Desert Blooms: A DIY Bohemian Bridal Shower


It has been a whirlwind of happenings over at One Handspun Day this last month! I worked on an amazing collaboration with Cassandra of Borrowed Blu to bring to life Desert Blooms, a styled Bohemian bridal shower and could not have happier with how it turned out. After laboring over the vision, pulling together a talented team of vendors and crafting tons of DIY details, I quite literally teared up with joy when Katie of Katie Pritchard Photography sent me the photos of the shoot (you can read her thoughts on the shoot here). It exceeded every hope that I had for it. And I was honored that Green Wedding Shoes featured it a couple of weeks ago and that it was received with such an overwhelming response from her lovely readers! Ruche also put together a sweet blog post on the shoot, so stop on over there as well.



Desert Blooms was a concept inspired by the natural beauty of the Arizona desert and although it includes some of the southwestern influences you would expect, we gave it a fresh interpretation through whimsical details such as a table runner made from colored sand, oversized terrariums bursting with large blooms, girly tones of blush and a true celebration of all things pretty. We set up our bridal shower in a cactus garden, but the decor for this event could beautifully transform a patio, backyard or neighborhood park.


And we couldn’t be more excited because we also have released a DIY guidebook to go with this styled bridal shower event: 70+ pages of everything you need to recreate this bohemian bash for your next celebration! We have packed its pages with DIY tutorials, templates, pretty photos, illustrations, inspiration and variation ideas! Plus it has all of the little touches you would expect from One Handspun Day – it is available as a download (because we know how much you love instant gratification with your purchases) and it has lots of hand illustrated design elements (those crochet trim borders were drawn with pencil by yours truly!). Now that you have the scoop on this gem of a book, here is an exclusive peek into some of its pages…



“This book has been a labor love for the last two years, growing from an idea to photoshoots to words on a page. My mission when I set out to create these guidebooks was to bring attainable creativity to everyone who has ever considered themselves as ‘not creative.’ I whole-heartedly believe that everyone has the potential to be creative, but most just simply need some practice in thinking creatively. My event guidebooks are designed to give you a framework in which to do just that.”


“Follow the tutorials to craft details for your event in the way that we did, then try a few of the variations. Before you know it you will be brave enough to try an idea of your own or will interpret one of our projects in a new and beautiful way.”


Over the next few weeks we will be sharing photos from the styled shoot and more content from the book, including some of the tutorials, variations and some fun bonus content!

What types of themes or events would you like to see us create for future DIY event guidebooks?



Help us reach for the stars!


Pretty please will you take our survey? Your feedback will help bring us closer to reaching those twinkling little pretties! We aren’t mind readers (although we have been practicing), so we need you to tell us what we are doing right, what we could be doing better, and what you would like to see more of from us! If you have a few minutes of time, we would be over the moon with appreciation if you would answer a few of our questions. {Click the image above to hop on over to the survey!}


And – as a token of our thanks – we have a special gift for those of you that are lovely enough to complete the survey.


We are anxiously awaiting your feedback ~ please don’t hold out on us because we may actually die from a terrible case of curiosity… that’s how badly we want to hear from you!


The Debut of One Handspun Day!

One Handspun Day

After months of preparation and working our little fingers to the bone we are so excited to announce the launch of One Handspun Day! We hope you’ll stay awhile and browse our shop of paper pretties that have all been hand painted & illustrated by artists from across the world. Don’t forget to drop by from time to time ~ we are starting small, but have many more lovelies that we will be adding in the coming months! And we are also so very happy to share this handspun space on our blog with you. Hopefully it will be a place you visit often to collect bits of inspiration and learn how to make your own day handspun!


We have lots of handcrafted loveliness to share with you and cannot wait to get started, but first we want to talk a little DIY (do-it-yourself) with you. As much as we love many things DIY, we have a different way of thinking about it. Well, it is really just a different way of seeing things and around here we call that handspun instead of DIY.


What does handspun mean? Handspun is appreciating the beauty in imperfections…. making it your own…. folding, gluing, stitching your soul into something… giving your creative self freedom to color outside the lines. We hope you will love the handspun way as much as we do, but more than that we hope you will grow with us and let us get to know you.


If you want to put us over the moon with delight, then leave a comment below so we know who you are and tell us your favorite thing to read or see on blogs!