Inspired By: Mark Lund

February 16th, 2011 | 7 Comments »

Truly enjoying the photographic work by Mark Lund. Whether it’s interiors, stills, food or otherwise; Mark is a genius and has an incredible eye for catching subtle details! Have a look-see through his portfolio site, you’ll be inspired!

Hi Friends! Apologies for being out yesterday, I haven’t been feeling well and I spent the weekend trying to rest up and recuperate. Hopefully you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day and good start to your week.

To kick things off here, I’m thrilled to finally share some projects I put together specially for the latest issue of Utterly Engaged! The goal was to create three projects that could be used during the wedding using mainly paper cups. I love the concept of taking inexpensive staples and transforming them into pretty wedding details. As we all know, weddings can add up quickly so finding ways to cut costs without it looking like it is a win win!

I ended up creating a simple wreath to be used during the ceremony or as decoration throughout the reception. By simply sliding the cups inside of eachother and securing with hot glue, this was a surprisingly easy craft.

For the second project, I wanted to create a centerpiece that would be both inexpensive and multi-purpose. I wrapped espresso cups in fabric and used them as planters for small plants. At the end of the event, guests could take these home and transfer them to their own gardens.

Lastly, 8oz. paper cups were dressed up with a simple paper wrap, filled with hot cocoa powder, marshmallows and adorned with a wooden spoon! Serve with hot water and encourage guests to warm up and take a cup home!

All the detailed instructions and more images can be found in the latest issue of Utterly Engaged along with a plethora of other amazing articles and contributions. Cheers!

Mini Monkey Puppets!

February 11th, 2011 | 11 Comments »

My sister-in-law, Johanna, made the most adorable Valentine’s for her son’s class. These felt monkey finger puppets come complete with heart shaped faces, belly buttons and tails! They are just so stinkin’ cute and I had to share! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone and have a great weekend! xoxo

Oscar Party Inspiration

February 10th, 2011 | 14 Comments »

With the Academy Awards coming up and all the DIY freebies available to host your own award party, I thought it’d be fun to gather some Oscar event inspiration.

I’ve been obsessed with this Oreo Cake since I spotted it in the September issue of Martha Stewart Living. Since the Oscars are traditionally a black tie event, I can’t think of a more appropriate occasion to make one of these! Yumm!

I’m also loving gold lately! Funny how as a girl I loathed it, and now I can’t get enough of the stuff! Gold confetti plates would be perfect for an awards party. Speaking of sparkle, sequined shoes and a glittered clutch would make the for lovely accessories to a red gown or a shimmering black dress.

And before the night is over, gold heart shaped cakes would make for a sweet finish to a glamorous evening!

February 8th

February 8th, 2011 | 27 Comments »

Photography by Traci Griffin

I can’t believe it’s already been three years but today marks our third wedding anniversary! To my sweet and adorable husband Joseph, I adore you and thank you for loving me!