Monthly Archives: June 2013

DIY // A handmade wedding and a simple cake topper.


stunning garden wedding, ian and cara

As promised, I’m here to share Ian and Cara’s stunning handmade wedding with you. Not only was the location picture perfect (The Gardens of Bammel Lane), but Cara’s choice of handmade items and natural elements set the tone for the entire night with everything from handmade fan programs, to centerpieces, to whimsical wildflower bridesmaid bouquets. You’ll even see the simple DIY succulent cake topper that I made from this sneak peek.

ian and cara's handmade wedding We made the gold mason jar centerpieces by taping off the bottom and spray painting them with gold metallic spray paint.

ian and cara's handmade wedding ian and cara's handmade wedding ian and cara's handmade wedding ian and cara's handmade wedding ian and cara's handmade wedding To make the succlent cake, I bought mini succulents and cut them down to the bloom, then placed them on top on a group of three on top of a homemade vanilla and nutella cake. It’s a really inexpensive alternative!

ian and cara's handmade wedding Because Houston summers can be pretty unforgiving with heat, they printed their programs on these colorful heart fans for guests!

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styling by Bunny and Bells, photography by Laura Burton, wedding location The Gardens of Bammel Lane, Houston, TX, handmade fabric garland by Ashley Meaders, wedding cake by Sugar & Cloth

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That time my scissors didn’t work on live television.


I learned a few things first-hand this week, including: rugs are actually a little yellower in real life than they are on, spray-painting textured terracotta planters is harder than it sounds, and lastly, never go on live television without test-driving your scissors first. True stories.

All in all, it’s been an exciting week of firsts, and hopefully yours was too! If you’d like to see my little segment (and scissor blooper) of summer DIY’s that I taught on the local Houston talk show Great Day Houston, you can check out the video here!

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DIY // Confetti Birthday Box


DIY confetti birthday box contributed by Snow Drop and Co.

project, photos and tutorial contributed by Kathleen of Snow Drop and Co.

Peanut butter and jelly. Milk and cookies. Confetti and parties. Can you really have one without the other? I don’t think anyone would argue that confetti doesn’t make birthday parties more fun. If you’re going to a birthday party anytime soon, why not whip up this confetti themed birthday box? This is an especially good gift for that friend who is near impossible to shop for.

Plus, this gift is customizable in so many ways – choose whatever size box you want, any color of confetti, and your favorite funfetti cookie recipe. Don’t have a favorite yet? I’m pretty sure that means you should have a funfetti baking day to find out!


  • Wooden box
  • Acrylic paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • 1” circle cutter
  • Sponge brushes
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardstock
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Cotton twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors,
  • White birthday candles
  • Hole punch reinforcement stickers
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookies*

*Note: For the cookies pictured, I used this recipe ( and I haven’t been able to stop snacking on them! However, mine did turn out puffier than the recipe shows, which I expect is because I replaced self-raising flour with normal flour plus baking powder.

DIY confetti birthday box contributed by Snow Drop and Co.

Step 1: Use the punch to cut circle stencils out of painter’s tape and stick them to the box in a random pattern.

Step 2: Mix paints to match your cardstock/cookie color scheme.

Step  3: Apply the paint onto the circle stencils with the foam brushes, being careful not to paint outside the exterior edges of the tape.

Step 4: Remove the tape stencils (you can do this immediately, no need to wait).

Step 5: If you’d like more confetti dots, apply more stencils and repeat.

DIY confetti birthday box contributed by Snow Drop and Co. Step 6: Use your circle punch and cardstock to create confetti. If you’re spelling “Happy Birthday” you’ll need thirteen circles for that, plus extras for loose confetti to be included in the box.

Step 7: Apply the alphabet stickers to the circles to spell “Happy Birthday” or whatever message you like.

Step 8: Cut a piece of twine roughly 15” long – you can trim the excess off later.

Step 9: Glue the circles onto the twine. Repeat for “birthday”.

Step 10: Arrange the strings evenly in the lid of the box so that they meet in the top corners.

Step 11: Apply hot glue to the corners and press the twine into the glue.

Step 12: Trim any excess string.

DIY confetti birthday box contributed by Snow Drop and Co.

Step 13: Birthday candle time! Apply several hole punch reinforcement stickers to each candle.

Step 14: With the same paint you used to paint the box, paint the dots. If the hole punch stickers aren’t adhering very well, simply hold the edges of the sticker as you paint.

Step 15: Repeat for as many candles as you need.

Step 16: Time to pack your box! Use the parchment paper to wrap the cookies in one half of the box, put a pile of confetti in another corner (if you’re going a long way, a glassine bag would be an adorable way to keep the confetti together), and tie the birthday candles together with some cotton twine in the other corner.

DIY confetti birthday box contributed by Snow Drop and Co.

When you close the lid of the box, make sure that the confetti message falls into the box and isn’t stuck in the edges. When the birthday girl/boy opens up the box, the message will appear similar to a pop-up card!

DIY confetti birthday box contributed by Snow Drop and Co.

contributor kathleen

project and photos contributed by Kathleen of Snowdrop & Co.




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DIY // Revamp any bag with leather straps.


DIY leather handled tote bag

I’m always on the look out for simple and inexpensive ways to revamp items I already own once I wear out their traditional look. It’s just an added bonus when the finished outcome of a revamp makes it look even more expensive than it really is, like DIY leather strapped tote bag which only cost me $15 in materials!

Chelsea from Lovely Indeed sent me this darling tote a few months ago, and I’ve been using it for everything. It was just a matter of time before it earned it’s leather straps, here’s how:


  • Small rivet starter kit
  • Scissors
  • Leather punch
  • Tote
  • Leather for straps (bought mine precut at Tandy leather, similar here)

DIY leather handled tote bag

DIY leather handled tote bag

First, cut the existing straps off your bag as close to the trim as you can. Then measure and cut two 22inch leather pieces to use as straps. The width is up to you as far as comfort, mine are cut a 1/2 inch thick.

DIY leather handled tote bag Once you have the desired placement of your straps, use the leather punch to punch through the straps and tote bag. I made two holes for two rivets on each side for added support, but it’s up to you.

DIY leather handled tote bag Next, insert rivets in the holes you previously made according to the instructions on your kit.

DIY leather handled tote bag If you want to make a closure strap, measure and cut a piece of leather that is 1inch wider than the desired with of your closure strap, and insert a rivet on each side.

This way it’s snug enough to keep the strap closed.

DIY leather handled tote bag Cut a piece of leather that’s about 6 or 7 inches long to use as a strap (making sure it’s long enough to safely rest where you placed the enclosure piece).

DIY leather handled tote bag Making sure the leather is facing wrong side-up, use a rivet to to attached the leather strap.

DIY leather handled tote bag Fold the strap over and under the enclosure, and you’re finished!

DIY leather handled tote bag

DIY leather handled tote bag




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