30 Before April 30 Project 1: Completed!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

These little labors of love aren't so little when you're working on an incredibly long wedding guest list (as of this morning: 580). But we are happy that we don't have to exclude anyone we love and look forward to making the beer run.

So what you see here is Project Save the Date. As I mentioned in a previous post, the printed card is a product of Wedding Paper Divas and is actually a postcard. I mounted the postcard on Night cardstock by Paper Source and lined the envelopes with this gorgeous hydrangea paper also from Paper Source. The address design is my own but the stamp was purchased at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft.

And while I'm on a much needed vacation for two weeks with my friends, my future husband will be walking into the post office and sending these to the homes of our family and friends.

celebrate: warm a home with pumpkin gifts

Monday, October 11, 2010

Our friends K and L recently moved from one apartment to the next, and we all know how fun it can be to pack, move, unpack, settle and start over. So what more comforting to the soul than the sweet smell of cinnamon drifting through a home. I picked up two simple items at Trader Joe's to put this housewarming gift together: pumpkin bread and muffin mix ($2.99) and a small pumpkin ($.69). With a little bit of cellophane and a few punches on the cricut, a nicely packaged gift for very little dough. Happy Fall!


two mantels = twice the fun

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Save the date break!! While I wait on my mom to send me her guest list with addresses, I decorate under my roof. When I started working on the first mantel with Halloween fun, I couldn't leave our second mantel bare and lonely. So I started with what I had, created a few projects and used inspiration from the wonderful blogs I visit often. Here is one that I just love from Good Housekeeping.

Just a Girl made her mantel a top inspiration for me!

This fall inspired mantel was created by Traci at One Fell Out of the Cuckoo's Nest. She doesn't stop at the mantel and has great ideas for the rest of your house.

The great thing about this mantel is that it's so simple yet colorful and meets your fall theme. Thanks Poetic Home for sharing an amazing picture!

Who needs a mantel to get festive? Not the Smith family! I fell in love with this space when it was featured on Eighteen 25.

Here is our new and improved 929 Halloween mantel (and I know I need something a little bigger behind "eek" but let's wait for the after Halloween sales):

While I added a little more jazz to the fall mantel in the family room.

For a lot more inspiration and ideas on how to decorate for fall in any place of your home, visit the Nesting Place and check out its Fall Mantel Party.

30 before April 30

Friday, October 1, 2010

September was busy with this little creative challenge but no we're getting serious about getting married! We are 7 months away from the BIG day and the list of DIY wedding projects is longer than the September challenge list. I haven't reached a "freak out" point just yet, but I hope that my commitment to keeping up with this blog by posting my progress will keep everything calm and steady. If you haven't seen the inspiration blog I created for our wedding, check it out below.

So what's on the list? Take a look (I apologize in advance for any spoilers):

- Homemade totebags for the bridesmaids
- Guest bags and all of the pieces that will go inside for out-of-towners
- Save the dates (almost done)
- Wedding invitations
- Hand written addresses for wedding invitations
- Wedding programs
- Wedding menu cards
- Bridal shower invitations (I can't leave this up to my mom)
- Bridal shower centerpieces
- Reserved signs (no escort cards at this wedding)
- Escort cards for wedding party
- Photobooth props and sign
- Materials for out-of-town guest
- Rehearsal dinner invitations
- Rehearsal dinner menus
- Bar menus
- Thank you cards for gifts along the way ...
- Groomsmen gifts
- Door initials
- Monogramed centerpieces
- Dessert bar components
- Sign in *surprise* area
- Bridal Party dinner table monogram runner
- Signs for front of reception site
- Centerpieces for cocktail tables & bars
- Wedding cake topper
- Bouquet bling
- Signs for pictures
- Toiletry kits for bathrooms
- Thank you gifts for our generous vendors, family and friends helping on the big day!

And anything else that comes along the way that we decide to take on. With all of the inspiration available, I look forward to adding more. And please don't worry; we still have a house that we moved into earlier this year and small pockets so the DIY projects will pour themselves onto this blog too.