Friday, April 29, 2011

not so royal weddings

so the big royal wedding talk is everywhere! i admit, i am going to pvr it and fly through it to catch the highlights!  


but wedding talk is always on my mind, since i'm a wedding photographer!  i've been married for - forever - 14 years!  so waaaaaay back, when i got married, my tastes were a lot different than they are today.  budget, of course, dictated a lot.  i wanted a massive wedding, a massive party where everyone i knew would be in attendance and have fun.  and don't get me wrong - it was just that.....soooooo much fun!  however, i was so fixated on the big picture, i didn't really spend the time on the 'small picture'....the details....that i would today!  

and with no surprise, if i could get married all over again (same guy still!) i would LOVE to have a beautiful beach wedding with only the most important people to me there!   so thought i'd share a collection of beachy wedding photos that i think are breathtaking!

(Sea2Sea Travel)
















awwwww, maybe one day my daughter could get married on a beach!  so beautiful!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

beaded chandelier diy

so i like to think i have some decent ideas on my own when it comes to diy's, but when i was surfing the 'ol web and came across this gem, i knew i had to share it!  hands down one of the best ideas i've seen in a long time!!  brilliant!

homemade beaded chandelier.....inspired from anthropologie!


for the tutorial, click HERE!
courtesy of gus and lula,
original idea coming from dollar store crafts

i'm super inspired to try my own soon, so i'll be sure and share if it's as much of a smashing success as this one above!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

sunburst mirror diy

so for anyone who's explored the web looking for directions on how to build your own sunburst mirror.....they will have found that there are countless ways of doing it.  i decided to come up with my own version of how to make one and the following is the deets:

what you need:
  • wood dowels - different sizes if you like or stick with the same size, your choice
  • hot glue gun
  • an inexpensive charger
  • a cheap mirror - purchased mine from Michaels for $5
  • silver metallic spray paint
  • thin gage wire
  • something to cut the dowels - i used garden pruning sheers - rather than worry about a saw
  • sand paper to sand the ends if a "cut" end will be exposed
  • tape measure
to get this:



first, i thought i should spray paint the dowels, so i did.  but i soon realized, rather than turning, painting, drying, turning, painting, drying, equalling time consuming.....i simply, decided to assemble it, and then spray it after.  much easier!


if gold suited your home better, it would be an awesome choice as well




because i used some thicker dowels to start with, and i wanted them to be really secure, i used a bag of rice to weigh them down while i kept working.  the smaller dowels didn't need the help, but the first few i used did



step back and take a look.  i ran out of what i had bought and felt like it could use a few more, so i found some wooden skewers in my pantry used for kebobs.  i filled in the blanks with them.


masked off the charger with painters tape and paper


sprayed it all, flipped it and sprayed it again, so no raw wood would peek through from different angles!


was drawing a blank on how to "hang" the mirro on the wall?????  so, decided to use some wire and create a loop in the back, then just hang off a screw




flipped it over, hot glued the mirror on...


and done!


decided to hang it in my kitchen's eating nook....reflect some light on a windowless wall...




part of me wants to mask off the mirror and spray the whole thing white, but i'll live with it for awhile and see how i feel about it....


the charger i used was this metal color....i didn't spray it....but it's almost a dead on match for the spray paint i did use for the dowels....pretty good!


if you've got a blank wall in need of a little something....this is a great solution!  i had the charger, so $0 was spent on that, i had the glue, so $0 on that.  total cost for me was about $18, not counting the silver spray paint, which i'll use for other projects b/c lots is left!

anyone think i should spray it white?

featured on:  polish the stars

Monday, April 25, 2011

pretty bird cage made prettier!

i just bought this fabulous little bird cage for $25 at homesense.  i loved the antique look and how banged up it appeared.  seriously looked like i found it at some parisian market in france!  however the colors were a little grungy, so i thought i'd soften it - just a tad!

here's what it looked like:
so pretty, just not quite me,


used a frenchy  blue color i had to dry brush it, intentionally doing a bad job with the painting!


dry brush = dip the brush in the paint and then tap almost all of it off on something other than what you intend to paint



added some pillar candles


and done!  charming i think!




inspirational color

i just came across the most awesome site for inspiring color palettes, thanks to jo-anna over at "a pretty life in the suburbs".  the site is called design seeds and it's beautiful!  some faves below that work with a beachy look:























make sure to check the site out for tons more!
love it!
enjoy!