DIY: Tea Garden Décor

Last month, when I shared behind the scenes snippets and inspiration from a couple wedding photo shoots that I did, I had forgotten to show more DIY features. Since then, I have been occupied with unexpected freelance events and have taken some time off the blog to continue these new ventures. It's all very exciting and I will have to share more on that later. In the meantime, have a look at this craft to be inspired by.

Here, I am merging countryside style (one of my favourites) with a touch of modern sophistication in this garden-friendly DIY. 

Planters are perfect for adding depth and character to any home space and I have become quite fond of them more over the years. I particularly love planters because you can make them elaborate for special occasions, such as weddings, yet they can be simplified for minimalist living spaces and tailored for virtually every budget.


I designed these teacup and saucer planters that I fell in love with after giving several prepared styles that I created for the engaged couple. Afterwards, I created a few more for my personal space in the same colours, then in silver and white because I just couldn't get enough! The styles below are pieces that I added character to by personalising the saucers with wedding-inspired text—the gold paint really brought everything together, both rustic and with a tad bit of elegance.

Speaking of metallic and custom spaces here are some images from the teal and gold theme below but this time, I used matte acrylic paint, to emit chalky vintage vibes with the blended contemporary concept. View the tutorial below!

Materials

3-4 Ceramic teacup and saucer planters
1 can matte spray paint
4-6 sheets gold leaf
1 Can adhesive spray
2 Artist Sponges (1 large, 1 small to medium size)
1 Metallic paint pen (in gold)
1 Roll of masking tape/painter's tape
Plants: succulents or flowers 

Large newsprint or plastic working surface 
Latex gloves-(Optional)


Method: 

  1. On a plastic or paper lined spacious working surface in an open air environment, layout each teacup and saucer, dispersed evenly with at least 4cm-6cm or so apart in two rows horizontally (place all of the cups upside down with the bottom facing upward on one row, and all of the saucers on another row.) 
  2. After reading the directions on the paint bottle, spray each cup thoroughly in one coat of matte paint, covering all sides and outside handles. Spray a second coat of matte paint. Let dry. Repeat this step for all of the saucers. Let the cups and saucers completely dry before proceeding to step 3. 
  3. Apply gold leafing: To prepare your workspace, use washi tape or painters masking tape to section off your preferred design on each teacup. (I just taped off angular sections of each cup in a simple design where I wanted the gold leafing). This is to create a rustic and sparkled effect so make the taped off areas simple because the natural texture and design from the gold leaf will form. 
  4. Take out an artist sponge and the gold leaf adhesive. Set aside. (If you have a gold leaf kit, then follow instructions for that). With the sponge, apply adhesive or a thin layer of glue to the prepared area on the teacup where you want the gold leafing placed. Carefully take out one gold leaf square sheet at a time, and place the entire sheet on the teacup (where you have put the adhesive). Press firmly, then use the sponge to carefully wipe away gold leaf excess. After you have the desired effect, repeat these steps with each teacup. Set aside teacups to dry or spray a sealant to finish. 
  5. Use a metallic gold paint pen and write script or text on the saucers. Get crafty! I created simple loop designs on my teacups and saucers to bring the theme together. Next, add your plants: I used succulents, baby's breath, and small seedlings in my other teacup planters. I just re-potted the plants in the new teacup planters, then added river rocks. Get more of that inspiration here.


Note: *I did not use a sealant for the teacups because I wanted it to look worn and slightly rough with the gilded leaf effect. This can get messy, so stow away your favourite Celine Tee, instead just wear an old T-Shirt or a painting top for this project. For the spray paint, I used Rust-Oleum CHALKED matte finish.



What do you think of these fun teacup planters?  



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Vintage & Modern Wedding Décor


I have been waiting patiently to share this post with you. This is a special edition featuring some lovely details that I styled for Marry Me—their new range for weddings and event décor is full of charming pieces. The theme: a countryside Paris journey with minimal travel elements. I decided on a romantic and vintage theme that had a cosy tea time vibe and ladylike style. 

View the inspiration below, and see how I merged playful hues of pink, blush, green, and teal colours together and transformed them into a retro version of adult contemporary elegance. 

I used a modern Parisian setting with an outdoor concept for this tablescape, allowing every detail to shine through even down to the party favours. My surprise element was painting this Eiffel Tower cardboard cut-out, and designing a large floral arrangement centrepiece. I used a matte colour to paint all sides and created a gradated 3-dimensional sculptural table piece. 


Giving The Theme Character: 
Speaking of little swag bags, for this I included farmhouse vintage boxes filled with mixed savoury nuts and others were filled with sweet treats.  Another idea is to add themed candies—as you can see I used French lollipops and stored them in mason jars with eucalyptus leaves. This way the table is filled with edible little details that are conversation starters, yet everything still goes along with the ambience and colour story. The favour boxes emulated the vintage theme I used; they were illustrated with mason jars, flower images and lace elements. 



3 Ways To Add Minimal Accents In Minutes: 
Show your guests that you have the chops for hosting the party that you're throwing. Don't worry if your space is small. If you don't have a large budget, the perfect way to add decorations that don't look overdone is to use the following: 

  1. Fact: Balloons do not have to be symmetrical! There are times when it works best symmetrically but they certainly do not have to be. As previously discussed in this post, get creative with balloon styling. An alternative to the traditional: Do this by adding odd numbers of balloons on one side instead of decorating the space filled with bunches of balloons. You have seen in the past that I've used balloons many ways, including using them in clusters and creating art doodles. Go for it!  

  1. Create a garland: Using hanging garlands and buntings are wonderful ways to add to your décor but this doesn't mean that it has to reach across the entire space from wall to wall. Try using a garland on the table as a centrepiece or as I did here, as a focal point above the tablescape. By sectioning off smaller areas of a wall or backspace, you can create a much more intimate environment for guests, which makes it that much more special and inviting. I also added areas of our table with birch wood under the wisteria garland. Grab more garland inspiration in this DIY. 

  1. Handmade napkins: It's all about gold: After you choose which metals you want to use in your theme, don't be afraid to use both rose gold and gold colours. I made napkin rings by using burlap lace ribbon, then I used metal tags as the finishing touch, which resembled a luggage tag (remember, the blended and somewhat abstract theme was ... Vintage. Travel. Paris.) 

Now that I have given you plenty of ideas to chew on, I do hope that you are inspired by this post.


What do you think of this party theme and tablescape? 

The goods: Wedding Collection: Shop special occasion and wedding inspiration here. Some items in this post were provided by Marry Me. All opinions and content are honestly expressed and my own. 

*I will see you next week as I am travelling for business and then on a weekend holiday. I will catch up on your lovely blogs soon and will share more styling tips and bits of inspiration via Instagram.


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Foodie Tales and Summer Sides

Confession: I made a mess of things in the kitchen but in a good way! This time we’re getting down with mushrooms and it’s all about the stuffing. I used Colman's Mustard Prepared to bake these stuffed mushrooms, which can be a great additional side dish to any dinner party or outdoor gathering.

The prepared version of this mustard works well for grilling options, including burgers or hot dogs if that's your thing. However, when this mustard is cooked, it offers an even deeper taste and pungency to love. It has a nice bite that is satisfying and shakes you up enough to let you know that the flavour is there, even as a condiment. It's quite easy to use and add in dishes because it's prepared for you.
Although this is an entertaining-friendly finger food, I can't promise that you won't be a hot mess after eating or that you won’t shed a tear or two in the process—at least they will be foodie tears of joy! There's nothing like a good palate kicking to get the conversation going, or rather have your summer gathering bursting with tangy goodness as a starter course.

Make guests satisfied with extra hors d’oeuvres! I mean, filling bellies with happiness? Well, isn't that what matters in the end?

Ingredients:
25-30 Cremini mushrooms
2 tablespoons Colman's Mustard Prepared
115g (4 oz.) fresh crab meat
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 ¼ teaspoon olive oil
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1 ½ tablespoons dried chives, plus extra for garnish, chopped
25g (1/4 cup) Parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning or Cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon ground paprika
25g (1/2 cup) Japanese panko
3 tablespoons Gruyere cheese, shredded thin

Method:
For Prepping: Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper or use a non-stick baking tray. Use a dry paper towel to clean mushrooms by gently wiping away dirt and loose pieces. (I also use a lightly damp paper towel with the dry paper towels for the pieces that need more wiping). Chop the stems off of mushrooms and dice them, set aside on a cutting board.
  1. Preheat oven to Bake at 350F/180C/Gas Mark #4. In a shallow container, pour in the olive oil. Dip the bottom of each cleaned mushroom into the olive oil, then place the mushrooms on the prepared baking tray. 
  2. In a small pan on medium heat, sauté butter, garlic, scallions, and stems of mushrooms until scallions are slightly opaque and the stems are softened. Add the cracked black pepper and kosher salt. Stir gently. Remove the pan from heat to cool. 
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, add in the crab meat, Colman's Mustard Prepared, Parmesan cheese, paprika, chives, Old Bay seasoning, and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended. Add in the cooked mushroom stems and scallion mixture. Stir gently until mixed evenly. 
  4. Use a melon scooper or a rounded spoon to fill the caps of each mushroom with the crab mixture, creating a large dome or ice cream scoop shape. In the same container used for the olive oil, add in the Japanese panko and swirl it around to allow the panko to soak up the leftover oil in the container. One by one, carefully roll the tops of the mushrooms in the panko.
  5. Next, place the mushrooms back on the baking tray, evenly dispersed. Add pinches of shredded Gruyere on tops of the mushrooms. Place in the oven and bake for 23-28 minutes, or until the top of mushroom filling is golden brown. Serve with an extra dollop of Colman's Mustard Prepared on the side and garnish with chives. 
*Note: If you don't have Panko, then you can use dried bread crumbs, use (56 g (½ cup).

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The goods: This post is sponsored by Colman's Mustard. As always, all opinions and content are honestly expressed and my own. #HotMessAround #Ad Original recipe by Madison. FASHION TALES BLOG

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