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emmy-ray
Interests: Floral designer, dachshund enthusiast, home maker, blog-o-holic, DIY junkie, and lover of all things creative.
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A step by step of how to create a modern moody floral design using gorgeous faux blooms. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at Handmaker of Things
A peek at our little flower shop styled shoot and maternity pictures with Rebecca Peters Photography. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Handmaker of Things
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Playing catch up on life lately, and what we've been up to all year (yeeeeesh, it's been too long). Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Handmaker of Things
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Let me tell you a Valentine's Day story. When I was in high school, I never had a boyfriend on February 14th. Sure I dated a few dudes now and then, but the timing just never worked out. But the one thing I always wanted was to have flowers delivered to my school, so that at the end of the day I'd hear my name announced over the intercom, along with all the other girls with boyfriends. Totally ridiculous, I know, and looking back I can see that all those arrangements and gifts were downright cheesy (and let's face it,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Handmaker of Things
That makes me really happy to hear Cheri, I'm so glad that someone out there is inspired to create by reading this little blog of mine!
For sure Taina. They are a great gift for pretty much anyone, and I like that they aren't overly girly so they're great for the guys too!
Thanks so much Michelle, I really appreciate it! Trying to do some fun new stuff in 2016 too!
Awesome Kristen, glad you love it!
From a vendor on Etsy called iTagStudios. They are great, and ship really quickly!
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Okay guys, confession time. I'm totally and completely obsessed with pancake art. Have you seen it? I came across some in the past few months via Instagram, and watching the videos of how they make them are mesmerizing (for me at least, I'm easy to entertain). My favorite is Dr. Dan the Pancake Man (find him on Insta @dancakes). He is off the charts awesome! I love making royal icing cookies, that was my obsession in 2015, and I feel like pancake art is quite similar in many ways, so I thought I'd give it a try. This was my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Handmaker of Things
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Valentine's Day, you either love it, or you hate it? Personally I enjoy the holiday, whether people think it's silly and made up or not. I take it as a day to celebrate the ones I love by making fun little gifts, or treats for them, and you guys know how I love a good craft project! Plus for some reason, more than most other holidays, I'm always able to come up with Valentine's Day projects. Today I'm rounding up some of my favorite posts for the holiday celebrating love. I hope that maybe you'll be inspired to create something... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Handmaker of Things
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Valentine's Day, you either love it, or you hate it? Personally I enjoy the holiday, whether people think it's silly and made up or not. I take it as a day to celebrate the ones I love by making fun little gifts, or treats for them, and you guys know how I love a good craft project! Plus for some reason, more than most other holidays, I'm always able to come up with Valentine's Day projects. Today I'm rounding up some of my favorite posts for the holiday celebrating love. I hope that maybe you'll be inspired to create something... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Handmaker of Things
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I hope you caught the Modern Spring Decor Inspiration Shoot from earlier this week. Today I'm going to share with you the step by step DIY for creating this lovely ceremony arch (along with a video!). I partnered up with Afloral on this project, and had such a great time doing it. I wanted to create a design that was fresh, modern, and just a bit whimsical. So let's get started! Vendors - Photo: Jana Marie Photography // Venue and ceremony arch: Ultrapom Event Rental // Floral and decor items: Afloral Here's what you'll need for this project: The items... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Handmaker of Things
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I'm a more is more kind of girl. Meaning I can definitely appreciate simple, un-cluttered design, but for the most part I thrive when I'm surrounded by color, texture, patterns, and lots of layers. I partnered up with afloral.com to create this lovely head table decor, along with some of my favorite local Kansas City wedding vendors. And for this post I'm not just sharing the finishing shots, but also some behind the scenes images of how the table came together. Vendors- Photography: Jana Marie Photography // floral product, striped runners, gold tassels, gold containers: Afloral // All other decor... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Handmaker of Things
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image by epaga foto I keep asking myself why it's taken me such a long time to write this post. I keep putting it off, and finding reasons not to do it. I guess the easiest answer would be that by putting it into words, it's all very real. 2015 was our last year doing wedding florals. There, I said it. Trust me, I am at peace with the decision, it was a long time coming. However it's hard to put the past 8 years into words. Doing wedding florals has brought me so much happiness and joy, some of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Handmaker of Things
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Magnolia leaves are a classic staple in the floral world, and it's no wonder. They're so versatile with their combination of both waxy and velvety textures, plus they're hardy as heck, which is always a plus for creating beautiful decor pieces. Magnolia garlands and wreaths can actually be kept for years, and while they will fade and dry, will retain their shape, and can be sprayed any color your desire. Since the leaves are so large, they really fill out a wreath, garland, or swag nicely, and integrate seamlessly with evergreens and traditional holiday elements. Today I'm going to show... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Handmaker of Things
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If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, your decor may be the last thing on your mind. Or maybe you really want to create beautiful centerpieces but you aren't sure how? Have no fear friends, I'm here to share the step by step of how to create this colorful, textural, modern Thanksgiving Harvest Arrangement for your table. Using elements that can all be purchased at the grocery store will save you time, and veggies and fruits make great, inexpensive fillers for an arrangement! Of all the holidays Thanksgiving is the perfect one to incorporate food into an arrangement (since it's all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at Handmaker of Things
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It's officially the holiday season which means it's time to decorate, decorate, decorate. Nothing gets me more in the spirit of the celebration than decorating our home, and of course that usually involves beautiful fresh flowers. Today on Periscope I shared a DIY on making this textural fall floral spray. It was my first time teaching live, and I wanted to be sure to have the instructions up here too, just in case I missed anything. For this project I wanted to use a mix of textures in beautiful fall colors. Here's my recipe from left to right: nandina branch,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Handmaker of Things
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Much like everyone else in the midwest, I love fall. It's those few months of the year that we get a break from the blazing heat of summer, and bitter cold of winter. So obviously I absolutely had to plan a fall/halloween themed floral workshop. And what says fall more than making floral arrangements in pumpkins? Nothing that I can think of! River Market Event Place provided us with their gorgeous space and some delicious fall libations, including a Fall Sangria and some Boulevard Funky Pumpkin Ale. Can you say yum? As always Moxie Catering provided some delicious appetizers, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Handmaker of Things
Rachel, yes, you definitely could keep the flowers up there and let them dry. I'll be honest I left mine up for awhile and it still looked pretty nice. Roses always dry pretty nice, carnations, or any type of pod will dry nicely too. You can usually buy dried flowers at any craft store in the floral section. Get a nice variety of textures and colors, and it'll look great. Or you could even use silk flowers. There are some nice options out there that look almost really and those will never die :)
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I've been having such a great time coming up with fun floral DIY's to share, and much like the framed flowers I shared recently, this one is crazy easy, but makes a beautiful statement for an event. I used the blooms from September's collaboration with Nickel and Suede, rich fall colors and lots of texture, so gorgeous. Here's what you'll need: Flowers of course. The amount you'll need will depend on how large a display you want to create. My display was about 2 feet tall by 5 feet long, and I used about 1 1/2 bunches of flowers. Floral... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Handmaker of Things
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My blog has absolutely been packed with beautiful collaborations lately, and that's exactly the way I like it. Working with other creatives really fuels my fire, and my monthly collab with Nickel and Suede has been no exception. Fall is officially here (at least on the calendar), and it's my very favorite time of year. The rich colors, lots of layers, and crispness in the air. All of those things and the beautiful rose bronze* earrings inspired Septembers shoot. Even with all that color and texture those beautiful N&S earrings still stand out. This months flowers included ranunculus, coxcomb, scabiosa... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Handmaker of Things
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I've been working on some fun Halloween projects this year, which I usually don't get into until October. I have to say though, its definitely putting me in the mood for one of my favorite fall holidays, and I've been super inspired. One of these projects is a collaboration with my friend Gwen, of The Makerista. When she asked me to help her with some floral styling for her Halloween home tour I obviously said yes. She's got the most gorgeous style (just check out her daughters birthday party), and working with her is always such a joy. You'll have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Handmaker of Things
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The simplest floral step by step I've ever done. Make a beautiful backdrop for a party or wedding with this framed flower DIY. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Handmaker of Things
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We're so happy you're here. What is The Blog Guild you might be wondering? It's an ever growing community of bloggers, connected both locally and nationwide. We want to foster a culture of creativity, collaboration, and connection between bloggers so that we can all learn and grow with each other.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at TBG Saint Louis