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reader gift idea

Probably the most amazing thing about having this blog is knowing that people are inspired by my ideas and encouraged to be thoughtful. Here is an adorable gift that was such a treat to see. Kerry from Sweet Sanity used this free download and made a super great bridal shower gift. I love it and I'm SURE it was the best gift at the shower! 

I LOVE show and tell—so be sure to document and send my way!


birdies and gingham {one}

Time to show you what I've been working on for months! All photography is by Amy of Shutterly Lovely. She did an AMAZING job, I just love the photos. My friends helped A LOT on many of the details, so I don't want to take all the credit. I couldn't have done it without them.

The bridal shower was held on the patio of a small coffee shop called Cafe Ventana. It rained nearly the entire time, but we were sheltered luckily. Centerpieces were squares of cut fabric, birdie name tag favors, and mason jars with coffee beans and daisies. For the guestbook, I had guests bring marriage advice on a notecard and tape it into a vintage book I picked up. The book is actually German text, which is probably better since the point is not to read it! For the shower game, I replicated this adorable quiz, (which was inspired by this). It was my favorite part, the couples' answers were SO GREAT and everyone loved the game. For prizes, the winners could choose a vintage coffee mug.

More details and images later today, don't miss it!


birdies and gingham {two}

More bridal shower fun:

For drinks we had blueberry lemonade, and of course, warm coffee from the cafe. The yummy nest/egg cupcakes were made by another co-host. The last image is of the lovely bride to be. All photography by Shutterly Lovely. Here is a list of tutorials to wrap it up:

Inspiration Board

Fancy Initials

Pom Pom Garland

Shower Prize


pom pom garland

What is better than watching a Tim Burton movie {Big Fish, in my case} and crafting? Cuddling during a movie, of course! But the next best thing is a relaxing craft. This coming weekend is the bridal shower, and I'm working away on fun decorations. Here is my pom pom garland:

Pom poms are easy, but time consuming. So, watching a movie is the perfect solution. Other ideas for combining a task with something fun?


fresh flora

Enough eggs already! Let's segue to something fresh on this Good Friday:

While today is a reflection of death, it is also symbolic of new life and I wanted something fitting. To create this semi-formal picnic theme I used scrap fabric, red burlap, ribbon and cut one of my pretty ranunculus blooms. The jar is small spice jar, and any table would be amazing with an entire row of these!

So what did you think of the week?! Favorites? Failures? Ideas to make them unique to you? Hopefully I've passed some inspiration along. And I wish you a wonderful, meaningful weekend of food, family, and celebration. Happy Easter!


vintage elegance

A very pretty Thursday place setting:

Unfortunately, these little treasures were a flea market find. Completely adorable vintage eggs. But these eggs from MS would make an amazing replacement. I set this up as a formal dinner, accenting the plates with a doily, colored saucer, and completing it with a messy raffia nest. What do you think? Does this win the prize, favorite of the week?


spring fun!

Wednesday brings a delightful surprise:

A new take on the Easter basket. Again, plant your grass early! Ingredients: Pail from Michaels, fabric scrap, doily, tag and stamps, grass seed and soil. A great craft for kids—decorating the container and planting seeds. I also think this would be fun for children to-old-to-hunt, maybe with money or a gift inside the egg. Who wouldn't love
a grass-grown basket?


sophisticated chic

Tuesday is all about the classy hostess:

Any fans? I love this one. The style is very Paloma's Nest, simple and sweet. The egg is from Hobby Lobby (for $1.30!) and I used a small alphabet stamp set for the name. So many possibilities! I just cut up fabric I had on hand that matched a flea market vintage plate. Super cheap. Super customizable. Super awesome.


playful garden

A week of celebration is upon us and I am so excited to share my place settings with you! Today we have your Monday serving of veggies:

Easy peasy place setting. The orange pail is from Michaels, and I wrote the name on
a popsicle stick with a fine point sharpie. Ideally, you would plant your grass early enough for growth by Easter. I cheated and bought a grass-like plant at a garden shop. Terra cotta pots would work well for this and maybe a bunny accent. You could even experiment making other vegetables, perhaps? I thought it would be super fun for kids, and adults too.


more irish fun

A fun followup as promised. Here we have Guinness cupcakes and homemade Irish cream, with fun accents that I added to my shop.

The recipe came from Big City, Little Kitchen and the tutorial for Irish cream was featured on Style Me Pretty.

The cupcake shamrocks were a little time consuming, but will be fun for the St. Patricks Day get-together, and I had plenty left over. If you haven't had your Irish fill yet, do not fret. I will post one more followup with the full tutorial with the free recipe tag download.

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