Monday, April 21, 2014

DIY Mini Wine Bottle Favors

Just like you can't have cheese without wine (well, I suppose you technically could skip the wine, but why would you want to?), M and I can't host a gathering without creating a favor. My recent birthday dinner at The Cellar at Beecher's Handmade Cheese provided the perfect opportunity to create some custom mini wine bottle favors. Even though M couldn't join us at the dinner, she was certainly there in spirit as she designed the pretty printables for the labels!

To begin, I grabbed some four-packs of wine and sent M the bottle measurements and the text that I wanted to include. In keeping with the cheesy theme, I decided to use a quote on the label:

I am thankful for many things, but mostly for good wine and my exquisite taste in friends.

Pretty cheesy (and sappy), but it's true! I also told M to have fun with the fonts (especially the font for the word "cheesy") and she certainly did not disappoint! Once I received the file from M, I cut the labels down to size with my paper cutter.

I wrapped each bottle in a white shipping label so that none of the text from the actual label would peek through our custom one. In hindsight, this step can probably be skipped if you decide to use a darker paper for the custom labels.

Once the shipping labels were affixed, I glued the quote label around each bottle.

Next, it was time to work on the round neck tags. To fully embrace the theme, we decided to add a comical wedge of cheese along with the same title fonts that were used on the bottle labels. I just so happened to find a shiny metallic purple scrap paper in my craft bin that worked perfectly as the tag backing.

I punched a hole in each of the round tags and loosely draped them with ribbon around the necks of the bottles. The cream/gold ribbon denoted Sauvignon Blanc, and the shiny purple ribbon was used on the Pinot Grigio bottles.

I was so delighted with how cute these bottles looked, especially since they coordinated so well with the dinner's theme. My friends were happy to have a little extra wine to take home, and I was glad to give them a small token of my appreciation for their generosity in taking me out to such a special birthday dinner.

We just couldn't have a cheesy dinner without some people literally dressing up in mouse friends crack me up!

These favors would work well at so many different celebrations...bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, graduations...the possibilities are endless!

What type of event would you make these favors for?


Linking up with Meg, Leeann, Kimberlee, Molly, and Carly!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from your Gals at The Sequin Notebook! We'll be spending this beautiful Sunday with our loved ones - M is celebrating Baby M's very first Easter surrounded by family in New Jersey, while B's parents are meeting B and her brother for brunch in NYC. No matter what you do today, we hope you get to enjoy a shining sun, time with close friends and family, and perhaps some treats that the Easter Bunny left behind!

(If you still need some last minute decor, don't forget to make some of M's free springtime Peeps printables!)

Happy Easter from M, B, and our springtime animal Gals!
The Gals

Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday {April 18, 2014}

Happy Friday Gals!  The M household has been plagued with sickness this week, so I am super ready for the weekend, and hopefully a swift recovery! I hope you all have had a better week than me, and have lots of fab things planned for the weekend! We're linking up with Darci, Natasha, April, and Christina for our 5 favorites of the week!

1. Bobbi Brown Glasses

Have you heard that beloved makeup guru Bobbi Brown now has an eyeglass line?!  I'm in love, but even more obsessed with the guide she made to choosing the right glasses for your face.  I always struggle with finding just the right pair, so this is perfect for me.  I especially love that she takes into account color - something I know I often overlook!  Check out her guide here.

2. Non-candy Easter Basket Ideas

This will be Baby M's first Easter and while I'm super excited for him to receive a basket full of fun goodies, he's still too young to have any candy, which is an Easter basket staple.  So this left me trying to think of other creative things to tuck into his basket while not going overboard.  I hit up my local Target, and found so many non-candy things, that his basket will be full to the brim with cute little trinkets and treats.  Some of my favorite finds above include: beach toys, a cute paci holder, a big boy cup (since he's been obsessed with drinking water from my cup anytime I have one!), and of course no basket would be complete without a big stuffed bunny!

3. Baby M's First Art Project

Baby M goes to a great local daycare two days a week, and my heart nearly burst when they sent me this picture of him working on his very first art project!  I was so proud to see my little guy following in Mommy's crafting footsteps, and was very impressed with the final project - of course he had lots of help from his teacher, but this mama was still plenty proud!  And knowing that he's having such a fun day while I'm at work has definitely helped to make the transition away from him a bit easier.

4. Kate Spade Idiom Bangles

I've always been a big fan of Kate Spade's jewelry line, and after I spotted these cuties in her Mother's Day Shop (OMG- I'm approaching my first mother's day!), it was love at first sight.  I love the cheeky little sayings, and you can never have enough bangles, as B pointed out last week!  They are still a little too pricey, but our gal Kate Spade loves herself a sale, so I'll be stalking these for the next couple weeks for when they aren't so steep!  I think the bright blue is my fave, though I love them all!

5. Happy Easter!

And last, but not least, Happy Easter to all who celebrate!  We have a jammed packed Easter Sunday planned, hitting up both sides of the family.  I'm looking forward to a great day with lots of yummy food and quality time with Baby M and our families.  And I especially can't wait to bring a bunch of Easter treats adorned with our TSN designed printables!  I hope all you gals have a fabulous day planned!

And we're also excited to be linking up with Meet at the Barre!

- M

Monday, April 14, 2014

Springtime Peeps Printables {Free Download}

Hey Gals!  Easter is right around the corner and with it comes Peeps!  Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, you can't deny their adorableness.  I happen to be in the love camp, and after indulging in one too many this weekend, I was inspired to craft up a set of Peep Printables!  These would be the perfect adornment for your Easter baskets and candy good bags, but personally I plan to jazz up my Easter cocktails and wine glasses!  So download a set for yourself, and let us know what you plan on adding these little pastel cuties to!

Happy crafting Gals!

- M

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five on Friday {April 11, 2014}

Happy Friday, Gals! We're SO ready for the weekend and hope you are too! To kick things off in our usual sequiney fashion, we're linking up with DarciNatashaApril, and Christina to bring you five favorites from our week.


I've been on the hunt for my perfect spring nail color and I've finally found it - Essie's Mint Candy Apple! I recently went for a relaxing mani/pedi with a good friend and fell in love with this pretty pastel right away. This will be used in heavy rotation now that warmer weather is finally upon us!


In my very first Five on Friday post (wow, time flies!), I mentioned that I choreograph an annual high school musical and that we had just started rehearsals for Seussical. The show was produced this past weekend and I was so proud of the cast and crew for what a fun performance it turned out to be! I had such a great experience working on these dances and I'm so happy to have this fabulous creative outlet that allows me to stay involved with the performing arts.


Is anyone else out there in blogland watching this hilarious show? If you're not, set a date with HBO OnDemand this weekend and check it out! Julia Louis-Dreyfus cracked me up as everyone's favorite bad dancer, Elaine Benes, but I haven't followed any of her post-Seinfeld projects until Veep. Her salty portrayal of an ambitious and foul-mouthed Vice President always makes me laugh since you never know what will come out of her mouth next! Season Three just started this past Sunday so there is plenty of time to catch up with her campaign shenanigans.

Bangles available at Forever 21

I recently visited my parents and had to have a classic suburban mall shopping spree with my mom - you guys, there are so many adorable spring accessories at Forever 21 right now! I picked up the bangle set above, plus...about 15 other items (seriously, it was a big jewelry day) but it all came out to only $55 so it was basically a steal. Hurry on over to your local store to pick up some trendy pieces to brighten up your spring wardrobe without breaking the bank!


This quote has been floating around on Pinterest quite a bit lately - since it's basically my personal Friday mantra, I jazzed it up with some spring colors and my favorite font (Budmo!) to remind myself how to start my weekend off on the right foot.

Wishing all of you lots of smiles and champagne today!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sequiney Pinspiration: Spring is in the Air

Hey Gals!  Spring has finally sprung and with it comes a little Sequiney Pinspiration to get you excited for the season!  We are so ready for some warm weather, pretty pastels, and refreshing patio cocktails, so we bring you a couple lovelies to get you in the springtime mood and if it only leaves you wanting more - hop over to our Pinterest page and indulge in some more sequiney goodness!

Spring Reveries // Spring Lips

- M

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Artichoke & Asparagus Pasta Salad

True confession: I hate cooking. 

I'm bad at it, it takes up a lot of time, and sometimes it winds up being more expensive to buy all of the ingredients I need for a recipe than just ordering some take-out. On the rare occasions that I attempt to do battle with my testy oven, I try to make something that will stay fresh and appeal to me throughout the week (I live alone, so there are frequently leftovers). 

That's why I adore whipping up a big batch of this artichoke and asparagus pasta salad - it's a fantastic side dish at dinner, a great group item at a picnic or potluck barbecue, and it can easily be taken to the office for lunch the next day. Best of all, it's as simple as boiling water and doing some minimal veggie chopping (really!), so if I can execute it, there is no way that you'll mess it up. 

Let's get started.

You will need:

* 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pasta of your choice (I used rotini)
* 1 can of artichoke hearts (chopped)
* 1/2 lb. asparagus spears (cut into 1-inch pieces)
* 1/2 cup roasted red peppers (chopped)
* 1/4 cup black olives (sliced)
* 1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
* 1 garlic clove (minced)
* 2 oz. prosciutto (chopped)
* 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
* 2 tablespoons canola oil
* 2 tablespoons fresh basil (chopped)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper

1) Cook the pasta according to the package directions, and add the asparagus two minutes before it is completed. Immediately drain and run under cold water until cool.

2) Combine artichokes, red peppers, olives, red onion, and prosciutto in a large serving bowl. 

3) Add the pasta/asparagus mixture to the bowl.

4) In a separate, smaller bowl, mix the balsamic vinegar, canola oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and basil.

5) Pour the dressing over the pasta and toss gently to coat it.

6) Serve the pasta immediately, or cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 8 hours (I try to refrigerate it for at least a few hours to let the flavors blend together).

Now that I just started my new job, it's been a lifesaver to have a big batch of this pasta salad ready in the fridge for easy on-the-go lunches. What's your go-to simple dish?


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