Love for All

I LOVE love, and I think that anyone that is in love and wants to commit to that love for life should have the right to do so.  While I’m celebrating my first married Valentine’s Day, I’m remembering that many do not have that same opportunity.  Some of you may not agree, but it is important for me to show my support by recognizing the Freedom to Love project.  Take the pledge and show your support here.

{Inspiration Board} Think Pink

Remember that spring florals post I did last week featuring beautiful florals from The Bride’s Cafe? Remember how I promised an inspiration board featuring those florals? Well, here it is, spring pink goodness! If my husband’s one caveat about our wedding wasn’t “no pink” I might have done something similar myself.

Top Row:  Umbrella photo by Jennifer Davis, place card via Dolci Odille via Once Wed, bouquet by Janie of The Bride’s Cafe photographed by Katie Stoops, bride and groom photo via Martha Stewart Weddings
Middle Row:  Ice cream via Martha Stewart Weddings, calligraphy by Crystal Kluge, balloons photo via Martha Stewart Weddings
Bottom Row:  girl holding peony photo by Elizabeth Messina, cotton candy via Martha Stewart Weddings, Peony by Janie from The Bride’s Cafe photographed by Katie Stoops, table setting by Lisa Lefkowitz, shoes by Christian Louboutins by Net-A-Porter

{DIY} Valentine Sugar Cookies

I couldn’t resist posting pics of the yummy cookies I made for my husband for Valentine’s Day (yes, I sampled one and they were quite good if I do say so myself!)

My mom and I used to make these every year for Valentine’s Day.  She would roll out the dough and I would stamp the heart shaped cookie cutters and dab milk on them so the sprinkles would stick.  It is a tradition I definitely want to continue for my family.

{Recipe Ingredients}
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
  • {Directions}
    1.                 In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

    2.               Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

    3.      Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.  Then dip   
              in milk and enjoy!

It’s in the Details: Vintage Hankies

Vintage hankies aren’t just for your grandmother anymore.  They are a thoughtful gift or element to include in your wedding.  I gifted my bridesmaids with vintage hankies that were wrapped around their bouquets (and my own bouquet was wrapped with two vintage hankies – one from my mother and one from my grandmother).  I gave my mother and mother-in-law hankies with a special message embroidered on them, and even gifted one to my betrothed with a message and our wedding date on it.  Another thoughtful idea would be putting out a basket of vintage hankies for wedding guests with a sign directing them to take one.

I’ve been a fan of Bird and Banner’s hankies on their etsy shop for a while, but I recently discovered they’ll be selling them at Anthropologie as well (like I need another excuse to go to Anthropologie!)  Here’s a little eye candy, but be sure to check them out at their website and etsy shop.

{DIY} Doily Valentine Note Cards

To kick off the week of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would post this adorable and simple DIY Valentine project.  I think what I love most about Valentine’s Day is the sweetness of a homemade Valentine.  My husband made me one years ago out of poster board, pipe cleaners, and some other random materials that stood about two feet tall.  I still have it.
So in that same spirit, I want to share this DIY doily Valentine project from Avie Designs.

Supplies: (for all three projects)

2 Circular Doily (mine are 12″ in diameter)
A2 cards & envelopes
knife w/ sharp blade
cutting board
Aleene’s tacky glue
1 sheet printer paper

First up, we’re going to make a cutout doily valentine which is the one with the pink card above.

Step 1: You need to poke out the shapes of the doily that did not get fully separated when it was machine cut. This can be easily done by holding down the shape with your knife and gently pulling the rest of the doily away. Do this on a cutting board as you may have to actually do a little cutting.

Step 2: Turn the doily over so that the underside is facing up and place your card in the middle of the doily.

Step 3: Using your ruler with the card as your guide, mark with a pencil where you want to cut. Cut along your guides, you could even use scissors if you like. Save the scraps for the next project.

Step 4: Now fold the sides over the card so you can see where you want to cut off the design.  Cut with your knife to reveal the design you want.  Make sure to leave room for your note!

Step 5: Starting with the back, glue the doily to the card. Now, it will be nearly impossible to glue every piece down, but you really just need to concentrate on the edges and the middle. Glue the doily and then lay the card inside of it. Flip over so that the doily is on top of the card and take your printer paper and lay it on top. Rub your fingers over the card and doily and paper to make sure that the doily is adhered to the card. This will ensure that you don’t get glue all over yourself. Then glue the sides to the front of the card and rub to secure using the printer paper. Let the card dry and you’re done! 

Next up, we’re going to make this white on ivory card made with the scraps of the last valentine.

Step 1: Take the scrap from the last card make sure all the holes are poked out.

Step 2: Center your card in the doily scrap.

Step 3: Fold the sides up.

Step 4: Glue the doily to the card just like the last one. And there you go! 

Lastly, I’m going to show you how easy it is to line an envelope with a doily.

Step 1: Poke out all the holes in a full doily and lay it over the envelope with the center of the doily positioned just under the adhesive of the tip of the envelope with the wrong side up.

Step 2: Using your ruler and a pencil, mark where you will cut. If you are using the same size materials as I did, it will be easy since you only have to make the 2 cuts. The bottom will not need trimming. Go ahead and cut along your lines.

Step 3: Slide your cutout into the envelope to make sure it fits and fold it down along the crease of the envelope. Glue your doily inside your envelope. Put glue on the lower half first and slide inside the envelope and make sure it is secure. Then glue the top part and secure it using the printer paper.

There you go…three easy, affordable, and homemade Valentines!  Thanks again to Avie Designs for the project.

{Inspiration Board} Lovely Floral Inspiration

I had to post these amazing florals I found on The Bride’s Cafe last week…they are too good not to share!  Arranged by Janie Medley of TBC, and shot by Katie Stoop of Open Air Photography, they are like a spring dream.  This would be the perfect inspiration for a spring wedding bouquet.  That peony has motivate me to create an inspiration board that I’ll be posting later this week.  Check out some of the photos here and head over to the full feature to see the rest.