Monday, June 30, 2014

HOW TO: Make a Potted Felt Fern

I love having potted plants in my home and for the most part, I'm pretty good at keeping them alive.  The sad exception was a poor little aloe plant that I had in my bedroom.  There's not much natural light in there and the plant didn't fare too well.  I love the look of houseplants though and I was determined to have one in the bedroom... preferably without killing anything else.  Then I got to thinking... I make things with felt, why not make a felt plant?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lovely Summer by Celest on Etsy: Orange and Yellow Summer Wedding Treasury

I love featuring fun product treasuries from Etsy that I've been included in.  Today's featured treasury, Lovely Summer, comes from Celest on Etsy and features items perfect for a summer wedding in shades of orange and yellow.  Orange and yellow can seem dated, but it seems these colors are making comeback, according to Pantone, at least.

Check out the preview of this fun treasury below and visit the treasury page here for a bigger view and product links!

Monday, June 23, 2014

An oldie but a goodie: Alexandra + Ryan's Eco-Friendly Maryland Wedding

Despite the fact that I sell mostly boutonni√®res for men, most of my clients are brides.  Ryan is actually one of the few grooms that have contacted me.... getting boutonni√®res was one of his only wedding responsibilities.  I was surprised when he messaged me a few months later to tell me that their awesome eco-friendly wedding had been featured on the DC-area blog, United With Love.  Even more to my surprise, United With Love has become the top referring site to my Etsy shop, with over 800 views!  

This green and blue wedding is cheerful and preppy with lots of Etsy-sourced items and eco-friendly elements, including composting and recycling as much as they could!  The reception was held at family friend's property and family and friends pitched in to DIY many parts of this wedding.  It looks like such a bright and happy labor of love!

All images by Jessica Schmitt Photography

Thursday, June 5, 2014


When I think of Neiman Marcus, "thrify" isn't exactly the first word that comes to mind.  So I was super surprised that while browsing through their formal dress section (just for the fun of it), I came across a $350 dress that looked almost exactly like a Pnina Tornai dress (from Kleinfeld's of Say Yes to the Dress fame).   

If you're not familiar, here's an example of one of Pnina Tornai's dresses:

Pnina Tornai
Most definitely not my style, for the record.  Still though, I was pretty excited when I found something like that for so cheap.  It wasn't this exact dress and I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture, but here's a similar one:

Jovani 1531

This dress is no longer available online, but inspired by my find, I starting hunting through the Neiman Marcus website for other evening dresses that could work as wedding gowns.  It's no secret that tacking "wedding" onto anything instantly increases the price, but it's still shocking how many thousands of dollars cheaper white evening gowns can be. (Edited to add: While hunting around the website, I did notice that some of these dresses were also included in a "bridal" section, but I don't think these were manufactured to be bridal gowns, hence the lower price.)

Monday, June 2, 2014

SHOP LOCAL: Thrifty Chix

I love cute little shops and small businesses and it's always exciting to see new ones in the area, it seems like we just don't have enough of them.  Mom took me to a new shop in Winter Haven this weekend called Thrifty Chix.  It's located in a cute little house on the corner of First Street and Avenue A NE.

Thrifty Chix is operated by a retired nurse who had "open a shop" on her bucket list.  She's got a good mix of vintage items, new decor, and repurposed furniture.  The prices are reasonable.

I got a graphic, colorful pillow that says 'I am the light of the world' for only $15.  It's also weather treated, so I can use it inside or outside.

I also got a vintage wood and brass wine rack.  I've always wanted a wine rack and this is a good one, plus it was a steal for only $7!

Thrifty Chix is open Tuesday- Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-3 and is located at 98 Ave A NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881.

Shop local!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


This commercial came on TV today and I was told that my paint chip hoarding tendencies would unleash the Paint Chip Beast upon us!  Yikes!  I wouldn't say I'm normally paralyzed by color choices though.... just for front doors!

PART TWO OF HOUSE PAINTING: The door color saga

So as I posted about last time, I've been painting my house and generally revamping the exterior.  We just got back from a (much needed) vacation, so in the time before we left, it was quite a push to get as much done as possible.  We got the shutters built and stained (tutorial to come later), most of the body of the house painted, and the front door painted.  I had done a Photoshop mock-up to see how everything would look together....

Photoshop mock-up
The quality isn't great, but you get the idea.  The Robin's Egg Blue door looked great with the ashen, cooler-toned wood on the shutters.  HOWEVER, when we went to pick stain, that wasn't quite what we ended up with.  There were some great options in transparent stain, but we couldn't get those in a tester size.  So we decided to go with a semi-transparent color instead.  None of the options were great, but we decided on Cedar Naturaltone.  It looked super orange when we put it on a test board, but when we held it up to the house, it looked great.  So, I proceeded to stain all 6 shutters in the Cedar Naturaltone.  We hung them on the house and I also painted the front door in the the blue color.  Then... I was working in the yard one morning and I saw the shutters in full shade for the first time and freaked out.  They were bright orange.  And they really didn't look good (to me) with the blue door.  Everyone else thought I was crazy, but it was bugging the crap out of me.
A quick photo that we took of the blue door.  Not awful, but not great.