Sunday, November 12, 2017

Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece Workshop

My floral PUMPKIN CENTERPIECE TUTORIAL was such a big hit that I began receiving requests to teach hands on, how to make them. Teaching classes was never even an idea that crossed my mind. While I can easily write up a storm, would it surprise you if I said that talking to a room full of people simply terrifies me? But... I have been trying to challenge myself over the past few months to step outside of my comfort zone, so once I began getting so much encouragement I was excited to jump in and go for it! 


My biggest challenge after deciding to offer a workshop, was where to host it? I have a wonderful friend whom is a local maternity/newborn/child photographer and creates her gorgeous work in her beautiful photography studio. Her entire studio is an old historic home here in the golden isles of coastal Georgia. When I brought the idea of a workshop to her, she was instantly on board and graciously offered her studio and wanted to join in on the workshop! I was ecstatic, as her style and mine blend perfectly and provided the perfect backdrop for my vision.









When planning out my workshop, I wanted my style and "signature" to touch every aspect of it, making the workshop an extension of my home and myself. I am a sucker for details, and when displaying the materials on the workshop table, I really wanted to pay attention to detail, even down to the tape on the packaging.







We opted to keep the class size small and intimate to really provide a fun night of crafting, laughing and snacking with "friends". The result was exactly as I had envisioned and was so much fun! Teaching my first workshop was a pleasant surprise and came natural to me, which was completely un-expected! The turn out was so great that I have now decided to offer more and a few Christmas workshops are already in the works so stay tuned to my blog and Instagram for announcements!






Photography & Styling: Jennifer Ciani

Thursday, November 9, 2017

DIY Embroidery Hoop Wreath - Featuring The Homestead Haven


The holiday season is fast approaching and while some may not want to see the sight of anything Christmas until their Thanksgiving turkey is cleared off of their table, I will apologize in advance, because this is just the first Christmas project of many to come in the weeks ahead!

I was fortunate enough to collaborate with the lovely ladies of  THE HOMESTEAD HAVEN for this post. Amanda & Renee create these adorable SHIPLAP MINI SIGNS, and when it arrived on my doorstep I couldn't wait to get to work on a little wreath to adorn it with.


I am a sucker for some cute packaging, and loved how they packaged 
their product with attention to detail and their logo attached.

HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

- 1 mini embroidery hoop
- linen ribbon
- Christmas greenery
- floral wire
- hot glue gun
- hot glue sticks
- twine
- sicssors
- wire cutters
- letter stamps
- stamp ink pad


1. Start by laying out all of your supplies.


2. With most faux greenery garland that you get, you can pluck the greenery right off of the plastic stem. This saves you from having to cut or waste. Remove approximately three to five pieces of greenery off of the stem for your wreath.



3. Once your greenery is ready, cut approximately five to six inches of wire.


4. Place your greenery on the embroidery hoop where you desire it and then begin wrapping the floral wire around the greenery and the embroidery hoop beginning at the base of your greenery and working upwards.



5. Wrap the floral wire about 2/3rds of the way up your greenery piece, leaving the top portion to flow naturally.


6. Take your smaller pieces of greenery and hot glue them on the opposite side of the hoop as well as on top of where the floral wire is showing.




7. Cut your ribbon two to three inches longer than each side of your hoop. This will give you enough allowance to center the wording on the ribbon properly inside of the hoop once you are completed stamping. 

8. Pick out the letters that you desire for the word(s) that you would like to spell out and hand stamp them onto your ribbon.


9. Lastly, place your ribbon inside of the embroidery hoop 
and pull tightly on the ribbon as you are closing up the hoop. 

(TIP: I actually recommend adding the ribbon into the hoop as your FIRST step. I chose to not show the ribbon added in my first posts so that you could see the step by step details clearly.)


10. Add twine and tie around the hanger placed on the back of the SHIPLAP SIGN.


That's it! A super simple project while the kiddos are napping or at night while watching your favorite show with a glass of hot chocolate (or wine)...




I just love this little shiplap sign so much and love how versatile it is year round! Keep a look out for more seasonal mini wreath tutorials that I plan to make, which means, YOU NEED ONE OF THESE SIGNS to put them on! And just for all of you loyal followers, the ladies at THE HOMESTEAD HAVEN are offering you a 15% Discount on THIS SHIPLAP MINI SIGN ONLY. Using the code SIMPLYCIANI15 at checkout.
(*coupon expires November 11th)

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Fall Home Tour


Hello friends! Welcome to my fall home tour!
You have seen me post little glimpses into our home this fall with my recent posts, but this is the full shebang. When designing my home this fall, I knew I wanted to go neutral. This is a new home for us this year, which we moved into back in March. This home is much different than our last and has a very open floor plan as far as the living spaces go. This served to be a challenge, as I knew whichever design plan I went with, it all had to flow together from room to room. It all started with a little inspired project late one night that involved a tobacco basket and some greenery.




I found the tobacco basket at the vintage market days of north east Georgia while visiting family, while we were evacuated due to hurricane Irma (of all things to buy during an evacuation!). I instantly knew I wanted to use the tobacco basket in a non traditional way and turn it on its side at an angle for interest and to make a big statement in the room, since the fireplace wall was the focal point after all. I attached garland greenery found at hobby lobby to the rim of the basket only using green floral wire. It was super simple to add and even easier to take off after the season is over. Add in a few flowers, a pumpkin and some antlers and you have yourself a beautiful fall mantle!
You can take a look at more of the details of my fall mantle HERE.




In the entry, I chose to place one of my husband's hand built benches along our DIY board and batten walls. I kept the theme again, neutral and added warmth using this perfect fall pillow
from Linen and Ivory along with a faux fur throw.






The table scape was another fun decorating project. Just using neutral pumpkins, greenery and a felt ball garland, this centerpiece was easy and very affordable to create. You can see step by step how I created this centerpiece HERE.






The rest of the living area, I just kept simple and neutral, mainly just focusing on the greenery touches to bring in a light and airy fall feel.



Lastly, although Halloween is now over, I wanted to add in a view to the other end of my entryway where I hung my DIY Halloween "Trick" & "Treat" Banners which you can find the tutorial on HERE.

I hope that you have found this post inspirational! Please feel free to comment below with any questions you might have and I will be more than happy to answer them.

Happy Fall Y'all!
-Jennifer
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