DIY Elegant Cake Stand

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I can tell you a thing or two about DIY cake stands… I want to first tell you, do not believe everything you see on Pinterest. No matter how cool or “easy” something may look, it can have a major downfall. I’ve found this especially true with cake stands. Many of the tutorials involve using spray paint to color the plate. Now let’s take a step back and just think about this. Plates are made the way they are because it is safe. Spray paint has so many chemicals in it, many in which are harmful if ingested. These chemicals can absorb into the food, or can be easily transferred onto the food itself, no good my friends, no good.

I purchased this plate at my local dollar store for just $1. Cheaper than a can of spray paint, and still much cheaper and flexible than a brand new cake stand! So instead of spraying your old dinnerware, head on over to the store and purchase a cheap plate that is already the color you want it to be.

Now that we have that settled, lets get on with what I’ve created here!

I used a short glass candlestick holder for the base; I purchased this one from the dollar store as well. This is what is holding everything together under that pink fabric you see there! I initially painted the candle holder, but was really unhappy with the outcome, it needed something more. I had this fabric laying around, so I decided to make a pretty little cover for it.

This slip was very easy to make by just cutting out a large circle and sewing a seam. If you do not have a sewing machine, this may take a little extra time on your part, but definitely still doable with a needle and thread. To finish it off, I tied a silver and white ribbon around the middle.

Guest Table Decorations

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It’s nearing that time so I decided to put together an update on a few of the things that we have together! Of course I had to leave some stuff out, because it just wouldn’t be that fun if I gave away all the surprises!

So what you see here are pink ruffle trees, rosette cups with matte and shiny pink pebbles, the fabulous paint buckets, and of course bubble gum, because who doesn’t love some pink bubble gum?

The rosettes and ruffle trees were both made from crepe paper. I love these because they look classic and beautiful.  Both the ruffle trees and rosettes are extremely easy to make, and so rewarding for the little time you put into making them. They are super versatile and you can literally do any color combination. As for the trees, I may just have to pack these babies away to use as Christmas decorations!

Handmade Number 1 Photo Prop

IMG_7216IMG_8334IMG_8329 Another project scratched off the list, and wow I am so happy this one is done. I decided today that I was just going to knock it out and go on to the next thing. Over 150 tissue flowers later and here we are. I do want to say that if you are looking to do this yourself, make sure you have a lot of time to do it. These flowers are no joke time consuming.

The final size of this ended up being 2 feet tall and 15″ wide.

In my previous post about this, I told of how I started the project. You can see from my beginning photo that all I used was cardboard and hot glue to make the 3D model. I wasn’t entirely neat about it all because I knew that all of it was just going to be covered. The main idea was just to get it in one piece and stable.

I ended up using about 2 packs of 20 sheet tissue paper 20 in x 20 in. I also saved myself a good amount of time by folding and cutting 3 sheets of tissue paper at a time.I made 3 sizes of flowers and gave some more layers than others; this gives it all a more natural and textured look. All of the light pink flowers have a rounded tip, and the fuchsia flowers are pointed. I’m not going into great detail on how to make these flowers because I know there are a ton of really great instructional videos on YouTube out there. So if you haven’t made these before, I strongly suggest “YouTube-ing” a how-to.

Also, if you like this project and time is an issue for you, you can always cut out tissue squares, twist them around a pencil, and glue them on. This will not look the same as what I have done here, but it is still very pretty!

The Invitations

IMG_8285IMG_8291 IMG_8292Well, here they are! I’m relieved to finally be able to show a finished product! You can see here that I made an accent card to compliment the invitation. The little girl represents Ella holding a small paint pallet. I also decided against using my sewing machine on these cards, as I thought they were beautiful as-is and it would only just take away from the design.

I painted the invitation and accent card with acrylics with a little help from my dip pen.

Absent

Wow, let me tell you, there are not enough hours in a day. I’ve been pretty bummed out about being absent from my blog the last few weeks. I’ve been so hard at work (well, at home) and still have so many unfinished projects! For example, I still have magnets to finish, mini piñatas, and I have started at least three other projects!

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The most time consuming I would have to say is this big 3D “1” model I am making for Ella’s party. I realize that the cardboard model picture itself isn’t very appealing, but I promise it looks 100% better with the flowers on it! It’s currently about 80% done, and what I’ve done is cut out a box and used my trusty hot glue gun to glue the pieces together. So far I have made over 60 tissue carnations and glued them on, creating the most beautiful floral effect. It is almost unbearably time consuming making these tiny flowers, but now that it is near completion, its so worth all the work I’ve put into it.

Another thing I have in the works right now is party invitations! I cant remember if I said before, but I am hand painting each and every one of them. I will also be writing them out by hand with a calligraphy pen. I also may or may not be using my sewing machine on these cards, we’ll let it be a surprise. 😉

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Aside from all of this birthday planning, I managed to squeeze in photographing a baby shower today. The whole thing was just magical, and filled with Minnie Mouse! It was a very large gathering and the setup was just so fun! The mother-to-be was glowing and so beautiful. All of this time spent on focusing on the party and decorations itself just made me even more excited to get in the final stages of Ella’s party!

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Another thing we’ve covered in the last month; Ella turned 10 months old! We went with a vintage theme for this mini photo shoot, and I was nothing short of in love with how every single picture turned out. There are probably at least 50 pictures on my camera that I don’t think I will ever bring myself to delete because she was so precious with this vintage setup!

DIY Magnet Party Favors

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So the past two days I’ve been working on these magnet party favors. It was a very easy and very tedious process.

Materials I used:

  • Mod Podge (homemade)
  • Glass stones from the Dollar Store
  • Old wallpaper samples (for background)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Magnet buttons
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint

So I’m not going to do a full tutorial on this because there are already so many out there already. One of the things I did differently than most people is that I used homemade Mod Podge. I don’t have any on hand, so I mixed equal parts Elmer’s Glue All and water. School glue does the trick as well. This mixture works just like Mod Podge would, so write that one down if you want to save yourself some money in the future!

I also used wallpaper samples for the background of these. Stop by a local furniture store near you to see if they have any old sample books they are going to throw away! I always go to these books for a lot of my little projects, they are a ton of fun and so many different designs. The specific book I used these samples from was a 1997 Katzenbach & Warren.

I’m going to let people rip open the mini pinatas I made to reveal these little guys!

8 Reasons To Go Couchless

Couches… They occupy nearly every home in America; in fact, you’re probably sitting on one right now. Why do couches exist today? A man by the name of Jay Wellington Couch was a poor man who couldn’t afford a bed; he invented the couch back in 1885, nearly 130 years ago.

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I was intrigued by the idea of “going couchless” when my friend Haley Hendrick posted this picture (above) of her living room on Instagram. It features two vintage Herman Miller chairs, a handmade coffee table, and a beautiful selfie painting that was gifted to her by Hannah Margaret Illustrations. I love how simple yet functional this design is. I had never heard of couchless living rooms until the moment I saw this beautiful space. It really got my thoughts turning; why do we really use couches?

  1. Lounge with family
  2. Relax or read
  3. Napping
  4. Watch television
  5. Sit on it because its there

Now that we have those things covered, lets get to the reasons to not have a couch.

1. Better Rest: People nap to get rest, and the best rest is going to be in the comfort of your own bed. Your couch might be a little more convenient, but you will wake up much more refreshed in your own bed.

2. Get More Housework Done: Let’s face it, the couch has given us another reason to be lazy and sit around. I am definitely guilty of this. Once you throw your feet up and lay back, its like sucking your motivation into a black hole.

3. Space Saver: Couches take up a great amount of space, especially sectionals. Unless you have a large family or a lot of friends, you don’t really need that much space for seating in your home.

4. Getting Creative: With the DIY community at an all time high, there are so many new ideas for seating. Hanging chairs may not be a new idea, but its a great one, and you can easily make it your own. Check out this beautiful design by Souraya Hassan.

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5. Fun For The Kids: You may deny the fact that you can go without a couch because you have children in your home. You thought wrong! How long can you really get your kids to sit in one spot? While the hanging chair may or may not spark your interest for the kids, floor cushions are a great choice for children of most ages. IMG_0787-7

This blog shows a great tutorial on how to make floor cushions, or if you’d rather purchase one, Etsy offers a wide variety of handmade cushions.

6. The Flexibility: Chairs are easy to move around, and normally don’t need an extra hand in rearranging. Whether you’re vacuuming or redecorating, lightweight chairs will forever be your friend. They can also be fun to work into a design, and have unlimited options. There is only so much you can do with a couch.

7. The Good Kind Of Comfort: Nobody said you can’t still get comfy. If its comfort you’re looking for, this morning room designed by Kate James is a great example of getting comfy, but not too comfy.

mint-and-coral-decor-inspiration_12208. Cost: The cost of a new couch can get very pricey. Exploring with other seating can cost very little if you would like it to. Putting a great color scheme with the right accents can make a design look as if you blew a hole in your wallet. 60f23dbe07fd8992b16f7507f66fd6c7