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,


5 easy ways to personalize invites

By |July 27th, 2015|DIY, wedding|


Custom invitations can get super expensive, especially for weddings.  I love letterpress but by the time I added up all the options I wanted- multiple colors, custom art, etc.. it was way over my budget. Thankfully there are a ton of other great options out there these days and I found an invite on minted that I loved for a fraction of the price. I was a little hesitant to buy a stock invite but I thought of some easy ways to personalize the invites to make them uniquely mine. Here are 5 things you can do to customize stock invites!

1. Customize your colors: Most sites let you take the base design and then change the colors and fonts. Your invites are the first things your guests see so set the tone with the color palette and fonts you chose. Be sure to use the RGB or CMYK for the exact colors you want to avoid any mishaps. Most online sites only do digital proofs, and even if it looks good on your monitor, it can look totally different in person! Our palette was sage green, blush and gold, so we customized the invites to include those colors.


2. Put it in your own words: change the wording on the invites to reflect your event. Don’t be afraid to steer away from the example verbiage, this is your wedding and it should reflect your style and tone. The reply card is a great spot to have a little creativity. Instead of checking yes or no, put something more personal. I have also seen people have an “Other” spot where people could put their own response!



3. Step up your stamp game: Envelopes are the first things your guests see, so make it something to get excited about! There are so many amazing stamp options out there. You can create your own on sites like zazzle or buy vintage stamps. Our wedding was in the desert so I picked out some fun retro desert stamps that I tracked down on etsy. Yes, it’s slightly more expensive than regular stamps but so worth it!


4. Add a photo: I’m a picture person, and loved the idea of adding a photo without having the whole invite be a photograph.  We made 4 x 6 prints of one of our engagement photos and used two sided photo tape to attach one to the inside flap of each envelope. It was a quick and fun way to personalize our envelopes.  You could totally do this for Christmas cards or any other occasion too!


5. Seal it with love- and wax: There is something about a wax seal that seems so special, probably because they are so hardly used anymore. I found a ton of people selling them on etsy, and they weren’t very expensive- you can get one for about 10 bucks.  I found a shop that lets you upload your own design so I used our wedding font to get a custom “K” made and then wax sealed the envelopes shut. It takes a little while to get the hang of the wax seal so make sure you practice on other paper first so you don’t put your envelopes at risk!





I’m super happy with the way they turned out! Hopefully you picked up a couple of ideas of how to personalize your invites without breaking the bank.


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,