Wednesday, December 17, 2014

how to tie a junk bow and a free printable

 I'm not a big fan of shopping for holidays gifts I much rather make something special and fun.  I have no idea if any of my friends or family use or like any of my homemade gifts, but it brings a little bit of that old fashion feel I so long for during this holiday season. 
So here is a little trick I like to use to make my simple home made gifts a little more special. 
I found this darling recipe for cinnamon pancakes and yes they taste like cinnamon rolls!  the printables are on www.tatertotsandjello.com  so so cute!  I printed out the labels on sicker paper and popped them on a quart jar not a pint (had to change the recipe a bit)  tied a cinnamon stick to the top, (thanks M Rich for your extras) and thought they just weren't cute enough.
So I popped them in a cellophane bag with some green shine tinsel and put a junk bow on the top with a little Merry and bright flag.  Printable at the end of post. 
Then added a Heidi Swap tag and done supper cute and it looks like a fancy boutique gift.  Ill show you how to tie these easy bows.     
 

 Fist  have an anchoring idem like the flag or holly.  gather three or four or five ribbons in all different sizes and textures.  I love to use pompoms, book paper, any thing with wire, any old crazy thing that is in your color scheme. 
 lay them on top of each other and tie with seam binding or  jute all together. 

Don't worry if its a little scrunched just fluff it out  I thought mine could use some jingle bells so I hot glues them to the tips of the jute ribbon.  and your done.  You can hot glue it to a sign like I did or  add a bit of bakers twine to tie it to the bags like I did at the top.  Just a few min with your extra ribbons and you to can have a gift that wow's! 

 
 Happy gifting and tying!! Merry Christmas

 https://www.dropbox.com/s/n2cty7d5ag5unpd/merry%20and%20bright%20banner%201.jpg?dl=0


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December all ready


There is something magical about Christmas lights at night.  They are so clamming and peaceful.  I'm not a photographer although if I had the time I would love to take a class some day to refresh my long lost skills.  Here are just a few unfiltered photos I took tonight.

This is our new tree its huge 10 feet.  We bought it last year after Christmas and knowing it was so big we bought lots of ornament's to fill it.   However after I put it up I'm not really in love with it,  I kinda miss my scrawny 25 year old hand me down that had lots of holes and bare branches to fill up   the other tree is always greener I guess LOL
 I do love my four poster bed at Christmas  we have always had lights and garland around the canopy we put up only for a month.  but so worth the fun factor when we read Christmas stories in bed.
 In my piano room I have a little gold tree it glitters in the sunlight and glows at night, I hope my big new tree isn't jealous that I love this one better!
 I always like to put a little something fun on my piano for my students to look at and It changes weekly sometimes, because I just can't get it perfect, but for now this is what it looks like.
I fell in love with this gold glittered garland last year, the joy of it is, we find glitter on the stairs every time we vacuum its kinda a game to see who can find glitter on the stairs   we usually can still find it in July!!
 
  Let the holidays begin and remember in all the hustle and bustle stop for a few min each day to truly enjoy the season and all the beauty that goes along with it. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rustic Wedding




 This venue is just a little bit amazing!!!  I loved the rustic yet charming feel of this place Its truly a little jewel inside of Lindon Utah.  
I was  hired late in the game  I had only three weeks to get this wedding together but boy did it come together.  First I loved the idea of bring in fun furniture where guys could hang out or take photos with the Polaroid camera.  I hung my darling vintage windows from a burlap and ribbon wrapped 2x4  (thanks honey)  and placed my old getting ready to reupholster chair in front with an old step stool and the little ring bearers chest on the step.
 
 
The bride was having a small wedding so the gift table was small and sweet with another turquoise trunk for the cards.  maybe at the end of the post there will be a free printable surprise for you. 
 
 


 Next I had to create a cheese cake table.  The bride wanted cheese instead of cake!  I love doing a whole cake or pie table instead of one single cake its rustic and not to mention extra tasty with all the choices you have!  My doors keep get more and more rustic as the years go by LOL  but come on there is no way you can recreate those vintage knobs and colors.  I used my tree stumps and little jars of succulents to soften the edges and reused the flowers that were on the chairs in the chapel tucked around the edges. 



 Between the two of use we had 13 lanturns and boy did we use them.  I loved that by placing them on the floor it added so much color and light to higligt all the lager pieces. 
 
 The sweetheart table was so pretty I wish you could see it in person!  we took the swag off the mantel in the chapel and add photos of the bride and groom when they were babies and now,  adorable.  we used more jars of succulents and her bouquet to add the color. 




 I love it when the florist will leave some of there extra flowers that we can use in places that need extra love.  and my favorite look is a just picked from my garden look.  where I just grab a few extras and pop them in a vase  kind of a messy casual look.  Thanks Audrey!!
And speaking of Audrey who was the florist,  Amazing!  I love when a client I can dream up and idea and the florist says sure I can do that!  I mean who puts driftwood and succulents together and tells the florist to make it work?  But she did and it looked amazing  I mean look at that chapel with eucalyptus and roses (I know 80's)  but it looked soooooo modern and smelled like heaven!


 One of my favorite things to do is food table centerpieces.  The food was so delicious I mean melt in your mouth I'm not suppose to sneak this but I can't help it delicious!  B you are supper woman in the kitchen!
 Always Always Always have a killer entry way.  It sets the tone it gets the guest excited it welcomes everybody in.  I love all my vintage and a few new (Ikea)  finds that were just perfect to hold the flowers and back yard finds wrapped in paper at the entry doors.

 Thank sweet Emily for letting me  help make your wedding dreams come true in just three weeks:)

ok freebie time.  I'm letting you print my "cards" letters you can thank Emily later for let me share this with you.


https://www.dropbox.com/s/ad2ir47rapapkuh/sendoff.jpg?dl=0

 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sweet Punkin baby shower. and printable

Having a baby around a Holliday is not all that fun.  Take it from me I had two kids a week before Christmas!!  This little baby girl shower was not going to be black and orange just because her birthday was around Halloween.  Instead I used the pumpkin idea and softened up the colors a bit.  Pink and gold anyone? 

If you can believe it I bought the cutest pumpkins to get ready for this shower and they were all stolen off my porch WHAT!  I know I was so upset.  But alas I broke out the card and bought a few more.  I'm not letting my kids carve them so I get my moneys worth out of them till November!! 
 Going to a second pumpkin patch might have been a blessing because it introduced me too pink pumpkins   can you believe it?  Just the cutest things ever!  
 I don't have a wall to display my banners so I hang them from a dowel and put them in large gars filled with rice so it doesn't fall over.  I love how it's just the center piece of the food table  AKA my island.  
 Always always, always, have cute framed or in my case on a gold clip board, art work.  I like have the theme and using it every where. One printable and you can make tags sings door hangers picks  banners.  Its well worth the investment of someone designing you a cute  graphic.  and yes I did spray paint those dollar store pumpkins pink.

 These were my inspiration and I have loved having them out for fall and dressing them up for Halloween.  Can you spy another bottle holding yet another banner behind my couch. 
  I love Project life cards  I use them every were  just propped up they are adorable
 Ok so here is were I got lazy I hated taking down some of my black Halloween stuff so I let this bewitched banner and just added a pink and gold ribbon banner over it.  There is only so much I can do in a day. LOL
 again my graphic and a project life card  hello no brainer!!
I love hanging just a few lanterns from my railing above the guest and a little peek of my repurposed banner that said "things your little pumkin might say"   Screech eek and boo!
 
here is my printable for you if you ever need a cute little pumkin baby shower!  Your welcome.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sweet glitzy Hallween deco pumpkin style studio 5








Come on who doesn't want to have sweet little jeweled up pumpkins sitting on their coffee table?  Ok not my four boys who asked if they could add blood dripping off them.   This project is not for everybody it does stray a bit from the traditional and that's why I love it I suppose. 



 Do you have a glue gun?  if you do then you are golden that's all you need plus  a few craft supplies to make this magic happen..  First to make the tutu  I laid a ribbon down of my gluing surface and just gathered up a few yards of that cheep tulle you can find on a spool.  make sure you have enough ribbon to go around your pumpkin to tie it all on! 
 This pumpkin was the cutest and the easiest by far.  I bought some rind stone ribbon and just glued it down each little indention of the pumpkin.  I glued at the top middle and bottom tied a bow on the top and finished with a    boo sticker  took about 10 min!!!  its for my cute little "punkin" baby shower.
 Printables there are a million and one on the web.  But all you need to dress them up is a fun edge.  You can use anything crate paper tinsel yarn glitter a row of rind stones, ribbons, ruffled fabric coffee filters basically anything that you have and fits your style and color scheme 

Vinal all decked out in rind stones on my gallery wall  sorry family portrait! 
 last but not least take those fun party cones and turn them upside down for a fun cute witches hat  I think the fun upgrade from last year is the word banners I'm putting on everything.  I'm so in love with the fun words and phrases. 
 
 
here are links to my free printables  make sure you add a bit of your own something to make it special 
 https://www.dropbox.com/s/tmtnblpsg5ov343/studio%205.jpg?dl=0
 https://www.dropbox.com/s/l5i0yki92q83znz/Untitled-1.jpg?dl=0
 
 
 https://www.dropbox.com/s/mzjoizjho9ogftt/sweets.jpg?dl=0