A teeny tiny ikea hack

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

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,


DIY table numbers for your next party

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


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,


DIY bridesmaid hair elastics

By |July 17th, 2015|crafts, DIY, wedding|

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Image by Sarah Natasha

It’s a challenge to figure out something unique and useful to give your bridesmaids on your wedding day. Just spend a few minutes on Pinterest and it seems like all the good stuff has been done- a lot! I knew I wanted to get my girls each a nice necklace to wear and some pj’s to get ready in but I also wanted to add a little something special. I don’t remember how or when I thought of it, but all of a sudden I was ordering elastic off the internet and making elastic hair ties. I chose a bunch of fun elastics in some of our wedding colors and got to work.

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If you’ve made hair ties before you know how easy this is. Literally just cut, tie, repeat. I ordered my fold over elastic (FOE) here. The prices were great and so was the selection. To further personalize things I printed little 2 x 3 cards that said “for the dance floor” using card stock and my hearty old inkjet printer.

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One piece of cardstock was a little too flimsy to support the elastics without bending so I doubled up and used scrapbook tape to hold the two cards together. To finish things off I used a photo corner punch to round out the edges and made quarter inch indents on either side to hold the elastics in place.

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I love the way they turned out and hopefully they are something that my girls will use long after the wedding for many nights full of dancing!

love and candy,