Wedding Updates!

You guys, wedding planning has taken over my life. It is all-consuming in the very best way possible. When people say this might be the happiest time of your adult life to date, they are right! Planning a wedding with John has been literally a dream. I am loving (almost) every second of it!

Since our date is a popular holiday weekend, we wanted to take care of all the major things that were important to us first. That paired with my Type A personality, it’s safe to say that we have the bulk of the big decisions made (think date: May 27th 2017, venue, planner, florist, photographer, caterer, music, paper goods, dress!). Next on the agenda- cake tasting and honeymoon research!

Here are a few of my favorite snaps from the last couple on months…

Stay tuned for more updates soon!

315 DAYS AND COUNTING!!!

Easy DIY Fall Wreath

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Happy November! I can hardly even believe I am saying that! Where has the time gone?? The last few weeks (and months!) have flown by. Thanksgiving is going to be here before we know it! Thankfully John and I will be prepared, or at least our front door will be!

After being inspired by all of the fall colors I saw on our recent trip to Devil’s Lake, I decided to kick off the month by making a colorful wreath. Is there a better way to spend your Sunday afternoon? I think not. I waited long enough to buy my supplies that all of the seasonal items I needed were already on sale at Jo-Ann Fabric. Yippie skippie! This wreath ended up being (surprisingly) easier than I expected! As long as you have the right tools this should be a quick project for crafters of all levels. The hardest part was choosing what fall foliage I wanted to buy!

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What you will need:

18 inch grapevine wreath frame
floral stems and bushes (I used a mix of 6 total)
paddle wire
needle nosed floral wire cutters
hot glue gun (optional)
twine or ribbon to hang wreath

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First, you should decide how you want to display your assorted flowers and leaves. I knew that I wanted to keep mine asymmetrical, so from there it was just piecing it all together. Have fun with it!

Once you have all of your stems organized you can start gently tucking the ends of each one into the frame. Use the tip of your wire cutters to bend in the ends of each stem so they are easier to tuck.

Now cut your wire into 8 inch long segments. Begin wrapping the wire around portions of the stem and vines to adhere the stems to the fame. I would recommend using 2-3 pieces of wire per stem or bush you use. I put one towards the top on the stem, one towards the bottom, and one in the middle depending on the size and weight of the stem. For extra stability you can use the hot glue gun to attach specific portions to the frame as well.

Last, you can attached you twine or ribbon to the top of the wreath. I tied mine around the top and knotted it in the back. It hasn’t fallen off the door yet, so that’s promising!

Happy crafting!

DIY pom-pom table runner

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This weekend was one of the first free weekends I’ve had at home in a long time! While John was busy planning for his day long symposium on Saturday, I was excitedly planning my lengthy Joann’s shopping list. Although I got supplies for a few different projects, the table runner was the first one I wanted to tackle!

I had a hard time deciding between using a patterned fabric or going with a burlap (I am SO indecisive). When I got to the store and laid eyes on the gold foil polka dot burlap my decision was an easy one. It doesn’t get much better than that beautiful, beautiful combination. I also decided last minute that (thanks to some advice from my very crafty mother) I wanted to back my runner. Burlap can be somewhat sheer so adding backing to it made the runner feel more substantial. I initially planned on making a “no sew” runner, but I did end up doing a quick hand stitch around the hem for added support.

Originally, I thought this project would take a max of 2-3 hours. After the first 3 hours passed I realized my estimate was very wrong! It ended up taking 6 hours from start to finish, not including clean up time. I may be biased, but I think time well spent considering I am quite pleased with the finished product!

What you will need:

burlap (or other fabric of your choosing)
fusible interfacing (I used Pellon)
fusible webbing (I used extra strength)
scissors
measuring tape
seam ripper (or other pointed tool)
cotton towel
iron
ironing board

First things first, you’ll want to determine how much fabric you are going to need. The size of the runner is totally up to you. I made my runner for a small(ish) entryway table. I wanted my runner to cover the entire width of the table with a generous overhang. To determine the length, measure the length of your table. Then add 18 inches. This allows for 8 each inches of overhang on each side, plus a one inch seam allowance for both sides.

Now you will want to cut your fabric. I learned this smart trick for making sure you are cutting your fabric in a straight line. Make a small cut to mark where to begin. Find one single thread and begin to pull. The fabric will start to bunch up but continue to tug the string, flattening the fabric with your hand if you need some extra force. Continue to pull until you have the entire string out. This will leave you with a straight line you can cut down.

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Next, you will need to iron on your fusible interfacing. You will want to lay out the fabric first and pin on the interfacing to avoid movement when trying to adhere it. Once that is done, you can put a damp towel over the interfacing and press it onto the (pattern down) burlap.

You will then fold the fabric back one inch and iron down the hem. Don’t forget the damp towel when ironing, otherwise the metallic foil will transfer to the iron and it is a pain to clean. Once this has been done on all edges, you add the thin strip of fusible webbing inside the hem and iron together. I decided to have my ends come to a point, so after I folded the hem and went one more step and folded in the ends.

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You now have your no sew table runner! I went one step further and chose a clean white thread and hand stitched the hem of my runner. I not only liked the rustic look, but I also felt that it added a little additional reinforcement to the edges.

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For the yarn pom-poms you will need:

yarn in multiple colors
embroidery string
your finished table runner
scissors
a needle big enough to thread embroidery string through

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To begin, start with one color of yarn and wrap it around 3 fingers anywhere from 30-70 times depending on big and full you want your pom-poms to be. I made a variety of sizes. Once it is wrapped the desired amount carefully slide the yarn off your hand, making sure to keep the loop shape your fingers created. With a small piece of yarn tie a knot around the loop. After that is tied, you also attached the embroidery string around the center of your loop. This is how you attach the poms to your runner!

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Now for the fun part. You cut all of the loops and shape your pom-poms. Be careful not to cut the embroidery string in the process.

Now you are ready to attach the poms. Thread your large needle and gently feed the needle through your runner. Tie a double knot on the backside of the runner to secure poms in place, and trim any leftover string. Repeat until all pom-poms are attached. I used 13-15 poms on each side!

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