My beautiful grandmother had a birthday party last week and I was so happy to make decorations for her. I wanted it to be beautiful, sophisticated, and festive so we went with a black, white and gold theme.
One of the things I made was a birthday banner (as I tend to do for these things).
Scissors or circle cutter
Ribbon (or something else to hang it with)
I felt a little bad getting compliments on it because it was so easy to make.. didn’t feel that bad :)
Cut large circles out of the gold cardstock.
Cut smaller circles out of the white cardstock (I made them 1/2″ smaller in circumference)
Write a letter on each white circle with your black marker. I freehanded mine based on Chopin script because I love lettering, but if that’s not your thing you can download the font for free, type it out, and print the letters.
Glue the white circles onto the center of the gold circles.
Punch holes to thread your ribbon through.
Hang it up!
A note about the circles: If you are using scissors you can just use two different sized templates (cups are a great go-to)
A really easy DIY project that you can change up to suit your needs. I think this would be really great for a New Year’s party. (Confession: I’ve left it hanging in our bedroom because I love all things gold and glittery #itsgettingoutofhand)
Any parties lately? I’m going to the Damsels in Design party this week and I am so excited, let me know if you’re going too!
Obviously the gift guide for her was a roundup of all things that I want, the gift guide for him is what I want to get Tuvia, and the gift guide for babies and kids is what I want to get Aiden and Mia. I’m certainly not going to add anything to a gift guide that I wouldn’t want, so rest assured that these are all 100% endorsed by me. Not financially, but I’ll vouch for their prettiness.
This is a roundup of great host/hostess gifts and I want it all for our home! Gold and glitter kick anyone?
*Warning: This ended up being really long and wordy so grab a cup of coffee and sit back*
I really love saying grand master list because in my head it’s always followed by a fabulous evil laugh, which by the way Aiden and I practice all the time when we’re walking down the street. Now that you’ve gotten that glimpse into my head… I wanted to update you on our master bedroom.
A little history… your bedroom is supposed to be the first room you work on because at the end of the day, it should be your oasis. I really believe this. But for some reason, it has always always been the last room we work on. Not only that, but in five and half years of marriage we have never finished our bedroom!
Maybe it’s because I haven’t been able to wrap my head around what look I want, or because Tuvia and I are trying to compromise our wants and it’s turning up mishmashed, or maybe because like a lot of other people, I tend to put my personal needs last.
A certain boy has been making a nightly trip to the floor next to our bed (and sometimes I wake up to him in our bed…most likely with his feet on my face) and that may contribute to my need for our own oasis. Whatever it is, I am so ready to work on our bedroom.
It’s gone through a bunch of stages. When we started, we painted one wall blue. From the second the paint went on the wall, I had doubts and wasn’t really into it but I thought maybe when it all dries I’ll like it. No such luck. Really sweet friends and family protested “no, it’s pretttyyy” but even if it was, it really wasn’t for me. I’ve been dying to paint it ever since, so when I remembered that our building repaints for free every three years, I jumped on the opportunity.
I’ve been craving a lot more white, light, and calm in our home so I was torn between doing white or a light pretty gray, but Tuvia has never really been into a white bedroom so we went with gray. We got paint for our room and the kids’ room, the painters showed up, and then the super walked in and wanted to make sure we knew that it would cost $200. Per room. What???
I don’t know if it was a total misunderstanding, if he never told us that despite my repeated “so it’s totally free if we get our own paint?”, or if I blocked out the extra $400 it would now cost us but either way, we didn’t want to do it. For the cost of paint, we felt it was worth it, but we wouldn’t have repainted if we didn’t think the labor was free (plus a huge tip, obviously).
So we had them paint our room the white they have (not pretty, but a clean slate). To be honest… I kind of like it. It makes our room a lot brighter and it feels cleaner.
Assuming we keep it white, we have a lot of options and plans. Starting with- change out the photos in those frames! I just chose some of my favorite Instagram photos with no thought for the colors, which obviously needs to be considered. There’s also a part of me that still wants a giant piece of art over the bed, but even if we do that it wouldn’t be for a long time.
Also, and don’t mention this to Tuvia, there’s a part of me that wants a different headboard. Something more comfortable and/or luxurious. The reality of that happening is zero to zilch, but I’m sharing it all! Lucky, lucky you.
Something we can actually do, is get a new bedskirt that isn’t that yellowish cream, I’m just keeping an eye out for a good deal. Let me know if you see one?
When we planned for gray walls, we also planned to paint all of the furniture white since I really want wooden furniture but we can’t afford to buy all new furniture unless I get super lucky on Craigslist or someone decides to give away their stuff to us for free (or super cheap).
Before we paint the nightstands, Tuvia is going to improve them a little bit since instead of a bottom shelf, there are dowels. I’ll share the new nightstands when they’re done. Then again, if we don’t paint the walls white, I’m not sure I want to paint the furniture white…we’ll see.
You may notice the new rug we have (!!!) I have been holding off on a rug for years. YEARS! I always felt like we couldn’t get one because who knew where we would end up and what our bedroom would look like etc. but I absolutely abhor being in that in-between stage. So when rugs.com had a HUGE sale, we opted for this sisal rug which can work in so many future rooms if need be. We layered a faux sheepskin from Ikea on Tuvia’s side (just to see) and I really like it, so we’re going to pick up another one on our next Ikea trip (if I get my way, soon)
We got these sconces from Ikea and I love the functionality, but the shades are a really odd shape and I’ve never been in love with them so I want to trade them in for really simple small drum shades, possibly with some sort of trim. I’ve also considered making the hardware gold instead of silver… I think I may have a gold problem.
If we do paint the furniture, it means also painting our dressers. We are either Rub n Buff-ing our knobs or switching them out completely.
Then there’s the space over my dresser. I’ve had this giant mirror over my dresser (that we haven’t been able to hang on the wall) and I like having a mirror there, but I’m also considering a gallery wall of some of my favorite prints and objects or hanging some hats and/or necklaces there for some pretty function.
We’re making decisions slowly because I’d rather be slow and right, then quick and regret the decision later. Our room feels so cozy now, especially with the lights off. I love how spare it is (and would take out more if I could). Here’s a shot with the lights off, but it doesn’t do it’s yumminess justice.
There are four issues with leaving it as is: 1- it’s not a nice white (but I can definitely live with it) 2- Tuvia’s still not into a white bedroom 3- we already bought the gray paint and we can’t return it 4- our grand master bedroom master plan involved painting our furniture white and I’m not sure I want white furniture with the white walls.
So here is our very confusing and possibly changing grand master bedroom list:
Change curtains which will depend on whether we paint or not. I want the plain white Ikea ones ($20), but I’m also really sensitive to light when I’m sleeping
Switch out photos in frames and maybe one day switch it all out for some giant art
Replace sconce shades
Rub n Buff the dresser knobs or switch them out for new ones
Sell chair and buy new one (midcentury modern) and maybe a Moroccan ottoman OR use that reading nook space for a small desk so I can finally have a dedicated space for all my bloggy/craft stuff (but then it’s in the bedroom and I try to keep work out of there, but then again where else would it go? Kitchen Nook?) We would return my great-grandmother’s desk to my mother because even though I love that it was hers, it doesn’t suit our tastes or needs. And if we do get rid of her desk, do we build a new one? Buy a cheap one? Put it where the current desk is or in the corner?
Put up the shelves we used to have over the desk, either some over the chair, some over the desk, possibly over my dresser. OR switch out for sleeker shelves (these were $2) OR don’t put them back up at all because I love how much less clutter there is (but we need somewhere to put stuff away…ergh so much stuff!!!)
Have I confused you enough? Because I can do it more. Seriously, anytime. I’ve got to go because Aiden is starting his school Chanukah play soon and this post was supposed to go up this morning! I’ll go over it tonight to fix any typos and add hyperlinks where needed. Thanks for being the bestest readers ever!
I did a lot of DIY projects for Mia’s first birthday, so here they all are in one place for easy reference. You know, just in case you enjoy watching New Girl as much as I do (which is when I make stuff) and/or want to save money on buying everything:
I did three other projects that I didn’t provide tutorials for: the crepe paper fringe layered garlands, a felt birthday crown, and a confetti backdrop for the dessert table.
I made the fringe layered garland using the tutorial from A Subtle Revelry. For the confetti backdrop, I cut out circles and taped them to the wall. And as for the crown: it was pretty easy, but it was also one of my first sewing projects and I figured it out as I went along so I didn’t take pictures of the process.
Those are all the DIY projects I did for Mia’s first birthday party. It took time, but I love making them, I make them with love for Mia, and at the end of the day I save money but still get the look I want for her party.
I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions about details or sources, I’ll be happy to help, just leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!
I hardcore love my Instagram feed because there are so many great shops on it (run by fantastic women, btw). A majority of the gifts on this list are handmade and/or by small business owners that I follow in Instagram and I highly recommend that you do as well. Enjoy!
1. House of Mia Mini Heart Leggings // I LOVE House of Mia and not just because she has great taste in names :) We have a pair of HoM leggings and they are so well-made and so soft and so cute. House of Mia is having some great Black Friday deals. There are a lot of details, check out her IG
2. Hello Apparel Navy Pullover // It’s cold out and as much as I love to throw Aiden into a shawl-collared sweater, a pullover is much more likely. This is a winner. Through December 2 40% off the entire shop + free shipping.
4. Faas Boho Moccasins // I have been coveting Faas Moccasins for some time. I bet Mia’s feet feel naked without them. She hasn’t said as much, but I can tell.
5. Beau Hudson Bling Bowtie // Bowtie. Every. Day. 30% off your whole order with code 30LETSPARTY in honor of her 30th birthday.
6. Little Bow and Arrow Leggings // I always prefer baby tushies in leggings because then you can really appreciate them (is it creepy if I’m talking about my baby…mostly) and I love this print. Starting at noon on Friday 25% off everything and first five orders $40 or more get a free constellation pillow. Code will be on IG and FB on Friday at noon.
7. Little Hip Squeaks Elodie KnottedHeadbands // I remember when Little Hip Squeaks was so tiny and now they’ve grown into this incredible thing and I am so very happy for them. And ohmigosh how cute would Mia (or your baby) look in these headbands?? Little Hip Squeaks put together a great list of Black Friday sales on their blog and 25% off the entire store with code GOBBLE + free limited edition tote with purchases over $75.
8. Land of Nod Wee Wonderfuls Doll // I love everything in Land of Nod and this adorbs doll is no exception. Land of Nod currently has 15% and free shipping on your entire order with code SAVE15
9. Gingiber Fox Pillow // Pillow + fox = YES!! Gingiber is having a 30% off sale with the code THANKFUL.
14. Spearmint Love Eco Cross Baby Blanket // Ever since I first saw Shari’s blanket, I can’t get it out of my head and I am so happy to be seeing it everywhere because she deserves it! (Find out more about her store here) Now through Black Friday get 20% off all blankets with code TAKE20
15. Baby Jives Cloud Mobile // Gorgeous, gorgeous baby mobile. Don’t you want to smush up in that cloud and take a nap while you gaze at the gold hearts and arrows? Baby Jives is also offering a discount through Monday, check out her IG for the deal info.
I got all the sale info like I always get wind of these (sometimes exclusive) deals: by following these lovely ladies on Instagram. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and beginning of Chanukah!
Teenage Gilit is so jealous of Sloan. Together with her mom Laurie of Laurie Jones Home, they put together a fun, bright, and layered room filled with personal touches and DIYs.
“Her room was put together for hopefully the last time (we’ve change it a lot). It happened because she wanted to go back to a twin bed and set it up like a couch so her friends could sit on it and free some space up on the floor, where they actually all sit. We found the metal day bed at the Goodwill and I sprayed it green.”
“I bought a couple malm dressers that I hacked like everyone else and added some wood elements like the dresser and wood shades. I didn’t want to buy her another bedding set so I bought the mexican blanket on ebay that already had the colors of her room, I also didn’t re-paint her room. It was for sure working with what she had!”
“The room has a lot of elements that makes it personal to Sloan, like the artwork, she’s been collecting a new piece about every year. It doesn’t have to be expensive just something that isn’t mass produced. We’ve hung her guitar and since she loves fashion she has a mannequin she likes to display her jewerly and clothing on.”
Thank you so much for sharing, Sloan and Laurie! I love love LOVE that blanket (and bedskirt!), the Urban Walls gold heart decal (I’m obsessed with UW btw and you should be too), and how personal the decor in the room is.
Were you this cool when you were her age? What did your room look like? I was changing mine, moving furniture around every chance I got. Check out Laurie’s blog for more fab home inspiration.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah!I am so very very grateful for my family, friends, and all of you and I love me some Chanukah!
They sound pretty simple, I mean you just make round cake balls and put them on sticks, right? You might look up some recipes and notice the large amount of complaints about how they fall apart. So then you might look up tips to make sure that doesn’t happen. You are obviously a genius and this will work. GIANT BUZZER SOUND!
I did indeed make cake pops, but most of them died on the way (and went into the mouths of innocent bystanders to make sure they at least tasted good, which they did because cake pops are cake+icing.) That was the hard part. Here’s the easy part: making them into centerpieces.
cake pops (make or buy pre-made or buy donut holes and save yourself some steps
Now put it together:
I spray painted two of the wooden boxes with two shades of pink paint we had and left one of the boxes blue.
Meanwhile, I traced the box sizes onto a piece of foam and cut it. Remember to cut a little smaller than the edge so the foam fits into the boxes.
Once the paint dried, I put the foam in and adjusted where necessary (one piece was too big).
The night before, I covered them with crinkles and stuck the cake pops into the foam at varying heights. Then I let it refrigerate overnight and set the table with them right before the party.
And here are some from after I set up/during the party:
You can see more from Mia’s party here. And that’s it for the DIYs! Okay, that’s soooort of a lie because I made Mia’s felt birthday crown but ain’t no way I’m sharing a sewing tutorial just yet! Soon, I’ll do a roundup of all the projects that went into the party so it’s all in one place.
Come back on Wednesday to see the room you wish you had when you were a teenager