Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January 21, 2012 - Sami and Michael

Working on this beautiful wedding for Sami and Michael was the perfect start to this year for us.  Sami envisioned a garden inspired wedding using creams, navy blue and chocolate brown.  For her bouquet we used cabbage "David Austen" cream roses, ivory "Vendella" roses, white lisianthus and white spray roses with a touch of variegated petto greenery.

The bridesmaids wore gorgeous navy blue dresses and carried simple yet elegant bouquets with ivory roses and greenery.

Sami and Michael celebrated with family at the Clovis Memorial building in downtown Clovis.  The ceremony was in a large airy room overlooking a beautiful park setting.  We used our silk cypress trees with white lights to define the ceremony area.  We also used our standing shepherds hooks with hanging french wire candle holders - we added silk ivory peonies and long ivory ribbons. 

For a few of the guest tables we used our iron candelabras with soft florals and battery candles.

Vintage cream bird cages with silk flowers were used on a few of the tables.  Thank you to my friend Kiley for loaning me this beautiful cage.

For the remainder of the tables we put together this fun and fresh arrangement of white stock, ivory roses and soft greenery.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

El Matador

I love art in our home.  And I love thrift stores.  So, as you can imagine, it was to my delight when I discovered a magazine article that talked about purchasing affordable art from the Goodwill!  Basically the Goodwill Industries of America has a website much like ebay where you can bid on many home goods.  Their section on art is always changing and has some very interesting items.  I love it because so many things are really cheap!  I found this awesome painting of a Matador last year.  The painting cost me about $45 and it is about 3 1/2 feet tall by 2 1/2 feet wide.

Check out their website at http://www.shopgoodwill.com/ and see if you can't find something fun for your home too!  Happy Hunting!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Creative Chalkboard Ideas

Over the past couple of years we have seen a major fascination with chalkboards - what used to be found only in schools has now become so popular for our homes.  Chalkboards are fun, easy to make and give us a creative surface to make lists and doodle. 

I wanted to share my own chalkboard project that we have in our entry.  I purchased this old door from Habitat for Humanity's "ReStore".  You can check out this interesting store for old doors, knobs, window frames, tiles and many other home improvement remnants.  They are located on Clovis Avenue behind Lowe's at Shaw. 

One thing I love about this door is that it can be moved around the house when needed.  For the chalkboard part I used black chalkboard paint from Lowe"s.  I applied 6 coats and let them dry for one day in between.  To hold the kids chalk I tied a tin bucket painted gold to the open door knob hole.

I have also found this amazing chalkboard paint called "Annie Sloan's Chalkboard Paint."  It comes in many shades and can also be used on furniture.  It can be purchased locally from Vicki Shoemaker at the "3 Oaks Studio" in Clovis.  Their phone number is (559)974-3208


A really cool idea for a door - hung sideways over a desk.  I love this idea for a weekly calendar.


I also found this door covering a storage space...love the old school green chalk paint used.


Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing a chalkboard door for your home. 
I would love to make one for you!  The price will run between $50-$80 each.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hunting for Junk

Had so much fun hunting for junk this past weekend.  We have this super cute antiques store on the corner of Shaw and Academy called 2Sisters.  They hold a monthly swap meet in their parking lot and it is worth the drive from town.  I seriously look forward to it and mark my calendar each month!  I spent $27 this Saturday and came away with some fun treasures.

Found these fun silver platters...thinking I might paint the middles with chalkboard paint to sell.

Snagged 2 of these burlap sacks...now looking for just the right chairs to cover for cute seat cushions.

On Friday, I had a few minutes {sans children} a rare celebration so I headed to the 4th Street Antiques shop in Old Town Clovis.  Quickly grabbed these two owl bookends...I mean come on, so cute.

I have also been looking for these vintage molds...I am wanting to make a candle holder out of them...maybe for Valentines Day...hummm we shall see.

 And lastly, I found this Cloche Dome with knob for a great price.  I am such a sucker for twig nests and birds so that sealed the deal for sure! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Barn Party

We are fortunate enough to have a really cool, clean barn on the property we rent.  We get asked all the time if we rent it out for parties...sorry, but no we don't.  Maybe we will have one of our own someday for events!  Keep dreaming baby.  I did however, want to share these fun photos of our end-of-the year party.

I have been meaning to share this fun new product I found this year at Micheals - they are LED lighted twig branches that come in chocolate brown or white and are powered by batteries. 

Small gifts for the gals that keep Brown Bunny hoping all year!

After dinner we snacked on cupcakes from "Frosted Cakery".

Thank you girls for all your hard work this year!

My sister in law Coll with a picture she took that was printed for my office.  So fun to have beautiful photographs of our work.

And lastly my sweet mom...my number one helper and cheer leader!

Monday, January 9, 2012

December 31, 2011 - Marjaree Mason Center New Year's Gala

We were so excited to participate in the first annual Marjaree Mason Center New Year Eve's Gala at Copper River Country Club.  We did some fun tall centerpieces using white painted sticks, glitter branches and mascaraed masks with black feathers.  Our tall vases were also filled with clear stones and LED lights.

We also helped display these precious masks painted by ladies living at the center - each mask tells a story or recovery and hope.