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DI-Why?

Today, I wanted to feature a few Etsy products that I think are so lovely, you might as well purchase them, rather than come up with your own version and do it yourself. When it comes down to it, if you can save time and spend almost as much money, the solution is: DI-Why?

Seed Bombs by Visualingual would be great favors, or have your guests throw the geographic specific seeds as you make your getaway!

Fox and Clover Serving Tray, perhaps for a shower?

Locality’s Custom Digital 16×20 print used on display at your wedding!

Smartfish ballet flats, aka dancing shoes?

Parrott Design Studio’s gift tags, perhaps used for place cards?

Nina Glaser’s totes, maybe bridesmaid gifts wrapped in these?

Do you have any Etsy favorites you are incorporating into your wedding? Leave a comment and link. Let’s exchange ideas!

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Custom Love Potion

You MIGHT hate me for this post. Because I’m going to show you something super cute, but kinda tough to DIY. I’ll be honest, this one’s kind of a toughie; but it’s so great, I couldn’t resist sharing!

Staci over at Sunlight Nights made an amazing six pack of beers with custom labels for her boyfriend’s Valentine’s Day gift. And it got me thinking how killer custom labels might be at a wedding. You might not be able to do a fancy die cut like Staci has done here, but perhaps you could whip something great up and print them on labels like these from Paper Source. The labels come with a template, and if your stationery designer has created something custom for you, like a sort of wedding “logo” then you could easily apply it to the labels. Getting the original labels off your beers is as simple as soaking them in water and peeling them right off.

I know… I’m really really crazy. But I love the idea. They might work for a great custom gift for the groomsmen, or a welcome gift for your out-of-town guests, or perhaps as a favor on some wine at your shower! It’s just a crazy thought, I know… but seriously, if you’ve got a LONG engagement, you might as well tackle a few DIY projects, right?

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THE “US” BOX

For Valentine’s Day, I put together a little DIY project for my boyfriend that I decided to name “The US Box”. The idea was to give him tangible items that represent intangible commitments I make to him in our relationship. I typed out explanations on tags, and attached them to each item. I then presented everything to him inside of a vintage suitcase. It was really fun shopping around for vintage items and spending time thinking about specific commitments that I want him to know I’m making. I definitely had to stretch a little.

Here are some photos of the project, shot by Caroline Tran (who I LOVE!). Special thanks to her for taking these gorgeous photos! You can also see more here, where the project was featured by the most fabulous gals ever of 100 Layer Cake.

I think the idea works beautifully for anyone looking for a thoughtful and momentous gift to give someone…be it your fiance on your wedding day, your mother on mother’s day, etc… What I love about giving it to my boyfriend is that we can both continue to add to it as our relationship grows and requires new promises. I also love that our future children will be able to paw through the box and understand in very tactile ways what we do to put our love in action.

Hope you enjoy!

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Leifsdottir Plans My Shower

Today I’m feeling incredibly inspired by Anthropologie’s sister store, Leifsdottir and their new lookbook:

I would LOVE to design a shower around this concept. First, I’d start with moss table runners, like these from Jamali Garden (center left). I’d also track down some bird cages, like these, I found on Ebay (top left). And I’d probably frame a few of these antique fern prints from High Street Vintage (bottom left). Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these vintage repro prints from Love Elizabeth which are necessary if you’re going to take it to the next level (main photo).

Go therefore, and plan it!!!

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Mustache Coffee Cups

I thought I’d finish a rather productive Tuesday with a cutie little idea I saw over on That Unreliable Girl. How darling are these mustache coffee cups? I could totally see someone having these at a late night coffee station for guests that have partied hard and need a little java for the ride home (because who doesn’t love java to go?) If not mustaches, I’m sure something personalized on your “To Go” mugs could be really fun. (So add it to that growing list of DIY projects!)

The mugs were designed by Sonya of the Matchbox Project and you can read more about them here.

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Real Wedding: Jenny and Jeff

Love all the quirky details from Jenny and Jeff’s wedding, which was sent to me by Choco Studio. I particularly adore the succulent centerpieces, which are SOOO DIY friendly. They last forever and look so great stuffed in all sorts of unique little containers. I hope you enjoy! Happy Tuesday!

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Yellow and Eyelet

I know this inspiration board is really simple, but sometimes, that can be a good thing. This conveys how an incredibly simple idea–eyelet lace–can easily be relied upon for all your inspiration. The elements in this inspiration board play off one another and you can see how even the tiny daisies mirror the look of the eyelet lace.

Sometimes, all you need is a very simple, straightforward idea to direct the rest of your decor! It doesn’t take a crazy intricate inspiration board and TONS of crazy components. For those of us that AREN’T designers, and that stress out about the thought of decorating our wedding, stick to something simple like this. It gives you one main element to repeat throughout your wedding. Eyelet Lace? Use those paper lace doilies as cones for petals to be thrown down the aisle. Use them to embellish gift wrap, or hold your favors. Find old crochet lace to spice up your tables, wrap it around bouquets, vases and mason jar candles, and throw it behind anything you might be framing. It’s one element that you can use in several different ways. Simple, easy, and doable!

How else might you use eyelet lace? Any other ideas?

Sources: 1. Sue Stemp via Design Sponge 2. via Image Spark 3. Flickr 4. unknown via Image Spark

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DIY Friday – Pom Garlands

I found these here, but couldn’t find an original source. Though I’m obsessed. How cute would these be for a shower? They look like they’re made from fabric. Anyone have a “how-to” source, let me know!

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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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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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