Archive | September, 2013

Halloween decor: DIY painting

30 Sep

This past weekend I went and ventured out to Michaels and was surrounded by amazing halloween decors to make! I came across this wooden wall decor of a skull and bought it without hesitation. I’ve had a recent obsession with sugar skulls from The Day of the Dead. I just love the intricate lines and designs n the bright colors!! So when I found the wooden skull, I had to buy it! Check out the final paint results! Two of my fav colors, coral and teal with a hint of gold glitter accent!




Who else is extremely excited for halloween and all the wonderful decors?! Stay tuned for my next tutorial on a DIY halloween costume! Here are the items needed… can anyone guess what I’m going to be?




Wedding Invite Contest!

25 Sep

Recently I created a “Save the Date” design for a contest on For those who are unfamiliar with, they pretty much sell all things fabulous, from eloquently designed stationary sets to invites for all occasions! I’ve always had a fascination for wedding invites and the wonderful paper quality and embossing invites, so I wanted to give this contest a shot. The inspiration is my twist on Into the Woods and a little rustic DIY theme, which I’ve called “Woodland Whimsical”. Please help vote for my design on the site! I greatly appreciate the support!

Woodland Whimsical Save the Date

For fun, I also finished designing the rest of the set, including an actual invite, the envelope designs and finally, the RSVP! Please share your thoughts and comments on this! I’m always trying to improve my design work and make it more innovative.

Woodland Whimsical Envelope

Woodland Whimsical RSVPs

Woodland Whimsical Invites

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,


DIY Paper Art Inspiration

18 Sep

A current work in progress! Handcrafted paper art!


Stay tuned for the final results! 🙂


A case of Mondays…

16 Sep

I have been impressively productive for a Monday….Finally managed to check off things on my to do list that I’ve been pushing off the past week…. not sure if it’s because of the sudden change of weather in Milwaukee, but today definitely feels like fall.  Anyways, because it’s a monday and we still have such a long week ahead of us, I wanted to post some pumpkin recipes that I found recently and can’t wait to try! If you click on the individual images, i’ve linked the source where you will find the recipes! Have fun baking and Happy Monday!

1. Pumpkin Creme RollPumpkin recipe 1


2. Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Bread!


3. Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles


4. Pumpkin Yogurt Ice Cream


5. Pumpkin Macarons

Pumpkin Macarons

What do you guys think? What’s your favorite Fall recipe?


Fall favorites: pumpkin flavor everything!

9 Sep

It’s that time of year again when Culvers comes out with their signature pumpkin shakes and concrete mixers. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to dig in!

Speaking of fall, I can’t wait till this up coming Carabox Exchange, especially since the theme is “Fall in love with this season”, so essentially everything about Fall. But this time, we get three months to get to know our fellow blogger friends. Stay tuned for that reveal!

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Renegade Craft Fair 2013: Chicago!

8 Sep

Hey you guys! I’m extremely glad today is Sunday…. though it’s sort of a bittersweet feeling. Sunday’s are typically my run errands, do laundry, clean the house and relax type days… but at the same time it’s a reminder that the work week starts all over again tomorrow. But this past weekend, it was super eventful, mostly because I finally had the opportunity to attend Renegades Craft Fair in Chicago. I’ve been meaning to go for the past two years and something always gets in the way every year. So needless to say, I was extremely excited this weekend that I finally get to attend!

After seeing so many awesome local vendors and artists, I was definitely inspired! I definitely got a lot of business cards from these artists so I can check out their etsy shop after. Check out some of the awesome shops there!







My favorites were from shops that incorporated both wonderful design work and food. The last few photos are of items that I bought from the fair. One is an instruction book on how to make inedible jewelry, signed by the owners! And the other was a kitchen towel that says, “Trust your Gut, Not your recipe”. I feel like that quote is so accurate and captures the essence of my cooking mentality haha so I had to buy it! What’d you guys think?! I can’t wait until the Winter Renegade! I’m definitely inspired to open my own etsy shop to sell some of my DIY projects…. I’m currently working on doing a slight tweaking of my brand… stay tuned to see the finalized results!! Happy Sunday!


DIY floral necklace

6 Sep

Happy friday! Its been a fairly slow week, despite monday labor day. Lets just say I’m definitely excited for this weekend! This saturday is Renegade Crafts fair in chicago and I am sooo pumped! For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out their site or see the flier below! Its a diy crafts fair typically filled with 300 or so artsy vendors and its not always in Chicago.
Renegade eFlier

Speaking of DIY, I wanted to show you guys a picture of a floral necklace I made awhile back but never got the chance to wear! What do u guys think?




DIY Calendar: in 6 words.

4 Sep

I’ve recently stumble uponed a fellow blogger who made a DIY calendar and was motivated to make my own.  I’ve always been fascinated by scrapbooking and journaling, but never really had the motivation to keep up with it, which is why when i saw this DIY calendar, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. What’s even better is that I made this entire thing with supplies I found around the house!

The premise of this DIY calendar is that each day, you write something memorial about that day (sort of like  short, less commitment-filled journaling), but you continue writing it it for 3 or 5 years in a row. So for instance, if I wrote a line about my day today (Sept 4, 2013), next year that same day, I will write another sentence about that day.

As the years progress, I can look back and see what I did/ how I felt that same day years before and see how I’ve grown, both mentally or emotionally. I thought I’d give myself even more of a challenge by only using 6 words to describe my day. For more “6 words every day” inspiration, visit here, or for a more design driven version, check out this site instead!

Check out the photos and let me know what y’all think! And for full instructions, please visit my fellow blogger’s page linked above!


1. A recipe box or in my case, a teacup box

2. Two- three packs of index cards (depends on how big or small you cut them)

3. Colorful markers or a stamp with dates!

4. Scissors

5. Beautiful scrapbook paper

DIY calendar 1 DIY calendar 2

DIY calendar 3

DIY calendar 4


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