Friday Favorites {Inventory Inspiration}

Happy Friday!  You know what today is, Friday Favorites {Inventory Inspiration} featuring vintage books!  I can’t say I was ever much of a reader, although I still remember the first book that will forever be engraved in my head: Tiger Eyes by Judy Bloom.  There was something about the book, it’s cover (which I still remember) and how it made me feel.  Granted I was a teenage girl and fascinated with school girl drama and romance!  Probably the only other book that’s left such a fond memory was my Grandmothers old Webster Dictionary.  As a child, it was used as a make-shift highchair being as it was a lofty 5-7″ thick (I kid you not!).  I’ll never know what happened to that Dictionary, but because of it (and all its vintage awesomeness) I have a special place in my heart for books.

stacked vintage books used as risers holding cupcakes and floral

This was one of the first images I ever saw with hardback books used as props.  There’s something about the color of these books in particular, paired with the milk glass bud vase and baby’s breath that makes it stand out from others.  {source: The Wedding Chicks}

stacked vintage books and teacup centerpiece

These are truly vintage books which look adorable paired with the teacup filled with felt/fabric flowers.  {source: Rock-n-Roll Bride}

terrariums and vintage books used as a programs sign

Maybe you’re looking for a way to direct people to your programs.  If so, this is such a great idea!  The mason jar terrarium book ends filled with succulents make this adorable!  {source: Style Me Pretty}

rustic centerpiece with stacked and tied vintage books, wood coins, vintage buttons and floral

Another favorite are these books with burlap runner, rustic wood coins and mason jar filled with white buttons.  I have a HUGE box full of vintage buttons from my grandmother, I think I hear a project coming on of sorting them for something just like this!  {source: Style Me Pretty}

vintage books used during an engagement photo session

A classic “Treasure Island” embraces this engagement photo.  What a cute and clever way to incorporate a few props into your shoot!  {source: Style Me Pretty}

vintage books wrapped with twine used as a prop at a guestbook table

These books dress up your guest book table.  Shown here are a couple of stacks wrapped in twine.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

stacked vintage books with succulents

Stacked and sweet, these books help give a small table a little “lift” and elevate a gorgeous mercury votive.  And the succulent, so pretty!  {source: The Wedding Chicks}

vintage book table number

If you’re looking for something a little more classic or original for your table numbers, hardback books paired with assorted numbers may just be what you’re looking for!  {source: Ruffled}

Do you have a favorite way to incorporate books into your decor?  If so, we’d love to hear about it!

In case you don’t know, we here at Something Borrowed pin like crazy via Pinterest.  What better way to showcase our latest and greatest pins than starting a new “Best of Pinterest” series.  Here we’ll highlight the best of our boards by the number of pins re-pinned. If you haven’t yet jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, I highly encourage you to do so.  You will find so much amazing inspiration for not just weddings, but recipes, DIY projects and SO much more!  I warn you though, it is very addictive!

best of Pinterest: calligraphy rustic wood chair signage

Beautiful calligraphy rustic wood chair signage.  If I had handwriting like this, I’d make signs in every shape and size!  {source: Style Me Pretty}

best of Pinterest: braided up do wedding hair

Trying to figure out what to do with your hair?  This was insanely popular on Pinterest!  Gorgeous braided up-do looks very natural.  A great way to show off amazing jewelry.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

best of Pinterest: bocci ball station

Lawn games at weddings are one of my favorite ways to keep guests (adult and child alike) entertained.  Shown here are a bocci ball station and cornhole with bean bags custom made to match the couples wedding colors.  {source: Wedding Chicks}

best of Pinterest: wood pallet wedding signage

You went CRAZY on Pinterest when this was pinned just a few days ago! A great alternative to traditional signage is these awesome repurposed wood pallet used to direct guests.  Just paint the wood with chalkboard paint and that’s it!  {source: Style Me Pretty}

best of Pinterest: wine barrel wood door altar

Wood wine barrels add such great decor to an event and are functional pieces, too.  Here are two wine barrels with a gorgeous chippy paint door forming an altar.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

best of Pinterest: wedding barn signage

This rustic wood wedding signage happen to be our number 1 top pinned photo on our Pinterest page.  Loving how it can hang from the ceiling!  {source: Style Me Pretty}

best of Pinterest: succulent flower arrangement

Succulents are HUGE right now!  They’re a great alternative to a traditional wedding bouquet, adding a very natural elegant feel.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

best of Pinterest: simple centerpiece with burlap runner and recycled wine bottles

This is such a simple tablescape but it’s so beautiful.  A burlap table runner paired with recycled wine bottles turned into vases = gorgeous!  {source: Style Me Pretty}

best of Pinterest: rustic wood ladder altar inspiration

This rustic altar is probably one of my favorites, and obviously quite a few of you fellow Pinterest mates.  The wood ladders graced elegantly with flowers in antique mason jars, who wouldn’t love this?!  {source: Southern Weddings}

best of Pinterest: rustic centerpiece with lantern wood coin and medicine bottle

There’s a lot to love on this rustic vintage centerpiece: the lantern, wood coin, medicine bottles, mercury candle holders and the vintage book used as a table number.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

best of Pinterest: repurposed mason jar lighting

By now you probably know I’m a glass fanatic.  Well, some of you are too, especially when it comes to antique mason jars.  This amazing mason jar chandelier makes such a statement – I’d love this in our house!  {source: Charleston City Paper}

best of Pinterest: printed seating chart on burlap board

Seating charts and escort cards… boy, I’ve seen some very intricate and beautifully laid out displays.  But there’s something about this simple yet elegant seating chart attached to a burlap board so… simple!  {source: 100 Layer Cake}

best of Pinterest: nature themed tablescape with poppies

This is a gorgeous nature-inspired tablescape that I just adore!  The moss, twigs and poppies, I’m just waiting for a little frog to jump out!  {source: Green Wedding Shoes}

best of Pinterest: centerpiece with vintage books and teacup

I don’t know if its the vintage books (really vintage), the teacup or the felt flowers, but this is such a precious centerpiece!  {source: Rock-n-Roll Bride}

best of Pinterest: succulent centerpiece and wood coin table number

More succulents?  Sure, why not!  Loving this succulent and flower centerpiece in a gorgeous silver urn.  Along side is a mini wood coin table number.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

best of Pinterest: hanging floral tablescape

Last but least is one of my favorite Pinterest pins.  From the wine bottles repurposed and turned into taper holders to the ah-mazing hanging floral arrangement.  I wouldn’t want to leave this table if I were a guest!  {source: 100 Layer Cake}

Have you recently pinned a favorite that you thought was incredible?

Friday Favorites Inventory Inspiration

I thought I would start a new weekly series, Friday Favorites: Inventory Inspiration, where I feature an item from our inventory and show you a few ways you can incorporate that item into your wedding or event.  I figured it would be a neat way to showcase random finds that you may need a little extra help styling (those “what the heck?!” items) or fun pieces that everyone loves such as today’s post, mason jars!

vintage photos in mason jars

Vintage photo’s make a statement inside antique, aqua-blue mason jars.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

mason jars with vintage books

I love the look of mismatched antique mason jars with vintage books (which we also have in our inventory).  In my opinion, the look never gets old (no pun intended).  {source: Style Me Pretty}

mason jars with candles

Antique mason jars look amazing with the addition of candles.  However, Something Borrowed Portland only allows the use of LED candles with our antique jars as they do have a chance of exploding due to the heat caused by candles (and we don’t want them ruined by any wax or soot).  {source: Style Me Pretty}

mason jars holding bouquets

If you’re looking for a vessel to hold bridesmaid bouquets or flowers for your event, mason jars are a great alternative to traditional bud vases, as shown here.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

mason jars hanging from a tree filled with bean filler

Antique mason jars such as the ones shown above with the wires are called “wire bail” or more traditionally referred to as “lightening jars” as the wire held glass lids in place.  These wire bails are a great way to hang the jars, filling them with your favorite filler such as beans (shown), coffee, split peas or lentils.  {source: The Berry}

aqua mason jar tip jar

A cute way to incorporate antique mason jars into your wedding – a “tip jar”.  This note says “please leave us a tip for a happy marriage”.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

mason jar lanterns

More wire bail (aka lightening jar) antique mason jar’s filled with votive candles.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

mason jars filled with acorns

These mason jars would look adorable during a holiday party, clustered on a fireplace mantle or used as a centerpiece on your table.  Shown here are filled with acorns.  {source: Luxe Finds}

mason jar lantern hanging by a shepherds hook

Here’s a traditional (new) mason jar, strung with twine and hung from a shepherd’s hook to create mood lighting.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

mason jar chandeliere

Not only are mason jars on the pie table, but the chandelier is also made from antique jars!  {source: Ruffled}

mason jar centerpieces with vintage books

More antique mason jars used as centerpieces.  Some are filled with sand and used with votive candles, others are used as vases and paired with vintage books and doilies.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

hanging mason jars filled with sand

An assortment of new mason jars filled with sand and hung by twine.  {source: Style Me Pretty}

mason jar centerpiece

More antique mason jars used as vases.  This assortment looks adorable paired with a milk glass vase (also in our inventory) and lace and burlap runner.  {source: Elizabeth Anne Designs}

As you can see, there are MANY ways to incorporate mason jars into your wedding, from hanging lanterns to vases to candle holders.  Let your creativity soar!

What’s your favorite way to incorporate mason jars at a wedding or celebration?