diy // gilded cake toppers

gold animal cake toppers - diy guilded cake toppers | via oneyounglove.comOne of my closest friends just had her first baby and a few weeks ago I had the privilege of helping with her shower. I wanted something very boy but also creative and cute for mama. These gold animal cake toppers were a hit and I had so much fun making them for Linds.

They ended up coming together pretty quickly and they had a huge impact on the table scape. The best part is, you can make them too! Here’s how:gold animal cake toppers - materials | via oneyounglove.com*You’ll want a drill bit that is the same diameter as your skewers1. gold animal cake toppers - plastic animals | via oneyounglove.comTake each plastic animal and drill a small hole on the bottom. Drilling the holes works best if you start slowly. I would also strongly recommend you use a vice rather than your hands to hold the animals.gold animal cake toppers - drill | via oneyounglove.com2. Place the skewers in each hole. If you chose the correct size drill bit you won’t need glue. If your holes ended up slightly larger than the skewers, you can add a dab before you set the skewer.
gold animal cake toppers - skewer | via oneyounglove.com3. Start spraying.

Make sure you get every angle including the skewer. If spray paint in your cake concerns you, leave about two inches of unpainted skewer at the bottom.gold animal cake toppers - a golden zoo | via oneyounglove.com4. Let them dry and have a party!

I love how these turned out. They are great for a birthday party or shower it doesn’t even need to be a party for kids, adults will love them too.gold animal cake toppers - cupcakes | via oneyounglove.comI think they are a fabulous mix of fun, whimsy and sophistication. The perfect special touch for your next party.

Love these little guys but don’t want to make them yourself? I’ll make them for you! Head over to my Etsy shop and order up!

if this were a pinterest christmas

This year is the first in three years that we have decorated for Christmas. Sad, I know. But there’s an explanation  the last couple of years we have made a habit of moving right before or after Christmas and I just haven’t had the motivation to un-pack all the decorations while I’m packing up the rest of our lives – seemed kind of counter productive if you ask me. Yes we did decorate this year but I’ll be honest, its minimal. We do have a beautiful tree but thats about where the decorations start. I had big dreams of lots of handmade, creative Christmas decor but with the arrival of our little guy in a month, a busy little girl, a Christmas full of handmade gifts, the start of a  surprisingly successful Etsy shop and spending time with friends – thats right, after two years of living here we finally made friends!!! – Christmas explosion took a major back seat. So instead I’ve decided to share what things would look like around here if this were the Pinterest Christmas I had thought it might be.

This mantle would be a must – though I guess we would need a mantle first…mantle{via}

Maybe some handmade ornaments
ornaments{1, 2, 3}

There would be lots of sparkleglitter globe{1, 2}

Did I mention sparkle?sparkle{1, 2}

There might be one of each of these aroundaround the house{1, 2}

Friends and family would be receiving these delicious treatstreat gifts{1, 2}

And gifts would be wrapped like thisgift wrap{1, 2}

Aren’t all these ideas so fun? This Christmas I’ve decided to focus on enjoying our growing family so these great ideas will all have to wait for now. Maybe next year I’ll start prepping for Christmas in July!

diy simple metallic art

I have been SLOWLY decorating our very tiny bathroom over the last few months and hit a bit of a block when it came to what I wanted to see on the walls. We are on major budget mode as we prepare for the new baby and so whatever I came up with I had to do it on the cheap. Finally as I was browsing Pinterest one day I was ‘pin-spired’ by this photo.I love the subtle sparkle the metallic adds and its so simple, it was perfect! I wanted to re-create it within the confines of the budget. It looked easy enough and there seemed to be no real artistic skill involved – my kind of art – so I went to work and here is what I came up with. 1. Supplies
frame of your choice – with or without a mat {I really love the way the mat looks}
white paper to fit frame
metallic envelope seals
metallic paint
paint brush
optional and not pictured: scissors, pen, a nickel

2. paint metallic paint on half of your envelope seals and allow to dry
this gives the variation in sheen that I really liked in the inspiration photo. you could also skip the paint and use a fine glitter to give a little texture.

*secret step – I chose to make my dots a bit smaller because I was working with a small frame. I did this by tracing a circle using a nickel on the back of my sheet of seals and then cutting each out. There is no photo of this step.

3. peel and stick your dots onto your sheet of paper, the more random the better

4. frame it and find the perfect spot for your new, very inexpensive piece of art!

I already had the frame, the dots were $1.99 and the paint was $0.97 so in total I spent less than $3! I must say I’m pretty happy with my re-creation.Don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway!

ahhh – that’s better

Two wonderful things in the news today, make that three. News at our house that is, not TV/Newspaper news

Thing One – and possibly the most exciting to me – my sister and mom cleaned my house as an early birthday gift! I had no idea what a gift that would be! Ev and I left the house, came back two hours later and it was so sparkly! I could smell the amazing scent of my Mrs. Meyers cleaning products from the garage – my favorite is the lavender scent!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Thing Two – After a trip to the doctor this morning baby girl is officially ear infection free! Hallelujah PTL! After just over a month of owie ears from an infection we have officially transitioned to owie ears due to teething – yes, there are two pearly whites trying to peak their way through those little gums.

And finally – Thing Three – I have been really excited about this project and it is officially done!I constantly have projects and to-do lists swirling around in my head. I’m not usually one for writing things down but I am starting to find that mom-brain mixed with crazy creative-brain is not going as well as I had hoped. I needed a place for all the lists outside of my brain.My “office/craft room” needed a little splash of something as well. So I put together this giant chalkboard. We found this frame at a thrift store in town and used it empty in our last apartment but I thought it was the perfect size for all my lists! I absolutely love the way it turned out and my brain feels like it can breath again!

bunting tutorial with a free printable!

Last week was a much needed break from blogging. I am absolutely loving this, but it was nice to let myself off the hook for the week. Especially with a little one who has a double ear infection. But now we’re back and I have some fun stuff coming up! Bunting is very in right now, especially for parties. I made this bunting for the shower (which actually didn’t end up happening, but the day turned out perfectly anyway). I love it. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to add color and a special touch to any party. You could also use it in a child’s bedroom, I’m thinking of doing one in neutrals to add a little something to our home decor around the holidays. Once you’ve made the bunting you can customize it in anyway with words or designs.

Here’s what you need to make your own.

:: twine
:: bunting template
:: three or four coordinating fabrics –
:: scissors or rotary cutter
:: glue gun

One of the most frustrating parts of making bunting is getting the shape of each triangle right. There is a fine line between shark teeth – too skinny – and pizza on a string – too wide. So, to eliminate the guess work, I created a bunting template to help you get the perfect shape every time. Just click on the picture below to download your free bunting template!

Start by cutting out your desired size from your template – size does not take into account seam or ‘fold-over’ allowance. I used the 3″ template for this tutorial. Using the template as a guide cut out all the triangles you plan on using in your bunting. I ended up using a total of 21 triangles for mine, perfect to dress up a dessert table.Once all the triangles cut out, I stack them in the order I plan on attaching them to my twine. Just to eliminate the chance of putting them on in the wrong order. That happens way more than I’d like to remember.Place a triangle wrong side up, lay your twine across the top.  I leave quite a bit of extra twine at both the beginning and the end of my bunting just to make it easy to re-use somewhere else. Run a bead of glue across the twine. Fold the top of  your fabric over so it just covers both the glue and twine.When you flip it over you’ll have little corners sticking out on either side. I trim these corners after I’m done glueing all my triangles. To make the double strand like mine, you’ll either need to make two separate strands of bunting, one being 3 or 4 triangles shorter than the other – or – when you get to the length you want your top strand, leave about 6 or so inches of blank twine and begin your second strand. *If you do it this way make sure to make the second strand of triangles face OPPOSITE your first strand (the points will be facing the same direction but you should see the wrong side of the fabric on the second strand). This way, when you hang them both strands will be right side forward. Sorry if thats confusing, just trust me.You can also use the template as a sewing pattern and use binding to attach your triangles.

I used the same template to wrap this gift to match the shower! I just measured 1″ from the tip of the triangle to make my own mini template! Super easy and so cute!

inexpensive curtain rod solution

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I love curtains and but I hate buying curtain rods! I feel like my choices are so limited, they are always more expensive that I want them to be. (I am totally cheap when it comes to home decor – I’m always thinking, ‘I could probably come up with a way to do it for less’) This brilliant idea was actually my mom’s suggestion – I’m all about giving credit where credit is due! Thanks mom! I already had the curtains and I really wanted to keep this area light, airy and a little whimsical.

Heres how you can get the look.

You’ll need
:: curtains – easiest if they have loops or very large grommets
:: fairly straight branches – one per window plus about 5 or 6 extra inches for hanging
:: gardening lopers (google says that’s what they’re called – you know, the giant cutters?)
:: sand paper
:: saw
:: screwdriver and screws you'll needStart by selecting your branches (you want them to be as straight as possible and to run the length of your window with a little extra on each side) and trim all the tiny twigs so you can slide the curtain on later. Lightly sand the trimmed branch – I liked the look of all the green moss but because these are in our kitchen I didn’t want mossy bits to be falling all over the place. Next, cut a small two small pieces off a branch you’re not using and screw into wall as a mounting mechanism. Loop curtains onto your branch before you hang them.

trim and hangFinally, screw branch into the pieces you just mounted. Step back and enjoy your practically free and very creative new curtains!favorite placeThis is currently my favorite place in the house! So bright and pretty. Every time I look at it I smile. It’s where I usually read and blog and where the little one and I eat breakfast.blueberries and riceDoesn’t her breakfast look delicious this morning? I sacrificed the last of our frozen blueberry stash form the summer for the babe. I thought her diet needed a little color. Lucky little one.first blueberries