DIY Wedding Guestbook Tutorial With Free Printable

asouthernmother
May 19, 2016
Kentucky wedding guestbook tutorial

It’s hard to believe that Jeremy and I will have been married two weeks this upcoming Saturday. Our wedding day passed by in a blink, and I regret that I didn’t get to really enjoy our day. I’m just happy to finally be married to the man that I love dearly, and we can enjoy our lives together; isn’t that what your wedding is supposed to be about? I did lots of DIY projects for our wedding including our wedding guestbook to save money. I was inspired a bit for my projects by what I saw online from other weddings as well as photographs from the wedding photographers is known for. The biggest factor in making as many wedding DIY projects as we could was definitely because I wanted our day to be really personal to us. If I can give you one piece of advice about a guestbook, make sure it is located somewhere that everyone has to pass by. I tried to space out our reception area, and in an attempt to do-so, I managed to put our guestbook and favors in a place where very few people actually seen them. Sadly, I’ve sent our guestbook with Jeremy on more than one occasion to have people we know were there to sign it. Jeremy and I got married on Kentucky Derby Day, so everything about our wedding had a Kentucky theme, right down to his Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel Groom’s Cake and homemade Bourbon Ball favors with recipe cards (I’ll be sharing that tutorial in a later post). Jeremy and I both travel fairly often, but no matter where we go, Kentucky will always be our home. I decided to make a Kentucky themed wedding guestbook using my Cricut, vinyl, and paint. You could also recreate this without a Cricut, but that would require a little more artistic skill. If you’re planning on a lot of do-it-yourself projects for your wedding, I highly recommend investing in a Cricut. This project took roughly 30 minutes to complete. There are other vinyl cutting machines out there too if you don’t want a circuit! Once you have a cutting machine, you will use it all the time to create nifty projects. Kentucky wedding guestbook tutorial

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Personalized Pillow: Crafty Christmas

asouthernmother
December 16, 2015
personalized pillow

I’ve made quite a few Christmas gifts using my Cricut Explore since I received it. This year I signed up to participate in a DIY Secret Santa with a few of the other Cricut bloggers. It can be challenging to make something for someone that you don’t know very well; thankfully after a little browsing over on her blog, a few things came to mind. I needed to create something that wasn’t heavy or too big to ship, because she lives a few states away. I’ve been making personalized pillows for a few other friends and family, and I decided it would be a nice gift for her. Personally, I love personalized item and a personalized pillow could be used throughout her home.
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They’re super simple to make and they aren’t terribly expensive either. Here’s a quick tutorial, and a run down of where I purchased my supplies.
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Something Old Becomes Something New With Chalk Finish Paint

asouthernmother
March 31, 2015

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Chalk finish paints are a growing trend in home decor. The beautiful soft finish easily compliments almost any style, and the forgiving nature of the paint itself is practical for even the most inexperienced DIY-er. Chalk paint makes it easy to take something old and create a beautiful new piece of furniture for your home. Older pieces of furniture are often built from higher quality components than you can find on the market today, so even if it’s been roughed up, you can breathe new life into it and create a piece you’re proud to display. You can even use chalk paint on old doors, you can even use them on garage doors, though it would need to thoroughly cleaned to help the paint adhere. You would also need to be careful and not paint the mechanisms or else you would find yourself with a stuck door and needing to call a service like https://www.kingsgaragedoors.us/ to get it unstuck. The same goes for any table furniture that unfolds or has drawers, don’t paint over those screws or hinges. It’s just one of those things to keep in mind when you’re going on a home improvement rampage.
Brand name chalk finish paints can be pricey, but I found a cheaper alternative. I’m going to share my recipe for mixing your own chalk finish paint, and my experience taking a heavily worn old table and making a beautiful new dining table for our home.

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