As part of my recent gifts to two engaged couples, I put together his and hers wedding day emergency kits. I found the small burlap bags at Hobby Lobby. I used letter stamps, also from Hobby Lobby, and black acrylic paint to print ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ on the bags.
Inside the Mr bags, I included a comb, mints, floss, breath drops, a Shout wipe, a hand-sanitizing wipe, tissues, Wisp toothbrushes, chapstick, Static Guard, a single-use shoe polisher, matches, bandaids, and Ibuprofen. The Mrs bags included a sewing kit, super glue, floss, a Wisp toothbrush, a packet of anti-stress drink mix, tissues, a makeup-remover wipe, a hand-sanitizing wipe, a nail polish remover wipe, a Shout wipe, lint remover sheets, bandaids, an emery board, feminine hygiene items, eye drops, bobby pins, corsage pins, and safety pins.
With football season finally here, I’m dreaming in Red & Black! I don’t decorate our house with reds because on a day-to-day basis I find it to be too jarring. But for my office at work, I’ve saved some items that I have added and some that I would love to use to pep the place up.
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The red Swingline stapler is a win-win – some red for my Bulldog pride and a subtle nod to Office Space.
This Pop Desk Lamp from Urban Outfitters would look so great sitting atop my desk.
I have these UGA neoprene coasters on my desk to soak up the sweat from my water bottle. Also, I received this cute geometric glass candleholder as a birthday gift last year, but I use it to hold pens on my desk in style.
This trio of red, black and white decorative arrows from Etsy seller Mineral and Matter would be so cute standing in a vase or attached inside an empty frame.
Anthropologie’s Accordion Collator has a great retro vibe and would be perfect for desktop filing.
All that’s left to say is: Go Dawgs!
I had the privilege of playing hostess for a bridal shower honoring Bradley’s cousin and his soon-to-be bride. There were four of us hosting and about 20 guests that attended. Our house was brimming with people and I think it turned out really well. As a nod to the couple, we decorated with a rustic chic theme that included burlap and lace.
On the front door, I hung a veil and faux hydrangea bloom in place of a wreath. Another hostess brought the cute little lanterns and tree slices to line the path on the front porch.
In the foyer, we set up the ‘guest book’, which consisted of paper leaves and flowers I cut out using my Silhouette machine. Guests left messages on the leaves and then we arranged it into a wreath on a 12×12 piece of scrapbook paper. The inspiration came from here. The wooden ampersand cutout came from craftcuts.com.
The food table held tree slab stands from another of the hostess’s wedding, and were made by my father-in-law. We had pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, vanilla cupcakes with almond buttercream frosting, mixed fruit cups, crackers and cheese, veggies and hummus, and I made ham and swiss sliders using this recipe.
We served water, sweet tea, and a fruity punch. Also, we set out a Keurig with coffee and chi tea. I included some rock candy sticks to stir into the coffee.
On the gift table I layered a white table coth, a white lace table cloth and a burlap runner. Above the table I used an old lace table cloth to cut circles that would fit in some embroidery hoops that were suspended from the ceiling.
As a parting gift, one of the hostesses made some delicious cream cheese mints and packaged them in these cute stamped paper baggies.
We are so excited at our house that football season is starting back up! With a nice deep front porch at the new house, I am looking forward to having a wreath up year-round, without worrying about them weathering or fading. I made a red and black wreath this weekend to kick off our UGA bulldog season. I used this burlap ribbon wreath tutorial as a guide. This wreath on etsy was my inspiration for color and style. For making the bow, I used this tutorial.
I found the burlap ribbon and houndstooth burlap wired ribbon for the bow at Hobby Lobby. They were having a 50% off sale, so I got the wire wreath and ribbon for $22 (I already had floral wire). The Georgia ‘G’ was a Christmas ornament I picked up last year, so I don’t remember the cost for that. It is hot-glued to the center of the bow.
Bradley loves the wreath, and I’m still a little on the fence. I think it seems little frumpy to me(?) Either way, it was not difficult to make and took me only a couple of hours from start to finish. Go Dawgs!
To answer a question about making this wreath with two colors of burlap ribbon, I will try to explain my process. I didn’t take any pictures while I was making it, because the tutorial I linked to has great pictures showing the process. I started with the red ribbon and made a loop on each of the two outer wires of the wreath form. Then I started the black ribbon the same way, but from the two inner wires of the wreath form. The third loop I made using the red ribbon was attached to the same wire as the second loop I made using the black ribbon, which in effect crossed over the black ribbon. Then I made a third loop in the black ribbon and attached it to the wire that the second red loop was attached to, so that I got an even distribution of color across the wreath. I took a close-up picture of the back of the wreath to hopefully help show the attachment of the ribbon on each wire.
And with arrows showing one section of cross-over:
2014 has been a year full of babies on my dad’s side of the family. The fourth baby shower I’ve helped with this year for one of my cousins happened over the weekend. I had helped throw a Welcome to the World shower for a couple in our small group last year using inspiration for a blue and yellow map/globe theme. This Welcome to the World shower further inspired my direction. My cousin’s nursery will have a travel theme, so reusing the theme worked well.
I was able to find an old atlas at Goodwill to use for making decorations. I made this wreath for the front door using this as inspiration.
In the foyer, I started out putting some globes and a paper suitcase (from Target) on the table, but my cousin made an awesome diaper airplane, so we switched it up last minute.
The Welcome Baby sign consists of a hot air balloon and banner cut on my Silhouette machine and chipboard letters onto which I mod-podged maps.
The food table had brie bites on another paper suitcase, chocolate-covered strawberries, fruit and veggie platters, and a cute gift-themed cake. Above the table, I hung embroidery hoops with maps in them.
Above the gift table, I hung a wire mobile with 3D paper hot air balloons. I found a cute canvas bin at Kohls that seemed like the perfect size for a stack of diapers to hold her gift.
Here are photos from our friends’ shower at which I originally used many of these decorations last year – just at someone else’s home. We made it an ice cream social with our community group from church.
I set the BABY sign on the mantle and made paper ornaments to hang from the mantle . On either side of the gift-opening area, I hung bunches of blue lanterns and yellow honeycomb balls.