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Make Your Own : Paper Laurel Wreath

Previously posted on All Things Thrifty

Hi there! Y’all know I’m all about easy crafts, and this one definitely falls into that category. These mini laurel wreaths are the perfect way to welcome Spring! 

Make your own : Paper Laurel Wreath

You will need a grapevine wreath form {I wanted to make mini-wreaths, so I bought small forms from my craft store}, green scrapbook paper in a variety of patterns, ribbon, and hot glue. You probably have most of this in your craft supply stash already!

The first step is to cut a bunch of leaf shapes out of your scrapbook paper. You don’t need a template for this – just freehand a basic leaf shape. It doesn’t matter if your shapes look a bit wonky.

Paper Laurel Wreath : cut out your leaf shapes

I used a total of 16 leaves on each of my mini-wreaths. Get that hot glue gun warmed up! The next step after cutting your leaves is to turn them into 3D shapes by pinching the bottoms together and glueing. 

Paper Laurel Wreath : pinch and glue the bottom of your paper leaves

 

Once all of your paper leaves are ready to go, it’s time to start attaching them to the wreath form. I recommend laying out your desired pattern before hand so you have a good idea of what your finished product will look like. Now you can begin glueing your leaves to the wreath form. You can also glue the leaves to each other’s sides so they stay in place. 

Make your own : Paper Laurel Wreath

 

After you have your leaves placed and attached, you can add a bow between each side of leaf groups. I just tied a bow with white grosgrain ribbon and hot glued it to the center. 

Make your own : Paper Laurel Wreath

Now you’re ready to hang your new, beautiful creation wherever you please! This wreath looks beautiful on the front door or layered on a mirror. 

Make your own : Paper Laurel Wreath

I also played around with hanging the mini wreaths on the back of my dining chairs. I have an adorable tea party in mind that these would be perfect for! 

Where would you hang your Laurel Wreath? 

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Partyin’ it up! {Noonday Style}

Psst…This is not a sponsored post. I just really love Noonday, their jewelry and their mission; and I just feel like sharing the fun we had! 

This past weekend was such a blast. I got to host my first Noonday Collection trunk show and we had so much fun! This particular show was to do a little fundraising for our adoption. I love having people over to the house and hosting parties. It had been a long time since we were able to do anything like that. Honestly, the last few months have been so busy, I’ve hardly had a chance to see my friends {outside of normal activities like church}. It was so great to carve out a little girl time. We visited and caught up, snacked on some tasty treats and got to try on a bunch of gorgeous jewelry. It doesn’t get much better than that! 

Noonday Trunk ShowThey key to hosting a Noonday trunk show is to keep it simple. I was very purposeful in my planning. Even though I love these types of things, it can sometimes be stressful. I’m normally running around getting everything ready until the last possible second, but this time….I was done and ready to go an hour before anyone showed up {!!!}. Miracles do happen! ;) 

Noonday Trunk Show - simple, but tasty spreadThere is no need to decorate, because the vibrant colors of the jewelry is enough to make your party feel festive. I planned a simple menu ahead of time. Nothing too fussy. We had cucumber sandwiches, veggies & hummus, fruit skewers, chocolate chip cookies and lemon cupcakes with blackberry frosting. 

Fruit Skewers

 

Veggie and Hummus PlatterI chopped the veggies and fruit and put those plates together the night before. I also made the cucumber sandwich filling that night, but waited to put it on the bread until a couple of hours before the party so the sandwiches wouldn’t be soggy. 

Cucumber SandwichesThe hummus and cookies were store bought. There’s no shame in that game! 

Chocolate Chip CookiesGood is good. It doesn’t matter if it was made by your hand or another as long as it makes the belly happy, right? So just relieve yourself of the pressure to have homemade everything from scratch. If you do like to cook or bake, pick one or two items and go all out with those. 

{Noonday Trunk Show Spread} Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting That’s what I did with the cupcakes. I found a great recipe on Pinterest {from Baker by Nature} that I really wanted to try out. I made the cupcakes one evening earlier in the week and froze them. Did you know that you can do that? You can’t even tell the difference. I set them out on the counter the evening before to thaw out, and made the frosting the morning of. These were absolutely delicious! I’ll be making these again during the summer. They’re also really tasted chilled, FYI. :) 

{Noonday Trunk Show Spread} Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting

To go along with the food, I made my Sparkling Cranberry Lemonade {a fan favorite} and of course, had freshly brewed coffee. I have a stash of mason jars and daisy lids that I bought for my sister’s bridal shower. I have used these over and over for parties. Over time, I spend less money than I would on paper cups and it just seems a little more special. 

Noonday Trunk ShowI buy paper straws {or select some from my stash} in coordinating colors. This time, I picked up some black paper flags that you can stick onto the straws and had everyone write their name on them with a chalk pen. Super fun and festive! 

Noonday Trunk ShowWe had so much fun that afternoon! We all really enjoyed learning about the mission and history of Noonday and each piece {OK…and trying on all of the amazing jewelry!}. If you are interested in hosting your own trunk show, you can find more info on the Noonday website.

I hope you’ll take a little time to look at their website, read about this amazing company and take a look at their unique jewelry and bags! 

Have a great day! 

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Neutral Fall Table

The official first day of Autumn is next Tuesday! We got a little sneak peek of the weather to come this past weekend. I am so looking forward to it! The fall seems to always be a busy season for us; especially this year. The programs and groups we are a part of relaunch in the fall, there are a lot of birthdays, holidays to plan for…there is just a lot going on! I think it is so important to be intentional about slowing down and carving out time for quiet or to be with people you love. 

I can think of no better way of doing that than to gather around the table and “break bread” with your loved ones. A little warm comfort food and a pretty fall table never hurt anyone, right? ;)

Neutral Fall Table

This year’s fall table is a modern take on the lodge look, with warm neutrals, textures, patterns and layers. It has a cozy feel that can only be made better by a bowl of butternut squash soup. Yes please!

The first layer is my drop cloth table runner that I made for last year’s fall table. I’ve kept it on ever since. It’s a perfect neutral background for any centerpiece with just a hint of texture. My antler candelabra steals the show and sets the stage for a “modern lodge” look. You can find the tutorial for these here {Spoiler alert! They’re crazy easy to make!}. 

Neutral Fall Table

Vintage cloth napkins with a crocheted edge and brown transferware plates sit on top of our every day dishes. I love the contrast of the vintage elements against the more modern bronze-edged plates. 

Neutral Fall Table

On top of each place setting sits a couple of sprigs of rosemary, clipped from the garden and tied together with baker’s twine. It adds a natural element, more texture, and it smells great! :)

Neutral Fall Table

Neutral Fall Table

Neutral Fall Table

It’s simple, but warm and inviting. What will be on your table this fall?

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