Local Love: Jessica Serra Huizenga of The Confetti Bar

Local Love The Confetti Bar feat via @poorandpretty

It’s time for another edition of Local Love, my interview series with Connecticut entrepreneurs! Today, I’m chatting with Jessica Serra Huizenga, the Confetti Queen / Expert Confetti Mixologist behind The Confetti Bar. This might be the most colorful post yet. Ready to party?

Local Love The Confetti Bar tall via @poorandpretty

I first picked up a bag of Jessica’s confetti at Hartford Prints and did a double-take. We have a confetti company in Connecticut?! I was amazed. Then I found out The Confetti Bar was just one person. And she’s made custom confetti mixes for kate spade new york, KEDS, the Girl Scouts, and Twitter. And she was one town away from me. I had to meet her! So of course I Instagram stalked her for a while, then finally emailed her, and had her over for my holiday crafternoon, and hung out with her at Monarch Workshop, and used her studio for hundreds of outfit photos, and brought her homegrown kale, so I’m pretty sure that means we’re friends now. :) AND we have a really awesome event planned for November. Details at the bottom of this post! ;)

{ photo from A Day in the Life of a Confetti Girl series by Victoria Gloria Photography }

Sami: What got you started in confetti-making?
Jessica: I literally woke up one day and told my husband I wanted to start a confetti shop. I used to collect and sort metallic confetti/sequins from the craft store, but when it came to actually using confetti, I found there was a real shortage of really cool, colorful, unique mixes. SO I started making my own, and voila! The Confetti Bar was born :)

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Color Love: Lucite Green

Color Love - Lucite Green feat

One of PANTONE’s color trends for this spring is Lucite Green ~ a pretty color that looks like the lovechild of seafoam and aqua. I loved putting this inspiration board together because it reminded me that spring is coming (eventually) and that there are actual colors in this world (not just white, brown, and gray). Here are a few of my favorite Lucite Green things:

Color Love - Lucite Green via @poorandpretty

1. Peekaboo Clutch by ban.do. // 2. Door Knob Curtain Tie-Back via Urban Outfitters. // 3. Cheer I Go Top in Mint via ModCloth. // 4. Make Love Not War Print by Patti Murphy. // 5. 3″ Chino Short in Seamist via J.Crew. // 6. Mossimo Bikini Top & Bikini Bottom via Target. // 7. Copper and Dipped Enamel Arrow Ring by miju. // 8. 2015 Mint & Gold Confetti Planner via Paper Source. // 9. Seafoam Nail Polish by 100% Pure.


DIY Yarn Pom-Pom Garland

DIY Yarn Pom Pom Garland intro via @poorandpretty

If you saw my latest posts on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been busy making lots of yarn pom-poms for the past few days. And now you know why!

Yarn Pom Pom Garland via @poorandpretty

I’m a big fan of yarn pom-pons — you might remember my ornaments from last year. They’re very easy to make. All you need is:

  • yarn — use as many colors as you’d like!
  • a wire potato masher or large salad serving fork (or you could use your fingers like I did with my ornaments)
  • scissors
  • large embroidery needle

I even put together a quick video on how to make a pom-pom:

(Can’t see the video? View it here.) Music: “We Talk Like Machines” by Savoir Adore. (I love them!)

Stringing Yarn Pom Pom 1 via @poorandpretty

Once you’ve made plenty of pom-poms (I’ve got about 40 in mine), string them onto a long piece of yarn with your embroidery needle.

Stringing Yarn Pom Pom via @poorandpretty

Push the needle right through the center of your pom-pom. It should go through pretty easily.

Yarn Pom Pom on string via @poorandpretty

When you’re finished, string it up and celebrate!

Yarn Pom Pom Garland in living room 2 via @poorandpretty

It’s added much-needed color to our living room. :)

Yarn Pom Pom Garland on Stairs @poorandpretty

And I love how it looks on the bannister!

Happy weekend, friends!


Friday Faves: Springtime on Etsy

Springtime Etsy Faves via @poorandpretty

I love how many beautiful, springy things there are on Etsy right now. Maybe because we’ve had such a harsh winter, we’ve kept ourselves busy creating lovely handmade goodies.

These are just a few of my favorites: 1. Pastel Berry Twig Hair Crown by littlehoneypies. 2. Layering Beaded Strand Necklace by NestPrettyThingsShop. 3. Set of Painted Wooden Vase and Candle Holders by ShadeonShape. 4. Rainbow Carrot Mix (250 heirloom seeds) via SmartSeeds. 5. Pastel Triangle Felt Garland by CoutureByAyca.6. 5 Pastel Painted Mason Jars by StyleJarsandCans.


Gift Guide: The Color Lover


I know, I know. Thanksgiving just happened, and now we’ve only got 22 days until Christmas! I thought I’d help out a little bit this year with a few gift guides. This one is for the color lovers on your list. (And yes, more than a few of these are on my own wish list!)

1. kate spade new york’s Things We Love is basically the color lover’s bible. 2. Turquoise Chartreuse Two-Tone Necklace by kluster. Get matching earrings here3. Large dots washi tape via Pretty Tape4. Neon glass wall clock via Leif. 5. Miss Pom Pom Graphic Bobble Beanie via ASOS. 6. Vegan, Formaldehyde-free nail polish in all sorts of fun colors from Madison Street Beauty7. As Good As Bold Sweater via ModCloth. 8. Multicolored Wool Ball Garland by murdock design.

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