INSTAPOST: The Art of Arrangement

I had such an amazing end to a wonderful weekend, and I can’t wait to share it with you all! I found an amazing gem of Dallas, fullosophie. Fullosophie is an amazing company that connects creatives with local business and sets up interesting, fun, and informational classes on any and all creative subjects. This weekend I was lucky enough to attend their Art of The Arrangement class, by The Southern Table, with my future mother in law. We learned SO much from the experts at The Southern Table, sipped champagne, made our own fabulous arrangements and left feeling brighter against this horrible winter weather! I thought I would share some tips and tricks and of course all of my pictures from the class! I can not wait to throw a dinner party just to create my own arrangement!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.These were the amazing kits we found when we arrived at the class! Including all sorts of goodies, mini champagne bottle, new vase, and an adorable pair of floral clippers!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.So this makes me official right? I am obsessed!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.The gorgeous flowers we got to arrange with!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.The pro herself, Maxine, teaching us and making an amazing arrangement! She is a wealth of knowledge, and so good at what she does. Being passionate about your work really comes through in the end! Her organic style of flower arranging is so much fun and so much about the flowers and creativity!

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The GORGEOUS sign they had framed in their studio. I must tell you there is nothing like a creative space, I can not wait to have a studio of my own (one day people!)

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.Our arrangements and of course our champagne (it helps the creative process!)

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.My final arrangement! This picture (taken by my iPhone) really shows what good lighting can do for photography! I am obsessed with this arrangement, and the fun we had learning and creating! Here are some of my biggest take aways from the class:

-Using coated chicken wire (balled up in your vase) creates great stability and allows for the amazing organic waterfall kind of look.

-Use as much greenery as you can find! It will make any all arrangement look professional and full of depth

-Place your greenery first, then statement flowers (large blooms) and then fill with smaller blooms

-Always make a fresh (and diagonal) cut to your blooms while arranging

-Add fresh water every day to your arrangements

Check out The Southern Table and all of amazing work they do on their website!

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION: As We Are

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Well if you have been paying attention to social media this week, or really any news outlet you know about THE DRESS. I found the whole thing so interesting, and so weird all at the same time! From work to family people all around the world seemed to disagree on the color of this dress. I think its so fascinating we found a visual representation of what happens every day. Every day people disagree on topics, values, or facts and each person is set in the way they view this situation, they see the situation in plain color they know the facts and they can not understand how someone could view it any differently, it is right in front of them in black and blue (or as some would see, white and gold). I love this quote today, but it is one of the hardest things to remember especially when you disagree with someone and the way they view the world. Each person’s point of view is shaped by their experiences, family of origin, emotions, hopes, and dreams. Each one of us sees the world in a completely unique way individual to who we are. I have a hard time remembering that everyone views the same world through a different lens, and that is okay. I have a hard time remembering that it is not my job to convince anyone that my lens is better and that my life would be so much more fulfilling if I was curious and tolerant about the way others view the world instead of angry and upset that others don’t see it my way. I think this week I am going to try to be more tolerant of the way others see the world, the way they might problem solve, or how they might feel about a particular situation. I want to glean what I can from others, not convince them to view the world my way.

WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Wedding Day Signage

Wedding signage is one of the easiest ways to decorate, and make your ceremony or reception more personal! You can add your favorite quotes or sayings about love, maybe an inside joke between you and your family, or a description of your love story for all to read. Signs also direct your guests on where to sit, what to do, and what is going on. Here are some of my favorite inspiration images for wedding signage.

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If you’re looking for signs for your upcoming wedding, here are some great Etsy shops to check out.

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COUNTRY BLISS DESIGNS

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MXO WOODWORKING

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SUNFLA

 

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Darby Smart

Wow, it has been way too long since I have posted on this lovely site. I miss it! Between work, home, my new work out program (operation wedding body!) and planning our wedding I have been really overwhelmed lately! Usually I use this blog as my outlet for creativity and a way to escape from the hectic parts of life, but recently I have been looking to the gym for that comfort. Great for my physical and mental health, but I miss writing and posting on here so much! I have learned though to never beat myself up because a girl can have it all, she just might not be able to have it all, all at once! With that being said, I am excited to share my new favorite obsession, Darby Smart! We have all heard of those great delivery companies where you can get yourself or give someone special a box full of clothing or cosmetics, or even a subscription where they receive a monthly gift of new samples to try, hello Birchbox how I want you. Well Darby Smart is actually a place where you can send DIY projects to that special DIY person in your life! Each kit contains all that you will need to create a special DIY project that looks exactly like something you would see on Pinterest!

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Here are some of my favorite DIY sets from Darby Smart.

DIY Lip Balm Kit from Darby Smart. Includes everything you will need to make 12 pots of homemade lip balm! I mean where was this when I was a kid, I mean heck I want to do that now!

DIY Lip Balm Kit from Darby Smart. Includes everything you will need to make 12 pots of homemade lip balm! I mean where was this when I was a kid, I mean heck I want to do that now!

Wood Burning Starter Kit. This is the coaster set, but there is also a starter kit to make a recipe box or a set of custom grill tools! LOVE. See these are all the things you see on Pinterest that you wish you new how to do, and this little kit delivers it right to your door!

Wood Burning Starter Kit. This is the coaster set, but there is also a starter kit to make a recipe box or a set of custom grill tools! LOVE. See these are all the things you see on Pinterest that you wish you new how to do, and this little kit delivers it right to your door!

Adults Only! A DIY kit to make your own Gin! I love this! I mean what a fun stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or just a fun date night with your gin loving man!

Adults Only! A DIY kit to make your own Gin! I love this! I mean what a fun stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or just a fun date night with your gin loving man!

David is not a Gin man, so this would be our romantic date night "The Perfect Pickler" featuring its own pickling cookbook! LOVE. For only $20. All of these kits are so reasonably priced its insane!

David is not a Gin man, so this would be our romantic date night “The Perfect Pickler” featuring its own pickling cookbook! LOVE. For only $20. All of these kits are so reasonably priced its insane!

To get your monthly subscription for a mystery DIY kit every month click here!

To get your monthly subscription for a mystery DIY kit every month click here!

This site has so much more! You can shop for craft supplies or artisan goods created by the same people who come up with these brilliant DIY ideas! Check out their blog, Make It Smart, for more great ideas or their Showroom to see all the pictures of DIY-ers like yourself using these kits! Happy Monday everyone, and DIY on!

HOLIDAY: A Wine Lover’s Valentine’s Day

I think after ALL of my wine posts you all know that I am a lover of all things wine. I think it is most appropriate on the day of love to celebrate the things you love! I love a great glass of red wine with Italian food, I love a cold glass of Pino Grigio on a hot Texas day, and I love getting new wine glasses! Now if this sound familiar, here are a few of my favorite things to pick up for the wine lover in your life.

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1 BOXFORABOTTLE WINE BOX | 2 CLUB W MEMBERSHIP | 3 KATE SPADE COASTERS  | 4 WEST ELM GOLD RIMMED WINE GLASSES | 5 RABBIT WINE BOTTLE OPENER

And don’t forget to check out one of my post popular posts to get all of your WINE AND CHEESE PAIRINGS for your wine lovers Valentine’s Day!

WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Valentine’s Bridal Shower

What a better month to throw a bridal shower than February? The month of love, all things hearts, and champagne! And even if you’re not throwing a bridal shower in the month of February you can still make love your theme! Here are some of my favorite inspiration images for a Valentine’s bridal shower brunch!

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HOLIDAY: Favorite Valentine’s Day Printables

I think Valentine’s day is an amazing day to show your sweetheart how much you care! I also love any excuse to send out cards and print out some good printables to show my friends and family around me how I much I love them too! Printables are a great way to easily decorate for any holiday! They also transform any small treat in to a personalized gift! Here are some of my favorite Valentine’s day printables from around the web for any one of the special people in your life!

SWEET VINTAGE VALENTINES LABELS | LISA GRIFFITH

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FUNNY VALENTINES DAY CARDS | LANDEE SEE LANDEE DO
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FREE PRINTABLE MADLIBS VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS | MADE VIBRANT

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ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU HAND LETTERED PRINT | DAWN NICOLE

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FREE PRINTABLE TAGS | TOM KAT STUDIOS

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VALENTINES DAY COUPON BOOK | CAPTURING JOY WITH KRISTEN DUKE

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