Naming the Blog Plus Blogging Next Steps

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I’ve been blogging for about two months now and really liking it. It feels great to have a much-needed creative outlet. It’s also nice to visit friends and notice their freshly installed ceiling-to-floor shower curtain. Very cool feeling. There’s just a general feeling of forward momentum with the blog and I can’t help but satisfy those “let’s do more better” urges.

The first “let’s do more better” item is the blog itself. (Another big “do more better” item is focusing and blogging about the changes I’m making to others’ spaces versus my own, which is much more awesome to plan for than blogging platform choices.) As I get more versed in blogging tools, widgets, etc., I’m realizing it’s time to move over to a self-hosted solution. This means no more free blog. The self-hosted option luckily is still affordable (about $50/year) which will allow me greater blogging freedom. Also, a major downside to this free WordPress.com account is that accepting advertising / money / perks is prohibited and since my first real blogging gig starts next month, I need to do the switch-over soon to avoid the reported wrath of WordPress. (The blogging gig is no big deal, but more on that later.)

With web hosting comes a domain name. This is difficult. I have to provide a name immediately, as there is no “Uhmm, can I decide later?” option. I have hundreds of mediocre naming ideas, but only a handful that I’ve gone as far as imagining in the page header. Here they are – I’ve added a nifty poll so you can vote for your favorite. In the advertising world, they call this “crowd-sourcing.”

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Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and hope you will join me in this next adventure. Also, I have a few rooms lined up to re-do this summer (two bedrooms, a bathroom and a living room) and if you have room decor drama as well, I’d be happy to help and offer ideas and even paint a wall or two. I do this free of charge because 1.) it’s my hobby and 2.) I’m Emily Snuffer not Emily Henderson.

– emily (snuffer)

p/s: Don’t forget to pick your favorite name, or even better, suggest a new idea.

Easy On the Wallet “Artwork”

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As I’m decorating my house, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I can no longer ignore my virgin walls, which are desperate for the attention of decor-boosting artwork. And because my current inventory of artwork consists of strictly cheap Marilyn Monroe posters, there’s not much lovin’ I can give. By the way, the Marilyn Monroe posters are going in the first ever (I could say “first annual” and drive some of you A-types crazy) yard sale the third week in June. Mark your calendars!

The annoying thing about artwork is that it costs money, and for the good stuff, an annoying amount of money. So yep, you guessed it. I’ve been cutting artwork budget corners in a way that makes misers cheer and keeps starving artists starving. I have done a variety of things to keep costs down, such as ripping off existing prints by just copying the design (which I won’t publish an example here for fear of a government copyright whooping… yea I’m paranoid like that.)

Another fun idea is cutting leaves off a green plant and smooshing the leaves up against the glass, as shown in an earlier photo of my bathroom below.

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And then there’s always the go-to “put the fabric in the frame” option. That idea showed up in this bathroom mood board from awhile back.

My next adventure was creating more personalized artwork. I have been lusting over the Carter Kustera for Jonathan Adler custom prints, which are so far out of my price range it’s hilarious, so rather than cry about my not-so-unhappy unhappy life, I decided to try it myself. The first batch I made for my mom for Mother’s Day which are a little more “safe zone” than the Carter Kustera silhouettes, but still really nice.

Here’s what I did:

1.) Grab your silhouette victim – pet, friend, neighbor, partner, whatever

2.) Have them stand / sit in front of a bright light (like the window or a lamp) with the photographer (you) facing them and the bright light

3.) Take the photo – the crisper the better so take it either early in the morning or late in the day (5 – 7 p.m.) to get the best light and clearest resolution… no flash!

Your photos should look something like this. My victims were Aaron, Suge and Biggie.

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Don’t you dig my pajama pants? Those are from the Delia’s catalog, circa 1999. Oh yea.

4.) Choose your frame and decide what size you want your head to be. In smaller frames, go with a smaller silhouette size than you’re comfortable with. It’ll fit the space a tad better and look like more of a display piece.

Ok, now comes the part where you can choose your own adventure.

5a.) Adventure #1 – If you’re a Photoshop smarty or have a Photoshop smarty friend, have them outline the head and mask in black for you. Easy peasy. (This is the route I took because I just happen to have a Photoshop smarty as a boyfriend.)

5b.)  Adventure #2 – If you’re a lot less Photoshop inclined, trace the head outline on white card stock, then color in your silhouette. Next, use small scissors (I have a small nail scissors on hand just for this occasion) to make your cuts along the outline. I like this option a little better because it looks a little crafty and custom made.

Here’s how my silhouettes looked at this point:

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(I love these three side-by-side. It looks like an evolution of man poster.)

6.) Print your silhouette at the size you picked. Home printer is fine. I wanted my silhouettes a little more glossy this time around, so I took my files to Walgreens Photo Center to get the glossy finish.

7.) Affix your silhouette to the paper. I chose a slightly raised foam sticky button to make my silhouettes pop off the paper, which I found at Michael’s.

8.) Enjoy your finished product!

Since my silhouette project was for Mother’s Day, I chose to feature her two grand-dogs. The background is very crazy in these – it was taken at the bachelorette party.

Emily Snuffer

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I’d love to hear if anyone takes on this project too, or if you have already and have some good tips / ideas.

– emily

P/S: My mom loved the gift!

Bachelorette Party Pictures

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This past weekend I hosted my best friend Alicia’s bachelorette party. As many of you read about or saw from the mood board post last week, I was determined to plan a non-traditional, cute and crafty party, void of mass-produced decorations and plastic male parts. The outcome was a very sweet and sincere party decor theme. And the party itself turned out well too. I was a bit disappointed attendance was low (ten people versus the 20 we were expecting) but it’s hard to miss strangers when your best friends and fellow bridesmaids were there in attendance. And… I got to see the bride’s mother do a Jell-o shot. Score! She was such a great sport. Also, please know that I had a huge amount of help from my other best friend, Andrea and my mother, who took the day off to get the party together with us.

Planning the decor for the party, I was sure to follow these rules:

  • Be monochromatic – this one was hard, but I tried to stick to my “pink only” rule. When you’re planning a party in a complex, already-decorated space (in this case, the lake house) the only way to get true impact is if you introduce a single color to the space. I had to make some concessions as supplies allowed, but it was a very pink party. (I am totally crushing on the color pink now.)
  • Invite your guests into the theme – all of the bridesmaids and the bride wore pink, which makes for awesome pictures. I love that Debbie (bride’s mother) and Marlene (Alicia’s future MIL) wore pink too.
  • Try to DIY everything – I made as many elements myself as I could – the cupcake pennant flags, bride’s sash and banners. Paper poufs were assembled by Andrea and I, but came from a couple Martha Stewart kits. The centerpieces were DIY’ed by my mom (pictures in this post!).
  • Avoid the “bachelorette party” section at the party store – by doing this, you are forced to become more creative and less cheesy. It also saves you from buying those mass-produced “go-to” party items like blinking buttons and tiaras. We incorporated “summer party” decorations like paper lanterns and flower confetti.
  • Incorporate natural elements – We used burlap, dyed yarn gerber daisies and paper throughout the decor to make things look crafty and less-store bought.
  • Pay attention to detail – This rule is my favorite. Even though it will drive your decorating partner nuts (ahem Andrea) take extra time to add in personality and creativity to every single item. For example, the party favors were wrapped in 1970’s pattern paper from women’s clothing patterns I found on eBay. We also did a custom cocktail, after the groom’s convenient last name. The “pay attention to detail” rule is also how I incorporated some male body part decorations. You’ll have to see if you notice any in the following pics. I took a very “under the radar” approach.
  • Customize, customize, customize – it was very important to me to include elements that would be a part of only Alicia’s bachelorette party so she could have a unique experience. A good example of this is the “Honeymoon Tips” game. Because both her mother and future-MIL attended, I wanted to give her control over anything embarrassing so she would feel comfortable. The Honeymoon Tips game involved the party attendees offering up tips and advice for the upcoming honeymoon, which they then rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being something like “wear sunscreen” and 10 being “censored for this post.” Alicia could then choose, at her discretion, which rating(s) (the tips themselves were concealed)  she would read off to the crowd. I think it turned out well and there were some hilarious tips, which I’ve included pictures of below.
I will quit yammering because I know you are wanting to see the pictures! I took lots but here are some of my favorites:
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For more photos of the day, visit my Flickr page here.
Enjoy! And if anyone is planning a party, I have lots of supplies to lend out!
– emily

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