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Latest Kitchen Decor

12 Jun

Well, it’s been about 3 months since Chip and I got married and we are finally just getting a bit settled in our new home! Life has been absolutely fabulous, but oh so hectic. More than anything, we’re loving just finally being a team, married and starting our life together.

This past weekend was the first weekend since our wedding that we both have been at home for a whole weekend with no guests staying at our house. Whew… it was awesome! While Chip was studying (he is taking the 1st step of the boards next week), I decided I would begin to get back into my love of crafting with this little bunch of fun above our kitchen sink:

Total cost: $3.50 (heck yes)

I had everything on hand except for the Be Grateful print which I found here and printed at FedEx. I spray painted/recycled random frames from throughout the house and used the plastic, silver spoons from a bridal shower I threw.

The “Taste” was a wedding gift from my cousin and her boyfriend. He hand-crafted it in his school’s workshop out of scrap metal. Forever grateful. (See what I did there?)

The thought behind Chip and I choosing the word “Taste” was two-fold:

1. It’s in the kitchen. Simple as that.

2. It’s a reference to Psalm 34:8 – “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” It’s a great reminder for us each day to savor every moment in our new home together.

Overall, I feel pretty great about the newest addition to our kitchen and can’t wait to continue making our house a home! So many great things in store! Stay tuned for updates!



Creating invites calls for this…

25 Jan

As you may remember in my post about our Save the Date card, I designed the stationary for our wedding. It was so important to me that the paper goods had a special meaning to them (more on that later).

After creating, printing, cutting and hand addressing (and cursive is not my strong suit) every invite and envelope, I realized one thing… that I was going to need a return address label – because I sure as heck was not about to write our address 200 times.

After much searching on Etsy, I came across this lovely store, Save the Date and was immediately sold on this self-inking, eco-friendly, customizable stamp.

I was so thrilled at how quick and easy it was to have our own stamp custom designed by Tiffany from this shop. I was even more thrilled at how quick and easy it was to stamp every envelope and response card when I promptly received the return address stamp in the mail. Happy to avoid the hand cramp from writing…

Plus, it was so exciting to see the new address on each of the envelopes and to receive response cards in the mail every day. I always look forward to the fiance telling me who has sent them back to his new home (soon to be our new home!).

What could you see a stamp like this coming in handy for? I’m thinking house-warming gifts, shower presents, etc. Do share!

Frame our names – engagement photos

15 Oct

As I sit and wait anxiously patiently for the final edits of our engagement photos, I figured I would share with you one more preview photo that our photog sent to tide me over and how I crafted it to really “make” our engagement shoot!

Behold: the framed names!

Our vintage, travel-themed engagement shoot really would not have been the same without this little craft. My friends always laugh at me. See, when others spot something in a picture, on Pinterest or online, the typical reaction is… I would like that. I think I’ll buy it. Mine, however, is… I would like that. I think I’ll make it. Why not give it a go, right? What’s the worst that could happen… lo and behold, we loved the result!

We were thrilled at how well the frame turned out for our photos! Plus, be expecting those wire words to reappear in the future. Stay tuned!

Have you been inspired to tackle a craft of your own lately? Feel free to pass along some suggestions!

Update! Here are the engagement photos!

Create Your Own Coasters

9 Sep

Last weekend four of my girlfriends threw us an awesome engagement party in Atlanta. Not only was it a blast and so sweet, it was also the perfect excuse for all of our college friends to get together after a few months apart. We were so appreciative and loved being able to celebrate with everyone in one place at one time.

My super crafty current roommate from the Yellow House created the cutest decoration for the party – an “eat, drink & be married sign” with photos from our relationship.

In addition to the cute decorations and wonderful people who were there, the desserts were delicious. The line-up included some doctored up cupcakes after a bit of an icing catastrophe, cookies, brownies, spice bars, and my personal favorite: chocolate covered strawberries.

After thanking them multiple times for everything they had done, I wanted to present the hostesses with something fun as a gift. My love of crafts has always been high, but since planning this wedding, it has soared through the roof. Think Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and multiply it by about 10.

After a stellar discovery on Pinterest, I decided to make drink coasters for each of the hostesses based on an easy tutorial from this blog.

To give you an idea, it starts with this:

1. Buy 4 x 4 in. ceramic flooring tiles from Lowe’s or Home Depot.

2. Paint Mod Podge over the tile.

3. Stick a 4 x 4 in. sheet of scrapbook paper on the tile. (Hint: It is very easy to buy the 12 x 12 in. paper and cut it into 9 pieces.)

4. Paint another layer of Mod Podge on the paper. Let dry. Like below.

It looks like they're drying on animal skins... really they're just plastic bags. Weird.

5. Spray paint the tiles with clear, glossy spray paint to coat the paper and prevent the drinks from ruining it.

6. Let the coasters dry overnight.

7. Stick small felt pads on the bottom of the coaster to prevent the tiles from scratching your tables.

8. Tie the coasters into sets of four with a pretty bow.

9. Marvel in your beautiful work and gift away!

These really were one of the easiest things I have done in a while. Typically I would brag about how inexpensive they were too, but since they were a gift, I’ll just say… you really should consider making these.

At the engagement party, these were a huge hit amongst the hostesses! Plus, now they know that they won’t get awful rings on their tables. I know they’ll rest easy at night.

Overall, the engagement party was a blast, and I loved being able to come up with a fun and crafty way to thank the great girls who threw it for us!

What are some great hostess gifts that you have seen? We’ve got showers coming up and I’m already brainstorming!

Project Life

11 Jul

This past weekend I ventured down to Tierra Verde, Florida, home of the wonderful Orobello family, for some fun and a little relaxation. I left with a those two things, but also with something to document the my time over the course of the year. With so many exciting things going on right now and a ton of life change moving into the real world, Mrs. Orobello thought this would be the perfect time to start.

As the owner of Whim So Doodle, Mrs. O knows all about the greatest of scrapbooking goodies, including a product kit called Project Life by Becky Higgins. I used to be an avid scrapbooker back in the day (of high school) but quickly got too busy (and too much of a perfectionist) for such undertakings.

When I first saw my friend, Ryan’s, book, I fell in love. Then, when I noticed that the “Top 5 Reasons People Love Project Life” included “Save time. Save stress.” I knew that Project Life and I were destined for each other. When better way to enjoy crafting than with a time-saver, stress-reducer and smile-provider?

The idea is to journal a bit and take a photo for each day of the year and document it in a book that looks a little something like this:

Photo courtesy of: http://www.beckyhiggins.com

Mine is currently quite a bit more empty, but will soon be full of daily morsels of my life. I don’t think that I have enough going on in my life to take a photo each day, but I am willing to use a couple photos from each event to fill up this daily journal/photo album. I am seriously looking forward to it. The set-up of my book is similar to the one above, but with these colors:

Photo courtesy of: http://www.beckyhiggins.com

Doesn’t that just warm your crafting heart? I will keep you updated on the progress of documenting my daily life. It may not be super exciting and thrilling, but it is the small stuff that counts, right? Here goes nothing…

ugaMiracle and RJ’s Bloomies Unite

18 Feb

Here is a Friday Philanthropy Spotlight for you and the low down on two really awesome ways to support Children’s Miracle Network and the local Atlanta hospital of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The best 24 hours of your year

This weekend is the 16th annual ugaMiracle Dance Marathon benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. As a former Executive Board member of ugaMiracle, this organization holds a place near and dear to my heart (not to mention that my roommate is the Executive Director of it this year).

Dance Marathon is the final fundraising event of the semester that celebrates the lives of those saved at Children’s and the funds that ugaMiracle has raised over the year. Students from all over campus stay awake and give up just 24-hours as a symbolic gesture to the kids who spend days, weeks or even months in the hospital. Survivors from Children’s come and share their stories throughout the night as an inspiration to us all.

In addition to that, delicious food is served every 4 hours and there is amazing entertainment all night! Dance Marathon is absolutely incredible and a blast. You should go.

When: Feb. 19-20 from 10am-10am

Where: Tate Grand Hall

What to bring: $10 for registration, extra change for donations, change of clothes, etc.

Check out the Dance Marathon Facebook event for more information!

And if you don’t go, then you can still support by donating anything you have or by buying a flower bobby pin from RJ’s Bloomies. Rachel and Jordan created RJ’s Bloomies to support local non-profits, with ugaMiracle as their first organization. 100% of the profits from the flowers goes straight back to the organization! How awesome is that!

Here are some of their crafty creations (and all under $10 each!!):

The Everyday Collection


The Formal Collection

The Arch Collection

And the precious logo

If you see one you like on their Facebook page,  e-mail rjbloomies@gmail.com and you can look super snazzy with a sweet new hair pin (and help awesome causes!)

Oh and in case you need more reasons to check out Dance Marathon, watch this hilarious video. FTK! (That means For the Kids!)