Making Memorial Weekend Memories

“Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.” –History.com

Most Americans commemorate this holiday by opening their pools for the start of the summer swim season, attending parades, and hosting picnics with friends and family.  Memorial Day seems to be the un-official start to summer, and my husband and I look forward to it every year.

Being eight months pregnant with our first child seems to complicate the plans a little… no tubing down our favorite creek or camping this year.  But, that doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating!

Kick start your Memorial Day festivities with a festive table scape, fresh at home cooking and star spangled DIY projects.

Here is an easy recipe to impress your friends from The Cookie Rookie.
Here is an easy salad recipe  that’s perfect for summer, and is sure to impress your friends, from The Cookie Rookie.
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A great way to add some color and pattern to your table is by creating paper placemats, like this one from Martha Stewart! You can use scrapbook paper, but wallpaper works especially well if you want to make a long table runner. Our blue Stars wallpaper would be a festive option for Memorial Day or the 4th of July.
And, if you have a few extra minutes, add some flair to your favorite pair of jeans with just a few simple steps!
And, if you have a few extra minutes, add some star spangled flair to your favorite pair of jeans, courtesy of Free People.

No matter where you are, or what you do this long holiday weekend, take a few minutes to recognize all those in your life who have served in the military and helped to protect our great country.  Happy Memorial Day!

 

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Pop-Up Shop Coming to York

When approached to create a pop-up shop for the former Woolworth’s store in downtown York, PA, my fellow graphic designer Jeremy and I couldn’t resist.

Upon accepting the design challenge, we started sketching and developed a framework for our display, which we began calling, “creative spaces.”  Each of our three windows would portray the space of a creative person… that of a writer, a fashion designer, and a musician.

We wanted all of the spaces to feel personal, and lived-in, so we designed each in a different color pallet. The writer’s window would be a mod office, set in warm tones of red, yellow and orange, with splashes of teal and aqua. The fashion designer’s space would encompass two rooms; first the bedroom will emerge as an urban inspired paradise with neutrals and metallic accents. The designer’s adjoining closet will be full of animal prints and naturally inspired elements. Lastly, the musician’s living room will be draped in cool blues, greens and purples with accents of gold and natural materials.

We reused and repurposed a lot of materials for the window displays including this retro bike which we painted purple. The original Woolworth's sign still hangs above the main entrance. Jeremy getting ready to spray paint.
We reused and repurposed a lot of materials for the window displays including this retro bike which we painted purple. The original Woolworth’s sign still hangs above the main entrance. Jeremy getting ready to spray paint.

With a tribe of helpers, we were able to load, unload, assemble and place 75% of the window displays in just one day!  Our pop up shop window exhibit will be revealed today, Friday, November 6th, 2015, as part of downtown York’s First Friday.  We are excited for everyone to see the vigettes once we rip the brown craft paper from the windows revealing these creative spaces… stay tuned to see pictures of our display once it’s complete in just a few hours!

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Hauntingly Haute

Now that the fall season is back in full swing- my outdoorsy family and I have been spending evenings having family time indoors. We love to lazily gather around the dining table, sip tea and chat about our days. It’s a great time of year.

However, with only a week away from Halloween- I haven’t decorated or hung a single thing. As we pulled out a few of the Halloween decorations we’ve collected, it was evident that most of our accessories have finally slipped past the “worn in look” and have fallen into the “time to toss” phase.

My daughter Tori noticed too, frowned, shrugged, and said “Mama… don’t worry. We can make decorations together! Let’s create something fun!” So my daughter and I pulled out her iPad and went straight to Pinterest.

We stumbled upon these easy to create bats and got to work. Tori suggested we put them on the wallpaper we recently hung in our dining room. The new wall is outfitted in a Candice Olson wallpaper that is gray and sparkly and simply perfect. Our stack of leftover wallpaper samples were stowed away in the front closet.  We thumbed through them and found the perfect one, and Voila! We ordered the paper the next day, and when I picked it up I could hardly wait to get home to start making these!

A Candice Olson pattern called Modern Lace (DE8807). Black and edgy with a touch of vintage, I’ve loved this pattern since I first saw it.
A Candice Olson pattern called Modern Lace (DE8807). Black and edgy with a touch of vintage, I’ve loved this pattern since I first saw it.

Within minutes we created many wallpaper bats, and had started sticking them to the wall. Having so much fun, we just kept cutting and taping as we sat and chatted about our days, and the upcoming holiday.

It was the perfect craft to be handmade with the perfect little girl. I hope you find some time this holiday season to slow down and enjoy the pretty little things.

Follow this link to find out how to make your wallpaper bats!
https://goo.gl/51pPWZ

Pictured is the before and after accent wall in Candice Olson's pattern, Dazzled DE8860. It glimmers with glitter and sand. The wallpaper complements the bats well, offering a hauntingly beautiful background. Last pic is of my little girl, Tori, posing after her hard work.
Pictured is the before and after accent wall in Candice Olson’s pattern, Dazzled DE8860. It glimmers with glitter and sand. The wallpaper complements the bats well, offering a hauntingly beautiful background. Last pic is of my little girl, Tori, posing after her hard work.

 

 

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