Jodi McKee

one world observatory

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last week, i met up with pei and some other really amazing instagrammers to check out the new observatory at one world trade center.


the crowds were kind of ridiculous, but the views? oh, my, they were amazing.

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also slightly annoying was the window set up. it was difficult to get close to the glass and anything light colored (support beams and white shirts, i'm looking at you) made photography a bit tricky.

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but when you manage to squeeze past the crowds and get a prime spot to take in the view . . . it is pure magic. (i love how you can see the washington square park arch there at the bottom.) the city is so lovely as the lights start to come on.

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father's day gift guide

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Father's Day is coming up! Shopping for guys always seems harder than it should be, so I've collected a few favorites here for you to gift to your favorite dad!

1. World's Greatest Dad card by Rifle Paper Co.

2. Gameboy iPhone case

3. Custom photo beer bottle labels

4. Keysmart key organizer

5. Geek Dad

6. I Can't Adult Today t-shirt

7. Baseball Bat Bottle Opener

8. Custom photo book from Artifact Uprising

9. Father's Day Plaid card by Rifle Paper Co.

pixie hollow easter crafts

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Today, I have three Easter craft projects inspired by Disney's Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. All three are easy enough for you and your kids to make together, so hop to it! ;)

First up are these simple, but beautiful, terrarium Easter eggs.

All you need for these lovelies are clear plastic eggs, dried moss, and faux flowers. Simply fill the eggs with the moss and flower petals and they are ready to display!

 Next up are some fun NeverBeast Easter baskets.

To make these, you will need the following:

Tinker Bell, Fawn, and Gruff printables from Disney's site. (Fairy coloring pages here. Gruff mask printable here.)

Plain pail, bucket, or basket

Small craft scissors

Washi tape

All-purpose craft paint

Paint brushes or foam pouncers

To make:

Print the fairy and Gruff printables on cardstock.

Cut out the inside shape of each to make your stencil.

Tape the stencil to the bucket with washi tape (or other low-tack tape).

Dab paint over the image.

Carefully lift up washi tape and stencil to reveal the final image.

Let dry fully before using.

Once dry, fill with treats and enjoy!

String Easter eggs are the last craft project I have for you today. These are fairly east to make, if a bit messy!


Embroidery floss

Elmer's glue

Water balloons

Balloon inflator (optional)

Wax paper

To make: 

Inflate the balloons with the balloon inflator (it will save you so much time and light-headedness!)

Cut several arm-lengths of embroidery floss.

Pour some glue in a bowl and add a tiny bit of water to keep the consistency on the thin side.

Lay down some wax paper to set the balloons on when you are done putting floss on them.

Take a piece of floss and dunk it in the glue. Be sure to coat it thoroughly and then squeeze out the excess with your fingers (messy, but super fun!).

Arrange several pieces of floss around the balloon to create your egg.

Pretend you are in the second grade and pull the dried glue off of your fingers.

Set on wax paper to dry for several hours.

Once dry, use a straight pin or scissor point to pop the balloon (it makes the best crackling sound!). Carefully remove the balloon from the egg. 

Now, you are ready to hang up your eggs or display them in a decorative bowl or basket!

Add some joy to your Easter basket this season with Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast!

anthro in india

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absolutely LOVING these new images from anthropologie. i mean, i always love their clothing, but the photo shoot in india is mesmerizing.


row one (L to R): chambray anorak + skinny flare jeans | poplin empire top + birds of paradise shorts | chambray swing top + fishing line charlie trousers

row two (L to R): pleated plaid dress | lavana dress | skyscape maxi dress


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DIY pixie hollow party invitations

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invitations set the tone of any party you throw. for a pixie hollow themed party, these DIY gruff invitations definitely add a sense of whimsy to the event. these invites are sure to be a hit with kids (and their parents) and will get everyone excited for your pixie hollow party!

what you'll need:

white cardstock

floral scrapbook paper (optional)

small craft scissors

mini brads

green cellophane

tape runner or glue stick

washi tape

sharpie marker

pink envelopes

gruff face mask printable


to create the front of the invitation, open the gruff face mask printable in photoshop.

rotate the image 50° and crop approximately 7" x 5" at 300 dpi.

copy and paste two (2) of the cropped images on an 8.5" x 11" canvas and print on white cardstock.

use craft scissors to cut out the face shape and cut out the eye openings.

trace the face shape on a piece of blank cardstock and cut out the outline. this will be the second page of your invitation.

optional: trace the mirror image of the blank cardstock on patterned scrapbook paper to add a decorate element. cut out and adhere to the back of the second page.

trace the eye holes in pencil on the second page, but do not cut out.

cut a strip of green cellophane to put behind the eye openings and secure with colorful washi tape.

on the second page, use a sharpie to outline the eye shapes. these will be the "O"s in the word "hollow".

finish writing "hollow" and then add pixie above and party below (end result will read, "pixie hollow party!"). then, add in your party details.

attach the two pages with a mini brad in the upper left corner.

address your envelopes, slip in an invitation, seal, add a stamp, and drop in the mail.

DIY fairy flower lights

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are you looking for an easy way to decorate for a party? then, this DIY is perfect for you. these fairy flower lights are simple to create and make a big impact.


LED globe bulb lights (incandescent bulbs shown above, but they got very hot; i highly recommend using LED lights for safety!)

cupcake liners

X-acto knife

cutting mat or leftover cardboard


simply cut an X in the base of each cupcake liner and slip two liners over each bulb.

be sure to keep the paper from directly contacting the bulb. 

hang and enjoy!

see? i told you it was easy!

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DIY pixie hollow terrarium

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this adorable terrarium is the perfect place for your little girl to keep her treasured pixie figures. plus, it's easy for the two of you to make together!

what you'll need:

glass mason jar (quart sized)

dried moss

faux grass

faux flowers

fairy figurine

ladybug charm

sparkle sticks



put some dried moss in the bottom of the jar. 

break apart the grass and flowers and arrange.

add the sparkle sticks in between the grass and flowers.

slip a ladybug charm over one blade of grass.

place the fairy figurine in the middle of it all and enjoy! 


pin the tail on gruff

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this easy DIY project is a pixie hollow take on the classic pin the tail on the donkey.

here's how to create your own:

  • edit out the text in photoshop and resize image to 18" x 24" (or larger) at 300 dpi.
  • upload image to staples engineering print OR crop image in to sections measuring 8.5" x 11" and print at home.
  • use several types of green ribbon for the tail; add tape to the back of the knot.


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color, lots of it

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clockwise from top left: happy mail | martha stewart | birthday cake flags | trina turk swimsuit | lavender succulents | colorful workspace

more like, in need of a tropical vacation, but whatevs. i know new york hasn't had it nearly as bad as our friends in boston and maine, but man, this has been a cold winter. i'm glad we don't have to dig out of 7 feet high snowbanks, but i am so over the cold. a vacation in tulum or bali sounds pretty grand right about now. and i have totally been looking at real estate in california. spring, please hurry!

DIY valentine's day garland + free printable

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i saw this idea on pinterest and thought i would give it a go . . .  and it turned out just okay. but! i will show you how i did it, offer suggestions on how to make it better, and give you a free LOVE printable, all in time for valentine's day. sound good?




small craft scissors

elmer's glue


baker's twine

washi tape

use small, sharp craft detail scissors to cut out the letters.

spread glue evenly on each letter and sprinkle LOTS of glitter over each one.

let dry, then shake off excess, fill in gaps with more glue + glitter

once dry, lay the letters out face side down and attach baker's twine with washi tape.

i think mine could have used another round of glue + glitter, but i was in a hurry to get this photographed and posted. maybe glitter glue would work better? if you give it a try, let me know how yours turns out!

hang and enjoy!

and if anything, just print out the printable and hang that up for some simple festiveness. ;)