Tag Archives: Floral

Mother’s Day Monogram

I am lucky enough to have my mom in town for Mother’s Day this year. Keeping that in mind, I wanted to do some sort of fun mother/daughter activity. After a little research and some online browsing, I decided to rent a tiny house for the two of us in Ybor City, FL and then journey over to Weeki Wachee Springs (where the mermaids live).  The only problem was the tiny house was only available for next weekend which left me gift-less for the actual holiday itself. Naturally I decided that some sort of craft/homemade treat was in order, and I hit the inspiration jackpot when I came across this Instagram page. Monogram Cupcakes. Exactly the sort of thing that I was looking for! I did make a few adjustments, you know, to Julie-fy it a bit. I shrunk things down and made mini cupcakes, added a few sugar wafer butterflies here, a strawberry cookie mushroom there, but all in all, I was really pleased with how it turned out.

My mom was so excited when she saw it. 10/10 would make again. Of course you know this didn’t exactly fix my “no gift on actual Mother’s Day” since I gave it to her already. Clearly I didn’t think that one through. Oh well, we’ll just have to do brunch on Sunday. Oh no! Not brunch! Anything but brunch! Is it still considered a gift if it’s also sort of for you?

Floral Wishlist

The weather just keeps getting warmer here in sunny Florida, and as the sun shines brighter and the thermostat climbs, I am finding myself wanting to forsake my signature black attire and don something lighter in both feel and in color. The resurgence of 90’s florals has hit me with a big dose of nostalgia, and I find myself lingering over this or that, thinking about the thing I had way back when that looked so very much like it. So many items in fact, I decided to put together a little wishlist and share it with you guys.

  1. Floral Twist Bikini Top & BottomTorrid
  2. Sleeveless Angled Hemmed Midi DressSoma
  3. Bekah Slip DressFashion to Figure
  4. Floral Bouquet LeggingsLoralette
  5. Floral Ear Cuff – Chelsea’s Flowercrowns
  6. Floral Hi-Low TopForever21
  7. Deva Double Flower Drop EarringsFrancesca’s
  8. Macinee Flip FlopsNine West
  9. Floral SunglassesAmazon

Obviously, I just can’t help myself, and there is a little bit of black in this featured group, but much much less than usual.  When I saw that floral ear cuff in the middle? I almost died, it’s so gorgeous and the perfect option for days when a traditional full flower crown might be a bit oppressive. I find myself quite torn between simply purchasing it or attempting to DIY one for myself so I can have exactly what I want. The safe bet would be to just do both though, right? 😉


I am loving these dark moody images by Ashely Woodson Bailey. Her prints are now available online and I really want one for our bedroom.

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I know they’re a little girly, but they would go nicely with the grey walls and dark wood furniture we bought when we moved in. And it would complement the Darth Vader desk lamp wonderfully

All images from her website.


DIY Terrarium Place Holders

Inspired by the fall photo shoot I featured a couple days ago, I started searching through related topics, posts and articles to see if I could find any little ideas to file away for latter use. To my giddy hand clapping five year old delight I found this tutorial on making Terrarium Place Card Holders.  Even better, Christmas is right the corner so the parts are readily available.  I am even thinking about putting a winter spin on the bits and baubles on the inside and using them for my Christmas decorations.  My other thought was a row of these would be beautiful on a mantle.


Jessica + Garett over at Wednesday have lots of creative ideas (you might remember them from this fun wedding we shared a few months ago) and I’m super excited to announce that they will be contributing twice a month with some great DIY projects for you all here on GWS! We’re kicking it off with these sweet terrarium place holders that are sure to add loads of personality to any table setting – and they double as super cute favors also!


Materials Needed:
• Clear Glass Christmas Ornament
• Mason Jar Lid
• Moss
• Sticks
• Crepe Paper Flower (tutorial here)
• Wine Bottle Cork
• Thread
• Place Card

DIY green wedding shoes

What to do:
1. Remove the silver hook from the top of the Christmas ornament.

DIY green wedding shoes

2. Use the mason jar lid as the platform for the glass ball, and to offer some stability while you create.


3. Fill the glass ball with moss and sticks.
4. Make your own crepe paper flowers (tutorial here) to put in the glass ball for a burst of color.
5. Seal the hole in the glass ball with a wine cork
6. Tie a pretty bow with ribbon or string to attach your place card to the terrarium.


And you are done! Super easy + super cute!

Original post from here.

Sick Days, Florists and Wedding Woes

The last few days have been really rough.  We had our crazy 14 hour Atlanta wedding dress trip this past weekend.  My dress is beautiful, the wrong color and about 6 inches to large in the bust and about 4″ in the waist, but beautiful.  Remember Friday how I was sort of wishing that I had a blush colored gown? Well, now I do.  The champagne and ivory color combination we ordered came back decidedly blush toned, and the consequently the veil that we had paired with it doesn’t really match anymore. So now I am stuck trying to find new shoes(my darling little blue ones are going to be part of the “going away” ensemble) revising my hair and make up and still trying to make all of the last minute details fit together with yet another tax deadline looming.  Bonus, i’m sick and not able to sleep more than four hours a night.

However, all that being said, we met with our wedding florist last night and she did not disappoint.  Edna spent more than an hour talking to us about her ideas, our ideas, and how to get the most for our budget. I think by the time we were done Andy was even a little excited. Working with Edna has been the high point of our planning process. It is really wonderful to get the chance to work with someone who is still completly in love with their craft.

Below are some detail shots of the roses that will be the centerpieces on the buffet tables.  The rich velvety blooms weren’t part of our initial plan, but with some revisions they’ll blend in nicely with the profusion of purples and pinks we have planned. Oh, and i’m even going to get my thistles for the bridal bouquet!

Tomorrow i’ll post the photos we have of the centerpieces, sans muffins of course, but still. Edna’s flowers were so fresh and lovely and she was kind enough to send up home with several of my new favorite rose.

Photos by Vylette

Flowers by A Touch of Class Florist