March 26th, 2013
So I’ve been wanting to make a flower crown for the longest time. I guess I just never had a justified reason. But then one of my best friends was having a bachelorette party and I thought it would be fun to create something for her to wear as a crown…a flower crown! Who doesn’t want to be a flower child princess for the night?
At first I was going to use real flowers, but who was I kidding. That would have been way hard and I wanted her to be able to keep it after the party. I went to the craft store and picked a bunch of fake flowers that I thought would look good – mostly romantic blooms in white and pinks, with a few touches of greenery, and making sure to get smaller flowers to mix in as well. I bought about 15-20 stems of various sizes.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
fake flowers (about 15-20 stems)
thick floral wire
thin floral wire
hot glue gun
While I don’t have photos of the process, it’s really quite simple. First, cut desired length of wire (about the circumference of your head plus six to eight inches). Create a circle that lays loosely on your head (the flowers will take up some space) and wrap the excess wire tightly around the back of the crown, using a pliers.
Next, cut / separate all of the larger flowers off of their stems. Lay out your desired design and arrangement for the crown. Using a combination of floral tape, floral wire, and (mostly) hot glue, attach flowers to the wire and each other, making sure to pack them tight. Wait for glue to dry between flowers so that you can attach to the glue itself, if needed. Continue doing this until you have it just the way you’d like! The back will look like a hot glue mess but it’s perfectly fine and secure once it dries. I went over it with hot glue twice just to make sure. I liked to mix the colors and sizes throughout but it could also look cool to have some sort of fading ombre effect! There are so many options with colors and types of flowers.
My friend looked beautiful and it was such a fun handmade gift. But before I let go, of course I had to wear it around the house to feel like a princess. It may have been a day or two of this… :)
What do you think? Would you ever make a flower crown…perhaps for spring? Plus you could definitely make it with fewer flowers for a more subtle effect. :)
September 28th, 2012
Happy Fall weekend! I’ve been trying to find some simple ways to enjoy Fall, even if it’s just collecting little pieces of nature from a walk. The colors of Fall are so inspiring! I have to admit this has been a tough week and I’m relieved it’s over. We are going to California for vacation next week and I can hardly wait! (I’ve got some great guest posters lined up while I’m gone!) Even though I’ve adjusted to Fall here, I have no problem jumping back into 70 degree weather- sign me up!
This weekend I’ve got plans to visit an apple orchard and flea market. I’m so excited to taste apples and hopefully find some treasures. I also plan on cooking delicious fresh recipes, which has turned into my favorite kind of relaxation. :)
What are your plans? Have a great one and thanks for reading!
July 24th, 2012
I stumbled upon the project Fictitious Dishes by Dinah Fried and I’m amazed by her photography and styling. In this photography series, Dinah Fried interpreted the lives of fictional characters to depict meals from five famous novels. (Shown above are The Catcher and the Rye, Alice in Wonderland, and Oliver Twist.) Isn’t that a clever concept? I just love it! And I can even hear Oliver saying, “Please sir, I want some more…”
(Photos by Dinah Fried)
June 21st, 2012
I’m super inspired by these dreamy pink and blue pastel hues. Whether it’s in the Audrey Grace lookbook, or pretty styling by Charlotte Love, this color combo is definitely on my radar.
Isn’t it stunning?
(Photo credits from top: Anja Verdugo for Audrey Grace via honey kennedy; Charlotte Love)
June 1st, 2012
Happy weekend! Posting has been light this week because I’ve got such a big weekend ahead. I’ve been planning a wedding that takes place tomorrow and I’m also styling a grand opening party for a coffee shop on Sunday. I cannot wait to share photos with you – I am so excited about these projects! I’ve been working like a busy bee and I just know all of this hard work is going to pay off. I can’t wait to share photos! Next week I’ll be ready to hit the ground running with regular blog posts again so be sure to check back.
Have a wonderful June weekend!
(Photo by Ben Blood)
May 29th, 2012
How was your weekend? We had the most wonderful, relaxing long weekend with my my in-laws, brother and sister-in-law, and one year old nephew. Also, Nick and I decided we really love ninety degree weather (with a breeze). It felt kind of amazing.
I have a busy week ahead, but for now I’ll leave you with some photos from our weekend. These gorgeous peonies from my mother-in-law’s garden took my breath away (I just wish I had thought to snip a few to bring home!)
Here are a few photos I took of our precious nephew, Axel. (I still remember when he was this big.) He is such a joy and we love him to pieces.
Oh, and baby butts are the cutest.