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getting crafty for father’s day : DIY kites 06.12.2013

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we thought it was the perfect time for a little craft that you could do with your kid! Bonus: it can be a gift for dads AND a fun little activity for Father’s Day! So, grab a few supplies, and let’s have some fun!

Materials: skewers, tape, string, tissue paper, glue stick, scissors, needle and ribbon for decoration

Step 1.  Layout your skewers in the size that you want for your kite

2.  Tie off the center stabilizers and tape the supporting skewers

3.  Cut out a piece of tissue paper the size of your kite with a 1-2 inch boarder

4.  Cut thick fringe on the edges and glue the tabs around the skewers. Continue this around all four edges.

5.  Place the glue side down on another piece of tissue and repeat steps 3 and 4. Adding more layers helps to strengthen your kite! The more you add the stronger it gets!

6.  Once you have finished your layering  (we liked 4 layers the best) you can use your needle and thread to poke through and around your stabilizer at the top (its best if you can thread it through the tape so it does not tear).  Tie this off and then do the same at the bottom. Keep some slack between the two ties, this is what you can hold onto to fly your kite.

7. Add a tail! This can be anything you want! We used ribbon, yarn and bows!

8.  Decorate! Paint and stickers work great!

9. Take it outside and give it a shot!

We hope you guys all give it a shot, we had the best time letting our little guys decorate these kites!

We know we have already introduced you on previous posts, but this brilliant idea is all thanks to our absolutely incredible intern, Jordan Key! Not only is she an awesome designer, but we have uncovered a craft genius! She’s basically our very own in-house Martha Stewart and we are so lucky to have her! Thanks Jordan for coming up with this fun activity and for your daily brilliance!!!



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Mother’s Day Anthro Event // painted flower pot DIY 06.04.2013

We already shared a little recap of our Mother’s Day Anthropologie Event here, but we thought it was only fair to make sure that all of you, even if you couldn’t make it to the event, could still do this fun little painted flower pot DIY! We’ve shared our super-easy steps below!

The only supplies you will need are: painter’s tape, scissors, paint, a flower pot, (optional hole-puncher) and a wooden skewer! And of course the perfect flower or plant of your choice to finish it all off!

We had to share one more shot of our entire fabulous group of attendees! Such concentration, right?

And, here you go – a free printable for your very own flower picks! Just click right here to download:


One more big huge THANK YOU to Anthropologie for letting us host this Mother’s Day Event!

  1. Alexa

    These pots came out so so cute…definitely going to make my own! :)

    June 7, 2013 2:35 pm
  2. Ali

    I had so much fun with you girls! Thanks for hosting such a fabulous event!

    June 7, 2013 4:04 pm

we have a crush on “Inspire Lovely” etsy shop 02.19.2013

Judging by the number of sales and number of admirers, we are the last two people in the world to have heard of this shop, so, we may be late, but we are jumping on the bandwagon!! It’s called Inspire Lovely, and if you’ve already visited this darling shop, then we are mad at you for not sharing it with us…but if this is news to you, you can thank us later! Isn’t it great? Our heads are filled with all kinds of project and party ideas!!!! Just scroll on down, yours will, too!

And look at this, a 2013 mini calendar!

See? Are you freaking out as much as we were! Inspire Lovely, we heart you!

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candy airplane valentines 02.13.2013

This little craft is one that I remember from being a kid. My mom made these airplanes for us for some occasion and I guess I never forgot it. It is just as simple as can be. You just raid the candy aisle at the grocery store and assemble with a single rubber band. I printed little tags for them, but you could just as easily hand-write them or skip that step altogether. The only snag I had was that it was not as easy to find good ol’ Lifesavers in a roll as I assumed it would be. They didn’t have them at the first two places I went so I went from jumbo Smarties instead (which worked great because I could tie the little tags right onto the bunchy ends. Happy Valentine’s Day! —Carrie

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tea is the new coffee 12.17.2012

Could it be true? Are we all going to make like the Brits and do a full on switch from coffee to tea? All we have to say is, there sure are some pretty irresistible tea accessories out there to urge us along!

{1. tea pot with knitted sleeve 2. embossed cream and sugar  3. a fabric covered notebook made from one of our very own fabric designs 4. and a fabric napking (so easy to make) also made from one of our very own fabrics! 5. “i love you blogs & tea” 6. oh joy! teaspoon set at leif 7. Eva Solo Tea bag)


(Psst…if you are wondering how to get any of our tea-inspired fabrics for yourself, see the whole collection here and just click on the link above your favorite swatch to see a list of stores that will be carrying it soon!)

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  1. Gaby [The Vault Files]

    Well, as a tea lover, I couldn’t help but LOVE this post ;)

    December 17, 2012 5:03 pm
  2. Kelsey

    Just found your website and blog, and I love it!!! I am based out of Olathe and work with a business partner too, my former roommate. :) Happy holidays!

    December 17, 2012 11:15 pm
  3. ampersand

    oh yay, Gaby! We heart your tea-loving ways :) We love tea too–ever since we studied abroad in England together!

    December 18, 2012 4:10 am
  4. ampersand

    Kelsey–so nice to (virtually) meet you!! Now we have discovered your blog as well :)

    December 18, 2012 4:11 am

    never saw this, but thank you ladies! :)

    June 24, 2013 4:13 pm