Handmade Parties

How-To: Fall Harvest Vase Wraps

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It’s officially fall in Michigan and I’m trying to enjoy every second of this always-short season here in the Mitten State for as long as I can. There’s lots of plaids to wear, warm tea to sip and beautiful plant colors to gaze upon.

If you’re in the mood for more harvest hues in your home, you can add a simple canvas-denim-shirting wrap to any plain vase for a quick fall upgrade. This wrap is easy to sew; add it to your own vase for a harvest centerpiece or use it wrap around a bunch of flowers at the end of a dinner party to send home with guests. (more…)

Happy Birthday, Cat

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Ronnie celebrated her ninth birthday last week and, yes, I made her a present. And got her some cat treats. And even made her wear an Oh Joy! for Target mini party hat.

Hi. My name is Lish. And I’m a cat lady.

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Jokes aside, it was great being able to celebrate another birthday for Ronnie after her heart disease diagnosis this year. She loves sleeping on a mini quilt I made on one of our chairs, so I made her a larger chair with some of my favorite Birch Fabrics’ Circa 50 scraps I’d had in my stash for the past few years.

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…as you can see, the quilt was a hit. Happy birthday, Ronnie.

MADE Floral + Willys Detroit

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I’d like to think I’m not so bad at flower arranging these days thanks to a recent workshop at Willys Detroit with local floral designer Martha DeFlorio of MADE Floral.

I saw Willys post about the class on their Instagram account last month and was instantly intrigued. I worked at flower stores in high school and liked to “think” I had a good eye for a centerpiece, but knew I needed a lot of help. That’s where Martha luckily came in. (more…)

Fun on the Fourth

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The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. Selfishly my birthday is two days after, but I love wearing red, white and blue; decorating anything I can get my hands on with stars; enjoying local parades; sitting back and taking in some fireworks as patriotic marches set the soundtrack.

We tend to host family and friends for a barbecue on the Fourth the past few years and this year was no different. While our menu wasn’t as grand as it had been due to our deck renovation project, we still had a great time. (more…)

Oh Joy! Arrives at Target

This past Sunday was the day many crafters, design lovers and, well, excited shoppers had been waiting for – graphic designer and blogger Joy Cho’s Oh Joy! party accessory line launched at Targets nationwide. Joy first shared the news last month and our mouths have been watering ever since.

I stopped by my local Target over by the museum after work last night and it was just the dose of party-approved Vitamin D I needed. It’s hard to miss as you make your way into the store; so many pastels! So many vintage-inspired shades of aqua, pink and green!

Joy’s collection is 75% paper party goods and 25% reusable serving pieces. I love that there’s something for just about every budget. If you have just a few extra bucks to pick up something for an impromptu gathering, her paint-splashed paper plates and matching napkins are for you. The aqua cake stand with dome, a must-purchase piece, takes honors as the collection’s most expensive item at $25.

What did I purchase? Just a few pieces on my first visit, but I’m going back for more. I’m happy to give a home to the:

The collection is available for just a short time, so don’t miss it! Follow along with design ideas over on Pinterest and with #ohjoyfortarget.

Breaking Bad Finale Snacks and Quilts

After binge watching all five seasons of “Breaking Bad” in a matter of months, Nick and I were caught up for most of the past season and definitely ready for the finale. I’m so glad we were caught up – it was awesome watching it live and chatting with friends and co-workers about our favorite moments.

To celebrate the evening, I decided to make a last-minute tiny Heisenberg quilt along with some fake meth-inspired cupcakes to enjoy while watching. (more…)

Create a DIY Baby Sprinkle Celebration

Have you ever been to a baby sprinkle before? Has anyone thrown one for you? I just heard about the new trend last year. Instead of a full-fledged shower after baby no. 1, friends are throwing casual get-togethers or “sprinkles.” No giant gatherings and games, just friends getting together to celebrate the mom-to-be.

My fellow Handmade Detroiter Beth is about to have her second baby and we threw her a sprinkle last month. The Handmade Detroit gang gathered for lunch and to share handmade and vintage gifts. I made a few treats for us for the special event. (more…)