• DIY Floral Planter Box

    DIY floral planter box | Siren Floral Co on Oh Lovely Day

    I’ve got another fabulous DIY from another amazingly talented gal today, this time from Rachael of Lace & Likes and Siren Floral Co. I’m obsessed with Rachael’s floral creations, and the DIY floral planter boxes she’s sharing today are perfect for wedding and home alike. Happy making!

    planter boxes aren’t as difficult to make as they’d seem. you just need a few simple tools//materials from home depot, and you can make your very own to use for herbs, house plants or a floral arrangement. i worked on these for an upcoming SIRENFLORALCO wedding this fall.

    DIY floral planter box | Siren Floral Co on Oh Lovely Day

    what you’ll need:
    -hobby wood from home depot (in the lumber section)

    -wood glue

    -copper nails (3/4″)

    -hammer

    -willpower :)

    ask a strapping fellow at home depot to cut the longer pieces of hobby wood to the measurements of the box you are wanting to make. they come in a few sizes, 2 ft pieces, 4 ft pieces, etc. i made this box 2 ft long and about a foot wide. they’ll also cut the end pieces to size for you. especially if you bat your eyes at them and look helpless :)

    DIY floral planter box | Siren Floral Co on Oh Lovely Day

    what to do:
    -first, you’re going to set the wood with the wood glue.
    -start with the base and side pieces and glue them to the bottom pieces. then leave them for a while until they’ve set.
    **be sure to wipe off any excess glue that leaks out of the connecting points of the wood pieces**
    -once all your wood pieces are set with the glue, go around and nail the nails into the connecting points about an inch and a half apart on each side and each end. or wherever you feel they connect well :)
    -then you’re done!

    DIY floral planter box | Siren Floral Co on Oh Lovely Day

    if you want it to be a planter box, i would recommend doing a water proof stain on top//on the inside when you’re finished and drilling small holes into the base for the water to drain. if you’re going to use it for a wedding centerpiece, you wanna line it with plastic sheeting (also found at home depot) and use short nails or a staple gun to attach it to the inside.

    now go getchu rosie the riveter on :)

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    5 Years of Marriage

    our 4 year anniversary | oh lovely day | photo by jennifer roper

    Today is my 5 year wedding anniversary. It was a magical day and I love reliving it each year on my blog and reconnecting with my husband on a date.  The wedding details are lovely, the wedding planning is fun, but what really matters is the marriage and the love. In four years we’ve been through some stuff, had two babies (one just two weeks ago!), had successes and failures, had complete and total joy, and a few good fights, and through it all, we remember our vows every day (we had them put on a Paloma’s Nest heirloom bowl so we can always remember them):

    I take you to be my spouse, my constant friend, and my love from this day forward.

    I vow to be your faithful partner, in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, in joy as well as sorrow.

    I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, and to cherish and respect you.

    I will love and honor you all the days of my life.

    our 4 year anniversary | oh lovely day | photo by jennifer roper our 4 year anniversary | oh lovely day | photo by jennifer roper our 4 year anniversary | oh lovely day | photo by jennifer roper our 4 year anniversary | oh lovely day | photo by jennifer roper our 4 year anniversary | oh lovely day | photo by jennifer roper our 4 year anniversary | oh lovely day | photo by jennifer roperhappy anniversary to my one and only love. i wouldn’t want to go through this crazy, beautiful, tough, exhausting, wonderful thing called marriage, parenthood, and life with anyone else. thank you for staying with me through hormones and pregnancies, postpartum depression, highs and lows, and many many years. thank you for giving me two amazing boys. thank you for you. i love you. xx

    Photos from my wedding by Jennifer Roper. Jennifer Roper and Paloma’s Nest are members of our handpicked Lovely Vendor Guide. If you would like to be considered for our guide, apply here.

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    DIY Indigo Dyed Bedding

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    If you follow me on instagram you know my inspiration for Calvin’s nursery was indigo and California cool. I included some fab indigo dyed details, which is why today’s guest post from my sweet and uber-talented friend Jesi Haack is so perfect. I know you’ll  love it as much as I do.

    Indigo dyeing seems to be all the rage lately, and we wanted in on that action! We used dyeing methods based on the Japanese tie-dyeing technique called Shibori. We decided to make a cool and relaxed Shibori-inspired bedding set, perfect for the warm summer months.

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

     

    SUPPLIES

    • Indigo Tie Dye Kit
    • (2) 5-gallon (or larger) bucket or tub, preferably with a lid or cover
    • long NON-metal stir stick
    • items to dye (natural fibers in white or cream work best)
    • drop cloth
    • rubber gloves (optional, but highly recommended)

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    WHAT TO DO

    1. Fill 1 bucket with cold water and set aside.
    2. To make your dye bath, fill the second bucket with 4 gallons of warm water and add the contents of the dye kit (which include dye, soda ash, and a reducing agent). Gently, but thoroughly, stir the vat in a circular motion. Once the vat is well mixed, cover with a lid and allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes (the longer the better). The dye should be a yellow-greenish color.
    3. While it sits, you can prep your items for dyeing with rubber bands. The kit provides a few different folding and tying methods and we found a couple others by searching online. It’s so fun to mix and match and get creative with the folding methods!

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    1. Once you have your items prepped and ready to go, soak them in water, then squeeze it out.
    2. Slowly submerge your items (one at a time worked best for us!) into the dye bath and manipulate the piece with your hands to make sure the dye reaches the unbound parts evenly. Work under the surface of the bath through this process, carefully avoiding letting too much oxygen get through with bubbles or splashing. You can leave your items soaking for as long as you want, but we did about 15 minutes.

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    1. When removing each item from the bath, try to squeeze out as much dye just below the surface (again, to avoid splashing). The fabric will be the same yellow-greenish color as the bath. Not to worry, as the fabric will oxidize after a few minutes and will gradually turn indigo blue!
    2. You can leave your items folded/tied while they oxidize or unfold them if you cannot wait another minute to see how the patterns turned out! We opted to leave them folded and bound in hopes that the dye would bleed into the fabric more.

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    1. Once your items are fully oxidized, rinse them in the cold water bath and hang them up to dry (i.e. admire them as you pat yourself on the beauty you just created)!
    2. After you’re done dyeing the items, you’ll want to set the indigo dye in the fabric and lock in the color.
    • Start by filling a washing machine with cold water and adding a capful of liquid delicate detergent.
    • Put in your dyed items when the machine is about half full. Allow the wash cycle to run, but stop the machine before the rinse cycle starts.
    • Add 2 cups white vinegar to the rinse water and let items soak in this solution for at least 2 hours.
    • Turn the machine back on and let it continue with the rinse cycle.
    • Let everything air dry.
    • Use a steam iron at the hottest setting to press the fabric all over.

    Everything turned out so great and we found that our “sheet” doubles as a unique tablecloth! 

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    It SOUNDS like the whole process is very involved, but once you get set up, the whole thing is actually super easy and weirdly relaxing. How fun would it be to have a girls’ day in and throw a little indigo party to reinvent some of your old forgotten white tanks and sweats?

    CREDITS: Photos: Brian Tropiano for Jesi Haack Design / Production: Kay Lee for Jesi Haack Design / Jesi Haack Design is a member of our Lovely Vendor Guide. If you’d like to be considered, apply here.

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    Creating The Perfect Cheese & Charcuterie Plate

    I’m super excited about today’s guest post from my friend Rachelle of Wiley Valentine. Rachelle is always sharing yummy and healthy food ideas and recipes on her blog, and today she is sharing her tips to creating the perfect cheese and charcuterie plate, and since that’s what I missed most during my pregnancy I’m drooling over here and sending my husband to the market to buy supplies asap. And they are perfect for entertaining or just eating at home with the fam.

    Hello there! Rachelle here from Wiley Valentine. I am beyond thrilled to be guest posting for the fabulous Chandra today. Now a little back story to this post, I have a true, deep, passionate love for cheese and charcuterie plates. If you have seen my instagram at all you can see that it is quite common for us to have these at home on a Monday night. I thought it was high time that I divulge my secrets to creating the perfect cheese and charcuterie plate. Not just the usual general “a soft cheese, a semi-soft cheese, a blue, cows milk and goats milk” but actual names of cheese! So here we go!

    Creating the Perfect Cheese & Charcuterie Plate | Wiley Valentine on Oh Lovely Day

     

    First things first, we want to make sure your plate looks pretty. The food will make it gorgeous regardless, but having the right cutting board, plates etc..can make all the difference. Having an impromptu party and have no time to cook, this is your solution, and the beautiful serving pieces make it entertaining ready.
    Creating the Perfect Cheese & Charcuterie Plate | Wiley Valentine on Oh Lovely Day
    The Cheeses
    1. Truffle D’Affinois
    Creating the Perfect Cheese & Charcuterie Plate | Wiley Valentine on Oh Lovely Day
    The Charcuterie
    The Extras
    2. Assortment of olives from Whole Foods olive bar

    Serve all of this with your favorite crusty bread slightly warmed and drizzled with a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy!

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    How to Have a Non-Tacky Disney-Inspired Wedding

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    Hi everyone! So I apologize for the radio silence on the blog for a bit, but there was a good reason. I had a baby! Calvin came a little early, arriving on 8/14. He’s so yummy and all I want to do is cuddle with him. I do have a couple of posts a week lined up for you, and some great guest posters as well. First up is the lovely Sara from Burnett’s Boards with Disney inspiration for your wedding – more importantly, she’s sharing tips for having a Disney-inspired wedding that is not tacky. Get ready to be inspired!

    Disney-themed weddings have the potential to roam into tacky territory, and because it’s your wedding, your once in a lifetime event, this is best avoided by sticking to the simple rule: inspiration not imitation. That’s not to say that Disney inspired weddings aren’t completely gorgeous – they are! How can you not find beauty in these romantic tales of love and adventure?!

    Whenever a new Disney movie comes out there’s always a surge of themed inspiration shoots centered around the new tale and today I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites. They’re those that stick to the inspiration not imitation rule and are perfectly lovely ways to style your big day.

    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

    Non-Tacky Disney Wedding Inspiration | Oh Lovely Day

    Definitely ones of my favorites – this bookish tale is rife with sources of inspiration for your wedding. Instead of a traditional cake stand, opt for a stack of books, and if you’re a fan of red roses, this is the movie to be inspired by! This red rose and ranunculus bouquet is from a Beauty and Beast themed shoot by Kendall Lynnette Photography and it’s simply gorgeous. Plus, at the end of the shoot the bride changed into a sweet little gold dress as a nod to Belle’s yellow stunner of a ball gown.

    CINDERELLA

    Non-Tacky Disney Wedding Inspiration | Oh Lovely Day

    Disney’s Cinderella is probably the easiest, most common Disney movie to be inspired by. With glitz, glam, and plenty of options for gorgeous shoes and pretty wedding dresses, it’s hard to go wrong. You could even go the bird route with this kind of wedding and get away with it. Personally, I love the key ribbon in this Cinderella themed shoot on Modernly Wed by Sarah Kathleen Photography – it’s such a delightful, Cinderella-ish touch!

    SLEEPING BEAUTY

    Non-Tacky Disney Wedding Inspiration | Oh Lovely Day

    There are two Sleeping Beauty themed wedding inspiration shoots that I’ve come to adore. The first is on Glamour and Grace and is a bit more literal (see it here) and the second is on Burnett’s Boards (photographed by Esther Gallarday Photography) and was inspired by the theme song – Once Upon A Dream. It’s a snowy, quiet, and a romantic beauty of a wedding.

    MALEFICENT

    Non-Tacky Disney Wedding Inspiration | Oh Lovely Day

    Keeping with the whole Sleeping Beauty theme, you could go the evil route too for a more alternative edge. Bit of Ivory Photography’s Maleficent inspired editorial captured this perfectly with some killer couture style. There’s even a driftwood centerpiece that’s reminiscent of a dragon. It’s pretty spectacular!

    TANGLED

    Non-Tacky Disney Wedding Inspiration | Oh Lovely Day

    Flower crowns are in right now (and I hope they are here to stay) but I love how the creative team in this Tangled-themed wedding, photographed by Sunday Romance, spun the traditional flower crown on its head and created a messier, more tangled look for their editorial. With a palette of pinks and greens, they wove flowers and moss into the bride’s flowing curls and braids. It’s brilliant, gorgeous, and definitely shows the inspiration not imitation motto well.

    BRAVE

    Non-Tacky Disney Wedding Inspiration | Oh Lovely Day

    Merida is such an inspirational Disney character, and definitely the kind of girl that would do things her own way and elope! Bit of Ivory Photography captured that sentiment perfectly with her Brave-inspired shoot. It also incorporated arrows, tartans, and tarts for an awesome Scottish vibe.

    POCAHONTAS

    Non-Tacky Disney Wedding Inspiration | Oh Lovely Day

    Bohemian brides need not fret – a Pocahontas inspired wedding might be the right fit for you. Sarah Kathleen Photography created an entire series of shoots based on fairy tales and even though Pocahontas is one of American History’s leading ladies, the Disney version of her story was way more fairytale, far less tragic, and really gorgeous. This shoot took place outdoors near a pond, involved a kayak, sunflowers, and plenty of autumn details.

    FROZEN

    Non-Tacky Disney Wedding Inspiration | Oh Lovely Day

    Meredith Carlson Photography’s Frozen-inspired wedding is probably the most literal of this bunch, but definitely too spectacular to leave out! Captured in the jaw dropping ice castles of Midway, Utah, this one really is a must see.

    Don’t you love all of these ideas and ways to be inspired by Disney for your wedding? I’m especially obsessed with the Tangled hairstyle. Thanks Sara!

    PS – A Disneyland-inspired real wedding and a day-after honeymoon Disneyland shoot.

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