February 2, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Hi, friends! I’m popping in on Tuesday afternoon with the post I had full intentions of having up on Monday morning and have been struggling to finish up. Having a baby? Totally humbling. It turns out, I’m not half the woman I thought I was! Kidding. Sort of. At any rate, I’m bringing back a new/old column today, one I started a couple of years ago that never fully got off the ground. Monthly favorites! On the first Monday of each month (or, Tuesday, as the case may be) I’ll be sharing a bunch of my favorite things from the previous month. The format and content will probably change and evolve each month depending on what’s going on behind the scenes and what I’m into at the moment, but basically it’s going to be a whole mishmash of links, products, articles and more that I’m loving that month. I’d love for you to chime in with your favorites! Obviously you guys are the coolest people I know so hit me up in the comments and tell me what you’re obsessed with right now. Without further ado, let’s do this!
Let the record reflect that I love a good Valentine’s Day craft project! Or two. Or thirteen. While I really don’t understand or get on board with extravagant, expensive Valentine’s Day gifts, I am more than totally in love with old school grade school-esque Valentine’s Day sentiments. Give me all the pink and all the conversation hearts you can throw my way! Are you feeling me? Here are a handful of my favorites this year!
Favorite Valentine’s Day DIY Ideas | Row 1: DIY XO Valentine’s Day mug | DIY geometric fringe heart | Row 2: Printable 80s inspired valentines | DIY conversation heart rings | Row 3: DIY anti conversation heart sweater | DIY envelope liners
I’m planning to write a handful of posts about life with our little love nugget (pictured above, holy crap she is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen) and how it is completely knocking my entire world off it’s axis at the moment. In loads of awesome ways and in some ways that are a struggle for me, too. (I’m going to be sharing the real deal stuff, guys. No glitter. Even though I love glitter.) In the meantime, I kept tabs on the posts and articles written by other parents that I really loved this month. I am eating this stuff up right now. Any recommendations?
January 27, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Way back when I first shared that we were expecting a little one, I also mentioned that there seemed to be a bit of a baby boom going on all around us. Today I’m thrilled to keep the boom alive with the baby shower of Andrea Harper of Gray Harper Event Maker! Andrea is not only a longtime friend around here (she’s contributed loads of great cocktail recipes and DIY ideas over the years), but she’s also a wonderfully talented event designer and her shower left no detail to chance. I can’t thank her enough for sharing her gorgeous celebration with us!
Andrea’s stunning and tropical inspired shower was planned in part by her good friend Allison Palestrini of Type A Development and was held in a gorgeous light-filled private dining room at Pacci. They hosted a sit down lunch with mimosas, bloody marys, flat breads, chicken, beet, and mozzarella salad, sandwiches and lemon ricotta pancakes. The color palette of black, white and gold mixed with loads of beautiful greenery evoked a sophisitcated tropical feel, which was highlighted by the floral arrangements that Andrea’s team put together the morning of the shower. Another of Andrea’s close friends, Samantha Sanford, designed the stationery, while Meredith Stroud of Lowcountry Paper Co. added the finishing touch to the envelopes with her beautiful gold calligraphy.
Andrea and her mother assembled sweet little favors, small bottles of iridescent ivory and gold jordan and chocolate covered almonds. They also ordered cupcakes from Gigi’s, and had them sprinkle on edible gold dust in keeping with the day’s color palette. A pair of stunning emerald chairs from Savannah Vintage Rentals were used as the focal point of the festivities while opening gifts and the day was all captured by Mackensey Alexander Photography. With an A-list team of friends and vendors combined with the excitement of the little guy’s upcoming birthday and you have one heck of a celebration on your hands.
Vendors + Sources –
Photography by Mackensey Alexander Photography | Venue: Pacci | Invitations + menus: Samantha Sanford Design | Calligraphy: Lowcountry Paper Co. | Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes Savannah | Cocktail napkins: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Vintage chairs: Savannah Vintage Rentals | Florals: Gray Harper Event Maker | Balloons: Knot & Bow | Cupcake toppers: The Little Pop Shop
[Photos by Mackensey Alexander Photography.]
January 25, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
I think Valentine’s Day is easily one of my favorite excuses to get crafty! I’m basically adamantly opposed to the super commercialization of Valentine’s Day, but I L.O.V.E. the sweet sentiment behind the holiday so some adorable little handmade gesture or two is right up my alley. While I’m working on a few fun new Valentine’s Day ideas to share with you over the next couple of weeks, here are a few of my favorites from the archives!
[1: DIY Pipe Cleaner Heart Toppers | 2: DIY Photo Strip Valentines | 3: DIY Banana Valentines | 4: DIY Chocolate Heart Wall | 5: Love Sweet Love Printables | 6: Blood Orange Pink Lady | 7: Love You More Printables | 8: DIY Mini Bouquets.]
January 20, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
At long last, I am so excited to share our baby girl’s nursery tour with you! I really wanted to create a special space for her, one that was modern but still super cozy. It was important to me that it feel playful and whimsical without screaming “baby” in the traditional sense. It took several months to come together and just a few short days before she was born, I finally finished getting the room painted, furnished and styled. I’ll list and link as many sources as possible at the bottom of the post so you can see where I found everything, plus you can catch even more photos and a little interview with me over at The Glitter Guide today, too! As always, thanks to Alice who came over to capture these gorgeous photos. I am so happy to have them to share with Emerson one day!
I knew from the beginning that I wanted to stick to a largely neutral color palette with lots of texture so the room felt really warm. The wall color, Moon Shot VR095D by Valspar, was the perfect starting point. Once I knew we were having a girl, I picked up the neon pink heart screenprint from Gus & Ruby Letterpress. It’s the perfect burst of bright, happy color! The moroccan inspired shag rug from RugsUSA and the bedding from Land of Nod are so fun together and I love the neon pink pom poms along the crib skirt. I was also really picky about a glider! I wanted something upholstered with clean, modern lines and something that wasn’t stereotypical baby so it could be used in another room later on if we wanted. I finally found this one at Target and it’s completely perfect and very comfy.
While the room has gorgeous natural light, huge windows, tall ceilings and original hardwood floors, it’s honestly a pretty small space overall. The IKEA Gulliver crib has super simple lines and a shorter profile that is perfect in the room. (Also, it’s so inexpensive for such a great piece!) To save space, I decided I wanted a rather petite dresser with a changing pad on top that could later be removed so this one from Babyletto (with the adorable mint green accent) fit perfectly. From there it was all about books and art! Lots and lots of books and art. We’ve already logged a lot of hours in the glider rocking, feeding and reading books, which is exactly what I envisioned when I thought about a nursery and how we would spend our time.
The trio of abstract paintings on the wall were created by Emerson’s big sisters and her big cousin. I set the three of them up in our drop cloth covered dining room and let them loose with paints, brushes and poster board. To keep it cohesive, I limited their paint options to the same colors our guests used to decorate the wooden baby blocks at our baby shower. When they were done, I trimmed each of their pieces down to fit simple white matted frames, which I picked up at Target. They had so much fun doing it and it was a really sweet to include them in preparing for the baby. Whenever any of the three of them walk into her room they get so excited to see their art hanging up! I love that we’ll have them forever (they’re signed and dated on the back) and that they’re so special and one of a kind.
Now that our little girl is starting to get bigger and I know her days of actively playing are close on the horizon, I am even more excited about her nursery and all the memories we’ll make here in the coming months. That wool shag rug? I see some serious tummy time going on. In the meantime, stay tuned! I have a couple of awesome giveaways coming up over the next several days to help you with your nursery nesting, too. Hip hip hooray!
[Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Paint color: Moon Shot VR095D by Valspar | Rug: c/o RugsUSA | Crib blanket + crib skirt: c/o Land of Nod | Glider: Target | Crib: IKEA |Crib sheet: Target | Dresser/changing table: c/o Babyletto | Curtains: IKEA | Book ledges: c/o Land of Nod | Floating shelves: Target | Hamper: c/o Land of Nod | Heart screenprint: Banquet Atelier & Workshop from Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Gray stuffed bunny: Target | Lamp: c/o Land of Nod | Owl pillow: Target | Throw blanket: Target | Side table: c/o Land of Nod | Mermaid art print: Rifle Paper Co. | Wooden toy crate: Target | Flower painting: Lulie Wallace | Diaper pail: Target | Pouf: Amazon | Elephant art print: c/o Land of Nod | Rainbow heart print: c/o Minted | Rainbow stacker: c/o Land of Nod | Curtain rods: Target | ‘E’ throw pillow: c/o Land of Nod | Gold pig bookends: CB2
January 19, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
After an abnormally warm and practically balmy December, our weather here is officially frightful. On days like today, I am really grateful that I don’t have to leave the house if I don’t want to go out. Enter this sunny clementine cocktail, shared with us by Andrea Harper of Gray Harper Event Maker. It makes all the best of winter citrus, using the juice of fresh clementines, with a pinch of cayenne pepper to make you feel warm on a cold winter day. Add tequila and triple sec and it’s basically a gourmet clementine margarita. I don’t know anyone who is going to complain about that! Can’t get your hands on clementines? Make this with any fresh winter citrus you can find. Grapefruit would be particularly delicious!
Makes 1 cocktail
- Juice of 3 clementines
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1 oz tequila
- Sprig of marjoram
- Clementine wedge to garnish
- Cayenne pepper
- Sea salt
Moisten the rim of your glass with clementine juice. Combine a pinch of cayenne pepper and sea salt (course ground is best) in a shallow bowl or plate. Turn the glass over onto the plate and coat the rim. Pour juice, triple sec, and tequila into a shaker. Shake well and pour over ice. Garnish with marjoram sprig.
[Cocktail recipe + styling by Gray Harper Event Maker | Photos by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures.]