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Wedding Bouquet Keepsake

I think it’s common for us former brides to wonder what to do with our bouquets after our big day. I loved my bouquet so much. It was exactly what I asked for, which was for it to mirror the flower arrangement John had sent to our table when he proposed to me.

The flower arrangement John got for me when he proposed! (color is a little off)

My wedding bouquet!

There are some pricey options out there to preserve your bouquet right away in its fresh state, but most of us don’t have $200 to do so. I’ve also seen other cute ideas such as displaying your dried bouquet petals/flowers in a shadow box which displays a photo of your flowers from your wedding day. While I liked this idea, I already have enough things on our walls, so I didn’t want to do this.

A few weeks ago I saw a mason jar at a friend’s house filled with potpourri flowers and tied off with some twine. It was super cute, and a light bulb went off–get a large mason jar to store my dried bouquet!

I took my dried bouquet (note: I hung my bouquet upside down for two weeks after the wedding.) and trimmed the stems down so they would fit inside the jar. I arranged the flowers to my liking and popped the lid back on. I took the ivory ribbon which my bouquet was wrapped in and wrapped it around the top. I secured the ribbon with the same three pins that were used in my bouquet originally! You could also use twine, ribbon, or really anything your heart desires.

On display with one of our engagement photos!

I really loved doing it this way, because I got to use every part of my bouquet, and let’s be serious, who doesn’t love a mason jar? 😉

Did you keep your wedding bouquet? How did you preserve yours? Let me know if you’ll be using this idea and share your photos!

xo,

Danielle

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iDakota: Upcycling For Your Cat

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A few weekends ago I was looking around Pinterest and came across the cutest thing! Someone had taken a vintage TV, gutted it, and turned it into a cat bed! As I looked more into this concept I saw that it can be done with an old computer monitor. I told John about this idea, and being that we are both so in love with our kitty Dakota we decided he needed one. These sell on Etsy for anywhere from $100 and up and since John (my husband, btw) is a computer engineer, he felt confident we could safely disassemble a monitor/computer and create one ourselves.

We wanted to use an old school iMac monitor and asked Dakota what color he wanted. He told us purple. We found an old one on Craigslist for $20 and went to pick it up. We also stopped to get a nice soft comfy blanket for Dakota’s soon-to-be new bed.

Here are some photos of John taking apart the computer. Please do not attempt this at home unless you are qualified to do so. Whether you use a TV, monitor, etc. it can can still carry a charge.

After all our John’s hard work, Dakota did not act like the other cats we saw online and relish in the comfy joy of his new iMac bed.  He acted like a typical cat diva, sniffed it, and walked away. THE HORROR! We tried to encourage *force* him to try it out, which didn’t work. We tried some cat nip, toys…nothing worked!

 Damn it Dakota! Yeah, he was pissed.

We were very disappointed, but we knew there was a chance this would happen. We placed the new bed in a spot he liked to lie down in our room and hoped he’d take to it.

Three weeks pass, no luck. John and I had given up hope. Until last night…

Success!

I walked into our room and saw Dakota checking out his iMac bed, I tiptoed out, came back a few minutes later and found him cozy as can be in his iMac! Hipster cat has arrived! He slept in the iMac for about 2 hours last night.

I wanted to share the whole story of our iMac cat bed upcycling project.  I do not want to lie to you and give you the impression that your cat will immediately love his new cute sleeping spot. That is the impression I got from the ones I saw even though I knew deep down, a cat is a cat.

Have you ever bought or made your pet a unique toy or bed?