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A Little State Lovin’ DIY Action

Well hello there! I hope that everyone is having a fabulous Wednesday!

Recently we have been looking at a lot of inspiring things and you know what … I felt inspired! So, today I am going to share a fun DIY project I did recently!

I love writing and receiving hand written notes. I also love North Carolina. Therefore, I decided to combine these two loves!

 

DIY North Carolina Notecard

Step 1: Print out the shape of North Carolina (or state of your choice) to use a stencil.

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1Step 2: Cut out the shape.

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Step 3: Pick out a piece of card stock or scrapbook paper to trace the state shape on to.

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Step 4: Trace shape and cut it out.

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*Note – obviously if you are using a lighter colored piece of paper, then you can print directly onto the paper and skip this tracing step.*

Step 5: Attach to blank notecard (I used double stick tape, but you could use hot glue, a glue stick, or my favorite, glue dots!).

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Step 6: Sit back and admire your work.

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Step 7: Make your card even sweeter by adding a tiny heart over your city!

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There you have it! Such an easy way to add a personal touch to your handwritten notes! 🙂 If you decide to make your own, please share!!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Your [Beautifully Decorated] Walk Down the Aisle!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Matt and I spent the end of last week and weekend in Iowa visiting my grandparents. They live in a really small town surrounded by beautiful farm land. It was refreshing to get away and spend some time unplugged with the people I love! Here’s a few pictures to give you a feel:

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Now, back to some wedding inspiration! Recently I have seen some beautiful decorating ideas for the aisle at your ceremony. Depending on the venue, there are so many great options!

Candles

Candles and flower petals scream romance to me! Gorgeous!

Wreaths

These wreaths are so pretty! They are so simple, but all together add such a beautiful touch!

Lantern

I love these lanterns! They look great at this outdoor ceremony, but could also work inside as well!

Log Stoops

How cool are these stoops? They are so simple and easy to add your own unique touch to!

Hearts on Stick

Last but not least – how fun are these hearts?! You know I always love something different – these definitely fit the bill!

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week! Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Bouquets For Your Beauties

Hi there everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. We are battling the heat here in Charlotte – I’m already tired of sweating.

A few weeks ago we took a look at some great bridesmaid dress options. There are so many fun ways for your girls to dress, while adding a unique touch to your special day! Along with their dress, what your ladies hold in their hands can be just as beautiful! By now, we know that I love flowers so I wanted to check out some bridesmaid bouquet options, along with some fun, non-flower choices as well!

 

All White

Nothing says wedding like all white bouquets! So pretty!

Brightly Colored

I love the idea of brightly colored flowers with neutral dresses. What a great way to add a pop!

 Coordinating

Contrasting

If your girls are in colorful dresses, you can make a decision to either have coordinating or contrasting bouquets! I personally love the idea of contrasting colors – how pretty are these yellow flowers?!

 

Lavender

For all you rustic brides out there – this lavender bunch is so pretty and unique!

Okay – since I know that not everyone is as flower obsessed as I am, there are some fun options for non-flower ‘bouquets’.

Pinwheels

How adorable are these pinwheels?

Muffs

These muffs are so pretty for a winter wedding! Plus, your friends will thank you for keeping their hands warm!

I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for reading!

Colleen

*All images found on Pinterest

Feeling Patriotic

Hey there! I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend! We ended up going to Raleigh for the weekend and it was glorious. My husband has had to work a lot recently, so having a weekend off to relax with family was so nice. We ate way too much food, enjoyed some fireworks, and even went kayaking down a river!

After this weekend, I was feeling very inspired by all of the patriotic decor I saw. There are so many fun ways to decorate using red, white, and blue. Obviously this works great for the 4th of July, but it can also be used for Labor Day or just a fun summer cook-out!

 

Beans and Jars

I love these fun jars! This is such a simple way to incorporate some red, white, and blue into your home decor. Love it!

Paper Umbrella Wreath

Okay, I may need to go make this right now. This wreath is so adorable and obviously very patriotic!

Banner

I have always loved a good banner. How cute would this be hanging from your mantle? Or your front porch?

Place Setting

How fun is this place setting for a summer cook-out? When you are serving burgers and hot dogs, it’s always nice to keep things casual. That doesn’t mean it can’t be cute though! 😉

Utensils

Speaking of cute and casual – I love this line up of utensils!

Here’s to hoping you all have many cook-outs to decorate for this summer! I know that these ideas have inspired me to throw one soon!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Vases Galore

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you all have had a great start to this 4 day week! The Mister and I are super indecisive and have yet to make plans for this weekend – I do know that it will involve fun and relaxation though. 🙂

I love having fresh flowers in our home, especially this time of year! They can really brighten up a room and bring a sense of refreshment. I have a stash of your basic clear vases, but have recently been on the lookout for more creative ideas! So, I thought I would take a look at some ideas with you guys. These vases can obviously be used for flowers in your home, but also as centerpieces for an event or wedding!

 

Log

This would be so pretty as a fall centerpiece. I’m envisioning this on a Thanksgiving table!

Wooden Cube

How cute is this? Rustic, but still very pretty.

Enclosed

I love terrariums! This is amazing as a centerpiece too – so unique!

Glitter

Surprise, surprise – I love these glitter vases! What a great way to transform some basic cylinders. These would be so pretty during the winter!

Lantern

I love lanterns and I love flowers – why not combine them?!

Mercury Glass

I’m dying a little over this mercury glass vase! Gorgeous!

I hope you are feeling inspired to add some fresh flowers to your home, maybe using one of these creative vase ideas!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen