Michael Tortorich Photography: New Orleans & Baton Rouge, Louisiana Photographer: Shannon and Joshua wedding at Oakleigh {Denham Springs photographer Michael Tortorich} &emdash;

It’s been a day and a half since my sister’s wedding, but I’m still pooped! I think it’s safe to say that it was a success. I meant to bring my camera so I could take pictures of all the DIY details to share with you, but I forgot it at home and honestly I wouldn’t have had time anyway! When she gets pics back from the photographer I’ll be sure to share. The only professionals she hired were the photographer, videographer, officiant, and DJ. Everything else–food, drinks, decorations, setup and cleanup, was handled by Shannon and Josh or friends and family. She even made her own three-tiered wedding cake! The wedding was a lot of fun and came out really great, but it was a lot of work and, quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I can’t imagine how Shannon feels today, not to mention my parents and his and all of our relatives and friends who pitched in to help! Jack and I are going to spend today hanging out around the house, cleaning up, and awaiting delivery of our new rug! In all honesty I’ll probably also be spending a fair amount of time on Pinterest, since I only have one DIY project on the horizon at the moment. Can you believe it? I definitely need to troll the interwebs for some inspiration before I start feeling obligated to get around to those projects that have been on my to do list for an embarrassingly long time (flesh-colored kitchen walls, I’m looking at you. Ugh! I don’t wanna do all that cutting in!).  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, and if it gets delivered today as expected I’ll be back tomorrow with photos of our new rug!

I can’t believe I almost let February pass without doing a Sponsor Shout Out! In case you’re new here, I offer space on my side bar for small businesses to advertise–this helps defray the costs of running the blog and maybe, someday, if I get more than just one sponsor it’ll help pay for some craft supplies or something. But for now it just covers the cost of web hosting and for that I am thankful. Anyway, once a month I like to have a special post dedicated to showing off my sponsors’ wares–in this case, the cool stuff my friend Brandi has in her etsy shop, A Brandi Sized Shop.

I found some jadeite at the thrift store recently. I scooped it up and sold it on eBay, but in retrospect I kind of wish I’d kept it for myself, especially since I am dreaming of someday adding open shelving in my kitchen. The light green color is so so pretty and it comes in the most interesting shapes and patterns. Brandi’s prices on the blossom bowl and larger swirl bowl are really reasonable. I especially love the scalloped-esque feel of the blossom bowl.

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You might not be able to buy this teal, pink, and white afghan if you don’t snatch it up quickly because I might buy it for myself. I’m mulling it over in my mind. Methinks it would be perfect for protecting the back of my white sofa from pet hair. As you can see, Brandi is an animal lover as well. That’s Sasha.

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These little floral salad plates are so pretty. I wish I was hosting an Easter brunch or something just so I could put them out with delicate little salads perched atop.

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Brandi has way more cute stuff listed in her shop (in fact, browsing through her inventory made me realize how sad my own shop has been lately–I need to go thrifting!). Her prices are really reasonable and her shipping is speedy, so go give her a look see to thank her for helping keep this ‘ol blog on the interwebs.

I hope y’all have a great weekend! I’ll be standing beside my only sibling as she ties the knot–can’t wait!

P.S. Interested in becoming a sponsor? You can get all the details on my Advertise page!

I had a good bit of extra fabric left over after making the burlap pennant banner for my sister’s wedding, and since the whole thing is a DIY affair (not even a caterer or a florist!) I thought maybe I could help out a little more in the decorations department by whipping up some casual-rustic flowers (with the blessing of the bride, of course. Never presume you are being “helpful” for a wedding without clearing it with the bride!)

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I wasn’t really sure where I was going with this, but I decided to start by trimming my fabric down to something more manageable to work with. I cut it into three roughly equal sections, figuring I could make one large flower out of each.

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With the first section, I folded it in half lengthwise and cut several petal shapes out, like so.

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Then I took a smaller piece of the same section and folded it in half, cutting more (smaller) petals.

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With all my petals cut out, I warmed up my glue gun and applied a little dollop of hot glue to the center of each before pinching it together, creating a gathered effect.

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Then I just started layering them on top of each other, securing each petal to the one below it with a dot of hot glue.

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The large petals were so big that they were looking a little floppy, so I flipped the whole thing upside down and secured them to one another along the edges with some more hot glue. Then I flipped it back over and scrunched the whole thing in my palm from the bottom, adding glue here and there to help it keep a concave shape. I took more pictures but I was shooting one handed so most of them were just a blur of burlap. Hopefully you get the idea.

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Now the shape was better, but the center was looking a little funky, so I rolled up a small piece of burlap and glued it shut.

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Then I just secured it in the center with another dab of hot glue and voila, flower complete.

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I only had time to make one before Jack woke up from his nap, but I texted Shannon a picture and she liked it so if I get time today or tomorrow I’ll make a few more. I can’t believe her wedding is this weekend! Hopefully I’ll remember to take lots of pictures to show y’all all her DIY details.

I was going through the furniture in our guest room recently as part of my new year’s resolution to declutter. It actually belongs to my sister (who inherited it from our grandmother) and there’s a bunch of her stuff in the drawers and cabinets from when we lived together several years ago. She came over and took what she wanted and told me I could toss the rest. I was cleaning out the chest at the foot of the bed when I came across this porcelain piggy bank.

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It gave me pause because we’ve got a penny problem in our house. I was just telling Nick we needed a piggy bank the other day, but of course something like this is not exactly my style. Then I remembered seeing this completely ridiculous piggy bank from Jonathan Adler. Do people seriously spend that much money on fun accessories?

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Feeling inspired, I took Little Miss Piggy outside for a spray tan. Which in this case was reversed because it actually made her paler. And by that I mean I sprayed her with a thin coat of primer.

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Then I broke out this can of metallic silver spray paint I got at Lowe’s. I totally failed as a blogger here because I forgot to note the price, but I feel certain it was less than $10.

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After one coat this little piggy was looking only mildly pearlescent.

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But after maybe 3-4 quick, light coats she was looking pretty silvery. I’m no expert at spray painting and I did end up with a few drips, but my technique is basically to keep the can constantly moving about 6-8 inches away from the surface, and to take frequent 5-10 minute breaks to let each coat dry before coming back for more. I get a little inpatient sometimes and keep spraying instead of stopping to let it dry and that’s how I get drips. To get good coverage all over I just waited a little bit longer between the first couple of coats (so it was dry enough to handle) and flipped it upside down to spray the underside. The bottom doesn’t have to be perfect, so it only got two coats.

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I let it cure outside for a day before coming back with some of this stuff, left over from sealing the sign I made for Jack’s nursery.

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And now little miss piggy lives a glamorous life inside my house, collecting pennies and looking fancy.

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I haven’t actually found her a forever home just yet. I need someplace both convenient for Nick (the one who comes home bearing loose change) and prominent enough for me to enjoy her beauty. So she may be popping up in random spots around the house over the next few weeks.

The fun thing about this is that I could indulge in something completely ridiculous for so little money and hardly any time (I just went outside and applied a coat of paint every few minutes while washing dishes and doing laundry one weekend day when Nick was home to help with Jack). So if I’m so over the silver pig in a few months it’s no big deal–she was headed for the Goodwill anyway. Or maybe I’ll love her forever because we were meant to be together. Only time will tell!