Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

This post is long overdue, but I wanted to get up a few pictures before the end of the month. Here are a few DIY projects and other favorite details from our wedding last year October 3, 2009.

This favor was easy to pull together. I bought these burlap packets of wildflower seeds at Target for only $1 each, then fastened a new tag with a personalized stamp from Modern Art Stamps on etsy.

I really wanted to have a fall wedding but stay away from harvest colors, so I chose natural greens, browns and dark yellows. These bouquets  by Cindy Davis Designs were so beautiful, they really worked to pull the wedding together.

All photographs by Allison Davis Photography. We were so blown away with how well Allison was able to capture the overall spirit of our wedding and our commitment. Especially if you are in the Dallas area, you’ll want to check out Allison Davis and her inspiring photography.

You can also check out more pictures of our wedding on TheKnot.com.

Happy Anniversary dear. 🙂


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Apple Butter

Last weekend Brian’s mom gave us a huge sack of apples from her apple tree! I’ve enjoyed being creative and finding ways to use them all.  As apples begin their season I thought I’d share these easy steps for making and canning apple butter. This is the recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.  I’m glad I used such a traditional recipe — the apple butter turned out exactly how I’d hoped.

4 1/2 pounds tart cooking apples, cored and chopped

3 cups apple cider or apple juice

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnimon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1. Chop apples. Combine apples and cider in an 8 to 10 quart cooking pot. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Let simmer for 30 minutes, covered. Press through food mill or let cool and chop until it becomes pureed pulp. Return to pot.

2. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cook, uncovered, over very low heat for 1 1/2 hours or until very thick.

3. Ladle hot apple butter into hot, sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Process in a boiling-water canner for 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool on racks. It is probably best to read through more detailed canning instructions such as ones found at www.homecanning.com

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I’ve spent time over the last month canning salsa, tomatoes and tomato sauce. I’ve decided not to put up instructions on how to can on the site, because there are lots of great resources about canning out there (and I don’t want to miss a step). I will say however, that canning highly acidic fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, and peaches is really easy.  I think it is a great step toward eating more sustainably. I chose to can local tomatoes that were bought in season from a farmers market, and by preserving them we can eat tomatoes even in the winter!

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DIY Festive Banner

My friend Alex and I worked together on this banner. It turned out cute and was really easy to make!


Small pieces of leftover fabric


Straight Pins

Sewing Machine



1. Begin by choosing 15-20 different fabrics.

2. Measure out a pattern by cutting a triangle that is 10-12 inches from top to tip. Leave about 2 inches “not tapered” at the top in order to fold the fabric over the rope.

3. Pin the pattern to each piece of fabric so that the flags are all the same size, and cut.

4. Fold the top “not tapered” edge of the fabric over the rope.

5. Finally, sew a straight seam under the rope on each flag.

It’s a lot of repetition, but it turns out great. Get creative by stamping solid fabrics or coordinating the fabric for each flag.

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I got this idea from my cousin, Jody Gully. She shared with me how to make these fantastic headbands for girls.


Fake Flowers (You can find great ones in the scrap-booking section area at any craft store, or just use regular silk flowers)

A cloth headband


Scrap-booking brads


1. Pull apart some fake flowers and mismatch them.

2. Fasten flowers together using a scrap-booking brad.

3. Hot glue the flowers to the headband

4. You’re done!

Not only do they make great gifts, but they are easy and economical to make (chances are you have most of the supplies at your house already). Leave a comment with any variations you come up with!

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This DIY project is great for an inexpensive but personal gift! I made about 10 of these last Christmas for friends and family. Some were made into platters and I used smaller plates to make soap dishes. Here are a few examples (I love the height that the platter gives when I use it on a buffet):

Cookie Platter

Soap Dish

I found the dishes and candle holders at thrift stores and flea markets. After matching the pieces together I carefully glued them using epoxy glue (found easily at a craft store). If you try this send me a picture of how yours turns out!

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