Hi, I’m Jamie

A vintage loving maker with a total sweet tooth. I wear lipstick, patterns, costumes and a whole lotta hats. I like to do one too many things at all times, and share the results right here. Stay, and you’ll see recipes, personal style, DIYs, and more. Sound good? Hooray! I’m so happy you’re here!

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Fave Five: Ways to Give Money

Hooray for the long weekend! Actually, since next week is our last week in NY, I decided to take the whole week off. Don’t be mad! I’ve gotta squeeze in as many final sites and bites as I can! Next time we chat I’ll share all the glorious details of the trip including highlights and recommendations. AND it’ll all be from the comfort of my own bed where I’ll be snuggling my kittens! YAY! For now, enjoy the anticipation. It’ll be worth the wait. If you don’t believe me, believe this necklace made of cash. It’s graduation season and I thought you needed some creative money-making solutions. Amiright? Happy holiday weekend! Off to Vermont!

Fave Five: Ways to Give Money- Paint the Gown Red

eHow

Star Hand Pies on eHow

Star Hand Pies on eHow- Paint the Gown Red

It’s almost Memorial Day and Nick and I will be enjoying the long weekend in Stowe, Vermont! We’ve done a lot of road tripping on the West coast but never on this side of the country. It’s crazy how small and close together the states are here. It takes longer to drive from one end of California to the other then it’ll take us to drive through New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and most of Vermont! I’m so excited to cross a bunch of states off my list. As always, if any of you have been or done this drive before, we’d love some recommendations- what interstate to take, places to stop along the way, or fun things to do in and around Stowe. Ok. Enough about me. Do you have anything fun planned? Perhaps a BBQ? If so, I’ve got the perfect pie recipe for ya. How cute are these red white and blue berry hand pies? I cooked up this recipe for eHow in preparation for 4th of July, but realized they’re perfect for any patriotic holiday. So head on over to eHow to get the delish deets!

Star Hand Pies on eHow- Paint the Gown Red

10 Popsicles To Try

Never have I ever, made a popsicle. Perhaps this is because I don’t have the tools. Or because I prefer treats of the highest calorie count. Maybe it’s because I don’t like them. No, that’s not it. A good homemade watermelon lime pop on a hot day really hits the spot. Whatever the reason, it’s silly. Popsicles are delicious and I really ought to make some. So this summer I vow to do just that. Should they be rich and creamy or light and refreshing? Chocolate dipped, filled with fruit or sprinkled with…. sprinkles!? You decide.

Graduation Cap Cupcake Stands

Graduation Cap Cupcake Stands- Paint the Gown Red

It’s graduation season and I’ve got a fun DIY to help you celebrate your rad grad. Introducing, graduation cap cupcake stands. Graduation capcakes?! These paper podiums are the perfect display for your fave smart cookies. Bonus feature- when you’ve finished your treat you get to throw another cap in the air! Hooray!

Materials

  • Black Construction Paper
  • Gold String
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Hot Glue Gun

Directions

Gather materials. Cut out a 3” square, a 2” x 8” strip and a small circle. Hot glue the ends of the strip together to form a ring. Wrap string around two fingers 10-15 times. Carefully remove bunch from your fingers and tie off ¼” from one end. Cut and trim opposite end. Attach a long string to tassel. Glue tassel to center of the square and secure it in place with the small circle cutout. Tape cap top and bottom together. Top with cupcakes. Enjoy!

Graduation Cap Cupcake Stands- Paint the Gown Red

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

Our first weekend in the city has come and gone, and man was it a doozy! Can you believe we’ve been here a whole week already? I can’t. Even though I’ve been going out and exploring all day everyday, there’s still so much left to discover. I do however feel like I’m starting to get my bearings. I am less heavily reliant on Google Maps, generally go the right way on the Subway and can make it up all four flights of our “charming” walk-up without passing out. Success! It was really nice having Nick join me this weekend, since he’s been working during the week. We wandered through downtown, sipped craft beer in Brooklyn and ate the best Chinese dumplings in the world. But after a full week of serious walking, today I’m giving my feet a well deserved break. It’s hard work being a tourist! These photos are from one of my favorite adventures so far- my walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I’ve always been fascinated by bridges. There aren’t very many near where I grew up, so it’s always a half terrifying half awesome experience driving over one. Now walking across one, that’s something everyone ought to try! Hope your weekend was lovely. Here’s to a great week!

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red