Jon and I had a great time in Kansas City this past weekend! I'll post more on that tomorrow, but today I want to share the gift I made to celebrate our anniversary.
As you may have gathered from my post last week, I've been really inspired by artwork coming from the pages of books. And since I always say that this past year is just one of the chapters in our life together, it seemed fitting to create something symbolizing that.
So with that idea in mind (and the tradition of a paper gift for the 1-year anniversary), I decided to make some book page art. And not just any book page, but one that was personal and reflected our life together. I decided to take a portion of our wedding ceremony and vows and type them up to look just like a page in a novel. I used 24, the day we got married, as the page number and titled the book The Vows.
I wanted the page to look as authentic as possible. So after formatting the page, I went to find a real book page to print it on. Lucky for me, one my thrift store books had several blank pages in it. I tore one out and used it as my paper.
Here's what my design looked like after it was printed on the book page.
I love the authentic look of the yellowed page.
Next, it was time to frame it.
And here's the finished project!
I think this is a really personal gift that can be created for all types of occasions, not just weddings or anniversaries. It is a simple way to create artwork with true meaning. And the best part is, you don't have to be an terrific artist to make it!
It makes me smile to know that our vows will now be displayed on a wall instead of tucked away in a scrapbook. It will be a constant reminder of the promises we made to each other and the day we said "I do."
Last month I helped throw my best friend (we met in 9th grade speech class :)) Lauren's baby shower for her soon-to-arrive baby boy, Gunner. The shower had a "Southern gentleman" theme complete with bow ties, silhouettes and gingham print. Personal touches and family items were used throughout, including baby Gunner's dad's bow ties :) Gunner's daddy's "going home" outfit greeted guests at the sign in table, along with a framed "Southern gentleman in the making" print. A variety of centerpieces graced the tables with groupings of baby mementos, flowers and photos. An antique baby basket helped house the gifts. The drink menu consisted of milk, apple juice (one of Lauren's cravings), fruit-infused water and coffee. The menu was made of a variety of brunch goodies including fruit, doughnuts, muffins, shrimp and grits, breakfast casserole and a waffle bar. And of course no shower is comp
Jon and I are leaving to spend a long weekend in San Antonio with his parents and his brother (who will be town from Arizona). But before we go, I wanted to leave you with some pictures from the Officer Spouses Club Table Decorating Contest that was held last night. I called Jon on my way home from base, and he immediately asked "How was the contest?" to which I responded "Victorious." The 32nd FTS, our squadron, took first place! The theme was Silver Screen so we decided to focus on famous quotes from each movie genre. Each place setting featured a different movie. We had a "drive-in" for our center piece where clips of the famous quotes were shown. Welcome to the Jayhawk Drive-In! Wizard of Oz place setting. The glass had a button you could turn on to make the water swirl and look like a tornado inside. Also notice the witch's feet sticking out from under the plate :) A close-up of the yellow brick road I painted. Silence of the Lambs pl
Fall is in the air and that means that many empty branches will soon be too! Might as well put them to work in jazzing up your decor. You know what they say...when life gives you branches, make things out of them! Okay, maybe that's not how it goes, but it's what I'm going to do. If you'd like to join me, read the DIY projects below. Branch Coffee Table If you're in the market for a contemporary coffee table, but don't want to dish out hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars, this is the solution for you. It's a relatively easy DIY project with room changing results. What you need: 1. A thick branch (or branches depending on the look and size you want). Maybe you can help a neighbor cut down a tree. Then it'll be a win win. They get the help they need, and you get a new coffee table. 2. A piece of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) wood for the base of the table. Cut to the appropriate size for your limbs-making sure the limbs don't stic