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handmade dreamcatchers

One of my absolute favorite things to do with friends on a cozy night in is some sort of crafting (usually something found on Pinterest) ;). I’m going to have to add a Make Your Own Dreamcatcher Crafting Night to the list because this looks like SO much fun! Ashley Thunder Carson of Ashley Thunder Events hosts a monthly craft night where all you have to do is bring yourself over for a great time with beautiful craft supplies and even more beautiful treats! Sounds like a dream to me! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Intricately detailed & glittered dreamcatcher cookies + suede wrapped berry & chocolate skewers
– Colorful crafting supplies like blue & gold beads and sequins + vibrant feathers, string & yarn
– Dreamcatcher art print & mini crystal dreamcatcher tablecloth tie + DIY tie-dyed tablecloth
– Mini tee-pee, feather garland & hanging mini yarn pom garlands

crafting party table decor

dreamcatcher cookie

native american themed party decor

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vintage flower centerpiece ideas

A gorgeous new Pier 1 Imports store opened a few weeks ago and I was thrilled to participate in the Grand Opening Event by demonstrating some creative and outside-the-box ways to entertain with Pier 1 products! Amber and Alyssa came with me, and we had a great time chatting with guests about entertaining ideas and teaching them how to make different types of DIY paper flowers. Another fun piece of “grand opening” news: Pier 1 JUST launched a brand new website complete with ONLINE shopping!


From rustic coffee mugs used as dessert pedestals to a colorful tube wine rack reinvented as a table centerpiece, I’m excited to share a recap of the event’s entertaining tips & highlights with you today! The best thing about all of these tips is that they can be utilized with ANY sort of theme or occasion you have in mind.


– DIY Paper Flowers (4 different styles)
– Theme & Color Palette Inspiration
– DIY Cake & Dessert Stands made from dishes, bottles, and candle holders
– Repurposing & Reinventing (necklaces as mini garlands, napkin rings as bottle accents, etc)

diy paper flowers tutorial


We showcased a few different types of paper flowers, but the easiest variation (pictured above) was probably my favorite style, due to both the “quick & easy” factor AND the fun whimsical vibe they gave when attached to floral wire! I displayed some individually in mini glass bottles used as “bud vases”, and combined a whole bunch of them with fresh flowers for the table centerpiece:

a whimsical and vintage brunch tablescape with a modern twist

*Note: A tutorial on the whimsical paper flowers will be posted separately.


I also used a trio of the mini glass bottles ($14/set of 4) to create the playful dessert stand below. Despite what you may be thinking, this was actually very sturdy! The bottles are secured to the plates using 3D craft glue dots.

diy cake stand tutorial

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Lux Archive - Fine Art Contemporary PhotographyWinner Update 12/15/11: This giveaway is now closed. We know that all of you would have loved to win a $250 shopping spree to Lux Archive but we had to randomly pick just one winner. Can I get a drum roll please?!…. and the winner is… Melissa, who said, “I liked them!! And I love Frozen Life!!” Congratulations Melissa! We know you will enjoy new printed art work!

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Each print from Lux Archive comes with a certificate of authenticity individually signed by the artist…and even though the prints are limited edition to ensure that the collector owns a unique piece of art, they are also affordable – with most images starting around $100. New images are introduced often, and each one is available in multiple sizes. Once a print sells out, it will never be printed again.

Lux Archive - Fine Art Contemporary Photography

One of my favorite aspects of this company is how supportive they are of the talent – the majority of the proceeds actually go to the artists that create the works! And that makes sense since the founder is an established artist himself. You can learn more about Lux Archive and the reasons Zack founded this company right here.

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY… we have a $250 GIFT CERTIFICATE to Lux Archive up for grabs today! If you’d like to own a piece of limited edition fine art photography – or gift one to a loved one for the holidays – now’s your chance! Scroll down for details on how to enter at the bottom of the post.

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Fabric Pumpkins - DIY Tutorial

Looking for a creative fall-themed project? These pretty VELVET FABRIC PUMPKINS from floral design guru Kim Foren make for such pretty fall/Thanksgiving decor, and there’s no sewing machine required – just a needle/thread and your trusty glue gun!

I also love that you can customize this project with your favorite colors and fabrics. The velvet and silk used here looks pretty and glam for Thanksgiving, but Kim also included red and warm earth tones here that can be carried on into Christmas! Read on for the full step by step tutorial, as told by Kim…

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Update 11/11: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #131 – Lindsay Lee from Lee La La. Congrats, Lindsay! ***** We have a FUN new Giveaway for you today from Clairebella – a wonderful company that creates fabulous (very MODERN!) – personalized products […]



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