Monday, October 13, 2014

How to have a "Dream Wedding" at a" less than nightmare cost "(Part 1)

All parents want to be able to give their daughter a "dream wedding".  The only problem is -- money is usually a contributing factor as to whether or not that can be accomplished.  My daughter had big dreams of a "shabby chic" wedding with a sit down dinner, dancing and around 150 guests.  Wow.... if that doesn't break the bank --what will?  BUT.. because we wanted to make her dreams  come true and her dad and I knew that we could do a lot of the decorating ourselves... we set to work.  We have a very talented family that also wanted to help do all they could.  So, we knew we could be successful with all their help!  And,  it was a beautiful, magical wedding.  I originally had planned to share all the things I learned about decorating as I went along -- but time got away from me.  SO --  I would like to share some of the ways we learned to save money and lessons we learned along the way with you now.  First things first  -- START EARLY!  Luckily, we had a little over a year to plan everything.  Hilary started a secret pinterest page and pinned all the things she liked.  No one could see the page except for me and her.  She chose a "theme" and started pinning things she liked.  I looked at it everyday and got an idea of what she wanted.  Next -- I started right away.  I bought up all the candlesticks I could find.  I set a budget of not paying over $1.00 for a candlestick -- unless it was a candelabra.  (then I just used my judgement about what I felt was a fair price).  I knew that I had to spray paint all of them an off white color AND add crystals so I had to keep it cheap.  I was able to purchase over 100 candlesticks of varied heights for  $1.00 each or less.  I searched yard sales, thrift stores, antique shops and even had friends and family donate some they no longer used or had found themselves.  Next, I started collecting burlap.  I lucked out at a yardsale in Huntsville, Alabama. (My sister lives there and takes me yard saleing every time we visit!)   One particular yard sale had a couple living there that had  just  gotten married two months earlier and used the same shabby chic theme.  She sold me all her burlap pieces, some white tablecloths,  burlap bows and several other things for $20.00.  It was a steal!  I knew I would need ALOT of burlap because I had been eyeing  a burlap and muslin tablecloth on etsy that I just loved.  Here it is:
Isn't that just gorgeous?  However, it was over $300.00. (a very fair price for all the work that went into it!) But -- I knew that was a budget breaker.  So , I gathered  some of the burlap that I found at my yardsale and set to work making my own.  My daughter's soon to be mother in law had given me some muslin she used for a  wedding shower and it was just enough for what I needed!  Two weeks  and a lot of tears and hair pulling  later.....  Here it is:
It was VERY time consuming but well worth the savings!
Here is another burlap idea I had.  I saw this bird at Hobby Lobby.  It's so adorable!  It was not all that expensive -- but I knew that I could get it done cheaper.  I had extra wood at home and my brother in law is very skilled at cutting wood.. so I used more of the yard sale burlap. a stencil I already had, a staple gun, and just made my own.  (Mine is a lot bigger too)
My bird.... 
And here is another burlap project.  I loved this burlap and muslin rose wreath pictured below.  It matched Hilary's theme so well.  But priced at $49.99 -- even the 40% off coupon wouldn't make it very affordable!  So -- I used a foam wreath I already had at home and more of that burlap and muslin to make my own.  MUCH CHEAPER and I made it larger and dressed it up with pearl centers and a bow.
 My wreath...........

Hilary had posted several burlap and lace wedding guest books on her pinterest page that she liked.  Here is one of them.

While thrift store shopping one day, I found this brand new guest book pictured below for $1.00.  I thought.. hmmm.. it has "good bones".  So I took it home and re-decorated it to match our theme.

Hilary really liked it!
I hope some of these ideas have been helpful.  I know that I  have already shared some of these projects earlier on my blog.  However, I wanted to put them all together so maybe it will be helpful to someone planning a wedding.  I have SO many more things to share with you, but I am going to try and keep this to a "three part series." I want to tell you all about our diy dessert bar and the serving pieces we used.   Keep an eye out for another post soon.   Thanks for dropping by.  See you again soon!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bookshelf re-decorating

Disorganization has been driving me nuts lately!  My house almost looks like a hoarder's home. But never fear --  I have started the cleaning out process.  I emptied up my shelves in the living room and donated  8 boxes to the thrift store!  However, afterward  I found myself buying nick-nacks to place on my shelves because they looked too empty.  Lol.  Will this insanity ever stop?  Seriously, I found some really cute deals at our local thrift store to help add more style to my shelves.  Check out that adorable gold quail in the middle section in front of my three girls pictures.  It was $1.00 at the Miserly Mutt!  Lots of the milk glass I have were thrift store and yard sale finds.  Have I mentioned how much I love milk glass?  I spent a lot of time online learning how to "place" everything and how to "layer/build up" my nick-nacks.  I think it looks much better -- but I am sure it could still use some help.   Anyhow, this is just the beginning of my organization.  I am SERIOUSLY cleaning out my house.  I mean, how many of us actually  display, wear  or even use all the junk we have squirreled away?  Stay tuned for more.  This is only one side of my shelves.  I have the other completed but have not taken pictures yet.  By the way -- please excuse the poor quality of my pictures.  Now you know what I want for Christmas this year!  A decent camera! 
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Monday, October 6, 2014

White Pumpkin Topiary DIY

Hello friends!  Isn't this fall weather just wonderful?  I am enjoying the fall decorations and crisp, cool air.  I just love the white pumpkins that are  in style this year!  However, I found out that everybody does not feel that way.  When I showed my white pumpkin topiary to my daughter, she said, "When are you going to paint the pumpkins orange?"  Lol.  So, I added a little orange highlighting to keep everyone happy.  Below I have included the supply list and directions for the pumpkin topiary I made.  Hope you enjoy it and make one of your own!

First, spray paint your pumpkins white.  It will take several coats.  Then, remove the top stems from your three pumpkins BUT save one.  (they should pull off easily).  Place two foam disks in the bottom of your topiary container of choice.  I found my buckets at Hobby Lobby.  (I hot glued the disk to the bottom and then stuffed newspaper on the sides to hold it sturdier.)  Put moss on top of the foam.  Stick the dowel rod in the center of the foam in the pot.  Then, spear the bottom of the first pumpkin and go through the top.  Pull it down to the moss and sit it on top of the moss.  Next, hot glue moss/leaves on top of the first pumpkin and then spear second pumpkin on top of that. Apply moss/leaves again on top and then spear last pumpkin on that.  Now you will have some of the dowel rod sticking out of the first pumpkin.  Take the pumpkin stem you removed and  measure how much you need to leave of the dowel rod sticking out of top just enough to spear the stem on.  Cut the dowel rod to that length and then apply the pumpkin stem onto the dowel.  Hot glue the stem, moss, and leaves to the top.  Last, brush on a little burnt orange paint in random places on the pumpkins in a vertical motion.   I also painted my stem a brown color.  Embellish to your liking and you are done!  Now you have an easy, stylish, and affordable pumpkin topiary! (or make two!)  Happy Fall Ya'll!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Easy Grapevine Pumpkin (By Lilacs and Longhorns)

I saw this post over at Lilacs and Longhorns blog.  It is so adorable and perfect for fall decorating.  I wanted to share it with you guys because it looks so easy to do.   Click on over for the instructions.  Thanks for the inspiration, Julie!  Be sure and leave her a comment.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bumble Bee tablescape

We recently had our annual Birthday Bash at our church.  Each month has it's own table and is decorated with a theme.  I chose August and "The Bee-attitudes" theme.  I made a bee hive for the center and sewed up some primitive looking bees also.  I had a lot of fun with this theme and I also plan to use the bee theme for Hilary and John's gender reveal party.  By the way --  I am going to be a grandmother in February!  I am so excited.  I will share how I made the bee hive and the pattern for the bumble bees in another post.  Thanks for visiting.  I hope you have a great weekend.


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Flower Arrangements from a casket spray

Remember this casket spray I made not long ago for my sister's mother in law?  Well, we wanted each of her children to have an arrangement with some of the flowers.  So, I took it apart and made four arrangements so they could each have one.  I hope they all like them.  The flowers are  beautiful -- just like their mother.   

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall Acorn Pillow (Sew easy)

Hello Friends!  I can't believe Fall is almost here.  I still have lots of summer projects to share with you!  I have been so busy lately.  I plan to get several projects uploaded and posted very soon.. so keep an eye out.  For today, I wanted to share this adorable little acorn pillow.  I found the FREE pattern here:
It was fun to make and I think it turned out so cute.  I donated it to our church as a doorprize.  If you are feeling "fallish" this weekend -- pull out some scraps and sew this lil' pillow together!  Thanks for dropping in.  See you soon.
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