Friday, September 19

Upcycled Tin Can and Mason Jar Vases // Dinah of DIY Inspired

while i am away on vacation i've asked a group of talented ladies to share something with you inspired by a little end of summer vacay! i hope you enjoy and maybe even find a few new creative girls to keep tabs on. pop on over to their blogs too and say hi! - lauren

I am honored to be guest posting here at A Fabulous Fete. I’m Dinah, Blogger at DIY Inspired and Inheriting Our Planet. I love to repurpose and upcycle old things to bring them new life. Today, I want to share a quick and easy tutorial for painting tin cans and mason jars.


You only need three easy steps and three materials to make these pretty vases: 1) Painter’s tape, 2) Scrap paper or newspaper, and 3) Spray paint. 
First, tape off your jars and cans with Painter’s tape.  Be sure to press and smooth out and bubbles to prevent bleeding.



Next, Tape off the areas you do not wanted painted and cover it with paper.


Spray paint your vases in a well-ventilated area. One coat works perfectly.


Fill your vases with water and fresh flowers.


You can use these vases anytime or for party centerpieces. You can play around with colors to go with any party theme, event, or holiday.


I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Stop by and say hello. You can find me on InstagramFacebookPinterest, or Twitter. You can also see more crafts, DIY, and party ideas over at DIY Inspired. Thank you Lauren for having me!

Last Days of Summer // Sara of A Dose of Pretty

while i am away on vacation i've asked a group of talented ladies to share something with you inspired by a little end of summer vacay! i hope you enjoy and maybe even find a few new creative girls to keep tabs on. pop on over to their blogs too and say hi! - lauren

Hello! I'm Sara from A DOSE OF PRETTY filling in for Lauren while she takes some time off. Are you ready for a new season? I totally am and for cooler weather, but as summer comes to an end, I'm planning on making the best of the last long, warm days. . .bicycling along the ocean {hopefully with fresh blooms in tow}, visiting the beach one last time this summer, and of course drink as much rosé wine as possible {with dinner of course}.

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 How will you be celebrating the end of summer? You can find me on Pinterest, instagram, twitter, Facebook, and of course my blog. I hope you'll stop by and say hello. Images 1 unknown, 2, 3


Thursday, September 18

Tattooed Treat Bags // Maritza of Maritza Lisa

while i am away on vacation i've asked a group of talented ladies to share something with you inspired by a little end of summer vacay! i hope you enjoy and maybe even find a few new creative girls to keep tabs on. pop on over to their blogs too and say hi! - lauren

Well hello! I'm Maritza and you can find me over at the little paper-happy blog, Maritza Lisa. I am sooo happy to be here. Today's DIY is all about tattoos and treat bags. How perfect are these for hosting little events (as place cards) or giving little treats to loved ones?




You need Silhouette Studio (or similar), a printer, temporary tattoo paper, a scraper (or similar tool), and muslin treat bags. 

1: Create your text/names and then mirror them (I typed mine, added a frame and then mirrored right)





2. Print the text onto the glossy side of the tattoo paper (there are little pink marks on the non-printable side)

3. Wait about 10-15 minutes for the ink to dry, then apply the adhesive sheet onto the top of the tattoo paper (ink side up), using your scraper to smooth it out

4: Cut very closely around the text, then peel away the clear adhesive layer

5: Use the wet cloth/towel to apply the tattoo to the eraser, patting it until the paper can easily slide off




And you're done! How will you tattoo your treat bags?




Wednesday, September 17

Tropical Honeymoon Outfit Inspiration // Sam of Sam Rosen

while i am away on vacation i've asked a group of talented ladies to share something with you inspired by a little end of summer vacay! i hope you enjoy and maybe even find a few new creative girls to keep tabs on. pop on over to their blogs too and say hi! - lauren


American Apparel crop top // Asos skirt {similar} // Nordstrom BP Panama Hat {similarsimilar} // Gap neon clutch {similarsimilar} // Vince Camuto heels {similar} // Urban Outfitters sunglasses // Fossil rose gold boyfriend watch {similar} // Heather Belle cuff c/o Favery // Target rose gold spike bracelet {similar}

Hello! 
My name is Sam and I have a fashion and lifestyle blog. I blog about what I'm wearing, where I'm eating, and I love to blog about hosting parties. No surprise that I turn to AFF for event inspiration!

I live in the Pacific Northwest and I'm starting to think that I was meant to live in the desert. When the sun comes out in Oregon, I am one happy woman. My husband and I honeymooned in Palm Springs last year and this was my absolute favorite honeymoon/vacation outfit. The top was gifted to me at my wedding, my friend pulled me aside and said, you have to open my present right now because you'll probably want to take it with you on your honeymoon. She was spot on! I knew immediately it would be paired with this skirt, they were meant for each other. The warm weather is short lived in Oregon so I soak it up as long as possible and then dream of going on more desert vacations. 

// see more of sam here //



Tuesday, September 16

DIY Faux Cacti Place Cards // Crystal of SWEATshirt DRESSshirt

while i am away on vacation i've asked a group of talented ladies to share something with you inspired by a little end of summer vacay! i hope you enjoy and maybe even find a few new creative girls to keep tabs on. pop on over to their blogs too and say hi! - lauren

One of my favorite plants is the cactus. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, and is an overall versatile decor item. The cactus has a reputation for being low-maintenence, but despite the lack of care, I somehow managed to drop the ball when it came to the one cactus I owned.


For those who can relate (and even those who might not), a more realistic option to consider is fake greens. Insert these adorable faux potted cacti. They're perfect for decorating your home or office with, and can also be doubled as place cards. Read on for a tutorial…


Materials: oval shaped pebbles (the taller the better!), dark green + white acrylic paint, a paintbrush, toothpick, and 3" terra cotta pots.

PEBBLE PREP
1. Gather long, oval-shaped pebbles. Rinse them clean and let dry.
2. Apply 1-2 coats of green acrylic paint to each pebble. Mix in white paint to create different shades of green.


3. Using the toothpick and white acrylic paint, create small white lines on each pebble, and let dry. These will be your "spikes". Refer to photo #5 for pattern ideas.


FINISHING TOUCHES
4. Scoop potting soil into each pot, leaving ~1cm of space at the top.
5. Arrange pebbles as desired. Pebbles should be 1-1.5" deep into the dirt to ensure sturdiness. Don't be afraid to play around with different arrangements.


OPTIONAL: ATTACHING NAMES
3 ways to attach names to each cacti pot:
A. As seen in these photos, take a rectangular strip of paper, and cut a triangle out of one end, creating a bunting ribbon effect. Write your desired message/name, and glue to the bottom of each pot.
B. Attach a small strip of paper to a toothpick, write your desired message/name and insert in dirt.
C. Directly write your message/name on to the front of the pot.


Find more of Crystal here // 
Blog: http://sweatshirtdressshirt.blogspot.com
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