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Little Love Notes

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares a few little love notes to the things she loved most this week, including THE perfect scarf, a happiness journal, and pistachio chocolate cookies.

It’s been more than a week with our sweet baby girl, Emme, and I swear there are moments where I feel like she’s been here all along; she just fits, you know? Scarlett is completely smitten with her little sister, and I find myself begging her to stop throwing her arms around Emmeline at least every other minute. I mean, a newborn is a peanut after all. Not such a bad problem to have. Of course, we’re exhausted, but it comes with the territory. Trying to stay on top of blogging and two kids, has been quite the feat, still I know slowly but surely, I’ll get the hang of it.

I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagram (lots of fun behind-the-scenes on my insta stories too!), facebook, and twitter. Follow along! How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes to the things I loved most this week …

Dear feel good tricks, this simple activity can make you so much happier. (It’s science.)

Dear fellow mamas, anyone ever try the Miracle Swaddle? Emme is basically a Houdini, and we can’t keep her little arms secure in any of our homemade swaddles. We’ve heard good things about the Miracle Swaddle. Have you tried it?

Dear end-of-week giggles, if you aren’t already following mama, @mayavorderstrasse, now is the time. She’s beautiful and hilarious and all of her Instagram snaps are A+.

Dear DIYs to try, the cutest owl pumpkins made using just a Sharpie.

Dear chiller temps, THE perfect scarf. (Aaaand I plan on pairing it with this sleeved t-shirt dress in black I just snagged on Amazon. It was $16.99 (and several of the colors are $9.99!) I have a feeling I’ll be living in this all fall.

Dear party planning prep (because it’s almost the season!), how to throw a large dinner party without losing your mind.

Dear weekend baking, pistachio chocolate sable cookies. (These look SO good.)

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

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Lexi

How to Make Floral Ice Cubes

I am so excited about today’s post. What makes these beautiful DIY floral ice cubes so wonderful, is their simplicity. And the flowers. If it were up to me, I’d cover the world in flowers. (I mean, have you seen our parties?)

Focus, Lexi.

Today’s DIY; it’s all about flowers. Floral ice cubes. Specifically, the ridiculously simple steps on just how to make floral ice cubes, will have you wondering just why exactly you haven’t been making floral ice cubes for … well, every single party ever.

How to make the prettiest simple DIY floral ice cubes using fresh flowers for your next party. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

This simple party trick takes seconds to make, can be created ahead of time (for a fuss-free party touch), cool down your beverage or cocktail, and leave floating blooms in your drink when the ice cubes melt.

Talk about WOWing your guests.

Trust me, they will be impressed.

Sometimes it’s the thoughtful little touches that make all of the impact.

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Most of the blooms I used are for decorative purposes only, but here’s a great list of edible flowers to use for your next batch of DIY floral ice cubes.

If you can’t get your hands on edible flowers in time, no worries: make floral ice cubes with any flowers you have on hand, fill a clear ice bucket with your pretty ice cubes, and use it to display and serve chilled bottles of champagne, prosecco, or rosé.

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HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE DIY FLORAL ICE CUBES

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Small flowers
Bottled or Boiled Water
Small ice cube trays (or large ice cube trays)*

DIRECTIONS

  1. It’s best to use bottled water or water you’ve boiled in a kettle (allowing the water to cool completely before using.) You want your flowers to show through the ice, which means, you’ll want crystal clear water. Tap water will totally work here too, it just may be a bit cloudier than bottled or boiled water.
  2. Clip your small flowers off their stems, right at the base of the flower, and carefully run all of your flowers under cool water to wash them off. (Remember: these are going in your drinks!)
  3. I quickly realized that pouring the bottled or boiled and cooled water into the ice cube trays, and then placing the flowers into each square, worked best. The flowers will float, so you may want to use a toothpick to place them whichever way you want. The “bottom” of the ice cube tray, will most likely become the “top” of your finished ice cube, because it will have the smoothest surface, so you may want to use a toothpick or your fingers to gently turn the flower upside down in the water before you freeze your trays.
  4. Allow your ice cube tray(s) to set for a few hours, or at most, overnight, but be sure not to leave them frozen for too long, as the flowers will start to discolor. i.e., plan to make these either the night before a party, or just a few hours before the main event.

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*This brand of ice cube trays is my favorite because they make perfect ice cubes, that pop out effortlessly, every time.

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Aren’t these floral ice cubes such a pretty addition to just about any drink or ice bucket? Party perfect.

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If you make your own floral ice cubes, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi). I love to see your creations!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

How to Make a Real Flower Crown

Ohhhh, today’s post is a good one! I like flowers, guys. A lot.

You may remember that I teamed up with a fabulous florist, Marsha of MEWS Designs, and my amazing photographer, Annie of Annie Watts Photography, to create a couple of fun DIY flower projects to share with you all! (You might recall this easy peasy tutorial for creating your own Spring arrangement?) Well, we have a pretty awesome DIY post to share with today: how to make a real flower crown.

How to Make a Real Flower Crown

Flower crowns are everywhere. They’re beautiful and whimsical and make everyone look ten times prettier. After we made these flower crowns, Scarlett and I wore ours around the house all night long. Princess status.

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I’ve made faux flower crowns before (you can get that DIY here), but I loved the idea of creating a handmade real flower crown with fresh flowers, and Marsha was happy to play teacher. There’s something about a real flower crown that looks so delicate and festival-ready. And maybe it’s fun to pretend you’re a fairy or a princess or a garden sprite. Whatever the occasion, after you see these pictures, you’ll definitely want to make your own real floral crown.

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MAKE YOUR OWN REAL FLORAL CROWN

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Floral Tape
Shears/Clippers
Scissors
Floral Wire (try to choose one that is thick and flexible)
Floral Adhesive such as Oasis Floral Glue (optional)

Flowers Used: Miniature Gardenia leaves, Lambs Ear, Eucalyptus, Ivy, Winter Daphne Blooms

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DIRECTIONS (with pictures)

Begin by measuring the rough circumference of your head with the wire and create a “hook” on each end of the wire. (These will hook together at the end to keep and hold your crown in place on top of your head.)

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Pick up and bunch together a small group of flowers and greenery and place against the wire just before one of the “hooks.”

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Using floral stretch tape, wrap the tape around the stems while tugging slightly to stretch the tape and secure your small bunch of flowers to the wire.

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Continue to place a small bunch next to the previous one, wrap with tape to secure, until you have completed the length of the wire.

How to Make a Real Flower Crown

You’ll be surprised how quickly and simply this process goes!

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At this point you may go back and glue in larger flowers with floral glue; just a small dab on both the flower and where you plan to place it will do.

Florists Trick: Blow on the glue in both places for a few seconds before placing the flower on the crown. This will help them adhere to one another.

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Once completed you can tie ribbons to the back (at the end of each “hook”) if desired.

Though I’ll admit, I loved the simpler flower crowns best of all.

How to Make a Real Flower Crown

It really is that un-complicated! And has such a pretty impact.

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And you know I had to throw in a few adorable photos of Scarlett in a mini real flower crown, who was the best floral assistant ever. (You can catch her behind-the-scenes in our flower arranging post too!)

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If you make your own beautiful real flower crown, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun events!

Love this post? You can learn how to make your own flower arrangement right here. (Psst … it’s way simpler than you’d think!)

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

Pop-Up Flower Flashes: New York City’s Flower Bandit

It’s no secret that I’m crazy for fresh flowers, so when I saw that New York City had it’s very own flower bandit, I was beyond intrigued. Lewis Miller has been dubbed New York City’s flower bandit. The flower designer, known for his over-the-top pop-up floral installations, has been flower bombing iconic New York monuments and ordinary street items, like trash bins, with gorgeous floral arrangements. His only mission: to bring joy to New Yorkers and tourists alike. And though I live hundreds of miles away, even just seeing pictures of exploding blooms out of trash bins has my heart all aflutter.

Miller calls them random acts, and in one photo on Valentine’s Day, explains: “Because Love is grand but it can also be rough, gritty and complicated just like our beloved City.”

More flowers, please.

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14th Street/Eighth Avenue

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Bowery and East Houston

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Whitney Museum of American Art (On Thanksgiving: “In these crazy times we’re living in, sometimes simply to marvel at something beautiful can help soothe a heart and lift a spirit. We made this 9 foot long cornucopia hoping to do just that. It lives nestled between the Whitney and the stairs to the Highline, but just for today.”)

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Village East Cinema

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Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park

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Bond Street And Bowery (Noho/Soho)

Doesn’t this make you want to put flowers everywhere? (Psst … have you tried making your own floral arrangement? It’s easier than you might think and adds major impact! One of our favorite local florists shows us how.)

You can follow Lewis Miller on Instagram @lewismillerdesign and read more about his pop-up flower flashes on Vogue.


Lexi

Decorating With Hanging Flower Vases

Spring has fully sprung, and with it, the rain; so I’m bringing Spring indoors with plenty of fresh flowers. I’ve fallen for pretty little hanging flower vases, especially because of the unexpected touch of design they add – and I think you will too.

Whether they’re hung by string or twine or held up by a more intricate wall mount (I mean, how cool are these DIY copper and glass hanging vases?), these hanging flower vases are sure to make a delicate and beautiful statement in your home. There are plenty of pretty options at retailers like Etsy, AmazonTerrain, BHLDN, PBTeen, World Market, and ModCloth, but I’m also totally digging the idea of making my own sweet little hanging flower vases with one of the DIY’s below.

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Hanging medicine vial vases via Gardenista

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Hanging Flower Vases on a Shiplap Wall via @idreamofhomemaking

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Hanging Vase Display via A Beautiful Mess

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Hanging Bud Vases via Terrain

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DIY Hanging Wall Flowers via A Piece of Rainbow

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DIY Copper and Glass Hanging Vases via Going Home to Roost

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Wine Bottle Wall Flower Vases via Great Bottles of Fire

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DIY Test Tube Vase Chandelier via A Pair & A Spare

Want more flowers? Learn how to make your own simple, but beautiful, Spring arrangement. (The kind that will totally wow all of your friends and family!)

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Lexi

Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, including leftover flowers. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Happy weekend! It’s a long one for us, and I after I cram in a bunch of work this morning, I am officially (a.k.a., trying to … sort of) take the long weekend off. We have farmers markets and flea markets to visit and so many restaurants to try (the list of must-see places in our still new-ish to us city is huge.) I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there). Follow along!

How about you? Any exciting weekend plans? Hope you’re having a great one full of the prettiest leftover Valentine’s Day flowers!

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear end-of-week giggles, 40 honest advertising slogans that will make you laugh out loud.

Dear Comic Relief, Love Actually is getting a mini sequel with the original cast and we are all SO excited.

Dear daily dose of beauty17 photos of dance that will take your breath away.

Dear wanderlust, these are the top 12 museums in the world. Have you been to any?

Dear mom jeans, if these can even be called that; they’re are edgy and way too cool (and affordable too!)

Dear made you think, here’s why you blush, according to science.

Dear growing pains, how to make a major career change long after your 20s.

Dear weekend baking, Martha’s peanut butter and jelly cheesecake squares.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

image via @jcrew (cc: @BloomThat)

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you so much for clicking through and helping to support this little blog business of mine! Read more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here.


Lexi