Three Inspiring Studio Things

Studio Inspiration - The Sweetest Occasion Studio

Since getting back from our few days out of town over the weekend, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the new home for The Sweetest Occasion and drumming up studio inspiration. Right now these three bright, white spaces are definitely speaking to me the most. I want a space that’s a blank canvas so I can easily transform it as need be for photo shoots and also switch things up on a whim when it comes to colors and accessories. Open shelving to house all of my props and glassware is also a major must-have item on the list. Currently a majority of my pretty things are housed in giant plastic bins where it’s hard to see them or access them quickly. Getting all of that organized and on display is a major focus in creating a space that really works for me. We popped into IKEA on our way home on Monday where I picked up a few things to get the organizing process started. This week I should hopefully be finalizing my lease and then it’ll be onto selecting paint colors! (You know I’ve already started that process though, let’s be real.) I also started a studio centric collection over at Keep* to organize the things that are catching my eye that I might want to bring into the space. More updates to come!

[From top: Cannelle et Vanille via SF Girl By Bay | Chic Sprinkles via Pretty Fluffy | Muskoka Living.]

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10 Best Valentine’s Day Crafts

10 Best Valentine's Day Crafts

We’re just over two weeks out from Valentine’s Day, friends, and you know what that means! If you’re on the hunt for something sweet and crafty to whip up for your Valentine, now is the time. Luckily there seems to be no shortage of heart-festooned creations floating around these days. The only trouble? Choosing which crafty concoctions you love best! I suppose that’s where I come in here. I’ve rounded up 10 of the best Valentine’s Day crafts going. From charming little gifts to over-the-top Valentine’s Day party backdrops, there is a little bit of something for everyone among these beauties!

Ready to show a little love? Tis the season, after all. Click through for 10 best Valentine’s Day crafts!

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DIY Mini Valentine’s Day Bouquets

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

As promised, we’re officially talking about Valentine’s Day this week! If you’ve been reading for a while then you’ll probably recall that my fondest memories of Valentine’s Day actually revolve around my mom, who always made sure to give us kids some sweet little token of affection each year. I think it’s probably for that reason that I’ve never really gone all crazy over the romantic side of Valentine’s Day and have instead seen it as just a fun excuse to tell someone you love them, whether it be your better half, your best friend or your kids. So today we’re making mini Valentine’s Day bouquets! They’re perfect for giving to your girlfriends or coworkers, or even your sister or your grandma. Or your mom, of course. We start with a basic grocery store bouquet and from there it’s pretty easy!

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

  • 1 large grocery store bouquet per 3 mini bouqets
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Kraft paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Washi tape
  • Assorted ribbon and twine
  • Shipping tags

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

Begin by separating your bouquet into three or four smaller bouquets. You should be able to get three cute mini bouquets per one large grocery store bouquet, but feel free to scale your bouquets to the size you like best. Strip off all the greenery on the lower part of the stems. Then secure your bouquets with a simple rubber band, then trim down the stems so each of your bouquets ends up about 10″ long from petal to end of the stem.

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

After your bouquets are trimmed, it’s time to wrap them in tissue paper. I picked up an assortment of colors on the cheap at Target and I love keeping a bunch handy to use at a moment’s notice. Simply cut a square, wrap the bouquet and secure it with a piece of washi tape.

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

Next up, to give the bouquets a really professional look, I wrapped them in a sheet of kraft paper. Mine had pretty aqua polka dots on it, but plain kraft paper would work great, too! Again, just cut a square, wrap the bouquet and hold the paper secure with a piece of washi tape.

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

The final simple step is to tie your bouquet bundles with a bit of twine or ribbon. I love the mix of jute twine and kraft paper, but baker’s twine or kitchen twine would work fabulously, too. Of course, you also can’t go wrong with a pretty polka dot ribbon. I love using basic manilla shipping tags on packages, but I particularly love them on these bouquets. You can tag each one with the name of a loved one and have fun on Valentine’s Day passing them out to all your sweet Valentines.

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

DIY Mini Valentines Day Bouquets

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

Sources -
Polka dot craft paper from Marshalls
Tissue paper from Target
Washi tape from Cute Tape
Shipping tags from OfficeMax
Ribbon + twine from Michaels
Nail polish is Ocean by Revlon

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 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

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Color Palette: French Cream + Mint

Hi, guys, and happy Monday! I’m coming at you live from the car somewhere in New Jersey as we make our way home from a much-needed and rather amazing long weekend. We’re headed home to yet another lake effect snow storm and with a car loaded up with goodies that we scored at IKEA this morning for the new studio. I’m less excited about the first part, but really pumped about the latter! After a few days away, I’m kind of loving this soft and sweet pastel color palette today. I’m thinking about working a few of these pretty colors into the studio space, grounded by bright white walls. There’s something about mint and cream and gray that I just love together.

Color Palette: French Cream and Mint

[Photos, from top: Kelli Murray from 100 Layer Cakelet | Ban.do | The Love Shop.]

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Friday Link Love

Hi, guys! By the time you read this, B and I will be well on our way to New York for the weekend. And can I just tell you? It has been well over a decade since I’ve been to the city just for fun (without some professional obligation large or small involved) so this weekend is going to be so much fun. Five Napkin Burger, I’m looking at you, kid. That said, I wasn’t going to run off on you without first bringing you a big dose of link love to help kickstart your weekend properly. I hope you have something awesome planned! Even if it’s just watching a movie while all cozied up on the couch, because we all know that’s my favorite kind of awesome. (We’re big fans of movies on the couch around here.) Here’s wishing you a fabulous weekend – see you here next week! xoxo

New York City | Photo from @megangilger

[Photo and lettering by The Fresh Exchange.]

Oh! One more thing. I mentioned on Monday that I started T25 this week. Just a quick update that I have finished the first week and while the workouts are definitely killer, I’m loving it. I really appreciate that the workouts are only 25 minutes, but leave me knowing I got a really good burn without having to spend an hour or more at the gym. I’ll share more thoughts as I work my way through the program but so far so good!

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