Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Costumes

This year for Halloween I decided to scower the thrift stores looking for costumes. We were able to find 2 costumes each for the girls. Here are the first set. A dance themed mermaid and a unicorn that just happened to match perfectly! We got the leotard for $1 and already had the purple tutu and strand of pearls. We bought the unicorn outfit for $6

When we had finished shoppimg, they were so excited to get home and try them on!

The 2nd set of costumes we found were a cowgirl ($5 for the outfit and $3 for the hat)
and a bride(a slightly used flower girl dress $15) The veil I made just by cutting an oval shape out of lace and used 2 bobbie pins to secure in her hair.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Crepe paper Rose Garlands

The most recent custom wedding rose order I did was for this beautiful bride, Heather.
She sent me these lovely photos to show me how she used them for her special day.
She said the weather did not cooperate and they were forced to carry out the wedding in the reception area and the roses then got to be the backdrop for the ceremony.

Her beautiful wedding was featured in a Private Country Estate Blog The Monte Verde

To make the rose Garland I add my delicate crepe paper roses to a strand of pretty ribbon and add simple little leaves to the back.

I have this lovely bride Vanessa to thank for the Rose Garland idea. She contacted me last year wanting to create garlands to hang from a very old Ginko Biloba tree in France. She thought my Crepe paper roses would be good for this. I tried it and the outcome was this..

They made such a gorgeous couple and their stunning day was featured on a
French Blog called La Mariee Aux Pieds Nus

Vrai Mariage Blog Part 1
Vrai Mariage Blog Part 2

Most recently I was contacted by BRIDES magazine to send them Garlands for a Nov. 4th photoshoot . I am excited to see in the next couple of months if they make it into an upcoming issue!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wedding Placecards

I have posted photos of place cards before and thought I would collect the photos of all of the design options for place cards I offer in my etsy shop. Throughout the 3 years I've been on Etsy, Wedding items is really where I have the most fun. When I was young. Probably around 11 or 12 I started keeping a binder full of wedding dress and decor ideas. I kept them up until I was 18 and married. It has always been an interest. I thought it may manifest itself with me being interested in being a wedding planner but as organized and patient as I can be. Wedding planners are a certain type of angel :) They can really pull off miracles with all of the responsibilities that need to be pulled together. I'd rather create quitely alone than be around all of the comotion.

I'm so excited to be back to be posting regularly! I have missed it a great deal. We've had computer problems, kids growing up so fast that I've put everything on hold to pay all of my attention to them, and my blog was 344 posts old and therefore full. Blogger informed me I couldn't upload anymore photos so I had to go research what sites would turn blogs into books so I could go back to the beginning and delete some posts and photos. I wasn't terribly attached to the very fist few posts . I'm sure if you're a blogger you can relate. Blogging is kind of like scrapbooking. In that, if you create a whole album and look at it a couple months or years later after you've grown and become a better scrapbooker. All of a sudden the last album doesn't look so good. I was thrilled to find that has a program that can be easily and quickly downloaded. It's called BookSmart and it is incredibly user friendly!
I was able to create a 180 page hardcover book that includes my whole first year of blogging.
The book totaled about $61 with shipping and it will be here in a week. I will show it to you then and let you know how the quality turns out and if I'm pleased with the value :)

Thanks for coming back to my blog to ckeck in and I hope you will continue to as well as I have been away for about 5 months and have about 30 posts to catch up on:)
Pop me a comment and say hello!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fall Wedding Bouquets

An enchanting bright bouquet requested by a bride on Etsy. She is having a fall wedding using bright orange as one of the main colors in her scheme.
I made 6 bridesmaids bouquets of 6 roses each wrapped in a jute burlap. The bridal bouquet was made up of 10 roses and was wrapped with the burlap and embellished with vintage lace. She has promised photos of how she uses them in the wedding, and I can't wait to see!
I used a special sturdy doubly ply crepe paper for these roses which creates a bit of a different look than the delicate thinner pink roses that I'm used to making. A little hareder to work with, but these roses hold their shape beautifully.