Drink Rose on a Patio Playlist

Drink rose on a patio this spring.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThere is nothing better than sitting on a patio on a nice day drinking rose.  No wait.  There is nothing better than sitting on a patio on a nice day drinking rose and listening to some awesome music.  Here is a playlist that I think suits rose drinking just fine.  So gather your friends, gather some wine and pull out your speakers.  And email me an invite.

Birthday T-Shirt Tradition

Every year I buy the boys a higher end t-shirt to wear to their party.  This year was @prefresh.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhile I love the super cool, well designed t-shirts that you can find online I can’t usually justify the $30-$40 price tag.  So what I started doing was adding that cost in to their birthday present budget.  Shhhhh, don’t tell them that.  I am sure they don’t really care about a special t-shirt and would much rather have a toy.  But it has become a fun tradition and I love when they wear their shirts through out the rest of the year.  It reminds me of their birthday and how much they are growing up.  My oldest is super particular about what he wears so I can no longer choose for him.  This year I gave him a few options and this is the one he chose.  Prefresh makes very cool stuff and I’m super glad it is part of his wardrobe.  A note on sizing:  buy the next size up.  This is a size 10 and he usually wears a size 7/8.

Every year I buy my son's a cool t-shirt for their birthday.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comFor my youngest, we went with this one from Tiny Whales (although it looks like it might be sold out). I mean, how can you not have this shirt!  I usually try to save them for them to wear to their party if they are having one.  This year, my oldest didn’t want to wait so I let him wear it to school a few days early.  It is a really great way to get some cool shirts in to their rotation without breaking the bank.  Do you have any special birthday traditions?

 

DIY Minecraft Birthday Banner

A DIY Minecraft birthday banner.  That decidedly is not very Minecraft-y at all.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI freaking love those pre-made banners they sell in the stores.  You know, the ones with mostly primary colors and they say the generic terms like, “happy birthday” or “happy anniversary” and are held together with brads?  Urban Outfitters sometimes carries them that have profanity in them too, but my kids don’t know what all those words are yet and I’m not going to teach them on a special ocassion.  For years I have been making my own custom banners, using the same simple idea and brads.  I have no idea why I haven’t shared them before.  But you simply have to start making these for anything and everything.  My oldest son requested a Minecraft party this year.  I didn’t want to have a real party.  I billed it more as a playdate and invited just a few school friends over.  That being said, he still expected some decorating.  Turns out Party City doesn’t sell Minecraft stuff.  2 days before the party is not the time you want to be finding this out.  So I decided to make my own DIY Minecraft Birthday Banner.

Use online templates to create custom birthday banners.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI found Quality Kids Crafts around my youngest son’s 2nd birthday.  I made one of these brad banners that said “Miles is Awesome. And 2.”  To make it easy, this site has a few ready made sayings that you can just print out and cut.  But they also have each letter of the alphabet and numbers too.  Which is perfect for making your own signs.  I’m not going to lie.  These take some time.  Especially if you are crazy like I am and want to add your own patterns to the letters.  But if you are just printing and cutting, they really don’t take all that long.  Most of my crafts can be done while watching Naked and Afraid (my new favorite show) or another show of your choosing.

Use downloadable Minecraft digital papers to customize kid party decor //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBecause I needed to inject a little bit of Minecraft flavor in to the decor, I bought these Minecraft digital papers.  And with my very basic knowledge of Illustrator I was able to use clipping masks to create each letter.  You could also just print and cut out the letters as is and then trace them on to patterned paper.  I’ve also done this where I print the letter on cardstock in reverse.  Then I used spray adhesive and stuck fabric to the back.  Then cut out the letter so that it was the correct way when the fabric side was facing forward.

DIY brad banners can say ANYTHING you want them to  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comTo save paper, I put two letters on a page.  I found these great small black brads from Michaels, which also happened to be on sale.  Yeah!

Super easy customizable kid's birthday banner.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy mother-in-law helped me cut these out and then we punched a hole in each side of the tab across the top.

Super easy DIY birthday banner for kid's partiesAnd then you just put the letters together.  DIY Minecraft birthday banner.  So easy.

A not very MInecraft, Minecraft birthday banner  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis worked like a charm.  My kid was stoked that he had a Minecraft banner.  It was super easy to make and looked more like I wanted the party to look.  Two birds.  One stone.

May I also just add that I recently added a blog plug in to help with SEO and the mo fo took away my spell check?  So…just keep that in mind if you see spelling errors.  Yes, I fully rely on spell check to keep me looking smart.

 

DIY Jewelry Organizer

Super easy DIY pegboard for your necklaces.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’ve been dying to share this super easy DIY Jewelry Organizer with you!  I’ve had it done for a few weeks now and I LOVE it.  Not only has it organized what used to be a super messy area in my walk in closet, but I also wear the jewelry more since it is so easy to see and get to.  Last month I came to the realization that I need to be offline more and actually living my life, not just posting about it.  So I decided to start on some projects that I have been wanting to do for a while.  This was the first one.  And I’m delighted with how it turned out.  And it is stupidly easy.

Ugh! The before of my jewelry area.  \\   www.cupcakesandcutlery.comTo give you some reference, this is what the area looked like before.  It is as if burglars came in to my house and ransacked just this one area.  I can tell you one thing positive I’ve learned in all of this, I excel at stacking.  That has got to come in handy at some point in my life, right?

Easy DIY pegboard for organizing jewelry.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThere are no real steps to this DIY and I’ll tell you why.  I went to Home Depot for supplies. First I hit the paint area.  I got some spray primer in white, some gloves and a drop cloth.  Next I headed to the wood area. I found the peg board and to my absolute excitement, found that one side of the peg board was already white!  No painting required.  So I put all the paint stuff back.  And the kind fellow at Home Depot cut the board to size for me.  I knew it needed a pop of color to make it less boring and to frame it out in my closet.  I quickly painted the edges with a neon paint.  I was careful to try to keep it fairly straight the whole way around but I didn’t tape it off or anything.  That is it!  Rad, right?!

Gorgeous necklaces from my grandma's collection.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI picked up a large pack of “s” hooks at Home Depot, as well.  They really are the perfect thing to hang the necklaces from.  For the long, dainty chains, I hung two to a hook.  For the larger, bulkier necklaces I hung them across two hooks, but still stacked them to utilize the space.  What really prompted the need to organize was that my mom brought over all of my grandmother’s old costume jewelry to go through.  There are some amazing pieces in there.  And I really wanted to be able to see them and wear them.

Use fun bowls to organize jewelry.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comFor the bracelets and watches I used different bowls.  My watches are in a really awesome old ashtray of my grandmothers.  And my dainty bracelets are in a cute little hand painted dish that I picked up in Cabo last year on my anniversary trip.  Great memories!

Voluspa candles add an amazing ambiance to a dressing area.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI picked up two acrylic storage boxes for some of my other bracelets that I do not wear as much, as well as a few pair of earrings that I have.  I’m not really an earring gal.  I’m partial to the little diamond studs my husband gave me while we were dating.  And while I don’t burn it in there, this Voluspa candle makes it smell so pretty in here!

Knitted beer cozies and other family momentos go great in a dressing area.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI have two storage boxes, one with the rest of my grandmother’s pieces and one with sunglasses.  And created a little vignette on top of things that make me smile.  I think a dressing room is the perfect place for putting treasured family pieces that might not otherwise work elsewhere in your home.  Take the knitted beer cozy for instance. :)  That was by my grandfather’s side of the bed at their home and brings such happy memories when I look at it.  And the apple frame was by my grandmother’s side of the bed.  The photo is of their dog, Hildy, who was their dog when my sister and I were little girls.  And do you see that blue striped shirt there all the way to the left of this photo?  That is a vintage Hang Ten shirt of my dad’s that I stole from him in high school.  I no longer wear it but I love that I can see it when accessorizing in the morning.  This has become one of my favorite areas of my home.  And it took me about one hour total to paint and organize.  My heart is happy.

Birthday Gift Ideas

Someone buy these things for me okay? \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy birthday is this weekend!!  Yeah!!  I have no real plans at this point aside from a date night with my hubby.  This year doesn’t feel like it requires a crazy big celebration.  It does however, require a pedicure.  Here are some birthday gift ideas you all can buy for me.

Birthday Gift Ideas

A clutch that screams my name  .  a new sunbrella to keep me shady   .  cool shoes for my feet  .  this super fun picnic  basket/box  .  it’s time to start working on my summer wardrobe and this dress should be part of that  .  and this dress – I wear the heck out my other Novella Royale pieces and I love this print  .  and this fantastic gold tray wants to be in my house.

(You may notice that the link for the shoes is different from the shoe shown.  My husband explained that they change out their selection frequently.  And I’m too lazy to redo my collage.  And in fact I like the shoes in the link even better.)

See last year’s birthday post here.  It’s insightful.  I promise.