Quarter Century DIY-Confetti-pink & gold & blank & white birthday party

So the deal I made with myself, was to post at least once a month. I am going to say that February kinda short-changed me by only giving me 28 days and that technically, this can count within the one-month range.

On February 2, I turned 25 and it was a bit of a big deal! I considered one of two paths after finally realizing I was hitting the big 2 5. Actually celebrate and have a party or not really acknowledging the quarter-century number change and moving on. I decided to go with the former and couldn’t be happier.

Throwing an event during a Toronto winter can be an unpredictable feat — and having it snow on the day of your party? Not the best idea, but that wasn’t going to stop me. I was lucky that it wasn’t too far from home and had the helping hands of some very good friends to put everything together.

I decided to go with a gold, pink, and black & white colour scheme and a confetti-style theme for a 25th birthday and it was a great choice. Originally, I wanted to go with peach, pink, and gold, but who knew how hard it was to find anything peach? Trust me, you’d be surprised!

I used a lot of DIY skills and ideas for my 25th birthday party decor. I customized my table covers by hand painting black polka dots all over white paper-type covers. I put a bit of gold wrapping paper in between the whites to give a little more gold. I used black as a grounding colour and it worked really well against all the lighter tones of golds and pinks.

I made a piñata with a cardboard box and a roll of mylar gift wrap. It took a really, really long time but it was worth it! I would spend nights watching TV and slowly cutting and taping each strip to each face of the piñata. The best way to do this is to start from the bottom and work your way up. Everyone at my party asked to break the piñata but I just couldn’t let that happen after all that hard work. It deserves one more night out before it’s dead!

I put each place setting to get with plates and napkins and put all the cutlery in small glassine bags. These bags were misted with some Heidi Swapp gold shine mist to give them a little shine and sparkle!

I brought out some trusty washi tape to customize my Ikea Korken bottles and used them for drinks. I also put washi tape to decorate some Ikea Ensidig vases. Those were each filled with confetti pieces (some of which I punched out) and more mylar. I love me some shine!!!

I love fresh flowers and made sure I had some on the table. I wanted the table to be a long dinner table where everyone could sit together. The venue had a pool table to keep people entertained and we made sure we brought the ever-popular Cards Against Humanity!

See below for some photos from the event. I didn’t get a chance to take many photos on my own though I wish I did! I remember a lot of the decor and wish I had more photos to share, but on this day, celebrating totally trumped that.

I’ve shared a few great DIY ideas for a 25th birthday party and may post a few more images of my decor on my instagram account sometime this week!

To see more,

That Cookie Swap I once had

I wanted to make sure I had at least one blog post before January ended – borderline, I know, I know… I have been telling myself that I will share my Cookie Swap ideas, everyday since it happened (35 days ago to be exact).

It all started with me reorganizing my baking-supplies cabinet. I was going through my cookie cutters, tins and a ton of other baking tools that I think I need to have on hand (note: when I get into something…I really get into it!)I usually end up buying every possible tool because I tend to think I’m going to need it. I quickly got the idea of participating in a cookie swap just by looking at a tin I had hidden within the jam-packed cabinet.

I quickly searched online to see if there were any Cookie Swaps in Toronto, or the GTA. I was specifically looking to see if I could join any community swaps going on in the city, and wasn’t able to find anything. This still kinda surprises me since this city is huge and all (if anyone knows of any, please leave a comment), but all that searching pushed me just enough to want to host my very own first-ever cookie swap!

I quickly gathered a list of 12 people who I knew would enjoy being a part of the swap, sent out online invites via Paperless Post and put together a Google doc with instructions and a sign up sheet. All this happened in a matter of a few hours and I was pumped! Here’s another pro tip about me: When I plan something…I really get into it! (see a pattern forming here?)

On the day of the swap I had set up the dining table with everyone’s cookies, made a delicious velvety hot chocolate to greet people with at the door, and decorated to my hearts content. I ensured there were enough cookies made so that everyone got to sample one at the swap and take two of each home with them. This was a good amount to start with, it meant each person was only making 36 cookies. For a first-time Cookie Swap host or attendee, it can get a little overwhelming. This resulted in more than enough for everybody.

The day I hosted my swap was the same day that Toronto decided it would like to host an ice storm! Two of my guests could not make it out due to weather issues and another got sick. I was pretty bummed and at one point almost considered rescheduling the event. I am glad I went ahead with it. Everything went as planned and some missing guests still sent their cookies and because we had extras, we were able to pack a set for each person who was missing.

For packing the cookies, I got white window bakery boxes from Creative Bag and went through my tissue paper and ribbon stash so everyone could get creative when it came time to wrap their cookies to take home. I made salt dough gift tags with a chalkboard back for each guest. Each guest also got to take home a handmade recipe book made by me.

I picked up some delicious milk from Moo Milk Bar in the beaches and paper straws from target (my fave!). I also made sure to keep plain white milk in a decanter that kept it chilled for the duration of the swap. The flavoured milk was poured into shot glasses so everyone could try each flavour.

 I cut out a banner with ‘Milk & Cookies’ with my Silhouette Cameo, used a regular disposable plastic table cover with a fabric runner as the base for my Cookie Swap tables cape. I loved setting up the table with all the varying heights with the dishes and the wide selection of cookies.

Lastly, I used the Ikea Tolsby frame as sign holders for each cookie. I love using this frame because it is white and very versatile. If you love hosting events, this would be the best investment to make. It is super cheap and very handy.

Everyone seemed to have a great time and really loved the idea of the event as well as all the goodies. I am sure I will host a second one next year and can’t wait to up the ante with a ‘best cookie’ and ‘best looking cookie/presentation’ award!

& heres a bonus photo of the beauty the Ice Storm left us with!

Playing Whimseybox Catchup

It’s been a while since I mentioned anything about these lovely boxes I keep getting every month. I have to say, the excitement I feel when I get one in the mail doesn’t seem to go away. Each month I get them, I feel the exact same way. Here are some images I pulled off of the Whimseybox website for a peak.

I will be posting detailed images with what a list of what exactly is included in each box in separate posts. Here are pictures of what comes in the Whimseybox every month. These range from May 2013-September 2013.
I haven’t had any complaints from this subscription, aside from the fact that at times I miss a box and then get two at once. I think this only happens with Whimseybox’s Canada Shipping times. I have taught myself to forget that I even have a subscription so that when I do get a box, its super exciting!
 If you know anyone that loves this kind of stuff, I think it is the perfect gift. They will always be reminded that it was you who got it for them. More points for you!
Enjoy & Happy Crafting!
xo

 













Finally Back From my Unannounced Hiatus.

Hello Everyone,

Firstly,  I would like to apologize for my absence over the past two months as well as my lack of posts over the months before that. I am finally finished school and am now a month into my internship (which I am loving!) I had such a great summer, I have tons of small projects I worked on that I will be sharing soon as well as new DIYs and workshops that will be coming up in the next few months or so. 

My latest DIY project were helping a friend with her bridal shower. I think that there are tons of Bridal Shower DIY ideas that are easy to do and great for a budget. I made some do-it-yourself pearl bracelets as favours for a friend’s shower, I packaged them in a very cute way by wrapping them in white tissue paper, putting a them in clear plastic boxes, layering that with half of a four inch doily and some white ribbon. I garnished the top off with a white gold-tipped goose feather. 



To see how I made these:


The gold-tipped feather was easy to make and there are two methods to do it. The first one is simple. Just take some gold paint or spray paint and paint the amount you want. If you are using spray paint then use some extra news paper to cover the part you don’t want gold. If you are using paint, do the same thing so you have the straight edge effect. You can also add gold glitter into the paint to create a shimmer.  The second way to do this is to use gold embossing powder to gold-tip feathers. This will create a shinier, thicker gold coat and will look very luxurious. I used some Versamark ink and pressed my feather into it. I sprinkled some gold embossing powder onto the wet part of the feather and used an embossing heat tool to melt it on. I had to do add a second layer of embossing powder to the make it a bit more opaque. This caused it to be thicker and well-covered, but you also lost some of the feather details. I would try and get a very good, even layer on the first time so that the feather’s details can be shown through. 

Promise to update regularly now! 
Happy Crafting,
xo


*I will be uploading better photos once I get them from a few friends, clearly I was too excited and eager to restart my blogging adventures by Oct. 1st! 


DIY: Colour Block Ring or Washi Tape Holder

Hi all! 

So about three weeks ago I made a trip to the Target Canada dollar section. I love this section of the store because I can find the cutest things for super cheap. I think the best days to go are when they are doing a turn around of season and they put up the new things. I am pretty sure these things go fast! The last time I went however, it seemed like they still had this ring holder in stock, so I would go to target and grab one for this DIY colour block ring holder. Although this is a ring holder, I used mine to hold my washi tape and glitter tape. 



Colour blocking is a trend that has been going on for a while, and lately everything gold has also been everywhere. I decided to take both those trends and put them together to create a really cute ring holder that can be set aside from the generic colours available at target. This is an easy and cheap DIY and costs less than $5. It cost me a total of $1 because I already had spray paint on hand (from this project) . You can make this in any spray paint colour, especially if you want to know what to do with leftover spray paint from another project. 

Click through for directions. 



Wrap whatever amount you want to stay white with some masking tape and/or paper. Make sure the bottom is always taped across, I had to respray mine because I did not make sure the tape was in a total straight line at the bottom, no one will see it, but I just wanted mine perfect.

Spray paint the remaining part with spray paint (I chose gold) and then make sure you let it dry for a long time. Make sure the gold part is not directly on the drying sheet. You don’t want paper stuck to it!

When peeling off the tape, a bit of the paint peeled away with mine…I’m an impatient one haha! Once it is done drying slowly peel away the tape and thats it!

A quick craft that can cost just $1! I loved making this, I have one more that I will probably colour block with some patterned washi tape. You can use this as a washi tape holder, jewelry holder and more! Have fun with it

Happy Crafting
xo


DIY Mason Jar Herb Planters

Mason jars and chalkboard paint? Yes! I have been working on this project for quite sometime (it only takes a few hours) because I was waiting for my pasta sauce jars to empty. I also wanted to make sure I did this project on a day when I was okay to get a little dirty! 


If you have always wanted to own a plant without killing it, this is the right step to take! I am a pretty forgetful person if I don’t remember to write things down. That is a major reason why I don’t tend to keep plants in my house. I made sure that if I was going to try and take care of some, they should be easy plants to take of and maintain. These are the best plants to have in an apartment. Growing herbs in your apartment is very easy and does not take a lot of space. 

Planting herbs is cheap (I got each of mine for about $3) and you can get them when they are already pretty grown so that way if you’re impatient, like me, you can already see the green! I made sure to keep the herbs in a place where I could see everyday so I was reminded to take care of them. At first, I kept them on my desk where I crafted with a small dish at the bottom. After replanting one of my herbs into the Mason jar, I decided to wait until I had enough jars for the rest. It was a messy task, but I enjoyed every second.

Instruction after the break. 

Clean off the label of your jars by soaking them in warm water with some soap. Take the plant by the root and gently pull it out of the existing container. Place it on a surface with some newspaper underneath so that you just just wrap the mess away. 



Take a Popsicle stick and slowly shave the sides of the dirt off so that it becomes skinny enough to fit through the mouth of the jar. Take some stones or pebbles to line the bottom of the jar so it can act as a filter for water. Place plant inside and then take the remaining dirt and pack it into the jar.

Swipe some chalkboard paint across the front of the jar and let it dry. Write the names of each herb onto the jars. I took a basket I already had and used some twine to wrap it onto the balcony railing. This lets my plants enjoy the sunshine and because my craft room is right next to it, I always remember to water them.

It is as simple as that! Hope you enjoyed the DIY.

Happy Crafting
xo

DIY: Canada Day BBQ Inspiration

Hope everyone had a great Canada Day or Fourth of July! I had a blast making this BBQ detailed and coordinated to get into the festive mood! The day started off cloudy, but it turned out to be nice and hot during the evening and we ended with doing some fun fireworks and sparklers! Here are some photos from the day with some instructions for DIY after the break.

 

 

 

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To see how I coordinated everything


So for this Canada Day BBQ I figured I’d make it pretty. I mean, why not? I think everything looked great, and to some of my friends ‘too good to use’ at some point. I think using the glass Coke bottles for the Canada Day BBQ made everything look really cute. 

I decided to stick with red and white and add a little bit of silver which was inspired by the glass Coke bottle. I had added jute twine to pull everything together, especially because this BBQ was outdoors. I had both polka dot as well as gingham patterns and added some stripes with the paper straws. The mixing of patterns works here because there are small elements and it is broken up by a solid colour. 

The drink cups were plain red and I thought I could make them a litter more interesting by painting a swipe of white across in acrylic paint and then stamping the word ‘drink’ onto it. I also tied together the spoon, fork and knife with some twine and stamped the word ‘eat’ onto a pinked circle punch in white, which was then backed by a red pinked circle punch.The spoons also had some silver washi wrapped along the handles to match the rest of the decor.

The napkins were rolled together with a paper punched napkin ring. I made the napkin ring with regular white card stock and a Martha Stewart double edge punch. I love that I was able to put both patterns together with the napkins which helped the plates coordinate. The straws were dumped into a mason jar that I wrapped some twine around with the same napkin ring pattern and a red piece of ribbon so that it all matched.

Finally I made some pink lemonade and put it into a mason jar with a slice of lemon. I added twine around the top with a small tag that I cut out. The tag was made with some red paper where I traced some shipping tags I had on hand. This is the easiest way to make your own tags. I added some washi tape at the bottom, a white punched heart and stamped the phrase ‘something sweet’ onto it using the Amy Tangerine Phrase Roller Stamp. 

The last touch I added was the fringe tassel that was in the background of our table. I tied it to the trees and used the instructions on another blog to create it. 

 
Hope you enjoyed the inspiration! 
Have a great weekend. 
Happy crafting.
 Xo

DIY: ‘Paris is Always a Good Idea’ Pillow + Free SVG Download


I am always up to help friends when needed and its no different when it’s in the crafting department. I mean, heck, I love this stuff, I live for it. As soon as she told me what she wanted made I got the process in my mind and knew I could use it for a DIY so it was a win-win situation.

All over Tumblr you can find the ‘Paris is Always a Good Idea’ Pillow. Since we could’t find it anywhere else, Doing it Yourself was the next best option! 

I loved how this pillow turned out. It makes me want to just make burlap pillows all day. I used an electronic cutting machine for the stencil. An alternative to the Silhouette Cameo is simply a print out and an X-acto knife. 

(Please excuse the photos, in all honestly I was too excited to get my real camera!)



For this DIY you will need:

Silhouette or Printer and X-acto knife

Shelf-Liner vinyl (Dollarama)

Plain Pillow or T-Shirt 

Fabric Paint
(I used screen printing ink)

Foam Brush

Extra Fabric or Silicon/Foam shelf liner 
(to put between fabric layers)

Paris is always a good Idea
SVG silhouette download: Silhouette 

The first thing we did was grab a pillow from Winners/Homesense. Winners is a great place to find pillows at a good price and also for almost one-of-a-kind items.


After creating the design on the the Silhouette Software (or on anything else) just feed the vinyl in the machine to get cut. If you are cutting it manually, secure your piece of paper on top of the vinyl with tape and cut through both pieces at once.  The one thing I realized when doing a second cut for a T-Shirt was to make sure you remove all air bubbles with a credit card so that the vinyl is flat. 
Remove the backing and place on top of the pillow or T-shirt. To get that perfect stencil image on fabric, make sure all the edges are pushed down and remove any bubbles. 

Make sure to stipple the brush onto the fabric. Because I was using burlap to paint on, the best way to get the paint settled is to use the stippling motion. so make sure you are using your foam brush and just dabbing. This will also prevent the edges from peeling back.

Once it is done, let it dry completely. Peel off the vinyl after a few hours. Place a piece of fabric over the design and run an iron over it to really set the paint. 

There you have it!
Happy Crafting
xo

If you don’t have your own cutting machine, email me for a quote for a custom one.

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Hi Everyone!
As you all (should) know, I absolutely love mason jars! I use them to store things, as planters, for salads and to make things with.

I really wanted to update my bathroom with some newer things without really breaking the bank. Thats when I realized that it shouldn’t be too hard to combine a mason jar with a pump to use as my mason jar soap dispenser. This is an easy mason jar project and doesn’t cost much money or time. 


Here is the DIY for making it yourself.
You’ll need:
1 mason jar in a small-medium size
1 soap dispenser pump (use one already on hand or go to the dollar store!)
A Hammer
1 nail 
A soft foam block




Measure your pump and trim the straw looking thingie (yes, I don’t know what it’s called!) at an angle so that it fits your jar and isn’t too big.  


Take your mason jar lid apart, you will need the inner part to poke a nail through. Make sure the hole is wide enough to put the pump through and thats it! 


If you want to glue down the edges of the pump, you can do so with some E6000. I would recommend keeping it apart so that you can wash it out properly when needed.
Easiest mason jar project ever!
Happy Crafting!
Enjoy
xo

DIY: Letterpress with the Cuttlebug


Hey Everyone!

I am so excited about this post and cannot wait to share my latest discover. There is something you have to know about me. I love letterpress! I love the feel and texture of the depressed print into a thick piece of card stock. Yes, I am talking about paper and card stock, but you already know that this stuff makes me very excited!

I have been scouring the internet for a long time trying to find out how this print method could be done at home and I was at a loss for a very long time. Each time I found something it would consist of making a huge contraption out of wood and using tools and muscles (something I sorta lack) to put it together. 

I have an embossing/die cutting tool called the Cuttlebug by Provocraft and thought that there must be someone out there that has put something together using this, there just has to be! I mean I wasn’t totally wrong,I constantly searched “How to make letterpress stationary with the Cuttlebug” and more with fewer or more words. I found quite a few videos using it but they either used another platform with their machine called the L letterpress starter kit by Lifestyles but that cost about $60 and I was not going to be dishing that much out. I couldn’t do it because it looked so similar to what I already had. 

And then it struck me, just like that (tends to happen when I am just mindlessly thinking.)I could make one of my own using the plates I already owned and some other things I had on hand. I tried it before, but I was missing a key ingredient at the time and had gotten my hands on it at the last One of a Kind Show in Toronto during the winter.

Enough of my explanations! Here is the DIY: 


Gather the Following:

Die Cutting Machine (Cuttlebug)
2 B Plates 
Cling cushion mounting for stamps 
(This is what makes it work so you need it!)
Duct Tape 
(pattered if you want a pretty look!)
Pigment-based ink pad 
(or Letterpress ink and a brayer)

Photopolymer plate with design 
(I got one custom made at Boxcar Press)
I decided to make myself some letterpress business cards and they turned out awesome and were really cheap in comparison to anything I found online or in Toronto.
Firstly, get your hands on some letterpress designs or a custom design that can be made here. They will be on a larger sheet, so you need to cut them, separate them and then you are ready to move on to step 2!
So what you want to do is mount your plates onto the cushion mounting. This stuff is really sticky so it will not fall off.Make sure it is on the sticky side and not the cling side. This is the key thing for this to work. You have to have this piece of foam for there to be an impression on the card stock. It acts like a shim. 
Next, you want to take your two B plates and hold them side by side while duct taping down. This is the best tape to use because it is strong enough and also flexible so you can open and close the plate accordingly. 
Align the paper or card stock that you will be using onto your plate and make guidelines by using a coloured tape, here I used some black washi tape. Make a second marking by closing the plates and matching the lines onto the second plate. This will help you know where the actual letterpress image will have to be placed. You also want to put some low-tack double sided tape or use a zig two-way pen to add some sticky-ness to the plate. This will help your paper stay put. You are now ready for the fun part!

Start by inking your image with a pigment based ink pad. Make sure you just rub it along the raised words and don’t squish it in. Because the image will be pressed into your paper, any ink in between the lines will cause it to have ink blots. Once it is inked up, close the plate and feed it though the die cutter. I usually run mine though the machine twice, once forward and once back so I can get a good enough impression. Use a scissor or a thin ruler/bone folder to make sure the card stock does not get lifted with the image. 
And there you have it!! Lovely letterpress made at home!! 
Keep in mind that not all the cards will be the same, some may have a darker ink stain and some may have edges of the photopolymer plate show up, but that is okay! I did not mind at all when the edges showed because it added character to my cards. These are handmade so people will know that. 

*If you are working on a much more elegant piece of stationary then I do recommend you use the brayer and letterpress ink technique because that will give a much cleaner result!

I added some Washi tape to the edges of my cards to give them some interest, this can be optional, but remember these are your own so make them how you want to! 
Happy Crafting!
xo


Don’t have time or a die cutting machine? Email me at tasneem@eatlovecraft.com for a quote.