We’ve been celebrating

The past few months have been a blur, but definitely not short on fun! Someone in our house turned thirty (I’m not telling who) so we threw a party, and one of my best friends is getting married, so of course a shower was in order! And you’ve got to love a southern California winter because,  both parties were outside in our backyard! We thought we’d share some fun party photos for your enjoyment.

// Rustic Gold Glitter Bridal Shower //

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I love the theme of rustic but fancy gold glitter and so I’m so excited to see what this wedding looks like! And of course, if you’re looking for some gold glitter dipped mason jars, you can find them in my ETSY shop HERE

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Don’t you just love the sweet shower favors that my friend made? They are manicure kits in a mason jar. They have cotton balls, nail polish remover, file, clippers, and of course gold glitter nail polish. Good idea, huh!

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Another hosting staple in our home are the mason jar drink dispensers from potterybarn. So glad we registered for them for our wedding! I can’t tell you how often we’ve used them! We also purchased the galvanized drink dispenser stands from there too. Oh and yes – that banner can be made CUSTOM in our ETSY shop HERE

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// Backyard 30th Birthday Party //

We decided to put the drinks in a wheelbarrow.

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Even the chickens wanted to join the party!

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For dessert, we had to have chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies. My very favorite chocolate cake recipe can be found here and the cookies…well that’s a family secret 🙂

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And of course, my husband figured out a way to hang these globe market lights we purchased for our rustic outdoor wedding 2 years ago, and I’m so happy that we can still use them for lighting in the backyard!

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And thanks to my sister-in-law for taking these lovely pictures of the party!

Happy Spring everyone!!

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DIY edible wedding favors and thank you’s

We have been busy with the wedding season in our etsy shop, loveinamasonjar! I love all the creative ideas brides have and I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of it! I wanted to share what we did for wedding favors for our fall wedding, in case anyone is in need of an edible DIY wedding favor idea!

Matt and I love chocolate chip cookies (Matt especially) so it seemed fitting to include them in our wedding, And my father-in-law makes the best chocolate chip cookies around. I mean – they really are the best. So we were so thankful when he was willing to make 250 chocolate chip cookies to use as our favors! They were such a hit, and we loved that it was something we both love, and it was a family recipe.

We were going with a kraft paper, brown paper bag look for the rest of our wedding, so we decided to use a brown paper bag with a custom stamp to hold the cookies for your guests. We had the stamp made for us at the same shop that did our invitations (see that post here) – Stampout online. This is what they looked like on our table.

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Don’t these cookies look delicious!!?

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And a close up of the stamp.

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We also wanted to include a thank you to our guests, as it was so special to us to have them all there to celebrate with us, so we incorporated that into our favor as well. The thank you card we made ourselves, and printed on kraft paper card stock we bought at Michaels.
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We decided to use a mini clothespin and attach the thank you to the hand cut napkins we made and put them at each place setting along with the cookie favor.

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For the napkins, we simply picked out different fabric patterns, and my moms and sisters hand cut each piece. We left them frayed because it was easier, and it was more “rustic” anyway! See – we couldn’t have done it with out family!!!!

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Every time I write these posts, I am reminded of how blessed we are, and what a wonderful family I am a part of! An amazing part of planning a wedding is the way families pull together to make it happen!

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!

DIY Handmade Valentine’s Day gifts

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Looking for some hand-made gift ideas for Valentine’s Day? I like the idea of Valentine’s day, but I don’t love the commercialism of it all, and the pressure I feel it puts on people. But I still like to celebrate those I love, so I enjoy making hand-made things! Here are some home-made gift ideas:

Jar of Love

All you need is {love}

..mason jar with ring..

…scrap of fabric..

..twine..

..letter stamps and ink..

..scraps of paper..

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This idea here is to cut scraps of paper (I used scraps of solid color wrapping paper) into long strips, and write things you love about that person on them!

Then roll them up and place them in the jar! I cup some scrap fabric into a square and stamped the word “LOVE” on to it for the lid. Then just  screw the silver ring on and add some twine or ribbon if you want! That’s it! A collection of thoughts and things you love about someone in a little jar! A Jar of Love!

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A second idea for a hand-made gift, particularly for a newlywed couple, is to display a “first dance” photo from your wedding in a frame with the lyrics from the song hand written around it.

First Dance Frame with Lyrics

All you need is:

..frame..

..first dance photo..

..song lyrics..

..sharpie..

..photo mat frame..

It’s so easy it doesn’t even need any instructions. Voila!
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Wedding week – DIY wedding craft parties and ideas!

One of my favorite parts of planning our wedding was how much our family pulled together to help!  We had many weekends of going to antique markets and craft days where we made the DIY parts of the wedding decor! You can really do a lot of things on your own, and in the end it is so gratifying to know that you did it!!

I’ve posted about the invitation before HERE, but we did make our own invitations using a large custom made stamp.  Here is my husband who stamped every single invitation and RSVP card!

We also cut our own burlap runners.  Here is how they started.And here is how they ended!A more detailed post about the table runners can be found HERE.
One of my favorite decor pieces was the burlap banners we made.
I love you brother 🙂 so glad you were having so much fun helping me! Don’t hate me for posting this photo!

We also wanted to use chalkboards for signage, but we found that it was much cheaper to just use old frames and paint them whatever color you prefer, and then use chalkboard paint to make the inside.

The last helpful thing we did – that I highly recommend – is a mock set up of our centepieces and extra tables (dessert table, drink table, gift table, guestbook table etc.) It helped to get a good idea of what we had and what we still needed.  That also made it a lot easier to sort things by table and organize and store it for easy set up!  Here are some of our mock table set ups…

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!

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 !!

loveinamasonjar photo shoot – the power of images

The more and more I do this ETSY / blog / pinterest / internet thing, the more I realize how important your images are. The better your photo, the more people will look at your blog or product. Unfortunately, I think sometimes people may not even read what you have to say and just look at your photo.

For my products I do what I can, but with a cannon elph or iPhone camera (and no skill), my photos are just okay… So in light of that, my dear friend and wonderful photographer Bethany Cissel (if you have not checked out her work you must – HERE) was kind enough to shoot a few of our products.

I can not describe how much I love these photos. Bethany is FANTASTIC. It is opening up a whole new world for me, feeling so much more professional and legitimate! Thanks Bethany!!