Project: Floral Lanterns

Almost a year ago my mom and sisters held a bridal shower for me at an amazing Italian restaurant in town...Ventano's. We had the shower outside on their patio with a beautiful view of the strip and kept the decorations fairly simple. It was mostly about good food and spending time with the most important women in my life before my big day. We did have a color scheme though...because I can't not have some kind of order. We went with a pink and gray theme...used poms to decorate around the patio, a simple glittery "congratulations" banner (thank you Martha Stewart), and used Ikea lanterns borrowed from Catherine, my florist, to decorate each table. The night before we hit up Costco and Albertsons for pink and white flowers to adorn the lanterns. I thought I would share the lanterns with you because they can easily be adapted to any color scheme! Here are our lanterns...


To create these we simply cut off the stems of our flowers and hot glued them onto a paper towel cardboard tube. The trick was to glue on your largest flowers first and fill in with smaller ones until you can't see the cardboard. Then, I stuck a few little stems of baby's breath around the arrangement and around the bottom to fill it in even more. I'm not a florist so I have no idea if hot gluing flowers is a no-no but it worked for us! Since we made these the night before my mom and I were worried they would die before the shower...so we soaked some paper towel, laid it on a cookie sheet, laid our flowers on that, placed it in the fridge, and crossed our fingers! As you can see the flowers survived and still looked beautiful! I think these would be beautiful in any color scheme and for any occasion.

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I'm Back!

So, as you've probably noticed, I've been a little MIA lately. Well...Ian and I are expecting and I've had terrible morning sickness! I could barely make it through a day of working my regular job, let alone worry about my blog. But, things are looking up & I'm finally feeling like my old self again. We started trying to expand our family late last year but we were unsuccessful for a few months & even experienced a chemical pregnancy in February. It was very difficult not being able to control the outcome of our ambitions each month...I've always been a hard worker & always seem to get what I'm after. It was very hard for me to just have faith that we would someday expand our family...I was too anxious. We were both beyond excited when we finally saw the positive test in March! We found out on June 17th that we're expecting a little girl who we are naming Olive Liann. Here she is...


She's already incredibly spoiled and loved even more. We just cannot wait until December when we can welcome her to the world. Until then I'm putting a lot of effort into making her nursery just as special as her. Because I'm incredibly picky I plan on making her bedding myself, along with several other DIY projects...which I'll of course be sharing on here.

In other news, photos from Ashley's and Keri's baby showers will be up later this week. Both events turned out great and I can't wait to share. You'll also probably notice that I updated the blog thanks to a very talented web/blog designer Lindsay Nicole and a new logo thanks to my sister-in-law Raelene of Belvedere Designs. Both turned out better than I imagined...thank you both for your help!



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Baby Sprinkle

I'm so excited to be hosting a baby shower for one of my favorite people, alongside 2 other friends! Keri is having baby number 2 in June, so we're throwing her a baby "sprinkle", a new trend in the event planning world. A baby sprinkle is a smaller gathering in which people bring small gifts, and only if they choose...its really just an excuse to get everyone together and ooh & aah over the belly! We've decided to go with a "sprinkle" theme, centered around sprinkled sweets, clouds, & rain drops. Here's our inspiration board...

               

Here's an inspiration board breakdown...
1. Co-host Lacie found these absolutely great flower balls made out of crepe paper! We think they'll be cute hanging around the house as decoration, or maybe topping a vase as a centerpiece.
2. Lacie also loves making cake balls (score!) and plans on adding lots of sprinkles to stick with the theme.
3. I found this fantastic baby shower article on Fiskars through OhDeeOh. So many fabulous ideas using rain drops & clouds in your decor. I absolutely love the white poufs with rain drops coming out and cloud cupcakes!
4. Here are our invitations we found on Parents.com (found through HostessBlog.com) and edited in photoshop to match our color scheme. We also added our own to text to indicate it was a sprinkle.
5. These little favor bags were also found in the Fiskars article (which I edited in photoshop to match our color scheme). I love the little rain drops going down the front! They put lemon drops inside but I think white or pink gum drops would be so cute!
6. I wanted to do onesie decorating at Ashley's baby shower but unfortunately we just had way too many people coming to make it possible. Since Keri's sprinkle is going to a more intimate gathering (and most of her friends & family are crafty) I think it would be a perfect way to send Keri home with more cute clothes for baby Jade. We're also thinking about adding in headband making...because a girl can't have enough of those! (image found here)
7. Lacie also had the super cute idea of getting a cute picture of Keri and her preggo belly with an umbrella and maybe a hose over her, acting as rain, to frame as a decoration. Love it! (image found here)
8. The sprinkle starts at 11am, so we gotta have sprinkled donuts!! (image found here)
9. And milk! I'm loving the little milk jars with the striped straws...gotta have! (image found here)

So there you have it! Our plan of attack for Keri's baby sprinkle! I can't wait to see the end result, and most importantly to spend the day seeing old friends. :)

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Rick Rack Flowers ... !

I think this just may be my most favorite crafting project found online EVER!! Two of my most favorite crafting "accessories" are rick-rack and paper or fabric flowers...and today I found a tutorial for rick-rack flowers through the amazing blog Positively Splendid who shared the tutorial from The Crafting Chicks. So, here are the flowers...


Aren't they amazing? You can find the tutorial on thecraftingchicks.com! What a great way to start off the week!

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