Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wedding Favor Tags

Last fall when we were planning our wedding, we struggled to find a wedding favor that made sense. We didn't want to give our guests something they would just throw away. A few ideas we tossed around were seed packets, koozies and something edible.

So my mom volunteered to make (A LOT) of her homemade fudge. (Basically she was baking for the 5 days leading up to the wedding - THANK YOU MOM!!)

Another big thank you goes out to my aunt who helped package all the fudge in gift bags.

We used pink cellophane bags, I found on Amazon, tied with ribbon and included a tag I created.

I created the tag design on my computer based off of some ideas I found on Pinterest. I used the phrase Love is Sweet and included the message 'Thank you for making our day complete'. And added our names and the wedding date.

I found the tag shape in Design Space, and cut the tags from left over pink paper I used for our invitations. Then I printed the message on white cardstock and glued it to the pink tag.

We displayed the favors in metal trays on a table near the door. I also created a sign to go along side the favors, using the same Love is Sweet design and some of our engagement photos. After the wedding, we gave the frame to my mother in law as a wedding memento.

I think the fudge was a hit! We noticed many guests eating their treats at the wedding!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Old Window Transformation

When we purchased our fixer upper 7 years ago, we replaced all the old wooden windows with new vinyl single-hung windows. Most of the old windows had broken glass, but kept one that was still in good condition for a craft project.

I had originally painted the window blue and then it sat in the garage for years. When I finally got around to looking at it, I hated the blue. I decided this would be a good project to try chalk paint on, so I purchased some porcelain white chalk paint from Michaels.

I had never used chalk paint before, but I love the matte finish it creates. I had to re-sand the window to help remove the blue paint, and then I painted 3 coats of the white chalk paint. After letting the last coat dry for 24 hours, I sealed the chalk paint with clear wax. You simply brush on the wax, wait a few minutes then buff off with a cotton rag, it couldn't be easier.

I searched on Pinterest for old window projects and found one that someone added a shelf to. I loved the idea of more space to display decor, so we cut a shelf  and some brackets and I painted those white.

Since the glass was so old (probably over 50 years), it wasn't clear and that bothered me, so I decided to paint the glass with chalkboard paint.

I painted 3 coats of chalkboard paint, and sanded before the final coat and this resulted in a smooth surface. Make sure to prime the chalkboard with chalk before using.

To dress up the window we cut 4 mullions to create the look of a 6 panel window. I used hot glue to adhere them to the window.

I am in LOVE with the final result. I added some vintage estate sale finds, cotton garland and my Nora Fleming Bud Vase, and viola!