For the Love of Home & Parties – Pinwheel Cupcake Toppers

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I’ve used these mini-pinwheel picks for cupcake toppers on numerous occasions. I found them at the dollar store – score!

The kids in my son’s class were so excited about the cupcakes to begin with. Then they realized they were all getting mini pinwheels and their brains just about exploded with joy. So fast, easy, and fun!



For the Love of Home & Parties – Cinco de Mayo Place Cards


Now, normally when I think of Cinco de Mayo, I don’t think sit-down meal, right? I mean, barbecue or potluck sounds more like it. However, I couldn’t stop myself from making these fringy place cards. So, even if you don’t make them for next week, think of how cute they could be for a baby shower with say, light pink, bright pink and white tissue paper, or an engagement party using the colors of the wedding. A few minutes of snipping and a few minutes of glueing, and you’re done!



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One of the first baby projects I tried was a total failure. I bought some super-soft, basic white onesies and a ton of fabric paint and got to decorating. I don’t mind bragging about it, they were pretty cute. But then I washed them, and the paint did not get soft like it was supposed to. I washed them again and again with no improvement. So frustrating! Several onesies ruined and now I own a ton of useless fabric paint, in very pretty colors. So, I’m intrigued by these DIY sharpie onesies from Delia Creates, which seems like a much better solution (another friend told me to try Speedball Screen Printing inks instead of fabric paints).

While checking out Delia’s blog I fell in love with these dresses using Made by Rae’s Geranium Dress Pattern.


Delia has so many great sewing tutorials to dig through. I am very tempted to drag my sewing machine out of the closet!


Look For Less: Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice

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In honor of Ellie’s fun announcement last week, I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite pieces for baby girls, for less, to help Ellie prep for her new little one. While my daughter basically lived in onesies the summer she was born, it was fun to have a few pieces that were a bit more fancy and girly for special occasions, like a fun family outing or a newborn photo shoot. This dress and chambray romper are the perfect additions to a newborn’s closet because they allow for this, but are so comfortable, your little one won’t even know the difference. Plus, they are such great deals, that you won’t feel like you wasted your money when they grow out of them in three months!

Image / The Look: patterned onesies ($12 for 3), chambray romper ($14.00), soft socks ($5.94 for 3), striped dress ($7.50)

– Tori

For the Love of Home & Parties – Paper Baby Mobile


This paper mobile is a simple project for the nursery – cut pretty-colored card stock into strips (about 1 x 5 inches or so), and run them through a sewing machine. Bend a piece of wire into an inverted ‘v’ (curl the ends of the wire for a more finished look), attach the paper strips, and hang from the ceiling. This was perfect over our changing table – the paper spins and twirls in the air, giving baby something to stare at while you get the job done!