Bridal Shower Decor

Hello everyone! I hope you’re doing well on this lovely Wednesday. I have a lot to share with you today! Two weeks ago my sister-in-law (official in just six weeks!) had her bridal shower, and I had the exciting opportunity to decorate for it. All of the bridesmaids (myself included) have been preparing for the shower since May, so I’ve had a lot of time to plan how I wanted to decorate for it.

The theme: Garden Party.

For those of you who read my posts regularly, you will recall that I’ve been hinting here and there about different pieces I’ve made, and now you get to see the final picture, all of it put together! To give a brief overview, I decided to focus on providing lots of color and floral elements, and these were the decorations that I came up with.

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This is the first decoration I made for the shower, and it definitely took the longest to make. It was worth all of that time though, it turned out great and looked wonderful at the shower. It might be hard to read but it says “Bride to be” across it.

How I made this:

-I took several sheets of scrapbooking paper, cut them into circles

-For the letters, I grabbed a few sheets of sparkled paper. I then took stencils, and traced the letters onto the paper with pencil, then cut out with scissors (I used an Xacto knife for the tighter spots).

-I used hot glue to apply the letters to the paper, then cut small holes into each circle (two holes for each one) and ran some string through all of them and linked them together.

-One last thing I did was I took a drop of hot glue and dabbed that onto each end of the string so that neither side would fray and come undone.

 

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This polaroid decoration is without a doubt my favorite piece that I made, and it was a hit at the party! Everyone took photos behind it and had a lot of fun interacting with it! I already wrote in a previous entry how I made this piece, so if you want to give this a shot yourself, learn how here.

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What would a beautiful bridal shower be without lots and lots of flowers? The party took place both inside and out, and I thought it would be most fitting to place these lovely flowers outside where they could show themselves off in the sunshine!

These were easy to put together, I normally gravitate towards medium sized mason jars to put flowers in, but I played around a little bit and found containers both big and small to make it a little more dynamic. I found all but one of these containers at Michaels. The blue one that you see I actually found at Party City.

 

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I wanted to make these bottles stand out a little more than the other containers around them. I added some chalk labels to the front and printed the date of the wedding with chalk pen on all three of them. I thought this set deserved to sparkle a little bit, especially since I couldn’t add as many flowers, so I set them on a silver plate with rhinestones on the edges, just to give them some pop!

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I saw this storage box at Michaels a couple of days before the shower, and I loved the floral print on it so I grabbed it and decided to make it a place for cards and other small gifts. The floral heart wreath was also an impulse buy. It’s a heart shape with pinkish-purple flowers, I needed it OBVIOUSLY 😉

The framed “Cards and Gifts” sign was a decoration I shared about in a previous post if you want to give it a look here.

I had so much fun planning and decorating for this bridal shower, perhaps a wedding planning career is in the future..hmm. Who knows!

What do you think? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you guys 🙂

Thank you all for reading!

 

Floral Frame Decoration

Hey all! Happy Friday, I hope you’re having a fantastic week!

I’ve been busy with school (four more days!!), but thankfully I’ve been able to squeeze some time in to work on decorations for a bridal shower. It’s coming up in a little over a week, and the decorations are coming together nicely!

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I decorated this frame a couple of nights ago, the greenery was a last minute decision but I LOVE how it turned out! Sometimes spur of the moment ideas are the best ones.

I took some scrapbooking paper and applied some sticker letters to it and framed that. I wasn’t planning on adding the greenery as I said, but it needed a little something, and I had some leftovers from the Polaroid decoration I made a few days before. So I took some hot glue and applied those pieces to the frame. It’s a nice edition to the “garden party” theme that was requested by the bride.

So if you’re throwing a party and want to have a designated space for cards, gifts, food, etc., adding a decorated frame like this is a fun and unique way to do that. Plus, once the event is over, you can always use it as a frame you keep in your home, maybe somewhere you ‘d like to draw attention to specifically.

This was short and sweet, but I couldn’t resist sharing, I’ve made a lot of decorations so far, and this is one of my favorites out of them all. Sometimes simple things stand out to me the most I guess.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Table Project – Part 3

Hey everyone, happy Saturday to you all!

I have very good news, I was able to come up with enough money to buy a new computer on Wednesday! It’s actually used, but refurbished, and it’s a 2012 MacBook Pro. So thankfully I can keep up with the blog and put it back to its normal pace!

I have God to thank for this blessing. Kris and I have had times when we are really down to nothing in our bank account, and as soon as we have a bill or some other unexpected expense coming our way, we always end up with exactly what we need, every time. I’m very thankful for how He he has provided, and this week He has done it once again ♥

So with that, I’ll go ahead and jump into part three of this decorating adventure!

These are sketches that I drew up a few days ago, and they are both different ways I might approach decorating the space around the table.

PLEASE excuse the poor quality of these photos! I did edit them so that they would be easier to look at, but for some reason when they carried over to my computer, they got switched back to their original state. I’m new to having an Apple computer, so I’m still trying to learn how to use it. I will eventually post better quality photos.

The photo on the left features a large piece of wall art that would sit on the table and lean up against the wall. Next to that on the left I drew another picture frame that would be sitting on a sliced tree round. To the right of that, on the other side of the table, I’d  take some leftover cans and dress them up to put flowers in them. Then, on the wall would be the key hook art that I posted about in part 1, and then above that would be a fun, floral wreath.

The photo on the right also features a large piece of wall art, only this time with a large vase and a flower to accompany it. Then in the middle, I thought I might try and find a plant box and add that to the table. Next to that would be a container for Nessy’s treats and then above that, again, would be the key hook art.

These are just some general ideas, just to put me in some kind of direction as to how I want to approach the space. So I might end up with a combination of both drawings.

I have to drive through the heart of town almost daily to get to school or work, and I’ve noticed that there are several thrift stores and local decoration stores all over. I was thinking that it would be fun to find my items there. So with luck, I might find a cool new vase or some wall art, those are my specific goals.

I also decided that I’m going to paint the wood in that Serenity Blue color that I discovered the other day. So hopefully, within the next week, I’ll be able to start painting. We shall see!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments below what you think! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Have a great weekend!

 

Table Project – Part 2

Hello all, happy Wednesday! How are you this week?

I’m feeling pretty good today, it’s day 3 of my brief summer break. I’m feeling well rested and excited to tackle this table project I have planned!

I got started on sanding one of the three pieces of wood today, and it is definitely a little harder than I thought it would be. I did some research online to find the best approach with cedar wood.  There was a page on eBay that has been extremely helpful to me, and it advised me to use sandpaper with grit between 140 to 180. This is because cedar wood is soft and porous (the higher the grit, the less coarse the sandpaper). It also said to use tack cloth along with it, specifically after the sanding, to pick up all of the dust and particles sanded off of the wood. You can click here to view the article.

So far this is how it’s looking after the first round of sanding.

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I walked over to Bi Mart for these materials and was able to find sandpaper with a grit of 150, along with some tack cloth. Together these cost me only $4.28, pretty cheap!

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And of course as soon as I was ready to get started, my furry sidekick Nessy was sitting on the table, so properly, waiting to assist me ♥

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While I was at the store, I looked in the paint section to see what my options were and what prices I’d be facing later on. I came across a really nice, soft blue color called Serenity Blue. This light color would allow our hardwood floors to stand out quite a bit I think. I’m considering this as one of my color options, but I’d still like to keep myself open to other ideas. I use blue a lot these days, so it might be nice to break out from that, but we will see.

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I might need to go over the first piece once more, I got it pretty well smoothed out, but I might need to make it smoother. I think I’ll ask my husband first what he thinks and then decide. I haven’t done any wood projects before, and he knows a little more about this stuff than I do.

That’s all I’ve got for you today! Any advise or critique is welcome, and greatly appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by!

Little Things of the Week #6

Hey WordPress friends! What a week this has been! I’m so excited to get into the highlights, I had my finals this last week and graduated yesterday. I’ll go ahead and jump right into it!

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This last Wednesday was date night with Kris. We take turns every week on what we want to do. So two weeks ago I picked a movie night, and this week he chose to take me out to eat at this really cool Vietnamese restaurant in town called Kimhoa’s.

It was really fun! I can’t remembered the name of the soup I ordered, but it had egg noodles, pork and wan tons. It was so good! It took a while to eat though, because they didn’t give us forks in case we couldn’t handle the chopsticks and ladles, haha! I did eventually get the hang of the technique.

We had a really nice time here, and had an interesting discussion about the culture and about geography of that area in general. It was really fun to try and educational too. It was just fun to try something new, I love Asian foods but I had never tried Vietnamese until Wednesday. We will definitely go back!

The majority of my pictures are from yesterday, since it was definitely the highlight of my week! Yesterday, I graduated from college, and it was the best day!

I worked hard for five years, and I finally am getting what I hoped for all this time ♥

I will receive (after my final term this summer) my degree in Business, and hopefully with that, I will be able to have my dream job of being a Home Stager!

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I was really excited to find out that we were allowed to decorate our caps, so of course, for the entire month I was thinking of a million different ways I could do it. I finally decided on my Up themed cap as you can see here.

Songs of the week:

Who’s To Say → Vanessa Carlton – I love this song. It came up on shuffle while I was in the car, and I have been listening to it a lot this week. It has a pretty melody and chorus, and the words are great. It reminds me of when Kris and I were dating in high school and talked about getting married one day. Thankfully our families supported us, but a lot of other people we encountered would constantly tell us “You’re too young” or “marriage is no walk in the park, it takes work and it isn’t always fun”. Of course we knew all of these things, but we knew what we have is the real thing. So this song really speaks to me, because I got so tired of people saying things like that to us.

Also, she has so much talent and I want so badly to play piano as well as she does! I took lessons for nine years but I’m not quite at her level, ha!

That is the only song I have for this week, as well as highlights. It is much shorter than normal, but graduation really was the highlight of my week. Next week is my break before summer term, so I might have more adventures to share with you all.

Did any of you graduate this year? Any fun songs stuck in your head this week? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Entryway Wall Makeover

Hello readers! I hope you’re all doing well and having a good week. I wanted to share with you my recent project in the entryway of the apartment.

One of the first areas that I decorated when we moved in was the entryway wall, and I did it in such a rush that everything looked random and not very well put together (in other words, I was too impatient to wait and needed to decorate something, asap). So I decided to redo this wall and I am really pleased with the way it turned out!

 

Entry Way Wall

This is the finished product! My goal for this area was to fill up as much of the blank space as I could, and to make it the area of the apartment where the three of us (me, my husband and my brother in law) could find things of importance and keep each other up to date on things. We haven’t been very good about splitting up chores for example. We all do them, but sometimes we do the same one while the rest of the house is in need of some TLC, so I made a chart for dividing up household duties.

Along with that is our whiteboard calendar. I have had this calendar for almost a year now, and it has served as a helpful tool in keeping each other up to date on our work schedules and other events.

I think my favorite part of this project was finding the black wire basket. I found it at Michaels (I know, shocker) for about $15. I decided to make it our designated mail box where we keep important letters, bills, etc. I actually found a cardboard mailbox at Hobby Lobby last winter, and I decorated it and used it as a place for our mail, but it wasn’t helpful. Everyone kept forgetting it was on the bookshelf and mail would get lost and forgotten inside of it. So I figured I would start fresh with this wire basket, and make sure it’s well seen so that everyone will remember to open their mail.

I’ve had the decorative signs you see in the top right corner for a while now. I wanted to add them as the final elements to fill in the small space that was left. I found the “Home” sign at a fun little thrift shop called the Find near my college campus. The “131” drawing was made by me, with printer paper and black pen, pretty simple.

I am so glad I redid this wall, not only does it look more organized and put together, but it serves as a go-to area where all of us can keep up with what’s going on. With all of us having opposite work/class schedules, it can be hard to communicate sometimes, so this serves as another way of doing it.

If you are living with several roommates or family members and life gets busy among all of you, maybe try designating a specific area of your home to keeping each other posted and making sure responsibilities are taken care of.  I chose the entryway for this because it’s a spot that you can’t avoid when you walk into the apartment. I have had this up for a week now, and already my life is feeling more together – as much as it can anyway, I’m only 23 and have no idea what I’m doing.  😉

I hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what you think, and follow me to see more of my decorating adventures!

 

 

A Great Perspective on House Cleaning

Hey everyone! Happy Thursday, I hope you’re all well! I apologize for not posting for several days. I’m trying to blog at least once a week, and I believe I blogged twice last week, but I still feel like it’s been too long. School has been eating up a lot of my time, and now I finally have a moment to breathe and type out my thoughts for you all.

I feel like I might be a little late in the game posting about this, we are coming towards the end of spring and most people have probably done their spring cleaning by now. Regardless, this is a topic that has been on my heart ever since I read the article in the Magnolia Journal. In the spring edition, Joanna Gaines wrote a piece titled A Case For Spring Cleaning, and I really appreciated her perspective on the topic.

Joanna speaks to the deeper reasons as to why  it’s beneficial to clean our homes. She explains that with creating a cleaner, clutter-free environment, it also can help alleviate the anxieties of life, and it can feel rather therapeutic. She ends the article by explaining that cleaning your home can be a way to express thankfulness as well. “It’s actually about nurturing, about being grateful, and about making room in your life to take good care of what you already have” (Gaines, 30).

It sometimes surprises me to read Joanna’s words, because I feel like she takes them straight from my brain and prints them on paper. I am so glad that she looks at spring cleaning -and cleaning in general- in this perspective, because this is exactly how it feels for me. I make time to clean my home and tidy it up not just because it’s a chore, but because it’s out of love and a heart of gratitude.

I love making time to decorate my home and do projects, but I also love getting to clean it because I feel like doing either of these things holds the same value. Like decorating, cleaning up around the house gives me a chance to show off how lovely it really is, whether that means dusting, vacuuming, mopping, or even scrubbing the toilet (not my favorite, but necessary).

My apartment is not cheap, and it took a long time for my husband and I to be able to afford a new home, but we were finally able to save up enough money and come here. I want to make sure that I always walk through the door of this apartment with a heart of thankfulness and humility.

I also agree with Joanna on the point that cleaning can often feel therapeutic. For the last two and a half years, I’ve been working a house cleaning job that I do once a week. In these last two and a half years, I have experienced tremendous amounts of anxiety over a multitude of things, and up until recently, I hadn’t gone to counseling for it or learned how to manage it. I can honestly say that cleaning every Friday morning helps me through it. It gives me something to focus on.

That is all I have for now, I just wanted to applaud this article and add my take to it. I hope you all enjoyed! Please do let me know in the comments what you think. I would love to hear from you!