So there’s a lot of excitement + nervousness going on around here today! I’m excited because I am headed to Palm Springs this morning for an all girls blogger / designer retreat at the Ace Hotel! I’ve never done anything like this before and I am thrilled to meet some new friends and learn from other girls that have the same “job” (ish) that I do! I think it will be super inspiring and refreshing for me to get away and bond with like-minded, creative girls! I really can’t wait. But i’m also a bit nervous because this will mark my first trip ever away from Rylee. She’ll be in great hands with her daddy, and I know she’ll be just fine….but it’s more ME that i’m worried about! ha! Maybe this time away will be totally rejuvenating and just what I need….but it kills me to leave this sweet face! I think a skype date might be a necessity for this empty-armed momma! (…hear that Sam?)
Regardless, Palm Springs has always been one of my favorite places to escape…and paired with some inspiring ladies, I think it will be a pretty epic time. You can follow along on my trip on instagram if you want. I’ll be sure to take a lot of pics and maybe even some video. Speaking of video, did you ever see this onethat we made on our last trip to Palm Springs in February!? Maybe i’ll try to do another one of these this time (although, don’t hold me to it!) I’ve gotten quite good at breaking promises lately. Photos however, are a cross my heart promise!
Is this enough cat stuff for your Monday!!? haha. So fun.
Also, a humongous (who says that?) thank you to everyone who visited and shopped Rylee’s Closet over the weekend. So blown away that everything sold so quickly! I have been a busy bee packing orders and most of them are on their way! Love you all!
So I finally decided to jump on the “shop my closet” bandwagon! Only I am starting with Rylee’s Closet! Hopefully I can manage to do my own in the near future too! At first I was thinking to do an “Insta-sale” (on instagram) but after I started sifting through all the clothes that no longer fit her, I realized I had far more than I was comfortable flooding instagram with. SO, I did a bit of research and decided to go with Goodsie to host my shop. Have any of you ever used this platform? It’s my first time doing anything like this, so if there are any glitches….forgive me and let me know! It was all pretty painless. I slaved away all day yesterday taking and editing photos and setting up the shop. Time consuming stuff I tell ya! But hopefully it will be worth it and we’ll get pass along our stuff to someone else who loves it as much as we did!
All the items in the shop are between sizes 0-18 months. Some have been worn often, and others not at all. There were a few that I found buried at the bottom of her dresser with the tags still on them. Whoops! Clearly, it’s time to downscale! As I was going through all of her things, I was surprised to get a bit emotional. There were some pieces that I just couldn’t get myself to part with. Some of them brought back a certain memory and took me right back to that time in her life when she was just a little bundle in my arms. Other’s were just pieces that I loved and that I wanted to save for my next baby girl (if we are so lucky). I find it so easy to part ways with my own clothes, but with hers, it was like pulling teeth! That little bag of extra sentimental items I tucked away for another special time! The rest are excited to find a new home. Sooooo…..have a peek!
So, I think this might be my favorite DIY to date. It’s just so practical and pretty! A few friends and I decided we would get together once a month for an all day craft day. Just to create pretty things, simply for the sake of creating. Weather it be something we wear, or something for our homes, decorations for the holidays, or even little somethings for our babies. I tend to get wrapped up in projects for other people that I fail to do all the projects I want to do for myself! And although one day a month doesn’t sound like much, at least it is one day I can count on! Not to mention, it’s just a good excuse for girl time! This DIY was our first of many to come.
We’ve been dying to try out gold leaf for a while now. And we thought these paper mache bowls would be the perfect application. Our intent was to use them as jewelry dishes. Here is what you’ll need to create the shell…
ONE – To create your bowl forms, you’ll need to start with balloons. I bought a couple packages in different sizes, so that not all my bowls were the same. I used 5″, 9″, and 12″ balloons.
TWO – Cut up your newspaper into small strips. Using your foam brush, adhere the newspaper to your balloon using the mod podge. Be generous! The more layers, the thicker the bowl. (My first attempt was too thin so I had to go back and layer on more. Apply more than you think!)
THREE – Place your balloons upside down (or right side up, whichever way you want to look at it) inside paper cups and let them dry overnight.
FOUR – Once dry, pop your balloon and remove the latex. What you will have left is a bowl mold with imperfect edges. Just use scissors to trim it down to the depth you want. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I think the irregular shape is what makes these unique!
Paint your bowls entirely white (or any color of your choice). It may take a few coats. Let it dry.
I wanted my bowls to have a polka dot pattern within the gold leaf. If you want this look too, buy a pack of sticker dots and stick them down in a pattern on the inside of your bowl.
After your dots are adhered, brush on Gold Leaf Adhesive all over the inside, over the stickers. Make sure to use the adhesive sparingly and don’t leave puddles, otherwise the gold leaf will turn into a sticky mess!
Now for the fun part….carefully place your sheets of Gold Leaf all over the inside of the bowl, securing it to the adhesive. Overlap is fine. I used a soft paint brush to adhere the leaf and brush off any excess. This was definitely the trickiest part of the project. I found that the less adhesive I used, the smoother the finish. If you notice on the photo above, after I applied the leaf, I could still see the outlines of my sticker dots. One by one, I went through and carefully removed each dot sticker, leaving the white paint underneath to show through. The dots weren’t perfect, but the more I did, the easier it got! Last step is to seal your bowls with Gold Leaf Sealer!
I hope you all have fun with this project! Let me know if you try it out! It takes some time, but hopefully you’ll love your bowls as much as I do!
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