2.24.2012

Enjoy with a glass of wine...

As of today there's fifty days until our wedding!!! And tomorrow is my Bridal Shower!!

I've been up at my momma's house doing party prep the last few days 
and I just finished up making her a little present 
{that she has been asking for since November..}
 
I had a bag of corks that we have been saving up for a while 
and I decided to put them to good {and crafty} use!
I've gotten a lot of comments about this project and so here's the scoop!
Craft away!
 
This project is a little time consuming but totally worth it!

 All you need is a straw wreath {I used a 12" but any size will work},
a hot glue gun and glue sticks, pins, and floral wire.

 Oh yeah! And Corks!
I haven't counted exactly how many I used for each wreath 
but if I had to guesstimate I would say probably 200-300.

 First, wrap the floral wire around the wreath so you have 
something to hang the wreath by once it is finished.
 Attach the corks.
I stick a pin in the bottom of the cork and then put some 
glue around the pin and push it into the wreath.
Work your way all the way around the wreath.
{it will probably take several hours and
  maybe some sore fingers from pushing in the pins...}

Ta-Da!
 Momma will love it!
 
The first question everyone asks when they see this wreath is
"Did you drink all that wine yourself??"
To which I {proudly} reply-
"It was a group project!"


2.21.2012

What's a miter box?

This project all began with this picture I found on Etsy 
{one of my favorite websites!} of an antique hotel key rack.
I thought this would be perfect for displaying the escort cards for the wedding. 
Unfortunately the $130 price tag was not within my budget. 
So I put on my DIY hat and thought I would give it a shot!

{I got most of the supplies from Lowes- Dark walnut stain, tongue and groove boards, corner molding,  hooks, and wood glue. I ordered the brackets from JoAnn's website and bought the letter stencils and paint from Michaels.}

 First I glued together and stained the boards.
I only did one coat of stain so it wouldn't be too dark.

 I cut all the molding myself {and was very proud}
and then realized I was using the miter box wrong and cut all the corners wrong ...
So {luckily} Fiance stepped in and saved the day! {And my project!}
He re-cut all the molding and helped me glue it in place and secure with clamps.
Once the glue dried I stained the molding to match.
Then I used the stencils to put 'keys' across the top.

 The brackets are adhesive so they just stick on.
I may go back and secure them with screws because some of them are loose.

 Screw in the hooks right below the brackets. 
I also spray painted the hooks so the would match the brackets.
And its finished! 
It seems much quicker now that I'm writing this 
but this project actually took several weeks to finish everything.
{That could be because I kept messing up and had to redo several steps...}

I made two so I would have 60 total hooks. 
Enough to hang all the escort cards {hopefully..} by couple or family.

Here's my sample escort card.
The back will have the guest's name and table number.

Now anybody at the wedding that is reading this post
 will still have to act surprised when they see the setup! 
{You all know who you are..}


2.15.2012

The Perfect Valentine's Day.

We celebrated Valentine's Day in a little less traditional but equally amazing way his year. My cousin came over and we all cooked together! The fiance made delicious steak and potatoes.

And we made dessert! My cousin and I are fascinated by bananas foster! Mostly because it is lit on fire! {but also because it is sooo good!} And it is super easy to make and is sure to impress!

All you need is:
4 Bananas
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of dark rum
French Vanilla Ice Cream


Get ready for this! It's so simple!
 Peel the bananas and slice in half lengthwise and widthwise.
 Melt the butter in a large pan.
Add in a 1/2 a cup of brown sugar.

 Mix the brown sugar until melted and well combined.
 Make sure you have an adorable puppy hovering at your feet hoping for scraps! {OK I guess that step is optional..}
 But seriously look at her dressed in her special Valentines sweater!{Made by my Camp Mother by the way!}
 Add in the bananas.




 Simmer the bananas in the brown sugar/butter mixture until they are soft and caramelized. {yum!}
 Pour 1/4 cup of dark rum.
 Take a sip to make sure it is still good.
{Ok I guess that step could be considered "optional" as well...}
 Add the rum to the caramelized bananas.
{Stand back if you aren't the one cooking}
 Light it up!
If you have a gas stove you can just tip the pan to light the rum or you can use a long lighter.
 Ooooohh! Ahhhh!
The flame will go out once the alcohol burns off.
Serve over vanilla ice cream.
 Eat right away so it doesn't melt!
{DELISH!}

See! So simple! And sure to impress a date on Valentine's day!




2.13.2012

TGIM!





 Forget Fridays!

I work Saturday and Sunday From 7am-11pm. So I am all about Mondays when I have the whole week to look forward to relaxing and getting things done. Like blogging and table numbers! {Actually I finished these on Friday. But who's counting!}


 These numbers were cut out on a Cricut.

 These were so quick and easy to make. I think they took less than two hours to finish.
 
 I bought these frames at Michael's a few months ago {when they were on sale!} after I saw a picture of similar table numbers and knew I had to have them!
 I think they turned out really cute and vintage-y! And the best part is we can reuse the frames for wedding pictures and gifts after the wedding!


Now its time to come out of my Monday hibernation and get to the gym! 



2.10.2012

Camp Mothers and Crafting

Yesterday I went to visit a very dear friend {whom I affectionately refer to as my "camp mother"} in PA. She lives in this amazing old farm house complete with a rustic old barn and a little summer house. I just love it. I joke with her that between her and her husband they could figure out how to fix/build/make anything. {Only I'm not joking!} I truly believe that she can make anything.

Example: Yesterday we made these.
 Pocket squares! Yay!
When the fiance and I went to pick out suits for the wedding I looked at getting pocket square for the guys in the wedding. I picked up a beautiful navy blue one and {whoa!} they were $18 a piece! So with the groom, best man, 3 groomsmen, and the ring bearer that would run us over a hundred dollars for pocket squares! So after I recovered from the shock, I called up my camp mom and went to JoAnn fabrics. And I made seven pocket squares for $3.40 and about 2 hours of work {and that's including the few errors I made and the time we spent talking...}
Example 2: Look what else I got yesterday!
This was handmade by my camp mom. She makes some amazing bags and I have been eying this one up for a while. She is an incredibly talented sewer and has such an eye for details. The inside is lined in red! I aspire to be able to sew like this one day! 


She also gave me these yesterday.
When she saw my invitation, she thought of these. I'm not sure what they will be used for yet but I'm sure I will find a place for them!


We also started working on a Just Married Banner yesterday. It's a work in progress at this point {along with about three other projects I'm currently working on!}.

2.07.2012

Valentines Day Treats!


I am obsessed with baking.
I just thought I would put that out there in the open. The problem with my obsession is that baking often results in having baked goods around the house. Therefore, I usually try to bake only if I have somewhere or someone to take the end result to. I think Valentines Day is a reasonable excuse to bake and we are having friends over for dinner tonight.
This recipe is super easy. Someone brought these delicious treats into work this weekend.
Warning: They are pretty irresistible. 



This is all you need.

 You know that any recipe that has Reese's involved is going to be AMAZING. When the Fiance was in college I used to send him care packages with homemade treats inside. One time I made him brownies with Reese's inside every brownie. He still talks about them to this day
 I'm going to be honest. I always forget to preheat the oven ahead of time.
 Just prepare the brownies according to the box. Follow the directions for fudge-like consistency if they have it.


 Fill the mini-cupcake trays about halfway full. Be sure not to overfill them or the cups will stick to the tray.
I guess you could use regular cupcake trays if that's all you have but I think the mini are better.

 Press a mini Reese's into each one.
 Bake them at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

 This is the hard part. Let them cool in the trays for 10-15 minutes.
 These brownies are magical. They make men do all kinds of amazing things.
Like cook dinner. 
{Fiance is making his secret family spaghetti sauce recipe. 
Its sweet and spicy and delicious. I love it!}
And make funny faces.


 And help me with my latest project.This has been a work in progress for several weeks. I'm waiting on a package to come so I can finish it.