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Pop of PINK!

Finally made that tulle pin which was specially requested by Ashley Sixto. She found this picture somewhere and left it on my desk.

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Did I come close? Mine is not nearly as big and still touched my face sometimes. I can’t even imagine wearing one so huge like in the picture. We’re thinking about selling them on my Etsy store and donating a large percent of the proceeds to a charity.

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Toodles.

Eli.

More Pinwheel!!

I came across some pinwheels sold by Crate & Barrel which I thought were just darling (and surprisingly inexpensive) but that prompted me to go on the hunt for some great DIY tutorials. To be completely honest I’ve never made one myself, they’ve just never really called my attention as a fun purposeful project or party theme (unless it’s for Fourth of July.) So on my hunt around Pinterest I was surprised to find so many beautiful pinwheel projects for so many different occasions. Conclusion: I’ve changed my mind about them, I love them now! Here are some of the awesome projects I’ve found so far…

Pinwheel Wreath

This pinwheel wreath is just adorable and very simple to make. It’s perfect for Spring and Summer depending on the colors. I think I’m going to modify this for a summer nautical theme and add some deep blues and reds…and stripes of course. Love stripes.

Pinwheel wreath from Neverland Nook

Pinwheel Wall Art

This one is just adorable and they look perfect frame along with these other cutie works of art. The pinwheels are made of felt and the bling bling in the middle is a vintage earring which can get from any thrift store. This would be a very easy DIY project where all you’d need is an old frame, old earrings and spray paint and a glue gun.  Head on over to Allison’s for a step by step. (by the way, looove her blog!)

Gift Topper

How about this gift topper designed by Patti Milazzo on fiskars.com. Next time you find your gift a little on the boring side just whip up one of these and spruce up the look. I’ve found that people appreciate the wrapping as muchand sometimes more) than the gift itself. A beautiful wrapping shows you took time and care about making that person smile. BTW…have you been to fiskars.com? It’s pretty cool and they have a neat project gallery.

gift topper designed by Patti Milazzo

Pinwheel Stationary

Looks like I’m not the only one that has the Pinwheel revelation. I just had to laugh while reading Kimberly’s  blog post “Seriously, you need a pinwheel right now. They are amazing. I have discovered if you add a pinwheel to anything, it suddenly becomes epically awesome. Have a piece of paper? Put a pinwheel on it! Have an ugly, plain wall? Put a pinwheel on it!” Just made me want to sing “if you liked it then you should ‘a put a ring on it”… But really, she has some beautiful pictures of her pinwheel stationary project.

Make your own cards

Giant Pinwheel

These giant pinwheels would be great for summer parties. I can just imagine the kids running around with them. These playful pinwheels were featured in the December 2008 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. You can download the Flower Pinwheel pattern here.

Giant pinwheels...yes please, thank you!

Back to School Pinwheel

I think this is one of my favorite pinwheel DIYs, simply because I love vintage maps and travel themes. This would be a beautiful “back to school” little gift for teachers (better than an apple) or inspiration for a Back-to-School party. Guess what the best news is…you can just buy these on Etsy! The store owner is Betsy Ryan Hany and her store, Elizabeth St, is just darling.

Back to school

You can also buy this super cute Cake Topper from Pickled Parlor

Cake topper

…and since we’re getting into the party mood, let’s talk about Place Settings…

How cute are these???

Where did I come from? Who made me?

Farm Wedding Place Settings

…and here is another amazing example. These wedding pictures are to die for. I agree that “burlap table runners, mason jar vases and chalkboard signs are just a few of the details that made this wedding stand out”. Check out the rest of these southern country wedding  pictures here.

Pinwheel place settings

Baby Shower Favor Gift Boxes

Lastly but not least…you have to see this baby shower…A-MA-ZING! And the best part is that anyone can set up this beauty of a party, I swear! You can do it! Just keep in mind details like the flowers in the glass vases, lace cupcake toppers and rock candy keep it fresh and elegant. The most important trick to making your table a perfect 10 is keeping it perfectly simple.  Even though this table is your typical pink and white, the reason it looks elegant and not trite is that they stick to ONLY pink and white.

pink baby shower party favor topper

Photos are originally from Eat Drink Pretty.

As you can see the table is mostly white with pops of pink and details of green.

There aren’t any other patterns involved or competing colors.

Don’t you just want to have a baby now? hehe 🙂

OK, lovies…hope you enjoyed these as much as me. I hope I have inspired you to try making some fun loving pinwheels.

Elisa
Live.Play.Love

Splurge vs DIY

Love these painted spoons from Anthropologie? I’m sure you do…and so do I. But now a days there are so many DIY ideas out there (like this one from CreativelyChristy) that you don’t need to spend $36 plus shipping on these. I say, head on over to a thrift store, get yourself a variety of silverware and make a DIY fun filled weekend out of it.

Here is another great example from 100LayerCake

Looooove these doves, by the way ❤

Have fun!

Elisa
Live.Play.Love

Giant Crepe Paper Flowers From Honestly…WTF

I’m sure by now everyone has seen these beautiful giant crepe paper flowers from Honestly…WTF (love those girls!!) but I just had to post about them! I am absolutely in love with these colors. I myself have never worked with sheets of crepe paper, only the small rolls we use for party streamers, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these and try out my own projects.

Here is a quick rundown of the steps to make these beauties for for details head on over to Honestly…wtf.

WOW….can’t wait to make some of these myself.

They get their crepe paper from their “favorite (and the ultimate) boutique for creative inspiration, Castles In The Air” which is online so everyone can go buy some crepe paper and start making flowers. There’s no excuse…start making them!!

Share your pictures…I promise to share mine 🙂

Toodles, lovies! Have a beautiful Thursday!

-Elisa

Inspirational blog – Young House Love

I’m sure you’re familiar with Young House Love, right? OK, well then you should be! Young House Love is an amazing blog run by self-proclaimed “DIY dorks” Sherry and husband, John. They are really such an inspiration to everyone of their fans and I think the main reason is that they are genuine and full of love…and this shows in everything they do.

I’ve always been into reading DIY blogs but after coming across them is when the idea really stuck in my mind that…hey, I can do this too.  I can turn a passion into a “job” that I love to do everyday! Eventually Live.Play.Love Shop came into the picture along with this blog and of course Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr…uuggghh social media overload!! I did not realize how time consuming this would all be! It’s difficult to split my time b/w work, school (I just started an MBA) and friends/family. Not to mention that reading a blog and maintaining a blog are two completely different things (duh)…as verified by Young House Love in their very interesting post Blogging FAQs where they share in detail everything about their experience blogging…all of the behind-the-scenes happenings, how their blog grew, how they make money, how they get sponsors, the top ten things they’ve learned about blogging and MORE. It’s an extremely informational post and worth reading by everyone. Here are some interesting pie charts…

A global look at how they spend their time...as opposed to the somewhat random and always-changing things that get done in a day.

Here’s a further breakdown of the breakdown above to give us a better sense of what they really do within those general categories.

And for an hour by hour play of what they day is like check out their post Blogiversary IV: Day In Da Life

See...I told you it was time consuming!!

I think a HUGE reason for their success as a business and as a happy family is teamwork. They really seem to split the work, responsibilities and the fun between all in the household (even Burger get a cut). Another reason is that they are honest and genuine people so it’s easy to love them…and their immense list of projects

Get to know Sherry, John, Clara and Burger and fall in love.

Get to know them

With 40,000 plus Facebook fans, 18 thousand plus Twitter followers, 68 million blog hits to date (and counting) they surely have a thing or two to teach. And to someone like me, a small timer just beginning to wet my feet in this blogging world, their knowledge is extremely appreciated. They always were and continue to be an inspiration.

I hope you guys enjoy their blog as much as I do.

GET INSPIRED!

Elisa
Live.Play.Love

*All the images on this post come from Younghouselove.com.

Giant paper flowers

I think every one has seen these giant paper flowers from Design Sponge as well as other equally beautiful giant paper flowers.

Well last weekend I attempted to recreate this project at a bit smaller scale…but huge none the less.

What a beautiful way to welcome the Spring. Wouldn’t you just smile every time you came home?

I finished late at night and hung it over my Ikea lamp.

This was a super fun and quick project…and the possibilities are infinite! I simply followed the instructions on Design Sponge and made a couple changes since I wasn’t making a stem. I used the glue gun to glue the layers of petals together and then glued the finished flower on to a square piece of cardboard  which I had already attached ribbon to and… TAa DAaa!!!

Try your hand at this, you can make it any size, any color and style…get creative. Hang them with signs, attach them to the wall…attach them to your cat  O_o  …ok…maybe that’s a bad idea…but he would look cute!! 🙂

Whatever you do, have fun!

-Elisa

Green With Envy

St. Patrick’s day s coming up and in honor of this day that turns everything from cookies to beer green I’d like to share are some beautiful GREEN arrangements.

Green is not really a color that jumps out at me as a common favorite color BUT green is all around us and it is vital in our lives…everything that is good for you is green! One of my favorites elements in an arrangement is moss and I am absolutely obsessed with succulents. But that will be another post. 

Here are the flowers…

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Don’t you just want to hug this last one? It reminds me of Dr. Seuss 😀

This weekend I will attempt to make a green arrangement. I already dyed some paper in different shades of green as well as some light yellowish green hues. I’m really excited to make this green arrangement since it’s not a common color to find in flowers. I post some pictures as soon as I have them.

Toodles!

❤ Elisa 

Flower Curtain

I’m so excited!! I received a request to make a flower curtain from a buyer on Etsy. I’ve been wanting to make some wedding related flower products to offer on Etsy and post about in the blog. So I’ll keep you posted on my flower curtain project. Here is a picture of the inspiration for the flower curtain as well as some other lovely wedding pictures.

Flower balls...these would also look beautiful hanging

Cupcake toppers

I have been dying to make cupcake toppers but haven’t tackled that project yet…maybe next weekend? If only I could somehow buy some time…sigh.

A-DO-RA-BLE!!!!

I can’t wait to make these…aren’t they just beautiful!!!

Isn’t this such a beautiful way to spruce up any food display. You can serve cake, cupcakes, desserts, ANYTHING and make it look just FAB!

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I just adore this cake! This is the most elegant, sweetest creation. And the most amazing part is that you can just use a regular, white ‘ol cake and dress it up in beauty and elegance.

Etherial

Flower crown…next weekend, for sure. Iv’e been putting this off for way too long now.

So there you go. I hope you enjoyed looking at these pictures as much as I did. My mind just wanders into idea dream land when I see these.

You can also follow me on Pinterest for more fun ideas and inpiration.
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And check out my store on Etsy, Live.Play.Love

Have a beautiful weekend, lovies!

Elisa

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these pictures. They all came from Pinterest.

Succeed or dye trying!

Happy Saturday 🙂

I started making my flowers and everyone kept telling me how beautiful they were but what I really wanted to hear was some good constructive criticism. I had the feeling I could still make something better…because you can ALWAYS make something better. Finally someone made a request. One of my buyers gave one flower to each of the kids’ mom for Valentines Day (she had a fabulous V-day party) and said the only thing she didn’t like was that the stem was sticky. THANK YOU! I make the flowers for bouquets so I wrap the stem with floral tape which is a little sticky. So I’ve decided to address this issue in case people want to use the flowers for other purposes.

So this weekend (AGAIN) I strolled over to Pearl and got some Rit dye in different shades of green. The goal was to match the shade of green that the store dyed stems come in. I have already used them in flowers and they look perfect but they’re much more expensive.

Here are some pictures of my experiment and the products I used.

I filled four cups with hot water and the different dyes and I let it sit overnight.

As you can see the colors look much darker and richer when they’re wet.

The first stem is the store-bought green I'm trying to match.

Obviously I didn’t get an exact match, BUT…I think I’m ready to go for it. I’ll do a little mixing and I’m sure I’ll get close enough.

Using Rit Dye was so much fun and my mind was overflowing with ideas as I was working with the dyes but I MUST warn you…this stuff is powerful and I ruined my brand new shirt that I got from my mom for my birthday 😦 so here are some precautions to take:

– Change into something that you wont mind getting stained
– Wear gloves (or you will be walking around looking like you killed a smurf…that was me)
– Work near a sink but not if it’s white
– Cover the surface you’re working on…NOTHING is safe from the dye!
– Do not work outside (wind is not your friend)
– Have within reach a towel or paper towel
– Clean right away any spills of powder or dyed water
– Do not touch your face
– DO NOT TOUCH your white dog or cat *lol*

Ideas that were coming to mind were “painting” on shirts with the dye, dyeing shirts/tank-tops, pillow cases, scarves….but I must concentrate on my flowers so I’ll leave those ideas for later. If you guys decide to have some fun please share the pictures of your adventure.

So, have fun…get dirty…get creative!!

OK, lovies…many blessings! xoxo.
Elisa

Going thrifting this weekend and NO ONE can stop me!

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of research on my flowers. I’m looking to get inspiration from anywhere and one of the things I love doing most when I’m inspired is to go thrift store shopping. When your creative juices are flowing there is no telling what clever ideas you’ll come up with for re-purposing an old forgotten item that has been waiting on a shelf to be given new life.

Here are some examples of fun projects: 

One of my favorite sources of ideas and tutorials is http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ Here is their take on making one person’s junk into another person’s cool and funky decorations.

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But you’re not limited to funky decorations. You can also find and make purposeful home items. I always seem to find the ugliest paintings I’ve ever seen at thrift stores, but do not disregard these…look at the frames. If the frames have a pretty shape then you can always paint them and make a cool elegant chalkboard or pin board like this one:

And if you’re lucky to find some beautiful antique plates then you can always make a beautiful dessert or cupcake stand like this one that you will be sure to get plenty of compliments on at parties. Your guests will think you’re just sooo chic. 

Tips for a successful thrift store run:

-Look for the detail, shapes, sturdiness of items

-Look past ugly colors 

-Think of at least 2 other ways you can use an interesting item

-Buy only what you love

-Have a budget

Check out Apartment Therapy’s DIY link to get ideas on DIY projects.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy

You can also follow me on Pinterest for more fun ideas and inpiration.

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HAPPY THRIFTING!!

❤ Elisa ~Live life in full bloom!~

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