October 19, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Good morning, and happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. With loads of friends and family in town for our baby shower, mine was a complete and total whirlwind. Our house is now pretty much covered end to end with super cute baby paraphernalia and I’m honestly exhausted this morning as we start the week. That said, if you want to see a little tiny sneak peek of the shower you can pop on over to Instagram and #thesweetestbebe. I’ll be sharing more soon! All of that said, let’s get down to business because today I wanted to share another of my current favorite blog reads. Namely, we’re talking about The Crafted Life, where Rachel crafts colorful and vibrant projects designed to make DIY both fun and approachable. From home decor to jewelry to parties, she covers it all with her signature playful style, all intended to inspire you to pick up a paint brush or a hot glue gun and get crafty!
In addition to being super talented, Rachel is also just a totally awesome lady. She is, hands down, my favorite combination of sweet and sassy, the type of gal I could sit up all night gabbing with while drinking wine and wearing pajamas. If you aren’t already, you should definitely take note and become a big fan of The Crafted Life. Your craft-loving self can thank me later! (Oh! And you can follow her on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook, too!)
[Row 1: Printable temporary tattoos | Printable envelope liners | Row 2: DIY jewelry box | Row 3: DIY painted wooden beads | DIY wooden hello sign | Row 4: DIY color blocked keychain | Row 5: Office makeover | Ban.do buttons | Row 6: Instagram wall art.]
October 16, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Once upon a time, I discovered myself shocked as can be to learn we were expecting a little one. Fast forward (as in, super warp speed fast forward) several months and tomorrow is the day of my baby shower! It’s such a surreal feeling because some days, other than the fact that stairs have become increasingly tricky to navigate, I actually still forget I’m pregnant. I have friends coming in from literally all over the country this weekend to be here to celebrate this baby and it is the most overwhelming feeling. Of course, Alice will be there taking lots of photos so we can share the celebration with you at some point in the next couple weeks. In the meantime, I’m sharing just a few baby shower ideas (you can find more here) inspired by the festivities plus a full 34 week baby update! 34 weeks. It’s all happening so fast! Here’s wishing you a beautiful weekend and I’ll see you here on Monday! xoxo
[About to Pop baby shower | Ombre cake | Hot pink baby shower | Confetti Oreo cookies | Wishes for Baby.]
Today officially marks 34 weeks pregnant! It’s hard to believe that we’re down to just a handful of weeks before the baby celebrates her birthday and I am feeling loads of emotions as we get closer. Basically every emotion known to man, if I’m being completely honest. There’s actually part of me that wishes we had a bit more time before she arrives, because I feel like it’s all rushing by a bit too quickly. Is that normal? Please tell me I’m not going crazy!
Hello My Name Is
We’ve been essentially settled on little girl’s name since about 20 weeks along. That said, we’ve been up, down and all over the place trying to find the perfect middle name. As of a few days ago I think we may have figured it out! In the meantime we’re staying pretty mum on her name until she’s here. A very small handful of our closest people know what we’ve decided on for a first name, but beyond that we are keeping it quiet. We don’t use her name when we refer to her and we don’t plan to do so until she’s here with us officially. We love love love her name though and I’m excited to share it with you once she makes her big debut!
Baby Got Legs
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not exactly known for my height. I am perfectly average in height, but actually have slightly shorter than average legs. Were it not for my torso being of reasonable length, I’d be totally stumpy. All of that said, the fact that we have a little one on board boasting legs that are 97th percentile in length is completely entertaining to me. She very clearly got those legs from her 6’2″ daddy, not from this lady. As of right now, they’re telling us to expect a long baby and we’re so excited to see how it plays out!
At next Friday’s OB appointment I will be 35 weeks pregnant, at which point they’ll be ordering a fifth and final ultrasound. They’ll be doing a full growth chart again, checking placenta placement and determining if the baby has flipped head down at that point. Last we knew for sure she was breech, but it was still early so they weren’t overly concerned. We don’t believe she has flipped yet though so now they’ll start to monitor that more closely. All of these various factors have us still of the mindset that we are headed for a scheduled c-section, but we won’t have that firmed up for sure for a couple of weeks. The waiting game? Beyond stressful at this point!
At about 32 weeks I really started to feel the fatigue again. It’s not necessarily every day, but when it hits it’s real. We’ve been shooting a lot lately, prepping for when the baby comes so I can hopefully take a bit of real time off for a few weeks. On those shoot days I end up so exhausted I can feel it deep inside my muscles, like everything is vibrating or humming. Fatigue aside, I’m experiencing more tired muscles in general if I walk or stand for too long. Grocery shopping or running errands in general is becoming much less fun! It’s not necessarily causing me any pain, everything just feels tight, tired and in need of a serious massage. Otherwise, I am still having a pretty amazing pregnancy and have largely avoided just about every scary symptom and side effect you read about. I feel really really lucky and know that feeling so good throughout these months is what is allowing me to work double time and get myself into a position where taking time off will be a bit easier. Now that we’re entering the home stretch, I am hoping to be able to start slowing down in the next few weeks so I can do that whole nesting thing and just soak in the last days of being pregnant. I’m telling you it’s utter craziness!
October 15, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
We’re revisiting an oldie but a goodie today with my absolute favorite Halloween printables of all time! Created just for The Sweetest Occasion readers by the super talented and incredibly sweet Jamie of A Pair of Pears, these cute little things are all you need to channel your inner goblin. We’re talking about the most adorable treat bag tags and Halloween party invitations that you ever did see. Scroll down and click to download your Halloween printables, then just print and trim and you’re ready for the Halloween festivities. Trick or treat!
[Design + illustration by A Pair of Pears | Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
The fine print: As with all of our printables, these designs are provided for personal non-commercial use only and may not be distributed, copied or sold in any fashion. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share them, please link to this post directly and do NOT host the file yourself. Thanks so much! xoxo
October 13, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
I will be the first to admit that there are a million different variations of this project floating around out there, but that’s also kind of why I love these little ghosts. We made a version of these every year with my mom when we were kids, sometimes out of cheesecloth and kitchen twine like these, or other times out of tissues and thread. Basically, whatever we had on hand. We’d hang them from doorways or the chandelier in the dining room, or we’d stick them on skewers and pop them into houseplants at random. Today we’re making little homemade ghosts and calling them cake toppers, but you can’t go wrong however you use them in your Halloween festivities!
- Kitchen twine
- Bamboo skewers
- Super glue
- Cotton balls
Begin by laying your cheesecloth flat and cutting out squares approximately 5 inches by 5 inches. For larger ghosts, cut squares that are a bit larger or cut smaller squares to create smaller ghosts. I prefer a double layer of cheesecloth for each ghost, so I make sure my cheesecloth is folded in half while I’m cutting. No worries about clean edges! The rough edges of the cheesecloth when it’s cut is one of the best parts of these little ghosts. Next up, grab 2 – 3 cotton balls and use your fingers to pull them apart a bit and puff them up before placing a mound of cotton at the center of each square to form the ghost’s head.
Gather the cheesecloth around the cotton of the ghost’s head to form the ghost shape. Insert a bamboo skewer with a dab of super glue on the end, so that the glue holds the skewer in place once it’s inserted into the cotton ball. Cut a length of kitchen twine about 4 inches long, and wrap it snugly around the base of the ghost’s head a few times to form the neck. Knot it in place tightly, trim the ends and behold! The world’s cutest little cheesecloth ghost, ready to take flight on top of your favorite cake just in time for Halloween.
Crafts like this are my favorite! Quick, easy, super inexpensive and kid-friendly to boot if you have little ones who like getting crafty with you. With this one, you don’t even have to bake the cake. Pick up a simple, white cake from your local grocery store or bakery, stick a few ghosts on top and you’re party-ready in no time. Or, you know, skip the cake entirely and just go wild hanging ghosts all over the house. That’s a completely legit option.
[Art direction + 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 a maximum of 1 – 2 images from 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
October 12, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
I mentioned it last week when I shared these DIY black lace candles, but my favorite kind of Halloween decor tends to be a mix of slightly spooky and a touch glam. I can get down with kitschy Halloween decorations from time to time, too, but add a dose of sophisticated style to the Halloween festivities and I just can’t resist. Which is where today’s post comes into play! We’re talking DIY ideas, cocktails, recipes and more, all perfectly suited to marking Halloween with a touch of glamour.
Click through to check out my favorite spooky yet elegant Halloween ideas!