Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?

A round up of Valentine's Day posts


Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  Here are a few of my posts that might help you make the day a little more special for your family:

Candy popcorn recipe with Jello

Music inspired printable Valentine’s

Hanging balloon Valentine’s

A non-traditional view of Valentine’s Day (inspo board based on a song by The Cults)

Felt heart finger puppets

Edible confetti

Popsicle Stick Heart Peace Sign

Heart garland tutorial for You Are my Fave

Pink and gold goat cheese appetizer (The BEST appetizer and so pretty too!)

Sorbet and champagne cocktail

And don’t forget this smash cake tutorial I helped Meringue Bake Shop with!

DIY Holiday Garland using Kids Photos

kids craftsI have a really easy DIY holiday garland for you today.  (Yes grandmothers, I made extra sets for you guys too).  Simply take photos of your kids, add letters in an editing program (I used illustrator but I think Pic Monkey works too) and have the photos printed in an hour (try to find a place that do a matte finish).  String it up and you have a super simple but totally adorable holiday DIY.

supplies-for-holiday-photo-garlandTo get the background, I taped wrapping paper to the wall.  I set my camera up on a tripod to try to get consistent shots.  I found the plain long sleeve shirts at my local Walmart (under $4 a piece).  One child gave good face for the camera.  The other barely allowed me to photograph him.  Isn’t that always the way?

DIY-Christmas-DecorI love this because the kid’s personalities really come through in these photos.  Using the holiday colors makes it festive and perfect for the holiday season.  But this would totally work for a birthday garland too (um, how awesome would this be for a teacher’s birthday using pics of the kids in the class?!)

easy-photo-garland-for-ChristmasKids can even help put these together with you.  Boy do I love easy crafts.

I Get Around – October

SSMLogoWideYeah!  I am so excited to announce that I recently signed on to contribute to a few really great websites!  The first one is Savvy Sassy Moms and they cover all things mom and family.  A few times a month you can find me over there with craft posts, a recipe or a delicious round-up.  In case you have missed them, here are some of the posts you can check out over there:

pumpkin-spice-homemade-coffee-creamer-recipeHomemade Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer

bat-craftEasy Toilet Paper Roll Bat Craft for Halloween

Delicious Apple Recipe Round Up

Creamy Caramel Apple Pie Parfaits

Turkey-craft-for-savvy-sassy-momsAnd don’t forget to go check out this fun turkey craft tutorial!


babyshowercom_logo222x293And the second site is – your go-to source for all things baby shower!  It is going to be an awesome resource and I’m super excited to be a part of it!

Indigo Baby Shower Inspiration

Halloween Themed Baby Shower Inspiration Board

How to use Macarons to decorate a baby shower Super proud of this one.  It is SO pretty!


And if you are local to Orange County, hop on over to read my latest post at CBS LA/OC – A Night Out in Santa Ana.  Yum.



Come to Craft with the Bloggers!

Crafted with the BloggersHave you all heard about this yet?  Me and a few of my fave local bloggers have teamed up to host a fun event at Crafted at the Port of LA!!  We’ll be making all kinds of crafts for Valentine’s Day!  Check out our Facebook page for all the info!  Who else will be there?  Lauren of A Fabulous Fete, Chelsea of Lovely Indeed and Kelly of Studio DIY.  Boom.  It is going to be such a fun day.  Join us, won’t you?  It is the perfect spot midway between Orange County and LA.  Grab some friends and come craft with us!  And while we aren’t tailoring the crafts to kids, older kids (age 9 ish) shouldn’t have a problem with them.

Hope to see you there!

Best of : Craft

Best of Craft TutorialsToday I am sharing some of my favorite craft and DIY tutorials.  This year was super exciting for me, thanks in part, to being asked to contribute craft how-to’s on You Are My Fave.  Many of these links point you over there and it is some of my best work.  And I’m super grateful for my plastic ruffle tutorial (I call it the craft heard ’round the world) which has been pinned like a bajillion times.  Word up.

Plastic Ruffle Garlands (the black, shown above, is made out of trash bags!)

Mini Confetti Shooters (with action shots by Dez and Tam Photography.  I never could have captured the burst!)

Fabric Wrapped Suckers

Macrame Balloon Holders (shot by the hugely talented Jackie Culmer.  This project would not looked nearly so good if she hadn’t helped!)

Boy Scout Pace Marker Inspired Garland

Corn Husk Flowers

Vampire Teeth Halloween Mobile

Bleach Pen T-shirts for kids

No Sew Favor Pouches

Painted Napkins with a Glass Bottle