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.

 

Bridal Shower 4

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.

Bridal Shower #3

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.

 

Bridal Shower 2

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!

Bridal Shower 1

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 ūüėČ

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 ūüôā

Thank you all for reading!

 

Table Project – Part 4

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Hey readers! I hope you’re having a great week so far! I am so excited to share with you once more about my progress with the hallway table project because it is FINALLY painted and built! It feels good to complete another project because it seems like lately I’ve been having to quit on several of them for various reasons, and it has been discouraging. But I can say that I completed this one after lots of careful planning and hard work!

With that, let me show you the beautiful result!

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Voila! I ended up going with the Blue Serenity paint color that I discussed in previous entries, and I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!

I hadn’t planned on using brackets like the ones you see in the photo, but my husband was the one who put the table together and he told me that they would be necessary. I was bummed at first because I thought they would distract from the table, but while we were at the store, I found these black ones and I realized that they could actually help it stand out in a good way, they ended up complimenting it nicely. The combination of the two gives this piece a sort of industrial look to it, which is a style that I appreciate.

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If you read the other two posts about this project, you know that I had specific ways I planned on decorating the table, and I still do, but I’ll have to make a few adjustments because I can’t have anything too heavy on it. The decor you see in the photo is what I’ll be sticking to for a while until I have a better idea of what will be stable enough for it.

I am so excited about this piece, it is a beautiful edition to this lovely apartment that I call home! I can’t wait to play around with some decorating ideas and see how I can dress it up. Of course I’ll keep you all posted if I come up with a final idea.

Thank you guys for reading! Have any of you finished a project recently that took a lot of time and planning? Are you happy with the way it turned out? I’d love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments what you think!

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!

 

 

Polaroid Party Decoration DIY

Hello all, happy Sunday! Hope you all had a pleasant weekend.

I have a fun post for you today, and I’m excited to share because this has been one of my favorite projects!

As I mentioned in my last entry, I’m decorating my soon-to-be- sister-in-law’s bridal shower that’s coming up in a couple of weeks! I’ve been pinning away on Pinterest and checking obsessively on the Michael’s website for sales and other great deals.

I made a fun decoration for the shower on Friday and got inspiration from my wedding last summer.

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My mother and father-in-law built a polaroid shape out of wood that all of our guests took photos behind, and they turned out great! I wanted to do the same kind of thing this time, so I grabbed a large piece of poster board, some decorative flowers and got to work. And above is the beautiful result!

I’m excited to use this piece because it will serve as a fun memory in photos and also because, if put out front, it is a great way to show arriving guests where the gathering is.

This took me roughly two and a half hours to make, but it was worth it! If you want to give it a shot, you’ll need:

-poster board

-decorative flowers (or whatever you’d like to decorate the board with!)

-letter stencils (or if you’re a rockstar at calligraphy, do what you want. I am not good at that LOL).

-sharpie

-xacto knife

-wire cutters (they worked really well when I cut the flowers from their wire stems! Don’t ruin your scissors!)

-a little background music while you’re hard at work! (I for one was rocking out to some Third Eye Blind)

I fell in love with this idea when I had it at my own wedding, and I really wanted to recreate it. I had fun with it and hopefully it gives you guys some inspiration!

Thanks for reading everyone!

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¬†‚ô•

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 ūüôā

Have a great weekend!

 

Putting a Creative Touch on your Potted Plants

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Hello readers, happy Friday! I hope you are well, and thank you for visiting my page today. Really, thank you so much!

I have had a tough couple of weeks! Last week, I had to finish more homework than normal because¬†I was going to be out of town that weekend. This last week, I have been battling a cold; a¬†nasty, unforgiving cold. So needless¬†to say, I haven’t had many opportunities to talk to you all on Little Things.

So with all of that to say, thank you for your patience. I’m still new to blogging, and I’m trying my best to stick to a writing schedule, but sometimes I mess up. I appreciate everyone’s grace and support!

To move on, I wanted to share my new potted plants with you all!

I bought these plants earlier in the day, the left one is called a Water Miser and the plant to the right is called a Shake Cotyledon. I was very selective going into Fred Meyer, I wanted something fairly easy to keep alive. I don’t have the best track record with plants, but growing and caring for¬†them is a hobby I’d like to develop. So I thought these would be an easy starting point. I’m excited to see how beautifully they grow!

I had a last minute thought as I transferred them to their containers: Why not label them by their scientific name?

I had exactly two small chalk labels left in my craft drawer and decided to take advantage of them. So I labeled each plant by their scientific name, as you can see above. It’s my goal to have several plants in this apartment over the summer, and I wanted to come up with a fun way to make them stand out!

Also, I just discovered that at my apartment complex, there is a community garden area and I was thinking of trying out my green thumb there as well. I might make a feature out of it, since I’m new to this and it would be fun to note my progress maybe once a week. I will¬†look into it soon,¬†so stay tuned!

Hopefully this is of inspiration to you all. I bought both the pots and the plants for $13, so it wasn’t too expensive.

So if you are looking for a fun way to decorate your plants, give this a shot!

Let me know in the comments what you think, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks everyone!

 

 

Fun Living Room Project in the Making

 

Hey there readers, happy Monday! I have a fun project I’d like to share with you all! This one hasn’t even been started yet, but the ideas and design are currently being brainstormed and I wanted to let you in on what’s going on.

Kristofer and I currently have a TV stand that we are using for the TV and other consoles we use, and it is small, very small. To add to the inconvenience, the cable outlet is right next to the large (and only) window we have in the living room. So the TV sits awkwardly in the corner and overlaps with the window so that we can connect everything nearby.

We decided that since we can’t do much about the positioning of our entertainment center, we want to build a stand that adds convenience but also accentuates the window in the room.

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What we plan to do is make a large wooden structure that serves as a bench with storage space underneath the window, and an entertainment center at the far left. The structure would extend from the left end of the window to the corner on the right.

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This is what we drew up as our final design, and we plan to start buying wood pieces for it soon and begin building.

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This is the paint color Rain (6219). I looked at a few soft grays and found this one to be my favorite, so I plan to paint the structure this color. This photo can be found at its original source rughdesign.com if you want to learn more about it.

Once we reach a certain point in building it, of course I will want seat cushions and curtains as well. I’m trying to take this project one step at a time though, it’s the biggest one Kristofer and I have ever taken on!

We estimated this whole process to cost at least $200, which is a lot for us, so we will have to take this on in small pieces. It would be nice to do it all at once of course, but it gives me more blogging material to work with if I can write about it for the next couple of months.

I’m excited to share our journey with you on the blog!

Do you have any suggestions or comments? Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading everyone!