Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Get Over Those Winter Blues

If you are like me, you are sick of cold, dark days and ready for spring. It's almost here!

Here are some projects to get you through the last of winter:

Get Organized!

As soon as the warmer temps arrive, I want to be outside enjoying the sunshine. Now's the time to get your house organized, maybe start some spring cleaning early and finish up your indoor projects. Apartment Therapy is a great site with organization solutions for space spaces. They provide great tips and checklists for getting your closets, rooms and drawers cleaned out and organized. 

Apartment Therapy's Organizing Section on their website
Start Planting

I don't plant my own seeds, but some of my friends do. Plan a trip to your local gardening or hardware store to pick up some seeds or order some online. Some seeds are supposed to be started as early as March or April. There are plenty of resources on Pinterest for ways to get started and tips on starting your seeds indoors. 

If you want something more simple and can be used for spring decor, plant some wheat grass. My mom plants it every year for her Easter decor and it always looked so fresh and beautiful! 

Finish Indoor Projects

Do you have a room you've been meaning to redecorate? Or a piece of furniture that you want to repaint? Finish it now! Start a list of indoor projects that you've been meaning to get done and map out a plan to finish them by the start of spring. We're working on getting some house renovations done on our family room then painting to give it a fresh look. I'm also going to work on turning our current office into a playroom and getting all my craft items organized (stay tuned for before/after pics!). 

I recently went to an Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop at Color and Style Home in Newtown Square. Now I want to paint every piece of furniture we own! I ended up making a coat rack to organize all our coats and jackets for an entryway area (a project I've been meaning to get done that is finally complete!). Below is a photo of some items that my mom, friend Melissa and her mom painted at the workshop, but there are TONS of ideas on Pinterest for refinishing furniture and giving it a new look with this type of paint. 

There are 24 days until spring...

Happy organizing, planting and painting everyone!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Weddings, Events & a new Baby!

This past year flew by and here we are in February of 2015 already! As you can see from my break in blog posts, I've been very busy both with business and personal events. But I'm hoping to get back to regular blog posts this year.

In 2014, I had the pleasure of working with several families, couples & vendors on their weddings/events:

Kelly & Ken's Wedding at Please Touch Museum:

Katie & John's Wedding at Overbrook Country Club:

Emily & RJ's Wedding at Normandy Farms:

Melissa & Matt's Wedding at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel:
Photos by Duca Studio

Kathy & Nick's Wedding at the Reading Public Museum:
Photos by Kean Photo

Phil's Graduation Party:
Photos by Classic Events By Kris

Annual Summer Pig Roast Party:
Photos by Classic Events By Kris

Leslie & Mike's Wedding at Greenville Country Club:
Photos by 217 Photography

Autumn & Andrew's Wedding at The Old Mill:

Marissa & Gabe's Wedding at White Manor Country Club:

Stephanie & Joe's Wedding at The Crystal Tea Room:

In addition to weddings & events, my husband and I welcomed our first child in September. Jack was born on September 22nd, 2014 and we are loving every minute with him!

Last but not least, I was honored to win a "Couples' Choice Award" for 2015 through Wedding Wire!

As you can see, it's been a VERY exciting year & I'm looking forward to all my events/weddings for 2015. Please stay tuned for more regular blog posts and as always, thank you for visiting my page.

Cheers to the New Year!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Real Weddings: Lauren & Travis

This past May, I had the pleasure of working with Lauren & Travis on their fun, beach-themed wedding at Rehoboth Beach Country Club in Rehoboth, DE.  Here are some pictures compliments of Carolyn Watson Photography of their big day:

Bride's Dress was from J. Crew

Bridesmaids Dresses were from J.Crew

Flowers by Jen-Mor Florist

Candy Bar by Classic Events By Kris

Cake by SugarBakers Cakes

Lauren & Travis's Wedding Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Location: Rehoboth Beach Country Club
Transportation: Jor-Lin Tour & Charter
Photographer: Carolyn Watson Photography
Invitations & Save-The-Dates: Creative Melissa Designs 
Florist: Jen-Mor Florist
Cake: SugarBakers Cakes
Wedding Candy Buffet: Classic Events By Kris
Hotel/Lodging Accommodations: Cannalside Inn, Americ Inn, Comfort Inn
Officiant: Weddings By Cathleen
DJ: Brian Moriarity
Hair and Make-up: Bad Hair Day
Day/Month-Of Wedding Coordination: Classic Events By Kris

Friday, July 26, 2013

Chalkboard Sign Tutorial

Chalkboard signs have become increasingly more popular these days. With chalkboard paint readily available, it is so easy to turn a mirror, frame, old window pane or just a wall into a chalkboard sign area. There are also lots of gorgeous designs for artwork and designs available if you don't want to actually make a chalkboard or buy one.

I decided it was finally time for me to make a chalkboard of my own! This has been a project on my To-Do list for a while now and I'm happy to report that it was NOT a "Pinterest Project Failure" post. A couple purchases (mirror from Home Goods and Chalkboard Paint at Lowe's) and two coats later, I was in business to start posting quotes, lists and more on my new chalkboard.

If you aren't confident with your own handwriting skills, you can always print out the letters and trace them onto the board. Recently, I helped a friend create a sign for her MIL's retirement party. We were nervous about handwriting the main letters, so we found this easy process after a quick Pinterest search.

1. Print out the letters or saying that you want to put on the chalkboard. Make sure the letters are large enough for your sign. You may need to cut each letter out to be able to place them where you want on the board.

2. Turn over the paper and cover the backside of the paper with the chalk.

3. Place the paper, chalk-side/backside against the chalkboard and outline the letter with a pen or pencil. When you take away the paper, you will see a faint outline of the chalk letter which you can go over again with the chalk on the board. 

4. Continue with all the letters/sayings/design that you want to put on the board until complete. 

We did a very simple design for our first try, but you could put different designs or sayings on the board from printed out images from websites. Need ideas for what to post on your chalkboard when you're not using it for a certain event? Check back here for my "Chalkboard Ideas" on Pinterest and follow my pages for ideas!