HOLIDAY LOVE | so pretty and so festive | Red + White + Brown – form of – PAPER ‘n’ TREATS {so delicious looking}

Leslie’s Color Me Pretty posts on her blog, decor8, make me feel all warm and festive inside.  Just look at the sweet, sweet goodness of these projects she created and photographed so brilliantly.  Go Leslie, with your bad self!  I love how you rock that hyper-creativity that so obviously flows through you in immeasurable quantities.  Did you know that red, white and kraft paper brown are, as a matter of fact, my favorite holiday colors?

Leslie’s loveliness inspired me to gather up my favorite manifestations of that oh-so-special color triumvirate.  My heart actually beats faster when I look at these other bits ‘n’ pieces of holiday inspiration.  Totally serious.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

Love all of this...

Meg Duerkson = Funny {Great at Taking Pictures, Too}

Check this out on her blog, where you can purchase one that looks like this:

… though I’m sure she’d let you buy the former if you know George personally.  In fact she’d probably give it to you for free, seeing as the potential for the gift you’d be giving her is that much greater.

Love all of this...

STATIONERY LOVE | a wedding suite + colorful, coordinated details | Ceci New York

I count her among my favorite stationers.  She makes fabulously pretty paper, and inspires me just as much as this lovely lady.  Her name is Lisa Hoffman, and she’s the creative force behind Ceci New York

Lisa designed this luxurious wedding suite of lavender, deep purple and brilliant blue.  Her paper perfection was the featured invitation suite for a soft, sweet, and absolutely darling wedding shoot arranged by one of my favorite sources of specialness, Style Me Pretty.

http-_www.stylemepretty.com_2009_08_24_spring-wedding-inspirations-by-ceci-new-york 3

Ah.  Be still my heart.  You’ll have your day, sweet thing.

Love all of this...

DETAIL LOVE | wedding decor | The Cutest Little Ceramics

Adore these pieces.  Found on a visit to simplesong.  Made by French designer L’Atelier de madame M.  Possibilities  are endless, but I especially love the numbers for an escort card board, and the tags as labels for your favors.

Love all of this...

FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS! | ideas for a perfect wedding day | That is, if You Like What I Like

Must capture:

+

nicoleraul2 http-_www.elizabethannedesigns.com_blog_wp-content_uploads_2009_01_nicoleraul2.jpg

+

our labor of love - dad giveaway - brianjennie018

+

Typography treasures for the tables +

wearing_whitmans_words by Travis Simon

Obviously, there will be dancing:

Delicious details I must create +

STAMPS CAN MAKE THIS - From Inspiration to Reality_ The Design, Part III | Style Me Pretty

tags designed by Karen Bartolomei of Grapevine Invitations - From Inspiration to Reality_ The Design, Part III | Style Me Pretty _ The Ultimate Wedding Blog

labeled brown paper bags with bushels of strawberries - From Inspiration to Reality_ The Design, Part II | Style Me Pretty

A look I’m loving +

A REALLY GENEROUS gift for your bridesmaids +

A stationery suite that screams glamour and glitz +

MSW Monogrammed Stationery

Lovely light blue! +

A little gold leaf can go a long way +

MSW The Gold Standard Cake

More adorable phrases with which to adorn the tables

And finally, some stellar bouquet inspiration +

Here’s my new invitation idea: send them calendars w/ your date circled? +

The way I’d like to “belt” my gown +

Favors for a winter wedding +

Love all of this...

SELF LOVE | No Not That Kind… “A Letter”

bomobob on etsy -  Mini Garden Print Set

Gala, of Gala Darling, has become one of those people I love without ever having met her.  She did something quite simple, but still quite remarkable on December 15, and with it she touched so many hearts, including mine.  What was it?  A letter, written to herself.  Stop doing the Hokey Pokey, because this is what it’s all about.

Here’s a snippet from her deeply touching and enormously inspiring prose:

“… My favourite thing about you is that you are living life YOUR way & doing the best you can. Your story is your own. You don’t allow other people to persuade you to give up your dreams. You have a shining vision for the future & you’re making little steps there every day. You don’t allow people who “don’t understand” to get you down, you just leave them behind in your glorious wake. You have faith that they’ll catch up when the time is right. It is so awesome & delicious.

I think that when you are doing important things, the universe will throw challenges at you to see how serious you are. If you give up, it obviously didn’t mean that much to you. The universe will give your dream to someone else. But you haven’t given up. You keep forging ahead. You are so lionhearted & full of love & hope… “

Be sure to read the rest of Gala’s letter; it’ll fill up your tank so you can keep on keepin’ on.


Love all of this...

VINTAGE WEDDING LOVE | Lovely Looks for a Lingering Moment of Sweet Langour

bomobob on etsy - Cosmos print

Just a glimpse of these vintage-inspired looks made me want to jump through my screen and try on all of them.  The way I’d describe them is almost identical to the way Rodellee of Adore Vintage, which means a) I have a strong sisterly love for her, and b) I won’t attempt to do it better.  So – she identifies the dreamy pieces, by designer Juliette Hogan, as “a mix of late 30s elegance and 70s bohemian, but with more subdued colors.”  Couldn’t have said it better, myself.

The full print gown on the upper right is just sooo ideal for a vintage-inspired wedding.  Wedding gown or bridesmaid gown, either way, someone must wear this magnificent flowing luxuriousness.

The timeless elegance of those looks would look so lovely with any mix of these items on what is shaping up to be your super-chic wedding day:

{source}

{source}

{source}

{source}

(source}

{source}

{source}

Love all of this...

GIFT LOVE | Only Things I Like More Than Great Gift Ideas Are Great Gift Inspiration Boards…

These gift ideas caught my eye so firmly, that I just had to share.  Though I think my love for them is quite apparent, given the very crudely exacto’d page tears on the right side of each leaf.  Somehow, I need to learn an effective way to manage my excitement when I’m tearing that excitement out of somewhere and scanning it into somewhere else that the world is going to see.  Any suggestions on how to reconcile thrill and precision?

I will eagerly await your advice; in the meantime, delight in these very glam, very thoughtful gift ideas.  Perfect for the holidays, a bridal shower, your office’s secret Santa (does capitalizing his name mean I still believe?)… really, any opportunity you may have to present someone with a little bit of superb style.  Plus a little assistance for the man in your life…

By the way, I’m starting with my favorite item, the Banana Republic Viscose dress on the right – which, by the way, I CAN’T FIND ANYWHERE.  Even right when this issue of InStyle Weddings hit newsstands!  Anyone able to locate it?  Such a dreamy frock… I want to be wearing it right now.  And I want to be wearing it for my rehearsal dinner, too because it is SO RICHLY BEAUTIFUL.

***

FASHION-SCANS_0001_1

{1, 2-6}

Love all of this...

BRIDE STYLE | Stylish Shades of White – Not Just For Your Wedding Day

Float like a cloud in these dreamy little numbers, marked by their cream and ivory hues…
kstew
.
.
Untitled
..
.
Baby We Can Make It If We're Heart To Heart
.
.

Sem título
.
.
Lancome
.

Love all of this...

WEDDING DIY LOVE | Candy Tin Labels from The Inspired Bride!

Omigod.  When I saw these little candy tins from The Inspired Bride I jumped a little in my seat.  These are absolutely perfect; they’re the perfect color, the perfect size, the PERFECT design, and they’re well within my budget (free).  Thank you, thank you, a thousand times, thank you!

.

Visit The Inspired Bride’s Sweet Treat Favor Tin project for her instructions!

FYI, here’s what you’ll need for the project:

4-ounce Food Safe Metal Tins (should be approximately 2.5″ in diameter like these from SKS Bottle)
Our Tin Cover Label PDF (available here)
Our Tin Base Wrap PDF (available here)
Good Quality Printer Paper
Double Stick Tape
Scissors
Rotary Trimmer and / or 2.25″ Circle Punch (optional)
Assorted Candies of Your Choice


Love all of this...

MY LAST MEAL LIST | Chocolate Peppermint Molten Cakes, by Sprouted Kitchen

As promised, more irresistable deliciousness… this recipe and accompanying mouthwatering images are courtesy of Sprouted Kitchen.

.

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT MOLTEN CAKES

1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
5 oz. High Quality Bittersweet Chocolate (Valrhona or Scharfenberger)
2 Large Eggs
2 Egg Yolks
1/4 Cup Natural Cane Sugar
2 tsp. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 tsp. Peppermint Extract
Pinch of Salt
Candy Cane for Garnish

Love all of this...

BY THE WAY | I Need This…

Found this over at SeeSaw Designs.  Please, someone in my life buy this for me.

.

Oh, and I want this chair, too.  Sometimes, my back hurts.  Thaaaaanks.



Get this stuff at Bluelounge

Love all of this...

ARTIST LOVE | In Lust With This Series From Carl Kleiner & Other Colorful Madness

http://www.carlkleiner.com

.

I know – how did he do that, right? A million little clear wires, or photoshop?  HOW?

Also must mention these two beauties:

.

Probably should finish this off with some really pretty stuff from some pretty talented photogs…

.

.

{1, 2, 3}

Ok, I think I’m going to stay away from rainbow for a little while.  Everything involved with this post was kind of intense.

Love all of this...

HOLIDAY + DIY LOVE | Attention to Detail – Delightful Packaging for Your Tasty Treats

Macarons are pretty famous these days.  I’ve seen them pop up in quite a few weddings… and, to be honest, it took me some time to figure out just what, exactly, the colorful confections actually were.

Back when I first started noticing them, I’m talking right at the beginning, I thought they were some sort of mini hamburger confection.  And I didn’t really get the whole mini hamburger craze so many brides seemed to be embracing.  I like hamburgers, but I mean, I don’t love them, and certainly not enough to feature them in confection form at my wedding.

La Maison du Chocolat

But I figured it out after a while.  And now, I totally get it.  How adorable and delicious do these tiny treats look?!?!  Love them.  Even though they still look like miniature hamburgers to me.

{1, 2, 3}

By the way, for anyone still a little bit confused by just what, exactly, a macaron is, here’s a great explanation, courtesy of Wikipedia: Macarons are sandwich-like pastries made with two thin cookies and a cream or ganache between the cookies.  Macaroons, on the other hand, are dense cookies made either with coconut or with a coarse almond paste.

.

Now, what’s better than mouth-watering pictures of macarons?

***

Do-it-yourself projects involving macarons!!!  And first up is this super-cuteness I found on Project Wedding.  For the full project and pics of the process, go here!

Source List

1. Small favor boxes, 2″ square from PaperMart ($20 for 200 boxes)
2. Sturdy Paper Punch - Here we used this Cosmos Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts ($10)
3. Macarons – You can try to make your own or purchase some from your local French bakery. Prices will vary but it will be somewhere around $1.50 per cookie.
4. Ribbon from PaperMart (25 yards for $1.40)

Instructions:

Step One: Using the Cosmos Punch, make a hole in the front of the box.
Step Two: Assemble box and place macarons inside.
Step Three: Tie with a ribbon and voila — one sweet favor!

***

Next up is a fantasmagoric (my mom uses that word, I love it) diy project by Vanilla Bakeshop, and featured on Style Me Pretty

For the full project, including a killer do-it-yourself recipe for making your very own homemade macarons, check out Style Me Pretty’s Holiday DIY Project by Vanilla Bakeshop.  Here are their hints on how to craft up this cutie:

DIY Tips for Holiday Macarons

Color & Flavor Coordinate: Presentation is key! You eat with your eyes first. Take that into consideration when you are making your French Macarons. Choose three flavor and color combinations that compliment each other and taste delicious.

Personalize: Adding a personalized custom label to your favor is a sweet touch that is simple and inexpensive. A helpful online source is http://www.MyOwnLabels.com. Choose from a variety of label templates and colors. Cost: approximately .75 per label.

Packaging: Choosing recycled eco-friendly cardboard or clear favor box is a creative way to show off your colorful French macarons. A cost effective online packaging source is http://www.papermart.com Cost: approximately .50 per box

***

Maybe you like crafting, but not so much the taste of macarons?  No problem.  Here’s an adorable Macaron Charm Tutorial, just for you, macaron hater.

.

***

Now these next images are not quite do-it-yourself, but I just love the packaging and creative arrangements you can find over at Paulette Macarons, an inspiring macaron collaboration which I came across during a visit to Kim Vallée‘s site.  As you can see, the creators of Paulette Macarons are very committed to the glorious art of presentation, which makes for some great time spent window shopping…

Coming up: more tantalizing treats for your eyes to covet… plus the second edition of Keepin’ It Bridal.  Talk soon!

Love all of this...

HOLIDAY LOVE | Wrap Your Gifts in Pretty, Decorative Packaging… It Makes ALL The Difference

For You! tag

{source}

Yesterday, I received a package.  I was promised it would arrive several days ago, but, as you can easily infer, it didn’t.  I’m not so much a stickler for timeliness as I am someone who appreciates keeping your word if you’ve promised something.  So, it shouldn’t surprise any of you that I wasn’t too thrilled about the late arrival.

But guess what?

When I opened it up, it revealed THE MOST PRECIOUS packaging efforts I had ever seen in my life.

The package came late?  Oh.  I had forgotten as I stared lovingly at the pink tissue paper and brown Kraft confetti.  Lateness?  Completely forgiven.

***

Clearly, the right packaging can make quite a splash with your recipient.  Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done with myself, had that item arrived on time.  Great packaging and timeliness might have made me fly out there and thank her myself.

So, in case you were looking for the perfect way to package your gifts this holiday season, I think I might have just the thing.

Have you seen these lovely paper goods from Martha Stewart Crafts?  I just love all of the packaging materials she offers.  Below are a bunch of my favorites.  They are divine for packing up some fresh, homemade (or store-bought like the rest of us) cookies, or a bunch of your favorite chocolates.  … Or any other little bits of love you’d like to share with someone.  She also has absolutely darling flair for you to pretty up your basic package.  Crafty or not, you can do this!

~                         ~                         ~

QUICK NOTE: Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing with you some of the best wedding crafts and deals floating around in this here ether we call the ‘net. Do you know the only thing that upsets me about all these goodies and DIY projects?  That I can’t have 17 separate weddings, just so I can use it all and do it all.

~                         ~                         ~

Oh, did I mention a lot of these items below are on sale right now?

***

Large Gingerbread Treat Boxes

.

Iced Cookie Boxes

.

Tall Goodie Boxes

.

Candy Cane Compartment Treat Boxes

.

Say you’re all set with your basic packaging.  How about some wonderful ways to jazz it up?

Dimensional Pink Rose Stickers

I SO love those rose stickers.  How cute, right?  :)  Ok, now on to the holiday appropriate ones…

Heirloom Tags

Gold "Happy Holidays" Transfers

Silver "Merry Christmas" Transfers

Frosty Village Edge Punch

Woodland Metal - Rimmed Gift Tags

Woodland Ribbon-Threaded Tags

Apricot Ribbon Bows Dimensional Stickers

Colorburst Ribbon Borders Transfers

Looking for some step by step guidance?  You can find tutorials like this one on Martha Stewart Crafts as well:

Food Packaging

.

.

.

Love all of this...

Wedding + Holiday Paper Swoonfest | Delicious Illustrated Paper Creations By Anna Bond of Rifle Design

"Anatomy of Love" Print

While rifling through some paper goods in house and online today, I rediscovered something.  Something really special.  I’ve seen her work before; colorful, expertly drawn prints…

Monsters in the Bushes Print

… and flawless, unique stationery…

Just A Little Note... Card

… but she’s got something pretty awesome of which I just caught wind, and I cannot wait to tell you about it.

I’m talking about an A. MA. ZING. wedding stationery line from Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.  I am so frikin’ excited (SNL?  Anyone?) about her wedding stationery line, I can’t even tell you.  I can’t even.  I mean I’m nearly keeling over due to dangerous levels of being thrilled about it.

So, looking for a brilliantly illustrated and personalized save the date?  Or maybe you want an exquisitely drawn marriage certificate.  Or maybe what you really want is the whole kit and caboodle (totally recommended… I like the way you think).  Look no further.

I hope you love these, because they are deserving of someone’s love.  I’ve included my favorite wedding suites, and in addition to those beauties, I’m showing you some of her equally amazing work in the form of thank you notes, business cards, and more, all available on her site.  And all of it is perfection.

By the way, since it’s holiday time, I wouldn’t just post about wedding paper, now would I?  Scroll to the bottom for the most relevant treat of all…

.

~ A wedding suite by Anna Bond ~

na_1

.

na_3

.

i_bonds

.

Check this one out, New York brides…

~ Marriage Certificates by Anna Bond ~

mg_certificates

.

~Save the Dates by Anna Bond ~

.

~Beautiful stationery and other paper goods by Anna Bond ~

Botanical Card Set

Folk Card Set

Ava Thank You Card

Frances Thank You Card

Many Thanks

Ella Thank You Card

Assorted Dog Card Set

Monogrammed Notes

Botanical Notes & Calling Cards

Illustrated Notes & Calling Cards

Garden Recipe Cards

Go on, check out the rest at her store.

***

Now, here’s that treat I mentioned…

Yes, she makes holiday cards, too… if you want some of your own you’ll have to hurry, many are already sold out!

Holiday Birds

And did I mention she makes wrapping sheets, as well?  I know, I want to hang out with her right now, too.

Holiday Pine Wrapping Sheets

Love all of this...

Holy Westchester Wedding, Batman! This One Took Place Right Near Where I Grew Up!!!

Somehow, this is really, really exciting to me.  The weddings featured on Style Me Pretty almost always make me swoon, but I think it’s the fact that I’ve totally been to the Larchmont Yacht Club (I say with an upturned nose and jutting chin), and the place looks quite unbelievably exquisite in these photographs.  I mean, it’s a lovely place on any day, but holy cow!  My most esteemed kudos to the photographers, One Love Photo, as well as the rest of the team that came together to produce this masterpiece.

(Seriously, this is just cool; we even considered their band!  Does anyone else get this giddy about having been to a place where a beautiful and blogged about wedding has taken place?  I can’t imagine I’m alone in this.)

I recommend checking out this Westchester Wedding so you can get a full serving of the scintillating scenery, courtesy of Style Me Pretty.  Abby Larson always delivers.

How chic, how glamorous, how vintage, how PERFECT.  That Maggie Sottero dress is to die for. And I want to make a note here: the bride got her feather hair piece from the fabulous MJ Trimmings Bridal Salon… which I am SO going to post about soon.

Larchmont Yacht Club wedding

Congratulations to the bride and groom who put on this divine event.  Best wishes for a lifetime as wonderful as your wedding!

Love all of this...

Do You Realize What Today Is? Not Much Time Left To Find Your Look!

Seriously, I’m asking.  Do you know what today’s date is?  Because it just hit me; it’s DECEMBER 14, 2009.  That means that New Year’s Eve is just around the corner.  We’re nearly half-way through the month, and I’m a little worried you might not know what you’ll have on as you bring in the New Year.  This is an issue.

Since I’m so incredibly concerned about this, I’ve compiled twin sets of my favorite dresses, jewelry and clutches… plus a hot shoe.  These all have one – well, two, major things in common: they will require layering, as in a heavy coat since you will suffer hypothermia should you walk out in the threads posted here, alone… and, second, I adore them.  Haha, that’s so not important to you… but if you keep coming back, it could be that you like some of the things I like, so maybe the I love it factor is, indeed, relevant?  ;)

And now, the divalicious dresses, glistening gold jewelry and the cutest freakin’ clutches I’ve seen lately.  Add these wow factors to your look, (especially this first backless number I’ve been coveting for about a month) and you’ll blow ‘em all away.  You can snag each and every one of these over at shopbop.

Coming up next: Keeping It Bridal – you’re a bride, so dress like it; great ivory, white and cream looks for New Year’s Eve...

***

Loeffler Randal, “Strap Back Dress”

Loeffler Randal, "Strap Back Dress"

Loeffler Randal, "Strap Back Dress"

Loeffler Randal, "Strap Back Dress"

Tory Burch, “Iona Strappy Booties”

Tory Burch, "Iona Strappy Booties"

camilla and marc, “Charity Dress”

camilla and marc "Charity Dress"

camilla and marc, "Charity Dress"

camilla and marc "Charity Dress"

… just one more, even closer (I just LOVE this dress)…

camilla and marc, "Charity Dress"

tuleste market, “Pilled Chain Necklace”

tuleste market, "Pilled Chain Necklace"

Felix Rey, “Greta Satin Bow Clutch”

Felix Rey, "Greta Satin Bow Clutch"

Felix Rey, "Greta Satin Bow Clutch"

Felix Rey, “Grace Sequin Bow Clutch”

Felix Rey, "Grace Sequin Bow Clutch"

Felix Rey, "Grace Sequin Bow Clutch"

nathan&moe, “Dolores Bangle Set”

nathan&moe, "Dolores Bangle Set"

nathan&moe, "Dolores Bangle Set"

Ahh.  So fabulous.

Love all of this...

Wedding Photographer Spotlight | Jessica Claire Has Rocked My World… And She’ll Rock Yours. Oh Yes, Yes She Will.

There are quite a few photographers out there who rock me.  I’m talking every image, every time of day, every subject, every setting – SWISH.  Nothing but net.  Many of these artists have truly honed their talents, and that’s what keeps me so pumped up as I set out each day to find yet another wow factor wedding.  After all, when the wedding’s over, we’re left with our family, our friends and our precious photos.  Hire right, and you haven’t just bought professionalism, you’ve bought peace of mind; one of the key ingredients in the recipe for having fun on your wedding day.  Here’s one example of a photographer who will bring you all of that and more.

Now, before I was introduced to the incredible artistry of wedding photographer Jessica Claire, whose work was recently featured on Style Me Pretty, I was heading down a path of disillusionment…

Among other things, I had begun to accept that, quite possibly, there was no such thing as a good dress shot.

Maybe you know what I mean (or maybe you disagree with me, but); the photos I’ve seen of wedding gowns hanging in all of their weighty whiteness, still, straight, see-through… sad.  At least, to me.  The dress shot I so often see leaves me wanting more – like, for starters, a body inside of it to liven things up.  I’ve begun to understand the importance of the shot (I think), but the result is so often lackluster in my eyes that I was rather close to trashing the idea entirely.

Enter: Jessica Claire.  Profession: Photographer.  Noteworthy skill: pictures that’ll BLOW YOUR MIND.

Of course, when we’re dealing with a photographer THAT good, it can’t just be about a dress… oh, no.  Jessica has skills that are limitless, and it would be a shame if I featured only her ability to capture a wedding dress properly.  While that image, alone, is STUNNING, I was swept away by all of her work, and I just had to bring a handful of that perfection back here for your eyes.  This is just a taste, so I encourage you to visit her site, where she has loads more delicious eye candy, PLUS one of the coolest things a photographer can do – teach others through special posts she calls, “TOTALLY RAD! Stuff for Photographers.” Teach a man to fish.  Right on, Jessica.

Here we go… and, of course, we begin with the dress shot:

san ysidro ranch wedding

Heaven.

But you know it doesn’t end there.  Not at all…

hand in hand

I’m swooning over these colors and details:

details!!!

How ’bout some lovely flower shots?  You got ‘em.

flowers by Kate Holt from Flower Wild

{Flowers by Kate Holt of Flower Wild}

san ysidro ranch wedding

Look at that CAKE:

san ysidro ranch wedding

This has got to be one of my favorite shots of all time:

san ysidro ranch wedding

Here’s one of her Before & After back-to-back images, used to teach other photographers the tools and techniques of the trade (bravo, Jessica):

Jessica's photoshop actions tutorial

By the way, did I mention she offers a workshopSigh.  The things I would do if I lived in California.  Oh, the things I would do!

Jessica's workshop

Jessica, more than your expert images, your talent has captured my heart.  Please, be careful.  It beats for you!

Love all of this...

Friday’s Fab Finds!

For some reason, the phrases “talk is cheap” and “a picture is worth a thousand words” BOTH popped into my head simultaneously today, so I think I’ll go with it…

On to the finds… essentially, in Twitter-ease.

~~~

Want to embroider your own handkerchief but have absolutely no clue how exactly to do it?  It’s easier than you think; visit the always awesome and inspirational design sponge for this very elegant, very personalized diy hanky project

diy hanky!

lotsa hankies!

How about saving some postage on your save the dates?  Here’s an idea: print out an image you love, or cute pic of you and your sweetie, and stamp the back with this nifty postcard stamp!  That’s creative AND resourceful, two traits anyone would admire.  From modernartstamps and terbearco, respectively.  Both on Etsy!

modernartstamps on etsy - DIY Postcard Card Rubber Stamp

Found this PRECIOUS diary from Keel’s over at the lil bee today.  Check her out!  You can grab this cuteness at Anthropologie

Keel's diary

On the lookout for a super-fun return address stamp for you and your honey?  Here’s one that’ll definitely get a double-take:

AsspocketProductions on etsy -  Postmark Rubber Stamp!

I almost forgot – I promised myself I’d be brief with these comments!!!  So here, a custom calligraphy address stamp (hover over for where to find – ok, that’s all I’m sayin’):

DPaulette on etsy -  Custom Calligraphy Rubber Address Stamp

Speaking of calligraphy…

"Francesca" font

{pretty pen jen via littlewhitebook}

Completely loving the deliciousness of Adios Script, a font you can find at Veer

Adios Script, from veer

And, since we’re on a font kick at the moment, how about some musical flavor in your wedding menu?  Love this paper perfection by Cynthia Warren via design is mine

Note suite by Cynthia Warren

And this candy-licious Valentine’s Day menu, also by Cynthia Warren, via Jordan Ferney

Cynthia Warren pink paper plate www.cwarrendesign.com via jordanferney.blogspot.com

Aaaand one more, by Ceci New York via Paper Crave (this made me fall back in love with purple)…

Ceci New York wedding suite

Ok, dying to get this for Christmas…

14K Gold Filled Rings

Cute stamps (hover over for where to find)!!!

karaku on etsy -  Wooden boxed Natural Stamps

And, finally – even though I could add more Fab Finds ALL DAY LONG, I’ll force myself to wrap it up with this fine photo by Kristen Grinnell via 100 layer cake

Photo by Kristen Grinnell kristengrinnell.bigfolioblog.com - via 100layercake.com_blog_archives_category_pretty-paper

Love all of this...

DIY Wedding Eye Candy + Instructions ♥ Make It Pretty, Make It Personal, Make It with Decorative Rubber Stamps

karaku on etsy - Stazon cotton white starter set one plastic wrap bag

holly + billy wedding {1 & 2, 3}

Lovely, right?  This is a pretty stunning project, a GREAT WAY to save money, and in my opinion an even better way to make your wedding yours… not to mention get loads of compliments on your unique talents.  You can stamp your monogram on a bag of cookies, or prettify a plain brown paper baggie with a flourish of your choosing.  Personally, I think it would be great fun to get a personalized rubber stamp from Pretty Pen Jen for this project.  (Below is one she made of a couple’s return address.)  I cannot WAIT to do something like this for my wedding.

made by pretty pen jen

{Pretty Pen Jen via littlewhitebook}

Don’t have the stamps or ink?  No problem, there are SO MANY PLACES to find exactly what you need, on the internet or in stores, like Michaels craft stores, for example.  And various crafty things are on sale there all the time.

Etsy has everything you need to make your project the best project.  And by the way, I’m sure you’ve noticed I mention etsy quite a bit on here, but it’s not just because I’m obsessed; it’s also because it’s so incredibly awesome for finding and doing things like this!

karaku on etsy -  6pcs - ink for fabric!

And this, which you can use to embellish a brown paper favor bag, like the one up top:

nothingelegant on etsy - Lace Pattern Wooden Rubber StampAnd check this out – how about making personalized linen ties for your favors?

karaku on etsy -  30mm - tape for stamping!

For a destination wedding, stamps with international themes like this Parisian set are oh so magnificent for adding a little flare to your correspondence:

karaku on etsy - The Eiffel Tower set

karaku on etsy - The Eiffel Tower set

So, if you’re getting into this whole personalization-by-stamp idea, here’s my advice on how to get the best results: get yourself some Staz-On stamping ink, a quick-drying ink for stamping projects on plastic, glass, paper, wax paper, porcelain, photographs, metal, vinyl, and more.  Pretty amazing stuff.  You’ll also want the cleaning solution, for any accidents.  Everybody makes mistakes, but not everybody can afford to replace whatever it is that’s been stamped. Never fear; check it out, in action:

karaku on etsy - Stazon cleaner

Awe. Some. Ness.

I love this play by play instructional by karaku on Etsy, where you’ll find many of the stamps I’ve mentioned, as well as bushels and bushels of other fantastic eye candy. The steps pictured below are all you need to get started on a project of your own.  Seriously, even though I often LOVE professionally done weddings and super pricey decor, when I see stuff like this, I just can’t imagine spending bucketloads of dough for something I can make for pennies!!!

karaku on etsy - using STAZON 1

karaku on etsy - using STAZON OPAQUE 2

I totally encourage a project of this nature.  It’s EASY, fun and hard not to come out with something beautiful. Go forth and create, my pretties!

Oh, and don’t forget the ink!  :)

karaku on etsy -  6pcs - INK FOR FABRIC - Japanese colors

Love all of this...

COLOR PALETTE INSPIRATION | + amazing engagement photo[shop] magic | Victorian Trade Cards ~ E.W. Hoyt & Company

E W Hoyt & Co. trade cards

I came upon these trade cards during a search for inspiration, particularly that of a German bent.  You’ll notice they advertise Hoyt’s German Cologne.  The only thing German about the product is its name; nonetheless, the inherent beauty of the art overwhelmed me and thus I had to share.

Here, a mix of good teeth and cologne cards.  Their sepia tones and vintage appeal make them primo inspiration.

E W Hoyt pamphlets

These colors brought back the memory of a heavenly engagement photo taken [and edited, of course] by Sloan Photographers.  I want this, so badly.  The thing is just SO. COOL.  When it’s this beautiful, staying inside the lines just won’t do… click on the image if you’d like to see it large and in charge.  I recommend it.

sloanPhotographers{1 & 2, 3, 4 & 5, 6}

Love all of this...