brass ornament d.i.y.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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Hi everyone! Happy to be back to share a quick and super easy project I did over the weekend. This project came to me in a flash when I saw some brass ornaments that I loved, but at $20+ per ornament the real things weren’t happening, so I created these ornaments as an alternative.

I found the plastic figurines and spray paint at Michael’s. The figurines range from $2 to $6. The gold spray paint is made by Design Master, and although $7-$8 a can for for spray paint seemed steep initially, it was absolutely worth it. I love the color gold it produces.

What you’ll need:

*plastic animals (I used this brand) that you can find at most craft stores

*screw eyes (I used these)

*primer (like kilz)

*gold spray paint (I used this brand — color 231 Gold Medal– found at Michael’s)

*electric drill and drill bit (I used a spade drill bit to start the hole because I had one on hand from carving pumpkins!)

To make the ornaments…

1. Drill hole for screw eye, then screw the screw eye into figurine.

2. Prime figurine with kilz. I tried the project first without priming, and found that the spray paint adheres much, much better with primer.

3. When primer coat is dry, spray with gold paint. Thread with ribbon, and you’re done!

These little animals will be decorating our tree this year, but they would also be so pretty tied on packages, as gifts or as wedding favors for a winter wedding. They’re so easy and lots of fun to make! Happy holidays!

wishing you…

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

See you back here in 2012!

colorful christmas

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

colorful christmas inspiration

Loving this colorful Christmas table, with bold floral patterns and hints of bright neon, photographed by Sharyn Cairns and styled by Glen Proebstel for Inside Out Magazine.

blue christmas

Friday, December 16th, 2011

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I’ve noticed this color a lot this year — nearly every Christmas card we’ve received has hints of soft blue-green. It’s so striking and a bit unusual for holiday decorating, which is why I think I love it so much. What colors are you using this year?


images: 1 + 4 photographed by Katie Stoops, styled by me for Southern Weddings V4; 2 via Martha Stewart; 3 via; 5 designed by Snippet & Ink

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

mother's day brunch inspiration

images: mother & child via flickr; silverware and red & white table photographed by claudio raschella for wedding style guide, issue no. 4 via once wed; strawberries via The Bride’s Cafe tumblr; lighting bug catchers photographed by A Bryan Photo via Southern Living;

An Easter Lunch in London

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Easter entertaining inspiration

I really can’t wait to see more tablescape designs from Remodelista. This Easter table, a collaboration with Gwyneth Paltrow, introduced the series.

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Photography by Simon Bevan for Remodelista

happy new year!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Hope your night is filled with lots of sparkle!

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{1 – Sunday Suppers; 2 –  via I don’t think Prada is the answer; 3 – The Knot; 4 – Martha Stewart market party via Couture Parties}

a holiday soiree

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

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{photography by katie stoops; flowers by janie medley; styling by merriment events; calligraphy by pretty pen jen; croquembouche by sweetest thing bakery}

holiday wedding inspiration

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

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Holiday weddings are near & dear to me…my husband and I were married on December 30th! I love this grouping of images. They’re right for the holidays, and take advantage of holiday greens, but don’t scream Christmas.

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{1 – blackberry farm via apartment therapy; 2- martha stewart; 3 -; 4 – alison events; 5 – jamie grenough photography & atelier joya design & flowers via style me pretty}

christmas at colin cowie’s

Friday, December 17th, 2010

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Janie and I hopped on a plane last week headed to New York to spend the evening with the B List at a party hosted by Colin Cowie. It was so much fun to see Colin in his element. He made a comment at one point during the evening that he can see an entire room at once, no matter where he’s standing: it’s true. There are no lulls in conversation or dry glasses in his presence. He’s an attentive and gracious host.

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If you haven’t already checked out Colin’s website or signed up for his newsletter, you must. I love this video, in particular, housed on his site from the TODAY show where Colin discusses key tips to creating holiday parties:

*It’s about no fuss, being resourceful and spending time on presentation

*Focus on creating interesting pairings and stations devoted to the match, such as a south of the border station with tequila cocktails and southwestern appetizers

*Put a card in front of each dish so guests know what they’re eating and drinking

*Go vertical rather than horizontal with decor, as it can take up quite a bit of space

*And, not included in that clip, but passed along at the party: invite colorful guests. The more interesting your guests, the more interesting the party.

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Colin talked a great deal about the industry, blogging and what is in store for his company, including the expected launch of a new app. Meanwhile, cocktail architect,Yusef Austin, engineered two signature cocktails, while we listened to music styled by Donna D’Cruz. White Mischief was clearly the darling of the night. A recipe is below.

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pictured left to right: Jackie Weppner of Merci New York, Janie Medley of The Bride’s Café, Vané Broussard of Brooklyn Bride, me, Colin Cowie, Christy Weber of Junebug Weddings, Ami Price of Elizabeth Anne Designs, Anne Chertoff of From “I Will” to “I Do”, Mixologist Yusef Austin and Amy Atlas of Amy Atlas Events