Fueling my neon obsession but still wanting a fun fall accent, Jodi of One Simple Dream and I brainstormed this AWESOME plaster dipped leaf garland. And I love the way it turned out!
I'll be honest, plaster of paris gives me a little bit of anxiety for some reason but rest assured, this is as easy and manageable as Jodi told me it would be. Sigh.
Here's what you need:
First, you will want to cut the leaves from the garland. Make sure the stem is long enough for you to hold onto for dipping and to tie onto for the garland.
Mix the plaster of paris according to the directions on the package. (We used 1 cup of plaster to a 1/2 cup of cold water which allowed us to dip 20 leaves.) Mix well until all clumps are gone. Also, remember that plaster of paris does not come out of clothing or dish cloths! (Eek! This must have been where my anxiety was?!?)
Dip the leaf in plaster and set on wax paper. Repeat for all leaves and let dry overnight.
If you would like to dip in paint (please do! it looks so much cooler...), we recommend using quart-size cans so that you are able to dip the entire leaf if desired. Make sure the paint is stirred REALLY well. And keep in mind that the leaves are very delicate and no longer bendable.
Dip the leaf was far as you would like and again place on wax paper. Let dry at least 2 hours between colors.
Once you are finished dipping all of your favorite color combinations, I suggest allowing 24 hours for the leaves to completely dry before stringing. Then string the dry, painted leaves onto twine with a knot around the stem. You can also use as a tag for a bottle of wine - or even a gift or place setting! (Chalk paint worked great too!)
Ahhh...I love this fresh take on fall decor!
Photography by Jordi Lee Photography
ADDIE TURNS ONE!
While it's far from the day this little girl will be walking down the aisle, I had to share the A-MAZING birthday celebration of my friend's daughter, Miss Adeline. It was ADORABLE! Her mom, Dina, picked the color palette of Tiffany blue and poppy red and enlsited a few of us to help her make it work!
Wanting to embrace a modern carnival theme, the details were spot-on with a mix of metallic gold, dots, stripes and florals. Spray painted animals were scattered throughout, along with jumbo balloons, bunting and colorful tissue poofs. The kids enjoyed a dunk tank and photo booth and simply could not get enough of the candy bar, sno-cones and cotton candy! (And let me just say, the decadent grown-up treats were more than yummy...) Party success! Happy girl. Happy day.
Looking forward to many more happy (and well-styled) birthdays for this little lady!
Photos credit: Jordi Lee Photography
I love all things equestrian. So when the team at Weddingstar sent me this rustic equestrian-inspired shoot I could hardly wait to share!
Horses just make me happy and so do these details perfectly styled by Kasia Juras Azcurra of Prelude to a Kiss and captured by Adrian Azcurra of Mugshots Photography, the uber-talented husband and wife duo.
There is nothing more beautiful than a bride with the silhouette of a horse in the background...timeless.
Photographer: Adrian Azcurra, Mugshots Photography | Creative Producer & Stylist: Kasia Juras Azcurra, Prelude to a Kiss | Location: Tralee | Rentals: Chair-man Mills, Detailz Chair Couture, Vintage Vignettes | Dress: Ines Di Santo | Hair & Makeup: Heather Snowie
Products by Weddingstar: Burlap Aisle Runner | Wooden Sign | Bamboo Parasol | Ceremony Set | Mini Lantern | "A Promise Made" Jewelry Box | Equestrian Love Stationery | "I Do" Shoe Pearls & Crystals | Mini French Provencal Pitcher | Miniature Metal Pails | "Sweetie Pies" Packaging | Miniature Woven Basket | "Indie Style" Cake Topper | Large French Provencal Pitcher | Glass Jelly Jars | Wood Cake Topper | Blown Glass Teaalight Luminaries | Birch Bark Luminary Wrap | Wooden Wish Box
Ever since I went up north this summer and found some of the most wonderful pieces of fallen birch trees, I have been wanting to come up with the perfect project where I could showcase them. Always entertaining and always on the hunt for cool cake stands, I thought what better way to customize a cake stand than with my birch logs and favorite plates!
It was ridiculously easy so I'm even more excited to share...
Here's what you will need:
Fortunately, my DIY pal, Jodi of One Simple Dream is quite handy with the saw so she was able to cut my log into a few different sizes since ultimately, I want different heights at the dessert table.
Note: The straighter the logs, the easier to cut and the less time will be needed to sand the top (sometimes sanding is needed to insure the plate sits level.) Also, if the log diameter is less than 5" it will be easier to cut as you won't need to rotate the log while cutting (which is what we had to do!)
Now here's the super duper easy part...
First, set the plate upside down and align the log on the bottom. Put a few dots around the log to insure you can center it when glueing it on.
Now add glue to the end of the log that will hold the plate. Keep the glue in at least an inch from the edge of the log since the glue expands. That Gorilla Glue rocks! (And, you need less than you think.)
Next turn over the log, glue facing down and realign with the dots on the bottom of the plate. Add pressure and then let it sit upside down for at least 20 minutes.
Turn over and yipee! It's finished! You now have the ideal modern rustic cake stand.
And the perfect touch for my donut bar...
I'm in love with how they turned out...and can't help but think that these would be the most awesome gifts, centerpieces and of course, the coolest serving plates!
Photography: Jordi Lee Photography
There's nothing like when two of your favorite things come together...
So if you have not already downloaded the Fall Issue, you definitely need to do that stat. And then as you are browsing through all of the pretties and longing for that stunning watercolor maxi dress or those most adorable gold animal placecards, simply head on over the REVEL's shop and click "As seen in Martha Stewart Weddings" and they can be yours on the spot. Love it.
Cheers to instant gratification!
OMG the cat is out of the bag...and down the runway! Feline friends seem to be everywhere - and not just on YouTube. While I am a hard core dog person, some of these touches of kitty are making me say "Stop It Right Meow!" with all this cuteness! (Sorry...I couldn't resist)
And I certainly can't sign off without including my all-time favorite cat video. It's an oldie but a goodie. The (Original) Surprised Kitty.