My Wedding Jewelry …oooo lala

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Give a girl a wedding and she might just run wild with flowers, food, and jewelry. Apparently, I’m no exception.

I’ve had so much fun picking out the dress, deciding on a hairstyle, crafting decorations, and of course shopping online for anything and everything handmade.

I found Sarah’s Etsy store by accident and immediately fell in love. Not only are her pieces handmade, beautiful and delicate but she’s Canadian so I knew shipping would be a breeze.

I bought this small headpiece:

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And this beautiful bling-tastic bracelet from Anthropologie BHLDN. A word of warning, the pieces on this site are pricey but if you have time you can probably snag a decent sale. I got this bracelet and my earrings for half price.

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Where do you find handmade jewelry for special occasions?

Urs xx

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Make Your Own Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

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Call me crazy but there is something so satisfying about having my makeup brushes squeaky clean. They feel soft, they smell pretty, and for whatever reason I like cleaning things.

The good news is I might actually be onto something. Regularly washing your brushes will make them last longer and for people who are prone to breakouts frequent cleanings help kill the mini cesspools of bacteria that gather on the hairs.

So once a week I use this cleaner to degunk my brushes and every six weeks I give them the royal treatment by washing them with sweet almond oil and natural dish soap to remove any excess oils.

What you’ll need for your weekly brush treatment:

  •  1.5 cups of hot water
  • 3 tbsp of white vinegar
  • a few drops of tea tree oil

What to do:

Start by mixing together your hot water and vinegar in a jar. Dump your brushes in the water and mix them around. Let them sit for 3 minutes and then rinse clean. Reshape your brushes using your fingers and gently pat them dry. Sprinkle with a few drops of tea tree oil (a natural bacteria killer). Dry flat.

How do you keep your makeup brushes clean? or do you? or don’t you? wait, don’t you? 

Urs

xx

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DIY Cake Topper

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A few weeks ago our friends had a house party to celebrate their elopement. The bride asked me to make the wedding cake and I was happy to oblige because, let’s be honest cake decorating is essentially crafting, no? After make a chocolate honeycomb caramel salted cake (yup it was as delicious as it sounds) I decided to make a cute cake topper to help celebrate the very special event.

What you’ll need:

  • Cardstock
  • a printer
  • string
  • hot glue gun
  • two wood skewers
  • a pencil
  • scisosrs

Total craft cost = $3.00 (for the cardstock, glue stick and string)

Start by printing off your letters on cardstock. Be sure to space the letters out and leave room to cut. Trace diamonds around each letter and cut. Fold the diamonds into triangles. Using a glue gun, glue the folded triangles onto a piece of string.

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Next tie your string to two skewers using double knots.

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There, you’re done!!

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For all you bakers out there, I found the cake recipe here.

What’s your favourite type of cake to make? Ever hand made a cake topper?

Urs

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Crafting Name Tags

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Oh hey!! I thought I’d check-in because heck I miss you guys! How’s life? What have you been up to? It’s officially less than three weeks until Ian and I get hitched and we’re on high stress alert. Whoever thought a DIY wedding was a good idea widely underestimated the amount of work it would entail, but I’m happy to report we’re crossing things off our ‘To Do’ list everyday.

You might notice that there have been some changes around these parts. I love playing around with the blog layout because, much like my house, it’s my own tiny space to be creative and expressive. And frankly after a while I just got bored with the old layout.

So here’s what I’ve been working on lately:

Ever been to a party where the host or hostess has gone to the nines to decorate the place with cute little crafty decor? Those are my favourite parties :) I mean, nothing says ‘I’m happy you’re here’ more than handmade decorations.

For our wedding, I found this adorable ideas on Pinterest and decided to replicate it myself. I bought a bunch of plastic animals and went to town with the spray paint. Side note: spray painting animal toys is amazingly fun and I can already think of a million future craft ideas….

What you’ll need:

  • gold metallic spray paint (use multi-purpose)
  • small plastic animals
  • cardstock
  • sharpies
  • glue gun

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Start by spray painting the animals in an open and aerated space. I did a thin layer, waited one minute, then added another layer. I repeated this process three times. After fifteen minutes I flipped the animals and repeated. I waited another 15 minutes and inspected all the animals. Any that required additional paint, I sprayed again and waited 40 minutes for them to dry completely. I would strongly recommend using multi-purpose spray paint. I find the plastic specific paint is sticky and takes a long time to dry.

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Print off name tags on card stock. Cut into small squares and decorate with Sharpies.

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Make a small cut in the back of the animal using an Exacto knife. Be careful!! I made a small wedge to allow for more space to insert the name tags.

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Using a hot glue gun, glue the card stock name tag into the plastic animal. Et voila!!

Have you ever made name tags? How do you decorate for a party? 

Ursula

xx

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Aaaaaand Scene!

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By now, you’ve probably guessed that life has been a little busy around these parts (hence the serious lack of posts). Who knew grad school and wedding planning would quickly eat up all my time?! Jesh.

Blogging has taken a back seat and I’ve decided to commit to a nice little hiatus until April. In the meantime, I’ll keep perusing the blogesphere and I look forward to sharing some tiptop DIYs, funky fashion posts, easy fitness tips and the like in a couple months. 

Urs xx

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