Category Archives: DIY Projects

A Winter Bridal Shower

This past December, I hosted a bridal shower for my sister-in-law, Holly. (Yes, it’s taken me four months to write a post to share with you all, haha.)

This bridal shower was the first one I have ever planned, and will probably be one of the most memorable showers ever! It was an outdoor event, with 0% chance of rain expected until the day before the shower, when it increased to 10%. We woke up, and it was raining! Drizzling showers came and went all day, and pushed back our time to set everything up. A rainbow even came out and filled us with the hope that a downpour would miss us.


Hopeful that it wouldn’t rain, we set everything up and waited for the guests to come. Holly’s brothers, Gino (my husband) and Ryan, served as waiters and escorted the guests to the party, which was held in a dear friend’s beautiful backyard. The guests would arrive just before sundown, and we made luminaries to light the path.




The shower started at 5 pm, and almost exactly at that time, the heavens opened up. To be honest, I practically had a meltdown. Everyone raced inside and we tried to salvage as much as we could (but forget my cute hairstyle!).


After about 45 minutes, the rain had passed, and tablecloths were thrown into a dryer and everything was rearranged. It wasn’t the most stress-free event I’ve been a part of, but by far, I learned a lot about myself and others in this whole ordeal. The bride, Holly, was absolutely in love with everything- even when it was wet. My mom and the rest of our amazing family and friends helped put everything back together. I am blessed with some pretty incredible women in my life. Thank you to everyone who helped make it a magical evening, and the warmest congratulations and love to our bride.

See below for pictures of the event and some information on the things I DIY’ed.

Beverage Station: Sangria, Fruit-Infused Water, and Hot Chocolate!

We set up a Beverage Station which had Sangria, Fruit-infused Water and Hot Chocolate. I bought the coffee cups from Party City and decorated them with little gold hearts. I used tiny double-sided sticky foam mounting squares (from Michael’s) and attached little gold hearts that I punched from scrapbook paper with a heart-shaped hole punch. The hot chocolate was a life-saver after the rain since the temperature dropped. It was a lovely, cool night!


Holly loves all things girly and pink, so I decided to use a lot of gold glitter & pink wherever I could! I painted candlestick holders (from the dollar store), tea light holders & mason jars (from Walmart) with Mod-Podge and sprinkled gold glitter over and let dry. The “H &M” initials were bought from Michael’s and I used gold spray-paint to fancy them up a bit.

Cupcakes and Cookies

My mom made the sugar cookies for favors and the (delicious!!!!) cupcakes for dessert. For the cupcake toppers, she ordered little deer from Etsy and we painted them gold. We also used pink glitter scrapbook paper and that handy heart-shaped hole punch again! We glued a toothpick in between two pink glitter hearts for easy, cute cupcake toppers.

And our finishing touch was fresh flowers! We used pink roses and baby’s breath. It was romantic and sweet with the candlelit dinner, laughing and loving guests, and a beautiful Florida breeze in the air. It was a wonderful evening!


Letters and Games


Here is the beautiful bride, Holly!

yard tree

Since the bridal shower, the lovely bride has already tied the knot! Congratulations to my sister and brother: Mr. & Mrs. Del Villar.

The Newlyweds

Signature - Kaela

Plantation Shutter Revamp

Shutter Header

A few months ago, Paul and I had all of our windows tinted, including the little windows on either side of the front door called side-light windows. At the time, I had straw Roman shades up there which obviously had to come down, so I saw this as a perfect opportunity to change up my window treatments.

The Roman shades looked okay, but you could not open them up to let light in so I decided on some sort of a shutter. I started my search only to find that this is a very hard size to find which usually resulted in having something custom made, which also translates to mucho dinero. Being the “thrifty” gal that I am, I knew there had to be a cheaper route.

On one of my thrifting adventures I stopped into Habitat for Humanity ReStore. This place is a real hit or miss but the great thing is, that in the back of the store, they have home salvage items. After a little digging, Eureka, I found exactly what I needed, plantation shutters! I picked up this baby for only $20 bucks.


They were all attached when I bought them, but I got excited and disassembled them before I took a picture. I also decided to paint them black as you can tell by my test corner. I used Rust-Oleum Universal Paint and Primer In One spray paint in satin black. Spray paint is always the easiest way to paint shutters. After they were dry, I used a fine grit sandpaper and roughed them up a but on the edges to give it a slight distressed look.

Now I just needed to figure out how to put these things in the windows. Paul and I decided we needed to stack two of the shutters and attach them into one so we drilled holes in the bottom and top and used wood glue and dowels to hold them together. The shutters were 1/2 an inch too narrow, so we also cut a 1/2 inch wide strip of wood the same height as the inside of the window, and attached it using screws. The shutters already had the hinges on them so we just mounted the shutters straight into the frame. The shutters also had little brass clips that held them closed which we re-used and mounted to the top of the window frame.

Some schmancy new knobs and voila!

The entire project cost me $63.00.


Shutter B&A

I love how I can let light in during the day, but close them at night so all those peeping Tom’s don’t get a little show of me in my p.j’s. If you are looking to spruce up your side-light windows, be on the lookout for used plantation shutters. You will obviously have to improvise to make them fit your own window dimensions, but it is such an inexpensive alternative to custom window treatments.