Sunday, January 26, 2014

Principessa Wedding Series: How To Make a Bridal Shower Umbrella!


Ciao lovelies!,

        In today’s wedding series post, I’m going to show you how to make a lovely bridal shower umbrella.  In case you missed the previous posts in this series, I’ve showed you how to make a handmade pretty wedding album, how to make treasure chest bridal shower favors, and how to make a gorgeous brooch flower bouquet.  I’m not sure if everyone makes these umbrellas, but it’s always been a tradition in my family.  My grandmother used to have a gorgeous one she’d made that was used for all the bridal showers in the family, but then that one got lost, so my mom and I decided to make a new one for my sister’s bridal shower this past summer.  It’s a cute decoration and now she has it to save for her daughter’s bridal showers in the future.  So, here’s what you’ll need and how to make you own (Of course, alter the decorations to fit your bridal shower theme and preferences.):

Supplies (All of which can be found at a craft store):

  •    Lace Umbrella
  • Ribbon (I used light pink satin for the center parts, white to hang the butterflies on, and a frilly pink on the edges)
  • Flowers (I used various pink, white, and yellow ones)
  • Tiny pearl beads and jewels
  • Sparkly Butterflies (&/Or any other pretty decorations that fit your theme)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

How-To Steps:

  1. Get all of your supplies ready and plan out how you want to decorate your umbrella.  There are tons of possibilities, so have fun!
  2. Start gluing on your various ribbons first.  You can follow the lines/folds of the umbrella with one color like I did.  Then add a different ribbon (a curly/frilly kind) along the edges.  You can also add a few hanging pieces on each edge to add a pretty butterfly or flower, etc..
  3. Add pearl beads, jewels, and flowers along with any other decorations you have.  It looks nice to add the flowers in a fun color pattern along the middle of two ribbon strips as well as in a circle around the center.  Any way you add flowers, they’re probably going to look pretty, so have fun with it. 
  4. Allow everything to dry for a while.  Do not close the umbrella…ever! It’ll mess up all the prettiness!  Tada, that’s’s pretty simple and a fun craft to do for a bridal shower.

Of course, I wanted to take a few pictures playing with the umbrella. Smile     



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Here’ what we did with it at the bridal shower.  We hung it above where my sister sat to open her gifts.


It also makes a fun prop for pictures with the bride-to-be and her bridesmaids. Don’t we all look cute?! Winking smile 


                                                                                                                                                   ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Principessa Wedding Series: How-To Make A Beautiful Handmade Wedding Album (Great Gift!)

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Ciao dears!,
        How beautiful is this wedding album I made as a gift for my sister!?  It’s pretty simple to make and is a cute gift idea for a bride to be.  Don’t forget to check out the other 2 posts in my wedding series: how to make treasure chest bridal shower favors and how to make a brooch bouquet.  Here’s how you make one.
  • A 12x12 Blank Album (white or ivory, preferably one with an opening for a photo on the front)
  • Lace (to go around the edges)
  • A Bunch of Synthetic Flowers
  • Pearl Beads
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Stickers (I used that Wedding one.) or any other decorations you’d like (I also used Butterflies).   
1.) Glue pearls around the frame/opening in the center.  This is a bit tedious because you have to glue one at a time and you might burn or glue a finger or two…but it’s worth it for the prettiness.      
2.) Glue the lace around the top, bottom, and outer side of the book.
3.) Cut the flowers off of their stems (if they have them) and begin to arrange them along the left side of your album without gluing yet.  Get them the way you like them and then glue them all in place.    
4.) Add any other decorations or stickers like the white butterflies I added or the “Wedding” sticker.        
Here’s the back of the book.  There’s nothing fancy on it because then it wouldn’t lay flat.                              
That’s all for now.  I’ll have a few more posts in this series soon.
                                                          ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Friday, January 24, 2014

Date Night Classy: Blue & White Lace Dress

Ciao dears!,
        I just realized how behind I actually am in my outfit posts… This one is from the middle of June…oops!  I’m trying though.  Next post, I should probably combine a few outfits.  But I’ll just share one for now, since I really like this one and have too many pictures I like (what else is new..I know..ha!).  I adore this dress.  I found it in a store called Arden B.  They have a bunch of cute stuff.  I always feel a bit more fancy than usual when I wear my hair in a bun.  That combined with the pretty laciness of this dress make the outfit classy and a bit fancy but not too much.
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And here’s me playing with my sister’s bridal shower umbrella…ha! I felt like Mary Poppins. (Tutorial on how to make one coming soon in my DIY wedding series!)
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Dress: Arden B, Shoes: Some shoe store in the Cherry Hill Mall (NJ), Necklace: Gift from a friend years ago, Belt: Random store downtown (Philadelphia), Earrings & Bracelet: Kohl’s 
♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Principessa Wedding Series: How-To Make a Gorgeous Brooch Bouquet!

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Ciao lovelies!

        I’m continuing the wedding series I started a while ago.  See the first post here where I show  you how to make treasure chest bridal shower favors.  This is probably my favorite craft/project I did for my sister’s wedding last summer.  You can see the bouquet along with my gorgeous sister above.  Wasn’t she a beautiful bride?!  Brooch bouquets, in case you didn’t know, are bouquets of a mix of both flowers (fake or real if you don’t want to keep it for a long time) and different brooches.  If you look up finished brooch bouquets to buy online or somewhere, they can cost hundreds of dollars, depending on how nice they are and what was used to make them.  The amount of work probably also factors into the cost.  It does take a few hours to make (not that bad to save that much $$) but it is so worth it!  I think it cost me about $100 to $120 in total including all the flowers, brooches, and all the supplies.  If you are a bridesmaid or maid of honor in a wedding, this would be a great gift to make for the bride to carry in her wedding.  Make sure you match the theme and colors of the wedding as well as the bride’s preferences.  I made this one along with my sister’s best friend as a gift for my sister.  I was the maid of honor and her best friend was the matron of honor in her wedding.  The first thing you need to do is buy and collect the supplies.  Here’s what you’ll need.  Of course, adjust everything depending on what your theme/colors are and what the bride (or yourself if you’re making your own) would want.  I found all of the craft supplies and flowers at craft stores like AC Moore or Michaels.  The brooches I suggest collecting among the bridesmaids and the bride’s and groom’s families.  It’s nice to include brooch’s that have some meaning or significance.  You can also find them reasonably priced at flea markets or online (I found some here:


  • An array of brooches (We used about 13 or so, use more or less depending on the size of your bouquet.)
  • Flowers matching your theme/colors (real or synthetic, I used synthetic so my sister could save the bouquet forever.  I used white, ivory, light pink, and champagne colored flowers.)
  • Stem Wire (20 gauge)
  • Large Beads (I used pearls.)
  • Wire tools (Needle Nose pliers and wire cutters, found in the jewelry making section of the craft store)
  • Scissors
  • Stem Wrap Tape
  • Pretty Satin (Ivory) Ribbon and a Sparkly Ribbon (to wrap the stem)
  • Strings of pearls (to decorate the stem)
  • Corsage Pins (with pearls for decoration and securing things)
  • Tulle (glittery!)
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks


1.) Get all of your supplies out and ready to be used.  Make sure you have enough of everything for your bouquet.








2.) Wire your brooches.  Depending on the size and weight of each brooch, you might need one or 2, maybe 3 pieces of wire for each.  Try to stick the wire though the bottom parts of the brooch and attach it an way you can, then twist the wire(s) together all the way to the bottom.  The brooch on the wire should be sturdy enough for you to hold it from the stem without drooping.  I also wired the large pearl beads. 



3.) Trim your flowers.  Make them your desired length, depending on your brooch stems.  Also, trim extra leaves as they will get in the way.  Leave a few if you wish.

4.) Start arranging your bouquet! Smile  This is the fun part.  (You may want to pre-arrange your whole bouquet just to see how you like it and where you want everything to go, without using the tape at first.) Start putting 4 or 5 flowers and brooches (and large pearl beads if you’re using those too) together then bind them with the floral tape, sealing the end with a bit of hot glue.  Keep adding more flowers and brooches and whatever other decoration you’d like, continuing to bind everything together with the floral tape and hot glue, until you have your complete bouquet the way you like it.  I took pictures of it from every angle because it turned out so pretty!



5.) Bunch up some tulle, arrange it in a way you think look pretty and hot glue it to the base of the flower bouquet.  I think you could also wrap it around an extra piece of wire and wrap that around and glue it aw well.


6.) Wrap your stem with the satin ribbon first, hot gluing it as you go along until you reach the bottom.  Then add a sparkly or other decorator ribbon on top of that one using the hot glue as well.  I also stuck a big pearl bead at the bottom using hot glue for added decoration.

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7.) Optional: Add the strings of pearls around the stem/base of your bouquet for extra prettiness, using the hot glue.   

Tada!  And then you have your very own, handmade, gorgeous brooch bouquet!














I found this video helpful:

as well as these 2 blog posts for extra tips: and 





                                                                                                                   ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella