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My favorite part of Halloween is the excuse to be creative and make something with my hands for a DIY costume. This year I did my own take on the classic Deer Antlers found in this original post on Pinterest. Here was my step-by-step process:

I bought most of my supplies at Michaels:

- Headband
- Pipe Cleaners
- Brown felt
- White Craft Fur
- Artificial Flowers
- Acrylic Paint
- Hot glue gun
- Newsprint or paper bag

Start by wrapping two pipe cleaners around the headband to secure in place. Twist them together.

Add a third pipe cleaner, starting at the base, and twist it around the other two until you get to the top. Leave enough for an antler to stick out. Repeat two more times to create two additional antlers.

Next prepare a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part Modge Podge to paper mâché the newsprint around the pipe cleaners.

Dip the entire strip of paper into the mixture. Slowly wrap it around the pipe cleaners, starting at the base and working your way up.

Wrapping the paper can be a little tricky but it doesn’t have to be perfect. You can spend more time on it by making thinner strips that wrap tightly. Let the paper dry completely before painting. I left mine outside in the sun for a few hours. Once the paper is dry the antlers will be stiff and stay upright.

Use acrylic paint to give the antlers color and create shadows and highlights. I used black, white and umber to create a light grey shade.

Once the paint has dried you can create the ears. Fold a sheet of felt in half and cut out the shape of two ears. These can be any size based on the look you want.

Cut the craft fur in a similar but smaller shape and use the hot glue gun to attach them to the felt.

Wrap the ears around the headband and glue the two sides into place with the hot glue gun.

You can finish off the antlers by adding small artificial flowers in different colors to create a flower crown effect.

Handmade is always more fun and makes the costume feel special and creative. Good luck with your creation and thanks for reading. :)

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I have lived in Downtown Fullerton for about 6 years and love being walking distance to all the shops and restaurants in town. Fullerton also offers a lot of fun, family-friendly community events throughout the year that we try to take advantage of. In celebration of Summer Solstice and the Day of Music event happening all around town today, June 21st, I have put together a list of my favorite things to do and places to eat when spending the day in Downtown Fullerton.

COFFEE

For great pour over coffee and latte's we love Dripp Coffee. The modern, stylish decor and quality coffee make it our favorite in town. They also have a great outdoor patio with plenty of seating. On Tuesdays they have “Happy Hour” from 10am-12pm where you can get 30% off you drink order.

Inside DRIPP FULLERTON. PHOTOS BY NORDIC FOX DESIGN CO

BREAKFAST

When we have time for a sit down breakfast our go to stop is Kimmie’s Cup in Fullerton. It's not right downtown and not much to look at from the outside but it’s a small classic diner experience with great food and the nicest servers in town. If you come after 9am on the weekends you can expect a small wait but it’s worth it. 

DAYTIME OUTDOOR ACTIVITY

One of the most scenic and unique spots in Fullerton to enjoy the outdoors is the Fullerton Arboretum. It’s a beautiful outdoor garden and event space right next to Cal State Fullerton. Grab a friend or the whole family and spend an hour walking through the gardens, and visit the museum and historic Heritage House. They have community garden plots for rent and host all kinds of programs, events and plant and vegetable sales thought out the year. 

FULLERTON ARBORETUM GARDENS. My husband pictured left at our community garden plot. PHOTOS BY NORDIC FOX DESIGN CO

LUNCH

For a healthy, affordable and filling lunch we head to Rutabegorz. Look for the historic white building and neon sign. There is plenty of indoor seating and a back patio but be prepared for it to be busy during main meal hours. They always have a $3 beer and a 43 cent dip of the month. We eat here almost once a week and our only complaint is that they are only open 6 days a week instead of 7 (closed Sundays). 

SHOPPING

Harbor Blvd. between Amerige and Wilshire is the main stretch of shops and restaurants. Grab lunch downtown then spend a couple hours shopping. Here are some of my favorites that are all walking distance from eachother:

The Found Shop
Thoughtfully curated gift and home goods shop. You'll even find some vintage items brought back from around the world by the owner who also owns a vintage rental company in town. 

Share & Do Good
Small gift shop carrying brands that all donate to charity with every purchase.

Stitch & Feather
Women's clothing store for the free-spirited bohemian .

Wander Outfitters
Clothing, gear and gifts for the outdoorsy adventurer.

Memo's Vintage
Vintage clothing store with something for everyone from every decade.

Brick Basement
Two-Story antique mall with a little bit of everything for treasure hunters.

FARMERS MARKET

If you are in town on a Thursday stop by the Downtown Fullerton Farmer's Market from 4pm-8:30pm during the months of April-October. Bring the whole family and the dog and shop for produce, baked bread and local honey or stop in for a $4 beer at the Fullerton Museum beer garden and enjoy live music. There is even a park, bounce house and train ride for kids.

PRODUCE AT THE LOCAL FARMER'S MARKET. PHOTO BY NORDIC FOX DESIGN CO

DINNER

There are a ton of dinner options in town and a lot of them are really good. Our new go-to nice dinner spot as a couple or with a group is Pour Company which just opened this Spring and has a great selection of beer, cocktails and food. Our favorite part is the big outdoor patio with its modern, brightly colored decor and fun artsy mural on the wall. Be sure to make reservations on weekend nights or you'll need to look for a spot at the bar while you wait.

Me (center) with friends in front of the OUTDOOR PATIO MURAL AT POUR COMPANY. PHOTO BY NORDIC FOX DESIGN CO

For a more casual dinner experience you can’t go wrong with pizza and beer. Head over to Bootleggers, Fullerton’s local brewery for some strong and flavorful craft beers. They don’t serve food themselves but are just around the corner from our favorite pizza place, Two Saucy Broads. Order at Two Saucy Broads first and they will walk it over to you at Bootleggers when it’s ready.

Bootlegger's outdoor patio. photos by nordic fox design co

NIGHTLIFE

There are a lot of choices of places to grab a drink or experience the nightlife in Downtown Fullerton all within walking distance of eachother. A good laid back spot to grab a drink with friends is Heroes Bar & Grill. They have a huge selection of beers on tap and give you bags of peanuts to eat when you sit down. It’s customary to throw the peanut shells on the ground which adds to the lively atmosphere amongst vintage signs and strings of lights. For a night cap travel underground to The Cellar for a drink at the bar. The inside was designed by the same craftsman that worked on Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean offering a unique and unexpected atmosphere for an end to your evening.

Thank you for reading my blog post! This post is made up of my personal favorites based on my own opinions. To learn more about all the shops, restaurants and bars Downtown Fullerton has to offer visit the City of Fullerton's website.

 

 

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It's the beginning of summer wedding season and my 2-year wedding anniversary is around the corner on May, 14th. To celebrate I created a Kransekake illustration greeting card inspired by the ones we served at our own wedding. 

Kransekake is a multi-layered cake made up of rings with an almond based cookie like texture. Traditionally it is used for weddings and served as a "show stopping" dessert around Christmas and other special celebrations. Typically the rings are decorated with delicate patterns of icing and small Norwegian flags. You can also get creative and decorate it with flowers and foliage.

Cakes at our May 14, 2016 summer wedding. Photo by Kimberly Daniels Photography.

At our wedding we had a modern wedding cake and two traditional Kransekake cakes, one was made locally and the other came straight from Norway.

Photo by Kimberly Daniels Photography

You can find a lot of examples and recipes on Pinterest. I also found a great how-to video you can view below that shows how Kransekake is made:

NORWEGIAN KRANSEKAKE - YouTube

To purchase our new Kransekake card visit our shop section here. Thanks for reading!

-Heidi Smith

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