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golden birthday party — pineapples, party hats, “tags” & a cat suit

Mia and Tag on a tag...duh

Mia and Tag on a tag…duh

Meet Mia, my co-conspirator on this lovely affair.

When our best friend, Kacie, moved home after living in Denver and Boulder after college, we had so much to celebrate. Our wolfpack had (at least mostly) reunited, it was her 27th birthday, and Kacie and her boyfriend, Tag, had just gone into contract on their first home.

Kacie turned 27 on the 27th, which if you don’t know, means it’s her golden birthday. Judging from our average readership age, your golden birthday may have come and gone already, but keep this fun excuse to really go for it in mind for your friends and family.

Thankfully, all things gold are Kacie’s favorite, just like mine. We had so much fun hatching this borderline surprise party plan. Here’s a look!

INVITATION

the paperless post invite that we sent the the birthday girl at the last minute

the paperless post invite that we sent the the birthday girl at the last minute

Envelope

decor

  • Gold letter balloons that spelled out “GOLDEN GIRL”
  • 40″ number balloons for a 2-7
  • Regular gold balloons
  • Gilded pineapples, a brilliant idea of Mia’s
  • Glitter champagne bottles, another brain child of Mia’s
  • Gold votives
  • White flowers in gold vases
  • Photos of Kacie and some of her favorite people
  • Gold striped and pineapple straws
  • Gold rimmed cups and plates
  • Tags made of Tags 😉
  • Costumes that also played into the dĂ©cor
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before and after!

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Conveniently Mia’s aunt is also the very talented lady behind Tara Bella flowers, so the blooms were stunning. I reused a few props from a birthday party last year, including the “k” and a dino friend or two

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These 40″ balloons from “bargainballoons.com” were just that! They were almost more of a rose gold, but that was fine by me!

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dino and polka dots

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the whole dĂ©cor shebang — balloons, pineapples, votives, photos, and a dino

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more dino

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I found these napkins at local favorite boutique The Gardens…so good

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the company

 

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hostesses and bday girl

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the gang

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#stillgotit

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late night casino love

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the following day included some epic skiing, all decked out in gold.

the following day included some epic skiing, all decked out in gold.

Such a fun couple of days!

cheers krista

 

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golden tulle – engagement invites

When the party planning started for the future Mr & Mrs Millemann I immediately knew that I HAD to be involved in the invites (so graciously picked, customized and ordered by Krista’s soon to be amazing sister-in-law from Wedding Paper Divas). I just adore a crisp piece of paper, some envelopes and anything gold, which they obviously had to be.

Krista and I discussed her outfit for the party, months in advance of course (basic?). She mentioned tulle and I was smitten with the idea of incorporating tulle in everything. Did you know you can find hoards, I mean hoards of tulle on Amazon. Why yes you can. For great prices too. Not that I really know the standard price of tulle…but you can even find gold, glittery tulle in all sorts of sizes!

However in the end she went rogue and wore feathers but looked phenomenal so it was okay!

I ordered 25 yards of gold glitter tulle to cut into squares, gave them a napkin-style fold and placed them just inside the envelopes. Here is a look at the invites with a special little party inside!

materials

  • invitations + envelopes
  • choice of tulle
  • scissors
  • pens for addressing
  • cute washi tape for sealing
love the invites but really love the color of this box!

love the invites but really love the color inside of this box!

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the tulle!

the tulle!

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glitter!

glitter!

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check out that tulle!

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cheers to the future mr & mrs millemann!

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“will you be my bridesmaid” gift boxes

When Chase popped the big question, one of the funnest things to think about — outside of spending the rest of my life with him of course — was the year ahead with an incredible crew of ladies. They are cousins, confidantes, partners in crime, and best friends, and they deserve the best.

But how to ask them to be a bridesmaid? While part of me wanted to text or call them immediately, I wanted to mark the occasion and commitment (and it is a commitment!) with something a little more special. They are and will continue to be so supportive, giving, and generous to me, so I wanted to at least somewhat return the favor from the start.

Googling and searching on Etsy didn’t return anything all that inspired…and with 11 bridesmaids, buying a $50 customized box that someone else makes without much in it wasn’t really an option.

I wanted to include items that had some kind of significance or than symbolized something, so I settled on:

materials

  • Ivory and gold polka dot boxes from PaperSource
  • Ivory tissue paper
  • Monogrammed mugs from Anthropologie
  • Le Pen pens in rainbow colors
  • Mini bottles of champagne
  • Christmas ornaments with stars on them
  • 3×5 photos from throughout the years
  • Pink satin ribbon
  • “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” cards from Rifle Paper Co.
  • Navy and Ivory cardstock/envelopes from Willow Papery

Each item connected to something in the first card on the box:

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outside of the first card

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front side of the first card

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back of the first card, which connects to the contents in the box

Box for “keeping my shit together,” mugs for “comfort”, pens for “writing my story” and “bringing color to my life,” champagne for “celebrating,” stars for being like “stars,” and photos for “amazing memories.”

Here’s a look at everything!

incredible boxes from PaperSource that I got for 20% off

incredible boxes from PaperSource that I got for 20% off

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the assembly line

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maybe my favorite monogrammed mug for Rachel

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starry ornaments from anthropologie

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the main parts

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I think everyone's favorite part was looking through the photos — probably mine too!

I think everyone’s favorite part was looking through the photos — probably mine too!

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the second card they opened, inside of the box

boxes ready for bows!

boxes ready for bows!

erica's

erica’s

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finished off with a satin (or silk) bow!

finished off with a satin (or silk) bow!

Thanks to all my favorite ladies for saying YES! You are the best, and I love you all so much!

cheers krista

 

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to love & be loved – glittering gold engagement party

On New Year’s Eve 2015 I co-hosted, along with seven other fabulous women, an engagement party for one of our favorite couples. The happy couple got engaged in early Fall and happens to be comprised of my lovely co-author Krista and her boy, Chase.

We all consider Krista to be one of the loveliest women that we know. She is kind, loyal, a realist and always by our sides. She is the one we can always count on and always the one to celebrate us in her perfect way. So we knew that we needed to go all out, for not only her but Chase too because he is equally special to us and makes Krista oh so happy, which is really what matters….

So here is a look below at our NYE party to celebrate the future Mr and Mrs Millemann!

decor

You know the saying “less is more.” Well in this case we went for “more is more.” More balloons, more glitter, more gold, more flowers, more votives, more candles, more tulle, more golden ducks, more, more, more. It was New Year’s Eve after all and we were celebrating our of our all time favorite couples…

Since this party wasn’t only about Krista with all the gold and glitter, (Chase, you matter too!) I took on the task of making as many gold origami ducks as possible to decorate the room since they are both avid Ducks. Go ducks!

We were fortunate enough to rent out the “back room” at ZINC for the evening (side note: if you are looking for a phenomenal party spot to rent out in Ketchum, this is your room!). We decked out the perfectly neutral room in the following:

  • 150+ handmade gold origami ducks
  • gold origami duck entry
  • gold and white balloons with hanging “goldilocks”
  • gold votives
  • white flowers (hydrangeas and calla lilies)
  • gold glitter tulle
  • NYE party hats
  • homemade shot skis (more details below!)
the gilded room

the gilded room

the entrance to the room

the entrance to the room (huge shout to my always willing mother for stringing the ducks together!)

go ducks!

go ducks!

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obviously more is more

obviously more is more

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you can never have enough ducks

you can never have enough ducks

tulle + ducks + white flowers

tulle + ducks + white flowers

a new year's eve party isn't complete without party hats!

a new year’s eve party isn’t complete without party hats!

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an "M" for the future millemanns

an “M” for the future millemanns

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so much gold, so much glitter, so much tulle

so much gold, so much glitter, so much tulle

custom shot skis

custom family shot skis

Krista’s brother, Drew, and I made these custom shot skis for the happy couple to keep FOREVER! We gathered a retro ski that belonged to both of their fathers and went to work. Drew used a drill press to make custom holes in both of the skis that fit glass shot glasses. I then painted each one with a black rectangle and wrote the family name and their parent’s wedding anniversary. I shed a few tears and essentially Drew did all of the work while I simply played with the puppies…

Cheers to the prettiest shot skis of all time!

tulle makes for the best bows

tulle makes for the best bows

the "detwiler" ski

the “detwiler” ski

the "millemann" ski

the “millemann” ski

all lit up

all lit up & ready to party!

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menu

Since it was NYE and celebrating Chase and Krista, we knew we needed a plethora of delicious food. We decided to go with some healthy, comfort food catering from the Haven as well as order quite a few flat breads from ZINC. We additionally supplemented with a few cheese plates and desserts (since you can’t go wrong with more of either of those!) Our spread included:

  • pigs in a blanket
  • sautĂ©ed brussel sprouts
  • chicken skewers
  • antipasto platter
  • crostini platter
  • assorted flatbreads
  • cheese plates
  • homemade popcorn
  • gluten free cookies
  • local beer, red wine, white wine and of course champagne!
the spread

the spread

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copious amounts of cheese & classy pigs in a blanket – what more do you need?

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gluten free cookies (a single cookie monster ate about 85% of them throughout the party…)

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the company

You know a couple is truly loved when you receive a quarter more RSVPs for an event than expected. Friends and family came from near and very far (shout out to Mendoza coming from LA and Chris and Katja from Bend!) to celebrate and smother Chase and Krista with love. The company at this party was truly an outstanding group of brilliant, fun loving and good hearted people. The type of people you want to party with every night.

Cheers to Chase and Krista!

the future mr & mrs millemann

the future mr & mrs millemann ❀

the brass blossom does engagement party

the brass blossom does engagement party

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the skenes + jenna

rach & anders

rach & anders

the bride and two of her maids

the bride and two of her maids

love this guy <3

love this guy ❀

guests from so far!

oregon family! thanks for coming from so far!

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good looking idaho people

brilliant photo angle (cred: casey hawkes)

brilliant photo angle (cred: casey hawkes)

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no words

no words

taggart & kacie

taggart & kacie

the bride and (almost all of her) bridesmaids

the bride and (almost all of her) bridesmaids

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toasts & cheers!

toasts & cheers!

the detwiler clan <3

the detwiler clan ❀

the millemann clan <3

the millemann clan ❀

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when things started to get dicey (aka even more fun)

when things started to get dicey (aka even more fun)

shot ski time!

shot ski time!

clearly i was paying attention & didn't pour the majority of my shot on the ground....

clearly we was paying attention & didn’t pour the majority of our shots on the ground….

#fail

#fail

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for the win!

for the win!

the always classy detwiler women

the always classy detwiler women + the best photobomb

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legs, legs, legs

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how any good party ends....

how any good party ends….

Cheers to the future Mr and Mrs Millemann! We all cannot wait to continue the celebrations!

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christmas ball delight – holiday gift wrapping

One aspect of the Holidays that I absolutely love, look forward to and semi-obsess over is wrapping presents. I love the giving of presents but I really love the wrapping of the presents themselves. Hey, like 90% of life is all about the presentation peeps.

So I decided to stick with the craft style paper that I have been oh so in love with for like the past three years and go from there. Krista and I had a little present wrapping party complete with some La Croix, the recent Adele performance and the smash sisters (aka Pars and Maude). It was pretty much the perfect #brassblossom afternoon. The past two years I have tried to pick a theme to draw together all of my present wrapping. Last year it was Bells and this year it was all about holiday balls. Christmas ball ornaments that is.

I took a gold (obvi) metallic marker and got to work writing each person’s name that we were giving a gift to on an ornament. I then attached those suckers to a (perfectly) craft paper wrapped gift and tied it up and down and all over with some twine (I adore twine). The result gave me that special feeling. That special feeling you got when you were just a little wee-one and you got woken up at like 3:30 am to your younger brother violently shaking you and convincing you that you both HAD to get up and sneak down to see if Santa had come. It was that good.

So without further ado, here is some (very last minute) holiday gift wrapping inspiration! Feel free to “borrow” a ball or two from your own tree to make it happen!

materials

  • Craft style gift wrapping paper (or whatever you fancy)
  • Black and white twine
  • Natural twine
  • Christmas ball ornaments
krista and my wrapping selection

krista and my wrapping selection

the necessities

the necessities

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holiday balls

holiday balls

the best pens (from paper source)

the best pens (from paper source)

getting to work

getting to work

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i LOVE this gold arrow wrapping paper

i LOVE this gold arrow wrapping paper

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just a little bow action

just a little bow action

gotta throw in some color!

gotta throw in some color!

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our tree fit for some pretty presents

our 2/3 of a tree fit for some pretty presents!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas full of lots of love and holiday cheer!

taylor brass

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thanksgiving centerpiece inspiration — gilded pumpkins

thanksgiving centerpiece inspiration

thanksgiving centerpiece inspiration

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is the decorating. As much as I love to plan a menu, planning the centerpiece is half the fun when friends and family gather around one dinner table.

I was so excited about the centerpiece I created for Anna’s baby shower, that I couldn’t imagine throwing the pink pumpkins in the garbage. However, pink doesn’t exactly “go” with the rest of our house, and the boy wasn’t stoked about having baby shower dĂ©cor lingering in the house.

So, I repurposed them with another coat of spray paint and switched out the flowers a couple times to make them more suitable for two separate table settings.

This versatile centerpiece inspiration is fun to create, and relatively time and cost-efficient. Here’s a look at exactly what I did, but feel free to mix up the quantity, colors, etc!

materials

  • 7 medium-sized pie pumpkins
  • pumpkin carving set (the kid friendly kind will do)
  • newspaper
  • gloves
  • spray paint in 3-6 your colors of choice (I recommend at least one metallic color and then an ombre of another color depending on your color-scheme)
  • 3-5 small aluminum cans that have been opened, emptied, and rinsed out (small mason jars also work)
  • 2-dozen assorted flowers of your choice
  • 5 assorted candlesticks with a wide base on either end in varying heights
  • 20 additional mini pumpkins in white or orange

instructions

 

  1. Using the pumpkin carving set, the newspaper to cover whatever table surface you’re on, and gloves, carve 5 pumpkins, making sure the opening on the top is large enough to fit the aluminum can. Carefully scrape out all the “innards” of the pumpkin so they last as long as possible. Wipe them clean and dry when finished.
  2. Spray paint the carved pumpkins and any additional un-carved pumpkins according to you color scheme. I recommend wearing gloves and holding the pumpkin by the opening to ensure spray paint coverage. You can also leave some of the “naked” and in their original orange color. Let them dry for at least 30 minutes.
  3. While the pumpkins dry, arrange your flowers into equal size bouquets for each pumpkin in the tin cans or mason jars, and fill the can or mason jar with water.
  4. Once the pumpkins are dry, ease the mason jar or can into the opening in the pumpkin.
  5. Arrange the candlesticks in the middle of the table, alternating heights as possible. I also chose to stagger mine so that there was more depth.
  6. Carefully balance the pumpkins on the candlesticks. Arrange additional pumpkins (mini and normal size) around the candlestick pumpkins. Add sparkly votives for nice dimension.
  7. Gather and enjoy!
carved and spray painted pumpkins ready for their flowers

carved and spray painted pumpkins in a range of pinks, ready for their flowers

the first version of this centerpiece, pretty in pink

the first version of this centerpiece, pretty in pink

version 2, that same day, using pretty copper and metal colored spray paints

version 2, that same day, using pretty copper and metal colored spray paints

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I saw these dark purple and blood red blooms at the local grocery store and was inspired to update the pumpkins one more time for Rachel’s Halloween party

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red wine also inspired the color scheme…and the creative process 🙂

bouquet ready to be put in a pumpkin

bouquet ready to be put in a pumpkin

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Here are a few more gilded pumpkin inspiration photos Taylor recently pinned to our Brass Blossom Pinterest (check it out!)
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Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

cheers krista

 

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showering baby girl parker with love (and pumpkins)

On Christmas Eve, the Detwiler Family is due to receive the best gift ever — a baby girl, daughter of my cousin Anna and her husband, Robert.

I have only been to one baby shower in my life, let alone ever hosted one. My cousin Heather and I jumped at the opportunity to host a celebration for Anna and her little one. It was a beautiful afternoon full of lots of love, bubbles, bites, and gifts. We can’t wait to meet you, Baby Parker!

decor

We couldn’t resist some pink (and gold, duh) and so selected this gold foil square invite with a pink envelope liner from Paperless Post, the paper line.

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many think that Paperless Post is always paperless, but think again! The quality of these festive invites was pleasantly surprising — more so than other popular stationery brands I’ve seen.

Since the shower was in October, we easily decided on an autumn theme. I found this photo on Pinterest that served as inspiration (more to come on these very versatile decorations!):

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found on stylempretty.com

Here’s our version, plus some additional gold and pink details with some canvas and chalkboard signs:

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you should have seen Heather and me blowing up these balloons…we found a sip of wine before each effort helped tremendously 🙂

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more to come on these carved pumpkin centerpieces!

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it’s amazing what you can do with some spray paint, candlesticks, and Costco flowers!

baby shower

baby shower

big balloons and metallic pumpkins greeted guests at the front door

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a cool copper color spray paint I found at the local hardware store

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dress my cupcake is a great dĂ©cor brand (albeit a little pricey when it all adds up!) that I found at Zucher’s

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can’t resist a colorful straw and some chalkboard food signs!

menu

We decided on a baby shower brunch since it was on a Sunday and provided some yummy small bites of both breakfast and lunch foods.

Heather and I prepared:

  • A mimosa bar and some non-alcoholic options
  • French toast casserole with maple syrup (rave reviews. recipe here.)
  • Avocado toast with homemade bread
  • Bacon wrapped fingerling potatoes (my personal favorite. recipe here, plus we brushed on some pesto before baking.)
  • Veggie cheese quiche from Cristina’s (which disappeared in about 20 minutes)
  • Donut hole kabobs

Friends of the mom-to-be brought:

  • Mini quiche
  • Fruit
  • Kale salad (our all-time favorite. recipe here)
  • Pumpkin and red velvet cupcakes from Bigwood Bread (anna’s favorite)
  • Caramel chocolate cake from Cristina’s (another of anna’s favorites)
  • Baguette with spinach dip and mixed veggies
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I repurposed the “yay” gold letters I made for our “K” birthday party and served tea and coffee out of these one-of-a-kind cups from Boulder Mountain Clayworks

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the spread!

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these were ridiculously delicious…

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pretty dessert corner with a canvas sign that took me wayyyy to long to make

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gotta love brunch

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pretty avocado toast on homemade bread by mike

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how pretty is that cake from cristina’s?!

the company

Anna and Baby Parker are so loved, and that showed with the guest list and the size of the present pile! I’ve also never had so many small children in my home, let alone newborns!

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mom-to-be and cassie hitting up the mimosa bar (sparkling cider for anna, of course!)

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these are real…newborn…babies…four of them…in my house!

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hostesses and the beautiful mom-to-be!

the present pile

the present pile

pretty present wrapping

pretty present wrapping

It was a great day, and we are counting down the days until Baby Girl Parker’s arrival!

cheers krista

 

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idaho dreaming – the dream catcher of my dreams

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The Brass Blossom is all about crafting. But even we will admit that some crafting endeavors are better left to professionals, Idaho professionals that is. Ginormous dream catchers are one of those crafting endeavors.

I had been searching for like seven months for the dream catcher of my literal dreams after I had a crazy dream/vision early on this year that the boy, Maude Pod and I needed a ginormous dream catcher to ensure only sweet dreams ahead. This dream left me amiss and on an extensive search for the biggest and most ethereal dream catcher I could find. But I searched high and low with no luck for a ginormous dream catcher that likely wasn’t made in some factory in Taiwan (sorry, Urban Outfitters) because factories don’t scream sweet dreams to me.

And ironically I finally found one so close to home. Perhaps home (if it’s Idaho) is truly the answer to most of life’s quests. And Idaho Dreaming was the answer to my search. They hand-designed, hand-made, hand-wrapped (so cute!) and hand-delivered the dream catcher of my dream. And I couldn’t love it more. So even though it’s not a #brassblossom craft it is fully worthy of a spot (slash major photo drop) on the blog. You all need to check out their Instagram for some swoon worthy photos and head on over to Idaho Dreaming’s Etsy Shop for the dream catcher of your dreams.

Cheers to only sweet dreams ahead!

i couldn't think of a better way to wrap a dream catcher

the perfect wrap job

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the cutest little tag (clearly not made in a factory!)

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love the color scheme

love the color scheme with touches of gold

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untied!

untied!

so pretty!

so pretty!

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miss maude pod approved!

miss maude pod approved!

i cant even handle this cuteness <3

i cant even handle this cuteness ❀

Sweet dreams!

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diy ribbon chandelier

When we had our game dinner to mark Casey’s return and reconnect with close friends, Taylor, Abbey and I pursued a romantic feel for the table dĂ©cor to counteract the manliness of the game meat at hand. Nothing says “feminine” to me more than silk ribbons, and I remembered several ribbon altars and wedding aspects I’d seen recently, like these:

from style me pretty

from style me pretty — more organic look

ribbon altar

more uniform look, but I love the mix of colors, and note the different lengths

While I didn’t need anything to this scale, it struck me as an economical and environmentally conscious alternative to floral altar equivalents. So, I made one stop at the craft store for two simple items and set to work.

This is quite possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever taken the time to craft, and while it’s been accused of being a little “gypsy” looking, whatever that means, I think it’s simple, elegant, and a great addition to any table or party setting.

materials

 

  • wood dowel, at least 1/2″ thick and 2.5 ft. long
  • spool of ribbon (you’ll probably need about 20 yards to make the version I show here) in colors and thickness of your choice — I chose gray/silver 1″ ribbon
  • scissors
  • hook, nail, or pushpin for hanging

instructions

 

1. Determine the length of ribbon you need — as my ribbon chandelier was just going over a table, I cut approximately yard-length pieces

2. Cut about 20 pieces of ribbon, depending on thickness. It’s ok if they’re not the exact same length.

3. Tie the pieces of ribbon onto the dowel at the far end of one piece of ribbon in a double knot. You can either alternate which side (shiny or matte) shows on one side in a random pattern, or you can display one side consistently.

4. Tie a piece of ribbon that’s slightly longer than the dowel to either side of the dowel for hanging.

5. Hang from a hook, nail, whatever’s easiest!

large spool of ribbon

large spool of ribbon

a double knot detail on the dowel

a double knot detail on the dowel

more ribbon to hang it

more ribbon to hang it

ribbon chandelier

lit up for dinner

lit up for dinner

 

Chase was concerned about being able to see through it...I assure you, it was fine!

Chase was concerned about being able to see through it…I assure you, it was fine!

be sure to trim it so it doesn't catch fire!

be sure to trim it so it doesn’t catch fire!

I went with a neutral color for my first go, but next time I think I'll go for a bright spectrum or ombre...

I went with a neutral color for my first go, but next time I think I’ll go for a bright spectrum or ombre…

The possibilities are endless for this project in terms of color, scale, length, you name it! Get crazy with it!

cheers krista

 

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diy wooden banner

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, but one of the reasons I love the boy is that he generally goes along with my crazy visions. One evening in December when he was building a fire and I was supervising (obviously), I told him that I wanted to make a piece of firewood into a banner. I really had no idea what power tools would be required to make this transformation necessary, but I had full faith the boy could make it happen.

And he did. He used a nice saw of sorts and cut me perfectly smooth disks of fire wood. I had originally planned to paint on the disks until the boy offered his creative genius and said they would look super cool with wood burned letters. And lo and behold I happen to have a wood burner! It must have been creative fate.

While this banner takes some commitment (and possibly a creative minion who is good with power tools), it happens to be one of my favorite DIYs. I made a “happy birthday” banner for Krista’s birthday and then another “i love you pobre” for the boy for Valentine’s Day that now hangs in our room. Here is a look!

materials

  • a nice piece of wood with the diameter you desire for your disks
  • a wood burner
  • twine for hanging
  • a chop saw (according to the boy) or other tool to cut the disks
  • a drill for drilling holes to hang the disks by
the boy crafting

the boy crafting ❀

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perfectly cut wooden disks

perfectly cut wooden disks

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a finished wood burned letter "h"

a finished wood burned letter “h”

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happy birthday banner

happy birthday banner hung by balloons

i love you banner

i love you banner

"love"

“love”

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awkward posing… 

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taylor brass

brass blossom