The Anderson Collection Candy Shoppe

another wedding craft i took on was our favors.  i loved the way a candy bar could incorporate your colors, some extra dessert options, and was just plain fun, so i decided early on to go with that.

several trips to tj maxx, ross dress for less, marshall’s, and target later (all over maybe a six-month period), i had a formidable glass canister/vase collection taking up space in our guest room.  some with lids, some without, different heights and volume sizes, to create as much of a visually pleasing tablescape as i could.

i am kicking myself now for not taking more in-progress pictures, but you would be surprised a. how slippery glass vases are when you are attempting to wrap them with ribbon, b. just how many hot glue spider web strings one person can create, and c. your inability to take pictures if you aren’t there during setup.

but hey, i have one picture of the final table, at least!:

step by step the process involved:

1. buying all the glass

2. ordering the candy…i used and wayyyy over-ordered – want some sixlets?  i have about 5 lbs of them!  after extensive research and comparison, plus just simple searching for stuff in my color scheme, i found this site to be the best deal and have the most diverse offerings.

3. ordering treat bags and monogram stickers…i got the treat bags (just simple silver paper sacks) from, and we picked up some “A” stickers to close the bags with at Michael’s.

4. i wrapped each vase first with wide gray ribbon and hot glued it straight to the glass at the back, tucking the ends for a more finished look, then repeated with a slightly slimmer white ribbon.  using some textured yellow scrapbook paper, i created the little label medallions, cut them out, and hot glued them to the ribbon.

5. to make some risers (not so visible in this image, except just to the right of the sign) i simply took some super sturdy shoe boxes and wrapped them with silver dotted wrapping paper.

6. i googled for some old-fashionedy signage, and tweaked it a bit to paint our Candy Shoppe sign – a basic canvas from Michael’s, it just says “The Anderson Collection” “The Candy Shoppe” & “Sweets from Us to You.”  not perfect, but what is?

7. the table runners were a collaboration between me and my mother-in-law and her cousin, just raw fabric “hemmed” with stitch witchery.  the fabric was bought in bulk from JoAnn’s website – we had runners on every table!

8. fill the jars!  this was apparently done by my brother-in-law and some of the guys’ cousins, per my rather detailed directions.  i tried to spread the various colors around the table so we didn’t have all gray then all yellow, or vice-versa.  we ended up having: mango gummy bears, hershey’s kisses, white mints, yellow & silver sixlets, rum&butter candy sticks, licorice candy sticks, little yellow lollipops, and lemon sours.

9. eat the candy!  (which we are still doing, to this day…)

10. debrief (all by myself to the imaginary team of people in my head that are fighting each other to hear my opinion): next time (next party, not next wedding), remember: people don’t like licorice or rum&butter candy sticks (super unpopular), mints weren’t that great of a hit either, and however many sixlets you think you need, cut that amount in half.  and buy more chocolate hershey’s kisses, those were gone before we knew it!

and just as a cursory note, none of these stores have ever heard of me, except to fill my ginormous orders.  all store usage came after extensive research, review-reading, price comparison, and quality testing.

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New Find

having a notthebest week emotionally (more on that later), so i of course turned to retail therapy, as one does.

through a blog connecting to a blog connecting to the store (am i the only one that finds new things this way?) i found a new retail outlet for myself and a potentially dangerous one at that:


my outfit from there for today would be:

Batwing-sleeve Yellow T-shirt

Batwing Sleeve Yellow T-Shirt


Stretchy Black Harem Pants

Stretchy Black Harem Pants (i would be looked at like a crizazy person in memphis for wearing these but whatever. hammer time!)


Retro Bohemian National Scarf

Retro Bohemian National Scarf


Point Rivets Black Flat Shoes

Point Rivets Black Flat Shoes


Chic Style Black Bat Bag

Chic Style Black Bat Bag


Copper Rivet Earrings

Copper Rivet Earrings


My Usual Arm Party

My Usual Arm Party - J Crew white enamel bangle, Kate Spade bridesmaid bangle, Michael Kors ginormous gold watch, and my wedding trio

and in case you’re wondering, this company has never heard of me.  in fact, i’ve barely heard of them!  this is more so when i think back to hey what was that one really cool brand i found online with free shipping crap crap crap who was that?? i have a record.

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Oh My Cheeeeeeeeese

just ordered these through the Foundary for the house with the last bit of wedding money we received.  we got four of them for our dining table….i have wanted these for.EV.errrrr!  so excited!

and how cute will they look next to our new buffet (scored at our West Elm outlet here in Memphis last weekend – i’m in total loooove):

Detailed View

we are working on a new mid-century modern and also just plain bootiful aesthetic for our house – makes me feel like a grown-up!

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His Corner

this is the corner where my husband lives when he is home.

he takes the ampersand pillow and the anniversary date pillow (both wedding gifts, Crate & Barrel and ihavenoideawhere respectively) and stacks them on the large gray pillow, so he can fully lounge back and have ample neck support.  he is always hot, so he patently ignores the Lacoste citron blanket (another gift!  this time Macy’s.)

you don’t even wanna see my corner – i have the chaise lounge end and it has served as desk, craft table, bed, snack spot, and many other incarnations since this couch came into our lives a few months ago.

i have to say, i am a total, 100%, unapologetic sectional convert.

if you’re interested in seeing the couch in full, click here.

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A Big Reveal

so remember in that post i wrote oh, i don’t know, almost a year ago me telling you cryptically that i was punching a quadrillion circles for a wedding project?  and i was all teasing and like whoooo wait til you see this?!  and then never showed it to you, because i’m awesome like that?

let’s go ahead and rectify that situation.

this project was absolutely, without a doubt, the most time-intensive and potentially dumb undertaking i…undertook for the wedding.  it all started when i walked by a window of anthropologie, that perma-creative, uber-put together store that we all love.

i saw something handmade, something similar to this:

Wall Waterfall Paper Circles

and i thought dang, man, i could totally make that!  how hard could that be?  (answer: harder than wistfully dreamt.)  when the question came up of what on earth i would do with such a hanging, i realized that our ceremony space, however beautifully lit and wood floored and white walled it was, had nothing in it to designate an “altar” area since it was not so much a church as it was a ballroom.  so my idea of an altar-defining “wall waterfall” came into being.

after some cell phone snaps of the anthro arrangement, i set out to buy supplies: yards and yards of fishing wire and card stock. it was more difficult than i thought to find bulk yellow card stock, so instead of going the colored paper route i went all-white.  i figured in the dimmed lighting against a white wall, it would look nice and shimmery, adding dimension to an otherwise blank space.

as i mentioned previously, i punched the circles using a standard scrapbooking punch.  i probably punched a total of approximately 5,000 – 8,000 circles (i lost count), storing them in gallon ziplocks as i went.

the next step was assisted by my loving fiance, who donned latex gloves (for better needle-gripping skillz) and sat in the corner of our couch threading hundreds of circles onto pre-measured lengths of fishing wire (9’4″, to be exact) while watching “the walking dead”.  he used a standard sewing needle and would thread “a bunch” (technical measurement, here) on to a thread and then pass me the line.

from there i tied each line onto a regular old 3′ dowel from Michael’s, positioned one circle at the top of the line, and added a dot of hot glue to the thread/circle on the bottom of each circle.  i went down the line, spacing the circles each about 1.5″ apart.  dot dot dot, glue web threads everywhere, new stick of glue, dot dot dot, dot dot dot, that was how my nights went for quite a while.  i watched a lot of “gossip girl” during the work.

we decided to make the hanging 9′ x 9′, and with each 3′ dowel requiring 17 strings of circles, you can imagine the time involved.  finally, all the threads were hung by the guest windows with care, and pete and i set to untangling fishing wire.  if you ever wonder if you are going blind, try untangling fishing wire and you will know for sure, “hey, self, i am TOTALLY BLIND.”  once each line was separated, pete created an elaborate system of paper tubes, one per strand, to house each strand and prevent it from re-tangling with its brethren en route to the wedding venue.

a quick spray paint of the dowels, some drilling work, and about 1.5 hours of re-hanging later, it was installed at the venue:

of course, i had to dramatically and wistfully pose with my hours and hours of work, as it was up for one evening only and then into the trash it went.  it turned out beautifully and i loved how it looked behind our minister – i can’t wait to see the professional pictures of it (picture above via instagram via our reader, lauren!)!  here are some more uses of it:

creepy wellesley grouping…

beautiful new facebook profile pictures…

attempts to hide…

backdrops for cousin portraits…

sister cuteness…

and just genuine awesomeness.

i kind of wanted to bring it home for decoration in the house somewhere (after probably 40 hours of work, you would, too!), but it was deemed just too too much to repackage it, re-transport it, and re-hang it.  wah wahhhhhhh.  oh well, now i can say i’ve done it once at least, so take that, anthropologie!

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I’m In a Booth!

i’m in a booth, mother-effers, i’m in a booth!

ok that was pretty lame, roger that.

without further ado, some of the highlights from our photo booth extravaganza at the wedding – best investment everrrrr, can we say permanent blackmail?

me with my maid of honor, jenn, my best friend since fifth grade!

bridesmaids, reader, friend, and bride – but all wonderful beautiful people who traveled in from california, kansas city, D.C., TURKEY!!, and all the way from nashville!

i know i love oversized sunglasses but dang.

my husband can sure rock a set of bunny ears.

 and drumroll please, this is hands DOWN our favorite of the evening, we die of giggles every time we see it even though we know what’s coming……..

my mother-in-law with her cousin, and again, and again, and then BOOM UNCLE AL IN A SOMBRERO!  ole!

suffice it to say, i wish we had a photo booth in our house.  actually, that’s not a bad idea…how much do you think one runs?  ebay, here i come….


one of the biggest challenges when decorating a large event space is to decorate proportionally.  you don’t want a dinky little vase on each table in a room with 12′ ceilings, it gets swallowed up!

to bring my space into better harmony (who knows if i succeeded, this was just my goal) i decided to use what i called “chandeliers”  suspended from our ceilings to draw the eye down and create visual contrast against the dark ceilings and exposed brick walls.

so i first began with an armful of these – color me looking like a crazy crocheting addict wandering around michael’s with all of these hoops, i literally was asked what on earth i was doing with them all by one curious fellow-crafter:

[photo source]

take those plus spray paint, fishing wire, and a multitude of different supplies (handmade tissue paper poufs, chinese lanterns, other miscellaneous decorative shapes), and you get these:


as seen from below, pictured by friends nick and lauren via instagram (let’s face it, i’m not going to apologize for instagram pictures, i love em!).

from the side, they hung down about yea far:

oh hey, bridesmaids!  kate and katherine started working the room pretty early in the evening….or day (photo by lauren, again – good work, lady!).

my maid of honor and i put a TON LOAD ASS LOAD TRUCK LOAD of time into these tissue paper poufs and then resulting chandeliers – my couch was slowly consumed by tissue paper that i’m pretty sure bred behind my back.  but it was worth it, once my amazing (seriously, amazing, lemme know if you want a hook up!) day-of coordinator jonathan had them hung and pete’s aunt cricket followed after, re-fluffing.

i would estimate that each chandelier involved the following costs:

– tissue paper               $5.00
– chinese lanterns       $5.00
– accordion shapes    $5.00
– fishing wire                $0.50
– knitting hoop            $3.00

    TOTAL                        $18.50/each

plus about an hour of labor on each one, approximately.  this is all a rough estimate, though!

they were such a whimsical way to set the tone of the evening immediately – pretty, fun, in our colors, and handmade.  and there you have the end-result of one project, and you got a peek at our cake in the process!

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Back On

i know i do this all the time.  disappear for months (this time i had the ohmygodi’mplanningawedding excuse, at least) and then reappear like wahoo!  welcome me back!  and then post post post and wait where did i go?  and then you wait.

well, i’m back this time.  cross your fingers and hope – if you do – for good.

i want to share everything about the wedding, mostly so i don’t forget all of the labor and love i put into every aspect, but i’ll spread that out for you.  i want to share everything about our honeymoon, even though it probably isn’t all that exciting for anyone but us.

in the meantime, let’s get caught up:

we got a new baby!  her name is finnigan elizabeth patsy anderson.  to honor our dear, sweet, departed patsy the catsy (who passed away at the ripe old age of 15 just after thanksgiving and will be forever missed), we included her in the honorable tradition of giving our pets four names.  i made the mistake of volunteering with memphis animal services on a mobile adoption event, and guess who came home with me?  she was the victim of a home ear crop job (think: scissors + sweet floppy puppy ears) but is recovered and sweet, happy and light and full of 6-month-old energy.  we love her.

we got married!  we are done with the wedding, done with the pouf making, done with the hyper-over-organizing, DONE!

we went on a honeymoon to austin, tx!  here we are, all excited, before what turned out to be our least-favorite meal of the trip.  oh well, c’est la vie.

our boys continue to be rockstars of the bowtie-wearing variety.  dapper little fellows, no?

still living the life on a small lake in memphis.  the rev is still a firefighter/paramedic, i’m still an office worker bee, and i’m still obsessed with starbucks and nail polish and shopping and sleeping.

let’s do this!!

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And So It Begins

the start of wedding DIY projects has commenced!  we are trying to keep wedding costs as low as possible by doing a lot of the decor ourselves – and also i might be a bit of a control freak? so maybe i am doing this so it looks as perfect as i want it to?  that couldn’t be it….anyway!  this is the beginning of what will likely turn out to be my most time-intensive project of them all.  the supplies are a 2″ circle paper punch, white card stock, and some sharp crafting scissors:

did i mention white card stock?  like maybe 600 sheets…you know, plus/minus:

and GO!  punch 5 times down one side of the card stock…

then turn the paper and punch five more times down the other side. start to feel the burn, mostly in the bicep area.  hope that this is all the workout you will need to do to prepare for a strapless wedding dress.

cut one of the strips of punched paper off, as closely as you can to the circles, comme ca:

punch five more circles down the new edge:

squeeze in four more punches in the remainder of the paper.  the circles don’t need to be perfect, because there will ultimately be about 11,000 of them (no, i’m not joking), so no one will be looking at each individual circle to judge your imperfections.

annnnnd, repeat. repeat. repeat. repeat.  until you think that you might be punching circles for the rest of your livelong days.  (i might be punching circles for the rest of my livelong days…)

enlist help.  they don’t do much, but they look eager to assist:

watch episode after episode of late night with jimmy fallon on hulu plus, then switch to streaming mad men season 3 on netflix.  regret the time you spent watching “little black book” starring the late, great brittany murphy.i’ll let you know what the next stage is when i get there – in approximately 4 months.  and before you ask, yes this was completely my idea, pete has nothing to do with it, and i have high hopes for the drama it will add to the ceremony.  also, our local anthropologie totally stole my idea from my head and used it in this month’s window display – just remember, it was all me first!

A to Z Refresher

it’s been a while, as i’ve said, so i thought i’d briefly reintroduce myself to the world wide web with this little A to Z i found on another blog – enjoy!

A. Age: 26, quickly rounding the bend to 27…
B. Bed Size: queen but with a king size comforter, 2 50-lb dogs pinning down the middle was leaving us with little scraps of fabric with the queen comforter.

C. Chore that you hate: changing the cat litter and doing the dishes. i also feel like laundry has a way of mushrooming away from me – i suspect that they breed like rabbits when i turn my back.
D. Dogs: Gibson Wainwright Prescott Anderson and Oliver Bernard Harrison Anderson.  they are the loves of our lives, and i have never made a better decision than choosing to adopt a shelter dog – twice.

E. Essential start to your day: eyeliner. i don’t feel ready til i’ve got it on.
F. Favorite Color: i like a lot of colors, but am partial to yellow, gray, green, and black.  for clothes, if i could dress in black every day with jeans, i’d be happy.
G. Gold or Silver: i used to say absolutely definitively only silver silver silver, and my wedding rings are white gold, but i’ve started wearing more and more gold and gold/silver blends.

”]H. Height: 5’7″ – put my new fav Aldo wedges on and i’m a solid 5’11” and love it.
I. Instruments you play: i learned the violin when i was in 4th grade but had to give it up. learned the piano when i was even younger than that and have lost that talent as well.  so the answer is: nothing.
J. Job Title: Administrative Assistant.  someday i will not be an assistant – someday.
K. Kids: none yet, and we’re going to go ahead and just roll with the punches on that front!
L. Live: Memphis, the Bluff City.  can’t believe i’ve been here almost three years!

M. Mother’s Name: Sarah
N. Nicknames: so many.  my dad calls me Diddle (i don’t know why, just one of those childhood nicknames), Kate, Kat, and then from pete: Smallz, Smallzbee, Smallzbee Jones, Dill, Dill Baby, Dill Baby Face, Sweetness…the list continues.
O. Overnight hospital stays: none yet unless you count getting to sleep at health services in college the night i got my wisdom teeth removed!
P. Pet peeve: chipped nails.
Q. Quote from a movie: “Cher, what do you have on?”  “A dress, daddy!”  “Says who?”  “Calvin Klein!”
R. Right or left handed: righty
S. Siblings: two, kristin (25) and ally (23 – i think?), i’m the oldest and clearly the best.

T. Time you wake up: 6:00 or 6:30 during the week, and AS LATE AS POSSIBLE on the weekends.  i can sleep for insane amounts of time.
U. Underwear: do i wear it?  yes.  what brand?  i really like aerie.
V. Vegetable you hate: mushrooms, eggplant
W. What makes you run late: sleepiness and trying to decide what to wear.  true confessions time: i used to write down, every single day of high school, what top, bottom, and shoes i wore to make sure i kept it varied.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: lungs (for pneumonia check – negative), teeth
Y. Yummy food that you make: pico de gallo & guacamole, nachos, anything baked.
Z. Zoo Animal: love the big cats.  love ’em!