my anniversary + wedding invitations from nashville

Today is my second anniversary! {Happy anniversary, hubsy!} Some days I can’t believe it’s already been two whole years, and other days I can’t believe it’s only been two little years. I absolutely adore my husband and am beyond grateful to spend the rest of my days with him. He is my favorite! When it came time to think about wedding invitations, we (read: I) really wanted something that was unique with a hint of vintage. I asked a friend who is a fantastic graphic designer if he would design them for us, and he did such an awesome job. I loved our invitations!

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As I mentioned last month when I shared my engagement party invitations and wedding planners with you, we have the privilege of being closely involved in the engagement season of two newly engaged couples. They will soon be choosing their own wedding invitations, so it’s inspired me to share with you a collection of my favorite wedding invitations from Etsy. All of these designers are from Nashville and do some incredible work. I also thought I’d share one of my own recent creations to start us off.

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>>> Bright Floral Wedding Invitation | The Refurbished Life

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>>> Chalkboard Wedding Invitation | Townley Designs

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>>> Turquoise & White Wedding Invitation | Handmade By Tim

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>>> Sunglasses Wedding Invitation | Tennessee Weddings

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>>> Colorful Hipster Chevron Wedding Invitations | Tennessee Weddings

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>>> Sophisticated Vintage Floral Shower Invitation | Paperseal

{I know that last one isn’t a wedding invitation, but I just thought it was so pretty!}

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. | Genesis 2:24

diy name place cards + holders for easter

I can’t believe tomorrow is Easter! We had an amazing Good Friday service last night at church called “Come To The Cross.” It was so inspiring and moving. Several people from our church wrote original music for the evening, and it was absolutely beautiful. I pray that as you prepare for Easter Sunday that you set aside time to thank God for the sacrifice He made giving up His Son to pay the price for our wrong-doing. I am forever grateful for Jesus.

As you know from previous posts this month, we’re having Easter dinner at my mom’s house. Nonetheless, I was doing a little creating earlier this week and came up with this simple way to make name place cards for your guests.

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Simply pick up a pack of clothespins from your local dollar store, and some washi tape from your local craft store.

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Put a piece of washi tape on the outside of the clothespin. Cut the excess tape off from the sides, top and bottom. And, that’s it! To use them, just stand them up on their end so that the clamping part of the clothespin is facing upward.

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And, here are some printable name place cards for you to use for your festivities tomorrow. Simply write your guests’ names in the center of each card, and your table will be complete!

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And the third day He will rise again. | Luke 18:33b

easter centerpiece round-up

Today is Good Friday. We watched The Passion of the Christ last night as we prepared to meditate throughout this day on the sacrifice our Lord Jesus made on the cross. I am freshly riveted and sobered by His great love and His overwhelming death and resurrection. My perspective on what’s truly important has been renewed. My life is and must continue to be solely for His glory. All of the cares of this world shrink to nothing as I look upon the cross, fixing my eyes ever on Jesus. I am grateful beyond what I can express in words for Jesus and my relationship with Him. I encourage you today to look to Him, turn your eyes upon Him, live for Him.

For your Easter Sunday celebration I’ve searched high and low to round-up all the best of the best of Easter centerpieces to adorn your table. Not to worry, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a DIY addict or just looking for something quick and easy to put on the table. As I mentioned earlier this month when I shared all of my Easter creations (which you can see here), we’ll be spending Easter Sunday at my mom’s house. However, I just couldn’t help but put together my own Easter centerpiece to enjoy this season. It’s simple and I can leave it up after Easter.

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I got the vase and flowers from The Hob for just $20 total (2 stems of paper flowers for $5 a piece, vase for $10). The salt and pepper shakers (aren’t they adorable?!?!) are from Anthropologie. My husband bought them for me at Christmas. What a guy!

As you are planning your own table scape and centerpiece ideas for Easter Sunday, here are some awesome ways to simply bump up the decor on your Easter table.

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{Birds Party Blog}

blog.hwtm.com

{Hostess With The Mostess}

elizabethannedesigns.com

{Elizabeth Anne Designs}

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{Isbandyti Receptai}

picklee.com

{Style Me Pretty}

pjallseasons.blogspot.nl

{All Seasons}

stoneblossomflorals.com

{Stone Blossom}

stylemepretty.com

{Style Me Pretty}

thecardswedrew.com

{The Cards We Drew}

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{Yellow Bliss Road}

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. | Psalm 23:5

diy easter eggs + easter printables

Easter is nearly here! I’ve been bringing out the Easter decor and love seeing all the Easter-y projects around the web, especially on Pinterest, of course. I’ve displayed my DIY metallic Easter eggs on the credenza (which you can take a look at here), and my dining room centerpiece is in place (take a look later this week here). My next project was to make my own decorative Easter eggs to display in Sunday’s Easter baskets. This is a majorly simple project that cost just a few bucks.

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I grabbed a package of craft eggs from Walmart for just $2 (12-pack) and used my colorful permanent Sharpie markers to draw some simple patterns on each of the eggs. It just took a few minutes, and now they’re ready for their new home inside an Easter basket this weekend!

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Here are a couple of Easter printables for you as well. They are formatted to fit a 5″x7″ frame. Happy Easter!

He is risen printable Come to the cross printable

The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. | Psalm 119:130

simple salmon + asparagus

We had our good sister-friend Amy over for dinner earlier this week to thank her (finally!) for taking our Christmas photos last year. She’s an amazing photographer (you can see her work here!), and a dear friend. We decided on one of our favorites: salmon with asparagus. Yum with yum. This is one of the easiest meals ever, so don’t blink cuz you might miss the instructions. ;)

We started with three half-pound salmon filets. Then, we lightly seasoned them with butter, dill, sea salt, and fresh cut lemon slices.

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We put three pats of butter in the bottom of a glass baking dish and placed the three filets on top of each pat of butter.

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Then, we sprinkled dill and sea salt over the top of each filet, put another pat of butter, and added three fresh cut lemon slices atop each filet as well.

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We stuck them in the oven on 350 degrees for 20 minutes and let them soak in all that lemon-buttery goodness. While it was baking, we washed and cut the asparagus and put it in a cast iron pan with some olive oil to grill.

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We served it up with something to drink and voila! The most simple and delicious meal ever. Enjoy!

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If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. | James 2:15-17

diy garden markers

I’m not a gardener. My mom loves it. I used to joke that we could be walking down any street in any city and mom would be able to tell you the name of every plant, flower and tree. She’s like a walking encyclopedia of gardening wisdom. My husband also has quite the green thumb and loves to be outside planting this time of year. He recently planted some roses and other beauties that should be springing up any week now with blooms. Can’t wait!

Since I have a black thumb, I determined that I could still participate in the gardening adventure since I do have a green thumb of sorts in all things DIY. :) I derived these clever ways to make garden markers for all the lovelies that are coming soon in our backyard.

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First, I took the lids from some of my un-used canning jars and spray painted them with this awesome chalkboard spray paint.

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Then, I bought some dowels from The Hob and hot glued them to the backs of the adorned lids.

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When they were dry, I grabbed my chalk marker and wrote the names of the plants on each of the lids and took them outside to place them in the appropriate spots in the garden. I love these! They’re so cute, and were so easy to make. I’ll be making more soon since we just planted a boat-load of hydrangeas this week… my favorite!

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I also picked up some white tile corners from Home Depot, grabbed my sharpie and created these simple markers for the herb garden. Love it!

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For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody. | Isaiah 51:3

diy washi tape vases

Isn’t washi tape a crafters dream?!? You can use it on most anything to take something from drab to spectacular. It’s easy to use and makes quite a statement. Do you ever think, “I wish I would’ve thought of that idea!” ??? No? Okay, maybe that’s just my inner inventive-voice. ;) That’s how I feel about washi tape. So clever and super useful.

Since I had some left over vases from a recent event, I thought I’d put them to good use for spring with some washi tape. My Dollar Tree up the road is awesome. They had washi tape for A DOLLAR! I told my husband about this amazing deal and he just gave me a blank stare. Obviously the phenomenon of washi tape hasn’t been made known to him yet.

I determined three different simple strategies for using the washi goodness and in a jiffy I had these adorable spring-time vases that will have flowers placed in them very soon. Happy spring!

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But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. | 2 Corinthians 4:7

diy easter napkins + napkin rings

Can you believe Easter is just 10 days away?!? Seems like Valentine’s Day was just yesterday! Just talked to mom today about the Easter meal, and it’s going to be deeee-licious! My mother always puts together a beautiful table scape for family dinners and holiday meals. I am blessed to have grown up with a mom who truly understands the value of being the heart of her home, and lives with excellence when entertaining in her home.

Even though I won’t be putting together my own Easter table this year, I’ve still been considering some new and fun ways to make the table beautiful for the next time we entertain guests for dinner. I came up with a couple of awesome ideas that are super inexpensive and easy-peasy to put together.

First, I purchased some “napkins” (they’re really just plain white handkerchiefs, similar to what I used for the Easter dish towels I told you about last week). They were just $0.99 a piece… score! Did you know that if you use permanent marker on fabric and then stick it in the dryer for 30 minutes or so on low that it will keep the marker from washing out (wash on gentle cycle, gentle soap, cold water)? Well, it’s true! That’s what I did for these Easter napkins.

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Then, as I was walking through my favorite Dollar Tree looking for something to transform into a napkin ring, I came across these baby teething rings and immediately had vision for and Easter-y napkin ring project.

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I grabbed my silver metallic spray paint and got to spraying. I sprayed one side first, let it dry, then flipped them over to spray the other side. Also, I sprayed them first in a horizontal motion and then in a vertical motion so as to cover every nook and cranny.

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After they dried completely, I got some faux flowers that I purchased from the Dollar Tree and pulled the flower heads from the stem.

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I got out my weapon of choice, my glue gun, and glued the flowers to the rings. So simple, and they look so pretty for spring!

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“… for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.” | Esther 8:8b

diy dollar store: rhinestone projects

Every month or so I’ll wander around the Dollar Tree up the street (as I’ve mentioned a billion times before) and look for inspiration for projects for my home. Actually, I pray while I’m strolling since I need the help of the Lord to not just throw things in my basket needlessly. :) I love that you can grab something so simple (and inexpensive!) and turn it into something awesome.

My cell phone case recently started falling apart a bit, so I grabbed a plain black iPhone case and a package of sparkly rhinestones (yep, both for just $1) and got to creating.

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I chose something simple for the pattern. And, since the glue can tend to get stringy and all over the place (can I get a witness from all you fellow glue-gun queens?!), I keep a bottle of baby oil handy to help clean up the unwanted dried glue. I love the result!

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Next, we’ve been needing a few extra chip clips for all our snacky foods. So I picked up a pack of clips (you guessed it… just $1) and some spray paint, and grabbed the rhinestones I used on the phone case.

I started by spray painting them gray. After it dried, I glued rhinestones down the middle of each of the clips. And the great thing about them is that they’re also magnetic.

Loving these Dollar Tree finds, and looking forward to more creations as I take my monthly stroll through the aisles this month!

Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. | Psalm 97:11

sunday encouragement + free printables #3

What an incredible weekend! As I mentioned on Friday, I got to attend my church’s women’s retreat at a campy retreat center about an hour from home. The Holy Spirit moved in power, the women were delightful, and the weather was beautiful. Perfection. I’m so grateful for God in my life. I’m so in awe of His miraculous power through the Holy Spirit. I’m so motivated freshly to live for the King and His kingdom.

On this first Sunday of April, and as I reflect on the events of this weekend, I wanted to encourage you to live for Christ. Live by His will, way and word. If you’re reading this and you’re like, “who the heck is Christ, and why would I live for him,” then hop on over to my “about” page to learn more, and feel free to message me as well. I’d love to tell you more about Jesus and my redeemed life in Him.

These printables are for you to enjoy, frame, be encouraged! They are all formatted to a 5″x7″ frame. Have a great week!

psalm 102:15

The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory. | Psalm 102:15

matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. | Matthew 5:6

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Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. | Psalm 34:8