Mary Lynn van Deventer teaches hammered dulcimer, french horn, and piano! Here's a few shots from our recent photoshoot! | Teaspoon of Nose

Photoshoot: Mary Lynn’s Music

While I do a lot of creating with gold foil, I also do custom work that branches a little beyond what usually shows up in my Etsy shop. Today, I want to share with you one of the projects I worked on this past spring with musician Mary Lynn van Deventer!

Mary Lynn is a fantastic music teacher as well as performer: in fact, she’s one of the most respected hammered dulcimer players in the U.S.! She’s also a dear friend and former music teacher of mine, so when she reached out needing some updated marketing materials, I was overjoyed to see what we could do together!

Mary Lynn van Deventer teaches hammered dulcimer, french horn, and piano! Here's a few shots from our recent photoshoot! | Teaspoon of Nose

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DIY: Farmhouse Kitchen Table

Building your own kitchen table sounds like a monumental task, but with these free plans we found online, it was surprisingly doable! Read on for how we created our dream table over the course of a few weekends.

Looking for uncomplicated plans to build your own kitchen table? This DIY Farmhouse Table turned out beautifully!

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Here are some great not-too-cheesy games for the next bridal shower!

Bridal Shower Games

Bridal shower games get a bad rap.

Yes they can be cheesy and at times dumb, but I want to make the case that when done right, they offer something way more than just a everybody uncomfortable together.

Games are great at showers because they create some space for everyone to interact together. Rather than six or eight clusters of folks rotating through to chat with the bride-to-be, games bring everyone together for a few moments. I love opportunities to offer far-flung parts of communities the chance to interact and share their stories and love of the couple!

Here are some great not-too-cheesy games for the next bridal shower!

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Throwing a spring bridal shower means decorations that are equally elegant and joyful!

A Spring Bridal Shower

Is it just me, or has spring become bridal shower season?

It makes sense that if your wedding takes place that summer, the shower would fall a few months before. It seems like the past few springs have been dominated with bridal showers and I’m LOVING it! Spring feels like such a renewal after winter, such a celebration of life and beauty and joy, that celebrating an upcoming marriage seems to fit right in!

One of my favorite things about showers is that you get to see a cross-section of the bride & groom’s community. Gathering people who know you differently but love and support you the same in one room is such a beautifully powerful thing! That’s probably what I love most about showers: bringing your team, your tribe, your community together into one room for an afternoon.

Throwing a spring bridal shower means decorations that are equally elegant and joyful!

So when throwing Sage’s bridal shower last weekend, we wanted it to be fun and relaxed. The hope was to reflect our bride: silly and elegant in equal measures! I ended up doing most of the decor and I knew this would be a chance to stretch my creative muscles and experiment with some beautiful things for my Etsy shop.

With Sage’s mom and the other bridesmaids, we settled on a color scheme of green, white and gold. We wanted cheerful colors that could communicate joy, and I love the way they popped!

The first thing I envisioned was a name banner. I love using word banners because they can be hung pretty much anywhere and add personalization to the space. For this banner,  I went with simple and classic to hang along the mantle.

Throwing a spring bridal shower means decorations that are equally elegant and joyful!

To add a little more playfulness to our space, I made polka dot garlands! The great thing about these is they’re super versatile. They can be hung above doorways or along countertops. We put several hanging straight down in the windows to add some colorful accents. You can even hang all of them next to each other to create a photo booth backdrop, as I did below! We even threw one across the door to confirm to guests that they’d found the right house.

Throwing a spring bridal shower means decorations that are equally elegant and joyful!

On my Etsy shop I have a couple of color suggestions, but the options are endless. Message me if you’ve something in mind!

Another small decor item were menu item table tents. Sage is gluten-free and we chose the food with her in mind. But there were some gluten-full cupcakes too, so the tent cards detailed what each thing one and told dietary options as well! It’s always nice to know what you’re getting in a buffet line.

Throwing a spring bridal shower means decorations that are equally elegant and joyful!

Sage’s shower was really special and I loved making these things! Stay tuned in the next few weeks for a few of our games!

If something you see here catches your eye, please check out my Etsy shop for more decor and paper creations! I’d love to help you design something to make your next party perfect!

Throwing a spring bridal shower means decorations that are equally elegant and joyful!

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