Friday, February 16, 2018

Hello Friday

Hello Friday

Hello week filled with lovely Valentine loveliness. Hello paper roses and craft night with my favorite crafty ladies. Hello morning kisses and surprise flowers from my love on Valentine's day. Hello filling my home with heartfelt quotes from our favorite books that make my heart swell. Hello Galentine brunch and silly laughs with my gal-squad.

Hello you. I hope your Valentine week has been filled to overflowing with love.

~julee~

Monday, February 12, 2018

Vintage Library Wedding Reception

Vintage Library Wedding Reception

Alternate title: The Reception of a Writer and Bibliophile.

When my friend Liz told me she wanted to create her cake and punch wedding reception with a vintage library vibe, I may have squealed in delight. Squealed, I'm telling you. Because vintage. And library. Vintage. Library. As in, the stuff my dreams are made of.

We centered our inspiration for decorating the tables around a vintage suitcase and the bride and groom initial book cut-outs, purchased at a local shop. (I have since found them at Michaels if you're looking for a set.) Everything was set in the brides favorite colors - deep, rich, jewel tones.

Vintage Library Wedding Reception

The reception hall was a beautiful old building set back in a local park. The gorgeous exposed brick walls and large fireplaces on each end of the room created the perfect warm and cozy atmosphere for wanting to curl up with a great read.

The stunning three layered cake was made by a family friend of the bride. The baker used seasonal flowers as the topper and to decorate the perimeter. The flowers were purchased at Kroger and we used the remainder bunches split up in vases on the tables.

Vintage Library Wedding Reception

For the tables, we raided our personal libraries for hardback books plus we took a few trips to Goodwill to look for books with pretty decorative spines. Every table held flowers in jewel-toned bottles and vases, plus small tea light candles in holders.

Vintage Library Wedding Reception

We also found various small brass elements to compliment the gold on the book spines and table settings. Goodwill had plenty of brass tchotchkes to pick over. A few decorative skeleton keys found at Michaels added in nicely.

Vintage Library Wedding Reception

Finally, to finish off the table center pieces, I took to the internet and printed off several love quotes from various books and authors and placed them in simple black frames. Each table had a unique quote which became my favorite element of the tables.

Vintage Library Wedding Reception

An easy way to add visual depth when decorating a table is paper. The gold polka dot paper was a roll of wrapping paper cut to size. On top of that I used 12x12 scrapbook paper in the jewel tones. Easy and very effective at creating layers that tied all the tables together.

Vintage Library Wedding Reception
Vintage Library Wedding Reception

We also set up a kids table full of vintage Golden Books and coloring sheets and crayons.

Vintage Library Wedding Reception
Vintage Library Wedding Reception
Vintage Library Wedding Reception
Vintage Library Wedding Reception

Overall, this reception embraced the writer and bibliophile personalities of the bride and groom perfectly. Using many pieces from their home and personal library, as well as vintage elements found at thrift stores, we were able to keep this wedding reception highly personal and affordable. 

May they live happily ever after...


Happy party planning, DIY'ers!

~julee~



Friday, December 22, 2017

DIY Mason Jar Photo Holder

DIY Ball Mason Jar Photo Holder

It's not too late to craft some last minute gifts this Christmas. These Ball jar photo holders come together quick. Seriously, you make four of these in an hour or two. That, and they're cute and can be personalized with photos and gift cards. Win, win, win.

DIY Ball Mason Jar Photo Holder

Supplies needed: 4oz mason jar, craft snow, small bottlebrush trees, wire (I used 18 gauge). You'll also need a small nail, hammer, wire cutter, pliers, and hot glue. It'll be helpful to find something round to wind your wire around to help it take shape - I used a thread spool.

(I found the 4oz Ball jars at Walmart and Kroger. They come in a 4-pack.)

DIY Ball Mason Jar Photo Holder

Start by creating the photo holder in the lid of the mason jar. Using a small nail, hammer a hole in the center just large enough for the wire to slip through. Create two loops with the wire (twisting around a round object makes this easier). Create a long tail at the end of the wire loop. Thread this through the hole in the lid and then bend a 90-degree angle on the underside of the lid. Use hot glue or similar to secure the wire underneath.

DIY Ball Mason Jar Photo Holder

DIY Ball Mason Jar Photo Holder

DIY Ball Mason Jar Photo Holder

DIY Ball Mason Jar Photo Holder

DIY Ball Mason Jar Photo Holder

Once your lid is finished, create your winter scene inside the mason jar. Use hot glue to adhere the bottle brush trees and then sprinkle in the craft snow. 

DIY Ball Mason Jar Photo Holder

Screw the lid back on and add your photos or cards and you're done! Easy, cute, and personalized!

What last minute crafts are you making?

Happy holiday crafting, DIY'ers!

~julee~

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fall Wedding Shower

Fall Wedding Shower


Confession: Sometimes beautiful parties get lost in a deep, dark picture abyss on my hard drive. For two years. It's a shame, really. Truth is, I have more photos of projects than I have time to share.

I recently found these fall wedding shower pictures, and realizing that I had never shared this gorgeous party,  thought the time was right to pull them from the dungeon of my computer and bring them to light. I love the essence of fall's vibrance and crispness in this shower, and felt that we portrayed the bride-to-be perfectly.

Fall Wedding Shower

The theme of this party revolved around beautiful sunflower bouquets picked up at Kroger. Yep, Kroger. Using seasonal florals as your main decor can have a big impact and it doesn't have to be expensive.

Fall Wedding Shower

Fall Wedding Shower

I used floral bouquets everywhere: As the food table centerpiece, flanking the cake, next to the favors, and even on the front porch to welcome guests. Free wedding printables from Creative Bag were also used on tables throughout the home.


Fall Wedding Shower

Fall Wedding Shower

Fall Wedding Shower

Free mimosa bar sign and juice tags were downloaded from By Stephanie Lynn.

Fall Wedding Shower

Fall Wedding Shower

Hand lettered signs created by my talented friend Meredith at Little House Studio KY encouraged guests to leave wishes and words of encouragement to the bride-to-be, as well welcomed guests at the front door.

I hope you've enjoyed this last bid to fall before we officially head into Christmas season next week.

Happy party planning, DIY'ers!

~julee~