Bridal Shower 

Well we did it. We survived our first wedding event! The best part was I didn’t have to do anything other than show up. 

I’m a control freak so my mom figured it would be funny to not let me in on anything. Little did she know, I actually preferred it because it was one less thing for me to worry about. 

She of course went above and beyond as usual so I figured I would share some of what she did. Two of my bridesmaids helped her a bit 😜. 

First off, it was a wine themed shower at Quails Crossing in Columbus. It’s a cute little winery in Clintonville. I’m not usually a fan of Ohio wines or white but they had some really good options as far as reds I wish I could’ve tried some more.  Surprisingly the Pinot Noir was not my favorite here. I recommend the Rich & Famous Nebbiolo. 

So here’s a break down of the rest. 

Games

Wine tasting

 

They chose 6 wines for us to taste and each person had to rate the wines. Whoever rated them the most like I did won. 

Ring Hunt


The ring hunt. This is a popular one you see on Pinterest. 30 rings were hidden throughout the venue and whoever had the most won. A few of the rings were auto winners too.

Baby Face


Im not sure if this is hilarious or hideous but this is where guests created our “future kids” using different parts of my face and my fiancés. 

I decided which one I liked the most and they were the winners. 


Pin the Kiss on the Groom


This ones pretty self explanatory. There were kisses and mustaches and whoever got the closest won. 

Guess the corks

I don’t have a picture of this one but it was a jar filled with corks and guests had to guess how many. 

Nearly Weds

This was by far the best and most unique. My mom recorded my fiancé answering some questions and I had to guess his answers. It was so cute and awesome that we will have it forever. 

Check out link to the video to see 🙂 https://vimeo.com/172317179/fb7ec228f9

Food

Okay so I was too busy socializing I didn’t eat any food! I heard it was amazing though. I’m sure it was as it was from Katzingers. 

In addition to sandwiches we also had a candy buffet, cupcakes and popcorn! 


Which reminds me I should definitely highlight some Decor and Details. 

When guests arrived there were mini wine glasses with chalk bottoms and chalk markers so that guests could write their names.

My mom also made these pins for all the bridesmaids,moms and grandmas to wear. She made a sash for myself. 



Even the pencils were detailed! 


One of the coolest parts though was walking up and seeing this sign. Another keepsake I’m looking forward to having. 

I had such an amazing time and I couldnt have done or asked for anything better! Thanks to my mom, maid of honor and bridesmaid (Amanda) for their work and dedication!!  

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String Art

This is another one that’s become increasingly popular since Pinterest. 

I had a babyshower to go to for Marks brothers girlfriend this weekend.  She likes elephants so naturally most gifts she received were elephant related. 

I decided to do a string art hanger of an elephant for the nursery. 
Here’s how it turned out 

 
Again, easy! Well at least I thought so. I’ve talked to two people who attempted the same thing but don’t seem to have the same opinion so maybe this will help. 

What you need

  • Wooden board of some sort. I found this one at Hobby Lobby 
  • Stencil of elephant or whatever you prefer
  • String
  • Paint if you want the board to be a different color 
  • Scissors 
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Cardstock – I had 3 different colors to add dimension
  • Adhesive Vinyl

How it’s done 

  1. First I painted the board silver. 
  2. Lay your stencil on the board where you what it and trace lightly with a pencil. 
  3. Nail nails onto the shape. I left about ⅓ an inch in between each nail but it’s up to you.
  4. Tie string around one nail and begin threading the string around the nails. I ended up doing this about 3-4 times before I was satisfied with how full it turned out. 
  5. Cut butterfly’s of different sizes out on each color of card stock.
  6. Cut initials or monogram out of vinyl with the silhouette.  You could also probably just use stickers if you wanted to save time. 
  7. Place letters where you want them. 
  8. I wanted the elephant to look as if he was blowing butterflies out of the trunk so I placed them in that order and glued them down with tacky glue. 

I think in all I maybe spent 1 -1.5 hours on it. His is a fun project with many options so play around with it before you settle on an idea. 

Step by step pics. 

After I painted the board. I used a silver sparkle paint from target so that it still looked like wood. 

 
I used my silhouette to cut out the elephant stencil from cardstock. 

 

After I traced it I began hammering nails. You can see a few crooked ones but I was able to straighten them out. This is definitely the hardest part and prob easier for people with smaller fingers. 

All wrapped up in string. I just switched directions back and forth as I did it. It’s really a personal preference. 

The butterflies I cut using my silhouette.  All done 🙂 

Shadow boxes

Wow it’s been awhile. I haven’t been on here but I’ve certainly been busy. 

A lot of my current wedding projects are surprises so here is a project I did over the weekend for my fiancès grandma. I’ve made one more before this so t was only my second attempt

Shadow boxes have become increasingly popular over the past year. I used my silhouette machine to cut out the paper roses and roll them but you can always just draw a spiral on a sheet of paper, cut it, roll it and it will look like a rose. 

We bought a pack of paper with 6 shades of red and I was nervous that it wouldn’t flow together because there was a huge variation between the dark and lightest shades but it ended up working.
What you need: 

Card stock – the amount is depending how big of a shadow box you have 

Shadow box

Vinyl 

The process: 

  1. Cut your roses. I used a file purchased from the silhouette store for paper roses but as I mentioned above you can do this by just drawing and cutting yourself as well. 
  2.  Roll your roses. Some people like to use a quilling tool but I find that a pencil or skewer work just as well. – I like to roll my roses very very tight and then let them sit out on the table to expand for a bit. 
  3. Place roses in a line. You can have some fun with this and have them fade from dark to light or go diagonal. – I spent a LOT of time trying to make sure it was straight. After doing so I want to tell you to not waste your time doing so. The more flowers you put in the better. They will lay as needed.
  4. Line the back of the roses with a similar colored paper ( to avoid holes or empty spaces from showing) and place the back onto the shado box. 
  5. Place vinyl on the front. –  I did put it on the inside of the glass in my original design but I think I prefer it on the outside. 

This is an easy one and a gift that everyone will love! 

Or if you’re not up to the task, feel free to reach out if you are interested in purchasing one yourself! 

Here are some detail pictures of the process.