Wedding Hair Bridal Updo by Rachel Ellen

I love the hairstyle that Rachel Ellen of Indigo Salon did for my wedding. It was simple, feminine and elegant. Rachel placed a lace hair accessory that I had made (DIY instructions here) on one side of the updo and that was the perfect finishing touch to the style. Rachel did an amazing job and everything turned out even better than anything I could have imagined :)

DIY Bridal Hairpiece with help from The White Flower and Justine M Couture

I was really wanting a lace hair accessory for the big day and found a lovely one online. But, when it still hadn't arrived a week before the wedding I knew it was time to hunt for another option. Fortunately, Courtney Cole and her staff at The White Flower Bridal Boutique were incredibly accommodating and I am not afraid of a little last-second DIY :) 
The White Flower carried a gorgeous bridal sash from Justine M. Couture that I transformed into my hairpiece. 
I carefully unsewed the lace applique from the sash and dissected the main pieces. 
I then placed those pieces on to several hair clips  and combs.
On my wedding day, my hairstylist placed the delicate pieces on one side of my bridal updo. Some photos are below, but you can view more photos here.

A big fat *thank you!* to Courtney Cole and everyone at the White Flower for helping a bride in a bind out :)

Mutliple Hoop Embroidery

Here's a sneak peek at my first embroidery project using a multiple hoop design:

I certainly need more practice but it's been a fun experience and I think the design has turned out really well so far!

DIY Wedding Card Box Tutorial

How gorgeous is the wedding card box?! But, at $115 (plus $25 shipping) I knew it was a great opportunity for a little wedding DIY! 
Card Box by The Wedding Main Street

Here's how mine turned out (more photos at the end of this post):

Now for the instructions!

These card boxes are basically just fabric covered nesting boxes with some accessories on the outside. I purchased a set of nesting boxes from for about $25 and two yards of amazing silk dupioni fabric from a store in Los Angeles' fashion district for $30 on sale. I also found some rhinestone yardage in the fashion district and purchased enough to wrap around the exterior of the boxes.

First, I cut a large hole in the lids of the bottom two boxes, leaving about 2 inches to the edge. Then, I cut a thin slit approximately 2 inches wide and 6 inches long on the lid of the smallest box.  This way, when a guest would drop a card in the box the card would fall through the holes in the lids down to the bottom box. 

Next, I covered the boxes in the fabric. This step takes some extra care because it's important that the fabric adheres flat to the boxes but it's very much the same as simply wrapping a gift. First, cut your fabric to cover the bottom, sides, and about 3 inches into the inside of the bottoms of each of the 3 boxes. 

Spray the cut fabric with fabric glue. I used Elmer's Craft Bond.

Wait a few minutes so that the glue is tacky and not runny and wet then start "wrapping" the bottom of the boxes with fabric. Be sure to smooth the fabric as you go so there are no wrinkles or air bubbles. The middle and top box have holes in the bottom of the boxes. Place the bottoms of the box right side facing up so you are looking down into the interior of the box. Using an exacto knife, cut the fabric over the hole in the box.

The lids follow a similar process.

Cut the fabric to cover the entire top and sides of the lids and allow for extra fabric to be tucked to the inside of the lids. Lightly spray the fabric with fabric glue. Ignore the fact that the holes and slit exist in the tops of the lids and cover the entire top and sides of the lids. Once they have dried, flip the lid so that the bottom is facing up and you can view the slit from underneath. Use an exacto knife to cut the fabric covering the slit leaving approximately an extra inch of fabric. 

Flip the lid over so that the top is facing up. Push the excess fabric covering the slit to the underside of the lid. Using fabric glue, glue the excess fabric over the slit to the underside of the lid.

Place the largest lid on the largest box. Place the middle box bottom on top of that. Using binder clips, through the hole of the bottom box clip the bottom of the middle box to the hole in the top of the bottom box. Do the same to hold the middle and top boxes together.

Once the boxes are stacked together, accessorize the boxes any way you like. I made some fabric flowers for the bottom and placed rhinestones and our names on the middle and top boxes. Another bonus? The boxes can come apart and placed inside one another for easy transport :)

Here's some more photos of the finished wedding card box:

Baby Fever!

Don't worry, it's not me!! But, I have had so much fun this past week working on some darling baby items. And, I'm pretty sure it's official - I am addicted to embroidering :)

Owl Diaper Bag Gift Set

I had the pleasure of helping a wonderful Etsy customer with a custom order for her friend's new baby. The set is made from organic fabrics from Birch's Circa 52 collection and I just love the color combination! 

Personalized details were an important part of this order. The diaper bag is adorned with an adorable owl with a monogram initial on its belly, the burp cloths and onesie don the baby's name and the initial monogram is beautifully displayed on the changing pad. 

This was such a fun project and I'm so happy I was able to help with this truly special gift :)

Always on the Lookout

Ahhh, French Polynesia. Paradise! Well, you didn't think that just because I was on my honeymoon that I wouldn't find some fabulous fabrics, did you??? :) 

Actually getting fabrics from places I visit has been a great way to have unique keepsakes that remind me of those trips. I've done everything from wrapping canvases with the fabrics and displaying them on my wall to making tote bags. Fun and functional - and a beautiful reminder!

I intend to make outdoor throw pillows from the fabrics I bought in Bora Bora.

Dress Up Your Drinks!

Personal touches really make your particular event unique and they don't have to be expensive! Since signature cocktails have been all the rage at weddings the past couple of years, I wanted to add some pizazz to the concept. I saw striped paper straws with darling little paper flags on them at a friend's baby shower and knew I had to do this project for the wedding. I think they turned out really cute and ended up being a fun addition to the cocktail hour!

This project requires the following items:
*Paper Straws
*Glue dots or double-stick tape
*Computer paper
*Paper cutter or cutting mat and ruler

I purchased paper straws off Etsy ($14 for 100 and oh so many colors and styles to choose from!) and edited an address label MS Word template to fit 1 inch x 4 inch labels. You can also find a free template here

I typed in various relevant words or our wedding date onto the labels so that both sides of the label would have text on them (Ex] our first names and the wedding date, our first names and "celebrate", etc.)

Next, I printed the labels onto regular computer paper and cut them into individual labels. You could easily vary the ink or paper colors to completely customize your look. I choose several combinations of green and charcoal gray ink on plain white paper.

Using a glue dot roller I adhered the sticky dots to half of the label. I wrapped the label around the straw and lined up the edges before pressing firmly along the length of the label back to the straw. 

These were definitely a hit at the cocktail hour! The straws were displayed at each of the bars next to a sign I made for our signature drinks.

Vintage Tag Escort Cards

 There are so many beautiful and creative escort card options out there! It was hard to choose but I found I was drawn to more vintage designs. My ultimate escort card inspiration was a vintage tag style from Mother and Daughter creations. 

I purchased Avery tags from Staples. Using their downloadable format, I printed all the escort cards on my home computer. The finishing touch was a color-coordinated ribbon to indicate each guest's entree selection.
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In keeping with our Spanish garden theme, I thought it might be a good idea to have our escort cards displayed on a bed of moss.  

To prevent the escort cards from blowing away decorative pins with crystals heads were placed in the hole of each card. Guests simply replaced the pins in the moss bed once they removed their card. 

Organic Fabrics

I'm so obsessed with organic fabrics lately. Particularly over the past year there's been so many great collections and many that are absolutely perfect for baby gifts and nursery items. The prints tend to be modern with chevrons and geometric prints or vintage-themed with tiny animals and flowers.

You can check out the organic fabrics currently offered in my shop here: as well as browse the full collections from Birch, Cloud 9, Daisy Janie, and Anne Kelle below. I'm hoping to have a nice variety of diaper bags and burp cloths available soon!

Birch Storyboek
Birch Mod Basics

Cloud 9 Simpatico

Daisy Janie Tilly

Anne Kelle Ready, Set, Go!

Personalized burp cloths now available!