DIY Decorations for a Bridal Shower -Blooming Tissue Heart

I am a do-it-yourself kinda gal so I have been very busy working on decorations for my daughter’s bridal shower that took place this past weekend, it was great having this project to concentrate on rather than our drizzly wet weather here in the lower mainland of Vancouver, more like January then May.  Way too much rain – think my toes are beginning to web!  So to pass the time I

Blooming paper flower heart

went on a tissue paper flower making blitz and then got the great idea to create a big heart.  I found a small sheet of foam that was used for packing and drew out a large heart and then cut out a smaller heart inside so that the heart would be blank in the middle.  Then I attached the paper flowers – I think this heart took about 36 blooms to make it full which is three packages of  tissue.  I then added some little pale pink hearts to the top and I had some pearl string beads I was using for a wrist corsage so thought that might add little  glamour to the heart. 

I also put together a small garland with the flowers on some white tulle and created a couple of bouquets for the table.  For one of the bouquets I used a cookie box for the vase – but first I painted it with some Gesso and then modge podged on green tissue paper and then a photo of the lovely young couple and added a final coat of modge podge with a sprinkle of iridescent sparkles.  I added some of the blue tulle I had as filler for the hand-made vases and to incorporate the wedding colours.  I was pleased how everything turned out and also that some of the items can be used for the wedding reception.  Still have some more flowers to make but they come together pretty quickly.  I am really love creating party decor – it has always been something I enjoy doing and it is fun being creative.

Til next time

Michelle

My Little Whispers to Take Different Path

Black Duck - isn't he beautiful!

This morning when I was out walking my dog, I went the opposite way that I normally do in my morning routine and discovered some beautiful cherry blossoms on the trees and a lovely forsythia bush in full bloom.  I would not have noticed these if I hadn’t listened to the little whisper in my head to go the opposite way this morning.  I even snitched a couple of sprigs from the forsythia and some cherry blossoms to bring a little bit of spring into my home.  Seeing these blooms inside with me for a few days will remind me that spring is just around the corner. 

When I was out for a walk last week I took some pictures of the ducks at the pond down the road from me

Beautiful Black Duck

 – there was one  in particular that caught my eye, it was a beautiful all black duck with red on his beak, very unusual and I can’t recall every seeing one like this before.  I love to take pictures when I am out on my walks in hopes that they may be used in an inspirational slide show at a later time.  A few years ago I compiled a slide show with photos I have taken on various vacations and added some inspirational quotes to each slide and some great music – A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and That’s Life by Michael Buble (sorry couldn’t get the ‘ over the e).  I have watched this slide show many, many times and it always puts me in a better mood and inspires me to keep going when life seems to be a bit of a struggle or I am needing to be energized. 

I enjoy finding ways to creatively inspire myself when I am not feeling particularly motivated or frustrated with the ups and downs of life.  Going for a walk helps lift my spirit and taking the time to really observe what is around me, the birds singing, the blossoms, the wind blowing the branches, 

Signs of Spring

 the puddles from the recent rain and the rain drops still clinging to the tree branches.  Observing nature gives me a lift and makes me feel so much better and I feel revitalized and I notice a real shift in my mood. 

 So if you are needing an energy boost get outside and take time to be in the NOW and observe nature and all its wonder….pretty sure when you return to you will feel rejuvenated.

Til next time

Michelle