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Thrifty Thursday

Handmade Wedding Invitations? I DO!

Starting with my SAVE THE DATES; If you are pinching pennies and your Wedding Invitations are important to you as it is to me, maybe it’s not a bad idea to take it back a few decades and hand make them. I will tell you this much, everything I liked would of been $600++ just for Wedding Invitations. That’s wild to me since most people throw them in the recycle bin when the wedding is over. To each their own! If you are a crazy craft lady like me and you think your bridesmaids would love to spend their free time slaving away in your sweat shop well this project is definitely for you. I know you can walk away with maybe spending under $100 If you follow my steps! Assuming you have watercolors, paint brushes already, hot glue, scissors (Which could also be found marked down) you basically will be spending money on stamps, envelopes, translucent paper and watercolor paper.

#1 Watch this video on how to make your own watercolor craft paper.

#2 Go to the Dollar Tree and grab their packets of watercolor paper. 9/10 stores they have it. If not, you can purchase nice quality paper at Jo-Ann’s and Michael’s make sure you get their 40% off coupon. I have found really nice packets of 20 for $1.49 at Target as well.

#3 At Michael’s, I found really pretty white envelopes on sale. They are sturdy enough to watercolor over and were only $10 for 2 packets of 50!

#4 Start with baby steps and have a watercolor day. Get all your girls to color endless amounts of paper and cut them into the size you want.

#5 Design two different styles of paper. One for cutting different shapes and gluing on top of the card and the cut outs for the invite. The ones with triangles I spent more time adding gold or salt on it so up close you could see the texture.

#6 Now Create! Glue and piece everything together. You can’t go wrong.
I hope you like! Let me know what you think and leave me a comment! be sure to share with your friends and family! Thanks so much! I will keep you posted on my process and how I will create the envelopes next week!!











Do It Tuesday

DIY Tulle Skirt

Summer is ending and if you live anywhere like Phoenix, LA or Palm Springs you know your hot days are about to really hit! It’s never too late to make one of these skirts to wear in the fall.

Things You Will Need:

  • Satin 1-2 Yards
  • Tulle 8-10 Yards
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Elastic Belt
  • Dye


First figure out your waist size, add 2 inches then divide it by 6.28. This will give you the radius for your waist.

Let’s start by cutting the tulle.  Take 1.5×1.5 yards of tulle and fold it in half. Next, take a pin and place it at the top middle of the fold. Attached a string that is the same length as your waists radius and use it as a guide to cut a half circle.

Keeping the tulle folded in half, add 20in to the end of the sting and repeat. Unfolded, you should have a circle cutout of tulle with a smaller circle in the middle (your waist size).

For the satin or silk, repeat the same steps as above using 1 square yard of fabric instead. Adjust the length of the skirt by 5 or 10 inches depending on preference.



Sew a basting or straight stitch along the waist to keep tulle from sliding and moving around.


For the waist band use a thick elastic belt and sew the ends together. Pin inside out the inner layer, tulle and elastic belt in the waist. There will be extra room with fabric so even it out around the elastic belt.


Then once ready to sew pull and stretch elastic out with the skirt. this will bunch the tulle at elastic. once you finish the waist turn it inside right and you have a tulle skirt.




Fashion Friday

Bri Bridge – Make a Statement

Bri Bridge is a fresh and funky innovative clothing line. Ready for summer? Because it just began! We are doing another free give away. Subscribe to my YouTube and you could have the chance to win a glittery hat made by Bri Bridge! Go to her website now and see how glam they are! www.bribridge.com

Director, Photographer: Angela Lavelle
Filmed By: Anthony Bergeron
Editor: Chase Boyajian
Designer: Bri Bridge
Wardrobe Supervisor: Lynsey Longo, Natalie Fuentes
Hair & Makeup: Angela Lavelle
Model: Ashley Meisener

Soul Food Sunday

Basil Pea Pasta

This is so easy peasy and takes a total of 30 minutes including cooking the pasta!! Super easy and delicious. My boyfriend hates pretty much everything in this meal but when I cooked it together for him, he said it was the best pasta ever! I kid you not. Such a great combo and it feels nice and light for a summer night!

Things You Will Need:

  • 3 Heaping TBSP of Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 TBSP of Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup pf Graded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Peas
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • 1 TSP of Italian Seasoning
  • Pasta for Two

Saute ingredients in a large size pan on low heat starting with coconut oil, fresh basil, garlic, salt, pepper,and Italian seasoning. Mix for about 2-3 minutes. Throw in cooked pasta, cheese and peas. Mix for about 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Soak Up Saturday

Before and After: Painting Your Cabinets White

It has been a wild past few weeks. As some may know, I have been in renovation mode with my house. First project for me was to work on the cabinets of my new home. I had a little more work cut out for me than I realized. Definitely some great features to the cabinets but also not so great.

Let’s start with not so great; They were super dirty with oil/grease that has been collecting since the 70’s. I kid you not, these cabinets needed to be replaced or in need of a serious makeover. They were gross! The shelves were layered with 3 different contact papers starting with flowers peeling away to brown checkered to the classic orange from ’67 (The year the house was built in.)




PHASE ONE: Cleaning. Sanding. Removing Doors and Drawers.

Do not think for one second this is an easy project. Its not something you can get done in one day. Make sure you have a handful of days to work on this depending on how many cabinets you have. Start by taking all the cabinet doors and drawers off. Use an electric sander to sand off the flat surfaces. I hand sanded any curves or areas that were difficult to reach with regular paper. This alone took me a week!

Make sure you sand with a pal!

PHASE TWO: Painting

Week 2 was all painting. I did about 3-4 coats with a paint brush and all by hand. In doing this, it created a nice even texture. I like the lines the brush created. The first coat you can use a roller just to give everything an even coat. It makes it easier when you go back with a second coat.






PHASE THREE: Hinges and Door Knobs


I ended up getting all new hinges which made a huge difference and makes the cabinets feel new. As for the knobs, I liked the unique detail and design so I decided to spray paint them. When I did I felt the true design of the knob wasn’t as clear. So instead, I went back to the store and got SOS pads which made all the difference. Make sure you use a polish or wax to keep from rusting.

PHASE FOUR: The Finish Product




It’s just so clean and fresh now! I can’t wait to repaint these walls, get the flooring done and some furniture in! What a bright and happy kitchen!

I did have a few issues with putting the cabinets back on so I will update you in a future post coming soon!

Do It Tuesday

DIY Beach Anklets

It’s summer! Time to hit the beach! I decided I wanted to make some chunky anklets to wear when I go barefoot. These are super easy and fun to create.


  • Beads (enough to fit around one ankle)
  • Bead Stringing Wire (.30mm)
  • Toggle Clasps (the circle part only)
  • Crimp Beads
  • Tulle or sheer thick ribbon
  • Pliers


First, just simply string on the beads with the wire. Add the circle part of the toggle clasp on each end with a crimp bead. String through the ribbon. Slide your foot through and tie a bow in the back! Super cute and easy!

Photography: Anthony Bergeron

Director/Photography: Angela Lavelle