The Christmas music is officially on and we've already gone through one mini carton of egg nog. I haven't decorated a thing though...I guess it's not even December yet ;) If my ceilings were a tad bit higher, or I had a buffet table to decorate...I'd be rounding up some wreaths to make these beauties. Say it with me now..."Oh Martha"
Or how about this one for a holiday wedding altar?
I forgot to add Etsy to my list of things to be thankful for last week. I found this custom beauty in the Reddoll shop by Tatyana Merenyuk. It is built off a bustier for the perfect fit. Custom means no alterations needed...all that for under $1K! Virginia...there is a Santa Clause. Wait, I'm getting my holidays mixed up.
Before tomorrow, I wanted to give thanks to all my readers and fellow bloggers for the happiness and inspiration you bring into my life. Really, what is a blog without all of you?
This is a short work week for me and probably you too, so I'm keeping it short and taking a little blog break. I plan to catch up on reading, spend some time with the dogs, family and friends and work on a few projects. That and eat, eat, eat....
Happy Thanksgiving! What are you up to these next few days?
Christianna from The Girl with the Blue Bow posted these beautiful newspaper gowns and my mind went straight to the toilet. Well...toilet paper wedding gowns really. Has anyone ever played that one at a bridal shower? Where you split into teams and dress one 'bride' in a toilet paper creation? I rock at it. My trumpet gown usually wins, no joke.
But newspaper takes things to a whole new level. Check out these beautiful creations. It's like couture for bridal showers. Plus you're basically recycling so it is perfect for an eco bride ;)
It's not so you can eat ice cream in your wedding dress...but that's a perk!
Life is such a roller coaster, sometimes it's easy to lose sight of why we do the things we do. Why we have weddings, why we marry at all. I've had this conversation with a lot with friends lately. We are skeptics...more than half of marriages end in divorce, the average wedding is over $26K. What's the point anymore?
When I was engaged, my Husband and I had this conversation a lot. What made us think that we could beat the divorce odds? We could be happy just living together, our commitment was enough. Then if things didn't work out, we could cut our losses and move on. That sounds awful doesn't it? We're realistic.
But there was this want to take things a step further, declaring our love in front of family and friends that made things feel like the beginning of us against the world. It does feel like that some days. When it seems like there is no one else in the world on your side, there's your Husband or Wife. A witness to your life. We didn't know if that feeling would last forever, but we decided if it made us happy right now it was worth it. I'll let you know how that works out for us ;)
Kate of Koru Wedding Style posted a link to a great series over at Happy Sighs called Why We Wed. Every one's reasons are different, it's interesting to hear why and also a great reminder on those days when you ask yourself...what's the point?
Check out these custom vintage paper boutonnieres by Merletto Vintage on Etsy. They are so dainty and don't overpower the way a big ol' rosebud can. They're the perfect keepsake too. I would wear my Groom's in my hair after the wedding is over ;) Can you believe they are paper?
Each boutonniere and corsage are hand cut and assembled using natural, renewable resources and preserved eucalyptus leaves. Is there a green certification for weddings these days because this would definitely fit the bill!
I'm all about gold this week ;) All I need are these gold brushed pomegranates and lots of candles for a romantic centerpiece. It's very Adam and Eve for some reason... What's going on with your holiday table this year?
Lately I've been swapping my engagement ring with a little gold sapphire number my Mom bought in Spain when she was 19. It's funny because people seem to notice it more than my normal ring. Maybe because mine needs to be cleaned badly ;) Actually...I switch it out more when I wear yellow gold jewelry. Do you change it up, or are you fine with mixing metals?
These are my favorite mixed metals by Jaime Joseph, a Seattle native. I'm thinking these are perfect for a 4th anniversary. Does anyone have one coming up? Oh...hmm I do!
I saw this adorable striped duvet over at Oh Gracie Pie's blog and thought it was a fun update from the Mr. and Mrs. pillow cases. This duvet is from West Elm and you can use their monogram service to add the Yours and Ours. Of course you can buy your pillow cases anywhere and get them monogrammed anywhere as well!
Oh. my. have you ever tried this stuff? This weekend while we were at the grocery store looking for a decent bottle of white I picked it up for a look. The wine guy asked if I had questions and we chatted about it for a second. He said it was really good, and that you could still taste the red wine...yada yada yada. Bryan was on his phone so I flashed it in front of him for approval and he nodded. I find this is the best way to get approval without discussion ...wait until they're distracted ;)
This stuff is better than good. It tastes like chocolate milk and liquor. No hint of red wine what so ever. If you need a quick hostess gift this holiday season, pick up a bottle. It was about $10 and a great conversation starter! There are quite a few other flavors, but I've only tried the original. Check them out at ChocoVine.
Did anyone see this beautiful wedding on Ruffled yesterday? I couldn't take my eyes off these wheelbarrow overflowing with flowers. The couple used them as their altar, aren't they gorgeous?
If you're having an outdoor wedding and you have the time, you could plant and grow some of the flowers yourself. Nasturtiums would be beautiful and would take off and cascade down the sides. Another great idea is to fill the wheelbarrow with ice and fill it with drinks...not for your altar, but you get the idea ;) See the full wedding on Ruffled.
**Thank you Bethany for pointing out that for 29 years I've been saying wheel barrel and never even knew! WOW!
I came across this DIY cd case on Pinterest...but forget cd's, it is way better as a square envelope for your invitation suite. Just keep in mind postage is a bit more for this size envelope. Make sure to use kraft paper too. We don't have enough kraft paper in this world...
You might be beginning to think I'm against flowers because I post so many alternative centerpiece ideas. I love flowers, they can just get so expensive! Especially since we all want peonies and they're only available for a blink of an eye right?
Plus I'm obsessed with Trader Joe's, I can't help it. If you're able to cater your own or can work a deal out with your caterer. Pick up some good cheeses and a meats, some olives and cornichons. Serve them up on thrifted bread boards and you have yourself a functional centerpiece. Forget passed appetizers!
Searching for a great bridesmaid gift? How about these DIY quote scarves? Write your favorite poem or quote for them to carry close to their heart. You were going to get them a pashmina anyway...admit it ;)
The quote below was written with a Tee Juice Fabric Marker and they come in many fabulous colors. Great idea for Christmas gifts too!
If you're having long tables at your reception and you love patterns, you must take advantage of wrapping paper runners. This table looks so pulled together between the runner and the matching paper wrapped lids on the favor boxes. You don't even have to put a favor in the box, how about a fortune or a handwritten note to thank your guests.
Do you notice there are no chargers or anything fussy going on here? This table could easily be recreated with your favorite wrapping paper, Ikea vases, or painted bottles and a uniform flower.
I've made a decision. I'm moving to Australia so I can work at Anna Campbell. I'm in love. These are the perfect wedding gowns for winter...don't you think? A little sparkle, a lot of romance, even more champagne. Check out the whole collection here, tell her I sent you and I want a job so I can live with these dresses every day.
I've been enjoying my share of hot apple cider lately but a think it's time to move onto mulled wine. Have you ever had some? My first time was on a mountain, in the snow (I'm still talking about mulled wine) while we were Christmas tree hunting. I'd love have a glass before dinner while waiting for the Bride and Groom to arrive.
1 large orange
2 cardamom pods
6 whole clove
6 allspice berries
6 whole black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick, plus 4 for garnish (optional)
1 bottle (3 cups) fruity red wine
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brandy
1.With a fine grater, zest, then juice the orange.
2.With the flat side of a knife, press firmly on the cardamom pods to bruise them. In a large pot (not aluminum), combine zest, juice, cardamom, cloves, allspice, peppercorns, cinnamon, wine, sugar, and brandy. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes.
3.Reduce heat to low; simmer until flavors have melded, about 30 minutes. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve; garnish with cinnamon stick, if desired. Serve immediately.
Oh chalkboard paint, you have endless uses. Like this wine glass sprayed at the base to create the perfect wine charm or escort card. Tape off the stem, spray 2 coats of RustOleum Chalkboard Paint (wait 20 minutes in between coats), let cure overnight. Write your guests name and table number with chalk, or a liquid chalkboard pen for a cleaner look.
I feel like I just found the best DIY centerpiece ever! Save your cans, buy some bulbs and get your moss on because these are perfect for Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall. You can get the cans ready in advance and force your bulbs to save money. The best part? You guests can take them home!
They'd also be beautiful for your Thanksgiving and Christmas table no?
Married three years ago, I've failed to move on to the next stage of my life. Children? 401K? I'd rather join the congo line on your big day. I love all things weddings and parties and hope to make a life of it someday.
In my spare time I like to hike, go to the beach and discover new restaurants. I live in the Seattle area with my Husband, two crazy dogs and my wedding dress ;)