Archives: August 2012


Guest Post over on A Beautiful Mess today showing you 5 ways to style denim pants!

1. Vest // Hat  //  Denim pants  //  Boots and Sunglasses – Vintage

2.  Denim Sleeveless Shirt  //  Boots

3.  Dress – Free People  //  Wedges – Steve Madden

4.  Blouse – F21  //  Belt – Nixon  //  Hat  – Nasty Gal  //  Heels – Jeffrey Campbell

5.  Flower Crown – DIY // Blouse – Thrifted  // Moccasins // Fringe Bag // Necklace – Curious Creatures


One of the DIY details that went into Rylee’s first birthday party was the paper feather cake topper/bunting.  The best thing about creating a topper on your own, is that you can match it exactly to your color scheme and theme!  For all the guests, I had cupcakes….but for Rylee, I wanted something a little more special.  Not that she cared or would eat even a quater of it….but really, just for cuteness sake.  That is reason enough isn’t it!? I ended up getting her a mini 4″ cake from the bakery in all white (vanilla buttercream….yes, mom ate most of it!) It was just the right size for the feather topper I made.

Here’s how I did it….

Gotta love a short supply list!

metallic thread //  needle  //  paper card stock  //  scissors  //   2 bamboo skewers

Here’s How:

– Begin cutting out small feathers.  I just free handed this and cut varying sizes from 3/4″ to an inch and a half.  I chose to do three feathers in each of the three colors in my palate. If you are creating a topper for a larger cake, I would suggest cutting out more feathers.

– Line up all your feathers in the order in which you want them to hang.  Measure the length in which you want the thread to hang from one skewer to the other.  Add about 6 inches to that total measurement and cut your thread to that length.  Thread your needle and begin stringing the feathers together, one after the other, spacing them evenly as you go.  Make sure your feathers are lined up in the center of the thread length, with an even amount of excess thread on either side.

– Take one end and wrap tightly around one of your bamboo skewers.  Knot it securing.  Repeat with the other side and adjust spacing if needed.


There you have it! So simple.  I used the same process to create the letters ‘ONE’.





 Rylee’s Romper & Moccasins  //  Headband DIY  //  My Dress & Moccasins  //  Patchwork Quilt  //  Straws  //  Favor Bags  //  Feathers  //  Teepee Tutorial


Ahhh finally getting around to posting some pictures from the party!  We just got back from a short trip to Vegas and it’s 2:15 and I am finally getting caught up on emails and photo editing! Ayiyi!  Trips are so great until you get home and realize how much you have to get caught up on.  Hence the 3:00 bedtime I’m headed for tonight.  I’d like to think those getaways are still worth the work jam though!  Anyway, these are some of my favorite pics from Rylee’s birthday party last week.  Thank you Stone Crandall for hijacking my camera and helping me document this day!  You can see the rest of the photos on my facebook page.

We had so much fun celebrating Rylee’s first birthday with friends and family!  I was pleasantly surprised that almost all the little ones found a headband that fit (there was a lot of measurement guessing going on the days prior!)  It was pretty cute to see all of them running around in their feathers and enjoying the tent/teepees Sam built.  We found this simple tutorial by Rubyellen of the blog Cakies, and I created some hand painted tent covers that I’ll show you how to make in the next post.  For the cupcake toppers, all the credit goes to Ez of Creature Comforts…..that gal is always inspiring me!  I had remembered this tutorial from a long time ago and knew the arrow cupcake toppers would fit perfect with my theme.  We also had a mini 4″ cake with a DIY paper feather topper…but I am saving that one for another post too!  Sorry for the onslaught of party posts to come, but I did too much not to share!  I’m kind of sad it’s all over.  But so glad I have so many memories from Ry’s big day.

Speaking of big day.  Today, I can officially say that Rylee is “walking”.  No more one, two steps…..more like 10, 11, 12.  Which is terrifying and exciting all at the same time! I thought this day would come months ago, but I guess she was waiting until one to really show off.  I caught her on camera earlier today.

Happy weekend!