front porch

This is a lesson on what you can do with free crap!

{round 1} the alley chair.  My mom and I were on a week long thrift store, swap meet shopping spree.  We stopped by a local reclaimed furniture shop only to be disappointed with their lack of stock in the storefront.  On our exit down the nearby alley, I made an abrupt stop.  My mom, very confused, asked what I was doing.  I ignored her inquiry, proceeded to open the trunk and threw in this awesome, FREE chair.  It's exactly what I wanted for the porch!

{round 2} the alley suitcase.  Down the alley I went one morning on my way to work when I found myself in a familiar situation opening the trunk of my car.  You see it's a love-hate relationship with the alley behind our home.  I love that I found this awesome suitcase otherwise destined for the landfill.  But I hate when people dump couches, mattresses, la-z-boys, etc. expecting others to take care of their waste. Well anyway, there are so many things I can do with this suitcase.  And it was FREE so who cares if it gets a little weather worn!  

{round 3} the diy yarn wreath.  Pretty much the easiest fool-proof craft out there.  Took me longer to decide how to do the ruffle adornment than it did to wrap the yarn around the straw form. Inspiration found here. Tutorial here. The yarn is from Michaels and the gray felt for the ruffle is from a thrift store SCORE!

{round 4} the flower clothespin.  Left over from my nephews baby shower, I use this clothespin to attach out going mail to the mailbox.  Funny thing (or not) this is the second one I've put out...someone stole the first one (mail person?).  


mr. and mrs. guethle {1 year anniversary}

I'm so excited about this post because this is my middle little sister's wedding!  With great pleasure I share photos on this 1 year wedding anniversary of mr. and mrs. guethle, married 8.14.10 in Parkville, Missouri.

cake topper handmade by the bride

check out that amazing bustle

wedding dress by pronovias
flowers by shackelford botanical designs
vintage monogramed handkerchief
her something borrowed and something blue
father of the bride, future son-in-law moment
flowers made from scrapbook paper for the aisle
baby's breath pew decorations

reception held at the olde mill

jones soda favors with personalized labels from my own labels


mr. and mrs. wagner {1 year anniversary}

8.7.10 was the day Lilah Wylie and Jon Wagner married at the beautiful Ultimate Skybox at Diamond View Towers in downtown San Diego.  The wedding was DIY dream, I hope you enjoy this 1 year anniversary recap of the Wagner wedding!

johnny cash ice sculpture
made by the needhams
mr. & mrs. message flags

custom bottle labels
from my own labels
custom artwork 
created by the groom
custom artwork 
made by the groom used to identify tables
individual table cakes with grooms artwork 
made by grove pastry shop

chocolate candies

personalized favor boxes

custom thank you signs
made by the groom

For more photos of the wedding please visit Aquario Studio.