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Word: Balance

I’m a word nerd. I’m a word nerd who also likes curating pretty collections. So why not combine my favorite things into a column that collects both words and pretty images? Why I don’t mind if I do!

via hepsylone

1bal·ance
noun\ˈba-lən(t)s\

2: a means of judging or deciding
3: a counterbalancing weight, force, or influence
6 a: an aesthetically pleasing integration of elements b: the juxtaposition in writing of syntactically parallel constructions containing similar or contrasting ideas
7 a: physical equilibrium b: the ability to retain one’s balance
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DIY: Quick and Easy Word Art

Our family loves books. I’m a big believer in reading to kids pretty much immediately. Even if they don’t understand anything at first, just the sound of your voice is soothing to them. Eventually they’ll start paying attention to the stories and they’ll have positive feelings associated with reading, which I think is incredibly important.

Anyway, I’ve been reading to both girls pretty much since they emerged from the womb. We have tons of favorites, one of them being Where the Wild Things Are. When Max decides to give up being king, the wild things shout at him “Oh please don’t go–we’ll eat you up–we love you so!” I’m not sure how or when, but at some point I start saying this line to Samantha.

I’ve been wanting some kind of art that incorporated the quote for a while now and the other day I decided to make one myself. It couldn’t have been easier. Continue reading

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DIY: Flower Headband

I know I gave you a headband DIY last week, but I just couldn’t help myself from posting this one. It’s so easy and so versatile! You can make one as a gift for your best friend’s birthday or for your bridesmaids to wear on your wedding day. You can wear it to the supermarket or you can send your little lady off to her first day of school wearing one. It’s magical, really.

Seriously though, it takes about 15 minutes and is super inexpensive. Why wouldn’t you make one? Here’s what you need:

  • headband (I used a plain silver one but you can pick up any color your little heart desires at just about any drug store)
  • silk flowers
  • felt
  • glue gun
  • needle and thread
  • if you want to be all fancy like, you can also add a vintage brooch or sparkly beads (I ended up ditching the brooch because it interfered with the petals of my fluffy little dahlia)

First, take your flower apart. Remove the stem and all of the little plastic pieces holding it together. Don’t be afraid to really pull at it. Those little pieces can be stubborn, but fret not; you won’t tear the petals.

Once it’s all disassembled, sew a few stitches through the middle to keep all of the layers together. Don’t worry about messiness on the underside. It will be covered.

If you’re going to add anything sparkletastic, now is the time. You can sew a few beads in while securing your petals.

Once your petals are nice and secure, break out the hot glue gun and attach a patch of felt to the bottom of your flower. Make sure the piece of felt is a decent size. It will help anchor your flower to your headband.

Next, attach your headband. Put some hot glue on the felt that’s on the flower then push the headband into the glue before applying another piece of felt over both the headband and the felt that is already attached to the flower. Push down on the felt firmly to make sure everything sticks nice and securely.

That’s it! Once the glue has dried you can put it on and prance around the house with a goofy look on your face thinking you’re the bees knees (what the hell does that even mean?). Or, you can put it on your daughter’s head and wonder aloud how you gave birth to such an adorable little creature.

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Handmade Haven: Summer Artwork

Samantha’s last day of summer camp was last Friday, which is making the onslaught of fall seem all the more real. I’m not really ready for cooler temperatures and structured schedules. I’m enjoying the easy breezy summer. I’m finally starting to embrace hair that can’t be tamed and dewy (aka sweaty) skin.

I’m pretty positive that once gloomy winter rears its head, I’m going to be grasping for any bit of summer I can find. That’s why my handmade finds today are all summer-themed works of art. I like the idea of hanging a little masterpiece in the house that I can look at when summer seems way too far away.

Any of these lovely finds would do just the trick…

LouBe Photography

Ana Ramirez Photography

Art by Autumn Rose

Mayan Soffia Photography

Stormscape Studio

Stine Wiemann Photography

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Handmade Haven: Turquoise

Yesterday I was talking about how summertime always awakens my love for anything nautical. Today I want to talk turquoise. Like the nautical trend, my love for turquoise always intensifies in the summer and holds strong through the fall, where it mixes nicely with autumn’s jewel tones. My love for it always begins with stones and trickles out to the color in general.

There’s something very bohemian and carefree about turquoise. It makes me think of bare feet, grassy fields and long dresses. I have no idea why. But because of the vibe I always get from it, I’m particularly drawn to turquoise pieces that are handmade.

So, without further ado, here is my little handmade turquoise round up:

Brooklyn Thread

Golden Plume

Xtra Virgin

Delezhen Charmed

Blue Soul Designs

Nava Glazer

Jenni Jewel

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Handmade Haven: Picnic in the Park

June. How we got here so quickly, I’ll never understand.

My little Rosebud is wrapping up her school year. Her sixth birthday is taunting me from its spot two short rows down on my calendar. Summer vacation looms in that same spot and I’m wracking my brain to create an arsenal of options for my girl (who demands constant stimulation).

This weekend I’ll make it my mission to create a summer bucket list of sorts. A few must-do things that will keep my ladies occupied and me from losing my mind.

The first thing on my list is something that finds its way on my list every summer: a picnic. I want the sun on my cheeks, the grass in my toes, and my kids spilling drinks everywhere–though I wouldn’t mind leaving out the bugs that make Samantha shriek, thank you).

1 Emerey market bag :: 2 picnic print by Jessa Mae Photography :: 3 Blush Fashion dress :: 4 Anna Joyce hand-printed napkins :: 5 Organic sugar free blackberry green apple jam by NomNom Goodies :: 6 Nautical Wheeler friendship bracelet

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Handmade Haven: I’m Meeeeelting

Here in New York we’ve gone from springy to sweat-tastic pretty much overnight. My girls have sweat-matted hair and are sticky to the touch. We’re pretty much melty piles of mush.

While they cool off with applesauce and fruit pops, I’m on the hunt for all things melty.

1 Roots Jewelry ring :: 2 Play on Words print :: 3 Kevin Herdeman melt monster
4 Light & Spoon art :: 5 Jechory Glass Designs melted wine bottle cheese plate
6 Ellen Crimi-Trent print

If you’re a handmade artist and would like to be considered for a future edition of Handmade Haven, shoot me an email at jennifergarrydesigns@gmail.com.

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Double DIY: Crepe Paper Curtain and Glitter Bottles

I love planning parties. I get completely obsessed with all of the tiny little details. Most of the time, I’m the only one who notices them. But if it makes me happy, who cares, right? I’m a fan of the little things. And I’m definitely the girl who will notice all of the tiny details (or lack thereof!) at your party.

As soon as I thought about my sister’s shower, I knew I needed to incorporate black and pink. My pal Janine and I went Pinterest crazy (she is as detail crazed as I am) and I scouted out my favorite  blogs for inspiration. There were so many awesome ideas! I weeded it down to a few and crafted my little heart out. The best part is how easy these were!

Glitter Bottles

We can’t talk about things I’m obsessed with without talking glitter. It’s so preeeeetty! And it’s perfect for  celebrating a baby girl. To cut some of the in-your-face girliness of all of the pink I was using, I decided to go with black glitter. Sleek, bold, and unexpected.

Here’s what you’ll need to make some yourself:

  • A bottle. I love crafts that let me reuse things instead of going out and buying supplies. It’s good for the environment and good for my wallet. I used some Yuengling bottles and a wine bottle I had leftover after a game night with friends. Note: if you’re using a lighter color glitter, you may want to go with a clear bottle.
  • Mod Podge. If you’re feeling like getting crafty, this is a must-have supply! You’ll also need a sponge or paint brush.
  • Glitter. The type you get totally depends on what kind of look you’re going for. I bought a really fine glitter because I want a low key shimmer. If you want something bolder, go with a chunkier glitter.
  • A sealer. You’re definitely going to want to seal all of that glitter so that it doesn’t shed like crazy. I accidentally bought it in matte (glossy would play up the shine), but it worked just fine.

Once you’ve gathered all of your supplies, put them on some newspaper (this is a messy one!). Start by coating a small section of your bottle with the Mod Podge. Next, just pour some glitter on top. As I went along, I tapped my bottle on the newspaper to shake off the excess. And because I’m incredibly thrifty (ie cheap) I had an extra piece of newspaper to transfer the bottle to every once in awhile so that I could pour the glitter that had fallen onto newly Mod Podged sections. This reduced my waste dramatically.

Allow the bottle to dry and then go back and add more glitter to any spots that don’t have enough coverage. Once you’re happy with the amount of coverage you have and your bottle is dry, you can begin spraying on your sealer. You’ll probably need a few coats, but make sure you do thin coats and allow each to dry before adding a new one.

Those little yarn bottles were an easy DIY as well. I didn’t take any photos, but it was easy enough to do without any. Like the glitter bottles, I coated small sections with Mod Podge (starting at the top). I then took a skein of ombre pink yarn and just wrapped it all the way around the bottle. Once I got to the end, I snipped my yarn and put a little Mod Podge on the end to make sure it stayed put.

Crepe Paper Curtain

I knew I wanted to make a crepe paper (aka streamer) curtain, but Janine gave me the idea of making it ombre. I loved it! Like the black bottles, the different shades of pink helped to make the overall look less sickeningly sweet and girlie and more modern.

All you need for this is streamers in whatever colors you’d like (fabric scraps would work really well too) and something to tie them to. I used black tulle because I love it and was using it for other decorations. Twine or yarn would work just as well.

First, I cut a strip of tulle a little longer than the length I needed (I knew I wanted it to dip down in the center). Then I hung it up so that I could see how everything lay. Next, I cut a single strip of crepe paper a bit  longer than I wanted the curtain to hang. This step is essential since it’s so easy to rip the paper while tying it. I then cut a bunch of strips the same length as the first one because I know once I get into a good rhythm I don’t like to stop. All that’s left is tying your strips to the tulle. I left the ends loose at the top, figuring I’d trim them but in the end but I actually liked how it looked.

There will definitely come a point while you’re doing this that you’ll step back and wonder if you’re doing it wrong (I do this with most crafts). But think of it like any other art form. If you stop a painter in the middle of his or her work, there will be bits of the painting that aren’t blended properly and there will be things missing. It’s the same here. Your curtain needs to be full to give the effect you’re going for. And seriously, I promise this is a foolproof DIY!

If you try either of these, I want to know! Send me a photo at jennifergarrydesigns@gmail.com.

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About to Pop Baby Shower

Before I even start, let me apologize in advance for the crappy photos. All of the pink that was involved in the decor for this shower cast a pretty glow, but it wasn’t exactly optimal for an inexperienced camerawoman in a rush.

I’m working on my photography skills, but I wanted to give you a little peek into the shower I put together for my sister (with crafty help and lots of ideas from my friend Janine!).

We (and by we I mean Janine) blew up balloons in different shades of pink–have I mentioned my ombre obsession?!–and hung them in my bay window with black tulle. The night before I printed out “About to Pop” on card stock and strung it up with more black tulle. We parked my sister in front when it came time to open gifts.

Continuing with the pop theme, I made a little popcorn station for favors. There was four different kinds, including plain with the option of cinnamon sugar or southwestern spice sprinkled on top.

I also made an ombre crepe paper curtain as well as black glitter bottles and pink yarn-wrapped bottles to hold flowers. All of the projects were super easy. Check back tomorrow for DIYs (and next week I’ll have a post on a failed DIY for you!).

I found a recipe for yummy pink punch on Pinterest and since I was going with a pink and black theme (can you tell she’s having a girl?), I decided it was a must. Mine didn’t come out as pink, but it was most definitely delicious. Here’s the recipe from Styleberry:

Ingredients

  • two- 2 liter bottles of Sprite or 7up, cold
  • 1 can of Cran-Raspberry Juice Concentrate (found in the frozen foods section by the OJ from concentrate), thawed
  • raspberry sherbet (I’ll use about 1/3 of a gallon)

Preparation

  1. Refrigerate 7up/Sprite & thaw juice concentrate for several hours before the party.
  2. About 10 minutes before guests arrive, mix juice concentrate & 7up/Sprite. Stir.
  3. Scoop sherbet into the punch bowl & watch it get foamy & pretty!

I made two types of cupcakes: the first were regular chocolate cupcakes with icing that was varying shades of pink. To do that, all you have to do is separate your icing into as many parts as shades you’re going for and add varying amounts of food coloring. I knew I wanted three shades of pink, so I split my icing into three separate bowls. In one, I just did a drop or two of red food coloring. In the next I used three or four and in the last I added about five drops.

The second type of cupcakes were chocolate cherry. My sister loved this ice cream called Chocolate Cherry Cordial that Turkey Hill used to make. It was her absolute fave. I wanted to recreate the taste a little for her, so I hunted around for a recipe and settled on this one from Sandra Lee:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package butter-recipe chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups cranberry-cherry juice
  • 1/2 cup cherry pie filling

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 (2 1/2-inch) muffin cups with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cake mix, butter, eggs, and cranberry-cherry juice with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds. Scrape down side of bowl. Beat for 2 minutes on medium. Spoon 2 tablespoons batter into each prepared muffin cup. Spoon 1 teaspoon cherry pie filling on batter in each cup and top with another 1 tablespoon cupcake batter.
  3. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups and cool completely on wire rack.

I wanted the frosting on these to be pink as well, but for a little added cherry oomph, I colored it with maraschino cherry juice instead of food coloring.

Don’t you hate her? She’s 33 weeks pregnant, but you can only tell from certain angles. She was wearing a really cute floral sweatery thing from Forever21. I will most definitely be borrowing it.

I wore my color-block asymmetrical keyhole dress from Old Navy for the first time. Sooooo comfy. I’m most definitely going back to Old Navy to get a few maxi dresses for summer. They have so many cute ones!

We had a great time and my sister got lots of adorable things for her little muffin in the oven. Now she can lay back and concentrate on keeping that little lady in there a little longer!

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Handmade Haven: Summer

1 Ella Gajewska Hats fedora :: 2 FantaSea Jewelry stacking rings :: 3 Golden Plume ring :: 4 Bayan Hippo cross body bag :: 5 Thread Etc. straw hat :: 6 Sandra Hagen caftan :: 7 Caroline Cochran fine art photo :: 8 Mama Bleu Designs clutch

I couldn’t possibly decide which of these pieces is my favorite. Looking at each of them is like a mini escape from reality (and who doesn’t need that every now and then?). I can almost hear the crash of the waves and the sea breeze on my sandy skin. If I could jump into this collection you better believe I would!

Do you make handmade pieces? Email me a link to your shop and you may find yourself in next week’s roundup!

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