Tuesday, November 30, 2010

And now you know

A French phrase - répondez s'il vous plaît, meaning "Please respond" 

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Gigantic Paper Flowers

Want the DIY instructions?? I figured you might!

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Yes Please

I will take some of you...

And one of you. 

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Photo #38

And just for fun-
Oh Black Friday, how you make waiting in line at 3:30 am oh so very worth it. 

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm Getting Hitched : Cake Inspiration

We're definitely having a dessert table, filled with all sorts of homemade pies, cakes, cookies, and cupcakes (my Dad makes a mean cheesecake too) - but I would also love to have a small, two tier cutting cake. I sort of like the tradition and meaning - the joint task of the bride and groom cutting the cake is meant to symbolize their first joint task in married life and the gesture of feeding cake to one another is a symbol of the commitment the bride and groom are making. Plus, it is typically the last "item on the agenda" at your wedding reception and so some of your older guests will wait to leave until after the cake is cut. 
Without further ado, my cake inspiration!
Just a simple, two tier cake with buttercream frosting - and of course, an incredible Lollidoll Topper 

Crafty bridesmaid Katherine and I made almost a dozen white cake stands - should our wedding cake stand out more than the other desserts, ie get its own special stand? 

How do you feel about wood cake stands?? Too rustic? Or just right?
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Serious Cuteness

Oh dear, I really want to make this. 

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

I'm Getting Hitched : My First DIY Sewing Project

Alternate Title : I'm lovin' me some burlap.
Yep, you heard me correctly, 100 % jute burlap, in all its wonderful, cost effective glory.

I think I have decided to hand cut / sew / make table runners for our reception out of burlap. Layer it over a white linen and I am really one happy camper! I love the white and oatmeal color combo, the addition of texture to the reception tables, it really compliments our venue, and its a great DIY project for me. (so many online tutorials on how to cut and sew burlap runners)

So far the best price is at Jo-Anne fabrics and they are so good about sending coupons, that I am holding out until black friday (yes, I am one of those waiting in line at Target at 430am) - and hoping they print a wonderful 40-50% off coupon, with which I will purchase roughly... 70-80 yards of burlap. That sounds like a lot, but if my preliminary math is correct, each runner will cost only a little over $2 a piece (assuming I get a coupon). And one of the best parts, is that I can re-sell them to another bride obsessed with burlap.

I figure a) I've got plenty of time b) I have a sewing machine and c) can easily bust out 40 runners at my leisure, preferably while watching entire seasons of Sex and the City.

I know burlap runners tend to really give off a rustic vibe, which I don't think Nate and I had originally envisioned - and so I am sort of struggling with the idea that I am mixing wedding genres here. He and I both really have more of a classic wedding style, but we are having our reception outdoors at a Lodge along the river. See how I'm tossing between both ideas? Can you have a classic reception with a hint of rustic? We definitely don't want it to look too rustic or too "styled" - Nate laughed as though I had told a very funny joke when I suggested using mason jars as drinking glasses. (I thought it was a cute idea) :-) Were you surprised with the ideas you came up with for your wedding? Did they change from what you originally had imagined?

Heres a great quote about rustic weddings from an old Grey Loves Weddings post - "Mixing the formality of a wedding with a casual atmosphere makes for a very playful event. I often feel weddings are so rushed and bogged down with traditional formalities that before anyone has a chance to breathe, the bride and groom are running through bird seed/sparklers/flower petals/et al and whisking off to an undisclosed location. Rather than take the “checklist” approach to reception activities, I prefer the idea of a fantastic dinner, lots of wine, plenty of hearty conversation, laudable toasts, and a good helping of tunes. The whole rustic wedding fits right into that vision..." 

See! Burlap can be gorgeous!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mason Jar, My Love

Recently, I have been really drawn to mason jars - used as drinking glasses and tied with fun things like twine, or colorful ribbon, or even craft paper.

With button flower stirrers (Hostess)

Mason jars are so multi purpose (ie wonderful) - use them as vases, as candle holders, drinking glasses, dye them blue, or fill them with homemade jam as a favor. It seems as though someone is always coming up with new creative ways to use plain 'ole canning jars.

Here is some advice: if you really are thinking of using mason jars as drinking glasses (at your wedding especially), I know the automatic inclination is to go to Goodwill/Value Village, but trust me, I've found that just buying new jars in bulk from places like Wal-mart is actually cheaper (per jar) than buying the individual used ones. I realized after gathering a bunch for a party, that I could have purchased a box of new jars for cheaper than I had spent gathering them at second hand stores (and it would have saved time!).

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

C is for...


Why is it that carnations get such a bad rap?? I personally adore them. I think they are the Target version of Peonies (and I love me some Target! And peonies for that matter...). Seriously, they are affordable, gorgeous little fluffy things. Available all year and in a variety of colors, and at such an affordable cost - I think they need to be given more credit! They may even make a couple appearances at my wedding. And by may I mean, definitely will
Not convinced?

Couldn't you see bridesmaids bouquets made out of carnations?! And I think carnation pomanders are a must .

What to know how to make an adorable carnation ball centerpiece?? (Like below)

Materials:  4-½” floral foam sphere + about 50 carnations

1. Soak/saturate the floral foam sphere in water
2. Cut the carnations to about an inch below the stem
3. Spread the petals of each carnation so it is at its fullest
4.  Insert each carnation into the floral foam sphere, beginning in a straight line and then filling in until there are no gaps (you can leave the bottom open since it will be placed on top of a platter)
(Thanks for the instructions Hostess!)

I'm thinking I may just have to go buy a lot of carnations and play around with some wedding ideas. 
Whose with me??

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Red + Fuchsia

I could not possibly love this color combination more.  

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