Oil Based Sharpies
I bought a couple of oil-based Sharpies at Michael’s recently—the package says they’ll write on metal, pottery, wood, rubber, glass, plastic, and more. I chose a two-pack with gold and silver pens and tried one out on this ceramic cup. Nifty! The paint is opaque and shiny and didn’t bead up. Now I’m plotting what else needs gold and silverizing. I’m like Midas with...
Chocolate, roses, and lace; every woman’s dream….
DIY Paint Swatch Chandelier
Guest Blogger: Arielle I have to admit, that ‘borrowing’ the paint swatches for this little project wasn’t the easiest thing to do. I may have ran, yeah like actually ran, out of Lowes the third time I took a trip there to make sure I had enough colored swatches for my chandelier (to the staff at Lowes, I am entirely sorry for stealing all but one of the Pink Shell paint swatches). But in the...
The Cash Bar Issue - Eeek!
Yes, weddings are expensive - I know. But NEVER - under any circumstances - should you consider hosting a cash bar at your reception. Think about it - you would never ask anyone to pay for a cocktail in your own home. Remember people at your reception are still your guests, even if the event is not held in your house. That said, if a full bar is not within your budget, consider these...
DIY Glitter Pumpkin Candle Holder
Styrofoam pumpkin (on sale at Michaels) sharp knife mod podge glitter spoon paint brush tea light candle To begin, cut a circle around the top of your pumpkin. Use the tea light candle to gauge how big to make the circle. Scoop out Styrofoam with a spoon. Using your paint brush, layer your entire pumpkin with mod podge. Sprinkle with glitter. Let your pumpkin dry...
DIY Chalkboard - Menu or Seating Chart
This DIY project is truly simple! Head to your local hardware store and either pick out a pre-cut piece of wood, or get one cut to size. Prime it with a good white primer, and wait for it to dry. Coat with a 3-4 layers of chalkboard paint to make sure the white primer is totally covered. Wait 3 days, maybe a bit more if you are painting in damp conditions, then cover the board completely with...
DIY Dixie Cup Light Garland
Guest Blog: The Lovliest Day I found this idea via Good Housekeeping for Halloween decor but thought this DIY would be perfect for weddings, showers, and especially, nurseries. It’s easy, fun and super cute so read on to find out how you too can make your own Dixie Cup Light Garland. Supplies A pack of 100 Dixie Cups scissors and an Exacto knife scrapbook paper in desired colors white...
Wedding Gift Tips
How soon should I send a gift? Preferably, send the gift to the bride before the wedding or to the couple soon thereafter. In some regions gifts are brought to the reception and placed on a special table. Contrary to a current rumor that you have a year to send a gift, it really should be sent right away or within three months of the wedding. Do I have to choose a gift from a registry? No. A...
DIY Painted Party Cups
The inspiration behind these simple watercolor party cups from Stephanie Polli made me very happy. To me, this project exemplifies what makes DIYs such a great outlet for creativity — can’t find any paper cups you like? Make some! The coral and ocean blue color palette is perfect for a spring fête or to brighten up a dreary winter day. I could easily envision an entire set of great tableware...
DIY RECYCLED ROAD MAP CORK BOARD
Guest Blogger Anna A recent house clean-out yielded many items I had a hard time parting with, even though their very existence has become obsolete in the last few years. One of the most noticeable of the bunch: road maps. As our ever-advancing phones and computers take over our lives, we find what was once useful is now trash, yet I couldn’t part with these beautiful maps! They reminded me of...
If your a traditionalist and have your heart set on a white wedding cake you can still make your cake unique. Instead of changing the outside of the cake, be creative with the cake flavor and fillings. Surprise your guests and make the cake unexpected. Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling Vanilla Sponge Cake with a Belgian chocolate ganache filling Lemon Cake with a Raspberry filling ...
Second Marriage Bridal Shower?
Q. My attendants want to have a shower for me, but I’m worried that people will think this is just too much, since I had showers the first time I was married and that wasn’t very long ago. Is it OK to have a shower or should I just tell them to skip it? A. It’s OK to have a shower, as long as you are careful with the guest list. People who were invited to your previous showers...
DIY Thank You Tag Printable
The stationery on the day of your wedding plays an important part in adding to the style of your big day. Having pretty favor tags to greet your guests as they take their seats can add a lovely touch to your table setting. Here is a cute design that you can easily create at home. Materials Favor tag free printable Click here to download) Ribbon Hole punch Split pins (also known as brads,...
Smooth Legs Right Now!
Rub a thin layer of hair conditioner on your legs in the shower, let sit three minutes, then shave. The steam reacts with the glycerin and other oil extracts in the conditioner to moisturize skin and soften leg hair, so your blade glides easily. That means razor burn is history…and you emerge with beautiful, bare-able legs
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