5 Summery Tropical Treats + Friday Link Love

Howdy, friends, and happy Friday to you! Is anyone else really ready for the weekend? I had a long meeting yesterday that totally wiped me out (definitely one of the finer joys of being pregnant) so today I’m looking forward to some down time over the next couple of days. Next week I thought I’d share a little baby-growing update with you and solicit all of your advice while I’m at it so get ready to lay it on me! In the meantime, I’ve rounded up five summery tropical treats and a whole bunch of link love to kick off your weekend. See you here on Monday! xoxo

5 Summery Tropical Treats from @cydconverse

[Grapefruit popsicles | Sake fruit cocktails | Mango paloma cocktail | Rosemary watermelonade | Mango pops.]

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10 Scrumptiously Sweet Coffee Recipes

10 Scrumptious Coffee Inspired TreatsI’m pretty sure it’s not going to be any big shocker to anyone here, but coffee seriously seems to be taking over the world lately. Am I complaining? Consider that a big fat, emphatic no. I am a coffee lover at heart, any time, day or night. Add in a killer sweet tooth and you might be getting an inkling as to why we’re talking about all things coffee today. Specifically, the yummiest dessert-inspired coffee recipes you’ve ever tasted. Milkshakes, ice cream, cake, popsicles and more!

Even if you aren’t as obsessed with coffee as I tend to be, there’s enough other good stuff going on here to satisfy whatever sweet craving you might be feeling. So giddy on up and click through to check out what may just be the best coffee recipes!

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DIY Wooden Bead Keychain

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

Last week on Instagram I shared a little peek of today’s DIY project so I’m excited to share it with you! This is one of those DIY ideas that I love best. Simple, fun, easy to do and seriously so cute when it’s all done. Somewhere along the way I amassed a whole bunch of wooden beads, intending to come up with something fun to do with them and behold, today I bring you these adorable wooden bead keychains! These are a cinch to make and kind of remind me of an updated version of a classic summer camp craft. Make one for yourself and for all of your BFFs!

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Leather or suede cording (the faux stuff is fine)
  • Wooden beads
  • Scissors or jewelry snips
  • Paint and/or stain
  • Key rings

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

Start by painting your wooden beads a variety of pretty colors. I used three sizes of beads (which you can find at any craft store) and simply chose a bunch of paints from my collection that looked nice together. You can use spray paint or craft paint with a little brush, either method is completely fine. Paint them up and let them dry completely. Next up you’ll want to cut long lengths of cording, approximately 18 – 24″ for each keychain.

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

For each keychain, loop a piece of cording through the metal key ring so that the ends meet and the cord is doubled up on itself. I found that using a more pliable faux cording worked best of all, but you can opt for leather, suede or a synthetic version that you like best. Then tie the cord in a tight knot at the top, securing it firmly to the metal key ring so it has room to slide around a bit.

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

Next up, determine the arrangement of your beads. I like to mix up the colors and size, using a variety of combinations to keep it interesting. Then all you have to do is string the beads onto both strands of the cord, one by one, pushing them firmly into place up against the knot near the metal key ring.

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

Repeat this process and then finish off the sequence of beads with another tight knot. I prefer my keychains with a of a longer tail at the end, but you can determine the length you like best and then just snip off the excess.

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

Alternately, if you prefer a more natural look, you can pick up pre-finished beads in the same section of the craft store. Mix and match the stained beads with unfinished beads and painted beads (like the antique gold ones here), and follow the same process as above to create wooden keychains with an entirely different look. You know, for those of your BFFs who aren’t so much into pretty candy colors.

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

And that’s all there is to it, friends! You’re now rockin’ one super cute keychain. You can very easily make a bunch of these at once, making them perfect as little gifts, party or shower favors or bridesmaids gifts. Honestly, the possibilities are kind of endless. Whatever you do, if you give this or any other projects or recipes a try be sure to share with me by using the hashtag #thesweetestoccasion on Instagram!

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[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: Please link with love! As with all of our posts, DIY projects featured on The Sweetest Occasion may not be copied, distributed or reproduced without express written permission. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share this post, please link to this post directly for the DIY tutorial and do not include the instructions in your own post. Thanks so much! xoxo

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Color Palette: Granita + Palm Tree

Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Mine consisted of unpacking more and more boxes, plus a fun little birthday party for our niece at the beach yesterday. Our weather has been really hot and humid the last week, which has me daydreaming about all the tropical things. Sea breeezes. Frozen drinks. You know, all the good stuff. In a nutshell, friends, that sums up the inspiration for today’s color palette, although I’m kind of loving this more pastel variation. And again with those palm leafs, I know, I know. I seriously just can’t get enough!

Color Palette: Granita and Palm Tree by @cydconverse

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[Photos, from top: Kelli Murray for Design Love Fest | The Proper Blog | Boon Mee.]

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5 DIY Ideas for Your Instagram Photos + Friday Link Love

Happy happy Friday, friends! How has everyone’s week been? We had a couple of rooms in our new place painted this week so things are still largely unsettled around here, but I’m looking forward to taking time over the weekend to unpack, roll out rugs, hang stuff on the walls and all that fun post-moving jazz. Speaking of, I hired out the painting this week for the first time ever and it was, hands down, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Normally I don’t mind painting, but with so much going on right now, it was awesome to just see the rooms transformed without having to take the time to make it happen amongst the rest of my chaotic to-do list. Speaking of, I’m off to check a few things off my list before the weekend officially arrives. Have a fabulous weekend – see you next week!
(p.s. Scroll down for five fun DIY ideas for your Instagram photos and this week’s dose of link love!)

5 DIY Ideas for Your Instagram Photos from @cydconverse

[DIY Embroidered Instagrams | DIY Wooden Polaroids | DIY Instagram Photo Display | DIY Instagram T-Shirts | DIY Instagram Wall Art.]

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