Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Little More Progress

New design just posted over on Etsy. So far so good on my goal of two new designs a week! Got a couple more done today, plus had a bunch of good brainstorms on more. I need to put together a couple of complete suites to showcase at the show next month- this one is looking like it might make the cut.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Little Bit Busy

I haven't had a lot of time to post lately since I took the plunge and decided to do the Burlington Summer Evening Bridal Show- that is ONE. MONTH. AWAY. Ack!!

So my spare time has been filled with brainstorming on banner designs, door prizes, displays, hand-outs, what to wear!!??, and lots of other stuff I need to figure out- stat!

But I wanted to make sure I posted info on the show in case anyone wanted to check it out, so here it is:

3rd Annual Burlington Summer Evening Bridal Show
August 20th from 6:30-9pm
at the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center

You can check out the official website here!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Design and Random Thoughts

Just posted this beauty up on the Etsy shop. Very summery and refreshing looking. Makes me want a nice tall glass of lemonade.

Whew! I feel like I have been on a roll for the last couple of days. For the month of June and half of July I felt like I was in a little bit of a funk- couldn't really motivate myself to do anything and just feeling a little down about things. I guess everyone goes through that once in a while, but I sure am glad to be getting out of it!

All of the sudden I feel like being productive and getting stuff done! Clean the office, get those designs out of my head and onto the computer, then onto paper, and then on to Etsy! Return some phone calls, emails and attend to all that paperwork piled up on my desk. It sure feels good.

I also have been doing some research on doing a bridal show that is going on in ONE MONTH! I just heard about it and for kicks asked if there was any space open still. The idea of doing some shows has been in the back of my mind lately as a good way to get my name out there locally. Well I didn't think it would happen quite so fast! I don't really have a table, or a banner, or anything really set up to go to a show, and its cares the crap out of me, but I really think I should do it!

Nothing better than just throwing yourself out there, right?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Folk Art Wedding Invitation

Just posted a new invite on my Etsy shop. This one is inspired by folk art and is a little different than your traditional invite. I am pretty much in love with it!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Oh Baby!

Here is a little peak of what I have been working on lately. One of my friends recently gave birth to this bundle of joy and asked if I would do her birth announcements. I was thrilled! Especially since I have been wanting to branch out into doing stuff that is not wedding related.

These are just a few of the mock-ups I sent her. Ruby has an 'Under The Sea' nursery theme so I tried to incorporate that into some of the designs.

I can't wait to get them up on my Etsy store! Eventually I would love to do birthday invitations too. I need to work on some more Baby Shower invite designs too. So many ideas and so little time!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Home Run Wedding

My husband and I (really, more my husband) are avid baseball fans- Red Sox of course! When we get a chance to go to a game it's a special treat and we always have tons of fun. If he had known about Sara and Brett McGinness' wedding at AT&T stadium (home of the San Francisco Giants) I think our wedding probably would have ended up differently.

Why get married in a barn in rural Vermont, when you can get married in the stands at a baseball stadium? And serve your guests popcorn and cracker jacks during the ceremony? And give your groomsmen personalized baseball bats as gifts?

This wedding is so creative and fun, I am tempted to show it to my husband just so I can hear him say, 'Oh man! A baseball themed wedding? That's so cool- why didn't we do that?!'.

Check out all of the details over at The McGinness Clan!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More DIY Wedding Inspiration

I found some more DIY Wedding inspiration on the Craft website! June was their DIY Wedding Month and there are tons of projects for everything from how to make your own wedding veil to a custom crafted log cake stand.

Check out this wedding dress made out of t-shirts! Now that's thrifty!

Friday, July 10, 2009

New Items!

I was a total slacker about my Etsy store during the month of June- what with a vacation, a wedding, and a very important one year birthday party. So I am determined to get some new stuff up there during this month. I really need to get cracking on this thing if it is going to get anywhere, that I am well aware of....

So this week I managed to put up some new custom address labels! So far I have two designs up there, but I have lots more waiting in the wings. (Been trying to spread out posting the new stuff so I have something new every day or so.)

These are really simple but make a nice clean and crisp alternative to just scribbling the address onto the front of the envelope. I especially love the wrap around feature, so that the return address is on the back. I can even print these on paper that matches the envelope so that it blends in, or on a contrasting color so it sticks out- the choices are endless!

I am also working on some birth announcement and baby shower invite designs that I am really excited about! Hopefully I can share next week!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I Heart Thursday

Now I have never been much of a baker or dessert cook. Sure I make the occasional cake or cookies (especially during the holidays) but aside from that I don't venture out of my comfort zone. I am more of a 'fly by the seat of my pants' cook that changes the recipe to suite my tastes, or what I have in the fridge that day so I rarely have the necessary ingredients to concoct a fancy dessert.

Well, let me tell you, I am ready to jump headlong into the world of Pumpkin Seed Mascarpone Mousse And Raspberry Tartelettes, Vanilla Tapioca and Milk Chocolate Lime Cremeux, and Snickerdoodle Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches and it's all because of Tartelette. I can't remember how I stumbled across this feast-for-the-eyes-and-stomach blog, but it got bookmarked mighty quick!

It is written by Helen, a French pasty chef living in South Carolina, who not only creates the most fantastical sugar confections you could imagine, but takes the most amazing pictures of them as well. She even sells some of her prints on Etsy!
Even though most of her stuff looks far too difficult for my culinary skills, her 'you can do it!' attitude and great recipes make me feel like I just might be able to pull it off.

So the next time you are wondering what to make for dessert, definitely see what Helen has been whipping up over at Tartelette. I am planning on trying to attempt the cherry pit ice cream as soon as cherries are in season- yum!

images courtesy of Tartelette

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Finally! Pictures of the Thai Wedding

Disclaimer: What follows is most definitely the longest post EVER! But it was hard to leave anything out because it is all so fascinating and beautiful. The ceremony was very elaborate so, there are a lot of pictures! I broke it up into several storyboards followed with a description of what is going on in the pictures, but feel free to take a break and read it in installments!


In my previous post I showed you some of the 'gifts' that we had to carry in the procession to the ceremony site. Well here are the pictures of the procession itself! The top left photo is showing part of the dowry that was presented. All of the groomsmen, bridesmaids, the groom's parents, the groom and some random friends and family formed a long line, with each person carrying a 'gift'. The groom and his mother carried the dowry, which was the most important part of the gifts.

The point of all this was to arrive at the ceremony with enough to convince the bride's family that the groom was serious about marrying her and was willing to give gifts to show what she was worth to him. Most of it was just for show and tradition, but it was still fascinating to be a part of.


When the groom reached the entrance to the ceremony there were several 'gates' that he had to pass through. In order to do this he had to barter with the 'gate keepers' with envelopes full of money. They screeched and made noises at him to try and scare him away, to test if his intentions were true. He had to convince them that he would do anything in order to get inside and marry the bride.


Thankfully he made it in! Yay! We made our way to the stage at the front, handing off our gifts to other family and friends of the bride. Once the groom and his parents were up on the stage the father of the bride went and got her. He led her through the crowd of people to the stage to meet the groom.

Now one of the more interesting things I found was that the guests did not sit during the ceremony. There were no neat rows of chairs- they just stood in a large mass at the edge of the stage. It made everything feel more like a performance and a spectacle, especially when they would hoot and holler and make a lot of noise in general. The feeling was very communal.

So the parents of the bride and groom sat on chairs and the bride and groom knelt on the floor in front of them- with the dowry being center stage. The groom's parents formally presented the dowry to the bride's parents and then it was all thrown onto a gold cloth. Then other people came and threw flower petals and more money onto the cloth before it was wound up into a sack and presented to the mother of the bride.

Part of the dowry were the wedding bands so they were fished out of the sack and placed between the bride and groom. They bowed to each other and then exchanged rings. It was all a little crazy and even though I was only a couple of feet from them I couldn't hear if they said anything to each other as they placed the rings on their fingers.

Then the bride and groom had the bow before each of their parents to receive their blessing. The parent would place their hand on each of their backs to signify they approved of the union.


After the ring ceremony the bride and groom left for a few minutes. When they returned the four chairs from the earlier ceremony had been replaced with red and gold benches. They sat on a lower bench and leaned over another in front of them. The parents of the bride placed rings on their heads, with a string that attached the two rings.

Afterwards a gentleman came and placed three dots on each of their foreheads. Then all of the guests came and took turns pouring water from gold shells over their hands. This was to wish them luck and bless their union. It took a while since there were hundreds of people there. There were lots of women up on stage helping to fill the shells and shuttle them back and forth on the stage.

I loved that they placed a beautiful bouquet of flowers beneath both of their hands so that the water dripped off of their hands and onto the flowers.


After the water ceremony was complete the bride and groom went and changed into their reception outfits. The rest of the night was very much like a typical American wedding. The bride and groom were announced as they entered the reception and there was a head table set up on the stage where the bride, groom, groomsmen and bridesmaids all sat to eat dinner. Later on they cut the cake, had their first dance, and the bride threw her bouquet to all the eligible ladies.

There was tons of food and dancing to Thai music and the party went well into the night. Everything was so different than anything I had ever been to before, but the same basic emotions as an American wedding were there- everyone was happy and joyful to be celebrating this new union.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Little Sunshine Would Be Nice...

These colors make me think of the hot sun radiating through the sky and warming my face- something I haven't felt a lot of so far this Summer. The weather here in Vermont has been less like July and more like October, raining almost every day and temps in the 60's and 70's. Usually I am all for this kind of weather, but a couple of nice hot, searingly sunny days would be nice.

I might have to get this Sunflower Pin from miesmama on Etsy to remind me what color the sun is in case it decides to come out so I can recognize it.

Or maybe I could just get this awesome Forest Fern Sweater Tote Bag and give in to the fact that we moved from Spring right into Fall!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Featured Invitation!

I was just informed that one of my invitations was featured on the wonderful blog Inventing Weddings. They put together amazing inspiration boards featuring all Etsy sellers! My Red & Teal Leaves invitation was featured in their board 'A Little Bird Told Me'. Yay!

P.S.- Now you can find Inventing Weddings down on the right in my Notable Inspiration links.