Thursday, May 31, 2012

Vintage Book Page Pinwheel Letter Banner Tutorial

I have had so many comments and emails about my "cards" banner I made for the wedding I posted about here and here. Although it is very similar to the banner I made here, I thought I would post a more detailed tutorial for this specific banner.

~Step One~ Gather uo your book pages. My favortie books to use are old encyclopedias and dictionaries since they have a great patina and their letters and words are more condensed.
I just like how they look, but really, any book will do.
You will need 2 sheets per pinwheel. This book was on the smaller side, so I used full pages for my pinwheels, however, if you are using a bigger sized page, feel free to cut them in half.

~Step Two~ Fan fold your pages. There can be as little or as many folds as you want, depending on how tight you want your pinwheel folds.
This is something you will have to play around with until you get the look you like.

~Step Three~ Fold each of your fans in half and glue both of them on the fold. I prefer using just a regular old glue gun, but double sided tape works well, too. I think the glue gun lasts longer, though.  

~Step 4~ Glue both of the halves together. 
I usually put a couple of reinforcing dots of glue in the middle where I want the fans to stay more tight.
You kind of just have to play with it until it looks and lays right.

Once dry, print off your letters onto cardstock or self adhesive paper and secure it to the center of your pinwheel.

The letters I used came from here on Martha Stewart's site.
They are free to download, and I think they are the perfect size.

I like the look of securing them to this chunky twine with clothespins, however, you could create more of a banner by attaching them with ribbon like I did here.

For Christmas, I made up a bunch of these with ribbon, and put the letters close together, spelling out "Joy," "Merry Christmas," "Noel," etc. and in between each letter, I tied little knots of different kinds of red ribbons.
There are so many directions you can go with these. They are so fun!

A big thank you to  Blissful and Domestic and Freckled Laundry and At the Picket Fence for featuring me this week!

 freckled laundry


Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What I am Working on...

Linen Ruffle Edge Euro Sham

I am working on making a pair of these {adorable} Pottery Barn linen ruffled pillows for my bed.
I am redoing our linens to layers and layers of lush all white pillows and bedding.
To me, there is something so luxurious about a bed with all white linens.

Linen Ruffle Edge Euro Sham

These pillows are not as easy as they look! Do you see that little extra piece of gathering and extra space between the big ruffle and the the main part of the pillow? It is not just an extra seam, sewn on top of the main ruffle; it is an entirely different. small ruffled piece of fabric! I figured out the logistics of it, now we will see how it goes with the actually sewing of it! I thought about leaving it out and just making one big ruffle, but I think it is so pretty. I guess if it turns out to be too hard, then I will rethink it again

Also, I am having a yard sale this weekend! So, I have been busy, busy cleaning and decluttering. It is amazing how much random stuff gets accumulated over the years!

I hope you are having a great week!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

 Happy Memorial Day!

 My beautiful friend Alisha and I took our little girls down to a local park where they have set up a really great Memorial Day tribute. My mom met us down there and had fun dancing and playing with Ella.

When we first got there, it was pretty chilly, so Ella had her coat on. But then the sun came out and it warmed up pretty nicely. I love this sunny squinty little smile. It cracks me up.

She really doesn't like her hairbows anymore. But, oh, isn't that face so cute!?

Alisha's little sweetheart, Kyla, was a little camera shy. Most of the pictures I have of her look like this. Isn't she such a beautiful little girl?

I love those big dark eyes, thick dark lashes, and sweet little curls!

Can you see Ella in the background?

One thing I know for sure is that I want to raise Ella with a respect and reverence for our country, our flag, and for those who have fought so valiantly to protect them.

My family has a rich military history that I am so proud of.
My grandfather is one of the very best, most kindhearted, respectful, funny, and smart men I know. He fought as a Marine in Korea and I couldn't be prouder of him.

My lovely grandma has been the best example of support and love to my grandpa, and she honors and advocates for our country every single day.

Forget the actors, ball players, or others with inflated importance;
these are true heroes-- my heroes.

My grandpa, from the time I was a small child, has always talked to me about how important it is to "be a good citizen." It has always been important to me to live my life in a way that honors my grandparents while contributing as a valuable member of society.

I want Ella to know how blessed she is to live in this beautiful land of freedom.
I want for her to never feel a sense of mere entitlement to the freedoms she enjoys, but a reverent respect and a sacred responsibility.

I want for her to know that there has been a significant price paid on her behalf.

I want her to know the words of the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegience.
I want her to see how they bring tears to my eyes every time I hear them.
I want to someday pass on to her the stories my grandfather has told to me. 

I want her to know and be proud of her Grandpa (my husband's father) for his Marine service in Vietnam. He sacrificed so much for his country and I respect and love him. 

My husband told me that ever since he was a small child, he would sneak peeks at his dad's medals and would look at them in awe.

My father in law is such a kind and humble man, and he would never portray himself to others as the hero he truly is.

But, Ella will know that he is.

For today, we will kiss these sweet cheeks and send up a prayer of thanks for the blessing of living in this land of freedom.

To all of the men and women who are currently serving, or who have served in our armed forces I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I promise to you that I will pass on a legacy of gratitude for the sacrifices you make and have made.

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Vintage Inspired Wedding: Part Two

Paul and Lindsey were beaming after their ceremony!
The coctail hour and reception were just as adorable as the ceremony.
Lindsey thought of every detail. I really loved this chalkboard sharing their love story.

{Aren't the love birds cute}

I made her bouquet out of pale pink and white Peonies, bound with burlap and pearls. Peonies really are the most beautiful flowers in the world. I had a hard time not wanting to just keep them all to myself! But they looked so lovely with Lindsey's beautiful dress.

On all of the coctail tables, I arranged bouquets of stock {ordered}, snowballs from a neighbor's yard, and greens from my yard.

The whole wedding was a mix of ordered flowers {Ranunculus, Football Mums, Hypericum, Stock, Baby's Breath, Lisianthus} and garden flowers {Peonies, Snowballs, random blossoming branches} which I thought made it very charming.

By the way, snowballs are my 2nd favorite flower. Maybe it is silly, but when the peonies and snowballs come out in the spring, I am so filled with joy! There is something about them that just makes me happy.

This wedding was at the old train depot- a local landmark. The ceremony was out on the lawn and the reception was inside the station. It is one of the most charming places in town! It has the most beautiful architecture, and original features, wood benches, and signs.
It was the perfect place for their beautiful vintage inspired wedding.

{On a side note, I am really frustrated that my pictures don't do this beautiful wedding justice! The only photography class I have ever taken was 13 years ago in high school... back when we used film and a darkroom... and I just started taking pictures again. So, I am trying really hard to learn how to work my camera, but in situations like this where I am trying to hurry, and there is ambient lighting, I struggle : / I can't wait for my class!}

Anyhow... Lindsey had used a lot of adorable chalkboards all around the room.
This is the top of one of the depot benches.

She ordered this cute "Just Married" banner from etsy and 
grew succulents in these mugs that I thought were also really cute.

There were also my pinwheels scattered all along the head table.

and strung in other spots (horrible picture, but you get the idea...)

I arranged a cluster of four small arrangements for half of the guest tables, all in canning jars.
One jar had the stock and snowballs, like the coctail tables. One had a bunch of baby's breath and greens, another had Hypericum (green and berry-like) and greens, and the last one had blossoming tree branches.

Lindsey made these adorable burlap table runners and chalk painted table number blocks.
Ella did her part to eat her baby food so we could have the jars for candles. 
My little sweetheart was happy to help. : )

On the alternating tables, I used blossoming branches and football mums in tall cylindrical vases.

How is it possible for one buiding to be so charming?
I love all of the original fixtures and woodwork!

In the back, here, you can see where she used one of my chalkboards {made from an old cabinet door} to write the drink menu, and next to it you can see the beautiful cupcakes table. They were SO good!
I had barely missed dinner because I had to sneak out to feed Ella, so I jumped on the cupcakes as soon as they cut the cake! I was starving because I have a really bad habit of not eating all day when I do things like this! But, I don't think that was the only reason they were so good.

I put three canning jar flower arrangements on each of the depot benches, and the whole room looked very lively with all of the flowers.

Lindsey used my old vintage ladder to clothespin her guests' seating cards and I thought that was a really cute idea.

Next to it, we stacked a little tower of my vintage suitcases with the 'cards' banner as a place for guests to put their cards when they walked in the door.

I will be putting together a tutorial for this banner soon, including where I found these printable letters.

It has been so fun to see how happy Paul has been ever since he met Lindsey!
He absolutely adores her.



We are so happy for them.
I don't think I have ever seen a cuter couple
or a more adorable wedding.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding: Part One

I had the honor of arranging the flowers for this spectacular vintage inspired wedding. The bride, Lindsey, also asked that I gather up some of the antiques from my home to use as props for the ceremony and reception. To see how I make these vintage book page pinwheel banners, click here.

This is a little peak at some of the flowers I used in my arrangements. I wish I had gotten a picture of my entire dining room because it looked like a flower bomb went off in there!

She did a really great job planning out all of the little details. These programs with the little birds on them were really cute. I brought one of my antique ice cream parlor stools to set the basket on. 

This was one of my favorite people that I met over the weekend. She is Lindsey's grandma and she is one of the sweetest, funniest, loveliest, most charming ladies. I particularly loved that she wore gloves to the wedding and it made me want to wear them too.

The handsome groom was excited to see his beautiful bride. There were so many flowers at this wedding, that I don't think I have one picture without them in it. I loved putting together the combination of whites on whites, with an accent of the greens.

I love how elegant the bridesmaids looked in their black dresses. And I love this picture of them watching the bride walk down the aisle.

The handsome groomsmen....
The one looking at me is particularly handsome!
(my hubby(: )

The flower girl was one of the most adorable little girls I have ever seen! What a sweetheart. She loved her little bouquet and her poofy pink dress. What little girl wouldn't?

Here is a shot of the Maid of Honor holding the bridal bouquet during the ceremony.

Mother of the Bride...

This adorable ring bearer had his very own mini boutonniere.

All along the aisle, there were shepherd hooks with hanging mason jars filled with flowers. I used regular old bailing wire from Lowes to hang them.

I have plenty more vintage inspired goodness, the beautiful bride, coctail hour, and the reception to share tomorrow!
Thanks for reading!