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7/18/17

A Few Highlights From Our Vermont Wedding


For those of you who have been following Design Fixation for a while, you probably know that the last few months I've spent a lot of my free time doing DIY projects for my wedding. Well, the big day finally arrived last week so I wanted to share just a few shots of the day. 

We got married at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne, Vermont, which is actually the town I grew up in. Rain was forecasted for the entire day, but we lucked out and had only one passing shower. We laughed, we cried, we danced and (everyone says it, but... ) we had the best day ever. 


Our wedding cake was made by our caterer, and the fresh flowers were provided by our florist. I made the cake topper myself, and you can check out the tutorial here. 


We did a sand ceremony during which we each poured sand into one container, representing two people becoming one. We each collected our own sand from our favorite beach in Marblehead, Massachusetts the week before. Our pastor joked that it looked like dirt :)


We made our own table runners using this fabric (with tons of help from my mother-in-law... thanks Priscilla!) and collected tons of clear glass vases for the flowers from Goodwill.


My dress had a champagne-colored underlay, and I had some of the back removed by my seamstress to turn it into a keyhole style. By the end of the night it was black at the bottom... the sign of a good time!


Mike and I hand-painted the place cards and then I used my newfound hand-lettering skills to write our guests' names on the cards. And I just taped them to a couple of plain old pieces of wood from Home Depot.


And there were tissue paper tassels galore throughout the entire building. Stay tuned for more once we get our photos back from our professional photographer!



6/29/17

Beyond Booze: 10 Genius Food Bar Ideas For Your Wedding


I'm getting married in 9 days, so to say that I have weddings on the brain would be an understatement. So today I thought I'd share a few a ideas for a popular wedding trend... food bars! They're memorable, cost-effective and a great conversation starter. Here are ten of my favorites.













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6/13/17

Easy DIY Tassel Wine Stopper

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

In case you didn't know, I like wine. Like, a lot. And I also like tassels. A lot. So when 90+ Cellars approached me to ask if I'd like to do a wine-related DIY, I knew exactly what I would make. A tassel wine stopper, duh! The cool thing about this stopper is that it has a pourer and a stopper all in one, and it looks kinda pretty thanks to the tassel. And I'm a big fan of projects where form meets function. So let's get started!

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Here's what you'll need for your tassel wine stopper:
  • 10" soft cotton rope
  • Assorted embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle
  • Wine stopper/pourer

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Begin by tying your first color around the rope, 1/3 of the way down the rope. Double knot it, and then wrap the embroidery floss around the rope repeatedly, covering up the tail. Continue wrapping until you have a strip that's about 3/4" long.

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

If you are alternating smaller sections of color, you can tie both together at the bottom of your first color and then just wrap one at a time.

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

You can see this process above. You'll cover up all of the tails as you continue wrapping, ensuring that they are secure.

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Once you've finished one color, switch to the other one and wrap around and around as you've done before. Continue this process for about two inches, then go back to your very first color and do another section that's 3/4" long. Tie off the end with a double knot.

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Now is the time to slip the stopper onto the rope.

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Line up the bottom sections of color and then tie them together with your last embroidery floss color. Tie a double knot, and then wrap it around both pieces of rope until you have a 3/4" section.

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Knot the end, then slip it onto an embroidery needle. Slide the needle in between the two rope ends and pull the needle through. Cut the floss right where it becomes visible.
 
DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Trim the ends of the rope so they are even, and then separate the strands of the rope. Now go pour yourself a glass of wine and replace the cork with your fancy new stopper!

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation


You can really get creative with the colors and patterns... I love the look of the greens on this tassel with the beautiful colors on the Côtes de Provence Rosé. Summer in a bottle!

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

These would make great hostess gifts or birthday gifts, especially paired with a bottle of vino. 

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation


Also: the Provence rosé has a gorgeous texture on the inside of the bottle which isn't noticeable until it is empty. It looks like little droplets of water... you can sort of see it in the photo above. What a fun touch. I also tasted 90+ Cellars Sancerre and their Barbera D'Alba during the process of making this tutorial and both were fantastic. Don't worry, I didn't get too tipsy until after I was finished blogging!

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

You might also use this same technique to make other things, like wine charms to keep track of guests' glasses... that's definitely next on my list. Happy crafting everyone!

This post was written in partnership with 90+ Cellars. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Design Fixation online!



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