Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Big Day: Bouquet Alternative Idea

I’ve been using Wedding Wire’s checklist to keep our wedding tasks organized and to ensure everything will be done on time. In September, the florist (among other things) is a big one on the list.

Obviously, the florist would be helping with any church decorations, bouquets and table decorations. I’m not so sure I’ll be needing them for church decorations (ok, maybe) and I’ll probably use grocery store flowers or backyard flowers (if any) for the table decorations, so all I’m left with florist-wise is bouquets.

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source: Hidden Garden Floral Design

There’s one problem with that. I don’t really understand the point of bouquets. Yes, they’re absolutely beautiful. I’ve pinned them on Pinterest many a time. I get it. I really do. But, why do we use them? What is the point of carrying them down the aisle? Ok, I can make a case that having bouquets solves the age-old problem of, “What do I do with my hands?” Ha. I can’t seem to shake the thought that it seems like a waste – both of time and money. Someone please show me the way if I am thinking of this totally wrong….

That being said, I’ve been having a hard time entering a budget number on my budget sheet for an item I can’t seem to wrap my head around.

So… because we need to have SOMETHING to occupy our hands while we traipse down the aisle, I’ve been brainstorming ideas and I wanted to share one with you today.

Here’s a couple of huge, latex-y hints.

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So, here’s my idea.

What if my bridesmaids (and maybe me if my mother lets me) carried large, 36″ balloons Geronimo-style down the aisle?

I have a feeling it would be a total logistics nightmare, but the affect would be so awesome and more me than actual floral bouquets (I’ve actually told Aaron for years now to not waste his money buying me flowers). Plus, balloons make for great photos (we’ve seen it all over the blogosphere) and insta-decor for the reception site.

Let’s recap.

Advantages of balloon idea:

  • More “me” than bouquets
  • I get their purpose – to make me brilliantly happy
  • Unique
  • Awesome photo opp (I want to photoshop “Thank” and “You” on them for our Thank You notes)
  • Will act as big part of reception decor
  • DIY dream
  • Less pricey
Disadvantages of balloon idea:
  • Possibly not kosher with the church
  • What if they pop?
  • Would need to rent 3 helium tanks ($$) to blow these suckers up on site
  • Would need to recruit a balloon wrangler to keep them out of the way during the actual ceremony
  • Attention might be on the balloons – not Aaron and I! (I could solve this by having my bridesmaids carry the balloons and I could carry a traditional bouquet)
  • People think I’m crazy
  • My bridesmaids might not want to deal with huge balloons

Decisions, decisions. I’m going to craft one of these up this weekend and see how annoying they are to make.

What do you think? Am I missing out if I scrap floral bouquets? Need your opinion!

Any other bouquet alternative ideas?

Should I just shut up and call the florist? That certainly would be easier…

xo, emily

All images are from Geronimo.

p/s: It has been difficult for me to communicate what I want (both on the blog and in-person) and not annoy people. I’m not saying that floral bouquets suck. They absolutely do not. I love them. I pin them often. I gasp at weddings when I see a bride holding one. There are my brides and brides-to-be that absolutely understand the purpose of a bouquet. I just have a tight budget and zany wedding decor, so this ballon vs. flowers thing is just an offshoot of that. I hope you understand….

Down with the Boob! (or Replacing Fan Light with DIY Burlap Lamp Shade)

I’m constantly in a war against boob lights. I’ve got four boob lights still remaining in my house (two inside, two outside) and I’m pleased to say we are now down to only three.

Here’s today’s specific boob light conquest:

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This one is a double whammy because it’s also a ceiling fan! And you know how I dislike ceiling fans. In this room (the guest room) a ceiling fan is a necessary evil. This is where I fold all my laundry and I need a cool breeze to keep me from blowing my stack over a pair of missing socks. :)

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(Above) I found this $5 1970′s lamp shade at Goodwill and originally bought it thinking I would turn it in to a pendant light. I changed my mind quickly when I noticed the fixture on the shade (that part that keeps it screwed to the light fixture) was perfectly poised to attach to the bolt at the bottom of my fan’s boob light. I’ll explain that in a picture later…

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(Above) I knew I wanted to cover the shade with fabric (like I’ve done before) but I needed to remove that ugly, dusty trim first. Luckily, it came over with just a few tugs without any harm to the shade itself. (Also… the above picture is a good picture of the shade mounting fixture. It dips down in to the shade just perfectly creating a ring for my ceiling fixture to screw to)

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(Above) Here’s the trim-less shade. Ready to be covered!

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(Above) After trying out several different fabrics (patterns, solids) I finally decided on burlap. I’ve had a bag full of burlap in my basement for about a year now. It actually came from a tree (from my uncle’s nursery no less!) we helped my dad plant in the front yard. I love free stuff! I cut a haphazard rectangle out of the burlap – enough to cover both the perimeter and width of the shade itself. I “measured” by laying the shade on the floor and cutting around it. Nothing too scientific. Suge was my helper.

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(Above) To fix the burlap to the shade, I used my handy hot glue gun. I added a string of hot glue around the top of the shade, added burlap and kept going. Once the top was done, I started on the bottom, making sure my fabric was nice and tight. Once I got to the end I was ready to make my seam, which is really what the above picture is trying to show. :)

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(Above) Once my fabric was fully attached to the shade, I needed to do a little cutting around the shade hardware itself, to keep my fabric laying as flat as possible. I just cut along the rod, then used hot glue to glue down the cut edges.

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(Above) Here’s a quick look at how the shade is attached to the fan itself. I used the finishing screw previously used on the boob light to keep the shade screwed into place. I also was able to use the same screwing rod (hehe) from the boob light for this. Worked like a charm.

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(Above) Final step! I used my X-acto knife to cut the jagged edge to form a nice, clean line along the edges of the shade.

As a reminder, here’s the boob light in all its glory:

And now!!!

 

It looks super groovy with the light on! It’s amazing what the shade does in terms of light versus that stupid etched glass dome thing.

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Ahhhhhh… much better. And it cost me a total of $5!

I’m off to work! Have a great day everyone!

xo, emily

p/s: I drew the winner for the EasyPrintsCanvas giveaway! Was it you?

 

Aaron’s House: $62 Bathroom Makeover [Before/After]

I shared our mini renovation project on Aaron’s bathroom walls last week, and this weekend we were able to put the finishing touches on the bathroom. Our plan was to spend as little as possible to get the bathroom show-ready. We spent $62 using some little tricks (those are below!) as well as materials we had on hand to keep the costs down. We’re considering this project done!

Here’s where we started. Cracked walls, peeling paint, outdated accessories and a lack of decorating.

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And now!

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Here are the things we updated:

  • Replaced the white blinds with a bamboo roman shade
  • Scraped, patched and sanded down the walls
  • Painted the walls in Restoration Hardware’s Stone
  • Painted the trim a fresh, glossy white
  • Installed a floor-to-ceiling shower curtain (a twin flat sheet!) and extra-long liner
  • Replaced the toilet seat
  • Hung a bright, patterned hand towel
  • Clean, clean, clean!

I think the thing I’m most excited about are those smooth walls. I shared the re-surfacing process last week, and I can’t help not to stare at the difference.

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It didn’t feel good showing the house with the walls in its current states, so the fact that that’s done for upcoming showings is a huge sigh of relief.

Next up, can we talk about the shower curtain?

I’ve talked about my love for floor-to-ceiling shower curtains before and the impact they make on a room so I knew I wanted to spend some dollars in that area for Aaron’s bathroom.

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(Above) The shower curtain is actually a striped twin sheet from Target. $16! A twin flat sheet is the perfect size (66″ x 96″) for a shower stall with a decently high ceiling. The best part is I now have a cute striped pillowcase and more striped fabric (the fitted sheet) for future projects as a part of the deal.

(Above) I purchased an extra long shower liner from Bed Bath & Beyond (the only place I can find Extra Long) for $12 and used the oil-rubbed bronze rod and curtain clip rings from my house. (Now my bathroom at home is rocking a super short, plain white shower curtain. Bummer.)

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(Above) Bamboo roman shades can get pretty pricey, but this $21 34″ shade from Home Depot is one of my favorite go-to’s for budget projects. I knew the texture and deep color would bring a little luxe to an otherwise budget bathroom. The reviews on these shades are fantastic and I couldn’t agree more. The best part is that it’s not necessary to be strict on window width because these hang from hooks on top of the window, versus being suspended from side brackets like most blinds.

Here’s the quick budget breakdown:

  • Wall paint – already had on hand
  • Trim paint – already had on hand
  • Drywall compound – already had on hand
  • Shower curtain (twin sheet) – $16
  • Extra Long curtain liner – $12 (with coupon)
  • Curtain rod, rings – already had on hand
  • Bamboo flatstick roman shade – $21
  • Toilet seat – $6
  • Hand towel – $7
  • Vase – vintage glass Aaron found under his porch!
  • Flowers – from the backyard
  • TOTAL: $62

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We’re happy we were able to do this on the cheap. It really didn’t make any sense for us to spend any more than that!

xo, emily

p/s: I’ll be back on Wednesday with one of MY house DIY projects. Finally! I’m sick of Aaron’s house! ;)

p/s: Don’t forget to enter my $20 EasyCanvasPrints giveaway! Pulling the winner tomorrow!