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Thursday, September 18, 2014

diy: yarn tassels


I've been seeing a lot of yarn love in my instagram and pinterest feeds lately.


Lots of weavings and lots of cozy fall knitting projects...that are all so gorgeous, but being perfectly honest, I would never finish.  So quick yarn tassels it is.  Wham. Bam. Done.

Here's how to do it:


Pick out your yarn.  I went for different colors and textures that I already had in my stash.  For someone who doesn't knit...I have way too much!!  {I do love making pom poms though...}


Wrap the yarn around a book or similar object 20-25 times.  I used a little pad of paper and went 20 times around with the thicker yarn and 25 times with the thinner yarns.  The more times around, the fuller the tassel.


Carefully slip the wrapped yarn off.


Fold another piece of yarn in half and loop it around the wrapped yarn. Plan the length of it on how high/low you want the tassel to hang.



Knot the looped yarn.  Make sure it's centered.



Wrap another piece of yarn around the tassel towards the top.  Knot it.


My trusty sidekick slash aspiring hand model.



With a sharp pair of scissors, cut the loops of the tassel and trim any uneven ends.


And there you go.  Tassels!
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Monday, September 8, 2014

gifting: boxes of cupcakes


I love cupcakes.
I love pretty packages.
What more is there?? ;)


I've mentioned before how much we love our teachers and how I like to show our appreciation with little acts of kindness throughout the year.

{L to R: carrot & orange frosting // vanilla & vanilla frosting // chocolate & peanut butter frosting // red velvet & vanilla frosting}


Today we dropped off boxes full of cupcakes.


It had been a while since I'd used my pink bakery boxes, so I pulled a few out along with baker's twine, doilies, office tags, and my big stamper.



Then I just filled each box with a variety of cupcakes, topped it with a doily, and tied a tag on with baker's twine.  Done and done.


Happy Monday, friends!  Have a good week! :)
xoxo

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

instagrammed lately.

A little bit of life lately.
Because I've yet to find the balance of 4 littles/school/sports/blogging/social media.
Hopefully it will come soon.
And if not, I'm @aprettycoollife if you'd like to follow along...


Little bouquets for our teachers.
Getting through the first week of school is plenty of reason to celebrate.


Fresh school supplies are always fun.
School supplies are even more fun when you don't actually have to go to school.


Martha mail days are my fave.
Her latest color palette?
Perfection.  Of course.


This little guy.
I can't believe I get to be his mama too.
We all love him so.


Martha's macaroons.
Far less frustrating than making macarons.
And even better dipped in dark chocolate.


Sweet Amanda brought her Be Crafty Workshop to Chicago in August.
A Friday night crafting is my kind of Friday night.


And really, what would my IG feed be without cupcakes??
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