DIY / Ampersand Bracelet

I love ampersands. Every time I see anything with an ampersand on it, I want it. Prints. YUP. Pillows- I have it. Jewelry- let me at it. 


I had some wire left over from the Knot Ring we made a while back, so when I saw the ampersand bracelet below my mind started working.


Looks easy enough. Some wire, a chain. BOOM. We can do this! 

So gather up your supplies and get making. This is super easy and super quick. You can do it!



Grab  that Copper 12 gauge wire  you have left over from the Knot Ring (I can't believe we got 3 yards for $5, can't beat it!) / Jewelry Pliers / Large Pliers / Chain of your choice (about enough to go around your wrist) / a Clasp / 4 jump rings


Bend your write into the ampersand shape. As you remember when you made the Knot Ring, this gauge wire is SUPER easy to bend and mold, so this will be easier than you may think! Shape it to the right shape and size and cut any excess wire off the end with your wire cutter.

Now, let me point out, the ampersand above is HUGE. Like, WAY too big, unless you want to look like Mr. T, don't do this. Did I realize this before I finished? No. Should you make sure to make your amp the correct size? YES. About 1 inch tall is the size I used at the end, which required about 2.5-3 inches of wire. 


Attached one jump ring to the end of the chain you selected.


Attach the jump ring to the ampersand and wrap the chain around your wrist to determine the length you will need.


With your wire cutter, trim the chain to the proper length. Attached another jump ring to the other end. 


Determine the center point of the chain...


... and cut the chain at that point.


Using the remainder of your jump rings, attached the other end of the chain to your ampersand and the clasps to the ends of the chain. 

(The ampersand above is the size I used in the end, much better, right?)


So there you have it, a cute Ampersand bracelet, and it was super easy! The holidays are coming up, I was thinking about giving this a try with another shape or maybe even a letter? This is a great gift for so many people, but I'm keeping this one for myself.

What letter are you going to try? What else can we do with the copper wire we have?!

I get it from my Mama.

My mother married her soul mate. 

Kevin & Karen - The Happy Couple

Kevin & Karen - The Happy Couple

This wedding, 13 years in the making, was a DIY phenomenon. Four fun filled days of food and family, she really out did herself. 

They rented a compound on St. Simons Island, Georgia with 2 houses and a ton of land. From the decor to the food, she did it all. Yes, I am my mother.

Day 1 (Thursday) was Mexican Night with make your own taco stations and maracas.

Day 2 (Friday) was Italian NIght with a full antipasto hour, fresh baked bread with pesto and lasagna 8 ways.

Day 3 (Saturday) was the wedding!- SOUTHERN COOKING. From Mac and Cheese to Fried Chicken, she didn't miss a beat. The decor was beach and everything she imagined.

Day 4 (Sunday) = hangover brunch. Mimosa + eggs + potatoes = heaven. 

Who needs a caterer when you can do it yourself? Not my mama.  

Check out some of my favorite snaps form the weekend below. 


The ladies of the family. Grandma, Mama, Cousin, Auntie and myself.


My brothers really know how to rock the socks.


<3 My Aunt and Uncle having a moment. <3


Moms dress, bought at a thrift shop for $25. Score.


Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue- a gift to my mom, more on this next week!


The whole family together for the first time in about 10 years.


The weekend ended with some music and food (and bubbles) under the Spanish moss. 

I had not seen my mom or step pops smile that much in a very long time. I could not have asked for a better man to be a part of my family and I am so thrilled that they had the weekend they pictured in their dreams. 

Love you Mom & Kevin. 

DIY / Washi Cupcake Flag

Hello all! It has been a while since we talked DIY, but I've got a super simple one for your this week. 

This post is part of a MUCH larger project I am working on, I will be sharing all the parts along the way and then the completed project (keep your fingers crossed I get them all done in time and that it works like I am imagining it! ).  



Any-whoozer, cupcake Washi Tape Flags. Soooo simple and sooooo perfect in so many ways! 

Washi tape is so versatile, I'm excited to start working with it, the possibilites are ENDLESS! 

Sometimes you want to add a little pazazz to your baked goods, but don't want to invest in a whole decor kit, or want it to be more personal. Maybe you want pink polka dots, and you can't find pink polka dot decor anywhere. Enter washi tape. You can get soooo many different patterns and colors online it is incredible!

So here we go. Grab some washi tape in  your fave color or pattern, some small wood dowels (or toothpicks even) and scissors and you're ready to go. The ones I made are for an upcoming recipe, Blueberry and Lemon Cupcakes so i went with blue and yellow, duh!


1 / "Measure" out the amount of tape you want. A simple way to do this is using the tools you are equip with already, YOUR FINGERS! Stretch the tape across two fingers, and cut.


2 / Place the dowel or toothpick in the center of your cut tape. 


3 / Wrap around and press closed. It's tape, so it self-seals! Washi tape is transparant, so you will see some of the other side, which looks great with this pattern! That's it!


I have to make a ton of these, but it is so simple that I don't mind!  


I had some striped yellow and blue liners in the house, which was a perfect fit! These are so freakin' adorable, I am going to have to buy up some more tape for future projects!