Friday, August 25, 2017

DIY Wedding Centerpieces on a Budget

Hi y'all! I'm excited to show you some MORE photos of the wedding I helped decorate back in June.  Did you know that you can DIY your OWN wedding decor, make it look gorgeous and still stay on or below your budget? Well, you can!

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**

I saw this cute copper mini lantern on Oriental Trading and I knew it had to be a part of our decor. The best part, each one only cost around $6, so truly speaking, even if you have a larger wedding reception, it can still be a cost effective choice. Here's the stock image.

Mini Copper Lantern
Here's what I did with it.

Photo by Hector Rivera Photography
I used these pots, which I milk painted in a soft pink, and potted some succulents into, inside the lantern.
Mini Terra Cotta Pots
Here's a close-up:

Photo by Hector Rivera Photography
I also used these Basswood rounds since the theme of the wedding was a rustic one and some mason jars, burlap and faux flowers:
Basswood Rounds- Oriental Trading
They also served as decoration for the cake table at the reception:

Photo by Hector Rivera Photography
My incredible friend made these amazing cookies to mimic carved wood and to match the rustic decor.  Aren't they wonderful!? They taste even better than they look, if it's possible!

Photo by Hector Rivera Photography and Cookies by Dawn of Pop-a-Razzi
I bought the gorgeous sequined runner on Amazon. You can find it here for less than $10. The burlap was super cheap, too. My tip would be to get it by the yard or to scour FB Buy/Sell/Trade groups for it, since many people buy too much and end up wanting to get rid of the rest for very little money.

Photo by Hector Rivera Photography

A little burlap and lace and you have yourself a rustic wedding! Seriously, how gorgeous are these cookies by my friend Dawn?! She mimicked the burlap, wood, lace and flowers and even 'carved' the initials of the couple in the icing! Nothing beats a hand decorated cookie! :)

Photo by Hector Rivera Photography
Photo by Hector Rivera Photography
Photo by Hector Rivera Photography
If you recall, I made these cute bags to hold the cookies. It's all about the details.

Embossed Favor Bag Tutorial

Here's a preview at what the full church looked like! I'm very excited to share the rest of the wedding decorations with y'all!

Photo by Hector Rivera Photography
Are you getting married soon? If so, are you planning on going full on 'DIY'? I'd love to hear some of your ideas in the comments!

A huge thank you to Oriental Trading for partnering up with me for this post! Also, make sure you check out their awesomely well-organized site: Marry Me, where one can find everything one might need to plan a wedding!

Stay tuned to see the rest of the projects for this wedding!

Photo by Hector Rivera Photography
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Monday, August 21, 2017

My 'Everyday Amazing' story, inspired by the upcoming book "So Close to Amazing" by KariAnne Wood Part 1

Hi y'all! So today's post is about to get REAL. If you came here for a DIY or tutorial, well I'm sorry to say that's not happening today. No, today, I'm telling you Part 1 of my "Everyday Amazing" story which I was inspired to share by my good friend, KariAnne Wood's upcoming book titled "So Close to Amazing" which you can preorder here.

You guys. YOU. HAVE. TO. BUY. THIS. BOOK. I'm serious. I have laughed until my tummy hurt, I have cried, prayed, reflected, been confronted with my own personal shortcomings but most of all realized that BECAUSE of all of the above, I'm actually 'amazing'. Yes, I am amazing. Why? Well, because for one, I am a creation of God! Also, I rock at a lot of really neat things, and at the same time rock at being bad at many things, too! :)

If you're new to my blog, my name is Evey. This is me, well how people are used to seeing me...when I'm onstage at Home Shows, on Tv and morning news shows or just on social media.

Photo by Stefanie Photography
Here's a more recent one:

Photo by: Hector Rivera Photography

And here's also what I look like, quite often when my health fails me and I end up in the hospital...

The reality is, I have 6 autoimmune illnesses, 2 genetic disorders and COPD. That means I spend about a quarter of my life in and out of the hospital. That means, I won't live as long as I'm supposed to. That means, I've coded 7 times in my life. That also means, I live my life to the FULLEST. It means I find the beauty in EVERY. DAY. It also also means I love every aspect of my life, and I try to experience as much as possible.

I had the opportunity to read KariAnne Wood's So Close to Amazing before it hits shelves on September 5th, and it has been everything I thought it would be and more. If you know KariAnne, you know she's an incredibly kind and selfless being. You know that she is bubbly, funny, very talented and has an incredible eye for design. She also has an incredible story. This well written memoir is both emotionally moving and very funny. It tells her story in a thought-provoking and beautiful and amusing manner.

It has inspired me to share the following video...I must warn you, it's long and likely the first time I've spoken so candidly about what it's like to live with chronic pain and illness, as well as what it's like to follow my dreams not just in spite of, but BECAUSE of the above. Hope it inspires you to follow your dreams but to also buy KariAnne's AMAZING book! Don't forget to enter to win a signed copy of the book via the rafflecopter widget below! Also, check out the other reviews and 'So Close to Amazing' stories by some of my bloggy friends below via the linky party!

KariAnne: Thank you for writing such a personal, and incredible book! Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey to sharing your story with the world. Love you lots, lady!

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Embossed Favor Bag tutorial with the Cricut Cuttlebug!

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Hi, yall! I'm SO excited to begin sharing some of the projects from the wedding I worked on last month!

The first one I'm sharing was created using my amazing, brand new, mint-colored Cricut Cuttlebug which retails for $89.99. Make sure you take full advantage of the current deal going on over on the Cricut website! 30% off mats, blades and tools (valid until 7/5 only)!

Also, if you use the code CHRISTMASINJULY at checkout, you will receive free shipping within the U.S. (valid until 8/1).

The Cuttlebug is an adorably cute, compact die cut and embossing (manual) machine by Cricut. Just like the Air2, it comes in various colors to match.

Check out the sweet embossed favor bags I created for the reception! They held beautifully hand piped cookies by my incredible friend, Dawn. Thank you Dawn! I LOVE YOU!

Here, via FB live, is how I made them! Honestly, I made a ton in just a show amount of time. The Cuttlebug made it a very easy, quick and fun experience. My daughter helped me, of course!

You can see all of the embossing folders that Cricut has for sale, here.

I'm excited to add some more to my collection, especially the holiday and birthday ones for card making.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Be sure to share you Cricut projects on Social Media, using the hashtag #cricutmade. Until next time!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Etched Wine Glass Tutorial: How to impor your own designs into the NEW Cricut Design Space!


Hey, ya'll! I think by now you must all know how much I love my Cricut Air 2! 
FYI, you can get free shipping in US with code CHRISTMASINJULY, until Aug. 1st!

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I've made some fun decorations as well as signs with it and shared here with y'all!

Mickey Mouse Party Decor
Bookish Crafts

One of the best parts about the Cricut Explore Air 2, (besides how pretty my mint machine is) is that it easily cuts my own designs.

Both of the above were designed on Photoshop, then imported into Cricut Design Space.  Design Space makes it super easy to create your own designs, even handwriting or artwork, and cut it on the machine! Yes. I just said, "even handwriting"! Imagine the possibilities...taking a loved one's note and turning into one of a kind artwork, or using your own fonts that go along with your brand and using the machine to make stencils or vinyl decals for all of your brand's needs!

The other thing it does is turn my fun (you guessed it) book-inspired designs into incredible statements of my passion for said books! Today, I'm show you how I make my custom (ACOTAR-inspired) etched stemless wine glasses. Yes, the very same ones available for sale in my shop!

Night-Court Insignia Etched Wine Glass
Aren't they so awesome!? If you read the book series, I promise that they're even MORE awesome. :)

More importantly though, I'll be teaching you just how to import your VERY OWN design into DS3! I promise it's SUPER easy and if you watch the video, you'll be able to do in no time. You'll also see all of my secrets to making these sweet etched glasses and maybe be inspired to make your own version inspired by YOUR favorite book, or movie...the possibilities are quite endless as I mentioned above.

So here you go!

Hope you enjoyed it! Please feel free to leave any questions either in the YouTube comments section, on SM or here on the blog!

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