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DIY: doily garland

28 Feb

If you’re like me, you love lace. I think it is so dainty and can go with anything. So does my friend, Rachel. Her birthday was this weekend and I was all about decorating for her big day. A couple of girls went out to eat and then came back to my place where we devoured Nothing Bundt Cake, played in front of our hand-made photo booth, and laughed until we almost peed our pants… which is not hard to do with this group. :] Ah it was SO fun. I absolutely love girl time, especially with these lovely ladies.

When I was decorating the apartment, all I could think was, “If Rachel was a party, how would she decorate?” Ok. so that meant, LOTS of lace and doilies, rosettes galore, pink. pink. pink., yummy cake, unique/eclectic decor with a modern spin, lots of pearls, leopard prints, candles, the list goes on and on. Now, not all of those things made it to the party, but I did my best! She is a pretty fantastic cook, so I didn’t even attempt to make anything for her. I’m too intimidated. :]

So… in honor of Miss Rachel, I made some circle garland and YOU can too!


  • various paper (I used solid scrapbook paper and pages from an old book, but printed baper, notebook paper, or magazine pages would also be really cute!)
  • paper doilys
  • glue stick
  • circle punches- 1.5″ & 2″ (you could also cut them out with scissors, but I’m too impatient)
  • sewing machine

1. Punch holes in each of the different papers. I cut out the edge of the doily to give the circles a more textured look

2. Glue together the papers in random order. I didn’t really have any rhyme or reason to the way I glue them because I wanted each one to have a different look and feel.

3. Gather all of your circles and sew them together.

and wahla! You just made yourself some super cute garland!

Happy Birthday, Rachel!! xoxo


P.S. Do any of ya’ll have any photography wisdom to lend me? I have a Canon Powershot SD880 IS and would love a better one, but I’m not quite there yet. I would like to manipulate the manual settings, but I have no idea what to do… and then I’m not quite sure how to edit photos yet to get rid of all the ugliness. Any ideas? thanks!


a little bit of this, a little bit of that

24 Feb

Our apartment is full of eclectic finds from all over the metroplex. I have about 6 or 7 flea markets, thrift stores and neighborhoods where I search for treasures and vintage items. It has become a hobby for me and I feel like I get a high off my weekly trips. A lot of people ask me how I find such unique items and I never really have an answer for them. I guess I just go in with an open mind and never really search for a specific thing. I know I won’t find it if I do… story of my life!

Chelsea Ling at Paper*Cakes Finds gives some really great tips for those of you who are wanting to start thrifting.

I thought I would add a some of the many items in our house that we thrifted.

ah this is one of my all time favorite finds!
Picnic Basket- Thrift Town- $5

Vintage flour, sugar, coffee & tea canisters- Garage Sale- $6

Mirror- My mother-in-love’s garage sale- we traded items 🙂

This mirror is in the (longer than usual) process of being turned into a corkboard (with actual corks). Who knew corks could be so expensive for such a small bag?? I’ll post pictures when I finish

orange vintage chair- Local Flea Market- $5

1. ceramic dish- Goodwill- $.50

2. milk glass bowl- Goodwill- $1.50

3. Campbells soup mug- Goodwill- $.50

4. various books- Local Flea Market, Goodwill, Thrift town- $.50-$1.50


See! Decorating your home can be fun and cheap cheap cheap! Super cute, too :]