Terracotta Catch All: a summer DIY craft idea

 
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Today, I am sharing a fun DIY craft project using terracotta saucers. You can find them at the planter aisle in most gardening and hardware stores. I get mine from Home Depot.

 
 
 
 

Material List: terracotta saucers | acrylic craft paint | paint brushes | tablecloth | white charcoal pencil or Fons & Porter pencil | paper plate or disposable palette paper

Optional: clear acrylic coating spray

 
 
 
 

Make sure you give the terracotta saucers a nice wash with warm water and soap. Once dry, use the charcoal pencil or the Fons & Porter pencil to draw an outline of the illustration you want to paint. 

 
 
 

If you paint a background color, you can use a regular pencil to sketch out your design.

 
 
 
 
 

Before you begin painting, make sure you cover the surface of your table with a cloth to prevent painting spills from causing any damage. Select your colors and squeeze them out into a paper plate or palette, and paint away!

 
 
 
 

Once you are finished painting, set the saucers out to dry. For additional protection, you can spray a coat or two of clear acrylic. I kept mine au naturel but an acrylic coat is recommended if you plan on placing items on these saucers that can scratch the paint (i.e. house keys).

 
 
 
 

Once the paint and/or acrylic coat is completely dry, you can place them around the house. I use mine as a jewelry dish but they can also be a catch all container for your keys and random change in your pocket.

I first tried this craft idea with a group of ladies during my sister's Palm Springs bachelorette and everyone had a blast. Check out some of their creations below! 

 
 
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Be sure to tag me @yourstrulycalligraphy if you end up trying this DIY so I can see your creations!

 

Estate Garden Wedding Inspiration

One of the greatest joys of working in the creative industry is connecting with talented individuals from all over the country (and the world). When Elizabeth of Elizabeth Moore Photography reached out to me and shared her vision for a wedding inspiration shoot at Venue Chilton in Pennsylvania, I was thrilled to participate. This styled shoot was featured on Glamour & Grace and is filled with beautiful inspiration for an outdoor, garden wedding. 

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For the calligraphy details, I wanted to incorporate soft, organic textures that would seamlessly blend in with the outdoor venue without feeling too rustic. I used my favorite Silk and Willow handmade paper and painted a delicate leaf garland motif to soften the contrast of the black ink on paper.

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You can see more stunning images from this styled shoot on Glamour & Grace here.

Venue - Venue Chilton

Photography - Elizabeth Moore Photography

Cake - Bella Manse

Furniture Rentals - Swoon Vintage Rentals

Linens and Tabletop Rentals - Events by Eagle

Floral Design - Sandra L. Porterfield

Bride's Attire - Posh Bridal

Groom's Attire - Central Pa. Tuxedo

Hair & Makeup - The Bonafide Ginger

Ceremony Draping - The Gala Event

Calligraphy - Yours Truly Calligraphy

Boho California Coast Wedding Inspiration

There is something about the California coast. The salty winds, the crashing waves and the fine grains of sand that always seems to find its way into your hair and clothes. The ocean never ceases to inspire with its ever changing hue and expansive horizon. 

The ocean was the inspiration behind this beautifully intimate styled shoot dreamed up by the talented ladies at Beijos Events and photographer This Girl Nicole. This was the first styled shoot I participated in and I was thrilled to see it featured on Style Me Pretty. A dream team of talented vendors contributed to this shoot and I am so excited to share the details with you all!

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite images from this shoot:

All images by This Girl Nicole.

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I just love this off-shoulder Sarah Seven wedding dress from The Dress Theory and the stunning bouquet created by Milieu Florals. Hair and makeup was done by 1011 Makeup.

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The sweetheart table was put together with that gorgeous driftwood table from Found Rentals, tabletop wares from borrowed BLU and more beautiful arrangements by Milieu Florals. The wood Mr. and Mrs. pieces were made by The Duo Studio and the watercolor place cards were created by yours truly. 

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The dessert table set up is possibly my favorite from this shoot. What is there not to love with (too pretty to eat) sweets from Susie Cakes and Le Mignon Macaron, artfully arranged on cake stands from borrowed BLU? And that teal table from Found Rentals is just perfect.  

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I used pretty stationery from Prim & Pixie to create this handlettered wedding invitation suite, using a mix of white, pointed pen calligraphy and gray, watercolor brush lettering. All of the jewelry shown here is by Love Tatum, and the velvet ring box is from The Mrs. Box.   

More beautiful details, including this peacock chair by Found Rentals, shoes from BHLDN and rings from Love Tatum.

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I hope you enjoyed these images as much as I did.  Have a great weekend, friends!