June 12, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
With a little over a week left until Father’s Day, I couldn’t resist sharing some of the awesome homemade Father’s Day gift ideas I’ve been seeing pop up here and there. I’m off today helping out at the 5th Annual Ryan Converse Memorial Golf Tournament in honor of my late cousin (we raise lots and lots of money each year in honor of organ donation), but I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of fun links to wrap up the week and jump start your weekend. Here’s hoping it’s an awesome one. See you here on Monday! xoxo
[DIY wood grain flask | DIY Father’s Day gift wrap | DIY Sharpie mugs | Mini gallery wall | DIY leather keychains.]
June 10, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
After spending Sunday afternoon lounging on the beach and splashing around in the ocean before flying back home to New York early Monday morning, I basically have zero interest in anything other than sitting on the beach this week. In reality, it has been rainy all week and I’m up to my eyeballs working on recipe testing, crafting and shooting for a few deadlines, so the beach? I’m far from the beach at the moment. That said, I couldn’t resist sharing a handful of the cutest pom-pom inspired beachy DIY ideas today! Pin these ones, friends, because they’re so so good. All the pom-pom things for the beach! Totes, bikinis, and cover-ups, oh my!
[DIY Pom Pom Beach Cover Up from Merrick’s Art.]
[DIY Pom Pom Bikini from A Pair & A Spare.]
[DIY Pom Pom Throw Blanket from Sugar & Cloth.]
[DIY Pom Pom Beach Hat from Dream Green DIY.]
[DIY Pom Pom Beach Tote from The Lovely Drawer.]
[DIY Pom Pom Shorts from Merrick’s Art.]
June 9, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Why hello, friends! I’m back from a whirlwind long weekend in Florida celebrating my niece’s high school graduation and ready to jump right into the week. It has been a bit since we chatted about books, but as I was standing in the airport bookstore yesterday in search of a new book for the flight home, I realized I have read quite a few lately that I really loved. Easy reads that are easy to get sucked into and that are just really enjoyable. Today I thought we’d boil those down into a short and sweet little summer reading list comprised of my recommendations for really great beach reads this season! Any recommendations I should check out?
All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner
If you’ve read any of Jennifer’s other books, this one might surprise you a bit. I actually don’t read her books regularly, but I do know they typically fall along the vein of being light-hearted chick-lit. This isn’t quite that as it explores one seemingly put together woman’s struggles in her marriage and dealing with substance abuse. While it isn’t necessarily light and cheery, it’s a heartfelt and quick-paced read, making it appropriate for lounging poolside with a frosty drink this summer.
Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
This was the first book of Liane’s that I had read, but I have since read two others. In reality I’d recommend any of her books that I’ve read to add to your summer reading list. Her stories are gripping with really unique characters and unexpected, dramatic twists, but all packaged up in a way that doesn’t feel too heavy. I never saw the plot twist coming at the end of this book and Liane’s writing had me sucked in pretty much immediately.
The Vactioners, by Emma Straub
This book makes the list because (a) when on vacation or on the beach, one should read books about people on vacation or on the beach (am I right?), and (b) because the family around which this book centers is so hopelessly messed up it will make you feel totally normal. Or it will make you feel right at home being totally messed up. In all seriousness though, the characters here are quirky and dynamic and they feel completely real, making this family’s struggles feel very close to home, even if you have a much less dramatic existence.
Bittersweet, by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
This pick is actually the book I picked up on a whim yesterday at the airport, and I’ve already breezed through 2/3 of the pages. It’s a classic summer read and I am not ashamed to admit that I am loving every chapter. It’s one part intrigue, one part wealthy kids summering at their extravagant lakefront estate, one part cliche summer romance and one part guilty pleasure. This one is actually topping my list for beach read recommendations, just be prepared to blow through it no time!
June 4, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Washi tape has become entirely pervasive among the DIY crowd over the last few years and you will never ever catch me complaining about that. I’m a huge advocate of a splash of pretty color and pattern here, there and basically everywhere! That said, I’m particularly crazy about the ingenious ways that crafty people are putting washi tape to work at home. I love that it’s inexpensive, temporary and renter-friendly. Cute Tape is my favorite source for washi tape of all varieties and they even offer a whole bunch of the wider washi tapes designed specifically for home projects. Need a little inspiration? Here are 5 fun ways to use washi tape at home!
[DIY washi tape frames from Maiko Nagao.]
[DIY washi tape toe kick | Instructions | Photo by Zeke Ruelas.]
[DIY washi tape jars from Little Helsinki.]
[DIY washi tape decal by Michelle Edgemont for HGTV.]
[DIY washi tape door from French by Design.]
June 3, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
I’m pretty excited to see that the pineapple craze that swept the nation (or Pinterest anyway) last year is still going strong. As we head into summer, I am loving tropical-inspired pineapple motifs and party wares for everything from a casual pool party to kids parties, baby showers and luaus. So today, as is my way, I’ve rounded up what basically amounts to some of the coolest pineapple themed party ideas going.
Daydreaming about planning the first big bash of summer? Need more pineapple in your life? I’ve got you covered! Click through for 10 of the coolest DIY pineapple party ideas!