Valentines goodies

LOVE is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. We love this time of year! One day dedicated to telling those that you love, you love them. In this busy life, we should all take a day and stop and focus on those in your life who mean a lot to you. We feel blessed by the special people in our lives and the phenomenal couples we meet in this amazing career!

While we are on the topic of love…one thing we LOVE is baking! Cupcakes, cookies, pies, you name it. Who doesn’t love to enjoy  a fun little dessert for a special occasion? A hot new trend that we just adore are pie pops. Similar to cake pops, these mini creations are adorable, chalk full of deliciousness and making appearances at wedding receptions everywhere! We found this great blog post from The Sweetest Occasion with a tutorial on making some Mini Cherry Heart Shaped Pie Pops and wanted to share it with you. We are going to roll up our sleeves, throw on our aprons and get to work making some of these for next Thursday. Join us?

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http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/2013/02/heart-pie-pops/

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Cheers!

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A fun little DIY tidbit!

Hello lovelies! I am hoping this blog post finds you all well! I want to share a fun DIY craft with you to add a little something special to your wedding day (or makes a great gift!) without spending much more than a few bucks!

I love crafting. I adore crafting. I am somewhat (a lot) obsessed with crafting. For some reason each year I decide it is a good idea to hand make nearly every Christmas gift I give and this year was no exception. The moment that I find myself up to my eyeballs in paint, glue, ribbon, glitter, paper and more, I tend to second guess myself. However, when that long worked on project finally rounds the bend to becoming its final state…I do a little happy dance in my head and think, “Ah, that was worth it!” And really, it always is because personalized gifts are always more special than something just picked off a store shelf. This leads me to share my latest DIY with you.

Over Christmas I made some adorable wooden signs for family and friends. I am a big recycler when it comes to crafting (yes, that bow that you gave me on my last gift is destined to become something else and probably returned to you in it’s new form.) Just before Christmas, I found myself in the midst of lots of unused 1×4’s in our shed (thanks hubby for building those planter boxes last summer!) . I couldn’t stand the thought of them just sitting there and had been wanting to make some cute rustic wooden signs for a while…so I put them to use. Here are a few pictures of the ones I created for gifts.

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With the Northwest Bridal Showcase coming up, I knew I could incorporate some fun signs to put in our booth space. And so, began the project of Bride & Groom signs. I think they turned out pretty cute, don’t you?!

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1. Find a piece of wood. Any scrap piece will do! Or, go to your local hardware store and buy one.

2. Sand any rough spots with a piece of sand paper.

3. Paint it. I used some plain ‘ol white paint that we had left over from painting our house, but you can use any color!

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5.  Lay the printed saying on top of the board and tape it in place on one side. Only tape the paper on one side so that you can slip transfer paper underneath it. (excuse my wrapping paper table protection)

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6. Slip a piece of graphite paper underneath your saying so that you can trace around each letter and transfer the saying onto the wood.Image

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7. Using a fine paint brush, paint in the letters. Or just outline them…whatever you like. Here is the finished product of this sign. (I did not distress this sign.)

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And here is a close up of the Bride sign. I did distress this one. To do so, take a fine grit sand paper and lightly sand over the top until you have achieved the desired effect.

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8. Attach a ribbon with some hot glue or a nail and hang on the backs of your chairs at your wedding reception to add a little something extra special.

Happy crafting! Cheers!

Some Favorite DIY Goodies

Ahhh….spring is upon us, which means that we are headed full speed into wedding season. With that said, we wanted to share some of our favorite DIY ideas that we have seen recently. We love DIY touches because they add charm and personalization to your day and save you money. Besides, your guests will be talking about them long after you say your vows. Happy crafting!

What a lovely and easy DIY centerpiece idea. Using wood rounds for the bases, simply top with a variety of unique bottles filled with flowers and tie a pretty piece of fabric around them to tie in your colors.

We adore this backdrop idea! The best part is that you can make it out of fishing line and styrofoam! Extremely inexpensive and pretty. It would be lovely behind a head table or ceremony area.

These lovely little flowers would be just darling in the center of each place with place cards attached to them! Use any kind of scrapbooking paper to tie in your colors or theme!

Throwing flower petals at your wedding? What a gorgeous, inexpensive way to contain them before the tossing!

Add charm to a plain paper lantern by gluing coffee filters to it!

These rustic signs are so popular right now and extremely easy to make! A pole, a few scraps of wood and some paint and you have yourself a personalized piece of art.

We absolutely adore these containers that have been decoupaged with lace! What a fun way to add charm and texture to plain old vases1

A simple border punch add all of the character to these simple lunch bags. Adorn with a homemade tag and you have pretty, inexpensive little favor bags!

Rather than renting glasses, take a trip to goodwill or garage sales and collect mason/canning jars to use for drinks! Tie a scrap of pretty cloth around them to add character and incorporate your colors.

Create pretty hanging pieces by simply attaching pearls or other pretty beads/gems to a styrofoam ball. Attach a piece of ribbon or fabric to be hung with to the top.

What a fun and "green" way to personalize water containers or vases!

An easy DIY using an old photo frame and a pretty piece of scrapbook paper to create a multi-functional tray.