OH, HOW PINTERESTING… | Killer DIY + wedding inspiration that I found while taking a break–UHH, I mean, *doing important research* on Pinterest…

Happy Monday afternoonish… well-actually-eveningish is more accurate, friendsicles.  Listen, can I tell you something?  I am exhausted.  And by exhausted I mean I now know what the zombie apocalypse looks like because I’m the first sign of it.

We’re all probably inching closer and closer to it, because I can’t imagine I’m alone when it comes to being a workaholic.  So yeah, I’m effing exhausted.  And it’s not becau – well, it’s only in part because I spent the last ten minutes doing improv Black Swan moves to Florence + The Machine’s Dog Days Are Over.  I had to pump myself up to finish off this post.  Dancing like a dummy when I’m really tired usually catapults me into *finishing touches* mode, when I need it to.  Well either that or it catapults me into the wall or onto my head.  Once it catapulted me into Honey’s knee, as he was walking through the front door.  That was a cool/painful catapult.  I’m really thankful that I got the best case scenario catapult result this time.

Now here’s the thing.  The TKB inbox, it owns my face.  It’s a big part of what makes me a workaholic.  And I’ll be hiring an assistant/ad rep for this very function quite soon, so I’m pretty happy about that.  But since I HAVEN’T done that yet, I have a lot of work to do… and I also have this problem of working continuously, for hours on end, without breaking, for like, anything.  I go hours without peeing.  I take Bambo out to pee, and I still don’t pee.  That’s a special kind of crazy.  Say, maybe I’m hungry?  Or thirsty?  The fridge is like, *right there* – I could throw a tennis ball at it it’s so close.  But I don’t get up or anything.  I just keep typing.  Like Bambo, remember?

Just type type typin away.  That’s us, it’s what we do.

Anyway it’s gotten so bad that Honey actually programmed a three-times-a-day reminder on my phone that reads:

“Doctor (that’s Honey, calling himself doctor) says to drink a glass of water.”

It’s pretty silly of me, but I just don’t put a priority on hydration.  It’s why I like to tweet that tip to you guys, to drink water.  It’s because I know the true effects of not freaking DOOOOIIIIING IIIIIIIT.  Jeez, writing it out makes me feel like an idiot.  Why the heck am I not drinking enough water???  And when I do, why do I not make a point of going to the bathroom and peeing regularly??

And I wonder why I get tired randomly.  But anyway, somehow, I managed to dominate it today (the inbox, not the toilet.  I dominate the toilet every day, when I finally get around to it.).  And yeah, I even surprised myself.  So, yes, I’m in a decent mood.  But still, totally tired.  I feel like I responded to approximately eleventy billion emails, give or take a couple million.  Is this a milestone?  Eh, perhaps.  Especially seing as the TKB inbox has become an all-consuming beast of a thing, spewing email after email, never bothering to stop for pedestrians, just shoveling words into my face with the most reckless of abandon.  It seems unwavering in its mission to assert what I consider its unholy reign over my very existence, as it simultaneously laughs at even my best laid plans to address the simplest of human needs.

As you can imagine, answering emails can get a bit monotonous.  And it’s critical to the creative process to avoid burnout.

This, my dearest friends, is where Pinterest always comes into play for me.  I know you guys know what I mean.  So I figured, why not start sharing the amazeballsness I delight in discovering over yonder, right here on the blog?  And so, I present to you a new feature that might take flight here on TKB depending upon its reception… the *Cool Stuff I Found While Taking a Pinterest Break Because I Was Getting Bored and Restless.”

That is a working title.


All you need: “spool of lace, tape, scissors, large mason jar, spray paint, paint brush, glitter accent paint, & a candle or flowers.”  If you want to try your hand, visit Michaela Noelle Designs for the detailed instructions!

Next, killer looks for a pup that aren’t totally bothersome with regard to his comfort…

dapper bulldog via Style Me Pretty / couple with bow-tied dog via Noivas & Etc. / frenchie via Martha Stewart Weddings / bow tie dog collar via Silly Buddy / mage via Style Me Pretty by Justin and Mary

Next up, a killer way to do the First Look.  You may have seen this floating around on Pinterest, but I wanted to include it because it might be a game changer for some…

Pinned from Brandon Werth

What an idea for seating charts, you guys!  I’m a visual learner so this really speaks to me:

Seating concept pinned via Viv Spot; idea by Jen of Something Turquoise

Next, I’m just loving these happy colors I found.  Balloons, dresses, ribbon ceremony backdrops and photobooth backdrops.  AMAZING.  I’m a bit speechless over the brilliance of these images…

Pinned from W.Scott Chester Photography

Next, I LOVE this approach to asking your friends to be your bridesmaids.  Works for far and near!

Pinned via Rinse. Repeat.

Next up… you get a mini cake stand.  And you get a mini cake stand.  And you!  And you!

Pinned via the always amazing Amy Atlas / images by Jeanna Hayes

So you guys, I’m curious…

1) Do you have any favorites?

2) What do you think of the occasional Pinterest-focused post here on the ol’ bliggity?  Like?  Detest?  What to shield your eyes from the retinal pain of this feature?  Into it?  Lemme know. :)

xoxo!  - Alison

Label(s): Oh, How PINteresting, {DIY + Freebies}

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  1. Rhiannon Nicole {Hey Gorg} on November 14, 2011

    Omg all of it! I have been telling my brides to use the post it and paper plate method for ages! Works like a charm :) xoxo Oh and Michaela! Love her. Met her just two weeks ago in the airport. She’s such a doll!

  2. Amy on November 14, 2011

    Those diy lace jars are FAB-U-LOUS!!!! Great new feature, looking forward to more of these!

  3. Claire Martine on November 14, 2011

    Oh goodness gracious Alison! We pin all day long and we pin your goodness too..

    Then at the end of a long day, we sign on at home on our personal accts- and Pin some more. :)

    Follow us while we pin your pins!!

  4. Krissy - Make Believe'N on November 14, 2011

    Did you know that a true addict pushes their drug on the ones they love the most? Pintrest is my drug and I push it whenever and where ever I can. Congrats on joining the club of pushers.

  5. Lena on November 14, 2011

    Holy mother of Pinterest loveliness-this is EXACTLY the opposite of the super awkward/strained FB h’email from a “friend” I just got, and SOOOOO what I needed. How could you have a favorite in all these goodies?

    PS-I have to remind myself to drink water and pee, too. It’s no good.

  6. Janna on November 14, 2011

    I really like the DIY lace jar! so pretty and elegant looking! I love it! I’m hoping we have a puppy by the day we get married that can wear a little bow tie and join us!!!!

  7. Ana on November 14, 2011

    I am all for the pinterest idea because well I am obsessed with pinterest!!! I am looking forward to more pinterest-focused posts :)

  8. Jen Carreiro on November 14, 2011

    Hi Knotty Bride! I just wanted to let you know that the credit for the ‘Easy Seating Chart’ actually belongs to me: Jen from Something Turquoise, a crafty wedding blog. Vivienne from the V-Spot is a friend of mine. Thanks for posting it, glad you like it! Here is the link for the entire tutorial: http://somethingturquoise.com/2011/09/02/diy-easy-seating-chart/

  9. Alison on November 14, 2011

    Jen Carreiro – excellence. I’ve got you in there, thanks for letting me know! Killer idea by the way. I like your style, m’lady.

  10. Chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day on November 14, 2011

    I say YES! And it is funny how many of those same things I have pinned :) Great pinners pin alike!

  11. Megan on November 14, 2011

    I love the “Pinsperation” post! Sometimes its just fun to get lost in beautiful things…or really, all the time I guess.

    I’m also SO bad about drinking enough water, I’ll got a day or two without a sip! To help keep myself hydrated, I keep an insulated tumbler with a straw on my desk. For whatever reason, drinking out of a straw makes me think I am drinking a delicious soda rather than water!! If I can drink two large tumblers of water in a work day, I consider it a success.

  12. aurea @ pricewise events on November 15, 2011

    The lace jar is super amazing! I just love every detail in this post. :) And the first look of the bride and the groom is a very nice idea. :)

  13. Jenny ~SOSN on November 15, 2011

    Love pinterest – I get so distracted when I take a ‘break’ on it as well. So many amazing things out there. Love that seating chart idea – I too am a visual learner and love being organized! The first look shots are super cute too.

  14. jacin {lovely little details} on November 15, 2011

    pinterest is my procrastination station. and i am so excited to be working with the lovely bride behind the “will you be my bridesmaid” project on her big day!

  15. Kristine {In Love, Engaged} on November 15, 2011

    While I heart your real wedding and styled shoot posts, and your engagement sessions, and your boudoir, I think it’s good to mix things up at times. So I’m digging this new Pinterest feature. And seriously, who doesn’t love Pinterest? Except when you can’t get the darn thing to work. That’s when I want to karate chop the air and yell obscenities. Anyway, how about that lace jar? Amazing!

    PS. I’m thinking I need to set my phone to remind me to drink water throughout the day as well. It hits bedtime and I’m SO THIRSTY. Wonder why.

  16. Valerie Graf on November 15, 2011

    I am totes digging the new feature. Pintrest is the BEEEEEEESSSST!!!!! … well other then the TKB. I am sorry that you have been so crazy busy with all of email, but please do remember to drink water and go pee, not doing so is hazardous to your health! And I am taking it upon myself to speak for all the brides out there (your welcome ladies) that would be so lost without you ( I mean seriously what other blog can we read that makes us laugh uncontrollably and still shows us such Gorg. stuff?!?, honestly the other ones bore the crap out of me.) So yeah take care of yourself…. and keep up the great work!

  17. Amma // Beyond Beyond on November 16, 2011

    I am a major pinterest addict so I’ve got nothing but love for these finds. Aweosomeness!!! Love that Jar it is my absolute fave!

  18. Mindy on November 16, 2011

    First of all, I love Pinterest so more of this, please.

    Second of all, totes borrowing the lace jar thing. And to think I was just going to spray paint my mason jars with BORING PLAIN PAINT, HOW FOOLISH OF ME.

  19. The Demoiselle on November 16, 2011

    Great idea! And LOVE LOVE LOVE the doggie accessories! ;)

  20. Katie on November 17, 2011

    Love it all, per usual. I have all your same issues (can I call them that?) Too many email, not enough water, and pinterest is my favorite way to not do either of the previous. Love, love, love the post!

    I’ve even got my Honey hooked on pinterest. He didn’t get it at first so I created a board just for things he would like. like recipes or silly things that will make him laugh. He loves it. Now instead of pinning all alone, we ooh and aah or laugh together sometimes. :)

  21. Kerrie on November 18, 2011

    I discovered pinterest about a week ago and love it. I’ve started my own collection of wedding related boards such as different colour themes, ideas for bridesmaids presents, and general wedding related stuff I’ve either found on pinterest or on the web. I think it’s a great place for a brides and wedding planners to get inspiration.

    In fact I think anyone in any type of create job could use it as a mood board to inspire them as well as use it for the normal stuff like christmas wish lists etc.

  22. Rich on November 25, 2011

    Awesome finds, really inspiring!!

  23. michaela warner on November 30, 2011

    Oh my goodness! Just caught this post from my google traffic. Thanks a bunch for featuring the lace vase (: So sweet! It’s so easy…I’ve given it as a gift to lots of friends already (:
    xo Michaela

  24. Dianne on January 13, 2012

    I LOVE this vase, lace project and the brides maid boxes. I’m going to try these out and see if I can make it look as good for my wedding!

    Thank you!

  25. Natalie on January 29, 2012

    These are all so beautiful! I love anything with mason jars, and they’re so inexpensive.


  26. sandrine on March 5, 2012

    I really like the DIY lace jar! so elegant looking! I love it!

  27. Katie Jayne on May 7, 2012

    We do these types of DIY projects for Chicago weddings all the time! I currently have a bride that will love the lace jar idea!

  28. Louise on September 9, 2012

    That lace jar is amazing! Such a simple but effective idea.


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