D.I.Y Projects

Craft Box Craft Night!

April 29th, 2015

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You may or may not have seen this already but here we go again … we are hosting our first craft night! I am so excited to sit down with other makers and DIY some Monogrammed Leather Key Chains for dads, brothers, sisters … ourselves? Father’s Day is creeping up on us and these Key Rings are the perfect gift. We’ll be gathering on June 2nd with supplies to make 2 Key Chains each and with plenty of wine on hand.

Reserve your spot here!

XX Leigh-Taylor

DIY Valentine’s Cards

February 6th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let others know how much you care about them. I think we should take a cue from our elementary school days and hand out cards to our friends, family, and loved ones! Below are a variety of creative cards you can make yourself, ranging from simple and beautiful to complex and witty. I even included a little 90’s throwback. Pick out your favorite and take some time to send some love to those around you!

XX Leigh-Taylor

Wintry Chic Baby Shower

December 16th, 2014

I am so excited to be able to share this fun project with you! Karilyn Sanders, the ultimate baby whisperer // photographer who did Xander’s newborn photos & also did a fun piece on Craft Box in August, reached out to me early this fall wondering if I would be in for creating a couple of DIY Baby Shower Boxes. I was sold! And then she threw in that it was a Winter Chic, White & Gold pallette, Hamptons Baby Shower for a little girl on the way. I was thrilled! How fun?

I whipped up three boxes for the ladies to work on while socializing. The first was box of elastics & velvet ribbon to make some adorable headbands for Baby Shay. The second included 4 pre-painted (white) blocks that the ladies could stencil Shay’s name on in light pink (keeping up with her nursery tones!). Perfect for helping Shay learn how to spell her name just a little bit down the road. They’ll be the perfect teething toys for just a bit! And the final box included the supplies to make and string a garland that said, Hush Little Baby, in white & pink.

The baby shower was just posted on 100 Layer Cakelet. Stunning! Right?

Here are a couple of images of the boxes:

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Karilyn captured this shower so beautifully. Here is Karilyn’s post, including several photos not posted on 100 Layer Cakelet. Gorgeous!

Thank you, Karilyn!

XX Leigh-Taylor

An Engagement Celebration

September 17th, 2014

I’m going to write about Matt & Carlie one more time. Okay, I lied. Two more times. Today & just after their wedding in January. I can’t help it. They’re getting married!

Paul & I were so excited to be able to host an engagement celebration for this sweet couple. I was a bit nervous as this was, technically, the first adult celebration I have been in charge of executing. So here’s how I did it.

I started mid-July with a Paperless Post Save the Date. I hadn’t committed to the invitation design just yet but I wanted to make sure people had this party on their radar. And by on their radar that they had it sharpie-d into their calendars. It gave me a little bit of wiggle room to spend a little bit of time on their invitation. I’m not a graphic designer but I sure do like the ability to design my own paper goods. Even if it does take be about 8 years to get it just right. So that’s what I did! I went through several variations but I finally landed on this {Okay, it was white! And I just made up that address. So don’t come try to get me.}:

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It just seemed so”them”. Much more so than the others I had in the assembly line.

This next part my OCD comrades will totally understand. I can’t handle an uncoordinated color scheme & lack of cohesion in aesthetics. I don’t feel this way when other people throw a party but when I am I can’t look at it over and over unless it feels like it fits. I’m not sure if anyone else does this but I kind of just collect things from Michael’s. I see ’em, I like ’em, I get ’em. I realized I had no idea where to begin. So where did I begin? The straws! I had picked up a couple packs of gray and coral straws from Michael’s several months ago and used them as a bit of a home base for the rest of the decorations. I had just recently grabbed the below floral paper because I couldn’t get over how awesome it was.

As for the beverages we kept it simple! We had over 25 people coming to our NYC apartment. And while we don’t live in a total cave, we’re not in a mansion. In an effort to keep traffic moving at the bar we had a drink for the bride: rose syrup + champagne, and a drink for the groom: gin + tonic. We had a couple bottles of red wine and a bottle of Bourbon as a shoutout to Matt’s second favorite liquor. I’ve always heard people will have what you serve. It was true! There was not a drop of liquor left. Not. A. Drop. There was a bottle of Tonic left and a swig of coke. If you missed my recipe for rose syrup take a peek here! It was a really lovely addition to the champagne.

Here’s a few pictures of the decorations and the party!

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Throughout the party guests filled out “Wed Libs”, instead of Mad Libs. We had so much fun reading them aloud at the end of the night. 

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Told you they were funny. 

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I used left over paper from the garland to cover a block of styrofoam & used some extra hearts to deck out our meatball toothpicks. 

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I stamped our white napkins with “Carlie & Matt” and “Mr. & Mrs.”

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We went to the roof for a few minutes. That’s me on the right playing party host and pouring some traveling champers. 

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Cheers to Matt & Carlie! We just can’t wait for January!

XX Leigh-Taylor