Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Guest Blogger.....Arlington Mama

Today's guest blogger, Annie from Arlington Mama, is truly one of a kind. She has been such a great friend to me that we decided recently that we should just be neighbors....she really is that great! Her wisdom and encouragement have meant so much to me. And did I mention she is pretty creative too! Just keep reading and you will know just what I am talking about.....

Hello CC friends! It's so great to be over here at Carmella's place. She has become a quick friend, as we have so much in common!  She just might be my long-lost sister or something; I'm sure of it.  She's the best, but you know that!

So my blog is a little bit of everything, but today I thought I'd tell you a bit about some of the crafting I've been doing lately for a wedding that I'm working on for a friend of mine.  I'm cheap and green (somewhat), so this decor is a challenge in creativity that I absolutely love!  It ties into my cheapness philosophies on financial and environmental responsibility well.  ;)

Okay, so the theme of the wedding is kinda antiquey-vintage-country, and the colors are yellow and grey, and the budget is shoestring.  She's getting married outdoors at this gorgeous little farmhouse, and there will only be 40 guests.  Okay, you with me so far?

So there will be 6 guest tables, and this is kinda what they're going to look like.
I've already changed it a little, but you get the gist.

At each place setting we are going to put these to double as place cards and favors.

They are baby food jars, wrapped in lace and grey ribbon, with a printout of the person's name on card stock.  They have tealight candles in them, and I think it will look pretty and sparkly when they're all lit as the sun is setting.  

The centerpiece is going to be a quart-sized Mason jar with flowers in it, and I'm going to put one of these in each to identify the table numbers.
It's basically a little wooden disc painted with the numbers, outlined with various things (ball chains, gold cording, a gift bag handle) with ribbon and raffia as bows hot-glued to sticks from my backyard.  I LOVE the way they turned out, and when they're in flowers, they'll stand a lot better.

The only things I actually bought for this project was the yellow raffia and the discs, probably about $3-4 total.  I LOVE the challenge of finding things that I already have and repurposing them into something beautiful.  Frugal and green!

This is for the front table to direct people to the ceremony.
I'll be posting about how I made it over at Arlington Mama soon.

And excuse the iPhone photo, but I made this for the photo booth that will be set up with all sorts of goodies like boas, big glasses, stick mustaches, and more!
The idea came from something I saw on Pinterest.  Also, the swallows are the same ones from her invitations.  I love making it cohesive with graphics.
This is my next project to tackle.  It's for the backdrop of the altar.  If you want to see the finished product, then come and see me at Arlington Mama!  The wedding is on October 1st, but I've been giving everyone sneak peeks.  I hope you'll come by and see me!  

Annie, thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us! I am so lucky to have met you and thanks much for covering for me today so that I would have a little more time to stare at your long lost nephew ;)


  1. I love Arlington Mama so I figured I'd like you too and I definitely do! I'm a new follower. I'd love if you follow me back but no pressure :-).

  2. Thanks for having me today, Carmella! I hope you're getting good snuggles with that sweet baby today!!

  3. Ummmmm, I love ALL of this. You have really done a terrific job tying everything in & your definitely achieving the vintage country look. Yellow & grey were great color choices!

  4. This is going to be such a beautiful event. I love all the handcrafted details.

  5. My favorite picture is the one with the picture frame because the baby is totally passed out in the background...he looks like 4 am at a frat party.

  6. I am sure that the wedding was just perfect! Everything looks so beautiful, I wish I was the 41st guest!


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