May 19, 2015
Rustic wooden branches wrapped in fragrant eucalyptus leaves form a woodsy outdoor wedding arch. Small hanging votive candles cast their glow over a late evening lovers kiss. Flowing sheer fabric tied back by pale garden roses in creamy white, yellow and peach. Even weathered old wood from discarded palettes can form a warm, rustic entrance for beloved family and friends.
May 12, 2015
Peonies - their lovely lush blooms so prized by the Chinese they call them sho yu which means "most beautiful." And if you're lucky enough to live in Indiana you'll see these sweet scented flowers near hills and highways from Columbus to Crown Point and Lawrence to West Lafayette. So many, in fact, they adopted it as their state flower in 1957. Peony names are just as breathtaking as their beautiful blooms: Bowl of Beauty, Pink Parfait, Raspberry Sundae, Buckeye Belle and Sarah Bernhardt. A pink peony bouquet would be perfect for a spring or sweet summer day. Rich and romantic, their bushy beauty and perfectly shaped petals are considered an omen of good luck and lasting happiness.
May 11, 2015
Plum and gold, plum and burgundy, or just plain (and perfect) plum. I thank the genius who inspired this beautiful blend of blue and red. Blue is as soothing as floating on your back in warm Hawaiian waters and red is radiant like a freshly picked garden rose, but plum and plum themed weddings steal my breath away. See if you can resist these gold painted goblets and candlesticks brimming with beautiful Black Mission figs, blackberries, plums and purple garden grapes. Rich and romantic!
This fabulous white fondant wedding cake with shiny plum satin ribbons
must be what ancient Europeans had in mind when they
invented the brooch back in the early Bronze Age.
Plum Chiffon Bridesmaid Gowns - currently on sale for $79 from David's Bridal
May 7, 2015
Weathered looking wooden crates - the most versatile "vintage" piece of furniture for a rustic style reception. There's no shortage of low priced and perfectly shaped pine wooden crates at Michael's or Walmart or wherever you shop. But that clean look just won't cut it. Purchase a quart of dark walnut stain from Minwax for $15 that may or may not involve sanding and sealing, or do it the cheap, easy way using things you or I already have in the pantry? You may already know I'm pretty tight with a buck. Here's how to make new wood look old for next to nothing by following these easy steps:
- Fill a Mason jar with vinegar and place a round-shaped steel wool pad inside. Leave it overnight or several days for a darker solution.
- Boil black tea and paint it onto the wood surface before applying the vinegar solution. The tannic acid in the tea will make the vinegar stain darker and even more beautiful.
- One coat will make your wood look old. Several coats are even better.
- Just in case there is any residue from the steel wool left over, wipe your wood thoroughly with a clean wet rag.
- Your wooden crate now looks weathered and worn, and a coat of wax will keep it this way indefinitely.
I love the look of these wooden crate centerpieces.
Here's a great tutorial on how to make a small wooden crate from paint sticks.
Apr 28, 2015
How do you feel about these bohemian style halos, crowns and asymmetrical floral headpieces? Would bright pink and raspberry red roses imbedded in a crown of fragrant, freshly picked eucalyptus leaves (available all year long) make you feel breathtakingly beautiful on a sweet summer day? Now you can make your own with this step by step tutorial on how to make a floral headpiece. What if your wedding is in December (like mine) when lovely lilacs are long gone, dahlias have departed and peonies are a thing of the past? For you, winter has an abundance of beautiful blooms - anemones, amaryllis, camellias, red holly berries and creamy white garden roses.