Friday, June 7, 2013

April showers bring more and more showers

Tis the season to be jolly! Wait no wrong season...but Spring is the season for showers. No not the watering your plants showers but the wedding and baby showers.

I have had and will continue to have showers throughout the rest of this month. However I was lucky enough to co-throw two of them.

First up was my brother and future brother in law's wedding shower <3

They both love music, movies, and naturally I wanted to take on the challenge of decorating for this event:

I went with books....and never stopped! I may have gone overboard with book pages...but what can I say I was having fun.

Here are the book page decorations I put together.

These photos are actually from my kitchen. I tested out the hanging effect but stringing them to my chandelier in the kitchen to make sure they wouldn't fall on people at the shower.

Of course I went for a sphere....why wouldn't I?? Apparently it's what I love to do as you can see from my bubble sculpture and my decorations from last years shower:

String Spheres from Wedding Shower 2012

Bubble sculpture in my living room.

But anyway back to the book is what they looked like at the shower:

I really just loved the artichoke page layer look. So soft and organic.  I had so much fun doing these that I am sure you will see them again in the future. These 6 however went with my brother to his place so he could hang them up and have them as a keepsake from the shower.

Here are some of the other decorations I put together for this shower:

The centerpiece with book pages and a record.

Book Page organic garland.

Book Page stringed hearts.

 Then I had my lovely sister-in-laws baby shower. So excited for this only because A) I love her guts and want to make the girl happy. and B) she made me an auntie again and that is a gift that deserves a PARTY!!!

I guess looking back at the photos the flower pom poms could be spheres...What can I say!

Burlap Banner (gotta love the James Taylor Song!)

The flower favors.
 Complete with a thank you flag!

Have you been doing any decorations for baby/wedding showers?? Would love to see!

Sewing Machine Project

I always feel like I am apologizing for never getting around to posting on the blog.
Years ago I would try and get as many post up as possible. But since deleting that blog I know very rarely think to blog. (shame on me) turns out I used to do a lot more projects when I had the pressure to blog about them. Something I might look into.

 But last month I decided after seeing an inspirational photo, to take a family treasure and turn it into something beautiful, functional, and sentimental.

This was my Nana's sewing machine. Though I will admit I don't think I ever saw her use it because by that time she had a portable one. But this did live in her kitchen and served as a buffet table for parties and later on where her bird cage would sit.

Now I don't sew...and even if I did I don't think this would be the one I would learn on. But even still I have an attachment to this piece of furniture.

Which lead me to get Nick to go to our old apartment and dig it out of the closet and have him get on his hands and knees and take of the dusty top ( he is such a great and wonderful husband).

So that I could use the iron base for this:

 I bought a pre made top and stained it. It took a little while to find the right length and depth but I did. See this pesky spot next to the stairs has been bugging me. It collects cat fuzz balls and it wasn't very inviting before. In our house we really don't have an entry, but having this piece now gives it a little bit more of a cozy feel. (as much as cozy can be in a high ceiling room)

Oh but the iron bottom I tell you is what makes this piece and fills my heart with love. Sometimes design isn't about what looks good by everyone else but what makes you happy

And this my friends makes me happy. Something tells me it makes my Nana happy too to know that her piece of furniture isn't locked up in a closet somewhere but is re purposed and on display in her granddaughters home.