Bridal Shower Gift Basket

I’ve got a bridal shower this weekend and I wanted to share the gift basket I made for my girlfriend Katie.


She didn’t have much on her registry so I had to get creative with the basket.   She had the wine glasses on her list, but I also included the champagne glasses.  From there I created a romantic bedroom basket.


We can’t forget the champagne and wine to go with the glasses.


I also grabbed a soft throw, candles, candle sticks, and a nightie from Marshall’s.


I always like to create something special for occasions like this so I made a monogrammed pillow with flower rosettes.


Then it was all about putting it all together in a basket I had on hand.  I just eye ball it, move things around until I see an arrangement I like.



Hopefully she loves it.  I really enjoyed making the rosettes and putting the pillow together so I promise to share a tutorial.


Where Has The Time Gone?

Well, that sure was an unexpected hiatus.  I don’t even know what really happened.  All of a sudden, BAM! It’s been three (seriously 3?!?) weeks since I last posted anything.  Although I’m shocked at my absence, I felt it was needed.  I’m a firm believer in living my life before writing, so if I take a break, whatevs.  I just hope I didn’t lose my readers in the process.

So I’ll share a recap of what’s been happening here at Lauria Land for the last three weeks.  First, my brother in law TJ flew in from Bahrain with his girlfriend Ashley.  They are both in the Navy and we haven’t seen my brother in law in over a year.  It was our first time meeting Ashley and let me tell you, she fit right in.  The Lauria’s are a rare breed.  I know, I married into the family, but still.  We had to warn my father in law especially to tone down his jokes.  Honestly though, he didn’t have to.  Ashley held her own and was able to take the jokes and just as quickly dish them out.  We absolutely adored her.


They spend two weeks here, and two weeks with her family in Tennessee.  She’s never bee to NYC so TJ wanted to show her around.  Unfortunately we had some really nasty weather those two weeks so they were only able to go into the city a couple of times.  They were mostly hanging around and cuddling with Meaty, who was so excited to see TJ again.


In other exciting news about them, when they left to Tennessee, TJ proposed!! It wasn’t a surprise to us, because that route was inevitable, but the timing was a surprise.  Either way, we are thrilled and can’t wait for her to be an official Lauria and join this crazy family.  We were sad to see them go, but happy that they are doing well.


And just yesterday, 5 days after the engagement, we get this news:


Yes, they got married!!! I’m a little bummed that we weren’t there to celebrate with them, but we are so happy.  I’m especially happy that I have another sister 🙂

Last week was my mid-winter break from school, and boy did I need it.  Hubs set up two nights away to Atlantic City, which was really fun.  Our first night we ran into my girlfriend Katie so we spent the night enjoying some drinks and lots of laughs.  Lots of laughs.


Our second day we went a little bar hopping to check out happy hour and have some fun in a photo booth.



That night we hit up a comedy club.  We usually go to the same comedy club at Tropicana.  Its always a good time there, but this night was different.


See what I mean?  It’s usually FULL of people and club goers.  I’ve never seen it this empty, so we enjoyed it for a little while.


The following day I went into the city with my mother in law and sister and law to watch the show Wicked.  Although it was a gloomy, rainy day and we took public transportation (two trains and a ferry) to get there, we had a great time.  We got there early so we headed over to a great Irish Pub across the street and had a great lunch.


The show was amazing!! I never really knew the story about the witches of OZ.  I also learned the story  behind The Lion, The Tin Man, and The Scarecrow.  I loved the story, the singing, the acting, the humor.  It was the first Broadway show I’ve been too, and it did not disappoint.  The theater itself was absolutely beautiful.


So that’s what’s been happening here at Lauria Land.  I’ve got a bridal shower this weekend so I’ll be sharing my gift as well as a how to.

Valentine’s Day Wreaths

I love Valentine’s Day.  It’s an excuse to use my favorite color when decorating our apartment: pink.  Usually I have seasonal wreaths, but this time I’m thinking of creating a Valentine’s Day wreath.  I’ve been stalking Pinterest for some inspiration and here are some of my favorites:


I love Katie Bower’s fabric flower wreath.  She has a great tutorial on making these flowers, which I will be using for another project I have.


I love that this wreath isn’t the in the traditional Valentine’s Day colors.  I am also IN. LOVE. with the pearl centers.  Definitely a doable for my wreath.


I really love this argyle inspired wreath.  I am also loving the two tone felt flowers.


I am IN. LOVE. with the texture in this wreath.  The combination of rustic and sweetness that this wreath brings out is just pure awesomeness.


There wasn’t a link to this last wreath, but I love that it is wrapped in burlap.  The flowers are adorable as well.

So there you have it.  My inspiration for my wreath.  Hopefully I can get started soon.  I’m planning on doing a combination of most of them.  Felt flowers, wreath wrapped in burlap, crisscross yarn.  It should come out pretty easily.  Anyone else making a Valentine’s wreath?  Maybe just a winter wreath?  Whose over all these snow storms in the north east?  I know I am.

wreath inspiration