DIY or Buy paper peonies

Crafty folks: Ji Kim of Blooms in the Air creates some of the PRETTIEST paper flowers I’ve ever seen, and she shared a tutorial for her peonies over at Freutcake. Now where can I order crepe paper by the ton?

Not-so-crafty folks: Skip all the work and brighten up a room instantly with this plush bouquet from Mazziflowers!

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a to zoe food typography by tommy perez

via Fast Company

Parents are usually advised to leave the office behind when they come home to their family, but sometimes the two worlds can overlap for some seriously incredible results! Artist Tommy Perez started the “A to Zoë” project to share his love of design with his adorable 2 year old daughter and help her get a head start on learning the alphabet – what a lucky kid! Using mostly Zoë’s favorite foods, he artfully arranges them into their corresponding first letter for a delicious lesson any toddler would enjoy. Check out the in-progress project, along with a whole lot of other eye candy, on Perez’s Flickr stream!

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patriotic Toby

“Are we SURE we bought enough hot dogs? Maybe I should count them again…”

Wishing you all a wonderful long weekend filled with fireworks, watermelon, and sunscreen! And hopefully not too much rain from Tropical Storm Arthur [Debbie Downer trombone sound]. Happy 4th of July, friends!

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4th of july treats

Statue of Liberty Cookies from Pink Martinis and Pearls | Red White and Blueberry Popsicles The View from Great Island | Fruity Ice Cubes from The Chic Table | Patriotic Oreo Pops from Makoodle

Here are a few festive treat ideas to add an extra dose of fun to your upcoming 4th of July weekend! I don’t know if I have the skills to take on those INCREDIBLE Statue of Liberty cookies, but Oreo pops and fruit filled ice cubes are right up my alley!

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DIY ice pack cover

One of the best parts of summer is being able to grab a good book, throw some fruit and sandwiches into a cooler, and jet out the door for the whole day. To the park! To the beach! To infinity and beyond, as long as you can soak up some of that glorious sunshine.

One of the worst parts of summer is settling into the perfect shady spot for a lunch time break and reaching into the cooler, only to find that condensation from your ice packs has dripped over all of your delicious snacks. I don’t know why this bothers me so much, but it drives me nuts! In the hopes of having non-soggy picnics this year, I made these little ice pack cozies based on this soap pouch tutorial! They’re SO easy to make that I whipped up a few extra just for kicks. If you can sew in a straight line (the extent of my abilities), you can deck out your ice packs with a fun and useful new look!

DIY ice pack cover

What you’ll need:

  • reusable cooler ice pack (mine were about 3″ x 5.25″ in size)
  • canvas fabric
  • sewing machine

DIY ice pack cover tutorial

  1. Cut your canvas down to a 7″ x 10.25″ rectangle, and decorate however you’d like
  2. Fold the top edge down .5″, fold it down over again, and sew a straight line across. Repeat the process with the bottom edge
  3. Fold the bottom of the canvas up just enough to cover the width of the ice pack, about 3″
  4. Fold the top of the canvas down about 1.5″
  5. Place the ice pack on top to make sure there’s at least .5″ of wiggle room around the top and bottom
  6. Sew straight lines down the left and right edges to create a pouch thingamajig
  7. Turn your pouch inside out – pretty!
  8. Tuck in your ice pack, and pull the flap over to cover it
  9. It’s picnic time!

* This post was created as part of RedEnvelope’s Anatomy of a Picnic Guide Project

DIY ice pack cover

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oyster cookies, inspirational print, cute pug, flower garland

Happy Friday! This week I’m loving…

  • Pearls! …Ok, so more like yogurt covered raisins, but aren’t these happy oyster cookies from Spoonful adorable?
  • This beautiful Keep the Wild in You print from M Of E – roar!
  • This adorable little pug who looks like he’s ready to start opening some presents and digging into birthday cake
  • These DIY flower garlands from The Proper Pinwheel – what a pretty way to dress up a table for a special celebration!
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