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right now i'm grateful for...11 Sep 2014

Oh Joy and Ruby

...getting past the stage of being super self-conscious about my body. I'm surprised, but glad, that stretch marks and post-baby breasts have made me get over those body issues I obsessed over in my teens and 20's. It feels freeing to accept yourself for who you are.

...having this blog for nine years now (this was my first post). I am grateful that I still enjoy it, and that you all still come by to read it.

...your words of encouragement and support about my gestational diabetes. After crying a good tear over missing my sweet treats, I've learned about how to better balance everything out till baby comes ;)

...being a resident of New York City thirteen years ago when the world changed forever. I am grateful to have seen how a city and a country could unite together and to have been spared the injuries and loss that struck so many.

It's nice to stop for a moment and think about what we really have to be grateful for—on crappy days when nothing seems to be going right...and especially on days when things are feeling too good to be true.

So, tell me friends, what are you grateful for?

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

a vintage planter DIY...10 Sep 2014

Vintage Roller Skate Planter DIY

Vintage Car Planter DIY

I love giving cut flowers as a gift, but cut flowers often last only a few days. So lately I've been giving potted plants and flowers instead. That way, the gift keeps growing long after. 

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party animals... 9 Sep 2014

Party Pup! (via @oohlaloveevents)

Party Piglet!

Party Kitten! (via Jen Gotch)

Party Pups! (via @corrinrenee and @zooeycash)

Even though we designed these tiny party hats for people, it's been so fun seeing all the four-legged friends wearing and celebrating with them too! 

P.S. Keep sharing these with me at #ohjoyfortarget...

{Top to bottom: boston terrier via @oohlaloveevents, @hamlet_the_piggy, tiny kitten via @jengotch, dashund via @corrinrenee, jack russell terrier via @zooeycash.}

feeling like a blue river... 8 Sep 2014

Feeling like a blue river

As summer starts to round the corner, I always get into a cooler mood color-wise, and these blues are definitely speaking to me... 

{Left to right, top to bottom: 01. Emily Green necklace, 02. Hershel Supply duffle, 03. mug from Leif, 04. Kate Spade Keds, 05. Virginia Johnson vase, 06. Virginia Johnson shawl, 07. sailing ship kite from Poketo.} 

striped lantern garland DIY... 4 Sep 2014

Striped Lantern Garland DIY / by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are back with this super graphic and chic DIY using the Oh Joy for Target wire lanterns!

As a former prop stylist at Martha Stewart, Rebecca is always full of chic party ideas. So today, I asked her to share a way that she'd bring some color to our gold lanterns. She came up with this easy striped lantern garland that can be customized to whatever colors fit your party...

Here's how to make them...

Striped Wire Lantern Garland

You'll need:
- 6 (or more) Oh Joy for Target wire lanterns
- assorted italian/florist crepe paper rolls (we used: pink pansy, metallic gold, and black)
- rolling cutter and ruler (or scissors)
- glue dots (in mini and craft size)
- 5/8” 3 strand cotton rope
- battery-operated flameless led tealights (optional)

Striped Lantern Garland DIY / by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

Here's how:

1. Using a rolling cutter (or scissors), cut assorted widths of crepe paper (we used .75”, 1”, 1.5”, 1.75” and 2”) all 15” long. You should cut perpendicular to the grain of the crepe paper (the vertical ridges of the paper).

2. Lay a lantern on its side on your work surface. Place a mini glue dot at the end of a strip of crepe paper and adhere it to the lower end of the lantern wires just above where the wires curve down. This allows the stripes to stack and not hang lower than where the lantern curves at the base. Thread the strip over and under, and when you get halfway around, straighten the strip and add another glue dot to adhere it to a wire. Continue around, and when the paper ends meet, use the larger craft glue dot to secure. Trim any excess paper.

3. Continue adding more strips in the same way as desired, altering the over and under pattern as shown.

4. Add a flameless tealight inside the lantern, and then tie the lanterns onto a thick cotton rope as desired for hanging. We recommend using only flameless tea lights, so that there is no fire risk with this craft project!

Striped Lantern Garland DIY / by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

A few extra tips:
-If you are going to use these outside in a humid environment, crepe paper can sag and stretch just from the moisture in the air. To prevent this, stretch the strips fully after cutting them, this will create a thinner paper and a much longer strip then trim off the excess to the length you need.

-The lanterns are on the heavy side, so be sure to hang them securely. They can also be strung individually, hung as a single lantern, or you hang them in a group.

-Finally, these lanterns would look festive as a centerpiece as well place on the table in clusters! 

P.S. See these Party People Favors from last week!

{Crafts, styling and photography by Thuss + Farrell for Oh Joy}  

a back-to-fun {giveaway} with ban.do...(now closed) 3 Sep 2014

Ban.do

Just in time for going back-to-school (or back-to-fun!) Ban.do has some of the cutest desk and personal accessories around. To celebrate, we've partnered with Ban.do to give away eight of my favorite pieces to one lucky reader. This includes: ooh la la keychainbusy pencil case, blah blah thermal mug, rebel bobbi, crystal crush bobbi, sticky note setgiant gem speakeripad sleeve, (a total value of $152). Now you can have a little Ban.do at home, work, or school with these favorites!

Ban.do Giveaway

To enter, simply visit the Ban.do website and then leave a comment here telling me your favorite piece from their new collection. Entries must be posted by this Friday, September 5th, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*.

UPDATE: Congrats Jazmin B. from Brooklyn, NY for being our winner this time!

*Sorry, limited to readers in the U.S. only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $152 USD approximate total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

conversations about babies... 2 Sep 2014

Oh Joy and Ruby

With less than nine weeks to go, we've had our fair share of conversing with Ruby about her baby sister-in-the-making. Here are just a few of my favorite things she's said or asked about the baby lately...

"My favorite ice cream is chocolate, and the baby's favorite ice cream is ga-nilla."

"Mama, how's the baby doing today? Is she ready to come out yet?"

"Hi baby! When you come out, I'm going to carry you on my shoulders!"

"Mama, your boobies got SO big!"

"Babies get milk from mommies. And kids get fresh cold milk from cows."

And probably my favorite...

Ruby: "Who's that baby's daddy?"
Me: "I think the baby has the same daddy as you!"
Ruby: "Noooo, her daddy is a potato!"

{Photo by Oh Bob. My dress by Sonnet James, vest by Madewell, necklace by Emily Green. Ruby's shirt by Whistle & Flute, shorts by House of Mia, necklace by Coral & Cloud.}

comfort food... 2 Sep 2014

Monica Ramos Comfort Food

Monica Ramos Comfort Food

Monica Ramos Comfort Food

I've been under the weather for the last few days, so these illustrations by Monica Ramos just make me laugh. I'd love to be diving into a donut or sleeping on a giant piece of bread right about now...

DIY party people favor bags...28 Aug 2014

DIY Party People Favors / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

One of the best parts of designing the Oh Joy for Target collection is getting to work with other talented people (stylists, photographers, art directors, food stylists, and more...) to make the images on our packaging and in-store signage come to life. I had the opportunity to work with the amazing husband and wife team Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell of Thuss+Farrell who photographed all of the environmental images you'll see in stores and on the product packaging.

Rebecca used to be a prop stylist at Martha Stewart and is always full of crafty ideas. So today, I asked her to share a way that she'd use the Oh Joy for Target mini party hats in a new way. She came up with these party people favor bags, and they are seriously crazy cute!

Here's how to make them...

Party People Favor Bags

You'll need:
-1 package Oh Joy for Target mini party hats
-cellophane treat bags (approx 3.5 x7.5”)
-clear cellophane tape
-glue dots
-assorted pipe cleaners
-needle-nose pliers
-assorted circle and other shaped stickers and labels
-scissors

DIY Party People Favors / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

Here's how:
1. Place cellophane bag on a table back seam side up.

2. Fold both bottom corners in as shown, and secure the flaps to the bag with a 2.5” or longer piece of cellophane tape.

3. Remove or tuck the elastic strap of the party hat inside the point.

4. Attach 2 pop-up glue dots to the outer edges of the cellophane bag flaps as shown, and one on the opposite side in the center.

5. Place your hand inside the bag to open it up gently, with the front side facing you. Hold the mini hat in your other hand and slide the bag inside the hat, tucking the bag far enough inside to hide the glue dots. Press inside firmly to secure the dots to the hat.

DIY Party People Favors / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

6. Cut a standard pipe cleaner in half with wire cutters. Using needle-nose pliers, roll the sharp edges in to make small coils.

7. Fill the bag with desired treats, and use the pipe cleaner to secure the bag, as shown.

8. Using scissors, cut desired face shapes from the labels and have fun making faces! 

P.S. The party hats have sold out online but are still available at local Target stores near you!

DIY Party People Favors / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

{Crafts, styling and photography by Thuss + Farrell for Oh Joy} 

oh pregnancy...27 Aug 2014

Oh Joy Pregnancy

I'm not gonna lie guys, being pregnant can be really unfun. I do like being pregnant most of the time...I love the feeling of a growing baby inside your belly, people are really extra nice to you, Bob will never say no to my request for a back massage, and of course, the prize you get at the end is awesome. I like being pregnant maybe 75% of the time, but the other 25% of the time, it just kind of sucks. I run out of breath really quickly, I have trouble sleeping, I've peed in my pants more times than I'd like to admit, and my body eventually just can't keep up.

When I was pregnant with Ruby, I developed gallstones and had to have my gallbladder removed soon after she was born. And yesterday, I found out that I have gestational diabetes. Which means little to no carbs and no sugar until this baby comes out. To a person whose day is based around what I'll have for dessert, it was a pretty sad thing to hear.

So, here I am all-of-a-sudden having to go on a diet, while pregnant—the one time your body wants just a little bit more to eat and needs a little bit more energy to get you through the day. Yes, I am super bummed. But I know it's for my own health and the health of our baby and that I have to get on track with this new plan even if it wasn't part of the old plan.

So, friends, if you have any amazing protein-based, veggie-based food or recipe suggestions for me, I am all ears. Or if you've had gestational diabetes before and have any tips for me, I need all the help I can get!

{Photo by Bob Cho. I tried to find a photo of me with a "thumbs down" but had no luck.}

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