5th birthday celebration – streamer birthday decorations

Streamer Birthday Decorations - Directions Not Included

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I'm that sucker of a friend who always ends up doing the decor for parties, wedding, showers and the like. My girlfriend Z, started pinning all sorts of things for her daughter's 5th birthday, which I decided  to tackle myself after a few sweet texts. I shared the colorful fabric wreath, which served as the base for this party decor. This was last-minute crafting at its best so there are no step-by-step tutorials here. I created a streamer backdrop for the … [Read more...]

girly girl – a colorful fabric wreath tutorial

Colorful Fabric Wreath - Directions Not Included

I made a few fabric wreaths years ago for a baby shower that were an instant hit. A girlfriend of mine suckered me into doing her daughter's fifth birthday party by sending me a ton of pins of things she wanted to buy, but I knew were easy DIY projects. I'm that friend. Just show me what you want and I instantly say "I can make that!" never mind what else is going on in my life. ;) So this is my colorful fabric wreath tutorial. I used the same basics from my fabric wreath tutorial just with a … [Read more...]

this is halloween – a series

This is Halloween Series at Directions Not Included

It's almost here! This is the time of the year that I start singing The Nightmare Before Christmas' "This is Halloween" over and over. Planning for Halloween is definitely one of the highlights of my year. I actually went all out last year for Halloween, but I wasn't blogging much and even though we had an epic Halloween party, I took no photos with my camera. Bad Anna. This year, I'm starting early with a new series, appropriately titled "This is … [Read more...]

it’s a boy – what the duck is it gender reveal & baby shower

What The Duck Is It Baby Shower & Gender Reveal

Oh hi there. I won't even say I'm back for real or try to excuse my absence but my day-job has put definitely put a damper on my blogging the last few months. Why do I have to be a grown up? Yeah, so...just before my most recent hiatus, I was blogging about my bestie being pregnant. We hosted her what the duck is it gender reveal and baby shower this past weekend. All inspired by a cute invite we found on TinyPrints. It was an unconventional baby shower and gender reveal at a bar. Yes, a bar. … [Read more...]

happy 40th – simple mason jar centerpieces

Simple Mason Jar Centerpieces - Directions Not Included

Hi there! Hope you had a great weekend. We have a bunch of projects in different levels of progress but the weather has not been cooperating. Rain and humidity don't really help with painting, staining and outdoor fun. While we have the house stuff all over the place, at least I was able to get some simple mason jar centerpieces together for a party. … [Read more...]

a sweet treat – honey wedding favors – UPDATED

Honey Wedding Favors

Hey there! Sorry for the lack of posts but the month of March has flown by! Partly because of work and partly because I was helping one of my best friends with her wedding. I'm so excited to share the honey wedding favors I put together for her. We had a girls night sleepover shortly after she started planning the wedding. Lots of wine and Pinterest time led to deciding on honey wedding favors. Orange blossom honey to be exact. All to pull together a loosely themed orange wedding. I love the … [Read more...]