Archive: Aug 2014

Botanical first Birthday Party

As a new parent, it is hard to believe that my little girl is already one! The saying “they grow up so fast” is seriously becoming my reality.  It is thanks to a long list of people that her botanical first birthday party even happened. From the backdrop my sister-in-law and myself slaved over, to the 498 poms, sewn napkins, and day of set up, I owe a huge thanks to everyone who helped me out, and made her party what it was! So, thank you! It’s cause of you all that her fun party was featured on Grey Likes Baby– all captured gorgeously by Kayla Adams. Go on, and be inspired! (OH, and if you feel up to it there is a rather long, in depth, personal, and probably too drawn out blurb about Soph’s birth story at the end).

XO

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Photography: Kayla Adams | Cake: Jeanine Hardgrave | Floral Centerpieces: Lavenders Flowers  | “Grace in her heart” prints: One Another Paper 

 

In one year I cannot even begin to count the number of smiles, giggles, tears, and snuggles that I have been honored to share with my little girl. Truthfully, Allen and I didn’t set out with a plan to have her. I had plans. Big plans. My whole life I strived for academic success. During my undergrad I naturally assumed I would go on to my Masters, but God had other plans, better plans.

I thought it appropiate to tell her birth story. It was Friday July 10th, 2013. I had what I thought was a stomach ache for half the day. It was midnight, and I decided to run a bath. The water was warm; my stomach was tight. Allen came home to me siting in the bath. “I think I might be having contractions,” I said in an unsure tone. (He was out late doing the construction for Lift before we opened). I called the hospital to see what constitutes being in “real” labor. Since Soph was breach, they told me to come in. Yet, I still didn’t want too. I didn’t want to go in. I wasn’t really in labor, was I? Fast forward a couple hours, and I finally caved. I started packing my hospital bag. Yes, I hadn’t packed it yet because I was supposed to have a scheduled c-section that Monday. We headed to the hospital looking at each other, holding hands, giddy, and nervous, yet stuck in a cloud of surrealism. We joked about it being the last time we would be in the car together without having a little babe, but I still thought I would be the … Read More

DIY Industrial Jewelry Stand

This jewelry holder is the coolest yet! It adds an industrial feel to your ordinary jewelry box, and it’s one you can easily customize to fit your needs. It may look like you’ll need a handy man around for this one, but we promise you won’t!

DIY Industrial Jewelry Stand

The goods:

A piece of wood (we used plywood and stained it in a Walnut finish, but any ol’ piece will do!)
Chicken wire
Screws
Screwdriver
2 hook screws
A piece of rope
2 1’ floor flanges
2 1’ end caps
2 1’ x 8′ metal pipe (nipple)
2 1′ elbow
4 1/2’ floor flanges
4 1/2’ end caps
4 1/2’ x 4’ metal pipe (nipple)

1. Cut and place chicken wire on your wood slab. With a screwdriver screw 4 screws along the sides of the wood to secure the wire- this is where you will hang your earrings!
2. Taking the 1’ floor flange (the flat piece), screw together the elbow piece, then the 1’ metal pipe, and top it off with the 1’ end cap! Easy right?! Repeat these steps 1 more time!
3. Allign both pieces so that the end caps are facing each other, and stagger them so one is slightly higher than the other.Taking your screws, adhere it to the wood in the allotted holes.
4. Next, take the screw hooks, and twist them into the wood under the metal pipes.
5. Tie a slipknot to adhere the rope to both sides of the hooks- we hung bracelets on ours, but you can also use them for rings!
6. Now, take the 1/2’ floor flange and screw in the 1/2 metal pipe, and top it with the 1/2’ metal cap. Repeat 3 times!
7. Screw the 4 pieces into the wood in a nice row.
(optional* you can hang your holder with a piece of rope stapled to the backside, or you can get picture hooks to hang from the back for a cleaner look).
8. Now start hanging your accessories!

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>>Head over to my friends at 31 Bits to stock up your new holder and check out their new fall line!

Photography: Kayla Adams |  Jewelry: 31 Bits Read More

Summer Ice Cream Social

OK- this photoshoot screams summer fun, and is the ultimate guide for how to throw an ice cream social like one you’ve never seen! The gals over at Inspired By This featured this bad boy & I couldn’t be more excited! Kayla Adams works photo magic, and she did it again this time! This shoot was one where I thought, “I can’t believe I get to do this for work!” Once I thought of the idea it took on a life of its own, from the faux icecream to the cotton candy stuffed cones- there are def some pinworthy ideas to save for your next party! Oh, and not to mention the hand dyed, yarn wrapped rope installation complete with (you guessed it) poms, all draped off a custom built ice cream cart, (thanks to my talented husband who is a pro at welding and woodwork). I feel like I’m out of breath just typing all the details, and believe me I could go on! Take a look for yourself!

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Was I right? Or was I right? How gorg were all the florals?! Janelle over at Lavenders Flowers is a master! In love with the cute models jewelry and outfits? Head over to the sweet girls at LUX for some pretty summer threads, and 31 BITS for those statement necklaces- they are the business!

XO

Photography: Kayla Adams | Creative Director/Designer/Stylist: The Shift Creative | Hair: Jordan McElyea | Makeup: Zaneta Pak & Liz Reyes |Florals: Lavenders Flowers | Jewelry: 31 BITS | Models: Ellie, Helena, & Sophia Hahn | Cupcake Ice Cream: Jeanine Hardgrave | Order Here sign: Nathaniel Hardgrave | Clothing: LUX clothing

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DIY WATERCOLOR & POM NAPKINS

You guys are seriously going to love this DIY! It is an easy fix to your ordinary napkin, and you can customize it for any event!

DIY WATERCOLOR & POM NAPKINS

I bought my white napkins down in the fabric district in LA because I needed a bunch for my daughters birthday party, but you can easily take a trip to Target or IKEA to find some. Next, go get a pom pom garland at your local craft store (they come in so many colors so have fun with it).

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-To adere the poms there are a couple different options:

1. Sew a single stitch using your sewing machine 2. Do it the good ol’ fashion way with a needle and thread 3. Hot glue them to the rim of the napkin

And VOILIA- already so much cuter! You can stop there if you want, but I wouldn’t! This next part completely revamps your ordinary napkin into a focal point at your next event!

Next, I took two spray bottles, and filled them 3/4 with water. Then I took paint that fit into my color palette (again, use whatever colors fit your party), and in one bottle I put about 10 drops of my coral paint and shook it up really good. I did the same in the other bottle, but this time used orange. *I would recommend using a larger bottle as my paint clogged the nozzle. Also, remember that the more paint you add to the water the brighter it will be! Fabric paint or acrylic paint both work great!

This is where the fun starts- I alternatively sprayed my napkin with both colors, and allowed them to merge together to create the watercolor effect! There is no right or wrong way to do this! Some spots will be more vibrant and others will merge together to create a different color! The more natural it looks the better!

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I LOVE the way these turned out, and will be defintely creating more for other events and holidays! Tell me how yours turn out!

XO