I love making teacher appreciation gifts. Mostly because...Pinterest, but in all seriousness, teachers deserve our thanks. Having accidentally stumbled upon a job posting for my child's own daycare I was saddened to see how little they make. These women who are going or have gone to school, earned degrees and numerous certifications, all so they can not only keep our children alive for most of the day, but come up with unique and fun lessons and activities to stimulate their tiny minds and help them grow. My child loves her teachers as evidenced by her leaping out of my arms and into her teacher's for an extended snuggle upon returning from our week-long vacation. The fact that teachers cannot afford their own services on their salary is appalling and is a stark reminder of the need for childcare support and reform on so many levels. But I digress. If I can put a smile on their face and tell them how much they mean to both me and my child, gosh darn it I'm gonna do it!
For my wedding I collected a LOT of vintage china. Mostly bread and dessert plates, teacups, and teapots. I've seen lots of people doing sharpie mugs in the oven and had some pretty good success DIY'ing one for a friend!
Mother's Day is upon us, and with that comes the pressure to get the perfect gift. Shutterfly has some great options but I also wonder if they really need another piece of clutter or really want to wear jewelry with my daughter's ever changing face on it! That being said, I think repurposing something old and beautiful and giving it a fresh take is an awesome idea.
I've always crushed on cheeky teacups featured on the likes of Etsy and Francesca's. But we all have that thought "I could make that!" and for twice the price of what it would have cost to just buy the damn thing we are now blessed with a somewhat similar product and some fun new art supplies to boot!
The image above is using a gold oil-based sharpie. I baked for 3 hours at 250 degrees to set the paint.
For my wedding, I wanted a way to honor the important women in my family by making them special corsages. Instead of a fresh floral one, which would fade, I thought it would be nice to make them bracelet style ones from old fashioned silk millinery flowers. This was in keeping with the theme of my groom and groomsmen boutonnieres which were made by the Etsy shop Mignonne Handmade.
I loved these so much, especially the book page leaves. They are something I could have probably done DIY, but they were so perfect as is I decided to splurge. When it came time to do the corsages, I took a different route. I did half DIY/ half semi-DIY. In my research on millinery flowers, I came across this awesome Etsy shop, Freshly Fallen Designs, that had mini millinery flower bouquets already made.
For these in particular, all I had to do was take the pre-made bouquet and use floral wire and hot glue to affix them to these pearl corsage bracelets, which I purchased at Michael's. I then used oak tags (from Staples) to label each of them and attached them with pink baker's twine.
For the others, such as the red rose and blue flower one pictured above (second from the left), I purchased some little bunches of flowers and leaves from the same section at Michael's where I found the corsage bracelets. I used a combination of floral wire and floral tape to make a mini arrangement and then affixed them to the bracelet with floral wire and hot glue.
Everyone was really pleased to receive them. I wish I could have done them for every woman at the wedding but I stuck to mothers, grandmothers, and aunts that I am close to. Otherwise I really could have gone crazy because I have a lot of aunts and female cousins! Overall, this was a fun pre-wedding DIY project that was easy, cheap, and fun to do, especially thinking about which flowers best represented each woman's style and personality. What did you do to honor the special women in your life at your wedding?
I am a huge fan of any paper products associated with weddings and celebrations. Just check out my Pretty Paper board on Pinterest!
I was charged with games and prizes for a friend's upcoming shower (just call me Games Manager) and couldn't help but makes some festive treat bag toppers. After combing Google, Etsy and Pinterest and coming up dry, I took matters into my own hands.
The maid of honor had already designed some table tents using a simple flourish motif, so I borrowed it and switched up the clip art.
I fit two to a page, landscape orientation, and printed a few versions until the fit the bags. When doing this yourself, don't forget to leave equal room at the top for folding in half over the top of the bag. I did a test print just to make sure it would work.
As mentioned in a previous post, my mother and I did some awesome DIY projects for my wedding but I wasn't blogging at the time. I am proud to share my second "Throwback Thursday" wedding DIY post!
I started by removing the glass from dollar store frames. I cut scrapbook paper to the size of the frame, and used hot glue to affix the scrapbook paper to the back of the frame.
The best thing has happened. About half of my close friends are getting married. And they are all getting married THIS YEAR. #ALLTHEWEDDINGS
I'm so stoked for all of these weddings, some long awaited. They are all going to be different and uniquely special and beautiful. I have the pleasure of being a bridesmaid in two of them and my daughter will be a flower girl in one.
I am both excited and terrified. One because in my life I have only been a bridesmaid 3 times and all for family. In my cousins' weddings I was but a young naive teenage girl of whom no planning was expected and the lovelies paid for my dresses. In my brothers wedding, I had little influence and kind of just went with the flow and paid for what I could and tried to exert my creative ideas when I could.
But....I have PINTEREST now. When planning my own wedding, I got really into the DIY, Etsy, and wedding blog craze. This was before Michaels, Party, City, and Amazon stocked every pom pom, paper straw, and mason jar creation you could imagine in your wildest dreams. We had to make everything from scratch! My mom and I collected vintage plates from eBay and thrift stores. We built our own escort card display out of an old picture frame. We worked our bums off with glue guns, scissors, and hope holding it all together.
So now that I'm an official adult, financially responsible bridesmaid, I'm excited to do amazing things for other brides. I decided it would be fun to chronicle some of my projects here. Why not make my blog harder to pigeonhole into a niche market?
So this is just kind of an introductory post. I'll post about each project and some creative tips and tricks that I've gleaned and developed over the years. I'm excited to share this amazing journey!
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