Mrs. Lee to be – Wedding Shower

Some of our dearest friends are getting married this summer!! I was so touched and moved to tears when my sweet friend Chey asked me to be her Matron of Honor (which we both agree sounds too matronly so we’re sticking with Maid of Honor ;)) What an exciting time! I loooove deciding themes and planning parties and deciding on a colour scheme, decor and food, etc and last weekend we had Chey’s first shower! I thought I’d share the fun details of the party – just for fun, maybe to help spark some ideas for you …and again, to kinda get my name out there if anyone locally would like to hire me for a party or for wedding decor, etc. (Wink – but seriously…)
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The invites were pretty simple as I knew there would be a lot going out. I painted the A and C stamps with a cream paint and used washi tape for a simple touch on the front. I also used the washi tape as simple decor on recycled glass jars – which you’ll see later.
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I chose a few fun fonts and created the invite in Photoshop and then printed them onto a textured teal paper. The theme of the shower was Mrs. Lee to be with travel and vintage touches strung throughout my house.

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A few fun touches greeted the guests as they walked up.

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I wanted to do some sort of guestbook of encouragement. I first thought letters from her friends but the day before the party I spotted this canvas bag at Hobby Lobby and thought we could have a similar feel on a canvas bag that she could use the weekend or perhaps on her honeymoon! I put a purple fabric marker beside the bag and friends wrote encouraging words to her. I will also use it at her Lingerie Shower for guests who were unable to attend the Wedding Shower.

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(Above left: the only photo I got that show the awesome trunks! Right: the final decor)

Chey and Anthony are having a travel themed ceremony and she gave me free reign in helping her decorate for her wedding which is a dream! I spotted these amazing old trunks (with old school maps on them!) at a thrift store. A perk: only $25 for both!

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Beverage station. Simply washi tape on a recycled jar – to holding straws I bought at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $5 (for 144! A great deal, way better than 25 at Hobby Lobby for $4!) I also made chalkboard wine bottles – which Chey requested as decor for her ceremony! It’s super fun that many of the pieces we’re creating will work at her showers as well as her big day! The frame I already had (I had painted blue for our bed room). It has a small wire I attached to the back and mini clothes pins to hold the photo of the lovely couple!

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Above: my favourite pinterest inspired piece EVER.

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The gift area.

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Lots of yummy treats (um, and a lifesaver –  personally, I have found baking on the day of a party is NOT good for my nerves, so I opted out with pastries from a Sprouts Grocery! It was such a sigh of relief – even if a little more costly!)20130525-065918.jpg

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I asked Chey and Anthony a list of the same questions and then wrote down one of their answers with a game of He Said, She Said -with props my mom and I made! Guests held up their guesses and Chey held up lips or a mustache to show who said it! Super fun.

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The funniest game by far was having her guests “help” write her vows – mad lib style! The room broke in to many teams of 2 and worked together (without reading the entire letter) and then they shared the vows at the end. Chey chose which was her favourite. This game had everyone laughing!20130525-065833.jpg

The winners received a chocolate bar of their choice. I chose this particular brand because it looks like a letter which was a fun addition to the theme.

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I didn’t get a very good photo of the whole group, but here is one of everyone writing their mad lib vows.

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The beautiful Mrs. Lee to be and Chaseyboy (who popped in at the tail end of the party.) Chey came dressed adorably and very bride-to-be like. She even unintentionally matched the decor! :)

What a fun time celebrating my dear, sweet friend Chey! She has been there through so much in my family’s life and is always there to help us in any way she can!  It was truly an JOY to finally do something special for her and throw a party celebrating them!

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I know Chey would say that her favourite gift of the weekend was having her momma fly in for her Wedding Shower (shown above)!

Speaking of moms… I couldn’t have thrown this party without the help of my WONDERFUL Madre!! She helped me so much with the cleaning and food prep! Such a blessing.

Thanks for popping by. Can’t wait to share more of my beautiful friend’s big day!!

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And then my sister’s wedding in August!!

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Favourite Finds {3}

Happy Sunday!

Chase is in bed, my feet are up, massage chair on, ahhhhh, so good! I’m really not bragging, you should have seen what I did today ;) You wouldn’t be jealous, I promise. I always try to get thing in order Sunday so I face the new week afresh. Today’s “straightening” took hours! I don’t mind Sundays being like this though because our “sabbath” is Mondays; Ted is off work and school so we indeed have one day to rest. My mom usually comes over and creates with me, which makes it even better :)

Whoa, sidetrack. All that to say, my feet are up and it’s time to post some inspirational finds. Yay (I’m such a nerd). You can read the first two posts here and here to get a feel for what ‘Favourite Finds’ is and to {hopefully} be inspired!

(click on photos to take you to the link)

From my Create Play Learn – with my Little Sunshines board;

Cute idea! I’m going to attempt this with Chase’s dinosaur cookie cutters (and probably burn my finger because they don’t have these nifty handles)! Thanks Justine for pinning this!

Having a boy who LOVES to throw things, this is truly a brilliant learning idea!!

From my For My Little Sunshine’s board;

I want to make something like this for Chase! (in regards to his daddy not me. Even though I LOVE to take photos, I am not a the Photographer!)

this. is. adorable. A great idea for kid’s who share a room or a playroom!

From my Inspiration for a Hopeful Home board;

Isn’t this beautiful?! This would be so peaceful. If we ever are blessed with a porch, I hope to do something as beautiful as this.

From my Daydream – my wishlist board;

Oh wow. For Ted. Love the details!

And this two pretty much screams Jami! I would just love this. hint hint. ;)

This one too. I mean, teal, pink and a polaroid! LOVE.

Lace back workout top. one of the cutest workout tops I’ve seen! (from Gap)

From my Photography I Love board;

So cute and slightly nerdy. I like. (Thanks CayeDee for finding this!)

I’ll always think of her.

Beautifully captured.

From my Oh So Lovely Tattoos board;

So so so beautiful. From the e.e. cummings poem “I carry your heart with me” THIS is an idea I had for the place “above my heart”, but I have a few different ideas as well. But SEEING it actually tattooed… love it even more!

Ready to have your breath taken away?

I teared up when I saw. Incredible. Makes me think of my Eisley-girl in her Saviours hands. WHEW.

From my Quotes and Saying I Heart board;

be still. i love this verse so. very. much.

thank you, Jesus.

From My Dream Creative Space board;

art brush vase. beautiful! for my craft room or even the living room!

From my Sew Cute board;

Simple dress tutorial. Would love to make one for this summer!

From my The Sunshine’s Room board;

Well, if that’s the case… Chase sure loves me a WHOLE bunch ;)

I love this idea of fabric cloud decals on the wall for our Kid’s room.  I know it’s called “The Sunshine’s room” but this really fits what I pictured!

From My Someday Soon DIYs board;

For those who know me, they know just how fitting this is. hehe. I LOVE my creamer and definitely making something (maybe this!) with this saying, for our kitchen!

How simple and incredible?! I want to do this with a few photos and I told my two sisters, this would be an incredible idea for a part of centerpieces as a wedding!

And, perhaps my favourite find of the week;

A stunning idea to display Eisley’s precious things. I showed Ted and we’d love to do something like this.

Well, those are just a few of my favourite finds for this week. If you’re inspired here, you’ll probably like the rest I’ve posted! Also, if you’d like a Pinterest account, please let me know and I’ll send you an invite!

AND FINALLY…the Freezer paper stencil DIY I’ve been promising… coming tomorrow or Tuesday! This is a DIY you’ll definitely love!

Favourite Finds {2}

Pinterest. If ya haven’t already heard of this amazing site, you should definitely go check it out.

Basically pinterest is a collaboration of creativity and inspiration from all over the web but pinned in one place. It’s an amazing way to have all of your inspirations in one place. I get a little carried away because it’s so inspirational, you just keep pinning others finds without pinning things that I’ve found and want to save for future reference.

Well, I thought I would post a blog post on Sunday afternoons called ‘Favourite Finds’ with some good finds from that week or previous weeks that I’d love to share, but totally couldn’t get one out last night. So here we are :)

Below are 1-3 favourite finds I found the past few weeks from a few of my boards. Click on the image to direct you to the source. Side note: on pinterest you can organize your “pins” into inspiration “boards”.

Two “pins” from my Someday Soon DIYs board:

I absolutely love this idea. I would like to do something a little different but with the same idea. SO cute!

Super simple and cute idea. Framed pincushion.

Two from my Create Play Learn – with my Littles board:

This is a brilliant idea for whenever someone is “bored”. I know a lot of momma’s who’d appreciate me posting this one :)



I am making something like this as soon as possible. His art is always piled in odd places. This would be handy and Ted would get to see it right away too!

Two from my Jami Stylee boards:

I want one in each colour. These look so comfy!

Pretty vintage dress for date nights or just because.

Two from my Inspiration for a Hopeful Home board:

Okay, so first, I know you’re probably sick of teal or  teal and coral pink “talk” on here! I changed my blog back in April to these colours and they always remind me of Eisley-girl so I think I’ll always crush on teal and pink… annnd so you might here about it more than you’d like. ;)

This is such a pretty, pretty teal. This is the colour I picuture in our living room.

This is almost exactly how I pictured doing a room for Eisley. A little more coral pink than pinky-pink and no grey(although I do love how it looks, it just wasn’t apart of what I pictured). It kind of breaks me heart but I hope someday when we have another little girl and share with her the inspiration behind the colours, her sister. Someday. Whew.

Love this idea of a dream jar. This sparked two ideas in me; one representing healing for Ted and I.

One finds from My Oh So Lovely Tattoos board:

I just love this. “Anchor of hope” couple tattoo. I love the concept. Ted and I are getting a tattoo together for our 5th wedding anniversary (’12) and this placement I like. I like this tattoo but we won’t be getting this.

Two finds from my Inspirational Ideas for Our Bedroom board:

I had this idea to do a wall of unqiue and beautiful poses representing marriage, strength, bond, love, us, etc. We decided we’d both search for photos we’d love to have a friend take of us and frame them on one wall in our room. I saw this and found it to be so powerful, especially for where we are at right now.

I also want to incorpate sayings, quotes, verses etc that are powerful and also represent what I said above. I would love to use these words and put them on canvas or frame them!

Two from my ‘Hair Inspirations’ board:

Stunning.

To say I miss my super tangled mess of ringlet curls is a {huge} understatement. 3 months pregnant with Chase I began to lose my curls (Chase stole them! When his hair gets wet, it curls.) Now I have only a slight wave. I had two other friends who lost all of their curl while pregnant, one got all her curls and more back! I am hopeful. It makes me regret the years of straightening them now I would give anything to have them back!

Colour, length, hairstyle. Whoa.

Two from my The Sunshine Room board:

Incredible use of embroidery hoops. Would love to do this in the kid’s room.

Cute.

Two from For My Little Sunshine’s board:

This Ah.ma.zing little reading nook.

Old nightstand transformed into a little kitchenette! How amazing is this?!

Two from my Home Furniture Projects board:

Old frame transformed into an beautiful headboard.

Vintage suitcase made into this amazing nightstand/end table. Hope to do something like this!

Okay, so that’s all for now. I wish I could post more here tonight but instead, hop on over to my boards at pinterest.com/colourherhope if you found this blog inspiring! There are so many brilliant ideas.

In fact, I’ve found there to be SO many amazing ideas but you can get carried away “pinning” other people’s ideas that aren’t 100% you. I do. I end up deleting some that I thought were amazing but later realized, even through they were a great idea, they just weren’t really me or something I would really do someday.

Anyhow…if you’d like an invite, let me know!  One way to know if pinterest is something you’d use… if you already have folders on your laptop or bookmarked or “stickied” a bunch of sites/ideas and inspirations. You. will. love. this. site.