April 20, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Howdy, friends! Today I am going to share with you one of the simplest and prettiest DIY projects in the history of history. Painted mason jars are one of my favorite, go-to tricks in my craft repertoire and for good reason. You can buy a case pretty inexpensively, collect them used from garage sales or just save pickle jars and condiment jars as you use them up at home. Then, with a coat of paint you have a sweet and pretty vase, pencil cup, planter, utensil holder, you name it! Today I’m sharing how I personally prefer to paint jars for a flawless finish every time and a few ways you can put them to work for you.
Supplies for this one are as basic as it gets! A collection of clean jars and an assortment of your favorite spray paint colors. I like playing around with a mix of glossy, flat and metallic finishes, but choose whatever suits you the best. I’m crazy about a flat paint on a jar with texture or lettering, I just love how it looks.
To paint the jars, flip them upside down on a piece of cardboard. This will keep the lip of the jar from getting all gunked up while you’re painting. Then just hit each jar with a light even coat of paint. I preach this all the time, but with spray paint you’ll find that several (in this case five or six) lights coats are absolutely always preferable over one or two thick coats. This approach will help avoid drips or overly thick paint that won’t dry properly and ultimately ends up smudging later on down the line.
Allow the jars to dry between each coat and just keep layering on the paint until you have a smooth, even finish. As long as you take patience and work in light, even coats with long strokes about 10″ or so away from the jar, you can’t go wrong. In the end, you’ll have a ton of gorgeous jars that can be used all over the place for just about anything you can imagine. Personally, I hoard and paint jars on a regular basis. Painting the outside of the jars is, in my opinion, the best option because it provides the nicest finish on the glass and it also allows you to use the jars as a vase or a planter without worrying about the paint chipping away on the inside.
Little gold jars make perfect holders for succulents, pencils and office supplies. They look super chic and they won’t cost but pennies to get that gilded look. Also, metallic gold and silver pencils from Target are officially my new staple to keep on hand alongside my favorite Ticonderoga pencils.
A big, mint colored pickle jar full of gorgeous, rose-colored tulips? Yes, please! I will also tell you that brightly painted mason jars make the ideal vessels for tiny potted cacti. I have a few of those scattered around the house right now and they are about as adorable as they come. Definitely start collecting jars. Definitely paint them all the colors your little heart desires. Painted mason jars are my favorite!
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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April 15, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
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Last month I shared that I was going to be in New York for a few days with Skinnygirl® Cocktails, and today I’m excited to tell you a bit more about how I’ll be working with them this year! Plus, I’m going to share my new favorite margarita recipe with you, so you can put it on your must-sip list for Cinco de Mayo. Because you guys know that I’m crazy about Cinco de Mayo and any day involving a killer margarita. Sound good? Good!
So for starters, let’s talk about this mint jalapeño margarita. It’s light, crisp, super refreshing and perfect for sipping on a warm spring evening or by the pool this summer. The mint and jalapeños give it an unexpected kick that is seriously irresistible. You guys are already well versed on how I feel about overly sweet, sticky margaritas and more than once I’ve encouraged you to just squeeze some fresh limes and get the job done right. Good news! You no longer have to do that. The Skinnygirl® Margarita comes ready-to-serve and is perfectly party-ready straight out of the bottle, minus all that extra added sugar that makes most bottled margaritas a no-go in my book.
- 5 – 6 fresh mint leaves
- 4 oz Skinnygirl® Margarita
- 2 – 3 thin slices of fresh jalapeño
- 3 – 4 slices of fresh lime
Begin by muddling the fresh mint leaves, jalapeño and limes in slices in the bottom of a glass or mason jar with the back of a wooden spoon. Muddle for a good 20 – 30 seconds until the juices really start to form. Reserve one lime slice for garnishing. Fill glass to the top with ice. Add Skinnygirl® Margarita to the top and gently stir to combine. Garnish with the remaining lime slice and serve with a cute straw. Alternately, you could swap in the newly released Spicy Lime Margarita variety if you’re looking for an extra, super delicious, spicy kick!
While in New York with Skinnygirl® Cocktails, a bunch of other awesome bloggers and I had the opportunity to taste and try many of the Skinnygirl® Cocktails wines, spirits and ready-to-serve cocktails. We even got to meet founder Bethenny Frankel and enjoy cocktails with her! (And, guys, she totally posted a photo with us on Instagram!) While we were all hanging out, we got to learn all about the new Skinnygirl® Cocktails Tastemakers program, which has just launched. In a nutshell, the Skinnygirl® Cocktails Tastemakers program invites you to share your love of Skinnygirl® Cocktails in exchange for all kinds of perks, discounts, rewards and exclusive behind-the-scenes info!
Skinnygirl® Cocktails Tastemakers will receive monthly emails with details about exclusive promotions. By participating in those promotions, you’ll have the chance to get some amazing prizes! (Of course, fans must be 21+ to join the program.) Alongside all of that, throughout the year myself and my fellow blogger pals will be bringing you loads of party ideas, recipes, cocktails and more, all inspired by our favorite Skinnygirl® Cocktails beverages. So much fun! Want in on that fun? Get yourself signed up to be a part of the Skinnygirl® Cocktails Tastemakers program so you won’t miss out. In the meantime, give this mint jalapeño margarita recipe a try! It’s simple enough to sip on a weekend night, but also special enough to whip up for a party. Plus, margaritas. Win, win and win.
[Photos + recipe by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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April 13, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Hi, friends! I’m starting the week off a bit differently, combining a very belated dose of Friday Link Love with a bit of “The Best of Sunday” only on a Monday. I have loads of fun posts headed your way this week including a look at our master bedroom makeover, an awesome cocktail primed and ready for Cinco de Mayo, a quick gift idea for your madre for Mother’s Day and more. In the meantime as I put the finishing touches on those things, we’re talking about flowers this morning! Specifically, how much I love them and how happy I am that it’s finally spring and therefore keeping fresh flowers around the house is so much easier and more practical. Scroll down to see all of my favorite DIY flowers and get your link love fix! Happy Monday, friends! xoxo
[Mini DIY Bouquets | Photo by Alice G. Patterson.]
[DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier | Photo by Lovely Indeed.]
[DIY Flower Bowl Centerpiece | Photo by Alice G. Patterson.]
[DIY Succulent Boutonniere | Photo by Lovely Indeed.]
April 10, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
I’ve lamented time and again about my brown thumb when it comes to houseplants. I just kill them. All of them. It’s completely disgraceful. Especially when you consider that my grandmother was a prolific gardener and always had a house full of plants, a tradition my mother now continues, this inability of mine to keep a plant alive is just ridiculous. When it comes to actual gardening, I have no problem keeping things alive. Move those plants inside and it’s as good as signing their death certificate. I really really want to change this, so I’ve been paying attention to all of the timely spring posts and features popping up about plants in general and houseplants specifically. I am going to do this, friends. I am going to acquire and keep alive some pretty little plants. For real this time. Any tips or recommendations for me? Any houseplants you love? Any reformed brown thumbs out there?
[Propagating succulents from The Slow Poke.]
Succulents are notoriously simple to care for, or so they say. I’ll be honest and admit that I do have a couple of small succulents hanging around that have lasted a long time so perhaps I need more succulents in my life?
[Photo by White Loft Studio via Style Me Pretty Living.]
My grandmother had a long burro’s tail in a macrame plant hanger that hung in front of the guest bedroom window for as many years as I can remember. For that reason I would really love to have one or a few in my own home. Also, my grandma was super hip apparently, if the succulent and macrame trend are telling.
Fiddle leaf figs are such a trend right now, I know I know. But aren’t they so pretty? Also, it’s alleged that they aren’t too tricky to keep alive. I am skeptical about that, because, well, I kill everything. But maybe if I had a plant this pretty it’d be extra incentive to keep it alive? Check out these 10 indoor plants you can’t kill over at Style Me Pretty Living! I’m hoping they more than I do and maybe I can keep one of these babies alive.
[Photo by Heidi Lau via Style Me Pretty Living.]
April 7, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
As is the case most years, this winter we found ourselves on a big board game kick. I can’t tell you the number of games of cards and Monopoly and Scrabble that have gone down since it first got cold last fall. Because winter seems to refuse to give up, our weekend afternoons of hanging indoors playing games has continued well into what is allegedly spring. This past weekend there was a Monopoly throwdown of near epic proportions. All of this likely explains why I’m just in love with DIY board games at the moment. I love that these DIY versions can be customized in pretty colors that suit your personal taste and also provide you with another afternoon of fun as you craft, paint and create something really awesome for your board game collection. Here are my favorites, what I’m deeming the best of the best. Have you seen any others that you love? I want to make all the board game things!
[DIY Gold Leaf Checkerboard from A Beautiful Mess]
[DIY Dartboard by Lovely Indeed | Photo by Whitney B. Lucas.]
[DIY Color Rock Dominoes by The House That Lars Built | Photo by Trisha Zemp.]
[DIY Guess Who Board Game by Almost Makes Perfect.]
[DIY Ombre Jenga by Lovely Indeed | Photo by Whitney B. Lucas.]