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February 20, 2011Posted by on
What can be better than these?
(Via Eat Drink Chic)
The lovely Amy Moss used these as little invitations to her surprise wedding party (cutest story ever!) but I think they would be equally as adorable for a simple love note or picnic gathering. There are freebies to download as well as a full tutorial for the heart and packaging.
You can find her instructions here. Oh happy day!
February 15, 2011Posted by on
There is nothing I love more than a day to tell my darling how much I adore him. It’s actually pathetic how much I love it!
This year we chose to not purchase gifts for Valentine’s Day. Hubs made me a delicious dinner and I made him dessert.
Do you want to see what I made?
Inspired by Bakerella’s cake box, I decided to try several new things: cake carving and working with fondant.
I made the marshmallow fondant the day before using Cake Journal’s recipe. It worked out extremely well! I used pink marshmallows and vegetable oil instead of Crisco. I let it rest overnight and found it to be very easy to work with and tasted good on the cake too!
The cake itself made me cry just a little bit. I had one recipe flop on me and I had to fall back on a chocolate cake recipe that I don’t particularly like the taste of, but the texture always comes out just right. Shaping it into the heart was not too difficult although getting the heart symmetrical was a bit of a learning curve. I made up for the lack of scrumptiousness and symmetry by adding a thick layer of buttercream to help even everything out. The extra cake was used to make the cake bites on top. These ones were made ‘man sized’ for Hubs.
Overall, I consider it a successful first try.Next time I would like to avoid using a chocolate buttercream which stained my light pink fondant and I really need to think about using a ruler to get things the right size. There was a lot of piecing on the side of the box which looked awful! The side strip of fondant really must stretch the entire perimeter of the cake-not half way only. Just consider that should you decide to make it! ha!
Next week is my wedding anniversary and so I really consider this time of the year lovely!
Happy Valentine’s day to you!
What did you do for your darling for V-day? Do you find a lot of pressure to conform to the chocolates and flowers game or do you prefer to bless one another with tasty treats?
January 31, 2011Posted by on
Have you seen Twig & Thistle’s naturally sweet valentine set? SO CUTE!
(Via Twig & Thistle)
Fabulous and precious. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a hallmark infested sore – it is these types of precious thoughts that really show how much you care about your family and loved ones. I like to leave little details like sticky notes on the mirrors or altered desktop backgrounds on laptops to remind Hubs how much I adore him.
It helps keep me in the right frame of mind too! Looking at the good in those around us isn’t always very easy but by focusing on the positive traits, those irritating little things stay little and don’t grow into ugly big issues.
But enough about me. In what ways do you show your lovies your adoration?
PS Visit Twig and Thistle for the free printable for these adorable stickers!
January 27, 2011Posted by on
(Via Mrs Priss)
Be still by beating heart!It’s no secret that garlands are hip and happening and yet each and every time I see one my heart just cries with joy!
Look at this one from Design*Sponge-
Absolutely lovely! There is nothing like a little whimsy to perk up a room!Not only is it just in time for Valentine’s Day but I think it would be lovely in a nursery too!
In my home office I have a paper garland strung from one side of the ceiling to the other.
It brings me unsurpassed joy to study in such a setting! What I like so much about this trend, is that it is so easily adapted to echo your own personal style.
Here is Lobster and Swann’s take on the handmade garland. It is a completely different style than the above examples but the glamour is extraordinary. I won’t lie. I would be happy to eat at this dining table…
(Via Lobster and Swan)
I am feeling the itch to create some new garlands for around the house. Since the Christmas decorations were taken down, I look around feeling rather uninspired. Perhaps a new garland will light the fire to retouch the corners of my home with love?
Do you have a garland strung around your home? What do you do when stuck in a decorating rut?
January 19, 2011Posted by on
Can I just say that I love that typography is still a huge trend? It is slowing making its way into South African stores too and *sigh* I am in love.
Loads of Living’s summer collection has some beautiful examples of how international trends are filtering through with that distinct South African flavour.
(Via Loads of Living)
(Via Loads of Living)
But at R500 (almost $100) per pillow, it is more of a dream than a reality. I love the vibe of typography around the house and with its international trend appeal it isn’t difficult to find a style to suit your tastes. Here are a few SUPER cute ways that other people around the interwebz have integrated the love of type into their everyday decor.
Here we have an example of large-scale typographic DIY art made by Dana at House*Tweaking. Painted letters on a large canvas? Cute. Don’t be afraid to personalise your art like Dana did. I am certain her little boys feel special knowing that this words come from a song their mommy sings to them.
Here is another example of inexpensive typographic art:
(Via Knack Studios)
This would be simple to replicate… Grab a piece of delicious wood or a fat canvas and paint away!
How about some functional type? Here are some single character coasters. I would LOVE a set of these!
(Via Evil Mad Scientist)
Grab some cork, some wood and a jigsaw if you don’t live around a laser cutting facility. The straight letters would be a breeze while the curvier shapes might better left to the more adept at hand.
Oh and have a look at these adorable pillows too! I would love to have two pillows on a chair like this one with an “X” and one with an “O”… mmmm hugs and kisses on the couch!
Aren’t these just the loveliest examples of typography in the home? They make me squeal on the inside!
What do you think of this type trend? Big fan? Or OVER IT?
January 12, 2011Posted by on
When I saw this post on Apartment Therapy I was immediately in love.
(via Apartment Therapy)
Oh! How amazing is the hardware on the credenza, the wallpaper on the walls and the textured tile on the floor! But it was the lightscape that I adored more than all. The site lacked decent instructions on how to construct a lightscape like this so after a few trial and error attempts, I thought it would be fun to put together a quick tutorial.
– One large stretched canvas. For this project, I recommend the type that is stretched over the wooden frame. I chose to get the primed canvas too. My theory is that the primer helped keep the edges from fraying excessively.If you wish to paint the background you may do so now- just be sure your paint has dried several days before continuing
– 100-200 Fairy lights or Christmas lights. I worked with two strands of 100. Choose these lights carefully. First I tried the micro bulbs but found that the connection between the lights was terrible and I kept blowing the strand. This is not ideal! Eventually I landed on the long traditional ‘fairy’ bulbs and these worked better (although I preferred the glow of the micro bulbs, the risk of fire and death just didn’t make up for it 🙂 )
– A pencil and a pen or other pointy object with the approximate diameter of the glass part of your bulbs
Keeping note of how many bulbs you want to use, draw out your pattern. I wanted my bursts to look like explosions of joy so I just put dots where I felt it left balance. Don’t forget about under the wooden frame too! That area is very visible from the front but difficult to push bulbs into- practice balance here! It would also help if you ensured there was a feasible way to maneuver the bulbs around the holes.
After drawing my pattern, I started at the top middle of my canvas and poked three holes at a time with my pen. Go slowly to avoid making tears or splits in the canvas. Using the bulb in the middle of your (unplugged) strand, carefully insert the glass portion of the bulb into the hole. It should fit tightly- but if you are concerned, white craft glue smeared around the base will hold that sucker in place. Place all three bulbs in the holes and continue to the next three holes. I found that operating in a zigzag pattern left me with the best maneuverability to get the lights into the holes without stretching the cords or the canvas.Plan the use of the bulbs so that the final bulb would be the last bulb on the strand nearest to the plug. Any leftover bulbs can be strung loosely around the anchored bulbs for additional glow. If you are having a hard time pocking the holes, I found the best results when I was sitting on the chair without a table. The canvas balanced on my legs and I could poke and insert away without things getting pear-shaped.
Once the glue has dried thoroughly, prop your lightscape up and plug-‘er in!
(Excuse the poor picture from my Blackberry)
January 7, 2011Posted by on
This is the poem I wrote Hubs for our first wedding anniversary. It’s a dorky little love poem – I’m no Browning or Parker. But it’s cute and was inspired by my darling so I swallowed my pride and displayed it on my TV cabinet. I spraypainted a frame I has laying around the house and filled it with the printed poem. Nice and easy.
And everyday Hubs gets to read about how much I adore him- which I consider a bonus.
Doesn’t it look so cheerful with a Gerber Daisy and sweet crystal shoe?
What small mementos do you frame around your house? It’s these little touchings that really add a homey feeling to a beautiful space.
January 5, 2011Posted by on
(Via How About Orange)
How adorable and cheerful are these key rings? Jessica Jones has a great eye for kitschy little designs, don’t ya think?
She mentions her process here but really it’s just little doodads she found laying in a craft bin and a couple of permenant markers.These would look so wonderful as a zipper-pull on a sweater or adorable little handbag!
I think it’s these little details that makes life so charming and sweet.