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Father’s Day Gift- DIY Leather Catchall

This week is all about the daddy’s in our lives. Those amazing fellas deserve the best, and we can’t wait to show them how much they mean to us! We love to give gifts, especially personalized ones just for that special someone. Last year, we created personalized wooden prints for them and they were a huge hit! If you missed it, check them out here.

This year, I wanted to something that my husband could use everyday. Do you have a husband or father that leaves a trail of coins and receipts everywhere they go? I could spend all day gathering money in random spots in the house. I looked up some ideas, and came up with the leather catchall for this father’s day. Not only does it solve my money trail adventures, but it looks cool and adds some flair to his side of the bed. Plus, its incredibly easy to do! You can find all these materials at your local craft store or use my bff Amazon and get it the next day.

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Photos by Yasmin Sarai

Supplies

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Leather Sheet

(this is where you can get creative and pick a smaller or bigger sheet, and pick different colors. We went with a nice neutral blush color)

Leather Rivets

Leather Hole Punch

Hammer

Arm Muscle

Directions

This is for a large square using a 8.5 X 11 leather sheet.
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Fold the sides of the leather together. Give it some good arm muscle to insure they are folded.

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Take your leather hole punch and punch a hole about 1/2 inch from the top. More arm muscle here. If you have trouble getting it thru both sides, open it up and do each side. Make sure they are aligned together before doing so. Do this to each side.

Once you have your holes, fold each side again and take the rivets and insert thru the hole. Place the end rivet on the other side, and using the rivet setter and your hammer fasten the rivets together. The set will come with directions on how to use the rivet setter. Its really easy!

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Do this to every side, and there you have it! Take it a step further, and personalize the leather inside the catchall. Our bff, Meghann Miniello did a simple “daddy”, but the sky’s the limit! A song, poem, or a special saying will look great in there.

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Every daddy will love this gift! And so will all the Moms out there. No more money trails and receipt piles :) Now if I can come up with a stylish solution to all the empty water bottles in the house.

Happy Father’s Day!

xx

Abby

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By on June 14, 2016 in CRAFTS, DIY, FATHER’S DAY

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Easter Egg Decorating + Styling- DIY


Its all about easter egg decorating and styling today!

Who else loves decorating easter eggs?!? I do enjoy dying eggs with my little peeps and watching them turn that perfect pink dye into a lovely brown mush color. You know what I’m talking about. It takes a lot of patience and biting my tongue to sit there and watch all the pretty colors turn to blah. But hey, they love doing it and that is all that matters. After they have created their masterpieces and are off to bed, its time for mommy to sit down and create her own.

I’m sure you have seen those coloring books that are all over the place these days for adults. Its a little therapy session for me to sit and spend 10 minutes  with a glass of wine and just color. I decided to do the same thing this year but with wooden eggs. Now mine did not come out as good as our gal pal, Meghann Miniello, so we are showing off her masterpieces. This year I used wooden eggs… well because they don’t break and you can keep them for the next year. Pretty much a no brainer.

We got ours here on Amazon. They come in a set of 12 so you have a lot of chances to get the perfect ones. We went bright and fun with patterns this year.

Photos by Meg Perotti

Let’s see all the pretty Meghann created!

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Here is the line up…

 so cute huh?!? isn’t she good! She did a mix of paint and markers. Simply go right in it and see what fun you can create, or find a pattern and use that as reference.

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Now once you have all your eggs done, you gotta show them off proudly. We love styling eggs to put around the house. This year we are mixing our bright colored patterned friends with the yarn wrapped eggs by Twine and Braids. Check out her etsy page for more fun wrapped eggs.

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Easter Egg Decorating  + Styling by Beijos Events

Easter Egg Decorating  + Styling by Beijos Events

We styled this pretties a couple ways. One is all together in our Little Market Woven Bowl. Place this on your kitchen table or a coffee table for a cute easter detail. Having people over? You can add some fresh flowers into the bowl for added detail and color.

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Use a ceramic berry basket and fill with fresh flowers and eggs, another fun way to display them. We got our green one at Sur La Table, but you can also find some pretty ones here and here. You could also use wired metallic baskets as well.

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Easter Egg Decorating  + Styling by Beijos Events

Easter Egg Decorating  + Styling by Beijos Events

Easter Egg Decorating  + Styling by Beijos Events

This is our favorite by far, you can create a wreath with flowers and eggs. Simply just glue together on a circle board or use the green foam you can get at your local flower wholesale or craft store. You could use fake flowers but its not nearly as pretty as using real flowers.

There you have it. A lot of pretty fun just for you!

Happy coloring!

xx

Abby

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By on March 24, 2016 in CRAFTS, DIY, EASTER, HOLIDAYS

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Mama Son Date with Homethrown La

We got something reeeallly cute for you today!

We know this week is going to be all about Valentines day and what to do, what to wear, where to go, etc. But have you thought about the little man in your life?

Abby and Jacquelyn have two loves in their lives and they are about oh 3ft tall, and wild as can be. We have a tradition that we started with them that every Valentines Day we take them on a Mama Son date. Hopefully a tradition that they will love to do as they get older.

Our pals at Homethrown La have the cutest experience boxes. Their Mama/Son Valentines day box is filled with little love bug crafts, a sundae adventure, tattoos, and so much more! I mean how perfect is a Mama Sundae date? Get it… so cute.

A little about these gals:

we are both moms who share a background in children’s education. we know what kids like, and we will use our creativity and imagination to entertain them, while at the same time, not boring you, their parents. and, lest you worry that we only throw kids’ parties, there is nothing we’d love more than to convert your backyard into an sophisticated cocktail party–just for the grown ups. we would love to meet you and share our passions as we create a personal and unique event that you will never forget.

These curated experience boxes are just so thoughtful and creative for your little ones!

Photos by Megan Welker and Yasmin Sarai

Lets start with Jacquelyn and her little love, Court. They took their box to the park!

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How cute are those jars of sundae goodies? All the jars are filled with essentials for a love bug sundae.

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Someone is loving the chocolate dirt….

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Dirt kisses for mommy are the best!

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Look at me Mommy!!

Court’s Je T’aime T-Shirt is from Whistle & Flute

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We love the idea of taking your adventures to the park, such a fun time for mommy and son.

Now onto Abby and Jett. They stayed in for their love date…

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The boxes also come with a cute love bug craft where you can create and paint your own little love bugs.   yasminsarai_beijosevents_mamasonvdaydate-8 yasminsarai_beijosevents_mamasonvdaydate-10

Jett loves snakes so we created snakes and his version of a love bug. Tiny little hands at work are so cute….. we can’t get enough!

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Your little one can become a love bug as well!

Jett’s Love T-Shirt is from Whistle & Flute
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Now onto the sugar!

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Each box comes with a cute xoxo banner for you to hang up for your love date, and don’t forget the mama and son signs! These ladies think of every little detail for you!

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chocolate for the little man + vanilla for the mama

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Cheers!

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Mommy’s turn to be a love bug!

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eek! its a love bug on your arm Jett!

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This was such a fun time with our little love bugs! Hurry and order your own box from Homethrown La so you can create the same traditions with your little man!

xoxo

Abby

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By on February 7, 2016 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJOS PICKS, CELEBRATIONS, CRAFTS, FAMILY, HOLIDAYS, VALENTINE’S DAY

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Crafting With the Littles For Valentines Day

Since we started talking about our love for Valentines day, we thought we’d finish off the week with ideas on what to craft with your little ones for the special love day.  As much as we love Valentines day, our kiddos love it much more…I mean what child wouldn’t love making valentines with candy, or fun little personalized gifts and showing their love by passing them out to the people they care about.  My favorite part of crafting was explaining Valentines day to my 3 year old daughter.  This is the first year she seems to understand the meaning of why we celebrate it and she can’t get enough of the colors and ideas of showing the ones we love through cute notes and fun gifts.

We started off with some fun yarn that we picked up at a local craft store.  We picked a red and white combo from the Isaac Mizrahi collection.  We loved it because it has copper yarns weaved into the color, which was really fun! You can really do so much with yarn, but we loved these hanging hearts and we also made some of our own Valentines day cards.

Starting with the hearts… Here’s all you need, some yarn, rustic floral wire, and some wire cutters

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Cut a piece of the wire and make a heart shape out of it.

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At the point where the wire comes together, weave the two ends so the piece becomes one and also making a point in the heart.  This is where your going to start with the yarn by knotting it at this point.

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Close ups of the weave and where to knot the yarn

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Start your knot at the tip of the weave.  Once you have your starting knot, start moving the yarn in all different directions looping it so it holds where you want it to and creating this messy fun pattern all over the shape.

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After you have the desired look you want in your heart, knot off the yarn again leaving some slack in the yarn so you can hang it if you want.

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You can make all different sizes and hang them in a cluster, against a window,or top them on a gift!

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We love the copper accents in the yarn!!

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Next we made our own Valentines day cards out of the same yarn.  All you need is some card stock, a heart shaped paper or mold and a yarn needle. Here’s an overview of the finished product…

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Place your heart shaped paper or mold out onto the folded card stock and poke holes along the edges of the heart into the paper.  Once you are done you should have a heart silhouette on your card stock made of holes.  You can now start weaving the yarn in either the sunburst form, across horizontally or even vertically.

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This is such a pretty and classic home made card.  Have your kiddos decorate it with a love note to their grandparents, daddy’s, aunts/uncles or teachers!

Hope we gave you some fun crafting ideas for the love day coming up.  We have more for you tomorrow on Valentines day prep!

All photos by the lovely Megan Welker

Xx Leah

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By on January 28, 2016 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJOS PICKS, CELEBRATIONS, CRAFTS, DIY, HOLIDAYS, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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Enamelware DIY

This week we are talking about how to stay cozy this winter, and yesterday we posted on how to stay cozy with our littles. We featured some personalized enamelware mugs that we’d love to share with you.  We a little obsessed with enamelware right now, because it’s fun, rustic and you can personalize it for gifting or just for fun.  Here’s  a peek at the finished product…

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It’s really the easiest thing, and when you think about all the fun things you can write on a coffee cup….really the possibilities are endless.  You can create any theme you want for any holiday coming up, great for mom’s, dad’s, grandparents, teachers and even bff’s!  For our cozy play date, we just personalized them with our kiddos names and here are the steps to do it…

Step One…You need a blank enamelware mug, a good old trusty sharpie, and some tape.

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Step Two…practice your designs or words on a piece of paper before you actually right on the mug

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Step Three…tape a blank piece of paper to your mug and practice writing on a curved surface.  This really helps you get an idea of how it will turn out because curved surfaces aren’t the easiest to conquer.

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Step Four…you are ready to write on your mug.  Write it like normal and then go over it thickening up some parts and perfecting some curves until it’s just how you want it.   meganwelker-beijos-6

Voila! you have a perfect little personalized mug that you can call your own and or gift to someone that will LOVE the thought you put into this small little token.

Smart tip:  Let the mug sit for a couple of days without washing to let the marker settle into the mug.  If you wash it after a day, some of it may start to fade.

Photos by Megan Welker 

Enamelware mugs purchased on Amazon here

Stay cozy friends,

Leah

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By on January 13, 2016 in BEIJOS PICKS, CRAFTS, DIY, ENTERTAINING, GIFTS, LIFESTYLE

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