Saturday, September 17, 2016

DIY Doily Runner

After FOUR years of collecting, it's finally complete!
Well...that's a little bit of a lie. 
I used tacky glue to keep all these pretty little ladies in place for hand stitching them together. 
And, the stitching part hasn't exactly happened yet (sewing kinda scares me).
But let me tell you... tacky glue seems to work really well!
I've had it on the table for months, and they have all stayed together just fine. 
Maybe at some point in the dead of winter I'll get around to sewing. Maybe not. ;) 


A doily runner was one of my first ever pins on Pinterest, and so I set out to find a bunch to make a runner of my own...they must have been in high demand, because they sure were hard to find! 
This hunt started when I was living in La Crosse, and I would constantly be checking Goodwill. I would usually find one or two priced at $1.99 ea. 


Then, back up north during one of my trips to the local Salvation Army I found A TON! 
It was really so exciting... Big ones for 25 cents, small ones for 10 cents. WHOOP WHOOP! 



I had two matching doilies, which I put on each end.




Most of the doilies are very unique, vintage, handmade ones.
I do have a couple of those mass produced kind in there too though... but I think that's okay.
They're all pretty to look at in my eyes.




I really do love how it turned out!
And I'm still collecting...I've almost got enough for a second one for gift giving of course.


By the way... I got an Instagram!! 
I know, better late than never right? 

I put the doily runner as my first ever post. :) 

I'm mostly following home decor accounts, and I think that's mostly what I'll be posting as well, so if you would like to be my Instagram friend, here is a link:



Hope y'all are enjoying the start to fall!



Have a blessed week...
~Olivia





Sunday, August 7, 2016

Shabby Chic Wedding at a Polo Farm


Tomorrow marks my best friend's first anniversary!
I posted last year about her shower gift before we made the trek from the northwoods down to Georgia for the big day. It was gorgeous! I couldn't believe that a wedding thrown together in months could have so many charming details, but it did. 
I hope you enjoy...


My gorgeous best friend! 
Wearing a vintage dress that was revamped by her mom and aunts.


There were flowers galore! They consisted of greens cut from her parent's backyard, and a large collection of flowers that we picked out from Whole Foods and Sam's Club the day before.

 The adorable shabby chic photo booth that I only took a picture OF and not IN. 
Decorator girl probs.


Photo booth details

 The drink station



Even the napkins were beautiful! 


 This ended up being my favorite combo of flowers! 
I've always loved hydrangeas (my wedding flower), and spray roses are just soooo romantic! 

 The gift table

 I thought this was hilarious! 
The bride specifically said that she wanted all colors of flowers except for orange... 
Well, somehow one snuck it's way in in all of the bouquets that were bought, and then my mom decided to capture a picture of it without knowing all of that! HA!


Each table had it's own unique grouping of flowers in all different kinds of bottles and jars.


Smaller tables had antique silver trays to ground all of the flowers. 

 This shot gives a good view of the gigantic polo field behind the head table.


 An old bathtub of ice water - definitely needed in the GA heat! 


 The guest book sign in table

 The guest book was yet another treasure made by the bride's aunt. 
The lace on it is from her aunt's wedding dress.

 I loved the collection of white chandeliers in the reception area...all anchored by a gigantic white one in the middle. 

 Another shot of the cute drink bar.

 The stable area
My husband hung the lights! We turned him into a little decorator as well!

 View of the polo field from the farm house where the bride and bride's maids got ready.


 Doesn't get much more "Southern" than this!


 Guests staying cool in the shade while waiting for the ceremony to start.

 Becoming husband and wife!

 The kiss! 
Love all of the groom's brother's faces!

 The gorgeous wedding cake that was made by my little sister and the bride's little sister and later decorated "naked" style by my sister.


I'd say she did a spectacular job! 
She was 19 then and on her way to school for culinary arts - I think she could have taught the classes herself! 

 The wedding party along with the bride and groom's parents.

 Excited for cake!

And last but not least - THIS.
I felt like such an awesome photographer for capturing this sweet moment. :)
Daddy's girl for sure.


~Happy first anniversary Kayli & Olivier! 
Enjoy your second year and the big adventure of parenthood!! 
Love yous.~



Have a blessed week ahead! 

~Olivia






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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tiny Vintage Camper Part 1: The Before Tour

WE BOUGHT A CAMPER!!

You will mostly likely look at these pictures and think I'm crazy...
But, it has been a dream of mine for a few years now to "one day" own a tiny vintage travel trailer.
I have this Pinterest board, I'm a Happy Camper, with tons of tiny little travel trailers - a lot cuter than how this one looks, but believe it or not I have some pins that are this exact camper, just in a lot better condition. We kind of stumbled upon this ugly little thing and became campers owners a lot sooner than expected, but I am soooo excited to be! It is hard to find them this small you know. 
So... please take the before tour and I'll tell you the little that I know about it and my plans for improvement!



Here she is! Naming her Daisy because she's a Shasta...
Get it? Like "shasta daisy" ;) I know, I'm so creative. 
But apparently they have to have a name, and I just wasn't going for my husband's choice of
"The Love Shack". ;) So Daisy it is!


Yea, it scared me a little bit too with it's weird, pink rolled-on paint job and mold/fungus stuff growing all over it. But remember, I have a gift of seeing the "hidden potential". :)


As you can see these pictures are from very early spring...
I am forever behind on my posting, and we currently have this thing completely torn apart.


From my Pinterest research it is somewhere between a 1960 to 1965ish Shasta Compact. 
It's 10 ft long and 12 ft with the tongue.  


Matt found a nickel inside of the wall that was from 1964, so I was thinking maybe that's the year it was built. When I was a little girl and my dad was putting up a wood paneled wall in my room he told me to stick some coins back there with the year on them.
Is that a "thing"? Or is that just my dad being my dad and a coincidence that we found a nickel??


A true diamond in the rough.


So, my loving husband, knowing how badly I loved and wanted a tiny vintage travel trailer, spotted this one sitting in someone's yard. One Saturday he knocked on the guys door and asked him if he would be willing to sell it! haha! He obviously said yes, and we drove off with it thinking we got a steal for $250. You certainly can't find them on Craigslist for that price, but keep in mind that this needs to be completely rebuilt.
And, I have full confidence that we will be exceeding our $1,000 budget. ;)



Now that you've seen the charming exterior, come on in!


It was on it's way to becoming an ice shack, so luckily most of the stuff was torn out already.


See the wings? I'm so glad it still had those.




All the paneling had water damage and has been torn out.


It came with it's very own wasp nest!


It has been hard to find a window, reasonably priced, for where this chunk of wood was in place of the original window. We have decided to get a piece of Plexiglas to put in there - anything will look better than this. 


The source of all the water damage. :'( 


 I was pretty excited about this big stepping stone that was inside! 
It's now outside my garden door.




This was on both sides - it has been hard to remove! 
I'm still working on a few letters.


The dents will get banged out as best we can, and just one set of (working) lights will be there!


Here is a picture with all the junk cleaned out. 
This was the start to their bench for ice fishing.
We will have a full sized bed on this side of the camper, and in the middle of this back wall will be a cabinet area to hold all of our pots/pans. On the right side we may do a bench. 



Well there you have it! 
Glad you could meet Daisy. 
She already looks much prettier, I promise.


Part 2 is to come...hopefully soon. 
The trailer is currently still completely dissembled, but we have a big camping trip planned for the beginning of July, so Matt is working hard every night on it, and I am waiting patiently to paint!


Have a blessed week!


~Olivia