Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chalkboard Birthday Party, Bridal Shower, Bachelor or Bachelorette Party Invitations

You see chalkboards everywhere these days - they are one of the hottest trends for weddings, birthdays, and showers. My husband recently turned thirty, and I decided to throw him a surprise birthday party at his favorite bar downtown. I wanted to create a beer-themed invitation that was masculine enough for him. He brews his own beer and loves to try new craft brews, so I decided an invitation with some beer glasses would be perfect. I decided to go with the chalkboard theme since it is gender-neutral, and I'd been wanting to make some chalkboard invitations for awhile.

Here is what I came up with for his beer invitation:

birthday party for him any age for pub bar beer brewing brewer enthusiast with hops beer glasses

I love how the leaves look like hops. Although this was for his birthday, this invitation would be great for a bachelor party as well. It's great for an event for the man in your life, who enjoys beer, brewing, pubs, bars, etc. It would be great as a 21st birthday invitation as well!

Since I had the male invitation, I decided to do a female version with some wine glasses and cosmopolitans. These would be great for a bridal shower, birthday party, or bachelorette party. I could even create one with all wine glasses if you're having an event at a vineyard.

birthday party for her any age for wine enthusiast champagne cosmopolitan alcohol vineyard bridal wedding shower bachelorette party

You can find of these invitations in my Etsy shop, here.

Looking for some other chalkboard-inspiration. Here are a few of my favorites:

A first birthday milestones print from Printable Wisdom.

First Birthday Chalkboard Milestone print poster wall art party decoration decor photo prop first birthday printable download digital

A mini wooden cupcake stand from ThePaperedNest.

Mini Wooden Cupcake Stands - Chalkboard

Pink ribbon decorations for mason jars, from treasureagain.

6 Pink Ribbon Chalkboard Mason Jar Centerpiece Decorations for Weddings, Birthday Parties, or Events, Upcycled Ribbons

Birthday party favor pill boxes (genius!) from greenbugmartketplace.

birthday goodie pillow boxes, party favors, boy, children, happy birthday party table decor, writable black chalkboard giftbox - set of 4

A chalkboard banner so you can customize the text and use it over and over again, from thebluecrocodile.

Chalkboard Banner, wedding/nursery/first birthday/decoration

Mini chalkboard signs from SweetCarnival.

Set of 3 Mini WHITE Chalkboard Signs - Vintage Shabby Birthday Party Baby Bridal Shower Wedding - Sweet Carnival Supplies

Although some of these items appear like they are designed for kids, such as the milestones print, they could easily be customized for a 30th birthday party or a bridal shower. How cute would it be to use the milestones print for facts about the happy couple and how they met, for a bridal shower? And the pillboxes could easily be used for favors for a shower, or even a bachelorette party. I had to do a treasure hunt for items at my bachelorette party. The bridesmaids had a list and I had to ask random strangers for items. The pillboxes could be used to hold a short list that each bridesmaid has come up with, or for storing the items the bachelorette has successfully obtained. The possibilities are endless. 

Hope these have brought a little inspiration for your next party or event. As always, if you'd like a customized design or have something in mind (like a chalkboard postcard or wedding invitation) just let me know and I'm happy to set something up for you.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Rustic & Vintage - Pink and Brown Mason Jar Wedding Invitation Suite

My teal blue mason jars have been so popular that I thought I'd create another wedding invitation suite. What better color scheme than a rustic-inspired beige linen, brown, pink and blush?

These invitations, thank you cards, and RSVP postcard would be perfect for your rustic, outdoor wedding. They feature mason jars in brown, pink, rose, and blush, hanging from twinkling lights, along with bunting flags across the top.

The invitations can be used for weddings, rehearsal dinners, engagements parties, bridal or baby showers, garden parties, anniversary parties, or birthday parties.

I offer a package with the invitation, RSVP postcard and folded thank you card, which you can find here.

vintage hanging mason jar wedding invitation suite with RSVP and thank you card

vintage hanging mason jar wedding invitation with bunting and twinkling lights

rustic linen RSVP wedding postcard with pink and brown mason jars

brown chevron vintage hanging mason jars with twinkling lights and bunting

Also available is an invitation for a couple's engagement, shower, rehearsal dinner, etc, which you can find here.

rustic linen engagement party invitation with mason jars in brown blush pink rose

There is also a flat notecard thank you as well, which is available here.

rustic barn wedding thank you card with mason jars twinkling lights and bunting banner

If you're planning a vintage-inspired wedding featuring mason jars in brown, pink and blush, then these are the wedding invitations for you. Here are some other lovely wedding musts in case you need some inspiration. 

I absolutely love this beaded headband from BeSomethingNew. Not really my personal style, but I love how her hair is styled with it.

beaded flower wedding headband head piece statement garden fairy

This is a beautiful handmade wedding bouquet from CuriousFloralCrafts.

handmade wedding bouquet blush pink peach

These mason jar centerpieces would be perfect for the center of your tables. You can find them here, from BloomShoppe. You could also make something similar yourself by spray painting the inside of a Ball jar.

pink coral mason jar centerpiece table numbers for wedding party

If I could do my wedding over again, I would use this gorgeous wooden guest book from wood lack. {Notice the font even matches the one used in my mason jar wedding invitation suite}

wooden script names wedding guest book rustic barn

Looking for a unique cake topper? NDetailDesign has a beautiful beaded monogram topper in blush pink, which you can find here.

blush pink beaded monogram wedding cake topper pearls

These lovely wooden placecards from companyfortytwo have a gorgeous dahlia-like flower, and would be perfect placed in the middle of your plates.

Blush Wooden Flower Place Cards, Rustic Wedding Place Cards, Escort Cards, Pink Wedding

Looking for matching bridesmaids gifts to fit the rustic, rose pink color-scheme? How about these gorgeous earrings from FiveLittleGems, with blush pearls? They have a lovely vintage feel.

Blush Pearl Earrings Vintage Style Bridesmaid Jewelry Pearl Dangles Simple Bridesmaid Earrings Rustic Wedding Blush Bridesmaid Sets Bronwyn

Also for your bridesmaids are these amazing wooden hangers which are personalized with their names, your wedding date, and their role in the wedding party. These custom hangers can be found here, from delovelydetails. I wish I had known about this for my wedding five years ago. Unfortunately I hadn't yet discovered Etsy. Hopefully if you haven't explored the wonderful world of Etsy, this will encourage you to do so. 

Personalized Wedding Dress Hangers with Wedding Party Title Arm Inscription - Engraved Wood

Want a unique way to ask your favorite women to be your bridesmaids in the first place? I love these kraft calligraphy cards, with "please be my bridesmaid?". You can find them from GreySnailPress.

Bridesmaid Card Calligraphy Kraft

What about the youngest female in your wedding party? This lovely vintage-inspired lace flower girl dress from PoshPeanutKids is adorable and affordable!

Flower Girl Dress - Lace Flower girl dress - Baby Lace Dress - Rustic - Country Flower Girl - Lace Dress - Ivory Lace dress - Bridesmaid

For the men in the wedding party? While I'm not sure how thrilled they'll be to wear something so dainty, I love these blush gardenia boutonnieres. They add the perfect touch to the vintage, rustic feel. You can find them here, from CuriousFloralCrafts.

Blush Gardenia Boutonniere- Made to Order Groom, Groomsmen, Sola Flower, Wedding, Wedding Flowers, Shabby Chic Wedding, Rustic Wedding

Lastly, what wedding would be complete without a favor for the guests to take home, so they can remember your special day for years to come? These lovely floral wine stoppers in a blush pink can be found here, from KarasVineyardWedding.

Weddings, Favors, Wine Bottle Stoppers in Blush Pink, Bridesmaids Gifts, Set of 10 Includes Organza Gift Bags, Custom Colors

If you're planning a rustic, blush pink wedding, hopefully this gave you some great ideas for things you can purchase or try to make yourself for your big day. If you're not, the hopefully this inspired you to explore Etsy to see what more it has to offer. Trust me, once you start looking, you won't be able to stop.

My invitation suite with mason jars and twinkling lights can be found here in my Etsy shop. Don't see what you're looking for? Send me a message and I'll see if I can set up a custom order for you with your wedding colors.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Vintage Baby Crib Repurposed as a Toy Chest

I love vintage decor, especially wood and rusty metal. My husband thinks I have a bit too much of this in our home, but he doesn't get much of a say in the matter. :)  My aesthetic is vintage industrial.

My mom found a lovely vintage wooden crib for me, which I absolutely loved. It has gorgeous lines. Unfortunately the "mattress" was very old, and the paint was chipping showing several colors underneath. As a first-time mom, I'm not completely crazy about things being just right, but in this case I wasn't comfortable actually putting my infant in this to sleep. While it's sturdy, it needed a new mattress and some paint (the paint could have had lead in it for all I know).

With our small, older house, we don't have much room for storage. Since I don't have room for a massive toy chest or other form of organization, I decided to use the crib as a place to store toys. After removing the old mattress, the crib had wooden slats across the bottom.

vintage teal blue wooden crib

I sanded and painted every inch of the crib. I used some leftover paint we used to paint our bathroom. My sister would probably tell me that that is not the right paint to use on furniture, but it did the job and it didn't cost me anything. I then added a coat of polyurethane to give it a little shine.

I had my husband cut a piece of plywood to fit the bottom. Originally I was going to paint the plywood grey to match the rest of the crib, but then I started thinking about my daughter Adelaide reaching in to grab toys when she's bigger, and I didn't want her scratching herself somehow. So I purchased some thick foam to put on top, similar to bench cushion. I had some leftover grey chevron fabric I used for our living room curtains, so I decided to use that to cover the foam and plywood base. I used a staple gun and simply wrapped the fabric around and stapled to the back of the plywood.

The plywood "cushion" now sits firmly in the base of the crib and is soft to the touch for our little one.

painted vintage grey wooden crib with chevron cushion

My husband has lots of electronics in our living room and the cords drive me insane! As someone who loves to decorate her home, I hate seeing cords cluttering everything up. The crib fits conveniently in the corner of our living room now, just above all of the cords, the modem, sub-woofer, etc. So now we have a toy crib, and it hides the eye-soar in the corner.

repurposed furniture crib to a toy chest

vintage industrial living room with baby crib toy storage

grey vintage crib turned into a toy chest with chevron fabric cushion

Remember that you can always repurpose vintage furniture, even if you use it in another way that was not originally intended. Hope this inspires you to start your next project that you've been meaning to start!