Succulent Gifts in Thrifted Goblets

These pots need to make their debut to the word. One, because they’re adorable. Two, I needed a way to thank See Kate Sew for these awesome printables and I couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment on the post. She created these tags for Valentine’s Day but they’re perfect for Administrative Assistant’s Day, which sneaks right up on me every year. These “My life would succ without you” tags for succulents fit perfectly. Find the link here.





Give love to Kate over on her site.


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My Sister’s DIY Wedding

My sister got married last summer.  This is not news, but it has taken me this long to wrap my mind around sharing all of the fun projects and beautiful pictures that came out of this special event.  Even so I won’t take the time to explain them all.  Picture proof is good enough at this point.

My sister wanted a very small, intimate wedding.  She was kind enough to involve me in the process.

The wedding was at Silver Fork Lodge in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  It couldn’t be a more beautiful setting for an August wedding.

Silver Fork Lodge

Unless otherwise noted, all photos taken by Kate Elizabeth Photography and more available for viewing here.

The venue is a little bed and breakfast (and tasty diner – the sourdough start is apparently more than 100 years old) in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  We wanted to make sure guests didn’t get distracted by the beautiful scenery and miss it.  So I found this easel at the thrift store for $15 (one of the most expensive items from the wedding!). One side had a chalkboard that we just removed.  It was good and sturdy and always could be used by my sister’s twin daughters in the future! I cut out letters using the Cricuit and simply taped them on.  We hoped for good weather and lucked out.

Welcome Sign

My sister’s now-husband walked down the aisle first.  Their twin daughters and flower girls were supposed to walk down with him; however, they weren’t having that after waking up a little too early from that afternoon nap.


The flower girls’ baskets were also from the thrift store, where I purchased them for 50 cents each.

DI baskets

My sister’s florist decorated the arch.


Her hubby-to-be, a gifted musician, played acoustic guitar while my dad walked her down the aisle.

Wedding Cid & Drew-79

This little shack proved quite the eyesore along my sister’s walk to the arch.  I covered it with lace curtains I found at a Goodwill in Nebraska and other white sheer curtains from Ikea.

CurtainsThe groom’s dad provided the rings in a leather pouch we purchased at a leather store in West Jordan.

Leather Ring Bag

The twin daughters got rings as well.

Plastic Rings

Kiss the Bride

The happy new family participated in a sand ceremony to symbolize the uniting of all four of them.


Sand end result

The dinner and reception was quite the party!

Tree Photos

Rock Chalkboard

Rock Basket


mason jar


mason jars


vases 2



I collected unique vases and jars for about a month or so before the big day.




Card Table

Wedding Cid & Drew-29

lanterns 5


I recommend buying paper lanterns.  (We got these used on KSL.)  Making the string ball was quite messy.

lanterns4A friend made their cake.

cakeThe cake stand was purchased from Etsy.


The chalkboard menu was created from an old mirror I had laying around.


Eat, drink, be married!

Be Married

Eat Drink Be Married

The groom’s band played for dancing party guests of all ages.

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See more of the photographer’s photos on Kate Elizabeth’s blog.


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Pinterest-Inspired Christmas Wrap

Wrapping paper is one of my weaknesses.  I can’t get enough of it.  So when I recently got a roommate and had to downsize my craft room into a craft corner, I took an oath not to buy any wrapping paper this holiday season.  This was also a financially-friendly way to reduce some holiday stress.

I fell in love with this image I found on Pinterest (where else?).


Pinspiration here.

It was a perfect fit for my wrapping-paper embargo since I already had neutral-colored wrap and lots of burlap left over from a certain handsome guy’s first birthday party.

So away I went. I used a lot of chipboard letters I was given in a craft kit one year for Christmas.

P Gift

blue ribbon

I incorporated some scrapbook letters I bought at the thrift store in the summer, which included four full sets for $1 or so.

M and J Gift



The pinwheels from the pinspiration above really got me excited me.  Hot glue gun in hand, I had many sticky failures.  This was one of the two survivors and was still a little too tight and split at the end.  Too bad for E.

E Gift

B Gift

I purchased an old dictionary from the thrift store this summer for some craft project that never was completed.  So when I saw this image, I knew I could put that dictionary to at least some use.


Pinspiration found here.

I didn’t stamp mine because I used the Christmas page of the dictionary.  (How clever I think I am!)

Dictionary Gift

Dictionary Closeup

Just another reminder that I’m so glad I learned to sew!

I only needed to make one Christmas card.  Being limited to what I had on hand, I set out to recreate this Pin.


Pinspiration found here.

For the ten minutes I spent on it, I don’t think it turned out half bad.


I stuffed some boxes with some tinsel I had laying around from an Alvin and the Chipmunks party I threw two years ago! I know there is just no need to hang on to tinsel for two years but I did just that.

red gift

Green Gift

Who else loves wrapping? Any one ever tried a pinwheel? Oy vey!


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DIY Mustache Mugs and/or Rorschach Blot Test

You’ve seen them on Pinterest.  They are just so charming and look so easy to make.  So I decided to make mustache mugs for the office staff at work.


Image and tutorial found here

Unfortunately for me, this was a bit of a Pinterest fail. I bought these mugs at Ikea for $1 each and used a glass paint pen to outline a cardboard stencil I created of the mustaches.

Instead, I advised the girls to consider the mugs as more of a Rorschach blot test.  You know, the psychological test designed to figure out what’s bothering you by showing you an inkblot of nonsense and asking what you see?

I think the one below resembles a crab but another popular answer is a muscle man flexing.


What do you see in these inkblot tests?






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No. 4: Make Banana Flambe, Complete with Flame

I’m not quite sure why I wanted to make bananas foster before I turned 30.  Perhaps because I’ve never intentionally set anything on fire? (I’m a juvenile public defender.  I have far too many clients who do that anyway.)  So here it turns up as number four on my 30 Before 30 list.

Now, the problem with this task is that I’m actually a pretty horrible cook.  So, as usual, I teamed with Mama Judd for this task.  (And by “teamed” I mean “took pictures of her while she did it.”)

We used this recipe, which is from the restaurant that claims to have created the dish in 1951.  It was delicious!










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No. 11: Perform Thriller at a Halloween party.

I love to dance. I can’t get enough of it.  So two and half years ago when I thought about 30 fun things I wanted to do before around my 30th birthday, I knew that doing Thriller at Halloween time was one of the list.  It became No. 11 on my 30 Before 30 List.

Some fun gals from work invited me to Witches Night Out this Halloween at Gardner’s Village.  Little did I know the DJ’s big finale was one big Thriller party!

It was super dark that night but if you click here you will see 11 seconds of me living the dream!



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Weekend Organizing

Almost too organized to use….

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