Craft a Personalized Party

July 13, 2017
ad, Birthdays, Decor, Favors, Food, Games & Activities, Gift Wrap, Gifts, Invites, Parties

lollipop carnival party favor birthday diy

I can’t begin to count the number of parties that I have crafted in my lifetime. From the pretend ones I would throw for my dolls when I was young to the holiday and birthday parties I’ve styled for magazines to the celebrations that I throw IRL for my own kids…I lost count ages ago. And as any stylist, party planner, or home entertainer would tell you, we are always looking for new and different ways to make the personal, creative details shine like they haven’t before.

carnival party ptouch embellish

When Brother asked me to partner with them on the launch of the P-touch Embellish, their new ribbon and tape printer, I jumped in headfirst. I’m always eager to get my hands on a new tool that can add personal touches to parties, crafts, gift wrapping and more. For the P-touch Embellish launch event in New York City, I designed projects for a birthday party (my fave, of course), a bridal shower, a baby shower, gift-wrapping, general crafts, and a festive brunch.

ptouch embellish balloons kids partycarnival party balloons

I first saw the P-touch Embellish at the Creativation Show (the mecca of all things crafts) back in January, where I watched a demo of the ribbon printing at the Brother booth. This little machine that you can hold in your hands as you’re binge-watching your favorite shows can print 14 fonts, over 90 text borders, and over 400 little symbols to add detail, style, and personalization to your projects. There are 5 satin ribbons and 9 adorable patterned tapes to choose from, so to find one that matches your event is super easy. You can buy the P-touch Embellish machine, the ribbons, and 6 of the patterned tapes at and select Michaels stores; the other 3 patterned tapes are available at

This carnival birthday party that I crafted got me excited because in addition to the personalized lollipop-favor ribbons and the custom-printed balloon strings, I used the P-touch Embellish to craft cute party activities…A Spinner Game, Fishing Game, and a Can Toss Game (see below for the how-to instructions).

kids party carnival games diy

Whether you are designing your daughter’s unicorn party favors, your bestie’s baby shower tablescape, or wrapping gifts at holiday time, the P-touch Embellish has everything you need (and then some) for those sweet, heartfelt, personalized touches.

kids party carnival spin the wheel fidget spinner game

fidget spinner spin the wheel carnival game


What you’ll need:


  1. Trace the cardboard circles onto the scrapbook papers and cut them out. Hot glue the paper to the cardboard.
  2. Divide the circle into eight sections. Print the words “SPIN THE WHEEL” on 4-inch piece of the red gingham tape and adhere in between each pie slice. Print the prize or action words on the mint chevron tape and adhere in each slice.
  3. Hot-glue 3 beads to the three points of the fidget spinner, and hot glue the cardboard coaster to the beads. Hot-glue the center of the fidget spinner to the center of the 12-inch game board.
  4. Print arrows onto the yellow star tape and adhere to the small cardboard circle. Glue the red star in the center.
  5. Hot-glue rope around the outer edge of the game board and create a loop at the top for hanging.

kids party carnival diy fishing game


What you’ll need


  1. Using the continuous text function on the P-touch Embellish, print “CATCH ME IF YOU CAN” on a 30-inch piece of ribbon. Tie one end to the dowel and hot-glue a magnet onto the other end.
  2. Cut out 6-8 fish from scrapbook paper. Hot-glue the washers as the eyes.
  3. Print point values on the various patterned tapes and adhere them to the back of the fish.

kids party diy carnival game can toss


What you’ll need


  1. Cover each can in a 3-inch band of scrapbook paper.
  2. Cut six 3/4-by-2-inch pieces of solid scrapbook paper.
  3. Print out point values onto the various patterned tapes and adhere them to the small rectangles, and then to the cans.
  4. Set up the game by stacking the cans.


Thanks to Brother for sponsoring this post and providing crafters with a new tool for our trade!


*TZe tape in Mint Chevron is available at; TZe tapes in Red Gingham and Yellow with White Stars are available at



French Craft Goodies!

July 11, 2017
Animals, Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Kids Rooms, Yarn & Fabric

french craft supplies

When you’re a crafter and you travel to a different country, naturally you check out the craft supplies there. And when that country is France, your expectations are high because of the elegance, style, and tradition of the handmade.

We discovered the store Cooleurs and there I fell in love with the products and kits made by Rico Designs. Check out their gorgeous style, photos, and craft supplies!

And don’t even get me started on these DMC animal embroidery hoops! These were designed by No Paris de Cosir (found on Instagram), and I can’t wait to design my own. J’aime!

Now what should I make first?


Nature’s Flower Crown

July 10, 2017
Easter, Everyday Crafts, Jewelry and Fashion, Nature, Spring, Summer

I’m always writing how-to text where I say “just pop into the backyard and grab a stick”…or a pinecone…or a bunch of leaves, but, my experience with nature crafting just isn’t like that IRL. I live in an urban setting where I have to walk a few blocks to get to a park, so for me to just “pop” outside and grab the perfect stick is really more of an excursion than a “pop.”

So while in rural France for a month (oh yeah, if you don’t follow along on Instagram, you may not know that I’m with my family in France for a month), I can literally pop, hop, or skip outside to get anything that I could possibly want, including these weeping willow vines, fresh cut lavender, a vast selection of wildflowers, and the most beautiful roses I’ve ever seen.

Sommer and I did some scavenging and, with no help from anything human-made, we made a crown and a necklace from everything in our glorious backyard. She became a serious gatherer of Mother Nature’s treasures, and she art-directed me as I put the pieces together.

Full disclosure, this project makes me yearn to have these free craft supplies at my fingertips at all times…instead of buying pinecones at Michaels, I’m loving the fact that there’s a much cheaper source out there!


10 Teacher Gifts

May 25, 2017
Back to School, Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Gifts, Jewelry and Fashion, Wood

diy pencil jewelry necklaces brooch

It’s that time again! Whether your kids are the lucky ones with a few school days left, or the end is still weeks away – it’s not too early or late to think about teacher gifts. Apples will always be the original gift theme, but as crafters our favorite classic school motif is the pencil. The No.2 represents endless possibilities – not only with what it can make, but also what it can be made into. Here are 10 pencil presents that are on-point whether you want to give a stylish, sweet, or functional gift.

1. Design Mom transforms the basic school supply into three chic jewelry pieces (above), each with their own flair. The brooch highlights the honeycomb shape while the necklaces play with grown up rainbow patterns.


diy mail tube pencil bank teacher presentEarn an easy A+++++ with this oversized pencil bank. Whether your teacher takes it home to save spare change or keeps it in school for contributions towards a class pet, it’s sure to collect as many smiles as it does coins. Damask Love shares the genius instructions.


diy pencil pouch straws lemonade teacher gift“Refreshing” will be the new word you associate with pencil pouches after making a pack of these cute gifts from Design Eat Repeat. Set your teacher up for a smooth transition from school to summer with sunny straws and lemonade mix.


diy colored pencil vase teacher gift A rainbow vase made from pencils will compliment whatever flowers fill it. Fab Furnish provides an easy pencil vase how-to.


diy colored pencil coasters teacher giftGive your teacher a colorful resting place for her morning beverage. This DIY eye-popping pencil coaster will provide an extra energy boost. (via Consumer Crafts)


gumball pencil teacher giftWhen stacked, a handful of gumballs becomes a clever graphic abstraction of a pencil. Though Kara’s  labels say “Back to School”, we think they’d make a perfect “School’s Out” treat too.


diy pencil candy wrapper teacher gift Wrap all your teacher’s favorite treats in colored paper to create old school No.2s. Add Pink Pearl erasers for extra credit! Lily Shop shows you how.


diy pencil point frame teacher gift Lily Cupcake shows you how to turn an ordinary frame into a work of art that will give extra umph to whatever photo it holds.


pencil stickers teacher present Sometimes a classic needs to be remixed. Pencil Stickers will let your teacher customize her writing implements to match her mood and make grading papers a little more enjoyable – ok tolerable.


diy golden pencil necklace teacher giftKing Midas would definitely approve of this all gold pencil pendant from Lovely Indeed . It’s sure to inspire envy in the teacher’s lounge.


Washer Locket Necklaces

May 11, 2017
Everyday Crafts, Gifts, Holidays, Jewelry and Fashion, Mother's Day

Washer locket photo necklace

What do moms really want for Mother’s Day? To sleep late? A whine-free day? An undisturbed shower? Wishful thinking, friends…that’s all too much to ask!

Here’s a cute craft that kids can make for you (let’s face it…moms, you are the ones reading this), so just copy and paste this link into an email for your partner and have a Happy Mother’s Day!

What you need:

  • 2 washers with a 3/4″ to 1″ opening
  • Nail polish (raid mom’s drawer!)
  • 2 photographs printed to fit the washer’s opening
  • Beads
  • Thin string
  • Scissors
  • Strong glue


  1. Paint the washers with nail polish and let dry.
  2. Cut photographs to fit the opening of the washers; leave a little room around the image.
  3. Make tassels with beads or string and glue to the inside of one washer.
  4. Glue images in place in the washer’s opening.
  5. Cut a small loop from the string and glue it to the top as the pendant loop.
  6. String and wear as a necklace.

photo locket washer necklace