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2010…a Reflection

31 Dec

2010 has been the best year since I can remember. So many great things have happened to my family and I (and my new family). This has been a year full of blessings and for that we are grateful.

This time last year John and I were mentally preparing ourselves for the wedding planning and crunching in the months to follow (we got married on May 28).

John and I at our 90's New Year's Eve Party last year!

It is funny to look back at how stressful it was at times but that stress is what makes it exciting.

ah stress!

It is a type of stress that you can only experience once (well hopefully) and the entire process teaches you alot about yourself and the people close to you. Weddings will bring out the very worst and the very best in people. True colors reign and at the same time it is reassuring and disappointing. Luckily, we are blessed with such an amazing group of friends and family who supported and helped us the entire way through. The good stress is to be embraced and remembered for always…after all it is part of the experience.

Every year I make a list of resolutions because I like to believe in the novelty of it. Most people think they are made to be broken but I take it as an opportunity to set goals for myself (which I do periodically throughout the year anyway).

There were several resolutions I had personally that I accomplished and some I did not:

  • get married!
  • do something about my urge to learn graphic design
  • exercise more
  • eat healthy and get hubby to jump on bandwagon
  • blog
  • new job that lowers stress
  • 5K
  • go to dermatologist (get scary mole removed)
  • go to eye doctor
  • regular volunteer work
  • get a dog with john
  • reconnect with someone very dear to me

As you can see, I still have some left that will transfer to this year. I especially would like the volunteer one to be at the top of my list because there are so many people in need right now. Whether they are sick, sad, or unemployed…it is our responsibility to help one another and I aim to do that this year. John and I have been blessed with good health and good jobs. It is the least we can do to stop and help others (you should think about it too!).

Take a minute today to look at what you have accomplished in 2010 (not just the DIY projects or house remodelings). Look at the big picture and what you did to meet your goals or dreams. Did something not work out quite how you wanted? Did you keep putting something off that you now regret? Did you sell yourself short and not put your best interest first? If so, then guess what? You have a whole new clean slate to start over. Take that piece of paper out and write down what you would like to accomplish this coming year. Of course you are not going to get them all…no one does…keep that in mind and keep going for your dreams. Sometimes we fall but it is the effort it takes to get back up and try again that makes the world go round…..

Happy New Year!

Bridesmaid's Being Awesome and Helping During the Wedding Week!

Wedding Week

My mom helping cut burlap table runners.

This was the result of our ENTIRE wedding party helping! Thank you everyone!

Hope and I holding our dresses up..right after we bought them in January.

My sister and her boyfriend at the beach.

Success! Tired and happy married couple...


DIY Tissue Paper Monogram

29 Dec

So the original purpose of this blog was to showcase and TEACH you about the things I made for my wedding…kinda got off track, huh Ashley?

We thought it would be nice to have something hanging on our beach house rental door to give a glimpse of the overall wedding decor. It is also a nice  personalized touch to the entrance of your wedding venue and above all else it let’s  people know they have arrived to the right place!

We decided that an “R” to represent our last name (my new last name) would be appropriate. I knew I did not want a moss covered “R” or a fabric covered “R” (even though they are very nice for some weddings). I liked the simplicity of this Martha Stewart Weddings idea but wanted more.

Martha Stewart Weddings

I was running out of time AND moolah so decided to look at what I already had lying around. There was quite a bit of blue tissue paper left after making the pom’s (see how to post here). I printed off my current coupon for Joann fabric and made the trek in search of a styrofoam sheet. Sure enough, they had plenty of shapes and sizes! The styrofoam sheet cost about $4.00 with the coupon (you know you are getting older AND wiser when you get excited about coupons!). Here is what I did when I got home:

1. I used a marker to trace an “R” on the foam. Try using a light marker (I used silver so my lines would hide easily).

2. Cut the “R” out with an exacto knife. Going into the garage is a must because it gets a little messy. You may have to score the styro. several times before it will pop out. Take your time and stick to it. I actually ended up cutting a part of my “R” off by mistake…nothing some tape can’t fix!

3. A day earlier I made some miniature tissue paper flower poms. I used the same directions as the large pom’s but used smaller sheets of tissue paper. This is where the wire we  used for the tissue paper pom’s will come in handy. See my pom tutorial..click here. Wiggle the wire through the foam and twist to secure the tissue pom’s on.

4. Using the wire from the wrapped flower pom’s, stick them one by one into the “R” and fill it up. I thought about adding some to the side because the foam was about 1″ thick but opted not to. This would make it fuller and more polished in my opinion.

5. I then tied a ribbon to the top and hung it from a clear wreath hook I got from the after Christmas sell at K-Mart for $.99! SCORE!

There you have it! An easy, light and airy monogram to hang from your door!

“Lay Your Weary Head to Rest….” at the Furniture Market!

23 Oct

This past Monday my interior design office took a little field trip to High Point for the Fall High Point Furniture Market! If you do not know what market is just imagine an entire downtown area of a furniture infused city dedicated to showcasing the latest and greatest in residential and commercial furnishing and decor. There are several LARGE buildings dedicated to this event (some year round and some just for market). My office went to check out the latest in furnishings and accessories for our hotels. We also have a few vendors we are loyal to and wanted to see any updates. I have never been to market before so did not know what to expect. It was like window shopping to the extreme! I wanted everything for my own house! From the hand crafted side tables to the driftwood wall hangings to the over-sized Buddha porcelain statues.

People from all over the world were here: architects, designers, bloggers, buyers etc.


Check out this list of vendors and events that were occurring….too bad we missed Kansas LIVE! Carry on my wayward son…..


Robert Allen Fabric Books

Clayton Oxford Showroom (Local Durham Business)

http://www.claytonoxford.com/index.html ( check them out-very nice people!)

Burlap Flower Applique

Driftwood Wall Hanging

Felt Flower Pillow

Moe's Showroom

Nickelodeon Showroom (Kids Room Vignette-totally awesome dude)

Hammery Showroom : Dresser

Some trends I noticed:

BURLAP (thank goodness…so cute!)

asian/morrocan influences

appliques! pillows, lampshades etc.

rustic chic…distressed wood, white washed things


bright colors like mustard yellow, lime green deep purple mixed with white, grey and other neutrals.

But Ashley, what on earth does this have to do with wedding DIY?!! Glad you asked. If I were planning a wedding and needed some inspiration, this would be great place to start. Granted you have to be connected to the design community somehow. BUT, one could always scout the online blogs showing these latest and greatest designs. Places like this serve as inspiration for the latest color schemes, materials and finishes. All which can be translated in your wedding design (colors, hair accessories, decor or paper goods).

For example: I saw a BEAUTIMOUS lampshade that was covered in burlap with a flower applique (see photo above). This could be translated into a killer hair accessory for the rustic chic wedding. Create a little burlap or jute flower, glue it on a barrette, hot glue a rhinestone in the middle to jazz it up and BAM! Instant glam on a budget…..

See ladies…inspiration is EVERYWHERE. You just have to open your eyes….

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