Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Crafts Galore

so sorry i haven't posted anything in awhile. i'm redecorating my house and i've been a little obsessed with that lately. 

there's a new place that just opened on 3rd between La Brea and Fairfax called Hands-On 3rd
Hands-On 3rd is a workshop that offers classes in anything crafty! they do emphasize in sewing, knitting, crochet. they have great workshops that would entice any diy wedding bride. i noted a few classes below:

"Yes, it's an accoutrement, an accessory! Create a fabulous design to wear in your hair, on a hat, or lately, on your shoes!" $35 members/ $45 nonmembers  + material fee of $20

Open Sew:
"Sewing workshop & free tea bar. Come hang out & work on your projects! Bring your machine or use one of ours."
FREE to members/ $15 for non-members

you can also book events there. they have one called "Bride to Bead."
"The bride and her maids design & create their own silk thread necklaces or jewelry for the big day. A fun, bonding and easy way to make just what you want with our designer and hundreds of gorgeous beads to choose from."

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

inspiration board #4

another one from snippet and ink

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who knew i was so southern? i love these colors and i absolutely love mason jars. i really like the idea of serving some type of iced teas in them.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cayucos Creek Barn- San Luis Obispo (i think!)

i also found this location on green wedding shoes

photos by sissel byington

i'm loving these barn weddings. i kinda wish it was greener but it might be the season this wedding was in. i'm hoping spring would have more green meadows. this place also has a portable firepit so i love that this couple decided to have build your own smores for their guests!

here is some info:
$2500 for the whole weekend! this is what i was expecting for a barn!

Eucalyptus Lane- Ventura

Found this location via green wedding shoes blog.
photos by Leigh Miller:
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beautiful right? i'll definitely have to check this out too since it's so close.
here are some not so fun specs though:
at least $4200 for a one day only rental fee- 11AM to 11PM. Need to use their specific caterer- most popular menu runs you at $64.95 per person.
eek! that expensive for a barn? wow.

a, b, c

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found this via stylemepretty who found it on paper+cup

these are the CUTEST details that i've ever seen for a wedding.

here is some background info for the inspiration:
"It was 1983, Minhee was new in her 4th grade class. She asked her mom to bring some cupcakes to celebrate her summer birthday during the last day of school. So her mother came and with delight started serving Minhee's birthday treats. However to Minhee's dismay, they were not the cupcakes she asked for. All the kids started to make fun of the traditional korean treats that Minhee's mom brought. However, there was one boy named Truman that just so loved the korean treats. He saw that Minhee felt sad and decided to eat as much as he can. He thanked Minhee's mom and continued to stuff his tiny stomach."

How CUTE is that? i wish my boyfriend and i had some interesting story we could incorporate into our wedding. i'll have to think of one.



i hate copying and pasting verbatim but when i read this, i thought i found my long lost twin. this is EXACTLY how i feel and i don't see it letting up anytime soon :(

here are some highlights:
"Growing up, upon finding out about something fun I were going to do in the near future, I used to make myself sick with excitement. I suspect it’s the same with many children, but I’ve never really grown out of it. Instead of a stomach ache, adult me just gets really, really obsessed with the matter at hand. Say, for example, Mr. Mary Jane and I had decided to get a kitten, but we wouldn’t get him for a month. I’d spend that whole month reading everything there is to know about kittens, looking at pictures of kittens, visiting kittens in the humane society, talking to kitten-owners about their vets, and buying cute crap for the kitten to play with when it arrived. I’d probably even make color-coded kitten-related charts. I like to be in control, and I like to plan. And when I can’t get what I want right now, I want to know when I will get it so that I can prepare. I have no excuse for this; it’s a flaw of mine. (And yes, I’m an only child. What gave it away?)

This surprise-engagement thing really bothered me. Again, I wasn’t after the ring, but it was symbolic for the next step to come. I was confused as to why Mr. Mary Jane didn’t want us to be engaged right away. I wondered how long I’d have to wait. I’m generally a “glass-half-empty” person, especially when it comes to matters concerning my character. I wondered what was wrong with me. Was he thinking twice about our future? (I have NO reason to suspect this.) Why wasn’t he as excited to get engaged as I was? I kept pushing the subject. I got annoying. I tried to get him to talk about wedding styles. About guest lists. I sent him links to wedding stuff. He was pretty tolerant, but I knew I shouldn’t be bugging him so much. I was being dumb. I knew it meant a lot to him to do the proposal his own way, on his own time. But I couldn’t let it drop.

I got pushier and pushier as time passed. Valentine’s day came and went, but not without me wondering if maybe he had the ring - maybe it was somehow possible. He gave me a beautiful pink marquise ring for my right hand for Valentine’s Day (along with other thoughtful gifts).

I started to get angry about the whole situation. I am the first to admit that I have traditional values regarding family. I would love to be a housewife, I love when Mr. Mary Jane does manly things for me to help me out (even though I’m quite capable), and I love being ’taken care of’ by him. But this proposal thing had my feminist waters boiling. Weren’t we supposed to be doing this as equals? As a couple? Why did HE get to see the ring? Why should HE get to choose when to propose? It just made me jealous and mad. I felt like he was stringing me along, teasing me, or maybe even trying to teach me a lesson about patience. It was bringing out the worst in me."

you should read the whole thing. i was going to write my own but i don't write as eloquently as she does. i feel even worse than this, if you can imagine that, because we haven't even done the ring shopping! i am getting extremely frustrated which i know is not fair to him but i don't care! i think i'm starting to get really depressed about this whole thing. :(

and what ms. mary jane said about the whole equality thing really struck a chord in me. i got upset over this same matter a few weekends ago at my boyfriend. and i still really don't think it's fair. why is he making all the decisions? why am i not involved? i think i would feel a little better if he spoke to me about it but he doesn't. and when you think about it, traditionally the guy doesn't necessarily know if the girl is going to say yes. since he does know, i feel its unfair for him to keep me waiting for so long! both he and i know we're going to get married, what's the holdup?

grr. i know im crazy. but i can't help myself.

typed reception tables

found this little ditty on green wedding shoes. created by David Stark for the Metropolitan Opera's 125th anniversary.

i love type. i think this is a great idea to place on your tabletop at a reception. and type can be so fanciful, unique with so many different ways of displaying and colors. you can really mold it to whatever you want it to be/match. amazing...

inspiration board #3

yet another amazing inspiration board by snippet and ink:

Mood: relaxed romance, flirty fun
Palette: oak leaf, raspberry, marigold

green gift ideas for the couple and the guest

i'm sorry it took so long for me to write my next post. i think i wrote so much in my first week that i was struck with a creative block. but no need to worry, i'm going to post a bunch right now!

my friend who is going to a wedding this weekend sent me this nice little link. its filled with tons of great green, eco-friendly gift ideas. i'll provide some highlights below: offers thousands of donation gifts from Inspire Dreams- 15 books for kids ($45), Equip a household- give seeds and supplies ($100), and Adopt a Jaguar- Support a conservation project ($35). now who doesn't want their own jaguar?

couples can also give a gift of charity when creating a registry with I Do Foundation Gift Registry. when creating a registry, you provide your guests by picking up a gift for you while donating up to 8% to your chosen charity.

Guests can create a gift basket of sustainable household items such as organic cotton towels, compact flourescenet light bulbs and more at National Green Pages.

or guests can plant a tree with Trees for the Future's certificates. they will give you a tree planting kit where you can plant your own tree or sponsor the planting of 250 trees in Haiti, Senegal, or Ethiopia.

couples can provide green gifts for their wedding party:

for the ladies- you can create a quality gift basket through global exchange. Global exchange works with Women Around The World Gift Basket to create a collection of goodies that benefits women and girls around the world by helping to end violence towards women and girls.

for the men- Ten Thousand Villages has a great assortment for guy gifts that include a Guatemalan camera bag and onyx chess sets.

there are tons of more ideas at green elegance weddings.

Friday, April 24, 2009


hand drawn maps? sign me up!

save the date

yes, another invitation post:

these are great gatsby themed, cute right? can't you imagine a vintage mansion with overgrown greenery with lots of beautiful chandeliers at this wedding?

i can


i decided i should probably take a class first before i buy a printer!

i think i am going to take classes at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. class schedule is here for anyone who was wondering. 

Satsuma Press

Yes, another invitation post. I found this from a cup of jo

Satsuma Press is a one person design and letterpress shop based out of Oregon. See some of Lynn's designs from her wedding collection below. 

i am in LOVE with letterpress printing. how do i get my own printer? i knew i should've taken printmaking classes in college, darn it.

well lucky me, i just found a blog on how to buy my own letterpress printer here if any of you are interested. its fairly cheap- only $300 for the specific one cake & pie noted on their blog. i'll keep you posted if i actually do buy one!


total beauty's homepage today is about "picture-perfect bridal hair." i thought i'd share some of the highlights. they display 16 different bridal hairstyles with instructions/products so you can do these at home. most of them are ugly but i'll list some of the prettier ones:

What you'll need:
•Hair brush
•Hair elastic
•Clip-on ponytail hair piece (try HairUWear Posh Put On Pony, $49)
•Hairspray (try Aveda Air Control Hair Spray, $23 or John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hairspray, $5.49)
•bobby pins

How to:
•Step 1: Brush hair down and back into a ponytail and secure with a hair elastic.
•Step 2: Mist hair with hairspray.
•Step 3: Secure the hair piece to your head by clipping it around the ponytail holder. (See photo.)
•Step 4: Wrap hair piece into a bun and secure with bobby pins. (See photo.) Set with hairspray. 

Works on: Chin-length hair

What you'll need:
•Hot rollers (try: Conair Infiniti Flocked Rollers, $54.99 or Vidal Sassoon Ionic Molecular Steam Setter, $20.99)
Bobby pins
•Hairspray (try Aveda Air Control Hair Spray, $23 or John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hairspray, $5.49)

How to:
•Step 1: Set hair with hot rollers and allow them to cool. Remove.
Step 2: Using bobby pins, start with the top and side sections of hair and form hair into coils, then pin them softly back. Then pin hanging ends toward the center of head, again in a coil shape. (See photos.)
•Step 3: Set with hairspray.

Works on: Medium to long hair

What you'll need:
•Hot rollers (try: Conair Infiniti Flocked Rollers, $54.99 or Vidal Sassoon Ionic Molecular Steam Setter, $20.99)
•Bobby pins
•Teasing comb or small-toothed comb (try Ulta Styling Comb with Lift, $2.75)
•Hairspray (try Aveda Air Control Hair Spray, $23.00 or John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hairspray, $5.49)

How to:
•Step 1: Set hair with hot rollers for added body and allow them to cool before removing.
•Step 2: Tease hair at the crown of your head to add volume and lightly spray with hairspray for hold, then smooth over the top layer of the teased area with a brush.
•Step 3: Gather hair into a low ponytail and twist it upward so that it creates a roll shape. (See photo.)
•Step 4: Secure the roll area with bobby pins and then wrap the hanging tail around (tucking in any loose ends and securing those with bobby pins as well). Finish by setting with hairspray.

Works on: Medium to long hair

What you'll need:
•Hot rollers (try: Conair Infiniti Flocked Rollers, $54.99 or Vidal Sassoon Ionic Molecular Steam Setter, $20.99)
•Hairspray (try Dove Flexible Hold Hairspray, $4.29 or Aveda Witch Hazel Hair Spray, $10)
•Jeweled clip (Scunci Genuine Crystal Clips, $3.29)

How to:
•Step 1: Apply hot rollers to the entire head. (See photo.) Allow to cool.
•Step 2: Once hot rollers have set, remove and finger comb hair to soften the curls. (See photo.)
•Step 3: Loosely pin back one side of the front section of your hair with a jeweled clip.
•Step 4: Set your style with a light-hold hairspray.

Works on: Long hair

What you'll need:
•Hair elastic
•Bobby pins
•Hot rollers or 1" curling iron

How to:
•Step 1: Using hot rollers or curling iron, create loose curls throughout your hair.
•Step 2: Divide hair into four sections: one on the far left side of your hair, two in the middle and one on the far right.
•Step 3: Take one of the four sections (on the far right or left -- depending on the side you want your pony to fall on) and secure it into a low pony.
•Step 4: Take the middle two sections and pin them on top of the secured pony. (See photo.)
•Step 5: Take the last section on the far side of your head and wrap it around the pony and the pinned sections to bring them all together. (See photo.) Pin that final section into place.

If you want to see the whole collection, you can go here.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

more candy bags!

here are some more lovely bags for inspiration:

via snippet & ink

check out these bags! photos from once wed. the couple ordered these custom bags from for your party. they also do ribbons, candy boxes, napkins, matches, coasters and more. check them out!

just simple cellophane and ribbon- classy
via elizabeth anne designs

check out these cute bags!:

and these:

and these!:

these are cones:

all by beau coup
most of them come in different colors and can be personalized. hooray!

candy bags

i know, i know, im posting tons about candy. i'm actually doing some research for a wedding friend of mine who's thinking of having a candy buffet for her wedding in june!

candy bags (all photos courtesy of wedding bee):
all you need are clear plastic bags- or any fun colored bags like so:

then create a cute label like so:

and if you want a sticker for the back- a twist tie/or ribbon would work nicely too:

and you have your own personalized candy bag as wedding favors- cute!

ill find other pics of bags and post shortly!

candy jars

here are a few pics of jars used at another wedding, courtesy of wedding bee.

you can find jars anywhere! target and ikea- see below for some that i found for purchase online, marshall's, tjmaxx, any home store, and flea markets of course! i'm sure you can find tons. Pasadena has the great rose bowl flea market every 2nd sunday of the month and if you've never been, its HUGE. last time i went, which was just a couple of weeks ago, i saw tons of jars, bottles, vases for cheap!

$29.99 at target

$16.99 at target

$2.99 for a 4pack at ikea! these would be great for a single serving candy buffet which would look like so:

photo courtesy of wedding bee