Fresh flowers are gorgeous. You can't beat the smells, textures, and colors of beautiful blooms. Sure we'd love to have them in our homes all the time, but lets face it, they can be expensive and of course they only last so long. I've worked with Afloral on a few projects before, like this colorful table setting I styled, and wedding arch, and if you want to be surrounded by flowers all the time faux should be considered as a great alternative. Today I'm going to show you how to create a beautiful modern moody floral arrangement using faux blooms.
This post has been moved. Please find it now on my new baby and kid focused blog, Hazel & Ollie. There I'll be sharing all kinds of inspiration from nursery decor, kids fashion, maternity and new born shoots and more!
Phew guys, it's been a long time since I wrote anything on this little corner of the internet I call mine. It goes like this (I'm sure you all know), you get busy, the days turn into weeks, the weeks turn into months, and all of a sudden people are asking if you're even blogging anymore? Hmmmmm....well the answer is yes, but I've definitely fallen behind here on some HUGE changes that are happening so let me fill you in:
Yes it's true, we did it, we finally moved. We kept it quiet, putting the offer on the house all the way back in December, and it was a long, arduous process (mostly for my husband dealing with the mortgage people). Then the actual move itself was literally one of the top five worst experiences of my life.
It's one thing to know in the dark corners of your mind that you have a whole lot of crap in your house, it's quite another to have it paraded out in front of you, your husband, your family (who is kind enough to help you move), and a couple of total strangers. Like embarrassing amounts of stuff, which I still haven't unpacked. Crafter/hand maker = semi-hoarder. Fortunately we have a big unfinished basement, a nice big garage, and lots of other storage spaces. The rest of the house is shaping up nicely, and we've already hosted lots of people and are loving our new space.
Oh, and yes, lest I forget to mention the previous owner was a master gardner, so there is an amazing yard with the most beautiful collection of perennials, which makes this floral designer very, very happy! You can follow along with our new house, and all the fun projects we're working on with #thewalterstudor or via my Instagram @emmyray.
WE'RE HAVING A BABY
Yeppers, you heard right. Baby numero dos is on the way, due to make the big debut October 2016. We didn't do a big formal announcement like last time, and we actually aren't finding out the sex either. We want it to be a fun surprise this time around. But we do have names for boy and girl picked out, and also the nursery is already all decorated in my head (sharing more on that very soon).
However as with most second children, and the stereotype is totally true, I have been terrible at documenting everything so far, but that's what happens when you spend 80% of your day chasing around a toddler. I can't tell you how many people have said "I didn't even know you were pregnant". Surprise everyone! We're beyond excited to be expanding this little family of ours though, and can't wait to meet this little one.
I think those are the biggies for now. I've had so many great ideas swimming around and lots of good content built up guys, that I can't wait to share with you soon. Can't wait to catch up and get back into the swing of things again!
Valentine's Day, you either love it, or you hate it? Personally I enjoy the holiday, whether people think it's silly and made up or not. I take it as a day to celebrate the ones I love by making fun little gifts, or treats for them, and you guys know how I love a good craft project! Plus for some reason, more than most other holidays, I'm always able to come up with Valentine's Day projects. Today I'm rounding up some of my favorite posts for the holiday celebrating love. I hope that maybe you'll be inspired to create something special for one of your favorite people!
The first project, pictured above, is my glitter heart pin/hair clip DIY. Just a few simple steps add up to this adorable accessory, and you can even attach it to a card for easy gifting.
I was contacted in 2014 (just after Eleanor was born) by BuzzFeed to create a simple DIY craft project for Valentine's Day. I wanted to make something that was super easy for anyone, and also could be a unisex gift. I came up with these I Love You Tea Towels, because who doesn't love a little seasonal charm in their kitchen?
Next up, baked goods, duh! These rich, chocolate espresso lava cakes are one of my go to desserts. They're so yummy, and decadent, but way easier to make than you might think! Check out the recipe and give it a try yourself this year!
This guy, the Heart String Art Decor DIY, is still one of my most popular blog posts to date, and it's not really hard to see why. String art and weaving have been all the rage for awhile now, and with a few nails, hammer, a wood board, and string, you can create a decor piece that makes a statement in your space. And it's not just for Valentine's Day either!
Who needs an excuse to party? Not me, but Valentine's Day certainly a good reason to decorate the house, bake a cake, and eat lots of candy (or drink cocktails). I loved creating this fun Modern Black and White Valentine's Day decor. This theme is fun because it's whimsical enough to work for kids, or classic enough for adults.
And last, but certainly not least, one of my first attempts at You Tube. Ugh, I hate watching, and hearing myself on film, but this felt jewelry DIY is a fun little gift idea for anyone in your life who loves jewelry.
That's it guys. I hope that you'll check out, and try a few of these fun Valentine's Day ideas, and if you do, be sure to tag them with #emmyraydesignstudio so I can see what you've created. I've got a few new ones coming in the next two weeks too.