#MyBestFriendsWedding, Chapter 2: The Engagement Party

Now that my best friend got engaged, I am the happiest crafter alive, and I’m ready to make ALL of the things. First stop: engagement party central!

My biff (that’s what we call each other :P) Michelle, like most women, has had an idea of what she wants her wedding to look like, so her mom Marta and I are going with a similar feel for the engagement party. The rustic vibe is very in right now and she likes it a lot, so let’s get to it!

Michelle’s parents have a beautiful home with a great backyard where they’ve hosted lots and lots of parties, so we know the space pretty well and have an idea of how to set things up to maximize each area. This Pinterest board has a lot of the inspiration for the stuff I made for the party, so let’s dive right in to the final products!

  • The decor: I’ll wrap a few of the items into this category so this doesn’t end up the long testament my blogs usually are hehe… Our color palette for the party was Blush Pink, Taupe, Ivory & Rose Gold. Lots of burlap, lace, and a vintage classic vibe made everything really pretty and Pinterest-y!
  • The photo booth & props: Brian (Michelle’s fiance) is very handy, so Marta and I asked him to build a rustic-looking frame that we could drape and place in the garden to create a photo booth area. Brian did such an amazing job that I almost didn’t even want to dress the frame, but at the same time I’ve been loving the mixture of delicate with rustic/industrial so with his part done, it was time to make it pop. The fabric Marta found for the frame was shiny, shimmery & splendid. I also did a “she said yaaasss” banner, and added some vintage bulbs and baby’s breath to make it all come together. To finish the look, we hung a bunch of mismatched lamps from the tree, and it all looked beautiful both during the day and at night! For the props, I wanted to do something different from what I always do, since after all, props are kind of my niche… I actually started to design a completely different idea from what it ended up being, but I’m super happy with the end result. I used burlap paper, designed the props on PowerPoint, printed them out, cut & glued them to cardstock for hold and voila! Awesome props to complement an already great photo booth area!
  • The favors: I didn’t get any good pictures of the final product here, but long story short: plastic bags, burlap strips, circle “Brian POPPED the question, Michelle said yes!” tags, popcorn. You get the idea!
  • The calligraphy: boy oh boy do I hate my handwriting/penmanship. I’ve always wanted to have pretty handwriting, but it’s just not in my skill set. I can pull off a few tries but I hate writing slowly and when I go fast, there’s no way to control the strokes… So when Marta showed me the boards and table tent signs, I kind of swallowed hard and said ok… I got this! I did those the night before the party, and I was so stressed the entire time. If I’m honest, the first tent signs didn’t come out as good as the last ones. It’s true what they say, calligraphy is a practice thing. Although some people are just born with those magically beautiful calligraphy skills!
  • Some close-ups: making this cake topper gave me so much life! I couldn’t stop staring at my Cricut cutting the rose gold card stock stuff! And I had a full blown photo shoot with the mason jars when I finished dressing them… O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D. Have I mentioned I don’t typically like burlap?! I know…
  • The edgy fun part: when it comes to Michelle’s family, there’s always something fun/edgy/borderline inappropriate thing happening, and I’m all too happy to oblige and do my part for it. This time around, Marta bought an apron for Michelle’s uncle as he’d be cooking the dinner during the party, and again, thank you Pinterest for this awesomely hilarious idea 🙂

After about a month of prep, I’m truly so happy with how everything turned out and now I can focus on the bachelorette, bridal shower and whatever Michelle asks me to make for the wedding! (please biff, let me make it allllllllllllllllllllllllll! haha kidding! no, not really…)

 

PS: Oh and one last thing – this was something new I decided to try: window cling! I wanted to make something for the bar area, so I went with some string lights, a “cheers to michelle & brian,” and that’s all she wrote! For real this time!

I added a heart with a “to” afterwards but this picture is where the window cling shows the best!

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Project Craft Room – Thrifty Thrift Finds

Color me thrifty! I’ve always been as big of a frugal shopper as I can be, looking for sales, racking up coupons and going to traditional discount stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc., so I really can’t believe I’ve lived this long without enjoying the epicness of a Thrift Store. But when it came time to start finding pieces for my craft room and my budget was negative $5, I knew I would need to get really creative with my decor. I set some money aside to buy the actual furniture (from IKEA, more on that on another post coming soon) because thanks to Pinterest, I was dead set on what I wanted the layout to look like, but everything else would have to wait a bit…

When it came down to the decor, I wasn’t really sure what I would find, but I had an idea of what to look for since I already had my color palette and a few items in the vintage theme like the typewriter and the turntable/record player. A friend had told me about a strip mall with a few thrift shops about 20 minutes from my house, so I decided to go on a Saturday with another friend to see what treasures we would stumble upon (side note: going on a Saturday might not be such a good idea, it’s always PACKED!) Fortunately, we didn’t have to dig too deep to hit the jackpot, and I started finding gems within moments of walking in:

The first thing I saw was this Greek/Roman looking clock, very distressed with a hint of pale pink and overall perfect. Once I cleaned it and put in a brand new battery, it looked and worked as good as new!

WCB Thrift Finds Clock

 

Then, this pink globe caught my eye, because what office is complete without a globe? That’s right, not a single one! I didn’t notice at first, but the globe actually had a cable and a switch, which I was elated to find out still worked when plugged in! Illustrated by the gif below 🙂

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Next, I saw the cutest little lamp base with two pink vintage boots, and it was equal parts adorable and nostalgic, exactly what I was looking for. I found an old timey looking lampshade nearby, and bam! Another thrift find complete –

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I rounded up the trip with a few more items like a pink vintage tray, some mugs for a soon-to-be-on-the-blog project, a magazine rack, and best of all, some vinyl LPs for my dear record player!

In total, I spent less than $30 for all of these items, and they’re absolutely perfect for the vibe I’m going for in my craft room, and I didn’t even know I needed/wanted them before seeing them ❤ I am officially in love with thrift shopping!!! Have you had cool thrift finds recently? Do you have any tips on finding awesome stuff? I’d love any help I can get since I’m new to this world 🙂

Saving the Day When a Project Goes Wrong! Record Player Decoupage

Confirming once again that I was born in the wrong decade, my latest acquisition: a Record Player. While going to thrift stores to try and not break the bank while furnishing and decorating my craft room, I found a few second hand vinyl records and the nostalgia got the best of me. I wanted to know what it was like to play an acetate record and hear for myself the difference in sound that comes with a turntable needle. A trip to New Orleans and discovering the sounds of old Jazz might also have something to do with this new old obsession of mine, but I digress…

Since this record player is going in the Craft Room, I’m being extra disciplined with the color scheme as promised. I found this not-too-expensive record player on Amazon, and I bought it in pink but I planned on re-painting it because it’s not the right shade. I have a tendency to be overridden by a million ideas and then things don’t turn out as I expected because it might not have been a great idea OR I do something clumsy… And this was one of those times.

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Poor innocent record player… Did not know it was about to be completely re-done

Unlike with the typewriter, I decided to paint the record player regularly. First mistake. Not really sure what would’ve happened if I had spray painted it but the point is, the whole painting thing did not work out. The material just wasn’t absorbent enough and it kept leaving tracks no matter what tool I used (brush, sponge, etc.) or how many coats I did. See Exhibit A:

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Total fiasco. At this point, I felt like I had already messed up the whole thing and I couldn’t go back in time and ahhhhh why did I have to do this?! But, I had done it and I had to fix it. But how could I… LIGHT BULB – Yes I can! Decoupage! Duhhh! I could cover up the damage AND hopefully make it look cooler. Could I really make it better? I sure would try. In keeping with my weirdness and obsessions, I decided to look up newspaper images from big past events, like the fall of the Wall of Berlin, Pearl Harbor attack, iconic historical figures/artists’ deaths (Marilyn, Michael, Hitler, etc), print them out and cover the record player in them, taking the color scheme out of the equation and making it more about the nostalgia and vintage aspect.

Surprisingly and fortunately, this worked out better than I expected. It was hard to work around the edges and metal embellishments that came with the record player, but with a lot of patience and a trusty exacto knife, I not only fixed the mess I made, but I was actually happier with the alternate ending!

Give a crafter some mod podge and some paper and in the blink of an eye you won’t recognize anything around you…

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And for the final result… Drum roll!

I LOVE it. I really do. It’s something completely unexpected, but I couldn’t be happier with the turnout. It’s funky, it’s different, it’s perfect for the vintage vibe I’m into, and most importantly, it’s unique 🙂 It even looks cool wide open –

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People don’t tend to see me when I mess up because I craft alone 99% of the time, but actually this happens to me A LOT. At this point I try not to panic and just find a different way to make it happen and for the most part it tends to works out. Have you messed up a project and found a way to fix it? Leave a comment below!

Disclaimer: after buying the record player, I spoke to a friend who told me that unfortunately these Crosley record players have a bad rep for scratching records and messing them up, so I cannot recommend this buy. I stopped playing my records on it just in case until further notice.

Project Craft Room – Details: Vintage Typewriter

Not too long ago, I got bit by this bug that left me permanently changed: the vintage bug! Sounds funny, I know, but the truth is I’m not really sure how or where it came from, but I became OBSESSED with everything vintage. I’ve always been told I’m an old lady, so it actually kind of makes perfect sense.

Anyhow, my bff Pinterest has helped grow and cultivate my love for the vintage vibe resulting in my “Vintage Bug” virtual pinning board, from which I’ve been drawing inspiration for my craft room remodeling since one of the characteristics of vintage items is pastel colors, and my craft room color scheme matches that to the t. I’ve been thinking of my craft room not only in the context of a home office, but kind of like how guys think of man caves, and I want to make sure the room contains items that are unique to my taste and that make me excited to be there.

One of the vintage items I’ve been most interested in acquiring is a typewriter. Yes. In the peak of the age of technology, miss cavewoman over here is regressing several decades. For me, typewriters have a sentimental value because my mom always tells me about her first jobs where she used to work with them, and I remember seeing her working on one when I was very little.

Now, as I mentioned on my previous craft room entry, I’m holding myself accountable to the color scheme of light teal/white/pale pink no matter what, and it would be AMAZING to have a pale pink typewriter as an accent piece in the room. Problem is, pink typewriters are very very VERY scarce, and extremely expensive, like in the $350 neighborhood. But, I’m determined!

I found this 1950-something blue consul typewriter on eBay from an antiques shop for less than $40, and since it’s a local seller I was able to arrange for pick-up instead of paying for shipping! “But, it’s blue!” you may say, and you’d be right… Except for the fact that I turned this into a crafting opportunity 😀 I’m turning this bad boy pale pink with the help of some spray paint!

See below the process of protecting the keys, and the final result!


I’m so so so happy with how it turned out, and the special touch it gives my craft room. I bought a new ink ribbon for it on Amazon which works perfectly, and the best part is my mom has shown me a couple of tricks to use it and definitely brought the nostalgia aspect I wanted 🙂 Do you like how it turned out? Do you have any items you wish you could paint over?

Simple Project Sundays: Kitchen Spices Display

This little project came about unexpectedly during my trip to Colombia while visiting my family – well, the one who wasn’t expecting it was me, because my mom and grandma actually had been waiting for my arrival to ask me to do this haha!

Having recently moved into a new house, my grandma is still finding her way around the kitchen, something that is very important as she absolutely LOVES to cook and it’s where she spends the majority of her day (she’s also a bit of a hoarder and owns every spice known to man and has endless amounts of mismatched containers… that’s where I come in!)

Since my mom remodeled the space for her and wanted everything to look as organized as possible, we went and got some glass jars with gold lids, and since not every spice is distinguishable, they asked me to make some pretty labels for them.

I used recycled paper and a regular pen to try and create a vintage look for the containers. The whole thing didn’t take too long so it’s perfect for a little update around the house on a Sunday, and now the kitchen shelves look nice and everyone knows what’s what! Happy grandma, happy house 🙂

Here’s the step-by-step gallery –