Thursday, October 23, 2014

DIY: Halloween Glass Cloche

Decorating with glass cloches are my current fave.  Remember the floral terrarium? They are so easy to make in minutes, and gives an expensive decorating look for less.  Glass cloches are perfect for mantles, tablescape or even bookends.  This DIY Halloween decoration can be used year after year.

Here are your supplies:

I picked up everything at my local craft store and recycled the small halloween decorations.  Spray paint the wooden circular plaque black and let it dry.  Then all you do is decide how you want to arrange your small Halloween decorations on the plaque.  Once you figure it out, then get your E6000 (best glue) and start gluing!  

I suggest your let it dry over night or even an hour.  But if you are like me and don't have time (because you do everything last minute), put the cloche over the decorations and place on the plaque.  

Have fun and make more than one!  Then arrange on a table and enjoy the spooky-ness!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Around the House

Halloween has arrived at our house.  We are in full swing festivities!  The kids have boo'd almost the entire neighborhood...everyday.  I have now explained to them the difference between boo'ing and doorbell ditching.  (Want to boo someone?  Here is a cute boo printable).  My Stella is sewing like a mad lady making Halloween costumes.  She's going to be a pro after this holiday.  We've got spooky, creepy crawlies climbing up my walls.  And lot's of black around the house.  Pumpkin seems to be in our daily diet.  I think we are set!  Here are some of our past Halloween house decor.

See something you like?

Repurpose Vintage Jewelry

I forgot to post over here on my blog about the post I did for How Does She last month about repurposing vintage jewelry.  This was such a fun post for me because work with jewelry almost every day for my business, but never with vintage jewelry.  And then taking made jewelry and re-creating it into a style that is current.  Check out my DIY post.  Pst...I've been actually wearing these restyled pieces quite a bit!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Baking Birthday Party

Bake me a cupcake!  I've got a little baker on my hands who loves to get her apron on and try a new recipe every Sunday afternoon.  No surprise when she told me she wanted to have a baking-themed party for her 10th birthday. I knew the perfect place to have it was Miss Mamie's Cupcake Shop.  Mamie has made me so many cakes for past birthday parties that it was a given to go with her to teach how a true baker bakes and decorates.  How could we forget the ombre rainbow cake she made last year for Stella's painting party?  We still talk and dream about it!

Invitations:  Because of timing, lack of addresses and my children's Fall Break, we emailed out a darling baking-themed evite through Paperless Post.  Have you ever used this website for emailed invites?  If I have to go this route, I like to use Paperless Post because they are more personalized and sophisticated.

Decorations:  Miss Mamie's was so sweet to let me decorate her shop for the party.  I used OhJoy! for Target and The Flair Exchange for tassel garlands, confetti balloons and confetti on the table. Printables are by me.  And picked up balloons.

Cake and Candy Table:  I always have so much fun decorating a cake and candy table.  I love to serve candy at a birthday party, and it's always the kids' favorite part of the party--to fill up a bag of color-coordinated candy.  Mamie made another yummy and darling cake that incorporated the party colors, invite and printables.  All the candy is from Target!  And the little "yum" spatulas are also at Target.

Project:  When the girls arrived they decorated aprons with a large cupcake-liner flowers and fabric markers.  Then they were taught how to make and bake cupcakes.  While the cupcakes were cooking, they were taught how to make fondant flower decorations to be placed on top of the cupcakes.  Each girl got to make 1/2 dozen cupcakes.

  The girls really put a lot of thought and time into each fondant flower.  They made so many that they ended up not having time to actually eat their cupcakes!  Instead they all took home what they made to show off their baking art piece and share with their families.

We had another successful birthday party!  I can't believe she is 10!!  One decade old.  This birthday has made me think of all her other birthdays.  Here are past blog post of some of them:

9th birthday: Painting Party
8th birthday: Baptism
7th birthday: Spa Party
6th birthday: Tea Party and Tea Party
5th birthday: Hello Kitty Party
4th birthday: Princess Party
3rd birthday: Bug Party

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Motivate Yourself Giveaway

I've got an awesome giveaway that will keep your motivated throughout the holiday season.  Or get you back on your feet eating healthy and losing weight after the holiday season...if you choose to indulge in all the holiday yummies.  I've teamed up with Fit Mama of 6, who is a coach for Beachbody, for a Motivate Yourself Giveaway (#motivateyourselfgiveaway).  The giveaway is mostly on instagram, but comments on my blog, facebook page likes and facebook shared pages is also included in the giveaway.  Also, if you share the giveaway on your blog, please let me know!  The package deal is AWESOME and a $400 value! If you know any of the Beachbody products then you will be all over the goodies that are included in this giveaway.  I'm a huge fan and have done the Ultimate Reset a few times and LOVE Shakeology.  Best protein shake!

The giveaway includes the Ultimate Reset, Shakeology and my new Motivate Bangles to help remind you to stay focus on your goals.  If you don't know what the Ultimate Reset is or Shakeology, head to Fit Mama of 6 where Christine talks all about the products.  She can also answer any questions you may have about the product!

So here's the deal, leave a comment here for entry.  Follow my jewelry IG account (@darleenmeierjewelry) and Fit Mama of 6 (@fitmamaof6).  Tag up to 5 friends a day to get multiple entries and also share on your Facebook page.  More details on Instagram.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Homemade Costume Ideas

Time to start thinking Halloween (can you believe!?) and what costume to dress your little ones in.  We have so much fun creating the costume probably more than wearing the costume!  We'll okay...I shouldn't go that far.  But we do have quite a good time thinking up the costume, dreaming it, then creating it.  And my kids are at that age where they like to get involved.  I'm over at Or So She Says sharing some of our past Halloween costumes and other homemade costume ideas and tips.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tween Girl Pink + Coral Bedroom

It's only taken a year to get my older daughter's bedroom fully decorated.  We had the basics done pretty quickly (bed, bedding, wallpaper, dresser) after moving into this house but then all the little details just took some time.  I really wanted to make it her own and personalize it with her in mind.  So many of the artwork is my daughters, and surprisedly we did a lot of DIYs in her room. Dana Tolbert Photography took all the pictures of her room (except where noted).  They came out so good, and Dana really captured the details of the room.  Sources are below.

Monarch Bed: Land of Nod
Starburst Sheet Set and Strawberry Cabin Quilt: Serena and Lily
Berry Fleur Chinoise Pillows and Greek Key Pillow: Caitlin Wilson Textiles
Coral Lamu and Jaipur Wallpaper: Serena and Lily
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Gentle Butterfly
Coral X-benches: Target
Glass Drop Chandelier: Pottery Barn
Gold Deer Head: Zgallerie
Parsons Table: Overstock
Ghost Chair: Amazon
Flower Pillow, Mirror Side Table, Gold lamp, Pink Flower Vase: Target
Andy Warhol Sunset Print: One Kings Lane
Laura Painting Print: Michelle Armas
White Mirrored Bookcase: Home Decorators Collection
White Dresser: Ikea 
White Starburst Mirror: One Kings Lane
Pink Knobs: Anthropologie
Pink Morocaan Pouf: One Kings Lane
Owl Bookends: Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler
Princess for Hire Series: Lindsey Leavitt
Owl Pillow: Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler
Owl little vase: Anthropologie
Unicorn ring Holder: PBTeen
Curtains: Ikea and then I sewed pink pom pom ribbon on the sides
Gold prints and pink pencils: B is for Bonnie
Chalkboard: Ikea frame hack and chalkboard paint
Butterfly Artwork: DIY
Silk Flower Vase: DIY
Owl Painting: DIY
Bulletin Board: Covered a cork board with Jaipur Wallpaper

Let me know if you see something I didn't list!


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