All posts tagged: tablescape

cinnamon.

Cinnamon crafts for the holi-yays! I was inspired to create himmeli with cinnamon sticks for Christmas so I ordered a bunch from San Francisco Herb company. They turned out pretty good and smell great! They require cinnamon sticks that are tubes and not all of the sticks were tubes, so I had lots of extra sticks. What to do? More crafts, of course! Himmeli plus additional ideas below. Himmeli. I usually make himmeli with paper straws; cinnamon sticks are much more festive for the Christmas season. You will need: 12 cinnamon sticks (that are tubes) Nylon cord or similar non-stretchy cord (the length of 15 sticks, plus an additional 1 foot) Craft needles Fabric scissors Bells or other decor (optional) String on 3 cinnamon sticks, leaving a short tail on one end (at least 3 inches). Tie a knot to form a triangle. Add 2 more sticks to form a second triangle; tie a knot. Continue to add two sticks at a time until you have 1 stick left; string on last stick. Bring the …

craft lady reporting for duty.

A friend of a friend got married and I was craft summoned! I helped with day-of decor set up. It felt like a craft challenge. It was pretty exciting. The reception was held at Hillside Community Church in El Cerrito just a mile from my home. When I arrived the bride had a whole squad of decor helpers setting up all of the guest tables. The decor themes included elephants and travel so they had postcards and elephant figurines on display. My mission: pie bar set up and assorted sign making! I brought some of my craft lady display boxes and decor, and was given doilies, fabrics, and chalkboards to play with. My friend Laura was on map duty, as well as signs, making sure everything was pretty, and then tending bar at the wedding – she did it all! Before/During:  Display hack: tape boxes together for varied height! Font inspo: the wedding invites! After:  Pie bar close ups! I’m really into these crocheted doilies and golden elephants! And I couldn’t help but take so …

find your center(piece).

As part of golden anniversary decor, my parents requested that I incorporate their party favors into the centerpiece arrangements. Challenge accepted! My parents have an awesome garden. Not only is it filled with a bounty of fruits and vegetables, they’ve got a pretty great succulent collection as well. They decided they wanted to give succulent planters away as their party favors. My Dad made a mix of soil, perlite, and rocks, and they planted a succulent snipping for each of their guests. They cared for the baby succulents for two months prior to the party so the plants could grow into their new pots. I ordered business cards from Moo and used them as favor tags. Like our desert plant love pun? “I will never desert you.” (Yea, you like it.) The tags shimmered with gold foil, as did the twine. There were eight tables to be decorated. My sister, niece, and I brainstormed for weeks and we finally decided on using round mirrors to bring all the centerpiece elements together. We stacked smaller mirrors and …

liquid gold.

A table number how-to! I used these for my parent’s golden anniversary celebration. Now I want to put liquid gold on everything! 1. Cut paper to size. I used watercolor paper because I like the weight and texture, and cut sheets into 3in by 4in pieces using a paper trimmer. 2. Paint on liquid gold. In a well-ventilated area (seriously, this stuff smells like spray paint), brush on liquid gold to your hearts desire. It’s best to keep the liquid gold away from area you want to write on — the pen ink will fade into the gold a bit. Allow to dry for a few minutes and paint the other side. The paint dries quickly, but I would let these air out overnight or longer. 3. Write table numbers. Black permanent marker works nicely, but be careful not to apply too many layers because it may bleed through. Smooth out the edges of your numbers with a thin black marker. 4. Display. For my parent’s party, I used escort card holders as table number …

my florist friends. 

My Crafty Lady Crew is the best and with their powers combined they created beautiful things for our wedding, including all of the reception floral decor. Dreamy… Before the wedding I met with our lead florist – our friend Kristin. (She also sets up the best magazine-worthy meal spreads.) When we were looking at flowers, we discovered we had the same taste, or should I say smell, for flowers. We both like the flowers that either smell like nothing or are on the sweeter side. Anything too fragrant, like roses, and lilies (especially lilies!) smell like death to us. Long story short, I knew I would be happy with Kristin’s floral selection because they wouldn’t smell like anything! Visually, I wanted whites, greens, and soft pinks in our centerpieces. Kristin shopped around for some stems at local farmers markets, but she also gathered some lovelies from her garden! We used Ball mason jars plus old mini yogurt glassware with offwhite ribbon and handmade-by-Kristin ceramic hearts on cord. And just look at how these beauties turned out. They completed my tablescape dreams. …

say my name.

You may have spotted another heat embossing craft in my last wedding post but in case you missed it here it is in all its glory: our wedding place setting name cards! I found the stamp during our Seattle trip. I didn’t know what I was going to use it for when I purchased it, but I knew I would think of a way to incorporate it into our wedding crafts. It worked out perfectly for our name cards. To match our wedding invitations I mixed gold and copper embossing powder and stamped on the same blush paper. I used my handy brush pen to write our guests’ names. I am particularly fond of how these two cards came out: Easy peasy and fancy shmancy at the same time! All together now! And in the wilds! A snap of our name card on our wedding tablescape. Photo by Ngoc M. Nguyen I’m pretty sure I need to make more of these soon. Can someone please throw a sit down meal party so I can volunteer my name card …

chalkboard.

I love simple Thanksgivings at home with the family. We still cook tons of food, plan tablescapes and decor, and host family friendly activities, but it’s totally simple! 😉 This year I’m making chalkboard name plates, mostly because I saw these wood slices in the craft store and exclaimed “I must have them!” These are easy to make and you only need a few materials and patience (for drying). Gather wood slices, chalkboard paint, a foam brush, and chalk. Apply the chalkboard paint as directed on the bottle. Allow to dry. If you want your chalkboards to last / be reusable, make sure you condition your mini chalkboards by rubbing on chalk, then wiping it off with a cloth or paper towel. Otherwise, I find that you can just write directly on them. Pro tip: sand your wood chips for a smoother finish and writing surface. For writing, try regular chalk for a rough look or chalk marker for a more crisp look. Get fancier and paint the perimeter with autumn colors or add sparkle, add …