With yesterday’s DIY video for my painted glass vases, I wanted to post a better look at the glass in action from a wedding I worked on recently.  But first, you may remember me posting photos from the dinner I styled at alt summit earlier this year (see that post HERE).  I just discovered a video that was made by the ulive team that features my design for that dinner (includes some shots of the hand-painted vases), as well as a look the booth concept I designed for ulive at alt Summit 2014. If that strikes your interest, check it out HERE.

But, back to the wedding! Earlier this summer I was asked to design a dinner tablescape that included my hand-painted vases and a bright ombré floral gradient.  This dinner was a similar colorscape to the alt dinner, with the addition of white and some brighter tones to compliment the beautiful rustic barn hues.  I may be biased, but I think hand-painted vases look so gorgeous subtly mixed alongside coordinating colored florals – whether it’s just one color, an ombré colorscape, or a mix of colors.  It’s such a beautiful way to fill space on those wide wedding tables!

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While I typically don’t do florals – the flowers were going to be placed in individual stem vases for this dinner, so I bravely took on the task. I loved the process – especially the prep part, as it allowed me to have a kitchen packed (literally, PACKED) with flowers for a day as I arranged and prepped everything for the delivery.  I forgot to mention there were 12 (12!) long barn tables for the dinner…so there were hundreds of vases that needed to be filled and a lot of hurricane glass that needed to be painted. Snapped a couple photos of the flowers before they headed out of my apartment – just look at the ranunculus (insert heart eyes emoji)! Individual flowers are fun and all, but when it comes to larger-scale floral arranging, I will always choose to leave that to the pros!

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You know those pricey decorative sea glass votives and vases you’ve been seeing at stores this summer?!  Well, as part of my Craft On series I thought I’d show you how to duplicate this effect on glass of your own on the cheap.  I’ll post a better look at this finished glass in action tomorrow.  But for now, check out the video tutorial (by clicking play), and continue on below for the list of materials and full directions.

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For a wedding earlier this summer, I was asked by a dear friend to add some paper decor to her younger brother’s wedding in Connecticut.  The bride had loved my mixed paper backdrop and wanted something similar.  Ask and you shall receive!  I added the above paper pinwheels and pennants to a wall inside the venue that was used for the photo booth backdrop.  I also made some paper flowers and added those to the iron arbor which they were married under.  While I freestyled some of these flowers, I also included enlarged versions of my paper roses and used TheHouseThatLarsBuilt tutorial for the poppy-esque flowers (those with the fanned petals).

Paper Flower ArchPaper FlowersFlower ArchOh, the benefits of being tall – I could adjust most of the flowers and then had my even taller boyfriend assistant on hand to adjust the flowers at the top.  Lucky me!  The sight of a handsome man adjusting paper flowers was pretty freaking cute, but I’ll hold off on sharing those photos, as he would probably not think it was very cute that they were on the internet.

Surprise! One more Craft On episode for you this week! In this episode, I show you how to DIY a bold geometric picnic blanket – perfect for those summertime park visits! Click on the play button below to watch the episode, which also includes cameos from 2 adorable pugs!

Summer Picnic Blanket DIY Video

Picnic Blanket Materials

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Materials Needed:

  • Canvas drop cloth (preferably plastic-lined)
  • Painters Tape
  • Paint (3 or more colors)
  • Paint Brush + Roller Brush

Directions: Lay out your canvas drop cloth onto a flat surface. If your canvas is lined on the bottom with plastic, you’re ready to go. If not, you’re going to want to double up the canvas to make sure no paint seeps through to your work surface. Next add painter’s tape in diagonal patterns, creating various sized triangles. Use the roller brush (and 1 of your paint colors) to fill in the larger shapes.  For the smaller shapes, use a paint brush and your other paint colors. Let dry, remove tape, and PICNIC!

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And if it’s not looking like picnic weather outside, pin the canvas to the wall for an awesome photo booth backdrop! By following the same process you can paint on practically any surface to have a fun geometric pattern wherever you please!

Naked cakes are clearly a popular choice for this year’s Fall brides…I have 3 different naked cake orders in September alone.  Since many of my wedding clients are in the process of selecting flavors, I’ve been making a few mini versions of the cakes for tastings and thought I’d show them off since they’re so darn pretty.  Here’s a little look at some mini (6″ and 4″ round) naked cakes I made for the last tasting.  I love the blackberry and chocolate cake – isn’t that combination just gorgeous?! And those flavors together – the chocolate with buttercream and blackberries – beyond delicious!

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I was so very flattered when ABC News interviewed me on the cake trend earlier this summer.  Head on over to ABCNews.com to read their story HERE.

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Craft On Perfect Fruit Frosting

If you’ve been to this blog before, you’ve more than likely seen my post for the Perfect Blueberry Buttercream.  It’s one of my favorite tips – as it alleviates the normal frustrations that typically come with fruit frosting, all by replacing one single ingredient. Since I find this best kept frosting secret to be so darn amazing (and still rarely mentioned in recipes), I decided to make a Craft On video tutorial for it, this time with a strawberry buttercream. Click the play button above to watch the video and if you missed any steps, you can head to the original post HERE to get the full recipe.

Craft On Fruit FrostingStrawberry ButtercreamRead more about my Craft On video series on ulive HERE.

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A little house plant inspiration to start this week off right. 

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The past week was an exhausting one (to say the least).  This past Wednesday, I headed to Cincinnati for a last-minute design project I took on that had me turning a dilapidated old studio into a modern relaxed office space.  It was a whole lot of work and intensive labor, but the final result had me very pleased.  I’ll share some more photos of the design process later in the week, but here’s a little sneak peek of the finished room for now.

Cincinnati Peek

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take a tour of the Shutterfly By Design 2014 townhouse in NYC.  The space was styled by Shutterfly designers, along with guest designers Olivia Palermo, Brit Morin (of Brit + Co), and interior designer Michelle Workman.  I went expecting to see innovative new ways to display my favorite images, but what I ended up seeing totally blew me away.  Sure there were a bunch of ideas for unique photo displays, but Shutterfly products work with much more than photos.  Cards, ephemera, artwork, illustrations…anything that can be made into a digital image can take on a second life as a piece of home décor.

One of my favorite rooms in the space was a Bohemian movie theater setup that had been styled by the Shutterfly design team.  The space was covered with fantastic prints and eclectic patterns printed on plates, pillows, throws…and so much more.  Cinema-inspired coasters and mugs, as well as a movie theatre curtain (which was made out of their fleece blanket!) were all mixed in with the bright Bohemian prints, setting the scene for a fun outdoor movie night. Just look at these photos!

Shutterfly By Design 1Shutterfly By Design 5Now that I know I can create plates and pillows with my own designs, I will absolutely be doing so. And those succulents in photo cubes…you all know how I feel about those. Such a great idea!

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I also loved what Brit Morin did with her space.  Her space highlighted the many possibilities that can come from one design.  Using  bright graphics, she created bold wall decals and printed the design onto one of Shutterfly’s wood wall art pieces, which she then turned into a coffee table. So genius!

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During the event I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing individuals including fellow bloggers, designers, and the queen of creativity herself, the incredible Martha Stewart.  I left the space feeling so energized and inspired.  And if that wasn’t enough to take me to creativity cloud nine, the evening didn’t stop there.  Following the event I was invited to the beautiful west side home of Kevin Sharkey of Martha Stewart Living.  Kevin shared his impeccable home design insight over cocktails and canapés.  Kevin had used Shutterfly to add some unique designs around his home as well, which he kindly showed off while giving me and a few other lucky ladies a tour of his impeccable digs.

Huge thank you to Shutterfly and to the entire team at Martha Stewart for inviting me along for the very inspiring experience.  To see more photos from Shutterfly by Design 2014 head to www.shutterflybydesign.com.

Patriotic Ice Cream SandwichUsing my DIY ice cream recipe (which you can find HERE), I made some patriotic ice cream sandwiches for the holiday weekend.  I followed my recipe to make batches of strawberry, blueberry, and vanilla ice cream.  The strawberry and blueberry hues were a bit light, so I added a drop of food coloring to each as they were blending.  I then added my first layer of ice cream (the blueberry) into a parchment-lined pyrex dish and allowed it to freeze for about 20 minutes before adding the next layer.  Once the red, white, and blue layers were in place, I put my dish back in the freezer for a few hours to set.  And voilà, patriotic dessert perfection!

To make the ice cream sandwich I placed one of my cookies atop the ice cream (to use as a pattern) and then cut around it with a knife.  I used a spatula to place the circle-shaped ice cream piece in between my two cookies.  If you too plan on making some ice cream sandwiches, you can assemble the night before.  But if that’s too much work, the ice cream looks awesome scooped or sliced too!  Just don’t let it melt like I did! Melted Ice Cream

And if you’re in the mood for a little baking this weekend, you could bust out this beautiful flag cake.  Check out my recipe for that HERE.


Hope everyone has a very happy Fourth and a wonderful holiday weekend!