Photo Collage

Sunday, September 15, 2013

 We first saw this layout for a photo collage at a friend's house, and I immediately wanted to do it for our guest bedroom! I love that together the frames make a substantial piece of art that fill the wall without being cluttered. I also like that we can change out the photos or use it in any house we move into.  I purchased all of the frames at Michael's with 40% off coupons, so the total ended up being about $80.  I didn't think that was bad considering a piece of art that large would have cost at least that much!   The photos are of our immediate family who stay in the room when they visit.  We used all sepia tone photos for a consistent look. 

Although this layout could be done with any size frames, this is what I used:
Three-8x10" Photo frames with Mat (used vertically)
Three-5x7" Photo frames with Mat (used horizontally)

The key is to make sure the outer edges all line up, so the outside edges create a perfect rectangle. Since the frames are all different sizes the gaps between them will all be different, but if the outside lines up your eye won't notice! 

Bloody Mary Bar

Sunday, September 8, 2013

For my husband's birthday this year we hosted a brunch complete with this Bloody Mary Bar!  All of the ingredients were set out so everyone could make their own just how they like it. I also had champagne and orange juice available for those who prefer Mimosas.  We plan on doing it again this football season! Here's what we included in the Bloody Mary Bar:

Vodka selection
Bloody Mary mix
Clamato Juice
Hot Sauces: Franks, Tabasco, and Sriracha

Cocktail Shrimp
Lemons & Limes
Beef Sticks
Celery Salt

Skewers & Toothpicks
Fun Straws (I set out many colors so they doubled as drink markers)

Champagne Tags

Sunday, September 1, 2013

I knew I had to do something with this quote, since it is so true for me:

"Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions.  Sometimes the special occasion is that you've got a bottle of champagne in the fridge".-Hester Browne

I decided to make some bottle tags to give with Champagne as a gift!

I started with these mini-frames from Michael's which are found in the dollar bins for $2 each.

 I typed, printed, and cut out the quote to inset in each frame.  I threaded ribbon through the holes of the frame and tied a knot in the back, so it could hang from the neck of the bottle as a gift tag.

 Since the frame is left in-tact, it will stand on its own without the ribbon too, which would make for a cute favor along with a mini bottle of bubbles!

Since I love this so much and always have a bottle in my fridge to celebrate whatever life brings, I hung it up in my fridge for a little 'fridge decor'!

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