Thursday, November 22, 2012

Once again, I have fallen trap to the lures of Pinterest. But I am so excited by how cute this turned out. I will just let the picture do the talking. You are looking at my sweet great nephews who are exactly one year apart in age and actually share the same birthday. (Isaac (big brother) and Ian (little brother). My sister took the pictures while I set them up and trust me it wasn't easy. But could you just die of cuteness overload!?!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

 Well, I am once again sitting on my couch completely exhausted from a day of party planning. It seems I am getting more and more calls from friends to help with baby showers, birthday parties, and so on. I am enjoying all the planning but i seem to melt down the day of. Not sure if I'm quite ready to make a career out of it yet. Here are a few pictures from the baby shower that I helped to throw a friend of mine who had a beautiful little boy on Oct. 30th. Welcome to the world little Easton. That's another thing I am also wondering if I will ever get to throw a baby shower where the baby doesn't make an early appearance? Hmmm... so far I'm 3 for 3.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

I guess my new favorite thing to do is to paint wood signs. I have decided though that I would rather paint a hundred signs with the scroll type lettering than just 1 with block lettering. I guess it's the straight lines that get me. Anyway this one is the latest, it is a sign that I painted for my friend who is expecting a little boy.  I thought since she was doing the shower in the nautical theme that she was also doing the nursery that way as well, but guess what,... I was wrong. It's okay she will use it somewhere else, she loved it.  I ran across a great deal on scrap wood at the Home Depot so I only have 50 cent invested. You gotta love that right! 
Original idea found at

Friday, October 5, 2012

I want to share my latest project(s) with you. I couldn't be happier in how it turned out. The idea kind of started with Pinterest but I changed it around a little to work for me. I stared out thinking I was going to use  shipping pallet wood. I am in love with all the great things you can make with shipping pallets and spend practically no money. During a visit to the Home Depot I ran across a whole pile of wood pieces that were marked down to 50 cent so I took advantage of a great deal and it saved me from having to break apart the pallets. My sweet husband put the slats of wood together for me and made it suitable for hanging. Then it was my turn, let me tell you it was a lot of work. These are not letters cut out with a Cricut although you could do that. These letters were hand painted and what better words to paint than the words to my favorite Elvis song. The pictures on either side were a Pinterest project as well. I had pictures printed out at my local UPS store (11 X 17 was the largest size they could print) and modge podged them on a wooden board. (remember to paint the edges) I'm just thrilled with how it all turned out. Oh I almost forgot, the shelf was originally intended to be a shipping pallet but my husband had the day off and was undoubtedly a little bored because he went one step further and created me a masterpiece with scrap wood he had laying around. I Love it!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Thanks to my beautiful friends for reading this stupid blog and showing me your support. I would love for you to comment on anything that you like or I also accept any constructive criticism that is offered. I love you all! B

This will be my final post for the night I promise. Let me just say that I am posting these next pictures without permission from the guests so I really hope they don't get angry. I wanted to share a few pics from the photo boot. Again these were taken by other guests. Because the wedding took place on a Civil War battleground the stocks that were used on site for tourists to enjoy were the perfect photo booth prop. Unfortunately we have no good pictures to share but you can see how it was a good idea to start with right...? Oh my, I want to choke my sister right now!!! GRRR!

I would be here all night if I talked about every single detail of this wedding but here are a couple more. If you don't listen to anything else I tell you please do this when planning an event. PERSONAL TOUCHES, PERSONAL TOUCHES, PERSONAL TOUCHES!!! (1) We "clothes pinned" old family pictures that were wedding or couple related. The guests had a blast going down memory lane together and laughing at some of the old hair styles. (2) My mother (the bride's grandmother) is currently battling Alzheimers. She wanted to help with the wedding plans so we sat her down to a sewing machine and she sewed nearly a hundred dinner napkins for us. We cut and ironed them and she happily sewed the edges down. I added a tea stained note explaining that if you noticed that your napkin was a little crooked or not sewn quite so straight it was because Amelia's grandmother, whom she was named after, was so excited to have been able to do her part for the wedding. It reminded them that September was Alzheimers awareness month so please remember those battling this disease as well as the families going through it with them. 
Let me tell you people that I have thrown together many, many parties with favors, and this was the first time that I literally could not find any left over to save for myself. Every single napkin favor was taken home along with the heartfelt note that was tucked inside. Guests are still talking about it. 
Without argument the piece of the night was the bar. The groom built the bar out of shipping pallets. Not only were we thrifty but we were being green and recycling as well. I didn't get a good picture of it either. Partly because my photographer sucked also because the piece fit so well in the space most people thought it belonged there. He went above and beyond on this project. I also want to share a picture of  the birdseed favors that the bride made herself. Aren't they just precious. She gets her craftiness from me... LOL!

Here are a few random shots of the reception that you may enjoy, (1) I am so proud of my beautiful pennant that was hung inside the tent (that no good pictures were taken of), (2) my ten dollar antique dresser with the beautiful antique quilt that was amazingly enough in our wedding colors (that no good pictures were taken of), (3) and the burlap chair signs that just described our bride and groom to a T (which no good pictures were taken of). I am so sorry that these are the only shots I have to show you, these pictures really don't do it justice(to say the least).

Next, I want to show you the beautiful drinking glass display. Another Pinterest idea of course but I cannot take credit for this project. My friend's husband loaned this to me, he made it with the intention of being a cupcake stand for his daughters birthday party, I saw the idea on Pinterest and immediately called to see if I could borrow it. I made a sign to tell everyone what they were to do and bought some generic tags from Walmart so they could tag their glass. Of course the devil is in the details so I literally stood up and hand dyed each tag in a tea bath to give them the same rustic look that the rest of the wedding had. It turned out great. 

Moving right along to the reception, our theme was basicly rustic, vintage, with a little bit of sparkle. We used a lot of burlap,we ripped fabric instead of cutting it, we painted wood bright shiny white and then distressed it. All of our table centerpieces were different. We had a general layout with off white doilies, aged books, and handmade centerpiece trees but apart from that every single table was different and unique. So much so that I had to take a picture of each table to know how they went back together. What is a centerpiece tree you ask? Well let me just tell you that they were the topic of much debate. The groom hated them, my husband hated them, and countless members of our family hated them. But the bride LOVED them. So who do you think won out? Yep, your right. One of the funniest moments of the wedding planning was when the bride was telling her future mother in law about her beautiful centerpieces that were practically free. "So we took some branches that we found in the woods and we quickcreted them in some old soup cans and glued paper butterflies to them." The look on her mother in law's face had to be horrific. I for one think they turned out great. We wanted something tall and substantial but needed something within our budget. All the little dodads that are surrounding were just small yardsale finds.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

And here are a few random pictures with highlights from the ceremony. If you see anything that your interested in knowing how it was done, please don't hesitate to message me. Almost every single aspect of this wedding was handmade by either myself, the bride, or the groom. I jokingly say we were being posh and not even trying because what was not made was purchased second hand and reused. Very VERY little was purchased new.

So were still kind of talking about the ceremony so next I want to show you the beautiful handmade program display. But due to my sister's inability to take pictures...!!!...grrr... (this is me stewing)  I can't do that! So I'm going to have to ask you to use your imagination. Picture this, the groom (sweet as he is) made, yes made with his own two little hands a beautiful wooden bench to sit outside of the church to sit the programs on. But that's not all he did. He carved their initials into the bench. The idea was to have a great photo opp with the bouquet laying on the bench. Are you dying!?! Now do you know why I want to kill her? I did manage to take a picture of the bench that the couple now have sitting on their front porch. You may swoon now.

We had a few surprises for the groom that we wanted to just watch his expression as he saw them. This was one of my favorite projects. The idea of course was found on pinterest (as with most everything else) but I added my little touch to it to make it mine. There are not really any directions to make this sign, it's pretty self explanatory. I basiclly used stencils to mark out my words "Last Chance to Run", painted the letters with acrylic paint and glued the burlap onto a dowel rod that had been wrapped with ribbon. I then just tied every piece of purple ribbon that I owned to the handles to add some "pretty". I even glued fabric flowers to add a little color but that could be replaced with artificial flowers or omitted entirely. The hardest part was cutting that darn burlap in a straight line. Oh, and remember to put something under your burlap while painting so it doesn't bleed through. By the way, isn't my nephew ADORABLE!!! I will try to add another shot later that may give a clearer picture. Keep checking back.

So my niece's wedding is over and things have finally calmed down around here. It was such an amazing experience. I learned some very valuable lessons (both good and bad) in wedding planning.  But, she and her new husband were ecstatic with how everything came out and so was I. If you know me you have probably heard me screaming since the wedding that my (and please know that I am saying this with every ounce of sarcasm I can muster) dear and beloved sister who was the photographer took absolutely no pictures of the decorations that I made by hand and put so much hard work into making. The pictures that I am posting were literally taken by guests that attended the wedding and were nice enough to email them to me. But like my mother always said, "there's no use crying over spilled milk". I will however remind her daily of her slip up, every day for the rest of her natural life, (and I'm not even joking... EVERY SINGLE DAY...)

This is one of the mason jars that hung on a shepherd's hook that lined the isle. I started by wrapping wire around the mouth of the jars several times winding in some colorful beads while doing so. I then made the wire into a loop to hang from the shepherd's hook. I roughly tied a mixture of ripped fabric scraps, burlap, and ribbon on the top of the wire and filled the jars with artificial flowers, eucalyptus, and moss at the bottom to hide the flower stems. We went with artificial flowers for cost reasons but you could certainly use real flowers just put water in the jars instead of moss. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

I used the same technique of white paint and antiquing glaze on the screen divider. I actually used it on a lot of projects that you will see later. The screens were a yard sale find. I made two screen dividers (One white and one purple) out of bifolding closet doors that I purchased for $12.00 I painted them and put them back together with hinges. A trick that I found on Pinterest was to make the hinges look rusty and old soak them in vinegar overnight. They will look great. I am hoping to hang pictures of all different sizes for a photo display.
My favorite favorite favorite craft of the entire wedding is the directional sign. Because the wedding site is a historical site we are limited to what we can do on the grounds so we made it to stand on it's own with out having to be driven into the ground. I bought a cheap piece of thin plywood that you can buy at Lowes (come in smaller pieces so you don't have to buy a whole piece of plywood.) and the post was purchased in the same section. I'm sorry I don't know the correct terminology for the wood I just looked at the size, smoothness and thickness of the board, and of course (you know me) price. I bought the cheapest thing I could find. I probably have around $10.00 in this sign including the paint. They have small paint sample buckets available at Lowes for about 3.00. You pick a color just like if you were picking out a color for your walls. It was enough to do all the projects I needed for the wedding and I still have some left over. The white paint was some that I already had. Once I painted the words on the sign I used an antiquing glaze over everything and made it look distressed. It is definitely one of my favorite crafts I've ever made. 
Ok, the wedding is two weeks away and I thought I would post a couple more sneek peeks at what is to come. Because our bride and groom are doing everything but a traditional wedding I thought the small things would be what would make this wedding special. I wanted to incorporate all of the elements in a traditional wedding and add a little twist to make it personal. This is a good example of that. The traditional chair signs would usually say something like, MR. & MRS. or Bride & Groom, I've even seen them say His & Hers. If you know our bride you know our version was most fitting to her personality. (I did steal this idea from so check out their version as well) The hardest part was cutting the darn burlap in a straight line. I made the flowers from scrap fabric but you could use silk flowers or lace or pretty much anything your mind could come up with. I just painted the words with acrylic craft paint and stencils. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

One of my favorite projects actually ended up costing nothing. I made a  banner out of paper I had laying around the house and this suitcase was a freeby at a yard sale. I had never made a banner quite like this one before. I had always just made them flat and one dimensional. For this I used the "folded fan" technique over a sturdy cardboard circle covered in decorative paper, I glued the letters on top of the fan and tied them together with scraps of ribbon. I think it turned out great. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The overall theme of the wedding has sort of evolved over the last few months. I knew I wanted it to be vintage, a little old and rustic, but still have a splash of sparkle here and there. I really think I have achieved that "feel" that I was going for. However, the one thing I did not expect it to be is "green". As a matter of fact, due to my (how can I put this) FRUGALNESS, this is probably the "greenest" wedding that ever was. I went to yard sales, I borrowed items, I revamped what I already owned, and I created things out of items that were going to be thrown away. (I.E. The centerpieces) But my lowest point had to be when I went dumpster diving. Every day as I took out the trash where I work I would notice two pieces of broken fence just laying there on the ground. I wanted to bring them home so bad and make them pretty but I was always too embarrassed to load them up in my car. Finally one day I told my friend what I was going to do, I told her that if she wanted to walk away and pretend she didn't know me I would understand. Anyway I'm glad I did because this is what I created.
Well folks my niece's wedding is a month away. I am so excited to share all of the great projects that we've been working on over the last several months but I am so very slack and I only have a few pictures to share with you as of now. But never fear, I will definitely be taking lots of pictures of every detail on the big day. 
One of the biggest means of controversy during the whole wedding planning process were the centerpieces. When my niece first came to me and asked for my help the centerpieces were the first big idea that we came up with. The idea was to come up with something big, eye catching, a little glitzy, and a little rustic, Oh and did I forget to mention... CHEAP.  The family has be very forthcoming in the fact that they hate them. But, Amelia loves them, I love them, and they cost almost nothing. 
My friend started saving bulk size vegetable cans from the restaurant that she worked, Amelia and Brett tediously wrapped each can with burlap string, and I started a new sport called "branch hunting". With these three steps along with a wonderful maid of honor who cut out thousands and I do mean thousands of paper butterflies this is what we created. I also added a burlap square with the couple's monogram and a sprinkle of glitter.Tell me what you think. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

My sister getting her hair teased.
I know the Donny Osmond record is not from the 60's but so many members of my family are fans I couldn't resist adding him in. For your viewing pleasure.

Vintage cake topper that I saved from the trash

Just a few of the vintage kitchen items that I used to decorate the tables.

Here you can see one of the cards that I had setting around giving helpful hints on how to be a good housewife.

Photo booth was the hit of the party

Can you see my "Vote for Nixon" campaign button I was wearing

Is that my oven timer going off?

The secret is out, my sister is a huge dork.

The bride and groom

Just a few more items that I had laying around to add some the vintage feel.

The photo booth

Another photo opp area

Toilet Paper Brides
Here are a few shots from the shower. Hope you enjoy!