Sara and Aaron’s Handmade Home Decor
While staying with my friends Sara and Aaron in Madison, WI, during the weekend I photographed their wedding, I marveled at all of the lovely handmade projects in their home. When I wrote about her DIY wedding decor, I mentioned this sweet cross-stitch that Sara’s sister made with a San Francisco setting that has meaning for the couple.
Also upstairs, Sara and her mother hand-stitched an ocean scene on a white shower curtain for the kids’ bathroom.
It really is fabulous and took a lot of time not only to design and cut out the fabric for the jellyfish, scuba divers, assorted tropical fish, and waves, but to blanket stitch each one into the scene.
In Sara and Aaron’s kitchen, Sara’s mother also knit these darling laced curtains. This is not an easy pattern to follow, but Sara’s mother has the talent and patience it takes for challenging handiwork, which we know from the dozens of doilies she knitted for the reception tables for Sara and Aaron’s wedding (with her own handspun silk yarn).
The last project Sara shared with me during my visit is this large chalkboard that she and Aaron made together. They were inspired by a similar chalkboard from Restoration Hardware. They sanded and stained an old door and then painted the front panels with chalkboard paint.
Great-looking and practical, it leans against the wall in Aaron’s home office for him to use for note-taking.
We’ll be sure to share more of Sara and Aaron’s future projects. I know they have more DIY and craft ideas up their sleeves! We also plan to host Sara here in January when she’ll conduct a workshop on making paper flowers.