Mrs. Melton

Mrs. Melton

Nothing has really changed since being married, but it was one hell of a party! I am still working on editing the lovely photos taken by Jami Guess Photography, more to come soon! Advertisements

Krylon Spray Paint Mania!!

So I’ve been saving up some projects that need to be spray painted.  I have found many uses for Krylon Glitter Blast and I’ve been hanging onto some Chalkboard that I knew I would find a use for. I made a fun … Continue reading

Favors: Homemade Bath Bombs

I deliberated over what wedding favor to choose for sometime. I love small cookies, pies, baked goods in tiny boxes; however as we were heavy on the dessert bar, I wanted something unsweetened for a favor. My mom doesn’t make a special jelly, so that was out. We don’t have a meaningful drink in an adorable glass bottle. We aren’t outside so fans/sunglasses/scarves are not an option. I wasn’t sure if our friends would enjoy having a wine glass or a beer coozie with our monogram on it. And who uses matches anymore?

So after this deliberation (and months of Pinning), I found a great DIY project: bath bombs. I adore the Lush line of bath bombs, but they are sooo pricey! As I read the directions, it didn’t seem too complicated for anyone who is comfortable in the kitchen. And as a chemistry major, I wasn’t daunted by the list of ingredients.

DocLauraB's Bath Bomb DIY Recipe

I spent a few months perfected my recipe and figuring out where to buy supplies (I used Brambleberry – they have excellent colorant and fragrance selection). This was the recipe I used (modified from the Bath BombGuide-download here):

I made a tag to explain what these were (and how to use them) – so afraid someone would try to eat them!! Purchased some cellophane bags (gusseted) and trendy striped twine. We had a post-brunch family meeting to assemble them yesterday.

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Laura’s Bath Bomb Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1- 2 droppers full of dye (like LaBomb from Brambleberry)
  • 1 dropper of fragrance oil (be wary of vanilla scents as it can cause discoloration)
  • 1-2 tbsp of shea, cocoa or almond butter, grated
  • Spritzer/spray bottle of water
  • Mold (you can use a bought mold as I did, silicone cupcake molds, or even an Easter egg or Christmas ornament).
  1. Mix together dry ingredients.
  2. Shave in the butter.
  3. Mix in dye and oil – you may need to mix with your hands to get a really good blend of the colorant.
  4. Use a spritzer bottle of water to add in a small amount of water – it should be dryer than wet sand, but able to pack. It will get more wet with time.
  5. Pack the powdery product into your mold, it should be fairly tight.
  6. I unmold mine onto wax paper on the table (or lined  cookie sheets if you may need to move them while drying). If you are making round molds, this could cause a flattening and you may want to place a towel under your wax paper.
  7. Let sit to dry, about 24-48 hours. They should feel hard to the touch at this point.

If you are troubleshooting bombs that crumble (not enough water) or fizz away the edges (too much water), try using the resources here.  Different recipes use epsom salts, the cornstarch is +/- as well.  You can of course make a larger bath or smaller bath by scaling the ingredients.

DocLauraB's Bath Bomb DIY recipe

 

How to Select (and Organize) the Perfect Wedding Music

Wedding Music is hard…

… Especially if you want to make a statement.

So I have been collecting songs that speak to me and encompass our relationship in a way that will enhance our wedding ceremony and reception. Another requirement is that they are fun and unique. It’s a lot of pressure to put your personal taste in music on display for all of your friends and family to judge (never mind that they really won’t care). It’s even more pressure when you have less than mainstream music tastes. I had a secret weapon:

SPOTIFY!! I’ll repeat it: SPOTIFY!!

Spotify Logo

Not only is it an amazing way to organize and access all of your music, but it is great for planning music for events. You can browse other people’s lists and subscribe. A nearly unlimited arsenal of songs is at your fingertips. As you listen to songs and decide you want them, you can dump them all onto a generic wedding playlist. Then, I created separate lists for all of my categories and categorized my songs. This is a great way to DIY your own wedding music or share it with your DJ.

Here’s how I broke it down:

  1. Music that perfectly fits into the wedding – either by lyrics or beat it works for times like processional or cake cutting.
  2. Oddball music we love and mean something to us but may not be great for a focal point or dancing – – this became dinner music or background music (cocktail hour, waiting for ceremony to start).
  3. Feel good, event-dancing standards – to start the dance floor rocking.
  4. More intense dance music – not for the faint of heart or the older guests.
  5. Slow songs for lovebirds of all ages
  6. Anthems to get everyone involved – popular songs that everyone can sing the chorus to
  7. The hardest of them all – “Our Song” should be something that is meaningful to the couple, has a beat the groom won’t get lost to, and is something recognizable. No one wants “our song” to be something that is never played again.
  8. Any group dance, family or cultural songs /dances that you desire. I do not really want most of these at my wedding – neither of us are Jewish, but I’ve always coveted those who could dance the Hora.

Examples:

  1. Processional examples:
    1. Someday My Prince Will Come  by Anya Marina
    2. Then She Appeared by XTC.
    3. See the playlist of orchestral arrangements of modern music by Vitamin C at the bottom of this post.

    Recessional examples:

    1. We’ve Only Just Begun
    2. Signed, Sealed Delivered by Stevie Wonder
    3. What a Wonderful World by The Ramones
  2. Dinner Music:
    1. Bubbly by Colbie Caillat
    2. Make You Feel My Love by Adele
    3. Feist, Ingrid Michaelson, The Decemberists, Family of the Year
  3. Oldies:
    1. Most Southern Rock (Eagles, The Allman Bros, ZZ Top, Skynrd)
    2. ABBA
    3. Michael Jackson
  4. Slow Dancing:
    1. Love Story by Taylor Swift
    2. One Sweet Love by Sara Bareilles
    3. Can’t Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon
    4. Chicago
    5. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, etc.
  5. Dance: Rhianna, Calvin Harris, Florence + the Machine, Ke$ha, JT, Skrillex – If I had the bucks, I would lay it out for a professional DJ to play some club fare.
  6. Anthems:
    1. We are Young by Fun
    2. Ho Hey by The Lumineers
    3. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
  7. Couples dance:
    1. As much as I don’t like Twilight, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri is touching.
    2. Ben Harper’s By My Side Album is full of slow love songs that beg to be played at weddings.
    3. Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel is one that George and I have sung together many times (I know, corny!)
    4. Meiko has some lovely choices.
    5. At Last by Etta James is a classic if that’s your thing.

    DocLauraB Choosing (and Organizing( Wedding Music

Laura and George’s Awesome Wedding Playlist

A preview of our music!

A Definite Must

The first song that came to mind is by Bright Eyes: “First Day of my Life.”  These are some of my favorite lyrics.

This is the first day of my life
Swear I was born right in the doorway
I went out in the rain suddenly everything changed
They’re spreading blankets on the beach

Yours is the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met you
Now I don’t know where I am
I don’t know where I’ve been
But I know where I want to go

Remember the time you drove all night
Just to meet me in the morning
And I thought it was strange you said everything changed
You felt as if you’d just woke up
And you said “this is the first day of my life
I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you
But now I don’t care I could go anywhere with you
And I’d probably be happy”

Here is an album with great string versions of  modern songs – perfect for more traditional weddings – by Vitamin C.

Wisdom

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

-Dickens

Fabulous Footwear

Today I accompanied a friend to the Zappo’s/6 PM outlet store in Shepherdsville, KY. I was there for support alone, but I came home with the perfect wedding shoes! Part of the benefit of planning a wedding early is that … Continue reading

Typography, or What’s in a Font

So I have been spending some free hours downloading free fonts and trying my hand at mixing fonts for my wedding stationary suite. I decided that my favorite invitations on Pinterest involved dramatic typography. With some assistance from my sister … Continue reading