September 29, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
I’ve been watching the days and weeks flip by on the calendar and there’s no denying that my favorite time of year is just around the corner! From Halloween through New Year’s, I find myself pretty much giddy constantly. Add in the fact that we’re having a baby this year, too, and I am basically over the top. I don’t even know what is happening, but it’s all so so good! And pumpkin carving? Yeah, totally one of those things that makes me really damn happy this time of year. Accordingly, allow me to present to you these amazing pumpkin carving party invitations designed just for you by one of my BFFs (and crazy super talented designer to boot), Erika Firm.
All you have to do is download the free printables, print on white cardstock, trim and invite your friends over for a little pumpkin carving action. (Of course, these totally work for a pumpkin party for the kiddos, too.) Erika even included a printable recipe card with her favorite spicy pumpkin seeds recipe and a blank recipe card to match if you’d like to swap your favorite pumpkin recipes with your best buds. A huge thank you to Erika for sharing!
Download pumpkin carving party invitations + recipe cards.
[Design by Erika Firm | Art direction by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
The fine print: As with all of our printables, these designs are provided for personal non-commercial use only and may not be distributed, copied or sold in any fashion. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share them, please link to this post directly and do NOT host the file yourself. Thanks so much! xoxo
September 28, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I spent some time over the last few days continuing to think about and plan for holiday season content. I feel like I’m constantly saying “there’s so much happening behind the scenes” or some variation thereof, but I am truly working really hard to double down right now so that I can try to take a couple of weeks off and then have a lighter workload for a little bit after the baby comes, without skimping on the usual holiday fanfare. At the same time, I have really big aspirations for what I’d like to bring to you over the holidays, so there’s a bit of a balancing act going on. All of that said, I thought maybe a quick holiday survey was in order! The survey is just 10 questions (you can take it right now) and to show my appreciation, one lucky recipient will be chosen at random to win a $50 J.Crew gift card. No strings attached! Just give me a little insight so I can best plan for the holiday season and you’re entered to win. Click here to get started!
[Photo from our DIY Sugarplum Garland tutorial | Photo by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
The fine print: You will need to provide a valid email address in order to be eligible to win the gift card drawing. Your email address will be used for no other purpose and will remain private. If the winner has not responded within 2 business days, an alternate winner will be selected.
September 25, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Now that it’s officially fall, I am quickly getting into the spirit of the season. Do you live in a climate with changing seasons? While our winters here are incredibly long and brutal, I find the change of seasons seriously energizing and I can’t imagine living somewhere without distinct changes in weather. Fall to me is the season of nesting and it always kicks my urge to cook, bake and craft into overdrive. With that in mind, today I’ve rounded up five fun fall DIY ideas and recipes to help jumpstart the first weekend of fall! I’ve also got a whole bunch of Friday Link Love to set your weekend up right. Here’s wishing you a fabulous Friday and an even better weekend! xoxo
[DIY Cafe Apron | Jelly Donut Waffles | DIY Tailgate Party Decor | Cinnamon Sugar Popovers with Nutella | Ginger Peach Moscow Mules.]
September 23, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
An alternate title to this post would absolutely have to be, “10 Diaper Bags that Don’t Suck.” Because, honestly, diaper bags in general definitely seem to suck. Most of them seem to be made of plastic-like nylon and even more of them are plastered with juvenile cartoon and floral prints that just don’t cut it for me. Over the last week or so I’ve been on the hunt for a great bag. I’m not too concerned with it being a diaper bag by name so long as it’s functional and also looks like something I would carry even if I weren’t toting a cute little baby around with me. Now if you happen to be in the $400 – 500 price range and up, there are quite a few super stylish diaper bags, but that’s just not going to work for me. All of these are under $300, which I realize is still a stretch for a lot of us (so there are a few here that are under $100), but for me I’m comfortable paying a bit more for a bag that is going to be heavily used for a couple of years at least. Especially if it checks all the boxes of being functional, durable and gorgeous. Ok, spill the beans! Any diaper bag recommendations? (Or great bags that can easily double as a diaper bag?)
[SHOP | 1: Millie Black and White Stripe Tote, $59.95 | 2: Madewell Transport Tote, $168 | 3: Lo & Sons OMG Bag, $275 | 4: Juju Be Anchor Bag, $180 | 5: Mia Bossi Emma Bag, $210 | 6: JJ Cole Backpack Diaper Bag, $77.95 | 7: Storksak Noa Canvas Diaper Bag, $142 | 8: Timi & Leslie Metro Messenger Bag, $99.99 | 9: Storksak Diaper Tote, $142 | 10: Timi & Leslie Charlie Bag, $159.99]
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September 22, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Remember a few months ago when I dyed some shibori onesies and then made the world’s prettiest dip dyed tote bags? (Um, even if I do say so myself.) Well, I wasn’t lying when I promised that I was quickly becoming obsessed with dyeing things. As in, every thing. Today I’m sharing these pretty DIY ombre flour sack towels, transforming basic white flour sack towels into something really pretty. We try really hard to limit our paper product consumption around the house, so we operate entirely sans paper towels. I’ve realized that some people find this somewhat mind boggling, but it’s actually really simple. In lieu of tossing out dozens of paper towels a day, we just rely on kitchen towels and hand towels to get the job done. Needless to say, I’ve bought oodles of them over the years, but flour sack towels remain my favorite. Make them pretty with a wash of ombre color and I’m sold!
- Basic white flour sack towels
- Rubber gloves
- Fabric dye (I used Dylon brand in Bahama Blue, Sunflower Yellow and Amazon Green)
- Bucket or pail
To get started, review all of the instructions for your particular brand of dye and prepare the dye bath accordingly. You’ll want to use some kind of bucket or pail that won’t be missed if it gets discolored. Then it’s time to start dunking! This process is so simple it’s scary. Dip one end of the towel into the dye bath, allow it to set for a few minutes and then lower it a bit further into the dye. Keep doing so until you’ve dyed at least 3/4 of the fabric, leaving the end white. To get the smooth, gradual ombre effect (versus the starker lines of the dip dye totes we dyed before), you should gently raise and lower the fabric, back and forth by about an inch or so as you’re working. Then, ring out the excess, rinse thoroughly and wash as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Your dye bath will easily make enough dye to make several towels, making it a cinch to stock up your own kitchen drawers and to make a few as gifts, too. Wouldn’t these be so sweet bundled up with a few really nice pantry staples (like your favorite sea salt and a great olive oil) as a hostess gift? I love that idea! As always, I’d love if you’d share what you’re crafting up with me! Whether it be these, another of my DIY projects or something else entirely, share it with me over on Instagram using the hashtag #thesweetestDIY!
[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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