Cloth Masks

Life in the time of COVID-19…and how it changed my life at home.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I know that it’s been a while since I’ve updated. Parenthood and getting settled into routines have definitely taken time away from planning events and craft projects. I am currently a furloughed Teacher at my children’s school. My specialty is Arts and Crafts, with focus on Science. I miss my students dearly! I hope to go back once things are settled and provided a position is available for me.

Taco Tuesdays! Masks

When quarantining began my goals were quite simple: ensure my children actively participate in their virtual learning, prepare meals, spending quality time with the family, and stay informed on the virus and on current events. But as with most things, once the days turned into weeks, and the weeks turned into months, I got a bit restless and needed something more to occupy my time. While consuming all of this news and information regarding the virus, precautions to take, and how to manage, I became curious about masks. I did a deep dive on cloth masks and which types were deemed acceptable by the medical community. I decided to try my hand at it, and made some for my parents, in-laws and friends. I enjoyed making them and I decided that maybe I could make more to help out those in need of them and maybe make a little bit of money while i’m out of work. What started with a few masks, exploded to now nearly 700 masks being sold up to date.

Looking back to a few months ago when I first started taking orders to make masks, I definitely made a few mistakes. But like most things, the more masks that I made, the better the finished product was. And once I became confident in making them, I turned my attention to improving them even more. I began to modify to improve things like durability, breathability, comfort, moisture wicking, antimicrobial, maintaining shape, and ability to adjust. And I’m really happy with where I am with the masks now, while remaining open-minded to further innovation. I’ve had the pleasure of making masks for local neighbors, medical providers and all essential workers and have received pretty wonderful feedback. I’m really pleased that they’re a hit.

People have asked me where I learned to sew. They chuckle when I tell them that my mom is a master seamstress and owns an alteration shop in Houston, Texas. I was exposed to sewing at an early age and have many memories growing up helping out around the shop. I would help her thread the machines, refill the bobbins, put all the pins back into their pin cushions and greet the customers on the weekends. As I got older, she trusted me to handle some of the smaller jobs like hemming pants and skirts (by hand) and adding buttons.

Now that I’m a wife and mom, I still sew things from time to time. In fact, my biggest sewing undertaking (prior to mask-making, of course) was for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party. In 2019, I handmade little stuffed elephants and to give to my daughter’s guests as party favors! The two weeks leading up to the party were exciting, but also extremely stressful. I was excited because I loved how great they turned out and I couldn’t wait to see her classmates’ reactions when we gave them the elephants. It was also stressful because it took me forever to finish over ten elephants. Overall, they were a big hit! No regrets!!!

Party favors: stuffed elephants

Making masks has definitely been a journey these past few months! I find sewing these very therapeutic, especially when I need a break from my two little rugrats. I am truly grateful to have an understanding husband who helps me hold down the fort so I can go to my happy place, aka my craft room.

Stay safe and healthy friends! ❤

Special shout outs to all the small businesses where I almost exclusively order my materials in creating the masks. If anyone is interested, I’ll be happy to share the names of the businesses with you.

Love these shops!

Legal Disclaimer:
The mask is not intended to act as a medical device or other medical product, and should not be used as a replacement for conventional and approved personal protective equipment, including surgical masks or respirators. No warranties, either express or implied, are hereby given that the mask will prevent infection or the transmission of viruses or diseases. The mask is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should always consult a doctor or other healthcare provider.


whaley loved baby boy / babyshower

Theme: You are Whaley Loved
Colors: baby blue, navy blue, gray, white, and gold
Venue: Cloud Lounge (Arlington, VA)
All photography and designs: merrylavender event planning + design

I officially declare this past event as one of my top three favorites.

I had the pleasure of planning and decorating a client’s whale themed baby shower!  The mom-to-be envisioned blue, gray and white for her nursery, so we decided to go with those colors for the shower. And because she was so enthused about some of my initial ideas for the shower, she gave me free rein to pick a theme. Ultimately, I came up with a whale-themed baby shower with a spritz of gold, baby blue, navy blue, grey, and white.

My goal was to create a fun and trendy for the parents- to-be and their guests. The event was to be held at a “loungey-cafe,” which was a little tricky at first because the venue had more of a “night out” vibe. I had to incorporate a lot of white to contrast the dark areas of the space and to accentuate the natural lighting that came in through the large windows.  Once I had the theme decided and the concept down, it was onto developing my ideas and turning them into fun decorations!

{ The Details }

My décor consisted of handmade signs; a backdrop made with various-sized hanging balloons, homemade and personally frosted sugar cookies, a photo opportunity picture area with a decorated oversized frame, a fun baby diaper cake, and hand lettered signs. Many of the guests commented that it was a complete transformation of the lounge-cafe venue. I also included several personal touches to the main table décor and helped host the games.

I loved the unique sign, the hanging cascade of balloons, the diaper cake, the BABY  marquee, and just everything on this table made it my happy place.  I quickly snapped some pictures and noticed things were off, and so it was not until later that I re-positioned the signs around to make it balanced (see the first “B” in BABY was blocked).

This was definitely a showstopper for guests to swing by and be tempted by the desserts, but then held off and took pictures in front of the table front.

The details were what I was very happy with!  It was simple, but simple is all it took to make the table grand.

The mom-to-be, Canan, craved for all things lemon.  Per majority of people who have tried my lemon cookies, I baked these for her and her guests to enjoy.  I made sure she took a box home for herself to indulge – lol!

Here are other pictures of the personalized signs I created for the parents-to-be.  I hope they will get lots of good uses out of these *hint hint*.  I love that I can create something, that was meaningful, and can be displayed in their baby’s nursery room.

by yours truly!

my favorite piece that I’ve made – Baby Wishes sign!

Then there was the photo opportunity that everyone took advantage of.  I was so happy how this turned out.  A lot of guests got good uses out of the props along with the backdrop.  The natural lighting made guests looked very refreshing.

Lastly, it was important to me that my clients were happy with the whole event. Both Canan and Guven were blown away with the whole event and immensely over the moon with the decor and games.  I definitely got to see people laugh and smile, and to me, that was the icing to the cake!

I just love LOVE planning baby showers!


EVENT: romantically written ~ signages

I had the pleasure in making signs for the beautiful bride!  She had asked me specifically to help her with various items with certain writing styles.

photography: Paper Pearl Studio
florist: Jo and Co Floral and Event Design
venue: westfields marriott / chantilly,virginia

Vivian and Jake
I took my time to work on this rustic wood wedding sign, and the result with the floral decor was absolutely breathtaking!

{the lovely couple}

Here are other views of the sign:

I also made a few other signs upon her request:



I most definitely enjoyed making personalized names on wooden hangers for the bridesmaids + flower girl.  I used an embosser to help give it that pop!

I love the copper against the light wooden hangers


Event: underwater treasure – 1st Birthday~

theme: underwater treasure theme
colors: turquoise, gold + orange
photographers: merry lavender – Belle + Adriana Pac (pacphotography studio)
custom cake: cakefestshop
all signs designed by merry lavender event planning + design


 I am so excited to share with you one of my December events: Skandha’s First Birthday. An “Underwater Treasure” themed party.  I was bursting with ideas for this event and my clients were on board. They trusted my vision and gave me the freedom to do my thing. There were so many design elements for this party that I loved that it’s almost too hard to choose just one thing that I liked most about the decor.  But if I had to choose one thing I was over the moon about… I’d say that it was the party favors. Coming up with items to put into a party favor box and decorate the outside.  If I was the one of the kids receiving that box, I would definitely be one happy kid!


I follow Mon Soiree party planners – they are from Australia and are great at what they do!  They were my inspiration for this party, and it showed in some of the design elements that I incorporated for this theme.

Overall, my goal was to really make this a beautiful event for not only the birthday boy, but also his parents, my clients!  They were thrilled with the overall look and saw that I really paid attention to the small details.  Yep, that would be me! I am so excited to share these pictures with you!

{The Details}


{Fun Party Favor Box Station}


{The Reef-freshments}


{This . Cake . Is . Amazing!!}


{Final Thoughts}

I really had a great time coming up with design ideas for Skandha’s birthday !  I cannot tell you how many times I smiled while gluing, cutting, taping, attaching, stringing together all the small details together.  img_2219


EVENT: mama + baby bear’s birthday


Theme:  Mama + Baby Bears
Colors: Teal, mint green, orange, mustard yellow, gold, and white

I was super excited when Jessica contacted me for her son’s first birthday party.  I was even more excited to find out that she ALSO wanted to celebrate her own birthday. A joint-theme birthday party for both of them was something that I hadn’t done yet, but was enthused to give it a shot. She had a few ideas which were narrowed to either an UNO theme or Mama + Baby Bear theme.  Without question, I was hoping that she would choose the Mama + Baby Bear theme, because I was full of ideas and up for the design challenge!  It took weeks to design and plan this duo’s birthday event. The verdict:   my client was over the moon with excitement, as were all of her guests.



{Dessert Table Details}




I showed my client a design of a sugar cookie that I stumbled upon on Be Sweet Bakery Omaha‘s Etsy page. I loved the simple grizzly bear cookie design, and was happy (and relieved) to find that Jessica loved it as well. I focused on that silhouette and aimed to make it a primary image throughout the party decor.

The week of the event, I had to bake these sweets in advance, so I spread the process out over a few days.


i loved how the shape of the bears turned out *yumm*





Mama Bear asked for an Adult Drink table too! I was happy to oblige. I loved how simple yet eye-catching the area was!





Designed by yours truly!

I wanted to make sure that she felt that it was also her special day.  I made a banner and set up a photo-op  area for her friends and family to take pictures.

More baking on the side:

My friend and I spent a whole week baking for the Saturday festivities.  We love the way the chocolate covered pretzel sticks turned out!

Overall, I had a blast working with mama bear Jessica!   When we met, we just clicked.  I wanted to really wow her and make sure the party turned out spectacular for her.   I know this will not be the last time I will be hearing from her.


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EVENT: zoom! airplane birthday party

Theme:  Airplanes
Colors:  Red, Blue, Sky Blue, White, and Gold
{As Seen On:  Kara’s Party Ideas}

I had the pleasure of planning and decorating for a sweet little boy’s first birthday!  The theme the mom wanted was airplanes.  She sent me three pictures of what she had in mind.  Ultimately, I came up with a kid-friendly design in bright colors that would be appealing to the younger kids.  Now that I direction with the theme, it was onto developing the decorations.  My décor consisted of handmade signs, a backdrop made of various types of streamers, sugar cookies and rice krispies I have baked and frosted, created gift boxes for the kids to take home, decorated the highchair, basically a complete transformation of the sunroom.  I also included a lot of personal touches to the table décor, and some of the treats.    I kept the cost down, by focusing on handmade decorations.  Overall, it was a big hit the family and definitely with the guests.  I had fun coming up with the décor for the party, and seeing the parent’s faces blown away.

Upon entry, I’ve made a Welcome Aboard signage at the door.


At the foyer, I had guest Check-In, and write in their name on the clouds and post on the painted canvas board I had made.



The main table:
The client loved this particular website’s party decor and so I had a lot of inspiration from Jenny’s event for her son, Ben’s 3rd Birthday party.

you have to admit, the pilot hat on noah sure is cute! huh??


I had utilized this website for their water bottle template – to match with the airplane theme from a fellow blogger How To Nest For Less: Train Themed Birthday Party.


As for the party favor boxes, I’ve utilized Tim Vandevall’s paper airplane template printed out for guest to fold.

Printable Paper Airplane Template
I have included airplane tattoos for the kiddos and adults!

The table is just filled with goodies to grab and take home.  I had fun coming up with airplane related treats.


I’ve also baked and frosted sugar cookies.  I still need more practice with the royal icing.  Thanks to Sweet Sugarbelle for her tips on making these!  Let me tell you, it is no joke, when it takes time to make and prepare these.  I may be artistic, but I am a novice when it comes to frosting.

The high chair:
Simple and fun!  Nothing more is necessary..


The birthday boy, party, and guests:



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successful bake sale ideas~


Bake sales are a lot of fun! Whenever my company or office had a bake sale, you could always count on me to bring something.

One particular year, I committed to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Little did I know that I had to raise $1,800 in order to participate in the walk. I thought that there was NO way I would be able to raise that much money. I was given the option of 1) if I meet the fundraising goal, I get to walk 2) If I fail to meet my goal, I don’t get to walk, but also am not responsible for the full amount. Luckily, it worked out for me, and I have no regrets knowing that it was for a good cause.

The Game Plan:
I racked my brain to come up with some funds and came up with bake sale. Baking was something I am good at. My colleagues loved my sugar cookies and it seemed like a hit at the last bake sale – why not?

I knew I had to:
1) Advertise early via email
2) Advertise with eye catching signs
3) Bring in some information about the walk and show statistics
4) Decorate the heck out of the table for attention
5) Enlist help from fellow bakers

Enlist Help:
I had pitched the idea to my admin friend about the bake sale. She was so gracious and asked if she wanted me to ask fellow bakers she knew would help contribute to the bake sale. Of course I said YES! Boy was I glad I did, these were seasoned bakers: magic cookie bars, lemon pound cakes, baklava, brownies, and flourless chocolate chip cookies. Here are my sugar cookies 🙂 below:

The 411 (Information):
With the upcoming Avon Walk date approaching, I noticed the registration pack was filled with information about the walk, where the money was going to, and exactly how it was being spent. I created an eye catching information board with the help of Word.doc.


Post-it notes are so cool. I printed out the website where people could donate on the post-it notes. That way, they could easily take the paper back with them to their desk. I spruced up the other side of the info-board for some eye catching decor. It was a way for someone who wanted to eat the lovely cookies but didn’t have money on them at the time of the bake sale, but allowed them to contribute to later on. I just had to have faith that they would pay since it was for an admirable charity.




Spread the Word:
I was able to draft up an email to let the people within the building know that there would be an upcoming bake sale for a cause.

Further, I created some eye catching fliers that I stuck to each of elevators for a reminder. I must say, it’s pretty in pink and reddish-purple. Gotta love Microsoft Word, when I don’t have Adobe Photoshop at my disposal.


The Decor:
This is my other favorite thing to do: make the table look pretty. I brought in the balloons, framed the list of baked items, garlands swag, fluffed up the baked goods with doilies and pink ribbon galore. The result, people raving about how classy and neat it looked at a bake sale, and the hope that people would help spread the word about their favorite baked item.


The result? I managed to raise $432! With the help from my company that does price donation match, that was basically $864 raised on the event alone.



EVENT: sweet baby girl / baby shower


Theme:  Flowers
Colors: Purple, Teal, White, and Gold
Quote: Let Her Sleep, For When She Wakes, She Will Move Mountains

My husband came home to say that I had a prospective client (his co-worker) who would like for me to decorate their colleague’s baby shower.  Did I say yes?  You bet!  I was unsure of what the mother-to-be would like, as I was told that she was very easy going,  kept her interests pretty close to the vest, and that she would appreciate anything.

So it started out a little tricky, but I was up for the challenge. I came up with a simple sketch to pitch to my husband’s colleague, Shawn, to see if she liked it and sure enough…She loved it! She really liked the overall concept, (she nixed the balloons), but everything else she liked and was really excited about.

After our initial meeting, Shawn sent me an image of what the mother-to-be purchased for their nursery. It consisted of mostly flowers, and the colors were purple, teal, and white via Holly Pop Designs.

Let me tell you, I really truly wanted to make Shawn and my husband’s coworkers happy.  I wanted to make sure that the mother-to-be was blown away and truly felt loved on her special day. The stress led to more than a few “craft blocks,” where I just could not come up with how I would like the banner to look. Now that I had the theme established I couldn’t move forward with it. After many nights of little sleep and staying up until the wee-hours with lots of DIY, I came up with these:

What you see above were these:
– hand cut individual felt petals to form the flower
– hand painted the signs
– hand lettered the writings on all of the signage
– banners cut and strung together
– tried my hand in water painting the flowers for the “sweet baby girl”
– cut and made giant paper flowers
– repainted the frame to white (framed the invitation)
– hand calligraphy on the “let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will move mountains”

I came to the venue very early to set up the decorations.  The drawing I had envisioned did not exactly translate  to the space I was working with.  I saw a video my husband recorded of the venue, the 9th floor terrace of the building. The area was large with lots of windows. Much of the wall space was taken up by the vending machines, cabinetry, refrigerator/freezer and sink.  I had three hours to make this work, but three hours gave me lots of time.






The result, everyone who helped out early, was so excited for the mother-to-be and her husband to arrive.   I wished I could have stayed to enjoy everyone else’s reaction.  I got word from my husband that everyone loved it and were blown away!  Even better news, the daddy-to-be just won the Democratic Primary election to be DC Council At-Large!



Below is a slideshow of more pictures of the parents-to-be and guests:

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Note: The main table was a bit bare, because I could not stay to help put up the diaper cake and two cakes that they had for the table.



My personal favorites:

Everything hand cut, put together, and painted by me.



Drew and used watercolors to make this beautiful guest sign-in board!



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DIY: money lei ~ for the graduate

Yay!! My cousin Peter just graduated from high school!  I wished him the best of luck as he prepares for college in the fall, and encouraged him to enjoy the adventure to come.  The first time I made a lei, it  was actually for his sister’s high school graduation a few years ago.  You can see the flower lei I have made out of carnations > DIY: pretty carnation lei.

Ever since I made that first lei for my cousin who graduated a few years back, I decided to make it a tradition.  I wanted to add a personal touch to make their special day just a little bit more memorable. So I thought, instead of a bouquet of flowers, why not a lei?  Plus this way they don’t have to carry flowers, but wear them!  I’ve gotten lots of positive feedback from my family and their friends.  So much so that I’ve made it my mission to make  these for my younger cousins once they graduate 🙂  For my cousin Peter, I decided to do a money lei (as opposed to one made of flowers) because who wouldn’t want to have money around their neck? And since I planned on giving him money as a grad gift anyway, this just seemed like a more creative way to do so.

I know there are a lot of versions for making a lei, so here is my own version below.

Gather your materials:

  • 30 dollar bills (it can be 30 of $2, 32 of $5, or however much you would like to give to your graduate)
  • 2 – 1/2″ spool of ribbon, color of choice
  • 1/8″ spool of black ribbon for the garland
  • 1 – 6mm Easy Tear Tape double sided, the smaller the better
  • 40 large beads for spacing
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun (optional)
  • Clothespin, to hold down the money (if you are doing this yourself)
  • 4 Cardstock papers, color of choice (not pictured)
  • paper clip – loop it to make into a needle like-thing.

One thing that I wish I did in advance was to look up the different ways/versions other crafty people folded their money.  My inspiration was from this website: Pam @Money Lei: How To Make Money Lei

After that initial inspiration,  I went to a youtube and specifically: Jack Toupus

He folded the money a bit smaller and said it to worry if it is not perfect.  So I definitely encourage you to follow his style!  First, fold the money in half, hotdog style.  Then turn the bill around, and fold the short end, accordion style.  Try to fold at the back of the dollar bill, so you can see the border (white part) as your guide.
I then put the strings in the middle, held together with a cardboard and clothes, so I can tie around the money easily. (I mean, you could use your teeth if you wanted to, but that’s unsanitary, lol! ) Afterwards, I cut small strips of the double-sided tape and put them on the edge.  Open the opposite side, like a fan, and press together the edge for them to stick.


Make sure to do the same with the cardstocks.  The size must be the same as your dollars. You can measure them out on your paper trimmer: 6″ x 2.5″

Fold them like an accordion-fan style.  The slimmer/smaller, the better looking the flower leis will look.  When folding the cardstock, they are thicker.  I highly recommend using a hot glue gun, instead of regular glue or double sided tape.

Now imagine how you want the look of your lei to be.  You can make it as simple as:

  • ABCABC (orange paper, money, blue paper, orange paper, money, blue paper)

Or complicated, or really, just a mirror image of half of the necklace, which was what I did:

  • brown bead, string in 5 beads
  • Set 1, four times
    • money
    • orange bead
    • money
    • blue bead
  • money
  • orange bead
  • blue paper
  • orange bead
  • orange paper
  • orange bead
  • blue paper
  • orange bead
  • Set 2, three times
    • money
    • blue bead
  • Set 3, two times
    • money
    • orange bead
  • Repeat steps going backwards (see above)..
  • Set 4, two times
    • money
    • orange bead
  • Set 5, three times
    • money
    • blue bead
  • money
  • orange bead
  • blue paper
  • orange bead
  • orange paper
  • orange bead
  • blue paper
  • orange bead
  • money
  • orange bead
  • Set 6, four times
    • money
    • orange bead
    • money
    •  blue bead
  • brown beads, string 5 brow beads
  • tie off with a ribbon

And here you have it!  It’s manly, well as manly as you can get (considering it’s a lei) versus flowers.   And everyone loved it :).  My cousin was a happy camper.

Family pictures:


But wait, there’s more!  

I’ve showed this to my client.  She loved it and I made a lei for her son.  Their school colors were maroon and mustard yellow.  Since Michaels did not have the ribbon I would have normally chosen, I’ve decided to use these:

  • 1/8″ mustard yellow riboon
  • 1/2″ maroon ribbon

Similar layout with the steps above, I just added an extra color of maroon.  I loved this also!


EVENT: a royal, peacock themed cocktail hour


Theme: Peacock
Colors: Bronze, Teal, Turquoise, Purple, and Azul

I was super excited when I was asked to create some Cocktail Hour signs for my friend’s wedding.  When they reached out, the couple said that they would totally  understand if it was too much to ask or if I was too busy to do it.  Are you kidding? I love these two, and I said of course I would love to!

The “tricky part” was that they wanted me to come up with the signs all on my own, because they trusted my creativity.  While I was flattered by their confidence, I needed some type of direction. This wasn’t some weekend party, this was their WEDDING! And I wanted it to be something that they’d really love.

I needed some inspiration so I looked no further than my husband’s custom wedding attire (he was one of the groomsmen) which was teal and bronze.  That was my starting point and I built my initial vision around those colors.   Eventually, after much begging and pleading with them on what the theme and style of their wedding would be.. they gave me a sliver of info– – peacocks!  So I let my creative mind run with it even further.

To be honest, I found that making the wedding decor was very therapeutic for me.  I was really happy that what I was creating, would displayed on their special day.  It meant a lot to me to have this role in the wedding of two people that I really care about. Little did the bride-to-be know, that it was my goal for her to really love and be really blown away with my work. So I kept in contact with the groom-to-be, Raj, regarding my progress. I could not have been happier when I saw their reaction to what I had made. The look on her face (and his) said it all.  My heart swelled with satisfaction.  My mission – completed.

I recently took an expensive calligraphy class.  Was it worth it, heck yes!  The teacher, Michelle Fritz was an amazinggggg and patient teacher ( I wish I could afford to take her continuing class again *hint hint to my husband*.   If you live around the Washington, DC area, I highly recommend you take her 3-hour class!  You can also follow her on Instagram, her work is beautiful.


So, with some light practice from her calligraphy class and viewing tons of videos and photos from Instagram (for inspiration), I came up with these signs below.  I love my Letraset Markers (found on


I also added some felt flowers, in addition to the  peacock feathers, to give it a nice romantic feel. The result, awesomesauce!



The day of the wedding:




Here’s my outfit that the couple’s cousin was soooo kind to let me borrow.  Isn’t it lovely?  I wanted to repay her by making a nice sign for her family (So if you are reading this, the offer still stands ^___- ).  Oh yea, my son is on the right.. I had to keep him distracted, while I got ready.

Henna Art:
Beautifully drawn by Ayesha Shakeel




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EVENT: Leopard Prints and Shades of Purple for a Bachelorette Party!


Theme:  Leopard Prints
Colors:  Purple and Gold
Quote: Time to Drink Champagne and Dance the Night Away

Have I ever told you my favorite color? It’s purple. I absolutely love all shades of purple!

A friend of mine approached me wanting to help plan her friend’s bachelorette party. She didn’t have much experience planning such events.  While that can be a bit challenging to work with, it was also a blessing. I incorporated all of her input, but also had the freedom to add a lot of my own personal touches.  A win-win!  Overall, it turned out to be a great success.

One thing that was helpful (earlier in the process) was that I was asked to incorporate leopard prints. While it was a start, I didn’t think that using just black, brown, yellow-orange, and gold colors would do the trick for the bachelorette party. It needed something extra. I gave my friend the homework of finding out what the bride-to-be’s favorite colors were. Sure enough it ended up being purple.  It worked out well, since the purple tamed the wild leopard print.  I believe that that was the extra I was looking for. The purple added a softness and “girlie girl” touch.

I sketched out my vision and ran it by her to see what she and the other bridesmaids thought. She loved it, and then I started gathering my materials to create some fun and wild bachelorette decor.

First I worked on the banner. I used:
– black fabric glitter
– Elmer’s glue
– scissors
– letters that I printed on Word doc and cut out and traced
– brown craft and black paper (cardstock)
– animal print cardstock (in this case, my friend gave me a 5 pack folder on clearance for $0.88!)
Fiskers SureCut Scrapbooking Paper Trimmer 12″ (I use this for everything!)
Staple’s Paper Trimmer (the link has the decorative trimming that trims for you!)
– some scrap cardboard paper/box
– stapler
– jute rope
– hole puncher (smaller than her average paper hole puncher for binders)
– gold metallic fabric paint (to give it that gold sheen off the brown craft paper)
– foam brush
– hot glue gun

If you noticed on the materials list, I included cardboard paper.  Why?  I love how it gave a little pop, adding depth to the banner. So if you are trying this at home and you have time, why not just apply the back of the letter and the banner with a hot glue gun?  I assure you, it looks more appealing that a flat surface.  Think, 2-d.



What’s missing:  Tier of cupcakes with leopard diamond cupcake topper.

Aside from the banner, I wanted to make sure that there was another big visual interest to add to the party.  So I piggybacked on an idea from a previous event I designed for, and came up with a sign below.  I saw one on Pinterest that had originally said “Time to Drink Champagne and Dance on the Table.”   However, I was told that it would be a more chill bachelorette party – probably no clubbing, but they do like to dance.  So I reworded  it to the phrase below.  I think it was perfect!

I knew I had to incorporate the glittered champagne bottles for each of the guests.  It did not take much convincing and she was floored when she saw these.


Don’t the chevron diamond straws on the glittered champagne adds a nice wow factor?

I also wanted to have some type of party favors for the guests. I convinced my friend that a survival kit was a good idea and I would make it fun!  I sewed and hand stamped the bags.  I included the necessities : band-aid, lotion, tylenol, ibuprofen, cramps meds, q-tips, etc..



Calligraphy on point! #ftw


I had made some cupcake toppers upon the request from my friend.


I had help from Shawna’s baubles and belle diamond template to help create the cupcake topper that I needed.





Perfect rosette frosting makes me happy!




Lastly, I won over my friend with some DIY wine glasses with leopard print paint.  This took a lot of time to make, but overall, it was worth it.  I loved the name tags I hand-lettered and personalized them for each of the girls *swoon*!

I love treating my guests with goodies at parties.  For this event, I wanted to make sure that these girls felt pampered.  They came away with glittered champagne bottles, leopard printed wine glasses, survival kit bags, and lots of memories!

NOTE:  I was unable to attend the event and set up the decorations.  I was away on a vacation that was planned months ago, but I did set up the decorations to how I had envisioned it and showed it to my friend so she could display it the same way at the party :).

UPDATE:   Success!  She mentioned that everyone loved and raved about the party favors and decor.  So much so that even the bride-to-be reused the sign at her wedding! 

To be honest, I wanted to do more. Some of the other ideas that I wanted to incorporate were purple rock sugar candies and “I SURVIVED” creaseless hair ties…But, I had a budget to meet and cut cost.   I was really excited about the project and I had a bunch of really great ideas.  But because of some budget constraints I was a little bit limited in what I could do, and I felt a bit overextended.  Nonetheless, I gave the project my best and instead of cutting corners, where more money could have helped, I put more effort on the handmade DIY side. Just because I wanted to see the project successful.


merry lavender event design + planning
{Bachelorette Package: $200}

Any print/color theme of your choice**

  • 1 – bunting banner
  • 1 – ‘Time to Drink Champagne and Dance the Night Away’ chalkboard sign, posted on cardboard
  • wine glass, painted
  • glittered champagne with straws
  • emergency kit bags, hand made (items inside not included)
  • emergency kit bag fillers
  • survival kit sign
  • hairbands “i survived” creaseless hair ties
  • hard rock sugar candies with flags
  • drink glass labels per guests with their name in calligraphy
  • name tags for kit bags, personalized name in calligraphy
  • diamond cupcake toppers
  • Rental of the: tablecloth, table runner, garland for the party, and includes 2-hour set up within the DMV area (or $150 without the rentals and set up).





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Bon Voyage! Graduation Party

If you want to know where I get my inspiration from, it’s my auntie. If you think I’m crafty and have an eye for all things auntie is that and more.

Recently I stayed at her house for a weekend. She was away with her kids (my cousins), for a sporting event. One of my cousins qualified for the state finals! Yay him!! During my stay, my son and I played in each room and some boats in her sun room caught my eye. They were big, and upon a closer look, they were definitely handmade. Knowing my auntie, she was the one who made these. I told her they were fabulous and she did a great job! I didn’t even asked if she bought it. I just knew.

She created these sailboats for a girls graduation party. She insisted that they were rushed, but since she’s so talented, her “rushed” still came out amazing. With her permission, I am going to share with you the process of how she created these sailboats!  They are pretty easy to make as long as you have some time and patience.

– lots of hot glue sticks

– glue gun

– scissors

– ruler, pencil

– rope/twine

– fluted polypropylene “plastic cardboard” 36″x72″

– two different girth of wooden dowels

– drill (to drill a hole) *optional*

– grommets

– sewing machine, white thread

– miniature anchors decor

– alphabet stickers

– collection of seashells
Step 1:
Plan accordingly, and gather your materials. You can get your plastic cardboard at Home Depot.


Step 2:
Your hands will hurt from all the measuring and cutting is the boards. This was trial and error. Cut to the size of the sail boats. You can make the insides anyway you’d like.  Now get ready to go through bags of hot glue sticks! 



Step 3:
You will need to make hole in the middle of the boat, to anchor the wooden dowels as your sternum. Upon closer look, you can see many rectangles plastic cardboard a were used to make the wooden dowels sturdy. Glue as necesary.


Step 4:
Use your hot glue gun and apply the jute rope around the rim of the sailboats.  Snip off the excess rope.


Step 5:
Cut out a piece of paper, to see how you’d like the shape of the sail flags to look. Afterwards, use the paper as a guide, and trace them onto the fabric. Here, my aunt liked the patterned chevron look.


Step 6:
You can whip out your sewing machine and serge the edges for a clean look. You can forgo the sewed edges, if you do not have a sewing machine. Next, take the grommets and apply them to the three corners of the sails. Here, she used rope to tie onto the wooden dowels for a more realistic looking. Use the anchor decorations to spruce up the look of the sails boats.



Upon entering the party, the kids walked underneath the arched balloons. She created a flag banner for a warm invitation to the party!


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