Wednesday, December 7, 2011

North Pole burlap pillow

I had seen a similar pillow at Christmas time last year and I figured if I still liked it a year later, then I definitely liked it enough to make a copy-cat version. I made a stencil of the wording using my silhouette machine, and filled it in with a black sharpie. The reason that I didn't use paint was because I didn't have any vinyl. I just made the stencil using card stock and paint tends to bleed around the edges when it is not completely stuck to the material. I actually really liked the look of the Sharpie lettering. It was really pretty simple. The hardest part was spacing the words and keeping the lines straight. The best part of the project is that the only thing it costs me was a little time. I already had all the supplies on hand. Now I have about 5 other Christmas pillow designs that I want to make but probably won't get around to.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Decor Preview

We finally got the downstairs painted, just in time to decorate for Christmas. Since the walls are now beautifully neutral, I decided this year's holiday decor would be too. I'm just so over red and green. I took a rustic glam approach with silvers, golds, and plenty of natural elements. I still have a few projects left before the Christmas decorations will be complete, including our stockings. Since I now have a pretty awesome camera on my iphone 4s and a photo app that I am in love with, I have been playing around with different effects. I will post more in depth about my dining room tablescape, pillows, etc. But for now, here are some shots from around the house.

tree trimmed with burlap ribbon and a rattan star
living room (now painted Bennington Gray)
new cowhide rug
lanterns filled with cotton, moss, and mini ornaments
The mini bar with a few festive touches
curly willow with silver mini ornaments
The unfinished mantle...stockings coming soon
I have a slight obsession with mercury glass
Kitchen buffet and hutch
Rattan Star (the larger version of my tree topper)
My fancy reindeer (about 4 feet tall)
still haven't added the mistletoe (trying to figure out how to get it out of a really tall tree)
rustic glam dining room tablescape
cotton place cards
jingle bells

Monday, November 14, 2011

Elle Events

I hate how long it has been since my last post. I know I've explained several times that I am having difficulty finding time to actually complete projects, not to mention, write about them and take pictures. I realized that I have only vaguely mentioned what it is that takes up the majority of my time. Now since all the legal documents and licenses are in place, I can officially say that I have started my own wedding planning and design business, Elle Events. I completed my third wedding a couple of weeks ago and since the business is so new, I am trying to do all of the planning and design myself. Now, the week of the actual wedding is a completely different story and there is so possible way that I could do it alone. I am also in the midst of finishing my wedding planning certification course that I am currently taking on line. Although running a business is stressful at times, cutting into my precious hours of sleep, and more demanding that I ever could have imagined, I would not change anything about what I am doing right now. I feel very blessed to have the resources and the support to be able to use my creative inspiration and organization skills in such a fun way. Working with a bride to create the perfect event for her special day is truly rewarding. I will post a sneak peak tomorrow from my past wedding. You can also check out my website at