Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Wedding Etsy Treasury

Check out this elegant Etsy Treasury:
For more information about each section just click here

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A beautiful hair piece

I came across these lovely hair pins from Royal Princess and I just had to get one. Mine is a deep sapphire blue but they have lots of lovely colors.

They're real roses that are preserved. The petals are flexible and the colors you get when the light bounces off them are exquisite. Here are just a few examples:If you're less of a rose fan and more into feathers they also have a really cool fascinator sample especially for any peacock fans:

Go check them out. I can't wait to show off my little beauty.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Easter clothes for the wedding

Easter is a great time to go looking for dresses for the flower girls and suits and shirts for the ring bearers.

Here's just a sampling of the dresses from Target all under $25:

The boys have some cute stuff too. Easter is perfect to pick up an entire vest, shirt and pants combo for under $25:
So if you know what colors you want you may want to check out some local retailers or department stores to see what they have in stock because once summer comes all those cute shirts and dresses will be gone.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Colored Crinoline almost DIY

Have you seen some of those gorgeous pictures of brides rockin' different bright colors under their white wedding dress to give a little pop?

Always wanted to have dyed crinoline but are afraid that you'll mess it up?

Here comes 2 Bird Stone. For the low price of $17 they'll take your crinoline and dye it one of a multitude of colors. Just look at these options:I love the ranges they have, especially the greens and blues.

I've tried my hands at dying a few things in the past and for the cost of dye and then cleaning products to remove the mess you made, $17 is a wonderful deal and worth the piece of mind knowing you have a gorgeous even pop of color on your wedding day without blue fingers.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Another wedding painting

Big thanks to Rachel and her displaying the painting a made of her wedding dress on her blog (I'd offer you a fruit basket if I actually knew any fruit that was edible at this time of year).

Kelly from My Island Wedding saw it and contacted me. She wanted not just her dress but also one of her husbands tux and then she asked for something I was a touch hesitant on.

She wanted to include a picture of their dog Madchen who had sadly passed on recently. I've only attempted two doggie paintings so far, one looked okay and the other failed spectacularly (hence why you've never seen it). But I really wanted to try.

There has never been a time in my life that I didn't have a dog that was my best bud and I know they always have a little special place in your heart.

So I sat down and through a slight anti-histamine fog (damn trees, stop breeding) somehow I got this beautiful painting out and am still a bit floored that I painted it.
I guess this means I may just be able to paint puppies too. Yay!

I hope you enjoy and love it a lot Kelly. I know I already do.

If you would like your own here is an option for a scene like above with both the dress and tux, and here is one for just the dress. Puppies in there are completely optional.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hand Painted Invitations

Recently, I stumbled across these gorgeous wedding invitations that are hand painted (using my favorite medium, acrylic) and are only about $4-$6 a piece from Paintings by Sharon.

Each invitation has the image painted on not scanned and printed off and she does all the assembling. Just look at some of these amazing options.
I really love these little blue birds, and the RSVPs have adorable nests on them.
Who wouldn't want to send each guest their own little piece of art.

She also does really adorable maps as well. Wouldn't that make a cute Save the Date?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Paper prettier than the real thing

Looking for something a touch different to carry down the aisle, have your bridesmaids or groomsmen carry/wear, or just to decorate with?

How about a paper rose from La Fleur De Papier?
I really love the long stem roses and at $5.50 each they're incredibly elegant and also economical to carry down the aisle.
You can even have her customize your own bouquet with whatever colors you want.
And each flower has a dash of rose oil added to give a beautiful scent.

They're all so delicate and beautiful they'd make a wonderful addition to a wedding, plus you can keep them for years to come.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Painting of your wedding dress

Time for that announcement I promised I'd make today (it's a good one, I swear).

For those of you that have been reading for a long time you know that early on in my painting spree I sat down and painted out not only my wedding dress but also my husbands tux. Okay so I can't paint people (it's the hands and noses, if we didn't have hands and noses I'd be golden) but I have a good eye for fabrics and clothing.

I really like my two paintings and I got to thinking, maybe someone else would also like a little painting of their own dress. In fact I've already done two of the more prominent wedding blog-o-sphere newlyweds.

The first was of Jenna's Evelyn based upon one of millions of gorgeous pictures she had from her wedding.

This picture of her painting was actually taken by That Wife herself as I have no skills at taking pictures of my own paintings. They always look so much better in real life.She wanted some emphasis put on the brooch and I really am still a touch gobsmacked at how it turned out. Maybe I should get some pins so I can paint angels on them or something.

My other newlywed painting was of Rachel's dress from Girl Learning Along the Way. I worked to capture the fullness of her skirt and also to show how light and airy it was. I love the color purple she picked for the background too, it really set the whole thing off.

So what does all that have to do with you? Why I am offering the same deal to anyone else who wants their own wedding dress painting at my store on etsy. For just $15 I'd paint a small painting keepsake of your wedding dress.

But for all of you my, blogger friends, I offer a better deal. If you'd like your own painting, I'll give you a $5 reduction and only charge you for the cost of supplies and shipping.

If that's still too much, you can get your own wedding dress painting for a whole $5 (so basically shipping price) by mentioning my Etsy store on your own blog in a post.

I don't have to do just wedding dresses either. I could do say a mothers dress as a present, or a series of bridesmaids dresses, or another idea I've had is to do both the tux and dress dancing together. The background is completely customizable as well.

And for all of you who are still waiting on your own wedding, don't worry I'll keep this deal open.

So, totally crazy idea or not?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ring around the Neck

These made the wedding blog rounds a while back, but Cyberoptix Tie Lab has come out with some cool new ties (I really like the wood one). They're all silk, handscreened and cost about $30.
These would make --if not to be in the wedding-- really cool groomsmen gifts. Or even for the fathers if they are into some of the cool options.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Flowers in your hair

Want to wear a real flower in your hair but worried about it dying and wilting too quickly?

Why not check out Bela Brazilian Designs

They have preserved real flowers and incorporated them into designs for jewelry as well as headbands and hair pins. If you really want a rare or very exotic flower that is hard to find during your wedding this could be a cool idea and you could wear it years after your wedding.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Ringbearer's bowl?

Not so crazy about the idea of having a ringbearer carrying down an overpriced pillow?

How about a bowl instead? It's sure to get more reuse after the wedding than a tiny pillow.
This wooden bowl is handcrafted and costs a whole $15
More in the mood for something on the wild side? This porcelain bowl with a green and black motif costs $30
This adorable heart shaped bowl comes in at $20.
Want something a bit smaller but also personalized? How about this small ring bowl for $15?

Or for the ultimate in personalization you and your fiance could visit a Paint Yourself Silly type store and make your own little ring bowl painted together. My hubby and I had a ton of fun one Valentines day making our special wizard bowl (it's very important as it holds all our stamps now).

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