What happens when one of your best friends has a baby? You fall in love with a teeny tiny little person. Meet Delilah Grace! She is straight perfection, and everyone is over the moon with love. Wellllll, everyone except...
I co-hosted my best friend's baby shower last weekend, and her sister and I went with a garden party theme. Not only is she having a girl, but she loves all things pink, gold, and girly so it was the perfect fit for her. When we first started planning I had visions of us all wearing cute dresses and flower crowns like a dozen Princess Buttercups. Then, reality hit and I remembered that I had a full time job and sadly it wasn't making flower crowns. So, I settled on one flower crown for the mama-to-be so she would be the enter of attention (the way it should be!)
I found my original inspiration for DIY flower crowns on Pinterest months and months before this. Confession: I turned the wedding Pinterest board I had made for my BFF into a baby shower board pretty much after they said "I do", so let's just say I'd been planning this shower in my mind for quite some time. Anyway, as anyone who has ever tried to recreate a Pinterest project knows, you need to do a test run and also assume it will fail miserably. So a few weeks prior to the shower I hit up Michael's followed by my local Shaw's (because they have some seriously pretty flowers in their 3 bunches for $12 spot) and embarked on the project. Result: It was totally successful. And fun! Annnnnd now I think I'm addicted to making flower crowns. Is there a way to make this my full time job?!
-small wire cutters
-2-3 bunches of flowers, depending on size
I got the floral wire for $1.99 at Michael's (it comes on a spool) and you can even use a coupon (!!!) so it was basically free. I made 3 crowns and the spool doesn't even look touched at all so you definitely don't need more than one.
Before you start, let your flowers stand in a vase with water and their flower food for 1-2 hours in the fridge. This really helps the flowers last overnight (or longer) and stay looking fresh! I went with a color scheme of pinks and purples on this one, but really, the sky's the limit on color combinations!
1. Measure around your head with the wire, making sure not to fit it tightly to your head. Because you're going to be adding a significant amount of flowers to the wire, you want it a little loose to start so that it will be secure when you finish.
2. Taking little sections of greens, attach them to the wire base by wrapping them in wire. Don't panic that you can some of the wire, it's going to end up completely covered by the flowers.
3. Continue wrapping greens until you get all the way around. I included some small flowers along with the greens just to add to it.
4. Trim all of the leaves off of your flowers and cut them down to about 3-4 inches in length.
5. Gently wrap the wire around the base of the flower, leaving extra at the end to use to secure the flower to the crown. Continue to add additional flower stems in the same direction, laying the new stem in a way that covers the wire from the previous stem.
Once you've made it back to your first stem, you're done! You can check to make sure all of wire is covered, and add additional small greens or flowers as needed to hide any wire that might be poking out. If you won't be wearing the crown immediately, store it in the fridge so it stays fresh and lasts longer! Otherwise, put it on, frolic through a field, and generally feel like a magic princess. Enjoy!
Total time: 1 hour (excluding flowers soaking)
Sometimes you want pictures where everyone's hair is combed, the clothes are clean, and you look like you have it all together. But the good stuff, the reeealllly good stuff, is when you're hanging around the house, dirt on your pants from snuggling chickens, making maple syrup. Here's a little peak into a day at the Noone's house. There was play dough. There were crafts. There was wrestling. There were laughs. There were friends. There were chickens. There were flower crowns. And there was maple syrup. But most importantly, there was love. So much love. (Okay, and a few tears, but hey, that's life!) This is why I love lifestyle sessions and being able to capture families being themselves. A whole bunch of honest goodness to smile about.
I'm afraid that by writing this post or making any mention of our fairly mild winter I will jinx us completely, but I'm going to do it anyway. (And I'm going to knock on wood.) Anyone who has lived in New England long enough knows that it could be 50 degrees every day in February and we should still be prepared to get pounded by a blizzard the next day. But so far this winter we have been really lucky (knocking on wood again) which has allowed my husband and I to be out and about more than usual. (I'm not even sure if I ever left my house last winter?!) Aside from enjoying our favorite winter sports (read: hot tubbing and sitting by a fire) we've been trying to explore new places (read: I've been dragging him to new places). If you're caught up on my previous posts, you know that one thing I've been doing a lot is "summering" in winter by visiting greenhouses and pretending I'm on a tropical island. But at the risk of getting turned over to the police for loitering at my favorite greenhouse, I decided to try somewhere new this past weekend, and I'm so glad we did.
It was a perfect New England weekend. Clear skies, 50 degrees, and new spots to discover. Our first stop was Kennedy's Country Gardens in Scituate. It was adorable! There are multiple greenhouses on the property, even more when spring hits, a gift shop, garden center, a friendly cat, and parrots! Talking parrots! What more could you want? After I was talked out of buying 37 new plants (thank you Nate) we drove on to Old Scituate Light. It still has an active lighthouse keeper, which I find fascinating, and rock jetties you can walk out onto the ocean from. Here are some favorite images from our morning in New England. (Bonus points to the first person to comment what literary work my blog post is referencing!)