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It’s the First Official Wedding Wednesday!  

This is new to the iloverehabs blog.  I have been asked to do a handful of weddings so I thought I would show you what I have been up to lately.  Here is what you might see on Wedding Wednesday:

  • Weddings I have done
  • DIY Wedding Projects
  • Wedding Moodboards
  • Wedding Downloads
  • Tips on doing a DIY wedding that you can enjoy.
  • Money Saving Tips for Weddings

I thought I would kick this off by showing my friend Carissa’s wedding.    Carissa is a dear soul.  She is super creative and really great with people.  She asked me to decorate her wedding reception with a Flea Market Vintage Wedding.  I asked her what she wanted and she basically told me that she wanted her wedding to look like a really cool flea market.  The kind you get excited about ever little turn that you make in the store.  I could get behind that.  She and her family did all the work collecting stuff.  I have never see that much stuff….but it all found a place.

Carissa’s colors were mint and creme.  She wanted burlap and she wanted denim.  Her flowers would be sunflowers.  I think it turned out the way she wanted and it was a really fun wedding to do.  Did I mention that the venue was in an old airport lobby?

The Challenges to decorating and airport lobby:

  • So much space
  • moving all the airport furniture.  There were so many benches!
  • You couldn’t put anything on the walls (that is typical)
  • Airport signs everywhere…the kind you can’t take down.
  • Balance of covering random and embracing random.
  • It was really tall and she wanted part of it to feel cozy.

I think I will let the pictures do the talking with just a little bit of commentary.

This is how you walked into the venue.  You felt at home. One thing I did not catch a photo of (because it was at the ceremony when I was taking pictures) was the guest book.  It was a rocking chair just like this one.  She had people sign it!  I thought that was such a great idea!, vintage flea market wedding

aaa, flea market wedding


The centerpieces were a mixture of coffered coffee tins, flowers, mason jars, and tea lights.  All of the coffee bins were made by her friends.  We used cut up bed sheets and Christmas lights to drape across the large beams.  The 400 people at the wedding made it hard to get this room with the glow of the twinkle lights.  It was a fun place to be., flea market wedding

There were tables all over the airport.  It was mostly round tables but we used this little nook to pack in lots of people.  I actually sat down over here for a little while, it was the fun place to be.  There are so many imperfections to this airport in the day light.  There was no over head light in this area so when the party began at 8pm, this area was totally illuminated by candles with a splash of  light from other lit areas.  It had ambiance and you didn’t even notice the imperfections., flea market wedding

I decided to do very uniform and very simple table decorations  I wanted this area to be glowing.  I also had to cover up all the stacked airport benches and airport signs.  Behind these door are chaos, but you can’t see it.  Some of the doors were old, some were new, some were borrowed, and one was blue…literally!, flea market wedding

Here is the photo booth.  I have a few DIY tricks up my sleeve on this one.  I had to hide ugly again.  Behind those curtains was another view of the storage chaos., flea market wedding


Incorporating denim can be a little tricky.  It was mixed in the centerpieces here and there, but its largest presence was in the wedding party table.  I am sad to say that I never got the finished shot.  It was hard to get with 400 people.  The only thing that is missing is the bridesmaids bouquets.  Carissa saved money by using them.  I kept their vases on the wedding party table just in case the girls wanted them.  Being that they were walking down the aisle with them when I shot this photo…its not the full effect.  Imagine fresh country flowers in each of those coffee tins., flea market wedding

Another tricky part of the wedding is that you could see into each of the rooms.  I had to make sure whatever I did another room looked good from the back., flea market wedding

This table looked really neat all lit up., flea market wedding

The bride’s family run bed and breakfast’s all over the Branson area.   One of their Inns has an eatery.  They are known for their pies.  I have eaten there.  They are worth the trip.  I don’t even think you are allowed to know how to make the pies in Carissa’s family until you are engaged.  Pies are so special to Carissa that she didn’t want a wedding cake.  She had all pies., flea market wedding

These were all made by her family members and we had tons of them.  I just simply place the pie stand behind a door so they could be replenished when one was eaten., flea market wedding

I just used random things to put the pies on different levels., flea market wedding

The pie on the white pie stand was Caleb and Carissa’s pie.  You would be sick if I told you how many of these I tried., flea market wedding

If you didn’t like pie you were in luck, there were tons of cookies., flea market wedding

If you didn’t like cookies you could eat s’mores.  The first table had all the fixings.  I used baskets and drawers to hold the marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate., flea market wedding

The second table had skewers and burners set in a vintage feeding trough.  I spread coffee beans for filler.  The burners were the kind you light and put under a buffet server to keep the food hot.  They were also held upright by a ceramic planting pot., flea market wedding

The gift table was in a blocked off entrance to the airport.  I used burlap and hanging pictures to create this fun look.  This was tricky because I couldn’t hang anything, but I have a secret tool that helped me., flea market wedding

I used burlap to cover the door.  The pictures were fun quotes and verses that have to do with life.  It was an actual gift to the bride so she wanted to include them., flea market wedding

Here is a closer look at the centerpieces.  I have done two wedding with all different centerpieces.  I love the look but it literally takes an entire day mixing and matching and switching out., flea market wedding

I wanted to show you another way small splashes of denim was incorporated.  Carissa did a great job casting vision to her bridesmaids who helped her make all of these coffee tins.  They got the coffee tins from their families bed and breakfasts.  They usually go in the trash or recycle bin.  For month’s Carissa collected these cans.  There were probably over 500 candles to light 30 minutes before the wedding.  I did have help but I will tell you I got good at lighting two candles at a time., flea market wedding

This was a DIY wedding and I didn’t do a bit of the DIY.  Carissa and I met at the airport months before and got a plan.  I had a full-time job so it was on Carissa to execute the list of stuff that she needed and she went above and beyond.  It made my job figuring out how it all should go together super easy.

I will post more on on how I did some of these projects!

Thanks for reading,


Do You Have A Sweet Tooth?

Jennifer —  July 13, 2012 — 1 Comment

Lets go back to the vintage themed wedding from a few months ago.  The bride and groom have a sweet tooth.  We had a cupcake table….

….and we had a sweet table.

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Wild Wedding

Jennifer —  June 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

Last Friday, I promised that I would share how to get a really dirty tub clean.  You know, the kind that hasn’t been cleaned in years and you don’t know who has been in it.  The kind where you demo the shower door and there is all sorts of treasures underneath.  Well, I had planned on posting that “how to” today.  I usually plan my posts out for the week each weekend.  There is one little problem.  I  misplaced my phone.  My phone has the pictures.  So plan B was another post on my guest bathroom. I sat down ready to post and then I realized I left the camera in the car the Hubs has today.  We went to a wedding this weekend and I took the camera.  My job has me working really late tonight so that post would get out today if I waited until I got home….so plan c.  Thanks for being flexible.  Everyday in the summer, at work, I am surrounded by 400 kids age 7-13 and about 130 college-aged staff.  I am sorry I might be a little sporadic.  While there is no way around being a little sporadic for three months know that  my goal is to be consistent.  I don’t want to neglect my faithful readers by not posting or giving poor content.  So please bear with me, I am so sorry.

So Plan C’s post is inspired by my recent trip to Arkansas for a wedding.  I realized I had not finished a few posts about the wedding that I decorated a few months ago.  It was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and it proves you can do a lot with a little money and a lot of help.  Todays topic:  The flowers.

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Vintage Centerpieces

Jennifer —  May 16, 2012 — Leave a comment

Lets go back to the vintage wedding.  I have lots of posts to share but I didn”t want to just overwhelm you with post after post.  Since its wedding season all summer, I thought I would sprinkle in some wedding stuff. 

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New Curtains

Jennifer —  November 28, 2011 — Leave a comment

I posted a few weeks ago that I started to work on my living room.  I am not wanting to spend very much money on this living room.  $100…maybe $200 but no more.  I decided that I needed some color in this living room.  Its has grey, black and white furniture and Camel colored walls.  Here is what the curtains looked like about a week ago:

Not bad.  I made these curtains after one of my yearly trips to Ikea.  I bought this fabric there.  I found about 4 yards in the sale bin because that is all they had left and for some reason that store was not selling it anymore.  I used a gift card and came home to make curtains.  Low and behold 4 yards was not long enough especially for the extra needed to line up the pattern.  So, to remedy this misfortune I added some white fabric I had leftover from this project.  I never loved them but for free.  They worked.  In fact they have worked for about two years.  I decided this room needed color.  This room also needs some stripes.  I dug through my fabric stash and found these remnants.

Note:  this is what was left after the sewing but none-the-less these are the three fabrics I found that had enough to manage some curtains

  • Blue:  about 2 yards leftover from my dog beds and this artwork.  I originally bought this fabric 3 years ago to recover the laundry room chair.  Since the dogs have claimed it, I decided not to put the effort into it and at some point in time just buy a slipcover. The blue is upholstery denim fabric.
  • White:  White leftover from this project AND ripped off  from the bottom of the above curtains.  This white fabric used to be a Wal-Mart Sheet.  It is a light weight cotton.
  • Black:  Leftover fabric from the curtains in Asa’s room.  I didn’t have much of this at all.

The trick:  The white and black fabric is a different weight than the blue.  If not done right, the fabric would hang weird.  The heavier fabric needed to be at the top and the bottom to anchor the curtain.  Of course it’s not ideal but I am working with what I have.

I had no idea if this would be enough to make two curtains.  I knew that it would be close.  The most annoying part of this process was that I had to spend my time cutting and making accurate measurements.  To do this I used the following:

  • Large, Metal Right Angle Ruler
  • Metal ruler (these ensure straight lines where wooden rulers might be off due to the wood bowing)
  • Pencil/Chalk

Accurate Measurements:

  1. Since all these remnants were remnants I squared off every single one of them.  To do so I used hemmed edges or selvage edges that were already there and you know are straight.  You will lose some fabric squaring it off this but its vital for an even pair of striped curtains.
  2. Use the right angle ruler to make an accurate straight line.  Iron your fabric and place one part of the ruler against the edge you know is square (selvage edge or hem).  Draw a line with the ruler.  Keep drawing a line all the way across the length of the fabric and cut it.  Do this at the top and the bottom of the fabric.  Once you have drawn one square line you can use that to create another.
  3. Repeated Pattern fabric makes this process EASY.  Use a ruler and line it up along the pattern and draw your line.
  4. If you don’t have a square edge to begin with then make your own.  Draw a line on the fabric from a ruler and use that line to square up your fabric as I explained above.  Make sure the grain of the fabric goes the right direction.
  5. I figured out how much total yardage of each fabric I had and then determined the plan.

Problem #1: I didn’t have enough of the blue to make equal blue and white stripes.  The white fabric that I had was an odd yardage too.  I decided that the blue would be the same width of stripes, the black would be the same width but shorter than the blue and two white stripes would be different widths on the curtain.  If I cut the white too much I wouldn’t have that much fabric due to hems.  I knew that it had the potential to look funny but I thought….why not try.  As long as the pair of curtains where the same…maybe it wouldn’t matter.

Problem #2:  The total without hem would be 88 inches.  I needed the curtain to be 88 inches hemmed.  I would not have enough to make a hem at the top and the bottom.  My curtains would be too short if hemmed.  Dang it.  I pressed on anyway.  I figured that I could figure something out or maybe just be pleasantly surprised that my measurements where wrong.


  1. I cut all the pieces according to my measurements (plus adding a 1/2 inch for a 1/4 inch seam on both sides.)  Since all my pieces were square I could cut my pieces the same way I did with these curtains in my bedroom.
  2. I cut all the pieces for BOTH curtains.  This is how I get a curtain that lines up well with its pair.
  3. I sewed the first two pieces of one curtain and then I would sew the first two pieces of the second curtain.  I did this for the entire curtain because you can see if your curtain stripes will line up and immediately fix the problem if they do not.
  4. Since I had accurately measured pieces it was easy to sew a 1/4 inch seam.  I used my sewing machine as a guide. If that doesn’t help you..chalk off a 1/4 inch line on each of your pieces.

My finished curtains turned out great!  I loved them but they were too short.  My rod is a track system from Ikea so I could clip the curtains but I didn’t like the rod showing or clips showing with this system.  I did not want to spend moolah on another system.  I searched through my third bedroom and found my “AHA” moment.  I found these roman shades that I have had since I moved into this house.

They are from Ikea and they don’t make them anymore.  They were once on my bay window in my living room but I moved them to my guest bedroom before its transformation.  They were once plain white but when I put them there I added a black 4 inch grosgrain ribbon border by glueing the ribbon with hot glue.  When I rehabbed the guest bedroom these were stored for when I someday rehabbed the 3rd bedroom.  That has not happened and I figured that I could rip that black ribbon right off and use it to hem my curtains.

Off the black ribbon came.  Since I had two roman shades 72 inches long there were 4-72 inch pieces of black ribbon.  Score!

The Ribbon:

  1. I hemmed the sides of the curtains.
  2. I sewed the black ribbon directly onto the top and bottom of the curtain with invisible string.  ( I always use invisible string when I have multiple colored curtains.)

To hang the curtains

  • I used the existing clips that go with the Ikea track system to hang the other curtains.
  • I made a “fake” french pleat by clipping 1 inch down of the curtain.  Doing this allowed the curtain to hide the rod and clip.

Here is the end product:

Move In Pic:





The best part about this is I did not spend a dime on these curtains.  Not one.  Are you proud of me hubs?

The great things is that I lined the blinds so I don’t have to shut these curtains.  I can if I want to and probably will on freezing cold days but their main purpose is to give some softness, stripes and color in the room!

You can transform some scraps into something great.  It takes a little time but you can do it.  If you want to recreate these curtains you do it with sheets from Wal-Mart.  They have all these colors.

Thanks for reading!,


If you like this post check out these:

Bed Sheets to Curtains

I Am Sew Close to Finishing

Asa’s room

Bed Sheets to Curtains….again





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