Thursday, July 23, 2015

PARTY IN AN ENVELOPE

It was my boys' last day of preschool today! It's actually a year-round school, but it was their last day with their current teachers who have loved and cared for them like they were family. I think it's always the most meaningful to write a handwritten note, but to step it up a notch, I added a little handmade banner and confetti to let them know they were THE BEST! My sister and I have this thing with "the best". It's the best donut, it's the best movie, it's the best book... we tend to think a lot of things are "the best", and these teachers really were the best!!

You could totally use this idea for any occasion by switching up the saying on the banner. How cute would it be to get a "congrats" or "happy birthday" party in an envelope?! I'd for sure go [delightfully] inappropriate when sending it to some of my friends... but we'll keep the blog PG.

Here's what you need:
Pencil
Paper scraps
Scissors
String
Hole punch
2 pieces of washi tape

Time: 20 minutes
You can freehand cutting the letters or trace them out with pencil. I actually have a cutting machine but wanted it to look more homemade. I made the letters about 2 inches tall.
Using the scraps from cutting out the letters simply cut little squares to make confetti.

Punch holes through the top of the letters and string.
 Tape one end of the string to a piece of cardstock and wrap the letters around it, securing the other end with tape when finished.
Fill envelope with confetti (and add a handwritten note)!
Voila! You've made the tiniest party in an envelope! 

We'd love to see what you come up with! Tag us on instagram @loveandlion so we can see!
-L


Monday, July 20, 2015

MODERN MINT & NEUTRAL BABY SHOWER

We LOVE planning parties, especially baby showers! It's so special and important to shower that mama-to-be with lots of love and thoughtful details. I was honored to co-host with 2 fabulous ladies, Dara and Emily, friends of the guest of honor, Leeron. It will be the second boy for Leeron, but we didn't want to go all blue blue blue. We went with white, neutrals, and pops of mint and sage green. 
Lauren of Rock Paper Scissors designed the invitation, and I really went off of that for decor. It always starts with the invitation for me! The big letter "R" is just a paper mache letter from the craft store... use painters tape to mask off a straight line, paint, and remove tape. 

Diagonals, squares, and triangles mixed with all white flowers and live moss made for a simple and pretty party! 
The drink tags were my fav! Guests remembered which drink was theirs by the baby picture of the mama and pop-to-be and the color tag. Leeron's amazing husband, Matt, secretly emailed me their baby pics, I changed them to black and white in photoshop and cropped to a square. Just punch a hole in the corner of the picture and the colored square and tie with string. The color tag was nice so that you didn't have to have a different baby pic for each guests. Just use different colors for each pic. Leeron was so surprised (and immediately removed that one embarrassing photo from her tween years)!
Use painters tape to mask off a diagonal line. Paint and remove tape when dry! Super simple!
Every baby shower needs a diaper cake, right? See our TUTORIAL HERE. I used double stick tape to add on the triangles of leftover scraps from the garlands to keep that geo-mod vibe.
Cake topper by Rock Paper Scissors to match the invite.
Every party needs Campfire Crispies, especially a baby shower when you can be punny and say "She's about to POP!" These were SO. GOOD. Fluffernutter flavor: toasted marshmallow and peanut butter with a white chocolate peanut butter coating. Droooool. Order HERE.
And of course us being us, we needed a tattoo station with the party's hashtag (from our little shop HERE)! 

Here's the actual party! It was at night, so I took the photos above so you could see the details!
 The simplest projects make the biggest impact. Jenni and I have done these live moss letters several times. Simply cut the tops of paper mache letters you can find in any craft store, and stuff with live moss from your florist!
Even though Leeron couldn't enjoy it, we all loved the signature cocktail "The Leeroni".
Hostesses with the mostesses: Dara, me, Leeron, Emily
The gorgeous and glowing mama-to-be, Leeron!

Loved throwing this baby shower for a very deserving mama!!!
-L

Friday, July 10, 2015

ROCKSBOX: ONE MONTH FREE

 Hey ladies!! Please tell me you have heard of Rocksbox!! Leah and I are newbies to the club, but man, oh man.... what have we been missing? We signed up, and Leah and I got our first month of FREE  jewelry. Such gorgeous pieces too!! I don't know about you, but Leah and I trade jewelry and clutches like nobody's biz. We just get tired of what we have, so whenever we have an event we call each other first for a closet raid. It just allows you to try something new without breaking the bank. Consider Rocksbox your personal GF that you borrow things from. If only she offered us chocolate also... hmmm.

We are so happy to bring you all a code for ONE FREE MONTH OF ROCKBOX!!! Trust me, it will have you hooked and begging for more. I am already like a 5 year old waiting on Christmas morning to receive her next box. You simply set up your account, add pieces that you love to your wishlist and wait to receive them in the mail. Can we say "Happy Mail!"? These pieces are so great for a date night, a girl's night out, or just a day running errands with your kiddos and you want to wear something to make you just feel good. My daughter loved opening the box up with me and drooling over each piece. Code at the end of post...


It is impossible to see the jewelry in this pic above, but can we talk about these sandals?? Leah and I are both obsessed and own a pair. Purchase them here! I am considering going back for the black pair aaaaand maybe this pair. Thank you Target.

Be sure and sign up for your FREE ONE MONTH today friends!!
Use code loveandlionxoxo


XO!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

RED WINE & BLUE - 4TH OF JULY DOWNLOAD

Happy 4th everyone!
Hope you're all relaxing, cooking out, and celebrating with family. I'm with my Dad's side of the family at our home in The Berkshires... this is what we'll be doing :)
RED WINE & BLUE
Just a little wallpaper download for you to get you in the spirit!
Horizontal download HERE
Vertical download HERE
xo
-L

Monday, June 29, 2015

NURSERY REVEAL: WILDLIFE UNDER THE STARS

Is that really a theme? Wildlife under the stars?? Haha! I am not a super fan of nursery "themes". I prefer to just create a room that is full of pieces I can't live without... hoping that in the end, it all comes together and looks cohesive. To be honest, life was chaotic during my entire pregnancy. We were doing so much to our house because we thought we would be putting it on the market (and moving) before Remy got here. YEAH. FREAKING. RIGHT!! So glad that didn't happen! Although it nearly killed me, I am glad we made so much headway ( painting the inside of our entire house) because there were things that should have been done to our home a long time ago just for US to live in and enjoy.

After working on our home so much and gratefully enduring the busiest season yet for Love & Lion's Etsy shop, I looked up and realized about 4 weeks out that we had a tiny bit of paint on the wall and that was it! I immediately just started online shopping madness, and just hoped that everything would come together and look like what I was envisioning. I truly work best under "pressure". We kept the walls neutral with Behr's Chocolate Froth, which is also the color we have chosen for our entire house. I. LOVE. IT! I wanted a bold navy color somewhere in the room! We chose Behr's Rush Hour
for the ceiling to create a "night sky" for the room. I truly love how it all came together! I think I even had more fun doing Remy's nursery over Amara's ( our first) simply because I didn't think about it too much. My husband picked up a Petit Collage print on one of his work trips, and brought it home. I loved that he was already thinking of this baby before we even knew the gender! It meant so much to me that I immediately decided to build the nursery around the colors in that print!
So here are all the deets...






I really focused on keeping the room simple and clean! It isn't a super large room, so filling it with clutter is senseless to me. I didn't want things hanging on the wall or sitting on shelves just because! It is so much easier for baby no. 2, in my opinion, because you know what you actually put to use and what you don't. 

I thoroughly enjoy walking down my hallway and peeking into this little gem in the corner of our home. Making a space for this little guy in a room that literally served as a storage room just solidifies his presence in our home and our family. It makes me happy to see my home lived in! When we bought our home 6 years ago, we thought 5 bedrooms sounded ridiculous for just the two of us. However, we envisioned filling these rooms with babies and having room to host friends and family. I could have never imagined that two of these rooms would be filled with two of the most perfect little humans on the planet! ;)

Sources:
Rocker / local baby store (purchased and used for Amara's nursery)
Throw pillow / Dwell Studio
Accent table / Target (clearance)
Lamp / Land of Nod
Rug / Land of Nod
Ottoman / Land of Nod
Curtain Rod & Finials / Land of Nod)
Curtains / DIY ( don't look too closely at my sewing skills) Fabric was a Nate Berkus print!
White Honeycomb shelf / Land of Nod
Crib Skirt / Land of Nod
White Dresser / Babyletto at Target
Changing Pad cover / Aden + Anais (also got this print)
Crib Sheet / Aiden + Anais (also got this print)
Triangle garland / DIY
Giraffe head / White Faux Taxidermy
Wonder Print / Petit Collage
Mobile / Petit Collage 
Gold Bear Print / Sycamore Street Press
Star decals (ceiling) / Fairy Dust Decals
Pendant / DIY 
Elephant blanket / Orla Kiely (Target)
Crib / Babies R Us
Book shelf / Ikea - can't find online.
Collage wall / DIY - I used old frames and some new ones from Target. All prints (except ones sourced above) were free printable prints offline. Gold mirror was a thrift find. 
Hanging Letters / Michael's find

Have a great week!!
XO!!
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