Friday, June 22, 2012

DIY: Fabric Garland

{Watching SNL while crafting, filed under: duh}

Disclaimer: You'll have to excuse the photos on this post. After two months with the DSLR, you've of course come to expect a standard here on the blog - I'm sure. And really, once you go DSLR, you don't go back. Unless your sister is in China/South Korea with your precious camera, and then I guess you do. Temporary, folks. DLSR will be back next week!

Moving on. As I mentioned here, garland is just one of those things I can't get enough of. My roommate and I have been most uneasy with the empty space above the TV since we settled into our apartment. But what do you put above a TV? Framed artwork is too much. Mirrors are distracting. While we love our cumulus cloud paint, a giant empty spot of it just doesn't really do the trick. That really left us with one option: garland. After researching, pinning and dreaming, we chose the style we liked and got right down to business.

You'll need quite a bit of fabric. Nothing outrageous, but we chose an unlucky 13 fabric types and bought 1/4 yard of each. Actually, we had a few solid remnant scraps in the mix as well, but alas they weren't as photogenic.

Cut your fabric into strips about an inch wide and, depending on the length you want your garland, about a foot long. You're going to fold the fabric over on the twine, so you'll cut it twice as long as you want it to hang. We used regular scissors and pinking shears to add a bit of texture to the fabric.

Measure out some twine and, if you're like us, tie it to objects in your apartment once your arms get tired. And tired they will get. Trust.

Fold each strip in half, wrap around the twine and pull the ends through the top folded part (if you have a better way to explain that, please enlighten me! I have no idea how to put that into words).


Keep going. This part took the longest because we kept pushing the strands closer together so that the finished product would look full.

Hang your garland! You may have to trim some stray ends if they're too long, but overall I like the uneven look.

Re-hang your garland because it's probably uneven.

Ta-da! I couldn't be happier with the finished product. It looks festive when you walk into our apartment and I'm always up for a celebration. I'm already thinking of different fabrics we could use throughout the year according to the season or holiday.


Hey, look! A better picture:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Five things

{Pink & blue sunset on some buildings behind Buckhead Church}

Last week was a pretty crafty week - something my life has been lacking the past month or so. I can't wait to share a DIY tutorial for the garland my roommate and I made to hang above the TV. In the meantime, here are five things currently making me happy via Instagram (follow me! @flowersarelovely).

{Sangria - recipe courtesy of Ash Wells of Southern Bellies Blog

{Summer salad}

{Garland! DIY post coming soon}

{Start of a painting per this post}

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Garland Love

Around here on Flowers are Lovely, I don't try to hide my love for a good strand of garland (as evident here with flags & invitations and here with yarn poms & cake bunting). Truth be told, if it has the word "pom," contains glitter or hangs from twine, I can't get enough of it.

We currently have an empty space above our TV that is in dire need to some garland love. I think we've settled on one like the above, but I can't search "garland" without finding at least 10 others I love. I can't wait until Christmas. In the meantime, I'll be on the hunt for fabric to make our very own.

Sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Light Upgrade

Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest difference. I had two lamps from sophomore year in college that just weren't cutting it and needed a new look. Two new shades for $10-15 each and a can of spray paint later and - voila! New lamps.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


While I'm usually one to steer away from bold pops of accent color, I do tend to find ways to incorporate a bit of pattern here and there. Around my new apartment you'll find a fresh assortment of floral prints, chevrons, paisleys and everything in between - from pillows to cushion covers to curtains. Here's at peek at those little touches that I think really add to a room.

{My upholstered yellow chair in the corner} 

{Snakeskin candle on my bedroom wall} 

{Living room curtains from West Elm}

Monday, June 11, 2012

Five things

{Ombre cake, using this yellow cake recipe}

Despite a mostly rainy weekend, something rather exciting happened. My sister and her husband are expecting their second child in October and we just found out it's a boy! We couldn't be more thrilled for little Amira to become a big sister and what better way to celebrate than with a five layer ombré cake? Other than that big news, here are some little things currently making me happy (via Instagram).

{Poms & string lights at Buckhead Church Sunday morning}

{Fresh kiwi for breakfast}

{Couldn't help but share this photo of the cake layers pre-icing}

{Pretty yellow cart at Kudzu that would make the perfect bar cart if it were, you know, $400 less}

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Friday, June 8, 2012


I've been itching to paint something lately so I've been looking for inspiration in these yellow and white pieces. I love the idea of a simple piece of wood that can just hang on its own and not need a frame, plus the bright yellow and white is just so sunny and happy. I'd love to slap one up on my wall and brighten up any ole' day. Weekend project, perhaps?


Sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Good Food: St. Simons

{Margarita, Corona & Backyard Lemonade Cocktail}

It's true: I'm a sucker for seafood at the beach. For all foods fried. For a sweet summer cocktail. Last week in St. Simons, I was able to get my hands on all of these things at Gnat's Landing, The Crab Trap and Southern Soul BBQ (sadly not pictured). It's a wonder I am still able to move after everything we ate - but it was well worth it and I can hardly be patient for another beach trip to come along.

{I don't even know where to start! Vidalia onion dip, fried green tomatoes & friend pickles}

{Seafood platter + sweet potato fries}

{Grilled veggies, because we're healthy around these parts} 

{Oysters on the half shell}

{Crab soup}

{Blackened mahi mahi & crab cakes}

Monday, June 4, 2012

Five things

{Umbrella at the beach}

I spent the last five days in St. Simons with three friends for a beautiful Sea Island wedding. The weather couldn't have been better (minus one rainstorm on Friday) and overall it was a lovely week. Here are five things that caught my eye and make me especially happy on an otherwise cloudy Monday. And of course, congratulations, Kaitlin and Will! Thanks for sharing your special day with us.

{Draped lights at Gnat's Landing} 

{St. Simons as seen from the top of the lighthouse}

{Arches & light at the Cloister}

 {Fresh hydrangeas}