Archive for December 31, 2012

New Years Party Ideas

Happy New Years Eve everyone!

Isn’t there just something about New Years that screams sparkle?
I love it.

As I mentioned Saturday we’re having a casual new years (sparkle still required). But if we were having a big blow out of a night, here’s what it would look like:

Sparkly New Years Party Inspiration from Squirrelly Minds
1 martha stewart tinsel drink stirrers / 2 geronimo balloons / 3 individual champagne bottles on ruffled blog
/ 4 sparkly tablescape by glitter guide / 5 photobooth by heather rome on project nursery
/ 6 gold striped straws from little ink nz / 7 gift wrap by grey likes weddings /
8 wrapped cutlery styled by sitting in a tree events photographed by joielala

Isn’t it all so pretty?

I hope you all have an incredibly memorable evening with your loved ones, whether it’s family, friends or beloveds. May you ring in the new year with a huge smile on your face and lots of tight hugs.
xo
Tan

DIY Star Headband

Just a note: there has been some controversy between two other blogs about copying similar designs, particularly this star headband. Star headbands are very popular for nye and I wanted to make one for myself and share the process. It was not my intent to copy anyone elses work or ideas nor to pass this off as an original design.

Star Headband DIY from Squirrelly Minds
Hey everyone!
Yes it’s Saturday and I’m shaking things up a bit with a post. It’s the holidays. Why not!?

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing, most likely belly-full-of-food-aching Christmas! Mine was all three of those things.
It’s now onto the next step – New Years, and to prepare, today I’m sharing a super simple DIY to add some festive sparkle and stars to your New Years evening wardrobe with this adorable little headband.

Star Headband DIY from Squirrelly Minds
If you don’t have glitter paper, you can take plain cardstock, cover it in white glue, then dust it with sparkles. Allow it time to dry before cutting.

1 Measure your head by wrapping the lingerie elastic around your head at the place you want your headband to sit. Cut the excess elastic at the place where the two ends meet.

Star Headband DIY from Squirrelly Minds
2 Use a simple backstitch to secure the two ends. I did several rows of this to ensure the ends wouldn’t unravel. If you aren’t much of a seamstress, you can hot glue the ends, but I should warn you it may not last as long.

Star Headband DIY from Squirrelly Minds
3 On the back of your paper draw stars of varying shapes. It’s okay if they aren’t perfect. If they’re a bit uneven it makes your star whimsical (or so I tell myself). Cut out your stars.

Star Headband DIY from Squirrelly Minds
4 Put your headband on your head. Using white nailpolish, chalk or anything that will show up on black elastic, make small dots where you want your stars to be placed.
It’s best to do this with the headband on your head as the elastic is stretched into place. If you just placed the stars on and liked how it looked just while holding the headband, it will look different when you put it on your head as the elastic will stretch.

Star Headband DIY from Squirrelly Minds
5 Last step, hot glue your stars onto the dots.

Star Headband DIY from Squirrelly Minds
And there you have it! Even if you’re wearing all black new years eve, this little headband will bring a bit of sparkle and a lot of festive personality into your outfit. And what’s great about it is that it’s cheap, easy and only took me about 15 minutes!

Star Headband DIY from Squirrelly Minds
Happy New Year!

I’m certainly wearing this headband for new years eve, but we have decided to keep it really low key this year. Our house will be open for friends and family to pop in and say hello, and ring in the new year with us if they like. But our plan is to lounge and play games.
What are your New Years plans?


Morse Code Necklace from Betsy & Iya / Glasses from Clearly Contacts

Happy Holidays Hiatus

Happy Holidays from Squirrelly Minds
Well friends tis the season. Can you believe it’s already Christmas eve!? I hope you’re all relaxing, maybe with a cup of hot cocoa watching the snow fall outside. Me? Well no snow, but I’ll do my best to get a little cozy cocoa time in today. With the exception of a bonus post on Saturday, I’m taking the rest of the year off to enjoy the holidays with my amazing friends and family. Come back Saturday for a fun and adorable new years fashion DIY. In the mean time you can check out these holiday treats from the last month here on Squirrelly Minds:
  • Glittery polka dots branch mobileDIY
  • Gift wrap technique DIY
  • Polka dot wrapping paper DIY
  • Vegan red velvet and candy cane cupcake recipe
  • Christmas card printable
  • Boxwood wreath DIY
  • 3D Snowflake DIY
  • Winter roasted beet salad recipe

Wishing you all an incredible holiday season. May you rest, eat, and laugh with those nearest and dearest to you. I’ll be doing exactly that. Love to you all. xo Tan

Winter Roasted Beet Salad

Winter Roasted Beet Salad from Squirrelly Minds
Hey everyone!
Amy of This Heart of Mine has a great series going on which I’m so happy to be a part of – Handmade for the Holidays. It’s all sorts of delicious recipes for your to enjoy this holiday season. My contribution today? My favourite salad ever perfect for wintry nights.

Join me at This Heart of Mine for the recipe!

And to keep you occupied during what little spare time you have this weekend, some lovely holiday links:

See you at This Heart of Mine friends, and wishing you a wonderful last weekend before the big day!

I’ll be making this salad for our Christmas lunch (excited already).
What is one item planned for your Christmas meal?

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