Simple, affordable DIY Succulent centerpieces

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I wanted a simple and affordable solution for filling extra table space at a baby shower I was styling with my good friend and photographer Amy Stone. The colors were peach and turquoise, with hints of gold metallic. I had tons of old canned vegetable cans stored up, so I sprayed them metallic gold and planted miniature succulents in them as centerpieces. Super easy & super affordable. The spray paint was under $5 and the cans were leftover from my pantry food. The succulents were free since I clipped them from plants in my garden and re-planted them into dirt in the cans, but you could always head to your local nursery to pick some up or even Ikea sells mini succulents for $2.99!

Enjoy and happy planting!! :)
XO
Kiira

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Featured by Hostess with the Mostess!

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I’m super excited that Judah’s 1st birthday party is being featured today by Hostess with the Mostess! Check it out here, and check my blog for some of the affordable DIY decorations I created to make this party extra special :)

XO
Kiira

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Nursery Rhyme Books Birth Announcement

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I had the absolute privilege to design these birth announcements for baby Anna Josephine this month. What a doll! Working on these reminded me of my own little one’s birth announcement, when we stacked him on top of his nursery rhyme books. He’s nearing his SECOND birthday in August. Where does the time go?!

Congratulations to Anna’s wonderful parents, Patrick and Jill.
You’ve got a beautiful little girl! :)

XO
Kiira

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DIY Gold Confetti Stationery

I’ve been going a little gold crazy lately. I bought a can of metallic gold spray paint for a crafty DIY baby shower I’m putting together with my friend Amy. We’ll post more on that in a bit ;) In the meantime, I’ve been finding all sorts of fun things to use metallic gold to accent with. Here I printed a simple black and white greeting card on my inkjet printer. Then created a cardstock stencil using varied hole punch sizes, lined it up on my card, sprayed, and voilà! A beautiful, handmade metallic confetti greeting card! You could do this any way you like, if you don’t have a printer you can handwrite a message or do calligraphy.

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Supplies:
– White cardstock
– 1 can metallic gold spray paint
– Ruler
– X-acto blade
– Cutting mat (so you don’t cut through onto your floor or table)
– Hole punch
– Hammer

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First, punch holes in a piece of cardstock in a pattern or design you like. I wanted mine to look like scattered pieces of confetti falling. I used two different sizes of hole punches that you hammer to punch through the paper. They come as a set at Michael’s craft store. Once you have your design, lay it flat onto a second piece of cardstock and do a test spray with your metallic spraypaint. It’s best if you can hold your stencil very tight so the spray can’t sneak under it. Once you’re ready, print (or write) on your greeting card. Then place it under the stecil, hold tight, and spray. When the paint has dried, cut along the measured lines with your x-acto blade on your cutting mat (I created a 5×7″ flat card). I used a metallic gold pen to address the envelope to tie them together :) Enjoy!

XO
Kiira

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Summer Farmer’s Market DIY

For most of the DIY’s for this party, I used brown craft paper, or recycled brown paper grocery bags (Trader Joe’s rocks!) I drew out a rough pattern to make teeny-tiny paper bags to hold chips. I rolled the paper to make popcorn cones. I folded the paper into little pouches (I’m an origami master at this point, lol) to hold the napkins & silverware, and tied them with blue baker’s twine. Pinking shears are a girls best friend, so I clipped the edges on all my bags & signs to give them a handmade but finished look. I used the leftover scraps of brown paper to fold little flags over wooden skewers (kabab sticks found in the cookware section of your grocery store!) to be my food signs. Then I hand lettered the words with a white gel pen, which I found at an office supply store.

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A super cute accent to any party is a string of bunting flags. I had an old gardening calendar that had wonderful fruit & vegetable graphics. I used it to cut simple triangle flags, folded the top, and stapled them over a string of white twine to make my farmer’s market bunting flags. I traced and cut out the letters J U D A H and pasted them on to personalize the flags.

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For the party invitations, I wanted a bright yet faded look, reminiscent of a vintage paint can or food label. I designed and printed them myself, and I found brown kraft paper envelopes at Paper Source. I printed and cut out the red gingham liners myself using a template I traced from the envelope shape.

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Bottle obsession

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Every time I drive past a yard sale, I can’t help myself. I love collecting people’s old neglected pretty things. My colored glass bottle collection has grown over the years and it’s almost too large to span my bookshelf anymore. But I can’t stop myself. :)

I was super excited today to unpack them and set them up in my new house. I’ll be posting more photos of the house in the coming weeks as everything gets squared away and boxes are unpacked. For more unofficial glimpses into my world, follow me on instagram + twitter!

Spring Mini Sessions this weekend!

Remember those cute bow-ties I was sewing last week? Well there’s a reason I made so many. :) I’m super excited to announce that Amy Stone I are teaming up to offer a Spring styled photo session for you and your family this weekend! Saturday March 9th and Sunday March 10th in Burbank, California.

Your kids + adorable Easter details + bright fun bow-ties, all at a wonderful outdoor location! Just show up with your kids dressed in something colorful and cute and have some amazing moments captured for you.

Sessions will be 20 minutes long, and 3 final edited photos will be delivered digitally. If you’d like additional images, ordering will be available.

Email amystonephotography@gmail.com to get on the schedule. We can also offer a few weekday slots if the weekend is too busy for you, just email Amy soon to book your session :)

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DIY Bow Ties for Easter!

I came across an amazing tutorial on how to easily make a bow tie on prudentbaby.com. My close friend Amy and I became obsessed with making them for an Easter photoshoot with my boys, so we immediately drove to Michael Levine in downtown LA to find as much cute fabric as we could. Then we dragged my ancient sewing machine from the back of my garage, buried under Christmas decorations and bins of baby clothes, and made these little guys. I’m in love! I think the plaid one is my absolute favorite :)

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Check out the tutorial and very helpful step-by-step instructions over at prudent baby.

 

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Featured! by On To Baby

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Super excited that the baby shower I planned and styled was featured by On to Baby this week!

<3 <3 <3
Kiira

Watercolor Baby Shower for Amy!

This baby shower was very near and dear to my heart because it was for my closest friend Amy. Amy and I both love beautiful details, so I wanted to make this a very special party to celebrate their soon-to-arrive baby Hayley. This was a very DIY baby shower brunch. I was on a tight budget, so I was determined to hand-make everything that I could.

I took my inspiration from some vintage italian watercolored crepe paper party decorations that I found on Etsy. I became obsessed with finding some, but since they were vintage and seemingly one of a kind, I decided to create my own. I ordered white crepe paper balls online and used watercolors to delicately hand-paint them to match my palette. The styling of the baby shower slowly evolved into a vintage watercolor-esque affair. I found some inexpensive textile fabrics in varying patterns that fit nicely into my palette, and I tore them into strips and tied them to a string to create a backdrop for the buffet table. The paint chip garland was an easy and very cheap piece of decoration. I used a scalloped hole punch to create circles from paint swatches I picked up (for free!) at a hardware store. I glued them back-to-back with a string in between. The extra paint chips were scattered around the floral centerpieces to add some color to the white tablecloths.

I created a few chalkboard signs with plywood and chalkboard paint that I picked up from the local hardware store. That chalkboard paint is one of my new favorite craft supplies! I also used a wooden sign and two wooden jewelry boxes which I found at the craft store for under $5 to glue together a long white cake stand. I created little watercolor flags and small colored water balloons filled with air for the sign on the cake.

All of the food was homemade by myself and a few of our close friends who helped out, except for the Krispy Kreme donuts of course. I’d been saving baby food jars for months, so we served chocolate milk in the jars adorned with a paper straw and mini donut through the straw. They were a huge hit! On the menu was sausage & egg strata, muffins, a brown-sugar french toast bake, tater tots, mini quiches, cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit. For our beverage table, a “bubbly bar” with champagne, fruit puree and fresh fruit, as well as some non-alcoholic mixers for our preggo guest of honor.

The invitations and all the paper goods I designed and printed myself. Using watercolors, I painted several pages of ombre colors, which I used for all of the backgrounds on the invitations, signs, labels and flags. I used the extra watercolored paper to punch scalloped circles and assemble a watercolor chandelier for baby Hayley’s nursery. For the guest table, I used my grandma’s vintage wooden hutch. I designed “wishes for Hayley” cards for guests to write and clip onto fabric streamers hanging from tree branches. I also created a Meal Train sign up sheet that coordinated with all the paper goods from the party, and guests were able to sign up to bring Amy and Josh meals once Hayley arrived.

Overall, the baby shower was a beautiful event and I greatly treasure having the opportunity to host this for Amy.






If anyone is interested in some of the crafts, DIY Tutorials are up on my blog:
Long Pastel layered cake
Watercolor Chandelier
Painted Onesies
Watercolor Party Decor + Paper goods
Paint Chip Garland
Baby Food jars for Donuts (how to get the sticky gunk off! :)

Credits:
Party planning + decor: Kiira Turnbow
Flower arrangements: Jessica Burns
Photography: Amy Stone Photography
Paper goods + Invitations: Kiira Turnbow
Donuts: Krispy Kreme
Craft supplies: Michael’s and Home Depot
Food: Kiira, Jessica and friends

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