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April 5, 2013

Baby Girl Diaper Cake for Baby Showers

I've been seeing loads of diaper cakes at baby showers and some of them are to die for, so when I was asked recently to host a Baby Girl Shower, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I envisioned my diaper cake not only as a unique gift idea, but a centerpiece for the gift or food table as well. Now, I'm no awesome photographer, so I'm not going to even attempt to do a photo tutorial, but here is a link to an awesome tutorial done by the gals over at Our Best Bites.

Here are some of my tips though: I bought Target brand diapers because the patterns are the least distracting and the most likely to blend with just about any shower color/theme and I used a size 1-2 instead of the newborn because the larger size was easier to work with. Have someone there to help you roll. It was a good thing my mom just happened to show up while I was doing this because it needs four hands. I bought one more package of diapers than I thought I would need and ended up making the cake rounds a little larger and loved how it turned out! Oh and keep your glue gun handy to hold that ribbon in place.

Since I was hosting a baby girl shower, I decided to 'decorate my cake' in bows. It ended up being a great gift idea that nobody else had thought of, plus it was easy-peesy to just clip the bows all over the cake. You could, however, do all sorts of different things like pacifiers, rattles, socks, baby booties, etc. I even got to thinking how cute this would be for a baby boy to have a boy's diaper cake all covered in Hot Wheels or something like that.

Since the mom-to-be had already picked out a name, I picked up this super cute letter from Hobby Lobby as a 'cake topper'.

I got all of my bows, headbands, and ribbon from Hobby Lobby in the "Wearable Crafts" section.

Here is the finished product. I had it out as the centerpiece for the food and the OOHs and AAHs just went on and on. I got so many compliments and the soon-to-be Grandma just kept getting teary-eyed at the thought of dressing her little grandbaby girl in all these bows :)

LOVED making this little centerpiece and I especially like how it gifted so many usable items: diapers, bows, ribbon, decor...The mom-to-be and all the guests loved it!

February 23, 2013

In my dreams...

You ever have one of those days where you just wish some hot guy (preferably the one I'm married too :) would show up on your porch with a fabulous red rose bouquet and say, "Hey babe, I totally dig those sweatpants covered in the mess of overflowed toilet water (thanks kids). Let's go out to get your favorite fish tacos at Rubio's. I can't wait to sit super close to you and inhale that sensuous new scent you are wearing...what is that? Toilet, barf, laundry, spray paint? mmmm dang girl you fine!" Oh and I really want to watch Downton Abbey and eat Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice make-out attached :)

Now that would be a modern Mr. Darcy indeed. Guess I better go shower. My husband gets off work in a few hours.

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

XOXO to all of you lovies who bother to check this quiet little spot of mine! This is me sending you one of these.... :)

Aren't those delicate little light pink and dark pink spray roses gorgeous?!?! This is a great centerpiece for that romantic dinner you are cooking up this weekend (because seriously, who has time to celebrate on a Thursday?)

But I'm also droolin at the thought of a romantic garden wedding with a bridal bouquet just brimming with these little beauties.

For those of you wondering how my Handsome Man celebrates his sexy lil' florist on Valentine's Day, check out my homemade french toast and a "fruit bouquet" that I woke up and enjoyed immensly (I have, without a doubt, totally stuffed my face and overkilled on the sugar today, as have my children. I will now be joining the rest of Facebook in proclaiming that I am doing a 7-day cleanse and clean eating for the rest of eternity!!!)

Go figure I made my husband an edible bouquet as well - sugar cookie pops in M&M's, I meant to give him the cookies, but then I had 3...or 4 or 5. Good thing there were back ups in the freezer. Another awesome man idea by my favorite cooking gals is the Bacon Bouquet on Our Best Bites. These girls are pretty serious when it comes to serious as I am about the major silk flower NO-NO!

Happy Valentine's Day - Or if you're one of my girls, you were wearing your V-day shirt with the Halloween socks while singing "Holly Jolly Christmas" by Burl Ives all day today.

January 17, 2013

Purple Wedding Bouquet

In need of some inspiration for your winter wedding?! I got it right here. Check it out - this season, ditch the Tiffany blue wedding (every girl has done it, and you my friend, are not just every girl. This is your special day. Be Creative!) and opt for some gorgeous emerald tones and pull on all those different tones and hues to make a stunning bouquet. Imagine this deep purple bouquet standing out against all that rich white/cream fabric, ruffles, lace, beadwork, and even snow if you have it, etc. Or in ruby reds, or deep greens, or or or so many choices!

To get great flowers in all one color like this purple bouquet, I like to draw on tones/hues and depth and texture. Starting with color: you can see that we didn't just go all purple roses. Although that would be pretty  in it's own way, there would be no movement, no secrets to catch the eye, nothing visually exciting making the bride want to turn it around and around searching for her favorite part. Instead, start at the lightest hue of purple with those lavender roses and then move all through the spectrum pulling in medium purples with carnation and lisianthus and then adding those deep purples with dark carnations, stock, and statice.

Loved the depth it created by varying the heights of the blooms, especially by placing the darkest purple flowers lower than the lighter ones. There is a certain appeal to that classic, perfectly rounded bouquet - especially to go with a certain style of dress. You can also create depth by varying flower types, so mix up some round/circular shaped flowers (roses, carns, tulips, etc.) with taller blooms that come on a stalk like your lisianthus and stock.

 I love me some texture when it comes to bridal bouquets! It keeps the eyes roving over the flowers and creates a lot of movement.

August 22, 2012

Jenny + Douglas = True Love :)

Meet my little sister Jenny and just know right from the get-go that I take full credit for everything "Awwww" worthy in their love story. But, this is a story that started a long time ago, roughly 5 years to be exact. Five years ago I met the man of my dreams and we got married (and had beautiful flowers at the wedding :) My main man and I had been married about two years when I met his cousin Douglas and thought to myself, "Self, this here Douglas person and my adorable sister Jenny sure would have a lot of fun on a date. They like to laugh at all the same types of things." So, I gave Douglas Jenny's number, but to my delight, he didn't even have to use it because Jenny called me right then and I told her that I had found a fun guy for her to go out with and he was right there ready to ask her that may not have been entirely true....I think he had planned on waiting a day or two, but he manned up and asked her out. My kind of guy. They went to some Outdoorsy, red-neck, Sportsman Convention and had fun, but didn't hit it off "in that way" and my husband's family all laughed and said that Jenny and Douglas were a horrible match


Fast-forward one more year and Jenny has had a string of THE MOST pathetic boyfriends! Seriously! So we take her horse-back riding and who shows up out of the blue (and no I did not plan this...divine intervention right?!?!?) Douglas. Right on cue. There was a fourth horse, and no rider. He went horse-back riding with us, and they have been going out ever since! Awwww! (I was right - they do like to laugh at all the same types of things)

It is sooo fun to do a sister's wedding. I got to really do a lot of designing as opposed to being handed a million photos off of Google Images and Pinterest and being told to, "Make it just like that."
Her dress was total Vintage Glam, and so she wanted her bouquet to be a real statement piece. Berry-red Calla Lilies with pink Waxflower, Freesia, and French Heather.

The tricky thing about red-colored calla lilies is that they come in EVERY shade of red. It is almost impossible to get them to match exactly the shade of red the bride chooses for her wedding. Sometimes they are too pink, other times too plum, and sometimes you can't get red callas at all! Jenny's bouquet turned out a little pink. I was hoping for a much deeper red. But, it is still lovely and it is so unique when compared with the rounded, hand-tied bouquet that every other bride does. Her bouquet really stands out in comparison.

Groom's Bout: Red Calla with Freesia and Waxflower. If you want your wedding to smell heavenly, use Waxflower. It is the tiniest, daintiest little thing, but it smells divine.

Thank You! Thank You! to Michael Lloyd Photography for providing me with these gorgeous images!

Ahhh my siblings: If one looks a little 2-D it is because he is a cardboard cut-out. He was serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Mexico at the time.

All the little bitty flower girls: Want instant popularity at your wedding?! Get every flower girl ages 2+ their own little nosegay to hold. These nieces carried those little bouquets around All. Night. Long. No joke. They did not put them down. They spent all night smelling them and dancing with them, and pretending they were getting married.

I used color to keep Jenny's bouquet the focus of the pictures. That way it didn't blend in as much. As shown above, the flower girls have all-white nosegays using white roses, snapdragons, stock, and freesia. Pictured below are the bridesmaids and Maid-of-Honor (me:) I started to add pinks into their bouquets to help coordinate with Jenny's but still reserved the deepest hues of red and pink for Jenny's bouquet.

If I look like death warmed over, it is because I am four months pregnant in this picture and was still spending the majority of every day throwing up :( Dislike

Instead of going for the traditional pin-on corsage for mothers and grandmothers, Jenny bought them beaded, stretchy bracelets and we attached the flowers to those bracelets. That way, they have their corsage and then it doubles as a wedding "Thank You" gift at the end.

August 14, 2012

Vintage Lace-wrapped Vases

Ok people people, listen up! I know we all "heart" all things Martha Stewart (insert image of me barfing in my mouth right now) and consider her to be the expert on all things crafty, home decor, wedding, etc. but honestly, sometimes I look at her ja-zunk and think, "I can do you one better." Cocky -yes, True - sometimes, but not always :) However, these vintage lace-wrapped vases were one of those MAGNUM OPUS moments when Martha ain't got nothin' on my skills.

These centerpieces were used for my sister's wedding reception at the Springville Museum of Art (post about those flowers later...these centerpieces get their own sugar). We had seen some lace-wrapped vases in a floral shop, but they say the least. So we googled some more and found that our good friend Martha had also posted on some even MORE uninspiring lace-wrapped vases. Boo - but we got our heads together and came up with some vases that were not only lovely but meaningful as well.

My sister and I's grandmother was a docent at the Springville Museum of Art and the wedding reception was going to be there. She also loved costume jewelry and left us several pieces. Add to that all of her antique lace tablecloths from years of entertaining and scraps of old lace and new bits and pieces from Hobby Lobby and Michael's and this is what happened! Antique/Vintage lace-wrapped vases that incorporated her costume jewelry and lace tablecloths as a tribute to her in the museum where she worked as a docent and my sister was having her wedding reception.

I used some of her rings as centers for these satin flowers.

Antique necklaces and a brooch make for a nice side-angled vase.

More antique necklaces, plus some extra fluff-n-stuff from Hobby Lobby and Michael's craft sections.

I filled the vases with these overflowing tea-stained, antique-esque silk flowers. I don't normally go for silk flowers, but these were perfect for vintage glam centerpieces. Also, found some matchy-matchy feathers to stick in there as well.

We went the flower route, but if you are doing an evening reception (especially outdoors) these would be beautiful with votive candles in them!

Here are some of the professional shots from the night of...huge shout out to Michael Lloyd Photography for letting me use the images! If you are looking for a great photographer in Utah, give Mike Lloyd a call!

August 6, 2012

Laura + Alan = True Love!

Meet one of my favoritest (totally a word :) girls in all the world, and then check out her love story. It will melt Melt MELT your heart! Laura's coworker has been dying to set her up with her brother, but sadly, he lives in Germany :( Bummer! But then, in a sad twist, handsome brother's father passes away and he comes back for the funeral. Enter blind date at the family dinner shortly after the funeral. One more date before he flies back to Germany. They start talking on Skype, don't stop, and pretty soon best friend is on a flight to Germany for a two-week visit and comes home engaged! Eek! I can't stop Eeking!!! (also a word :)

The other thing you need to know about Laura is that she's got style. Aqua weddings have been all the rage for two summers now (I'm more than just a little ready to move on...) and most brides pair that bright aqua with hot pink, bright coral, bright green, etc. Laura went a much more subdued, sophisticated Tiffany Blue and paired it with taupe and white. The effect was stunning! The lighter, muted hues made this August wedding feel cool, breezy, and balmy after a hot July.

White wedding bouquet with Tiffany blue accents. We went with all-white flowers: garden roses, mini calla, dahlia, freesia, ranunculus, and hydrangea with a hint of green hypericum berry. Laura wasn't big on the shades of blue we could find in fresh flowers, so a friend who makes jewelry made these sweet little blue beaded flowers that added just the right touch! And they came in the perfect shade of blue.

Close-up of the bouquet with beaded Tiffany blue flowers. I love creative accents like this. It keeps the styles of the bouquets modern and forward thinking. 

Flower Girls got a baby's breath kissing ball

Groom's bout made of Freesia

Corsages made of ranunculus

Congrats Laura and Alan!