Mister Bean

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

As it’s “Bean Week”, it’s only fitting that we celebrate the Mister in Mr. Bean. Do you remember Mr. Bean? That peculiar tv character played by Rowan Atkinson in the 1990’s that became a world wide sensation and still lives on in animation form.

Mr. Bean is a mean little innocent. A thoughtful yet self-centered ass. As soon as I couldn’t stand him for another minute, he would do something to lure me back in. Today, we salute his longevity, but mainly we just wanted to play with typeface and beans because I find them less annoying than the actual Mr. Bean.
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Mr. Adzuki Bean
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Mr. Mung Bean
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Mr. Cannellini Bean
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Mr. Black Turtle Bean

2 Creative and Affordable Valentine’s Day Party Decoration Ideas

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistants Candace Brower, Anthony Lunsmann

Throwing a Valentine’s Day party in the woods, I needed to create a moment as soon as my guest (yes, only one) arrived. Check out these two super affordable and absolutely stunning party decorations!

ONE:
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With a big space and a small budget paper lanterns from a Chinese New Year installation were repurposed to set the scene!
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My entire team was OBSESSED with this heart curtain that was the entryway to the party.
What you need:
Paper doilies
String (I used butcher’s twine)
Glue stick (not hot glue)
A tall ladder to hang

What to do:
1. Cut (3 to 4-inch) hearts out of white paper doilies (you can cut a bunch at once). The curtain pictured took approximately 600 paper hearts.
2. Working one piece at a time, cut a piece of twine and lay on a long table.
3. Place one heart on one side of a length of sting, glue another heart on top sandwiching the string in between. Keep moving up the string not worrying about distance between. The less perfect the more perfect. Continue until you do enough strings to create a curtain (I used 20 lengths for this installation).
To Install: Tie a string between two trees and tie your lengths of heart string from them.

DIY: Colorful Paper Lanterns

This started out as a Chinese New Year Party decoration and quickly turned into an anytime party decoration! Get the step by step DIY below!
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DIY Lantern Making
makes 1 fun recycled party decoration

What you need:
2 pieces of colorful wrapping paper, about 24″x 36″ (adjust the size according to the size you want to make the lanterns…it’s fun to make them in all different sizes and colors of paper for a grander effect)
1 pair scissors
Colorful painter’s tape
2 12″ bamboo skewers
1 12″ latex ballon
Colorful Ribbon (I used purple to hang and gold curly ribbon to “garnish” the bottom)

What to do: 

STEP ONE
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Gather your ingredients

STEP TWO
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Roll out two sheets of wrapping paper back to back and cut. Make sure to cut one sheet a slight bit larger.

STEP THREE
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Use the roll of tape to tape together all four sides of both sheets.

STEP FOUR
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Fold the papers in half down the middle, then fold the each side again.

STEP FIVE
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Open your paper to the first fold so that you can see a crease where the second fold is. Next with your scissors, cut equal lines from the middle fold to the crease. You will cut off the final line with tape on one side.

STEP SIX
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Unfold your paper and tape the two ends together creating a cylinder-like shape.

STEP SIX
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Poke a skewer through each end of your lantern.
STEP SEVEN
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From inside the lantern, blow up your ballon 12″. Attach long ribbon to the skewer at one end.

STEP EIGHT
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Finish off your lantern by attaching ribbon onto the skewer at the top end and hang.
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NOW HAVE A PARTY!!!
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DIY: Candy Cane Hula Hoop Holiday Tree

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
On location at The Grant Hotel, available through Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals

Non-traditional spaces call for non-traditional holiday decorating!

In this modern organic loft space a holiday party was scheduled. I wanted to play up the extra tall ceilings and exposed pipes without taking up valuable dance floor space with a big Christmas tree, so the Candy Cane Hula Hoop Tree was born!
Total cost: $20
Wow Factor When the Guests Entered the Room: Priceless!

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Candy Cane Hula Hoop Holiday Tree
makes 1 quick & easy holiday decoration for non-traditional spaces

What you need:
6 lightweight hula hoops
1-2 rolls red and white painters tape
1 roll great ribbon (I used a grey satin)
3 large white and red buffalo checked canvases (optional)

What to do:
1. Wrap a Base Layer: Using the white tape, wrap it around the hula hoops until all are completely covered. Don’t worry about the tape being perfect!

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2. Add the Red Striping: Using the red tape, tape a stripe onto the white tape of each hula hoop.

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3. Build the tree: Lay your “tree” out on a flat surface with one hoop at the top, two in the middle section and three in the bottom. Using durable ribbon, tie the hoops together at each point of touch with a beautiful bow. You can get more “fancy” here with big elaborate bows. I chose to keep my tree a bit more humble.

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4. Hang and enjoy: I hung my tree from exposed piping from the ceiling but you could even attach it to the wall with removable hangers. The plus is this weighs next to nothing!
Another idea is to make it pop by hanging it a few inches away from the wall and placing loud artwork behind it (I buffalo-checked large white canvases with red craft paint…I hope you saw this technique in my instagram story a few weeks ago, but if not get the HOW TO HERE).
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A Jar of Sweets

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I dare you to not smile while looking at these quirky holiday scenes –all happening inside their own glass houses.

The coolest part is that the finishing touch on each scene is lowered down from the jar’s lid. Check them all out and get inspired to go small for the children this holiday.

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A mountain of marshmallows was piled into this large mason jar and a vintage cast-iron skier is attached to the inside of the lid. When the lid is screwed on the jar, the skier magically starts skiing down the mountain. If only he had two ski poles!

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Yarn garland is added to a perfectly pink Christmas tree piled with packages around. Attached to the inside of the lid are even more packages! When the lid is screwed on the jar, the packages are lowered into the scene and one lands on top of the tree for a fun tree topper!

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A Libbie Look-Alike wearing glitter snow boots and a hot pink scarf is carrying packages to a sparkly tree. A mammoth glittery star is attached to the inside of the jar’s lid so when lowered it becomes the star at the top of the tree!
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Nothing is better than two friends getting together for a holiday lunch! A chic wallpaper chandelier is attached to the inside of the jar’s lid so when lowered it makes the perfect light for this barnyard luncheon.