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Monday, December 2, 2013
Waiting until December 1st to get our christmas tree was the hardest thing for us girls...Our husbands wouldn't let us get one before thanksgiving (eye roll) but we thought it would be worth it if we went to cut our own this year at a tree farm!! We ran through the tree isles cooing and aweing at the large fat trees, but since our little homes can't host such giants- we had to stay with a more humble one. The funny thing is, we ended up grabbing trees that were brought in from North Carolina...so we didn't end up cutting our own :)
But going to the tree farm is definitely our new tradition! If you haven't done it, I would suggest try it this year if you don't have your tree yet! If anything go for the hay ride and apple cider!
Gold Leaf Your Dogs
Friday, November 22, 2013
Our amazing friend Cana Grooms showed us how to gold leaf the silhouette of our pups! She is currently in the middle of decorating her guest room and wanted to do have a little gold art of her boston terrier! Its pretty simple (just make sure your paper is not heavy textured- we learned the hard way!) But here are a few finished product photos of rocco, rio and goku!
1. Thick or non-absorbent paper of the size you want (Molly did an 8x10, Joanna made 5x7).
2. Printed photo of a profile shot of your pup (printed in the appropriate size for your paper)
3. X-Acto Knife
4. A packet of Gold Leaf
5. Two brushes. One for dabbing the glue and one for tapping.
7. Clear finish Sealant
1. Start by cutting out the shape of your pups profile. You're using the exterior to trace so be careful cutting this area.
2. Trace your pups profile on your background.
3. Brush the adhesive starting from the middle of the face and work yourself outward. Be generous.
4. Wait until sticky and start applying the gold leaf. We places whole square of gold leaf over the outline and started patting lightly with the brush.
5. Keep applying until all glue is covered. Lay to dry.
6. Once dry spray sealent over your work to insure your gold leaf doesn't break off.
The paper we used was textured and it proved to be hard to work with. We suggest a smooth background so the glue grabs the gold leaf with no problem. If the gold leaf keeps getting stuck to your brush and hand, don't worry- just keep applying. Its a messy project! But also very fun :)
We want to see your pups, so tag us! #irrelephantblog
Transitioning from your work face to your girls night out face is pretty simple. Add some shadow, gold and black liner, enhance those eyes with some lashes and don't forget that red lipstick! Also, Apply some translucent powder so you're not shiny and tease that crown! You're ready for a night out!
We are looking forward to using these techniques this weekend. We are heading to Savannah for a little vacation with our awesome husbands! Most likely we will be changing from our comfy site seeing get up to a more trendy night time look! (Check our instagrams to see how we do) We are so excited- it was a much needed little break in the middle of this crazy wedding fall season!
So do any of you out there have any suggestions on where to visit, eat, dance, hang out in Savannah?!! Were so eager to explore this little town! We'll post our adventures next week, so stay tune!
Have a great weekend!
Fall Table Inspiration Styled by Ginny Au
Thursday, November 21, 2013
We wanted to bring you a fall table inspiration, but we din't want to do what you've seen before. So we brought in Ginny Au. She's a genius when it comes to styling in an organic way- which is what we were going for. We wanted more than pumpkins, leaves and orange colors. We wanted the depth of fall in deep colors like plum and grey so Ginny brought in beets and mushrooms and... dirt! She also included wood and lots and lots of herbs. Bringing in the natural colors of the earth really made it into a moody masculine table that is perfeeeect for your fall/winter gatherings. Aimme Strickland- this girl has beautiful hand lettering, so honored to have had her on board with this! That deep purple lettering was perfect!
One of the biggest elements here are the fall herbs, next would be the grey linens (and the incredible hand made aprons by Ginny!!!) We mixed dark and lighter grey's to create a moody feel. The table was brightened with the green herbs and bright beets, and neutralized with the earthy mushrooms and pears. We hope you are inspired to think outside the box this season!
So what do you think? would you try something more like this? or stick to the classic table?
Styling and creative direction by the fabulous Ginny Au.
Lines by Bits and Bobs shop. Lettering by the talented AImme Strickland. Photography by Joanna Ballentine.
Fall Wreath Inspiration
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
We got these basic faux wreaths at Ikea when we took a trip to Atlanta a few weeks back- the beauty of these is that we can use them year round! We added some dried up sun flowers and bright red leaves, and even a piece of bark from a fallen tree! Basically we'll be decorating with what's on the ground. Except snow. That wouldn't work.
what about you? What are you putting on your wreath this fall??
Happy Birthday to you
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Happy Birthday to my incredible bud.
Girl, You are a rare friend. I am so thankful for you, God has used you to show me what a pure and passionate walk looks like. You are an inspiring person who encourages others to pursue their talents, gifts, and dreams. I, for one, have felt so encouraged by you and I cannot tell you what that means to me!
You have no idea how talented you are. You blow my mind with the things you make and come up with. Your humility shines through all your work and I am so proud of you and everything you have accomplished!
I love our ridiculous conversations where we name unlikely scenarios or when we plan blog posts in different accents. I am so thankful to have someone who will wear a onesie and slide down my hallway with me after a long day at work. Your a gem.
Cannot wait to celebrate your birth in Savannah, Georgia next week! Get your dance moves ready!
Love you Jojie!