August 20, 2013 | by kelly
by Kelly Lanza
It’s back to school season and I always think it’s a super sweet idea to have a very special first day of school breakfast! That’s where these pencil drink stirrers come in. No, I am not asking you to put actual pencils in your kiddo’s milk. (Please don’t do that!) These faux pencils are made from straws, and make the perfect and easiest touch to a morning celebration before the little ones head off to their new year of school!
- Yellow straws
- Pink crepe paper
- Silver twine
- Double stick tape
- Strong glue or super glue
Cut out 1″ squares from your pink crepe paper. Prepare your straw by wrapping the top in double stick tape. (You can skip this step in a pinch, but it does help the crepe stay in place while you wrap!)
Wrap your crepe square over the top of the straw. Starting about 1/4″ down, wrap your silver twine around the crepe paper and down about half an inch, tucking the end of your thread under as you go.
Once you’ve wrapped about a half inch of your straw in twine, trim the end off and place a tiny dot of glue on the twine to secure it to the wrapped portion. Let dry and… done!
Pop in a glass of milk or OJ for a special back to school surprise! Donuts are also a welcomed surprise, though the teachers might not appreciate the sugar high. Shh!
[Photos by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Straws from IKEA
Silver Twine from We Love Citrus
Milk Bottles from ACME
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I’m sure I’m not alone in being absolutely over the moon that H&M finally offers online shopping. For so long I’ve just wanted to be able to buy online and have my pretty little things show up in a box on my doorstep. But what I’m really excited about? H&M Home! This was a complete happy surprise for me when I was first checking out H&M’s site the day online shopping was introduced. Packing loads of style but at prices real people can afford, I’m finding myself really impressed with the collection H&M is offering up. From gorgeous linen bedding to graphic pillows and loads of cozy throws, decorative pieces, candles, tea towels, cake stands and more, I have to say that I do believe they knocked it out of the park with this one. I haven’t purchased anything but I’ve got my eye on quite a few things and hope to get my hands on some of them soon. If you’ve already shopped H&M Home I’d love to know what you think!
[Shop | 1: Aztec pillow cover | 2: Throw blanket | 3: Striped pillow cover | 4: Decorative letters | 5: Faux bois boxes | 6: Letter hook | 7: Bottle vase | 8: Candle.]
I’ve always been a big fan of blueberries but after my inaugural trip to Maine and my first taste of wild blueberries a few years back, it was all over for me. I am now certifiably outright obsessed with blueberries. In pies, cobblers, ice cream and even cocktails. Or maybe especially cocktails! Something about fresh blueberries pairs so well with vodka, gin and even beer. This time of year when blueberries are plentiful the season is perfect for sipping on a refreshing blueberry cocktail – think about adding fresh herbs, too! Mint, thyme and basil all taste amazing with blueberries. I usually like my blueberries served up with lemonade and vodka, but these other cocktails are catching my eye, too. With a splash of ginger beer? Sounds amazing!
[Blueberry cocktails | 1: Blueberry infused vodka lemonade from Keep It Simple Foods | 2: Blueberry buck from Beyond the Plate | 3: The Summer Storm from Smith & Ratliff.]
I’m sure by now you know I’m no stranger to crafty pursuits. I love taking the time to craft, whether it be trying something new or just adding a bit of paint to this or that to give it new life. B and my mom pick on me constantly for how frequently the words, “I am so going to paint this” or some variation thereof comes out of my mouth. It might honestly be daily. It should be noted that since my days in architecture school I’ve been hoarding craft and art supplies like it’s my job. (Although, in all fairness, I could argue that it actually is my job.) That said, I try to keep in mind when sharing DIY projects that not everyone has a craft room or office bursting with papers, punches, paints, brushes, markers, glitters and glues. So today I thought I’d share a handful of my most frequently used DIY essentials. Consider them the basic crafting supplies you’ll want to keep on hand if you’re feeling crafty!
For starters, gold spray paint is one of my must-have items. I usually keep at least a few cans handy in case inspiration strikes on a whim. (Which it often does.) I personally prefer Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic in Metallic Gold. It’s just my favorite color of metallic gold paint. It also comes in great brass, copper and silver colors. I literally could not live without my craft knife, either! I prefer X-Acto knives, generally with a #11 blade. A stash of paint brushes (both foam brushes and craft brushes) come in handy – I usually pick them up in bulk packages to keep the cost down. I generally have a couple rolls of kraft paper lying around so I don’t ruin my house when crafting and I literally could not live without my ModPodge. I keep it around in multiple finishes but I suggest the matte finish if you just want to have it handy without keeping an inventory akin to that of a craft store. Various widths of painter’s tape and great craft paints in a variety of finishes (satin and high gloss being my favorite) will come in handy more than you know.
I know all this may sound like a lot, but you’ll be surprised how often these basic supplies come in handy when you’re working on a project. Of course, depending on the type of projects you personally like, your list will vary, but I thought it might be helpful to see what I always have stocked in my craft closet. (To the extent that when we moved I was shocked at just how many tubs of ModPodge and bottles and cans of paint I actually own. Oops!)
[Shop: Gold spray paint | Martha Stewart Crafts paints | X-Acto knife | ModPodge | foam paint brushes | jute twine | kraft paper | painter's tape | craft brushes.]
We’re gearing up for our big annual summer camping trip and, guys, I am so excited! I can’t even tell you how much I need this trip right now. We’re talking three days stranded on an island, cooking over a fire, sleeping in tents and lazing away the hours swimming and strolling the woods. Ok ok, so we’re not really stranded considering everyone is there with boats, but I like to pretend we’re on a completely deserted island with no way to get back to land. It’s more fun that way! As we get ready to head out (just over a week from today – yay!), I’m thinking about what we need to pack including what I’ll personally be wearing.
Need ideas for what to wear while camping? I’m a sucker for yoga pants, flip flops, cute tee shirts and an ample supply of zip-up hoodies. It’s my go-to camping uniform! I also suggest Bullfrog sunscreen - it’s broad spectrum and it includes bug repellant so you’ll be safe from those pesky little mosquitos in the woods. Win!
[Shop: Hoodie | tee shirt | yoga pants | bug repellant sunscreen | backpack | flip flops | bracelet | water bottle.]
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