It’s Week 1, Day 2 of our Spring Guest Blogger Series, and none other than local blogging sensation Jerusalem Greer, of Jolly Goode Gal, is here to set the scene for a delightfully beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch! Jerusalem, whose own blog is a mountain of colorful vintage and craft-inspired ideas, is also the proud winner of the Before & After category of our Arkansas’ Best Contest! Check it out soon in our July issue, and keep reading here for a snippet of Jerusalem’s sensational style. You’ll be charmed through and through.
At Home is smitten with the table you set for us, Jerusalem. Thank you!
Spring is the time of year that is filled with celebrations of the heart â weddings, births, graduations. And sort of in the middle, squeezed in between the goodbyes of graduations and hellos of weddings, there is Motherâs Day. A day that should be filled with all things lovely for all the hard working motherâs, but a day instead that is often filled with (well intentioned of course) hastily purchased gifts and predicable lunches.
Well this year, why not instead take the reins, and throw a Vintage Garden Inspired Motherâs Day Brunch for all the wonderful mothers in your life? Why leave loveliness up to chance?
Here are a few key ingredients when planning your dÃ©cor for a Vintage Inspired event such as this:
- Remember the adage: âEverything old is new againâ â A vintage sheet made into table cloth brings color and a sense of comfort, while vintage vases & creamers look all grouped together add a touch of whimsy. Antique silverware finishes the look by adding the perfect touch of elegance.
- Mix & Match â The clean lines of new tea glasses sit perfectly beside the more intricate pattern of the vintage juice glasses. Delicate vintage tea cups sit on hand-painted pottery snack plates.
- The Unexpected Can Be Delightful â Handmade crepe paper flowers and pink napkins are mixed together in the vintage vases instead of a traditional (and more expensive) floral arrangement. Simple to make, they can be used over and over, or passed on to your guest as a party favor.
- Speaking of Party Favors – Don’t forget, everyone likes a little gift or two or three, especially mothers! Hand-crafted signs reading âBloom Where You Are Plantedâ help provide a color and texture for this table setting. Chopsticks in festive colors and small candies in pink boxes are additional party favors for each guest, along with a sweet note card and fancy tissues all tucked into the tea cup.
By showing each guest that you are their biggest fan, and by having the forethought to plan a lovely brunch, lunch or tea experience for the mothers in your life, you will be showing just how much you care with style!
Let the countdown begin to the Fourth of July long weekend! We here at At Home have our typical “what month is it?” confusion occurring–the July issue just came out and we’re readying it to go live on the web, August is off to press, we’re working on September, and photographing gardens so we’ll have good outdoor places for you to enjoy next spring. Yes, our heads do spin around regularly.
All of which means that we especially enjoy holidays that ground us with a particular time and place, like celebrating July 4th and enjoying summer. For my own holiday celebration, I’ve been gathering ideas from the dining room makeover of one of our Arkansas’ Best contest winners from the July issue (which is on newsstand, maybe in your home already, and will be on web this week).
It’s the dining room of designer, blogger, and do-it-yourself maven Jerusalem Greer (check out her blog, Jolly Goode Gal, which is always fun, funny and fresh). Red and white walls, a table she painted blue, and sweet vintage-inspired curtains just sing “summery” to me.
You’ll see from her blog that a few good finds, some arts and crafts materials and lots of creative inspiration are the tools that she uses to decorate. Personally, I’m thinking of “borrowing” her cupcake flag idea for our July 4th celebration. (I noticed Jerusalem had some fun summer project ideas on her blog too, take a peek).
In case you missed it:
Jerusalem did a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration guest blog post for us. I think the blue and pink color palette she used could easily be spun to blue and red for the 4th! Lots of creative inspiration, enjoy.
This week, we’re introducing you to our new columnists! Last week you met Tracy Porter and Chris Olsen. Today, meet Jerusalem Greer, the talented and creative craft artist and self-professed “nest fluffer” behind Jolly Goode Gal! For a sample of her unique style, check out her home featured in our July 2010 issue. As a mom, she’s perfected DIY projects on a budget, and we knew she would be a great fit for the At Home in Arkansas blog.
Jerusalem’s monthly column on crafting begins today with tips on creating your ideal craft space.
Everyone loves a great make-over story! A fun, and often inexpensive, makeover is to create a craft space in your home.
Whether you have a whole room to dedicate, a closet or perhaps a small corner of an existing room (dining room, family room, kids room,) you can achieve an adorable and inspiriting craft zone that will fit your personality and your pocket book, and bring some order to your crafty chaos.
So, how do you go about creating the perfect craft space for your needs, space and budget?
Here are a few easy steps to get you started:
1) Decide where your craft space is going to be based both on what space is available in your home, and what kind of crafting you do there. Reflect on what type of crafting you enjoy most. If you enjoy machine sewing your space will need to access to a table surface and an outlet. However, if knitting is your forte then perhaps you just need easy access to ample storage for your yarn and needles and a portable craft bag or box that can travel with you from room to room as you work.
2) Once you have decided on the type of space you need and the location, you can begin the fun task of gathering and collecting inspiration pictures. The Internet, catalogs and magazines are full of inspiring ideas. One tip: donât just look at âcraft roomsâ and storage pictures per se; look at everything that inspires you, from floor to ceiling. I have found great inspiration for craft storage in farm & feed stores, education supply catalogs and many other unlikely places.
Here are some of my all-time favorite craft areas:
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3) After you’ve chosen your inspiration pictures, you can begin narrowing down the exact items you will need to purchase, re-purpose or re-store for the project, and those that even thought you love them, maybe are not the best choice for this project.
4) After you have narrowed down your choices. you can create an inspiration board (like the one above, featuring a patchwork theme) to help keep you on track as you forge ahead. Having an inspiration board can help motivate you to take the steps necessaryÂ to accomplish your project goal, such as saving those pennies, only purchasing what will fit your space,Â and staying true to your design.
So, regardless of how big or how small your craft space is, now is the perfect time to jump in and give it a make-over that both inspires and encourages you, turning your craft dreams into craft realities!
Today, we’re welcoming back crafting-guru Jerusalem Greer, who wrote her first blog for us last month on designing your ideal crafting space. Today, Jerusalem will share some of her favorite tips for waterside decorating, with simple ways to put a personal touch on a creative, beach-themed project.
I have always lived near water, occasionally even waterside, and until recently I took for granted that everyone did. Well, actually, I had never really thought about it really. I am sure I knew that living near huge bodies of water is not everyone’s reality, but until my husband and I took a week-long road trip through part of Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, I did not have a real sense of what life would be like. It was on that trip that my appreciation for the lakes and rivers I encounter daily grew tenfold, and I realized that my heart would be as the desert without the ability to sit on a beach or a dock from time to time and stare out over a glittering, shimmery pool of water, letting my dreams and thoughts glide across the surface, sending them out with the tide of the waves or the boards that bass, to be worried over another day.
A few lifetimes ago, I had the great pleasure of working on two water-themed projects: decorating the interior of a lakeside condo in Hot Springs, and decorating a beach-inspired bathroom for a friend. Because both projects were done on strict budgets, I had to be extra crafty.
Here are some of my favorite, easy-to-replicate, crafty ideas from those projects:
1) Map Decoupage Side Table
This side table is an old wooden pie safe I bought at a flea market. To bring some character to the piece and add a bit of color to the room, we added a decoupage to the top of the safe with a ripped map of Hot Springs’ lakes (which was inspired by the condo’s location). To do this project at home, simply purchase a bottle of Mod Podge glue and follow the directions on the backâthey are fool-proof. You can use vintage maps or any other paper products that bring you inspiration to create a unique a personal side table.
I toyed with covering the whole table but decided that a more timeless look would be achieved by just covering the top. If your decoupage side table is going to get a lot of use, you may consider purchasing custom cut glass for the top.
2) “Framed” Shells
This is an easy project to do with a few supplies, and I love the three-dimensional aspects these have. You could also personalize this collection by collecting shells from vacations and trips, then label each framed shell with the year and location it was found, building a memorable collection of framed shells over the years. To create your own framed shells, gather the following items:
Picture frames in various sizes (I chose wall and easel frames in a simple white wood)
Hot glue gun
Tags or labels
To create this look, simple cut and frame a variety of coordinating scrapbook papers, then hot glue one to three shells (depending on shell and frame size) to the outside glass area of each frame, spacing them equally apart. You can even change your scrapbook papers out seasonally or as you change your decor, making this a very budget-friendly craft!
3) Beach Jars
This is definitely on the low-skill level of crafting. In fact, it may not be worthy of the title “crafty,” but it is absolutely thrifty (and creative!).
I love a great collection of jars that are filled with all sorts of unusual items. This is a great way to add color, personality, creativity and character to any space. To create the feel of a waterside home, try filling jars with things like:
Shells (separated by type)
Vintage spools of fishing line