72. DIY Wedding: Table Runners

So, I haven’t done one of these posts in a LONG time.  We’ll be married three years this May, and I still have a few of these left up my sleeve.  I got an email the other day asking about our table runners and whether I had written up a tutorial for them…and I haven’t.  I decided to write up some easy instructions in case anyone else was interested!

DIY Fabric Table Runners

First, I picked out some fabric.  I decided to go with cotton, mostly because the print I happened to like was on cotton fabric, but also because it’s the easiest to iron and sew.  I purchased my fabric from fabric.com.


I ended up making about a dozen table runners, each measuring 13″ x 72″ (please note: these are the final measurements AFTER the sewing was finished).  You can make yours narrower or wider, but this worked out well for me because the fabric I chose was 42″ wide and fit three runners across perfectly.

I cut out long rectangles measuring 14″ x 73″.  Next, I ironed a 1/2″ hem down each of the longer sides and sewed a seam down each side.  Then, I repeated this process on each of the shorter sides.  Finally, I ironed the table runners and rolled them up until we were ready to use them.  THAT’S IT.  Easy peasy.


If you have basic sewing machine skills, and you know your way around a tape measure and scissors, this project should be a piece of cake.  It just takes up a chunk of your time!

Thanks for reading, I’ll try to post the last of my wedding projects over the next few weeks!


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68. You should listen to this.

Time for some shameless self-promotion!

Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I am a musician.  I play guitar, sing, and write music.  Back in June, my husband and I decided to start a band.  We started writing new material, and found a fantastic drummer named Paul in July.  It took a few months, but we finally found a bassist (Andrew) and decided on a name: Faux Fiction.  It just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

Last Saturday, we spent 12 hours at Cherry Pit Studios recording our first song, “Dead Weight”.  I am unbelievably proud about how it turned out, and I want everyone to hear it!  EVERYONE.  Including all of my lovely readers. 🙂

If you would do me such an honor, you can listen to our track here:

If you are feeling extra generous, you could follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Thank you for allowing me this self-indulgence.  Not that you really had a choice, but if you made it to the end of this post, I love you.  And I’d love to know what you think!



63. My first jewelry show is Friday!

My Etsy shop has been open for almost three years, but I’ve never made the steps to show my work at craft fairs and markets.  Until now!  My very FIRST jewelry show is this Friday at Bay View Gallery Night! Here’s a link to the event if you’re in the Milwaukee area and would like to stop by: https://www.facebook.com/events/141921984168333

I’m so excited for people to be able to see and touch my items in person.  It really makes a difference in terms of whether or not I’d buy something, so hopefully that translates to other people as well.  Crossing my fingers that I make some sales!

I’m really trying to make sure that my displays are on point, so I’ll be sharing my ideas (and how you can make these displays for yourself) all this week!

Here are a few sneak peeks to tickle yo’ fancy.

Wooden crate jewelry organizer:

crate jewelry storage

Recycled wine crate headband holder:

wine crate storage

I also have an old window frame that I’ll be converting into a necklace display.  The best part: it was FREE!  I totally trash-picked to get it, but it was just laying on the sidewalk begging for me to bring it home.

I hope this got your Monday started off the right way!


39. DIY Wedding: Aisle Pomander Balls

Today I’ll be showing you the pretty pomander balls I used to line the aisles for our wedding ceremony.  This project is so simple, I almost feel guilty calling it a DIY.  Almost.

“DIY” Aisle Pomander Balls


premade pomander balls – I bought mine from afloral.com, but they no longer carry this item. 😦
peacock feathers
hot glue gun & glue sticks


Step 1: Cut ribbon to desired length.  It’s going to be doubled, so if you’d like a 12″ drop length, cut a piece about 24″ long.

Step 2: If your pomanders already have an ugly sheer ribbon (like mine), rip those bad boys out.

Step 3: Using your hot glue gun, fasten your new, much prettier ribbon to the pomander.  Make sure to hide it underneath the flowers so everything stays nice and tidy.

Step 4: Trim the eye of a peacock feather, and attach to the base of the ribbon with hot glue.

peacock feather pomanderStep 5: Hang on a chair and enjoy.

peacock feather pomander aisle decoration

See, I told you this DIY was ridiculously easy!

I still have a long list of projects to share with you, too.  Here are some DIY wedding projects to look forward to reading about:

bride’s/bridesmaids’ fascinators
peacock feather wrist corsages
peacock feather pins
peacock feather boutonnieres
table runners
escort card ribbon board
manzanita branch centerpieces
peacock feather wreaths w/ bride and groom initials
bar sign
bridesmaids’ earrings
card birdcage

Crazy, right?  Hey, it gives me lots of stuff to write about!


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36. Yet another glorious Craigslist find!

I rearranged our living room furniture a while back and, in the process, moved in a large bookshelf from our dining room.  The real estate formerly taken up by the bookshelf was now quite bare, and I was considering two options.  First, I thought a buffet might be nice, but…what would I put in it?  It would basically just sit there and look nice, but I wasn’t sure what stuff I would actually cram in the thing.  Option 2: a desk.  Yes!  However, it has to look awesome and cost not a lot of money.  Guess where I’ve been looking?  (If you didn’t say Craigslist, you obviously don’t know me that well.  Alternatively, you live under a rock.)

I was taking a gander at CL this morning, when I stumbled upon the perfect candidate…for only $35!  I rubbed my eyes and pinched myself, but it really was a beautiful, antique desk for 35 smackaroos.

It’s seriously perfect for the space.

Here it is!

It’s missing hardware, but the wood is in fantastic condition.  The photo above is BEFORE I even wiped it down and polished it up!  I’ve been on a painting kick with furniture lately, but this desk is in such nice condition, I’ve decided to leave the finish “as-is”.  Are you shocked, or what?

I’m thinking of ordering some cup pulls in an antique brass finish, and the drawers will get a nice wipe out (they are gah-ROSS right now) followed by a lining of pretty patterned contact paper.  I’ll make sure to update you on the final product!

So, have you found any goodies on the cheap lately?

Oh, Craigslist…how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways…


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26. DIY Wedding: Monogrammed Aisle Runner

I have a ton of projects “in the works” for our house, but none are completed.  I thought I’d take this opportunity to show you yet another project from our [almost] completely DIY wedding!  Today’s project: DIY Monogrammed Aisle Runner.

Let me start off by saying that I did not dream up this project on my own.  I found fantastic instructions over at Road to the Aisle.  I followed her instructions almost exactly, so I’m not going to waste time rehashing them here.  However, I will give you a list of the materials I used and the cost breakdown!

DIY Monogrammed Aisle Runner


aisle runner (make use of that 50% off Joann coupon!)
large monogram printout (I used Photoshop to make ours)
acrylic paints

Total cost: $20.33

I really enjoyed this project.  It was fairly easy, and the final results were gorgeous.

Even though the project turned out great, we didn’t actually end up using it as an aisle runner.  Our venue had hardwood floors, and I was too worried about the wedding party (especially me!) slipping or tripping in the aisle.

I didn’t want to just not use it and waste a good $20 (that I could have put towards something else), so we had to find another use for it.

And then it came to me.  There is a large staircase leading up to the ballroom, why not just hang it over the railing as a banner?  So that’s what we did.



Didn’t that work out well?

We ended up keep the monogram portion after the wedding (we just chopped it off the end).  I’m still trying to figure out something unique to do with it, but for now it’s in a box with other wedding keepsakes.

I’ve had fun sharing this project with you.  I hope you enjoyed it!


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1. Down the rabbit-hole.

I suppose I should begin with a normal introduction, but that’s not quite my speed.  I should really start with WHY I want to write a blog in the first place.  Let’s make a list.  I love lists.  I love lists a lot. (Three cheers for alliteration in an introductory blog post!)

Reason #1: I have a ton of hobbies.   I dabble in many, many craft genres.  Knitting, crocheting, making jewelry, sewing, drawing, painting, blah, blah, blah.  Some would say I am a jack of all trades, a master of none.  I say that’s a challenge.

Reason #2: I am a procrastinator.  I’m sure everyone puts things off from time to time, but the fact is that I do it way too often!  If I have a set schedule of blog posts, maybe (just maybe) I’ll finish up the 9,000 projects I have…in a timely manner!

Reason #3: I am forgetful.  I have a terrible memory, and there are parts of my life that I just can’t recall as well as I used to.  I hope that this blog will serve me the same way a personal diary would serve anyone else.  I’ll be able to look back at blog posts and get all warm and fuzzy inside.  Or cringe at my terrible grammar and corny metaphors.

Reason #4: I am disorganized.  I suppose this goes hand in hand with Reason #2, but I could really use an overhaul when it comes to my organization skill set.  If you don’t believe me, feel free to take a gander at my work desk or lab bench.  Writing a blog…a GOOD blog…requires time management and planning ahead.  That little desk calendar I bought is screaming to actually be used.

Reason #5: I like people.  Although I spend a good majority of my time as a hermit, I actually do like chatting with friends and making new ones.  Really!  I hope you find me entertaining enough to follow my posts, and maybe we can teach each other new tricks.

Well, I suppose that’s about it.  I’m sure there are tedious other reasons I could go on and on about, but I’ll spare you that misery.  Now we can get down to the introduction.

My name is Gabriella.  I’m 26, a newlywed, a PhD student.  There’s a Wonderland inside my head.

“Alice was not a bit hurt, and she jumped up on to her feet in a moment: she looked up, but it was all dark overhead; before her was another long passage, and the White Rabbit was still in sight, hurrying down it. There was not a moment to be lost: away went Alice like the wind, and was just in time to hear it say, as it turned a corner, `Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!’ She was close behind it when she turned the corner, but the Rabbit was no longer to be seen: she found herself in a long, low hall, which was lit up by a row of lamps hanging from the roof.” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


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