Welcome to my first Wedding Wednesday!! As I mentioned in my anniversary post, I'm dying to share some wedding crafts with you! I got pretty crafty with our wedding decor with the help of my amazing man, bridesmaids, mom, and mother-in-law. The wedding day has come and gone, but there's no reason the decor can't live on, right?? Hopefully our decor will inspire other brides-to-be who want to DIY their wedding!
Today, I'm sharing my favorite wedding craft! We decorated tons of shabby chic bird houses for our wedding!! My mom and I collected them for what seemed like months on end. I'm pretty sure we must have bought every style from every craft store possible. Save up your craft store coupons to get them for cheap!!!
This is an easily customizable wedding craft! The bird houses can be painted in any combination of colors and you can add whatever embellishment you desire! They make the perfect centerpiece and are a great way to spruce up a food display or gift table. Best of all, they are affordable decor!
When it got closer to the wedding, I hosted a craft day at my house with my bridesmaids and the moms. These bird houses were just one of the projects we worked on that day! I put out tons of food to munch on while we worked and laid out my giant collection of teal, turquoise, and aqua acrylic paints along with a few greys and whites, and everyone got to work! As much as like to craft myself, I am beyond thankful that these wonderful ladies helped me knock these out in just a few hours!!! I could never have pulled it all off without them! <3
Unfinished wooden bird houses (like this one at Michaels)
Acrylic paint (assorted brands and colors- I brought swatches of the bridesmaids dresses to find colors that looked good together!)
Krazy glue (great for holding on pearls and faux gemstones)
Tacky glue (great for holding on lace and chiffon flowers)
The smaller birdhouses were for the guest tables, so they were all decorated the same. The larger ones were throughout the venue, so everyone did their own ideas! It was fun to see what everyone came up with!
We gave each bird house at least two coats of acrylic paint. Then, we applied the crackle finish to any houses we wanted to give a distressed look to. If using crackle finish, its important not to apply too much and not to brush over the same spot multiple times. Crackle paint is easy to use, but you have to work quickly! After your acrylic paint is completely dry, brush the crackle finish over the bird house with even strokes. As it dries, it will begin to crack, revealing that vintage look!
While the paint dried, we worked on making our chiffon flowers. Then we applied flowers, lace, and pearls to the birdhouses using super glue and tacky glue.
On July 20, 2013, Pete and I said "I do." It's hard to believe it's already been a year! We've had a pretty busy first year of marriage, so for our anniversary, we decided to just take a simple weekend away to enjoy being together just the two of us. So while you're reading this, we've been hanging out in a beach town all day, enjoying each other's company, and reflecting on that amazing day one year ago. This weekend also celebrates four years since we started dating, so we've got a lot to be excited about :)
Recently I realized my computer desktop was looking pretty atrocious. Seriously.
I don't even know how it got so cluttered!!! And the background picture is from way back when we decided where to honeymoon! It was time for a little clean up and updating.
I decided to use PicMonkey for this because I love how simple and quick it is. If you haven't tried PicMonkey before, you should! Even if you have fancy photo editing software, this is great when you just need a quick fix.
I started by creating a custom design, but if you have a background you would like to use, you can "edit" that and resize it. Your custom design or resized background should be the same size as your desktop background. To find my screen size, I right clicked my desktop background and clicked screen resolution to find 1366 x 768 pixels. You should be able to find this info wherever you normally change your background photo.
Then I played with the overlays section until I liked my design. You can click "Your Own" to add your blog logo and a photo. Then click the "Geometric" shapes to add sections for each category you need. Hint, if you make the shapes all the same color and then "fade" them each about 10% more than the previous one, you will get an ombre look!
Save your design, then go back to your desktop background settings and load it as "centered." Now you can organize your icons and folders!
Ahhhh, that's much better!!!!
How do you keep your desktop organized?
Did you know you can upgrade your PicMonkey to Royale for only $4.99 a month! This gives you even more great editing options, collage styles, fonts, and overlays!
I can't believe we've owned our home for a year already! On July 10, 2013, we sat in a realtor's office and closed on our first home, a mere ten days before our wedding! We didn't actually get to move in until after the honeymoon, but still, to stand among those empty rooms and realize it was all ours was such an incredible feeling!
Owning a home is something I've daydreamed about for a long long time. I'm obsessed with decorating and organizing and couldn't wait to add my own flair to an empty space. And a year later, I've done just that!
Over the past year, I've realized that all of my spectacular ideas won't happen over night. It will take time to make this place what we want it to be, but we have made it feel like home. I remember when we first moved in, for a while it felt like we were just staying at someone else's house. The yellow paint on the walls and the old dingy floors just weren't us. A few small changes later, and it really started to feel like ours. And now, we've got the downstairs of our home decked out in a way that is perfect for us. It's just so comfortable. It's home.
We've still got work to do, like decorating the formal living room and painting the entire upstairs, but it's come a long way!!! Here's a few of my favorite shots of our home decor, and in celebration of our own one year home anniversary, I updated the photos on our home tour page to be more current, so be sure to check that out!