Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chic Easter Decor and Recipes



We have a special guest post today from Svitlana Flom who is the editor-in-chief of Art de Fete which is an informative website that helps women transform their home decor from the ordinary to extraordinary.  For Easter, Svitlana is sharing her sophisticated DIY table setting ideas for the special holiday as well as elegant, yet easy-to-make recipes such as her signature Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Herbs and Osetra Caviar.
I hope you enjoy the beautifully illustrated photos of Svitlana's gorgeous Easter table setting. 










Head on over to Svitlana's site to find additional

As always, we love hearing your comments. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Free Easter + Spring Printables



It's finally feeling like Spring!  The weather is warmer and everything is starting to bloom. It's already April and that means that Easter will be here soon.  I decided to create a free printable for our readers and fans.  The designs are perfect for Easter brunch and Spring get togethers. 





As always, we would love to hear your feedback in the comments!

Download our free Easter printable HERE.

Scallop Paper Punch
Circle Paper Punch

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Modern Damask Medallion Baby Shower



Our newest collection is a baby shower that we styled that is simple, modern and beautiful.  What a lovely way to celebrate a new mommy to be.  My friend Charlie who also created the stunning cookies for our Butterfly and Cupcake collections asked if I could help put together a baby shower collection for a shower she was hosting for her friend Niki.  I couldn't wait to get started!
  
Party Highlights, to look out for:
- Three Tiered Cake adorned with Pearlized Sprinkles
- Simple DIY Tulle Ball Wands
- Shimmering iridescent jewel Jelly Belly berry blue jelly beans
- Damask Medallion Sugar Cookies














We thought it would be fun to incorporate a medallion design that the mother to be chose from the baby Genevieve nursery bedding collection from Pottery Barn Kids.  The nursery's colors yellow, gray and blue were included along with a beautiful Damask Medallion pattern for the designs.  I am excited that we were able to work with Jelly Belly again to introduce another color and flavor from their Jewel Collection.  The Damask Medallion printable collection is perfect for celebrating the upcoming arrival of a baby girl, baby boy or gender surprise as our collection is also available in multiple colors!

Vendor Credits:

Cake and Cookies: Charlie's Cakes and Cookies
Jelly Beans: Jelly Belly Jewel Collection
Gumball Tubes: 3 Sweet Memories


The Damask Medallion Party collection is on sale for 50% off through 3.31.14.
Purchase the collection in our SHOP.

 
2 inch Scallop Paper Punch

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fun With Tissue Paper

With Spring around the corner there are sure to be lots of parties to get ready for.  I am always looking for creative and expensive ways to create party decor.  Here are some beautiful and fun crafts you can create using tissue paper.  There's more to tissue paper than just using it in a gift bag.

Tissue Paper Confetti ♥ Pen & Paper Flowery

Tissue Wrapped Flower Favors ♥ anna and blue

Tissue Paper Honey Comb Pom-Poms ♥ Mr Printables

Giant Tissue Paper Flower ♥ Design Sponge

   Tissue Paper Wall Art ♥ Mr. Handsomeface

Tissue Paper Flower Centerpiece ♥ anna and blue

Tissue Paper Fans ♥ Oh Happy Day

 Tissue Paper Garland ♥ Ruffled Blog
 

What is your favorite way to use tissue paper?

Friday, February 7, 2014

❤ A Sweet Treat For You ❤



Valentine's Day Sale | 50% off
Just a couple more days until February 14th.  
Enjoy 50% off with our Valentine's Day SALE.
Use code HEART50 at checkout HERE

Free Valentine's Day Printables


Free Printables: Stache and Pucker Valentine Props
This week we are getting ready for school Valentine's Day parties.
The silly sucker Valentines are inexpensive and easy to make.
The kiddos will have fun sporting their 'staches and puckers and are sure to be a hit!
Download our Free Valentine Printables HERE

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Color Palette Love | Whimsical Purple + Gray

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays.
It's been a long time since I posted a new color palette post.  Lately, I have been looking for ideas for redecorating my daughter Annabelle's room.  Not too long ago, I repainted her room from a pale green to a light gray.  Her favorite color is purple which isn't my first choice but when I came across this photo from Ana Antunes Home Styling on Pinterest, I immediately feel in love with the combination of soft shades of purple and gray used in the room.  I love the additional color of blue which adds a fun pop of color.  I can't wait to get started on Annabelle's room redo.

image credit ♥ ana antunes

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Under $50 | Holiday Gift Ideas




If you are still looking for gifts for the holidays, don't fret.  I have put together some of my favorite ideas for holiday gifts and they are all under $50.  You can view additional ideas on our Gifts Under $50 Pinterest Board HERE.

Leave me a comment letting me know some of your favorite holiday finds.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2014 Calendar on Jane.com | Exclusive Sale only $3.99



Did you know that there are only 14 days until 2014?  The New Year will be here before you know it.  Get a head start and get your new 2014 calendar!  We are excited to have partnered with Jane.com to bring you the new calendar design at a huge discounted price of only $3.99!  The calendar includes fresh designs and patterns that included fun pops of color.  Our desktop calendar will add a beautiful touch to your work space and is the perfect gift to start the New Year off right!




 Purchase our 2014 calendar design on sale HERE.

Monday, December 16, 2013

DIY Tutorial: Tiered Stand + Free Printables



Hello Friends!
Today, I am sharing an easy tutorial on how to create a tiered stand that can not only hold desserts but can also be an organizational stand for all of the little things that might be cluttering your office desk.  With just a few inexpensive materials, you will have a Pottery Barn worthy tiered stand in no time at all.

The DIY Tiered stand is so easy to make and incredibly inexpensive.  It's perfect for displaying holiday decor and sweets.  The stand would also be an excellent piece to keep craft supplies organized and would add a pretty touch to any office or craft room.

Tiered Stand - a DIY Tutorial


Supplies:
  • 3 Wooden Nesting Trays
  • Spindles or Candle Sticks (I used metal candle sticks that unscrewed to create different lengths)
  • Spray Paint
  • Fine Grain Sand Paper
  • All-Purpose Glue
  • Optional - knobs and/or dowel feet



Step 1:
Spray paint all of your materials that will be used for the tiered stand i.e. trays, candlesticks etc.  I recommend at least two coats of spray paint.  Allow to fully dry.


Step 2:
Using your fine grain sand paper, gently sand over any rough patches on your trays until smooth.  To achieve a distressed look, simply sand until some of the natural color of the wood comes through.


Step 3:
If adding legs to your tray, squeeze glue onto the bottom of one of your dowels and place onto the bottom side of your largest tray.  Repeat this step for each dowel leg that you would like to add to your tray.  Set aside to dry.  Once dry, squeeze glue to the bottom of a candlestick/spindle and place in the center of your tray.  Set aside to dry.


Step 4:
Take your middle tray and squeeze glue to the bottom of one candlestick/spindle and place in the center of the top side of the tray.  Squeeze glue to the top of the candlestick/spindle and gently set your last tray on top.  Set aside to dry.


Step 5:
Squeeze glue to adhere knob to the top of the shortest candlestick/spindle.  Once adhered, squeeze glue to the bottom side of the candlestick/spindle and place in the center of the top tray.  Set aside to dry.


Step 6:
Take your largest tray and add glue to the top of the candlestick and gently place the middle and top trays onto the candlestick/spindle.  Set tiered stand aside to dry for 48-72 hours.



Once your tiered tray is completely dry, add holiday decor and desserts.




Click HERE for DIY Holiday Crackers Tutorial

We are offering our Chevron Christmas Tags as a free printable to our readers and fans.
Simply email me at stefanie@annaandblue.com and I will send you the file.

Leave me a comment letting me know your favorite way to display holiday decor.
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