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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Inspired by. . . ribbon

I seem to remember promising you some DIY wedding inspiration a week or so ago.  Let's start with a DIY wedding invitation!

If you're planning a small scale wedding, designing and making your own invitations is very do-able!

First, let me share my inspiration:







The original links to all of these can be found on my Pinterest "I do" board.


Now, here's mine. . .




The detail on the paper I chose was more subtle than those pictured above and difficult to see in this photo. You can see it better in the image below.

When designing your invitation keep in mind what size envelope your invitation will need, and whether or not it will require extra postage. I formatted my size to fit some envelopes I already had on-hand.





~decorative outer paper, color/texture of choice

~cardstock for inner portion of invitation

~ribbon, color and width of choice

~glue runner

~cutting tool for paper

~scissors, for cutting ribbon

~envelopes and stamps


As I already mentioned, I designed this invitation to fit envelopes I already had on hand. So my process began with measuring the envelope. My outer paper size was cut to 10"W x 7"H, then each side was folded inward, as you see in the image. The wording was printed on the cardstock and then the cardstock cut to fit inside the folded outer paper.  I used approximately 1yard (3ft) of ribbon for each invitation. I know it sounds like a lot, trust me, you almost always need more ribbon than you think you do! In fact if your invitation is wider, it will take even more.

You want to be sure to get all the materials you need for this project the first time you shop. If you have to go back for more paper later, etc., you may find the store is sold out. I recommend making a "mock" invitation out of regular paper to confirm your measurements. Then use a piece of string, or any ribbon you may have on hand to test tie a bow. That will tell you how much ribbon you'll need for each invitation.

theknot.com has an invitation wording wizard, and other tips and examples you might find helpful.

Whatever you do, have fun with it! Make it personal, make it special – it's your wedding!




Have a wonder-filled day!







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Monday, October 22, 2012

Inspired by. . . streusel


I'd been drooling of the August cover of Cooking Light long enough. When we finally experienced some {brief} cooler weather I was inspired to turn on my oven and make this yummy....




I haven't un-packed my loaf pans yet, so this recipe made two of the store bought, disposable type loaf pans.




  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts


  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fat-free buttermilk (if you don't have buttermilk on-hand you can easily make it; here's how)
  • Baking spray with flour
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. 2. To prepare streusel, combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons melted butter, stirring until well combined. Stir in nuts. Set aside.
  3. 3. To prepare bread, weigh or lightly spoon 9 ounces flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Combine 5 tablespoons butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium-high speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in vanilla. Beating at low speed, add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat just until combined. Scrape half of batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with baking spray; sprinkle with half of streusel mixture. Spread remaining batter over streusel; swirl. Sprinkle remaining streusel on top of batter. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.

Source: Julianna Grimes, Cooking Light



I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!


Have a wonder-filled day!









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Friday, October 19, 2012

Inspired by . . . a tribute


To one of my, all-time, favorite stories. . . .


Beauty and the Beast


Recipe explained below


If you're a B&B fan {and even if you're not}, I highly recommend these two books by Robyn McKinley:






And of course:


The Disney DVD is a great Christmas gift for your little Princess (if you have one). These are sometimes difficult to find.


My tribute, above, was inspired by Bonnie's challenge this week. After combining two images, I posterized the image and added Bonnie's Leafy Landscape texture, exclusion mode, 77%. Then I topped if off with her Age It texture, color burn mode at 56%. I thought it turned out rather fun.


Have a wonder-filled day,




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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Inspired by. . . Fall freebie

What better way to celebrate the start of Fall than with an Autumn Air blog hop with dozens of fabulous, free scrapbooking templates, papers and elements!




Digi Scrap Connect is hosting a FB blog hop this month and here's a glimpse of some of the great mini kits offered.



Click on the image to go get the freebie


I enjoyed working with Jenn's Autumn Air freebie. All the kits in the Autumn Air collection coordinate, so it's easy to mix and match the elements and papers you like the best.




You can drop into the hop anywhere along the way.  Digi Scrap Connect has a master list available here.  Got photos? I'd love to see what you come up with, so if you make a page, please come back and post your link in a comment.



Happy Fall y'all!






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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Inspired by. . . more roses


Can one ever tire of roses?

I didn't look up the hardcore statistics, but my guess is that roses are the most used flowers at weddings. More and more brides are choosing to do much of the planning, preparation and even the implementation of their weddings themselves.

If you've decided to do your own table decorations and/or your own bridal bouquet, I highly recommend doing a "test run" before the big day.

There are a lot of informative, well-done instructional videos out there on how to make bridal bouquets and boutonnières.  Just remember, things don't always work out the way you envision them, so a test run {or two} beforehand will ensure your bridal bouquet and/or centerpieces look as stunning on your special day as they do in your mind.

Note: I found the you tube videos by Lily of the Valley Florists to be the most helpful. If the above link doesn't work search "Wedding Flowers & Floral Arrangements : How to Make a Bouquet for the Bride "

Here's an example of the centerpiece "test run" I did for the last weekend's wedding.



Wives, understand and support your husband in ways that show your support for Christ.

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the Church- a love marked by giving, not getting.



The "test" bouquet purchased at the local grocery store was not as fresh as it could have been and the roses had opened far too much to achieve the look I wanted. But the test run confirmed that with fresher, tighter blooms, the teacup arrangement would be perfect! Exactly the look I was hoping to achieve. {check back next week for the reception photos!}

The large, full blooms did not work well in the bridal bouquet either. Even being gentle with stems, the large blooms pushing against each other caused some of them to snap off. I recommend working with fresh, hydrated flowers with tighter blooms that are just beginning to open.

Some other things to think about, flowers will last longer if you can keep them cold. This may be challenging, especially if you're allocating refrigerator space for the cake and other food. I ordered my flowers for pick up the day before the wedding, ensuring they would be the freshest possible. But this also meant I had to set aside enough time the day before to make the bouquets and boutonnières. It's important to keep all this in mind when making your wedding timeline. #1 rule: Things always take longer to accomplish then you think they will.

A gentle warning: You don't want to add unnecessary stress to your wedding day, so consider this DIY project carefully before taking it on. Still want to DIY, but not do it yourself? Consider asking a friend or family member to do your flowers. It may be the perfect way to involve that person in your special day.

Here's a sneak peak at one of my pinterest inspirations, used in the final bridal bouquet:


Thanks to Taryn over at Design, Dining and Diapers



I've got pictures of the bridal bouquet and more DIY ideas and tips to share with you, so check back soon!


Have a wonder-filled day,





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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Inspired by... roses


I'm surrounded by roses! left over from last weekend's wedding.




I've got some lovely DIY ideas to share with you over the next couple of weeks. So if you or someone you love is planning a Fall wedding, be sure and check back often.




For now... enjoy the flowers.






Have a wonder-filled day,








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