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Easter Styled Tablescape

E A S T E R T A B L E S C A P E

While we are on fourth week of covid-19 quarantine, and just found the kids won’t be going back to finish out the school year, we needed some projects to keep us engaged and motivated. I was inspired and encouraged by my Chippy White Table friends to create new content with an Easter Tablescape. So I set out around my house and studio to find some props for our Easter look.

In the studio, I found VKD pattern plexiglass placemats I had custom made for a styled wedding at Center City Print last year and bleached, dried ferns from Matterns Floral for this years styled wedding event, Everhart In Love, at the Everhart Museum (I have a million photos from that and will post when I narrow down which ones to post).

And from the house I gathered up vases, linens, flatware, glassware, my favorite dish ware that was a gift from another designer friend, throw blanket and throw pillows. To engage my kids in the fun I hardboiled some eggs that we dyed and added some hand-drawn patterns with markers (only one egg got dropped and smashed in the process!) I also downloaded some adorable Spring/Easter theme cut-out activities from MerMag that I highly recommend. I’m happy to report that those projects inspired the kids to create their own imagination projects. Such as a bunny pinata (pictures below) from a cardboard box we painted and filled with homemade confetti and left over Valentine school candy. They are now working on a mini theater box with their own story boards and hand puppets!

I hope you are all doing well and invite you to create your own tablescapes and projects. Tag @ValerieKiserDesign and @ChippyWhiteTable so we can see what you are making and styling in your home.

Much Love, Valerie


Kids Easter Projects

We had some fun creating some DIY projects like our bunny piñata and inspired projects we downloaded from MerMag. Here is what we did over the past week to have some Easter fun.

DIY Bunny Pinata!



Downloadable Paper Art

Print MerMag Paper Art Here!

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Christmas in July!


It’s Christmas in July! So to celebrate on July 25th it’s 25% off select VKD Christmas and Classic Staple favs! Get a jump start on your holiday gifting with these limited gems! So set your alarm and get ready to stock your Santa bag!

Sneak peek at what will be available during the one day only sale…

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Modern Black & White Styled Wedding

Valerie Kiser Design styled a First Friday Pop-Up Wedding on May 3 at the Electric City Bakehouse in Downtown Scranton. The design inspiration was fresh, fun, modern, alternative, minimalist, black and white, pattern lovely, spring green, handcrafted, boutique, micro-wedding with custom VKD stylized wedding attire and decor!  

We were thrilled to have curated and collaborated with 20+ other creative, community business partners to create a stylish, unique, all inclusive WEDDING for one lucky couple. That’s right, 100% covered…the Venue, Attire, Decor, Photographer, Food, Glam, Officiant, Favors, Style and Convenience! đź–¤

Couples were invited to submitted their love story and one couple was chosen to be married in just three short weeks!

SARAH + MICHAEL, along with 18 of their closest friends and family joined us at the Bakehouse for a magical wedding event. I am super excited to share the following images I took from that day. More images to come of the whole wedding day experience by Amanda Krieg Photography.

SARAH+MICHAEL DREAM TEAM: đź–¤đźŚż
Design/Art Direction: @ValerieKiserDesign and EunJin Newkirk from @NewKirkHoney 
Venue/Cake: @ElectricCityBakehouse
Photography: @AmandaKrieg_Photography
Glam Squad: @LavishBodyHome
Floral Bouquet: @MatternsFloral
Greens: @thegirlwhoplayedwithplants_ 
Rentals/China/Lounge: @ChippyWhiteTable @valeriekiserdesign
Bridal Attire: @shopgoldencoast @ValerieKiserDesign @the_blushing_bridal_boutique
Mens Attire: @tuxedobysarno 
Catering: @TheWanderingHenCafe, @JacksDraftHouse, @AugustCoffee, @BarPazzo, @the16thward, @mansoursmarket, @NibblesandBits570
Calligraphy: @StoneFawxStudios
Wedding Illustration: @SeladorDesign
Wine Pour and Favor:  @ Maiolatessiwinecellars
Favors: @AlchemyHomeCompany, @NewkirkHoney, @tigandcooneys, @ValerieKiserDesign
Printing: @centercityprint, @steamtownblueprint
Officiant: Bob Solfanelli

Food Styling: Michelle Cadden from Electric City Bakehouse and Chef James Bolus from Wandering Hen


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Love is free, spread it everywhere.

Love is…
FREE
spread
it
everywhere!

Spread that love under a windshield, in a pocket, purse, briefcase, lunch box or book bag, stuff it under a pillow, prop it up on a night stand, inside the medicine cabinet or kitchen utensil drawer, just anywhere and everywhere. Free VKD downloads available until Feb 28!

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VKD Fashion shoot with Lavish Body+Home

I had the absolute privilege of shooting my Fall/Winter Collection with the most talented, gracious, funny and gorgeous staff at Lavish Body+Home. These ladies and gents were so gracious, and were nothing but enthusiastic and oozing with style, direction for each shot. Here are some fun behind the scenes, some of my favorite captures. It was real hard not to over post!  xo, V.

Get ready for the cool…






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ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2nd BIRTHDAY PARTY


So, how do you throw an Alice in Wonderland Party? Well, I’m finally posting details and free art downloads from Liv’s second birthday. It only took me 4 months after the fact but better late than never!

Xo, Valerie

How do you find inspiration for a party and keep it simple?

Sometimes it just lands in your lap! Liv’s 2nd birthday Alice in Wonderland party was inspired after seeing this super sweet, handmade Alice dress. I saw it on @elsielarson’s Instagram page of her daughter wearing the dress in a post. Thankfully she tagged the designer, @LittleFofinha, because in seconds I found her Etsy shop and had one made for Liv.  That sparked the beginning of the party planning process…

After that I did what most of us do and searched Pinterest for some more juicy images. While finding some helpful ideas I wanted to watch the movie again after probably three decades. I watched it with Axel and Liv (she lasted two minutes) but we loved Alice, the rabbit and tea party, Axel really loved the Treshire Cat, I was really into the the Queen of Hearts and her playing cards.  Pulling from those things I knew I wanted to do a banner of sorts, with some other simple props. 

Backdrops can be your best friends!

For decor I knew I wanted to have a fun, graphic on the wall to become a backdrop for the party. Backdrops are my best friends when it comes to decorating because they give you the most bang for your buck (and efforts). Once you have that backdrop everything else is just bonus. So for my backdrop I chose the playing cards were perfect because of their rectangle shape, color and recognizable, simple, bold emblems. Also, knowing I could easily print them out in the studio on 8.5×11 paper and taped (with white artist tape) to any surface in our dining room was really appealing. Especially for easy install and clean up. In this case, I tapped the sheets of “cards” to the wall and table in rows with the tape and that worked really well.

Customize and personalize to create special keepsakes!

Making the playing cards was so much fun I couldn’t resist doing a custom “Queen of Hearts” Liv card and banner. She got such a kick out of seeing it for the first time. She actually thought that is was her brother however, she finally did accepted that it was herself. Now the banner hangs over her bed and she thinks it’s so funny.

Let them eat cake! 

I will never forget that smile on Liv’s face when we lit up the 2 candles and set her birthday cake in front of her. She squealed, pointed, giggled and clapped. Probably had us sing Happy Birthday to her at least 10 times! Cake by my girl, Michelle at Electric City Bakehouse and it was an insanely gorgeous, delicious piece of edible art. Also, have to mention that Michelle made her a special coconut cream frosting because of a dairy sensitivity and no one knew it wasn’t “regular” butter cream.

All in all, Liv had great time at her little tea party. It was fun and low key day with just family. We hosted both sets of grandparents and since the party fell on Mother’s Day it was extra special for all of us.

Liv and her brother play with the tea set, from Green Toys, serving coffee and tea almost on the daily. 

I will never forget that smile on Liv’s face…she squealed, pointed, giggled and clapped.

What are the Party Details?

CAKE

Electric City Bakehouse  

DECOR

  • Flowers – red roses, irish moss, and blue hydrangeas – Wegmans Grocery
  • Vases  – black and white stripe metal popcorn containers – Pottery Barn Kids
  • Wall Paper Backdrop – VKD custom playing card paper print out
  • Garland – custom DIY paper print outs, stain ribbon
  • Buffet Runner – VKD X Handprinted Table Runner

TABLESCAPE

  • Table Runner  – VKD custom playing card paper print out
  • China – vintage black and white dish ware
  • Tea Set – Green Toys

FASHION

Downloads:

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Electric City Pillow

Black and White Electric City Pillow

VKD stylized drawing of the iconic, Scranton Electric City sign has been woven into a gorgeous heirloom textile, made from USA grown cotton, then spun and woven by skilled craftsman in North Carolina. And it all happened with a little help from my friend, Sarah, who believed my designs would translate beautifully into a woven piece of functional art and walked me through the process. It’s made from luxurious cotton that’s grown, spun and woven by highly skilled craftspeople in the Carolina’s. I’m proud that I can still produce high quality products like this especially in the USA and at a time when everything seems to be disposable and less sacred. Being able to make things like this keeps the fire lit within me to find and fight for better…to design and live a simple, quality life.

Details:
Black and Natural White Cotton
18 x 18
Zipper enclosure
Poly pillow insert

Made in USA

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DIY Super Kid Cape

My almost 3 year old son recently started to role play super heroes and bad guys. He even has a special “bad guy” voice he uses when playing the role (which is hysterical). I wanted to allow him to take his creativity to the next level. So I planned a DIY project to make our own super hero/villain capes. He had a great time and loves flying around the house while pretending to save the day or sprinkling the darkness around, haha. We used old t-shirts to make our capes and the following directions can help you create your own.

DIY Super Kid Cape
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What you will need:

Old t-shirt
fabric scissors and/or paper scissors
water-based fabric paint/ink
contact paper
masking, painters or artist tape
paint brushes
hair dryer
clothes iron
sharpie marker
vinyl sticker letters and numbers
drop cloth
yardstick or ruler
flat work space

Start out by prepping your work area with plastic, canvas or old bed sheet.

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Turn t-shirt inside out if it has text or design and smooth down on your work surface. Then cut up the front center to the seam of collar.

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Cut around the collar to the shoulder seams.

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Flip t-shirt over and cut from the botton left corner seam at an angle to the bottom of the collar. Use ruler if you need a guideline.

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Repeat on the right side.

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You are ready to tape down your corners.

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Design your cape by using contact paper to create custom stencils, use vinyl letter stickers for easy text and numbers designs, and use tape to create fun lines and borders.

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Making a Stencil: Draw out your shapes on grid side of contact paper with sharpie marker. Tip: We traced plates and jar lids to create circles of our designs.

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Cut out your sticker stencils.

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Pull the backing off of the contact paper and lay adhesive side down onto your fabric. Remember that the area covered up with contact paper stencils, stickers or tape will remain the color of your t-shirt and all exposed fabric will get painted.

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Using a paint brush, apply even layer of fabric pigment. When using dark fabrics two coats of ink may be necessary.

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Fabric inks must be heat set into fabrics using high heat. Use a hair dryer immediately after applying ink until completely dry to the touch. Continue this step for every layer you add. *Note – Once you are finished with your design it is recommended that water-based fabric inks be cured into the fabric using a household iron on high heat up to 5 minutes and then put into clothes dryer on high heat up to 30 – 45 minutes or more. Some even recommend baking in conventional oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes. I have never used this method but wanted to mention it as an option.

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Remove stencils, tape or stickers when the ink is dry to reveal the amazing design left behind on your new super cape.

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Ta-da! You and your Super Little or Villain are ready to fly around in style.

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Resources:
DickBlick.com, DharmaTrading.com, Michaels.com, Target.com,