Monday, December 28, 2009

{#34} birch and greens

happy monday ... hope you enjoy today's organic and nature inspiration winter board- i love the use of birch throughout the wedding. my favorite is the birch slice ring precious!!.  why not carve your table numbers on your birch vase?  it's a simple and serene event.

colors: evergreen, white birch, burlap, ivory

green tie and birch ring holders {brides}  silverware on burlap {sunday suppers} hanging cards photo {style guide} evergreen chair decoration {country living} paisley party crackers {dress design and decor}

  wedding cake and table garland {martha stewart weddings}  wreath {dress design and decor}  bcbg strapless dress {nordstroms}

evergreen favor {queen of hearts} birch centerpiece {jl design} carved birch vase {littleretreats}  flower girl basket {jonathan canlas}

Friday, December 25, 2009

{#33} winter white

all i want is a dreamy{white}christmas ....

colors: winter white, shimmering silver

mini angel food cakes {martha stewart} milk glasses {the knot} bouquet {martha stewart weddings} snowy cabin {country living}

white plate settings {gemma comas} white veil {rebecca thuss} white crown cakes {instyle weddings} silver shoes {eva lindh}

snow dogs photo {eva lindh} white chair photo {country living} bride wearing ice skates {the knot} candles photo {bhg}

snowflake ornaments {pottery barn} mercury glass vases {eva lindh} kids {j. crew} brides {brides}

Thursday, December 24, 2009

christmas eve

wishing everyone a warm and merry christmas. i'm off to watch {a christmas story} again and again.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

{#32} rustic wonderland

rustic charm and gingerbread is the inspiration for today's board. country accents play a role in every season but i particularly like it for the winter. a snowy background filled with pine cones, amaryllis bouquets and a gingerbread house grooms cake.

colors: red barn, brown gingerbread, white snow

gifts on chair {eva lindh} amaryllis bouquet {martha stewart weddings} chapel sign {tanja lippert} amaryllis vase {better homes and garden}

amaryllis and pinecones and gingerbread cookies {country living} cocoa {martha stewart} ivory bloom photo {emersonmade}  red paper lanterns and couple photo {the knot}

rustic shelf and horse drawn carriage {country living} red dress photo {anthropologie} gingerbread house {martha stewart}

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

{diy} rsvp tracking

how clever is this idea for {rsvp} tracking. i found this great idea from {c(oi)n:purse blog}. the bride used postcards {rsvps} and she was worried that some were going to be illegible so she marked them with an inkless pen. when the postcards were returned she simply used a black-light pen to read the hidden message.

{now you see it}

{now you don't}   amazing!!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

{#31} lime and aqua inspiration board

aqua and lime are not a unfamiliar color combination but i thought it would be perfect for this winter inspiration board.  i love the simplicity of this board it's so perfect for a civil ceremony. my favorite is the use of ornaments throughout {check out those adorable topiaries}.

colors: aqua blue, lime green, winter white

ornament on cake stand {matthew mead} kids photo {j. crew} tablescape {rebecca thuss} fiona slippers {kate spade}

moyna blue handbag {the knot} wedding cake {brides} fireplace photo {country living} ornament topiary {bhg} lime favor box and bridesmaid photo {rebecca thuss}

bride {kelima k} christmas tree, panettone and bouquet {martha stewart}

Friday, December 18, 2009

{tutorial} mini bulb stars

so this is my first tutorial and i really hope it's not a huge disaster. so a few weeks ago i was putting up my christmas lights and like every other year i end up with burned out string lights so this year it was these crystalish sting lights. well i was about to trash them when it hit me to do something with them...anything!!.  so i was totally inspired by these glass stars from {pottery barn}. So here it goes.....

{material needed}
low temperature glue gun
wire cutters
14 burned out bulbs {removed from string} for each star

1. grab bulb {omg can you tell it's my first tutorial ...ok let's focus}
2. remove and dispose of plastic green cap and with wire cutters cut bulb wires
3. now repeat steps 1 & 2 until you have 14 bulbs cut and ready to be glued

glue 4 bulbs in a shape of a cross {use tiny dots of glue on each end....there is no need for glue overload}

keep gluing bulbs in the openings

drum roll are the complete stars ... aren't there precious?

so i'm sooo happy with my little craft that I decided to make star ornaments.

{material needed}
8 in. ribbon
{mini bulb star}

tie a knot on the ribbon. dab a small dot of glue in a opening of the {mini star} and using the tooth press the ribbon and hold for a few seconds. voilĂ  a mini bulb star ornament.

{other uses for these mini bulb stars}
hang them on white branches for a simple centerpiece
scatter them
photo holder
napkin rings
gift embellishments

can you think of any other uses for these mini bulb stars?

{#30} plum and prosperous inspiration board

if your planning on having a new year's wedding make is romantic and unforgettable. add some shine with metallic ornaments and mercury glass centerpieces. it will be a full on party with sparklers, champagne and .a midnight snack.

colors: plum, gold, ivory, silver

countdown toast {martha stewart} wedding gown {unknown} clock christmas tree {country living} midnight snack {martha stewart} purple orchids bouquet {the knot}

plum shoes {jessica claire} clock faces {coutry living} chandelier {brides} sitting bride {wedding style guide}

metallic ornaments on tray {country living} plum one shoulder dress {jenny yoo} mercury glass centerpiece {sussie bell} sparklers photo {birdsong photography}

Thursday, December 17, 2009

{good eats} scottie dog shortbread cookies

these scottie dog shortbread cookies would make a great favor for our {#29} winters in scotland inspiration board.

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
12 to 16 twelve-inch lengths of 3/8-inch plaid ribbon, for collar (optional)

line two rimmed baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper. sift together flour and salt in a small bowl; set aside. in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. add confectioners' sugar, and continue to beat until very light in color and fluffy, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, about 2 minutes more. add vanilla, and beat to combine. add flour mixture, and combine on low speed, scraping with spatula if necessary, until flour is just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed with fingers.
remove half of the dough from bowl. form dough into a flat disc, and wrap it in plastic. add cocoa to remaining dough, mix until well combined, and form into a flat disc; wrap in plastic. chill both discs until firm, at least 1 hour.
preheat oven to 325 degrees. roll out one disc to a 1/4-inch thickness. cut out shapes using a scottie dog shaped cookie cutter, and place on prepared baking sheets. scraps can be gathered together and re-rolled once. repeat with remaining disc. bake until firm and just starting to color, 13 to 15 minutes. cool completely on a wire rack before decorating. tie a length of ribbon around the neck of each dog to form a collar, if desired. cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 4 weeks.

{makes 12 to 16}

{martha stewart}

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

{#29} winters in scotland inspiration board

for today's board i used red tartan as my inspiration. i wanted to create a cozy and intimate winter wedding with a touch of whimsy {scottie dog hankies}. I used the tartan pattern to accent the wedding – in the bridesmaids clutch and vintage decorations.

colors: red tartan, black, white

bridal party dresses {kate powers} scottie dog handkerchief {martha stewart} wedding cake on pedestal {utterly engaged} red bridal bouquet {project wedding}

cabin photo {j. crew} red tartan clutch {country living} tinsel snowflakes {martha stewart} tartan dress {kate powers}

fruit centerpiece {eva lindh} vintage santas {country living} oreo truffles{bakerella} child with christmas tree {j. crew}

Monday, December 14, 2009

{#28) pink and doves inspiration board

who says that pink can't work in a winter wedding? i love this inspiration board because it's not everyday that you see this color palette for winter. the bold fuschia is cooled down with the crisp white and shimmers with hints of silver.

colors: fuschia, blush, silver, white

pink martinis {brides} chair full of gifts {country living} silver shoes {eva lindh} wedding gown {brides}

fuschia skirt {j. crew} chandelier {martha stewart weddings} bud vases {known} wedding cake {wedding style guide}

bouquet {the knot} bride wearing fuschia wrap {d magazine} vintage bird christmas tree {country living} buffet table  and boutonniere {martha stewart weddings} flower girls {j. crew}

Friday, December 11, 2009

{#27} gold dust inspiration board

  i wanted to create a romantic and luxe inspiration board for today's post.  gold is a great accent color that works well with alot of colors but i wanted to keep it very subtle with touches of gold dust.

colors: gold, white and champagne

chandelier {brides} champagne {donna hay} tea cup and fireplace {country living}

gold ornaments centerpiece {martha stewart weddings} favor box {rebecca thuss} champagne bouquet {the knot} gold dress {lundlund}

gold place seating {martha stewart weddings} wedding cakes {the knot} strapless dress photo {wedding style guide} masked woman {kiss the groom} monogram dragees and bouquet from {martha stewart weddings}

Thursday, December 10, 2009

{diy} aqua and blue topaz

i found some {diy} projects that would work perfectly with our {#24} aqua and blue topaz inspiration board. enjoy!

download free circle labels from {on a limb paper}

click {here} for the tutorial for this bookcloth guestbook from Matha Stewart.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

{#26} iced lavender inspiration board

for today's inspiration board i was inspired by a different kind of winter wonderland... i replaced the light blue for a icy lavender. i love the cool and refreshing look of this board with the ornament and feather centerpiece and lavender reindeer wedding cake.

colors: lavender, silver and snow

ornament and feather centerpiece {better homes and garden} lavender desserts {amy atlas} cabin photo {country living} snowflake ornaments {pottery barn} reindeer wedding cake {martha stewart weddings}

silver buffet {country living} lavender favor boxes {martha stewart weddings} white dress photo {lundlund} snowflake cookies {martha stewart weddings}

gray bridesmaid dress {j. mendel} crocheted snowflake {martha stewart weddings} lavender dress {captivate me} lavender champagne {martha stewart weddings}

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

{diy} bow tutorials

here are some of my favorite bows.

gift bow made from magazine page {how about orange}

  bow tutorial from {the container store}

Monday, December 7, 2009

{#25} sweet clementine inspiration board

i wanted to create a winter wedding without your typical colors or themes. clementines are in season now and they make a fragrant and inexpensive addition to your wedding. pomanders {citrus studded with cloves} mixed with pine cones make a beautiful centerpiece and nothing beats the combination of orange and chocolate for your wedding cake.

colors: orange clementines, fern green

pomanders {country living} orange dress {j. crew} orange calla lillies bouquet {erin kate photography} winter citrus wreath {country living}

bride photo {rebecca thuss} dried sunflower boutonniere {instyle weddings} couple photo {tec petaja photography}

favor display {martha stewart weddings} orange and flower arrangement {brides} clementine favor {martha stewart weddings} orange chocolate cake {instyle weddings}

Friday, December 4, 2009

{#24} red & blue topaz inspiration board

i was so inspired by the j. crew ad with the boat and i created a inspiration board for it. the combination of  blue topaz with the red is a great palette for a winter wedding especially with the blue topaz being december's birthstone. incorporate holiday treats like peppermint sticks and candy ribbon for special sweet treats for your guests.

colors: red, blue topaz, glacier white

veil photo {rebecca thuss} boat photo {j. crew} bride with wrap {brides} gift table {country living}

blue topaz birthstone {unknown} wedding cakes {brides} mirror photo {martha stewart} red bridesmaid dress {simple silhouettes}

bouquet {instyle weddings} ribbon candy {amy atlas}

Thursday, December 3, 2009

{style} blue topaz

here are some of my favorite bridesmaid dresses inspired by december's birthstone - blue topaz.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

{#23} emerald and pine inspiration board

i absolutely love the smell of pine cones and i wanted to create today's board that incorporated pine cones and emerald green for a winter themed wedding.  the emerald green vases and the milk white ones make a perfect pair and the pinecone boutonniere keeps the theme going with a touch of whimsy.

colors: emerald green, brown pinecones, white

pinecones with rings photo {joel flory}  emerald green and white vase centerpieces {the knot} shawl wrapped bride {anna wolf}
cake {brides} couple photo {sarah k chen} pinecone boutonniere {instyle weddings}
bride gown with green sach {brides} pillow {unknown} antonement green dress, green door chapel {brides}

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

{blooms} narcissus

{narcissus} is december's flower. it's bulb belongs to the amaryllis family and it's common english name is daffodil. according to greek mythology, a young man named Narcissus was so in love with himself that he stared at his reflection in a pool of water until he eventually turned into his namesake flower.

bride photo {frolic}
potted narcissus {brides}
narcissus bouquet {martha stewart weddings}
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