DIY Gold Leaf Frame

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

Ever a lover of all things gold leaf, I recently decided to jazz up a plain, simple white frame with a bit of a metallic touch. I’d had this pineapple photograph print (by Ez Pudewa of Petit Pippin) for going on a year and a half (or honestly it may have been closer to two years) and wanted to finally get it framed and displayed somewhere in our house. Gold leaf seemed to be just the thing for making over an otherwise ordinary frame so I got to it! Disclaimer: I now officially want to gold leaf every frame I own. Follow along for the step-by-step tutorial!

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Gold leaf sheets
  • Gold leaf adhesive
  • Gold leaf sealer
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Painter’s tape
  • Photo frame
  • Craft brushes
  • Photo or print (mine is this one)

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

I opted to gold leaf just the corners of my frame and began by determining how far off the corner I wanted the gold leaf to go before getting started. You can frame more or less of the frame to suit your taste, then use a measuring tape and a pencil to measure and mark where you’d like to gold leaf with a pencil tick mark. In these photos I’m using a smaller frame for demo purposes in these photos, but for reference, in the finished photos my frame is 18×22 (picked up with a 40% off coupon at Michaels) and the gold leaf measures 4″ from the corner on each edge.

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

Using your pencil tick marks as a guide, mask off each corner with painter’s tape. It’s helpful to mark each edge with a tick mark when you’re measuring so you can line up the tape and keep a nice, clean and straight line. Then use a clean paint brush to apply a thin layer of gold leaf adhesive and allow it to set until super tacky. Usually that’s about 20 – 30 minutes, but it will vary depending on the manufacturer of your adhesive and humidity, etc.

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

Next up is my favorite part – playing with the gold leaf sheets! Press a gold leaf sheet to the adhesive to cover the corner of your frame entirely. Use a second clean paint brush to lightly burnish it into the adhesive and to remove any excess. When each corner is covered in gold leaf, gently remove the painter’s tape. Finally, carefully apply a very thin layer of sealant directly on top of the gold leaf and allow it to dry completely. Tip: I find removing the tape and then tracing over the gold leaf with the sealant works better than leaving the tape on for the final step as it results in a cleaner edge when the tape is removed. And that’s that! Insert your print or photograph and show off your pretty new frame! DIY gold leaf frames for the win.

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Frame by @cydconverse

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[Art direction + 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 a maximum of 1 – 2 images from 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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12 Favorite Instagram Accounts

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

Happy Monday, friends! So here’s the deal. Are you following me on Instagram yet? I may or may not have spilled the beans on the gender of our little nugget over there last week! We are so excited that at last week’s ultrasound (after three attempts) the little one finally cooperated and showed us the goods. It’s officially game on when it comes to all things baby! I’ve kicked nursery designing and planning into high gear and picked up the first few adorable outfits over the weekend. So you should go over there, give me a follow and scope out the news!

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@thesweetestoccasion]

While you’re over there, I also figured I’d share 12 of my favorite Instagram accounts! I have a little bit of a love/hate relationship with Instagram, but lately I’ve really fallen in love with it all over again. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to interact and share with all of you. Over the last few months I’ve stumbled upon and fallen in love with so many great Instagram users who are seriously so inspiring. These are just a handful of the feeds I’m loving at the moment – have any favorites I should check out?

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@asubtlerevelry]

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@lovelyindeed]

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@42pressed]

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@thislittlestreet]

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@damasklove]

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@apetalunfolds]

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@linesacross]

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@abbycapalbo]

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@tellloveandparty]

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@themerrythought]

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@thecraftedlife]

12 Favorite Instagram Accounts from @cydconverse

[@laurenswells]

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3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks

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so generously allow The Sweetest Occasion to keep on keepin’ on!

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

I’m not even going to front when it comes to my love for good party snacks. Planning the menu is one of my favorite parts of entertaining! With football season upon us, I’ve teamed up with my fellow cheese-loving comrades over at Alouette to bring you three fresh, quick and delicious football party snacks that are sure crowd pleasers. You can make these ahead a couple of hours before the game or set it up self-serve style so guests can make their own tasty little bites while they watch the game. Otherwise, all you need is a stockpile of cold beer and you’re set!

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

So here’s how it goes when you’re partnering with a food brand. You chit chat about ideas for collaborating, they send you some of their product, you taste it and from there you start brainstorming recipe ideas. In this case, Alouette sent me each of their four Le Petite Fromage varieties to get the wheels spinning and I became immediately obsessed. The flavors are unexpectedly and deliciously fresh and robust, and all pair perfectly with any kind of veggie, meat or fresh herbs you want to throw at them. My personal favorite is the Garden Salsa followed closely by the Parmesan & Basil, but really, both B and I gave all of them two thumbs up. They are that good.

Le Petite Snack Crackers

For our snacks, I chose simple, buttery crackers and looked for ones that were a bit larger so they could handle more cheese and toppings. From there you can top your crackers with any of the Le Petite Fromage flavors before getting generous with the toppings. I went with things like kalamata olives, pico de gallo, fresh cucumber slices, prosciutto, salami, basil, tomatoes, avocado and even sprouts, but get creative! B and I both agree that our favorite pairing including one of the Le Petite Fromage varieties with a slice of cucumber and a little pile of pico dumped on top. (We all know I don’t eat meat, but B also highly recommends prosciutto paired with the Garlic & Herb!)

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

 

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

We love snacking on these mini sweet peppers in general and try to keep them around the house at all times, so it seemed like a natural fit to stuff them full of cheese! Spoiler alert: they’re really really good. Simply cut the peppers in half lengthwise, clean out the seeds and remove the stem, then pack them full with your favorite Le Petite Fromage flavor. That’s it! Done and done.

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

Mini Veggie Wraps

Finally, mini veggie wraps! I think wraps are a perfect party food, especially on game day, so we took things to the next level by playing off the flavors of the Le Petite Fromage. I loaded mine up with more cucumbers, pico, sprouts and leaf lettuce, making it super easy to set everything up so guests can mix and match their own flavor combinations as they choose. (Or just make up a bunch of different kinds, cut them into smaller sizes and serve them up on a platter!) You could easily work in your favorite deli meats here, too, like turkey or roast beef.

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

I personally love the tiny, perfectly portioned packaging. It makes it so easy for friends to pick and choose, make a little plate, grab a beer and get to watching the game. For more cheese-inspired ideas, recipes and creations, be sure to follow Alouette on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest! You can follow along with the hashtag #ThisIsCheese on Instagram, too! In the meantime, here’s three cheers for football season and yummy party snacks!

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

3 Quick + Delicious Football Party Snacks by @cydconverse

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[Recipes, styling + photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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DIY Glitter Football Helmets

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

Well, I’m entirely unsure as to how it happened in an instant, but Labor Day has come and gone and it’s officially time to gear up for football season! We’re big football fans in this house, mainly NFL, but we do enjoy a good college game, too. (Also, we have a football player of our own so we spend many an evening and weekend at games all season long.) While I love a good game, I can’t pretend that I’m a super fan of the stereotypical football party regalia, so today I thought I’d celebrate this week’s NFL season opener with a little football party decor that even I can get behind. Namely, glitter. Always, glitter. That’s right, we’re making DIY glitter football helmets!

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Mini football helmets
  • Various colors of glitter
  • ModPodge or decoupage glue
  • Paint brush
  • Clear coat or spray sealant (glossy is best)

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

First up, grab yourself a package or two of these mini football helmets. (I got mine from Amazon, but I know they have them at Party City, too.) It doesn’t really matter what team you get because they’re going to get covered, but for the purposes of these tutorial photos I made sure to rep our resident home team. Then begin by giving the entire outside and edges of the helmet a coat of ModPodge using a small paint brush. If you want the face mask to be a different color, avoid covering the face mask as you’ll do that as a separate step once the helmet itself is complete.

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

Once the helmet is coated in ModPodge, dump glitter all over the it generously. Tap gently to release the excess glitter and allow everything to dry completly. Repeat as necessary with multiple layers of glitter until the glitter solidly covers the helmet design underneath. From there, it’s time to repeat all of these steps on the face mask. Be sure to shake loose any excess glitter as necessary and then give everything a quick spray of clear sealant before allowing your helmets to dry overnight. (A glossy clear coat is best as a matte finish will dull the sparkle of the glitter.)

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

Once they’re all done, your glittery football helmets make perfect little cupcake toppers or, heck, even slider toppers. Slider toppers. I guess we just officially made that a thing! I went a bit rogue and chose non-team specific glitter colors, but you could easily coordinate your glitter to your team’s colors. It’s totally up to you! Wouldn’t these be adorable for a pop warner or high school team party, too? (Um, yes, they would.) So much fun!

DIY Glitter Football Helmets by @cydconverse

I couldn’t resist sharing this quick little behind the scenes peek at what goes on when we’re shooting DIY tutorials. Alice is always working on getting the perfect shot, while I’m obsessively styling and tweaking every last little detail, right down to making sure things will photograph well for Instagram. Yup, that’s truth. Speaking of which, I want to see what you’re crafting! Use the hashtag #thesweetestDIY on Instagram and share your DIY projects with me, whether it be recreating one of ours or dreaming up your own. Oh, and happy football season!

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[Art direction + 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 a maximum of 1 – 2 images from 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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Baby Talk: 28 Weeks + What Should I Register For?

Friends, I have definitely had a week where I just need to cry uncle. I severely injured my right hand while we were camping last weekend (rope burn from a bit of a boating mishap) and, of course, I am right handed so trying to work this week has proven nearly impossible. Luckily it’s feeling much better by today, but I’ve decided it’s best to throw in the towel for the week, rest it for a couple more days over the weekend and get back at it next week. In the meantime, it’s time for a baby update! Also, I polled my family and friends on Facebook this week asking about their favorite baby-related items so I can finally start a registry and get moving on all of that stuff. That’s right. I am 28 weeks pregnant, I have no nursery and no baby registry. Help! I’d love to have you chime in with the things you’re glad you registered for or the things you wish you had or even the things you feel you could have skipped. Lend me all of your advice! Other than that, here’s wishing those of you here in the States a happy Labor Day weekend and I’ll see you back in action on Tuesday following the holiday. xoxo

Baby Talk: What to Register For with @cydconverse

[Rylee + Cru | Gera Bloga | Petit Pippin | Baby GapThe Solly Baby Wrap.]

28-weeks-pregnant

As of today I am 28 weeks pregnant and officially well into the third trimester. That happened so fast! I’m definitely starting to feel the time crunch. Like I said, the nursery is still not even really started (although we have the crib…it’s just in the box in the closet still), I’ve just now started to think about starting to register for baby goods, and basically other than the aforementioned crib and our car seat (gifts from two very awesome grandmas) we have absolutely none of what we’re going to need. You can expect a lot more baby chatter around here in the coming weeks as I work on tackling all of that stuff. In the meantime, onto a few baby-related updates!

Boy or Girl?

It turns out, we may just have the world’s most stubborn baby. You might remember that at our 20 week ultrasound we decided at the very last minute to find out the gender after being set on not finding out. We had a sleepy baby that day so we left with a “probably” and the tech wanting to confirm gender at the next ultrasound. Welp, our 24 week ultrasound rolled around and the little bugger was cross-legged the whole time and refused to offer up the goods, so we still don’t fully know if we’re having a boy or a girl. My next ultrasound is this coming week (they’re doing them frequently to monitor my placenta previa), so my fingers are crossed that we’ll finally find out! I will spill the goods as soon as we know so stand by! Here’s hoping s/he finally cooperates this week.

C-Section or No C-Section?

I mentioned in my last baby update that I was possibly looking at a c-section due to complete placenta previa. A month later, it’s looking like that’s definitely going to be the case, but we should know for sure in the next few weeks. At my ultrasound this upcoming week they’ll be taking a close look at my placenta and how much (if at all) it has moved and at that point my doctor will work with us to determine the best course of action. As of now, it looks like our little one will be coming via c-section at least a few weeks early so the race is on to, you know, get a nursery set up, acquire all the requisite baby things and get a bunch of blog content stockpiled so I can hopefully take a few weeks off when the baby comes. No biggie!

Symptoms

Other than the great wait to determine if we’re having a c-section or not, I have had an amazingly smooth pregnancy so far. I feel incredibly lucky and my fingers are crossed that it keeps up! To date I have had no morning sickness, no nausea, no food aversions, no cravings, no heartburn, no swelling, no aches and pains, no acne, and on and on. Yes, I am fully aware of how fortunate I am. That said, my inability to sleep has continued (which started around 17 weeks) because my hips get sore and I just can’t stay comfortable so I am starting to feel very tired again after largely enjoying lots of energy in my second trimester. Honestly, I really don’t envy the first person who tells me to “sleep while you can” because I haven’t slept in months and it’s definitely starting to catch up with me. On a day to day basis though, I feel pretty awesome and really can’t complain.

Maternity Style

I am just transitioning into maternity clothes. Crazy, I know. I popped early but was carrying very high so shirts got snug first, but I was largely still able to wear all of my normal clothes (even jeans) this whole while. At the moment I live in my pre-pregnancy maxi dresses, yoga pants with flowy tops or maternity tops, and am occasionally starting to wear maternity leggings here and there. Because I waited so long to wear anything maternity, I kept it super simple when I was shopping. Lots of black, stripes, leggings, a few colorful tops, longer camis, a handful of tunics, etc. With fall coming I was thinking about basics I could layer with my existing cardigans, scarves and blazers without having to drop a ton of dough on a new wardrobe for just a few months. I am planning to splurge on a great dress for my shower though. Any suggestions on where to shop? ASOS has an awesome maternity collection so I have my sights set there at the moment.

Give Me All of the Advice

I am still soliciting all of your advice. Whether it’s on wardrobe, registry, any tips for pre or post c-section, you name it. I’d love to hear from those of you who have walked this walk before! Things still feel very surreal and I honestly can’t believe we’re going to have a little one joining us in just a couple of months. Sometimes I am still shocked to even be pregnant! So trust me, I need all the advice you can give me. Fire away!

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