5 Yummy Watermelon Recipes + Friday Link Love

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope your week has been great. While you’re reading this, we’re mid-way through our long weekend camping and already dreading heading back to reality come Sunday evening. Seriously, there is just nothing that makes me happier than slowing down, boating by day and sitting by the campfire by night. It’s how I relax the best. Not to leave you hanging, I’ve rounded up five of summer’s yummiest watermelon recipes and a whole bunch of Friday Link Love to kick off your weekend! I’ll catch you here on Monday! xoxo

5 Yummy Watermelon Recipes from @cydconverse

[Spiked Watermelon Popsicles | Watermelon Ginger Sparklers | Watermelon Coconut Creme | Spicy Grilled Watermelon | Watermelon Cantaloupe Lemonade.]

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10 Awesome Back to School Ideas

10 Awesome Back to School Ideas from @cydconverseThis morning we are packing up and heading out for our big annual camping trip. I honestly can’t even believe that we’re at this point in the summer already! With Labor Day being a bit late this year, our trip is actually a week later than usual, too, making this next week the last week of summer vacation in our neck of the woods. Last year I collected a whole bunch of fun back to school ideas to share with you, and that post was a bit of an unexpected runaway hit. Who knew?! So, obviously, I’m back at it, with some of the cutest DIY ideas to celebrate the start of the school year.

Click through for 10 awesome back to school ideas! Need even more ideas? Check out last year’s round-up, too!

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DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

With the arrival of our little bebe seemingly right around the corner, I’ve decided it’s probably time for me to speed up my thought process with regards to preparing a nursery and just preparing in general. Because I know this little nugget will be the baby of the family, I’m trying to be really careful about buying too much or acquiring too much stuff, just to phase out of it super quickly and have it go to waste. All of that said, I can’t resist getting my hands a little paint-covered for essentially all of life’s occasions, so a baby is no different. One of my oldest friends is due with her fourth (and final) baby within just a few days of me, so while neither one of us wants to load up on excessive stuff, I thought making a pretty yet practical polka dot swaddle blanket or two might just be in order.

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

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  • Plain white muslin swaddle blankets (I used these ones)
  • Craft paints in 3-4 assorted colors
  • Potatoes and carrots (yes, vegetables)
  • Paring knife

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

This is such an easy project and would make an amazing shower gift even if you’re not expecting a little one yourself! We’re talking simple white muslin swaddle blankets, your favorite colors of paint (basic craft paint will do the job), potatoes and carrots. Yes, we’re raiding the veggie bin and going old school with a little potato stamp action today, friends! To get started, wash and dry your swaddle blankets per the care instructions. I went with these bamboo and cotton swaddles, which are super soft and lovely. Squirt a bit of each paint onto some kind of paint palette. I used a paper plate because that’s how fancy I am. Carefully mix a little bit of water in with each color just to thin the paint slightly. Then it’s time to start stamping!

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

I washed, patted dried and chunked up several different sizes of potato and carrot with my paring knife, intentionally wanting to create little stamps of different diameters to get a bit of variety in my polka dots. What’s so awesome about stamping with veggies? Well, they are super inexpensive for one (so no need to invest in expensive craft supplies if you’re just making a blanket as a gift but aren’t a huge crafter) and, for two, the natural shape lends itself to creating perfectly imperfect polka dots. Once your veggies are cut up, make sure your blanket is spread out flat on a protected work surface (the paint might bleed through a bit) and then it’s just a simple process of dipping into the paint, dabbing off the excess and stamping polka dots all over!

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

Once you have a distribution of polka dots that makes you happy, you’re done! Hang your blanket to dry (for a few hours at least) and it’s ready to use. The craft paint works great on fabric, but may feel a bit stiff in areas with more paint coverage. To help remedy that, use less paint while you’re stamping. I prefer the softer, slightly weathered look that gives anyway, but it’s up to you. For gift giving, I’d roll up the blanket and tie it with a pretty ribbon. You can customize it to the colors of the new baby’s nursery or just pick colors you love. Either way, these are really easy to make and really really cute! (Also, holy crap I’m having a baby in t-minus ten weeks or so. Eeek!)

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Color Palette: Cactus Flower + Agave

Happy Monday, pals! How was your weekend? Ours was kind of nutty, but in a totally awesome way. Now it’s the mad rush of work for the next days and then prepping for our big annual camping trip starting on Thursday. We look forward to this trip all year long, but it also kind of marks the end of summer for us. The kids are always back to school shortly thereafter and then fall quickly blows into town and this year fall means a new baby, and it just seems like it’s going so quickly. I think that might be why I’m loving this softer, but still summery color palette at the moment. It feels like summer, but in a way that kind of signals that fall isn’t too far out. All of those pretty dusty pastels! See all of my color palette posts for more – and there are loads of them!

Color Palette: Cactus Flower and Agave by @cydconverse

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[Sonia Cavallini | DIY Linens from Paper & Stitch | First Mate Photo via My Domaine.]

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5 Perfect Summer Cocktails + Friday Link Love

Friday, already? That happened fast this week! We’ve got two birthday boys in the house to celebrate this weekend so that’s going to dominate the next couple of days. One big birthday boy who turned a whopping 37 years old today and one brand new teenager turning 13 on Sunday. Bring on the cake! Or, in your case, the Friday happy hour cocktails as the case may be. I may not be partaking this year, but fresh, fruity summer cocktails are my favorite. Today I’ve rounded up five awesome summer cocktail recipes for you and a whole bunch of Friday Link Love to kick off your weekend. Enjoy, friends! See you here on Monday. xoxo

5 Perfect Summer Cocktails from @cydconverse

[Fruity Frozen Margaritas | Watermelon Papaya Rum Smoothie | Grapefruit Mojito | Peach Iced Tea Coffee | Spicy Strawberry Daiquiri.]

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