Sunday, August 27, 2017

Dining Room Makeover Coming Soon!

As summer is slowly (and way too warmly) coming to an end, I am starting to think about projects that I want to get done once we are stuck inside the house.  We have lots of things that need to be done but my number one thing is my dining room.
I am slowly doing little things here and there.  New white curtains.  Painting my mirrors white. Decorating.  I want my dining room to be all white with touches of soft pink and aqua so that it looks crisp and clean and oh so pretty! 
On the list of things to do include painting the walls, painting the chairs, painting the hutch and a new chandelier.  I could probably handle the chairs myself but the walls and hutch will need Cody's touch. 
It seems like with each wedding I did this summer (8 in all), I got to bring home a little something that fits perfectly in my dining room.  A lantern from one, candle holders from another, a throw to use as a tablecloth, flowers, etc.  I love being able to bring home a tangible item from someone's special day.
I can't wait to finish my dining room makeover.  These pictures will serve as my before pictures and I can't wait to show you my after pictures soon.  
Stay tuned! 

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bite Sized BBQ

Another school year is about to begin and to welcome back our fellow staff members at work, we hosted a Bite Sized BBQ.  This simple invitation that I designed was my inspiration for the rest of the party.
Our catering company ordered black linens with red gingham overlays.  I used Mason Jars for my centerpieces.  I found the perfect red gingham ribbon at Michaels and tied a piece of twine around it.  I tried to be resourceful and use flowers that I cut from around campus, but I needed more and bought some yellow daisies too.
We set 6 cocktail tables and 2 picnic tables on the sidewalk right outside of our building.  The temperature was perfect and made for a really fun event. 
The day before the party, I took pictures of our events staff, both head shots and group shots.  I then made a flyer with our bios and information about events to hand out to our guests.  Now my boss's boss wants all the departments to do one of these! 
Our yummy food consisted of bite sized goodies:
*Pulled pork sliders
*Tortellini salad sticks
*Crudites with ranch or hummus
*Street corn
*Fruit salad
*Strawberry shortcake shooters
*Lemon mousse shooters
*Beer, wine punch & agua fresca
The food was delicious and everyone raved about the little event we put on.  About 60 people showed up and I think we pulled off a very successful Bite Sized BBQ! 

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Solar Eclipse Survival Bags

We are gearing up for the Total Solar Eclipse that will be happening on August 21st.  The area in Idaho where I live is prime viewing space so of course we have to have a party!  It's a work day and no one wants to miss it just because they are at work.  The powers that be said a party was a great idea and everyone is invited!
This is the invite that I designed.  Our mascot is the coyote so I had to make sure he was featured! 
We have an awesome planetarium in our science building so tomorrow, we are having 2 special eclipse shows for everyone to come to so they can learn a little more before the big event.  We wanted to make it extra fun with "Solar Eclipse Survival Bags". 
I went shopping yesterday for the supplies:
*Sun Chips
*Capri Sun 
*Milky Way
*Moon Pies 
All of this stellar yumminess is inside a paper bag that has a sticker that matches the invite.  People that come to the planetarium shows are in for an experience that is out of this world!
On the day of the eclipse, we will have fun eclipse glasses to give out to everyone.  We got some fun designs and made sure they were the proper ones to protect everyone's eyes.  Do you have anything fun planned for this event?

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

One Can of Spray Paint, So Many Ideas!

Way back in May, the week of Mother's Day, my mom and I went to an event called "Dirt & Donuts".  For $25 we got to plant flowers in a fun container and dine on some fancy donuts.  It was my gift to my mom for Mother's Day.  
This cute old barn was full of fun stuff that you could buy.  If I was rich I would have come home with so much stuff!  The lady that owns the place has the best ideas when it comes to planting flowers in unusual things.  Since I have been on a container kick in my own garden, I was getting all sorts of ideas!  Now when I am out and about, I always look at things in a new way. 
I loved this wood ammunition box that had some bird houses on the back.  I have a box just like this and will soon be transforming it into a planter that looks like this.  I am also going to try my hand at starting all my flowers from seeds next year.  Cody is out back starting a little greenhouse for me right this second! 
We got to pick out a fun planter to put our plants in.  They had bundt pans, cake pans and bread pans that were painted up really cute.  I spotted the cute double bread pans in my favorite color and crossed my fingers that no one would take it before I got there since it was the only one in this color.  There were two pans screwed onto a board.  In one side I planted strawberry mint, parsley and rosemary.  The other side had purple alyssum and pansies.   
I loved this idea so much, that I went out and found more bread pans to paint and plant.  I went to Lowe's and picked out a spray paint that I thought would match and guess what, it was a perfect match!  It's a Valspar color called Tropical Oasis.We painted them up, dry brushed on some white and screwed them to boards.  I then planted some dianthus and other flowers in them.  Cody added them to the top of the fence and they are the perfect fence topper.  I still need to get some more to go down the whole length of the fence. 
Since I love the color of that spray paint so much, I made a sign for outside of my front door.  Cody built the sign for me, I stained it and added the white vinyl letters, spray painted the jar and attached it with some wire.  Silk hydrangeas are the perfect fit but I will be able to change the flowers with the holiday and the season.  I went and bought more spray paint because I have some other fun ideas in mind and I love the color!  One can of spray paint definitely helped get my creative juices flowing!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June-The Wedding Month

“Oh, they say when you marry in June you’re a bride all your life,
and the bridegroom who marries in June gets a sweet-heart for a wife."

No wonder June is the most popular month for weddings.  And this year, I definitely agree.  Since the end of May, I have had 6 weddings. So that's where I've been, in case you've been missing me...
As the Special Events Coordinator at my job, I get to handle any external events, particularly weddings.  My very first wedding consultation bought the big package which meant I got to be their coordinator for anything and everything.  One of the things they wanted me to do was make their centerpieces.  I ordered fresh flowers and got to work the morning of the wedding putting the centerpieces together.  I love the way they turned out and so did the bride.

The ceremony was held outside in our amphitheater and it was a scorcher that day.  Everyone was aanxious to get into the reception where there was air conditioning.  I made arrangements for the altar as well but the hydrangeas did not stand up to the heat very well.
It was a smaller wedding, about 85 people and it was on a Sunday.  The bride was very laid back, which is always nice! 
The next weekend, a couple got married at a church down the road and then had their reception in our quad.  Again, I was tasked with putting together their centerpieces.  They had collected vintage glass containers and jars to put the flowers in.  There were about 38 total centerpieces. 
They gave me a picture of what they wanted and told me how many flowers were to go in each one.  Once I got going, I got them done fast and the bride loved them! 
It was another hot day so all of the trees on the quad were a life saver with their shade.
I also helped catering set all the linens, flatware and party favors on all of the tables.  I wish I could have snagged some homemade caramels for myself! 
Next up, my cousin got married and I got to photograph her wedding.  The sky was ominous and we did run into a little rain but the wedding was still beautiful.  I will take ta little rain over scorching heat any day! 
The following weekend, one of my closest friends from college got married and the greenbelt where her wedding was held was perfect for pictures.  Their ceremony was just immediate family (about 20 people) and then they held a reception for friends afterward.  We all had a lot of fun! 
The third wedding I photographed was a co-workers stepdaughter.  She didn't care what pictures we took and the sun was so bright, I am very disappointed in my work with this wedding.  Hopefully she will like what I was able to capture. 
And last but certainly not least, my very own niece got married on June 24 and I got to be so involved with every aspect of her wedding.  I helped my sister plan it all, I made all of the fresh flowers, took photos, made the invites and everything in between.  I can't believe that my little niece is married but she married a great guy and I couldn't be happier for the two of them! 
I think of all the wedding bouquets I have made, the one I made for my niece is my favorite! 
The month of June was a busy one and I am definitely ready for a break!  I have one wedding I am coordinating in July and August and 1 wedding I am coordinating and photographing in September and that should be it for weddings for the rest of the year.  But I wouldn't say no if another one happens to come my way because I love weddings!

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Happy Campers Sign

Camping season is upon us and we can't wait to go up to the mountains soon!  I have a wedding every weekend in June so maybe we will get to go in July.  In the meantime, I had to make a cute little sign to hang in our vintage camper.
I have had these plastic frames for awhile and they definitely needed a make over.  Some white spray paint covered up the pretty lady who has seen better days! 
Then I set to work and free handed this sweet camper.  I used acrylic paints and Sharpie for the lines. 
I cut out Happy Campers, the stars and the bunting in vinyl.  I am not much of an artist but I am loving the way it turned out. It's hanging in the camper right now and looks perfect in there! 
I also hung this cute little sign that Donna from My Shabby Chateau sent me for Christmas.  It is the perfect sign and saying and everytime I see it, I think of my sweet friend Donna. 
From the front door of my camper, you can see both signs.  I can't wait to go camping soon! 
But really, who needs to go up into the mountains when you have this guy hanging out in your own yard?!  Now he looks like a happy camper!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Shabby Chic Bridal Shower

My niece is getting married on June 24th and I am planning her wedding.  I also got to plan her Bridal Shower.  We had it this past weekend and I wanted to share some of the few photos I took.
I got to do whatever I wanted to do for this shower so of course I did what I love--Shabby Chic, Roses, Pink, Aqua and White.  The first thing I did was design the invitations.  We held the shower in the building that I work in.  It's an old house with a living room and dining room downstairs.  It worked out perfectly and even though it was hot as heck, it was free and you can't complain about that! 
Since my theme was things I love, I used things I already had to decorate.  The outside porch greeted people with this adorable vignette.  A little old ladder, some pretty lace, a rag garland, aqua ampersand and a mason jar filled with colored water, babies breath and pink roses was my favorite decoration of them all! 
I kind of went crazy and made sure everything went together.  The water bottles had labels that matched the invites.  I also made matching paper cones for homemade caramel corn but I didn't get a picture of them. 
Instead of having a traditional guest book for people to sign, I bought my niece an address book that people wrote their name and address in.  This way she has all the names of her guests plus their addresses for sending out thank you cards! 
I took their engagement pictures on Mother's Day and printed some out to hang on the mirror above the mantle.  I made another rag garland and decorated white lanterns with pink roses and aqua ribbon.  Another mason jar of flowers adds the finishing touch. 
My mom, sister, sister-in-law and I made all the treats.  Since the shower was held at 2:00 in the afternoon, we opted to do all desserts.  I got to bring all of my white metal serving stuff to display all the food on. 
We had cake, cupcakes, sugar cookies, brownies, caramel corn, chocolate covered pretzels, wedding mints and fruit.  For party favors, I put 2 Hershey's Kisses in a spoon, wrapped it in tulle, tied it with a ribbon and a matching tag that said "A spoonful of kisses from the soon to be Mrs." 
My mom made the cake and I made a matching banner that said "B loves J".   We didn't even cut the cake so we sent it home with the bride to give to her groom. 
Bri got a lot of great stuff and I think this ironing board lady is the cutest.  What a clever idea for a wedding shower gift! 
We played games, like this one wear you had to draw a picture of the wedding dress on top of your head.  Easier said than done! 
And here is my sweet little niece wearing the bow hat I made for her.  Out of all the presents she got, there were only 2 bows which made for a pretty sad bow hat!

I had so much fun planning my nieces shower and can't wait for her wedding!

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