When we scoped out the venue for our wedding we knew we had to take advantage of the gorgeous oak trees that surrounded the property. But I had a really hard time deciding how I would dress up the trees without competing against them and actually taking away from their natural beauty. I designed these oversized flowers to highlight the sheer size and shape of the tree that we chose to use for our ceremony location.
I love the way they turned out! The flowers danced softly in the breeze and they are unlike anything else I’ve ever seen before.
I just keep dreaming up new uses for these fabulous flowers 🙂 I picture them on the wall of a little girl’s nursery, climbing the wall above the crib and acting as a mobile. I can even see them as the decoration above a display table at a shower or birthday gathering. See more photos in our shop!
I loved designing bridesmaids bouquets for my girls. It’s so much fun to make things for other people 🙂 My favorite thing about making these dried bouquets was knowing that they could keep them afterwards as a keepsake of their own. They look adorable in a white milk vase 🙂
When we started the wedding planning process I knew I wanted to create a lot of the items myself, for a couple of reasons really; I wanted our wedding to really feel like “us” and I wanted to challenge myself to do it. I was overwhelmed by the amount of money flowers were going to cost on our big day and I knew there had to be a better alternative for myself. Ultimately that led me to the creation of my dried bridal bouquet. I could not be happier with how it turned out. I hope you love it too!
Morgan really wore it well I think 🙂
I love how the bouquet really played well off of the natural foliage in the mountains. They really complemented each other well 🙂
We’re excitedly preparing for our first Christmas in our new home and with that comes many new decisions. We have a quaint little living room that doesn’t seem to have a prime “Christmas Tree Spot.” It’s thrown me for a loop. We’re lovers of real trees and can’t bear to purchase something fake; yet at the same time, we hate the thought of chopping down a beautiful tree for a few short weeks. Did you know, it takes almost 10 years for the average tree to reach maturity! There are many pros and cons to the environmental impacts Christmas Trees have on the world (it’s fascinating really), but with all of this in mind we’ve decided to opt for a potted, living tree 🙂 I am very excited about it. Our family has a cabin located in the mountains just east of San Diego and now we’ll be able to plant our tree there each year.
In doing research on the best places to purchase potted Christmas trees, I was pleasantly surprised to find there are so many options! There are so many companies out there that will deliver these trees right to your door. You can even rent one for the season. Lucky for us, the Christmas tree farm down the street that is locally owned sells both precut and potted versions. I will say potted trees are a bit pricier than the precut versions, but it’s worth the extra dough to give back to the environment.
Close to 400 million trees now grow on Christmas tree farms in the United States, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. About 30 million trees are harvested annually! The living trees generate oxygen, help fix carbon in their branches and in the soil and provide habitat for birds and animals. Christmas tree farms also help preserve farmland and green space. .. all this and you thought you were just upholding a simple family tradition 😉
After doing some research I found a great resource from Inhabitat on how to choose and care for a live tree. Live trees should be treated with a bit more tenderness than a typical cut tree, because you want to make sure that it survives when it’s replanted. But you don’t need to have a green thumb to keep it alive. Just make sure it gets enough water (but not too much), and don’t leave it indoors too long. The longer you leave a tree inside the more acclimated it will become to the warm temperature. If you keep it indoors too long, it might not be hearty enough to plant outside. It’s best to keep the room that the tree is in as cool as possible, and if possible, use small LED lights and minimal ornaments so that you don’t put too much added stress on the tree. If you plan on planting your tree make sure that it will survive in your climate once it’s put in the ground.
And now for the decorating decisions…. I’ve collected a sampling of potted trees to start the design process for our living room. Which one of these looks is your favorite?
I love the tin pot this tree is in. And stockings on a tree!?! love it 🙂 (pssst, this post gave me the idea for our miniature Christmas stocking ornaments in our shop! )
This is the perfect size! And just about how much room we’ll have for ours
I am so excited to share our new stockings with you all 🙂 I have been on an antler and deer kick lately, (which was evident in our wedding… photos to come) so it was only natural to make these for our family this year and for the shop.
Each stocking is handmade using a soft, natural canvas, a linen top, and deer silhouettes. There are 4 different stocking styles that you may choose from in this collection; a buck, a doe, a young buck, or a fawn. I love the simplicity of this collection 🙂 The black silhouette stands out nicely against the natural canvas.
Mix it up with bold metallics. Ditch the standard stocking hangers and substitute antlers on your mantel. I’ll be doing this in my house! I’ll post inspiration pictures soon 🙂 These stockings are a wonderful addition to any color palette you choose to use this year; keep it neutral or mix it in with holiday red 🙂
We had the best time taking our engagement pictures in the Cuyamaca mountains! Our photographers from Deer Lovers photography were so fun to work with and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. I was a little nervous about the idea of being in front of a camera and knew that we needed some way to break the ice and make our pictures feel like us. So I got to thinking… I really didn’t want a prop that we’ve seen over and over again, so I decided to get creative and make a custom kite for the shoot and I am so happy I did! I just love the way it turned out in the pictures. SO much so that I am now selling them in my shop as well! 🙂 So if you’re in the market for a fun way to mix up your engagement shoot, head on over and take a look.