Lovelies! While shopping a few weeks ago for what I’m now dubbing as operation surprise (if you’re following me on Instagram I’ve been posting some pretty awesome sneak peeks….) I found three of the prettiest candle holders I’ve probably ever laid eyes on. I know you’re probably wondering how candle holders have anything to do with a chandelier but just stay with me. What I saw when I flipped it upside down was a chandelier that needed to hang from good old fishing wire. It was a serious light bulb moment and now I’m sharing the diy details with you today.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Crystal votive holders (make sure there are plenty of hooks, you’ll want to make sure it can hang…)
1.) Before purchasing I made sure that there was an easy way it would hang upside down. I simply slipped it through the loops where the crystals are and then through the middle piece where the votive would go and out to the other end. This gave me a secure and evenly hung chandelier.
**things to keep in mind
1.) Make sure you double the amount of fish wire used to hang for a more secure hold.
2.) While I only used 3 you could certainly add an additional two to increase the glam. But I think this is one of those things where less can really be more
Happy Friday and welcome to a post from one of my favorite series, home spun recipes. It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter today in Texas. I mean today I used my ice scraper, my fellow neighbors looked at me almost puzzled before seeing it’s magic. Yes, it scrapes ice off of your windshield! The funny thing about Texas that I’m starting to pick up is one day it’s this cold and tomorrow it’s in the mid to high 70’s, yeah in New England you’re pretty much stuck with this weather until mother nature says it’s spring. With the upcoming warmer weather I wanted to give a nice big nod to summer with this recipe. My favorite since I was a kid, Strawberry Shortcake.
Lovelies, I can’t give you the biscuit recipe because that’s a family recipe, however feel free to use your own. Or if you are short on time I won’t judge you if you buy already made buttermilk biscuits or if you’re like me sometimes you just want ONE biscuit ….Pillsbury has a frozen biscuit that is literally from freezer to table in under 25 minutes and it’s delicious. Whatever biscuit you’re using it’s going to be delicious because of the next recipe I give you and that’s homemade whipped topping.
Gather the following
1.) Metal Bowl
2.) Hand mixer (or equivalent)
3.) Spoon with rubber spatula
Ingredients for a nice bowl of whipped topping
1.) 2 cups Heavy whipping cream
2.) 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
3.) 5 tbsp. Powdered sugar
First things first I always pop my metal bowl and metal mixing spoons in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Why because my Grandmother used to say you want your bowl and spoons to be chilled, she gave no other explanation so I still go with that-ha! Add all of your ingredients and mix with your hand mixer or equivalent and watch the magic happen. Go ahead grab a separate spoon and give yourself a treat, you totally deserve it. Now it’s time to assemble. Using your freshly washed and freshly cut strawberries begin to layer the whipped topping and strawberries on to your biscuit which has fully cooled. Serve and Enjoy! Confession, I’ve never actually gotten through the full assembly without eating it but goodness knows I try.
Hey lovelies? Missed me around the blog world? I’m sure you’re wondering where the hell I’ve been since the start of the new year, blogging has taken such a back seat lately to so many new projects and changes I have coming down the pipeline. Ahhh yes by new changes I really should say big-new-awesome-changes, like a lot and over the next couple of months I’m trying not to shake too hard in my boots. Last year I talked a lot about my business journey and how I’ve had to embrace the things that scare me the most in my business, I went back and read this post out loud and it nearly brought me to tears, it was exactly what I needed to hear today. From time to time I get emails asking how I figured this whole business thing out. I feel like I need to let the cat out of the bag lovelies, I don’t have it all figured out. Sometimes I wake up and I get so scared that I don’t have it all figured out…that’s a special day I like to call Wednesday haha. I have to remind myself that it’s more about the journey than the destination, succeed or fail I’m giving it my all. When my business turned one I asked all of my friends to write me a little note giving me advice on how to be successful in the future, I didn’t read them all, I saved a few for days that I really needed them. A week or so ago I needed some kick in the pants advice, do you know what it said? “Look back Phebe”. Yup that’s all, but I know this friend and I know exactly what she was telling me. I wish that everyday was an absolutely amazing day but that’s just not life and that’s just not how it is in business. So on those days I stop and I look back and I remember where MME started and where we are now. I am growing this company bit by bit and if it weren’t for those occasional messy days I wouldn’t have the faith and the courage to keep calm and carry on.
So here’s to…..
not having it all figured out
being scared on Monday mornings, Wednesday mornings, ok…every morning
calling friends and having a good cry
keeping calm and carrying on
bad hair days
an overflowing email inbox
taking the biggest leap of my life
Hi Lovelies. Oh what a happy day it is, today is my birthday! I feel like I have so much to catch you up on because so much has been going on in my life lately, let’s play catch up next week shall we. You + Me + Blog date…done and done.
My birthday has always been a weird mix of emotions, I long for the celebratory hugs, messages, and well wishes for another wonderful year but deep down I am also doing some serious reflecting in my head. I have a routine, every year I wake up early on my birthday and ask myself 3 questions. Have I become wiser? Am I becoming the woman I have been striving to be? Am I happy and I mean really happy in life, love, business, relationships, etc? I’ve had the same routine since I was 8. Today, well today I’m 32 and I can’t help but feel like time has been really good to me and I’ve been really good to myself. You see, my birthday routine has less to do with the answers and more to do with how important it is for me to live an authentic life, the real question is AM I becoming the woman that I WANT TO BE.
So this is me, a few fabulous shots of what it felt like to be 31 and still growing into the woman that I’m suppose to be. I can’t wait to see what 32 has in store for yours truly.
UPDATE: This awesome DIY post was featured on Craft Gawker , Girls Life, DIY Craft Junkie, and even Stella Rosa (yes, the wine!) Lovelies. YES. YES. YES! Now who’s ready to make some pretty DIY Heart pins?
Happy Monday lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and had a chance to un-plug from the web, I know I did! This weekend I spent a day in my office prepping for two of my favorite days, my birthday and Valentines Day. My oh my do I have something pretty in store for you! Let’s kick off this week with one of my pretty projects, DIY Heart pins. Lovelies, this is SO easy, the entire project should take you no more than 20 minutes however I do recommend you let your glue dry completely for a couple of hours. While I created pins your options are really limitless, you could create a cute bow (additional felt needed), a headband, a hair clip, go wild with creativity!
Sequin Trim (or if you have the patience individual sequin)
Felt Heart cut outs (you can make your own cuts but I went with pre-cut felt hearts found at my local craft store)
1. Decide on the size of your heart shape, my bag had about 4 different sizes however I opted for the largest one.
2. Add a little bit of glue to your felt heart, I did no more than two rows at a time so that I could work slowly.
3. Begin laying down your sequence trim in strips, take your time to make sure that your lines are straight, if you are going the individual route just take your time and use your toothpick to grab each sequin by adding a little glue to the end and sticking onto your heart.
4. Make sure to do the edges last! If you have any remaining holes fill in individually using a toothpick and glue.
5.) Now it’s time to glue your pin on the back. DONE.
I’m sure you’re probably wondering what the back of your pin will look like, so I’ve flipped it over for you. Don’t forget to let your pin dry before wearing it, I allowed mine to dry overnight and it’s now perfect for wearing & gifting.
Hello Lovelies. It’s Friday and it’s a warm 70 degrees in Texas, yes after living in New England for much of my adult life I am now gloating about not living in New England, not currently freezing my tail off and shoveling out and scraping off my car. Did I mention and not being cold in January? Today I wanted to talk about, well not my business really but the people and the things that keep me going. These two ladies have nestled their way into a very special place in my heart, being the new kid on the block it’s so normal for me (as a military kid I moved A LOT) to forget how important it is to let people in and I mean really let people in. Instantly when I met these two I just knew (silly-yes) that I had found a blossoming sister hood. We eat junk food (ha!), watch RHOA (because who secretly doesn’t), we talk about our guys, our dogs, our lives but most importantly we don’t talk about Making Me Events. Why? I work hard ya’ll and much like you I need to shut off my job after hours and detach to just be Phebe. This is exactly what these two ladies allow me to do, to just be me, to be still in my mind and in my heart, to be a little less restless, and to enjoy long hot days by the pool. Up until moving to Texas I think I visited a pool once a year, now that I live in Texas, pool time is a must!
Ok lovelies it’s Friday and today I’m giving you full permission to disconnect from the web world and go out and enjoy this amazing day. Let’s catch up on Monday!
p.s. this lovely photography was provided by Mabel Photography, sweetest photographer ever ya’ll!
Hello lovelies! I finally and I mean finally get to share with you my last photoshoot in New England. This photoshoot was such a labor of love and I made sure to pour on the extra pretty just for you. Before leaving New England I wanted to go out with a bang and boy did I, I teamed up with the most magnificent vendors. Vendors who I truly believe pour their hearts and soul into lovingly producing beautiful work much like this. Ruth Eileen Photography so generously provided the most beautiful film and digital pictures I’ve ever laid my eyes. Maya from Poppy Loves Weddings poured on an extra dose of pretty flowers, my favorite stationery designer, Jen from Blush Printables gave nothing short of fabulous stationery designs. Sweet Tales Cake Boutique hand crafted gorgeous sugar flowers that topped the very simple yet beautiful cake, Lindsay from Flair Bridesmaid allowed me a back stage pass to tour their dresses and I picked out was a dress that was totally my style. Lastly, The Mary Prentiss opened it’s doors to us for hours on end so that all of the magic and talent could come together like a well blended recipe.
I remember when the shoot was over feeling a little sad that I was leaving the comforts of New England and the cozy home of beloved vendors and new friends. 6 months later and I’m smiling wider than ever, although Texas is now home New England will always be the heart of this business and traveling back as often as I do means that this isn’t the last photoshoot in New England. I have big plans to travel back and create another glam worthy photoshoot friends, get ready!
This shoot, our creative labor of love was proudly featured on Wedding Chicks and oh my stars pinned over 4 THOUSAND times!! I truly hope you love this shoot as much as I do, and if you are new in the planning world I hope you feel inspired to go out and produce the kind of work that makes your heart sing. Creating a team like this is incredible but knowing that each vendor listed gave it their all is an even better feeling.
Happy Friday lovelies, as a matter of fact happy first Friday of the year! I know we are only 3 days into the new year but I can’t help but think that 2014 is my year, I closed out 2013 feeling like my head and heart were finally both in the same place and I could see and feel the inspiration all around me. For those that have stepped into my apartment the first striking thing you notice is the simplicity in color or some would say lack there of (totally intentional I assure you lol), that is until you reach the first door down a small corridor just before my bedroom. THAT room is my office and is filled with all of the color my heart can hold. It’s the place I choose to work, to be inspired, to get out of my own head, to craft and edit my ideas, and to dream BIG. I like to think that this is my own private space where good ideas are created and then born into beautiful styled shoots , projects, and even wedding designs. It faces a playground which reminds me to just have fun, live in the moment, and stop being so serious. Folks sometimes my own thoughts, feelings, and just overall intentional mind gets in the way of me taking a leap of faith and having fun with a project. When my gal pal, Jen from Blush Printables approached me about doing a New Year’s Eve inspired shoot my heart and head were both all in. Together Jen and I came up with a story for how the shoot would play out and filled in the details with stationery Jen designed for the shoot, DIY projects created by yours truly, and products from the lovely Kim at TomKat Studio. Can you say amazing?!
Sweet Courtney from Pizzazzerie featured this shoot on her blog (Big hug and THANK YOU) and in just a short week I’ve seen pictures from this shoot popping up everywhere including the “best of” pinterest board curated by some pretty awesome peeps! But more importantly I hope you feel inspired to get lost in the details, glitter an entire bottle of champagne, and just let go and have fun with your friends as I did. None of this and I do mean none of this could have been done without the wonderfully talented team I had the pleasure of working with, each person poured their creative touch into this shoot and I am truly forever grateful to you. What an amazing start to 2014!
Event Design: Phebe at Making Me Events
Photography: Mabel Photography & Melissa Salinas Photography
Stationery: Blush Printables
Party Supplies: The TomKat Studios
DIY Glitter forks & DIY Glitter Champagne: Making Me Events
Cake: Le’ Cupcake
Makeup: Kristen at Transformations: Beauty &
Happy 2014 lovelies! I took a nice loooooong break (in blog world 3 weeks may as well be a year, ha!) from blogging and even a tiny one from social media. You know I love all of you to pieces however I needed a moment to live in the moment– without social media documentation, to be still, and to reflect on the most magical year I had along with MME. This year was the first year that I didn’t sit down and make a resolution list, that I didn’t tell myself I’d eat healthier, that I didn’t obsess over 5 or 10 vanity pounds. Instead I took a long hard look at what 2013 meant to me and if I’d held up my end of the bargain, which was to cherish the year.
So, did I? Honestly yes and no. There were several times in 2013 that I found myself skipping and jumping right over a moment that I should have taken time to smell the roses and truly cherish. I looked back through my social media feeds and it all starting hitting me like a ton of bricks. I had been so focused on giving you more of what I thought you wanted to see that I started to gloss over the incredible, spontaneous, and unbelievable moments that you won’t find on my instagram, twitter, g+, fb page, or pinterest page. It made me stop and think really hard and I wrote down two words, to be. 2014 is the year for me to be content.
Now that I’m comfortably leaning into year 4 of my business I’ve learned that each year has been a turning point in my life and at every turn I’ve had the know-how to step back and evaluate. Year one was all about facing the learning curve, year two was the year to grow, year three was the year I craved more for my business and I pushed myself to stay on my A game, and year 4 is the year that I’m claiming as the year to be content, to be still, to listen twice as hard as I speak, and to follow the heart of MME.
…and now to give a much deserved thanks to all who have been apart of the MME journey. Your words of comfort and advice, your love, and your praise and feedback have helped to carry my business to the ears of clients, future clients, editors, and so many more and I am forever grateful to have you in my life. Ok 2014, now I think I’m ready.
Happy Friday lovely blogettes! I hope you’ve had an amazing week, I’m not sure where the time has gone but this week flew by! Around MME I’m happily nestled into the most wonderful time of year, engagement & vintage rental season. Never heard of engagement season? For wedding professionals it’s generally the time where we see hundreds of thousands of couples getting engaged and our websites flooded with new inquiries. This is also the time for many rental companies where we see a spike in interest for specialty items, in my case my vintage rental plate settings and teacups.
Teacups while very commonly used to sip your favorite cup of tea, can also be used to hold the most delectable treat similarly to how I have styled below. On a side note this was one of my favorite styled shoots to date, all the delicate details are so representative of my personal style. I have a client in next year who will be using my lovely teacups to compliment her Alison in Wonderland theme baby sprinkle, and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. I love seeing how clients use my rental items, so please don’t be shy in sending me a picture of your event. In 2014 I’ll be throwing a “sip and see” where you’ll have a chance to preview some of my favorite items from my vintage collection and sip delicious tea and eat yummy desserts with me. Stay tuned lovelies, you don’t want to miss this event!
Ready to rent my lovely little dishes? Yes! For all of my 2014 rental clients I’m throwing in a few extra vintage pieces for you to use that I believe will compliment your bridal shower, baby shower/sprinkle, or wedding as my thanks for your rental. You can expect to see sweet hankies, doilies, perhaps a small set of dessert plates, or even milk glass. Yup, just for you! If you aren’t sure about how to incorporate my rentals into your event please reach out to me, I am the queen of vintage and know just how to add this little extra touch.
This beautiful photography is by my very sweet friends over at Henry Photographers and these pictures were from a lovely styled shoot designed by Making Me Events, ME! To see the full list of fabulous vendors who made this shoot possible go here.