Loving Palm Leaf Patterns

Loving Palm Leaf Patterns by @cydconverse

Every once in a while a trend comes along with which I just fall totally in love. The palm leaf trend, my friends, is one of those. I love how it feels both really traditional, super modern and ever so positively tropical. I also adore that it can move seamlessly from home decor to fashion to party decor, all the while just feeling really really cool. These are just a few of the ways that I’m loving palm leaf patterns at the moment and I’m officially not-so-secretly coveting a pair of palm leaf curtains of my very own. Also, we just moved. Maybe I should make that happen?

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[1: Mary Costa for Studio DIY | 2: Whitlock & Co. | 3: Gallant & Jones | 4: Lombardi House by Amber Interiors | 5: Fybur | 6: The Atlantic Ocean | 7: Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.]

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12 Incredible Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

12 Incredible Homemade Ice Cream SandwichesWhen my parents owned an ice cream stand for a few years when I was a kid, helping my mom make ice cream sandwiches was always a ton of fun for me. Swirls of vanilla, chocolate and twist soft serve smushed between thin chocolate wafers, one after another, after another. Ours were pretty simple (although no less tasty) than the homemade ice cream sandwiches I’ve been spying everywhere lately! So I did what any friendly neighborhood blogger should do and I rounded up a dozen of the most incredible recipes for you to try out this summer.

Anyone else have a sweet tooth going crazy about now? Good. That’s how we like it around here. Click through for 12 incredible homemade ice cream sandwiches!

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Some Crazy Big Wild News

Sitting down to write this post has proven to be one of the most surreal experiences of my life. There’s a million different things I could say, an infinite number of ways I could drag this out, but frankly, my brain is going a zillion miles a minute so we are just going to cut to the chase here, friends. I have some crazy, big, wild news to share with you today! We’re talking an announcement I never anticipated making so it’s utter insanity!

We're Having a Baby from @cydconverse

Remember that baby boom we just talked about? Turns out, we’re adding to the boom! We found out we were expecting a little one not long after my grandmother passed, and the last couple of months have been the very definition of a whirlwind. I hinted when I shared our new DIY trellis herb garden that we might be moving, because finding out we had a little one on the way made the house we were renting not really work for us anymore. So, over this past weekend we recruited a whole bunch of our awesome family and friends to help us move into our new digs and we’re officially in baby preparation mode!

Keep reading…

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DIY Shibori Onesies

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

Is it just me or does it seem like there is a virtual baby boom going on at the moment? Between blogger friends and “real life” friends, I swear at least 1/4 of the women I know are expecting little ones in the coming months. And with lots of babies, comes lots of showers to attend and gifts to buy! I was playing around on Pinterest one night trying to find a few fun ideas for DIY onesies and found there were surprisingly few, so I decided it was a perfect excuse to mess around with a bit of shibori dyeing. You know I love indigo and classic Japanese shibori dyeing is just stunning. (Remember these gorgeous DIY indigo dyed linens from a couple of years ago?) So today we’re making DIY shibori onesies that are perfect for your friends having little girls or little boys or those that are opting not to find out. I’ve styled them both ways to show you that indigo is perfect for all babies!

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse 3-Dylon-Fabric-Dye

supplies

  • Basic white onesies
  • Rubber bands
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Rubber gloves (get the thicker kind)
  • A bucket for the dye bath
  • Hot water
  • Fabric dye (I used this kind)

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

Before doing anything, step one is to completely and thoroughly read the instructions that come with your particular dye and prepare the dye bath accordingly. Then, read them again. When I decided to give this a go, I did not have time to order indigo dye (you can find it here) and I couldn’t find any locally so I opted to just use a super dark blue fabric dye. The process is very similar, but the actual indigo dye will end up darker, so personally I think I’ll play with that next time although I do love how these turned out! Whatever route you go, just make sure you’ve read all the instructions and prepare your dye bath and fabric accordingly.

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

The next step is to fold and knot your fabric! You can use different techniques for this depending on the final look you prefer. Up above, simple rubber bands tied around the fabric rolled up results in a striped pattern. You can fold and secure with popsicles sticks to create rings or pinch and secure the fabric to create sunburst patterns reminiscent of the tie dyeing of our youth. (You can find more resources for shibori folding and the resulting patterns in this post.) When you have the onesies prepared, place them in the dye bath and dye according to the manufacturer’s instructions, keeping in the mind that the longer the fabric is in the dye, the richer the end color.

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

When working with dye, remember to always wear gloves and prepare your work area accordingly! Because, you know, it’s dye and it’s permanent. I like these thicker rubber gloves, as opposed to latex gloves, which are easier to tear and may result in blue fingers for a good length of time. When the time is up, use metal tongs or a paint stick to lift the onesies up out of the dye bath and wring out thoroughly before rinsing. Rinse, rinse and rinse some more using fresh clean water (doing so in a stainless steel sink is best) and then wash as advised in the dye instructions. What you’re left with are totally adorable onesies perfect for every little baby in your life. So sweet!

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Shibori Onesie by @cydconverse

I have to admit that these cute little onesies are one of my favorite projects to date, I think because they helped me get over my mental block when it comes to dyeing. I had it in my head that it would be a ton of work and really fussy, but it was shockingly easy! And the end result? Just too too cute! Has anyone else dyed anything recently? What should I dye next? I have a feeling I’m going to be dyeing things like a mad woman for the foreseeable future!

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

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12 Amazing Must-Try Margarita Recipes

12 Amazing Must-Try Margarita Recipes from @cydconverseBy now it should come as precisely no surprise that I’m a huge margarita fan. We’ve talked about this before. (I even shared my favorite go-to margarita recipe.) Today I’m cranking that margarita love up a notch and sharing a dozen truly amazing margarita recipes. The same rule of thumb that I always preach applies here, too! Use a really high quality tequila (seriously don’t cheap out here), and add in loads of fresh ingredients. Add salt or skip the salt depending on your taste (I personally skip it) and you’ve got the ultimate summer cocktail. Feeling thirsty now? Yup. Me, too.

Click through for 12 of the best margarita recipes!

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