Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ashleigh's Bridal Shower with a Vintage Twist

Last Sunday we held our daughter Ashleigh's bridal shower. She and Kyle will be getting married in the Fall. It was a beautiful day to celebrate our bride-to-be. Since we catered the food, I was able to focus on making projects and cleaning our home.

I was thrilled that Ashleigh requested to have a vintage-themed bridal shower. Here I will share with you the projects I made, many of them with my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine (I will refer to it as "Cameo"). As you will see, the Cameo is a machine that has amazing capabilities.


The Pinterest inspired wreath on the front door was made with a grapevine wreath, rose garland, tulle and ribbon.


Ashleigh brought a slide show with her for us to watch on the TV.


I found this sign while out shopping on a recent trip to French Lick, Indiana. I thought that Ashleigh could use it on her back porch. Ashleigh loves anything Beatles.


With the Cameo, I printed and cut photos of Ashleigh playing bride as a child. I used heavy cardstock for both the photos and easels (also cut via Cameo) that were attached to the backs for support. 


The Bride to be sign, attached to a chalk painted picture frame with gold trim was designed by me and cut from glitter cardstock via the Cameo.


Other glitter signs hang amid vintage bottles in an old jar with a Christmas camera ornament from Pottery Barn. 


The bride and grooms initials, also designed on the Cameo, were placed in a beautiful old frame I found at Goodwill.


A friend loaned us this beautiful dress from her bridal gown collection. Our guests were a little confused at first as they thought it might be Ashleigh's gown. LOL


Fabric and lace were added to other dress forms I have in my collection.



Words were made with Scrabble tiles. Ashleigh loves to play the Scrabble game.


More Scrabble tiles were available to make words with during the shower.


Another friend sent me wonderful wedding ephemera that added to our vintage enjoyment.


She also also sent the vintage Wedding Keepsake for the Bride and Groom booklet that was placed on a shelf with other wonderful old objects that I've been collecting since my retirement from nursing a few years ago.

The "Wedding March" sign was made with my Cameo

A while back, a friend gave me this adorable little bride and groom trinket box that proved to be a sweet addition to the decor.


We played "count the buttons in the jar" where everyone wrote their guesses on round button cards that were cut via my Cameo. The winner guessed 1200 buttons which was less than the actual 1431 buttons in the jar. Yes, I counted each and every button before the shower! The other game we played was the ring game. Everyone starts with one ring and if they are caught saying the word "bride", their ring can get snatched by another guest. 

the signs, inspired by Pinterest, were created via the Cameo

A few years ago, when I was on my chalk painting kick, I had no way of knowing that I would use this 1950s metal dollhouse as a prop for Ashleigh's bridal shower. I wanted to show what Ashleigh and Kyles' home might be like. Lace and a garland of round discs with "The Moore Home" (letters cut via Cameo) lines the top with a blingy door knocker and key. Vintage objects filled the little rooms. 






Tangerine is the name of Ashleigh and Kyle's dog. She is a mix of beagle and dachshund.


Old buttons, gold glitter rings and pastel mints on a table covered with a 1950s floral table cloth added to the vintage-style theme of the shower.


Here is one of the table decorations I made using inspiration from Pinterest: the base is a small mason jar, wooden clothespins dolls, pipe cleaners, shredded sheet music and flowers from old hats.


The tasty muffins and cupcakes had toppers of hearts punched from vintage letters.


Other food we had was fruit, pasta salad, chicken salad sandwiches and quiche. 


White roses were placed in a vase Ashleigh found at Goodwill and spray painted for her wedding table decor. 


Our basement has a stage (Ashleigh was a singer and performer when we built the house ten years ago) and this is where she sat when she opened her gifts. Behind her a line of guitar hooks on the wall were embellished with huge silver glitter letters spelling B R I D E that had been cut with my Cameo and attached to the hooks with tulle.



Sheer fabric was inserted under her throne. Scrabble tiles spelling Mrs. Moore reserved her seat.


Vintage kitchen table cloths covered the tables.



Watching a bride open her gifts is so much fun!


I affixed the gift ribbons to a paper plate for her wedding rehearsal bouquet.


I cannot believe my baby girl is getting married soon!

My sweet daughter Ashleigh and I

We had a really great group of ladies (and a few men) celebrating with us!


We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day!

The guests went home with a party favor of a delicious Godiva cheesecake truffle wrapped in a small heart-shaped tart tin, shredded sheet music, and tied with tulle and vintage ribbon.


I'll take a little break and then get going on my next list of projects to make for Ashleigh and Kyle's wedding day. This is truly a DIY wedding and we wouldn't have it any other way!

Friday, June 17, 2016

June Art Class

We started off our June art class by going around the room and sharing what we did in the last month. First of all, we shared our artist trading cards that we made with the theme "Prima" art products. Here are some of the beautiful cards that I received.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Girls' Week in Indiana

In mid May, my Southern friends Becky and Missy came to visit me. We had such a great time - it flew by so quickly. Since we met at an art retreat a couple of years ago, our main focus is always to create some things. We found that we enjoy doing so many other things, we didn't get around to doing much crafting. 

Getting ready for their visit was so exciting. One of the things I did was to bring out my vintage doll house. We are like little girls when we are together.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May Art Class

This month our instructor taught us about Prima art products. We applied metal objects, lace, sewing pattern pieces, gesso, texture paste and paint to a small canvas. When I saw the model piece, I immediately thought "wedding"! This is how mine turned out! I love how the sewing pattern piece created a nice textured background.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April Art Class

April's art class was enjoyable as always. This time we practiced layering with stamps. Here are the pieces I made that day.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Baby Shower Decor: Banners, Toppers & Confetti

I was recently asked to make decorations for two baby showers. The interesting thing was that their themes were quite similar. One had an Alice in Wonderland theme, and the other theme was a children's storybook. The three items I made for each party were a banner, cupcake toppers and confetti for the table.

For the Alice in Wonderland banner, I cut pieces from a children's book

photos from this baby shower compliments of Ashleigh Antle

Friday, March 18, 2016

March Art Class at Palette & Paper

This month we met at one of my very favorite inspirational creative spaces called Palette & Paper. We worked with colored pencils this time. But before we did that, we visited for awhile and then partook in our monthly Artist Trading Cards (ATC) swap.

With our swaps, we practice what we learned from our previous class. So since last month we dabbled in stencils, die cuts and stamps, that's what we did. Here's my creation. After cutting lilies with my Cameo, I decided they would be the perfect size for my ATCs. The lilies have a green base, and a second piece (the flower I cut from white cardstock) adhered to it with glue dots. The flower was sponged with ink.


Monday, February 22, 2016

February Art Class

I enjoyed February's art class with the Not Your Ordinary Art Class group.


Friday, February 12, 2016

13th Annual Indiana Art Fair

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Indiana State Museum. I received a complimentary ticket to attend this event. All opinions are 100% my own.

I'm excited to tell you about a local art event that is going on at the Indiana State Museum right now. The 13th annual Indiana Art Fair started this evening, February 12th, and will continue through tomorrow, from 10 a.m. until 5 p. m. This annual event features some of Indiana's best artisans showcasing and selling their work. Guests are able to enjoy the museum experience, while browsing the works of more than 60 artists representing 22 counties on all three levels of the museum. 

A special preview titled Galentine's Art Night was held tonight. "Gal's night out" featured an evening of art, food, drink and music. I attended a private reception with the artists and painted my own masterpiece. (I also received a cute little package of fun Valentine's Day cards when I checked in to the event - see * at the end of this post.)


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wedding Wonderland

It's my time to enjoy the experience of planning a wedding with my daughter, Ashleigh.

Photo taken at the Indiana Fairgrounds Bridal Show