Hi, guys! I’m sorry it’s been so quiet around here this week. We’ve been gearing up for our huge annual camping trip. I’m talking no fewer than roughly 18 kids, near twice as many adults, on an island accessible only by boat. Where we spend the days literally doing little else but kayaking, fishing, reading books, chit chatting around the fire and cooking up massive feasts fit for an army. This morning the car is packed up (with barely enough room to fit ourselves, mind you) and we’re off! By 8am we should be pushing away from the dock and headed out for three days of internet-free bliss. Because, let’s face it – sometimes you just need some internet-free bliss in your life. We’ve been looking forward to and talking about this weekend all summer!
[Photo by Sincerely, Kinsey.]
Before I sneak off, I just want to thank you so much for your unending support. Thank you for being here each week reading along with my ramblings. If you need an extra dose of inspiration this weekend, check out a few of my recent posts over at Babble. And have a beautiful weekend! Because you deserve it. Much love – see you on Monday! xoxo
I can’t believe the summer is winding down, but there’s no denying that fall is just around the corner. Here in our neck of the woods, school starts up in a couple weeks so for most people with kids it’s a flurry of back to school shopping, sorting through school supplies list and generally just preparing for the upcoming school year at the moment. An oldie but a goodie from the archives, I love these back to school printables that Jenny of Hank + Hunt designed. They’re perfect for celebrating the first day of school in particular, featuring everything from a sweet little banner to notes of encouragement to tuck in your little one’s lunch box. And don’t forget the cupcake toppers! You know how I love a good cupcake topper. Pop on over to download them for free and kick off the school year with a bit of party! (Because I love any excuse for a party.)
[Photos by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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I’ve been wanting to tackle a gallery wall in my office ever since we moved in as a way to showcase my art print collection. I have a huge collection of letterpress prints that I’ve been building on for the last several years and I typically frame them in the same simple blonde wood frames and just add new sizes when necessary. I love how the clean lines of the frames allow the artwork to pop, but lately I’ve been thinking they could use a little bit of a makeover. So when ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape contacted me about teaming up to bring you a fun DIY project, I knew I had my inspiration!
- Unfinished wood frames of your choice
- Various paints and/or stains
- ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
- Craft paint brushes
- Sand paper or sanding sponge
- Clean cloth or wood cleaning wipes
- Kraft paper
- Picture frame hangers
Start by lightly sanding the entire surface of the frame to give it a nice smooth finish. I personally like the ease of sanding sponges, this time opting for the 3M Pro Grade Sanding Sponge in extra fine. I usually keep a stash on hand for quick little projects like this. You don’t need to sand it down much, just a quick pass or two on all the sides of the frame will do. Just be sure you’re sanding in the direction of the wood grain!
Next up, use a damp lint-free cloth or a wood cleaning wipe to clean down the surface of the frame to remove any dust or fine particles. This step just helps to prep the surface for your paint or stain. Allow it to dry for a few minutes and then you’re ready to paint!
Before taking your brush to paint, think about how you want your finished frames to look. I personally chose two colors of paint – Beach Glass in High Gloss by Martha Stewart Crafts and my trusty Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic Gold spray paint. I knew I wanted a mix of the two paint colors and the existing natural finish of the wood. So I kind of played with it as I went along, mixing and matching and layering different coats of paint to achieve the look I wanted. To get started smooth your tape over any area you don’t want painted. Apply the paint you’re working with, remove the tape and then retape over the part you just painted before adding your second color.
Once your frames are painted and completely dry, it’s time to hang up your gallery of frames! I like to start by first using a piece of chalk to trace each frame onto kraft paper. The chalk isn’t absolutely necessary, but what I like is that it will wipe right off the edge of your frame whereas pen or marker might be permanent. Then cut out your kraft paper to correspond with each frame and arrange them on your wall to determine how you’d like your gallery to look. Once you have a layout you like, tack each piece to the wall with a low-tack tape like washi tape.
Next up, tap a picture hanger in place for each of the corresponding frames, using your kraft paper layout as a guideline. I personally love and always use the kind that come with the little pin because they’re a cinch to hang up. (Like these ones.)
Once you have all the picture hangers in place, hang your frames up (without removing the kraft paper) to check for placement and spacing. If everything looks agreeable, pull the frames back down, tear away the kraft paper and then rehang all your frames. Voila! You have a gallery wall.
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]
Natural wood frames purchased at The Art Store
You Are My Sunshine print by May Day Studio
Live What You Love print by Heartfish Press
Things That Are Round print by 1Canoe2
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August 20, 2013 | by kelly
by Kelly Lanza
It’s back to school season and I always think it’s a super sweet idea to have a very special first day of school breakfast! That’s where these pencil drink stirrers come in. No, I am not asking you to put actual pencils in your kiddo’s milk. (Please don’t do that!) These faux pencils are made from straws, and make the perfect and easiest touch to a morning celebration before the little ones head off to their new year of school!
- Yellow straws
- Pink crepe paper
- Silver twine
- Double stick tape
- Strong glue or super glue
Cut out 1″ squares from your pink crepe paper. Prepare your straw by wrapping the top in double stick tape. (You can skip this step in a pinch, but it does help the crepe stay in place while you wrap!)
Wrap your crepe square over the top of the straw. Starting about 1/4″ down, wrap your silver twine around the crepe paper and down about half an inch, tucking the end of your thread under as you go.
Once you’ve wrapped about a half inch of your straw in twine, trim the end off and place a tiny dot of glue on the twine to secure it to the wrapped portion. Let dry and… done!
Pop in a glass of milk or OJ for a special back to school surprise! Donuts are also a welcomed surprise, though the teachers might not appreciate the sugar high. Shh!
[Photos by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Straws from IKEA
Silver Twine from We Love Citrus
Milk Bottles from ACME
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 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
I’m sure I’m not alone in being absolutely over the moon that H&M finally offers online shopping. For so long I’ve just wanted to be able to buy online and have my pretty little things show up in a box on my doorstep. But what I’m really excited about? H&M Home! This was a complete happy surprise for me when I was first checking out H&M’s site the day online shopping was introduced. Packing loads of style but at prices real people can afford, I’m finding myself really impressed with the collection H&M is offering up. From gorgeous linen bedding to graphic pillows and loads of cozy throws, decorative pieces, candles, tea towels, cake stands and more, I have to say that I do believe they knocked it out of the park with this one. I haven’t purchased anything but I’ve got my eye on quite a few things and hope to get my hands on some of them soon. If you’ve already shopped H&M Home I’d love to know what you think!
[Shop | 1: Aztec pillow cover | 2: Throw blanket | 3: Striped pillow cover | 4: Decorative letters | 5: Faux bois boxes | 6: Letter hook | 7: Bottle vase | 8: Candle.]