Happy Monday, pals! How was your weekend? Ours was kind of nutty, but in a totally awesome way. Now it’s the mad rush of work for the next days and then prepping for our big annual camping trip starting on Thursday. We look forward to this trip all year long, but it also kind of marks the end of summer for us. The kids are always back to school shortly thereafter and then fall quickly blows into town and this year fall means a new baby, and it just seems like it’s going so quickly. I think that might be why I’m loving this softer, but still summery color palette at the moment. It feels like summer, but in a way that kind of signals that fall isn’t too far out. All of those pretty dusty pastels! See all of my color palette posts for more – and there are loads of them!
Friday, already? That happened fast this week! We’ve got two birthday boys in the house to celebrate this weekend so that’s going to dominate the next couple of days. One big birthday boy who turned a whopping 37 years old today and one brand new teenager turning 13 on Sunday. Bring on the cake! Or, in your case, the Friday happy hour cocktails as the case may be. I may not be partaking this year, but fresh, fruity summer cocktails are my favorite. Today I’ve rounded up five awesome summer cocktail recipes for you and a whole bunch of Friday Link Love to kick off your weekend. Enjoy, friends! See you here on Monday. xoxo
- I’m not fat, I’m pregnant (yes, yes and yes)
- This DIY plywood daybed is brilliant
- Love this easy, colorful IKEA hack
- These free printable temporary tattoos are perfection!
- This gorgeous printable art print is, too!
- Ok, ok these printable cone wrappers are amazing, too.
- Loving the agate trend? Make this night light!
- I might pick up this book before we go camping
- Craving donuts? Why not put cotton candy on top?!
- I like big cups and I cannot lie
- Such a pretty DIY suede and gold leaf mousepad
- My favorite pin of the week
I swear, guys, the closer I get to having this baby the quicker the weeks go! Which is basically my way of using this baby as an excuse for not quite getting today’s post finished up before I have to run out the door in a few minutes to shoot next month’s batch of DIY projects for you. So instead I’m going to remind you that today is the last day to enter the pizza party giveaway with Dr. Oetker! It’s super simple to get entered and one winner is going to take away a prize package valued at over $250! See what I did there? Pizza! Giveaway! Pretty free stuff! And now you’ve forgotten all about the fact that I dropped the ball on writing a real post this morning. Win-win! But seriously, go enter the giveaway. See you tomorrow! (I’ll have my crap together, promise.) xoxo
[Photo by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Remember a couple of months ago when it was all about the world’s prettiest DIY marble pitcher? Well, apparently I couldn’t get enough of playing with nail polish and that made resisting the urge to marble some mugs entirely impossible. The process here is much the same with just one small difference. I love the idea of making a set of mugs in different bright, happy colors (like I did here) to either keep yourself or split up and give as gifts! This is another sweet, simple, inexpensive projects that is so fun. And addicting. Consider yourself warned!
- Basic white ceramic mugs
- Nail polish (the dollar stuff is fine)
- Wooden skewers or toothpicks
- Warm water
- Disposable pan or bucket (it will get ruined)
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton balls or cotton pads
The first step to marble dipping the world’s loveliest mugs is filling a a disposable pan (or something you don’t mind getting permanently colored by nail polish) 2 – 3″ full with warm water. Add more or less depending on how high on your mug you’d like the color to reach. Make a mark on the inside of your pan to indicate the water level so you can fill it to the same spot each time if you’re making multiple mugs. Then, add your nail polish! Pour it onto the surface of the water, adding more or less depending on if you’d like more or less white to show through your marble pattern. Working super quickly, use a toothpick or skewer to swirl the nail polish across the surface of the water to help create the marble effect, but don’t think too hard about it! You don’t want to drive yourself crazy overcomplicating a simple process and you want to move quick so the nail polish doesn’t set up on the water.
Moving equally as quick, the next step is to dunk your mug into the nail polish water. Go straight down and straight up to achieve the dipped look. Move the mug to a protected surface to dry completely, avoiding rubbing the surface of the mug until completely dry. I prefer to sit mine on top of a something to elevate it a little bit (such as a couple skewers) so it doesn’t stick to the surface it’s drying on, and I let them sit and dry overnight before touching them again. For each mug you’ll need to dump the water and start over, regardless of whether or not you’re changing color. Because the nail polish will start to set up on top of the water, it will be too thick and gloppy to get more than one dip at a time. Other than that it’s a simple process of swirling and dunking! Once dry, a super light and thin coat of dishwasher safe ModPodge (like we used with the gold glitter mugs) and your mugs will be protected when washing, too! (But hand washing to be safe is never a bad idea.)
And that, friends, is all there is to it! I hit up the dollar store for these nail polish colors and picked the happiest, brightest colors I could find to make a set of mugs that’s pretty much adorable. (The lesson? This is not how you use up your $8.99 bottles of Essie!) You could split them up and give them one by one, gift the entire set or just dress up your own mug collection! You do have a mug collection right? Ours is pretty extensive and because I can’t stop dressing them up with things like nail polish and gold glitter and Sharpie marker, it just keeps growing. Oops! Feel like making some mugs or feeling otherwise inspired to get crafty? I’d love to take a look! Use the hashtag #thesweetestDIY on Instagram so I can see!
[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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Good morning, friends! How was your weekend? The weather here was gorgeous and I took a much needed break, stepping away from the computer entirely yesterday. I’ve been avoiding the heat (me + pregnancy + heat = no bueno), but it was so good to get outside, enjoy a day on the boat, sit in the sunshine and unplug. As it goes in my brain though, while I was “unplugged” I was thinking about what’s going on behind the scenes at the moment. Next month (fingers crossed) I’ll be unveiling the all-new branding I’ve been hinting at, the biggest site redesign since I started this gig, and even a revamped editorial calendar. There’s a lot of thought and heart going into those changes and along the way I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes me love a blog as a reader. That in turn made me realize it has been so long since I’ve stopped to toot the horn of my fellow bloggers. I used to love sharing my favorite blog reads with you so today I want to get back to that a little bit, occasionally taking a moment to pause and give a little shout out to a blogger I think has it going on. Today we’re talking about Tell Love and Chocolate!
Here’s what I can tell you about Sara. She’s a super sweet lady, a mommy with a penchant for crafting insanely awesome Halloween costumes, the creator of many a colorful and cool DIY tutorials, and a party-loving gal after my own heart. Her style is modern, bright and happy, but her approach is simple and unfussy. (We all know I’m love simple and unfussy things the best!) If you need a dose of color, inspiration for your shindig or just feel like getting crafty, she’s one to watch! You can follow her on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook, too!
[Row 1: DIY Pom Pom Party Hats | DIY Geo Wood Magnets | Row 2: Watermelon Party | Row 3: DIY Geo Cake Topper | 3 Fun Ways to Wrap with Tissue Paper | Row 4: DIY Fringe Photo Backdrop | Row 5: DIY Wood Birthday Banner | DIY Paper Fan Drink Stirrers | Row 6: DIY Garland Cake Topper.]