Friday Faves From Minted

Happy New Year! I’ve decided to make a few changes to the blog in the new year. Along with featuring interiors I’ve done, projects I’ve completed, and plans for rooms and furnishings, I’ve decided to implement some regular columns. First up: Friday Faves, where I’ll highlight favorite products, new collections, amazing sites, fantastic apps, etc. (you get the picture).

First Friday Fave? Minted’s birth announcements and thank you cards we had done when G was born.

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Minted’s designs are gorgeous! There are loads of options when it comes to customization, including font, color, borders, and paper.

I love the way ours turned out. The paper was fabulous (we opted for the signature paper, a thick, slightly textured stock) and the picture was clear, which is a big deal. We tried another company for our holiday cards, and while the photo was taken with our fancy DSL camera and was not at all fuzzy on our computer screens, the photo on the cards isn’t crisp. Still adorable, but a little bit of a bummer.

Anyway, our Minted order also included personalized thank you cards to show our gratitude to the friends and family who gifted us with clothes, gear, diapers, bottles, towels, and toys.

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Aren’t these adorable? I also could have opted to have this adorable allover heart pattern put on the back of the birth announcements, but I decided to keep it clean and simple.

Minted’s offerings don’t stop at birth announcements. I’m currently helping a friend plan her 2015 wedding. The nuptials are in June, and they haven’t sent out save-the-date cards yet (experts say these should be mailed six months before the wedding), so that’s first up on the to-do-list.

We combed through Minted’s 760 save-the-date offerings and found several we liked. Which one is your favorite?

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 11.39.14 AMall in the numbers (they’ve been together since last June)

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 11.57.03 AMdate check (I like the bold simplicity; the couple has a a cool black and white shot of themselves that we were thinking would work in this template.)

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 12.07.13 PMcomplete love (they have several adorable selfies taken with a DSL)

**Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post. The opinions in this post are all mine.**

 

DIY silhouette ornaments

I didn’t actually intend these to be ornaments when I made them. This was part of the décor for Kim and Zach’s baby shower. I made these tiny plaques to hang on the wall and flank my pièce de résistance, the cardboard deer head.

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But then I was thinking about what to do with them after the shower, and I decided that these silhouette plaques would make great coasters or DIY silhouette ornaments.

They couldn’t have been simpler to make. I first painted my wooden plaques (which I bought at Michael’s for $1.79 a piece) navy blue using craft paint and stained the outer ridge using Sherwin Williams Fruitwood stain. While those dried, I looked for free clipart online. I searched for baby forest creatures. Again, I was working with a woodland theme, but Santa, a wreath, a reindeer, or any other holiday image would work. The one tip I have: Pick images without lots of intricate details. The talons on my owl were as detailed as I went.

Print out your selected images. I scaled mine to be three inches tall since the wooden plaques I was using were four-inch squares.

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Cut the image out, and pin it to a scrap of fabric. Cut the shape out of the fabric using good fabric scissors so your fabric doesn’t pull or fray.

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Then glue the fabric silhouette to the wooden plaque using fabric glue.

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Once they are completely dry, brush a thin coat of Mod Podge over the entire surface to prevent the fabric from curling up at the edges.

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I let them dry completely before installing picture hanging hardware on the back. If you’re planning to hang them as ornaments, glue ribbon to the back; if they’ll end up as coasters, adhere a felt pad on the bottom.

What DIY ornaments are you making this year?

The easiest DIY holiday decor ever

Scott and I hosted our daughter’s christening this weekend. The Sunday after Thanksgiving meant that I wanted to keep things simple—very simple. We created Evite invites and bought the food at Costco so I wanted to keep the décor easy and inexpensive.

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I used a gold tablecloth I already owned, layered paper doilies down the center to serve as a DIY runner, and filled Mason jars with baby’s breath. But the table needed something more.

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While shopping the baking aisle at the grocery store, I came up with another idea. Float balloons above the dining table and cover them with cupcake liners! I bought white balloons at Target, used spray adhesive, and working in small sections, glued the cupcake liners to the balloon (I used 75 or one package per balloon). Then I attached some white string and hung them from the ceiling with clear thumbtacks.

What’s the simplest, easiest, and cheapest décor you’ve ever come up with?

A wishing tree for a baby shower

I cohosted my best friend Kim’s baby shower a couple of weekends ago. It was my first big-gish project since I had Genevieve, and I had so much fun coming up with the woodland themed baby shower and the décor that would accompany it.

For my baby shower in July, Kim had attendees write a note, advice, or a memory for Baby G in the book Guess How Much I Love You.

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I loved it. Some people’s words brought tears to my eyes, others made me laugh out loud. I wanted to do something similar for Kim, Zach, and Baby Wyatt.

I came up with the idea of a Wishing Tree, a place where people might hang words of advice for the parents-to-be or write something they wished for Baby Wyatt.

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I found the twigs and sticks in my front yard in Dallas and transported them to Arizona in my suitcase because they were absolutely perfect, and I worried that I wouldn’t find anything similar in the land of cacti. I clustered the twigs in a faux bois vase I made. I shared the easy how-to instructions on my Pretty Handy Projects blog on CountryLiving.com. Then I created leaves from pieces of fabric (a vintage plaid I purchased on ebay), just free-formed the shape. I wanted the leaves to be rigid but moldable rather than floppy pieces of fabric. So I used this.

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And just liberally sprayed the fabric leaves, then let them dry completely.

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Once dry, I was able to mold them into three-dimensional leaf shapes.

Have you ever used Stiffen Quik?

A modern living space

I really like the house we bought in Dallas. It’s spacious, has three bedrooms, and plenty of storage. I did, however, think we were going to end up with a mid-century modern charmer. There are so many of them in Dallas. In fact, Scott and I both fell in love with this house when we went to see it.

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