I know every single time we get to catch a glimpse of another beautiful home I squeal about how amazing the lady behind the space is and I will warn you right now, today is no exception. Reason being, today’s Nook is the home office of none other than my wonderful friend Becka Robinson of Life as an Artistpreneur. Becka and I met a few years ago over dinner with a big group of friends in New York and since then we’ve forged a friendship over email and the phone for which I am just so grateful. (I mean, our marathon phone calls have even inspired Becka’s husband and business partner, Nate, to declare me a wife thief publicly on Twitter more than once. It’s at that level, people.)
So today, Becka is taking us inside her newly revamped home office where she headquarters Studio 222 (her photography business with Nate) and her blogging adventures. I love the space because it’s both bright and moody. It has an organic vibe with a cozy kick that I just love. Click through for all the details!
Fun news, friends! Beginning this week I’m going to be guest pinning for Martha Stewart Weddings for the next month. The editors there asked a small handful of bloggers to chime in with our favorite party, shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding ideas on their Wedding Celebrations board and I’m thrilled be a part of the crew. You can read all about it over at the Martha Stewart Weddings blog where they’re highlighting each of us and inviting you to join in on the fun by following along Pinterest!
I’ll be pinning alongside some pretty amazing ladies! Namely, Kelly of Mrs. Lilien, Cassandra of Coco + Kelley, Amanda of 100 Layer Cake, Jennifer of Hostess with the Mostess, and Taylor and Caitlin of The Glitter Guide. Which basically means there’s going to be a whole lot of awesome going on. Pop on over to Pinterest to join the party!
Many thanks to the awesome folks at Martha Stewart Weddings for inviting me along for the fun!
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You guys know how much I love pretty paper and stationery. There’s just nothing like that perfect invitation or thank you note hitting your mailbox that never fails to inspire a smile. I’d be ashamed at how many cards, notes and invitations I’ve received and saved, pinned to my bulletin board about my desk, only I’m not. Because paper just makes me happy. So today I’m pretty pumped to be sharing the newest collection from MyPublisher with you! From wedding invitations and save the dates, to baby shower invitations, personalized stationery and graduation announcements, they literally have all of your stationery needs covered stylishly.
Photos: Gatsby bridal shower invitations, designed by Jill Means for MyPublisher | Wedding couple | Art Deco cake | Floral arrangement | New Deco save the dates, designed by Stacey Meacham for MyPublisher | Book cover |Art Deco building | Art Deco stacked rings | Monogram
From the classic to the modern to the delightfully art deco, MyPublisher has a seriously awesome assortment of invitations no matter what celebration you’re planning. Planning a soirée inspired by The Great Gatsby fever that’s sweeping many of us right now? These Gatsby bridal shower invitations are about as perfect as it comes!
Photos: Poster save the dates | | Ice cream packaging | Sweet Silhouette save the dates, designed by Haute Papier for MyPublisher | L & Co by Dave Foster | Black and white bow tie
In addition to gorgeous stationery designs, MyPublisher also offers a whole host of customization options so you can really jazz up your paper goods and let your inner fashionista shine. From super thick luxe paper options to lovely slip-in envelope liners, you can create stationery that you absolutely love and that your guests will love, too. Bonus! MyPublisher is offering The Sweetest Occasion readers 10 free invitations when you order! So pop on over and get inspired!
Photos: Tag You’re It save the dates designed by Root Beer Float &/co. for MyPublisher | Nautical wedding cake | Suitcase | Airmail save the dates designed by Sailcloth Press for MyPublisher | Vintage baggage tags | Boat
For more beautiful party and wedding stationery from MyPublisher, join me over at Facebook where I’m sharing more of their gorgeous designs!
[Images + photos provided by My Publisher.]
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Lately it seems I’ve got a bit of an obsession with all things citrus. At least when it comes to cocktails! And it appears, I’m not the only one. From a classic French 75 jazzed up with blood orange to sangria loaded with grapefruit and strawberries, citrusy cocktails are popping up just about everywhere these days. And what’s not to love? Citrus is sweet, tart and refreshing, basically everything you want in a cocktail. If booze isn’t your thing, these are also great recipes to adapt into alcohol-free refreshments. Typically you can just sub out the liquor for club soda and all of the flavor and fun remains intact. For more cocktail recipes perfect for happy hour or your next party, pop on over to Pinterest where I have more than 200 cocktails pinned for your sipping pleasure!
[Row 1: Spicy Grapefruit Margarita from The Life Style | The Paloma from A House in the Hills | Row 2: Grapefruit and gin from Sugar & Charm | Orange Rosemary Spritz from Snippet & Ink | Row 3: Blood Orange French 75 from Cookie + Kate | Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria from How Sweet It Is.]
Last week when chatting about the DIY clay bead necklace I whipped up, I do believe I warned you more clay projects would be forthcoming. So today, in keeping with my new love affair with all things clay and my love for spring garden crafts, we’re making plant markers! This is a relatively simple project and can be customized to suit your taste in so many ways. So let’s get started, shall we?
- Oven bake clay (I used Fimo Classic in white)
- Craft paints (I chose satin Martha Stewart Crafts paints in Pea Shoot, Scallion and Pool)
- Paint brush
- Kraft knife
- Clay cutter
- Cutting mat
- Fine point Sharpie markers
- Rolling pin
Start by working the clay between your hand to warm it up and make it pliable. Then, using your rolling pin, roll it out on your cutting mat or another protective surface. I rolled my clay out until it was approximately 3/16″ thick, but you can make it thinner or thicker if you’d like.
Determine what size you’d like your markers to be and using a ruler and a knife, plot out each marker. My markers are 3/4″ wide and 4″ from the end to the tip. Use a clay cutter blade (which you can find at the craft store alongside the clay and clay craft supplies) to cut the long sides. Then use a craft knife to cut the tip of the marker. Then you’ll need to carefully remove the markers from your cutting surface and bake them according to the clay manufacturer’s instructions. I found using the edge of the metal clay cutting blade to be most effective in removing the markers.
Once your markers have been baked and had time to cool completely, it’s time to paint! I dipped my paint brush in a bit of water so it was damp before dabbing it in my paint, which gave a really pretty slightly streaky look. If you want your color to be more opaque and solid just use the brush dry as you usually would. Apply your paint as thick as you’d like (one coat should do it, but you can use multiple coats if you’d prefer) and then let them dry thoroughly.
After the paint was dry, I used an extra fine point Sharpie marker to label each with the plant name. I’m using mine for herbs so I labeled them accordingly. When I tested it, the Sharpie marker takes a bit to set up on the painted surface of the plant marker so if you screw up you can just clean it up and start over.
And there you have it! Super simple and easy DIY clay plant markers you can use to gussy up your garden or potted plants this spring. Or make a bundle of them and give them as a gift! They’re a cinch to make and really budget-friendly so hop to it, flex your green thumb and get crafty!
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]
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