Friday, March 29, 2013

Baby Shower Madness

I've been bad and haven't posted all week! Tomorrow is my friend's baby shower, and I am one of the hosts, so I've been working my hiney off trying to get all the details done. I still have more to do today before we head out of town. I am so excited to see it all come together. Here's a peek at what I've been up to. I'll post pics of the shower next week!

Hanging garland.

Labels for the dessert table.

Cupcake toppers.

Chocolate dipped Peep pops!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Pallet Outdoor Table

I've been dying for a porch, patio, gazebo, or any other outdoor social area, since we moved here. I've fashioned a number of things to try and supplement my craving, but it just wasn't quite the same. A year and a half later, we finally bought a gazebo! It's not the fanciest thing, but I can make just about anything look nice. I decided we should go for a Moroccan style arrangement, with low tables and lots of pillows. This is the first of two low tables we're making that can be easily moved, combined, or used as benches. We are using cinder blocks as a base, so that the they can be easily broken down and moved. We may decide to build legs some day, but for now it is just fine. We even ate dinner out there last night!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Driftwood Hanging Mobile

I've had this Driftwood from our family's lake house laying around our house for months. I used them for centerpieces at our wedding, but they've become clutter since then, and Keith has been bugging me to get rid of them. They were such good pieces, I didn't want to toss them. So, I found a fun use for them; a hanging mobile!

First, I gathered up most of the pieces and picked out some paint colors.

Then, I painted stripes haphazardly on each.
Lots of colors!

I went to the hardware store and bought washers and eye hooks.

I then used a drill to pre-drill holes for the eye hooks.

Then, screwed two into each piece of driftwood.

Finally, I used pliers to pull apart the eye hooks enough to get the washers in them, and linked them all together.

And viola`! A hanging mobile!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My Bohemian Wedding: The Flowers

I didn't want to keep to a specific color palate when it came to my wedding. I figured, if I didn't have to adhere to certain shades, then I may be able to save money in the long run. Especially when it came to picking flowers. I think my theory was correct. In any case, I absolutely loved the unconventional combination of blooms we chose, and they look gorgeous when put together.

Photos complements of Swell Chick Photography

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here's a big Slainte from Austin! Hope you are all having a fun and safe St. Patty's Day! (Look at Keith rock in' his old school Bennigan's shirt!)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Get Your Green On

Getting ready for St. Patrick's Day this weekend! I've got my green on and I'm ready for some fun!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My Bohemian Wedding: Our Boys

To give a nod to my Mexican heritage, and to maintain a nice level of comfort, we had our guys wear guayaberas (Mexican wedding shirts). In addition to our groomsmen, our fathers, my brother, and our dear friend who married us, all wore them. I wanted the bridesmaids and the groomsmen all in different colors, which was difficult when it came to finding the boys' shirts. We had to buy them at a few different places, but they turned out looking fantastic in the end.

Photos courtesy of Swell Chick Photography

Friday, March 8, 2013

Things I Love From Etsy: March Madness

With Spring in the air, everything is green and budding. It's also time to start sprucing things up; from your home, to your diet, to your appearance. Here are a few things to help you get a jump start this season.

To see or purchase these items and others, check out my March Madness Treasury over at Etsy.

1. Bowtie from Strawberry Seams 2. Sconce from Market 57
3. Lotion bar from EB Products 4. Pendant from Ingredients for Lovely

Thursday, March 7, 2013

My Bohemian Wedding: My Bridesmaid Dresses

When it came to my girls, I wanted them to look beautiful and feel comfortable. I let them choose what they wore, only asking that the dresses be jewel toned and that they each wear a different color. Each chose a dress that suited them, they felt relaxed in,  and made them look gorgeous. I almost burst into tears when I saw them all dressed and made up, looking so lovely. I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful group of ladies to stand by my side.

Photography complements of Swell Chick Photography

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Bohemian Wedding: My Reception Dress

As much as I adored my wedding dress, I wanted to be able to shake it on the dance floor, and not worry about ruining my Mother's thirty year old gown. So, I found this wonderful vintage dress at a local shop here in Austin. Once again, I had to alter the sleeves, shortening them quite a bit. I also added a little beading detail all over to give it just a touch of sparkle. I absolutely loved this dress and shook it on the dance floor until they kicked us out!

Photography compliments of Swell Chick Photography

Monday, March 4, 2013

My Bohemian Wedding: My Dress

Now that all the rice has settled, let's take a look at how my wedding actually turned out...

After trying on dozens of dresses, in search of the dress, and finding myself no closer to acquiring it, I decided to try on my Mother's wedding dress on a whim. Having not even looked at it in over fifteen years, I had no clue what condition it was in, or if it would fit. As it turns out, it was similar to the style I was looking for, it was in pretty good condition, and it fit like a glove! With a little work, it could be perfect. I had the eighties princess sleeves altered and cut down to cap sleeves, and spent many late nights watching Sex and the City reruns, hand sewing sequins and beads along the neckline. After months of work, it was the dress. Here's how it looked on the big day.

I tried tucking the sleeves up.

Photography compliments of Swell Chick Photography