let’s throw a virtual birthday party for mandi

let’s throw a virtual birthday party for mandi

It’s Mandi’s birthday today!  Yay!  Happy Birthday Mandi!

Happy Birthday Mandi

It’s also Mother’s Day, so happy day to all of the baby mamas, furry baby moms, grandmas, soon-to-be moms, and wishing to be moms!   Mandi is a super mom, and her little guy just celebrated his first birthday.  Happy Birthday Hudson!

Super Mom Costume

So, for Mandi’s birthday, I thought we should throw her a virtual birthday party!  First, let’s dream up some fun party decorating ideas. Pinterest is THE BEST party planning place ever.  Follow our “Party On” board on Pinterest for a ton of great party ideas.

Painted Pineapples

Painted Pineapples from Life, Love and the Pursuit of of Shoes

Yay Cake Topper

DIY Pom Pom Cake Topper from Momtastic

Design Inspiration from Ruffled Blog

From Simply Savannah Events via Ruffled Blog

Also, some great ideas on a past post of ours – 10 Easy DIY Party Decor Ideas

Now, let me share some favorite birthday gifts to give these days, or shall I say some of my favorite things lately!  (Mandi, I have one of these goodies in a birthday bag for you… see you soon!)

Creative and Funny Birthday Gift Ideas

  1. Alter Eco Sea Salt Truffles
  2. 25 oz. S’well Bottle (it holds a whole bottle of wine!)
  3. Fitkicks Active Lifestyle Footwear
  4. LZ Pencils
  5. Leather fold over clutch from Sans Map Bags
  6. Unicorns are Jerks Coloring Book (hilarious!)

Virtual Birthday Party for Mandi

Happy Birthday Mandi 2016

Now, let’s party!  Please take a moment to leave a comment below and wish Mandi a very happy birthday!  You can also connect with her on Twitter and Instagram and send some birthday wishes her way.


giveaway with dry ink designs

giveaway with dry ink designs

This week you heard from Mandi and her etsy shop… Well, you are in luck as one of our readers will win a hand painted quote handmade by Mandi herself!

As Mandi talked about here, she has found a new love for hand lettering and experimenting with new pens, ink and paint.  Her post on easy calligraphy from last year has been a huge hit on our blog!

And now, to the Giveaway….

Hand Lettering Process




I was made for sunny days quote


This one-of-a-kind hand lettered water color print can be yours!

($35 dollar value)


TO BE ENTERED TO WIN, you must… (more…)

10 easy diy party decor ideas

10 easy diy party decor ideas

You know we all love a party over here on Sunny Slide Up!  Since we are celebrating our birthday, I thought it was only appropriate to gather some easy DIY party decor ideas.   Check out our Pinterest board “Party On” for even more great ideas!


10 Easy DIY Party Decor Ideas

1. DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Garland – Creative Bag

diy tissue paper garland


2. DIY Ribbon Chandelier – Every Last Detail

diy ribbon chandelier

3. DIY Metallic Stroke Balloons – Design Love Fest

diy mettalic balloons

4. DIY Blooming Letters – Urbanic Paper

diy blooming letters

5. DIY Paper Chain Background – Floridian

diy paper chain bakcground

6. DIY Spray Painted Metal Folding Chairs – The Moon and Me

spray paint metal folding chairs

7. DIY – Pom Pom Branches – Wayaiulandia

Pom Pom Party Branches DIY

8. DIY Number (or Letter) Photo Display – Just Imagine 

diy number or letter photo display

9. DIY Sidewalk/Driveway Party Art – Guerrilla Weddings

DIY Sidewalk Driveway Party Art

10.  Washi Tape Everything! – I Heart Nap Time


You know how I love washi tape so much.

I’m in the mood to throw a party now!  Speaking of parties, we are throwing one big party here on Sunny Slide Up for the month of October as our blog turns 2!  Be sure to keep a lookout for giveaways all month long!


Heather Johnson - The Creative Stack

getting creative – making jewelry

getting creative – making jewelry

Hey guys.  I had the MOST fun this past weekend with a wonderful group of bloggers and Kathryn Godwin making necklaces.   Have you heard of her?  This girl is like that creative person you wish you could be.  You can thank her for many of the amazing Anthropologie storefronts…  yep… amazing!

Hand Painted Dots

kathryn godwin displays




Coral Reef Display

kathryn godwin displays Floral Garden

kathryn godwin displays



This girl made tea bags look amazing people…. TEA BAGS!!

kathryn godwin displays

And I can’t even talk about this dress – made of paper…  This is what made me start following her.  I saw it on a wedding blog while I was planning my wedding.. and holy moly!!!  INSPIRATION everywhere!

kathryn godwin dress


We even had one for our event… check out this rope and tassel display… LOVE

window display

It had been so long since I had actually made a craft out of raw materials, and when I saw her post in instagram… I knew I had to go!  Turns out I won a free registration with this lovely lady – Deedie Springer of Springvine Design.  And speaking of inspiring and creative, she is the one who is responsible for my wedding flowers – see them here and here ….look at her hard at work!  LOVE IT!

springvine design

It all started out by choosing beads (she handmade) and taping down our string to the table like you used to do when you made friendship bracelets… awe I felt like a kid again!

choosing beads DIY necklaces


We made the rope by a twisting technique and then added tassels, beads and whatever we wanted.  I decided to use my Dry Ink colors and just love how my necklace turned out!

DIY necklace

Even better I met some amazing fellow bloggers.  Isn’t it funny when you realize you have to introduce yourselves as your company name or instagram handle!?  Thank you social media!

DIY bloggers

Kathryn of Studio Cultivate, Me, Dawn – co author of Carolina Bride Book and Nikki of Bunch Collective

vintage concord

Reconnected with the talented Brellyn of Vintage Concord.

This day was amazing!  In just 2 hours I was inspired to create again, to get out there and do something with my hands, to draw, to make jewelry, and to surround myself with other creatives… it so feeds my soul!

beauty quote

The quote above is made by using a photo of the backdrop created for photos!

Mandi Heilig - Dry Ink Designs

decorating with letters – your home or your wedding

decorating with letters – your home or your wedding

I have always loved the look of decorating with letters in homes.  I think your home should tell your story, give a glimpse into who you are and this is what I hope to do in my home with my new husband, the mister!

Below are a few ideas of what I am talking about so you can get an idea!

initial decor for your home

alphabet wall | burlap circle | B in nursery | gallery wall

I took this look into my wedding.  I had an organic look and each table was different… some had B’s that I spray painted metallic (here is a blog post from when I made these).  It was great to see those come to life!

initial wedding decor

photo by Magnolia Events Staff

I also had a larger tin “B” that I used for my guest book.  I had a vision for this and although I have no idea how it would turn out, it turned out EXACTLY as I hoped!  I couldn’t be more happy with it!

The “B” was a green color with a bit of a bronze background, so I bought some bronze sharpies, and asked people to only sign their name.  We ended up with a “B” full of a mix of small notes and names of all of the people we love to display in our home.  I LOVE IT!

custom guest book for wedding

custom guest book for wedding

custom guest book for wedding

And now, we have it in our house as a daily reminder of our special day!  I honestly couldn’t be happier with it and am excited to have it forever!

display your guest book in your home


Look closely and you will see a few more letters on my shelf 🙂  Those are from a shower that my sweet friends and family threw!

I have a few more “B”s from the wedding sprinkled throughout the house.  Right now, they are in the kitchen, because we are still setting the house up, but I am happy with how it looks right now!

052814_decorate with initial initial decor in your home

What are some unique guest books you have seen?  Do you love decorating with initials?

Mandi Heilig - Dry Ink Designs