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Mint + Pearl Polka Dot DIY Nail Art

Deborah Lippmann 'Flowers In Her Hair' with Pearl Polka Dots DIY Nail Art |www.platinumblondelife.com

I could not resist picking up Deborah Lippmann’s ‘Flowers In Her Hair’, a shade that is arguably my favorite color. The formula makes a DIY manicure so so easy, and for that I don’t mind paying the price. I decided to add a few pearl polka dots using Sephora’s dotting tool and Sinful Colors ‘Tokyo Pearl’.

Deborah Lippmann 'Flowers In Her Hair' with Pearl Polka Dots DIY Nail Art |www.platinumblondelife.com

Apply Base Coat.
Apply Two Coats of Mint Nail Polish
Allow to Dry Fully

Deborah Lippmann 'Flowers In Her Hair' with Pearl Polka Dots DIY Nail Art |www.platinumblondelife.com

Pour a small amount of Pearl Nail Polish onto magazine or paper plate
Dip dotting tool (or alternatively a toothpick) into pearl polish and strategically place dots on each nail.
Allow to dry completely.
Apply Top Coat.

Deborah Lippmann 'Flowers In Her Hair' with Pearl Polka Dots DIY Nail Art |www.platinumblondelife.comHappy Spring!

Chalkboard, Kraft Paper, & Washi Gift Wrap Ideas

I love when gifts are presented in a beautiful, unique, or creative way. It doesn’t matter if the gift is for Christmas, a birthday, or another event, I like to put a bit of effort into making my gifts look pretty. Last year was Quentin’s first Christmas, so even though he was only a couple of weeks old, I made sure Santa wrapped all of his gifts in brown kraft paper, tied them in red satin ribbon and then hand stamped his name on each gift (I use Cavallini & Co Alphabet Stamps).
Hand Stamped Gift

First Christmas Gifts

This year I switched it up a bit when I found this adorable washi tape that said “No Peeking” & “Do Not Open Until Christmas”. The washi tape looked fantastic on the neutral kraft paper, but also helped solve a problem I had last year in that I found that using kraft paper tends to eat up more of my scotch tape than typical gift wrap.

Washi Tape Gift Wrap

Like the rest of the world, I am a bit chalkboard obsessed so I purchased a huge roll of black kraft paper (huge so I could wrap extra large gifts). For Quentin’s first birthday, the extra large roll was perfect for wrapping his basketball hoop (that is now residing in my dining room- Ha!). I took my trusty chalkboard markers and doodled away. For Christmas I used metallic sharpies in silver & gold and a red chalkboard marker to make my gifts look more festive. I free handed all my type and doodled away with Christmas greetings and even a quote from ‘Elf’ . This of course is a bit more time consuming, so I would recommend giving yourself some time. Don’t start doodling on Christmas Eve (like I did! haha).

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Curious George Themed 1st Birthday Party

Quentin's Party
For my little man’s first birthday party I decided to take two things he loves: books and his plush Curious George, whom he constantly hugs, and allow them to inspire his big bash. With all the ideas out there on the interwebs (hello, pinterest) I knew I had no excuse for throwing a lame party!

First Birthday Invites

I started by designing the invitation in photoshop, utilizing PBS’s coloring book images of George. I simply colored the images I wanted in photoshop, resized them and placed them in my layout. To give the invite (and party) a bit of a modern flare, I created a chevron pattern in photoshop to utilize on each of the paper products I was going to create*. For another modern touch I added a QR code to the invitation, so guests could scan the code and instantly RSVP to “The Mom In The Yellow Hat.”  Once this invitation was done, it really set the bar for everything else.  I saved money by designing and printing the invitations myself, so I ordered red A7 envelopes from Paper Source, and used their envelope liner kit and a photo of Quentin reading with George to create photo liners.

 

In edition to the invites and the envelope liners, I created cupcake toppers, straw flags, and a Happy Birthday flag banner.  I repeated the fonts, colors, images and patterns to keep everything very cohesive. My circles for the cupcake toppers and flag banner were two inch in diameter. For the toppers I punched out using a 2 inch circle punch, then taped two circles over a 4-Inch Lollipop Stick

Happy Birthday Banner

I really loved the idea of having guests sign Quentin’s copy of ‘Curious George and The Birthday Surprise’ (He has this copy: A Treasury of Curious George)  Inspired by this sign, I created a chevron sign that said “When I’m older I’ll be curious about who was here to celebrate with me. Please sign my book & leave a note for me.”  and framed to place on the table next to the book.  In edition to the book and sign, I used Quentin’s own George related toys as centerpieces.

Book Sign Table

I covered all tables with a yellow table cloth. I decorated with paper fans and lanterns in yellow and red. I wrapped each yellow paper cup with black mini duct tape  and placed each on top of a yellow plate (for a yellow hat look). I wrapped yellow plastic utensils & striped straws (topped with straw flags, of course) with napkins and tied off with bakers string. I placed the utensils in a clear container purchased at the party store and used as a centerpiece on one of the tables.

Welcome

On our bar, I placed a framed copy of the invitation next to George wearing a Curious George party hat and a yellow framed chalkboard that I hand wrote a welcoming message on. In edition to more party hats, I made Curious George masks (attached to Wilton 6-Inch Sticks ), and printed coloring booklets for the kids using the templates available on PBS.

coloring books hats

I hung a poster featuring a photo collage (in the shape of the number one) of each of Quentin’s monthly photos. I also hung a large black foam board that I had handwritten Quentin’s “stats”. I had previously used that board as a photo prop for his one year photos.

Quentin's First Birthday Stats Chalkboard

For food, we had a local barbecue place cater (ribs, BBQ chicken, brisket, mac & cheese, baked beans, caesar salad, & pulled pork sandwiches). For drinks we served sparkling lemonade, sparkling blood orange soda, cans of san pellegrino in blood orange & limonata, soda, juice, and water. For dessert, we had peanut butter brownies (placed in chevron cupcake liners and topped with cupcake toppers), vanilla cupcakes with red liners and yellow buttercream & cupcake toppers, and of course a chocolate birthday cake in the shape of the man’s yellow hat with George peeking out from underneath created for us by Christina Rey of Sugar.

Quentin's First Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday Song

Quentin had a wonderful time opening and playing with his gifts. He even enjoyed a bit of cake. When our guests left, we gave them a magnet featuring some images from Quentin’s cake smash session.

Birthday Boy Opening His Gifts

thanks cake smash

*Note:  There are plenty of chevron patterns out there, but I opted to take a little bit extra time to create my own, thus I had complete control over color, width, angle, and spacing. Leave it to me to do it the hard way!

Hand Painted ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ Pumpkins: Halloween 2013

‘Where The Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak was one of my favorite books from childhood. So last Halloween (when I was well into my third trimester) my husband and I agreeed that it would be adorable to dress our little boy as ‘Max’ on his first Halloween. Is it silly to plan a Halloween costume that far in ahead? Possibly! But I just couldn’t help myself. I purchased his costume from Pottery Barn in the 12-24 month size, and hoped it wouldn’t be ginormous on him. I tried it on him, and I swear he just owned the part of ‘Max’. So in honor of my favorite wild thing & in homage to the wonderful Maurice Sendak illustrations I painted ‘Max’ and a ‘Wild Thing’ on two of our medium sized pumpkins. They were a lot of fun to paint, and I tried to capture as much as the extraordinary detail in his illustrations in a quick acrylic painting on a pumpkin as reasonably possible. Where The Wild Things Are Painted Pumpkins Our Pumpkins Halloween 2013 Q with his pumpkins

DIY Hand Painted Monogram Pumpkin: Halloween 2013

After years of NYC apartment living my husband and I moved to the ‘burbs just prior to the arrival of our little one. This is our first Halloween in our new home, so we took our little guy to the pumpkin patch to select pumpkins. He selected one nearly as big as him to be placed outside our front door. I sketched a monogram onto the pumpkin using a sharpie using the ‘S’ from this font and filled in with black acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry, I sprayed a gloss seal coat over the pumpkin. This was such a simple and easy way to get into the fall season, and will last well into November.

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Hand Painted Monogram Pumpkin

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