Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Falling In Love Bridal Shower

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Fall in Ohio is perfect.  Seriously, even the rainy days are welcomed by a warm cup of coffee or overpriced cider.  A mid-October bridal shower screamed for a fall theme, so “Falling in Love” it was.

There was a lot of running around before the shower, so please bear with the cell phone quality pictures.


I love the idea of having games at the shower, but wanted to intentionally have games that were truly fun for everyone involved so I went to Pinterest for inspiration. 

Game #1: He Said / She said – I sent the bride and groom each 10 questions, and would include only one of their replies… the guests had to match the correct responses with either the bride or the groom.

Game #2: Wedding Ettiquette – This game was more of a hit than I expected.  I typed up one question for each guest with a “What would you do if…” scenario.  Example questions: “What would you do if you stepped on the bride’s gown & ripped it?”; “What would you do if the person next to you fell asleep at the ceremony?”  The bride then tried to match the responses to the guests – and she did a great job!

Game #3: What would the Groom Say? – This game is commonly played at showers, but we added a twist!  We began with asking the groom a list of 15 questions about the bride and/or about their relationship.  As we asked him these questions, we videoed the responses… and we got some really humorous answers!  For example, when asked “What color is the bride’s wallet?” the guests first got to see his look of confusion, then confidence as he answered “She has a purse!”.  This game was truly fun and allowed the groom to play a larger role in the shower without being physically present.

What are some other creative bridal shower games you've played?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

foyer photo collage

Our foyer needed a little love...

All of the photos or decorations mean something to us, making this wall an awesome reminder of our blessings every time we enter our home.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

All Cooped Up

As I write this, I'm looking outside at about 7" of snow.  Depressing?  A little.  BUT there is good news!  Being cooped up gives me the perfect excuse to get things done that have been on the to-do list for a little too long.

For the first time this year, both of our families had a Christmas gift exchange.  Joel had my sister so I thought I would get to work on making her a gift. Once I planned what I wanted to do, I knew I selfishly wanted one for myself too :)  I headed out to Lowe's & bought pre-cut wood, then bought stencils from Michael's.  With a little stain and some craft paint, this was simple to make.  Psalm 46:10 - "Be still & know that I am God"

Over Christmas break, my mom let me take some old books passed on through the family.  They are all AMAZING and I'm so excited to be able to show them off in our house :) 

A month or two ago, Joel & I bought paint while on sale at Lowe's and I immediately got to work on the hallway upstairs however I needed a little more motivation to paint one of the bedrooms.

All it took was a snowy Saturday to motivate me and by 1pm I had painted my craft room and created this pallet shelf.  More pictures will be coming once the room is completely decorated!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall in OH-IO

In the beginning, God created the heaven & the earth... and nailed it!  How gorgeous is Ohio this time of year?!

Fall is my favorite season, fresh brisk air, leaves of every color, candles, & warm blankets to cozy up in.  Of course, fall isn't fall without pumpkins.  Check out some pumpkins & decorations the Swaneys are showing off this year :)

My 2-year old niece wanted to be Mike Wyzowski for Halloween and my sister got the idea of making a Mike Wyzowski tutu from Etsy.  So she came to me and asked if I could come up with a costume. I have to say, it turned out pretty cute!

I also don't hate the fact that this sweet boy (my nephew) just joined the world on October 9.

I went with a few friends & checked out the Circleville Pumpkin Show which was dangerous for those who love pumpkin flavored food & drinks.  I had a pumpkin spice cappuccino, pumpkin chili, and a pumpkin donut to top it off. I couldn't find it in me to try the deep fried pumpkin pie...

And of course, you can't forget about Ohio State football games!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

$10 DIY Shelves

Since we moved into our house in January, we have slowly worked on projects that have turned our house into a home.  These shelves were the perfect addition to the great room and can be easily customized to match your style!

The best part?  You will only need to purchase 3 supplies for a total of $20 ($10 per shelf!)

Supplies needed:
  • 2 brackets per shelf - you can find these at a JoAnn's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Lowes, or Home Depot (mine were from Hobby Lobby) 
  • 1 piece of wood per shelf - Mine was 3/4" tall and is about 7" deep and 48" long 
  • Wood stain or paint - Color of your choice 
  • Wood screws (smaller than the height of your wood)
  • Drywall screws (count depends on your brackets)
  • Drill
  1. Completely stain or paint your wood, let dry
  2. Paint nail heads to match your stain or paint color
  3. Once dry, measure and mark bracket placement on wood.  Make sure you measure the same distance in from the outside of the shelves
  4. Drill screws into wood as tightly as you can
  5. Next, you want to use the drywall screws to secure your shelves onto the wall.
*You can never be too careful making sure your shelves are aligned evenly.  I measured from the ground and made a small marking on the wall where I would be drilling.

Congratulations on your beautiful new shelves!  Share your success story/picture!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Nautical Baby Shower

Angie is having a boy!
Let's celebrate the calm before the storm

Favors: "She's about to pop!" goody bags filled with bubble-gum, blow-pops, ring pops, and popcorn

Guestbook: A funny alternative!  Some favorites - "Take cover!", "Daddy does brown"

Gift/Drinks table

I was able to reuse so many items left over from our wedding and previous crafts. These picture frames were also used as our table numbers for our wedding. 

My attempt at a diaper boat ;)
Sail is a washcloth, bottom striped area is a receiving blanket

Prizes for the games!
Games played: Measuring Mommy, What's that smell?, & The Price is Right
I forgot to add an "Atta boy!" tag to these... but still cute

My favorite game!  I melted 5 different candy bars and had the guests smell the diapers to identify the candy!  Only one person got all 5 right... but a couple girls taste tested!

Amazing cupcakes & mini apple pies made by Danielle Davis - Sweet Dee's Delightful Treats
4 Generations of awesomeness ;)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

$10 DIY Throw Ladder

What have I found to be the best part of being a home-owner?  Knowing that there is no rush to get projects done, because no matter how hard we work, there will always be another project waiting for us when we finish.  
Being a new homeowner, I've had SO many craft ideas running through my mind.  Unfortunately, other projects kept taking precedence and I was denying myself my therapy -- errr... craft time.  For 4 months, I had a laundry basket sitting in the corner of the room to store blankets and to "fill up space".  I was inspired by Pottery Barn decor (link here) to create a ladder to hold throw blankets. But was definitely not inspired by the pricetag of $179.
So how can you make one yourself for 5% of the cost?  You'll need the following supplies:

  • 2 - 2x2s ($2 each)
  • 2 - 1" dowel rods ($2 each)
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Paint of your choice (I used a sample-sized wood stain for $3)
Step 1: Measure your dowel rods (mine was 48") and mark the rod at both 1/3 and 2/3 of the total length.
Step 2: Saw through dowel rods at marked areas.
Step 3: Paint dowel rods,  2x2s, and top of screws with paint of your choice.
Step 4: Measure total length of your 2x2s and divide by the amount of rungs you would like to use +1 
e.g. 78" in length/(5 rungs+1)=13"
Step 5: Line up your dowel rod perpendicular to the 2x2 the appropriate distance from the end of the 2x2 (e.g. 13").
Step 6: Using a drill-bit, drill through the 2x2 into the dowel rod (from the outside in).  Next, use the drill to place screws into the 2x2, holding the dowel in place.
Step 7: Repeat on all dowel rods, and again on the other 2x2, connecting all pieces of the ladder.
Step 8: Find a cute location and enjoy!