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Welcome Back

9 Oct

I’ve pretty much fallen off the face of the earth – at least when it comes to Teal and Tulle. It’s been a whirlwind of a month – starting my grad program, looking down the barrel of pending motherhood in another month, amongst other events and commitments. To get up to speed – let’s start back and work forwards.

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I started my graduate program with UC Irvine last month. That involved a one week intensive in-person session followed up by the start of fall quarter with two classes (Legal Institutions & Society and Police, Courts, & Sentencing). It’s been a huge time commitment, but of the best kind. I’m in love with this program and would probably settle into a common law relationship with it if I wasn’t already committed to a real life human. He’s pretty awesome too.

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On my way to class.

Woodland Shower

I also had the world’s most amazing baby shower. Like, seriously. The best. I’ve never been to a nicer baby shower. I had so many friends and family come from all over the state – it was a really touching day.

My friends who put it together (Kristin, Jackie, Cassie & Lauren) didn’t miss one little detail. They crafted, you guys. CRAFTED. These are women who have much better things to do than fiddle with burlap, fabric, and a glue gun, but they did it for the baby shower. Amazing. They are simply the best friends a girl could have. Here are a couple of pictures (too many to post them all), courtesy of my friend Kristin. In case you don’t recognize me, I’m the ginormous orb of a human in stripes.

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My hosts!

Autumnal Surroundings

Autumn has finally set in. It’s an old hat in the blogging world – pumpkin spice lattes, crisper days, layers. Today it’s raining and it feels like the perfect day to kick off some fun holiday decor ideas. My oldest friend was in the state last week and we got together for a great shopping trip in the Bay Area. While up there, I picked up some fantastic card-stock cutouts of witches and pumpkins from Paper Source. Once home, I added some Washi tape to the witches hats and thin green ribbon bows to the pumpkins. I then hole punched each one and ran black tulle through the holes to create a garland for our staircase. The whole thing cost under $10.

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As for my extended absence – I can’t make any promises that I won’t go off the grid again in the near future (hello baby! and hello wine!), but I have some new fall craft ideas lined up for the rest of the month to keep myself sane.

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Newspaper Flowers

18 Jan

One of my closest friends is expecting a baby boy in early March, and we are hosting a baby shower for her in a few weeks.

The theme for the baby shower is “newsies.” As in the little newspaper boys who would yell “Extra Extra!” on the street corners. The plan is to recreate the style with the vintage look of those newsies, using fabric, a fun color scheme, and newspaper decor.

In case you were wondering, yes, this is probably the first newsie shower in the history of baby showers. How do I know this? Because there is little information on the Internet of how to construct a shower theme like this – and we all know that if it isn’t on Facebook or Pinterest, posted by super-stay-at-home-moms-who-can-plan-and-design-amazing-parties-for-babies-who-will-never-remember-them, then it might as well not exist.

Left to my own devices, some aggressive research, and a trusty tutorial (have to give credit where credit is due!), I discovered “newspaper flowers.” So, here we have something newspaper-ish (check), and something baby shower-y (florals, check). Here’s how you do it.

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Step 1: Find printed paper. Or a discarded book.

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Step 2: Deface book. Sorry Mom!

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Step 3: Cut pages into petals – I did a mixture of 5 different sizes of petals (you will use about 3-4 of each size for an individual flower, and 1 of the smallest size).

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Step 4: Curl the ends of the petals.

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Step 5: Cut out your stems. I used paper wrapped wire.

Step 6: Glue the smallest petal to the wire, wrapping it around to look like a bud.

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Step 7: Glue more petals, starting with the smaller ones and going out to the larger ones. I used about 3-4 of each petals.

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Step 8: Arrange petals and create a bouquet. So fragrant. 

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