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9.02.2014

Tuesday Tutorial - Crayon Bag Place Cards


I can't even believe how Back To School season crept up on me...we go back tomorrow! I'm still in serious denial, so school related crafting is needed. If you are hosting a Back To School party or playdate, or just want a little something special for the first day of school, these crayon bag place cards are perfect and so easy to make.  Head on over to my post on Moms & Munchkins for all the details.




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8.29.2014

The Party Hop: Autumn Market - DIY Food Labels/Utensil Holder/Wreath


We have been having fun, autumn style, to get you ready for cooler weather all week as part of Sara of Confetti Sunshine's Autumn Market Party Hop. She brought a group of creative party-loving bloggers to collaborate together and make one fabulous party full of DIY and inspirational party goodness! 


This time around, we are inspiring you to have a special day with family and friends, picking pumpkins, drinking cider and enjoying the fall bounty. We are going to get you autumn ready with great crafts, free printables and recipes.

Tuesday brought us a DIY bean bag toss game, cupcake flags and stamps, Wednesday was a sweet pie recipe, paper pumpkins and a banner, Thursday was a DIY tote, pie boxes and signage. Today is the finale...always leave the best for last.

The Party Hop: Autumn Market free treat box label download

My contribution to the party, free printable food labels!  You can turn use them as cupcake toppers, tie them onto thank you bags, turn them into stickers, the works.  I attached mine to little 'baskets' I made as a perfect treat holder.

8.28.2014

The Party Hop: Autumn Market - DIY Market Tote/Pie Boxes/Signage


We are having fun, autumn style, to get you ready for cooler weather all week as part of Sara of Confetti Sunshine's Autumn Market Party Hop. She brought a group of creative party-loving bloggers to collaborate together and make one fabulous party full of DIY and inspirational party goodness! Click here for our previous Party Hops.



This time around, we are inspiring you to have a special day with family and friends, picking pumpkins, drinking cider and enjoying the fall bounty. We are going to get you autumn ready with great crafts, free printables and recipes.

Tuesday brought us a DIY bean bag toss game, cupcake flags and stamps and yesterday was a sweet pie recipe, paper pumpkins and a banner. Head over and learn about these adorable ideas from my fellow Party Hoppers....


Create a fun tote with See Vanessa Craft for all your harvest goods.

8.27.2014

The Party Hop: Autumn Market - DIY Pie/Paper Pumpkins/Banner


We are having fun, autumn style, to get you ready for cooler weather all week as part of Sara of Confetti Sunshine's Autumn Market Party Hop. She brought a group of creative party-loving bloggers to collaborate together and make one fabulous party full of DIY and inspirational party goodness!


This time around, we are inspiring you to have a special day with family and friends, picking pumpkins, drinking cider and enjoying the fall bounty. We are going to get you autumn ready with great crafts, free printables and recipes.

Yesterday was DIY bean bag toss game, cupcake flags and stamps.  Head over and learn about these adorable ideas from my fellow Party Hoppers....


This amazing pie recipe and free printables from Lulu The Baker.

8.26.2014

The Party Hop: Autumn Market - DIY Bean Bag Toss/ Cupcake Flags/Stamps

The Party Hop: Autumn Market

All this week, we are getting you fall party ready as part of Sara of Confetti Sunshine's Autumn Market Party Hop. She brought a group of creative party-loving bloggers to collaborate together and make one fabulous party full of DIY and inspirational party goodness! Click here for our previous Party Hops.

The Party Hop: Autumn Market

This time around, we are inspiring you to have a special day with family and friends, picking pumpkins, drinking cider and enjoying the fall bounty. We are going to get you autumn ready with great crafts, free printables and recipes.

Today we kick things off...head over and learn about these adorable ideas from my fellow Party Hoppers....

The Party Hop: Autumn Market bean bag toss

A great way to have fun; bean bag toss by The Elephant Of Surprise.

8.25.2014

Real Party - Popsicle Park Party

This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Popsicle® Blogger Program. Visit www.facebook.com/popsicle to join in on the conversation.


Real Party - Popsicle Park Party

There is no better way to end the summer than getting a few friends together to play at the park for a Popsicle® Party! Between summer school, working on my Party With A Purpose charity event, and trips to see grandma,  the summer flew by and there were so many friends we haven't seen all summer.  It was the perfect time to get together.  It was the perfect time.

With a cooler full of dry ice, popsicles are easy to transport and keep frozen.

Real Party - Popsicle Park Party table

Yes, I still have my letters and pool noodle popsicles from last year's party...I love the color pop against the black and white stripes!


Did you catch the special edition Red Classics box?  It has all the red flavors, cherry, raspberry and strawberry...and check out the original logo.  I pretty much ate most of them...the kids zeroed in on the other boxes and I still haven't had a Pop Up yet.

The Party Hop: Autumn Market

The Party Hop: Autumn Market

I can't even believe the kids are heading back to school and it's time to think about fall parties and get-togethers All this week, we are going to be having fun autumn style, getting ready for cooler weather all week as part of Sara of Confetti Sunshine's Autumn Market Party Hop.

She brought a group of creative party-loving bloggers to collaborate together and make one fabulous party full of DIY and inspirational party goodness!  Click here for our previous Party Hops.

This time around, we are inspiring you to have a special day with family and friends, picking pumpkins, drinking cider and enjoying the fall bounty with great crafts, free printables and recipes. Today is just a sneak peek at the fun coming all this week; a special shoutout to our sponsor Silhouette  and thank you to One Sweet Slice for supplying the treats.

My contribution debuts Friday so have fun checking out all my fellow Party Hoppers and their amazing projects this week.




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8.20.2014

Makers + Shakers: Meet Design Eat Repeat

Makers + Shakers 8 Creatives You Should Know Design Eat Repeat

Last year, over on Seattle Mama, I started a series interviewing local powerhouses who started with an idea and turned it into a crazy reality. It was so popular, I thought to myself, 'hey self, you should do the same thing, except this time, you should stalk some more of  your favorite bloggers from all over'.

So, for the next 8 Wednesdays, I bring you the Makers + Shakers Series: 8 Creatives You Should Follow.  If you know who they are, woo hoo, you are so hot and trendy.  If not, then look at that, you learned something new today.


Today we are meeting Melissa Rose, the graphic designer & baking addict behind Design Eat Repeat. Between her recipes, adorable printables and designing blogs and websites for other bloggers and creative entrepreneurs, she is a one amazingly busy woman.

Read on as I pick her fantastically creative brain and share a few of my favorite projects of hers...


Please tell our readers a little bit about who Melissa is.
MR - Hi there! I’m Melissa and I’m a freelance Graphic Designer & Blogger over at Design Eat Repeat. I recently made the leap to take my business full-time, and now spend my days designing blogs/websites, branding, stationery, and more! I get to work with other creative business owners and bloggers every day and I absolutely love it.



I can cook but my baking skills are limited to cupcakes, so I truly admire those who can do both. How did you first get into cooking and baking?
MR - I've been a baker ever since I was really little. I come from a big family, so anytime I wanted to step in and make dinner/treats for the family, my parents had no objections! I made tons of messes and always made a deal with the family that if I cooked, then had to do the dishes.

8.13.2014

Makers + Shakers: Meet Damask Love


Last year, over on Seattle Mama, I started a series interviewing local powerhouses who started with an idea and turned it into a crazy reality. It was so popular, I thought to myself, 'hey self, you should do the same thing, except this time, you should stalk some more of  your favorite bloggers from all over'.

So, for the next 8 Wednesdays, I bring you the Makers + Shakers Series: 8 Creatives You Should Follow.  If you know who they are, woo hoo, you are so hot and trendy.  If not, then look at that, you learned something new today.


Today we are meeting Amber Kemp-Gerstel, the fabulous face behind Damask Love Damask Love is a crafting blog committed to sharing inspiration and instruction with DIY gals worldwide, no matter their level of experience!  Like most of us, she is an avid DIY-er, but all too often finds herself intimidated by tutorials around the web. At Damask Love, she hopes to inspire even the newest crafters to dive into the doability of DIY!

Read on as I pick her fantastically creative brain and share a few of my favorite projects of hers...

Makers + Shakers Damask Love cherry tags

Please tell our readers a little bit about who Amber is. 
AKG -  I give hugs. I don't shake hands. That pretty much sums me up. I've been known to be a little loud and I love to meet new people - especially people who are as passionate about creativity as I am. By day I am a child psychologist, but as soon as the work day is done, you can find me crafting like a madwoman!

My days are better when I make something so I try to squeeze in a bit of crafting everyday - even if it's just a few minutes. Outside my life as a blogger, I am a wife, soon-to-be mother and I have a mild (read: serious) obsession with sitcom reruns, think Saved By the Bell & Golden Girls. (um...who doesn't!)

Makers + Shakers Damask Love pencil cup

I've been a huge fan of your site; doable DIY is right up my alley! What inspired you to start Damask Love?
AKG - Damask Love began as a place for me to post my handmade cards. I was so busy crafting in my little apartment, it seemed sad to just let my projects sit on a shelf without sharing them...so I started a blog. In October 2012, Damask Love was reborn with a new design and a new mission: to share clear & easy to follow tutorials that would encourage crafters of every skill level to tap into their creative side.

8.12.2014

Tuesday Tip - Party With A Purpose Charity Event For Seattle Children's Hospital


I am so honored and thrilled to be parterning with our local dessert lounge, FROST, for a wonderful charity event called Party With A Purpose, benefitting  Pediatric Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Hospital, Friday, August 22 from 5 - 8 p.m.

If you live in the Puget Sound area of Washington, we would love to have you join us for this event at FROST, in the Mill Creek Town Center.  They  recently moved into a larger, more fabulous location  next door to the University Book Store.  Not only do they now have even more fabulous doughnut flavors,  they now have cupcakes, cake pops and macarons,  frozen custard, a full espresso bar and a wine bar stocked with lots of local vintages.

During our Party With A Purpose family friendly event

  • For each $5 donation, guests will receive a ticket for a glass of sparkling wine provided by Treveri Cellars
  • For each $10 donation, guests will receive a wine ticket as well as a swag bag with various gifts provided by our many sponsors.

***Be sure and stop by early, there is a limited number of swag bags***


There will be a doughnut decorating station and other fun for children, wine and dessert pairings parents for the adults and of course, lots of great party decor and ideas to inspire you to party at FROST.

We have lots of fabulous sponsors on board who have contributed to our event, from decorations to swag bag goodies.  Follow me on Instagram for lots of great event sneak peeks!

FROST will be accepting donations for Seattle Children's Hospital throughout the whole day if you cannot attend the event. What a sweet way to effortlessly give back to our local community...we would love to see you there and please share with all of your friends.  Do be sure and find me and let's have a glass of wine...I would love to meet you.

Visit the Facebook event page to RSVP and get it on your calendar.

FROST
Mill Creek Town Center 
15217 Main St Suite 106, Mill Creek, WA




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