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Thursday
Mar292012

Whisker Graphics March DIY

Happy Thursday friendlies! How is it Thursday already? How is it April (almost) already?! Time flies when you're busy and have lots on the horizon I guess. I am going to enjoy these last few moments of March since they are slipping away fast.

Today I want to share my monthly Whisker Graphics project. I create a monthly project for their blog using the fabulous WG products, Divine Twine, Bitty Bags...check out all that their store has to offer. It's a lot of fun and I'm joined by other talented bloggers who contribute their own projects on a regular basis too. See all of the creative projects over on the Whisker Graphics blog. For March I made up some Mod-inspired party flags using Bitty Bags.

This is a quick and easy project that can be pulled together right before a party. The colors are bright and cheerful and will instantly spruce up your party decor. And these flags would work for both adult and children's events. The mod style feels more mature but the colors keep it youthful. To see the materials I used, visit the post on Whisker Graphics, browse around, and say hi to the WG team. 

Thanks for visiting Lauren Elise Crafted today. Have a great day!

Thursday
Mar152012

Birthday Party Roundup

How is your Thursday going friends? I have a busy and long day ahead of me which includes my brother's big show tonight. I'm so excited for him and can't wait to hear him and his band play their new songs live. Live is always better. Any LA locals looking for something to do tonight? You should stop by!

It's my 2nd blog birthday, which I've been celebrating this week, and with birthdays come birthday parties. Unfortunately we can't all get together for one big party since blogging takes place in a virtual world but that can't stop us from celebrating. Today I want to throw a virtual party of sorts and highlight a few favorite decor elements which I am currently loving. This way we can all be involved and have mini parties with ourselves in front of our computer screens. Not quite the same but I think all of these goodies will put you in the birthday mood anyway...

Rifle Paper Company

Ethanollie

Banter Banner

Potter & Butler

Bake It Pretty

Mademoiselle Chipotte

This would be such a lovely party to attend. Everything is so cheerful. What items would you have at your virtual party?

Tuesday
Jan312012

Houzz January Ideabook

Happy Tuesday friends! Today I want to share the ideabook that I put together for Houzz this month. This is my third month working with Houzz and I really enjoy "the search" of getting inspiration and finding cool products (learn about my collaboration here). This month I knew I wanted to focus on spring and have a palette of bright, cheerful colors. Here is what inspired the whole ideabook:

I immediately fell in love with this illustrated wallpaper. The citrus colors were so fresh. This image inspired me to curate a gallery of modern tea party elements that included colors like: citron, salmon, lime, persimmon, teal, and aquamarine. But I paired the brights with neutrals, whites and greys, so that nothing was overpowering.

You usually associate tea parties with little, old ladies but I dreamed up a party that would be nothing of the sort. Here is what I put together:

While working on this ideabook, I have come across these colors in quite a few places. I have seen them on Pinterest, in retail stores, online...clearly these colors are 'in' this spring. Do you like citrus-y brights like this? Have you been encountering these hues? Would you like to attend a modern tea party?!

Monday
Oct312011

All-Hallow's Eve Inspiration

Happy Halloween and happy new week to everyone!  Do we have some big Halloween lovers out there?  I sadly must report that this isn't really my holiday.  I don't even remember the last time I dressed up, probably when I was in high school.  I think it's a fun day for kids but as an adult, it's just not for me.  If you love Halloween, I hope you have a spooktacular day but if you're more like me, let's hold out for Thanksgiving (just 24 more days).  My friend Pat already informed me earlier this morning that I'm lame for not appreciating this holiday (he loves this day dearly) and I'm well aware I'm probably in the minority here.  Oh well.  

Most Halloween decor is too over the top for my taste but I've rounded up a few bits of inspiration that are simple and perfect for the quasi-Halloweener like me.  If I was throwing a party, these are some options that I would consider.

I absolutely love this simple and modern take on Halloween put together by my talented friends Sofia and André of Brancoprata.  The little pops of orange and yellow are perfect among the grey and white palette.  So refreshing!  This tablescape would actually be perfect for any fall party.  The paper rosettes are a great detail but definitely not overpowering, keeping the main focus on the party itself.  

I have seen crocheted doilies hung in embroidery hoops before and this crafty take on a spider web is quite cute.  Nothing too scary.  And when Halloween is over you can just remove the spider.  Now pumpkins I really love (we have a small collection growing on our front porch) and I love seeing all the unique ways to decorate them.  This graphic pumpkin was covered in paper using a découpage technique.  The illustrations are photocopies from Pictorial Webster's.  Dictionary pages, old music sheets, or maps would also give a cool effect.  

Another unique pumpkin, this one wrapped in black lace for a dramatic yet sophisticated look.  I would like to try painting a pumpkin black and then wrapping it in white lace to get the inverse.  And nothing beats simple white pumpkins.  They look really great paired with this rustic chair.

photo credits:

one { Brancoprata }

two { Betz White }

three { Country Living }

four { Better Homes & Gardens }

five { i heart shabby chic }

What does Halloween look like for you?  Are you totally into it?  The scary?  The dressing up?  The candy?  How are you spending your night?  

Tuesday
Aug302011

LA Weekend + Birthday Picnic

Hi everyone!  A new week is here and for me, after such a lovely weekend, I am ready to tackle my to-do list.  I must admit that my weekend seeped into Friday and Monday a bit (hence no blog post yesterday) but it's hard to complain about that.  When you're in good company, your obligations and work don't seem to matter as much.  Sometimes you have to enjoy those moments and not think about looming deadlines.  Of course when I do come back to reality and have all this work piled up, I think "Crap, why didn't I do this earlier?!"

Something exciting that I did on Friday was to attend the Decorate Book Tour, hosted by Anthropologie for Holly Becker's new book.  Holly is such a fabulous blogger and her design and style are such an inspiration to me.  Meeting her was the ultimate!  She is so sweet and humble and even though I probably came across as a star-struck bumbling idiot, I hope I was able to convey what a role model she is for me in her work.  Be sure to peruse Decor8, Holly's blog, because it is really something.  Pretty things fill up every post.  Here are a few pictures from the event:

Super pretty Anthropologie window display.  Visiting each Anthro is always a new experience since every store is designed differently.  This event was held at The Grove in Los Angeles.  

There's Holly...signing away!

The rest of my Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were spent with my brother David and my bestie Elysse.  On Saturday night, Elysse and I attended one of my brother's band's gigs and it was amazing...such a great show!  My brother and his fellow band mates perform so well live, they absolutely blow me away with their talent.  I am one proud sister!

And on Sunday Elysse and I prepared for her birthday picnic, a celebration she hosted at Barnsdall Park (such an awesome LA park, I feel like it's a well kept secret) with a bunch of close friends and yummy food.  

I contributed some festive bunting for the event.  In my opinion, bunting always makes things a bit more special.  

The delicious spread!  Everyone brought such tasty goodies and there were even a bunch of leftovers (they are dangerously sitting in my refrigerator right now).  It was definitely hot but we set up in the shade and enjoyed Capri Suns and some wine and champagne.  It was just so enjoyable and the heat didn't even matter.  

Me and the birthday girl, who looked lovely!  Ya, we're both 25 now!

The two pictures above are from Elysse.

Elysse opening my present.  Also, the store-bought red velvet cupcakes that I contributed which looked pretty but were actually gross.  I wish I could have made something from scratch but it was just so stinking hot and we didn't want to turn on the oven and make it even worse.  Capri Sun and plastic wine bottle in the background (yep, we're classy like that).  

I embroidered this bunting gift for Elysse.  I did it in her colors and everything (blues and purples) to go with her decor.  I love that Elysse appreciates my handmade gifts because I truly love making them for special people.  

The view from the park was stunning.  The Griffith Observatory is on the right and the Hollywood sign is on the left.  It really was a beautiful day and it is just so neat to look over LA like this.  Perfect picnic location.

So Happy Birthday Elysse!  I'm so glad that I could celebrate with you and feast on sugary delights.  Here's to a new fabulous year!