Monday, April 29, 2013

Hello Bunny!

Here at Sweet Paper, we love the spring time! The cool weather, the bees, and the flowers. It is such a beautiful time of year! We also get a lot of wildlife, including hawks, robins, and bunnies. Our azaleas are in full bloom and we've started working in the shade garden. There is so much to be grateful for!

This little bunny was found one night, sitting by our back door!

This is the row of white azaleas lining the back of our deck!

I found this busy bee flying between azalea blossoms. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Free Design Classes at Pottery Barn

This past Sunday, I went to my local Pottery Barn store for a free home design class. The topic was: How to Accessorize Your Home. In addition to learning Pottery Barn's design tips, you receive a 10% off discount on your total purchase made that day! I highly recommend that you check with your local store for a class schedule.

Our class instructor showed us how to change up your accessories to accommodate the seasons. For the cold months, she suggested using warm tones such as reds and browns. For the warm months, she suggested using cool tones such as blues, greens, and creams. The pillows on the sofa in the background is an example. She also gave tips on decorating your coffee table and other surfaces. She suggested these tall pillar candles for a corner or on the fireplace mantle. You can use the trays for seasonal decor such as moss for spring. The clear glass will match the rest of your decor nicely.

Did you know that Pottery Barn's flameless wax candles have built-in timer functions? What a great way to spread candles around your house and not worry about turning them off and on!

Here's an example of accessorizing a bedroom dresser. I like that the mirror is not centered with the dresser, giving space to the lamp. I also love the silver picture frames with the dark wood finish. Lanterns are big now!

I also learned that when accessorizing a side table, place two tall items on either side with middle-height accessories like picture frames in the middle. Or place a tall accessory in the middle with smaller accessories on either side. In this case, you form a triangle.

Also, when framing photos, use all black-and-white or all color in matching frames for a clean look. Color photographs can be toned down if placed in matching frames.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Getting Ready for Valentine's

I found a 4 ft. pink tree at Walmart after Christmas this year. It was on sale for $3, so I couldn't help buying it. (I also found a purple tree a few days after for $2, but I decided that was too many trees for me.) I brought it home with me and decided that it would be perfect for Valentine's. Do you have a Valentine's Day tree?

I found this three-piece cake stand set at Ross. It was on sale from $70 to $39. That's more than I'd usually pay for something like this, but I loved that I could have three stands at graduated heights. I figured it'd be perfect for parties. I found the vintage table linen for $1 at the thrift. Biz does wonders for vintage linens!

This is my pink Valentine's tree! I also found the "love" sign at Hobby Lobby for 30% off. I loved the vintage style of the sign. I took off the metal hanger and tied it to this grapevine wreath. I think it looks perfect on the mirror above our buffet.

The "love" sign - it coordinates well with the burlap, chocolate browns, and creams on the tree.

Burlap hearts and pearls ...

glittered cream roses ...

and a forest of pink trees under a cloche on the coffee table.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Valentine's Silhouette

Have you started decorating yet for Valentine's?

I have started planning for the holiday early this year. I normally don't decorate for Valentine's Day, but I figured this year is special since it will be our first Valentine's shared together as Mr. & Mrs!

I have a project to share with you. Silhouettes were popular in the 19th century. There is something traditional and romantic about them. I figured it would be a perfect Valentine's decoration.

I bought the double frame at a local thrift for $1. I believe it originally came from Anthropologie. 
(1) Size down and print out profile snapshots. (2) Tape snapshots onto black card stock and cut them out carefully. (3) Cover exposed white edges with matching black marker. (4) Glue silhouettes onto light pink (coordinating) card stock.


The finished product!

I am sure this would look great in a number of colors. I chose light pink for Valentine's. If you follow my tutorial and make your own, please comment below!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Southern Snow Days

Lots of snow fell on Alabama on January 17th.

A pretty dusting of snow covered the mailbox.

Piffy loved going for a walk in her first snow!

She enjoyed licking up the snow from the ground :)

The holly berries were dusted with snow like powdered sugar!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lessons from Life

There is something that I have learned today and that is this:

Don't lose your blessings by counting your troubles!

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Smoke House

There's a wonderful place in Monteagle, TN called The Smoke House. There, you will find all sorts of antiques and memorabilia. I had the opportunity to sit in during a songwriter's night.

The lyrics spoke of beautiful memories of days of old ...

along with a love for beautiful women.

The restaurant was charmingly decorated for Christmas.

The place takes its customers back to a time when life was so much more simpler ...

and when candy was much cheaper.