Archive for the ‘Unexpected Details’ Category

Color Collages

February 8, 2010

** As always, please excuse my crap photography **

I have always been crazy about the little color cards brides make for their bridesmaids.  Any excuse to craft something lovely out of paper and I’m there.  Sadly, I didn’t think this project was necessary for my wedding since my sister is my only bridesmaid and she’s choosing her own dress.  But, as my DIY list continues to grow, I’ve slowly started to enlist the help of my mom and sister (MOH) on a variety of projects.  I live far from home and have made most wedding decisions – like the final color palette – independently, so it turns out these little color guides were appropriate for my wedding afterall!  Now my gracious helpers are up to speed.

I sealed the color swatches (yellow, blue, ivory, and two shades of gray) in a little vellum envelope and attached it to a card that showcases other wedding details (vintage book pages, vintage buttons, Etsy calligraphy, and my lovely leaf-shape hole punch).

So happy I found an excuse to make these!



August 5, 2009

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Once Wed recently posted the completely dreamy and stylish wedding of Paul and Cassie (photographed by Jonas Peterson).  I love love love the hearts on the wall!  It got me thinking of all of the fun vinyl wall decals I’ve seen on Etsy (the ones that I can’t wait to plaster all over the bedroom walls of my future children).  Seems like there would be countless ways to incorporate these relatively inexpensive and unexpected decorations into a wedding… photobooth, maybe?  Here are some lovely selections from studiojk:


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 |

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 |

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 |

Etsy Wedding Vendor: Timeless Paper

July 8, 2009


Timeless Paper has a lovely collection of handmade place cards and table numbers.  So dainty.


This Way to the Wedding!

June 17, 2009


Super cute signs available for sale or inspiration at “Vintage Signs.”

Wedding Favor: Burdick’s Chocolate Mice

June 10, 2009


Might seem strange, but the wedding detail I’m most looking forward to is the favors.  I love anything small and exquisitely wrapped.  Favors are totally my thing.

I didn’t think much about wedding planning before I was engaged, but I admit that I had a few favor ideas well in advance — which means I’ve got a nice list to share with you!

First off, L. A. Burdick’s super irresistible chocolate mice.  If you’re from New England, chances are you’ve probably had the good fortune to sample one of these delicious cuties.  And Burdick’s totally respects brides’ painstakingly chosen color palettes by offering to customize not only the boxes and bows, but the silk tails, as well!