...because sometimes all you need is a little inspiration...

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Elephant Party

Check out this cute Elephant Party!
I LOVE that cake.  Love the simplicity and that elephant is adorable!
Cute Colors.  Cute treats.
Cute party found on {Kara's Party Ideas}

Friday, July 30, 2010


I saw this great idea on {Girl and a Glue Gun}

Step 1: line the inside of a tin with black paper.

Step2: cut 1" squares out of white paper and glue them onto the black, like a checkerboard.

Step 3: find two colors of buttons - 7 of each color.

Step 4: make them into magnets.

Step 5: Decorate the tin.

Step 6: Stick to buttons onto one side of the tin.

Step 7: Play a game of checkers!

Isn't this a great idea for a car trip??  How many other games could you make using tins like these!!  So fun!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hall Wall Transformation

I recently saw this Hall Wall Transformation on {Decor Chick}
Before, the wall was ok, but just a little blah...
So, she added some molding to dress it up a bit.  And made the photo collage span the entire wall, which I think is a great secret as long as the pieces are large enough. :)  Great job!
But, she didn't think it was quite complete yet, so she kept going.
She just painted right over that textured wall...something I've always wondered about doing to create the illusion of beadboard.  It looks great, though, don't you think? 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Reading Nook

Sometimes all I want is a nice place to go read a book.
And it would be nice if that place just stayed there, specifically designated a reading nook.
Don't these nooks look so comfortable!?  They are almost inviting you to drop everything and sit for a while.
Here's one in a bedroom.  Regardless of where they are in the house, I think these nooks have a calming influence.  They just look comfortable!
Here's a great one from {Pretty Handy Girl} complete with a tutorial for how to transform a closet into a reading nook.
This room is from {The Lettered Cottage} where she has some advice to give about creating a reading nook.  Check it out.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Magnet Bow Keeper

Great idea from {The Mother Huddle}.  It's a bow holder, made out of a frame and a piece of sheet metal.  Put magnets on the sheet metal and stick bows to the magnets.  Easy to make, easy to use.  Great idea.

Friday, July 23, 2010


For all those grown-up girls who still love pink, here are a few pink spaces with some sophistication.

For a more grown-up look, go for modern pieces and sophisticated lines.  Make sure you throw some substantial pattern in with it, especially if you're using bright pink.
As you can see in all these pictures, it works well as an accent color.  When it becomes the main color in a room, it makes you feel a little crazy, but as an accent, it does it job and livens things up.
I really love bright pink and bright orange together.  So citrusy and summery!
A great way to town pink down a bit is to pair it with a very natural neutral color.  Like the tan in this picture.  The pink in this room looks so pretty to me - not overpowering at all like it usually does.
One thing pink definitely does is glam up a room.  If that's what you're looking for, then here is one sure solution.  Especially when paired with white or gold.
And if you really love pink, you better have this Audrey original somewhere in that pink room. :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Play Mats

When I was a kid, my mom took some permanent markers to an old sheet and created a great little play mat town for cars to drive around on.  I've been planning on making something similar for my little guy sometime when he starts driving cars around - which I'm sure will be soon.
But, I just found something SO SO SO much better than the one my mom made.  Seriously, it's amazing.
{Girl and a Glue Gun} just madet his with felt.  The one my mom made was similar, just with markers...but this looks so much cuter and I love it!!  Check out the link for the tutorial, but she sewed a felt border around another pice of felt and attached ties, so it all ties shut.
Plus, I love how the "garage" can hold all the cars.
But what she did next is what made me fall in love with her. :)  She said her niece was playing with it like crazy, so she made a girl one!!  I've never seen a girl version even available to buy anywhere...so creative.
Complete with castle.
And instead of calling it a "garage" the pocket just had the girl's initials on it.
And this one folds up nicely, as well.  I mean, what a great birthday gift!!!
Check out {this} link for the girl tutorial.  LOVE IT!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hydrangea Cupcakes

When I first saw these cupcakes, I about died!!
They are SO pretty!!!
I thought to myself, you could never make those...
Then I started looking at her tutorial, and actually they look quite easy to make.
Fill a pastry bag with half blue and half purple frosting
And cover the top of a cupcake with little squirts - using the right tip of course...  Does that sound easy!?
I'm definitely going to have to try these.  My favorite kind of diy project - something that looks amazing but is actually quite easy to pull off.  :)  Check out the full tutorial at {Glorious Treats}

Monday, July 19, 2010

Country Party

I love this summertime party I saw on {Hostess with the Mostess}!  How American is this!?  A cowboy theme, miniature pies for everyone, quilts as decorations, hay bails...
Lemonade in mason jars with "howdy" straws...!!!
A good old American potluck - and food decorated with bandanas!
A great big table for everyone to sit at, decorated with daisys in mason jars and pieces of straw.
I love these individual pies!!
It really is Pure Country Style.  Perfect for an outdoor celebration!  And it's another party that looks realistic...like I could actually do this. :)  And so could you.
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