DIY leaf napkin rings

Kitchen space in our apartment is pretty limited, so buying non-essential decorative or “special occasion” items often involves a full scale “Do we REALLY need this?” debate with myself before any purchases are made. The answer to that question, sadly, is usually “no”. As a result, I’ve been pulling out the same set of napkin rings for holiday dinners and gatherings for the past 5 years or so. Luckily I still really love them, so it’s not much of a #firstworldproblem at all, but sometimes you just gotta switch things up a bit. The solution? Leafy paper napkin rings that’ll add cheerful pops of green to a table without taking up any precious storage space at all – wahoo!

DIY leaf napkin rings

To make a set of your own, you’ll need to get your hands on some light green cardstock (I used this “Terra Green” colored one by Astrobrights). Print out the template provided below, and cut along the solid lines. Wrap the paper ring around a folded napkin, and interlock the two cut “notches” to snuggly hold it in place. Step back and admire your fine lookin’ table!

Download the leaf napkin ring template here (PDF)

DIY leaf napkin rings

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little white whale friday grab bag

Happy Friday! Our friends are throwing a cocktail party this weekend, so I’m looking forward to catching up with them over some tasty drinks and appetizers – yay! This week I’m loving…

  • This pretty golden triangle nails manicure from Creature Comforts that brings the perfect hint of sparkle to your fingertips.
  • Cozy fall outfits like this layered look from the always impeccable Blair of Atlantic Pacific.
  • This super interesting behind-the-scenes peek at the creative process behind a photo shoot from V.K. Rees. If you thought photographers just dumped a pile of stuff on a table and started snapping photos, you couldn’t be more wrong!
  • This clever way to transform leftover mini pumpkins into happy DIY pumpkin ice cream cones from Sugar & Charm.
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fashion icon dolls by sketch inc

Move over, Barbie! There are some new dolls in town, and their names are Anna, Marc, Coco, and Karl. Aren’t they adorable? Each miniature fashion titan is meticulously hand painted at Sketch.inc, and I predict that you’ll see a vast improvement in your outfit choices with one of these in your home. I mean, who would dare wear Cheeto-dusted sweatpants under the judgmental gaze of Anna Wintour (even a doll version)! Netflix marathon in stilettos, anyone?

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30 days of thanks printable

“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” – William Penn

I came across this quote a few weeks ago, and it really resonated with me as I’ve been stuck in a rut of negative thinking for a while. Social media has made it much too easy for me to get caught up in other people’s perfectly styled homes and families, their incredible careers, and all the other things that make me think “If only I had X, Y, and Z, I could be that fabulous too!” The problem, of course, is that X, Y, and Z never quite ends at Z, does it? It’s an unending list that only gets longer and longer the more you chase it, and you won’t be accomplishing it all in this lifetime, that’s for sure.

So instead of wallowing over what’s out of my reach right now, I’ll be redirecting my energy towards all the awesome things I DO have in my life by writing down something I’m grateful for every day this month. If you’d like to join me in celebrating all the good in your life, I’ve created a printable PDF that you can download right here.

PS. I attended a calligraphy workshop taught by Mon Voir a few weeks ago, and this is my first attempt at lettering! I obviously have a long ways to go, but I’m having lots of fun practicing and learning my way around pens and inks.

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toby the french bulldog in his Halloween pineapple costume

Happy Halloween from this tasty little pineapple I picked up at the grocery store! He’s always absolutely thrilled when Halloween comes around – can you see it in his face? And here and here? Toby’s costume this year was super duper easy to make. I stapled a piece of elastic to a toilet paper tube and layered green construction paper leaves around it for his hat, and used some markers to draw a geometric pattern on a kids yellow tee. A girl we met on the street commented that the costume would translate well into a human costume too, and I totally agree!

On another note – Hubs and I were reading in bed last night when out of the corner of my eye, I saw the closet door on his side of the bed suddenly shut by itself à la Paranormal Activity. To say I freaked out would be an understatement!! So we peered over, half expecting to find some gruesome goblin, and…we found one! It turns out that Toby was in such a deep sleep that he toppled halfway out of his bed, causing his leg to hit the closet door. He totally got me back or dressing him up as a piece of fruit :-) Well played, Toby, well played.

Wishing you all a safe and fun night!

toby the french bulldog in his Halloween pineapple costume

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fun halloween dinner ideas

Halloween Spaghetti from The 36th Avenue | Graveyard Taco Dip from Chickabug | Scary Skillet Shepherd's Pie from Kraft Philadelphia | Chicken Potpie with Crawling Hands from Delish

What will you be cooking up in your cauldron on Halloween night? I think this ghostly shepherd’s pie will be on the menu at our house (along with a pound of candy, of course)

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