Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Brunch

The extra hours of sunshine, sweet smelling blooms, and colors that come with springtime are such an encouragement after winter! This time of year is so energizing and full of life. What a perfect time to celebrate our Savior who sacrificed that we might have life in Him. The most exciting part about it is that He rose from the grave and we as His children can look forward to eternity with Jesus, the Giver of Life!

I had a sweet time with friends earlier this month over a springy brunch. :) I was so ready to use some bright and cheery colors in our apartment!









 





On the Menu
Chicken Salad Sandwiches: This recipe from Pioneer Woman is amazing! Seriously delicious, and there's room to adapt it to your taste buds.   

Orange Tomato Salad: This salad is so simple, light, and refreshing. Perfect "girl" food. ;)

3 Roma Tomatoes
1 Large Orange
1 slice of Red Onion, chopped into smaller pieces
1 Tbls chopped Basil
1 Tbls Olive Oil
1-2 Tsp Red Wine Vinegar
1 Garlic Clove, crushed
Salt and Pepper to taste. Chop your vegetables and mix everything together. *I sliced my orange then peeled off the peel. Much easier than peeling first.

Coconut Macaroons: Easy to make and easy to eat...a lot of them!

 1 1/2 Cup Coconut
1/3 Cup Sugar
2 Tbls Flour
1/8 Tsp Salt
2 Egg Whites
1/2 Tsp Vanilla
Combine coconut, sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in egg whites and vanilla. Bake at 325 for 18-20 minutes. Makes 1 1/2 dozen.

 Citrus Water: Instead of just lemons, I added limes and oranges to our water as well. Apparently, limes don't float. :)

I love eating healthy meals that make you feel full but great afterwards! I hope you have a wonderful Easter tomorrow. :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How To: Thumb Tack Eggs

Are you loving Springtime as much as I am? I love this time of year when the sunshine comes back out, my brother and I share a birthday week, we get to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!

When it comes to spring decorations, I've never been much for the plastic pastel grass. I decided to try a different twist on a basket of eggs. This a quick project with very few materials!


You will need:

4 Small Styrofoam Eggs
Flat Head Gold or Silver Thumb Tacs (160-180 per eggs)

For Ombre Eggs
White Gloss Craft Paint
Acrylic Paint (any color desired)
Paint Brush
Paint Palette or paper plate
Cardboard

Metallic Eggs

1. Starting at the top of the egg, poke thumb tacs into the Styrofoam. Continue around the egg in a circular pattern overlapping the thumb tacs slightly to avoid gaps. Try not to lift the tacs up and re-poke. This will cause the tacs to become loose and fall off. 



2. Continue poking in your tacs around the egg until you reach the bottom. Close off the bottom of the egg with tacs. 
 


3. That's all there is to it! I made both gold and silver eggs. You can find silver tacs at Walmart, and gold at Michaels. 


 Ombre Eggs
1. Poke your thumb tacs into a piece of cardboard.
 


2. Squeeze 5 separate dabs of white paint onto your palette.
 

3. Squeeze out another dab of your color of choice.
 

4. Create 5 different shades by adding more of your color to each dab of white. 


5. Beginning with the lightest shade, paint 2 rows of tacs each shade. It will take 2 coats to create a solid color on each thumb tac. 



6. Allow tacs to dry for approximately 2 hours. Once dry, follow the same instructions above for the metallic egg. Begin with the lightest shade at the top of the egg, poke the thumb tacs into the egg row by row, getting darker as you get to be bottom of the egg. 



7. Place your eggs in a basket with some Spanish moss, and you have an basket of eggs for Spring!






Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY Wedding Flowers

When I began researching and talking to florists, the budget prices I was getting were quite disheartening. Since my mom and I knew we wanted simple arrangements, we decided to go the DIY route.

Paige Overturf Photography
Before deciding to do your own wedding flowers,  a few things to consider:
*Flowers cannot be done far in advance. They will need to be done the day or two at most before the wedding.

*Someone needs to arrange them. You and your bridesmaids will not be available during those couple days to do the arranging. You will need a couple friends you can count on to arrange the flowers and set them out for the big day while you are being...the bride.

*You will need a cool dark place to store the flowers in water prior to setting them out.
*Simple arrangements work best.

*If you are already overloaded, sometimes the price to have the work done and details worked out for you is just worth it. 

All things considered, we decided to order flowers from Blooms by the Box.

http://www.bloomsbythebox.com/pub/do-it-yourself-guide-to-wedding-flowers.cfm?gclid=CNHs26i2zb0CFYhaMgodWS0AjA

 They were great! Their website includes tips for prep and care, how-to videos, and FAQ's. For any questions you don't find answers to, their customer service department is quick to respond and offer assistance. The flowers we received were gorgeous!

Bridal Bouquet Recipe:
3 White Hydrangeas
8-10 Standard Cream Roses
Wrapped in burlap and Lace
Fastened with Boutineer pins

I absolutely adored how my bouquet came out. Since my dress not full with lots of layers, I thought a complicated bouquet might be too much. I just wanted something to add an elegant touch! I also loved that my bouquet was fairly light weight. You will be holding it A LOT for photos. :)

Paige Overturf Photography
Paige Overturf Photography
 Bridesmaid Bouquet Recipe:
1 Hydrangea Green Antique Horizon
6-8 Light pink Spray Roses
Wrapped in burlap
Fastened with Boutineer pins

The girl's bouquets were so sweet! The green hydrangeas are quite large, so one is plenty. These bouquets were also very light weight. I love how they dry as well!

Paige Overturf Photography
 Pew Flowers:
Large white Hydrangeas
Light pink standard roses
Light pink Spray roses
Randomly placed

The little pew arrangements were so cute and easy! We had the vases hung and filled with water ahead of time, and just placed a few different flowers in each vase before the ceremony.

Paige Overturf Photography
Paige Overturf Photography
 Altar Arrangements:
Large White Hydrangeas
White Stock
White Standard Roses
White Spray Roses
Various Greens
Vases lined with 1" Diameter brown sticks

I was crazy about these arrangements! They were so elegant for a wedding. They were a perfect taste of summer for our indoor ceremony. I loved the sticks in the vases to give an outdoor and garden feel. 

Paige Overturf Photography
 

 Cake Flowers:
Light Pink Garden Roses
White Rose Petals

Paige Overturf Photography
Centerpieces:
White Hydrangeas
White and light pink Standard Roses
White and Light pink Garden Roses
White and light pink English Roses
Various Greens

For our reception, we collected various size and shaped vases from thrift stores. We also used mason jars! We placed them randomly on tables then distributed the flowers around the room. It was simple but pretty. Such an easy solution to fill a large room with so many tables without spending a lot of time. :)



Some helpful tips:

Ordering:
*If you are unsure about ordering flowers online, place a small order of the flowers you have in mind to see how the come, how long they take open up, how they last where you plan to store them, etc.

*Place your order about a month before the wedding. There are certain flowers that are unavailable at times, so you'll want plenty of time to ensure what you need is available. 

*We chose a delivery date of Thursday for a Saturday wedding. This gave plenty of time for the flowers to open up nicely, and they lasted just fine. Also, in case any blooms don't make the journey to you, a Blooms by the Box will send you replacements. You'll need a day to allow for new flowers to arrive. 

Storing:
*Once the flowers arrive, they will need to be kept in a cool, dark place. We kept ours in buckets of water in the large refrigerator at our wedding venue on Thursday night. 

*Flowers may also be kept in vases of water in a cooler surrounded by ice. 

Setting up:
*We set our flowers up in the places in vases of water on Friday afternoon for our Saturday morning wedding. This worked great!

*There may be a bloom here or there that doesn't make it through the night, so have a friend do a quick walk through before the wedding to pull these out.

*We had a couple ladies who were so sweet to help my mom setting out the flowers on Friday. The last hours of preparation fly by, and you have so many details on your mind. Put a friend in charge of some of these details to clear some of it off your mind!

*If you choose to add sticks like we did for the altar arrangements, I would recommend arranging these the morning of your ceremony if possible to avoid the sticks turning your water brown. 

Arranging Bouquets:
*Such simple flower choices made creating the bouquets easy.

*We cut tips of the stems to keep them fresh, and also decided to eliminate leaves. 

*Each bouquet was arranged slightly different. We simply interspersed the roses among the hydrangeas randomly but evenly around the bouquet. We kept tried to keep the size of each bridesmaid bouquet the same.

*Each bouquet was wrapped with a strip of burlap and fastened with boutineer pins. Since our bouquets did not include a thick bunch of stems, boutineer pins worked best since they are not quite as long as corsage pins. Don't want to poke anyone! ;)

I have to give credit to my mom who did the planning and arranging behind our flowers. I absolutely loved how they turned out! If any questions arise, and you'd like to hear more on what we did, please ask! Or, like I mentioned, the Blooms by the Box website is a great resource. 

Just to note, we ordered the groom's, mothers', and grandmother's corsages from our local florist at Lowe's Foods. We did not arrange those ourselves. :) 

Paige Overturf Photography
For groomsmen, I made corsages from paper, a project to share on a separate post!

Whether you're thinking the DIY route or not, Cheryl has a great guide to wedding flowers! Check it out here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dr. Seuss Greeting Cards

I can't believe its already April! Has your day included any fun April Fool's Jokes? 
In honor of Dr. Suess' March birthday, and graduation season coming up, I designed a few cards with the author's inspirational quotes!





 

These are now available on my Etsy Shop!

 From now until May 31, use coupon code SUESS2014 to save 15% on any purchase of Dr. Suess card.