September 6, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Ready or not, fall is coming! With Labor Day crossed off the calendar and the start of school in our area this week, we are officially in a losing battle with summer. The mornings and evenings are just ever so crisp around the edges now, but the days are still sunny and hot. Mornings are a little darker, sunsets come a little sooner, but just yesterday we took advantage of the perfect weather and got some late season planting done to get a jump on spring. September in the northeast is a pretty incredible month. It’s the best of summer with little to none of the humidity. It brings the promise of fall and all of those things we love here about the season (like fire colored foliage, apple picking, pumpkin carving and hay rides), while still feeling largely like summer. It’s a perfect transition month, when we come back from the lake and the river, the kids go back to school and we start to feel that nesting bug hit. So if you, like me, love September as a month to get things done around the house or get a little crafty, I’m sharing 6 quick DIY ideas perfect for September today! These are a few of my favorites from the archives and things I still use around our house daily. Pin them for later and enjoy! (Oh and if you make one of my projects, share on Instagram using the hashtag #thesweetestdiy!)
1. DIY ombre flour sack towels [above]
2. DIY abstract brushstroke mug
3. DIY gold leaf frame
4. DIY gold leaf planters
5. DIY glitter dipped mugs
6. DIY painted mason jars
[Project concepts + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
September 2, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
It’s crazy how quickly summer has passed this year in the blur of weddings, bridal showers, graduation parties and general festivities that has been our life recently. This weekend we’ll be taking a little time to slow down as we bid sumer adieu and look forward to the start of school next week. We have an equally busy fall coming up, kicking off with another wedding that we are both in a few weeks from now and then taking us right through October. (Don’t forget I’ll be leading a workshop at The Hello Sessions in October in Portland, too!) My mom is doing the hosting this weekend so we don’t have much to do in the way of party prep, but if you’re planning a Labor Day party, I offer up this quick and easy party dip station as a great way to welcome the crowd. Then, a pitcher of sangria. Or a few. Most of the blogging world will be off through Monday, so be sure to soak up these last few days!
[Easy party dip station originally featured here. | Photo by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
September 1, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Our tiny little lady turned nine months old last week on the same day her big brother turned 14 so I snagged these photos of them one evening when the light was just perfect to mark the occasion. Nine months old! I’m not sure how we got here already, but I am loving this age. This crawl-everywhere-put-everything-in-her-mouth age. Because it has been a couple of months I thought I’d share a quick little update, plus a quick round-up of the baby toys and baby gear we’re using the most at the moment. This is the first stage where I’ve really had to go out and buy things that weren’t gifted to us at some point, which has been interesting as you suddenly realize your kid has very few toys that are right for them developmentally. I’ve found myself asking around and reading online to try and figure out the best things to get for her right now, so I thought I’d share the things we’re ranking as essentials right now.
August 31, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Summer feels like it is winding down this week as everyone around us is preparing for the start of school next week. The intense heat we’ve had all season is starting to edge off a bit and the mornings are feeling cooler. Don’t hate me for saying it, but I am officially starting to get excited for fall! That said, I’m done with you yet, summer. We still have a handful of summer gatherings and parties to come before I’m officially ready to embrace sweater weather, which inspired today’s round up of seriously delicious sangria recipes. These ones in particular are perfect for fall, but will also serve quite nicely for your last big summer hoorah!
1. Rosé sangria [above]
2. Caramel apple sangria
3. Sparkling citrus sangria
4. White nectarine ginger sangria
5. Classic red wine sangria
6. Bourbon peach sangria
7. Blackbeard berry sangria
8. Sweet tea sangria
9. Watermelon mint sangria
10. Cucumber melon sangria
11. Rosé grapefruit sangria
12. Fresh peach sangria
13. Apple pie sangria
14. Rainbow sangria
15. Mimosa sangria
August 29, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
[Photo from The Fresh Exchange.]
Earlier this summer a day like any other passed quietly and without fanfare. Only, it wasn’t really a day like any other. It was the day that five years ago, my now ex-husband and I began the very difficult conversation about how we were going to get divorced. If you haven’t been reading that long, yes, I am divorced. I don’t speak about it at all necessarily as this isn’t a blog about divorce. But if you didn’t know already, I thought maybe you should know. I was married at 26. I was separated at 28. I was divorced at 29. Those three statements have played a huge role in shaping who I am today, and what motivates me as a woman, a blogger and a mother. I don’t wear a t-shirt that says, “Hi, I’m divorced!” (Although somedays I think I should.) I had no idea what was about to happen on that day five years ago. On a day like any other, I hit a wall. I won’t discuss that wall in any particular detail, because those details don’t belong to me alone and I’m not of any unfounded belief that this story is fully mine to share. Out of respect to others and their privacy, in particular my ex-husband who is very much a real, live person, I’m going to gloss over those things. Details aside, the wall I hit had been inches from my face for a really long time and I had been carefully turning a blind eye to it without even realizing I was doing so. When it was no longer avoidable, I smashed into that wall with such force that it literally rocked my entire existence off its foundation and the whole house of cards came crumbling down overnight. For a very long time I wasn’t fully sure of who I was after that or where I was going. But I knew one thing. Without any doubt, I had made the exact right decision and for the most part I never wavered in my understanding that I was doing the only thing I could to save myself.
Oh. P.S. This is going to be a long one.