October 20, 2014

A lil something fun to share...

To my KC peeps: I'll be back on KCTV5's Better Kansas City tomorrow morning around 9:00 a.m. showing how easy it is to create these DIY Halloween Marquee lights.

---->Click here for the complete step-by-step tutorial.



Happy Monday!

So, you might have noticed I've been on a marquee letter kick lately. I tend to do that. :)

A month ago I did my Halloween BOO lights (which PS. I will be covering in my next Better Kansas City TV segment this Tuesday 10/21), and a couple of weeks ago I did my marquee door wreath

Well this one is my fave so far. I made it for next to nothing compared to buying a pre-made marquee letter, and it looks awesome when it's finished.

I found a large metal letter at Hobby Lobby that could be flipped to the backside to look like a marquee letter. It was perfect and 50% off, so I snatched it up got to work.

All I needed for the project was:
- The metal letter ($12)
- Strand of glass bulb lights from Target ($12)
- Metallic copper spray paint
- Drill and 5/8" bit that can go through metal

I marked the areas where the holes needed to be drilled, then we hammered and removed some nails into the spots marked to create a pilot hole. This helps the bit do it's job much easier.

My husband drilled the 5/8" holes, which needed to be a little larger so the bulb could go through with extra room and connect to the wiring. If the hole is drilled too small it could possibly not let the bulb screw all of the way into the strand and some of the metal bulb could touch the metal letter, and transport shocking electricity, so please make sure your holes are larger than you need them to be for safety's sake.

The drilled hole edges might be a little ragged, so please take care when touching that part.

Next spray paint your letter. I am LOVING this Krylon metallic copper spray paint, FYI.

Once the paint dries, you can add your bulbs.

The strand works even with other bulbs unscrewed, so I unscrewed the extra bulbs from
the strand, and placed the finished letter on our fireplace. 

The copper color even feels a little Halloween/Fall-ish. Added bonus.

I love the way it turned out, and it adds some nice lighting to our living room. I have a "V" that I also made for Vivi's room. :)


October 16, 2014

Hello there!

Are you a fan of gallery walls like I am? How about whimsical birds and flowers?

If so, some or all of these free printables might be perfect for you! They can be mixed into your current art or hung as a set together. Your call.

Here's a link to download the entire set of images. You can pick your fave images from the group. 



October 15, 2014

My sister got married on Sunday. It was a beautiful, family only wedding ceremony set on her peaceful, wooded acreage.

I was her photographer, florist, event planner, reception decorator, ceremony decorator, invitation name it, I did it. I was so happy to help with everything, and it helps that she trusts me and is so easy going. 

One project that I worked on was her DIY sand ceremony set. This was an important one since it was a symbol of the merging of two families. She has three kids, and he has two. They are all so cute and sweet and love each other so much. It's so amazing to see them together.

I started the project with 7 skinny vases from Walmart ($1.25 each) and a diy hurricane vase that I had in my basement (2 items from the Dollar Tree). 

I had to spray paint the base of the large vase black, so I blocked off the vase with a shopping bag before I painted.

The theme of the wedding was clean and classic black and white with elements of fall, so I whipped out my black and white striped washi tape and went to work.

I printed some labels with names and dates on our black and white printer and simply taped it to the vases with the wash tape.

It was s super easy way to adhere the labels and class it up in a simple manner.

Here's a photo of the sand ceremony in action....

And a photo of my amazing nieces and nephews. Love these dudes more than words!!

Have you ever had a sand ceremony? What did you do to make yours special?