Color Palette: Juniper + Lemonade

It’s been a bit since our last color palette, so it felt like high time to get on that today. This color palette is matching the weather perfectly at the moment. We’ve had this weird mix of it this week, spurts of torrential rain and high winds followed by loads of sunshine. Yesterday the power was even out for most of the day, a result of fallen trees here, there and just about everywhere. So these pretty painterly jewel tones are where it’s right now for me.

Color Palette: Juniper and Lemonade from @cydconverse

post-line-before-credits

[Photos, from top: Leslie Shewring via decor8 | Yao Cheng via The House the Lars Built | Jen Huang Photography.]

0 comments

Personal Notes 003: On Life + Family

Amazing Purple + White Flowers

I’m struggling to find words to write this post today, although I’ve been meaning to sit down and do so for nearly a week now. I’ve been wanting to do so in part because I realize over the last week or so my posts have gotten sporadic at best and also, in part, because my grandmother has long been my number one fan. Now well into her 80s, she has been a daily reader since my very first posts back in 2008, but long before that she was my first editor and first sounding board when I’d bring her my short stories and novellas to read as a little girl. (Always by way of the white wicker basket on my bike. Always.) With that in mind, it doesn’t seem right not to acknowledge that right now, even as I type, my life and that of my family as a whole is in the process of changing forever.

Keep reading…

9 comments

DIY Painted Mason Jars

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

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.

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

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.

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

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.

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

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.

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

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.

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

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!

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Mason Jars by @cydconverse

post-line-before-credits

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

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 express written 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

Editor’s Note: Valspar is a sponsor of The Sweetest Occasion, but this post is not sponsored. Read about our editorial policies.

8 comments

Mint Jalapeño Margarita

This post was sponsored by Skinnygirl® Cocktails. Thank you for supporting
the sponsors that help make The Sweetest Occasion possible!

 Mint Jalapeño Margarita from @cydconverse

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!

Mint Jalapeño Margarita from @cydconverse

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.

Mint Jalapeño Margarita from @cydconverse

Mint Jalapeño Margarita from @cydconverse Mint Jalapeño Margarita from @cydconverse

Mint Jalapeño Margarita from @cydconverse

mint-margarita

Serves 1

  • 5 – 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 oz Skinnygirl® Margarita
  • 2 – 3 thin slices of fresh jalapeño
  • 3 – 4 slices of fresh lime
  • Ice

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!

Mint Jalapeño Margarita by @cydconverse

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!

Mint Jalapeño Margarita from @cydconverse

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.

Mint Jalapeño Margarita from @cydconverse

post-line-before-credits

[Photos + recipe by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

Skinnygirl® Cocktails is a registered trademark of Jim Beam Brands Co. (“Beam”) and is used with permission. The information, comments and ideas expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Beam, its affiliated companies or any of their directors or employees. Beam does not sponsor, authorize, or otherwise endorse this website. Read more about our editorial policies.

0 comments

The Best of the Week: DIY Flowers + Link Love

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 from @cydconverse

[Mini DIY Bouquets | Photo by Alice G. Patterson.]

DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier from @cydconverse

[DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier | Photo by Lovely Indeed.]

DIY Floral Centerpiece by @cydconverse

[DIY Flower Bowl Centerpiece | Photo by Alice G. Patterson.]

DIY Succulent Boutonniere from @cydconverse

[DIY Succulent Boutonniere | Photo by Lovely Indeed.]

link-love-2-week

post-line-before-credits

4 comments