Friday, September 30, 2011

DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Edge Painted Save the Date Tags

I found this post on one of my favorite blogs, Oh So Beautiful Paper, and had to share this with you...

 It’s the ladies of Anti­quaria, back with another fab­u­lous and cre­ative DIY project for you!  This week they’re here with instruc­tions on how to cre­ate a rub­ber stamp save the date tag!
At Anti­quaria, we love every­thing vin­tage!!  In this save the date DIY, we were inspired by the look of old lug­gage and par­cel tags.  There is some­thing very lovely and famil­iar about this tag shape but to have it pro­fes­sion­ally die cut can be quite costly.  We empha­sized the shape with “edge paint­ing” using a very nifty and easy trick!!

Step One: Cut your kraft paper into a 4.5“x6” rec­tan­gle.  Ink your save the date stamp (we used our “Rib­bons and Ban­ners” stamp) with your desired ink and make a print on your paper.  Be sure to press evenly on a hard work sur­face.  Let the ink dry overnight.
Step Two: Next, draw 1.5″ diag­o­nal lines on the top cor­ners of the save the date.  Also draw a small dot in the cen­ter, about 3/4″ from the top.  Once you have your mark­ings in place, cut off the cor­ners with a pair of scis­sors or an X-Acto knife & ruler.  Punch a 1/8″ hole where you have placed the dot. Insert a small craft grom­met and install using a grom­met tool.
Step Three:  Using the same or a coor­di­nat­ing ink color, drag edges smoothly through the pad to cre­ate the “edge painted” effect.  Let dry overnight.
Step Four:  Assem­ble the save the date. Tie twine or rib­bon through the brad and add fun postage and cal­lig­ra­phy to bring it all together!!
“Rib­bons & Ban­ners” Save the Date Stamp
Kraft Card Stock, cut into 4.5“x6” rectangles
Stamp Pad (we used navy)
Scis­sors or X-acto & Self Heal­ing Craft Mat
1/8″ Hole Punch
A6 Envelopes
Gray Striped Twine
Photo Cred­its: Antiquaria


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Herb Day 2011

Last Saturday morning I went to "Herb Day" at the Mobile Botanical Gardens with my mother-in-law. We learned a lot about local herbs and got try some new recipes. I've posted before about our little herb garden, see here and here — and I'm always up for learning new things since I'm definitely not a pro!

The event had a great turnout and was sponsored by The Fresh Market, Regions, Bruno's, The Delicious Dietitian, Lowes, Winn Dixie and Panera.
The Gulf Coast Herb Society was in charge of the event and they made brown box lunches for everyone. Inside was a delicious Chicken Salad wrap, made with fresh herbs of course.
Both of these delicious dishes were made by Vikki Finch. She spoke about cooking with native herbs, and her husband Bill Finch also spoke about native herbs of North America. Both Vikki and Bill are regular contributors to the Press Register and very active with the Gulf Coast Herb Society.

After our productive Saturday morning, I went home to watch Ole Miss play Georgia...And even Bea was bored with the Rebs! :)


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sliding Doors

There's something so incredible about sliding doors, especially when they're the "real deal" and original, antique doors.  I'm not sure where I can incorporate sliding doors in my home, but I want to figure out a space for them!

I've always admired this space featured in Cottage Living, and love the brown sliding doors below in this home office.
 And while we're on the topic of shutters, I love using them as headboards as well!

Hope everyone has a great day. One more day til FRIDAY!

images via {cottage living} {pinterest} {atlanta homes}

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Friday!

As I sat down to blog this morning, I was having a major creative block. So I decided to go on a walk, and when I came back it dawned on me that I haven't shown you the piece I got from my Aunt's shop in Kennebunkport. It arrived a month ago and I have LOVED it! It's in our dining room and finally, I have a buffet I can serve food on!
My accessorizer (my mom) was in town last weekend and helped me spiff it up with white plates we've found in antique stores over the years. She also added some candle sticks, glass hurricanes and transferware to give it a little dimension.
I was inspired by these pictures and knew I wanted something clean and simple...
Also, check out this adorable frame my mom gave me! Isn't she so creative? She found the frame at an antique store and painted it, and then used this beautiful China Seas fabric as the matte. I absolutely love it and it adds so much color to our living room!
And finally, I'll leave you with these beautiful flowers my husband gave me for our 3 year anniversary. You know I'm hormonal when I literally wept when they were dropped off at the door. The delivery man didn't know what to do with me :)

Can't wait for many more years with such a wonderful husband and best friend! Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Alice Melvin

I'm a sucker for bird prints and illustrations. I don't why, but I just can't get enough of them. I stumbled across Alice Melvin's site a few months ago and love her work. I have prints on my mind since we're in the process of decorating the nursery. Stay tuned for a sneak peak of the nursery at the VERY beginning stages...


Friday, September 9, 2011

Yes, please!

I LOVE hanging porch beds! My husband swears he can make one of these for our porch — but we shall see if it ever happens :) These dreamy pictures make me want to curl up with a book or take an afternoon nap. With this fabulous fall weather, can you think of anything better?

I sure can't!

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you get to spend some time outside and enjoy this amazing fall weather!

images: {garden&gun} {coastal living} {pinterest} {house of turquoise}
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