Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Decorating with Faux Flowers

Hey there, friends! I'm writing about a polarizing topic today. Fake flowers. Do you love 'em? Hate 'em? Have no feelings whatsover? Well, I have a love-hate relationship with them, I have to admit. The really bad ones...like the ones that are completely huge (and could in no way be real because no one would spend that much on fresh flowers), or the ones that are really dusty, or the ones that just look, well, fake? I despise those. Like, they anger me. On the other hand, smaller vases of faux stems--the high-quality ones--can be gorgeous and because I don't exactly have a green thumb (may the many houseplants I've tried RIP), I use them a lot.

Joss & Main has some very high-quality faux flowers by Creative Displays, Inc. that even faked out my very discerning friend the other day. With Mother's Day right around the corner, why not choose a bouquet for Mom that will bring her lasting enjoyment? Check out some great options from Joss & Main over on About.com, along with some amazing tips from their style director. Besides choosing flowers that look realistic, here are my four tricks that will make you re-think fake flowers :

  1. Pair them with authentic natural elements. This vase of faux hydrangeas looks more believeable next to a piece of driftwood.

  2. Use blooms that are a contrasting color. Artificial flowers that are too matchy-matchy with your decor look staged. This same vase of hydrangeas looks more realistic in our blue and gray bedroom because it seems like I was limited to the color choices in the garden or at the store.

  3. Put away unseasonal varieties. While succulents and faux plants work any time of year, choose fake flowers that are available at the time of year you want to use them. In other words, get rid of the tulips come June, and swap them out for roses or other summer flowers.
  4. Choose arrangements that are more free-form. This vase of white hydrangeas has greenery poking out at varying heights, which looks much more realistic.

So there you have it! As long as you choose carefully, faux florals get a thumbs-up from me.

The Difference Between Fake Flowers and Faux Florals

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Monday, April 20, 2015

5 Simple Cinco de Mayo Ideas

Hey there, Happy Monday! Here we are in the last full week of April, can you believe it? Wasn't it just Christmas? So, today I'm talking about Cinco de Mayo. Who doesn't love an excuse to get together on a random Tuesday to drink a margarita and eat tacos? While we aren't necessarily in the habit of inviting people over in the middle of the week (ya know...after school activities and homework and bedtimes kinda get in the way of that once you have kids), these simple ideas make me think it wouldn't be so hard to throw an impromptu Cinco de Mayo party. And lately I've been thinking we need to inject a little more fun into our everyday.

These easy ideas for hosting a Cinco de Mayo happy hour, or just a regular Taco Tuesday get-together, don't require a lot of effort or time or money. So what are you waiting for? Let's Fiesta!

Bright Flowers--Buy 3 or 4 bunches of grocery store bouquets in the brightest colors you can find and mix them together.


Tin Cans as Vases--Save some Mexican food cans to use as vases for those bright flowers, or stick some succulents or cacti in them. (A little plastic burro doesn't hurt. How cute is he?)


Decorate with Produce--Fill a vase with a variety of peppers for a themed focal point you can eat afterwards. Just a bowl of limes would be cute, too.


Display a Sombrero--Hang a sombrero on the wall or just place one on the table. This one was spray painted gold, making it a little more sophisticated.


Sarape Table Runner--Fold a sarape length-wise and use it as a table runner.


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

DIY Napkin Rings

diy napkin rings

Hey there, party people! How are ya? Today I want to show off my latest project: how to make napkin rings out of shrinky dink plastic! I used to love Shrinky Dinks when I was little, so when I saw blank sheets of this stuff at Jo-Ann's the other day, I got really excited. Like, I'm-kinda-a-freak-excited. Now, the stuff they had in the store was not ink-jet friendly, and I knew I wanted to print out images, so I went online and found exactly what I needed. (Check out "Stuff You Need" below for the link!)

The full instructions and some helpful tips are detailed over on my About.com article but basically, I downloaded the butterfly clip art from The Graphics Fairy, and the ikat paper from Etsy, printed it onto my inkjet-friendly shrink plastic, cut out the shapes, and baked them! Here are some pretty pictures of how they turned out. (I made two different kinds: butterfly napkin rings and cuff napkin rings.)

butterfly napkin rings

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green ikat napkin ring

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Make sure to get all the details here because there were some things I learned the hard way.

how to make shrinky dink napkin rings
How to Make Napkin Rings from Shrink Plastic

And everything you need to make them (other than an oven) can be found below:

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