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February 2, 2016

DIY Abstract Art Heart Valentine's Day Favors

It's finally candy month! Er, um I mean the month of love. Yes, Valentine's Day is almost upon us, and the kids and I spent a snow day crafting our little hearts out (pun totally intended). We recently were invited to see The Children's Theatre production of The Frog Bride, and the vibrant, abstract backdrops in the play inspired our Valentine's favors.
The play was unlike any children's play we'd ever seen before. Instead of elaborate sets and a whole cast of characters, The Frog Bride features only writer/director David Gonzalez, pianist Sergei Prokofiev, and violinist Daniel Kelly set against a multi-media backdrop. The story all comes alive in Gonzalez's colorful narrations, which are partnered with abstract, watercolor splashes on the screen. This uncluttered performance really allowed the kids to use their imagination to envision the characters, the scenario, and the story's clever plot twists. The jazz music kept everything lively and engaging.

These DIY Abstract Art Hearts are perfectly unique and wonderfully inexpensive. Even my youngest was able to get fully involved in this project to create watercolor Valentine's cards for lots of friends and family. They're impossible to mess up, and that's a full-on win in my book. Because, ain't nobody got time for frustrated kids. Check out the entire how-to below.

December 4, 2015

LA, Here We Come!




Yup, I'm in the Mom Squad. Last month, kiddo and I flew to LA for a fun video shoot. Before we dive into the shoot details, let's just talk about the logistics of getting there, shall we? 

I've been to California before, but never the LA area, and the mere idea of the 101 was giving me heart palpitations. This would also be my first trip where we weren't meeting up with a family member or friend at the airport. Basically, once we got on our flight from MSP, we were on our own. I was terrified about getting lost, ending up on a future episode of Criminal Minds that centered on a deranged Uber driver, and a million other catastrophes. 

I was also wrestling with managing all of these variables on a really tight timeline. I knew this would be a fun memory for us to have of "that time we did that thing," but I'm still a mom, so school takes priority. I wanted to minimize how much school she missed, so here's how we rolled:

  • Mon 3 pm : leave school, head directly to MSP
  • Mon 9 pm : arrive in CA (We lost 2 hours on the time change.)
  • Tues 9 am : arrive on set 
  • Tues 1 pm : get thee to the airport
  • Tues 11 pm : land at MSP, drive home, sleep
  • Wed 8 am : school time!
We made it! We caught each connecting flight, didn't get assaulted by a cabbie, and had the best day with an amazing crew. The makeup artist even hooked me up with the perfect, customized nude lipstick.

We were onset in an amazing private residence for a Playtime with Mom segment for Momtastic. We talked about all of the fun things we do together and her never-ending quest for a dog. Luckily for her, StarLily is getting her closer to accomplishing her goal.

I'm supa dupa happy to report that everything went so smoothly. Kiddo only missed one day of school, and she was up and ready to go the next day. I was crossing my fingers that she wouldn't be a moody, groggy mess, but she was great. Be sure to check out our Playtime with Mom video. It's a two-parter, so be sure you give that right arrow a click after the first one.

November 17, 2015

DIY Gold Typography Pumpkins for Thanksgiving

DIY Gold Typography Pumpkins for Thanksgiving | Shauna Younge | mantle decor


My neighbors already have their lights up. One of my best friends put up three, yes three, Christmas trees inside her house before Halloween. By now, she's probably put up her other four trees. I know it's tempting to bust out the winter-y holiday decorations, but I'm savoring the fall festivities. These DIY Gold Foil Typography Pumpkins are gonna wow my Turkey Day guests. Swing by Momtastic to check out how I decked out our Thanksgiving mantle.

June 9, 2015

Twin Cities Live Craft Star Challenge Pt I

Imagine a Project Runway-esque craft competition created to find the Twin Cities' most awesome crafter. I was chosen, along with three other talented women, to compete for the coveted title on Twin Cities Live, and it's getting intense.

We started with a mad dash through Jo-Ann Fabrics and a shopping budget of $150. Let's just say, I was in the zone! Check out the video to see how our hunt for craft supplies went down, and how I put those items together to create my tablescape.

June 8, 2015

Dessert Meets Design: Sweet Birdie Birthday Party and Dessert Table

You know I L-O-V-E a good party, but I was determined not to go overboard planning, decorating, and designing stuff for my girl's third birthday. So, instead of inviting over a million of her tiny friends or renting out a bounce house venue, I temporarily converted my office into the perfect party spot for her birthday party. Her only request was that her closest little friends and a cake be in attendance at her soiree, which photog Sydnee Bickett captured beautifully. 

A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
After I designed the hexagon and faux bois invites and found a great cake recipe, I planned a bash that was full of bright, spring-y colors offset by lots of white and gold accents. I created DIY faux bois color block placemats to bring color and warmth to my white desk for the girls to dine in style. 

Along with sliders, powdered donuts, and popcorn, the girls devoured vanilla ice cream and my strawberry cake. I customized labels with each girl's name to decorate the paper ice cream cups from Sweet Party Shop. I also designed faux bois labels for the milk bottles to add a natural element to the all-white room. Land of Nod's birdie garland and cupcake kit added a bit of whimsy to the dessert table that really kicked up the color a notch. 
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
The birdie garland also added a fun touch to the faux bois backdrop I made for the photo booth. Lila smiled happily with her sister and friends as she wore the a DIY starburst birthday crown I made for her. Sydnee even managed to snap a picture of us all smiling, which is basically a small miracle.
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett

Credits
party concept, styling, and dessert table: Shauna Younge
images: Sydnee Bickett
birdie garland and cupcake kit: Land of Nod
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