via Land of Nod, summer leg warmers

My mom and husband aren’t really feelin’ this one but I’m completely smitten over these baby leg warmers. Now baby leg warmers are nothing new but what’s new to me is the pastel polka dot design. Love them! And I know it’s summer but they seem practical to me so I got Graycen a pair.

Folks, lets put on our Diva Mommy Sombreros and think outside the box. Summer is hot but sometimes you’re out all day and then it’s night and bam, it’s chilly out and your kid is wearing daisy dukes. Well Graycen’s a boy so no daisy dukes but you get what I’m saying. So that’s when you whip out the cute summer leg warmers. Or how about the subway cars that can be supper chilly and you’re on the subway for an hour cause you’re going to Coney Island. Whip out the leg warmers. See, he does need these. Needless, I love ‘em and if it means I’m wearing ‘em then so be it.

 

Viva Paper Towels

Viva Paper Towels

This is going to sound a bit out there but I am seriously loving this product, Viva Paper Towels. They are soft and have a super nice touch to them. I thought it was just me but then a houseguest commented on them and asked for the brand name. Then my husband even said something about them. Now he insists we only use Viva Paper Towels. I’ve never paid attention but I’m guessing they might cost a bit more… but it’s worth it. Plus, they don’t break up when you clean so you can actually clean more with one sheet. Seriously, try them!

fate

April 23, 2009

Ok, maybe using the word fate would be taking things a bit far but this is a true story. I think I’ve mentioned before that I can be a bit obsessive about paper products and such. I also get this way with things I deem “pretty.” It’s a random and bad bad habit but that’s me. It just is what it is, you know?

Well, I’ve been holding on to a few random things in my kitchen cabinets because they are “too pretty” to trash. Things we don’t use, things we don’t need. It’s crazy because I’m a minimalist at heart but certain things I can’t part with.. too pretty. Yet, my sons assortment of food is getting bigger and bigger so I needed the space but I still couldn’t part with everything. Now, I’m not a hot tea drinker but through my husband we’ve managed to collect several hot tea sort of things. Like two tins from our travels to London that had loose tea in them. They are too cute and the top has this raised seal – no way could I just dump ‘em. See, this is it… cute, right! 

cute tea tin

cute tea tin

 

I won’t even mention the part about the trip to London being about 4 years ago and how the tea was still sealed into the tins. We never opened them and even if we had the tea wasn’t fresh anymore. But I’ve kept them because they are adorable, you feel me. Well I finally took them out of the cupboard and snapped some photos cause I wanted to see if you folks had any ideas on how I could reuse the tins that I refuse to dump and then… it happened… I saw this photo while perusing through on old Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. (Summer 2006)

via Martha Stewart

via Martha Stewart

It’s fate, right? And such an adorable idea, don’t you think? Also, it seems I’m not the only one thinking about pretty tea tins. While trying to hunt down an online photo of this image I came across this recent post by decor8. Nice to see I’m not the only one holding onto pretty tins.

brooklyn flower shop

April 20, 2009
baby orchid

Pretty Things: baby orchids, misting bottles and gnomes

air plants

Potted Succulents/Air Plants

florist shop decor

Funky ceiling décor of pages from the Geographical Magazine and maps.

 

I’m a bit pressed for time this morning so I’ll have to post about my floral class later this week. I did still want to drop off some photos of Red Rose & Lavender, the floral shop where my class was held. They are located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the shop was very Williamsburg, which is to say – heavy on the artistic appeal, hipsters’ vibe, young, vibrant and a little bit of grit. I absolutely loved it! Definitely the perfect setting to get creative.

crafts: favors and flowers

April 16, 2009

Flowers for a Baby Shower

Flowers for a Baby Shower

Shhhh.. don’t tell anyone but I belong to a Secret Society. That’s pretty much all I can tell you about this amazing group of woman. Well, that along with how smart, charming, witty and down right fashionable they are. Ok, enough about the Secret Society.

A few weeks back we had a baby show for one of the girls. I got to be on the Decorating Committee, which basically meant I supplied favors and flowers. I’m a crafter who never really crafts so I get excited when I have a chance to be creative and make pretty things. But sometimes I get ahead of myself. Like in this case… I knew I wanted to do something in a box and only came up with the what part after purchasing the boxes. Not really a horrible thing BUT I waffled back and forth between a cupcake and cookies. Cookies won out because we were getting a fancy cake for the shower and the double cake thing seemed a bit redundant. Bad idea! Or maybe the bad part was using recipes I had never made before. I decided to go with two types of cookies, a chocolate chip cookie and a Martha Stewart Butterscotch cookie. Both turned out pretty crappy and I was honestly embarrassed to have my name attached to them. So much so that I didn’t even include the chocolate chip cookies in the box.

Even if what was inside the box sucked at least the decor on the box was cute to look at, no?

Flowers and Favor Boxes

Flowers and Favor Boxes

I got the idea for boxes adorned with ribbon and silhouettes from Sara Hicks Malone of Party Perfect blog. It’s a great blog so check her out.

Wedding of Sara Hicks Malone, Martha Stewart Weddings

Wedding of Sara Hicks Malone, Martha Stewart Weddings

hats off

April 14, 2009

In keeping with tradition, this weekend was a bit hectic. Makes me wonder when will life be simple again? 

image from 5 Napkin Burger

image from 5 Napkin Burger

 

Image from 5 Napkin Burger

Image from 5 Napkin Burger

Friday I had a nice leisure morning in the house with my son. In the late afternoon we headed out to the Central Park playgrounds but before that he let me start work on the glitter stripes in my walk in closet. People I am so happy I made the last minute addition! All I can say is that I’m so feelin’ them. By late day we popped into my husbands job and then had dinner at 5 Napkin Burger in Hells Kitchen. I had heard great things about this restaurant but never actually sought it out. Then there we were puttering around town when we stumbled upon the street corner where this restaurant is located. So, it seemed like the perfect place for dinner – and it was. If you want an amazing classic burger while eating at a spunky local hot spot then go here. The joint is almost too cool for kids… well it probably is too cool for kids but my son is pretty fabulous so he fit right in to the New York scene. Two drinks each (water for this kid) and two burgers later we made our way to the subway and headed home.

Saturday we installed the Elfa closet system. It was easy enough but what the sales lady told us would be a 2 hour job turned into a 10 hour circus act that included a 2 hour search for the lost instructions, lots of naughty words, arguing, a trip by my husband to the hardware store (in the rain) and a lot of scratches to my once beautifully freshly painted walls. It wasn’t fun BUT the closet is so pretty now! Clearly I need to make a lot of touch-up’s and then move things back in but I am so happy to have most of this project behind me. Photos to come soon!

At 9pm Saturday night I began making my hat for the Easter Parade. Not what I had planned but it came together and I was more then happy with the rush job. I am once again vowing that next year we will go all out. We’ll see how that pans out next April.

For those interested, here go some images from this years Bonnet Festival/Easter Parade.

Off to the Easter Parade, 2009

Off to the Easter Parade, 2009

 

Graycen with his birdie hat

Graycen with his birdie hat

Close-up of my hat

Close-up of my hat

2009 Easter Parade

2009 Easter Parade

happy easter

April 12, 2009

This year I was a bit late to getting into the Easter Basket mode but once I did I got all excited. And boy, was it hard not to hand over the goods before Sunday… but I held off. In the end it was a total flop. Kids are funny like that. Graycen took one look at the basket and pretty much rolled his eyes. At least he would have if he knew how to. And then we “hid” a few eggs. As in, we left them out in plain sight for our son to “find.” Some were filled with money and a few with candy. Well, my adorable kid walked right by them like he could care less. He finally “found” one about 7pm this evening and then upon opening it up he threw the candy on the floor and stomped off. But the highlight was when he decided to chomp on one of the crayons. So glad I made the purchase.

Maybe next year will be better? Or maybe next year mommy will skip the basket and eggs!

Graycen's Easter Basket

Graycen's Easter Basket

Crayola Beginnings - Bath Crayons and Washable Paint

Crayola Beginnings - Bath Crayons and Washable Paint

Graycen's First Easter Basket

Graycen's First Easter Basket

That a boy, go for the pink one!

That a boy, go for the pink one!

Yum!

Yum!

   

eggs, baskets and hats

April 9, 2009
Image from Martha Stewart Living

Image from Martha Stewart Living

Ack, Easter is almost here!

I’m getting more and more excited since this year Graycen will be getting a little ol’ basket. I debated about this since at 17 months he has no clue what’s going on but my desire to start traditions has won out. I then proceeded to spend way too much on goodies. Unfortunately toys cost more then candy and we aren’t candy giving kind of parents (at least not yet). So this week its been like a mini-Birthday Bash going on in our place. Slowly packages have been arriving and every day I’m tempted to skip Easter and just hand the goods over. It’s so hard for me to practice patience and wait for Sunday to arrive. Clearly I’m the one having all the fun at this point but… well, it’s fun!

If you are following along on the production of my Easter hats for the Bonnet Festival I am sad to report only one hat is complete. It’s two days until Easter and I still need to craft an entire hat from scratch while also figuring out how to attach a bird to my sons head. Cause… lets be real here, Graycen will not be wearing a full on Easter hat. At 17 months old it just wouldn’t go over well with him. Ideally Easter should be tantrum free, no? And he still has no pants to wear which is sort of important, right? If I have to dig something out of his closet it will be disastrous since he’s been sporting mostly high waters these days. What can I say folks, motherhood is a lot of work.

Well, I have tomorrow off from work so I’m going to try and do something fun with my son. If I don’t get back in here before Sunday – have a Happy Easter if you celebrate.

Before getting out of here I want to drop this off. I’m not a knitter but how cute are these from The Purl Bee.

via Purl Bee

via Purl Bee

 

via Purl Bee

via Purl Bee

flowers: eek!

April 8, 2009

Image from Martha Stewart Weddings

Image from Martha Stewart Weddings

 

I’ll be taking two floral classes this month as well as a guided tour of the Flower Market here in New York City. My ambitions are pretty low.. I’m not trying to walk away with the skills of a florist BUT maybe I’ll be a tad better at throwing together an arrangement for my personal pleasure. One class will focus on French designs. Not that I have a clue what that means but it sounds lovely. The second class will focus on Low and Lush arrangements something I’m a bit more familiar with though clueless on how to arrange. In 10 days I take my first class. Yay!

more on gift wrapping

April 7, 2009

I’ve been having a blast with getting a bit more creative with my gift-wrapping though I don’t know; it’s possible all my ideas are a bit lost on the recipients. I can’t tell. Its been fun but maybe I need to go back to the basic pretty paper paired with gorgeous ribbon. Cause lets me real.. a lot of the fun is in getting an “ohh, pretty!” comment versus “oh?”

A few weeks back we went to a going away party. Our friends were moving to London and shortly after having them over for cake and Champagne we trekked down to the West Village to bid them farewell. I decided to wrap their gift in a way that reflected their move to a new home. I once again used kraft paper to wrap the gift since it makes me think of boxes. I used a paint chip as my card and secured it to the gift with electrical tape. Clever, no? If I had more time I probably would have played around with things a bit more but it was a crazy weekend and I literally wrapped this 10 minutes before going out the door.

Farwell gift using Kraft paper, a paint chip and electrical tape

Farwell gift using Kraft paper, a paint chip and electrical tape

On Friday I finally got my act together and presented Fred with his much awaited birthday gift. He is going to Las Vegas next month for a boy’s weekend. Now I know I previously mentioned this and it still holds true. I have a hard time busting out the fancy paper and ribbon for my husband since I know the good stuff is lost on him. So I kept it simple with a plain white box. If you recall anything I said in this post then you’ll understand that I’ve already told him he’ll have to give back the box so I can use it on a future gift to someone else. Aren’t I classy! But as I was saying… my gift to him was a box of singles so he can play some slots and do some tipping in Vegas (waiters bellhop, room service, stripers – you now, those folks) and thus I decided to use travel as my guide. I then wrapped the box in butchers twine and secured it with a simple sticker that reflected my theme.

 

Gift to my husband

Gift to my husband

Gift wrapped with bakers twin and sealed with sticker

Gift wrapped with bakers twin eand sealed with sticker

Same gift, different view point

Same gift, different view point

Inside the actual gift - money!

Inside the actual gift - money!

I’m pretty happy with both gifts but I do miss whipping out the fancy stuff.

A few weeks back I wrote about a gift that I gave a dear friend for her baby shower. In that post my friend Sand from Sandbox Dids asked me how I attached the baby booties to the gift. Well, it took me a long while to figure out but it was rather simple in the end. The booties were attached to each other by a cute green safety pin that also attached a tag that included designer details. I ended up re-attaching the tag with the same safety pin to the bottom of the booties. I then applied double sided tap to the tag that was now on the sole of one bootie and voila – the booties were secured to the gift with no visible tape or ribbon. That same safety pin attached the booties to each other making them both attached to the gift.


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