Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Purple wedding flowers: Designing for my best friend!

When I was all of 14 years old, I took my first floral design class. I remember being so excited that I was able to make my own homecoming mum and play with flowers for a grade. Little did I know that I would continue to design for more than a decade and it would become a huge passion of mine.

This past weekend, I was honored to be a part of my very best friend's wedding, not only as matron of honor but also as her floral designer. (Ambitious, I know. ) We've been friends since literally 3 months old, so I can say we've been together for a lifetime! So, it was natural for me to give her the gift of design.

I snapped some photographs of us hanging out and designing. She was the most chill bride of all time, giving me creative carte blanche (which I lllooooove!). Purple wedding flowers are so hot right now, so I loved mixing all the gorgeous shades. The wedding turned out to be beeeeautiful, so I'll share those images later. I just love a good wedding...gives you the warm fuzzies. I was definitely feeling the love!

Enjoy!

Almost the final product.

The start of something beautiful.
My bride is super excited!
I normally don't put my bride and mother of the bride to work, but they insisted!


All prepped and ready to wrap it up!


Me doin' my thang.






Monday, May 28, 2012

World map wall collage and travel-inspired bedroom

Hi friends! 

When I started thinking about decorating our new home, I wanted the decor to truly represent who we are. I wanted unique and whimsical art that really made a statement.

When my hubs and I first started dating, I remember this giant world map where his mom kept track of their travels with little stickers. It used to stir up my wanderlust and want to fill my own map with little dots. When I found a big blue map at a flea market, I knew I wanted to do something cool with it and start documenting our own travels.

 
I decided to deconstruct it by cutting out the continents and mod podging them to blank canvas our filling frames with the pieces. I arranged frames until I was happy with the layout and traced the frames. I tried to get as much land as possible, and even used tiny frames for the Hawaiian Islands and Tahiti. Don't leave out any destination you might one day explore! I also included some photographs of some of my travels. My eventual goal is to expand the collage with more photographs and souvenirs.


I first mod podged the edges of the canvas with bluish scrapbook paper and mod podged the map pieces on top. To make it even more unique, I decided to wrap the collage around a corner in my guest bedroom. I moved a few things when I started to arrange them, and I was super excited about the way it turned out!




Finish off the room with stacked suitcases, postcard pillow and fun accessories to finish out the travel-inspired look.




A look at the other side of the room




Ahhhh...now I can take a nap and dream about travelling the world! One day I'll have that wall full...I might need a new room! :)

Love,

Kayli

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Cowgirl Up!

Coastal Charm

DebbieDoo's Newbie Party

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Under Construction

Along with a little spring cleaning of our new house, I feel it's due time to give my little blog a facelift, as well! Taking some time to revamp, reevaluate and revive my site, so bear with me!

See you soon, friends!

Kayli

Friday, May 18, 2012

Pursuit of Passion

Hi friends!

Well, if my lack of updates lately tells you anything about my current state, it is very telling! Busy busy girl right now. I had a phenomenal experience at Texas School of Professional Photography...even more amazing than I thought it would be! Made great new friends, had fantastic instructors, had way too much fun...it should be illegal!  Trey and Elizabeth Homan of San Antonio opened their heart and soul, showed us the ins and outs of their incredible photography business and inspired us all to go out into our little worlds and make a difference with the art we make. Love it!

Here are a few of the fun shoots we got to do:





"Jersey Mike" was the only guy out of 30 girls...lucky man!






Gosh, now I know why photographers love dancers so much. Those girls were incredible! So, I've had the chance to help a few of my new friends from class with some design work, helping them revamp or design logos for their businesses...it has been a blast! Now, I'm looking at my blog in a new light and will soon give it a little revamp of its own.

The magic of summer is right around the corner, so some much-needed down time is in store. After the wild whirlwind of a spring we've had, I can't wait to focus on ME for a while and what makes me really happy. A big part of what makes me happy is this blog, and every time I guiltily see that I've made a whopping ONE post a month, it makes me realize how much I'm neglecting my passion in pursuit of the busy-ness that consumes my world. Just barely keeping afloat.

So, starting at 5 p.m. today, I have a rare weekend at home, ALONE. Woo hoo! I can already feel the warm PJs and lounging coming on, AFTER I organize my craft room that currently looks like a Hobby Lobby explosion of glitter, beads and feathers. There is no better feeling than getting your house in order. It makes me so much more productive, in so many aspects of my life. 

So, bear with me as I get my blog in order as well. It needs a little TLC and I'm excited to give it the love it deserves! Have a good one, weekend warriors~

XOXO Kayli