Focused Inspiration

I went home for the long weekend and got some much needed family time!  While there we also discussed the wedding.  Turns out I have waaaay to many ideas.  I am told that I need to focus all my ideas and maybe decide on a specific feeling or theme that I want for our wedding.  So this week I’m going to post a few photos from one of my Pinterest inspiration boards.

Whimsical Vintage Wedding

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1) Wedding Alter Backdrop:  I like the hanging flowing feeling of ribbon or paper for the wedding alter backdrop.  I think this image could be high impact with minimal cost.

Light bulbs & candles Mason jar lighting string lights on floor

2) Lighting: I love the interesting decorative candles.  The candles are functional but also beautiful and add a vintage feel.  I also have a TON of mason jars at my disposal so perhaps I can DIY that lighting idea above.  I also like the touch of moss which could bring the outdoors indoors.  And those string lights trailing across the ground look so magical.

Long table & GeeseMossy centerpieces3) Table Settings: I love the idea of one long table.  It seems so intimate.

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4) Hair: I love the long flowing hair and I am almost certainly decided that I will have a flower crown.  I’m also considering a messy up-do.

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5) Wedding Dress: I love the detailed beading and how the dress seems floaty.  I’m also pretty crazy about long lacey sleeves though I don’t know if that would work for a summer wedding.

I love how light and flowing all of the whimsical inspiration feels.  It’s all so feminine and there is a lot of DIY opportunity which likely means a lot of money saving.  Please check out my whimsical vintage inspiration board on Pinterest and feel free to send me pin ideas!

Love Games

My least favorite part about blogging is coming up with titles.  Usually all I can think of are super cheesy things… what can I say, it’s who I am.  When giving this blog a title, Lady Gaga’s “Love Games” popped into my head.  But just the part that says “Let’s play a love game, play a love game.”  So now after that long explanation, let’s get to business.

I’m very determined that there should be games at our wedding.  I think that some people think this is a silly idea but this was one of the first ideas I was certain about.  While most weddings these days feature signature cocktails and crazy dance parties that just isn’t quite our style.  Richard and I rarely drink alcohol and rather than dancing the night away at a club, we’d choose a night in with friends enjoying good food and fun games.  I think that’s kind of the main theme of our wedding day, an overgrown dinner party filled with yummy food and lots of fun.    There will be music and an area for dancing, because even though Richard’s not crazy about busting a move I sure do enjoy it.  Here are a few of the games I hope to have at our wedding.  Most of these games link to their DIY instructions, you know just in case anyone really loves and really wants to help me scratch something off my to-do list.

Giant Jenga

Via A Beautiful Mess.

1.  Giant Jenga – This DIY was something I assumed would be pretty simple and straightforward and I was right according to the A Beautiful Mess instructions.  I came up with a monogram for Richard and I awhile back and it might be cute to put that on the blocks.

Bean Bag Toss

Via Katelyn Miller Designs.

2. Bean Bag Toss – I think this game is tons of fun and it could make for a very pretty game set.  I also hear it’s fairly simple and affordable to make.

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Via La maison de Loulou.

3.  Pick-up Sticks – This is a game where no one even has to leave the table.  They are colorful, cute and can be taken home by guests at the end of the night.

outdoor tic tac toe

Via Chicken Scratch NY

4.  Tick-Tack-Toe –  This seems easy to make using materials we either already have or can find on the farm or at the Dollar Store.  I like that the wood round could be used as part of the centerpiece to prop up the florals and the rocks could be placed around the table as part of the decor.  Just scoot the flowers aside and you’ve got a game table.

I Spy

Via Martha Stewart Weddins

5.  I Spy:  I love the idea of handing out an I Spy List and a disposable camera to each of our younger guests and letting them capture specific moments and little details.  Not only does it keep them happy and busy but it’s a great way to capture a different view of the night.

 

Guest Book Ideas

There are many decisions that have yet to be made but I’m thinking the guest book is definitely one of the things we’re sure about.  The guest book is something that every wedding has and it’s a great opportunity to get creative.  Too often guest books are the same old same old but a quick peek on Pinterest shows many people are stepping away from traditional.

A Beautiful Mess

Via A Beautiful Mess

One of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, featured an out of the box guest book idea.  One of the blog writers, Emma, recently got married and of course her wedding was filled with a wonderful DIY spirit and unique ideas, like the guest book.  Though it’s not my cup of tea I really appreciate the creativity here.  Plus, Emma is using her “book” as an art piece in her new home.  What a great daily reminder of the beginning of your life together.

Via Dani Stephenson Photography

Via Dani Stephenson Photography

Another art piece I found fell in love with on Pinterest was featured at a Minnesota wedding.  The tree design alone would be a great piece but it means so much more with all of your loved ones names on it!

balloon finger prints

Similar piece by Peachwik on Etsy. Click to check out the shop.

I’ll mention just one more art piece, finger print guest books.  Now, I’m not so sure if I’m crazy about this or if I dislike it.  Who wants to dip their finger in an ink pad when their dressed in their nicest attire?  I know not everyone is as clutzy as me and therefore it isn’t absolutely certain that they will wind up covered in ink but, if it was me, I’d end the night with an ink mustache and lots of prints all over myself and probably my date as well.  I do, however, love the balloon print.  I would like this idea even better if everyone had also signed their name along with their print because most of us don’t have a FBI database we can run those prints through so as to remember who they belong to.

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Just as good or maybe better than having a guest book that doubles as an art piece is something you bring out on special occasions, like a game.  I love the idea of having guests sign Jenga game blocks.  You’ll likely bring the game out when friends and family come to visit and it’s a perfect opportunity and prompt to reflect on the happy day together.

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This puzzle guest book is also really cute!  Not only could it give guests something to collectively work on at the wedding but it’s something you can hand down to your kiddos when they’re developing their problem solving skills.

Via Something Turquoise

Via Something Turquoise

And another interesting spin on the guest book is guests notes.  This nature inspired wedding had an antique typewriter set up just for their loved ones to leave  messages of love and advice for the couple to read together in the future.

My guest book idea is a mix of the traditional (because there will be a book) and the new.  I will also be asking guests to write words of love and advice because reading over them later will be a wonderful opportunity for me to get emotional and sentimental.  The problem with my guest book idea is that it requires the use of a Polaroid camera.  If you have any tips on where to buy or rent one, let me know!  And no, I’m not posting my inspiration photo because, Hey, there have to be some surprises come the wedding day right!???

Wedding Alter Inspiration

Time for another Wedding Wednesday! We’ve selected our venue which, to me, seemed the most daunting task. It wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned when we started planning but it is very beautiful. My family was able to come by the venue, Canyon Crossing in Sand Springs, right before the engagement party and they all gave it a thumbs up! Each of my aunt’s had a gorgeous wedding so the fact that they approve of my venue choice made me very excited!

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My precious Granma taking a peek behind the pergola / ceremony site.

My precious Granma taking a peek behind the pergola / ceremony site.

Canyon Crossing was the first place we looked. When we walked in, I kind of knew it was the place. I immediately started envisioning where different parts of the day would happen… I would enter through here, the alter would be there, we’d serve late night s’mores here etc. But because it was the first place we toured, we decided to continue looking but nothing else really made either of us as excited as the first option. After a month of searching we called back and saved our date.

Now comes the real work, dreaming up the decor. I always thought I’d be one of those girls who was super excited to plan her wedding but I’ve realized I’m not. I am excited about being married but I am just not excited about the planning. I’d love to pay someone else to handle it but since I don’t have the funds for that, this will be a very hands-on and heavy on the DIY wedding. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE looking at beautiful wedding photos but the thought of making choices for that special day is terrifying to me. What if it turns out bad or ugly? I just want everything to look like a magazine!

While looking at the venue this second time I realized that the alter area is very evident which is great because I Richard won’t have to build something but it also kind of plain which gives you lots of decorating options. There are good bones there just ready to be beautified but how, I’m not sure. So as I always do, I headed over to Pinterest to find some picture perfect ideas. Here are some of my favorites that I think I might be able to replicate. Some have links you can follow others do not.

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1. The Floral Curtains:  I like the impact these beautiful curtains bring. The part in the curtains also draws attention to the main attraction.

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For more on how the bride DIY’ed this beautiful background click the image.

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2. Simple Hanging Decor:  I love how simple this look is and how it compliments a beautiful natural location like ours. It doesn’t seem like this project would be that difficult to pull off on our own either.

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3. Asymmetric Floral Arch:  I really like that the entire arch isn’t thick with flowers and the area that is full is set at a jaunty angle. It’s unique and is a great way to add some color. And it may not be quite as expensive as a full arch brimming with flowers.

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4. Flowers + Curtains:  I like the mixture of the gauzy fabric and the thick bunches of flowers that keeps it grounded. I really that the arch has a thin silhouette but the more I look at it the more I think 80s music video.  Is anyone else catching that vibe?

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Check out the photographer’s Facebook page by clicking the image.

5. Outdoor Chandelier:  This look may also be a little too ritzy but I keep envisioning how great an antique chandelier would look!

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Check out the artists website by clicking the photo.

6. Dream Ceremony Backdrop:  This is my FAVORITE alter idea but I think it would distract from or obscure the beautiful natural background during the ceremony.

Which one was your favorite? How was your wedding alter decorated?  Also follow me here on Pinterest!

DIY: Wedding Date Announcement

Like I mentioned yesterday, our families all came together this weekend to celebrate our engagement. We had the party fiesta at a Tex-Mex restaurant called Chimi’s. It was pretty good but I still think Oklahoma has NOTHING on the Lone Star State’s Mexican cuisine. The restaurant had a separate room for us which was nice because we could shut the door and it ended up feeling intimate.  There were quite a few DIY’s that I had planned but didn’t really get to most of them because the to-do list was just too long and I underestimated how long some of the tasks would take.  The wedding date announcement was one of those sorely underestimated tasks.  I’m not sure why I thought it would be quick and simple — simple kind of, quick most definitely not!  But I am glad that I pushed through and didn’t leave it by the wayside to focus on other tasks.

cake & picture frame

I found the large picture frame at the Tulsa Flea Market.  I do my best to make it to the flea market every Saturday that it’s open in various buildings at Expo Square.  It was $28 which was a little pricey, I thought, for an empty frame that was brown and gold.  But I really liked the detailing around the edges and the size so it had to be mine.  I also forgot to take a picture of the frame all by itself before I cleaned it up, so use your imagination.

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I brought it home then wiped it down and realized a lot of that brown was just dust.  After cleaning it and letting it dry a bit I started spraying multiple coats of Pistachio Krylon spray paint.  This project took the whole can.  I also spray painted some mini-clothespins gold.  I have had these clothespins sitting in my craft box for about 6 or 7 years.  I don’t recall the project I had purchased them for originally but it’s nice to have finally used them!  After the picture frame finished drying I roughed it up a bit with a scrap of sand paper, just enough to see the gold underneath.  I wiped down the frame to get all the dust off and then I sprayed it and the clips with a clear glossy coat.

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In between coats, I worked on putting together my message.  I printed out large letters that would make up the words.  I could only fit two letters on one sheet of paper.  I used carbon paper to trace the letters onto my pretty green card stock.  This is the part that took longer than expected.  Choosing a font, sizing each letter, situating it just right on the document,  printing, tracing and carefully cutting out took ages!  I attached the letters using the now gold clips to wire that I strung across the frame.  I used green floral wire because it matched our theme and said it was easy to cut… not true considering it “unrolled” in one tangled mess.

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I’m really pleased with how the sign turned out!  As you can see, we’re planning for a May 24 wedding however that may be changing in the near future.  No matter which date is eventually settled upon, I plan on using this frame later on but instead of a message it will likely hold photos.

Wedding Wednesday: Before Driving Into the Sunset

I’ve decided to try to contain wedding posts specifically to Wednesdays because I don’t want to go overboard and seem obsessive, even though I may be just a smidge. So the theme title is cheesy but I love cheesy and I love alliteration! So with no further ado here goes the first Wedding Wednesday post.

Since we have yet to even begin the process of searching for a venue I am focusing on the tiny details that I know we’ll love and will fit no matter where the wedding is held. One of those tiny details includes the send off. At first I really liked bubbles and then I attended one too many weddings of close friends or family members who used the soapy orbs as their send off. After bubbles I moved on to sparklers but my Aunt Lisa included those in her beautiful wedding. I once thought I’d like confetti and started saving the by-products of whole punching but now I think I’d rather not create a mess that will then have to be swept up by someone or worse will just create eco-unfriendly liter. So here’s what I’m nearly settled on…

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RIBBON WANDS!

This craft seems easy enough and is composed of supplies that I can start purchasing now a little at a time and can knock out quickly with the help of a few extra hands… Don’t everyone jump up at once. I found this DIY on Pinterest… as always. The pin links to a blog called The Twips but the DIY was actually put together by someone named Rhiannon (did Stevie Nicks‘ voice pop out of nowhere and sing that name to you???? No… Just me?) of Hey Gorgeous Events. It’s a great way to incorporate a little more of my wedding colors which include lots of green shades from emerald to mint!

The best part is I already have plans for all the wands that aren’t snatched up and taken home following the wedding. I will disassemble them and use the jingle bells to create a garland for our Christmas tree. The ribbon will become either a wreath for our front door or will be slithered into a glass ball ornament or maybe both! And the dowel rods… hmm I don’t know yet but I’ll find something. I love ideas that can not only make the wedding beautiful but also our little nest. We are on a tight budget after all and it will always remind us of our happy day!

Leave comments please!!! Let me know what you think about the ribbon wand idea or if you have any suggestions for the dowel rods conundrum.

Let them eat cake?

To have a cake or not to have a cake that is the question… well at least the one that is causing me quite a bit of grief early on.  Neither Richard and I are too keen on having a cake.  Cake isn’t his favorite dessert, unless it happens to be an ooey gooey yummy cake.  I also dislike most store-bought cakes.  They always cost a lot and leaving you feeling disappointed because a box mix cake would/could have tasted just as good or better.  That being said, I think the tradition of cutting the cakes is a very cute and sweet one and affords some great photo ops.  Plus there are lots of traditions that we already have plans of eschewing so perhaps keeping this one is a good idea.

Right now the thought is to make our own little two or three layer cake that we can use for the photo op.  But according to the recent The Knot wedding magazine, DIY-ing the wedding cake is considered a BIG mistake.  Article author Eustacia Huen argues:

“Seriously, you wouldn’t even consider doing one of the most defining elements yourself, would you?… a wedding cake disaster is hard to fix.  Plus, decorating and even just transporting a wedding cake is a serious project that’s best left to someone who knows what they’re doing – and doesn’t have their own wedding to be thinking about.”

I do agree a cake is easy to mess up.  On the other hand we are looking for something simple, perhaps that DIY flair would add a touch of whimsy and add less pressure to the process.  Here are a few five cakes I’ve seen on where else… Pinterest of course… that I think are attainable goals.

3 tier cake, cupcakes and pie

 1) Love that this cake has a different type of dessert on each tier.  That’s one of our biggest conundrums which desserts should we serve at the wedding?  We love so many all kinds of sweets! How can we just choose one!

buttercream ruffle cake

2) This cake is simple yet elegant.  I also love that the blog it comes from has DIY instructions and has plenty of other great recipes and info that the baker in me can’t wait to try.

Cake with Flag Toppers

3) This cake is simple but packs a lot of visual punch from the interesting color choice to the tall flag cake toppers!  It’s such an interesting and unique little cake.

Fresh Flowers Cake

4) You would never know this cake is simple thanks to the gorgeous flowers decorating it.

Lemon cake simple

5) If you can read the little sign in the background this cake is a pretty unique choice… lemon!  Richard and I love lemon cake!  I also like that the shape of each tier is a little wonky but that makes them even more charming.  The unique topper and retro cake stand add to the non-traditional appeal.

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We also found this cool graphic that gives pan size to people fed ratios!  That’s some great info to have if you’re DIY-ing your wedding cake.  Of course if we did choose to make a small pastel we would be sure to load the sweets table with lots of our other preferred desserts such as cupcakes, cookies and s’mores.

Spring Is Here!

Hello Everyone!

Well many people are enjoying Spring Break either this week or next week and it seems like Oklahoma got the message!  Temperatures have been nice not too cold or too hot and, most amazingly, it hasn’t been too windy.  Yesterday was a little rainy and that is expected to return as the week wraps.  But with the sun debuting again today I’m daydreaming of enjoying the springlike weather before it turns deathly hot and miserable as it tends to do in Oklahoma quickly.  Here are a few Spring Time DIY’s that I’m adding to my ever growing list.

1. Lace Flower Hair Clip

I like the look of these precious little hair clips.  The lace adds a nice breezy feel and they look super simple to make.

Via Aly & Ash Creations. Click the image for the DIY instructions.

2. Leather Sandals

I’ve had this DIY on my list forever!!! The blog post was sent out back in August.  This DIY is awesome because it transforms really cheap and not so great looking sandals into unique one of a kind shoes you’ll love to wear.

3. Scalloped Edge Shorts

So apparently scalloped edge shorts have been a thing since back in 2010.  This DIY by Here’s Looking at Me Kid was posted back in November 2010.  I think these would look really great in a floral print or a really vivid spring color to give it an updated Spring 2012 look.

Via Here's Looking at You Kid Blog. Click image for DIY instructions.

4. Flavored Lemonades

This is more of a recipe but whatev’s.  Is there any other drink that symbolizes spring time as much as fresh lemonade.  This “DIY” puts a fresh spin on an old favorite.  And don’t they just look so pretty!???

Via A Beautiful Mess Blog. Click image for DIY instructions

5. Picnic Blanket

I’ve been needing to make a picnic blanket for a while now.  Richard and I absolutely love eating outside and since I live in a teeny apartment with the world’s tiniest “porch” that means lots of picnics.  Here’s a great DIY for making a blanket that keeps water from soaking in and doesn’t attract grass as much but still is soft and cozy.

Inspiration Blogs

Hey everybody!

I invested the last 30 minutes into typing up a great but “brief” blog and somehow it all just disappeared.  Why don’t I hit save more often? I’m not sure but I’m pretty mad.  So this blog that you’re reading isn’t exactly what I had hoped for but I really wanted to share a few things today.

Yesterday, I told you all about my creative block and my lack of inspiration.  So in an effort to get the creative juices churning again, I’m taking to the internet.  I love looking at other people’s blogs.  Sometimes they’re style is nothing like mine but I just love their style of writing and addressing their viewers.  Sometimes I’m all about their DIY’s and fashion posts.  I think that a truly unique one of a kind idea is really hard to come by these days, not impossible just difficult.  So I peruse other blogs for inspiration then give their DIY’s a swing and add a dash of Whitney to it.

So I hope I’m not shooting myself in the foot, but I’m sharing a few of my favorite blogs today (please still be MY blog friends).

A Beautiful Mess

This is one of my favorites to peruse.  I love the mix of fashion, DIY, photography, and beauty posts written by Elsie & Emma.  I also love that they add their own style and voice to each new post.

Indie Jane

Absolutely my favorite blog and I check it out on the reg.  I feel like I know her, Amanda is her name, simply because she also lives in Oklahoma and attended OU for like a hot minute.  She gives me hope that I can find inspiration here in Oklahoma.  Her blog is actually mostly about her photography which is also really nice.  She also mixes it up with regular DIY and fashion blogs.  She has lots of pets that all look like wonderful little heaters slash fuzzy pillows.  She often does guest DIY blog posts on A Beautiful Mess which is, coincidentally, how I came upon her blog.

Chalk White Arrow

 I only came upon this blog very recently but I really like it because it has a little of everything – style, music, how to’s and so much personality.  I love blogs with lots of personality because it makes me feel like I’m friends with the blogger… you know as opposed to creepily obsessing over their every post.

Scathingly Brilliant

Also another recent discovery but I loved Kate’s blog banner so I clicked on her page.  Lucky me!  Her style is TOTALLY not my style but I love looking at her creative and adorably retro outfits.  Her pink hair is also pretty fab!  It definitely makes me want to just jump in and dye mine purple but I’m still being a chicken… for now.  This blog mostly features style ideas and it really makes me even more determined to find my own personal style.

DIY Sofa / Seating Area.

This is my living room seating area / diy sofa inspiration.

When I saw this idea, I couldn’t stop day dreaming about it.  So I finally googled “where do you get pallets.”  My google search said I should call local shops and warehouses but since I didn’t know who to call and didn’t want to call a ton of different business I continued to search.  Finally one of the google answers said, “try Craigslist.”  Craigslist is so amazing.  It’s like one HUGE garage sale and best of all you can search through junk using key words.

Someone in Bartlesville had listed pallets for free as long as you picked them.  I know I probably could’ve found some in Tulsa if I hadn’t been a lazy-kins but I’d never been to Bartlesville before and now I can say I have.

Here’s what the pallets originally looked like.  They’re all blue and ugly.  I’m sure they had been outside for a while because they looked like they had some damage from the elements.  Now I was too antsy to sand them so we skipped that part and went straight to painting.  Actually, first we hunted down a car wash where you do it by hand.  You’d never believe how difficult it was to find one of those in Tulsa.  Once we did we power washed them with water and soap to get all of the dirt and grease off.  Then we set them out to dry.  Thankfully because it’s so dry, they didn’t stay wet long.

Richard Painting... What a good boyfriend for helping!

They were dry and ready to be painted the next day.  I love gray as a main color to carry throughout a home.  It looks a little bit modern but can really go with any other color you choose to include in a room.  And since I plan on continuing to move around for a while, having a nice gray color as a primary decorating color it will be much easier to relocate furniture in future apartments or homes.  These pallets are now Silver Liberty, a WalMart cheep-o deep-o paint color.  I got it in semi-gloss.  The color is a really light gray that also has a bit of a blue or lavender hint to it.  I really like it because my favorite colors are more in the blues section of the color wheel.  I know once I decorate my living room to satisfaction the decor will really bring out that blue or lavender tint.

Now I need to get crackin’ on the cushions.  Like any other diy-er I’ve already googled it and am utterly confused by the sowing instructions… I really need to learn how to do that.  I’m sure my mom will know.  I’m posting my instructions here for two reasons, 1) so you can see how confusing they are 2) so I can remember where they are.  I really want to make box cushions in a red fabric but I’ll probably cave and pick a blue color.

And since I have paint left over, I’m painting a few things that definitely needed a coat.  This cute little shelf was given to me by a friend.  Previously it had these colorful little glass rocks glued to it but I removed those gave it a scrub and started painting.  I think I’ll really enjoy having the same color throughout the house.