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DIY Shoe Clips PDF Print
Monday, 28 July 2014 00:00

 

Shoes. My obsession. My collection is big, diverse and getting difficult to store. I've thought about getting a new pair for my wedding day... but what if I already own a perfect pump that I can just spice up? There are a multitude of problems with getting new shoes for your wedding: comfort, style to match your wedding party & then thinking about the fact that you may never ever wear those shoes again!

 

Solution: shoe clips. They were huge in the 80's and 90's and are a bit harder to find these days but are a super easy DIY. By going with this simple accessory, you can easily just clip on some extra bling to your shoes & then take it off so you can wear them for other ocassions after. This can really solve the problem of finding all of your bridesmaids matching shoes-- just suggest a colour or colour palette for them to choose from so they can pick up shoes that are just right for them. Then gift them with some DIY matching shoe clips for the big day!

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Photo above right from Style Me Pretty

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The possibilities are endless for style. You can use ribbons to make matching bows, use fake flowers, craft flowers, feathers or brooches. I combined flowers and brooches to make the ones in this post! You can even get creative with where to pin them. The classic spot is atop your toes, but clips also look great at the back of your ankles or on the sides of the shoes.

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What you'll need:

- Your own choice of decor (I used a pair of large earrings and some silk hydrangeas)
- Blank shoe clips (the best place to buy these is on ebay; you can get a dozen for a few dollars!)
- Goop craft glue
- Scissors and pliers if needed
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Prepare your materials. If you used brooches or earrings, use some pliers to snip off the hardware on the back so you have a flat charm to work with! Snip your flowers or petals off too!

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Simply glue all of your decor onto your blank shoe clip! It's that easy! Just let the glue set overnight & you're ready to go! Clip them on your plain pumps and that's it :)

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Now these shoes are ready for a glamourous banquet hall wedding! ...but I can still take off the clips & throw these pumps on with my skinny jeans too!

xo Sylvia

All photos by Sylvia and Samantha unless otherwise indicated.

 
DIY Cake Balls PDF Print
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

 

Continuing with the theme of DIY-ing everything possible, I'd like to share a really simple recipe that is easy to throw together but takes a bit of time to artfully assemble. Cake pops and cake balls have been a popular confection in the last while & aren't just a perfect bite-sized treat but also keep quite well! I've baked these for the past few showers and parties that I've gone to & they've been a huge hit because of their adorable ornate beauty and yummy, moist texture. Here's how to put a batch together:

 

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What you'll need:
- A pack of cake mix (plus eggs, milk and oil, as per directions)
- a tub of "matching" frosting
- a few handfuls of coloured molding chips
 

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First bake a pack of cake mix in any flavour you choose! These are basically foolproof and come in a great variety of flavours like chocolate, vanilla, lemon, cherry chip etc. If you want to go fruity you can grab a white cake pack and combine a pack of jello powder in for colour and flavour! After baking according to the box instructions, let the cakes cool and then break them up and crumble them with a mixer!

 

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Then grab your matching frosting and stir in about half a tub per box of cake mix. Blend together with your mixer and you'll have a bit of a doughy cake mixture.

 

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Grab small spoonfuls (about bite-sized amounts) of your cake mix and form round balls. One batch has made about 70 to 85 balls for me in the past. Take this stack & refrigerate for a couple of hours so that they're ready for dipping.

 

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Take a handful of molding chips and put them into a bowl. You can microwave them for about 20 seconds at a time, taking them out and stirring to make sure the heat is evenly distributed. Once you have the chocolate melted, just dip your cake balls into it. Use a fork to lift it up & drip off the excess and then place them onto some wax paper to set. I don't have any photos of that process because it was very messy, and once you get into the flow of it... you forget to take pictures ;)

The chocolate should set at room temperature in about 30 seconds and then you can melt some chips in a ziploc bag and cut off a corner to pipe on simple designs. The easiest designs are just to drizzle them but I went into more details with dotting and swirls :)

 

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The chocolate exterior cracks open into a rich cake-y filling for a super-indulgent treat! Cake balls can be great at a dessert bar or if you decide to stick lollipop sticks in to make cake pops, they can be wrapped up & given out as favours! Will you try out this recipe for your own wedding parties? Or maybe just as an impressive treat at your next potluck?

xo Sylvia

All photos by Sylvia and Samantha

 
DIY Ombre Pompoms PDF Print
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

One enchantingly simple decor idea that's been floating around for a while are paper pom poms. These dainty puff balls add an amazing texture and dimension to any environment and are surprisingly easy to make yourself! Since ombre and dip-dyed colours are so trendy now as well, I'll be showing you how to make your own ombre coloured paper pom poms below!

 

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Photo on left from RuffledBlog

 

What you'll need:
- a few packs of tissue paper. Each pom pom needs about 12-15 sheets and I used about 4 sheets of each colour.
- scissors
- twist ties
- some fishing line

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Cut all your sheets to size. You can use full sized tissue paper sheets but that will make huge pom poms. I usually cut the sheets in half. Then stack all of your sheets neatly from lightest to darkest colours.

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Accordian fold the stacked sheets. Just fold up about a half inch on the bottom edge, flip the entire stack over and fold up another half inch. At the end, you should have the entire stacked folded like a "fan".

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Use a twist tie & secure the middle on your accordian folded papers. Then use your scissors to trim the ends. You can trim them into a rounded tip or a pointed one for different looks. There's a lot of layers there, so you can cut a couple of layers at a time.

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Then spread out the fan folds! Starting at the corner, carefully grab a single sheet of the tissue paper and lift it away from the rest of the stack. Be very carefuly not to rip the individual sheets and don't worry about wrinkling it. Do this with every single sheet until they're all separated.

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When all the sheets are separated on one side, move onto the other side & separate all those layers! And voila! Just attach some fishing line to the centre and you can hang that pom pom from anywhere.

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Photo on left from SnowyBliss, Photo on right from a Beautiful Mess

 

You can create a massive cluster of paper decor over top of a candy buffet or over your spread at a bridal shower. Or you can go all out and make a massive backdrop for your ceremony or photobooth!
 
xo Sylvia
All photos by Sylvia and Samantha unless otherwise indicated
 
How to Propose to Your Bridesmaids PDF Print
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

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When preparing for your wedding, one of the first things you need to check off the to-do list is finding your "team". There's the decision of how large you want your bridal party to be, whether you have an equal amount of friends and family on each side, who to pick... and HOW to ask them!

 

This is going to be your group of friends who you'll grow closer with through all of the parties before the big day. It's your group of friends who you're asking to potentially spend a lot of time and money on you. These are the people who will be standing behind you and supporting you and your marriage!

 

Often, little thoughtful details are what make a wedding memorable, so why not take some time to make your future bridal party feel special by proposing to them in a special way? Ditch the text message and send your bridal party some real mail! Below are three amazing DIY tutorials for creative ways to propose to your bridal party:

 

photo on right from Style Me Pretty

 

 

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Unraveling Ribbon DIY from BridalMusings.com This simple DIY only require wooden spools and strips of fabric or ribbon! This gets right to the point with a cute touch of whimsy and would cost next to nothing to ship!

 

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Paper Doll Bridesmaid Invites from OnceWed.com These adorable personalized paperdolls not only ask your friend if she wants to be your bridesmaid, it also tells your girls who the entire team will be! Hopefully they all say yes after that! :)

 

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Be my Maid? Boxes from RinseRepeatBlog.com These simple cigar boxes were transformed into gorgeous boxes filled with everything a bridesmaid would need to know. From touching messages to paintchips to figure out what colour of dresses to pick up! These aren't just a beautiful parcel to receive but a great keepsake for holding small trinkets in the future.

If you're not the type to do elaborate DIYs, there's always traditional invitations or a heartfelt handwritten letter too!

xo Sylvia

 
DIY Terrarium Centrepieces PDF Print
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

 

I'm sure you're noticing a pattern here with my posts. I'm obsessed with personal, DIY touches at weddings. One way to add a really personal touch to each table is by making your own centrepieces. Your guests will be looking at them during the whole dinner & probably be excited about who will be claiming it as their prize at the end of the night. Recently terrariums have become quite popular because of the ornate and unique little plants that are easy to take care of; but I also think it's nice to send your guests home with a centrepiece that can potentially live on for a few years!

Last year, I helped my best friends create these table centerpieces for their big day. Here's how you can make your own version:

 

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photo on left by Tara McMullen

 

What you'll need:
- a large bowl or vase (we've used a fishbowl but you can also use apothecary style jars or vintage glassware)
- some rocks
- potting soil for succulents (can be found at any garden centre)
- a few types of decorative mosses (can be purchased from a garden centre as well or from a craft store)
- and of course, some succulents or air plants!

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above photos from Ikea

Succulents are amazing little ornamental plants that only require minimal watering and lots of sunlight. These can be found at your local garden center or even at an Ikea for a couple dollars each. They also come in a variety of colours, from standard shades of green to blues and purples and some varieties even flower.

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above photos from air plant supply co

 

An alternative to succulents are air plants. They're extremely low maintenance plants that require minimal light and only a spray or soak in some water once a week! These plants don't require soil to grow so they can literally be glued to a rock and still survive if you spritz it with water every so often! If you choose to go with these in your terrariums, you can skip the soil completely!

 

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Start with filling your glass vase with a single layer of rocks and then add a few handfuls of soil.

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Then gently place your succulents into the soil, covering the roots. Add moss and then finish with adding rocks, airplants or other small objects to decorate!

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photo by Tara McMullen

 

It's been exactly a year since my best friends' beautiful wedding day and our terrariums still live on. Happy Anniversary Suzanne and Joshua!

Are centrepieces part of your DIY to-do list or would you rather buy or rent something more extravagant?
xo Sylvia

All photos by Sylvia and Samantha unless otherwise indicated.

 
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