Sneak peek - A fall wedding in Central Park

To say that I have been busy these past few months is an understatement. It's been almost 7 months since I attended Making Things Happen (blog post to come on what I've been up to...) and since then I've been working nonstop! Summer has come and gone with barely any tan lines to show for it, and I've spent more time listening to podcasts than talking to friends.

But its moments like this past weekend that make it all worth it. I had the honor of making decorations and creating all of the flower arrangements for my friends Beth and Blake - two great people who are perfect for each other, and had the perfect fall wedding on the roof of a building in Central Park. Their wedding would've been beautiful without my decorations - but I am so happy I had a chance to contribute to the day.

Here are some photos from the wedding that I took showing some of the details I made including the wax paper leaf garlands that hung inside the tent, hand painted bar menu, fringe tissue tassel drink stirrers, and some of the flower arrangements I put together using bottles I've collected over the past few years.

Once the professional photos are done I will be sure to share those!

wax paper leaf garlands by Sparkle Motion Decor; Central Park wedding

Hand painted bar menu and fringe drink stirrers by Sparkle Motion Decor

Flower arrangements and fringe drink stirrers by Sparkle Motion Decor

Flower arrangements and hand painted bowl by Sparkle Motion Decor

Fringe drink stirrer by Sparkle Motion DecorMarket lights with wax paper leaf garlands by Sparkle Motion Decor

Prime time DIY - scribble scrabble heart garland

With all the amazing Valentine's Day DIY tutorials I've been seeing online, I've been feeling pretty inspired to make something...but not inspired enough to go crazy and turn my living room wall into a fringe heart photobooth backdrop. More like inspired enough to make something that doesn't require me to buy anything new...and can be made during a night of watching mindless prime time TV. So this past week I grabbed a roll of parchment paper, a pair of scissors, some colored pencils, a sewing needle and string, and turned on the TV to watch the reality show disaster known as The Bachelor (my favorite show to hate-watch).

After two hours and a rose ceremony, here is what I came up with......

Valentines Day DIY - Scribble Scrabble Heart Garland

This garland is easy to make, scalable (can make a little one or a super long one), and you can decorate it any way you want! I used colored pencils and some gold glitter but you could use a regular pencil or Sharpie to draw dots or stripes, and it would look equally awesome.

Anyway if you want to make one here's what you do...

DIY heart garland step 1 - create a heart tracer

Using the "folded paper in half/draw half a heart" technique you learned in first grade, make a heart that is about 1.5"-2" wide and tall to use as your tracer. I used a piece of scrap paper to make mine but you can use parchment paper.

Step 2 - Scribble - paper heart garland DIY

Take a piece of parchment paper that's about 2 feet long and scribble all over half of your paper with colored pencil, Sharpie markers, crayons, or regular old pencil. Leave the other half of the paper blank.

Step 3 - Cut out your hearts - DIY paper heart garland

Trace your hearts and cut them out. I suggest cutting out 17-2o hearts (I used 17 for my garland). Half of the hearts I cut out were white and the other half were scribble scrabble hearts. That way I could alternate white and red hearts in my garland!

Step 4 - Sew hearts together - DIY Paper heart garland

Sew two hearts together at the top corners of the heart and make a double stitch and double knot your stitch before cutting the string. I made sure all my scribble hearts were sewn on top of the white ones for consistency.

Step 5 - Add strings to end - DIY paper heart garland

After you are done sewing all your hearts together, add 8-12 inches of string on each end (attach using same double stitch technique from Step 4). I added string so that my garland was longer and it gave me more flexibility with hanging it.

Step 6 - embellish your hearts - paper heart garland DIY

This last step is optional. I decided to add some sparkle to my heart. Using Mod Podge glue and superfine gold glitter, I painted some glue dots on the white hearts, painted some scribble lines on the red hearts, and sprinkled gold glitter on them. If you do add glitter with glue, make sure you sprinkle the glitter soon after you apply the glue before the glue dries!

There are a few nights left of good prime time TV to make paper heart garlands before Valentine's Day so if you decide to make one please share your photos!!! I'd love to see how they turn out! You can share them by posting to my Facebook page, by emailing your picture to, tweeting your photo to @SparkleMoDecor, or pinning your  photo with #SparkleMotionDecor in the caption.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day and is able to find some time to do something or spend time with someone you love!



Happy 2013 everyone!!!! Last night my husband Jeff and I celebrated New Year's for the first time as a married couple....and for the first time in New York City (even though we have lived here for 3+ years). We went to a party at my friend Spring and her roommate Alecia's lovely apartment. Spring and Alecia prepared a bunch of delicious food and I provided some decorations, including a little photo wall backdrop and props, some garlands, and a centerpiece (that went on top of the tv console) made out of beer bottles with gold glitter, some sticks and tissue paper.

Anyway I took a bunch of photos last night and here are some highlights...