Kate + Cormac DIY: Ribbon Drink Stirrers

31 August 2010

There will be much more to come from Kate + Cormac’s wedding, but I thought I’d pop in with this simple DIY before the pro pics arrive! As one of our projects, K and I put together tons of beribboned drink stirrers for the reception. They were easy to make and a big hit with guests.

I’ve heard from lots of brides that made something similar and were disappointed when they had piles left over at the end of the night because they sat unused on the bar. My tip? Ask your bartender to stick one in each drink before handing them over.

For this project, you will need wooden skewers, ribbon (I like using 5/8″), and a sharp pair of scissors.

Begin by cutting your skewers in half. J was my right hand man for this step, so I’ll have to double check with him as to the method he settled on, but I believed he used the mini saw from a utility tool.

Next, cut a length of ribbon (approximately 8 to 9 inches should do). Fold the ribbon in half, then fold it in half around the skewer.

Pull the tails through the loop you’ve created…

…then cinch the knot tight. If you’d like, notch the ends for an extra-polished look.

Of course, if you’d prefer I do the heavy lifting for you, I have a few for sale in my Etsy shop. Colors are completely customizable!

Shower curtains

30 August 2010

I like the idea of having a bold shower curtain in our main bathroom, since the walls and surfaces are neutral and likely won’t be changing anytime soon.

This option from Walmart is a steal at $16, but I’m thinking it might be a bit too metallic for my tastes.

I also really like this one from VivaTerra, though it’s more steeply priced at $65.

Both of these fit with Friday’s decor. However, I’m also drawn to the little number below, which is just so bright and cheery! I’m not sure how it would look next to our tan walls, although on closer examination, it looks like there might be some taupe in the design?

Perhaps I’ll have to order all three and then decide…

Blue and white decor

27 August 2010

It’s easy, it’s breezy, it’s beachy and nautical without being too obvious, it’s casual, it’s elegant. And I love it. Especially that blue velvet couch. And that tumbleweed.

I’m thinking this might be my new decorating direction. But, you know how that goes… we’ll see if this one sticks!

All images c/o Real Simple

Peach and Pearl in Brides!

26 August 2010

Yep, you read that right! I almost can’t believe it myself — I mean, heck, I only have 13 sales on Etsy! But here I am, on the last page of the current issue of Brides Magazine (the September issue):

The article offers 15 unique options for cake toppers, and my cupcake pennants are one of them! My flags are completely customizable, and I’d be delighted to put something together for you. Check them out here!

And a huge thanks to Brides Magazine — I think I’m still in shock!