Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June party favors

For favors I wanted to continue the flying/mail themes from the table setup.

First I cut the envelopes out of red construction paper and edged them in red white and blue striped wash tape. 

Next I drew paper airplanes on shrink dink (or oven bake shrinking film) and baked them. If they were going to be pendants make sure to punch a hole in the film before baking. They could also be made as pins.
The were very simple to make and looked cute on the table as well. Also I think I need to start using shrinky-dink more, it's super fun stuff.

Monday, June 29, 2015

A very pretty goodbye party

So better late than never and all that but I finally have photos of the June party setup. This month I went for a travel themed goodbye party. The starting point was folder of old block printed planes and birds that I came across while cleaning out my desk. I went with a mostly red white and blue theme, thinking about airmail envelopes and cancellation stamps and that sort of thing.
I set the table with a white tablecloth, white dinner plates and some more rustic rectangular side plates, as well as light blue napkins and my vintage silverware. I added the pale blue flags to the red striped straws and used white paper airplanes as place cards. The red envelopes hold favors, which I will try to do a post about as well. Down the middle of the table I sprinkled red and blue circle confetti that I made with a large paper punch, as well as the extra printed birds that weren't used in the background. 
For the wall decoration I just sewed through the birds and planes with my sewing machine and strung them up with washi tape. The lettering was cut out of two layers of paper, red and blue, and then glued together to create the shadow effect, and hung with double stick tape. Both parts were super quick but have a big impact.
The cake was topped with a bird and a long blue banner, like a plane might pull with a message, both glued to kitchen skewers.

The budget was pretty straightforward

red and blue papers............................................$3
rectangle dishes.................................................$6
jewelry chain.....................................................$8

Again, mostly using paper and dishes and things I already had, this party came together for almost nothing and I'm glad I was able to reuse something that I made for an old project so long ago (the birds and planes) and turn it into something new.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

making it work

Cleaned up my living room some and it looked so nice I had to take pictures. I've really been feeling a less is more style in this room recently, possibly because such a high traffic space, or because I can see it from my desk while I work but I am enjoying the calmer space. I recovered the window seat in a white print fabric which just makes it seem even sunnier and more inviting, and removed some layers from the couch and theater chairs.  I also decided to try hanging my diy wedding blanket over the covered mirror because it's so pretty I like looking at it every time I walk by. 
I've taken to reading and drinking tea in the window seat, and even sitting at the table to eat sometimes. I think with the chaos of my work space I am really craving some more peaceful spaces so this is working for me. I removed all of the layered colorful paintings and prints from the wall by the couch, replacing them with this paper wreath I made last summer which is much quieter and more peaceful. I think that because I love the wall color so much (gray owl as recommended by pretty much everyone on the internet) and the room is already broken up so much by doorways and windows, that I prefer to have expanses of it open and uncovered when I can. The fern is my new plant baby that I picked up because of a sale at the hardware store. 
The bar got some tidying up as well, mostly just consolidating all of the liquor bottles (and taking inventory of all of the ones that I need to get refills for as my supply has been severely depleted by festivities) and reorganizing the glasses to fit better. I always see pictures of bar carts that are so free and open and then I realize that they have almost no glassware stored in them and it makes sense. However, as I can't seem to stop collecting vintage cocktail glasses when I find them (often) this will just have to be where they live. It might be time to design and build a new house bar though, something customized to better fit all my bits and bobs.The splattery ink piece which previously hung above the theater seats took the spot of the chalkboard menu at least for now, and I think it makes for a nice moment.

These adjustments took very little time and cost me nothing (other than the purchase of the new plant I suppose) but have made the space so much more enjoyable for me. I love it when I am able to just use what I have to make my apartment work better for me, and feel more like a home.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

small adjustments

Much as I loved my clean and empty polka dot hallway, it is a big space, practically a room. And this being San Francisco, the space was needed for storage in some way. For a while the theater seats and a tall book shelf were sort of thrown in there for lack of anything better, but when my roommate was redoing his bedroom, he decided to take the corner shelf into his room where it would work better, and so we took the large black bookshelf he'd had there previously, and turned it on it's side so that it could be both a storage piece for book and all sorts of other things, and a surface for mail and whatever else was in our hands when we walked in the door.
Just a reminder, this is what it looked like last time I took any pictures.

Still as difficult to take photos of as always, still frustratingly full of doors, but I think that the low long bookshelf is working better for me, and I'm also happy to see some of my favorite hats out instead of stuffed in a bin. It just made sense to use them as decoration, plus now they are easier to grab on my way out of the door. I still wish it was all empty and calm but perhaps I will have to make that happen somewhere else in the apartment. I know the living room is just begging for an update....

Monday, June 22, 2015

baking a cake

I haven't baked a cake in over two years. Not sure how this happened, maybe cause it feels like more of an ordeal than a tart or pie? Maybe because I don't prefer it as much as other dessert? But I decided to see what I could do with the cake medium for a party this last weekend. I made a chocolate naked cake (naked cake just means it has no frosting on the outside, on inbetween the layers, thus it is 'naked') with vanilla frosting, dark chocolate raspberry sauce and fresh cherries. It was a bunch of steps and preparation, and assembling the layers is always a bit harrowing (please don't break please don't break) but it all worked, it looked pretty, and most importantly, it tasted great. Wins all around.

While I still think I'm more of a pie girl myself, however it's good to know this is something I can do when the situation calls for it.