Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. This time of year I am always reminded by what's truly important in life. I am very blessed to have an amazing husband, a supportive family, health, a roof over my head and all of you. So, from my home to yours Happy Holidays!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
If you were at the show and looking for something you saw there, those new designs will be available for purchase on our site and etsy this week and next.
If you wanted to order something for Christmas delivery please contact me via email or phone and I will make sure we get your order in.
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Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Back to business, as promised I have another cool handcrafted vendor for you. I found Seven Smooches at the Renegade show in Chicago a few weekends ago. These designs are so whimsical and delightful. Just adorable. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Anyhow, back to the Renegade findings...I bought the cutest little clip on bag from Beantown Handmade . The clip on bag is the kinda for holding those plastic "poop bags" you have to have with you when your walking your dog. Up until this point I have been just shoving my plastic bags in my pockets before I leave the house and I'm glad to say I feel so much more stylish with this clipped on my pants. I should also mention that these little bags aren't just meant for the "poop bags" but they are also cute enough to stash your cell phone or house keys too. I have to say that I'm also a huge fan of the "collar sleeves." They totally can dress up your pet's collars and make them look oh so cute in flash! Here are few pictures from the adorable website.
Monday, September 13, 2010
First up is Isette. http://isette.com/
I have to say that this is some of the most interesting jewelry I have seen all summer. It is just different and so beautiful to look at.
You can shop Isette on etsy.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
I just had to share this amazing bouquet I found while searching Etsy. This is handmade and designed by Marie of Emici Bridal . This stunning bouquet is completely made out of silk, embellished with either crystals, rhinestones, or freshwater pearls. This is simply stunning. The blushing colors are so gorgeously romantic. Can you imagine walking down the isle with this stunning bouquet, all of your guests admiring your flowers and they stop to notice the unique softness to it, then they realize what your carrying is so much more then flowers! Oh if I could do it all over again....
Marie has other amazing heirloom accessories at her etsy shop for your viewing and purchasing pleasures!
To make a purchase with the special discounted rate, email or convo(as an Etsy user) me and let me know what item you are interested in. I will make a special listing just for you to purchase with the discounted rate. You will get and email from me with the link to your requested item! Don't forget to mention "blogg" to get the special discount. Hurry because this offer will end by Friday September 10th 2010 at 11:59PM.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Yesterday we went to see Eclipse, and while walking out of the theater my husband says to me, “That ring will be the next “Big Thing” in wedding rings.” For all of you not familiar with the Twilight saga, Bella is proposed to by Edward and he presents her with a ring that belonged to his mother. It was a very unique Victorian style ring.
I think my husband was on to something. What scared me to death is that up until that very moment the thought hadn’t crossed my mind. This is probably because I always considered Twilight my guilty little pleasure. It’s a teeny bopper thing. Could smart, educated women my age actually be influenced by such a thing…the answer is yes. The current trend in engagement rings has been towards the antique style anyway and this one just forgoes the typical focal diamond. Instead goes for elegant antique design that is flattered by many smaller diamonds. It give the ring a beautiful sparkle. The most amazing this is that this world known character just made it very popular to get hand me downs. I say this is incredible because brides today are bombarded with new flashy shiny things for their wedding. The idea of slightly used wedding attire is rarely talked about but is becoming an ever popular movement. For example, consignment wedding gowns ( http://www.whitexchange.com/ for more info)
The idea of passed down rings is not new. However, in light of the this country’s economic status and the rise of the hand made movement it suddenly seems like passing down engagement rings is a smart move. And why not? These rings would be actually considered “antique”. Not to mention a totally romantic gesture from your man.
The info on Bella’s ring is that the author, Stephenie Meyer, collaborated with Infinite Jewelry Co. to design this ring. ( http://www.infinitejewelry.com/ ) There are several versions of this ring available on the internet with the genuine replica going for approximately $1979. 00 .
I’m really interested in seeing how many of you may be wearing a ring that has been passed down or if you have any thoughts on this topic. As much as we love Edward(and Jacob for that matter) please don’t post about Twilight.
Thanks for your input as always
I just wanted to let you all know that we are open again! We just came back from a very long R&R and we are so inspired and have tons of new ideas to share with you! We can't wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work. We are accepting appointments again and they will be on a first come first serve basis!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Typically, the brainstorming takes a while. That's because I research and immerse myself in visual content that's related to the project. I go back and forth. over different combinations of color and motif to get a sense of the direction I want to take. When I'm finally convinced that I have the right approach. Then I start to put together mock ups for us to review. The photo that you see is a sketch for a new project. I will then take this pen drawing and turn it into computer art. If you are one of my customers can you guess if its for you? You'll just have to wait and see!
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Friday, April 30, 2010
So I'll leave you with one photo to chew on right now. I had no idea that David Tutera had a wedding gown line. I'm a little shocked at how much I liked his style. Shocker. (but a in a good way) This is his Eve Dress. Loving the roses. That's romantic...
Friday, April 9, 2010
While Donna was away on a trip, Miguel was busy transforming their home into a scene from the bride- to- be's favorite movie, The Little Mermaid.
When Donna arrived home from her long trip, she was greeted by Miguel and blindfolded immediately. He then picked her up and whisked her away to his boat(in their living room) under the stars and moonlight . The boat being guided by none other than her favorite Disney character Sebastian! With the blindfold removed she was in awe as she tried to take in the moment around her. Kiss the Girl was playing in the background as Miguel took her hand and proposed. She said yes and the rest is yet to be written!
Please take a moment to look at these photos because they are simply amazing. Miguel made everything you see. The boat, the fish, the tree trunks, the hearts on the floor and Sebastian are all made out foam that he hand carved and painted. The hearts have special notes written on them to Donna. The "water" that you see coming out of the mouths of the fish is rolled clear cellophane. The water on the floor is made out blue cellophane. The leaves of the trees are made out of green party streamers. I just love the way that he used two color of greens instead of one. It adds more depth and detail. He used mini lights to illuminate the sky above them with stars. And the background was a large sheet of paper that he hand painted. Also note the foresight he used when cutting out the air vent at the top. Seriously!! This is no easy task. You can really tell he put so much effort into this. For example, look at close up of Sebastian. The trees in the background have light and dark shadows.
Now, you’re probably thinking Miguel has got to have some serious skills to pull this off. Your right. He is an artist, who from what Donna tells me is an amazing illustrator. But don't be mistaken, just because he has skill, this still took a tremendous amount of planning on his part. In our book this goes down as one of the most unique proposals ever!
Donna and Miguel congratulations on you engagement and I can't wait to work with you! I'm sure you'll be inspiring me in all sorts of ways!!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Do you have an unique and exciting engagement story that you'd like to share! Please do because we'd love to blog about you! Email us or respond to this post with your story.
The Wyatt Collection is our newest addition to the stationary collection. The save-the-date that you see here is actually a magnet. It can made as a conventional save-the-date as well. This collection is entirely customizable like all the rest of the Sugar and Spice Ink products. That means you can change color, size and information lines to suit your event. Wyatt is available as save-the-dates, invitations, thank you's, menus, and we can even incorporate it into your favors. Please call or email for pricing.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I just had to share this amazing brooch with my bride followers! I heart this! Pink I think I'm in love! This brooch has it's home at the Left Bank Jewelry boutique in Chicago. I just love the idea of pinning this on to your bouquet. It would make for a very stunning detail. I believe it goes for $29. For more info click here for the link to the Left Bank.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
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Friday, February 26, 2010
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Monday, February 22, 2010
I have had a few brides approach me about affordable up lighting so I have to say that shortly I will be purchasing one of the small portable LED lights that are now available at save-on-crafts.com and other bridal resources. I have not actually used these yet so it would be unfair for me to give and accurate critique. One of the down falls to going with this option is that it only produces a white color. Not the lovely range of colors that you get from professional lighting. Once I get one I will do expriments on ways to produce a colored effect using one of these canisters. I will of course make that information available here.
While I think this option might be perfect for smaller weddings, I don't believe this would give you the kind of all over lighting effects that you see on "Platinum Weddings". Although you never know.
Any how enjoy the video and let me know your thoughts.
Screen clipping taken: 2/22/2010, 12:07 AM
We are so excited to part of the My Wedding Concierge, the best new online and mobile resource for planning your wedding. This amazing site is just as fabulous as it looks It's ultra chic design is so user friendly that I think it's going to be a huge asset for today's brides who are forever on the go. Right now it's compatible with I-Phones and it's app is available at the apple store for free! The really exciting part is that this new resource will allow brides to not only find vendors but also share, rank and organize them with their friends among social networks like Twitter and Facebook!
Speaking as a bride who worked more then 40 plus hours a week, traveled the world for work, constantly on the go with entrepreneurial tasks all while planning her wedding, it would have been helpful to have something like this at my finger tips. Every minute counts when your time crunching. I really did not have the time to research everything I needed because I just didn't have the time to spend in front of a computer. But having the tool available as a combo team in both formats for web and mobile makes it so appealing for busy brides. Just the idea of having everything you need right at your finger tips makes me smile for you! You could do your homework on vendors while working out at the gym!(no more excuses to hit the weights). The future looks bright for My Wedding Concierge as they climb the ladder to be the ultimate wedding search engine. They certainly have our stamp of approval.
Have fun and happy planning XOXOXO!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Are you stressing over what to bring for the big game today! Super Bowl parties are notorious for finger foods and this little treat is super easy and quick to make if your sweating it.
Roll Ups. (this recipe can be modified to fit whatever you want to fill the shells with)
1 Package of Large soft tortilla shells
1 package of cream cheese
1 Roast Beef (I use about a 1/4 pound)
1 bunch of Green Onions
Let the cream cheese sit out to soften.(or you could microwave it in a pinch. Chop your green onions. Put them in the bowl.
Chop your Roast beef. I like to cut it small but it will be in the roll up so it really doesn't matter how small you cut it. Add your roast beef to the bowl and mix with the green onion. Now add your cream cheese and mix. I just mix it up with a large spoon.
Now take 2 tortilla shells and lay them down on a CLEAN countertop. Overlap the shells about a 1/4 of each shell. Now start spreading your cream cheese mixture around leaving about an inch from the edges. Now start to roll them up so that both shells get rolled together and you have long log shape.
Cut the edges off (there's no mixture there) Now refrigerate them for an hour before you slice them. This gives the cream cheese a chance to harden again and will hold the shells better. Yeah your done! Now go enjoy the game!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
WHOVILLE DESIGNS had some gorgeous jewelry at what I thought where really affordable prices. I have to admit that I did double take after I asked how much the crystal necklace retailed for. I would highly recommend emailing Heather and asking her about her bridal collection.
For all you Green DIY brides, be sure to check out green paper company, for all of your eco friendly paper needs. Their table was so cute it was candy for my eyes! Actually, I am really glad I met them because I am in desperate need of a green supplier and I am personally going to be in touch with them for our invitation designing.
Again for you greenies, Pollen, had such pretty floral arrangements. The most dreamy bouquet laid on the table and caught your eye immediately. The only thing that was missing was a mirror so you could imagine yourself down the aisle with it. They specialize in green weddings and eco-conscious events.
For you candy lovers, (I’m talking to you Amanda!) the sweetest course, custom candy buffets, is perfect! I was talking to Christine and she said that she can work to customize the candy colors to compliment your wedding colors! Yummy!
The very first both I saw walking in to the event was, Layer Cake Shop(baking supplies). This table was excitement from the very moment I laid eyes on it. It was one of those shops were everything was packages so cute that I wanted to pick everything up and touch it. Pretty amazing for baking supplies!
We sampled pretty and yummy cakes from TipsyCake. They are custom bakeshop and can match you colors or your theme!
One of the vendors that I was so excited about is vavoom pinups! This a very different and creative type of photography. I am dying to do this and I think maybe some time in the summer I will! How cute would it be to collaborate with these ladies and do some pictures for the business!
Love, Lula Mae had amazing designs, I didn’t know where to look first. The display had fun vintage inspired designed accessories. The bridal collection is unique while the couture collection boasts eye popping colors!
There were so many tallented vendors that I can't possibly cover them in 1 little blog. I think the best way to showcase them is too do little stories of the ones that caught my eye. So be sure to look for that in the future!