Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chinese Takeout Favor Boxes Tutorial

I knew my graduation party had to have lots of DIY.  One of the first things that was decided upon was that the favors would be m and m "confetti" cookies packaged in bright orange takeout boxes.  Assembling those cute little boxes of goodness turned out to be very easy and very fun.

You start with some cookies.  Actually lots of cookies.  Love is best expressed with a pile of baked goods, right?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Preppy Polka Dot Picnic Graduation Party

I graduated college.  It was kind of a big deal.  So we threw a party.  A confetti/polka dot theme indoor picnic.  It was casual, delicious, and full of good fun and food company.  Just the way I like it.  And there were tulips.  Long live tulips.

New Home: Strange Beauty

I almost didn't go to Hamburg.  It's the second-largest city in Germany, and it was not on my priority list.  All ugly bricks and cold ocean and fishy air.  It had none of the ancient, half-timber friendliness of my beloved southern Germany.  It wasn't quaint and beautiful.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sneak Peek: Preppy Polka Dot Picnic Graduation Party

What's going on here today: an indoor picnic to celebrate my graduation.  It's low-key, and mostly homemade.  Just the way I like it.  Stay tuned for more pictures tomorrow :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Picture Recipe: Frozen Bananas

Three exciting things happened this past week:

1. I graduated college
2. I am now able to eat Bananas, Almonds, and Lemon
3. Arrested Development is coming back for its third season

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Felt Tablet Case Tutorial

If you check Etsy out you'll find page after page after page of tablet cases in all shapes, colors, and sizes, but I didn't see one that was just right.  I wanted something colorful, inspiring, and embroidered, so I decided to make my own.  If you want your own embroidered iPad Mini or Kindle Fire cover, take a look at the tutorial! (excuse the bad nighttime photos -we college students have to craft in the dark).

The first thing you need to do is select your quote.  My favorite poets are Rilke and Hafiz (sometimes spelled Hafez), but Pinterest is a good place to look if you don't have one in mind.  Some of them can be pretty cheesy, but comb through for a bit and you may find gems. is another good option.

After you select your quote, gather your materials.  For an iPad Mini or a Kindle Fire, you will need one square of felt for the case (mine were 9x12 inches), plus more felt for decoration, four inches of thin elastic, two buttons, thin lining fabric (if you want), embroidery floss, needles, scissors, and a ruler.

First, sketch your quote and design out.  Since my quote was "May the Gratitude in my Heart kiss all the Universe" (from Hafiz) I wanted to incorporate both a heart and something starry or sunny into my case.  I did a few drawings to figure out just what I wanted it to look like.

Once I had it all planned out, I cut a heart out of yellow felt and appliqued it right on.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Fruit and Chocolate

I wasn't always a fan of fruit and chocolate.  In fact, I, the kid who would never turn down sugar, would wrinkle my nose at raspberry filled chocolate bars and those foil-covered chocolate oranges that my mom and my nanna shared at Christmastime.