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?



DIY String Name Cards

DIY Wedding String Name Card Sign

Photo credit: Stephanie Godfrey Photography


Hello my lovelies! I know it has been quiet over here lately and that is because we have a lot of very exciting things in the works – we can’t share just yet, but are bursting at the seams and cannot wait to fill you in on all the fabulous handspun happenings. In the meantime, we have a lovely project to keep those crafty little fingers of yours busy! These pretty little rope string name cards were featured on the Wedding Chicks last month and received so much love that we wanted to share with you how we made them! Your Facebook votes were definitely in favor of this DIY, so I am excited to share it with you today. If you would like to chime in and choose which tutorials we put together, then join us on Facebook!


One of my favorite things about these precious little handspun details is that they are made with wire, so they are very easy to make. And there are so many fun ways to use them once they are done ~ you can make them stand upright, hang them from the backs of chairs, or even place them so they appear to float up! Let’s get started…






Step One: Shape the wire into words

Shape the vine covered wire into the the letter ‘M’ and continue forming each letter, moving left to right just as though you are writing in cursive. You can do this freehand or ‘trace’ over the letters in our template (our “MR” & “MRS” is available as a free template and can be downloaded here). Use your fingers to bend the wire into shape – it does not take much force to bend.


Tip: To create sharp turns or straight sides for your letters use needle nose pliers to hold the wire in place and bend the wire against the edge of the pliers. When creating the “M” twist the legs of the ‘M’ a few times so the shape of the letter stays together (this also works for other letters that have sections that double back on themselves).



Step Two: Paint!

Now that your vine covered wire is fully formed into a word, you can embellish it with paint. I wanted a ‘dipped’ look for my signs so I only painted the bottom portions of my “MR” and “MRS.” You could paint yours in several colors, create an ombre effect, add a pattern such as polka dots, or even use metallics for a completely different look. Have fun with it and let me know if you make some of your own!


Photo credit: Stephanie Godfrey Photography


And there you have it ~ your very own handspun string name cards. To see how mine were used in the James & the Giant Peach styled shoot feature, pop on over to the Wedding Chicks to see the full gallery of images!


Lavender Fields of Love: A Styled Wedding Shoot


Did you spot our ‘Love is a Flutter’ invitation suite on BRIDES last month? They were tucked in a dreamy, rustic lavender farm wedding that we just cannot get enough of. These dreamy, ethereal photos were taken by the ridiculously talented Lizzie of S’Wonderful Photography, an absolute favorite of mine (you probably recognize her work from here). All of the vendors that contributed to this shoot are very talented and I was honored to be part of such a great group. I loved this shoot. I really loved it. I loved how the lavender farm smelled, the hours it took to get there that I spent chatting with Emilee & Lizzie, the memorable bumble bees that we tried so very hard to maintain peace with, the way the light fell softly over the hills, and the dozens of beautiful wineries that surrounded it. There are plenty of photos over in the gallery on BRIDES, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites, many of which are not part of the BRIDES feature.


The shots Lizzie took through this lovely stained glass window are simply stunning. Every time I look at these photos they make me want to freeze time and live in the little moment they capture. They feel like a series of beautiful stolen glances, wrapped in that dreamy, fleeting second when the day and night become one…



They take my breath away every.single.time.



And our ‘Love is a Flutter’ collection was right at home on this lavender farm. Isn’t she just darling printed on this pretty birch wood?



You can see the rest of the images from this styled wedding shoot over in the gallery on BRIDES.… just be prepared for some serious eye candy.


The talented vendors involved in this beautiful shoot:
Concept & Photography: S’Wonderful Photography
Lead Styling & Vintage Rentals: Tasteful Tatters
Florals: Recycled Love Story
Gown: Lindee Daniel provided by Lovely Bride in LA
Vintage China Rentals: The Vintage Table Co.
Paper Products: One Handspun Day
Desserts: Enjoy Cupcakes, los olivos
Hair Styling: Lauren Jones
Makeup: Molly Nicole Reynolds
Venue: Clairmont Lavender Farm in Los Olivos, CA


Find us in Utterly Engaged!

What happens when an artist meets a natural history museum curator? Click here & flip on over to page 18 to find out!


Oh. And be prepared to drool over all of the other pretty pages in this month’s issue from Utterly Engaged


I’m considering posting a DIY tutorial for one of the details from the styled shoot… if the thought of that makes your crafty little fingers itch, then leave a comment and tell me which detail you would most like to see a tutorial for! 


{a special note of appreciation: thank you to Utterly Engaged for the beautiful feature and thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the lovely vendors that dedicated their time & services to making this styled shoot a reality! Photgraphy: Lukas VanDyke Photography / Co-styling, Florist & Glassware Rentals: Primary Petals / Vintage Furniture Rentals: This & That Vintage Rentals / Vintage Table Settings: Antiquaria / Cookies: Vanilla & Chocolate Cookies / Make-up: Beautiful Faces by Denise / Hair Styling: Alex West / Models: Alex West & Kevin Calvo / Videography: The Yodsukars }



Hunger Games Wedding: A Closer Look

I loved hearing the feedback from all of you on yesterday’s post! Today I will be giving you a closer look into the DIY deliciousness that was included in the shoot and I even have a few photos that haven’t been released until now, which I think all of you Hunger Games crazed fans will appreciate!


The Hunger Games Wedding Concept & Photography

Our styled shoot was conceptualized by Meghan (Meghan Christine Photography) & Whitney (Looking Glass Photograph) and they did a beautiful job working with our team of talented vendors to bring their vision to life. Some of the ideas they came up with (a bouquet of arrows?!) were simply brilliant and truly brought out the best in our entire team. They were also the talent behind the lens for the incredible photos you’ve seen ~ beautiful work!


The Paper Pretties

Whitney asked me to design the paper pretties for the shoot and I had the most wonderful time creating them! I was inspired by the arrows that are so close to Katniss’ heart and knew they would be a key part of my design. I also wanted to capture the concept of beauty emerging from chaos and found two ways to do it. First, I used several mediums (watercolors, ink and color pencils!) to create a variety of different types of arrows to represent the children lost to the Games that Katniss cared about and felt the need to honor in her own way. Second, I arranged them in a chevron pattern in a sort of organized chaos. I used this pattern on all of the paper pretties: the invitation, menu (it’s sitting on a pretty vintage plate from The Vintage Table Co.!), escort cards and the cupcake liners. It was my first time designing cupcake liners, so that was a fun challenge (and I might just have to make a batch of cupcakes for myself now so I have an excuse to design more!). Have a looksie…



It’s all in the crafty little details

Although Meghan & Whitney dreamed up most of the loveliness for this photo shoot, the power behind the actual creation is mostly due to the crafty talents of Kellie (Kellie Ann Events/Weddings) with the assistance of Kacee Forte (who was also the talent behind the cake and cupcakes, but more on that later!). If there were a DIY crown it would go to Kellie in a heartbeat. She poured her heart and soul into crafting the details of this shoot, ending up with results well worth her effort. How incredible is the arrow bouquet that she crafted from wooden hearts & dowels, feathers, paint and glitter?! And the matching boutonniere? I DIE.


One thing you should know about Kellie ~ that girl is ambitious! She not only mastered the amazing arrow bouquet, but she also crafted a second bouquet. With this one she transformed ordinary pinecones into beautiful wooden flowers. How she managed to do that so elegantly (and without gluing all of her fingers together in the process) keeps me in awe of her crafty talent. Now if her bouquets impress you, this little tidbit will knock your socks off. She didn’t have a blanket in the color she wanted for the shoot, so SHE KNITTED ONE. Yes, that purple beauty laying beneath our wooden table is handcrafted by Kellie. It literally makes me speechless.


We still aren’t done lovelies because Kellie also crafted a few lovely flower balls to hang over Katniss & Peeta’s sweetheart table. Apparently she is pretty handy with wood burning tools ~ she drew the mockingjay and burned it onto a wooden disc. Hello dedication. Not to mention she kept burning up a storm and made the ‘happily ever after’ sign you’ll see further down in this post. That is one talent I do not have by any stretch. Give me a wood burner and I’ll lose a few fingers and probably a toe! Anyhow, I digress. Do you see those arrow cupcake toppers made of felt and dowels?! Adorbs!!



Now we are winding down to some of the final details: the centerpieces. Did you recognize them from my Handspun tutorial a few weeks ago? I crafted two of them (a ‘K’ and ‘P’) and was over the moon with relief that I managed the ‘P’ (poor Peeta would have been so sad if he’d been left out!). Want the inside scoop on how I was able to get that lovely bend in my sticks? I used a thin twig that had recently fallen from the tree ~ it was still green so it was flexible enough to bend.


The cake & cupcake deliciousness

In addition to being the helping hands to Kellie in her crafting fury, Kacee put her talents to work in creating the cake and cupcakes for our shoot. How lovely is that cake? She created paper flowers to adorn the cake and hand piped chocolate into mockingjays for the cupcakes. She has a talent for drawing and hand lettered the ‘happily ever after’ sign to match the font I used in my paper pretties. Can you believe that?! It looks like she used the same font if you ask me!


the models & their transformation into character

We were so fortunate to have Susannah and Lukas VanDyke (Lukas VanDyke Photography) model for this shoot. Since they are photographers they know how to pose from an editorial standpoint and they are quite simply, ridiculously photogenic. Top that with the chemistry of true love (husband-wife duo!) and you have an incredible Katniss & Peeta. Denise (Beautiful Faces by Denise) did a beautiful job on the makeup front and Laura (Butterfly Loft Salon) braided and twisted until she got the perfect look for Katniss’ hair. Christy (The Gown Swap) lent her styling talents to finish the transformation of our lovely models into Katniss and Peeta. Don’t you just LOVE that wedding dress? You are in luck because it’s for sale in her shop!


New Photos for my Hunger Games Fans

If you are a Hunger Games fan then I suspect you will appreciate some of the small touches we included in the shoot. Did you notice a few of them in the photos above? Take a close look at the escort cards to see which characters from the book we invited to the wedding. The above menu? It only has food that we thought would be available in District 12: wild mushroom soup paired with rolls and garlic herb butter, roasted duck in a braised wine sauce on a bed of wild roasted carrots & roots, goat cheese & apple tarts. Most of the team told me their favorite detail was the Katniss Mellark name card, even though we all agreed that she doesn’t seem like the sort to change her name. However, we did feel it would probably be something that Peeta would have wanted, so it is possible she would be inclined to do it for him as a gesture to make up for everything she put him through… right? Maybe? Regardless, it was a detail we couldn’t resist adding in.


We have a few ‘bonus scenes’ that were captured on film and they have not been shared anywhere yet. You, my lovelies, get the first look! Doesn’t the first one feel a little more like the Katniss you know and love? We are convinced that she would end up putting something like this on over her wedding dress once the reception actually started. And that last photo is how we pictured Katniss tucked tightly in Peeta’s arms when they are in the cave during the Games. Sigh.


 Credits: Meghan Christine Photography


 Which details were your favorite? Any that you would have added for a Katniss & Peeta inspired wedding?