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Wedding Hangers

21 Jul

Just last week, the person that I have lived with the longest other than my family members (3 years) got married! As a wedding gift, I crafted this wedding hanger for her:

I created the same thing for our engagement pictures and my wedding hanger. Since then, I’ve been receiving requests for commissions to make friends’ hangers and friends of friends’ hangers. I’m pretty pumped since I truly think it adds so much to the dress picture on the wedding day and I love doing these!

Excited to think about what I can do with it! An Etsy shop may be in my future… who knows!

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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!

Save the Date Design

14 Jan

Now that I have a moment to breathe after everything that came along with this time frame, I thought I would post something that I realized I never posted about way back when – our Save the Date card!

You may remember when I created a Save the Date card for my bridesmaids, but shortly thereafter, I put one together for all wedding guests to mark their calendars! Typically Save the Date cards go out about 6 months ahead of time. However, with our engagement photo shoot in October, ours went out a bit delayed, but I think it was well worth it for some amazing photos from one of my dearest friends!

Check out how our Save the Date design turned out. Considering I made it as a random tester one night on Powerpoint, I am pretty impressed!

Front

back

In case you’re interested in printing your own Save the Date cards, try out VistaPrint! They allow you to upload your own image and it is significantly cheaper than ordering them through other websites! I just printed them as postcards, added a little postcard stamp and off they went!

What have been neat Save the Date cards you have seen? I’d love to see!

Christmas Doormat

24 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! As many people prepare for a feast this afternoon and Christmas decorating beginning tomorrow, I am preparing for Christmas decorating beginning Dec. 16.

As we near the closing on the house, I am doing any little things that I can to make it “ours” right off the bat. Although we know decorating and re-doing furniture will be an endless process, there are a few things I have in mind that will make it home-y and Christmas-y for the holidays.

I found the first project on this blog and just couldn’t pass it up. I knew that I wanted a way to welcome people into our new home, have some Christmas cheer and to describe the sentiment of how blessed we are. What better word than “joy“?

Not only is this super easy and festive, it’s also $5, so don’t be surprised if I switch them out for each season!

You can find these doormats at Home Depot, which we actually came across while registering.

(Side note: Home Depot really should get with the technology times. We actually had to write out each UPC code for what we wanted to register for and then the employee had to hand-key it in. It was tiring. We also tried Lowe’s since the fiance wanted Kobalt tools, but Lowe’s doesn’t even have a registry at all. Wouldn’t that be a gold mine for hardware stores in this crafty/DIY age? I think so!)

anyway… You can find them at Home Depot. As I’ve done before with the Fun(d), I created a stencil out of paper. Since I didn’t have an Exacto knife handy, I just very meticulously cut out the letters with scissors. As per the original suggestion, I used American Typewriter Bold. Font size was 440, in case you’re wondering.

Once the letters were cut out, I placed them in the proper spot on the doormat and taped them down. I also had a little help from the fiance’s family’s dog, Katie. She is quite the crafty pup.

I found that the tape didn’t stick very well on the doormat material, so I improvised and decided to use a Sharpie with the stencil as an outline for the letters. Worked nicely!

Then, with a small paintbrush, I simply filled in the letter outline with black paint. Be sure to get the paint down into the texture of the material for the most success.

Now, I just can’t wait to place this on my new front porch complete with a wreath on the door and rocking chairs on the side. I’ll post once it’s set-up so you can see the final product!

What Christmas touch do you recommend for any home?

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!

Rehearsal Dinner Planning

18 Sep

About a week ago we hit the six month mark for the wedding. Six months! I can’t wait! Although six months usually means that the save the dates are being sent, we haven’t quite gotten there.

One of my close friends, Jessica, will be taking our engagement photos in early October, so we will work on those in the next month or so. Instead, we have been working on other details of the wedding and, particularly, the rehearsal dinner.

Well, let me rephrase that: Chip’s mom has been working on the rehearsal dinner. In fact, she wants it to be a complete surprise, so I’m pretty excited to see what she has been scheming up.

Now, if you know me at all, you know that I love to plan anything and everything. Therefore, it’s a little out of the ordinary for me to only know a couple things about the night, like:

1. It’s Spanish themed – since we met in Spain on our study abroad trip

2. It is at Chip’s house in Duluth

However, at home this weekend, Chip’s mom mentioned she has been having the hardest time finding an invite design for the dinner. Naturally, I stepped in. (Hey, it was my one chance to be involved!) She ultimately was thrilled because¬†this is what we came up with:

A flamenco dancer and guitar player. Both were scanned from a ceramic tile that Chip and I picked out for his mom in Spain.

Then I did some serious surgery (aka cutting very carefully) to create our very own Spanish themed invite.

Blacked out area is where the address will be...

I was so proud of the fact that I made this in Powerpoint in about an hour. Yes, Powerpoint. Also, I felt super nostalgic when I realized that the “&” symbol on the invite reminds me of this:

This is Sevilla’s symbol to say that “Sevilla has not left me.” It’s definitely true, considering it subconsciously came back in our Spanish themed rehearsal dinner invite!

Now that I have had my fill of helping plan the night, I can’t wait to see what it all looks like in the end!

So, what have you seen done for a rehearsal dinner in the past?

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!

Save the Date, Bridesmaids!

4 Sep

The bridesmaids are some of the most important people during the wedding planning process for the bride. Who else is going to listen to her talk about the difference between lime green and chartreuse or whether she should have pink peonies or pink roses? These are “major” decisions here that can only be made with the help of the go-to girls.

The question: how do you invite bridesmaids to be part of the wedding?

For me, I knew I wanted to ask in a way that wasn’t just going to entail a casual phone call. With my DIY obsession, I chose to create a “Save the Date” for my bridesmaids to be invited to a bridesmaids dress fitting.

So after much deliberation, I crafted up these for each of the 6 girls:

Since my bridesmaids live all over the US, I had to choose a time when the majority would be in town. My sister/MOH has already been fitted, as she lived in NYC, and my future sister-in-law had already been fitted since she lives in Athens. That left my college roommates.

There could not have been a better time to do so than the weekend of our engagement party (more to come later)! We had a blast yesterday morning and definitely made our decision on the dress and possibly the shoes. I’d call that success.

Now I can’t wait to see it all come together! Has anyone else seen great ideas for asking bridesmaids to be in the wedding? Do share!

The Yellow House

18 Aug

Now that my Hartford roommates have all moved away (and soon one will be moving to Italy!), I have a new home! It’s a sweet yellow cottage complete with a front porch and rocking chairs.

I am loving my new roommates: a senior UGA student who happens to be my little sis in AOPi and a 1st year pharmacy student who was in my pledge class. It’s amazing how quickly the house came together since we all had some sort of furniture or kitchen supplies from previous places.

Now for a tour and breakdown of my spaces.

My bedroom may be the smallest in the house, but I’m proud to say that I love it more than I could have expected. Cozy and organized (and right next to the kitchen…).

I’ve never had a bathroom of my own in my entire life, so this is a huge treat!

And thanks to my thrifty, professional organizer mom, my new bathroom hardly cost anything:

  • White rack – $3 from Goodwill
  • Shower curtain – $5 from the Marshall’s sale rack
  • Green dot rug (not shown) – Freecycled from a Hartford roommate
  • Green basket on toilet – Laying around in my basement
  • Green toilet paper basket for the floor (not shown) – Borrowed from the fianc√©’s little sister
  • Sunflower painting – hand-painted by my own sister

Total cost of the bathroom decor: $8! Don’t you just love that? Plus, does anyone else feel a bit of nostalgia when they look at that shower curtain? Reminds me of those hanging door beads I used to love in middle school, but a lot cooler.

And finally, a room to reckon with: the living room – complete with an incredible painting by Missy Cargo

Check out that detail:

The photo doesn't even do this painting's beauty justice.

Overall, I think our house has come together quite nicely, but it definitely needs a few little additions here and there. For example, the living room could really use a few little tidbits on those empty white (and wobbly) shelves in the corner. I see a DIY project in my future.

Any suggestions of something that might add a little pop of color? I’d love to give it a try!