DIY – Cotton Snowball Kissing Ball

 It’s almost Christmas!  Well, ok we about 2 more months.  But since Target is already discounting Halloween items and stacking shelves with Christmas decor, why have a DIY winter decor blog post ?!  Here’s how to make your own hanging snowball backdrop for photos or dessert bar!
 

 
Materials Needed: 
  • styrofoam balls (various sizes)
  • 1 bag of cotton balls
  • all purpose glue
  • clear or white thread (for hanging) – not pictured
  • pins (for hanging) – not pictured

Materials

Step 1: Unroll the cotton balls

Step 2: Strech the unrolled cotton ball, almost like creating a spider web decor

Step 3: Generously cover styrofoam ball using the streched cotton.

Step 4: Continue covering styrofoam ball with cotton. (TIP: It will take about 15-20 cotton balls per 4" styrofoam ball).

Step 5: Ta-Da! To hang the snowballs, insert 1 pin into top of snowball and tie string around pin. Cut string at various lengths for hanging.

Guests loved it!

You can also mix in some clear ornaments and fill them with faux snow! (Clear ornaments found at Walmart or Target). You can ALSO make mini versions of these diy tissue pom poms and mix it up!

clear ornament filled snowflakes

 And here’s the the homemade No-Bake Snowball Cookies to go with it! 

Family Crest Engraved Wedding Invitation

I’m looove recieving wedding invitations. It’s always a unique experience because each invitation is different and I’m always thinking about  THE COUPLE when I’m opening their special mail, hoping to get a glimpse of what’s to come of their wedding style for THE DAY; I for one like to document it this experience.  =) 

Lara and Brian are one classy couple who spared no expense on the paper aspect of their wedding (invitaitons).. but, it wasn’t entirely “paper”… it’s awsome and the first I’ve recieved in this form… here it is.. arrived boxed, wrapped and sealed with a label:  (I was THAT excited, the first photo was on my cell phone cam.)

boxed and wrapped!invitation box unwrapped!

2 family crests on side of label

purple+silver silk tafeta box

under the lid; in the box

engraved on plexiglass

Laura + Brian – beautiful invitation!  Absolutely LOVE the deep purple + midnight blue colors for your winter wedding! I can’t wait!

DIY – Magnolia Cupcakes

What does a Californa girl do when she can’t get to New York’s Magnolia Bakery?  Find out how to make it herself. 

I tried my baking hands at it for the first time today.. Let me just say icing cupcakes is an skillful art that I don’t have!  But luckly I can practice in the comfort of my own home! =)  

from Barnes & Noble online

vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting

made about 2 dozen of these lovely pink ones

Happy Friday!

Cookbook: Barnes and Noble

White+Sweet Blush Colored Flowers

I had the perfect arrangement in my for my cousin’s birthday gift.  I knew she wanted something white for her for her dining room table, so I thought:  Let’s take all the white flowers that I love and mesh it all together (in a tasteful way of course) with a touch of color!

This was initially arranged in a white  ceramic container.  But only after I had finished, did I realize there was a hairline crack in the container. So, I grabed the nearest wooden one  and switched it out! I’m so glad it happened because the wooden container was just the perfect match for these beautiful flowers. 

This arrangement has tons of different flowers (I kindda went crazy):  hydrangeas, roses, stock, bells of ireland, dahlias, lilies, scabiosas pods, and astilbe.  Happy Birthday Karlene!

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And just for a little fun, if this were wedding flowers.. here’s the bouquet:

White and sweet blush stock hand-tied bouquet and matching arrangement

 Have a lovely day!

DIY Tissue Pom-Pom

 
(photo PomLove)
 
I’ve taken a lot of photos on DIY projects I’ve done, but am now just getting around to posting tutorials…. starting with this one! It’s as simple as 1,2,3!  (complete with TIPS too!) 
 

Materials needed: 

  • Tissue paper (color of choice)
  • Scissors
  • String
  • 16 guage wire (optional, if you want your pompom on a stem)
  • dowel (optional, if you want your pompom on a stem)
  • green floral tape  (optional, if you want your pom-pom on a stem)

 

Instructions: 

STEP 1:  Stack about 5-8 tissue sheets together and cut the large sheet into 10″ (w) X 20″ (h)  rectangle (or cut the width to the size you want your pom-pom diameter to be).  

(TIP:  The width will end up being the diameter size of your pom-pom; the height will determine the “fluff” of your pom-pom (ie. the shorter the height the less fluff). The number of sheets will also determine the amount of “fluff”) 

(TIP:  Here are three different sizes of rectangles you can cut, for a small, medium, and large pompom:  5″ X 10″ small;  10″ X 20″ medium; 16″ X 28″ large) 

STEP 1.

STEP 2:  Make 1″ – 1 1/2″ accordian folds (width-wise), like you’re making a paper fan. Then pinch the center of your closed-fan and tie the center with string (or wrap your wire around the center), so that it stays pinched.  Cut the ends of the closed-fan to a point or a rounded end (however you prefer your pom-pom finished edge to be)
(TIP:  The smaller the pom-pom, the smaller the accordian folds should be, and vise versa.)

 

STEP 2.

STEP 3:  If you want your pom-pom to have a stem to it, take another piece of wire (about 5 inches long) and loop it around the center of your closed-fan while placing one end of the dowel against the center of the fan. Twist the wire around the “stem” while using your floral tape around the wire AND “stem”. 
 
(TIP: make sure the pom-pom is sturdy in the wire and on the stem; if swing it around like a wand, your accordian shoudn’t be “floppying” around.)

 

STEP 3.

  
STEP 4:  Open your fan on both sides of the center and fluff!   To fluff your pom-pom, pull apart each tissue sheet, gently.

STEP 4.

If you don’t want your pom-poms on a “stem” then after you’ve pinched and tied the center of your fan (STEP 2) , tie another string around the center again and leave extra string  to hang your pom-pom.  Open your fan (STEP 3) and FLUFFF!  (STEP 4) 

STEP 2.

STEP 3.

STEP 4.

(TIP:  If you plan to make a BUNCH of these, it may be more cost effective to order a bulk them online here or here (pre-stacked and cut for you)  and just fold, tie, anf fluff yourself; some come folded, cut, and tied.) 

 

Rustic Mix

Flowers of the week: Rustic Mix mockup — made of Sedum, China Berries, Frosted Explosion, Dahlias (pink and orange), and Mini Calla Lilies. What do you think??

Centerpiece Mockup

Matching bouquet mockup

Phalaenopsis Orchids & Calla Lilies

I haven’t blogged in a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing anything, that’s for sure!

Here’s two coordinating arrangements in purple (phalaenopsis orchids) and yellow (mini calla lilies) that I did this week (inspired while I was at the Aria Hotel Las Vegas)

phalaenopsis orchids & mini calla lilies -- short piece

close-up

tall piece

close-up

Zapped Into A Gaga Wedding by The Fake Sartoralist

It started with a wedding photo with the girls and my love for outfitting (head, body, and feet!).  How perfect would it be to transform the girls into wearing something else…!?  What could my alter-wedding look like!?  And then …

clipdraw, delete, POW, Poof , zap !   Out from the Fake Sartoralist Magic Box:   my very own black-clad gaga wedding

A-mazing!

See the original photo and read the story behind these black-clad ladies and their operative mission, as originally told by the Fake Sartoralist

And now, for my favorite Lady:   “Spike Girl”,  sporting her razor-sharp metal clogs and dress !  (and of course I love my headpiece too! …. and Lady Gaga-like, with the snow white hair to match the outfit.)

I don’t remember the last time I laughed with such love, reading my inbox! Thanks Eduardo!

(For the orginal Hollywood Gala-inspired wedding blog post click here.)

Net-A-Porter.com Launches The Wedding Boutique

The Wedding Boutique @ Net-A-Porter.com

More retail expansion news… of course it has to do with “wedding”!  The upscale online shop site Net-A-Porter, which offers a number of high-end designer wear, including everyday-wear, lingere, work-wear, swimwear, bags, shoes, and accessories… has now launched their select offerings of wedding attire!  Through their new addition “The Wedding Boutique”  wedding dresses, accessories, and dresses for the entire bridal party will be available. 

I like that ou can do your bridal browsing based on the kind of bride you are; it’s a narrowed search of what’s available.  I’ve checked it out at love the selections they have… and here is my pick from each category!

Classic Bride:

Jimmy Choo

Minimalist Bride:

Lanvin Dress

Bohemian Bride:

Louis Mariette headband

Fashion Forward Bride:

Philip Treacy headpiece

…and I couldn’t help but check out the rest of the site where I found some other lovely dresses!  Happy bridal shopping – where ever you go!

Roland Mouret dress

Chloe dress

Utterly Engaged – Spankin’ New Years Party

OK, so this blog post is about 6 months late.  BUT, in my defense, inspiration doesn’t get old!  In January 2010, after I attended the first ever Utterly Engaged Spankin’ New Years party, I posted a sneak peek while the e-magazine was waiting to be published by the ladies @ UE.  Well, I think I’ve waited enough! 😉  
 
Here are the photos I took of all the utterly creative tablescapse (forgive the bad footage!).  I hope it gets your juices flowing for your next event.  These photos are in no particular preference order. .. but, MY favorites are:  Tables 1, 5, 8, and 11 (no particular order again).  =)  Enjoy!

Table 1

Table 1

Table 1

Table 2
Table 3

 

Table 3

Table 4

Table 4

Table 4

Table 5

Table 5

Table 5

Table 5

Table 5

Table 6

Table 6

Table 6

Table 7

Table 7

 

Tabel 7

Table 7

Table 8

Table 8

Table 8

Table 9

Table 9

Table 9
Table 10

Table 10

Table 10

Table 10

Table 11

Table 11

Table 11

Table 12

Table 12

Table 12

Table 13

Table 13

Table 13

At the end of the night, everyone got to cast their vote on the best tablescape.  The winner was Table 4. You can read the details on UE Issue #8 (note:  table numbering are not the same as what’s in the UE issue.)    Hope you enjoyed allll the photo!  Which one was your FAV?!!?  Leave a comment!