809, 2015

A teeny tiny ikea hack

By |September 8th, 2015|crafts, decorating, DIY, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sometimes a super small thing can make a big impact. In this case it was a 3 dollar piece of plastic from IKEA. If you have a dog then you will completely get it, if not you may think I’m crazy. BUT this leash hanger has streamlined our lives much beyond it’s small price tag! Lets’ just say that if I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard my husband yell “hey babe where’s the leash?!” I would have many many dollars. You see, dog leashes are like socks and bobby pins, they have a mystical way of disappearing, and it’s never your fault. SO when I saw this adorable hook at IKEA I had to get it. Problem was the colors were a little “out there”. Hot pink doesn’t quite match my entry decor. So I did my usual thing- spray painted that sucker gold. And voila! A SUPER simple SUPER inexpensive and SUPER awesome IKEA hack!

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Yep, it’s still the little things!

love and candy,


2308, 2015

How to add a little flair to your thank you notes

By |August 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sometimes writing thank you notes can be tough- especially when you are writing hundreds of them! It’s easy to fall in the trap of “ thank you for such and such gift, Ireally like it and will use it a lot, the end”. Thank you’s are important to me so I do my best to take a little extra time to make them personal. It’s not always just the thought that counts, sometimes it’s the message!

For our wedding thank you cards I wanted to do something special to show our friends and family just how thankful we really are for their love, support and generosity. We started by using one of our favorite wedding photos and creating a thank you card from it in Photoshop. But photo thank you cards are nothing unusual these days, I wanted to do something more. I remembered how one of my cousins years back had sent photobooth photos with her thank you cards. It was so fun to receive actual printed photos in the mail and to re-live the wedding through them. I didn’t have a photo booth at my wedding, but I did have a ton of  photos of friends and family taken by our photographer. I went through our professional photos and uploaded a bunch of pics of friends and family to a photo website. I ordered 4 x 6 prints so I could include them with our thank you notes.

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I found some semi-opaque kraft paper bags to package them in so they wouldn’t just be flying around loose in the envelope. After organizing the photos by recipient I put them in the bags and sealed each one with a sticker. I have so many stickers laying around (thanks to years of collecting) and this was a perfect opportunity to put them to good use! The good thing about the opaque bags is that you can see who the photos are of even when they are sealed so you don’t have to label them.

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Hopefully the photos and thank you note will brighten someone’s day and let people know just how thankful we are for them.

love and candy,


2907, 2015

DIY table numbers for your next party

By |July 29th, 2015|crafts, Uncategorized, wedding|0 Comments


I kind of have a thing for gold spray paint. Like, if it wasn’t harmful and generally frowned upon I might just spray paint my dog. Just kidding of course- but I do think I have a gold spray paint problem. I love the transformation of something blah into something shiny and gilded in just a few seconds. So when it came to table numbers at my wedding, I knew I wanted to get my spray paint on. Originally I looked for wood numbers, but after some pinterest searching those felt oh-so overdone. I started looking around for other possibilities. Frames were another popular option but I didn’t love the look of a printed table number inside the frame. So when I saw these adorable heart frames at Ikea I knew I was on to something. I got out my trusty paint, recruited my sister as a co-partner in paint, and got to work.

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The best part of the frames (aside from the $1.99 price tag!) is that they are double sided, so there is no awkward “back side” of the table number. Each frame comes with a clear plastic insert that is perfect to write on. I played around with paint pens and ended up using a white chalk marker. It looked elegant and best of all it’s erasable if you mess up! Because you are writing on a clear surface you can print things on paper and put them behind the plastic like a stencil. This was a game changer for me and my chicken scratch handwriting. I used our wedding font to write the table numbers on my computer, printed it out and traced right onto the plastic.

The only bummer about the white writing was that it was hard to photograph so you cant get the full effect from the photos. I put one at the top from the day of and you can just barely make it out!

love and candy,