My young friend's wedding theme is books! I love that idea as I am an avid reader myself. If fact, that is one of the many things she and I have in common. She's young enough to be my daughter, but somehow we just connected on so many levels. Isn't that funny? So I wanted to do something really sweet for her decorations. Most of the following are things I saw on Pinterest or the internet somewhere, so I really can't take credit for any of it except that I made it! So if you see this and it was originally your idea, THANK YOU! LOL!!
The next thing I wanted to work on was the sign in table. As a past bride, I know when you are opening gifts things get fun and everyone's talking and oohing and ahhing, so often who brought what get's misplaced. So I found this idea of a gift book that I thought was great. She's a big Harry Potter fan and we found this old photo album that kind of reminded me of the Monster Book on Harry Potter and I found these cute library card sleeves that were decorative and glued them into the album. As I couldn't find any old library cards, I went to Office Depot and got some shipping tags and white washed them and them printed on them with one of my fabulous Inkadinkado script stamps. The tags will go in the sleeves and as guests come in, they will sign on the back of the tag their name and what they brought and then the bride or someone else doesn't have to keep up with who brought what and everyone can just enjoy a good time! How cute is that, right?
Then as just some fluff here and there I bought extra books to stack up and put these cute candles on top that I made out of small mason jars. I just took the book page and drew a heart on it and cut it to a strip sized for the jar and just tied a burlap bow around it. I had an old frame lying around and decided just to take another book page and white wash it and stamped her name and date of the wedding on it using Tim Holtz's Worn Text Alphabet Stamp Set. I also used a Unity Stamp sentiment "Love, Cherish and Embrace." I also made another book page runner for that table as well. Simple things but effective!
One thing I have found as a Christian is that it is so wonderful to bless others! I am such a blessed person in ALL that God chooses to bless me with, that I want to make sure that I use my blessings to bless others! God's Word says "I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you...and you will be a blessing to others." (Gen. 12:2) When we bless others, we can be sure that God will take care of our needs! I don't bless to "get," I bless because He blesses me!! It's a matter of the heart! Our blessing to others will come back to us because God's heart is that He will continue give to us so that we can continue to give to others!
Look, we can't out give God! His blessings are eternal! But He wants us to keep a humble heart before Him. One that is pliable and something He can work with! If we have that kind of heart before Him, He can do mighty things!! I want to know that I made myself available to bless another. I want to be a mighty instrument of His love and blessings! What about you?
No matter the blessing, no matter how great or small, just "give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you!" (Luke 6:38)
Be blessed as you DYI with LOVE! :)