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Simple & Rustic Wood Block Candelabra DIY

Today I am excited to share my own take on the classic candelabra in this DIY project that I created specially for Houzz. I transformed a basic wood block from Home Depot into a rich and rustic base that is a display for thin taper candles. I wanted the materiality to be the prominent feature and have the simple, clean lines of the design take a back seat to the striking wood grain which I enhanced with a walnut stain. I love minimalist designs and wanted this candelabra to reflect that. But there is such a beauty in warm hues and I thought the rustic wood adds that aesthetic to this project quite perfectly.

It was such a journey trying to find these long, thin tapers. Online is an easy resource but I was trying to source them locally. I ran around to a handful of different shops but I kept coming up short. Finally I had success at a party supply store called Party City. The candles were actually longer even and I had to chop them down. They were worth the frenzied search though. They look great paired with this walnut-stained block.

See how to make this project on Houzz:

This Modern DIY Candelabra Is the Envy of the Block

I plan to share some family dinners gathered around this candelabra eating out on our deck. A meal by candlelight under a starry sky sounds like a great way to spend summer evenings, don't you think? What are some of the DIYs you have planned for the summer? 


Behind the Scenes Wedding Details

Today I'm sharing some more behind the scenes shots of the details I'm putting together for an upcoming May wedding. I already posted these pictures of the pennant flags and place cards and a few months ago I even shared the custom burlap banner I made for the bridal shower. So you have come along on this journey a bit with me, seeing all the handmade details as they develop. This morning I took some pictures of the programs and menus. The menus are done (big thanks to my Mom for tying most of those bows) and the programs are just about finished. Just a few more days of work.

Here are the printed programs, ready to go into the burlap covers.

This is a small stack of bound programs. They are all hand-bound with pink embroidery floss. All they need now are the muslin labels.

When they are all finished, the programs will have these muslin labels attached to the front. The labels have the couple's names and wedding date stamped onto them. I think these will be such a nice keepsake for the guests. And to the right is my Trader Joe's bag stuffed with completed programs. There is probably 75-80 in there.

And the big box of menus. We had to make 200 of these!

Everything looks great in my home but it will look even better at the wedding mixed in with all the rest of the decor. I cannot wait to see the professional photos from this event.

What are you busy working on this week?  


Ruffled Wedding Feature: Devon & Kevin

Happy Friday friends! And today is such a lovely Friday too. I have something so incredibly exciting to share, something that happened awhile ago but now has the chance to be revealed. Last year I was contacted by a fabulous bride named Devon who was looking for some crafty help for her wedding. She had a lot of fantastic ideas and just needed help with the execution of creative details. It was such a joy working with her and her husband Kevin on their rustic and vintage-inspired, ranch wedding. I designed custom decor elements for their big day and also was there the day of to style decor and all her amazing vintage props (she seriously had a mini antique store going on in her home). I showed you some sneak peeks before but now I can finally share pictures from the main event.

Today the stunning images from their wedding were featured on Ruffled and I had so much fun reliving this celebration. It was a beautiful day filled with all kinds of fun. Devon did a fantastic job with all the little details and she created such a spectacle for her guests. And the talented photographers of Stone Crandall Photography captured the day flawlessly. 

The Camarillo Ranch venue was the perfect compliment and backdrop to Devon and Kevin's day. The ceremony was simple. It was about this couple, their love, and their family so the ceremony site wasn't clogged up with superfluous props or decor. Other than the chairs and balloons just a few mason jars with pom flowers were added. The grand trees on the site were also a nice backdrop.

The reception was held inside the old barn and in there we had all kinds of fun with decor and vintage pieces. As I said, Devon scored some great antiques so each and every table was adorned with wooden soda crates, apothecary jars and bottles, and rustic picture frames. I designed the table numbers which had embroidered details, wooden spools, and old buttons. They turned out really cute especially since each one was a bit different. 

This dessert table had all kinds of goodies. Instead of a cake, Devon opted for red velvet and lemon cupcakes (they were so yummy, I have dreams about them still). We displayed them on wooden crates and I periodically refilled the table throughout the event. We wanted things at different heights and in all different jars and containers to give it that sweet's shop vibe. As a take-home treat, guests could fill kraft bags with old fashioned candies. The various options were super popular with the guests.

I also made this simple and sweet 'Just Married' sign that was draped across the bride and groom's table.

The guestbook was marked by this cool old typewriter, another awesome vintage find by Devon. The seating chart was written out on old windows which you can see propped up in the background.

Devon is a baker so she decided to give her guests something that was near to her heart. She made homemade Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract which her guests could take home and use in their own baking. The vanilla was packaged in mason jars and decorated with lace. I also made these stitched fabric tags to hang on each jar with the couple's names stamped on them. 

Devon also decided to forgo real flowers and instead wanted something that felt more crafty. I made bunches and bunches of these yarn pom flowers and felt billy ball flowers which got displayed throughout the ceremony and reception, including all the tables like you can see above. There were so many Etsy-made and DIYed elements to this wedding that these faux flowers were just the right detail. And of course they were displayed in old mason jars. I'm such a sucker for mason jars.

Oh and did I mention Devon looked gorgeous. Look at that killer picture! They are the cutest couple.

Here are all the vendors that were involved:

Wedding Venue: Camarillo Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Stone Crandall Photography / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Makeup: Makeup in the 702 / Bride’s Hair: Whitney Reck / Wedding Caterer: Big Mista’s BBQ / Cupcakes: Sweet Arleen’s / Ceremony Music: Harpist Corinna Edgington / DJ and Photobooth: David Jay Entertainment / Wedding Rentals: Party Pleasers of Camarillo / Handcrafted Flowers, Table Numbers, and Vanilla Tags: Lauren Elise Crafted / Window Table Chart: Christina Crooks at 6petals / Bunting Flags: Ariane Penrose at Sweet Petunia / Calligraphy on Signage: sparrownestscript / Custom Koozies: Bamilla / Printed Poem Place Cards: Jack & Ella Paper Press / Boutonnieres: Lilify / Save the Dates and Invitations: Ello There / Wooden Ring Box: Paradise Hill Designs / Wooden Photo Display: Treehouse Wood Designs / Guest Book: Kate Blocher / Wooden Sparrows: Little Vale

See the feature on Ruffled and browse the entire gallery of images too for more detail shots. Also, Devon is selling a lot of her vintage props from her wedding in her Etsy shop

I'd like to say a quick thank you to Devon and Kevin for including me in their day. You two were fantastic and the experience couldn't have been smoother or more fun. Thank you for trusting me with all that you did. All my love to your beautiful family.


Burlap Bachelorette Banner

I have a busy day of sewing and making ahead of me but I wanted to drop in to the blog for a minute and share a recent project of mine.  I was asked to make some custom items for a bride's bachelorette party that were to be made out of burlap.  This bride is incorporating burlap into her wedding for a shabby chic, rustic look and her wedding planner thought it would be fun to tie that design element into the bachelorette party too.  One of the items I created was this banner:

I really love the pink and grey combination mixed with the burlap, a great juxtaposition of girly and rustic.  Burlap has such a great texture and it is such a versatile material in my opinion.  I think you can dress it up and down and do all kinds of things with it.  I just know this bride's burlap wedding is going to rock because there are so many great design possibilities with this material.    

I hope the bride enjoyed her custom burlap banner and had a great bachelorette party.  I had a lot of fun making these items for her.

Are you a fan of burlap?  Have you incorporated it into your wedding or home?  Check out my burlap inspiration board on Pinterest to see more creative ideas with this material.


Pre-Wedding Installation

Thank you for bearing with me on my Monday post this week.  I was definitely in a funky mood and I took it out on the blog unfortunately.  No more being Debbie Downer today.  I am feeling better and am excited to share some pre-wedding installation pictures for an upcoming wedding.  A few weeks ago I shared the beginnings of yarn flowers and fabric tags and now I can show you a finished product.  Everything turned out great and I just know it will all come together perfectly on the day of.  Keep in mind, these shots just show the trial run so not everything looks totally finished.  This is just to give you a little sneak peek into what I have been working on and I will share shots from the actual day after it happens.  

So I successfully turned all of those yarn poms into flowers which will be displayed in pretty, blue mason jars at the wedding ceremony and reception.  The picture on the left is just all of the flowers together, about 200.  The bride collected all of the mason and glass jars, vintage crates, and display props and she sure has some collection.  Everything is going to look so good together, the perfect rustic party!

The picture on the left shows the beginnings of the dessert table, minus all of the yummy desserts of course.  I love the vintage crochet tablecloths that the bride found.  Old window frames display the guest seating chart and will be propped up at the entry so everyone can find their way.  

Above are my finished fabric tags which will be tied on with twine over a lace-covered jar.  These are the guest favors.  

Besides the yarn flowers and fabric tags, I also made the table numbers, which are the frames shown above.  The bride collected a bunch of vintage frames for me and then I stitched the buttons on and embroidered the 'TABLE' onto the spools.  Each one is a bit different, with its own personality.

Working with this bride was such a fun and great opportunity for me.  I love her sense of style and she has come up with some truly fabulous details.  This was just the trial run and everything looked so great so I know the actual wedding is going to blow me away.  I cannot wait to share the wedding here on the blog too.  

Have a great Thursday!