Monthly Archives: December 2009

Snow Globe Torture!

My sister sent me this link from Well Worn, who featured these Anthropologie snow globes used for featuring jewelry.  Of course I felt immediate regret that I was too late to use this idea for a last minute Christmas gift. Oh Anthropologie. Why must you torment me so? However, I began to imagine how snow globes might make an AMAZING centerpiece for a shower or wedding (or even a favor at a shower?). And I think they’d totally work for a winter wedding. So much potential for customization! What do you think?

DIY instructions for making your own snow globe from Well Worn:

You will need:
All can be found at a craft or haberdashery store.
*A jar of your choice (with a lid)
*Figurines or jewelery
*Anti-rust sealant for metal pieces
*Clear-drying epoxy
*Distilled water
*Dash of glycerin
*Large silver or white glitter (smaller versions will float at the top)
Steps:
1. Use clear-drying epoxy to adhere your piece to the inside of the lid. Let dry per instructions.
2. After the epoxy dries completely, fill your jar with distilled or boiled water (at room temperature, of course).
3. Add just a dash of glycerin so the “snow” falls slowly.
4. Add as much glitter as you like. If you don’t like the look of glitter, you can usually find faux snow at craft and haberdashery stores.
5. Screw your lid on tightly and enjoy your snow globe!
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Merry Christmas!

Trever Hoehne, my brother-in-law and subsequently fave photographer ever, took a few pictures of our family while we were up at the cabin. They are so festive and snowy, I thought I’d share. Hope your holiday was fabulous!

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Winter Loveliness

Well, this week has been FULL of crafting and shopping as well as prepping for a photo shoot this weekend. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed all the gift wrap inspiration as well as some of the GORGEOUS winter inspiration ideas I’ve seen around the blogosphere this week. I thought I’d share one of my favorites with you from Green Wedding Shoes! I hope you have a wonderful holiday week. I’ll be going out of town on Monday to a place that we’re hoping gets SNOW. I’ll be back up and running the following Monday.

Happy Holidays!

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DIY Wine Wrap

I recently put together a shoot for gift wrap inspiration with Jenny Liu Photography, MaeMae Paperie and Calligraphos Ink. Everything turned out so lovely and I’m so excited that it’s featured on Style Me Pretty today, so be sure to check it out. The first post is already up here!

I thought I’d share with your our DIY Wine Bottle Gift Wrap project that is so easy, and so impressive, you just can’t not give it a shot! This year, I’m really into reusing old sweaters that are either lying in my closet collecting dust, or ready for the take at my local thrift store. Here’s a GREAT way to use those sweaters to wrap a bottle of wine, that turns one gift into two.

Wine Bottle Gift Wrap:

Materials:
1 old sweater (I scour the thrift stores!)

2″-3″ of Fabric

Sewing Machine, or needle and thread!

Fabric scissors

Ribbon, yarn, gift tags etc… for embellishment
1. Once sweater is washed, start by inserting the wine bottle into the sleeve of the sweater. The sleeve should start just below the top of your wine bottle. Mark the sweater with length of your bottle, pull out the wine and cut the sweater sleeve off.

2. Place your bottle on the small square of fabric and trace a faint circle around the bottle. Give yourself an extra 1/4″-1/2″ outside of the bottle. Cut out this circle.

3. Turn the sleeve inside out and pin your fabric to the cut end of the sleeve. Sew together. Turn right side out and voila!

4. To complete, thread yarn through the sweater, or affix ribbon.

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Bachelorette in Joshua Tree

If you didn’t already see the photos of the Joshua Tree “Wild Things Bachelorette”, you must IMMEDIATELY go to Utterly Engaged and Erin Hearts Court for tons of AMAZING photos of the most inspirational bachelorette ideas. There aren’t enough superlatives to convey how much I adore the styling by Paige of Bash Eco Events and Kelly of Yes Please Design as well as the creative direction of Utterly Engaged’s Lucia Dinh. And Erin Hearts Court Photography? Does it get any better? Pretty sure not. Here are a few pics by Erin Hearts Court…but you MUST go check out more here and here! Great job to all involved!!!

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Engaged: Kentucky by way of Boston

Josh from Bella Grace Studio sent over this engagement session, and I had to share some of these photos. The couple is from Boston, but decided to do their engagement session in Kentucky, when they were home for Thanksgiving. I love how classy-southern-autumn it is. Totally adoring the boots and scarves and pea coats. What’s best is, this couple chose to shoot photos in their hometown, conveying their roots and personality. So…if you are looking for ways to make that engagement session a little more personal, consider choosing a significant location that means something to you.

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B I N G O !

For the new issue of Utterly Engaged, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to go antique shopping with Editor Eva Chou and photographer Serena Grace. With no more than a little money in our pocket, we took on the challenge of finding vintage items to create a tablescape and event concept…in just a few hours. The task seemed at first a little daunting, but proved incredibly rewarding. First off check out the article, with all the fun photos of our shopping trip and results. Here are a few peeks:

Can we talk about how awkward it is to set your hiney down on a setee in the middle of a store and start posing for pictures? Dear heavens. I was bright red when I left the store.

Next up, here are a few extra photos I put together of our little bingo themed party…which, by the way, I’m putting on my calendar immediately! Love the rootbeer floats and vintage tea tins (which i would have filled with something fun like succulents…were I to have more than an hour to create our “event”!)

Be sure to check out Utterly Engaged for the rest of the article and TONS of other great features in this month’s issue.

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