Archive | April, 2012

Fiesta Time

27 Apr

If Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, then I feel that Cinco de Mayo is the ‘pre-kick off’ to the unofficial start of summer, if that even makes sense! Usually each year we go out to the local mexican restaurant along with everyone else in town. This year the weather has been so nice in Connecticut it would be fun to throw a Cinco de Mayo fiesta! I found this cute, super easy, DIY Cinco de Mayo fiesta garland from Oh Happy Day. It would be the perfect way to spice up a party, giving it the colorful pop that every fiesta needs!

Here are the great instructions that you can also find on Oh Happy Day.

You will need: tissue paper, scissors, twine and double-stick tape.  Add a cutting pad, a ruler and a rotary cutter to make it super easy.

First, cut 5 x 7 inch rectangular pieces of tissue  in various shades.

Next, we will fold it accordion style. Start with one sheet to practice the technique, then later you can layer about 4 or 5 to make a bunch at the same time. Fold sheet in half. Starting on the folded edge, fold a 1/2 inch section. Then fold back another 1/2 inch. Repeat once more for 4 times total including when you folded in half. You should have a little bit of edge left over. Leave it plain and do not fold it.

Starting 3/4 of an inch down, cut a straight line from the folded edges.  Do not go all the way over and stop about 1/8 of an inch away from opposite side. Cut at an angle, cutting out a triangle as shown. Repeat with another straight edge about 1/8 of an inch down. Finish cutting out the triangle.  Repeat twice more.

Open so the “extra” edge is folded out. Now repeat cutting out triangles on the opposite side. Be careful not to go all the way through to the first row of triangles.

Once you are done, unfold and repeat with remaining pieces. You can flatten these with your fingers or lightly iron sheets between paper towels on a low setting. All the wrinkles will not come out, but it helps to press them flat.

To tape as a garland, you will first run a line of double-stick tape across the top of a single flag. Then press the twine into the tape. Fold over the edge and continue to add flags to suit the length you need.

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A Personal Post- Looking Back

24 Apr

It was just a little over a year ago when my amazing friends and family threw me a wonderful bridal shower. The whole experience was new to me since I am always the one throwing the parties.  You have no idea how hard it was to let go! They were all very secretive about the whole affair and wanted to make sure everything was a surprise. The day couldn’t have been more perfect, and I wanted to share their great ideas with you.

The theme was a vintage tea party. The china that was used was passed down from my family and my husband’s family giving it a personal touch. The sterling silver teapots were my good friends grandmothers, which made it more special. I want to also take this moment to thank everyone involved, even though it was a year ago it seems like just yesterday and I still remember every perfect detail!

Dreamy Bridal Affair

23 Apr

I am sure most of you have noticed my recent obsession with anything vintage and shabby chic. The San Diego bridal vendor exhibition had all the elements I love about bridal decor, chic, girly with a flair of vintage. I love the rough exposed walls contrasting with the soft feminine touches. I found these pictures so inspiring, and I hope you do too! If you want to see more about the vendors that pu on this gorgeuous event, head over to Luxefinds!

Stop and Smell the Roses’

18 Apr

It’s no coincidence that flowers are so popular. They have it all – good looks, soft to touch, smell good, and they always look so happy. Receiving a bouquet of flowers always puts a smile on my face. In the summertime I love getting a big bouquet and dividing it up into smaller vases. With the multiple smaller arrangements you can decorate several spaces, giving you more bang for your buck. I also adore the mix and match look of the different vases, if it’s shabby-chic then I am sold! In the summer you can find cheaper flowers at Stop and Shop or your local farmers market. Here are a few of my favorite arrangements.

Photo Credit: Robert and Kathleen, Country home.

Ireland

17 Apr

We just got back from Ireland, it was such an amazing trip. The people there are so warm and welcoming it made me not want to leave. Driving on the opposite side of the road was hard to get use to, and the roads were so tiny making it even more interesting. The country side was so green and lush I swear I thought at any moment a leprechaun was going to pop out from behind a hedge. On more than one occasion I had to exercise great force and not chase down a rainbow in search of a pot of gold. Here are a few of my favorite photos from our trip, I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Nature’s Egg Dyes.

4 Apr

Every year my friends and I have an Easter egg dyeing contest. We are a competitive bunch and take these holiday activities very seriously. This year I am going to be in Ireland so I will not be able to partake in the festivities. However I found on BHG an all natural way to dye easter eggs which I would have used this year. I find this way so much better than dropping mystery tablets into cups of vinegar, plus the colors come out really soft and pretty.

Bluish-Gray
Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries.

Blue
Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.

Jade Green
Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.

Faint Green-Yellow
Peel the skin from 6 yellow apples. Simmer in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer 4 oz. chopped fennel tops in 1-1/2 cups of water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Orange
Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.

Faint Red-Orange
Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Yellow
Rich yellow: Simmer 4 oz. chopped carrot tops in 1-1/2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Mustard-yellow: Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Various shades: Steep 4 bags of chamomile or green tea in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes.
Pale yellow: Chop 4 oz. goldenrod and simmer in 2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Faint yellow: Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar.

Brown-Gold
Simmer 2 Tbsp. dill seed in 1 cup water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Brown
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup strong coffee.

Pink
Faint pink: Chop 4 oz. amaranth flowers and simmer in 2 cups water; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer the skins from 6 avocados in 1-1/2 cup water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Mix 1 cup pickled beet juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Dark pink: Cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets.

Lavender
Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

Going Green

3 Apr

In three short days, my husband and I will be on a shamrock branded plane on our way to the Emerald Isle…Ireland! Since all I am seeing is green lately here are some cute green ideas I couldn’t pass up posting.

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