Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Wedding Continued

So a little more about my wedding.  When I first started planning I didn't think I would be picking colors for our event.  I wasn't sure why I would need to pick colors but I soon found out...having a color scheme in mind would make thinks much easier.

So invitations are made so I decided I liked the colors so we decided on gray and yellow.  (BTW:  it has become my favorite color combination)

We also picked a venue...my brother's home.  We would have an outdoor, rustic, totally casual gay wedding.  Of course once I asked my sister-in-law if we could have it there things really took off.  She was way more excited than I thought she would be.   
Ok...rustic...outdoor...casual.  Got it!

We decided that since it would be outdoors around their pool we would just get bales of hay for seating.  I didn't want people to have dirty bums so I opted to make burlap covers for the hay.

The drink station was also very country and rustic.  We used metal wash tubs placed at different heights.  

So enough about the talking.  Here are some of the pics from the work in progress to the final product.



I purchased these large paper mache type letters from Hobby Lobby.  Slapped a little point on them them to brighten them up a little.
Now, I didn't want to spend a tone of money on frames but everything the size I needed was crazy expensive.





I made frames from distressed wood I found at Hobby Lobby.  6 pieces for around $5.  Was exactly the look I wanted.



To stick with the outdoorsy rustic look we also decided for aluminum tubs for our drink station.  

I had seen a similar version on Pinterest and decided to give it my own little touch.  I used real spoons and a cute wooden plate I found for a few dollars.
We placed it in the center of our food table.  Just to make sure that everyone had a chance to see it.  
I spent lots of time on these items so I was making sure they would be seen.
So the last pics for the day.  Instead of renting chairs, we purchased like 16 bails of hay and spread around the back yard and around the pool.  
(My brother built a ramp over the pool for us to stand on for the ceremony.)

 I didn't want just plain hay so I made burlap covers for each.  Just something to lay on top to make it look a little nicer.  White, Gray and Yellow Burlap with a similar diamond pattern to our invitations.

And this is how they looked the day of the wedding.
I love how they turned out. 

When I have a little more time I am going to cut them down and frame them for family and close friends.  Just as a token of our appreciation for all they did for us.

More pics later!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wreath Tutorial Success

Last February I posted a tutorial on 
I am not super active with my blog but try to add items and info when I have free time.  I really don't see a ton of traffic but it's works for me.  I am pleased.   When I posted the tutorial I wasn't really thinking that it would receive all that much attention.  I just thought that it would be a nice gesture for someone looking to make one.  I know when I first started out I could not find a complete tutorial.  They would provide just enough information to make me angry.

So, I figured it out pretty much by a combination of several different tutorials.  This is just the way I make them and I am sure there are other ways.  But...this one works for me.

Now, a little over a year later I am completely overwhelmed and overjoyed at the number of wonderful comments I am getting.  It really makes me happy to know that information I provided has helped and is helping so many wonderful people.

Thank you all for the comments and please...keep the coming.  It makes me smile every time I get a new message.

Recently I received a comment and we went back and forth with a few replies....which were all awesome and quite funny.  
Genevieve R. made her own spiral deco mesh wreath with a little assistance from my very wordy tutorial.  And..she was kind enough to send a photo of her completed wreath!!!!!

Thanks Genevieve..You Rock!!


Heather just recently submitted a wreath that she completed!
Thanks Heather!!




Another Wreath Pic from Kayla!!
Thanks Kayla...great job!!

A few more wreath submissions to share! 
These are from Christina B. and Nicole V.
Thank you both!!!!







Get your wreath added here.  You can send me your pics to neworleanscraftsbydesign@gmail.com



Another awesome Halloween wreath by Celeste!!



This next submission came in from Mary B. way back before Christmas.  I am just now getting back into the flow after my holiday rush.
My apologies Mary...for taking so long to post your beautiful wreath.



Check out the latest user submitted wreath.  This gorgeous St. Patrick's Day Wreath Spiral Mesh Wreath was created by Donna. 
Thanks so much for sending in your photo.



I just received another stunning wreath created by Rosita.  I love the colors she chose for her Spiral Mesh Wreath.
Thanks You Rosita!!!


Second wreath submission from Rosita!  Keep 'em coming!


Take a look at my newest submission from Mary Beth.
A beautiful Patriotic Spiral Mesh Wreath!
Love it!
Thanks Mary Beth!!!

I am absolutely loving the great wreath submissions!  Keep 'em coming!

Here is another beautiful Patriotic Spiral Mesh Wreath by Cheryl W. in Orlando.  

Thanks for sharing your wreath with us Cheryl!