Archive for July, 2009

Lovely Budget Swizzle Sticks

July 31, 2009


I go nuts over unique drink stirrers and other decorative flourishes in my beverages.  Handmade swizzle sticks would be an inexpensive and unique detail at a reception.  Makes me want to go pretty paper shopping!

drink stirrers

| “B”: Wedding Project, PomPoms: Martha Stewart, “J&A”: Young House Love |


Who do? Yudu!

July 28, 2009

I just spied these incredibly charming save-the-dates over at Style Me Pretty.  The vintage hankies were screen printed by the bride using a Yudu.  A Yudu?

yudu_1Yes, a Yudu.

As we sadly prepare for the endangered gocco’s imminent extinction, it seems crafters are turning to the Yudu to fulfill at home printing needs.  Having wanted to try my hand at a gocco ever since learning about them, I’m super curious about this new apparatus.

But I must admit the image on Yudu’s product page is alarming.  The machine is as big as the model!  Where does one store something like this?  The display panel and glowing buttons on this beast make the little orange gocco look so cute and cuddly.

Has anyone tried the Yudu?  How do you like it?  More importantly, where do you keep it?

| Beautiful hankies by Rachel on Style Me Pretty; Monster Yudu from Yudu |

Vintage Wedding Wrapping Paper

July 27, 2009


Anyone who knows me personally knows I LOVE vintage paper. Any kind.  So as I hmm and haw over wedding colors and motifs, I’ll be searching high and low for inspiration from various paper ephemera.

This time around: wrapping paper – another one of my obsessions.



| 1: Amy Honey, 2: Seamsters, 3: Suzy Fairchild, 4: Blempgorf |

Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods

July 24, 2009

Just had to highlight my favorite vendor at Brimfield: Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods.  I spent an hour in this vintage sewing notions heaven.  The dealer definitely had one of the most attractive and temping displays at the show – hundreds of exquisite buttons, lace pieces, and ribbons arranged by color.

There is a website, but to really experience the breadth of vintage treasures you’ll have to track Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods down at a show.  Her 2009 schedule is posted here.  Love.


| Images from Nifty Thrifty |

Brimfield Antique Show

July 22, 2009


Last Sunday me and my beloved made our virgin trek to the Brimfield Antique Show.  The experience wasn’t quite as overwhelming or frenzied as I had imagined, but we were told by several dealers that the July show is extremely tame in comparison to May.  That being said, we exited our Zip Car at 8:30 AM and did not return until 4:00 PM.  With only a few short food and bathroom breaks, we managed to visit all but one field (a sneaky field we didn’t even see until driving away, at which point my fiancé – clearly on a mission to conquer this mammoth event – pulled off the road in search of parking.  But parking was not free and it was obvious that the dealers were already packing up.  With quite a bit of regret, we accepted that we had not seen everything there was to see and vowed to return next spring).

As I expected, Brimfield turned out to be heaven for a bride-to-be, with quirky inspiration at every turn.  I purchased a few wedding surprises, but it was difficult since our colors are not set in stone.  We are also the proud new owners of a vintage Christmas ornament and a creepy turn-of-the-century glass negative.

The items that got away?  A mid-19th century plantation chair in fabulous shape with newly restored caning.  The price – $200 – seemed like a deal, but there was no conceivable way we could fit the beast in our tiny apartment without sacrificing another piece of furniture.  And – the one that will really haunt us – a vintage Bertoia diamond chair, also $200.  We could probably find a home for this one, but it was in sad shape.  The combination of rust and too many bad paint jobs created countless sharp edges – I feared for my dress when I did a test-sit.  And upon closer inspection, it was obvious that someone had taken it apart at some point in time and the base didn’t quite match up with the seat on the left side.  Finally, it was sans cushion.  It was still hard to walk away!


Needless to say, I was too busy treasure hunting to photographically document our day, so I’ve found some fabulous pictures online that really capture the essence of the show.


|Colored Pots: Apartment Therapy, Plantation Chair: Ralph Lauren Home, Bertoia Chair: Retro Home Decor, Snow Shoes: Apartment Therapy, Trombones: Negative Space, Letterpress Letters: Working Class Magazine, Sexy Tiles: Tasting Life Twice, Utensils: In-Vision, Vintage Gags: Rotating Corpse |

Hunt for the Perfect Palette

July 20, 2009


We are still 11 months away from the big day, but I’ve become obsessed with finalizing a color palette.  Now that the most basic details (ceremony and reception sites, photographer, and officiant) are taken care of, I’d like to focus on the more aesthetic elements of our wedding.

When it comes to colors, we don’t want anything too sweet or predictable.  And although my fiancé might be happy with a palette of grays and gray-blues, I would like something more lighthearted.

These criteria kept bringing us back to some of our favorite things.  For my fiancé: Russian Constructivist posters.  For me: the age and color of vintage postcards and other ephemera.


An inspiration palette of poppy, honey, ivory, and black was posted on The Bride’s Guide back in May.  It has the vintage feel and classic design/typography that we both love.


My only hesitation is that it seems like more of a fall palette than an early summer one.  But it serves as a start – I’ll have an easier time passing up minty-greens as I scour the internet for invitation inspiration.

| Poster 1: Desain Grafis Indonesia Poster 2: Art Attacker Postcard: eBay Inspiration Board: The Bride’s Guide |

Wedding & Engagement Memory Boxes

July 15, 2009


I admit that I’ve been shoving all of my engagement keepsakes (greeting cards, photos, etc.) into my less-than-tidy “wedding binder.”  I have every intention of doing something lovely and commemorative with them, but for now they’re jammed into the binder pocket.  I’ve also been noticing that anything not flat (champagne corks, museum badges and other tokens) are slowly being deposited into the jewelry bowl that sits on my dresser.  Being the sentimental person that I am, I imagine this collection of engagement and wedding paraphernalia will continue to grow.

I assumed I would make an album of the scraps and mementos after the wedding, but the thought of affixing all of these objects down to paper doesn’t seem quite right.  Instead, I think I’m going to do an engagement box.  Not a shadow box or anything that will necessarily be displayed, but a pretty keepsake box I can pull down off of the shelf whenever I want to relive all of this.

Anyone else doing a box or an album specifically for their engagement?

|Images clockwise from top left: velorution, Design Hut, Pottery Barn, Les Jardins de Vie |

SoWa Open Market

July 14, 2009

I finally made it to the SoWa Open Market this past Sunday.  The open air event featuring artisans, antiques, and organic produce did not disappoint.  I found some great local stationers and jewelers, and the old trolley barn full of antiques offered tons of wedding décor inspiration.

If you live in the Boston area make sure to check it out.  The market is open every Sunday 10am – 4pm,  May through October.

| Image via ChromaLab |

Budget Boston Wedding Venue #3

July 13, 2009


I know it’s been awhile, so I’m very happy to present another fabulous and affordable Boston wedding venue!

Budget Boston Wedding Venue #3
The Shirley-Eustis House

Ok, this one might be a stretch, but if you’re in the mood for a big project and a super personalized Boston wedding the Shirley-Eustis House might be for you.  When I was newly engaged and starry eyed, I seriously considered taking on this historic estate.

Built in Roxbury around 1750, the Shirley-Eustis House was home to the Royal Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony.  The home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, and today the estate is open for guided tours and event rentals.



  • The entire estate – house, carriage house, and gardens – can be yours for $250 an hour
  • Great excuse for an intimate wedding – the house can only accommodate 50, and the carriage house 99
  • Best of both worlds – have a classy sophisticated dinner in the mansion, and fun, country-style dancing in the carriage house (not to mention a gorgeous ceremony somewhere on the landscaped grounds)
  • Choose your own caterer (no red foods allowed) and bring your own alcohol (no hard liquor or red wine allowed)


  • No stiletto heels allowed in any of the estate’s buildings
  • There is very little electric lighting in the main house, so evening events can be tricky
  • Dancing is only permitted in the carriage house
  • I’ve personally had some trouble contacting someone at the property – which might make planning and coordinating a little stressful

Check out the estate’s site rental page and their rules and regulations. And… watch a staff member give Bob Vila a tour of the main house here!

| Image 1: WWOwens 2 & 3: Shirley-Eustis House |

Pretty Pochoirs

July 9, 2009

Recently I’ve been on the lookout for color palette inspiration.  While researching vintage textiles, I stumbled across the New York Public Library’s digital gallery and this beautiful portfolio of Art Deco pochoir prints.  I’m in love.