Archive for the 'DIY' Category

tree cake stand


I don’t know why I keep going to wedding blogs. I drive myself crazy looking at the beautiful and creative things other people did and wishing I had done them for my own wedding. Please tell me I’m not the only one. :)

Anyways, I saw this amazing DIY project on Once Wed for a tree pedestal cake stand. So perfect for a rustic wedding. Don’t you think a few of these with small, simple cakes would make a totally charming dessert table? It reminds me a bit of Whitney’s (of Darling Dexter) wedding.

inspired: sweet spring dresses


I can’t stop thinking about these adorable dresses that Katie made for her girls! Without a pattern, I should add. And the color palette was inspired by a favorite book. Fabulous, no?

DIY: upholstered ottoman


I was floored when I saw this DIY project on Little Green Notebook… Jenny took a clunky old coffee table she found on Craigslist and transformed it into this gorgeous upholstered ottoman – for only $60! Simply amazing. See the step-by-step here.

DIY time


There have been a lot of great DIY projects floating around the web recently! In case you missed them, here are a few that I’ve bookmarked:

1. Veil from 100 Layer Cake
2. Goodie bags from lovelydesign
3. Birdseed packets from Mint
4. Tool belt apron from Heart of Light
5. Oilcloth table cover from Twig & Thistle

fingerless mittens


Does someone want to teach me to knit, so I can make a pair of these cuties?

ornament swap


I was too unorganized to participate in the Freshly Blended and Cake & Pie Holiday Ornament Swap this year, but that hasn’t stopped me from checking out the lovely ornaments everyone else made. Here are a few that caught my eye, but head over to the swap’s flickr pool to see many more. You might decide to sign up for next year!

{photo credits: here, here, here and here}

sprout wreath


Love this DIY wreath. I would have never thought to use brussel sprouts!

{seen at Housemartin}

postcard garland


Love love love this postcard garland! This would be perfect for an intimate wedding… Maybe the bride and groom corresponded via postcards while they were courting. Or possibly they collected postcards from family and friends throughout the years. Or perhaps they asked guests to RSVP on vintage postcards… Such a sweet and sentimental idea! It looks like these have been copied onto fabric or lightweight paper, but I imagine it would still look great if actual postcards were used. I’d love to incorporate this idea into a holiday party! Stay tuned…

{from Lobster and Swan for Once Wed}

styrofoam block prints



Here’s a wonderful block printing project from Emily Berezin using recycled styrofoam food packaging. I love the final result! Plus, beards are so hot right now! Visit Etsy or Flickr to see more of Emily’s work…

{Via Craftzine}

Sewing: Vogue 8278 dress

Last weekend Hancock Fabrics was having a sale on sewing patterns, so I grabbed a few 99-cent patterns and decided that it was time to put my vintage Singer to the test. For my first sewing project, I decided to make the dress from the Very Easy Vogue 8278 pattern in a grey-blue lightweight gabardine. “Very Easy” might be an overstatement, but I worked on it a few hours each evening and finally finished it last night. It’s certainly not perfect (without a belt it looks like a potato sack), but it is definitely wearable and I’m extremely pleased with how my first project turned out.