Style Secrets from Robert Frost

robertfrostheadingEnglish majors everywhere might strike me from English-major-kingdom for the superficiality of my interpretation of Robert Frost’s “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening,” but I like to think that even the most die-hard of all literature-ites need a little lightness in their poetry readings, yes? I hope. Anyway, even if I’m the only one who likes to read a poem for its surface value and initial imagery it inspires once in awhile, I don’t really care because it’s Friday and everyone should just take a deep breath and stop trying so hard, don’t you think?

 I love this poem. It’s simple, yet Frost makes you feel as if you’re really in the snowy woods with his speaker. When I read it, I immediately think of white, gold and silver, quiet simplicity, someone searching for a spot of warmth, and a person in the midst of a journey…translation: a perfect wedding inspiration! White with touches of gold and silver,  and simple, rustic decor that will help the new couple begin their journey in a beautiful way:  polka dot lace veil

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kate spade glitter heels

Polka dot lace veil | Recycled wine bottles | spray-painted baby’s breath | neutral paper pom-poms | Gold cake | Kate Spade Glitter heels 

– <3 A. 

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DIY Valentines Paper Topiary

diy valentine centerpieceLast February, the House That Lars Built blog did a DIY about a paper topiary for a handmade wedding and I instantly fell in love with the idea. Inspiration I suppose gives foundation for inspiration, and when I saw the wedding topiary, I thought how cute it would be to exchange the topiary leaves for paper-hearts and make it into a Valentines centerpiece. The steps are the same, the only differences are my “leaves” are paper-hearts and I added a little message to the topiary centers. It’s actually so much simpler than the end product looks, the project is super cheap, (yay! VMMV loves cheap!) and yet it looks oh-so Valentine classy without getting lovey-dovey-cheap-and-yucky:


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And you will also need a little duct tape! I left it out of the picture but you’ll see it in the steps. So, I said earlier this was cheap, but how cheap was it? I already had the pots, the moss, wire, and tape, but none of those items are over about $2.00. The paper was $0.29 a piece, the embroidery hoops were $0.99 for the small size and $1.49 for the large size and, you get two topiarys per one hoop because I used both the inner and outer hoops. Not too pricey, yes?
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For the pots, make sure you get ones that have skinny tops. The hoop needs to hit both sides of the pot without sinking too far in or else the topiary will look funny.


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This portion sounds time consuming but it’s really not. Once you have a heart cut out for each size you want, just save one heart from each size as a template. Once you get going, the cut-outs really only take a few minutes, but, if you’re pressed for time, just make the hearts bigger, it would still look cute. Untitled-21

personalized valentine

This part is really optional. In the original DIY by the House That Lars Built, she had two options for the topiary centers: silhouettes of the marrying couple, or, their initials. You could still do either of those for the Valentines topiary, but I thought the words were pretty cute. You could probably just buy some punch-out words  that would make this step a lot quicker but I had a particular font in mind that I wanted so I elected to cut it out myself.

And that’s it! Like I said, it may appear complicated but I surprised myself by how quickly it went and it has quite the chic, overall effect for a holiday that can quite easily venture into the cheesy category.

diy valentines heart paper topiary diy valentines topiary diy valentines decorations diy valentines centerpieces– <3 A.

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DIY Monogram Wedding Dress Hanger


Yarn: Yarn, yarn, yarn, yarn.  Since I had to buy a whole skein for my yarn ornaments, I’ve been working on getting rid of it and I’m finding innumerable uses for this wonder-string besides it’s actual purpose. This project sort of evolved from something else and, as you might be able to tell, it didn’t quiteee evolve far enough but I decided to show you anyway since fails happen in real life and it wouldn’t be completely fair if I edited all of mine out. Did you figure out my fail yet from the picture? Yep, I forgot the “Mrs.” I was rather crestfallen after I had finished it, taken pictures, settled down to edit and post, and it hit me…Lightsey what? Mrs. Lightsey! Ugh. Oh well. You get the idea, yes? I’m putting part of the blame on the fact that I originally saw a project for making yarn words here and decided it was so cute I wanted to do it. When I decided I wanted to do my last name, I suddenly realized if I took the DIY a little further, it could be exactly like the wedding dress hangers that have recently become oh-so-popular with the bride’s new last name gracing the hanger of the all-important dress. Somehow, it slipped my mind that those three little letters, M-R-S, were also a slightly essential addition to the name change. Anyway, here it is with my fail and without a Mrs.:

DIY Monogram Wedding Dress Hanger
you will need: 
-coated wire
-hot glue
-wooden hanger

monogram hangerIt took about four feet of wire to do a word with eight letters in it. Depending on what you’re writing and how big you want it, this might vary. This coated wire is super cheap and comes in spools though so it’s easy to adjust the length. The original DIY I got the idea from used coated clothesline instead of electrical wire, but I already had this wire so I made it work.

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Use hot-glue to secure the yarn at the beginning of the word and then just start wrapping. It looks like it would take centurys, but you get into a rhythm and it actually goes pretty quick. make sure you’re wrapping very tightly, otherwise the wire will show through and it will look messy. I didn’t cut my yarn into smaller strips while I was winding even though you might be tempted to. Too many seams in the word will also make it look messy so hang in there and don’t cut it until the end! DSC_0517 copyYou could hot glue your word to your hanger if you want it to be more permanent, but I chose to tie it on with invisible wire since I think I’m going to be using the word for other things, and (bonus), since I did it wrong anyway, I can easily cut the wire and fix it once I’m over my frustration and ready to do it again.



There you have it for your Monday: some truthful confessions of a DIY fail. I think it’s cute even partially finished, and, for a winter wedding, the yarn is a cozy little touch instead of the hard, silver wire these monogram hangers are usually done with. Another plus, you don’t have to go white, you can easily customize the yarn- color to whatever your colors are.  Happy new week everyone!

– <3 A. 

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