A Year of Faves

Roundup of DIY Projects for You Are My Fave by Frock Files

A year ago, I began a new adventure by publishing a monthly DIY post on You Are My Fave. Since I’d never thought of myself as a crafty type, each of those twelve posts stretched my creativity in exciting ways. It turns out that I really love making pretty, useful things with my hands.

You Are My Fave is changing course and I’ll no longer be visiting there each month, so my craft posts will be appearing here from now on. I’m really so grateful to Melanie for her generosity and I’m wishing her all the best — I can’t wait to see what she creates next. Thank you, Melanie – you are my fave!

Here’s to a great year of craft posts! These are my faves:

Breakfast in Bed Table
Gold Dipped Feather Mobile
Mother’s Day Wreath with Secret Note Compartment
Screen Printed T-Shirt
Vintage Inspired Market Cart
Confetti Pillow Cases
Treasure Lei
Magazine Stationery & Washi Pencils
Airmail Envelope iPad Cases

P.S. Incidentally, do you like declaring your favorites or not?

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The Tastiest Place Card

Godiva Nut Lovers Flight

Every year when the weather gets crisp and cool, I get the dinner party bug. There’s just something about whipping up a big pot of stew, slicing up some thick crusty bread, and getting together with a few of our favorite people.

Godiva Nut Lovers Flight

I always like to have some nibbles available as soon as our friends arrive, since they’re often running in from errands, work, or outings and they’re bound to be hungry. That’s why I love the idea of making the place cards do double duty as an amuse bouche.

Since I’ve never known anyone to turn down a chocolate truffle, I jumped at the chance to team up with GODIVA to create something you can use at all of your upcoming dinner parties!

GODIVA sent over one of six of their new GODIVA Truffle FlightsTM, and before the end of the day they had been devoured. Each flight features six hand selected truffles that are placed in order for the ideal tasting experience. We took our taste-testing job very seriously. James’ favorite was the Hazelnut Crunch. I still can’t decide between the Salted Almond and Pistachio.

Godiva Nut Lovers Flight

To make these easy place settings, simply fold a piece of washi tape over a toothpick and use a permanent marker to write out your guests’ names. Then place the GODIVA truffles in mini cupcake liners and slide the toothpick pennants in.

These will definitely be a hit with ravenous dinner party guests. After all, life is short; eat dessert first!

GODIVA Truffle FlightsTM are available nationwide at GODIVA boutiques and online at Godiva.com/truffles!


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Bright Lights on Kelly of Studio DIY

Bright Lights on Kelly of Studio DIY

Kelly Lanza runs Studio DIY, a blog about crafting your way to the happiest celebrations, and I’m thrilled that she’s here today sharing her favorite things. Not only is Kelly insanely talented, she’s also incredibly generous, funny, and kindhearted. Before you fall in love with her blog, a word of warning: Studio DIY may give you a sudden desire for a piñata of your own!

What do you do for a living? I’m the editor and founder of Studio DIY. (In other words, I’m a full time blogger who gets to craft and throw confetti around all day!)

Places you’ve lived: I was born and raised in New Jersey, spent a few years in Washington DC and then headed for the glorious weather of Los Angeles, where I currently live.

Place you’d most like to visit: I couldn’t just pick one! I’m dying to explore the Mediterranean region (Hello, Greek Isles!) and I’d love to venture to India, the Maldives and Morocco. Thanks to my endless Pinterest procrastinating, I’ve also had my eye on this little village. I’d travel halfway across the world to find a little piece of colorful patterned building heaven in a second!

Your favorite indulgence: Cake. My goodness do I love cake. I feel like all other desserts are more acceptable on a daily basis (Ehm..donuts.). But when you get your hands on that perfect slice of cake, it’s just special, no? The more layers the better. And always, always cream cheese frosting.

The best advice you’ve ever received: From my mom, “Everything has it’s pluses and minuses.” From my Dad, “Life isn’t fair.” And from too many people to count, “Dream big.” Now, those first two may sound a little cynical but boy are they true, especially when you’re self employed! Do I get a little jealous of the people who get to leave their work at the office door at 5pm every night? Sure, but then I remember the big ol’ “plus” of this crazy career… I’m doing what I love, and you better bet I’m dreaming big!

What ingredients do you think make for a perfect party? An excellent selection of sweets, a boatload of confetti and a group of great friends. A funky piñata and some schmancy party hats are also preferred. My biggest tip is to focus on a few special elements and make those awesome.

Bright Lights on Kelly of Studio DIY

I’m a total stationery freak and often use great cards as wall art in my home. Dear Hancock is a particular favorite because any card with a piñata on it has my name written all over it!

My motto is “When in doubt, spray paint it.” I’m embarrassed to say just how many items in my apartment have been gilded. My favorite brand is Montana Gold. Their colors are great and their gold chrome can’t be beat.

I never thought “photographer” would be a part of my job title, but my Canon Rebel is attached to my hip. I got it as a college graduation gift and it is probably my most used possession. (This lens is a great companion for it!)

I live in sunglasses (That’s LA for ya!) and recently bought some funky yellow heart ones just because they were too fun to pass up! A new wardrobe stable.

My hair bows have become my signature, and I don’t leave my house without one. I often feel like an overgrown five year old and a giant hair bow is a pretty good way to represent that, yes?

Every morning at 9:30am, I get a big ol’ craving for chocolate. Nothing like starting early huh? Trader Joe’s chocolate bars are always on hand to help me out.

When you’re photographing DIYs all day, your nails have to look schnazy! I repaint my nails about a hundred times a week and always go for not-so-average colors, like this yellow OPI beauty.

With piñatas always on the brain, I have a fully stocked crepe paper closet at all times.

Confetti!! It’s comical how my floor is always covered in the stuff. I often find pieces stuck to my little dog’s nose and hanging on to my boyfriends feet. Whoopsies!

Thanks, Kelly! Everyone, head on over to Studio DIY to get inspired by Kelly’s party ideas. And definitely follow her on Instagram for a sneak peek into her fab LA life, including her adorable pup and lots of — you guessed it — confetti!
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Weekend Links + The Best Pep Talk

Morning Coffee in France

Since we’re still on the search for the right pup (I’ve spent inexcusable amounts of time on Petfinder lately), I’ve decided not to say anything more until our new furry family member is safely at home. It’s too much of a wild ride! At a low point this week, I needed a pep talk and my best friend Lindsey, as always, came through with just the right words:

“I am also growing impatient for a sweet little puppy picture, which I will immediately turn into a custom puppy-aunt coffee mug, from which I will sip from each day and go, ‘Eeeeee!’ How’s that for a run-on sentence? I’m like mother&^%$# Faulkner over here! But seriously, have you bought Jacques the Squeaky Baguette? FOCUS!”

I will never, ever need a life coach as long as Lindsey is in my life.

I hope your weekend is filled with equally fabulous friends, sunshine, and delicious things. Here are a few things I fell in love with this week:

How to properly contour and highlight your face — including product recommendations and a diagram. As a visual learner, I totally needed this to avoid looking like a clown.

Seth Meyers and Jerry Seinfield on running into Martha Stewart with an improperly adopted dog, thinking you might fail at your career (and not), and the power of admitting that you have no idea what you’re doing.

Absolute truth. Especially during a heat wave.

I’ve watched this a dozen times, and it never fails to make me laugh.

What to do with all those Target bags you have lying around.

What are you up to this weekend?


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How To: Custom Screen Printed Shirts

Frock Files | Father's Day Customized T-Shirt

Since Father’s Day is coming up, I wanted to make something dad-related for this month’s post on You Are My Fave. It was a harder task than I anticipated. My dad doesn’t golf, almost never wears ties, and doesn’t smoke cigars. So I gave some thought to my family and the good-humored way we all poke fun at each other and came up with this idea for customized screen printed shirts.

Read the story about why I chose the word “stud” and learn how to make your own custom shirt over at You Are My Fave!

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