i'm always looking for neat things in nature to use for making floral arrangements. while out at my sisters (who lives in the middle of the woods) we decided to scavenge the yard for foliage to make into arrangements and this was our outcome.
we found so many beautiful textures and colors. reds leaves, green spotted leaves, dried hydrangeas, berries, grasses and many other fun pretties.
this is molly. a sweet doggy they found living in the woods that they took in.
their new rooster and hen.
you have to have water boots when you live in the country!
for our valentine's card this year we used an image from our engagement shoot with flora + fauna. this year is extra special because we are married and now the cardenas family :)
this time of year the camellia's are looking oh so beautiful and i always have to make something pretty with them for valentine's day.....this year, i made this floral crown from found camellia's at a local park. i'm in love...wish it would last forever.
p.s. tonight we are watching my niece and nephew so my sister and brother in law can have some valentine's fun together. we figured why not....we always have alone time and they never do. so we have baking heart shaped cookies and making valentine's on the addenda tonight!
a few years ago me and a friend explored a really cool, really dirty old home in downtown jacksonville for furniture. this was a piece she purchased but never refinished it. she called me and asked if i wanted it, i said yes and thank you so much! it couldn't had been more perfect timing because i was looking for a buffet for our wedding.
when i got the buffet home and started really looking at it, i wondered what i was thinking. it was in need of some major tlc. i really didn't know were to start.....the black paint was peeling off, the wood was old and beat up and there was no bottom to the cabinet. i knew i loved the wood top on the buffet and the unique detailing it had. so although i was not looking forward to working on it, i did and somehow it ended up being a favorite of mine.
i started by striping the peeling black paint. i left the color that was under the black, it was a cream color that would be easy to work with. because i loved the wood underneath i decided to lightly brush a purple grayish color on the piece, mainly in the areas where i did not remove the cream color. i added new hardware and jose built a bottom for the cabinet.
this piece came so natural and was so much fun once i really started working on it. i think i did this beauty justice....i love this buffet and it looked beautiful at our wedding as a drink station:)
i never had a vision of what my wedding dress or wedding day would look like. i wasn't the little girl that dreamed of this day, so for me it was about the process and enjoying all the discoveries along the way. it was a beautiful process that i would like to share with you....starting with something old, my wedding dress.
after i got engaged the first thing i wanted to do was try on wedding dresses. none of them were me but it was so much fun! the little guy that helped me try on dresses made me all fancy. he accessorized me with a headpiece, necklace, shoes and that wonderful bouquet ;). i knew this wouldn't be the way i would find my dream dress but what better way to get your friends together and celebrate!
at this time i didn't remember that my grandma still had her dress. i had talk to her about her dress in the past and how beautiful it was but didn't give it much thought. until i was on the phone with my mom and she mentioned my grandma's dress and how my aunt wore it. i started asking questions and we found out that she still had it and didn't mind if i wore it.
this is a picture of my grandparents on their wedding day in the 50's. this is the dress!
this was the day i rushed over to my grandma's house to try on the dress. it had yellowed from years of sitting in a box, my torso was to long for the top and the back would not zip. but none of this made me think that this dress could not become my wedding dress. i just had to find the right person to help my vision come to life and i needed to find pictures of wedding dresses that i liked for inspiration.
i asked for recommendations for someone that had experience in vintage wedding dresses and i kept hearing the same name, martha shump. so i called martha and she happen to be the same person that altered my sisters dress and my bridesmaid dress years ago. my experience with martha was a wonderful journey and she was amazing!
before we started martha suggested i take the dress to a cleaners. i used the person she recommended and they hand cleaned the dress. they removed the yellow tint and all the stains out of the dress...wohooo.
every couple weeks i would go see martha with one of my friends or my mom/sister and we would make changes together. the top was changed three times! and the sleeves never made the cut, they just didn't feel right. i went with the flow and knew that everything would work out. well, to be honest i did have a couple moments of ok is this going to work? but that's why you have the support of family and friends, they ensured me that it would be perfect.
i never had that moment of trying on my dress and knowing it was the one until the day i tried it on for my dear family and friends. it was the first time the dress had been pressed and completely finished. at that moment i knew it was meant to be.
little details are very important to me and i wanted to add some to the dress. we added little gold beads around the waist and we designed my headpiece. i think the head piece was harder to come up with then the dress itself! martha used scrap pieces of the dress to make the flowers, added some bling and a few of those same gold beads that were placed around the waist.
the beautiful women second from the left is my grandma.
these photos were taking by our photographers flora + fauna. they have already posted a sneak peek on their blog. if you would like to see more photos of my dress please visit their blog. the photos from our sneak peek look so magical and are way beyond what i expected. i can't wait to see the rest and share them with you.
i feel so lucky to have been able to wear my grandma's beautiful dress and for her to let me use my creative vision to make it my dream dress.
2013 was filled with some of the best memories of my life. this past year my professional career as an interior designer was one of the best. i finally feel like i'm getting where i want to be but at the same time i know its not where i want to be forever. i had wonderful opportunities in 2013 to express my creative passions and dabble in a little bit of everything i love. my friends and family were there for me in a way i never thought possible. all of my relationships were strengthened in 2013. i feel like one lucky girl! and of course the best part of 2013 was marrying my best friend and sweet love muffin, jose.
in 2014 i look forward to getting in a camper and heading out west with jose and hyatt, road trips to see girlfriends, watching my nieces and nephews grow and becoming one step closer to figuring out what in the hell i want to do with all these creative passions of mine. cheers to 2014!
wishing you a wonderful and happy 2014!
our new year's eve was spent with best friends making memories and getting crazy!
well hello! i know its been a while....jose and i got married on november 30th and our wedding was everything we could have dreamed of! i'm ready to start sharing everything that has happen in the past few months.
i refinished several pieces of furniture for our wedding and this bar cart was one of them. i used valspar's metallic bronze spray paint to refinish the shelves and metal frames. the wallpaper on the shelves i chose from three different artist on spoonflower. have you been to spoonflower yet? if not, you must! you can create your own or purchase wallpaper, fabric and much more.
i just loved this piece so much it's new home is now in our dinning room.