March 2017 - Dimples and Tangles


My botanical gallery wall has been one of the best DIY decor investments I've made over the years.  It fills a large space, and with it's classic, timeless appeal I've had it in place for over 5 years now and have never grown tired of it yet.  And, coming in with a total price of around $100, it was pretty affordable for the high impact it gives.

Here are a few botanical books with pages suitable for framing if you'd like to create your own botanical wall.  There are so many pretty options, I think I could do a different wall in each room!  I've linked to each book underneath it's photo.  Most of them have a preview of the pages inside if you click on the link.

This is the book that I used for my wall.  I did my gallery wall and a slightly smaller one for my sister-in-law, and there are still plenty of pictures left in the book.  One thing to note with this book, it has a crazy fluctuation in the price.  I paid around $35 for it, it's currently around $70, and I've seen it for as high as $200!  I have no idea why that is (if you do I'd love to know!), but if you're interested in it I'd recommend just checking on it frequently and striking when the price is low.

I really want to purchase this next one soon.  All of the botanicals are on a black background and the colors are so vibrant!

These selections are in a series with 6 available editions.  They unfortunately don't show previews of any of the content pages, but just from the covers I think I'd risk taking a chance on one.  Plus, if they've published 6 in the series, they must be good!  These as well as the last two books specifically state that the pages are blank on the back so that they are geared more specifically towards selecting the ones you like, removing the pages, and framing them.

I'd really like to have this fern prints book too... see, I told you I could do a botanical wall in every room!

How fun would this one be if you live in a warm climate/desert area?

There's more information in the original tutorial post if you want to know about the frames or the assembly process.

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We recently had a ladies' event at our church that I helped decorate for, and I always like to share those events with you in case you're looking for banquet or party decorating ideas also.  I'm usually searching for ways to decorate a lot of tables for a little bit of money.  It's challenging most of the time, but with lots of help from friends and some hard work, things always turn out cute!

Our theme for this event was "Sundaes on Mondays", and it was a craft night focusing on making a variety of craft projects to give to others through various ministries in and around our church.   And, a sundae bar was our treat for the evening of course, so it was pretty easy to continue that theme through to the table centerpieces.  I started with inspiration from this photo and we went from there to make these work for our event.

tissue paper ice cream sundae with striped straw, milk glass centerpiece decorations, banquet centerpiece

The process to make the sundae layers is basically the same as making a tissue paper flower, but even simpler.  I bought several packs of light pink, hot pink, and mint green tissue paper from Hobby Lobby, and a pack of white from Dollar Tree, but I really like the Mini Pack (24 sheets) from Paper Mart tissue paper as well (they're a larger size, and work especially well for the large flowers).  I also need to note that we used a variety of milk glass for our sundae containers.  We had 25 tables to decorate and I wanted 3 per table (plus a few more for sign-in tables), so we had a lot to gather up!  I took all of my pieces that would work, including several sets of goblets, and borrowed from a few friends at church who collect it as well.  We also added in some vintage sofa fountain glasses.  So, other than the effort of lugging things in from home, the containers were zero cost.

Here's a quick run down of the steps.

diy tissue paper craft, tissue paper ice cream sundaes, ice cream decorations

1) I only used 2 sheets of tissue for each of the layers.  Make an accordion fold for the entire piece, then trim it just a bit longer than the diameter of the container.  You might have folded paper left over after you cut your piece to size that you can use on another container.
2) Fold the piece in half and staple in the middle, then round the ends.
3) Turn the piece on it's side and spread out.
4) Separate the two layers of tissue paper and fluff out.
5)  Roll a piece of scotch tape and attach the bottom layer two or three places around the edge of the container to secure.  You might need to pull the edges together and tape so there's not a separation in your layer.
6) Repeat the process with another color, cutting it slightly smaller than the first layer.
7) Roll a couple of more pieces of tape and stick the second layer to the bottom layer.
8) Repeat the process again with white to make whipped cream, then use a dab of hot glue to attach a red pom pom for a cherry on top.

To set the tables, we used a round plastic tablecloth from Dollar Tree (did you know you can order the round ones from them online?  I didn't...Game changer!), a variety of 12x12 pieces of scrapbook paper in our color family, and some tissue confetti from Hobby Lobby (party section, I had plenty with just one bag). Then, we used a variety of sizes to group 3 sundaes per table.

banquet table centerpieces, ice cream party decorations

banquet centerpiece, milk glass, ice cream sundae party decorations, tissue paper crafts

ice cream party decorations, ice cream sundae decor, milk glass, party centerpiece, banquet centerpiece ideas

We also added simple decorations to tables in the foyer that were set up for sign up for each craft.

One side of our Fellowship Hall was set up with the decorated tables for ladies to sit at while they ate, and the other side was set up with tables and supplies for all of the crafts.

We also set up some backdrop spots if the ladies wanted to take photos through the evening.  Our church has several fence panels that we use for party pics, so I made a few tissue paper tassel garlands and used some of the tissue flowers from one of last year's events to dress them up.  We used a fence panel for the stage background too.

photo background, party pics, fence panel, event decorations, banquet decorations, church banquet decorations

Girls in kindergarten and up were invited as well, so it was a fun evening for moms and daughters to attend too.  One of the crafts was dedicated to girls 5th grade and under, and they were able to help at several of the other craft tables once they finished their craft.

There were about 5 or 6 different crafts that the ladies could choose from to complete that evening, including these cute canvas toiletry bags that were decorated with stencils and fabric markers.  They were filled with a variety of toiletries and passed out among the homeless after the event.

We also had a group working on fleece baby blankets for our local Hope Pregnancy Center.  These are so soft and easy to make for a good cause!

The evening was a huge success, and we think that all who attended had a great time and were blessed by working on a craft project for someone other than themselves, and hope that the receivers of our projects were blessed as well.  We're hoping to do more similar events in the future.

You might remember that I used 2 sundaes on my Valentine's table, they were fun to have around for a while!  These would be such cute decorations for birthday parties or a dessert fellowship, too.

Valentine's Day decorations, Valentine's Day Table, Ice cream party decorations

milk glass, ice cream party decorations, tissue paper ice cream sundaes, church banquet decorations

Here's of a few other of my favorite event decoration posts:

Spring Luncheon (also used for birthday party decor)

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I absolutely love this home tour.  



Hello friends, and welcome to my 2017 Spring Home Tour!  I've been a busy bee preparing for this day and I can't wait to show you around.  Let me begin with a big thank you to Marty of A Stroll Thru Life for organizing this tour, she always sends the nicest readers my way!  If you're visiting from Decorating Delirium, I'm so glad you stopped by.  Apparently Jennifer loves color and pattern just as much as I do!

Let's begin the tour today with my Entry at the front door.  I actually shared this space a few weeks ago with a new look for Spring, so here's just a little peek.  If you missed it earlier and want to see more, click over to see all of the details and more photos, including the 3 different ways that I styled it.

rugs USA Chroma Medallion Rug, spring entry, foyer decor, gold mirror, blue and white, french provincial dresser

Now that you're in the front door, come on in to the Living Room!  If you're new to Dimples and Tangles, you'll quickly see that I love loads of color and mixing and matching lots of patterns.

black and white striped curtains, brass trunk, spring living room decor, black and white betwixt, kate spade leokat, chaiag mai dragon, neutral sofa

Hands down, switching out pillows is the easiest change you can make in your space each season.  I've been busy making some new pillow covers, and as soon as I saw this new green leokat Kate Spade fabric, how could I pass it up?  I mean it IS my color and everything...

black and white striped curtains, neutral sofa, malakos malachite fabric, upholstered ottomans, brass trunk, cowhide rug, kate spade leokat pillow, schumacher betwixt, chiang mai dragon, botanical gallery wall

Fabrics Unlimited is a located in Oklahoma City, and I love stopping by and browsing their aisles... I always find beautiful designs there that I haven't seen anywhere else, like their new selection of Kate Spade fabrics.  You all sure do love some of the fabrics I've purchased there in the past, too, like the blue ikat I used on the Euro shams in my bedroom, the black and white buffalo check on my bamboo stools, and the pink and orange geometric in the lumbar pillows on my sofa today.

Kate Spade Leokat Fabric, Schumacher Betwixt Fabric, P Kaufmann Amazed fabric, Chiang Mai Dragon fabric, black and white striped drapes, chinoiserie lamp, head planter

This Kate Spade print is such a lovely designer fabric and Fabrics Unlimited has the best price on it that I've seen anywhere.  It's 100% linen so it's nice and thick and sturdy, perfect for pillows or it would make an amazing upholstered headboard!   Even though it's local for me, you can visit the Fabrics Unlimited website for contact information, and they would be happy to take phone orders and ship to you (tell them I sent you! :).

mulit color tassel trim, Kate Spade Leokat Pillow, Chiang Mai Dragon Pillow, P Kaufmann Amazed Pillow

brass trunk coffee table, blue and white porcelain, easter decor, spring living room, kate spade leokat, betwixt, chaing mai dragon, vintage handkerchief bunnies

If you're a regular reader here, did you notice something else new in the room too?

brass peacock fireplace screen, chalkboard art, striped drapes, upholstered ottomans, urbane bronze bookshelves, brass trunk, neutral sofa

My sewing machine has been working overtime this past week, I've been working on these new striped curtains too.  I've been wanting to make a change from the previous curtains (which I still love, and I know you do too, I'm not getting rid of them for good...) and even though they are both a black and white/cream color palette, these feel so much lighter and more crisp.  I'm going to post more about them next week and give you a tutorial if you want to try your hand at making your own drapes (it's really not that hard!).

scout and nimble neutral sofa, betwixt, kate spade leokat, colorful pillows, striped curtains, black and white decor, blue and white garden stool

We trimmed some trees over the weekend, and I saved the curly willow branches for the mantel.  They're more wild and dramatic in real life than they look in the photograph, so I kept the rest of the mantel simple.

blue and white, spring branches, chalkboard art, scripture verse, Micah 6:8, laurel wreath, urbane bronze mantel

blue and white urns, spring branches, malachite malakos upholstered ottomans, brass trunk, urbane bronze trim, ballard designs julian lamp, betwixt, chiang mai dragon, brass peacock fireplace screen

bookshelf styling, urbane bronze, leather recliner, ikea pillow, brass fireplace screen, blue and white, readers digest books
Leather Recliners  ||  Black and White Pillows here or here

I don't show this table very often, but the generous square size works nicely between the sofa and loveseat.  I am always drawn to vignettes styled with loads of stacked books, and the bottom level is just right for piling them on.  Tip: the bottom level is made of cane, so I spread some old books out underneath it (on the carpet) to alleviate the weight of the stacks of books on top of the cane.  I don't want it to tear!

coffee table styling, chinoiserie lamp, spring living room, shelf styling

vintage china, dominoes, black and white, blue and white garden stool, styling, spring home decor

I switched the places of the leather recliners and the loveseat , so the bamboo console table moved behind the loveseat.  I'm a little sad that it can't be seen when you walk in the front door anymore, but we really like this arrangement so much better.  I bought this scalloped bowl around Christmas and have the neatest story to tell you about it soon.

scalloped wood bowl, succulents, blue and white, spring home tour, bamboo console table, black and white buffalo check

The Dining Room just got a bit of fluffing since the last time you saw it.

green china cabinet, kate spade leokat fabric, blue glass lanterns, dining room centerpiece, hydrangeas, kate spade brush strokes table runner, blue and white, vintage crystal chandelier, blue willow, black and white houndstooth drapes, vintage cane wingback chairs

I picked up these nice sized potted hydrangeas at Aldi and hope to plant them outside when I'm sure we're past the possibility of a frost.  I also recently found this awesome Kate Spade table runner, I love that it has every single color I could want in it.

green china cabinet, blue and white pottery, blue willow, china hutch styling, vintage crystal chandelier, Lamps Plus Uttermost Petrizzi Mirror, blue glass lanterns, kate spade brush stroke table runner

kate spade brush strokes table runner, blue and white foot bath, blue glass bamboo lantern, dining room centerpiece, dining room spring decor
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And it's perfect paired with the Leokat pillows!

antique dining table with turned legs, vintage cane wingback chair, kate spade leokat fabric, blue glass lanterns, blue willow, green china cabinet, houndstooth drapes

I also added these fabulous bamboo lattice pillows from Shelby Dillon Studio flanking the china cabinet.  

Shelby Dillow Studio bamboo lattice pillow, green china cabinet, china hutch styling, louis dining chairs, uttermost petrizzi wall mirror

There are SO many good designs available, and although I usually sew my own pillows, can I just say how wonderful it is to open a box and pull out a beautiful pillow... down insert already stuffed inside and all? #fantastic!  These are definitely more neutral than I usually get, but I l branched out on purpose because I love the pattern and they will be perfect to mix in with so many different things.  I think they'll eventually land in our office, but things don't stay in one place for long around here.

Dining room styling, bamboo lattice pillow, Shelby Dillon Studio, blue glass bamboo lantern

blue willow, dining room styling, dining room centerpiece, hydrangea centerpiece, shelby dillon bamboo pillow, louis dining room side chairs

The black and white stripes made their way into the Kitchen Breakfast Nook too, it feels so much brighter now!

gingham settee at table, buffalo check bench, kitchen eating area, antique dining table, wicker elephant side table, cat studio pillow, botanical gallery wall, black and white striped drapes, cowhide rug
Tufted Upholstered Chairs  ||  Cowhide Rug  ||  Botanical Gallery Wall Tutorial and Prints

milk glass punch bowl, kitchen table styling, monogram pagoda napkins, blue willow, hobnail glasses, acrylic tray, botanical gallery wall

blue willow, west elm acrylic tray, kitchen table styling, cupcake pedestal, lboriginals, preppy paper girl, monogrammed pagoda napkins

black and white striped curtains, striped drapes, tufted upholstered dining chairs, wicker elephant side table, togo spotted pillows, cat studio state Oklahoma pillow, botanical gallery wall

striped drapes, black and white striped curtains, bamboo shades, vintage chandelier, gingham settee, buffalo check bench, plaid loveseat, cat studio pillow, kitchen eating area, togo pillow, dalmatian print pillow, cowhide rug

In the past few weeks I've shared a fresh look at our  Office and Master Bedroom with you too.  I'll give you a peek here and you can click the link under the photo for the full post and all of the details if you missed them the first time.

green upholstered headboard, blue ikat kalah curtains, bamboo bench, brass chandelier, bedroom styling, bamboo mirror, juju hat, chiang mai dragon, xu garden pillow

master bedroom fireplace, gallery wall, greek key sconces, neutral wingback chairs, skin tight ebony leopard pillow, brass tray table, mounted tv gallery wall

bamboo chippendale chair, blue and white garden stool, gold peacock mirror, office styling, blue and white lamp

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Now head over to Doreen's charming home at Hymns and Verses to see the next tour for today, and be sure to stop by and check out these other lovely homes this week, too. 

Monday – March 20

Tuesday – March 21

Wednesday – March 22

Thursday – March 23

Friday – March 24

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