Archive for the ‘decorating’ Category
The other day when I hit up Hobby Lobby they had a ton of their fall stuff on sale. Already?! Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I picked up a couple of things to make a wreath for the front door. I love making wreaths. They have to be the simplest way to bring in a new season or holiday. This was no exception.
I picked out a white, wooden pumpkin and some foliage at Hob Lob, but decided to get the wreath form and leaves at the Dollar Tree, because, well, they’re a dollar there. The whole thing cost me under $5 to make.
I used one of the wicker type forms from Dollar Tree, and found a sprig of leaves, which I removed from their stems and wove into the wicker and hot glued into place. I painted a monogrammed H on the pumpkin after seeing a ton of monogrammed fall things at Hob Lob. I then glued it into place and stuck in two pieces of the foliage
. The whole thing took me MAYBE 45 minutes while I cooked dinner. The finished product is super cute, I think! I plan on hanging this on the front door, but for now I set it on the buffet to take photos.
*side note* Look at that vase to the right. I got that at Salvation Army the other day for $3!! (when I say “the other day” it could mean anywhere from yesterday to like 9 months ago, just so you know) The apples inside were $1 at GW a while back. I love them.
I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready for the cooler weather that comes with fall. Fall is probably one of my favorite seasons down here in Texas. Not because we get a huge color change in the leaves or anything, but it’s finally cooling down enough to go back outside without sweating to death. I enjoy the 60′s and 70′s temperature a lot. Today it was relatively overcast and we had thunder on and off. I love that!
Are you still clinging to summer or are you ready to move into the next season?
I had a lot of fun decorating for this party. First, if you remember, I created this invite.
I wanted a sort of “Southern Belle” feel to the party. A hint of country living, with some girly twists.
If you’ll notice the flower next to the lemonade pitcher, I pulled it from some beautiful Amy Butler fabric called Lotus Tree.
I purchased some of this fabric and incorporated it into the decor by using it as a runner on both the drink and food table. It really pulled everything together, I think.
I made a bunch of hand painted chocolates and topped them with a custom candy wrapper to match the party.
There were also some matching rattle lollipops, but for some reason I didn’t get any photos! I suppose you’ll have to use your imagination.
There were also custom waterbottles, typically my favorite on the tables.
I have some wonderful friends who were more than happy to contribute something to the party. We had my friend, Kristin, (who you’ll remember making a cake for the 4th birthdays) who made the cake for this event. Sophie’s room will be decked out in Hello Kitty which is why Kristin topped it with this super cute topper.
Then, several of my great friends brought food for the event.
I actually made these mints from a recipe my grandma used for refreshments at my mom’s wedding! They were a big hit. I might outline how to make them in a tutorial. They are good!
All in all I think it was a great shower. Ann and Sophie were showered with an outpouring of love. I was very happy to get to share the experience with her. She’s a very dear friend to me.
Now all the parties are done, and school starts next Monday! Time to wind down the summer and get back to the grind. I’m actually really ready.
While I haven’t had much time or motivation to craft, I have still been picking up things for the house to decorate with. I’ve managed to pick up a few awesome things at the GW from vases to mini cloches, and various pitchers for the lemonade social baby shower that I am throwing.
Yesterday I added something I’m really excited about. At Jocelyn’s Birthday Party I took portraits of the girls in their pettiskirts in hopes of capturing two that would be wall-worthy. Luckily I got two that I really liked.
I had these printed in 11×14 size and I’m really pleased with how they turned out. While they’re not mounted in their permanent homes, I hung them up to see what they would look like.
(don’t mind my messy table back there.)
I love them! The color of the pettiskirts is the accent color in the living room so they coordinate really well. (not that pictures HAVE to coordinate, I just thought it was nice)
What do you think?