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Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

I am so excited to share my latest DIY project with you all! It’s super easy, cheap and cute for fall. Fabric pumpkins are all the rage this season. I’m sharing this easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin I made for $5!

You will need:

– A small pumpkin (I used a small faux one I got in the dollar bin).

– Twine

– An old sweater (I used one I had in my closet that I didn’t wear anymore but you can also go to Goodwill and get one. The tighter the cableknit or weave, the better.)

– Ribbon

 

Directions:

1.) Start by taking your pumpkin and inserting it through the bottom of your sweater, feeding through one of the sleeves until the tip of the stem is sitting right at the ribbing of your sleeve.

DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

2.) Twist the sleeve tightly around the stem of your pumpkin. Take your twine and start wrapping around the covered stem, from bottom to top. Then go back down and work your way back up again. Cut the twine and then hold in place with either a hot glue gun or some Modge Podge.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY sweater Pumpkin

3.) Next cut the sweater at the bottom of the pumpkin. You can tape to hold to the pumpkin or throw a couple of stitches in to hold it together but this part is not going to show.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

4.) Finish it off by tying a bow with a ribbon around the base of the stem.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

 

Super cute right? These are adorable on some shelves, in a little corner or lining your stairs.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

See one of my other favorite holiday DIYs, Dehydrated Fruit Garland

 

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1 In Birthday/ DIY/ Events/ parties

How to throw the best 30th birthday party

Thirty AF Birthday Party

My middle sister Michelle just turned 30. She is the biggest party girl I know and is always there to celebrate all of her family and friends no matter what the occasion. So we knew we had to throw her a surprise 30th birthday party to remember. I’m sharing all the details on how to throw an epic 30th birthday party. (And I’ve included links throughout so that you can shop some of my essentials to recreate the look yourself!)

Theme

How to make balloon garland

With any party, you have to first choose a theme. We wanted the feel to be a very intimate gathering, relaxed but yet a little upscale. And it had to be special because you only turn 30 once! My mom and sister got the great idea to have a private chef come in and cook dinner for our guests. If any of you guys are local to the Capital Region, you have to check out Ryan O’Shea from Suburban Kitchen. Not only did he prepare a delicious meal from farm to table, but he handles everything from bringing all the ingredients to even doing all the dishes afterwards so that you can truly just relax and mingle with your guests. (Side Note – Ryan did not pay me for this plug, I just highly recommend him!)

How to throw the best 30th birthday party private chef

Decor

Table setting

Since it was a dinner party, the table was going to be the focal point of our evening. We did a very simple yet tasteful table setting with white linens and greenery. Trader Joe’s is a great spot for fresh, seasonal stems. Or if you want to go the faux route, I love Joann’s or Michael’s.

simple white table setting with greenery

Balloon Garland

How fun is this balloon garland? We had it set up right behind where our party girl would be sitting. And it made a great prop for photos!

How to make a balloon garland

To make a balloon garland, you will need:

  • Balloons (a few different colors)
  • Balloon pump
  • Balloon garland decorating kit – includes balloon tape and sticky glue dots. Click here for the one I used

You’re going to want to have a few different colored balloons to add variety to your garland and make it stand out. Our color scheme was white, greens and gold.  You can get the exact ones here if you want to duplicate – clear with gold confetti // sage green.

Start by blowing up about 30-40 balloons. Use your balloon pump (I like this one on Amazon) to inflate them as much as you can (you want them big here) as this will be the base of your garland. Next you’re going to take your balloon tape and you will notice that it has holes, some larger than others.  One at a time, insert the balloon into the large holes, leaving a few empty holes in between.

Hang the balloon garland wherever you plan to have it displayed.

Next finish blowing up the rest of your balloons in varying sizes, from medium to small. Using the sticky glue dots included in your balloon kit, attach the balloons to fill in the gaps and give your garland the dimension you desire.

To really make it pop, we added this rose gold “THIRTY AF” Balloon banner underneath.

 

The Food/Drinks

Charcuterie Board

I once heard a saying “I’ve never met a charcuterie board I didn’t like” and honestly I’ve never agreed with something so much in my life. I personally love cheese and I’d rather pick on a bunch of little bites than have a big meal. They’re also great for entertaining and fun to assemble. You can include whatever you want. (Tip – assembling charcuterie boards can be expensive. Aldi’s is a great place to pick out affordable yet signature cheeses, meats and crackers.)

how to make a charcuterie board

Here’s what I like to include on mine:

  • Cheeses – something hard (cheddar), various soft and spreadable cheeses (goat, brie, herbed cheeses).
  • Meats – Salami, Prosciutto and Sopressata are the ones I like to add.
  • Crackers
  • Fruit – I like to do grapes, berries, and dried apricots
  • Nuts – For a nice combo of sweet and salty try pistachios, cashews and candied pecans.
  • Olives
  • Chocolate – little bites of chocolate with sea salt or dark chocolate covered almonds are a great pick.
  • Jams/Spreads – My personal faves are fig jam and pepper jelly.

Signature Cocktail

Having a special signature drink on display is a festive and personal way to celebrate your guest of honor. We deemed this one the “Minerv Swerve” named after her signature dance moves.

Signature Cocktail for 30th birthday party

My decorative beverage dispenser was a gift to me at my bridal shower and is unavailable but here’s another one I like on Amazon.

The Cake

These gorgeous number cakes have been floating around my Pinterest feed. My talented mama created this one by making two large sheet cakes and using a cardboard to trace and cut the cake in the number you want. Layer the cakes with dollops of frosting in between and top with color fruit, macaroons, meringues and flowers.

how to make a number cake for birthday

We were able to pull it off and needless to say, my sister was shocked when she walked in and saw her family and friends there to celebrate her.

Surprise birthday party

 

sassy since 1989

Click for both her Skirt and Top

Click to see one of my earlier posts on how to throw a WILD ONE first birthday party

 

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0 In Baby/ DIY/ toddler

Emegency Toddler Car Kit Essentials

emergency toddler car kit
This post is sponsored by Huggies but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This post also contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

 

Picture this – you run out to the store for milk, you don’t bring your diaper bag because you’re just running in and out. You pull into the parking lot at the store and realize your little one had a massive blowout. First of all, we’ve all been there.  I can’t tell you how many times this happened to me. If it wasn’t a diaper I needed, then it was something else – a blanket for the park, or a book or a toy to keep my little guy occupied while out in public.  That’s why I created an Emergency Toddler Car Kit, so that I am stocked and ready at all times.

 

Here are my Emergency Toddler Car Kit Essentials:

 

1.) Diapers – because you never know when there will be a blowout and it’s best to be prepared.

 

2.) Wipes – I use them for everything, from messy hands and faces to wiping off my counters. I love Huggies Natural Care Wipes. They’re 99% water based and are alcohol, paraben and fragrance free. Click here to buy some or head to your local Walmart.

Huggies Natural Care Wipes

 

3.) Diaper disposal bags – I keep these in my car and purse. And they are lavender scented!

 

4.) Hand sanitizer – It’s always a good idea to have on hand when traveling for after diaper changes, before eating or when out in public places.

 

5.) Spare change of clothes – I keep a pair of sweats/leggings, a t shirt, zip up hoodie, pair of socks and hat.

 

6.) Blanket – For the cooler months to keep warm and in the warmer months for picnics and trips to the beach and park. Love this one on Amazon

large indoor/outdoor buffalo plaid blanket

 

7.) Activity book – I have this one for my son and I love that it’s dry-erase. Just wipe clean and you can re-use. It’s a lifesaver when you have to wait somewhere and keep them occupied.

 

toddler dry erase activity book

 

8.) Snacks – because it’s no fun dealing with a hangry toddler.

 

9.) Drinks – love these cups as they are spill proof too!

 

10.) Sunscreen – When the weather gets nicer, we often stop at the park or playground. I love having some extra sunscreen in the car to reapply as needed.

 

11.) First aid kit – Because bumps and scrapes happen. This one is lightweight and compact.

 

Emergency Toddler Car Kit

 

Now you’ll be prepared for any road trips or just when out running errands with your little ones.

You can also check out my post on Must Haves for Your Baby.

 

 

emergency toddler car kit

 

 

1 In DIY/ home decor

Easy Modern Farmhouse Bathroom update

easy diy bathroom update
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I’m so excited to FINALLY share with you guys the details of our Modern Farmhouse Master Bathroom update! (I had all intentions of getting this up sooner, but ya know, life.)

So when we first moved in to our new house, I loved that we had a master bath. It needed some work, but being that we just did a huge bathroom renovation at our previous home, and expecting a baby, we put it off.

One weekend after watching Marie Kondo, I was going through our house on a whirlwind. I mean I literally ripped through every room. I stepped into our bathroom, and well, one thing led to another.  We (I say “we” but I mean “me) decided to do a quick little bathroom update for just under $200.

This is what it looked like before.

easy diy bathroom update

 

It wasn’t terrible, but it needed a little refresh.

  • First thing I did was pull out this shelving unit over the toilet and paint. The color we chose was Sherwin Williams Passive Gray. I love this color because it has a nice cool tone to it. I wanted something very airy and clean looking with some touches of rustic/earthy elements to it for a modern farmhouse feel.
  • Next, we painted the bathroom vanity. Our vanity takes up a great deal of space in our bathroom.  To give the space a brighter look I decided to transform it by painting it white and then doing the hardware darker to give it some contrast. For the cabinets we used Rust-oleum cabinet transformations kit in pure white (we had some left over from our DIY distressed bedroom furniture we did in the fall).

bathroom update

easy diy bathroom update

 

  • Our shower is the main focal point of our bathroom. I desperately wanted to get rid of the glass shower door but because there was no tub, and we were just looking to do a quick weekend update, I left it. Instead, I put up a cute shower curtain to cover the glass door to dress it up a little.

easy diy bathroom update

 

  • Next, I added some shelving. To decorate the shelves, I got some apothecary jars and baskets to help organize some of our personal items. I also found a cute little vintage sign and some greenery.

 

diy bathroom update

 

I love the way it came out and for a little under $200, it looks like a totally different space! Not bad for a weekend 😉

I’ve linked some of my bathroom faves below:

shower curtain

floating shelves

Vintage bathroom sign

apothecary jars

soap dispenser

 

And be sure to check out some of my other DIYs

Whitewashed Brick Fireplace Update

DIY Distressed Bedroom Furniture Tutorial

 

modern farmhouse bathroom update