Sunday, January 31, 2010

beaded flower bouquet?

Last year for my birthday, one of my best friends from college Laurie got me an awesome birthday gift - a gift certificate to After spending several months deciding what to purchase...
I bought the Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Crafts last summer. I have been looking at the different crafts for a few months, without having actually attempted one. Things that have looked interesting: beaded flowers, sand candles, decoupage anything, fabric flowers, and lots more.
Well this past weekend I finally got my act together and started work on a beaded flower - the small camellia.

Here it is mid assembly.

Here is a photo of the finished product. Pretty good right? I wanted to try making one because I am thinking about tucking a few into my bouquet. This small flower probably took about 2 hours to make and assemble. It was easy to pass the time though because I was watching "You've Got Mail" at the same time on tv.
This is an inspirational bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings where black beaded flowers have been tucked in among the fresh flowers.
I should mention that I wasn't the only person to create beaded flowers last weekend! Audrey made this adorable dogwood flower (and a couple of others not pictured). Very cute!
So now the question is - do I make more beaded flowers? Was it worth the time? There are several sellers on who make and sell beaded flowers (like this person and this person), but the cost is typically pretty high (>$40/flower)! Maybe Audrey and I should start a side business...

[update]: Audrey completed a daffodil! Very pretty - made with clear matte beads.

p.s. this was also posted on my other blog

Thursday, January 28, 2010

favor update!

Our small coffee bags came in and they are perfect!

I bought some gift tags at Michael's to see how they would look, and they are all way too big I realized! I can use them later to wrap gifts.

Here is the mock up. The ribbon is wrong (the ivory satin hasn't come in yet), but you can at least get the idea. We are then going to use the blue and white twine to hang a small label that says "thank you." We will also do a small sticker with an "M" on the back to keep the top closed.

What do you think?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

let them eat cake!

Wedding cake is one of my favorite parts of the wedding, and in southern weddings you are often treated to two cakes - the wedding cake and the grooms cake (often chocolate or whimsical or both).

Mallory and Tommy's cakes came from La Louisiane Bakery in River Ridge. Instead of the traditional almond cake with crunchy butter cream icing, the cake was an almond cake with a lovely, soft mousse-like filling. It was so delicious and a little bit unexpected! I actually had a 1.5 pieces of the wedding cake and one piece of the chocolate grooms cake - I found it my duty as a family member and bridesmaid to try both. :)

p.s. Also posted on my other blog

Monday, January 25, 2010

DIY favor - part two

So we have decided to go with the small coffee bags and thick ivory satin ribbon described here. However, we still aren't sure how to attach a label with our name or with thank you. I bought the twine too, but my mom isn't the biggest fan of twine so I thought I would see what a sticker would look like.

The first image is a mock up of our favors with a sticker over the ribbon on the front of the bag.

The second image is from Snippet and Ink and shows a cute scalloped label on a string. Imagine something similar dangling from the top of the coffee bag. Which do you prefer?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

rehearsal dinner dress?!

I think I found it! Now I just have to find it an try it on.
dress from Lela Rose

I think it might look great with my shoes... what do you think?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

China patterns

This year for Christmas, my sister and I got my mom 4 teacups and saucers in the pattern she wanted to register for when she got married: Pembroke by Coalport. She said it was a very popular pattern in the late 70s and early 80s. Here are the 4 teacups in action - very delicate and pretty.

Instead of registering for Pembroke, when my parents got married they registered for the same china pattern as my grandparents - Vine by Royal Crown Derby. I think that it is very beautiful and classic - the gold glows in candlelight.

Speaking of my grandparents, my grandmother collected interesting china pieces - including this soup tureen now on display at my Aunt and Uncle's house. I would love to know what pattern this is, or what style china - I love the orange band! The "R" is also really pretty. Anyone know what this is?

So after all this talk of china, you might wonder what we registered for. We have registered forRepublic from Lenox. I really like this pattern because it is gold and the pattern is not too simple or too busy (and I love the little red dots).
I would have posted photos of my future-in-law's china, but I don't have any! (I also don't know the name of it either)! They have beautiful china as well.

p.s. Also posted on my other blog

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Now that we are getting closer to the big day - I am going to try to post updates on the wedding planning on Wednesdays. This week I thought I would write about our invitations. While I would like to keep the overall details of the invitation a surprise for when it arrives in the mailbox, I thought I would write about our wonderful calligrapher Brenda Griffin. She has been a pleasure to work with and does insanely beautiful calligraphy. Here is a teaser from our return address. Gorgeous right?! She comes highly recommended from me.

So excited to see the final product in print! Our stationer Dement Printing (also in Mississippi) is going to be able to pull parts of the invitation (like our names) and use them on our other social stationary (like our thank you cards). I love paper products!
p.s. also posted on my other blog

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rustic Romance

This fall, we went up to the Sonoma Coast to attend Cameron and Celina's wedding at The Ranch (Cameron's mother and step-father's home away from home) near Timber Cove. Everything was completely beautiful and charming. Below you can see the happy couple in the back of the photo listening to speeches under glowing lanterns.

Celina walked down an aisle of carpets laid over the dried grass.
Here is what the seating area looked like in daylight. Cameron's step-father cut the trees to make the poles that supported the strings of lights. It was something right out of a magazine.
Congratulations to Cameron and Celina!
p.s. also posted to my other blog

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Top of the cake

In preparation for our wedding, I have been reading a lot of wedding magazines and blogs (probably doing more of that than actually planning the wedding). Anyway, I get a lot of good ideas from Martha Stewart (no surprise there). Anyway, I was reading an issue a while back and she brought up the topic of cake toppers. The following image was in her magazine - an image in a larger series to identify several cake topper themes: the bride and groom, bells, birds, fresh fruit or flowers, sugar fruit or flowers, etc.

The little couple to the upper right of the picture caught my eye. How sweet they were! It reminded me of our friends Ross and Abby - who when they got married used a vintage family cake topper (see below) on their wedding bread pudding.

Inspired by both Martha, and Ross and Abby - I set out to find a sweet vintage cake topper of our own. Ebay + $13 got me the little duo below. Estimated to be from the 30s or 40s (based on the style of dress), the little couple is a bisque cake topper made in Japan. I am in love with it and can't wait to see it on our cake.

p.s. This is the kind of thing I spend my time on - instead of tackling more important things like transportation and catering contracts...
p.p.s. also posted on my other blog

Saturday, January 16, 2010

paper floral wreath

What do you think - can I find a way to incorporate a beautiful paper wreath into our wedding decor? While I love them and want one, I can't decide if it would be too much for a wedding. Maybe something cool on the front door? Or inside the tent?

More examples from the artist...

Friday, January 15, 2010

oysters & pearls

I think that this dress from Elizabeth Dye would be the perfect dress to wear to our rehearsal dinner. Only downside is that it is custom made (and has no price listed)... signs that indicate that I wouldn't be able to afford it.

I think it would look beautiful with the shoes I am planning to wear...

I am still on the hunt for the perfect white (and affordable) rehearsal dinner dress... do you know of one? These shoes deserve something magical.

p.s. Elizabeth has a really cool looking store in Portland, OR called the English Dept. Be sure to check out the beautiful line of 2010 wedding dresses!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Our wedding invitations will be completed soon, and we will get to put them in the mail! The only thing remaining - what kind of stamp should we use? The wedding stamp on offer from the post office is a set of rings - do you like it? I think a custom stamp from zazzle could also be cool, but I don't really want to pay more for something that most people won't notice...
Do you like this stamp?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

DIY favors

For our upcoming wedding, my fiance and I think that a homemade favor would be really special. We have decided to make candied pecans and give them to our guests. This recipe is really special because both my mom and my grandmother make (made) the nuts at Christmas each year. It doesn't hurt that everyone loves them too. :)

So the next question is - what do we put the pecans in? Since the feel of the wedding is very romantic and southern garden I wanted to do something equally pretty. I thought of kraft paper and pretty ribbon. There is something sweet about the simple brown paper and satin ribbon - like a pretty school lunch.

I then set out to the blog world for inspiration... the creativity you can find on blogs are amazing. I am so happy I live in the age of blogs.

Different kraft paper bags on display at iDIY

Love the twine and stamped label at Style Me Pretty

Thought about cellophane and kraft paper from Once Wed

So I thought about what we would do. Here were some key questions I am asking myself:
  • Did we want a cellophane bag inside a brown bag?
  • Did we want just a bag?
  • Did we want a brown bag at all?
  • How would the ribbon work?
  • What was the right size?
  • Could you do ribbon and string?
So here is my current idea. Small kraft paper coffee bags with satin ribbon (some blue, lavender, white) tucked under the folded part and tied in a bow, with a small label attached with twine which has our name (or monogram) on it.

Here is some satin ribbon (7/8") from Raffit Ribbons

Here is the twine from Raffit Ribbons

Here are some small coffee/candy tin tie bags (the one on the left)
What do you think of this idea?

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