Burlap and Lace Wedding Shower

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.

Football Season DIY

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!

Update:

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:

Welcome To The World Baby Shower

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.

What I’m Loving

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I’ve got all things yard on my mind lately due to the vision and wonderful new plants my mom has been transplanting to our yard.  My sweet grandmother wanted to give us a housewarming gift, so I am putting it towards a Pullerbear tree and root puller, as well as new plants.  Because before we can add beauty to the yard, we will need to first pull out the ugly and invasive.  That includes, but isn’t limited to privet, nandina, sweet gums, and english ivy.

I started clearing and replanting the shrub bed at the front porch a couple of months ago, but have more to do this fall.  One plant I’m hoping to use in front of the Daphnes is Red Drift Roses.  Red Drift is a creeping shrub that will add a pop of color when it is in bloom.

Lastly, as I was walking in our neighborhood, I came across a driveway made of intricate pavers with pea gravel filler.  My mouth dropped open and I pulled out my phone to snap a picture.  I am dreaming of one day having our concrete driveway removed and installing these Turfstone pavers from street to garage.  I can’t even imagine how much it would cost.

Staging the Mantle

One of my least favorite things to do around the house is staging shelves – bookshelves, mantles, kitchen cabinets/counters.  I am drawn to a lot of inspiration for this type of staging, but in my own home it always feels disingenuous or sometimes cluttered to me.  We have one fireplace and the mantle is quite large.  I started by finding some inspiration pictures online and then shopping my stash of decor sitting in the basement.  Some of the inspiration I found is here, here, and here.

I pulled in a couple of Ribba frames for a layered effect, then added a couple of ‘mercury glass’ items.  The ‘hello’ sign was a GroopDealz find.  Bradley saved some aesthetically pleasing branches during a recent yard cleanup, so I popped a few pieces into the hurricane vase to fill everything out.  It’s much better than it was (meaning I had just set a few things up there as we were moving in), but I still don’t know how I feel about it.