Apr 20 2011

DIY Easter Napkin Rings

Make Each Place Setting Unique With This Easy To Do Project

by: Sarah Gunn

We are celebrating Easter this year with The Gunn clan which includes seven children. I thought it would be fun to come up with a quick and cute DIY project to make each child’s place setting special, so I created these Easter inspired paper napkin rings:

It is a super easy project and Michael’s has everything you need.

Materials:
- cute stickers {these ones I used are Martha Stewart}
- scrapbook paper {the thickest you can find}
- scissors {or a paper cutter}, glue and tape

How To:
- cut a square of paper slightly larger than the sticker in a co-ordinating solid colour
- cut a square of patterned paper slightly larger than the solid square
- use the solid paper to create the band that will wrap around the napkin. It should be narrower than the squares and about 6 to 7 inches long.
- glue the squares together and then tape the bottom square to the band. Tape the band around the napkin.
TIP: I use a paper cutter for all of my straight cuts. It makes paper crafts SO much easier.

 

You can use these in other ways too. I wrapped mine around these jars for a sweet Easter floral display:

I can’t wait to surprise The Gunn clan kids with these napkin rings. Although I may be slightly more excited about them than they will be. Six out of seven of them are boys. Anyway....Happy Easter!

Get hopping with even more ways to help you with your Easter entertaining, get crafty with your kids, and celebrate chocolate.

Apr 15 2011

Royal Style

Decor Inspired By William and Kate's Upcoming Wedding

by: Sarah Gunn

Okay I admit it. I am excited for the royal wedding. As a girl who always dreamed she would grow up to be a princess {hello, my name means princess for crying out loud} a royal wedding has me daydreaming about all things royal. Including decor.

I know, I know. You are thinking, who wants a tea set with William and Kate’s faces plastered all over it. But the royal wedding has not only inspired collector spoons and tea cozies. It has introduced me to some really fun and stylish royal design.
 

Crowning Glories


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1. Mr. & Mrs. French Style pillow cove
rs from Etsy store Funkyshique {$40.00}
2. Crowns & Coronets wallpaper from Graham & Brown {$70.00/roll}*
3. Flower Sack Towel Royal Kitchen from Etsy store Bad Bat Designs {$20.00}
4. King’s Crown mugs from Crown Chic {$40.00/set of 4}

Beautiful Union {Jack} & More...

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5. Regal Collection cushions from Jan Constantine {from $110.00}
6. Union Jack chair from Teo Jasmin {$1133.00}
7. Royal Wedding cupcake toppers from Etsy store Selina Lake {$8.00/10}
8. Pop Art cushions from Jan Constantine {from $110.00}
9. Westminster Abbey cushion from Etsy store Helena Carrington {$65.00}
10. William and Kate Royal tea towel from Etsy store Claudia Pearson Illustration {$18.00}

This last royal wedding inspired piece is my favourite. It reminds me a lot of a map of London that I have framed in my family room.

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Map from Etsy store House That Lars Built {$65.00}

What do you think? Are you inspired by this royal decor or are you over it before Will and Kate even walk down the isle?

*I want this wallpaper for the dressing room I plan on having when I grow up. I LOVE it!
 

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Apr 14 2011

Crazy for Quatrefoil

The Four Leaves That Will Add Detail To Your Design

by: Sarah Gunn

I love using pattern in my home but I must admit I tend to be drawn towards simple repeated designs. One of my favourites is quatrefoil; this simple clover-like pattern is so pretty and can be seen in architectural details, decor and more.

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{1. slow travel 2. wide open spaces 3. suite 101 4. wikipedia}

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1. How gorgeous is this stationary I found via Style at Home?
2. I am completely in love with these Stella & Dot earrings. MUST have them.
3. I think this light fixture from Circa Lighting is amazing.
4. This bright tini table from Oomph would look perfect next to my tub.
5. I am sad to say I could not find out any info on this last shot, but if that is wallpaper, I need to order some now.

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What do you think? Are you a fan of quatrefoil?

If you are looking for ways to integrate quatrefoil into your home, check out my friend Lisa’s blog to see her Foyer makeover! It looks amazing.
 

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