Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wedding Cards Birdcage

A birdcage is the perfect wedding card holder and this one is decorated with beautiful, hand-folded, flowers. Click here to see more.


This blog originally started as a place to keep track of all of my craft projects and the many wedding birdcage card holders I was making in my Etsy store, so it was a huge shock to everyone that I said "no DIY projects" for our wedding last September

I knew my schedule would be busy enough leading up to the wedding (hello full-time job, college, blogging, etc.) and I didn't want to take on anything that wasn't necessary

In 2012, when I first met Houston, I had an Etsy shop where I sold birdcage card holders for weddings, baby showers, or any other event where cards would be present. I spray painted, decorated and customized over 30 cages and enjoyed every second. I wasn't going to make one for our wedding (trying to stick to my no DIY policy and a budget) but my best friends urged me to do it and it would be a nice way to corral the wedding cards during the reception.


A birdcage is the perfect wedding card holder and this one is decorated with beautiful, hand-folded, flowers. Click here to see more.

I was lucky to find a beautiful white birdcage at one of our many trips to Hobby Lobby and it was 50% off - hooray for a great price and for not having to spray paint anything!

Houston and I went back and forth trying to pick the color of the kusudama flowers for the birdcage and I was undecided about whether to use a navy damask print or a plain navy cardstock.  I tested a couple damask papers, but the elegant and simple navy won out - having cardstock that is colored on both sides is an added bonus when it comes to folding (read: I don't have to be as meticulous).

A birdcage is the perfect wedding card holder and this one is decorated with beautiful, hand-folded, flowers. Click here to see more.

I folded the flower petals, with Houston's help, and I hot glued the flowers together at two o'clock in the morning, sitting in the hallway, half asleep.

Need an easy tutorial on how to fold these pretty flowers? Click here to see how it is done.

A birdcage is the perfect wedding card holder and this one is decorated with beautiful, hand-folded, flowers. Click here to see more.

Just as I suspected, the week of our wedding was bonkers and the couple projects I needed to finish were done last minute. Praise God for family and best friends for making it happen; my bridal party and family rallied around me and they were cutting, gluing, and finishing things that were spread out all over the dining room table. My brother-in-law then force-fed me some pasta and handed me my favorite bottle of wine. I am so loved.

One of those last minute projects was our birdcage card holder. 

Then on Friday (our wedding day), while I was waiting my turn for my hair to be styled, I glued everything onto the cage. My extra gluestick went missing, but it was no big deal, I just used a bobby pin to push the last bit of glue out of my glue gun. It was quite hilarious and everyone was laughing about my resourcefulness.  Talk about last minute, I know, but I was as cool as a cucumber and had fun arranging the flowers surrounded by my favorite women.

A birdcage is the perfect wedding card holder and this one is decorated with beautiful, hand-folded, flowers. Click here to see more.

The birdcage card holder looked pretty on the fireplace at the Kellogg House and Houston and I were so blessed by our friends and family - The cage was stuffed full of cards and well wishes - I guess it was a good thing I decided to make one after all!

Now it sits on top of a bookcase in my office with all the opened cards inside; maybe I will repurpose it in the future, but for now I am quite content to admire it, as is.

Tell me if you had (or will have) a DIY wedding in the comments and your favorite project!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cat Lady Must-Haves

I have partnered with Purina® Cat Chow® to support the ‘Nutrition to Build Better Lives’ program. As a part of the Program and I am receiving compensation for this post but all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.  #CatChowCares

Who would have thought that I would become a cat lady? Especially since I am allergic to pet dander and I am NOT a fan of litter boxes. But it is true, I love our cats and I’m pretty sure they love me too.

My family laughs at my frequent social media posts with my furry babies (who am I?) and Houston has to reassure me a hundred times that they will be ok if we go away for the weekend. I just can’t stand to be away from them too long, naughty habits and all (I’m looking at you, Spooks).

So now that I am officially a cat lady, I figured I would share 10 of my cat lady must-haves with you.

Top 10 Cat Lady Must-Haves. Great Gift Ideas for a Cat Lady or things you must-have for yourself. #ad #CatChowCares

1. Cat – The essential part of being a cat lady is being obsessed with a fluffy, opinionated, cuddly, and adorable cat. I guess you can still be a cat lady if your cat is aloof, but I prefer kitty cuddles.

2. Litter Genie – Smelly litter boxes.  Need I say more? The Litter Genie saves me four trips to the trash can a day and helps fight the litter box battle.

3. A Cat Mug – Just in case your co-workers haven’t noticed your social media posts, the photo on your desk, or your uncanny ability to mysteriously have a lint roller handy at all times, show your cat lady pride with an adorable mug – I fill mine with hot chocolate.

4. Measuring Cups – Just because they are cute and they make me smile.

5. Lint Rollers/Vacuum – Buy lint rollers in bulk and vacuum frequently. Don’t go cheap on your vacuum selection, the cat fur from your couch will clog the rollers and you will have wasted $30 – trust me. Been there, done that.

6. All you need is love... and a cat pillow – This pillow is perfect for my office and for letting a cat sit on my lap.

7. Pearl Earrings – I can show my classy and cat-lady sides all at once with these pretty earrings. I love pearl earrings, I love cats.  Enough said.

8. Cat Tank Top – I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this cat tank top. Lucky for me, my cat likes to play with drinking straws and not cat toys, or I am sure I would be broke. 

9. Cat Lady Pin – This pin would be so cute as an accessory with a black dress.

10. Purina Cat Chow – I like knowing what I am feeding our cats is both delicious and good for them. They love Purina Cat Chow and Spooks will run around my legs while I pour it in her bowl.

Purina® Cat Chow® is our cat food of choice in our house and I was so excited to hear that Purina will donate a meal to shelter cats for every bag of Purina® Cat Chow® that is purchased in the month of July. I get cat food for my cats and Purina® gives food to the fur babies that haven’t been adopted - sign me up! With nearly 3.4 million cats in shelters every year (and that’s only in the United States) every dollar and meal helps care for a cat until they find their forever home.

Purina Cat Chow is helping provide a meal for shelter cats with every bag of Cat Chow that is purchased in July 2016.  Help support Nutrition to Build Better Lives when you buy your cat food this month. #ad #CatChowCares


"Nutrition to Build Better Lives" is such a great program and we are so excited to be partnering with Purina to help talk about it. Now you can help too, by purchasing food for your cat you are helping feed a cat in need. So grab your wallet, head to the store, and pick up a couple bags of Purina® Cat Chow®!

Purina Cat Chow is helping provide a meal for shelter cats with every bag of Cat Chow that is purchased in July 2016.  Help support Nutrition to Build Better Lives when you buy your cat food this month. #ad #CatChowCares


If you're a cat lady too, then you will love some of these cat posts from some of my friends (and fellow cat ladies):

Adopting Rusty from Ellis and Page
Our Cat Adoption Story from Smockity Frocks
Why I Love My Cat from Chaotically Creative
Cat Condo: Made From a Wood Pallet from Hoosier Homemade
Meet Jackie - Our Cat Adoption Story from Sweet Nicks

Have a great Wednesday, friends and don't forget to pick up a bag (or 4) of Purina® Cat Chow® by the end of the month!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tropical DIY Party Tablescape

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Here is a quick tutorial on how to fold kusudama origami flowers and host a tropical party this summer! If you can't go on a tropical vacation, bring the tropics home to you! Click through for more details. #BringTheTropicsHome #ad

Summertime was always so much fun when I was growing up. Our backyard was our playground and oasis filled with backyard games and plenty of swimming in the pool. We used to beg to keep swimming, hours after our fingers were pruney, and we couldn’t get enough of being outside.

We played badminton, baseball with a wiffle ball, and my Dad always had some other creative game up his sleeve; egg tosses, bobbing for apples, wheelbarrow races, you name it, our family did it and I loved every second of it. It didn’t matter if we got dirty or sweaty in the Southern California sun, which we usually did, we were just there to have fun and run off some of that summer energy.