My Sister Got Married!

Hello, World.

My sister got married on October 24th! It was, quite simply, the most magical day. The weather was perfect, which was great since we were worried it would rain. All the small details came together perfectly on the wedding day, and we all have so much fun! I wanted to share photos because it was seriously the most beautiful, enchanted wedding. Our florist did an incredible job with all kinds of insane, gorgeous projects. My sister’s “theme” was Alice in Wonderland meets bohemian, or basically a bunch of clocks and teacups and whimsical elements.
IMG_1906IMG_1829IMG_1832IMG_1881IMG_1859This dream catcher was made by hand by our florist. Isn’t is absolutely stunning? I was so blown away, and it looked amazing under the alter, which is made in part from last year’s Christmas trees.
IMG_1835Rather than a guest book, my sister and brother-in-law had people type notes on this antique typewriter! SO COOL. I may have to borrow that idea for my wedding. IMG_1875IMG_1879IMG_1852

Can you get anymore Alice in Wonderland?!IMG_1905IMG_1878The table for the wedding part felt like something straight out of Game of Thrones, but in the best way. The rest of the wedding party sat in gold chairs that were used for the ceremony (don’t worry, we didn’t kneel).  IMG_1876IMG_1827 IMG_1830 IMG_1831 IMG_1855 IMG_1856Sorry to bombard with so many table pictures, but each centerpiece was unique, and they were ALL so incredible and intricate. Also, all dishes and silverware and glassware was rented from an bridal shop that specializes in antique pieces. All pieces were mismatched, but also really old and pretty. IMG_1842 IMG_1840My sisters bouquet! The gold thing in the photo is a pocket watch, which was set and then stopped to the time that my sister got married. That way she can keep it forever (her something old).  IMG_1862I had a flower crown, and was totally obsessed with it. I’m currently drying it so I can keep it!  IMG_1866

This is one of the three flower girls, who also had an awesome flower crown! IMG_1902IMG_1903The photo booth station! It was so cool. Our florist, Lisa, spent so much time adding small details to it. The clock display was even cooler in person. IMG_1908 IMG_1900“The thing about sisters is that we have this unwavering love and acceptance for each other.” – from my Maid of Honor speech  IMG_1907Rossy made an appearance! My best friend since freshman year of high school. We’re so different, but we’ve always stuck by each others side no matter what. We danced for like seven hours. Too much fun.  IMG_1869Me just creepin’ while the photography took photos of Brie in her wedding gown.  IMG_1904All the flower arrangements the morning after. The wedding was so beautiful, and the family had such a great time. I’m so excited to see the life that Greg and Brie create together. As I said in my speech, “as Emily Bronte said, ‘whatever [their] souls are made of [his] and [hers] are the same.'”

Truly,

Callie leigh

DIY: Family Photo Wall

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I just got home from spending the weekend at my family’s cabin. It was such a relaxing time. My sister and her fiance came up for the weekend with their jet ski, and we spent all of yesterday at the beach. Something I wanted to share today, however, is my favorite wall in our cabin: the family photo wall. This wall is above one of our couches in the living room, and is a focal point, as well as a good memory wall. I just love it, and the family chose which pictures to use, then put them up together.
Family Photo Wall DIY bottledcreativity.wordpress.com
Family Photo Wall DIY bottledcreativity.wordpress.comFamily Photo Wall DIY bottledcreativity.wordpress.com
This wall was fairly simple to make. To begin, find all photos that you may want to use, and decide if you’re going to leave them in color, or need to convert them to black and white. We had a lot of disposable camera photos in the mix, so I scanned them onto my computer, and then converted them to black and white. There may be a simpler way to do this conversion, but this is the method we used.

Supplies:
Family Photos (enough to fill the wall)
Frames (of different colors, textures, and sizes)
Quote board or other center item
Nails (the smaller, the better: less holes in the walls)
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How-To:
Begin by framing all photos. Once all photos are in frames, begin doing a rough layout of the frames either by laying them on the ground, or by using construction paper cut to each frame size, and taping the construction paper to the wall where the frame will go. Once this is finished, begin putting nails where the frames should go. Rather than haphazardly placing nails in the wall, I suggest measuring out and marking where each nail needs to go, or using the construction paper method. Once all nails are in the wall, begin placing frames. If you used the paper method, once the frame covers the paper, remove the paper. Once all frames are hung, you have your family wall!

Do you have a favorite family project from your house?

Truly,
Callie leigh

DIY: Adventures to go on Journal

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Today I would like to talk about projects and crafting. I’ve been fairly bored this summer, which is unfortunate. So, as an attempt to make myself not so bored, I’ve decided to start working on projects. I’ve been reading regularly, but sometimes reading just doesn’t sound like most active pastimes. One of the projects I’m currently working on is an “adventures to go on” journal to give my friend when I see him in August. I got the idea from a Pinterest pin that was a simple journal page that said, “Adventures to go on” and had a list of various activities. I decided it would be awesome if I could make my own list, and then bring those activities to life by making a journal page dedicated to each activity and make a little collage and then write something about the activity.  I’m actually really enjoying making the journal, and I’ve found so many cute pictures and ideas on Pinterest. It’s also been fun because I’ve been going through magazines and cutting some pictures out! I forgot how much fun making collages could be. So, if you want to make an “Adventures to go on book,” here’s what you’ll need:

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1)   A journal, lined or unlined depending on preference.

2)   Magazines (I’ve been using pottery barn, Us weekly, and other home or outdoorsy magazines)

3)   Glue

4)   Scissors

5)   Paper of varying colors

6)   Gel pen, sharpie, whatever suits your writing needs

Here’s a sample page! I chose to show a “bonfire on the beach” adventure because this is something I’ve always wanted to do, and the idea of it is just so romantic.

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This is a fairly inexpensive project, and you can make it for either yourself or someone close to you (i.e., a best friend, a boyfriend, a finance, a spouse). I got my journal for under $10 at Barnes and Noble, but it serves the purpose I need it to, and it looks really clean and nice. Also, you can get colored paper in bulk at a lot of craft stores, and I’m sure everyone has a few magazines lying around. If not, you can always get pictures from Pinterest or online and print them out, and there is nothing wrong with black and write photos if you don’t have a colored printer! Color can be added by paper in the backgrounds or by using a colored pen. I hope you enjoy this project if you attempt it, and have a lovely rest of your Saturday!

Truly,

Callie Leigh