Blue & White Embossed Save the Dates

I'm creating two invitation suites this summer, each for very close friends. Both are very different to represent the two different styles and tastes of my friends and what they want for their weddings. I wanted to share Becca's Save the Dates with you today, and later on I'll show you Allison's as well.

Becca's wedding colors are based on the kilt Bobby will be wearing for their wedding. Two shades of blue and a thin stripe of red make up his tartan pattern, but to warm things up a bit I suggested she add in a shade of marigold. The red and marigold make a minimal appearance while the blue and white take front and center. I loved the bright white against the night blue, but the only way I was able to achieve that was by hand-stamping each number and embossing them one by one. It took some time, but the end result was totally worth it!

relic | Blue kitchen chair makeover

When Luke and I got married, much of our furniture was given to us by his grandparents, Cliff & Anne. They found pieces at estate sales, contributed some items of their own, and Cliff even made two small tables for us. I love the character of the older pieces, but sometimes I enjoy giving them a new look. Our kitchen table, which they picked for us, is a gorgeous relic that we plan on completely refinishing one day so we can keep it forever. For now, I reupholstered the seat covers for a simple upgrade that adds a pop of color to our kitchen. Seriously, my new chairs make me smile every time I lay eyes on them--especially in the midst of a current obsession I have with blue.


 

 

Don't you love the curves? The covers that were on them are beautifully hand-embroidered, but heavily stained so they needed to go. Can you imagine how long it took to embroider all of them? Here are just a couple of my favorites...

 

 

We used a cordless drill to remove the cushions from the chair frames and removed all the tacks that the last person had used to reupholster the chairs. Underneath, I even found the original chair cushions. I can see why these got covered in the first place.

 

 

I used a staple gun to staple the fabric (my method was the same as if I were stretching a canvas for a painting, see here), using more staples along the curved edge to make sure it was tight. Then I simply used the drill to screw the seats back on. It took me about an hour and a half.

  

 

 All set for dinner.