Thursday, October 27, 2011

Buffet Redo

So my Mom and sister decided to do some changes to her house this weekend. They found a beautiful buffet at the Salvation Army. It was in need of a little work and I think it turned out amazing! Take a look for yourself.


And the beautiful after: 
Such a great transformation. If you want my tutorial for the Pottery Barn Numbers Art Knock-Off you can find it here. And if you like that cute little twine spool I'll be posting a tutorial soon. I used them in my wedding decor!

Have a fabulous day!

Monday, October 24, 2011

We Interrupt These Wedding Posts...

I found the pictures from a baby shower gift I made that I wanted to share!

I made another Personalized Name Art for a friend of mine's nursery. I used the fabulous tutorial from Ashley at Lil Blue Boo that you can find here. She gives a very detailed tutorial and it's very easy to follow. She makes hers 5"x7", but I wanted this to be a statement piece so I made mine an 8"x10".

I previously made one of these and it turned out like this
You can find that tutorial here.

I did this one more like Ashley's tutorial and I love it!
Here is the closeup. 
The new Mommy and Daddy loved it and it is now hanging in their little Archie's nursery!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rustic Wedding Cakes

So, our wedding was a "Rustic Chic" theme. I searched many of blogs and spent many of hours on Pinterest (thank goodness for it, right?) looking for the right elements to add to our wedding. I wanted to share with you all the things that were DIY projects!

The one craft project I did not take on myself was our cakes. If you knew my baking/cooking skills, you would know that doing the cakes myself would have led to one big ole' mess. Betty Crocker would have hung her head in shame...  Lucky for me, I work with two FABULOUS teachers who just so happen to have started their own cake business, Thirsty Gourmet. Lucky for me huh?? I love the things they do and I knew they would be able to take on the challenge of our bride and groom's cakes!

I went back and forth on my wedding cake. I knew that I wanted it to be "non-traditional". Actually those words came up a lot in my wedding details. I just didn't want to do anything expected. When my friend, and cake baker, Kara found this picture. I knew we had it!
Hilary Duff's Vintage Wedding Cake
Photo via Modern Wedding
I knew it had exactly the unexpectedness I was going for. So, I left Kara and Katie to run free with the idea and this is what they came up with.
What do you think? To be honest, I think it's actually better than Hilary's! Sorry Hilary!! I loved it. All of our guests loved it, and best of all it was DELISH! It was a strawberry cake, my favorite.

Then, there was the groom's cake. Is the groom's cake done everywhere? It definitely is done in the South. Usually it is a groom's interest, alma mater, or anything reminiscent of them. My husband makes washer boards. Know what they are? It's a tailgating game, backyard game, similar to the idea of horseshoes, but you throw washers into holes. He also has really gotten the knack of painting washer boards in some fancy fashion. His very favorite washer boards are his "Texas Boards".
So, that's what we wanted his groom's cake to be. Here is what the girls came up with.
Isn't it adorable? I mean.... manly. They did such a great job. We couldn't have been happier!

Check back for more wedding goodies!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

And I'm Back......

.....I promise this time!  So, I got married two weekends ago! Super exciting, but I'm so happy for things to get back to normal around here. And back to normal means "I Get To Craft!!!!". I'm going to start with some posts on some crafts I did for the wedding (since I did them ALL... like, every little detail), and then hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things! I can't wait to get blogging again!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Desserts and Cocktails Bridal Shower

Hello? Anyone still here?

If you are, I appreciate you sticking around.

I've been thinking a lot about this blog. I love doing this blog. I feel great when I'm crafting and I feel even better when I can share what I've done with other people and it helps to inspire you. With that being said... life always seems to get in the way. I'm a teacher. And I realized I starting really posting on this blog during the summer when I had plenty of ample free time. I started to get followers and getting in a real groove of posting and then school started and I got busy, really busy! So, I'm going to try to be better. And if I'm not, we're in luck, because summer is right around the corner and with a wedding coming up the crafts are sure to follow!!

Today I'm going to share a bridal shower that I put together for one of my very best friends, Kristen. Kristen had a total of three wedding showers. One was for her family and one for the groom's family. The one I was throwing was for all of her friends. I wanted this shower to be different. I immediately began brainstorming themes for her shower and I found this photo at Hostess With The Mostess.
Although I didn't use these vases, I took them as inspiration for the entire night. My color palette was red, pink, black, and white. My good friend Jessica made the invitations for the night.
Invitations from Jessica Klima
I wanted to create a dessert buffet that had some pizzaz! I used strips of crepe paper to create a curtain behind the table and then hung a frame from Ikea in the center.
I tried to vary the heights of all the platters to create dimension throughout the table.
Here's a little secret. I don't own very many serving dishes. So most of what I used were my actual plates  with either candlesticks underneath or little votives. Shhh! Don't tell! I used my Dollar Store Hurricanes to hold some tulips.
And now the food! It was all so yummy! We tried to keep the food as close as we could to the theme colors. Cake Balls from Bakerella. Creme Puffs.
Orange Brownies.
Red Candies.
Three Layer Chocolate Pie.
Kristen has a love for all things skull and cross bones. So my friend Kelly at Baby Cakes made some super delish skull and cross bone cookies with matching icing!
Homeade eclairs! Yum-o!
Raspberry Meringue Hearts that I made using this recipe.
Dipped Oreos.
Chess Pie. I had never heard of it, but it was delicious!
Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
And of course we had to have some cocktails! I made this Champagne Punch that was a real hit.
Yummy punch with OJ, Pineapple Juice, and Ginger Ale.
Well... are you hungry yet??
It was such a great shower. Most importantly the bride had fun!

All of these beautiful photos were taken by the most amazing photographer I know, Jessica Klima!