I recently did the decorations for my dear friends Dan and Erin’s wedding. I wasn’t able to take many day-of photos (too busy scurrying around), but I do have a few pre-wedding photos of a few different elements at my house.
Their colors were yellow and green, and core to Dan and Erin is a commitment to living simply and giving away what they have to others, along with an organic, happy, whimsical touch. We worked together to honor their commitments and put something together that would create a happy, festive environment with touches of simplistic, homeade decor. This meant a lot of fabric (1/2 off at JoAnne’s fabrics), yarn, burlap, butcher paper, tissue paper, ball jars, and inexpensive potted plants. A group of 10-20 of Dan and Erin’s committed and amazing friends came early to the wedding and in about two hours we got the majority of the decor set up. It was a fabulous experience and one where I learned a lot about what I enjoy and where I want to continue learning as I create for these types of events. I L-O-V-E doing this. love. The best part is that I got to do what I love for people I love!
I think that I might not be shy anymore…
When I was seven I was too humiliated to ask my teacher if I could go to the classroom. Instead, I peed my pants and when little Ricky sitting next to me noticed a “drip, drip” from my chair I told him very innocently that it must be the Capri-sun leaking from my backpack. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always had a bossy streak and a quick answer. This weekend I organized 15 people into doing the decoration for a wedding in two hours; I’ve vacillated between bossypants and pee-your-pants.
But this weekend I went from working hard-hard at the wedding to my friend’s 30th birthday party, where I partied until 1:00pm. The next morning I joined MHGS student leadership to dance…in public….in a silly/amazingly fun team building exercise. I’ve had more challenging conversations in the last two days than I’ve had in months, and the culmination of all of these things mark a wonderful change that’s happened in me. I find myself somewhere in the middle of the two extremes: in charge, but less intense; quiet, but less afraid, and much, much happier and more eager to continue embracing and experiencing life.
I’m thinking of freshening my room up, inspired by some of these items. However, I need to
1. Keep it under $100 2. Keep the yellow wall color
My to-do list:
Make above yellow carpet Add black trim to curtains Paint blue pillow covers Sew black trim onto white pillow covers Sew orange and white striped pillow case Make two nights stand shelves next to bed Reinstall lamps above night stand shelves Make reclaimed wood headboard…or see if Eric wants to do it
Whew!!! It still needs some collaborative conversation between Eric and I, but hopefully we’re on track to creating a really fun and great bedroom.
Seed Planting Time at the Borgh’s
I’m not that great at giving presents. For Christmas this year I gave Eric his present a week after Christmas, hastily wrapped and shoved under his nose. So Valentine’s day was my opportunity to redeem myself. Radiolab tickets for the 5th avenue theatre came up for sale and I pounced on them. But then Eric heard about the show and called me, his mouse hovering over the “buy tickets” button. The tickets hadn’t come in the mail yet so I had to improvise. I grabbed some red, white, and pink paper, scissors, and double sided tape and made an envelope and tickets. It’s pretty simple, but I think all you crafty people out there will agree that these little impromptu projects can be so much fun.