Thursday, November 24, 2011

Black Friday

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for:
My amazing, supportive family
My faithful friends (and readers!)
My wonderful fiance and his family
A job where I can play piano every day
A Savior who has granted me grace so that I can be a part of His family

May God bless you today. Remember there are always reasons to be thankful!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Silver Sparkles and Sequins

I am currently watching one of my new favorite shows, Big Bang Theory and thinking about how Christmas is almost only one month away. It's hard to feel super Christmas-y in 80 degree weather, but my roommates cinnamon candle is helping me get in the spirit.

Last Christmas I went all DIY with my family's gifts. I custom designed the gift tags and coffee stained them. I used a ton of twine and brown packaging paper. Somehow I have to top what I did last year. Here's some inspiration from the sequins, sparkles, and glitter that are definitely IN right now (just look at the storefronts of Forever XXI).

1. Glitter Guide
2. Beauty and the Budget
3. Beauty and the Budget
4. Knot and Bow
5. Birdcage Cards
6. a Little Card

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pretty as Chalk

There's something about chalk's simplicity and innocence as it lends itself to a nostalgic part of grade school. With a shed full of milk glass, Chris and I have moved on to collect chalk boards. It doesn't take much money to create beautiful, delicate, personal touches with chalkboards.

Here's my inspiration:

Top: A beautiful custom chalk sign at a wedding reception in a deli.
Middle Left: I'm a sucker for anything with Peonies and these framed chalkboard table numbers are perfect.
Middle Right: How cute is this? A wedding word search. Fun, cute, and personalized.
Bottom: Another custom chalk wedding piece with a vintage flair. Love.

Chris and I bought a simple little chalk board for fifty cents at a garage sale. I painted the natural wood frame white with a few coats of acrylic paint. Then I bought a set of chalk markers online. I'm not super happy with the brightness of the pink (it's like neon Vegas sign fuchsia), so I may stick to the white to give it an authentic chalk feel.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Kitchen Ideas

Hey there!

Good news on the wedding planning forefront -- we have found our dream photographer and we're in the process of booking him/her! More details to follow once we've made it legit.

Right now Chris and I have been exploring color palettes for various rooms as we think about our registry. You all know I am obsessed with the seafoam/turquoise palette. So, this is a little style board I am working on for our kitchen.

If you have any ideas about where to register, let me know. We need to figure that out soon!

2. Kitchen Aid
3. Bed Bath & Beyond
4. Bed Bath & Beyond
5. Design Within Reach
6. Design Within Reach
7. English Creek Gardens

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