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Theme Thursday: Maps

| DIY, Inspiration, Theme, Vintage, Wedding Ideas

Justin is sort of a homebody, so my chances of world traveling are few and far between.

I would, however, like to make it out of the country at least once in my life – preferably to a place like Venice or France. Maybe someday when I’m rich and famous ūüôā

Because of his homebodiness, I’ve accepted the fact that most of our trips will be within US borders, and I’m 100% okay with that because there are hundreds and hundreds of beautiful and inspiring things to see in the United States.

Today’s wedding theme is themed around maps and travel, and paired with the colors I chose I absolutely adore the idea of this shindig.

A little bit vintage, a lot of fun.

What do you think? Isn’t that ring photo absolutely swoon-worthy? And those field notes notebooks for all of your out of town guests are adorable.

xo, and happy Thursday!

Links: 1. Oh, So Beautiful Paper 2. Posh Paperie + Stone Crandall Photography via Green Wedding Shoes 3. JetFeteBlog 4. Style Me Pretty 5. 6th Street Design School  6. Martha Stewart Weddings 7. Wedding Chicks 8. Tumblr 9. Weddings Unveiled

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5 Favorite Wedding DIYs

| DIY, Inspiration, Wedding Ideas

I’m all about DIY weddings + helping you with your DIY wedding, so today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite wedding DIYs with you.

1. DIY Arrow Napkin Holders from Ruffled Blog

2. DIY Dreamcatcher from Free People

3. DIY Hooray Wedding Flags from Squirrelly Minds

4. DIY Jar Table Numbers from Brooklyn Bride

5. DIY Paper Flowers from Wedding Chicks

Aren’t these all so fun?

Now it’s your turn – leave your favorite wedding DIY links in the comments section below.

Happy Tuesday!


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Love/List: A Cozy Sewing Corner

| DIY, Inspiration, Organization

I got a sewing machine last Christmas with the intent to start sewing LOTS more, but since our house always seems to be in construction mode, I can never seem to find a place to set up my machine and organize the fabric and ribbon I’ve got.

I’ve been dreaming about a sewing corner like one of these:

Lovely, right? I want one, and I want that ribbon collection in #8!

Happy Friday!

xo, Mariah

Links: 1. Apartment Therapy 2. The House That Kat and Fred Built 3. Apartment Therapy 4. Free House Interior Design Ideas 5. Decole  6. Home Designing 7. A Beautiful Mess 8.

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Theme Thursday: Strong Details

| DIY, Inspiration, Theme

I know I talk about finding fun vintage stuff a lot on this blog, but that’s only because it’s a big part of my life.

We’ve totally transformed our home to be filled with vintage pieces – like the old Ideal sink we made into a side table, the printers boxes we’ve got hanging on the wall and the old cast iron heater sitting underneath the window in our dining room.

Now, I’ve always been a girly girl, but my home doesn’t reflect that one bit. There’s no shabby chic, no french themed bathroom and not a hint of pink anywhere. Our home is totally masculine, and I’m alright with that. Dark leather, caramel colored furniture, and lots of metal details – all due to our love of vintage.

Today’s wedding expresses those same details – instead of a girly girl wedding, I focused on more manly details like herringbone, leather and slate blue accents. I’m in love with how it turned out.

Bridesmaids in demin and leather boots (not of the cowboy variety though), A bride in a stunning yet simple gown and a groom with the perfect suit – I’m in love!

Would you ever have a wedding with mostly manly details? Share in the comments! 

Links: 1. Rachel Carl 2. Trashess 3.Gideon Photography via delightfully engaged 4. Imogene and Willie 5.Lack Luster Co. 6. Design*Sponge 7. Tiny Pine Press and Papel Paper & Press via Green Wedding Shoes 8. Orange Turtle Photography 9. Color and Dust 10.  Archetype Studio Inc.

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Another Use For…

| DIY, Inspiration, Rentals

One of the things I love uncovering when going to sales is vintage luggage – it’s always fun to think about where it has traveled.

Suitcases are a great way to add character to your wedding – for a card box, stacked up and used as a table, a place to display your favors or even as a cake stand.

Ah! Love them all.

And if you’re looking for a few suitcases to use in your big day, I’ve got a few you can rent – contact me!

Links: Top Row: 1. Cocoa & Fig 2. Common Misconceptions | Bottom Row: 1. Wedding Chicks  2. thisvintagething

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Gifted: A Downloadable To Do List

| DIY, Inspiration, Organization

I haven’t done a downloadable in a loonnng time, so I felt it was time to create something fun just for you dears!

I’ve created a cute little to do list for you to print out each day – just to keep you on track with your goals and tasks.

Click here to download.

I’ve set it up so you could print out 2 on one sheet of letter sized paper.

Download and share as much as you want!

Have a great Wednesday!

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Mildly Obsessed/Rustic Chandeliers.

| DIY, Inspiration, Mildly Obsessed, Vintage, Wedding Ideas

I’m sure the first thing on your mind when you’re planning your wedding isn’t ¬†– ‘What type of chandelier will I have?’.

Lots of venues won’t even allow you to hang things from the ceiling.

But friends, after looking at these pretty hangings, I wanna go back and redo my wedding chandelier situation!

I pretty much want each and every one of these chandeliers to be a part of my life – like right now.

I kinda think 6 is to die for, how about you?

Is there a spot at your venue to do a gorgeous chandelier like one of these? I wanna know in the comments! 


Links: 1. Martha Stewart Weddings 2. What A Day! Photography 3. House and Home 4. Style Me Pretty 5. Three Boys 6. Graphic Exchange


Theme Thursday: A Woodland Wedding

| DIY, Inspiration, Theme, Vintage

Hello hello dears!

As I’m working on this theme it’s chilly and rainy outside and I’m finally feeling the first signs of fall setting in – I’ve got the shortbread cookie smelling candle burning and a fresh cup of coffee brewing and this theme seems almost perfect for this time of year.¬†

Maybe it’s the autumn colors or rustic feel that make this perfect for fall. Can’t put my finger on it, but I’m loving it.

How about those bridesmaid dresses? So different and lovely! And that ceremony location + decor is to die for. I love the garland altar and the pine needle garlands overhead!

Plus, that unfrosted cake is so gorgeous in its simplicity.

Rustic with the perfect amount of vintage… just my kinda wedding ūüôā

Would you host your wedding ceremony in a forest? Let me know in the comments – I’m interested to know!¬†

Happy Thursday dears!


Links: 1. This Love of Yours… Photography via Love and Lavender 2.Diamond Cake Photography via Ruffled  3. Fiona Kelly Photography via Bridal Musings 4. BHLDN 5. Stone Crandall Photography via Green Wedding Shoes 6.  Genevieve Renee Photographie  via Wedding Chicks 7.Sarah McKenzie Photography via Style Me Pretty 8. Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty 9. Bash, Please

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Wanna Learn How To Grow Your Creative Biz?

| Creative Entrepreneurs, DIY, Inspiration

From the first I heard about the Altitude Design Summit a few years back, I’ve been dying to go – I was seriously planning on buying a ticket to go in January but they sold out in a matter of hours.

Sad for me, but amazing for the Alt Summit team.¬†I pitched to speak on a panel at the conference, so I have one more chance to get a ticket in – we’ll see if my panel makes the cut!

One way I’ve been learning from Alt without attending the live events is their blog – I’ve been obsessed lately and have been sharing posts with our Create + Connect Project community like crazy. For blogging inspiration and business advice definitely check out¬†the new Alt blog.

Whether you want to learn how to grow your readership, amp up your photos or set up a shop – they’ve got some seriously great advice from some of the biggest bloggers on the web today.

One of my favorite posts they’ve done recently was one on Setting and Styling a DIY Project. I loved this one because I’ve been trying to incorporate more DIY projects for you lovelies here on the blog, and Victoria Hudgins shared some really great tips to consider when doing DIY shoots. Loved it.

So if you need a little inspiration or some tips for your own blog, head on over to the Alt Design Summit blog and check out some of their posts – you won’t be disappointed, I promise!

And if you want to go a little deeper – make sure you check out their online courses on the Alt Channel – they’re just $15 and are amazing – I’ve done at least 10 and have learned so much from them! Check out the course schedule here.

Happy Tuesday!

xo. Mariah

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Vintage DIY: Chalkboard China Platter

| DIY, Inspiration, Vintage, Wedding Ideas

Are you ready for another fun DIY project?

I had a lovely china platter sitting around that I picked up at an antique shop and wanted to create something fun with it, so I turned it into a chalkboard platter.

Perfect for a welcome sign or a drink menu, you can use this chalkboard platter in so many different ways for your wedding!

1. Here’s what you need:

A Platter
Painter’s Tape
Exacto Knife
Chalkboard Spray Paint

2. Tape the edges of your platter to form an oval.

3. Using an Exacto knife, slice the inside edge of the tape to smooth out the edges of the oval.

4. Paint 3 coats of primer.

5. Once the primer is dry, spray paint 2 or 3 coats of chalkboard paint to the platter.

Once that’s all dry, remove the tape and color the chalkboard portion with the side of the piece of chalk and wipe clean – this will prime the the chalkboard for writing.

What are your favorite things to chalkpaint? I wanna hear about them in the comments below.



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