Monday, November 28, 2011

Anthropologie inspired Chirstmas Crafts...

I have done some serious ornament shopping
and I am planning on crafting this weekend
I am all about vintage this year
and enjoy the new spins all the crafty/bloggers have
been putting on it..

So here are my two faves(for now..)

Glitter Houses:

They are quite timeless
and am excited to try my hand
(I promise to post my attempts
even if they turn out awful!)

There are so many printable plans online:

I realized in my research to create
a great glitter House one must
have tiny bottle brush trees..
These cuties are sold

Look at this lovely mini-
found on Etsy


This seller also carries
mini supplies
for your
glitter house

Be sure to check out
this blog for some
amazing glitter
houses and idea
how to decorate yours:

DIY craft #2
Felt Tree

Very simple directions
can be found

And Here:

and of course
check out etsy
for already made
felt trees

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Themed Holiday Decorating....get ready!

Ok so it is more than a month away, and I have held off blogging about this as long as I could.. but now is the time to start thinking about your theme for your holiday decorating...I enjoy changing it up from year to year, which requires me to do a little shopping early to pick up much needed items to complete a look...sometimes its the thrift store, crafty stores or my very fave local Anthro store for inspiration....

So this year I have narrowed it down to three...

"Red, White and Handmade..."
This is a look I tend to default to, because it is easy, and seems to work well when your home is decorated fun and cute!

Some of these adorable lights
and paper items can
be found at Ikea. One of
my fave places for gift wrap!

"Have yourself a shiny little Xmas"
I have always liked this look, and it looks great if you have a lot of white in your living room...

This Anthro ornament was the inspiration for the next theme...

"Totally Retro Christmas..."
This is my goal theme this year, who knows if I will find the time, but the feeling of
nostalgia that retro decorations brings is whimsical ...

Search through thrift stores, and your garage for some retro items to carefully
blend in with your modern items for a great look!

As you can see from these DIY projects, collecting ornaments
at garage sales all summer pays off... 

Now for the DIY craft of the week..
Snow Globes
This is one kids love...
If you are not feeling crafty no worries
you can pick one up at your local
Anthropolgie Store

Almost any jar works for this project: Baby-food, pimiento, and olive jars are good choices. Look for plastic or ceramic figurines (metal ones are prone to rust) at flea markets and hobby or model-railroad shops. Synthetic evergreen tips are available at many floral-supply stores. You will also need oil-based enamel paint, sandpaper, epoxy, distilled water, glitter, and glycerin (available at drugstores).

If the jar lids are not in seasonal colors already, paint them with oil-based enamel paint. Sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough. With clear-drying epoxy, adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid, and let the epoxy dry.

Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water; add a pinch of glitter and a dash of glycerin to keep the glitter from falling too quickly. Don't add too much, or the glitter will stick to the bottom of the jar when it's flipped. Screw on the lid tightly, being careful not to dislodge the figurine. Turn the jar over and back again -- and let it snow.

And the good news is, your snow globe will work in any of the above themes!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Throwing a Anthropolgie Inspired Wedding

I have on and off been looking through different Anthro Inspired wedding pages and blogs, for a little while now, why you ask?....I am engaged to a wonderful man who would probably indulge any kind of wedding theme I wanted, even if it were something silly...Lucky for him I am very inspired by whimsical and homemade themes, which may take a crafty girl and a lot of hard work, but are easier on the pocketbook...

There are so many inspiring blogs and websites that are more than willing to inspire the uninspired, and lets not forget that not so long ago, our very own friend Anthropologie created a wedding line for us!

For some girls, the dress is the most important
part of the process, not for this girl!
The look and feel of the wedding/reception is
a reflection of who you are
as a couple...
I would rather my one true love and I be
 thought of as fun, crafty, whimsical,
than stuffy, sophisticated and proper.

Here is a peek into my ideas of loveliness on
that very special day!

grouping together recycled jars and bottles
 to display
flowers or candles has a big effect!

These Lanterns are amazing and add so much
to the party feel...
The very best place to buy

Also found at Luna Bazaar are Parasol's
the perfect addition for yourself, or
even your wedding party, or guests!

I think the look of aged photography for weddings
is amazing! It looks timeless!

Lets talk Candy Bars for weddings
Love em...

There are so many ways to incorporate fun and laughter into a
very stressful day...I know easier said than done...

Once again if your not so crafty don't let that
prevent you from having the wedding
you want, enlist crafty girlfriends,
or quickly log onto

Be sure to check out one of my fave designers on etsy,
whom made the sign at the very top of this post
Sweet Peas and Seashells

Some of the greatest inspired weddings were found on:

be sure to search under "Homemade"