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Posts from the ‘Occasions’ Category

Halloween Tombstones to DIY for

As the month of October marches on, as do my attempts at inexpensive DIY Halloween decor. And, what front yard is Halloween ready without spooky and pun-filled tombstones? That’s not a rhetorical question, no front yard is complete without these. Here’s how I made these tombstones for $7.

DIY Halloween Tombstones

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DIY Halloween {Spooky Steps}

Over the weekend, I started to get excited to decorate for Halloween, but with so many projects going on right now, I’m really trying not to spend much time or money on spookifying (hey, it could be a word) the house. To that end, here’s an easy and inexpensive way to let the neighborhood know you’re ready for trick-or-treaters using sidewalk chalk.

  Halloween Steps Before

I chose my back steps for this display for two reasons. 1) The steps are under the patio roof so the chalk won’t wash away the next time it rains and 2) due to our parking set up, it’s the way most people enter the house. Read more

Cha-Cha-Changes {social media + design}

I’m happy to share that as of yesterday, So Pretty is as Pretty Does is on Facebook. Come on by and visit if you’d like by clicking here or by using the Facebook box on the right side of this page.  Speaking of the right side of this page, that’s also new. This week, I made some design updates and changed the menu in an effort to create easier navigation. I’ve also included my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds so there are even more ways to connect.

I’d love to know what you think of the new design and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. So, feel free to comment, message or tweet me! And, thanks to everyone who has liked the Facebook page so far.

PS: I think it’s cruel for a post title to nod to David Bowie without providing an immediate method of listening to David Bowie. To that end…

Happy weekend!

Taliesin West {in photographs}

One of the best places we visited when we were in Scottsdale earlier this year was Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio, Taliesin West.

Taliesin West Sign

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Yet another reason to love champagne

Next to a nice malbec, my wine of choice (especially in summer) is prosecco. It’s delicious, inexpensive, and has the power to make a small occasion feel like a celebration.   After opening a bottle for a cook out last week, I looked a bit more closely at the cork and had an idea – in addition to providing economical bubbly, my prosecco provided the perfect base for a display card holder.

a cork card holder

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Remarkable DIY table markers

My husband and I recently celebrated our first anniversary, prompting me to reminisce by looking through our wedding day photographs. Among the wonderful pictures of family and friends and perfect moments, I was also reminded of  how much DIY effort went into the event. The months leading up to our wedding were a whirlwind of finalizing details, so it was so nice to look back and see how it all came together. One of my favorite DIY projects were our table markers.

Table Markers

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The Apache Trail {in photographs}

During my trip to Arizona earlier this month, one of my favorite days was spent driving the Apache Trail. It’s one of America’s historic byways and absolutely breathtaking.

Apache Lake

{the completely spectacular blue-green color of Apache Lake}

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