Hand Lettered Desktop Download | 008

Something fun is happening here at AFF. I'm working on a, long overdue, brand refresh. Updated logo, color palette, packaging and a little tidying up here on the site. It really forced me to weed out all of the things I thought I liked, I thought would attract my ideal customer, or that I thought other people liked. I started to focus on what was me and that's it. Because, in the end, you want to create work your passionate about, and the only way to do that is attract clients that align with your vision. We'll dive more into that later as I'll be recapping my whole re-brand experience here on the blog... but for now, I love this quote I found on good old pinterest. It's the perfect representation of my thought process for lots of things lately.

So I made this desktop download for me (haha, get it?), but also for you if you need some motivation to do the same! Click on the button below to download.

Free Desktop Download | A Fabulous Fete

How to Make a Flower Garland for Fall | DIY

Flower garland made with mums for Fall | A Fabulous Fete

This week marks the official start of fall. And while it may not totally feel like sweater season yet (at least not here in CA with summer temps), the shelves are still stocked with candy corn and pumpkins. Mums are everywhere, so instead of the traditional arrangement for your holiday get togethers, I wanted to share a new way to decorate with them. I love this idea for your bar area, or any space you can frame with your fresh garlands... over your entry way, as a photo backdrop, or maybe over a holiday buffet.

Piles of mums for a Fall DIY | A Fabulous Fete

For this amount of garland you can use 3 bouquets or 3 medium sized plants still in the soil, a long/thick needle and thread.

  • detach all of the flowers from the stems
  • cut your thread to the length you'd like your garland, plus 12" on each side for hanging
  • turn the cut flowers over and begin the thread them on with your needle through the back side
  • once you have them all on your thread, bring them to the center grouping them together tightly, once you hang, you will be able to twist them on the string so that they all face forward
Simple steps to make a flower garland | A Fabulous Fete
Skip the flower arrangements and try this flower garland for your next Fall get together | A Fabulous Fete

Hang and turn flowers so that you have a full garland. Some of the flowers will face down or backwards towards your wall to stabilize the front facing flowers.

Floral garland bar backdrop | A Fabulous Fete

Now pour yourself your favorite cocktail and enjoy the compliments that come in from switching up the traditional fall floral decor;)

How To Host A Girls Night In Painting Party

Tips for hosting a girls night painting party | A Fabulous Fete

No brushes, no rags, just girls, paint and wine. I invited the girls over for a creative day with one rule, to forget about keeping things clean and let loose. We spend so much of our days picking up after ourselves (and family), organizing and just trying to keep our lives tidy in general. Sometimes it feels good to forget about all of that and just make a huge gigantic mess. Add in friends, cocktails and a creative activity, and you have yourself a pretty entertaining afternoon!

I partnered with method to share my take on their campaign to 'fear no mess' by hosting a get together in our living room and asking my friends to get as messy as possible. We laid out a huge drop cloth, set out paint (and no brushes!), snacks, blank canvases and turned on our summer playlist. It was funny how controlled we were all trying to be in the beginning, but after a few minutes everyone loosened up a bit and let their creativity take over. Other than having a good time spending time with your closest friends, I highly recommend doing this as a way to relieve stress. Feeling like a kid again (ya remember when you went home from school with paint all over your clothes?) was a surprising way to forget about all of those other responsibilities we had to go back to... at least for a few hours;) 

Here's a recap on the little details I included in our afternoon together!

How to host a simple weekend gather for your girls | A Fabulous Fete
Brush lettering for party signage | A Fabulous Fete

We set out a few blank canvases for each girl along with a tray of acrylic paint. Paint was mixed in our hands, on plates and straight on canvases.

Of course there was a snack table, is any party complete without one? I prepared my go to snacks (ie. items with minimal preparation!). Popcorn, cheese, bread, grapes and cucumbers topped with hummus and tomatoes. We also set out a selection of our fave wines from rosé to chardonnay.

One of the fun parts about the acrylic paint was it made our wine glasses a work of art too;) And when we were finished it came right off with warm water.

Snack table for a painting party | A Fabulous Fete
Setting up a snack table for girls night | A Fabulous Fete
How to hose a girls night painting party in your home | A Fabulous Fete
Easy snack ideas for hosting a girls night in your home | A Fabulous Fete
Get messy and creative with your girls for happy hour... ideas on the blog! | A Fabulous Fete

The girls carefully selecting their color palettes to go with their home decor!

How to host a simple painting party with your friends | A Fabulous Fete
Girls night party ideas | A Fabulous Fete
Easy happy hour snack ideas | A Fabulous Fete
Tips on hosting a creative party for your friends | A Fabulous Fete
A finger painting party... for adults! | A Fabulous Fete
Party ideas for you and your girlfriends that are simple to host! | A Fabulous Fete
Girls night painting party toast | A Fabulous Fete
Creating large art pieces at a painting party | A Fabulous Fete
Girls night ideas that help you get creative while catching up | A Fabulous Fete
Hand painted canvas, how to host one of these parties at home! | A Fabulous Fete
Clear out the living room and host a painting party for your next girls night in | A Fabulous Fete

The finished products! After an hour or two each of us had a little souvenir from our get together to take home. Tidying up was minimal (shocking after getting so messy) and we cleaned up with the method hand wash, the perfect non-toxic (and fab smelling) option to do the job. Since this party, it has now been added to every room with a sink. It comes in over 70 scents, so it's hard not to find at least a few you like!

Painting party clean up with method | A Fabulous Fete
How to host a painting party | A Fabulous Fete
Painting party art | A Fabulous Fete

I'm so glad I could steal a few hours from the girl's weekends to get creative and spend time together. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to beat this with another crafty get together!

What are your favorite things to do with your girlfriends? What would you do if you could get messy and not worry about cleaning up?! Would love to hear your girl time ideas!

All images by Dez + Tam Photography

This post was in partnership with method. All ideas and opinions are my own.

A Month in Review | August

Checking back in to let you know, YES, I am still here! August was crazy as predicted. Trying to take a vacation in the middle of a bunch of weddings will do that to your schedule. I'm finally downloading all of my pictures from our trip to Barbados, putting together (FINALLY) a guide to Palm Springs where we also took a trip last month, and getting ready to start publishing all that fall content I know you are so ready for. Can you believe summer is (unofficially, but really close to actually being) over? I can't say that we physically feel it here in CA. Sometimes it's like we go straight from summer to winter. But, I try and pretend with sweaters (maybe while the ac is still on), pumpkin flavored recipes and cinnamon scented candles. I've always loved the cooler months so I am welcoming it as usual. So, here's a recap of the last full month of summer and how we spent it over at AFF!

We vacationed in Barbados (recap and recs coming soon!), hosted BlogRX in Palm Springs, visited my new fave florist (Devynn's Garden) several times... maybe a few just for pics, sent out one of my favorite Wilde House boxes yet, announced that I'll be teaching at the Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0, met a monkey, made margarita popsicles, bought these shoes and hosted a painting party (coming to the blog this week!). What did you guys do this month?

See more recaps here...

Learn How to Letter On Everything But Paper

modern calligraphy summit | a fabulous fete

I'm a little late to the game (thanks vacation) but excited to finally announce that I will be a part of Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0! If you haven't heard, it's a 2 and a half week online class where you will learn from 7 different instructors on topics from digitizing to how I work on non-traditional materials. Lessons start on February 20th of next year, BUT, there is early bird pricing RIGHT NOW! And only for 3 more days! You can enroll now for $249 here and be ahead of the game;) So, what exactly will I be covering? All of those crazy things you see on instagram (wood, leaves, cement, shells, etc)... but here are a few more details.

  • My favorite materials including paints, brushes and pens for a variety of surfaces
  • How each is prepped and protected
  • Tricks for fixing mistakes and removing paint on larger pieces
  • Resources for finding all of your materials
  • Methods for working on tricky, uneven surfaces
  • How to lay out larger projects
  • And a whole lot of footage of lettering in progress for you to see how each tool works differently on your unique surfaces

Not ready to take on these materials yet? You can also still sign up for MCS 1.0, sign up now, and get some practice in before 2.0 arrives! Click here to read more and sign up.

I've built up quite a collection, and I only photograph a small percentage of projects that go out in the mail to clients. Here are a few of my faves and surfaces we'll be covering in the lesson!

Early bird pricing is good until Tuesday, August 30th, don't miss out!