Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Color and texture

I bought these delicious looking velvet ribbon rounds for a special project. I'm posting them in hopes that you'll share in my adoration for such color and texture. The colors (especially the top set) are ones that I want to see and wear allll the time.

I'll post when the project is all finished!

exes and ohs,

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Tin creations!

Greetings my friends,

I played with the foil sheets I picked up a while ago and decided to use them for the ceremony. I used a little pin and poked holes in the pattern of our monogram. I'm thinking we can either use them for the aisle markers or perhaps on the wall of the terrace. Either way, I love them! Some of the sheets have gold backs and some have colored backs. I'm loving the colored ones. However, I'm worried about having so many different colors together. So far, the ceremony will have a lot of candlelight, the bridesmaids dresses (pink, cream and teal) and the tent facade arbor of which the colors are TBD but I'm thinking it will probably be a red/cream or red/silver stripe in either a sheer fabric or perhaps a taffeta.

So, what do you think colors + gold or just gold?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Finally...some arts and crafts!

I do believe we've already discussed the giant paper fans I picked up at a store closing.

Well, I finally painted them! Some of them anyway. I'm still on the hunt for a nice soft peacock blue to finish the rest off. These will be hanging over the dance patio!! There have been so many new developments lately. I can't wait for everything to come together. I decided not to share too many here only because I want it to be a surprise! Kinda defeats the purpose of a blog, huh? I still want to share some details...just not everything. I'm really proud of what we've done on our slender budget. By we I mean myself and Kat, Pam and Jon. They have been generous with their time and energy and I can't thank them enough. 

Love to everyone!


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sweet sweet stuff

Hello friends,

We're at just under 4 months until the wedding and I'm getting really pumped. I haven't had much to share visually which has kept me off this blog. Plus, I don't want to share it all because I want some of it to be a surprise. Right now I'm working on invitations and programs. I'm planning a trip to the Alameda Flea Market next month to see if I can score some old fabric to use for the photo area and any other addition to this weddin'.

I've been trying to find the a wedding cake topper of 20s/30s vibe on ebay and have passed up several auctions because I knew I'd find the right one. See? I'm learning to be patient and get what I want. I talked to my Grandma Mary yesterday on the phone and she said she wanted to buy our cake topper. So, here is the one that I love and won. Thank you Grandma!

I love them! We also decided on a big beautiful, fluffy coconut cake (from www.marthastewartweddings.com) I really like cakes that look: a) like a cake and not a suitcase b) like it was made from real ingredients c) appetizing. I think that the topper will be really sweet on that cake and the cake looks irresistable.

Pam and I have been working on the table tops and they are going to be so fantastic that I don't want to show you and ruin it! Our dear friend Peggy has agreed to help out with the flowers. I'm so excited about that.

I think that's all I have for now.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hello Panda

It's been quite a while and I have something to say now. I found a wedding band!! Here's the story. A little while ago I started hunting around the city to see if I could find a little jewelry shop with some antique bands within our budget. I went to three different shops. Two of them pretty- womaned me. One had the nerve to say, "Well when you're ready to replace that ring with a diamond (speaking of my engagement ring)...you can go for something like this" Whatever. As Kate pointed out: If I wanted a diamond in the first place I would have a charming little diamond on my finger. People don't get it (especially jewelers).

I was pretty bummed because I thought there had to be someone out there who understood the character and the preciousness in an old, sweet, dainty ring that isn't all gobbed up with diamonds. I think there are so many wonderfully different kinds of rings with and without diamonds, but the wedding and diamond industries don't encourage that kind of creative thought. It's all about the 4 C's and the size. I can't believe how many people get hung up on the size. It grosses me out. What other naturally produced material creates such status? I can't imagine how guys feel. Commercials suggest how easy it is to acquire the ring of her dreams...only 2 months salary. TWO MONTH'S SALARY? Seriously, when is the last time you had 2 months salary rolling around. I can't imagine worrying if the ring is big enough...if it is expensive enough...it's insane. Furthermore, what kind of set-up is that for the gals? Is this now a competition? Who has the biggest ring? Mine was only $1200 while hers was $3200. What am I worth in jewelry? Are we supposed to feel better about ourselves if we have a giant piece of crystallized carbon on our finger? It makes me sick. When you meet someone and get the feeling you could spend a whole happy life with that person do you think, hmmm I wonder what kind of ring he would cough up? No, hopefully not.

I've felt passionate about this for a long time, so I apologize for the out-of-nowhere wedding jewelry talk. I think it's fair to say that most of the wedding industry supports this way of thinking as well. We all know that the pricier weddings in the U.S. costs as much as an entire college education. An education's worth of money gone within 4 hours.

Anyyywaaay I really do like diamonds. I think they are very pretty and sparkle wildly. I also think many other stones are pretty and there is something to be said for the purity of precious metals all on their lonesome.

Back to the hunt. Whew. I went home and went to yelp.com for some help and direction. I found the San Francisco Provident Loan Co and read many good reviews about a person there that took the time to find a unique ring. Long story short, this place was exactly what I needed to find. A nice gentleman by the name of Ben helped me and asked if I really wanted an antique ring or just one that looked antique because he had a stash of old rings that were truly very old and weren't exactly what you would find today. Yes, exactly. He brought out a case of old rings and said that they would normally melt these down, but he loved them too much to melt them. He asked me my price range, and though I winced when I said it (see previous experiences above) he had no problem with it. He said we could definitely find a ring in our price range. I looked at the rings and loved them (one ring was engraved with a 1907 wedding date), but didn't see the one. He told me to keep checking back because he gets them in all the time. I went down there yesterday and I saw the sweetest, most perfect ring. I felt like that was it, but I didn't want to jump the gun. I'm trying to be more patient and get what I really want. I selected four rings to try on. Each of them had little diamonds on the top that were just fine with me. They sparkled and were still pretty easy to wear, in our price range, etc. This one though...I couldn't believe how much it felt like me. First it's yellow gold, which I have a secret crush on. Secondly it's the most dainty ring I've ever seen. Thirdly, it's from the 30's and has already been attached to a lifetime. Fourthly, it has 5 tiny mine-cut diamonds on the top. Lastly, it is engraved with, "Ring of Romance"! Beyond all of that and the beautifully sweet detail, it fit me perfectly.

I asked him to hold the ring with the others overnight so I could make a decision. We went in today and I still felt very strongly about the ring. Morgan also thought it was me. So we went for it! There was a really pretty sparkly one that was a bit flashier, but it felt like it'd be nice on someone else. This one felt like it was mine. (By the way, this one was half of our budget)

Here she is: (click for larger versions and detail)

A few showing the detail

You can see the Ring of Romance stamp

Here I am wearing it all over the place:

I can't wait to wear it for realz.

Love to everyone,

Thursday, February 26, 2009


The dresses arrived today and I gotta say they are crazy, wacky and totally beautiful. Yes, together they definitely look like a kid threw up after eating a bunch of dinner mints. Isn't that what I was going for though? Just kidding. These are perfect! I think my Maids of Honor will love them!

In other news...Sarah has been working on my dress and the next step is getting the fabric! I can't waiiiit.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello hello,

I've been experimenting more with the jars I showed in the previous previous post. I made a lot more and I tried a little something with the sheets of thin tin I found.

What do you think?