Thursday, December 23

DIY on the Fly: Southern Terrarium

Happy Christmas Eve Eve! If y'all are like me, you're still running around like mad trying to get everything perfect for Christmas morning. I'll be taking a break for the rest of the weekend to celebrate the season and spend time with family, but before I head to South Carolina, I wanted to share this precious DIY ornament project I worked on for my recipients in the Southern Weddings annual ornament exchange. I assembled the "ingredients" I would need: Spanish moss, cotton and hay, all things that could be found on our family's farm. I sourced a clear glass ball from a craft store as my container and I chose a gingham ribbon in sophisticated black and white for my simple bow. Voila, y'all! A "Southern" terrarium fit for the finest of Douglas firs. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22

Carlee Cooks: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Baking is a passion for me. The steps of a recipe are soothing and I find myself relaxing as I assemble ingredients and create from scratch. Christmas is especially wonderful as I bake for others: peppermint bark for Mom, "Christmas Fudge" for Dad, banana pudding for PJ and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie for my Uncle John. I blogged about this special treat here, but was unable to find the time to bake one for him for Thanksgiving, so he will now be finding one under the Christmas tree.

Tomorrow, I'll be assembling my Southern Terrarium ornament, a wonderful last minute gift option. Merry Christmas, y'all!

Tuesday, December 14

Sweet Succulents

I am really digging on succulents right now. For a self-professed "black thumb", a plant that only needs sunlight and water "when you remember" is the perfect option. You can even break a piece off and, if planted, it will live forever as it's own entity. Not only are they low maintenance, but they are truly lovely as bouquets, place settings, favors and other decor. After use, just replant and voila! You have your very own succulent garden.

photo credits: {clockwise from top left} wreath, boutonniere & bouquet, silver cup place setting, single succulent & cake

Sunday, December 12

Friday, December 10

Candy Cane & Cardinal

'Tis the Season! Apologies all around for my two week vacation from the blog, but I'm back and ready for the holidays! First up? Today's inspiration board featuring two of my favorite holiday harbingers: Candy Cane & Cardinal. I love that bright, bright red against the lush softness of the snowy white. Perfect for a winter wedding with a pop of color. My favorite detail of the board? The perfect candy cane stripe shown in the slice of Martha's delicious red velvet cake. Gorgeous! 
{row no. 1} candy cane cup, melissa sweet, cardinal