Thursday, January 26, 2012

PInsperation - Home

A combination of Anthropologie, my husband, and Pinterest have completely 
changed my taste from French Vintage to a more eclectic, modern side of interior design.
I am now planning a vintage record wall, print wall complete with Last initial and antlers.
I have also seen the beauty of hard wood floors and white walls,
and adding color in furniture and wall hangings. 
Here are some of my favorite rooms, prints, and room decor that I have found
on pinterest that have given me serious inspiration for my future home! 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Why I am proud to be from Washington

Even though I am currently living in Snowy Idaho,
I am actually a washingtonian and from the Olympia/Seattle area.
One of my favorite bands, The Head and The Heart,
released their self titled album last year and performed at Doe Bay Fest. 
This is their music video of their hit Rivers and Roads that gives me goose-bumps.

My husband is pretty cool.

While we were taking pictures of product for my shop this morning,
Gus took a picture and made a print out of it with some wonderful Bon Iver lyrics
from is song Hinnom, TX.
Its amazing what you can do with a beautiful picture.
I am hoping he makes more of these so we can share them via the Etsy shop!
How awesome would that be?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wedding Details Part 2

This is part 2 of my 3 part wedding details blog post series!
I am very excited because my blog and etsy shop will be going through 
a massive makeover this week, so please bear with me as I don't post as often as I should.
I am working on some wonderful creations that I am very excited about!
I also will be selling some amazing things from my wedding that I haven't shown pictures of yet,
and showing my wedding invitations, which were absolutely spectacular! 
I will have a new segment coming up on styling, because a few of my dear friends
have been asking when I am going to start giving style advice on my blog.
I will also have a DIY segment starting up soon, as I start creating projects for my new 
future home for the next year in Moscow(thats right, we are most likely staying!)
That's enough for the updates, here are the photos!
The boutonniere's were featured on Ruffled and I also sell them on my Etsy shop!
They are made from peacock feathers, fake pussy willow, fake babys breath,
twine, lace, buttons, and music paper feathers! I will be sharing a tutorial on how I make
my music paper feathers soon. I am hoping to make some out of book paper and maps soon!
They were made the week before, and were one of my favorite things I made!

Our photo-booth photographer Julia Pulliam, is not only a fabulous photographer, but a
wonderful person! She brought her polaroid camera as a surprise wedding present
 and took polaroid's and photo booth pictures that were absolutely stunning.
And not to mention, hilarious. 
 One of my favorite things was that we used Gus's guitar case as a place to collect cards.
It was actually pretty handy, because we could just close the lid and take them with us.
I don't think we actually did that haha, but it was a cool idea and i LOVED how it looked!
I am actually going to start selling the "cards" letters as a banner for suitcases and guitars 
on my etsy shop soon, which is very exciting! 
So one of my husband and I's favorite books is SexGod by Rob Bell. 
We read it while dating, and it changed our whole view of our relationship.
When we were discussing our ceremony and what we wanted with our officiant Josh Martin, I told him
that because of how sacred and beautiful marriage was described as (and should remain as) 
in the book, I was getting married under a traditional Chuppah, to represent God's covering over 
Gus and I. So the week before the wedding, my parents went to a vacant lot near our house
and cut down birch trees. They made the chuppah in a few hours. I used lace my mom had for the covering, and my cousin and moms friend  did the floral design in the front. 
It was a dream. 
While cutting out all those hearts for the garlands, I cut around the cut outs, and made
a heart garland out of all those scraps! I felt like I saved a forest of paper.
We used them for around the chairs. My mom also tied a mason jar with flowers in it around 
the side of the chairs. 
Our invitations and programs were made by Gus's friend and coworker Ethan Kimberling.
Believe it or not, it was his FIRST time designing anything like this, and his design
was so amazing I could hardly stand it. It was probably in my top 5 favorite things 
about my wedding. 1 being my photography and 2 being his designs. 
I will post the invitations soon!

Gus and I have a serious sweet tooth, and since our wedding was on a serious budget,
a candy bar was an absolute must. The tags were made as a sort of wedding present
by my moms super wonderful and creative friend Peggy, who blew me out of the water!
I have a few left over that I am selling on my etsy shop! 

Thats all I am posting for today! Part 3 coming soon!
Much Love and Stay Warm!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wedding Details

Recently my husband and I's wedding was featured on Ruffled Blog, which was not only an awesome experience for us, but a huge deal for our photographer Tonhya Kae! It was incredibly odd to see my husband and I's faces on Pinterest, but it is always cool to know that people look at your work as inspiring to their lives. Here are a few of my favorite details from our wedding, and what went into putting them together! 

The day before we went to the camp to set up. It was a little stressful, but
that stress was mostly due to pent up anxiousness about it all coming together,
and utter exhaustion from staying up very late every night that week.
The first thing I knew I wanted to do was use a canoe to put all of our gifts in!
I also wanted to use the piano that I played as child coming to camp
for our Time Capsule display. 
The We Do banner was made with music paper from the piano music to Moon River,
and the page in the center of the banner is from the second verse! 
The lace table cloth was my grandmothers. A chalkboard told people 
what the time capsules were all about, and I provided note cards for people
to write on. I haven't looked at any yet, but I am so excited to read them!
We used my parents buffet table for the candy bar, which was a huge hit!
I loved the little book shelves above everything because it made it easy to decorate the area.
My cake and cupcakes were not only the best I have ever had, but had gorgeous design.
I made a YUM sign for the table, which was perfect because thats the only word I heard 
coming from people on that side of the room!

My dad let me borrow some of his old records as decorations from when he was a kid.
My grandma gave me a whole box, but my dad had some amazing records like the Beatles,
Supremes, and Beach Boys that I got to use. I loved how they looked!
One of the most tedious yet lovely things I made for my wedding were the string chandeliers. 
They are two person job, and cannot be done in extreme heat or else they won't turn out.
I made around 25, and my maid of honor was genius and hung them from big silver and green
ribbon, which made them look even more wonderful. 
The items I worked on the most were the garlands. I made hundreds of 
feet worth of garlands. From hearts, to birds, to flowers, to rosettes, I made so many
we didn't have enough time or space to hang them all up!
I also made large rosettes, and  two music paper cone wreaths for above the doors 
and for the patio outside the lodge.
My photo booth was designed by my bridesmaids, and was one of my favorite things about the 
wedding. My cousin is sort of a decorating genius, and threw this white bird cage
up in a tree, which made the whole thing look even more amazing. I made all the garlands, and the frames and suitcase were from my grandma. I hand made the felt photo props (lips, mustaches, and beards), and got the rest from the dollar store. I love how ethereal and rustic it looked. Best photo booth set up ever, in my opinion! I am very biased though.

I will finish up with sharing more details tomorrow!
Stay Warm!
Love At