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TO HAVE & TO HOLD (AND THROW) (category)

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

By Morgan Sprigler

Wedding Season is upon us and the DIY options are endless. Crafting for a wedding not only helps cut down costs but adds a personal touch that won’t soon be forgotten. Can you picture yourself and your soon-to-be being showered in flowers as you exit your ceremony as husband and wife? If so, this is the DIY craft for you! Start saving all of the flowers you receive during your engagement to help out the budget and add that personal touch.

SUPPLIES:

• Dried flowers 

• Essential oil of your choice 

• Cardstock 

• Wooden sign 

• Paint marker 

• Sheer bags 

• Basket 

• Twine 

• Glue gun

 

Materials provided by Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop 420 New Albany Plaza | New Albany benfranklinartsandframing.com 

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STEP ONE 

Gather flowers! I used a combination of flowers, leaves and herbs I found in my garden. Petals from my rose bushes, ivy from my flower beds, basil and lavender from my vegetable garden and hydrangeas from my hydrangea plants. I love the idea of repurposing flowers from your engagement parties, showers or bouquets you’ve received from friends and family over the course of your engagement. All you need is a little sunlight to dry 

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STEP TWO 

Make floral confetti. Combine all of your petals, leaves, etc. in a large bowl and add your essential oils. I went pretty heavy with my oil, as I love all things that smell great! Once you feel like all of your “confetti” is coated in oil, allow everything to dry overnight. 

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STEP THREE 

Make cones to hold your confetti. Starting in the bottom corner, roll your cardstock to create a cone shape. Glue the ends down to hold the cone together. If you find that there is an opening at the bottom of your cone, simply apply a dot of hot glue and pinch the ends together. Cut and tie a piece of twine around the middle, if you wish. 

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STEP FOUR 

Fill your bags (to have) and cones (to throw)! Fill your cones and your sheer bags full of floral confetti. The cones can be used during the celebration, and the bags can be used as gifts for your guests to use in their homes as potpourri. 

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STEP FIVE 

Create your display. I found all of my supplies at Ben Franklin in New Albany. They have an amazing selection of baskets, bowls and trays that could be used to display your creation. I also found a distressed wooden sign that I used to write, “To Have and To Throw.” So cute!! Assemble however you would like. 

Congratulations to all of you newly-engaged couples! This is such an exciting time in your lives. Enjoy every single moment! Wishing you so much love and happiness!

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XO,

Morgan

 

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EnJoy the Setting

Stunning new outdoor venue in Henryville makes planning easy 

BY MANDY WOLF DETWILER | PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN WATSON AND COURTESY IMAGES 

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When planning a wedding, the bride and groom have a plethora of decisions to make, from choosing date right down to selecting a guest book and designing the invitations. One of the biggest decisions, of course, is choosing where the event will take place. 

The location sets the tone for the entire event. A barn can be dressed up or down. A rented reception hall gives the bride and groom ample space with which to work. But if it’s elegance you seek, one can hardly do better than EnJoy the Venue, located off Flat Rock Road in Henryville. The picturesque setting overlooks a lake named after co-owner Sydney Higginbotham. 

But the property is more than just a dream-wedding venue. During the off season, it’s also a stunning place for yoga, CrossFit and pop-up events like canvas painting and wine events. 

“We opened July of last year in a rush for a wedding for a good friend’s daughter,” says co-owner Tracy Reardon. “There were so many bumps and tension was so high with the pressure of completing it satisfactorily for her wedding. Doing something for a friend is risky in business, and I didn’t want it to affect that relationship. We got it finished in time. There were over 300 people, and it was the worst storm of the year with tornado warnings and lightning. Total disaster. Talk about trial by fire! It turned into the best wedding ever. People left soaking wet but with so much joy it was amazing. There are stories online about the wedding.” 

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Reardon, is a CPA, and business partner and long-time friend Lee Sweeney actually took Reardon to see the property 20 years ago to get an opinion about making it a housing development. Sweeney had built two beautiful lakes on the property and did all of the infrastructure himself. 


“The sun sets right over the lake. It’s incredible.” – EnJoy the Venue co-owner Tracy Reardon


“He is a true visionary,” Reardon says. “I actually purchased a lot for a house back then across the lake from the venue but never built there, so it’s vacant across from the venue. One day, we were just talking casually, and I said I have always thought about opening a spa or a wedding venue, and just wanted his professional opinion. He surprised me and said he has always wanted to do [a wedding venue, too]. I asked where, and he said right here, and that’s where it started. 

“My daughter Sydney is partner as well. She went to Sullivan University and has an event planning degree, so it’s a great fit for her. Flat Rock Estates is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places you’ll find.” 

Initially, the team wanted to “make it simple, and see what direction it organically grew,” Reardon says. “We considered a large indoor building and may do that in the future. There is space for retreat cabins so we could do corporate retreats or a place for people to come in the fall to just relax and enjoy nature. 

“We have an Amish-built pavilion that is 2,800 square feet. It is open air. We are considering enclosing it in the near future in case of weather. It’s a beautiful space and the lighting makes it magical at night.” 

The team built stadium seating going up a hill, with no obstructed view of the event participants and the large lake, dubbed Sydney Lake after Reardon’s daughter, as the stunning backdrop. 

“The sun sets right over the lake,” Reardon says. “It’s incredible.” 

That setting is something many other wedding venues just can’t boast. 

“The setting is unlike any place around,” Reardon says. “When you come in the entrance, there is a feel of relaxation (that) immediately everyone tells us. It is so quiet and peaceful. We hear over and over there isn’t a need for much decor because you can’t outdo what is naturally there already when you look around. To be able to enjoy your family and friends in such a relaxed quiet setting is irreplaceable. 

“We like to say we don’t just hold events, we help create experiences to last a lifetime. It’s truly why we got into this business. Watching people react to the space and the comments about the setting make us so happy. Then to see the love and laughter people share is the biggest reward for us. We work hard to make sure our couples have the experience for their guests that isn’t just a wedding. Instead, it’s one of those memories when people think back they smile because of the experience they had here with us.” 

In the off season, the setting provides plenty of opportunities for other events, making good use of a stunning location. 

“We are starting to organize pop-up events, such as yoga and fitness classes,” Reardon says. “This is so exciting, and the response we have had is heart-warming. I think there is a craving for people to have a place to come and do the things they love to do but in a unique setting once in a while. 

“We have a couple of artists who would like to do art classes by the lake. Yoga and fitness in a setting such as this is perfect. We want to host EnJoy Yoga, EnJoy Art etc. at the venue. I’ve spoken with a couple of musicians and would love to have a place music students could come and share their talents. Dinner under the stars is an idea we have knocked around as well. Sitting with friends enjoying the sounds of tree frogs and crickets and unwinding doing what you EnJoy is what we want to offer.” 


Choosing Your Setting

When choosing a wedding venue, EnJoy the Venue coowner Tracy Reardon offers some advice:

“Of course an outdoor venue is not for everyone,” she says. “You won’t get the same setting or feel, but the flip side is the uncertainty of the weather. One of the best weddings we had was in the middle of a storm. You have to be able to let that go upfront and roll with it in those cases. So asking yourself if you accept that uncertainty is important.”

Reardon continued: “I think couples need to list the most important things for their special day and choose the best fit based on their own list. Couples should ask venues their policies on outside vendors, times they will have access to the venue, cancellation policies and what is included with the rental.”


Learn more about EnJoy the Venue, which is located at 13967 E. Flatrock Trail in Henryville, by visiting enjoythevenue.com or calling 812.595.2168.

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Feet First

Photo by Cora Elliott 

This photo was taken by 16-year-old Cora Elliott and awarded the Grand Champion photo at the Clark County 4-H Fair. The homeschooled teen snapped this pic of her feet with her siblings. The photo by the young photographer has now been entered into the Indiana State Fair, which will occur as this issue goes to press. 

 

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SAPPHIRE BOUTIQUE PRE-DERBY PARTY

April 12 • Jeffersonville

Photos by Bailey Boyd

Sapphire Boutique held its inaugural pre-derby fashion show and party on their back patio at the 326 Spring Street location in historic downtown Jeffersonville. The head-turning affair thrilled guests with the latest in spring, summer and Derby fashions.

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PAPER PLATE DERBY HAT

Hats off to the best time of the year

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

By Morgan Sprigler


Derby Season is upon us, yall! Now, I’m no BritniKnable from HeadCandi (if it’s even possible that you don’t know Britni, google her RIGHT NOW!).

But, I have discovered that I am capable of making a hat out of a paper plate. My little girls throughly enjoyed participating in this craft, so this idea is super-kid-friendly.

I can see you creating these for your Derby house party, displayed on a table for your guests to wear for the day. I can also see this as a craft station set up for children and adults alike, if you plan on throwing a Derby themed event, or just something fun to do at home with your kiddos. Some of these items you may already have on hand, although I always get mine from Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany.

SUPPLIES:

1. Paper plates or bowls (solid white and sturdy)
2. Ribbon, flowers, feathers, rhinestones, etc
3. Hot Glue Gun
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STEP ONE

Poke holes (carefully) using your scissors evenly at both sides of your plate. This is where you will string your ribbon through, eventually, that will hold the hat in place on top of your head.


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Using your hot glue gun, attach ribbon around the perimeter of the plate. Once you have completed this step, you can decorate your “hat” any way you would like. Attach a flower or two, add feathers or really anything your heart42

STEP THREE

Once you are happy with your design and all of your glue is dry, cut a long piece of matching ribbon. Take the end of the ribbon and string it through the top of one of the holes you created in step one and through the bottom of the other hole. Pull the ribbon through so that you have an even amount of excess on both sides. Approximately 10 inches.


STEP FOUR

Place the hat on your head ( I like how it looks if its tilted to one side) and tie underneath your chin. Now, you are Derby party ready!

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I Must Have Flowers

2By Morgan Sprigler

Always Umbrella Wreath

Oh, hello spring readers!

Raise your hand if this is

your favorite time of year.

I love all of the seasons for

myriad reasons, but spring

just feels so special. New

beginnings, new blooms, fresh, clean air (insert

deep yoga breath).

When thinking of my DIY craft for this issue, I

knew it had to be all about flowers. Flowers are

the best part of spring, right?! But with flowers,

must come rain, and with rain must come flowers.

Either way, I am looking forward to afternoon

showers, shining sun and a blooming landscape

after the winter we have just endured.

This craft can be used as a wreath for your front

door or can be placed in a pot for a beautiful

welcome into your home!1


SUPPLIES:

Artificial Flowers

Umbrella

Hot Glue Gun

Hot Glue Sticks

Clear Acrylic High Gloss Coating

Scissors

Ribbon


STEP ONE : Rain Drops

For my fellow hot-glue-gun-fanatics, you will

love this part. Using a heated glue gun, squeeze

small dots onto the heads of all of your artificial

flowers. There is no wrong or right way to place

your dots. Just go for it! Once all of your dots

have dried, pull all of the glue stings off of the

flower (this is important for Step 2). You can put

rain drops on your umbrella if you wish.3

STEP TWO: Make It Rain

In order to make your flowers really look wet,

let’s spray them with some clear high gloss

lacquer. I laid my flowers on an old sheet

outside and sprayed my little heart out. The

more layers you do, the more of a wet look you’ll

achieve. You can even spray your umbrella. Let

dry (about an hour in the sun).6

STEP THREE : Arrange

I found it very simple to arrange my flowers

while my umbrella was already in place (either

hanging on your door or stuck into a pot with

soil). If your umbrella has a tie around the center,

unbutton it to give you a larger “vase” to work

with. Using your scissors, clip off individual

flowers and begin to place. Try mixing up your

flowers (if you purchased several different

styles) versus keeping them grouped together.

Have fun with this! Take your time and let the

creativity flow. (By the way, I found my parasol

on Amazon, because I was able to find exactly

what I wanted. You want to choose an umbrella

with a hook and not a looped string.)4

STEP FOUR: Everything is

better with a bow

Snip off a long piece of ribbon and tie neatly

around your umbrella, holding everything

into place. If your umbrella has a strap, tuck

underneath your ribbon. You can secure your

ribbon to your umbrella with hot glue if you feel

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Bridezilla Be Gone

bride1BY DR. JENNIFER EVANS 

The term “bridezilla” has become almost as common as the monikers “bride-to-be” and “fiancé.” (FYI: Bridezilla refers to a bride who is extremely demanding and difficult to deal with during the wedding planning process.) 

We get it – planning a wedding is stressful. Here’s how to stop yourself from becoming the next scary creature (aka bridezilla) planning a walk down the aisle:

Eat a balanced diet and make time for exercise — every day. 

Most brides-to-be are overwhelmed with fitting into their dress that they may be starving themselves into a crazed state of mind. Our bodies need food, so eat the right kinds to keep your mind and body in good working order. A balanced meal plan fuels your body and gives you energy.

Exercise is a great form of stress reduction, especially activities that incorporate mindfulness, such as yoga. Make time for exercise and think of it as a little much-needed “me time” instead of another thing on your to-do list.

Check yourself and check-in with others. 

Phone a friend, message your mom or schedule an appointment with your therapist. Find someone to talk to during this exciting time in your life. Having a person to vent to will help you avoid being overwhelmed by emotions.

Elsa and Anna had the right idea with their iconic song lyrics from the Disney movie “Frozen.” Make your mantra “Let it go, let it go” when it comes to things you cannot control. The weather, nope, out of your hands; the color of the floral centerpieces, yes, that you can control. However, if they end up being two shades lighter than your favorite lavender, again, let it go.

Post-wedding blues are a possibility. 

Many brides report an emotional letdown days or weeks after their wedding. It took months, maybe even years, to plan and the day went by so quickly. Some of the signs to watch for in yourself or a loved one are boredom, sadness, lethargy, loneliness and isolation. If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, know that it’s normal. Try these tips to turn the blues into wedded bliss:

• Talk with your new spouse about your favorite memories from the wedding.

• Invite your friends over to share photos and stories from your honeymoon.

• Write thank you notes to those who really stepped up to help you even when you didn’t think you needed it.

If the feelings start affecting your life, talk to a professional. Norton Women’s Mental Health Services can help. For more information, visit NortonHealthcare.com or call 502.629.1234.

This article was written by Jennifer Evans, M.D., system vice president of Women’s Services, Norton Healthcare. Dr. Evans has more than 25 years of medical and surgical experience in obstetrics and gynecology. 

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Eventfully Yours with Christy and Laurie | Episode 8: Tips for (Wedding) Trips

Wedding trips, either for destination weddings or for the honeymoon, are blissfully made easy with Bliss Travel. In this edition of Eventfully Yours, Christy and Laurie sit down with Mark Bliss, owner of Bliss Travel, to talk tips and what a travel expert brings to the table. When planning the honeymoon or that special destination wedding, you will be intrigued on just how many things you can make easy by reaching out to a real, live person instead of searching online.

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Located in beautiful, historic New Albany, Indiana, Eventful 203 is a truly unique Meeting and Wedding Planning Resource Center focused on creating a relaxed and inspired way of planning your events.

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Laurie Hagg | laurie@eventful203.com | 502.905.3054 | www.eventful203.com

 

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