Happy Mother’s Day – DIY: Crepe Paper Magnolia Branch

Happy Mother’s Day! Today I wanted to share a branch of crepe paper magnolia flowers that I made for my mom for mother’s day. I love you mom!

To make the flowers and bud, I followed the directions in this Martha Stewart video with a few modifications.

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DIY: Potted Paper Orchid

As you may have noticed, I’m a bit obsessed with paper flowers. While I love real flowers, they aren’t always practical as they are prone to wilting and can be expensive.

Even potted orchids, which are among my favorite house plants, eventually fade. A couple of years ago when a bloom fell off one of my orchids I used the fallen blossom to create a template to make coffee filter orchids.

Today’s project uses that same template, but replaces the coffee filters with double sided crepe paper.

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Winter Pinterest Challenge: DIY Paper Tulips

This last week I was surfing craft blogs when I saw a tutorial for gorgeous paper tulips.  I added the tulips to my ever expanding list of projects I would like to make.  I am inspired by so many of the beautiful projects I see online, but recently have not had time to craft.  The winter Pinterest challenge hosted by Sherry of Young House Love gave me the motivation I needed to take a hour to craft.

DIY Paper Tulips

While I haven’t seen any tulips yet this year, tulips are one of my favorite flowers because they are one of the first flowers of spring.  Here is a photo that I took last spring when I visited the Tulip Library on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Aren’t the tulips cheerful?

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DIY Sunflower Party Invitations

Earlier this year, Jaime and I hosted a jazz brunch celebration.  Now that the brunch is over, I wanted to share some pictures of the invitations that we made for the brunch.  We made these invitations for a retirement celebration, but I also think this design would work well for a dinner party, bridal shower or baby shower.

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DIY Wedding: Keeping It All Together (Belly Bands)

Our DIY invitations had a lot of of pieces so we wanted something to tie them all together.  Our solution? Belly bands.  Keeping with our DIY theme we made the belly bands ourselves.  These bands were a fairly quick project and helped make all of the pieces of our invitation into a cohesive whole.

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A Book Themed Baby Shower: DIY Alphabet Bookmarks

I hope everyone had a good weekend.  On Friday, I flew to New York to co-host two good friends’ baby shower.  I am so excited for them and had so much fun celebrating with them. I had enthusiastically volunteered to make the decorations for the shower and now that it is over I wanted to share some pictures of the decorations with you.

Alphabet BookmarksI found some cute napkins and trays at Target, and decided to use the colors in the napkins (blues and yellow-greens) as the colors for the shower. Continue reading