[stylespace] beach birthday



 Hello, there!

Did I successfully reel you in to this post?


Moving on!

So it was my birthday back in the summertime, and I thought I would share a few pics from that lovely day with my family!

We went to the beach (I love the beach!) and walked around…


Yay! Love the simple contrast of white + anything else…




Oh, the good times of that day. And you get a little peek of the outfit!


There we go! I wore a white tee + mint skirt + accented pattern/color block sandal.

SO comfy.


Isn’t the “more to sea” so punny?

Totally up my alley.


Scouted out random pretty areas as well.

You know, to burn off the sugar from all that cotton caaaaaandy 😀

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!



[craftspace] DIY birthday cards on the double!


Why, hello there! This past week, I volunteered to whip up four birthday cards… in half an hour. I already spent quite a bit of time perusing birthday cards in little boutiques – then realized trying to figure out which card “fit” each person’s personality (and the cost of the cards themselves) didn’t make the venture worthwhile. Making them myself sounded a lot more fun, gave me the chance to make it more personal, and didn’t take add a dime to my budget! 😉 The cards also had to provide enough writing space so many people could write sweet little messages to each person- don’t think I would have been able to find a card like that! Want to see and/or make them yourself? Have a look-see down below!

Materials you will need:

1) Some paper – I originally planned to make the cards using calligraphy paper. Why? I had a lot of it, it was a lovely texture, and it seemed cute!




2) Some string-like material.


3. Scissors. AKA some blades of doom! or just cutting. Your choice.


4. A hole-punch!


5. Decorations! Stickers, tape, more stickers, stickers, stickers. Fun :). It’s like revisiting your childhood without all the ice cream, running around in the park, playing with the slip ‘n slides in the summer… Hmm. That doesn’t sound so bad.

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6. Markers!


[craftspace] Easy DIY Valentine’s (or holiday) gift wrapping!


Do you remember being back in middle school? I do, and I distinctly recall the obligatory gift you had to make for every single possible “friend” you had. Even Valentine’s day! Or was this just some self-imposed thing? Anyway, it was cute back in elementary school.

I liked the idea until every February 13, when I frantically threw together little nicknacks the night before to show my friends (please refer to definition below) how much I cared for them. Because I did care for them! And it was fun putting them together! And… because it’s not true affection if they don’t get anything from you on that one day in the year, right? *N.A.S.S.* (Not A Serious Statement)

My middle-school definition of “friend”

Friend- (noun) someone who 1) will stick with you through thick and thin   2) is an acquaintance   3) may be someone who may become your 1) or 2) someday

*aka every person on the little blue marble called Earth*

(I think my definition back then was a bit haphazard)

So anyway, I thought I could  make thinking and planning a little easier (and cheaper!) with three simple ways to make those preparations sweeter (hehe) and more enjoyable so you can reflect and be thankful for the love in your life rather than being like me back then!

Step 1: Get a variety of candies (preferably in bulk/on sale)


Step 2: Separate them into cute little sets


Step 3: Prepare all the materials!

Tissue paper? check
Twine & ribbon? check
Tape? check
Scissors? check.

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Let’s get started!

Method #1

Step 1: Take one stacked set


Step 2: Turn it upside down in the middle of about two feet of twine


Step 3: Cross the ends over the candies like so


Step 4: Then cross the ends in an “x” shape (in this case, turn each piece clockwise 90 degrees) so that the twine is touching all four corners. 


It looks like this


Step 5: Flip it over!


Step 6: Tie a bow! Secure with a double knot, if you so desire



Method #2

Step 1: Spread one sheet of tissue paper out fully and cut it in h

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Step 2: Place candies in the center of one half of the tissue paper (we only need half of one sheet for this method)


Step 3: Fold the ends over and secure it with tape

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Step 4: Scrunch the ends gently (don’t tear the paper!) like so and cross them

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Step 5: Tie with a ribbon, and you’re done!



Method #3

Step 1: Place the set face down in the middle of the second half of tissue paper and fold over the ends. Secure.

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Step 2: Scrunch both ends and make it look like an old-fashioned candy! Mmm

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Step 3: Tie with ribbons on both sides, and you’re done! Too easy, right? But oh, so cute!


But our work is not yet finished! As the saying goes,

“A job half-done is… no bueno.”

(Yes, I made it up on a whim. No, it’s not a legit proverb.Possibly a variation?)

I digress from digressing.

Now, onto the cards! I chose three varieties here, just to tickle your fancy.

Prerequisite: Obtain a card (or three in my case) to give to people!

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P.S. Prerequisite: Get things to decorate with!

You can choose “normal” valentine colors….

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Or use a hodgepodge of lovely colors!


Project: Decorate! (excuse the corniness of the valentine message; make it your own!)

Design #1


Design #2


Design #3

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The final steps: put them all together!

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See, wasn’t that easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy?


And it’s unanimous!

I hope you had fun, and have a lovely day!

Happy Valentine’s day (or any other special day)!