Friday, July 31, 2009

Fashion Fridays: Walking through the Fields

I wouldn't actually go walking through the fields in this outfit, but I would walk through the city, or do some wine tasting in this causally chic outfit. Enjoy your weekend!
Calypso St. Barth : Twen-tee Tank $70
Sonia Rykiel Stud Fringe Handbag $945
Hat H&M Shop Online
Grey suede stud belt $33
Preen Line Preen Shorts $349
0101 Web Channel Suede Boots Web Channel

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Traditions - Chuppah

My favorite part of a wedding ceremony is the many cultural, and religious traditions I've seen. This week tradition is the Chuppah. The chuppa carries a religious significance in a Jewish ceremony. It consists of a cloth or a tallit, stretched or supported over four poles. It is sometimes carried by attendants to the ceremony.

The wedding ceremony takes place under the chuppah (canopy), a symbol of the home that the new couple will build together, and the spiritual birth of a couple's life together. It is open on all sides, just as Abraham and Sarah had their tent open all sides to welcome people in unconditional hospitality.

The Ashkenazi custom is to have the chuppah ceremony outside under the stars, as a sign of the blessing given by God to the patriarch Abraham, that his children shall be "as the stars of the heavens"(Genesis 15:5). Sefardim generally have the chuppah indoors.

Images via Project Wedding

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Just for Fun... Diamond Ring Favors

How fun are these classic Tiffany-setting diamond engagement ring. But AMT’s version is acrylic, way more affordable and a lot of fun. Go for clear or basic black or choose from a spectrum of brilliant hues like ruby, black, pink, clear, ivory, and bronze. Stack them to create your perfect Diamond Ring. They make perfect favors for a bridal shower or bachlorette party!

Where to buy: Poketo for $10

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Just for Fun...Tin Can Alley

To continue my tin can theme. Check out these fun tin can wedding invitations from Chris Trivizas.

“Wedding invitation in a tin can which after the ceremony is attached at the back of the newly married couples car.

It is accustomed, after the wedding ceremony, for friends and relatives of the couple to bang saucepans and bells in order to make noise and send away jealous spirits.

The wedding invitation is packaged with a string. While reading the text (date, place, etc), there’s an illustration which explains how to tie the string at the back of the can and the whole making at the back of the car.”

Images Via: Lovely Package

Monday, July 20, 2009

What I like...Country Tins

I took advantage of working in Salt Lake City, Utah, this week and booked a stay at Robert Redford's Sundance Resort for the next few days. It's been simply wonderful to decompress and take in nature at one of the most beautiful resorts in North America.

I happened upon these hanging vintage tin milk cans from Farmhouse Wares, which fit perfectly with my mood. I can't wait to use them for one of my weddings. They are simply sweet and make unique, rustic centerpieces. And the fun doesn't stop there. They're perfect for stylish storage in the home, whether they're repurposed to hold tools, pens, keys, or other odds and ends. How perfectly green!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

DYI...If I Could Save Time in a Bottle

Here's a great way to display vintage family photos. Follow these few easy steps from Yankee Magazine.
You'll need: glass bottle or jar glass cleaner photocopy of a photograph or print scissors two wooden skewers

1. Choose an attractive glass bottle or jar, whether new or antique (the larger the neck or the mouth the better). Clean it and dry it thoroughly. (Polident denture solution works great for getting old glassware clean.)
2. Make a color or black-and-white photocopy of your picture on regular copier paper. The copy should be small enough (in length and width) to fit unrolled inside the glass container. Trim excess paper if necessary.
3. Wrap the photocopy, blank side showing, around one of the wooden skewers and roll it into a tight cylinder.
4. Slide the photocopy cylinder off the skewer and slip it, right side up, through the bottle's neck (or the jar's mouth).
5. Insert both skewers down through the neck (or mouth).
6. Working from the blank side (to avoid damaging the print), use the skewers to unroll the cylinder until it's flat inside the bottle or jar. Pressing toward the front of the container from the back of the photocopy works best.
7. Leave the top of your bottle or jar open if you like, or finish with a cork or clean metal cap.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Inspiration Board: Fly Butterfly Fly

For free-spirited and nature-loving couples, a butterfly theme is dreamy and romantic. You can even have your wedding at the Butterfly House in Topanga, California. It's a beautiful garden estate with plenty of butterflies, of course. Top it off with a butterfly release at the end of the ceremony for a magical moment!

Images Via: Top Row: Martha Stewart Images, Paper Lanterns, Bouquet, Placecards, Drinks,
2nd Row:
Wedding Gown, Cake

3rd Row:
Wheatgrass centerpieces (unknown),
Martha Stewart Favors
4th Row: Esty Butterfly Invitation,
Favor box, Glass Placecards, Butterfly House

Saturday, July 4, 2009

DYI...Lollipop Stand

Martha Stewart created these fun, colorful lollipop stands. Inspiration for a circus or carnival wedding!

Tools and Materials
Styrofoam cone from Baisch & Skinner

Floral spray paint (choose a color that will match your ribbon)

Extra-wide flat washers (these will add weight to the bottom of the cone and keep it steady; to get a heavy-enough weight, Cheree used 2 and hot-glued them together. The more surface of the base that the washer covers, the steadier the cone will be; so, if you can find a "Large OD" washer that's 8 millimeters or wider from a plumbing-supply store, that would be best)

Hot-glue gun

8 yards of 5/8-inch-wide ribbon (use 1-inch-wide ribbon for a 24-inch-tall cone; Baisch & Skinner

Gold-topped boutonniere pins (about 30)

Lollipops (some of our favorite sources include Ju-C Suckers, Hammond's Candies, and

Flag template (download template here)

Slim wooden dowel (for flag)

Craft glue

Lollipop Stand How-To1. Spray paint cone with floral spray paint, and let dry. Hot-glue the flat washer to the bottom of the cone, and let set.

2. Cut the ribbon into graduated lengths so each wraps once around the cone, with extra for overlap; the shortest piece (for the top of the cone) will be about 5 inches. You will need 25 pieces of ribbon for 16-inch cone, 28 pieces of ribbon for 18-inch cone, and 27 pieces of ribbon (of 1-inch-wide ribbon) for 24-inch cone.

3. Cover cone with ribbon, starting from the top. Wrap the first ribbon snugly around the cone (you will need to wrap the ribbon at a slight angle so that it lays flat on the conical surface). Fold the end under to hide the raw edge, and use a pin to secure. Continue down the cone, overlapping the ribbons only slightly.

Insert your favorite lollipops into the cone, slipping the sticks between the ribbons and angling them down. We used rock-candy swizzle sticks, so we used scissors to cut off the balls on the ends of the wooden sticks.

5. Stick a sign into the top of the cone, or insert a single lollipop instead. Flag template download and print it out, then use a craft knife and a metal straight edge to cut the flag just inside the lines. Glue it to a slim wooden dowel; if you like, cut a second sheet of paper and glue it to the back of the flag to cover the dowel.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What I like...Pillow Talk

Here's a "G" rated version of Wikipedia's definition of Pillow Talk: "Pillow talk is the relaxed, intimate conversation that often occurs between two partners after whoopee."

These pillow cases from Bold Loft will bring sweet dreams for you and your honey.