party : a colourful easter brunch & hunt

First of all, it’s been so long. I know, I know. And I know that both Rachel & I have been missing the blog – and hope to find more time to blog in the coming months! Between a new baby and a lot of work stress, House of Colour had to be set to the side… but just for a season!

I’m happy to break the silence today with a post about the Easter brunch & egg hunt that our mom hosted. Our cousin, Ali, stepped in to help with crafting, decor, florals, etc. She did such a wonderful job!

So without further ado…

This weekend, House of Colour + the incredible talents of our cousin Ali styled a colourful Easter brunch & egg hunt.

We used Paperless Post for our invitations – they have great & inexpensive designs for online invitations.

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The invitation inspired the colour scheme for the florals & all the party decor.We created a colourful pennant garland & archway to greet guests as they entered.

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The real show-stoppers were the floral arrangements. We used our family favorite, Lyal Nickals, to get cut flowers in our colour palate & arranged them in ribbon-wrapped glass vessels. We also scattered a few dyed eggs – what’s Easter without dyed eggs?

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You may have noticed those sweet little egg bouquets… we saw Fleuritica’s egg cup tutorial on Pinterest & loved the idea!

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Other decorative touches included LOTS of hanging honeycomb eggs,  paper-mache eggs, bunnies & carrots on stakes and more!

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Hope you enjoyed all the details!

xo, S.

make : homemade felt stockings

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Since this is my first Christmas as a married lady, I had to make stockings for Roland & myself. Rachel and I got some lessons from our mom, and here are the results!

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Felt stocking are pretty simple and so fun to personalize. Here are the basic steps.

1. Cut out two pieces of red felt in the stocking shape, and two pieces of white felt for the rim. Make sure the white felt completely covers the edges of the red felt.

2. Embroider the name. We used a twisted chain stitch for this part. First we used a chalky pink pencil to lightly make guide lines, and then stitched away! This part took the longest.

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3. Next, we cut out felt shapes for the stocking and sewed them onto one of the red pieces of felt (under where the white rim would be) using a simple in-n-out stitch.

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4. Finally, we pinned the stockings together and sewed them up with a machine!

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I’m so excited to fill them with goodies!

Merry Christmas!

xo, S.

make: homemade twig wreath

First of all, HELLO!

We’ve been so absent in this season of life, but we have not forgotten you. I’m so happy to be posting again amidst all the Christmas craziness & my brand-new baby niece (that’s right – Rachel had her baby girl!).

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I’ve been wanting to make my own wreath for a while, and putting together this blog post for work just added more fuel to my fire. I had a lot of fun making my twig wreath, even if it’s *ahem* a beginner’s wreath.

No, seriously.

I started by buying 14 gauge wire at my local hardware store & gathering twigs up at Joaquin Miller Park. I wanted my wreath to be literally made in & from Oakland. Because I wanted a spare look, I made my own single-wire wreath form so I could easily conceal the form.

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For the base, I used floral wire to attach the first round of twigs. After that, I use wire for the next layer or so, then I switched over to hot glue. I also attached the pine cones from Michael’s with floral wire.

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Finally, I topped it with a navy ribbon for Thanksgiving time…

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and a white, red and green ribbon for Christmas!

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Please note: if you notice less sticks in the Christmas version, you’re not crazy. We had a huge windstorm, and the wreath underwent some serious damage!

Making a wreath was much easier than I expected, and I’m excited about getting better & making an even more ornate one.

xo, S.

make : tissue pom present topper

I’m sure we’ve all been to a party decked out in tissue poms – we’ve even thrown a few ourselves! Recently, I was wrapping a baby shower present & decided to use tissue to make a whimsical present topper.

The first few steps for a present topper are identical to the first few steps of making a tissue pom.

1. Layer the tissue

2. Fold it with a 1-1 1/2-inch accordian fold

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3. Secure it in the center with wire or string

4. Make a rounded or pointed cut on each end to create shape

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5. Fan out the accordian and make a cut down the center of each side to make the pom more full (& easier to open)

For the present topper, I just pulled all the tissue sections up (rather than pulling the top sections up and the bottom sections down to make a sphere), so that the pom would be flat on top of the present.

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And voila! what an easy way to add some pizzazz to a present!

xo, S.

make : fabric flowers

Our friend, Nikki is getting married really soon! She wanted some help making these adorable fabric flowers, so House of Colour rolled up our sleeves to pitch in.

We used fabric squares, patterned paper (for the leaves), wire, floral tape, and pinking shears to create the white flower arrangement for the sweetheart table.


We also made orange and pink arrangements for the tables – what a lovely & cost-effective way to brighten up a wedding!

xo, S.