Pink Tissue Paper cut into 1 inch squares
Pen or Pencil
The project works best if the tissue paper is cut several sheets of paper at a time and not as a single sheet— 5 layers of tissue paper work best.
Fold tissue paper squares on the diagonal. And then fold again similar to making a paper snowflake.
Separate the tissue layers and twist around the end of a pen or pencil. Step Three:
Placing a dab of hot glue on the branch attach the tissue paper to the branch using the pen or pencil.
Branches can be purchased on-line or found in your own backyard.
***There are similar projects featured on both the Martha Stewart and Good House Keeping websites. I certainly wasn’t the first person to think of this, but I do like how my project turned out.**Sources:
Blossom Tissue Paper: from www.paper-source.com
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Several Yards of Various Widths of Satin Ribbon in you color choice
Curtain Rod and Brackets
Attach curtain brackets to wall approximately 8 feet from ground. Put curtain rod on brackets. If you do not wish to attach brackets to a wall then you can suspend rod from ceiling.
Measure lengths of ribbon so that they are 5 inches longer than what you need to reach curtain rod to floor. Use a slip knot to attach the ribbon to the rod with the 5 inches of ribbon hanging behind the longer ribbon. Vary the lengths of ribbon while attaching to the rod.
Attach blossom confetti randomly on lengths of ribbon using a dab hot glue to attach.
My 8-foot ribbon wall required 100 yards of 1-inch width ribbon, 50 yards of 3-inch ribbon and 30 yards of 3/8-inch ribbon. Strips of linen or lace would also work very well in this project. Purchasing ribbon in bulk helps make this project more cost effective. Also, save the rolls the ribbon come on because you’ll be able to save most of the ribbon used on this wall for other projects.
Blossom Paper Punch
Tissue Paper in shades of Pink
Punch several layers of tissue paper with blossom punch.
Note: The confetti can be used on tables,
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Well…with no further hullabaloo…
DIY Cherry Blossom Chopstick Holders
I’m a big fan of chopstick holders. I have a whole collection of really adorable ones that I use whenever setting a table with chopsticks. So, for this party I wanted to have some fun DIY holders that could also serve the purpose of a place card. These blossoms are made from just printing out a free printable and following some simple directions.
Cherry Blossom Printable PDF
(Click the Above Link to Get the PDF)
Scissors or Exacto Knife
Hot Glue & Glue Gun
Pen or Pencil
Print the Cherry Blossom PDF on pink card-stock.
Cut Out blossoms and stands using scissors or Exacto Knife.
Fold stands on dotted lines.
Glue the solid dot to the empty dot on the opposite side of the stand.
This will create a triangle shaped stand.
Use the calligraphy pen to write guest’s names on each blossom.
Curl the edges of the blossoms using a pen or pencil.
Glue each blossom to a stand at the flower image on the stand to the back of the blossom.
Rest chopsticks on the Cherry Blossom Chopstick Holders.
Note: If your do not like your handwriting you can add text in each blossom within an Adobe Reader, Illustrator or Photoshop.
If you know me (or possibly if you read my blog regularly) you would know that I am a *little bit* of a control freak. I like my lists, my calendar and organization. One of the hardest parts of being pregnant for me has been losing some of the control I’m used to having. (And, I suppose that it is good that I have been going through this now as I am sure to have even less control adding someone else into my life.) Thankfully the last few months have given me back a little bit of my ability to handle tasks and complete many of the items on my to do list. Unfortunately… I don’t have a date and time of arrival so I’m working with lists that have no firm deadline!
|35 Weeks— only 5 weeks til my due date!|
Today I’m 35 weeks which means the little guy can arrive (full term) anywhere from 2-7 weeks from now. That is a huge span of time! I’m hoping to finish all my many projects and have everything cleaned, packed and ready to go in just 2 weeks. YIKES! This means of course I have been working overtime on getting things done. The nursery is SO close… and I can’t wait to photograph it for you all to see!
Oh, and the Nesting thing isn’t a joke… it totally hit me that I need to CLEAN and ORGANIZE everything and that I HAD to get it done before the little guy came into our lives. I will sometimes wake up at 3 in the morning just to work on a project or reorganize the bathroom. Our closets have never looked better in 5 years of marriage! I’m hoping this instinct stays with me after baby gets here!
|Image Credit Top Left Clockwise: Martha Stewart, Lil Sprout Creations on Etsy, Jordan Fereny on Project Wedding|
|Photo of me and my mom at my wedding 5 years ago|
|Pictured Pink and White Grosgrain Napkin Ring|
|The Red and White Grosgrain Napkin Ring|
|Napkin rings in use in the “Preppy Party” Social Couture Package|
|Photo of a pattern I created for a dress I recently made|
|Me in my handmade birthday dress.|
|Close up of my hand rolled fabric flowers.|
|Me, my mom and my hubby-taken with my iPhone|
|Carol with Jenni (ME) and her sister Heather|
I married Jenni’s dad when I was very young and I truly believed that love would conquer all problems. Hah! I was so naïve! We had 4 children in 5 years and money was tight! I had to learn how to cut corners and save in every way possible and in some cases that wasn’t enough. So I learned to re-use things. Re-using and re- cycling things saves so much money as well as the environment.
|Sister (Heather), Carol and Jenni (ME)|
Eating for two was my motto the whole time I was pregnant with Jenni. I ate everything in sight. There was a running joke in my family that everyone had to get to the table before I did or there would be nothing left. Seconds, thirds and midnight raids to the fridge were my life for nine months. Consequently, I gained 90 pounds!
—One skirt or dress (I used a dress that I loved the colors and the skirt but the top of the dress showed too much for me to be comfortable.)
—One pair of jeans (I used a pair that had shrunk to the point that they were too short.)
Cut the skirt off of the top of the dress. If you are using a skirt then cut the skirt off at the waist band.
Iron the seam toward the jeans and turn right side out.
A new addition to Mommy’s wardrobe! This also works for dresses and jeans that toddlers outgrow.
So many things can be re-purposed and re-used if you just let your imagination run wild. I can think of four or five ways to re-purpose onsies and receiving blankets! (Maybe that’s the next blog post?)
Well, it’s been fun and I hope to see you again in the future!
Edit: Later may have to be tomorrow… I’m turning in for the evening!
|Image Credit: Seaside Creative|
|Photo Credit: Bakers Royale|
|Image Credit: Home is where the Boat Is|
|Photo Credit: Fiskars|
|Photo Credit: Martha Stewart|
Well, until a young 20-something whispered to her boyfriend, “Oh my gosh, I’m the skinniest person here!!!” Me and my pregnant hormones almost let loose on the little lady.
Happy for ya sister…but, you need to just think those things instead of saying them aloud.
|Each guest got a hand painted bib along with their silverware.|
|The bibs were a bit too small for most guests. But, were cute anyways.|
|I kept most of the decorating quite simple… a few red and white streamers really brought it all together.|
|The adorable printables were found FREE at Hostess with the Mostess!|
|No plates needed for this feast! The buckets were filled with rolls.|
|I wrapped boxes of sparklers up with fun homemade wrapping papers and created Thank You Tags to finish off the favors.|
I put up red and white streamers around the party areas and our porch area.
I also used the Hostess with the Mostess printables to designate the refreshments area.
Using Illustrator I created a few printables of my own
including some wrapping paper and thank you tags for the favors.
My favorite part was the table… To protect the table I put down some wax paper and then covered the whole table with white butcher paper (seriously the best party supply purchase I’ve ever made). I then added the bibs and silverware packs to each place setting. The bibs and silverware wraps I just free-handed earlier that day. I added galvanized buckets of rolls down the center of the table and ramekins of butter and lemon slices at each place setting…. and that is it!
The main attraction happened at dinner time when I dumped the food on the table!
I did a simple crab boil (and, to tell you the truth… at the last moment we decided to save some money and went without the crab and instead did shrimp and clams). I have two really big pots and I filled them with red potatoes, onions, lemons, corn on the cob, sausage, shrimp and clams. They steamed beautifully with a little bit of white wine. I also added in some spices to give it a bit of a kick.
(Check out this recipe from All Recipes or this one from Martha Stewart)
|We are always so happy when having friends over to our place!|
What are your plans for Independence Day this year?