Trouvés Top Three!: Flower crowns, sewing peasant tops, and wedding invitations

It’s Friday!!! This has been a long week… my place is a disaster, I have a million projects to get done for my wedding and in preparation to move back to SoCal, and since I’d been eating cookies all week, my face broke out again. My previous post was on my recent amazing paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe, which I thought I could eat on this restricted diet I have… but alas, my face is telling me otherwise. I was doing well on my new “cooling” diet which you can read about here. I thought I would get creative with sugar and not tell my body about it, but guess what, it knew. And my acupuncturist knew. He asked to see my broken-out jawline, then got really quiet. I’m guessing he was wondering why my face was breaking out when last week I had said I was following my diet really well. I said “I had Chick Fil-A this weekend and made paleo chocolate chip cookies.” He said, “Ahhh I see.” So he had to stick a few needles in my belly.

  1. Flower crowns!

It’s official, I love making flower crowns! We were doing a photo shoot, and since this was a last minute rain date shoot, the flower crown specialist didn’t have time to whip up the same crowns she had designed for the occasion. I took to the streets and scoured every last flower at Hobby Lobby, looked at some tutorials, and completed some bridesmaids crowns and a bride’s crown. It was really easy! I think it turned out pretty well, don’t you think?

C7 Studios Photography
C7 Studios Photography
C7 Studios Photography
C7 Studios Photography

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2. Anthropologie Peasant Tops

Every time I go into Anthropologie, I say to myself, “I could sew that” and walk away buying maybe one pretty plate… and ideas of a pretty dress I’m going to sew. The great thing about being so crafty is that, even though I’m a shopaholic, I say to myself “I could make that” and end up not buying anything… I just realized I’m officially my mother.

I saw these photos on Pinterest and already bought some white eyelet fabric for the main fabric, and some beautiful black eyelet fabric for the inset. A peasant blouse is so great because it’s so versatile. You could wear it to work or to a music festival, and it’s so classic it never goes out of style. If you don’t know how to sew, I encourage you to take a sewing class at your local sewing place like Stitch in Des Moines. I think if people knew how much work went into making a garment, they would be more willing to pay for what it’s worth, and invest in classic, quality pieces. Speaking of the fashion industry, the clothing documentary True Cost is available to watch on Netflix. I’m going to try to tackle this project this sabbath, and I am very excited.

Anthropologie peasant blouse
Anthropologie peasant blouse
Anthropologie peasant blouse
Anthropologie peasant blouse

3. My Wedding Invitations!

I just love watercolor flowers. My art professor in college would do watercolor of flowers as a side business, and they were exquisite.

Artist: Rein Vanderhill
Artist: Rein Vanderhill

I just don’t have the patience to do watercolor. I’m an acrylic or oil spastic, and it works for my personality. I think if I were ever to be an invalid, however, I shall gladly take up watercoloring. I guess I have a knack for it, though, as two of my paintings sold in college: One to my English professor whose son saw my penguin watercolor and was drawn to it. Another painting my Arizonian roommate actually lent me the photo of Lake Havisu that I used to do my assignment with, then loved it so much she bought the painting for her parents.

Many MANY years later when I set out to design my wedding invitation, I knew I wanted a very light floral in watercolor. I either was going to do it myself or have my talented illustrator friend, Lisa Soltis paint it. After seeing all of the gorgeous and affordable invitations on Etsy, (and being mindful of the approaching wedding date) I scrapped my made-from-scratch idea and purchased one of these beauties (you’ll have to guess which one). Oh how I wish I could have purchased all of them.

Lady Poppy Designs on Etsy
Lady Poppy Designs on Etsy

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