Saturday, March 29, 2014

Rainy Day video

Thought I'd share with you a video of my my latest purchases. 

As soon as the weather is better I will take proper photos!

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Ps- this video is completely unedited. I'm being brave. 


Wedding Crafts

Going into the wedding I had a lot of grandiose ideas about all of the crafting I would get done and all of the things I would make myself for our big day.  Pinterest inspired me to take on about a billion different projects and tasks, and thanks to a lot of help from family and friends we were able to complete quite a few of them.  (ps- it doesn't hurt that, like me, all of my closest friends have a college degree in art!)

Then our wedding date did this really nasty thing- it totally crept up on me! Between moving into our house, the wedding, and the holidays my plate was totally full. I had to decide which projects were most important to me, and focus my time and energy on those.

The centerpieces and flowers topped the list. Not only was I most excited about this project, but the amount of money it saved us was awesome!!

The tricky thing about taking on the responsibility of flowers is that while it may sound like a relatively small job, flower are EVERYWHERE in a wedding.  Everywhere.   

I went up to Pennsylvania two days before the wedding along with my Mom, Mare, and two bridesmaids and we assembled all of the centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres.  We brought all of the greenery from home in 4 huge trash bags and we had pre-made all of the flowers in small batches in the months leading up to the wedding.  All we had to do in the hotel meeting room was arrange the mercury glass vases (also made ahead of time), bouquets and boutonnieres. 

It wasn't until 9 pm on our wedding eve that I realized that we hadn't made the cake topper yet- something I wanted to make using the same greenery and flowers as the centerpieces. Thankfully, we had a hotel room full of our wedding party and my girls helped me bust them out with little stress. 

In the end, I LOVE how everything turned out. Not only did I get to spend a lot of creative time with friends and family, but I also saved us tons of money! In total I think I spent about $200 on all of the supplies I needed for ALL centerpiece/flower decor. We had 20 table centerpieces, 5 bouquets, 7 boutonnieres. I can't even do the math on that- I just know it's AMAZING. 

I should also mention that we made the table numbers, frames, and favors that you will see in the images below. Enjoy!

 Three boutonniere. Made with tissue paper flowers and live greenery.

 bouquets, made with silver christmas bulbs, handmade flowers and greenery. 

 A "thank you" card greeted each guest at their seat, along with their favor box.  I used silver pipe cleaners to create a monogram that embellished each card. 

 Great view of the mercury glass vases!

 My friend Annie has beautiful handwriting, so she helped me address all the seating cards. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Big Update

Hello out there! Hello 2014! Hello Spring!!
I'm going to ignore the fact that it's been over 6 months since I've blogged and just jump right in :)

So much is new with us:
-we married! (lots of details on that to follow)
-we moved into a house 3 weeks before the wedding (insane)
-I've reopened my etsy store and have been stocking it like a mad woman
-we are planning our honeymoon for June
-I turned 31 last week, and Joe will catch up next month (ps- I am thrilled to be 31. Each year gets better and better)
-we're/I am doing lots of renovations and home projects while Joe works on the weekends

Basically life has settled down for us and remains chaotic all at the same time. We are both very happy newlyweds, and although it sounds really weird to say- I finally feel like myself again. No more wedding stress. No more snow storms here in the northeast. And no more moving stress. Life is good, and I'm excited to document it again :)

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

From Miss to Mrs.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Tissue Paper Flower Video Tutorial

Hi Everyone! I'm so excited to introduce a new blog feature- video tutorials!

It's something I've wanted to do for a long time but taking on the feature felt very intimidating. There were so many new things I needed to learn in order to upload a single video, but luckily it all turned out to be a little easier than I thought. More time consuming, but less complicated!

Anyway, there are a lot of details to be ironed out and lots more to learn but I'm on my way and I look forward to making more.
Please click the link below to view and enjoy the video tutorial on how I'm creating all of the tissue paper flowers that are included in our wedding centerpieces.  I hope you like it!

The link will take you to my YouTube channel which will be the home of all my future videos :)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A French Flower

Although I so rarely find myself buying decor items anymore, I do come across an occasional piece that I know I have to have. A piece I know I will regret not owning when Joe and I move into our house. 
This was one of those pieces.
 I walked past this metal flower sculpture in a showcase at a local antique mall and it was love at first sight.  Standing about about 8 inches tall, I love the nest of roots at the bottom, the details of each leaf, the creamy white paint of the flower itself, and the bud that dangles to one side.  After falling in love with the piece I was relieved to see the $18 price tag and knew that it was meant to come home with me!
 From the moment I saw the flower I felt that it belonged under a glass cloche to create the perfect "specimen" look that is so popular right now! 
For now this beauty will sit on my dresser among my collection of mercury glass and apothecary jars. One day soon I will find the perfect home to display it and I will be so thrilled I didn't walk away from this piece :)
Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Coffee Date

These last few weeks have been a complete whirlwind that have gone by in the blink of an eye.  And the funny thing is; most of the people I've talked to lately are saying the same thing. Maybe it's a strange coincidence, or maybe it's because summer is nearing the end (more likely), but whatever the reason- life just feels chaotic. 

I got back from NYC late last week, and just as I suspected it was mostly work, work, work. I did venture up to time square one night but other then eating at a handful of amazing restaurants most of time time was spent in our lovely Lotus Jewelry Studio booth or inside my awesome Yotel hotel room. 
Luckily, this show was a smashing success and that gave us the extra boost of energy we needed to work the late show hours and talk to all of our customers. 

Mom moved into her new, beautiful home while I was away and I finally got to see it on Friday night. It is a victorian style home and has so much charm! High ceilings, huge mantles, and a magnolia tree in the back yard...  I can't wait to see the place when she's completely settled in and hope there are some shopping trips in our future! So far, it's looking fabulous!

I spent some time today making a back drop for photography at my bench. I feel like space is very limited now, and while we live here I'm not able to make some of the adaptations I'd like to the walls- so I had to get creative and finally found a use for all of the ephemera I've been hoarding for years. I simply started layering and kept going until I like the result!
You can see it in the back drop of this photograph... more on this project later!
Hope you guys have a great week! Maybe it won't go by in a flash we'll get to relax a bit... maybe!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Catching up and I'm off!

Just popping in to say hi and catch up quickly! We'll call it a non-sunday coffee date :)

I've just finished packing my bags for a work trip to NYC. I leave tomorrow very early and I'll be in the big apple all week. These trips to NYC are fairly routine for me now as I go twice a year for the same market show. What makes the summer trips better than winter time is that it's still light out when we leave the convention center at 7pm. It helps me get my second wind and ups the chance that I'll see something other than the Javits Center, my hotel room, and take out restaurants. We'll see, but no promises!

I've been wedding crafting as much as possible and having a great time doing it! I plan on doing a video tutorial of my latest project and you can look for that next weekend.  I've been inspired to do a vlog post since I started watch my youtube video gurus, and now is a great time since I've been DIYing so much for the wedding. Hopefully people want to see it!

Speaking of wedding, we got our first shower gift in the mail yesterday. EXCITING!! Now I get to use some of these beautiful "thank you" notes I've been stashing away! Speaking of wedding gifts, I had a girls night last week with Sue and she prepared both a cheese and chocolate fondue for us. Oh. My. Gosh. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. It's such a fun idea and so delicious! I promptly added a fondue set to our registry. :)

My mom is moving into her new house while I'm gone and I can't wait to see it! I feel horrible that I wont be home to help her move but I am looking forward to the "unveiling" next weekend. I know she will do a fabulous job decorating and her excitement is contagious and so well deserved!

Joe and I have also come up with some moving plans of our own. We have decided that we'll start looking at places for a mid-November/December 1st move in. Yes, it is a mere week away from our wedding date, and yes, things will already be "stressful enough", but it's time. It does mean sacrificing some things we have been really enjoying since living with the inlaws, but that gets outweighed by the happiness of living independently.  I know I'd like to start my married life off on the right, independent foot, and thats ultimately how we arrived at that decision.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and check me out on instagram to see photos from my trip!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Wedding Decor and Favors

I spent part of the weekend at Mares house relaxing, escaping, and catching up with her.  Life is about to get incredibly hectic and I wanted to make sure we got some QT in before my "month of insanity" starts.  Her house is so tranquil, peaceful and calming that getting to spend any time there is truly like an escape from every day life and stress. It's perfection!

In addition to catching up, drinking champagne, and relaxing we did a ton of wedding stuff! Mainly sourcing the supplies we need for centerpieces and favors, as well as completing the trial run for the actual centerpieces.  Take a look at this beauty: 
It features a DIY mercury glass vase (which doesn't show well), fresh evergreens and a variety of hand made flowers. On a whim we decided to add a few silver/pewter glass ornaments to the arrangement, and I love the the way they look.  Not too kitschy- but just right! We will most definitely be adding those to the arrangements! I have many more photos of the two different arrangements we made, but I'd like to share them with you later, when I'm focusing on all of the floral wedding details. 

As I said, we also tackled the wedding favors.  

I must admit- I wasn't even planing on having wedding favors, and here's why; 1. even the "cheapest" favors add up quickly when your buying for 150 people. 2.  I don't want to give cheap wedding favors. 3. Do people really remember what favors they got at each wedding they have attended, or are favors one of the judging factors of a wedding? No.

Anyway, all that went out the window when we realized our decor could do double duty as wedding favors too! Any budget conscious bride will appreciate how wonderful it feels to stay on budget, get the decor look your dreaming up, and send their guest home with a little "thank you"!  
(** if you are attending our wedding and don't want to know what the favor is, then stop reading!**)

Part of our already planned decor includes using a handful of these DIY mercury glassed votives at each table.  I got the clear glass votives here  (for 33 cents each- score!) and we applied the finish ourselves which included rimming the edge with silver german glass glitter which ties in other features of our decor.  I love them, but wasn't thrilled that I'd have to make about 100 votives to be used on the 15 tables we have. Then it hit us... if we make 50 more then we planed the votives can be the favors! YESSSS! Being a very sentimental person, I loved the idea right away, imagining couples burning their very in-right-now mercury glass votives and thinking back to our wedding every time they look at it.  At least that's my hope :)  
Then, it felt like the stars aligned when I realized that months ago my mom had purchased 150 of these so-cute favor boxes for the wedding when we found them on sale at TJ Maxx. (is it obvious yet how much I love a good deal?) And while they they are too small for the votives, they do fit 3 small tea light refills perfectly! Done and done.  We picked up those bulk tea light bags at Hobby Lobby and got to work filling 150 boxes. Then we focused on embellishing the boxes to fit with our wedding theme. 
Each guest will have this sweet little box waiting at their seat which holds three tea lights and a note that thanks them for coming and asks them to please take a glass votive from the table at the end of the night. 

Each of the boxes will be embellished with silver satin ribbon and sprigs of natural boxwood that has been jazzed up with splashes of german glass glitter. 

In the end I still know a favor is just a favor, and many of these may end up in the trash. Mercury glass isn't everyones look and I understand that. Most importantly I think these favors truly represent our wedding and the aesthetic guests will find at our wedding.  We put a lot of love and attention into each of these little favors and I know that will be noted and appreciated. I'm thrilled that while I may not have a lot of money in the "favor" budget, I've certainly got time and love to give and I think these favors highlight that!