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It seems like Mondays are starting to have a floral theme. (Remember my DIY bouquets last week?) These photos are from last weekend’s Crowning Event with Allie. I met Allie at a Bitches Who Brunch event last spring (she’s the Chicago editor-in-chief) and have kept up with her on social media since. Lately I started seeing her rocking the most adorable flower crowns, and I was amazed to learn she is making them through her own business, Crowning Event. She offers workshops so others can learn how to make their own crowns, so I signed up immediately with my friend (and former blog partner) Amanda!
Image via Crowning Event
I seem to have suddenly become flower obsessed after my floral design class earlier this week. Just yesterday I came across the most beautiful Instagram full of flower crowns and noticed that the company is in Chicago, and that it’s hosting an event this Sunday! I quickly signed up for a class with Crowning Event to learn how to DIY a flower crown. I can’t wait! Not only will it be fun to get crafty again, I’ll also be well-equipped for festivals and bridal activities this summer. There are still spots if you’re in Chicago and want to join. Bonus: You can get a discount on tickets using code “INSTAGRAM2017.” If flower crowns aren’t your thing, I still have plenty of other ideas. This weekend, why don’t you…
- Update your makeup drawer (I know I need to) with a new mascara, based on great recommendations from Between the Pearls.
- LOL like my fiancé and I did with this article ranking Girl Scout cookies in order of their betchiness.
- Get in that romantic feel with outfit inspo and lace from Every Chic Way.
- Learn why Columbus, Ohio, really isn’t that bad, especially according to this Racked article on the city’s influence in the fashion industry.
- Plan your next vacation (and dream of blue water) with a trip suggestion from Bows & Sequins.
You know how I feel about flowers? They’re lovely ways to add color to your home, but I really don’t know what makes them beautiful together. A few days ago, if you asked me to go to a farmer’s market and put together a bouquet, I’d have been stumped. I wouldn’t know what colors complement each other, which size vases to use with which flowers, etc. That’s why I am still in disbelief that I made three bouquets Monday night in three hours! Granted, I made these in a class that provided me with step-by-step instructions and flowers, but now I’ve walked away with more knowledge from that one night than multiple years of me staring at bouquets in markets. I just had to share my excitement about the Chicago Flower School of Design (and *humblebrag* with photos of these bouquets).
Steve signed me up for the flower school as a Christmas gift. I’m DIYing our wedding flowers (with supervision from a professional), so he thought the class would be good practice for me. And he was right. The School of Flower Design is led by Michael Gaffney, a renowned floral designer who shared plenty of stories from elaborate weddings and catering to the stars. He opened the class explaining that flower design is like cooking. It’s about 10% creativity, and the rest is sticking to a “recipe.” Sure, the flowers or colors in a bouquet might change, but the key elements need to be there for it to be pleasing to the eye. Once he explained it like that, I was better able to follow his directions for the three bouquets we learned that night.
By now I hope your holiday shopping is complete and the next thing on your list is wrapping the presents. I’m finally to this stage and am really excited to sit down and lay all my gifts out next to my wrapping supplies. I love buying presents and also love personalizing their presentation. That doesn’t mean buying a ton of supplies. As I learned last year from an event with Debi Lilly, creative gift bags can be made from a lot of arts and crafts and household items. Use these bags as inspiration and take a look at the tips I compiled below for beautiful homemade gift bags.
Homemade gift bag inspiration:
- No gift bags available? Make one out of newspaper or other paper scraps.
- Use office supplies like gold paperclips or paper fasteners for unexpected glamour.
- Find supplies in your kitchen like holiday-themed baking cups.
- Use washi tape for an inexpensive and easy way to create patterns and add extra glitz to bags.
- Gift bag tags and stickers will oomph up a plain brown bag.
- Purchase large ornaments to tie to the bag or box.
- Create a cute polka-dot pattern on your bag with paint and a round sponge.
- Fold a doily over the top of the bag for a snowflake-like touch.
- Enlist the kids to help stamp strings of holiday lights on bags.
- Tie winter foilage, such as holly and tree scraps, onto the bag’s handles.
For more DIY holiday ideas, visit my Pinterest page. Happy wrapping!
I have so much fun doing DIY projects with my mom and I had to share this one with you. We transformed floor tiles from Home Depot into cute home accessories. My mom purchased monogram decals from Simply Said Designs so we could make coasters. You could certainly use your own decals or ones you create yourself on contact paper. The rest of the materials we needed include four tiles and vinyl bumpers (purchased at Home Depot), a ruler, and a credit card for application. Depending on the decal you choose, your instructions will vary, but the steps will be similar. After you clean your tile surface,
- Rub the decal off of its backing (this is what we used the credit card for).
- Measure where you want to place your detail on your tile, and mark it with a pencil. Lay the decal down slowly, smoothing as you go. Rub decal with a credit card using long swipes away from you to get out any air bubbles.
- Turn the tile over to a put the bumper on the underneath.
Finished! Now make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy your new home goods.
This project originally appeared on 2Girlsin2Cities
The other day I was in the Dollar Tree looking for packing tape (it costs so much less there than the post office) and I stumbled upon the kitchenware isle. I saw the plain white ceramic mugs and plates and was reminded of a DIY I was a little bit obsessed with last winter. The Anthropologie-inspired mugs are a great thing to bring back for little kids with Mother’s Day right around the corner, or even for yourself to brighten up your kitchen. Read below to find out how.
- Ceramic mug or other kitchenware (I purchased mine from the Dollar Tree)
- Sharpies (some blogs suggest oil-based, but I used normal office ones and they worked)
- Acrylic sealant spray, if preferred
- Wash mugs and let dry completely
- Draw preferred design on mug. My friends and I looked up Anthropologie, Lily Pulitzer and Vera Bradley products for inspiration. We also practiced first on scrap paper.
- Let mugs dry.
- Bake mugs at 350 degrees for ½ hour. Put in as the oven is heating up and let the mugs cool down in the oven to avoid cracking.
- Spray with acrylic sealant spray. (I mentioned above do this only if preferred. Not all other DIY mug projects suggested using this, although it should make the designs last longer. However, when I used it, I found it smudged some of the designs unless I sprayed the mugs from far away, and the sealant gave the mug a weird top-coat).
- Hand wash mugs only.
These photos originally appeared on 2 Girls in 2 Cities