May 26, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Today’s DIY project is all about adding a little extra storage and organization to your bathroom! Because, seriously, you can never have enough ways to stash things in the bathroom. I personally like to keep everything obsessively organized in the bathroom, with everything tucked into little canisters and apothecary jars. Cotton balls, Q-Tips, bandages, extra toothbrushes, antibiotic ointment – everything has a place. This DIY project is one of those quick, simple and fun ideas that will help tidy up your medicine cabinet or give you an adorable little jar to tuck onto a shelf. Also, how cute would this be filled with first aid supplies as a housewarming gift or to send off to school with the first-time college student? Yup. Cute, I say!
- Large glass jar with lid
- Red craft paint
- Painter’s tape
- Small paint brush
Are you ready for this? It’s pretty darn simple! Begin by thoroughly cleaning the outside of your jar and allowing it to dry completely. Then use the painter’s tape to mask out a stencil of a first aid inspired cross, directly on the jar. I eyeballed mine, but you always print out an image of a cross and place it inside the jar and then trace over it with your tape lines to form your shape. Then it’s time to paint! Standard craft paint will work here, but of course you could use glass paint, too. Brush on several light, thin coats of paint until you achieve the desired opacity, then gently remove the painter’s tape while the tape is still wet. You can clean up the edges of the cross lines as best you can using the edge of your thumbnail. Mine are still a bit imperfect, but I didn’t mind that as it was something hand painted and I’m far from perfect when it comes to such things and I’m ok with that.
After that, just let your jar dry completely and then put it to work! I love how it looks filled up with cotton balls, but again, you can really do it up however you like. For the record, I’m still loving the first aid kit in a jar idea.
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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May 25, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
For those of you here in the States, here’s wishing you a great Memorial Day! It goes without saying that today is about so much more than barbecues and picnics, and I hope we all remember to take a moment to think about that at some point during the festivities today. As is our tradition, my mother and I spent yesterday planting flowers in honor of passed family, and as always, the cemeteries were studded with fluttering flags. It was nice to take a few minutes to remember the sacrifice that so many have made in defense of the stars and stripes. My brother is a veteran as were both of my grandfathers and I’ll be forever grateful that all of them made it home to their families. So today I salute those veterans who did not make it home and the families who are remembering them today. I’ll be back tomorrow with our regularly scheduled programming!
[Photo by Ivy & Stone Photography from Style Me Pretty.]
May 22, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
I couldn’t let Memorial Day weekend sneak up on us without sharing this, the easiest and yummiest dessert you’ve ever made. We’re talking layers of berries, fresh whipped cream made with honey and a base of blueberry muffin. Yes, blueberry muffin. Trust me with this one. It’s insanely yummy and will only take you a few minutes to throw together if you stop off earlier in the day at your local bakery to pick up some muffins. Or, eat this for breakfast instead of dessert. For what it’s worth, I’m a total advocate of that approach.
To call this is a recipe is a wee bit of a stretch. It’s more like a really good suggestion for how to make the most of the delicious berries popping up left and right at the moment. Put it all in a jar and this is a treat you can prepare in advance and take with you to a picnic or just pull out of the fridge to snack on when the moment suits you.
Begin by filling the bottom third of your jar with blueberry muffin. I crumbled mine up and sort of packed into the bottom to provide a good base for the berries. Next, layer blueberries and diced strawberries on top, in nice even layers so you can a bit of a striped effect. Because, you know, patriotism and stripes and all of that jazz. Then, top everything with a big ol’ dollop of fresh whipped cream! I made mine with honey instead of the usual sugar and vanilla. The result is a slightly less sweet, but really delicious whipped cream that pairs perfectly with all the berries. And, you know, the muffin. As promised, there you have it! The easiest and yummiest holiday weekend dessert that adds the perfect touch of red, white and blue to your festivities.
[Recipe + photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
May 21, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
With Memorial Day weekend knocking on the door, we need to talk about yummy, summery sweet treats! Gosh, I have such a sweet tooth. I try to keep it in check, I really do, but in the summer months you just have to indulge in something sweet and delicious from time to time. Frozen yogurt? Yes! Soft serve ice cream with rainbow sprinkles? Yes! Strawberry shortcake, milkshakes and all the strawberry things? Yes! And you absolutely can’t pass up an icy popsicle on a hot summer day! So today I’m sharing these six delectable treats to kick your summer off right.
[Confetti Cake Batter Milkshake from Sprinkle Bakes.]
[Ombre Grapefruit + Tangerine Popsicles from Paper + Stitch.]
[Macaron Ice Cream from Sugar & Cloth.]
[Strawberry Pie Pops from Say Yes.]
[Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream from Paper & Stitch.]
[Strawberry Float by Countryside Cravings.]
May 20, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Memorial Day weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year and I have a feeling I’m not alone on that front. Here in the Northeast, this is definitely the unofficial kick off to summer every year, ushering in months of warm weather, popsicles, picnics and beach dates. It’s no secret that I do some sort of stars and stripes themed style guide every summer. I just can’t resist super cute patriotic accessories! The only difference is this year I’m sharing some of my favorite things a little earlier, because why should July 4th get all the fun? All of these pieces can move with you through the entire summer season and right on into fall, so snatch ’em up!
[Shop | 1: Striped top | 2: Bangle set | 3: Patriotic scarf | 4: Paddle ball set | 5: Slip-on sneakers | 6: Denim shorts.]
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