July 7, 2014

My Writing Process / Blog Tour

Hey everyone! Lots of silence around this here blog lately, but I'm planning to get back into motion. To get things kicking again, I thought I would participate in this fun Writing Process Blog Tour my friend, Lyndsey at The Stationery Place invited me to be a part of.

Lyndsey is not only one of my favorite personal friends, but she's a great gal to know in the blogging and social media world, as well. She is a PR expert, and I recently enjoyed hosting a workshop she spoke at. As I mentioned, she blogs at The Stationery Place. You can find her Writing Process post here. As her blog name suggests, Lyndsey writes about fab stationery and paper products. Some of my favorite posts of hers are ones where she features beautiful wedding and baby announcement finds. She also posts fun paper projects to do with kids, and her enthusiasm for snail mail and the handwritten is contagious. Paper is so pretty and fun--of course there should be a blog to highlight all the best. And that's what Lyndsey does.

Anyway, on to my leg of the tour:

1. What am I working on?
I wish I could say I was working on more projects, but I've got two little boys and a baby girl on the way, so I've been pretty busy keeping up there.


I'm also a contributor for the blog, See Vanessa Craft. You can catch my recipe for Frozen Blackberry Lemonade over there sometime this month.


And as far as upcoming work around The Elephant of Surprise . . . I'm hoping to post photos of master bedroom and nursery projects in the coming days and weeks. Stay tuned!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My posts are definitely creative-centered, but other than that, I can't seem to limit myself to anything too specific. I like my posts and photos to have a clean and crisp look, but I like my writing to be a little more casual feeling. I want my blog to be a polished reflection of what I'm doing in real life. I do a lot of diy, craft, and decor projects, and my blog is where I share it.

3. Why do I write what I do?
As I mentioned, I write about what I would be doing even if I didn't have a blog. Before I blogged, and even during my multiple hiatuses, I always find myself working on a project, using my hands to create, recreate, or beautify something. I figure I might as well document it, share it, and give an occasional tutorial to help someone who might want to try it out themselves.

4. How does my writing process work?
I usually try to plan my posts out for the month. I think of projects I want to do around my home, things I want to do with my kids, or things I'm already in the middle of doing. I try to get a couple posts out of one thing, and I try to keep things related within the span of a few days. I also think about holidays, seasons, what's current and plan from there. When a project is ready to be photographed, I usually take the finished product photos first and then deconstruct and take the process photos after. I am terrible about taking good photos when I am really in the process. I like to just get it done, see it finished, and then recreate the steps. If it's something big, or super involved, I will force myself to photograph during the actual process. After I have all my photos taken and edited, I upload those into my post, and add my text around.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hopefully it was kind of fun to get a little look into what goes into these little posts.

May 19, 2014

PR 101 for Bloggers

Hey Everybody! I have been pretty MIA around here lately, but not for no reason, I assure you. I have a few projects I'm working on, and I'm excited to announce one of them today! If you are a blogger in Utah or can swing a quick trip down, come to this fun and informative event!


This is going to be so much fun, and so useful! My genius friend is teaching, and we're pulling it all together at the Bake it Pretty warehouse thanks to my other super-talented friend, Brittany. Head over to the Eventbrite page to purchase your tickets. Right now we have an early-bird special price--only $35! Don't miss this great opportunity!

May 15, 2014

Party In a Jar Book Tour


I'm so excited to share this fun and beautiful book with you all today! My sweet blogging friend, Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft has this fabulous new book out--Party In a Jar that you and your kids alike are going to absolutely LOVE! 

A little about Party in a Jar: Party in a Jar features sixteen kid-friendly craft projects that not only provide entertainment for pint-sized partygoers but also function as takehome party favors! From edible dino terrariums to holiday-themed gifts and centerpieces, these upcycled jar crafts are earth-friendly and sure to be the hit of your next get-together. Learn more at www.partyinajarbook.com

A little about Vanessa: Vanessa Rodriguez Coppola spreads her love of glitter and hot glue through her blog, www.seevanessacraft.com, and is passionate about upcycling through crafting. Vanessa lives in the Arizona desert with her husband, Rich, and their two children. She has a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work and has experienced the therapeutic value of creativity firsthand.



If you love party books or just love crafting up fun and simple projects with your kids, you will want to add this book to your collection! Head to Amazon or to Gibbs Smith to purchase.

And just to give you another peek into the genius ideas in this book, check out this cutie. This is the one my son wanted to do immediately!


 Want a signed copy? Vanessa will be sending out signed (super cute mason jar) bookplates to stick inside the books by request. To request a bookplate, email seevanessacraft@gmail.com with the subject line BOOKPLATE. She’ll need proof of purchase (Amazon order screen shot, photo of receipt, etc.) and a shipping address.

 Photos by Jen Roberts Photography - Party Styling by Vanessa Rodriguez Coppola

April 25, 2014

Summer Fiesta Finale!

Hey, everyone! I'm sad to see this Party Hop come to an end because they are always a blast! Hopefully you've been inspired to try out some of these projects yourself, and maybe even host a modern fiesta of your own this summer. Today we have two projects to round out our fun fiesta.


First off, what fiesta would be complete without tissue paper flowers? Head over to Paisley Petal Events to read how she whipped up these beauties. 


And last, but definitely not least, the ladies over at Paging Supermom are always thinking of fun! Head over to their blog to read about how they put together this adorable Hit the Can game!

Thanks again for tuning in this week for all the fun. Hope you loved it!

April 24, 2014

MORE Summer Fiesta Projects

It's day 3 of the Summer Fiesta, and I have to say these are some of my favorite projects! Click on the links below each photo to head to the blogs of the masterminds, and to read about how they created these awesome projects.


Aren't these Fringe Cups genius? Head to See Vanessa Craft for the details!


I think I've expressed my love for all things in a jar before, but seriously. Those little felt jalapenos?? Over the top. Love them. See more of them and the instructions to make at Love the Day


Place settings make everyone at the party feel special. And these ones are just so cute and creative! I think we have seen fringe used in the best ways possible here! Head to Bright & Bold for more info on these cuties.

And come back tomorrow for one more day of projects!

April 23, 2014

Summer Fiesta Projects: Part 2

Welcome back to the Summer Fiesta! Things are just starting to get good around here, and I am super excited to share these next three projects with you (one of them is mine)!


First up, we have these fun balloon fringe flags from One Charming Party. Don't they add so much to the party? Head over for the tutorial!


These Succulent Centerpieces are by Yours Truly, and you can find all the details below!


And lastly, these festive drink stirrers can be found over at Kojo Designs. I love them. And I just can't get enough of all this fringe happening!

Okay, so on to my DIY. If you love fringe, and you love succulents, then this project is right up your alley! 


First off, I knew I wanted to incorporate the party's colors right into the planter. I tried a couple different things, but at the end of the day, my favorite "vase filler" was Jelly Belly jelly beans! So, you fill your glass planter with the amount of dirt you need to get the plant the right height. Plant your succulent (dampen the soil--remember they don't need much water), and then top with the right color jelly bean! I love how spot on the colors are. Obviously, you won't be able to keep the jelly beans in for the long term. You wouldn't want to water these live plants with candy in there, so as soon as your party is over, take out the beans and toss.


For the matching tissue paper flags, follow these simple steps.


Cut about 3 layers of tissue paper into a square. Fold your square in half. And then cut fringe, taking care not to cut all the way to the fold.


Tie a string to two bamboo skewers that you stick in the planter, and then hang your tissue paper flag over the string! All done.


Thanks so much for stopping by, and don't forget to stop by the other blogs today for their great tutorials!

April 22, 2014

Summer Fiesta Projects: Part 1



Are you ready to get into the details of this amazing fiesta?? Today's links will lead you to the tutorials for Taco Invitations, a Balloon Party Bar, and DIY Papel Picado.


The best parties start with an awesome invitation, don't you think? Head over to Not Just a Mommy for the directions on how she put this cute taco invite together!


Thanks to Balloon Time, this party features a SWEET balloon party bar! Not sure what a balloon bar is? Head over to Confetti Sunshine for all the info. You'll want to do this at every party from now on!


And last but not least in today's lineup: Do it yourself Papel Picado! Who would have thought this could be simple enough to make yourself? I love it, and can't wait to read the tutorial. Head over to Frog Prince Paperie for all the details!

I am loving this party, how about you? Is it getting you even more excited for the weather to warm up and take your parties outdoors? Remember to come back all this week for more fiesta inspired projects! Mine is up tomorrow, and I'm so excited to share it with you!

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