Fawn: 2017


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Simple Ways To Bring Autumn Into Your Home

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. All opinions are my own.  

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With the arrival of autumn, our senses turn to the scent of pumpkin, crisp air and the colorful changing leaves. Whether you're looking to update your small living space or you just need a quick home refresh, Cost Plus World Market makes it easy to spruce up your home just in time for fall. Check out these lovely yet simple ways to bring autumn into your home.

Place a rustic wood tray on the counter or on a dining table for small spaces  with apothecary jars and a glass cloche. Add natural elements of white and burnt orange mini pumpkins intertwined with sprigs of bittersweet inside the jars.Coil mini string lights through the arrangement for a twinkle of light.




Update your table setting in the rich fall tones of gold, rust and autumn sky blue to reflect the changing of the season. Add a beautiful table runner and rustic grey dinnerware combined with earthy urban twist cutlery for a quick table refresh.



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 Adding simple elements like a chunky woven throw draped over a basket in earthy tones can give a little pop of autumn inside your space....plus, keep you cozy!

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chunky fall throw in basket
chunky autumn throw in  basket

Light adds warmth and coziness to any room. Bring in flickering candles to set on tables, counters and other kitchen surfaces to build fall vignettes around.  This will give a warm glow to your kitchen space on those chilly autumn evenings.  Use a rustic charcuterie board as the base for a unique autumn vignette and arrange flowers, pumpkins and other autumn spoils to the board.

I hope these quick tips inspire you to refresh your home for the beautiful autumn days ahead. Bring on pumpkin spice everything!

I love shopping at my local store in Cottonwood Heights for beautiful autumn inspiration, unique gifts and fabulous food from around the world.  
If you're not local to Utah, be sure to check out the store locator page to find the Cost Plus World 
Market closest to you.


cost plus world market fall collage
  1. Charcuterie Cutting Board
  2. Kubu Kayla Tote Baskets
  3. Geometric Wood Napkin Rings
  4. Rust Chunky Woven Throw
  5. Malli Placemats
  6. Gray Henley Dinnerware
  7. Sawyer Flatware Collection
  8. Antique Blue and GrayWood Mallory Pillar Candleholders
  9. Apothecary Jar
  10. Indian Sandalwood Pillar Candle
  11. Rustic Wood Tray with Iron Handles
  12. Indian Sandalwood Potpourri
  13. Flame Orange Buffet Napkins
  14. White Micro LED Battery Operated String Lights
  15. Glass Cloche
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mermaid Grotto Birthday Party

Let's Be Mermaids

I'm pretty sure every little girl ( ok, let's face it, us adults too!) want to be a mermaid for a day, right?! We were granted our wish this past weekend when we had our own mermaid party complete with mini oceans in bottles, seashell adorned tiaras and adorable mermaid terrariums. We decorated a DIY teepee from Oriental Trading  to create our own mermaid grotto. We loved how it turned out and the little mermaids had a blast "swimming" in and out of the magical cove.  
mermaid grotto birthday party

Here is what you'll need to create your own Let's Be Mermaids party:

This darling letter board from DCWV welcomed all the little mermaids into the party. This was the fist thing the girls saw when they entered the grotto and it set the stage for the magical party!
dcwv letter board mermaid grotto birthday party

Every mermaid needs a beautiful tiara adorned with sparkles and shells from the deep blue sea. The little mermaids loved designing their own tiaras and it was so fun to see all their creativity shining through with each crown they made. Click  HERE to see how easy it is to make mermaid crowns of your own. 
oriental trading mermaid crown starfish gems seashells

mermaid crowns seashells starfish oriental trading

mermaid crown

 Each little mermaid made their own tiny mermaid terrarium. Find out how to put one together  HERE. How sweet is this?!

You can't have a mermaid party without an ocean, the mermaids need a place to swim!  To make your own tiny ocean in a bottle, click HERE.

I feel in love with these gorgeous watercolor ombre paper and glitter papers from DCWV and knew they'd make perfect goodie bag favors and party hats. I loved how the papers looked like mermaid scales and the glitter tails were the icing on the cake. The darling goodie bags and mermaid tails were cut with my Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. 

I used canvas wristlet bags from DCWV to create these pretty mermaid favors. 

The mermaid pins are from DCWV as well and I cut out mermaid tails with my Cricut machine and attached them to the bags. I had the little guests thread some ocean beads from Oriental Trading to complete the bags. They turned out just beautiful and the girls were thrilled to receive them! 

How perfect are these mermaid cups and plates?!  Crowning Details makes the most adorable mermaid partyware line that coordinated beautifully with the theme. The mini mermaids nibbled on snacks and drank "ocean water" and they loved eating off these gorgeous plates.  

Confection Deception made this gorgeous cake for the party. Just look at all that beautiful detail! 

I added my own mermaid cake topper I made using my Cricut and the Pastel Glitter Cardstock from DCWV

Thanks so much for joining us in our mermaid grotto! 

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading Company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mermaid Crown Tutorial

Every mermaid princess needs a beautiful tiara. We couldn't have a party without the mermaids creating their own  under the sea crown. The girls had a ball designing these magical headpieces. See how easy it is to put these together below! 

Here's what you'll need:

Add adhesive where you want to attach the gems, seashells and starfish. Zip Dry is strong enough to bond the items to the crown. Once all your items are attached, allow to dry completely.

Didn't they turn out beautifully? I love how each mermaid designed her own tiara and how her creativity shone through with each piece.

Ocean in a Bottle

Your mermaid guests will love to make their own ocean in a bottle with just a few supplies!

Here's what you'll need:


Cooking Oil

Step 1

Add mini starfish and glitter into the bottles and fill the bottles with water and just a drop of cooking oil. Attach cork top.

Embellish the tops of the bottles by threading three beads to stretchy cording and wrap around the tops of the bottles. Adhere starfish to the front of the bottle with glue and allow to dry.

Let the fun begin! Tip the bottle upside down and watch your mini ocean come to life. Watch the waves roll and the glitter sparkle.