Baby showers: Tea Party and Fancy Brunch

I’m learning that with a newborn (and probably children of any age!)  it’s hard to get anything done that takes time! But as I post now, I have a sleeping baby on my chest, so I’ll squeeze some blogging in when I can! I wanted to share a post about the baby showers that were hosted for us, because they were both so lovely!!

We were blessed with 2 showers, 1 was a family shower hosted by my moms and sisters, and the other a friends shower by my best friend. Both were just perfect and I couldn’t have asked for more!

Gender Neutral Baby Shower Tea Party 

For the family shower we had a “tea party” theme. We had fruit and scones and coffee cake and of course coffee and tea. They decorated everything in tans and creams to keep it gender neutral and had beautiful flowers and mason jars. It was beautiful!!

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 Fancy Baby Shower Brunch 

For my other shower, it was at a beautiful resort outside for brunch near the pool. It was a smaller group, so we had a special little menu and cabana and were able to decorate the table. It was so pretty and fancy. I felt so pampered!!

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Mason Jar Wedding Centerpiece DIY – Part 2

Last week I started a post on DIY mason jar wedding centerpieces and I’m here now to bring you Part 2! I mentioned before about collecting your supplies and making a plan, but then its a waiting game until the wedding weekend.

Then all you have to do is get your flowers and assemble! Schedule some time before the wedding and get some helpers! We assembled all our centerpieces and ceremony aisle decor on the Friday afternoon before the rehearsal. And since everyone was coming in for the rehearsal, my bridesmaids and friends and family were all there to help!

Have a flower assembly party! All you need is…

..water..

..bleach.. (to keep the water clean and flowers fresh)

..scissors..

..newspaper..

..vases and flowers!..

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As you can see, we laid out all the mason jars and flowers to get an idea of what we had. We did a mock set up of each of the designs. We had 3 versions, the pint size jars for the aisle decor at the ceremony (which we had hanging on shepherds hooks), and the half-gallon jars and quart sizes in pairs for the reception centerpieces.

Then it was a mass assembly line! In the end, you might have left overs, or some will look slightly different, but you can’t really go wrong with fresh flowers and mason jars! Then we were able to leave the pre-assembled jars at the location over night, ready for set up the next day! By the way, did I mention who we had as day of coordinators?? Check out Megan Elise Events and Fox and Bear ! They were both amazing and we couldn’t have done it with out them!

Here is what we ended up with – photos courtesy of my wonderful photographer – Bethany Cissel

Mason Jar Wedding Centerpiece DIY – Part 1

It’s beginning to feel like spring in the air and that means wedding season is coming! We are attending 2 weddings this month, and I’m excited! I just love what a wedding means, and it makes me reminisce about our wedding! In that spirit, I thought I’d share a little DIY post on making your own wedding centerpieces!

I’ve mentioned before about doing your own bridal party bouquets – see that post HERE – but we also did all the flowers for our centerpieces and flowers for the ceremony! It is actually pretty easy (and budget friendly!) so long as you have wonderful bridesmaids and friends to help! And it just takes a little planning.

First thing to do is – think about your tables.  Do you have long picnic style table, or rounds? How many? This will help you to determine how many set of centerpieces you will need.

Then decide what kind of centerpiece you want. Vases, flowers, candles, etc. And you do want anything on them, like burlap or lace, or ribbon? Sometimes the number of sets you will need will also help determine what your centerpieces will look like.

Once you have determined these things, you can start collecting your supplies!

We had long picnic style tables (4 rows that were 40 feet long!) I think we had five 8 foot tables in a row. That meant I needed 20 sets of centerpieces for the guests. But don’t forget about the head table! We decided to use the bouquets as the flowers for that and we put them in crates.

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Don’t know what I was excited about, but it looks fun!

ANYWAY – 20 sets of centerpieces. We decided to do mason jars (half-gallon and quart sizes) with flowers and some with candles. You might also want to set up a few mock tables before to see what they look like and make sure you know how much you will need.
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Once you have collected all your vases (or in our case mason jars), you just have to think about how many flowers you want to go in each and what types. I had no preference on flowers, and we didn’t really have wedding “colors” I just knew I liked natural colors, and more natural types of flowers, as opposed to roses. Sadly, I don’t remember the names of the flowers we ended up getting, but this is what they looked like!
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To figure out how many flowers you want in each vase, I’d recommend making a sample arrangement.  If you can’t get the same flowers as you want in the wedding, just get some that are similar in size so you can get a feel for how much you need.

You’ll also need to think about WHERE you want to get the flowers, WHEN you want to get them, and WHO will get them. For us, we had the LA Flower Mart nearby, we picked them up on Thursday morning (for a Saturday wedding), and I went with my mom, mother-in-law, and a friend who knows the flower mart. It worked out perfect, and the flowers held up great in buckets in the garage for a few days.

So once you know what you want and have all your supplies, you just have to wait until the wedding to get the flowers and put them together!

Stay tuned for a post on that next!! Happy Weekend!

Using rustic antique pieces to make craft organization a part of your decor

Happy New Year everyone! This time of year I always get the urge to go through my things, organize and purge. How about you? I’ve recently been working on how to best utilize our space in our second bedroom – that functions as our guest room, garage, office, and my craft room. Which has been quite challenging! The space gets most often used by me and my etsy projects, so I tried to make my supplies as accessible as possible, without making it look like the crafts are taking over. I decided to make the way I stored things a part of the decor. Here is what I came up with!

Using clothespins and wooden spools to wrap my ribbon and fabric scraps and placing them in large mason jars.
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Using pretty baskets to store fabric and scraps.  And check out my vintage sugar and coffee tins that I found at a garage sale! Those hold all my adhesives and office supplies! You’d never know! 🙂

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Turning coke crates right side up makes for a great wall piece and creates slots to organize pretty pieces like my bakers twine, washi tape and tag collection.  Use short mason jars to fit in the slots too!

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And I found this lovely card organizer at the long beach antique market and decided I would just put my card collection on display!

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And I love this piece we received as a wedding gift from pottery barn. It’s been a great way to organize crafts and it looks great hanging on the wall! Again, using mason jars in a slotted piece gives each item its place!

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I know this space of ours will constantly change, but for now it’s working pretty well! Happy organizing!!

7 ideas for Rustic Christmas Decorating Fun!

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Although Christmas is now over and I’m sure you’ve already taken down your Christmas decor, I wanted to share with you his post that was started pre-Christmas, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and finish it!

I wanted to share with you some fun decorating ideas that we did this year! I decided that since we already have so many antique, vintage pieces in our house anyway, this year we should incorporate them into Christmas decor! Which actually saved us time and money because we didn’t have to purchase any thing!

I’m talking, simple things like fake snow and candles in mason jars…so fun and easy!

2) Or using a coke crate to make a centerpiece with candle filled mason jars. Add greenery and pinecones in-between and it’s a beautiful rustic centerpiece!

3) We we also used mason jars in our kitchen filled with holly berries!

4) We had an old ladder that we usually keep all our blankets on, but this year we put those away and added burlap and lace stockings to add to the rustic charm.

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5) And notice how we stacked our crates and antiques in the corner to add a little scene with all the presents.

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6) And of course I love the way you can customize chalkboards to the season to add the the decor!

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7) We love this mini christmas tree in a galvanized bucket too!!

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And although this is a bit late, maybe this will inspire you for next Christmas! Pin and save for future reference! 🙂

Happy New Year everyone!!

Wedding week – Vintage Prop Shopping

I cant believe it’s almost been a year since Matt and I were married. Time flies when your having fun I guess! I thought since we will be celebrating our one year anniversary this week, I’d feature some wedding posts about the DIY projects we haven’t featured yet from our wedding.

First up: PROP SHOPPING. I had a ton of fun scouring antique markets, flea markets and garage sales for perfect wedding decor with friends and family.  We were mainly looking for crates, mason jars, large frames, a mailbox, chalk boards and little knick knacks that gave a rustic, homey feel.

This was a corner of my bedroom before the wedding – ha!
Here are some photos of our finds and how we used them…
We used slotted coke crates for displaying our cupcakes and apple crates as stands to add height for our dessert and drink table displays. To order the banner shown click HERE!

Chalkboards were great ways to direct guests, give them options, and welcome them!


Our guestbook table was a combo of coke crates, mason jars, chalkboards, a type writer and even an old mailbox!


We also looked for old signs and large frames to use for our photo booth! It was so fun to see our guests use the open frames to take fun pictures!
My dad painted this sign for me.  I love the photo above.

And of course, we collected mason jars for our centerpieces.  All shapes and sizes to use as vases and candleholders.
And now we have a ton of rustic antique decor for our home! We use the mason jars, coke crates, frames, and chalkboards to decorate!

Next up – behind the scenes wedding craft parties!! Talk to you soon!

Fall Wedding Trend – Burlap and Lace

At our wedding we used 40 foot long tables for our guests at the reception, instead of the traditional round tables. It made it feel more like a large family picnic which is exactly what we were going for. Because of the long tables, we decided to use classic white linens with long burlap table runners. And although we got married almost a year ago it’s fun to see that the burlap trend has continued for rustic weddings, especially for those in the fall. Since it is FINALLY starting to cool down and feel like fall here I thought we could talk BURLAP!! Burlap table runners, burlap wrapped bouquets, burlap and lace mason jars, and burlap and lace placemat centerpieces!

First things first, burlap table runners!  To make really long runners (like these pictured) you can purchase whole rolls of burlap from places like Joann’s fabric for a decent price (and don’t forget they have coupons online!). They will cut it to whatever length you want but it will be really wide, and so we found that cutting it into thirds makes for perfect width for table runners (about 15 inches wide). Your table lengths will determine what length you’d like them to cut the fabric.  If they are really long (like ours) it will be quite a task to cut it into thirds, but if you have a long table, you can lay it out in sections and use a tape measurer and chalk to mark the section. Make sure you have a good pair of scissors to cut the fabric since burlap can be kinda rough.  The good thing is, burlap is forgiving since it is already frayed, so if you are a little off, no one will notice!!

Next burlap wedding idea…burlap wrapped bouquets!

Burlap can be a great detail to use to wrap your bouquets with!  If they are first wrapped with floral wire, then it’s easy to wrap any material around!  You can either cut from burlap that you already have to the width of the stems, or you could also find burlap rolls (like these HERE) that is a great width for bouquets.  To secure the material around the stems, you can use twine and wrap it several times (we wrapped it pretty wide) and then tie at the end! 

Burlap can also be great as decor on mason jars for centerpieces!  We didn’t use these at our wedding, but if we had more time I bet we would have!  I actually created these for my ETSY shop because I thought they would make great vases or candle holders!  You can use any combination of lace, burlap, and twine to make beautiful creations!  Just use glue! If you want to order these, Click Here!

Another option for your tables that provides a more romantic, shabby chic feel, are burlap and lace runners, or place mats!  You can always add lace to the ends of the burlap runners you cut, or cut smaller pieces into place mat size (mine are 12 inches square with 2 inch lace on either side).  The place mats can be used to go under centerpieces for round tables!

Just add a little lace trim to the ends of the burlap and you’re done!

If you’d like to order the burlap and lace runners or place mats that are pictured above you can find them HERE!

DIY Distressing Wood Technique

Hello there! If you’ve been looking at pinterest lately and have any interest in distressing wood, you have probably heard of the apple cider vinegar and steel wool technique… Well, if you haven’t tried it yet, let me tell you… IT WORKS!

All you need is:
..any kind of wood (even brand new)..
..steel wool..
..apple cider vinegar..

1) Pour a cup or so of apple cider vinegar into a bowl
2) Place a piece of steel wool in the vinegar (let it soak up the liquid)
3) Rub the wool over the wood evenly
4) Let the wood dry!

I tried it for a little project and here are my results! Pretty cool and so easy! Gotta love science!
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Our Fall Fairytale Wedding – featured on loveandlavender.com

I’m so excited to share that our wedding has been featured on the blog loveandlavender.com !! I suppose it’s about time to share some photos of our wedding (since it was last November!), so here you are!  It’s perfect timing, because I have been getting the itch for fall to come and this reminds me of what we have to look forward to.  This blog has super cute ideas and features lots of other wonderful, beautiful weddings.  Thanks Love and Lavender!! Check out the post HERE !!

pretty packaging, kraft paper, stamps and tags

Have you ever purchased something from Anthropologie? Do you notice how well they create the “experience” when buying something?  It’s the little things that make a gift or item you purchase a special treat…And paying attention to packaging makes all the difference.

For instance the logo masking tape they use to secure the tissue paper.
And the matching classic, simple and stylish bag.
And at the holidays they always provide the best boxes and some type of creative ribbon where you basically don’t even have to wrap the present!

I love the simple kraft paper boxes and the shoe lace ribbon. Doesn’t all the extra effort they put into packaging make you want to shop there more?

I really wanted to make my products have the same feel when you open them – more of an experience of receiving something and incorporate some branding… So I started to think about what I could do (and still stay on a budget)…

Remember the Anthropologie masking tape?  I did try to see if I could order some of my own, but it was super expensive.  So, I decided to make it…and here’s how…

First, one of the best decisions I made was to purchase a logo stamp.  I used my favorite local stamp company stampoutonline and sent the a .jpeg of my “logo” and they made it into a stamp!  Super easy and super fast.

And you know what you can do with a logo stamp?! Anything!  So I purchased cheap masking tape at home depot and then got my stamp on!I use it to secure bubble wrap for signs and mason jars…And for tissue paper when I ship burlap banners…
I also wanted to have kraft paper tags to create a thank you card for each purchase. There are some super cute tags out there, but you can also make your own! I did using kraft paper,scissors, a hole punch and reinforcement holes! Just decide on a size and make a “template” and then cut the tags out! Use a hole punch to put a hole in the top, and put reinforcement tabs on either side! And there you go – and you can stamp anything on them!  Basic shipping tags from an office store are also a great alternative…

I had found a great mason jar stamp (at Michaels!) when I was planning my wedding, that I’ve since used for my logo. What do you think?
To affix the tags to your product you can use anything, but I  love bakers twine or even regular twine.

And the final product…

…Not that mine compares with Anthropologie, but they inspired me to think about packaging!