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Crafty Hodge Podge

In between design projects, my full time job, dance classes, and what's left of my social life, I managed to squeeze in little crafty projects. They're not quite meaningful enough to each warrant their own blog post, but I did want to share how I always manage to stay creative.

Whether it's a quick tweak, a home decor upgrade, or a mini project, I always have a need to create. Is it an addiction? Maybe, but I'm okay with it.

Here are some things I've created in the last few months.

Living Room Upgrade | Hey Love Designs

Okay, this project could actually warrant its own blog post, but it's a constant work in progress, so I probably won't blog about it until it looks more complete. What I did here was cover my dark brown couch with a slipcover that's easy to wash and 2 slip chairs from Target (on super sale too, woo!). Since then I've switched out the curtains, the pillows, and found a tray for the table to hold my remotes and flowers. The overall goal was to make my home more welcoming and be able to entertain friends again.

Viva Las Vegas! | Hey Love Designs

When my coworker told me she was engaged, I half-jokingly told her she could hire me to design her invitations. And she did! She and her fiance would be having a Vegas wedding and didn't mind it being a little tacky. I was a little skeptical at first, but I really love the way we collaborated (hubby-to-be, too!) to make these as elegant as a Vegas wedding can be. The wording of the invite references common Elvis Presley songs and the famous Las Vegas welcome sign. To make sure it still popped and stood out as a wedding invitation, we printed these on a pearl card stock and added a fun confetti pattern to the back of the cards.

1st Birthday Lollipop Stickers | Hey Love Designs

My cousin asked me to make fun stickers for the lollipop favors for her son's 1st birthday. The colors were green and blue, so I had a lot of fun designing these for her, plus I learned something new: how to type on a curve in Adobe Illustrator. I'm always learning, and I love that.

Chalkboard Tags | Hey Love Designs

I was asked to make up some sort of tag or labels for the new cubbies at my dance studio. I was thrilled to help! I thought it would be a good idea to use my leftover chalkboard paint to make tags and we could switch out the names if anyone leaves or joins us. So I went to Joann's and they and perfect tag shaped wooden pieces, I painted them with my chalkboard paint, and I used a chalk pen to write all the instructors' names. They turned out so cute!

Customized S'more Love Tags | Hey Love Designs

These "S'more Love" tags are one of my most popular products on Etsy. I get so excited when someone orders them because I don't have to outsource my printing and can turn them around quickly. What's more fun is when someone customizes the colors to something fun and bright like these.

Valentine's Day Mail | Hey Love Designs

This will definitely be a blog post soon: snail mail! They may have arrived a little late, but I sent my best gal pals Valentine's Day love. I also ran out of stamps so I used my Christmas ones, whoops. :)

What Would Blair Waldorf Do? | Hey Love Designs

My friend K is my go to source for pop culture. So when I saw these "What Would Blair Waldorf" pencils on Etsy, I shared them with her. She then immediately put in an order for my custom chevron note cards with the same saying. I love these! They're so fun and despite using the wrong color pink, they still turned out great. She's also ordered these note cards with "On Wednesdays We Wear Pink." K has the best cards.

Paleo Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies | Hey Love Designs

These aren't craft-related, but they sure were fun to create. Bacon chocolate chip cookies - and they're paleo!! These are the first paleo "dessert" I've ever made and they did not disappoint! I've also attempted gluten free cupcakes before in the past and those were a giant, unfluffed fail. These cookies require a little extra work to candy the bacon, but in the end they were great. And non-paleo people loved it too! Here's the recipe. Most things you'll have in your pantry, and I used the almond meal/flour from Trader Joe's.

Heat Embossed Stamped Cards | Hey Love Designs

I just bought this macaron stamp from Paper Source which I absolutely love! In addition to my "send more mail movement" (again, I owe you all a blog post or two!), I picked up some fun card stock, pulled out my dusty heat embossing tool, and got to work!! The "Shit" stamp was found awhile back in the Paper Source clearance area and the "Lots of Love" stamp was from Joann's dollar bin, I think.

Paper Source also has a macaron stack stamp, but I like the single macaron stamp so I can arrange them in different ways and colors.

Heat Embossed Folders | Hey Love Designs

My life is pretty chaotic, so it requires me to be freakishly organized whenever possible. My pole students will be graduation this session, so to help them come up with their solo routines (so they can show off everything they've learned and loved), I gave them a ton of resources and put them in folders. And in true Michelle fashion, I had to spruce them up! They look plain in this picture, but I actually wrote their names and then once again, dusted off that heat embossing tool, and used a glittery powder. Did you know there's a such thing as embossing PENS?!?! My life has changed forever - I can now doodle and then heat emboss!

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So, what have you been creating lately? Share/link your projects in the comments below!

michelle

Heart Shaped Whoopie Pies ... and a 30th Anniversary Celebration

I'm such a lucky girl to have amazing parents, and those parents just also happened to reach 30 years of marriage last week. So when we decided to have a small family celebration this past Sunday, I knew I wanted to do something special for them. Dilemma: With my new crazy schedule at my full time job, it left for very little brain energy to plan, and even less time to execute.

Solution: I decided to make a small sweets table and adorn it with love from over the years. And throw in a little bit of Valentines Day fun since it was so close.

I made these heart shaped whoopie pies, and they were easy to make, turned out fantastic (minus a few blobby hearts) and were a hit. I also made sure to follow the directions exactly, since I had a cookie-related disaster the day before trying to use dairy ingredients in a vegan recipe. Don't mix your recipes, friends.

These heart-shaped whoopie pies are a perfect addition your Valentine's Day | Hey Love Designs
These heart-shaped whoopie pies are a perfect addition your Valentine's Day | Hey Love Designs

Not to waste the buttermilk I had bought for the pies, I made these buttermilk vanilla cupcakes and used the rest of the cream cheese frosting from the whoopie pies.

Buttermilk vanilla cupcakes | Hey Love Designs
Buttermilk vanila cupcakes | Hey Love Designs

Man, I haven't made non-vegan cupcakes in years!

These heart-shaped whoopie pies are a perfect addition your Valentine's Day | Hey Love Designs

I scoured my online photo collection to find any photos I could of my parents, loaded it onto a flash drive and took it over to Target to print. I love how fast it is to just pick your photos and print them. While I was there I picked up a few red and white picture frames, and of course I had to pick a Valentine's Day themed one. I love Valentine's Day stuff!

In the end, the spread turned out fantastic!

These heart-shaped whoopie pies are a perfect addition your Valentine's Day | Hey Love Designs

My dad thought it was a brilliant idea to arrange the whoopie pies into a heart shape. Silly dad.

These heart-shaped whoopie pies are a perfect addition your Valentine's Day | Hey Love Designs

Overall the party was a blast and the sweets were enjoyed by all. This post is living proof that anyone can throw together a fun party idea in just a few hours.

Football Cakepops!

I've always had cakepop envy ever since I saw photos of Bakerella's bite sized balls of perfection. Her cakepops have such fantastic detail and are so cute you are torn between wanting to chow down or just preserve the pop because of how beautiful they look. Also, one quick look of a cakepop tells you those were not easy to make, which is why I never had a burning desire to make them.

Enter, A, a good friend of mine who happened to be throwing her annual "Bella Bowl" on Super Bowl Sunday. She's made cakepops in the past and I've been in awe, so when she told me she'd be making football shaped cakepops, she invited me over to help. Baking dates are FUN!

I'll save you the story of the process A and I went through to make the football pops. If you want the cakepop recipe and instructions, check out Bakerella's website. Let's just get to pictures!

We were a little uncertain how these would turn out since 1. I've never made a cakepop before and 2. neither of have made a football-shaped pop before, but after a few tries, we got our groove.

And look how cute!

Football cake pops. | Hey Love Designs

The pops, freshly laced.

Football cake pops. | Hey Love Designs

And now a part of the party spread.

For more photos of the cakepops and a recap of A's Bella Bowl, check out her blog!

She also happened to order some cupcakes from me and once I saw this adorable cupcake stand she had, I had to take a photo of my cupcakes in them!

Bella Bowl 2011

Just In Time For Fall... New Cupcake Flavors!

DC locals are ready to break out their sweaters and boots as they wave goodbye to the humid days of summer and welcome the cool days of fall (just ignore the fact it was 90+ degrees the first day of autumn). So that's why I'm so happy to introduce two new flavors to the Hey Love cupcake menu: Chai Latte and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip!!

The Chai Latte cupcake has all the spices and punch you'd normally find in the traditional drink. With the combination of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, this aromatic cupcake tastes just as great as it smells.

I debuted my pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes at Cupcake Camp! I hear it was a hit but I wasn't able to hear firsthand from any tasters.

Pumpkin chocolate chip just screams fall with a chocolatey kick! Since the 'cake itself is so sweet, I chose to do a light drizzle of icing versus a swirl of frosting.

Here is the updated Hey Love Sweets menu.