January 28, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
As promised, we’re officially talking about Valentine’s Day this week! If you’ve been reading for a while then you’ll probably recall that my fondest memories of Valentine’s Day actually revolve around my mom, who always made sure to give us kids some sweet little token of affection each year. I think it’s probably for that reason that I’ve never really gone all crazy over the romantic side of Valentine’s Day and have instead seen it as just a fun excuse to tell someone you love them, whether it be your better half, your best friend or your kids. So today we’re making mini Valentine’s Day bouquets! They’re perfect for giving to your girlfriends or coworkers, or even your sister or your grandma. Or your mom, of course. We start with a basic grocery store bouquet and from there it’s pretty easy!
- 1 large grocery store bouquet per 3 mini bouqets
- Rubber bands
- Kraft paper
- Tissue paper
- Washi tape
- Assorted ribbon and twine
- Shipping tags
Begin by separating your bouquet into three or four smaller bouquets. You should be able to get three cute mini bouquets per one large grocery store bouquet, but feel free to scale your bouquets to the size you like best. Strip off all the greenery on the lower part of the stems. Then secure your bouquets with a simple rubber band, then trim down the stems so each of your bouquets ends up about 10″ long from petal to end of the stem.
After your bouquets are trimmed, it’s time to wrap them in tissue paper. I picked up an assortment of colors on the cheap at Target and I love keeping a bunch handy to use at a moment’s notice. Simply cut a square, wrap the bouquet and secure it with a piece of washi tape.
Next up, to give the bouquets a really professional look, I wrapped them in a sheet of kraft paper. Mine had pretty aqua polka dots on it, but plain kraft paper would work great, too! Again, just cut a square, wrap the bouquet and hold the paper secure with a piece of washi tape.
The final simple step is to tie your bouquet bundles with a bit of twine or ribbon. I love the mix of jute twine and kraft paper, but baker’s twine or kitchen twine would work fabulously, too. Of course, you also can’t go wrong with a pretty polka dot ribbon. I love using basic manilla shipping tags on packages, but I particularly love them on these bouquets. You can tag each one with the name of a loved one and have fun on Valentine’s Day passing them out to all your sweet Valentines.
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]
Polka dot craft paper from Marshalls
Tissue paper from Target
Washi tape from Cute Tape
Shipping tags from OfficeMax
Ribbon + twine from Michaels
Nail polish is Ocean by Revlon
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January 27, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
Hi, guys, and happy Monday! I’m coming at you live from the car somewhere in New Jersey as we make our way home from a much-needed and rather amazing long weekend. We’re headed home to yet another lake effect snow storm and with a car loaded up with goodies that we scored at IKEA this morning for the new studio. I’m less excited about the first part, but really pumped about the latter! After a few days away, I’m kind of loving this soft and sweet pastel color palette today. I’m thinking about working a few of these pretty colors into the studio space, grounded by bright white walls. There’s something about mint and cream and gray that I just love together.
[Photos, from top: Kelli Murray from 100 Layer Cakelet | Ban.do | The Love Shop.]
January 24, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
Hi, guys! By the time you read this, B and I will be well on our way to New York for the weekend. And can I just tell you? It has been well over a decade since I’ve been to the city just for fun (without some professional obligation large or small involved) so this weekend is going to be so much fun. Five Napkin Burger, I’m looking at you, kid. That said, I wasn’t going to run off on you without first bringing you a big dose of link love to help kickstart your weekend properly. I hope you have something awesome planned! Even if it’s just watching a movie while all cozied up on the couch, because we all know that’s my favorite kind of awesome. (We’re big fans of movies on the couch around here.) Here’s wishing you a fabulous weekend – see you here next week! xoxo
[Photo and lettering by The Fresh Exchange.]
Oh! One more thing. I mentioned on Monday that I started T25 this week. Just a quick update that I have finished the first week and while the workouts are definitely killer, I’m loving it. I really appreciate that the workouts are only 25 minutes, but leave me knowing I got a really good burn without having to spend an hour or more at the gym. I’ll share more thoughts as I work my way through the program but so far so good!
January 23, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
This post is a tale about a girl and her itch to find more room to store her craft supplies and styling props. Heading into 2014, I couldn’t stop thinking about finding a dedicated studio space to call home. Last fall, I mentioned that I was planning to move into a storefront office that my cousin (and ultimate partner in crime) had scouted out as the headquarters for her new business, which remained my intention up until the holidays. At that point, I got so caught up in work and projects and crafting that I quickly realized I was probably best suited to have a space of my own. A space where I could spread out, store and organize all my stuff, and fling glitter around at will. Kelly mentioned it just recently, too, but working from home has become increasingly difficult as The Sweetest Occasion has grown. Sure, I love being able to wear yoga pants all day long and not do my hair if I so choose, but the endless tripping over boxes and bins of supplies and half-finished projects has gotten entirely old. In a nutshell, I’ve overrun our home and it has made it increasingly difficult to enjoy our home for what it is supposed to be.
Right after the holidays, I had some time to start analyzing things for real. As in, not just in the heat of the moment when I was frustrated because our dining room table was yet again buried in supplies and scraps. I have a few big huge life-changing goals in the works this year and I realized that having a dedicated studio space could very well make the difference in my success in achieving those goals. (I swear I’m not trying to be all annoyingly vague on you, I’m just not the type who likes to count my chickens before they hatch!) So January came and with it the constant nagging in the back of my brain that the time was now to pack up The Sweetest Occasion and move her into a home of her own.
My parents’ business has been located in a cool old industrial building that’s part of a former manufacturing facility for the better part of 16 years. As I started to actually think about finding a space, I obviously turned to my parents for their thoughts. (They’ve been in business for over 33 years so their advice is typically no joke.) One conversation lead to another and as luck would have it, the next building over from theirs is currently in the midst of being gutted down to the beautiful old bones and converted over into office/studio spaces. And that’s where I found it! My dream studio space. Seen in the top photo above, my dream space isn’t available to be rented out quite yet. (There’s some sort of approval process that the non-profit who runs the buildings has to go through before that can happen.) So in the meantime, I’ve set my sights on a smaller space that will serve to get me out of the house and also gives me first dibs on my dream space as soon as it’s approved to be rented. Which is the part where I tell you that yesterday I received a copy of the lease to review and hopefully I’ll be signing and making it official sometime next week!
To tell you that this move in and of itself is a dream come true is the understatement of the decade. I’ve dreamed of my very own white-washed industrial studio space for so long I can’t even tell you. I’m crazy about the wood beams and exposed electrical and ductwork of the ceilings. I’m wild about the quirky charm of the building itself. I have fingers crossed the original wood floors can be salvaged enough to be deemed usable. (Otherwise I’m thinking a cool paint treatment?) The best part is, my parents are close by so I can wander over to have lunch with them during the day and the studio is less than a five minute drive from home. There’s a few weeks of construction involved before I can move in (namely working on those aforementioned floors, doing some work to the walls and get everything freshly painted), but by March 1st it looks like it should be official and I’ll no longer be a work-from-home kind of gal. Somebody please pinch me now, ok?
I’ll be updating you as things move along over the next few weeks, but definitely stay tuned on Instagram in the meantime! Oh, and if I haven’t said it recently, thank you all for being amazing and sharing in this crazy journey with me. You’re the best a girl could ask for. xoxo
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
January 23, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
I’m gearing up to bring you a handful of fun new Valentine’s Day ideas starting next week, but I thought I’d jump start things a bit today with three of my favorites from last year! I’m definitely the type who prefers small, sweet gestures on Valentine’s Day, so something sweet and handmade followed up by a fizzy champagne cocktail loaded with heart-shaped ice is just my speed. Of course, I’ve been pinning Valentine’s Day crafts and gift ideas like a wild woman, so follow along on Pinterest and stay tuned starting next week for more sweet ideas!
[From top: DIY Pipe Cleaner Heart Topper | DIY Chocolate Heart Wall | Pink Peppercorn Grapefruit Fizz.]