and you must know i've been planning it for a while. would you expect any less of me? the hubs uses the word 'obsessing' but i find that really harsh and all too accurate. so let's just say planning. ok? ok.
i'll start with my inspiration for the whole shindig. these arrows.
totally cute, right? vintage-inspired arrows that were DIYed by danielle thompson + posted on her blog. i loved the concept and decided then + there that my own homemade arrows had to be made and shebang! a cowboy 'n indian theme was in the works.
so i eventually made my way to hobby lobby and started on a color story of my own....since i wanted to be able to re-use as many decorations/materials as possible [YES: STILL DUTCH], i thought back to the colors i had been picturing for hart's eventual big boy room. and from there i settled on mainly grays, blues, reds and some natural brown tones.
i also decided pretty early on to scrap the extra fuss of using washi tape + fabric for the arrow-making, and instead settled on paint alone. its cheap, its easy, its forgiving.
and here's how they turned out!
the secret [shhh!] is that i really only finished two of the arrows. in the end, i decided that i really loved the look of the arrows shooting up out of vases and that to clutter up the ends with feathers + felt wouldn't have worked as well. plus, it saved time.
and those pebble-y vase fillers? [free] navy beans from the pantry.
i used painter's tape for the stripes which worked beautifully, especially when the tape was pressed down really well [you can see some of the stripes have a little imperfection which probably bothers only me]. i wanted a mixture of colors + striping effects so i painted some of the arrows solid grey or white first, then started in with the stripes using two shades of blue, as well as bright red, dark red + grey. the ends are actually eraser tips in blue, light grey + teal.
the teal was a happy accident. i LOVE the contrast of the teal with the grey, blue, red + white color scheme. www.love.org.
here they are in action the morning of the party. can you see how they became my jumping-off point for everything else? i'm so happy with the vintage-athletic vibe of all the various stripes.
after making up these ten arrows, using ten dowels from a pack, i still had five eraser ends left over. they happened to be bright green + purple....but like the third arrowhead from the left, i just painted them! presto change-o, grey + blue arrowheads.
then i bought five long dowels, painted 'em up and i instantly had an arrangement by my sink that only cost $3 more [the long dowels were $.59 each].
and quiver me timbers! doesn't that vase look like an arrow quiver?! uh huh. that's exactly what i thought.
after i looked up the word quiver, which my parents taught me this weekend.
i thought the tomatoes were a fun addition too. natural decor is the best! so sayeth mr. berkus, anyway.
as i chose my paint + felt colors for the arrows, i also picked out paper colors to use for various decorations around the house. first up: a paper banner for the fireplace.
i really wanted an eclectic yet complimentary mixture of patterns, for that modern country feel. so from the hordes of hobblobb paper options, i chose deep blue with stars, solid dark red, blue + red gingham, red polka-dot, and a faded denim looking pattern. oh! and of course that siouxper cool paper in the middle [did i really just say SIOUXper?! worst pun ever?]....the painted looking tan sheet. the blue, red and black 'brushstrokes' added that perfect native american feel.
once that was accomplished, i started using scraps of leftover paper for other projects. next up on stage? a modern pair of silhouettes....some teeny tiny arrow toppers....and some sail-like scraps for the chandy. stay tuned!