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Nothing says shabby chic like blue mason jars filled with flowers or tea lights. They add that charming look that almost every bride is after. But darn can they be expensive/hard to find! Well no more, I say! You can find clear mason jars anywhere (and for cheap). Add in the some transparent glass paint for around $4 and you’ve got some new and blue jars for about $1.50 each. Saweeeeet.

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I’ve been MIA for a good while…and I’m so sorry! But I promise I have good excuses!! As you all know, it’s wedding season! And I’ve had two very good friends get married this summer, and both weddings I’ve been a bridesmaid in as well as had a rather large hand in helping to plan. But that’s not even the best reason I’ve been gone…I’m starting a wedding planning business! So exciting! My future mother-in-law, who lives in Hawaii, and I are teaming up to start a local and destination wedding planning company, called Weddings Here & Away. It’s all still in the works, but I can’t wait to get into this crazy (and crazy fun) industry professionally. The website will be up soon so I’ll definitely be keeping everyone posted on that. In the meantime, if you’re planning a wedding in the Pacific Northwest or Hawaii, don’t hesitate to contact me at andreaskaar@gmail.com!

Alright, so since I’ve been gone for so very long, I come bearing gifts…in the form of an awesomely easy and fabulous fabric flower tutorial. One of my friends, whose wedding I mentioned above, asked me to create these to jazz up our bridesmaids dresses and now I’m addicted to these things. They’re so easy and one yard of fabric will get you about 7-9 flowers, depending on how big you make them…and at about $7.00/yard (depending on your fabric), that’s less than a dollar each! Fabulous indeed! Now, onto the tutorial:

First, materials. You’ll need 1 yard of fabric, thread, pins, and scissors.

Next, cut out a strip about 1.5-2″ wide along the longest side of the fabric.

Then fold the strip in half “hot dog style,” pinning every few inches to keep it together.

Then sew the rough edges together. If you have a “basting” setting on your
sewing machine, this step will go super fast. Alas, I do not, so hand-
sewing it was for me.

When you get to the end, start to pull the thread so the fabric bunches up.

The results of your bunching should look about like this.

Beginning with the end you started sewing with, start to roll the fabric
into a flower shape, securing it with stitches every few “rolls.”
This is super important- you don’t want it to fall apart! Make
sure the stitches go through every layer of the fabric.

When you get to the end, the back should look something like
this. Secure it with lots and lots of stitches…and don’t
worry about how it looks, no one will see this side.

Turn it over and you have a flower!

Attach a pin to the back and you’re done-zo!

These flowers are ridiculously easy and I can’t wait to see how they look on the dresses. The wedding is the 28th, so I’ll post pictures as soon as I have them! Let me know if you have any questions!

Promise to keep you posted more often-

-A

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While scrolling through the DIY section of Wedding Bee this morning, I found these super cute votive/ LED tea light holders that are not only inexpensive to make, but are super practical if your venue doesn’t allow open flames.  I love me some texture and these babies will definitely stand out on the table without taking all of the attention away from your centerpieces.  “Mrs. Green Tea” shows you step by step how she created these adorable decorations using only:

LED tea lights
toilet paper tube/paper towel tube/wrapping paper tube
plastic wrapping
tape
thick thread
fabric stiffener

Find the simple instructions here! How easy and cute! And at around 50 cents a piece, they’re that much cuter. Feel free to experiment with other materials as well, like ribbons and yarn! And then don’t forget to tell me all about how they turned out!

Happy planning!

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