Holiday Wreath

This past weekend I attended a “Wreath Making Party” in Ashburn, VA. I had never heard of these Wine & Design parties but it turned out to be so much fun!

 

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The owner of Country Shabby Chic came over to my friends house with all of the supplies we needed to make our wreath and led us through the steps.

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What you will need:

  • Box Wire Wreath
  • 1 roll of Deco Mesh
  • Thick Wired Ribbon
  • Wooden Initial
  • Twist Tie (in wire form)
  • Twine
  • Optional: Jingle Bells, JOY sign, Reindeers, Cinnamon sticks etc

What you will do:

  • Fold your Deco Mesh in half and tie the end on with one of  your wire twist ties
  • Bunch the Deco Mesh in your hand and stuff through the bottom wire of your wreath, then the middle, then the top. You will do this two times in each section until you get to the end

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  • With your remaining Deco Mesh (there shouldn’t be much) you will tie that onto the top rack with a wire twist tie as well
  • Fluff your mesh
  • Make your bow (or pre-buy a bow!) tutorial here
  • Attach your bow with wire twists that go directly into the Deco Mesh
  • Tie the twine onto your wooden monogram letter and attach it to the bottom wire of the wreath
  • Hot glue gun any extras to your wreath

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If you live in the DC/MD/VA area contact Country Shabby Chic for your Wine and Design party — They do much more than wreath making. If you live somewhere else I’m sure there are Wine and Design consultants in your area.

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Painting Pumpkins

Nothing says Halloween like pumpkins! Pumpkin patches, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin recipes and of course pumpkin carving. To be honest, I think I am over the whole pumpkin carving thing… It’s always frustrating trying to make the perfect design and I’m not into cleaning up big messes these days so this year, I painted! Pinterest has a million and one ideas of crafting pumpkins but I tried to use what I had on hand.

It was gorgeous on Saturday so we headed to the patch bright and early to beat the crowds.

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While we were there we picked up 1 extremely large pumpkin, 3 plastic pumpkins and 2 miniature pumpkins for me to decorate. See below for what I did!

Monogram Pumpkin

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Pinterest has stencils you can print out for your monogram but I took the lazy route… This one is very simple, just white & black paint.

Chevron Pumpkin

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First, I spray painted the entire body of the pumpkin white. I then taped off 3 rows of chevron design and used a glitter paint, one section at a time. I finished the pumpkin off by sprinkling fine gold glitter in the glued area. It dries fast!

Polka Dot Pumpkin and Boo Pumpkin

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Just paint on the left and regular tacky glue (it was easier to make circles then using the glitter glue foam brush) with the same fine gold glitter I used above.

Studded Pumpkins

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For the left pumpkin I used sticker rhinestones…about 4 in each section. On the right pumpkin, I painted it a black satin color and used silver puffy paint for a “stud” lookalike.

How will you be decorating your pumpkins this year?

Good News Jar

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I saw a “Good News Jar” on Pinterest and loved the idea of celebrating the little things. We always celebrate the big things (new job, engagement etc..) but tend to forget about the little moments. With this jar, we can capture all of  these moments throughout the year and read them before 2015 (<— whoa) starts.

Some examples of things we will write down to place in the jar:

  • Surprise Gifts
  • Good News
  • Accomplished Goals
  • “LOL” Moments
  • Memories
  • Daily Blessings

If you are interested in making a “Good News Jar” all you need are the following items:

  • Mason Jar
  • Glitter
  • Glitter Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Permanent Tape
  • Cardstock
  • Stickers
  • Paint Pen

If you do make one, feel free to share!

Glamorous Bridal Shower

I told you I’ve been busy at Bridal & Baby showers lately! I’m a busy wedding bee this year 🙂

My sisters bridal shower was at Lakewood Country Club and it was a gorgeous spring day!

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The invitation went perfectly with our venue & theme.

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Her wedding colors are champagne and blush so we decided to play off those for the shower too. I always like to stay within wedding colors for a shower because I know the bride is guaranteed to love it.

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This was a seated luncheon so we had place cards for the guests – gold sparkles for chicken and pink for salmon. The circle garland on the above picture was bought off of Etsy as well… Etsy is my best friend when you’re a busy girl.

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Big thank you to Lakewood Country Club for alphabetizing these for me… For some reason I was not doing a good job!

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The guest book was a drawing of a tandem bicycle and guests were to leave their thumb prints in gold or pink and write their name above it.

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I bought the pink frame at Target and purchased the drawing here.

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The favors we’re so perfect for Ashleigh! Miniature bottles of Rose Champagne and a bag of chocolates. What girl doesn’t love champagne and chocolate?

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We also added a small candy table to give the guests something to snack on with dessert.

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I bought the candy at Party City who has entire sections of pink & gold candy making it easy on you. I made the pink covered pretzels because I couldn’t find them anywhere. I chose the raspberry sherbert candy topping from Michael’s and it was GOOD. I found most of the jars at TJ Maxx and tied them with sparkly ribbon I found at Michael’s.

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The take-out bags were pink chevron and polka dots that I purchased off of Etsy. I took a gold paint pen and wrote the date of the shower on each one to spice it up.

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My friend Crystal made the cake for me and as usual did an amazing job!

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She also made these pink rose cupcakes with edible gold dust. It’s great when a cake is pretty and tastes good.

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The I Do sign was perfect to go in between the windows above Ashleigh. Thanks Kelly!

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The gift table had a banner that said Bride to Be which I also purchased off of Etsy. We added flowers to the tables and Chris & Ashleigh’s engagement pictures throughout the room.

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Once the table was set with favors, pictures and flowers, we used the extra ribbon to tie around the napkins.

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You can never have too much glitter 😉

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We also added pink straws to each table for guests who weren’t drinking alcohol. The straw flags can be purchased here.

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Once the guests were seated we played the Almost Newlywed game with Ashleigh. Yes, I do this game at every shower — It’s a game that’s fun for everyone and doesn’t make anyone participate by wrapping toilet paper around themselves.

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Ashleigh did surprisingly well — but I think she cheated 😉

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 The glass Ashleigh is holding above was also purchased off of Etsy.

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Once the game was finished, lunch was served. I chose the salmon and it was cooked perfectly!

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Lastly, Ashleigh opened gifts. She got some amazing new things and I’m sure she will be cooking for her future husband verrrry soon.

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Congrats to my sissy!!

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We love you 🙂

Easter Pinspiration

So is it true that life just flies by once you get older? When I was 22, I don’t remember feeling like I could blink and it would already be a new month. Since Easter quickly crept up on us I am completely unprepared. No decorations, no dying of eggs, an Easter “ideas” menu quickly jotted down and no outfit chosen I’m feeling a tad frazzled.

Thank god for Pinterest… What did we do before you?

Outfit’s

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Decor

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Easter Egg Ideas 

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Food

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Dessert

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Are you ready for Easter??

 

Shabby Chic Bridal Shower

This past weekend I headed to Maryland to celebrate the beautiful bride-to-be, Jenn!

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As bridesmaids, we were up late the night before and early the next morning to set up for the event so excuse the bags under our eyes 😉

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Each bridesmaid made two or more dishes to create a huge spread for the guests to snack on during the day.

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The dessert table was OF COURSE, my favorite.

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Cake!

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Cutest Cookies

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Jenn’s wedding colors are mint & coral so we used the same theme for her shower with thoughts that she could use everything for the wedding too.

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The drink station included something blue lemonade, iced tea, sangria and custom water bottles (wrapped with lace and an engagement sticker)

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Flowers were placed in mason jars and pictures of the couple surrounded the room

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We set up a table near the entrance with homemade (by Jenn’s mom) favors of sugar scrub and an advice station for the almost newlyweds.

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We also had a banner that said Getting Hitched hanging over the couch that was hand made by our friend Crystal. Jessica painted the birdcage, cross and bird feeders that were placed around the sign.

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We played one game, which was called “the almost newlywed game”. We asked Jenn’s fiance, Andrew, 18 questions ahead of time and asked Jenn the same questions. Every time she got an answer wrong we had her stick half of a jumbo marshmallow in her cheeks.

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Jenn needs to quiz Andrew more often.

Next, came gifts and Jenn got a lot of great things for their new house! Our friend Danielle gave her a personalized hanger that goes perfectly with her theme to hang her dress on during her wedding day.

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I can’t wait for June 8th to celebrate Jenn’s big day! I know it’s going to be beautiful – Just like her!

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Wedding Recap: Details

Ahhh, just when you thought the wedding posts were over! This will be the last actual wedding post and I have a Honeymoon post planned for Thursday.

As a detail oriented person, I really appreciate small details at weddings and yes, I notice them. I know most people wouldn’t notice that we served pink and grey (our colors) m&m’s with our ice cream sundaes, but things like that were important to me (and drove Adam crazy.)

This post is all about the details… Get ready for a lot of pictures!

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I ordered our invitations from a seller on Etsy. Etsy was no joke my best friend throughout wedding planning. Yes, I’m a crafty person but I honestly didn’t have time to get too crafty! I loved these so much and got message after message on how much everyone else loved these too.

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I had a vision of lace and hearts for my place card and my aunt really helped that come to my life. She was such a big help and is so amazingly talented. I hope she starts her own Etsy shop soon!

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Our guest book was another Etsy find. I found this shop that actually hand painted the tree (instead of screen printing) and fell in love. We had it mounted on foam and matted to help with sturdiness throughout the night.

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My friend Ali had a large birdcage at her wedding for her cards that I thought was beautiful so I asked if I could borrow it. She told me to keep it so I changed the look!  My cousin spray painted it grey and I placed the lace and flower inside, wrapped the crystals on the outside and made a ribbon sign for the front of the cage.

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I rented the pink tool box and night stand from Rusty Love Vintage Rentals (very affordable!) and my aunt made the adorable Happily Ever After starts here sign. I wanted something to hold the programs and my vision came out perfectly.

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I wanted paper bag programs but I could not for the life of me figure out how to design them on a computer myself. I ended up ordering them off this shop on Etsy (shocker) last minute and she did an amazing job! She even stuffed them with grey, pink and white pom poms because I didn’t want birdseed. You can kind of see the pom poms being thrown here.

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 (one of my favorite pictures from the wedding)

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I also rented the dresser as part of the “alter”. Our florist provided the pergola and chandelier that I also added on last minute. It’s kinda like my brain didn’t work until 2 weeks before the wedding.

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My veil was custom-made from the lace on my dress. I absolutely loved this statement piece and wish it wouldn’t have been so windy so I could’ve worn it longer.

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My ring bearers held 2 custom pieces as well. I made the bottom piece (which did NOT turn out how I expected, but still worked) and bought the top one from this shop on Etsy. Side note: How cute are they??

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Something else I ordered last-minute were the menu cards. I wanted ones that wrapped around napkins and begged this company to make them for me ASAP. You can also see the lace linens I rented on the table.

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Table numbers were mirrors I found at the dollar store (woohoo!) and my Aunt drew on them with paint pens. Thank goodness for someone with good hand writing.

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We chose to have flip-flops at our wedding for guests to feel comfortable while dancing. My friend helped me make the tags for them so guests didn’t have to rummage through and find their size.

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We had pictures of us as children on the bathroom doors. Me for Women and Adam for men…obviously.

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I purchased the Cake topper on Etsy (I think?? but can’t find the link) and it was made of swarovski crystals. The candles you see around the cake I handmade with pearls and votives I bought at Michaels.

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On the bar we had a few signs with our signature drink… This baby is potent.

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My favorite detail was the heart I had stitched in to the bottom of my dress. It was made from one of my Uncle Chuck’s dress shirts who passed away in 2008.

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Which leads me to our donation, in memory of my Uncle Chuck. ❤

I have a few more details but can’t seem to find the pictures… If I come across them I will do a continued post.

PS: My vision came together with the help of this little lady. I hired her 5 days before my wedding and SHE ROCKED!

Questions: What was your favorite detail of your wedding?