Galentine's Day DIY: Victorian Inspired Lavender Drawer Sachet

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Galentine's Day DIY: Victorian Inspired Lavender Drawer Sachet

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Do you feel like Valentine's day is a little cliche? I did in my early twenties, wanting nothing to do with a vase of red roses, a box of chocolates, or especially jewelry. Nowadays, for some reason, I'm much more open to the idea of huge heart shaped boxes of chocolates as long as they come with an equally huge bottle of malbec or shiraz (hint hint).  

The only way to be saved from the cliches of Valentine's day is to buy something off of Etsy or make it yourself. Then there is Galentine's Day, a product of one of the best shows ever, Parks and Recreation. If it's good enough for Leslie Knope, it's more than good enough for me. All the lovey, red and pink heart shit was obviously made for women to give to other women. 

This tutorial is my take on a quick and simple DIY gift to make your Galentines. Inspired by old fashioned handmade Victorian valentines, these lavender drawer sachets will have you thinking you're Jane Eyre every time you open your undergarments drawer. 

Here's what you need: 

  • 1 piece of thin, transparent paper or fabric.
  • Glue. I used Elmer's. Hot glue works too. If you're using fabric use fabric glue. 
  • Lavender. I bought mine on Amazon. You can also add lavender essential oil. 
  • Ribbon, lace, string, pressed flowers, etc. I used some of the snips and bits I had left over from Silk and Willow
  • Pen
  • Card stock or paper for a tag
  • Hole punch

First, take a picture of all your supplies together before you make a huge ass mess. 

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Cut the paper into a rectangle so that when it's folded it's about 3"x5". Nothing too serious here, didn't even use a ruler. 

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Fold the rectangle in half so that the fold is at the bottom. Glue the two sides together, leaving the top open. 

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Decorate the rectangle however you prefer. On one I hand lettered "love" and used hot glue to add a bit of lace, trimming the lace around the bottom. On another version I hand lettered "love" onto a pressed rose petal and glued it to the front. 

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Spoon lavender into the little pouch until it's as full as you want. I didn't want to make it too poofy. 

Fold the top down about 1/4 of an inch twice. Punch a hole -  a small hole punch would be ideal here - then tie a piece of ribbon through the top. 

Inspired by old fashioned handmade Victorian valentines, these lavender drawer sachets will have you thinking you're Jane Eyre every time you open your undergarments drawer.

Make a tag that says "lavender drawer sachet". You can write a little note on the inside if you want. Use your prettiest cursive! 

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There's nothing left to do but give your lavender drawer sachet to a lovely lady. Don't forget to make one for yourself too! 

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If you make a lavender drawer sachet make sure to post a photo and tag us on instagram! #smellinglikejaneeyre

I'm wishing you the most romantic Valentine's Day and super fun Galentine's Day! <3


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Word of the Year

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Word of the Year

It's still January so I'm continuing to think about beginning of the year goal setting. At our recent Tuesdays Together meeting one of the prompts asked us to choose a word of the year. It took a little mulling over to come up with it, and since then, my word of the year has become an important part of my every day routine. This is a significant shift from last year's word which I pretty much forgot about. It has been a persistent mantra in moments of drifting thoughts. 

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Boutique Bridal Bazaar | Cleveland Floral Designer | Cleveland Wedding Planner

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Boutique Bridal Bazaar | Cleveland Floral Designer | Cleveland Wedding Planner

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After attending the 2015 Boutique Bridal Bazaar and meeting wonderful, friendly vendors with awesome spaces, I knew this was the perfect show for Amanda Joy Events. I want to share with you guys how we came up with our booth design for the 2016 Boutique Bridal Bazaar, how it all came together, and announce the winner of the free bouquet and boutonniere! 

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The idea for the booth design was the product of brainstorming how we could show attendees what it's like to work with us. We wanted to convey both what we do (florals, styling, planning) and how we do it. What better way than to set up a slightly prettier than real life work space and floral design studio? Everything we used was furniture that we already owned, including my grandmother's first kitchen table, my sister's vanity stool, the shell chairs that sit in my living room, and a spool I found in my parents' garage. The smartest item we brought was my gold Threshold bar cart, which made set up and tear down on the second floor a tiny bit easier.  

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We wanted the decor and florals to reflect our new branding, as well as be appealing to brides with a wide range of color schemes. So we stuck to white, gray and a little copper. Our back drop was the biggest DIY project: a gray stained plywood tri-fold with our logo stenciled in white. I won't go into the details of the "challenges" (hell) we overcame in making it, but I will give a shoutout to my sister and grandmother whose patient helpfulness are the only reason the back drop was part of our show display and not in a dumpster. I'm supper happy with how it turned out!

Coordinating outfits!

Coordinating outfits!

I created most of the floral arrangements on-site that morning. There were white peonies, white and blush ranunculus, queen anne's lace, and a variety of green things. I really enjoyed the clean simplicity and elegance of white and green. My favorite part was making a small bouquet and setting it on top of one of our accessories, styled with Silk and Willow ribbon and vintage flower cutters, as if we were still putting on the finishing touches before sending it out to be delivered.

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Meeting brides and their fiances, moms, sisters, and friends, was a lot of fun. I loved hearing all the different color schemes and themes. One couple was doing a subtle space theme (yay!). I also heard a lot of navy, blush, white, rustic, etc.. Fortunately, did not hear the word burlap. Lots of you seemed to appreciate our flowers, which makes me super happy about the love and care I put into creating them. 

Everyone loved looking through the gorgeous album full of images by Black Box Photography! 

Everyone loved looking through the gorgeous album full of images by Black Box Photography

We want to offer anyone who attended the show a 10% discount if you book our floral design services in the next 30 days. That should give you plenty of time to go through your bag 'o business cards! 

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us make our Boutique Bridal Bazaar space pretty and to all those who stopped by to chat with us! 

Tell us what you love about bridal shows in the comments! If you're anything like me, it's all the dessert samples :)

 

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New Logo / New Website / GIVEAWAY

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New Logo / New Website / GIVEAWAY

I think a new website and logo call for a pretty serious celebration. You know how some business owners hire professionals to design their logo and website? I didn't do that. I've heard people say that they are too close to their business, their brand, to effectively design graphics and web presence. I think that's really smart. But I took a slightly more hands-on approach. I feel like I'm SO CLOSE to my business and my brand, and it is such an important part of who I am, that I couldn't fathom letting someone else do it. 

If it's your first time learning about Amanda Joy Events I hope the love and care I put into this brand, this business, is evident. I hope it gives you a little hint of the enthusiasm I feel about what we do: craft lovingly planned and aesthetically pleasing weddings and floral designs. 

Now for the fun part: GIVEAWAY time!! 

I'm giving away 2 pre-sale tickets to the Boutique Bridal Bazaar.

It's happening this Sunday, January 17th at the Hyatt in Cleveland from 2-6pm and we will be there! 

To enter, there are two steps:

1. Tag someone on one of my Instagram posts in the last 24 hours, ending at 5:30pm on Thursday, January 13, 2016. 

2. Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know your favorite part of my new website or logo design. 

I'll announce the winner Thursday evening! 

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2015 / 2016 Mushy Gushy Reflection & Announcement

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2015 / 2016 Mushy Gushy Reflection & Announcement

2015 was my first full year as a wedding planner and floral designer. It was the year of friends, friendors, finding art, and most importantly, caring. I’m more than a little excited about what’s in store for this company in 2016 and want to start a new practice of putting my plans out there in writing. That way maybe I’ll be held to the standard of some kind of internet accountability God and will be driven to make it all happen.

One thing I didn’t expect to happen in 2015 was to make so many new friends. I had many phone calls and coffee meetings with both clients and vendors that ran long, and not because we were talking shop. The fact that the kindest, funniest, most interesting people found their way into my life through this business is like when you open a box of cereal and realize there’s a toy in it, when it’s 2015 and they stopped putting toys in cereal boxes. I didn’t know it was going to turn out like that but I’m glad it did. I sincerely hope the trend of meeting the most genuine and lovely people continues into 2016 and much longer.

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Friends made the year enjoyable and so did finding my footing as an artist. I thought my chance to be an artist was lost when I changed my major from fashion design to paralegal studies in 2008. I finally got my art back this year. You know that feeling when you’re in your tiny apartment kitchen stabbing the hell out of rose stems to get the thorns off, listening to the Backstreet Boys greatest hits and you’re thinking, “this is so fun”? Or when you’re running up on a deadline for a wedding inspiration photoshoot and decide at the last minute to make a dreamcatcher out of flowers and it actually works and looks cool and hippyish just like you wanted? I had an epiphany during those and other moments this year: flowers and styling are my art. My only question for next year is whether I can expand on that creativity and get out of my comfort zone even more.

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While getting out of my comfort zone creatively, this year confirmed that the wedding industry is where I belong. There is no greater sense of accomplishment, for me, than when one of my clients expresses gratitude for the hard work we put into making their wedding day as perfect as possible. The sense of accomplishment isn’t about the details being perfect (sometimes they aren’t, no matter how hard we try). It’s about caring. It’s about a couple caring enough about each other to declare it in front of a bunch of people. It’s about caring for your guests and putting thought and effort into making your wedding a memorable experience for them. And it’s about caring for my clients, who trust me to care just as much as they do.

Most of all, 2015 was about learning what Amanda Joy Events is all about. Amanda Joy Events is about art and friendship and caring. I definitely didn’t have it all figured out when I started this business but with this year came a sense of lucidity. I have a clear picture of my mission going forward and have been working on a logo and website design that will hopefully convey what I see for the future of this business: a wedding planning and floral design company that delights in the delicate care of our clients.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day, month, week, and happy new year.

Look for the logo and website reveal on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016!

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Rustic Fall Wedding Inspiration

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Rustic Fall Wedding Inspiration

My friend Cassie, of Cassie Mullins Events, asked me to create the floral designs for an inspiration shoot she styled and coordinated. She put together a wonderful team of vendors. The floral designs were full of delicate red  and peach ranunculus, white David Austin roses, silver dollar eucalyptus and astrantia. Instead of ribbon, the bouquet was held together with vine of variegated english ivy. The table was set with vintage plates and gold flatware atop a plaid table runner. Gold dipped apples were placed around the table setting adding a contemporary feeling. 

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VENDORS:

Photos: Lea Marie Photography | Coordination and Styling: Cassie Mullins Events | Cake: Bees Knees Custom Cakes | Gown: The Dress Bridal Boutique | Models: Jodi Thompson and | Stationery: Kairoscope

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French Countryside Backyard Cleveland Wedding

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French Countryside Backyard Cleveland Wedding

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We brought the French countryside to Cleveland with this heartfelt and whimsical wedding. Rebecca and Spencer came to me with an idea for a backyard wedding at Rebecca's mother's home in Cleveland, Ohio. We discussed some ideas of how to make the best use of the space, as well as their aesthetic and what they wanted to accomplish with styling and decor. 

Guests were greeted with a sign explaining they could sit “wherever”, indicating the casual and carefree atmosphere of the occasion. The bride and groom made sure guests didn’t have to wait until after the ceremony to eat and drink by opening the bar early and placing a snack stand with different flavors of popcorn near the entrance. The tables were decorated simply, with a combination of galvanized floral centerpieces, rustic white candelabras and flowers tucked into vintage glass bottles. It seemed like guests were transported to an intimate bistro in the French countryside.

The bride and groom said their vows in front of a vintage shutter draped with a eucalyptus garland and flanked by farmers market style galvanized buckets full of flowers in different shades of purple.

Yard games and table-top games were placed throughout the property so guests could enjoy a little friendly competition while sipping on farmstand quenchers and eating tacos from the Barrio taco truck. Guests could snap photos at the selfie station which was made super special with a family collection of silly hats and masks. Later in the evening, the Euclid Beach Rocket Car (made out of an old amusement park ride) arrived to take guests on a spin around the neighborhood.

The bride and groom now live in Washington, D.C. so they treated guests to a taste of the favorite spot in their new hometown by shipping in Georgetown Cupcakes. As if that wasn’t awesome enough, there was also a station where ice cream sandwiches were made to order. This wedding was made extra special by the detail the bride, groom, and their families, put into making it a unique and personal experience for every single guest!

Vendors:

Photography: Black Box Photography | Tent: Everything Tented | Lighting: Hughie's | Catering: Gatherings Kitchen | Food Truck: Barrio | Rentals: Borrow Vintage and Eclectic Rentals | Rentals: ABC Rentals | Hair: Katie DeLuca | Makeup:  Jessica Miller | Musician: 

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