Plastic Easter Egg Wreath

Spring is here (well kinda, it’s March 31st and it was snowing this morning) but technically it is in fact Spring here in Connecticut.  Since the weather is still a bit too bitter to enjoy some outside activities,  I spent the weekend mostly indoors shopping, running errands and may have gotten a massage (oh the perks of being a media planner!)

My shopping ventures this weekend took me to Jo-Ann Fabrics (no surprise there) where I stumbled upon an egg wreath that I feel IN LOVE with (pictured below).  The only problem – it was 40 dollars!!  Yes, Jo-Ann’s offers great coupons (I highly recommend you download their store app here) but the price still seemed a bit steep for a mid-twenties girl living on her own.

Here are the directions to making the Egg Wreath on your own:

 Supplies you will need:

  •          Plastic Easter Eggs (I got mine for super cheap at the Christmas Tree Shop.  The wreath took about 48-60 Eggs but this will really depend on how full you want it to look)
  •          10in Straw Wreath (or any floral wreath)
  •          Spanish Moss
  •          Acrylic pastel paint
  •          Hot Glue Gun

How-To

  • Paint the plastic eggs the color of your choice.  I chose natural pastels and then speckled them with a brownish/red paint to really give them the realistic loo
  • Take the hot glue and glue the eggs around the wreath.
  • Fill in all the bare spots by hot gluing the Spanish moss onto the wreath. I used a skewer to really poke the moss into the open holes to make sure it all stayed to get a fuller look.
  • That’s it!  Pretty simple as long as you know how to hot glue!

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Springing Into Spring

I’ve officially started planning for spring decor – THANK GOODNESS! I always hate the way my home looks after the winter holidays.  Everything looks so bare and dark, so I always get so excited to brighten things up with pastels and spring decor.

Here are a few preview pictures of how everything is coming along.  I’ve unfortunately been sick for the past few days so yes, sadly I have been individually been painting plastic Easter eggs to give them a pastel, matte natural finish.  I find that even when I am sick I still need to keep busy, I know it’s not good but it’s me…..

Stay tuned for some more updates this week!  I am really excited about a fun Spring DIY I am doing that is  saving me a boat load of green WOO HOO!

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Jell-O Shots

Ok, ok, so I am not in college anymore, and haven’t been for quite some time, but the greatest thing about being in your mid-twenties is being young enough to still act semi-stupid while having a substantial income to go to house parties of friends (or boyfriend’s) who actually own houses.  Therefore, I still make Jell-O shots.

When I was in college living in a house with a bunch of girls I used to make Jell-O shots all the time and they tasted like a jiggly form of rubbing alcohol.  Probably because A.) I was most likely using Dubra or some form of cheap vodka B.) I had no clue what I was doing because I was probably intoxicated while making them. Or C.) We just didn’t care.

As an official adult now, I decided to spruce things up a bit, tone down the alcohol measurements and actually make fun shots that taste good.

Here’s what I did below:

Enjoy and drink responsibly!!!!

Cotton Candy Jell-O Shots

Cotton Candy Jell-O Shot

  • 3oz Berry Blue Jell-O
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water
  • 3/4 Cup Pinnacle Cotton Candy Vodka
  • Optional: Place one Gummy Bear in each cup

Orange Cream Jell-O Shot  

Orange Creamsicle Jell-O Shot

  • 3oz Orange Flavored Jell-O
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 4oz Whipped Cream Vodka
  • 2oz Triple Sec
  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water

Banana Strawberry Smoothie Jell-O Shot

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Jell-O Shot

  • 3oz Strawberry Banana Flavored Jell-O
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 3/4 Cup Whipped Cream Vodka
  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water

Shabby Chic Inspiration Board

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A while back when I was moving into my apartment, my clumsy self stepped right on top of my Ikea mirror(pictured below).  Shattered glass EVERYWHERE and of course the devastating realization of 7 years bad luck. (yes, I am superstitious)

I really enjoyed the frame and thought it fit in with the shabby chic theme of my bedroom (which I will post about soon) so I painted the black metal with a rough coat of white paint.

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The frame sat in my room for a while on the floor looking kind of sad when an idea struck me while I was at a tag sale.  I found a cork board for a buck and some pink fabric to cover it for 2 dollars.  I cut the cork to fit into the frame with some heavy duty clippers and then covered the cork board with the cloth by stapling and hot gluing it on.

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Once the cork was in place I started pinning everything on like a real life Shabby Chic Pinterest Board!  Can you follow my Shabby Chic Pinterest Board here.

I LOVE Romantic Country Magazine as an inspiration for all my decor, so I clipped some images from there.  I also included a lot of my old vintage jewelry that I picked up at flea markets and tag sales.  My favorite is the perfume bottle necklace – FOUR DOLLARS for this gem – completely obsessed with it.

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Stay Fancy

-Jess

Holiday Home Tour

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I’m a little late with the Holiday post here.  Does anyone else feel that the Holidays snuck up on us with Thanksgiving being so late this year?!

For decorating this year I wanted to keep things simple and inexpensive.  I did this by taking the extra tree trimmings from Home Depot for FREE when I got my tree.  I used pinecones that I have collected through the fall and dollar store snow flake ornaments.   Burlap and old book pages were also key in my vintage holiday decorating!

Hope you are enjoying the Holidays as well with your family and friends xo

Eat, Drink and Be Scary

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As I mentioned is previous posts before, I am a HUGE fan of Halloween.  Even as a type one diabetic there are many other aspects I love about the Holiday even though I can’t enjoy any of the candy.  Every year I always love to throw a Halloween get-together.  I love big dress up parties but I am more of a small intimate get-together with junk food, booze and fun.  This year I also used Halloween as a chance for my family and friends to see my new apartment.  My apartment is on the first floor so I kept the slider door open and utilized the back yard as a place to play corn hole and more seating (and also to keep the large cooler full of beer).  It was an open house, very causal and a ton of fun to see everyone I love.

PARTY DETAILS

For decorating, because I am a single girl living alone, budget was a key factor.  All my decorations came from something I already had and also shopping in my Grandparents basement.  All the old vintage candles and plates came from my “Gaga” and she was appalled that I didn’t dust off the dust.  I think it really gave that old, spooky vintage look I was trying to achieve.  I really wanted the table to look like a witch set up shop in my living room – I think I may have gone a little over board in that there wasn’t even that much room for food. (whoops)

FOOD AND DRINKS

I like to cook and bake but I certainly do not have time to do so being a full time workin’ gal.  HUGE shout out to my mom and my grandma for helping provide some of the food.  I did however make a few treats and drinks and of course used Pinterest to find all the recipes:

Stay Fancy!

-Jess

Diabetic Friendly Cauliflower Pizza

You know what the best part of cooking for one is? You don’t have to cater to anyone else’s dietary restrictions and YOU can make exactly what YOU want to eat!!! Sure, it may be a little tricky finding recipes for one or to find the inspiration to cook up a whole meal just for yourself after a LONG day of work.  But with this simple easy recipe, you can make delicious meals for yourself that are healthy, without wasting food and save money by not eating out.

Fall is the worst time for food choices for a type one diabetic like myself.  Everything is always, fat filled, carb loaded goodness and although I would LOVE to indulge in ALL of it, my diabetes does get in the way of the fall carb overload.

As almost any person I LOVE PIZZA but obviously with the carb intake I can’t really eat all of that bread.  I recently came across this Cauliflower Pizza Recipe from POPSUGAR Fitness.  I made some adjustments to the recipe and added my own twist.  Here are the ingredients I used:

  • Nonstick spray
  • 2 1/2 cups cauliflower, grated (a little less than the whole head)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I used the Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Four Cheese Italian Blend Shredded Cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)

Cauli Flower Dough Mix

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425° F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray (I made the mistake and used aluminum foil the first time I made it and it stuck bad, bad, bad – make sure to use the parchment paper!!!!)
  3. Remove the stems and leaves from your cauliflower and chop the florets into chunks. Add to a food processor and pulse until the texture is similar to rice.  I am sure a grater will work for this as well.
  4. Place cauliflower in an uncovered microwave-safe bowl and cook for 7 minutes
  5. Remove the cooked cauliflower from the microwave and mix in the egg, one cup shredded cheese, Parmesan cheese, a little salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Spread dough out evenly over baking sheet (about ¼ to ⅓ of an inch thick)
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden, crispy on the edges and cooked through the middle.
  8. Remove the crust from the oven.
  9. Top with pizza sauce and toppings. (Be careful not to add too many heavy toppings as you don’t want to weigh down the crust!)
  10. Put the pizza back in for 5-10 minutes, or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted. Allow the pizza to cool for 2-3 minutes then cut and serve immediately.
  11. ENJOY GUILT FREE!!!!

Stay Fancy !

-Jess

Hocus Pocus – How to Decorate For Halloween For Under 20 Dollars

Halloween.  My absolute FAVORITE time of year and favorite Holiday (Thanksgiving is a close second).  I think the reason why I love Halloween so much is my sad, sick obsession with my favorite movie ever – HOCUS POCUS.  Every time the movie is on TV, I get about 4 different text messages from people letting me know it is on.  Some people that I haven’t talked to in years, ex-boyfriends, best friends, co-workers, I without a doubt every time get a text.  It’s sad, of this I am aware.  Why do I love this movie so much? I couldn’t tell you, but I do…so that’s that.

This year I wanted to focus my decorating around my love for witches and Hocus Pocus while still keeping the vintage feel to my living room.  Below are a few pictures of my Vintage Witch Halloween décor.  Since I am a strict budget this year (living on your own ain’t cheap)  I had to make a lot of my decorations.  A lot of the stuff I used was old glass bottles, old books and book pages, candles and dollar store finds.  The only thing I did purchase was some ribbon and a lot of the stuff I had from previous years of Halloween’s past.

I will post some tutorials on how I made some of the decorations this week.

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The last picture is my favorite 🙂

Stay Fancy

-Jess

Laundry Room Sign

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  It has been a gorgeous weekend here in Connecticut, I am currently sitting with all the windows open, a coffee and waiting to meet my friends for the Toby Keith concert tonight!

Yesterday my mom and I took advantage of tax free week here.  I did some serious damage shopping for my upcoming Mexico trip, as well as some pretty awesome fall clothes, but perhaps my best find came from Homegoods.  I saw this sign for $12.99 and knew it would be a perfect fit for my laundry room.

The clothes pins fit in with my laundry room and since the room is right off of my kitchen, the chalkboard fit in with the theme of that.

When I got it home I knew it would be perfect to hang missing socks that some how got lost in the laundry until the mate showed up.  I then couldn’t help but write “Clean, single and looking for a mate” on the chalkboard part.  Oh the irony of my own life. hahaImageImage

Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

Ok, so this post is WAYYY overdue considering the shower was in MARCH, but without further adieu, here are some pictures of the Little Black Dress Bridal Shower I helped plan for my best friend.

As I said, the theme of the shower was “Little Black Dress”  Yes, there was a dress code and everyone did have to wear their favorite LBD.  We tried to carry the theme throughout the shower through decorations and favors. The candy/dessert bar was by far the focal point of the shower.  The cupcakes were from “Taste and See” located in Milford CT – http://tasteandseegourmet.com/  I HIGHLY recommend this cupcake shop if you are in the Connecticut area.  The women who work there are so sweet (no pun intended) and they are very reasonably priced.   Aside for accommodating my vision and making beautiful cupcakes, they are also DELICIOUS! Here are a few pictures of the dessert bar:

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I wish I hung this banner from the dessert table but we thought it would look nice for when the guest walked in to read “From Miss to Mrs.” This banner matched the invites I made (which you can find here.) 

Of course every shower has to come equipped with games.  The first game we played was the toilet paper bride game.  Each table received 4-5 rolls of toilet paper and were asked to pick one person from the table to create a wedding dress on them out of the toilet paper.  Each of the tables got super creative with their designs; some made bouquets, head pieces, bows and even a train.  We set a timer for 20 minutes and at the end we called each one of the “brides” to the front for Jessica to vote on her favorite. The winner, along with the table, received small gifts to take home!DSC_0308 - Version 2 DSC_0311 - Version 2DSC_0327 - Version 2 DSC_0342 - Version 2

Another game that we played was Bridal Bingo.  I designed the bingo cards to match again both the invites and the banner.  We placed a bingo card at each setting and asked each guest to fill in the blank squares with items they think Jessica may open as gifts.  As Jessica opened the gifts and called out what she received, people would cross out the item on the card.  The first 5 people who filled the card yelled BINGO and again won some door prizes.

We also had a door prize from the raffle ticket that the guest brought in from their invitations.  On the invitation, was a removable black Velcro dress.  The guest wrote their name on the back and brought in the raffle ticket.  Jessica picked out 5 winners from the raffle to win the door prize.  What was the door prize?? Little Black Dress Wine of course!!

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Jessica really wanted a glamour, sparkle shower.  We got the black sequin table runners fairly priced in NYC’s fashion district.  It was a fun train ride into the city with a visit to M&J Trimming.  If you are a bride and you are looking for any garments, head pieces, belts, basically any accessories GO TO M&J TRIMMING.  Walking into the store was like walking into heaven and everything was inexpensive – GO GO GO http://www.mjtrim.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=MJTrimming&utm_term=MJ%20Trimming

 Here are a few pictures of the centerpieces:
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For favors we of course had the candy/dessert bar, but also included Jessica nail polish.  Each of the nail polish colors were picked specifically because of the name “Jessica” of course – but also the colors reflected wedding colors. “I Do” and “Wedding Gown”
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The night was truly wonderful and we had so much fun at the not-so-traditional shower.  The night even ended up with a little bridal party fun 🙂 Here are a few other fun pictures from the night:

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Photos Courtesy of Stacy DeMonte (1,2,3,11,14) and Brittney Dishian (5,6,13,15,17,19_.  Please contact me at thefancystanton@hotmail.com for inquiries.