RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR + LOVE LESSONS | birch bark centerpiece idea + a note on what we seek in our mates…

I’m really excited today because I get to share with you guys what I think is a seriously fab idea for your wedding centerpieces.

But I’d also like to tell a story today about computer love and how opposites attract, so let’s begin with story time, and then jump right back into today’s feature.  Ok, here we go… hope you enjoy!

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As many of you know, I own an iMac, and I make love to it on a daily basis, for upwards of ten hours.  It’s a steamy love affair; I seem to know just the right buttons to push.  And though sometimes I worry I’m maxing out his resources, all it really takes is a quick shutdown and restart for him to feel completely recharged and ready to take me on for another go.  Of course, we have our moments but, all in all, I love my iMac and, though he doesn’t talk much (save for a thunderous roar every time I turn him on), I’m pretty certain my iMac loves me.

But my iMac is a desktop.  He keeps me chained to my desk, and I don’t appreciate it.  In fact, I’ve grown to resent it.  I need to roam free, where the grass grows and the inspiration flows.  And I want to have the option to take him along with me, should the mood strike to write a post while I’m out and about.  So recently I’ve been pondering what it would be like to have a MacBook Pro.  I have a MacBook already, but he’s from my college years and way too overworked and immature to handle my needs these days.  Plus, his battery life is crap.  He’s a three minute man.

It has taken me months to get comfortable with the idea of taking on another Mac, but, in weighing my options and my needs, I’ve determined that for me and my projects to be able to grow, I must be free to move about the cabin of life.  … and blog from there.  (–Ohhh how cool am I.)

Ok, now here’s where my significant other comes into the story (and please note ~ for today, I will refer to my significant other as “Fancy Pants McGee”  or “Fancy P. McGee” – and quite possibly F.P. McGee or FPM if I get tired – from here on out, as I see fit):

So, I told Fancy P. McGee that I’d finally broken down and decided that I do need a laptop.  I had done some research (aka, clicked one button) and found that a student discount would shave MAX $150 off the retail price of the MacBook Pro I was eyeing.  Our conversation went as follows:

FPM: That’s great! What do Anthropologie dresses cost these days?  You could probably get two for $150 – you should do that with the money!

ME: First of all, no I couldn’t.  $150 would buy me ahh dress, not two, or maybe a pair of jeans at Anthro.  But as far as the comp goes, it’s gonna cost between $1k and $2K, and a student discount will save me around $150, but I’ll still be in the hole $1500.  Not coming out on top here.  No net profit.

FPM: Yeah, no I get it, babe.  What I’m saying is you’ll have saved $150, so you should treat yourself to that much in fashions (Ok, he didn’t call them fashions, I only wish he had.  Dwight from Real Housewives of ATL has been repeating “fashion show with no fashions” all day in my head, so that’s where that came from.)

ME: I should spend the saved money?  I don’t understand.  I’ll be out $1500.

FPM: You save $150 with the discount, so you’ll have $150 left over that you wouldn’t have had without the discount.

ME: OMG.  I get it now.  This is found money to you!

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This is one way in which Fancy P. and I could not be more dissimilar.  Could not.  But here’s the moral of the story: we often seek out mates with traits we wish we had more of in ourselves.  I’m a saver-to-the-max, and wish I felt comfortable parting with a little discretionary income every so often.  Kidding, I don’t have “discretionary income.”  That’s a term that entitled folk invented to feel better about buying gilded furniture and designing themed rooms in their homes instead of helping others.

But yeah, I do wish I felt a little more comfortable spending on myself every once in a while.  And that’s where Fancy Pants comes in.  I’ve tamed his ways considerably, but he’s still got that itch to spend coursing through his veins.  And sometimes, it’s not such a bad thing to let it run wild.  But only sometimes.  … like with bed purchases.  (Most of you guys know what I’m talking about; more on that in the future!)

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Ok, back to the centerpieces!

Bettula is one of the many amazing vendors I encountered at Renegade this past weekend.  With Bettula, Heather Fagan has created a line of vases (not to mention other home decor, art and even jewelry) all made from repurposed birch bark.  How cool is she and how rad is that?  And how fab does it all look?

I think these vases would work so well as centerpieces.  Place flowers or plants of your choice in vases of varying heights, and you’ve got some serious eye candy for your guests to ogle while they eat.  I adore the natural ones, but those gold numbers are incredibly flashtastic if you ask me.  Of course, you’ll want to go with what works for your color scheme.

(This girl was really into the display – like, really – so I chose not to disturb her.  It’s only when I see the photos in their full glory that I realize asking her to step away for a moment would have been the wisest choice of all.  I will remember this lesson for next time.)

Like Heather’s work?  Think you might fancy the idea of using her vases for some centerpiece action?  Go ahead and check out her Etsy shop!

So, what do you guys think?  Would you throw some flowers/candles/succulents into these babies, delicately place them on your tables and call it a day?  Are they wedding worthy in your book?  Tell me the truth; I’m really curious what you think!

xoxo!  -Alison

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EXCITING NEWS! | Well, for us anyway…

Hi everyone!  Ok, so I have some exciting news today… We’re switching hosting providers!  WOOHOO!  Ok, that may not sound all that exciting to you, but for us, it means the end of a long, loooooong road of issues (slow loading; server error msgs; etc.) that were only recently revealed to be entirely the fault of our previous hosting provider, ShmoShmaddy.*

*Names have been changed to protect offending parties.

Anyway, it’s quite possible that there will be some downtime today while we migrate from one server to another much better, more reliable one, but I didn’t want to leave you with nothing to ogle at… that just wouldn’t be right.  So, below are images linking to my guest posts over on Style Me Pretty, if you’re interested in a little inspiration right about now.  Click on the pics to be taken to the weddings!  (Hope you enjoy!)

(Scroll down to get a few more deets re: the switch…)

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{Gia Canali}

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{Gia Canali}

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{Amelia Lyon}

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{Jan Hendrik}

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{Kim Le}

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{SimplyBloom}

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{Amorology Weddings}

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{Jessica Hill}

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{Anne Marie Photography}

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Quick Reference List:

Alright… sit tight… we’re gonna scoot our back-end over to Bluehost now.  (You’ll know when we’ve switched, because we’ll be way faster, and way happier.)  Of course, feel free to browse as you would normally – as long as the site’s up, all is accessible.  But if you find that the site’s down at any point today, please know that it’s due to our migration to a different server, and that it’s only temporary.  So please do check back soon!

And, by the way, THANK YOU, EVERYONE, for all of the amazing support you’ve all given us throughout this whole process.  It’s so good to finally be getting back on track, now that we know GoDaddy was the culprit all along.   Sheesh.  But really, you guys, you don’t know how much your support has meant to us.  Please know that we love you so much, and we can’t wait to continue bringing the inspiration to your face once this server switchover is complete.

See you on the flip side.  :)

xoxo!  -Alison

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WEDDING DECOR ❦ Mini Lustre Vases, Ice White Lights, Writable Napkin Tags + More Little Things!

Many of us want our weddings to have some kind of fairytale-ness to them.  Some want a lot, others want a little, but I think it’s safe to say that we want to set the scene properly for a dreamy escape into our new lives of loving one another forever.  And in my opinion, that rocks.  So, when I think of setting that scene, I think details.  Details, details, details.  And more details.  Because who doesn’t love details?  As they say, it’s the little things that show that you care.  And I’m thinking you care about your wedding day.  So, what do I think of first?  Without a doubt, lighting…

Ice White LED Tree Lights

Yeah, that’s what I call a fairytale setting.

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If it made sense for my home to decorate every room with a handful of these, I would.  But it doesn’t make sense to do that.  However, it DOES make sense to decorate your entire wedding with these babies.  And I insist that you do it (if you want to, that is… no pressure).

Lustre Vases

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And given the trends we’ve been observing, I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t throw in a little chalkboard inspired lovin’ – form of: zinc place tags for your guests’ napkins!!!  Yes, OMG is right!!!  How much do you love these things?!  Is it as much as I do?  Because I honestly don’t know if that’s possible.

Six Zinc Chandelier Place Tags

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And these, well I just can’t get over how cute these would look in photos.  Not to mention how official it would make things.  If you’re thinking of a school-related theme for your big day, may I introduce you to the perfect little finishing touch?

Old School Wedding Badges

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At first I kind of pooh-poohed these mini chocolates, but they grew on me quickly and with force.  With a simple, clean palette based in white or ivory, these bite-size squares of milk chocolate wrapped in silver foil and a white outer sleeve are the ideal way to please the palates of your guests.

Mr & Mrs Neapolitans – NEW!

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I’m sorry, I just think these little vase munchkins are frikin’ adorable, so I had to include them.  Aren’t they frikin’ adorable?  They’re frikin’ adorable.

Name Place Vases

(Look at the wittle hole for the wittle tiny fwowah.  Awwwwww!!)

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This jar = phenomenal.  I am in awe of it and want ten.  This is just PERFECT if you’re looking for a brilliant way to light your intimate backyard/outdoor wedding.

Kilner Sun Jar

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My Mom adoooooores these confetti boxes.  She can stare at them for minutes and, as if she were starring in an infomercial, talk up their attributes in a way that’ll tempt you to slap down your child’s tuition money just to get your hands on them.  But I must say, they are quite spectacular.  Really, what’s better than a box full of ready-to-go ivory colored confetti cones, filled with a mixture of delicate lilac, ivory blue and pink delphinium petals?  Not much, if you ask my mother.

Confetti Box

Hope you enjoyed these picks!  I’ve got to admit, they were super fun to pick out.  Though it was a biotch not to buy everything as I went along.  I think I may own several of those little vases before the day is through.  Seriously.

xoxo!  -Alison

By the way, if you did fancy those picks, I suggest you check out some more!

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REAL WEDDING ❦ lovely country nuptials {+ succulent bouquet love!} ❦ by Katie Stoops

Before we jump in to today’s fabulous real wedding, let me just quickly share with you my current FAVORITE BOUQUET STYLE IN THE WHOLE FREAKING WORLD, shot by none other than Katie Stoops:

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And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…


I’m telling you, from the sunflower bouquet to the adorable wittle puppy to the pumpkins of various sizes and hues, I have fallen hook, line and sinker for this romantic country wedding.  Katie Stoops is one of my favorite wedding photographers, and this wedding is nothing short of laid-back, family-focused perfection in my book!  Greta and David are the picture of love; their undeniable connection is almost palpable as you take in photo after photo.  I hope you love them and their big day as much as I do!

Oh I do believe
In all the things you see
What comes is better than what came before
And you’d better run run, run run to me
Better run, run run, run run to me
Better come, come come, come come to me
You’d better run

~ The Velvet Underground (but Katie features the Cat Power cover on her site… and it’s amazing.)

Heaven.  I consider this wedding a pure, unadulterated form of heaven.  Give me a wedding this intimate, this low-key, this loving and simple, and you’ve given me the world on a plate.

Thoughts?

Credit: Open Air Photography by Katie Stoops

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