The Final Details…

Well, we are only a few days away from the big day!  The last five days have been absolutely crazy as my mom, sister, and I have worked our tushes off to finalize everything.  Our vendors have their final payments, we have a priest (and a deacon!), Mr. S just took his last exam of the semester, and we are just so ready to be married!

Our family and friends started to arrive in town and it has been so nice to sit back and relax with our family’s signature drink: the blueberry muffin (blueberry vodka and Crystal Light lemonade). I am so relieved to have all the stress and hard work behind us and all the fun to look forward to this week. It has been a long, exciting, and often draining process, but I wanted to share one last project with you before the big day.

As I mentioned earlier, our dance floor is essentially a large covered veranda that is completely surrounded by a concrete bench. My wonderful aunt is helping sew 24 pillows to spread around the benches. These pillows are natural colors—brown, moss green, and tan. I wanted to top these off with some personalized pillows that had our new last name and cheesy hearts. I swear this is the only burlap I snuck into the wedding! (It is hard to resist sometimes.)

These pillows were made completely from scratch. I bought a few yards of burlap at the fabric store. I laid the throw pillows from my couch on top of the fabric and basically just cut around them. I didn’t measure, but just winged it. I then printed out the various letters and words on my home printer. Again, I used various sized letters depending on how big the pillow was. I then used black paint to paint directly on the burlap.




This part of the project is SUPER easy and literally takes about 20 minutes. Let the paint dry and whip out your sewing machine or pass the project off to a sister, aunt, or friend who likes to sew.

Don’t get me wrong, I like to sew, but this was an easy project to pass off. Once you decide the style and words, your “sewer” just needs to get their sew on (fairly brainless at that point). In my case, MOH C stepped up to the plate and finalized these bad boys. She sewed two overlapping flaps of fabric to the back so my throw pillows could slip right in. My pillows have bright colors and patterns and you can’t see them at all through the thick burlap. I hated the idea of wasting money on pillow forms. Here are some of the finished pictures (with our future last name blurred).



I love how they turned out! Simple and chic. They could be perfect to reuse on our patio after the wedding.

I am officially crafted out and thrilled to focus on our guests and relax over the next few days. Everything is pretty much ready to go except for a very scary looking forecast! I could use some major bee juju these next few days to keep the storms away from our outside reception!

What were your final projects? Was it easy for you to relax on the days leading up to the wedding?


Mrs. Squirrel

Tampa, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    Mrs. Sword 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:23 am

    Those pillows look amazing! Enjoy your week girl!

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    Jen041815 427 posts, Helper bee @ 6:30 am

    What a brilliant idea to use your existing throw pillows as the pillow form and just make covers. Way less expensive! Enjoy your week!

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    Mrs. Road Trip 741 posts, Busy bee @ 7:24 am

    Crossing pillows for better weather!

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    bluebelle23 972 posts, Busy bee @ 7:32 am

    I can’t wait for your recaps. Cutest wedding ever!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 1410 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:41 am

    My final project was getting our programs done & the car packed.

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:43 am

    I want 100 blueberry muffins, right nowza. Enjoy your week. :)

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    pinkpre 132 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:07 am

    As a Florida girl I know exactly the kind of ominous weather you’re referring to. One of my good friends got married near Tampa and had torrential rain the morning of her wedding (black clouds and all). Then, like magic (or like Florida) the clouds seemed the melt away and she had sun for her outdoor ceremony and reception.

    I have faith in the sunshine state! Lots of good vibes your way!

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    pswithlove 16 posts, Newbee @ 9:15 am

    These looks amazing! What paint did you use btw?

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    missgoldfish 439 posts, Helper bee @ 10:04 am

    What an awesome idea! They turned out graet. Enjoy your week!

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    ladymegbeth 227 posts, Helper bee @ 2:12 pm

    Those are the cutest!! Also, I will be trying the “Blueberry Muffin” tonight. Or three…

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:52 pm

    These are so cute, enjoy these last couple of days with your family and friends!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 791 posts, Busy bee @ 7:16 am

    I hope you had an amazing wedding day! Love the burlap pillows and the blueberry muffin sounds awesome. Will have to give that a try as a summer drink.

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