by Alix

Oct

22

Love your boobs, love yourself movement!

October 22, 2014 in beauty, birth, blogging, breastfeeding, essay, family, friends, Life Essays, Uncategorized, video by Alix

#LoveYourBoobsLoveYourself

Friends! Today I am really excited to be sharing a project I collaborated on with my friend Courtney of Fry Sauce & Grits. It’s all about loving yourself, loving your boobs, and breast cancer awareness. Some of my very favorite people have been affected by breast cancer and we all feel pressure from society regarding women’s bodies and breasts. This topic is one that is close to my heart and, as you know, I have no problem talking about boobs ;) . In fact, you can check out my other boob-related posts here:

Breastfeeding Liam

The Truth About Instagram (and my boobs)

Breast Friends

On a serious note, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so please treat yourself to a little breast love and remember to get mammograms regularly (think pancake-flat love ;) ), party with those who have survived breast cancer, and remember those who’ve lost their lives to breast cancer. That’s what October is all about! Women embracing our bodies and all the qualities that make us beautiful, unique, and what defines us as women.

Like I said, my friend Courtney from the eclectic lifestyle blog Fry Sauce & Grits started a movement called LOVE YOUR BOOBS, LOVE YOURSELF. Courtney is a bra fitter, bra educator, blogger, and is passionate about women issues. She created a video where she interviewed a group of women (one of them is me!!!) and asked them questions about their relationship with their breasts, how they’ve experienced breast shame, how they feel the media depicts breasts, and how we as women can come to love and accept and love our breasts.

Love Your Boobs, Love Your Breasts Movement Fry Sauce and Grits
Courtney’s inspiration: “I find that most women have a hate relationship with their breasts and that makes me really sad. They’re either small, large, lopsided, saggy, or too wide, and it made me realize that we need to stop this breast and body shaming because our bodies are beautiful and powerful. I hope to inspire women with this Love Your Boobs, Love Yourself video that to completely love ourselves as women, we need to love and accept our boobs. There’s a direct relationship between our self image of and the relationship we have with our breasts. Breasts don’t define us but they are definitely a part of us. I want to bring awareness that this dysfunctional relationship we as women have with our breasts and with our bodies are directly stemmed from what the media portrays to be what is perfect and the ideal of beauty. I want to push the message that we aren’t defined by our breast size and how we as women are defined by something greater.”

Love Your Boobs, Love Yourself Quote FrySauceandGrits.com

Me along with a group of other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and yes breast sizes have decided to come together and to love ourselves and our breasts! You can join in this movement too by sharing a picture of yourself and type what you love about your breasts and what defines you as a woman! You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #LoveYourBoobsLoveYourself on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in.
So go ahead and watch the video, it will truly inspire you to stop breast shaming and start loving your breasts and yourself more!

Below are other brave and beautiful women who are sharing their stories of breast shame, breast love, what they’ve learned from their breasts, what they mean to them, and how we as women we can learn to love our breasts and ourselves more! So don’t stop here. Get clicking around, its a blog hop! I hope as you click around  you will feel the importance of women loving themselves, the empowering effect sharing each of our voices will inspire others in some way.

1. Fry Sauce & Grits
2.Allred Design
3. Ashlee Marie
4. Lucky Blogs
5. A Ruffled Life
6. Feel Great in 8
7. Tara Made It
8.Dreaming About Someday
9. MOMentity
10. Dana Ohlsen Photography
11. Life in My Heels
12. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl
13. Utah Mom Connection
14. Lionesses at the Gate
15. Laura’s Crafty Life

Are you ready to share your story? Make sure to tag your picture with the hashtag #LoveYourBoobsLoveYourself and @courtney_frysauceandgrits to participate in this powerful movement to inspire women to completely love themselves!

And don’t forget to check out this article on KSL about our movement!

xoxo Alix

by Alix

Oct

21

Honeycomb Spiders DIY

October 21, 2014 in Craft, DIY, fall, For The Love Of, Halloween, party by Alix

Honeycomb spider DIY

Holy smokes has it been a while or what? I guess I have a great excuse…having a baby and all :) . Yes our little baby girl was born on October 15th (the most perfect of birthdays don’t you think?) and we are smitten. Little Charlotte Paige is sharing the spotlight with her big brother these days and I am already admiring how women juggle life with more than one child. Whew.

Halloween has been sort of neglected around here as a result but worse things have happened ;) . I’ll be sharing lots of family and Charlotte updates this week and next (plus a continuation of the nursery project)! But today in honor of getting back into the swing of things I wanted to share one of my favorite Halloween DIYs ever. These honeycomb spiders are an instant favorite of mine because 1) I love how the twig legs look like crawling hairy spider legs (veeeeery creepy), and 2) the twigs and honeycomb are such an unexpected combination that totally works (like denim jackets and tutus). You can find these honeycomb spider decorations I crafted on For The Love Of  and make some of your own!

Honeycomb spider DIY

Honeycomb spider DIY

xo Alix

by Alix

Sep

29

Top 10 Cricut Design Star (DIY Love sign)!!!

September 29, 2014 in contests, Craft, cricut, DIY, fashion, garland, party, photography, Uncategorized by Alix

Photo booth sign DIY #CricutDesignStar #DesignSpaceStar

Images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company!

Wonderful news friend of mine! My DIY “love” sign Cricut craft project has been selected to be one of September’s top 10 Cricut Design Star projects. I just feel so honored and grateful to be nominated among so many very very talented bloggers. It would mean the world to me (and more) if you took a few seconds to VOTE for me HERE! You can vote once a day and until Oct. 3rd at 12:00 PM and I will shower you with metaphorical confetti and hugs!

Photo booth sign DIY #CricutDesignStar #DesignSpaceStar

Also…go and check out the way cool Cricut Print and Cut feature!

xo Alix

Cricut-Design-Space-Star

by Alix

Sep

23

A Gold Suitcase Makeover

September 23, 2014 in Craft, DIY, HGTV Design Happens, Home, house by Alix

gold suitcase!

Okay let me just say that I am totally in love with this suitcase. It looks A-maze-ing in my nursery that needed a hint of gold (but then again, doesn’t every room need a hint of gold?). The back story with this little gold number is that it was a gift from my mom. She thrifted it from a thrift shop in Sun Valley and gifted it to me! My mom’s a pretty good thrifter-gifter. And I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to getting vintage pieces. I’m just soooo easy going that I let her give me unique and lovely home decorations for free.

If you can believe it, this suitcase started out a faded navy blue color. The edges were this yucky yellow tinge that I am sure was once a bright white. Not even a magic eraser could remedy the fade and wear so a fresh coat of paint was the solution!

Want all the detes on this adorable gold suitcase makeover? I spill all my painting secrets and gold-loving guts on HGTV Design Happens today! Check it out!

Tips on how to paint an old suitcase gold

by Alix

Sep

21

Photo booth sign prop!

September 21, 2014 in Craft, cricut, DIY, garland, party, photography, portraits, Uncategorized, wedding by Alix

*This post does include affiliate links, I may or may not make commission off of these links. All opinions are 100% mine and are 100% honest*

Photo booth sign DIY

Images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company!

Wonderful news! This DIY “love” sign Cricut craft project has been selected to be one of September’s top 10 Cricut Design Star projects. I’m blushing. I feel so grateful. With so many very very talented bloggers participating I feel like we all deserve a big high five. To be selected is seriously such an honor. It would mean the world to me (and more) if you took a few seconds to VOTE for me HERE! You can vote once a day and until Oct. 3rd at 12:00 PM.

This last week I got really busy with my Cricut…experimenting with materials and fun projects. One project that I just fell absolutely in love with was this photo booth sign prop, perfect for weddings, photo shoots, and any party really! My sweet neighbors were the perfect models for my fun sign – talk about a gorgeous family! This “love”able vinyl sign is so simple to make and Cricut cuts through vinyl like a dream. In fact, after I made this sign I was like, “Why have I not been using vinyl all of my life!?” Want to make a vinyl sign of your own? You totally do I know it :) .

Stuff you will need:

- A Cricut Explore

-Adhesive-backed vinyl by the sheet or by the roll

- Thick poster board

- “love” download

Steps:

1. First, decide on the font you adore for your photo booth sign. Then, in that font, create a png of the word you love (you can do this in any Adobe product really). If you like the “love” I used, you can find the download above. For my next sign I think I will write something fun like “fancy!” or “cheese!”. Really deep stuff you know :) .

2. Second, upload that png to Cricut Design Space. Once it is uploaded you can mess with the scale and orientation.

3. Time to cut!!! Add your vinyl to the Cricut cutting mat and cut out that drool-worthy design.

4. Finally, following the instructions that come with the vinyl, apply the vinyl sticker to the thick poster board.

Photo booth sign DIY

Photo booth sign DIY

Photo booth sign DIY

Photo booth sign DIY

Photo booth sign DIY

Photo booth sign DIY

More fun stuff with Cricut…

Check out the way cool Cricut Print and Cut feature!

The September Mystery Box is here with mystery deals and all!  ;)

Don’t forget to save $50 – $100 bucks on Cricut Explore machine bundles. Yep!

xoxo AlixCricut-Design-Space-Star

by Alix

Sep

18

DIY Dip-Dyed Tassel garland

September 18, 2014 in Craft, DIY, garland, HGTV Design Happens, Home, house by Alix

DIY-Dip-Dyed-Tassels

Images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company

One thing I really love about this dip-dyed tassel garland I made for HGTV Design Happens is how organic and earthy it looks, yet the colors are fresh and vibrant. This juxtaposition of modern and earthy, bright and monochromatic, rustic and fresh, is found throughout my house. I like to think that it is a very purposeful design decision, like I have a very clear vision about each piece of furniture and paint color in my house, but the truth is my decorating is based on two principles: 1. budget and 2. trial and error (mostly error I think ;) ). Something as simple and easy as a food-coloring dip-dyed tassel adds a lot of intrigue and interest, but is also easy and cheap–perfect for a mom running around like a crazy person most days.

To make one of your own, hop on over to HGTV Design Happens!

DIY-Dip-Dyed-Tassels2

xoxo Alix

by Alix

Sep

15

PARTY! Banner Cupcake Toppers

September 15, 2014 in Craft, cricut, DIY, fall, food, free downloads, Halloween, party, Uncategorized by Alix

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Happy Monday to all! I have to admit that I kind of love the hustle and bustle of a Monday. I feel (slightly) rejuvenated from the weekend and ready to accomplish a bunch of ish on my to-do list. It’s about Thursday that I am feeling like melting into a puddle of cookie dough and Sherlock. Today has been packed with to-dos and lost of snack breaks with my number one side-kick. Gosh I love him so.

And this particular Monday on the blog is a party party party with Cricut! My Cricut Design Star team is at it again and I have to say that I am continually blown away with their creativity and use of the Cricut Explore. Our theme for September was to come up with a craft that you would use for Tabletop Decor. I, naturally, was like: What can I put on a cupcake?! I made these adorable banner cupcake toppers just in time for the black and white festivities of Halloween, but what I love most about these mini banners is that they are so easily modified to fit whatever occasion or party you have coming up! Time to deck out those cupcakes???

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Stuff you will need:

- A Cricut Explore™

- Glue stick

- Hot glue gun and glue sticks

- Paper…I picked black and a sparkly white paper.

- Banner download

- Banner liner download

- Kabob sticks

 

Steps:

1. To begin, download the banner and banner liner documents and upload them to your Cricut Design Space. Then use your Cricut to cut out a banner and banner liner for each cupcake. You will also want to cut our a letter for each cupcake banner in the font of your choice.

2. Next, glue the white banner liner to the back of the black banner so that the edge of the white liner is parallel with the black liner. I used hot glue for this step because my white paper was glittery and I wanted to make sure they really stuck together.

3. Time to add the letter details! Apply glue-stick glue to the back of each letter and stick them to a banner.

4. Then hot glue a kabob stick to the back of the banner (so you can stick that cutie in a cupcake)!

5. For the final, and totally optional step, you can add some embellishments to each little banner. I glued on mini tassels because they add a cuteness factor of about a billion.

All done…Hooray! Time to party!

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Banner cupcake topper with mini tassel

Hot stuff going on at Cricut that you might want in on!….

The September Mystery Box (which is as cool as it sounds) is here! Plus a mystery deal ;)

Want to save $50 – $100 bucks on Cricut Explore machine bundles??? Yep.

Aaaaaaannnnnd…get Free Shipping on all orders with code: MYSTERSHIP! Only lasts until tomorrow (Sept. 16th) so jump on it!

 

For more inspiration from my Cricut Design Star Team you just might want to check out these other tabletop decor crafts:

ON THE TABLE

1-Kiki and Company

2-Stay and Co.

3-Kristi Murphy

4- Beauty Babbler

5- Two Thirty Five Designs

6- A Ruffled Life

7- Frenchie Wraps

8-Girl Inspired

9- Sweet C’s Designs

10-The Life of the Wife

 xoxo Alix

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*Disclosure: I am a member of the Cricut Blogger Network. I may receive prizes in exchange for my winning projects. Even though I am not being directly compensated for these posts, I am under consideration for a prize with Cricut Design Space™ Star. All opinion are 100% my own. This post does contain affiliate links.

by Alix

Sep

12

Succulent Planters and a list of things I wish I had time to do

September 12, 2014 in blogging, Craft, DIY, essay by Alix

Plant succulents in a light fixture!

First of all…this little succulent planter craft is one of my favorites because I used glass light fixtures as the planter! Find out all the “dirt”y deets on HGTV Design Happens!

Second of all, I am SOOO busy. Doesn’t it bug you when people talk about how busy they are? (To be honest it doesn’t really bug me when other people talk about how busy they are, but I am assuming that I must sound terribly obnoxious when I complain about how overwhelmed I am). I mean, with the exception of newborns and my retired neighbor who does laps around the block in a motorized shopping cart, are we not all soooo busy?

What I am saying is that making excuses about being busy and not blogging as much as I like to seems kind of lame, right? So instead of talking about how I have been consumed with projects for Bing and HGTV Design Happens and Cricut and Tai Pan Trading and Home Depot I will just make a list of 10 things I wish I had time to do. (Which also sounds kind of lame, but slightly less lame than throwing my arms up in the air and wining: “I am soooo busy”).

Here we go: 10 things I wish I had time to do

1. Respond to all Instagram and Facebook comments. When someone leaves a comment on my Instagram or Facebook I instantly feel like I have a new best friend. Like they are checking in on me and are like: “Totes adorbs! Winking kissing face!”. When less people liked me, ironically, I was able to keep up with all the comments and respond to them all. Now I find myself with the blessing of not being able to send personal “thank you” comments for every comment I receive. Oh please know that I love you social media best friends!

2. Repainting a wall 4 times until it is the perfect shade of white. These are the things I have to live without! Woe is me.

3. Blogging on my own blog once a day. Do you ever wish you were a Stephanie Meyer’s vampire? Besides the benefit of having a stellar personality and the ability to blind passer-by cars when your skin sparkles in the sun you would also have the ability to never sleep. Did you get that? What if I could never need sleep and then I could have an extra 8(ish) hours to keep my busy butt going. Come to think of it though, a vampire probably wouldn’t be as excited about blogging and hot glue guns as I am anyways.

4. Clean those effing baseboards. How white baseboards manage to become covered in dust and scuffs with such haste remains a mystery to the person (me) who cleans them. Like, shouldn’t there be a rule that if you, on hands and knees, scrub baseboards once in the spring, they ought to stay spotless at least until Christmas? Can we not at least have that universe???

5. To read 15 books to Liam every night. We do make an extensive effort to read at least 2 books to Liam every night but usually by the last few pages of Llama Llama I’m just making up words with my eyes closed. I’m hoping he is slow to read so he doesn’t catch on. (Just kidding, I hope he is the smartest child on planet earth).

6. Start a line of day planners. This is a real dream of mine. Something I really want to do in the future. I mean it. I have yet to find the perfect day planner and I am the kind of person who shops for next year’s day planner in August. Every year I start the hunt early, hoping to find the perfect planner that balances design, functionality, and is the perfect size. One year I’ll throw my hands up, say “To hell with it!” and create my own perfect planner.

7. Organize the basement. So. Much. Crap. Furniture and stuff everywhere. I’m sure some sturdy shelves would help the situation. Someday!

8. Go on a date with Clint once a week, or even once a month. So I once heard that getting a babysitter in New York City is a minimum of $100.00 for the night. I’m not sure on how accurate this is, but things run a little more affordable by way of childcare in Utah, so I really can’t complain. But coordinating a babysitter for a date night can kind of be a hassle. You have to really make a commitment to date night to make it happen.

9. Do my hair regularly. Lets just say that the top knot has been a best friend this year. I’m so grateful for fashion statements that say “minimalist” and not “Flock of Seagulls” bangs.

10. Plant a garden, and a peach tree. A girl can dream of peach jam and canned tomato sauce.

The moral of the story is that I have an incredibly good life. I mean, if my only wish is to paint walls and read about emotionally needy farm animals then I really don’t have the right to complain! Now I am off to play golf with Liam in the backyard (basically I just re-tee his ball and send lots of encouraging comments his way).

Plant succulents in a light fixture!

xoxo Alix

by Alix

Sep

9

Giant Paper Flower DIY

September 9, 2014 in Craft, DIY, party, photography, portraits, pregnancy, Uncategorized by Alix

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

One can hardly consider oneself a crafting professional without having made a jumbo crepe paper flower. Truth, I have never even made a small crepe paper flower, or anything made of crepe paper while we are confessing. I hang my head in shame. But I have to tell you, after much therapy and moment of awakening (I kid) I am proud to say that I made a giant paper flower and it was a blooming success! Really though, it turned out to be a favorite DIY–one of my top ten. Making giant paper flowers, as it turns out, is not that challenging of a task. It’s worth 30 minutes of your time I promise! And it would make the perfect accessory for a little girl’s room, a wedding decoration, or even a photograph prop!

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Here is what you need:

-Crepe paper in the colors of your choice

-Floral wire or floral tape

- Scissors

- Cotton balls

- Hot glue and a hot glue gun

- Pencil and something round to trace…about the size of a cake plate.

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Step 1: Let’s get this crafting party going. To make a giant paper flower you need to start with the flower center. Begin by tracing a big circle on the crepe paper that you want as your center color. The circle should be around 12″ in diameter. Then cut along your traced lines leaving you a crepe paper circle.

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Step 2: To create a plump ball at the center of your flower, place cotton balls in the circle center. Then carefully gather all the sides of the circle and press them together creating a pom for the flower center. Use floral wire of floral tape to secure the gathered circle.

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Step 3: Time to make petals! This is where it gets a little artsy fartsy. The great thing about this poppy-inspired flower shape is that the petals don’t need to be a perfect shape. As you can see above, I just cut out petals that were kind of shaped like a fan. I cut around 15 smaller petals in pink and 10 larger petals in cream. The next part is the really fun part. With single-sided crepe paper you will notice that one side will “ruffle” when you stretch it out. Using your thumbs, press on the stretchable side of the crepe paper petal  just on the inside area of the petal to create a ruffle look. This will make the petals’ texture look very organic and natural.

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Step 4: Then, one at a time, start to glue your petals to the center pom with the hot glue gun. Start with the smallest petals and then work your way out to the largest petals. Once all your petals are attached you have the option to secure a stem to the bottom of the flower. I chose to leave it a loose flower because it will eventually end up on the wall of my studio.

Isn’t she just a beauty!

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

Giant crepe paper flower DIY

All images for this post by Sam of Pierson Photo Company!

xoxo Alix

by Alix

Sep

6

Lunar Bead Necklace DIY

September 6, 2014 in Craft, DIY, fashion, HGTV Design Happens, New Years by Alix

Love this lunar-inspired bead necklace DIY

I created this lunar bead necklace DIY because I was inspired by all the lunar artwork and DIY projects floating around Pinterest. There is something really interesting about the moon to me. I embrace that it changes-it has cycles. You can always count on the moon to be slightly different than the day before, slightly transformed (You think that’s a deep moon thought-don’t even get me started on the parallels between the moon and menstrual cycles ;) ). I like the moon because I relate to that glowing diva…I am not one of those people who is afraid of change. Change actually kind of wakes me up. I like being in new environments, trying new tasks, being put in challenging and somewhat uncomfortable situations. I moved a lot as a child so that could be why. Or perhaps I just get board and take on another task that pushes me.

That’s why the moon and I get along, I think. She’s always evolving and challenging a cloudy sky or entering the scene before the sun exits stage West. I like the idea of wearing such a dreamy bit of space rock around my neck. Very deep of me I know :) .

You can make your own lunar necklace on HGTV’s blog Design Happens!

And since it’s a Friday…more lunar inspiration please? Okay if you insist:

For the littles: Goodnight Moon

 You should probably have a giant golden moon on your wall. Right?!

Moon clock!

A moon pinata to party with

Moon phase art for the double win (and DIY enthusiast!)

 

Love this lunar-inspired bead necklace DIY

xo Alix