Back in the Game… {Some Lovely Things I’ve Been Up To Lately}

Hello darlings! I know it’s been a long while since I last posted… time just seemed to always get from me! All my teacher friends out there will certainly know what it’s like for papers, projects, grades, and planning to entirely consume your existence. I finally feel like I have a handle on my time management {or at least I hope so!} and decided to get back into the game.

So I decided that my first post back will be my last few months in a nutshell. I can’t say things have been terribly exciting, but I do have a few to share!

I’m continuing to {slowly} work on getting our house together. Believe it or not, it’s coming along! My first dilemma was a blank wall space in the entry that I didn’t quite know what to do with… enter World Market. It’s like a tiny slice of heaven… Their products are so unique and very reasonably priced! We ventured out to our local store not too long ago and I picked up the gorgeous farmhouse chalkboard I’ve had my eye on for quite some time. I am SO happy with how perfectly it fit onto that blank entry wall! Needless to say, I’ve been hard at work designing festive sayings to greet us as we enter our home. The first two pieces of chalkboard art that I created have been fall-inspired. I’m SO looking forward to frequently changing the chalkboard art over the holidays!


Fall Chalkboard Art - mint and honey designThanksgiving Chalkboard Art - mint and honey design

My next project was a DIY Holiday Mickey wreath for our front door! Anyone who knows my husband and I, knows that we love all things Disney. When I came across an amazing  fall Mickey on Pinterest, it got my wheels turning… I decided to run to my nearest Michael’s Craft Store and purchase all the supplies to create my very own holiday wreath! I will be doing a separate DIY post detailing how to make one of these beauties. It came out better than I could have imagined! The finishing touch will be the twinkle lights I’m going to add to it next week. More pictures to come!

DIY Mickey Holiday Wreath - mint and honey design

{confession – I’ve never been much of a holiday fan… especially Christmas. My husband typically has to work all major holidays so it kind of put a damper on my spirits in the past… this year, however, with the new house I think I’m going to enjoy decorating for Christmas for the first time! Super happy about this new development… my pocket book however, not so happy. hehe}

The last post is more of a preview. Having lived in Pennsylvania my whole life, I’ve always had a fireplace. When my husband and I moved to Florida, it was hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that fireplaces were basically not useful nor were they common place. I decided I wanted to take matters into my own hands and build my own. I scoured the internet for months to find the perfect design. I found this beautiful image from Sweet Something Design and set to work.

DIY Fireplace Inspiration

I got hard to work drawing up elevations and calculating measurements {must be the interior architect in me!} I settled upon the perfect design and taped it off. After feedback from my designer and architect friends, lots and lots of taping and re-taping, I think I’ve finally settled on the final layout!

DIY Fireplace Sketch - mint and honey designDIY Fireplace Taped - mint and honey design

My husband and I are planning to tackle this project next week while I’m off for Thanksgiving break… I will certainly keep you all posted on the progress!

Well, I think that’s about it! Thanks for hanging in there and getting to the end of this post! Happy Friday all!!

Until next time…

xoxo G

 

Pom Love

It’s no secret that I’m utterly obsessed with tassels and tassel garland… well, as an extension to that obsession, let me introduce you to poms. I’m absolutely IN LOVE with these puffy little gorgeous trims! My mind is racing at all of the lovely things I can buy and make with this gorgeous pom trim!

As a new homeowner, my mind is spinning on how to decorate our new home…enter poms! I am absolutely in love with pom trimmed pillows! The pillow pictured on the top of the image below was found on Houzz and, in my opinion, a bit out of my price range for a pillow. I do potentially see a DIY in my future though! I did happen to find a more affordable option at JCPenny’s that is equally adorable. And how amazing are these gorgeously perfect pom lined Anthropologie curtains!?! The possibilities to incorporate my beloved poms in my new home’s interior spaces is practically endless!

Pom-Interiors

Images: White Pom Pillow, White and Blue Pom Pillow, Pom Curtains

Also, while perusing my local Urban Outfitters recently, I came across these absolutely adorable shorts that I just couldn’t pass! I bought both the royal blue and black and white printed pairs and just can’t wait to wear them just about every day this summer! I might just cave and get the solid black ones too… we shall see!

Urban Pom Shorts

Images: Ecote Shorts

Lastly, Ryan and I are looking to send out moving announcements to our friends and family so they can all file our new address. I scoured the internet and believe that I found the PERFECT inspiration! According to my research, moving announcements are not only an elegant way to send your loved ones your new address, but also a wonderful opportunity to share a little bit of your personal style while conveying this message… what a great way to incorporate my pom love into these little announcements! I CAN NOT WAIT to get these little gems started and sent out! I plan to use the below image as inspiration and add my love for mint into the poms themselves – oh, and can I just say that I’m totally digging the gold liner too! I will keep you updated on the progress! 🙂

pom-print

Images: Pom Save the Dates, Pom Trim

So tell me, do you love poms as much as I do? And if so, how do you plan on incorporating them into your life?

xoxo G

 

DIY Burlap Banner

As I search through my daily dose of wedding images, I often come across those adorable banners that are used as props in various wedding photos. I fall in love with them more every time I see them! Unfortunately, I was unable to make or purchase one in time for my May wedding, but when we scheduled a Newlywed Session with our wedding photographers, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to create this lovely banner for our shoot! So… here’s how I did it:

Supplies:

‘Tulip’ Soft Fabric Paint in Matte Linen (I also purchased in white)

‘Tulip’ Fashion Glitter in Crystal

– Natural Bristle Fabric Paint Brushes (3 pack, any brand)

Darice Craft Designer Jute

Burlap Fabric

– Wide Cream Satin Ribbon

– Ultra Fine Point Black Sharpie

– Letter stencils, or cardstock and scissors to create your own

– Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks or Needle and Thread

Step 1: I started the process by finding an inspiration image that I fell in love with. This particular image is from Etsy seller funkyshique

-Image courtesy of funkyshique

I just loved the lower case font, natural burlap, and bows! From there, I started purchasing supplies and set to work.

Step 2: I purchased the paint, brushes, glitter, ribbon, cardstock, and jute from my local Michael’s Craft store, and then went to JoAnn Fabrics and purchased 3 yards of Natural Burlap fabric. (I already had my trusty hot glue gun and plenty of glue from years in design school.)

Step 3: Once I had the supplies purchased, I looked online at various banners and decided I wanted something a bit different… so I went with the phrase ‘happily ever after.’ I decided to split the banner in two, having ‘happily’ on one string, and ‘ever after’ on the other – similar to the inspiration image.

Step 4: In my Michael’s run, I couldn’t find the perfect letter stencil so I decided to DIY the stencil as well. I scoured the internet and my personal font collection for the perfect font. Once I found one I loved, I then set up an 8-1/2″x11″ 300dpi file in Photoshop where I crunched as many of the letters in ‘happily ever after’ as I could into the file. You can also do this in a Word file if you don’t have Photoshop. I printed the letters onto a thick cardstock and meticulously cut them out.

Step 5: I measured and cut on plain computer paper a triangle ‘stencil’ that I used to cut the burlap triangles. I measured it to be about 9″ long from top to bottom, and 7″ long across the top. Exact sizing and measurements are completely up to you!

Step 6: I took my Ultra Fine Point Black Sharpie and lightly traced the letters onto my freshly cut burlap triangles.

Step 7: I then took the ‘Tulip’ Matte Linen Colored Soft Fabric Paint and mixed in the ‘Tulip’ Fashion Glitter to give the letters a nice sparkle. Then, I cautiously began painting the letters in – backing them with a scrap piece of computer paper so that the paint didn’t bleed through.

Step 8: I applied a second coat of paint to make the letters pop more. I then let the letters fully dry and assembled them in the proper order to see how it would look.

Step 9: After the letters completely dried, I took the Jute, measured and cut it into strips so that all of the letters fit with about 12″ of excess on either side. After having the jute measured and cut, I took my hot glue gun and wrapped and glued the burlap triangles around the jute strips, using approx 1″ of material… and Voila! One adorable burlap banner for our photos!

-Images courtesy of The Brand Studio

In a perfect world, I would have used my satin ribbon to tie bows on the ends of each banner like the inspiration image, but ran out of time before the shoot – nonetheless, it came out wonderfully and looks amazing in our photos!!

So, this a really fun and easy project and an overall great way to customize your wedding, newlywed, or anniversary photos!! Happy creating!