DIY FLOWER FAVORS

flower party favors Planning for the Madewell event last week was hella fun. From the beginning I was dead-set on having party favors for everyone. I went through a few different ideas before settling on mini succulent favors, which were frickin' adorbs + perfect for the Madewell aesthetic (photos coming soon)!

But these flower favors were in the running for a while, too... and equally adorable, I'd say. I thought I'd share my test run fleurs with you...

I'd love to get one of these beauties at a party, wouldn't you?

flower party favors

Supplies

+ flowers (from bunches of wild flowers to big statement flowers, anything goes!) + kraft paper (I used the thicker 8.5 x 11 sheets) + baker's twine or string + gift tags (optional) + ziplock bags + paper towels + scissors + tape (clear or washi)

flower party favors

Directions

01 Roll a sheet of kraft paper into a cone shape. Make sure the shape fits the flowers you've chosen (I opted for a tall, narrow shape for my flowers). Secure with clear or washi tape. Repeat for each favor.

02 Wrap kraft paper cone with twine. Add gift tag to one end of the twine. Tie ends together to make a bow. Repeat for each favor. P.S. for my gift tags, I simply cut small rectangles of the kraft paper, punched a hole at the top, and stamped "xoxo" on each (which you can also write with pen, white pastel, or paint).

03 Prep flowers by cutting them down to the proper size. Wet a sheet of paper towel, wrap it around the end of the flower, and place it into a ziplock bag. Repeat with each flower. This will keep the flowers hydrated until your guests get them home.

04 Place the flower into the kraft paper cone and you're good to go, homegirl. Your flower favors are ready for the party.

Images by artsocial.

BACK TO NATURE

be creative project My Be Creative project rolls on, friends! How is it already June?? I had a blast last month tapping into my inner child by doing these fun diy projects, here and here. But now it's time to switch gears... June will be dedicated to spending time in nature.

Much like meditation, spending time in nature can help us quiet our minds and create the mental conditions necessary for inspiration to come forth and new ideas to pop into our heads.

Later this month I'll be taking a little trip into NATURE... that's right. This nature destination deserves all caps. Kevin and I will be going to Yosemite for a whole week!! Wahoo! It will be the perfect time to put this method to the test.

But in the meantime, to remind myself to spend more time in nature I've created this desktop background... and guess what? You can download it, too! Wahoo!

fleurs wallpaper download

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Let's be honest, sometimes we get stuck in front of the computer for looong periods of time. This background will be a good substitute on those days when I can't visit nature for reals...

Are you inspired by nature? Do you have a favorite place to walk or hike that always helps you clear your head? I'd love to hear about it!

 

This post is part of the Be Creative project. Join me as I try 12 different methods for boosting creativity over the course of 12 months. Every Tuesday I’ll share my progress along with creative projects… Catch up on past Be Creative posts here!

Images by artsocial.

PLAY MORE

by Anna Palma This month I've been experimenting with playing more + embracing my inner child to boost my creativity. Now, I don't necessarily mean I'm blowing bubbles and flying kites - although I did blow bubbles this weekend at a birthday party and it. was. awesome.

Embracing play has been less about the actual activities and more about my state of mind. One where I'm open to learning, experimenting, and trying new things. No pressure or focus on the final product or outcome. Just playing, trying, and experiencing the world with an open heart and sense of wonder.

by Anna Palma

Boy, it's not easy to maintain a lighthearted sense of play when things get cray. Deadlines, schedules, and plans undoubtedly get in the way... but when I can get into that relaxed + playful state of mind, creativity does flow. I haven't had any creativity blocks this month and some suuuper exciting things are in the works... check back tomorrow for a big announcement!

by Anna Palma

I've come back to these photos by Anna Palma a few times this week (major art crush). They capture that lighthearted - but srsly awesome - sense of play I'm striving towards this month. They remind me how important it is to just HAVE FUN with the creative process... it sure makes everything more enjoyable. So go have fun today! That's an order.

by Anna Palma

This post is part of the Be Creative project. Join me as I try 12 different methods for boosting creativity over the course of 12 months. Every Tuesday I’ll share my progress along with creative projects… Psst May is dedicated to PLAY, the act like a child method. Catch up on past Be Creative posts here!

Photos by Anna Palma; Art Direction Chole Lloyd; Illustration by Willow Mayor; Hair/Mua by Willow Mayor.

PARTY FAVOR DIY

taffy cone party favor

Oh friends. I'm seriously loving planning events. With the summer Eat Drink Create in the works, I'm researching, planning, and plotting like cray.

Along with organizing a rad event for all the Colorado folks out there, I'm also continuing my Be Creative project by trying different techniques for sparking creativity. May is all about play and channeling that inner child... you know? That part of us that creates + shares fearlessly and playfully like when we were little? Yep. It's there. Buried under my overly analytical ways...

I had the idea for this little party favor diy during one of my brainstorming seshes with "play" in mind. My inner child definitely approves of these taffy cone favors... and of eating all the taffy after these pictures were taken.

taffy cone party favor
taffy cone party favor

Supplies

+ taffy + ice cream cones + tissue paper + regular paper + baker's twine or string + small clear favor bags + confetti (optional, but oh so fun)

taffy cone party favors
taffy cone party favor

Directions

01 Wrap twine or string around the ice cream cone and tie a bow. This step is optional, but super adorbs. I recommend.

02 Cut tissue paper into 4" x 4" squares.

03 Cut regular paper into 3" x 3" squares.

04 Place tissue paper into the ice cream cone first, followed by the regular paper. These little guys create a sturdy structure to hold the taffy.

05 Add taffy into the cone one at a time. One cone will hold 5-6 pieces.

06 Place taffy cone gently in a small clear plastic favor bag. Feel free to add confetti or additional candy to the bag.

07 Tie the top of the bag with more twine or string. Now that taffy is secure and ready to par-taaayyy.

taffy cone party favor

This post is part of the Be Creative project. Join me as I try 12 different methods for boosting creativity over the course of 12 months. Every Tuesday I’ll share my progress along with creative projects… Psst May is dedicated to PLAY, the act like a child method. Catch up on past Be Creative posts here!

Images by artsocial.

DIY SPLATTER PAINT GIFT TAGS

diy splatter paint gift tags I've always loved painting. But lately, I've noticed I'm a super impatient painter. I like projects where I can create something effortlessly awesome within one hour. Hmm is that unreasonable?

Well that's exactly what this splatter paint project is... and with Mother's Day coming up, I thought it would be oh so rad and appropriate to turn my canvas into gift tags. Mom, if you're reading this... look away!

diy splatter paint gift tags

This project was inspired by Kate Spade Saturday's splatter paint print. It's so fun and SO easy to recreate. Plus, you really can't mess it up. It's gonna look great no matter what. Promise.

diy splatter paint gift tags

Supplies

+ watercolor paper + acrylic paint (any color!) + 1" paintbrush + water + hole punch + scissors + twine or string + tarp

diy splatter paint gift tags

Directions

01 Mix the acrylic paint with a little bit of water, it has to be watery enough to drip. If you add too much water, no worries, just add more paint!

02 Place the watercolor paper on the floor, preferably on a tarp unless you have an awesome studio space dedicated to painting. You lucky.

03 Dip your paintbrush in the paint mixture and hold it over your watercolor paper. Drip as much or as little as you'd like!

04 After the watercolor paper dries, cut out your gift tags shapes.

05 Hole punch the top center of the tag.

06 Using twine or string, attach the tag to your gift.

Oh these tags are definitely gonna score you some extra points. High five, yo!

diy splatter paint gift tags

This post is part of the Be Creative project. Join me as I try 12 different methods for boosting creativity over the course of 12 months. Every Tuesday I’ll share my progress along with creative projects… Psst May is dedicated to PLAY, the act like a child method. Catch up on past Be Creative posts here!

Images by artsocial.

HIGH FIVE, CREATIVITY

be creative project My year long quest to be more creative continues. This month I shared my office space with this rad blue backdrop from The High Five Factory. Why? Other than the fact that it made my office 10 times more fun? Well, according to this article, a 2009 study found that people solved twice as many “insight puzzles” when surrounded by the color blue. Apparently blue leads to more relaxed and associative thinking. THIS is surely my path to more creativity, I thought. I spent April testing this theory.

After spending the first part of the month intensely focused on creating awesome ideas with my blue backdrop by my side, I realized such intense focus wasn't quite working. I was too focused. I was worrying about the final results for all my projects and getting suuuper stressed in the process. That takes all the fun out of the creative process.

Intentionally attempting to spark creativity is tricky business, guys. In my experience, great ideas can't be forced. The more you try to force creativity, the less likely it is to happen. The best thing you can do is surround yourself with the things that inspire you and then chillax, bro. That way we're calm and receptive to ideas. Stress, anxiety, and working at a frantic pace will NEVER result in new + great ideas. Okay, lesson learned... for the 50th time.

I started to let go towards the end of the month and simply have fun creating without worrying about the final product. Good ideas and creativity definitely started flowing more easily. A sense of lighthearted detachment goes a long way when you're being creative.

What's coming up in May for my Be Creative project will be the perfect follow-up to this month. I'll be exploring the "act like a child" method, which involves more play and FUN. Channeling my inner child will surely help me be more lighthearted. Get ready. All my childhood faves are coming back - bubbles, kites, sidewalk chalk - I'm doing it all in the name of creativity, folks.

HUGE thank you to The High Five Factory for lending me their amazing backdrop!! Fun was had, photos were taken. I highly recommend one for your next event, party, or, ya know, for that empty wall in your office.

Images by artsocial.

LET'S HAVE A DRINK

gummis This month I've experimented with the theory that having a drink, chillaxin' at happy hour, and gettin' one's drank on can help spark creativity. I have not been very successful. Sure, I've had fun... but my productivity has decreased. Shocking/not shocking. Although I was inspired to get creative with this photo shoot. Maybe it's working after all?

Before I say peace out to cocktail hours, mimosas, and booze popsicles, let's take things up a notch for one last drink. I love the idea of infusing my own vodka. Especially after visiting this place. If you're a fan of infused vodkas and live in Denver, go there. Get pineapple, you won't regret it.

Last weekend, I started the infusion process with jalapenos, pears, and cucumbers... and gummi bears. I was channeling my inner college student.

jalapeno pear cucumber

This weekend I'll be putting my own vodka-infused spin on a few of the following recipes... woot! Which one should I try first? Numbers 01 & 05 look wayyy good.

01 Jalapeno Bloody Mary

02 Cucumber Cape Codder

03 Pear Rosemary Cocktail

04 Jalapeno Basil Martini

05 Pear Lemon Fizz

I'm looking forward to starting a new method for sparking creativity next month. One that does not result in hangovers + Breaking Bad marathons. Although I did enjoy the Breaking Bad marathons... let's see what's coming up on the Be Creative project:

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Images by artsocial.

POPTAILS + SHOTSICLES

blueberry lemonade popsicles Welll helllo, friends. No, I'm not drunk. But I was this weekend, in the name of creativity and the Be Creative project. In last week's post, I explained how it's been scientifically proven drinking a beer can help boost creativity (or at least allow for more creative thinking to occur). I won't argue with science, but I must say I didn't feel more creative this weekend. I guess it was only the first experiment, maybe my expectations are too high?

Anyhoo, in the name of creativity and drinking I've decided to give you the recipe for one of my very favorite drinks. Some of you might remember this drink - or should I say DRANK - from The Art Drank series... but this time it's in popsicle form! Cuz that's just more fun.

blueberry lemonade popsicles

GROWN-UP BLUEBERRY LEMONADE (POPSICLES)

ingredients / supplies

+ lemonade (I used Simply Lemonade… nom!) + blueberry vodka (I used blueberry Stoli) + blueberries (optional) + popsicle mold OR this article has a whole bunch of rad diy options + popsicle sticks + foil

directions

Pour half an ounce of blueberry vodka into each individual popsicle mold. Fill the rest with lemonade. If you want to include blueberries, mash/muddle a few blueberries and add them to your mold. Place foil over the top. Cut a small hole in the center of each popsicle and add your popsicle stick. Time for the freezer... and then it's time to get your drank (and your creativity) on.

blueberry lemonade popsicles

Recipe and images by artsocial.

BLUES AND BOOZE

blues and booze Happy April, friends! It's a new month and you know what that means... I'm experimenting with new methods for sparking creativity. Can you guess what they are? The title gave 'em away, huh?

The first method I'm already enjoying is surrounding myself with the color blue. According to this article, a 2009 study found that people solved twice as many "insight puzzles" when surrounded by the color blue. Apparently blue leads to more relaxed and associative thinking. Well bring it, blue.

In order to bring more blue into my life, I've teamed up with The High Five Factory. These awesome + talented ladies create one of a kind, custom made photo booth backdrops. I'm pretty stoked to share my office with this rad backdrop for the month. I've transformed an entire wall into a photo-opp-idea-sparking-backdrop-of-awesomeness. I am in love with this thing.

blues and booze

The second method I'm (hesitantly) trying this month involves getting my drank on. Why do I think drinking will lead to more creativity? Welp, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago tested students' performance on a series of insight puzzles. Drunk students solved nearly 30% more puzzles than sober students.

The reason being, drunk students have the surprising advantage of not paying attention and thus not inhibiting their imagination. This article says it best: "Although we live in an age that worships focus—we are always forcing ourselves to concentrate, chugging caffeine—this approach can inhibit the imagination. We might be focused, but we're probably focused on the wrong answer."

blues and booze

So interesting, right? That means taking a break from work and going to happy hour with our friends - just letting go for a bit - can actually be the best thing for our creativity. Just to be clear, I'm in no way saying we should all take up drinking to be creative. That would be cray. Plus I'm a major lightweight, I couldn't handle that. I am, however, going to try this approach in moderation and carry its underlying message with me this month: take time to relax, yo! and have fun.

Follow along with my adventures this month on instagram + twitter! I'll most definitely be 'gramming this blue backdrop on the reg...

 

Huge thank you to The High Five Factory for making my blue experiment possible! Images by artsocial.

CREATING IS GOOD FOR YOU

creating is good for you I've had so much fun creating more this month for my Be Creative project. At the beginning of the month, I remember thinking how the heck am I going to make time to create more? I knew I'd feel this way, so I devised a strategy early on: ONLY create projects and diys I'm really excited about.

By only taking on additional projects I truly loved, I knew I'd find the time... and I did. However, this strategy meant spending more time in the planning phase... much more, which is tough for me. I always want to hurry up and create already. It takes time to think of awesome projects! And I had to LOVE it otherwise I wouldn't follow through. Spending extra time planning paid off though. I had fun creating and I was happy with the final results.

My month of creating more has taught me (once again) about the importance of choosing the right projects. By only doing those things I really want to do, not only do I feel more productive and prolific, but I also feel freer. I had plenty of time and had plenty of fun... and I've created a whole lotta stuff this month!

So. Only invest your time and attention in projects you love and the creativity will flow. Of course, it comes down to following your bliss. Of course!

I have one more diy on the way to round out my mini diy series, so stay tuned. Although I've had so much fun, I'm wondering if I should incorporate more mini diys into the ol' blog... and maybe even keep my little shop open for a while. What do you think? Should I keep this creating train rollin?

Aannd here's what's coming up for the Be Creative project. Still not quite sure how I'm going to tackle April... I'm the lightest of lightweights.

be creative project

Images by artsocial.