Saturday, April 23, 2011


So, of course, I love me some baker's twine. It's used by bakers. I heart bakers. And it's twine, so it also parallels my love of ribbon. I mean, obviously it was going to be a perfect match.

And when a certain someone told me about Divine Twine, which comes in a variety of lovely lovely colors, I jumped and immediately purchased a roll from WhiskerGraphics.

I love it. I'm imagining all of the uses for this goodness, and boy do they abound! I will be using the twine to tie the tags to the vintage skeleton keys for the place cards at the wedding. Yes, I will.

And you know how I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I love packaging? Well, Divine Twine did a fabby job of packaging this baby. Look at the adorable bird on the back...I mean, seriously!

And check out all the other little goodies that came in the mail with the twine!

A cute little thank you pouch with a sticker, samples of all the Divine Twine colors, some birdie stickers (!) and a business card, you know, for future purchases. How fun!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Something old...

and blue enough that I'm calling it my "something blue."

I was thinking about how I would love to wear or to have something at my wedding that reminds me of my grandmother. She's been gone for 16 years now (half my life!), but I still miss her. She was a tiny, ferocious woman. I think of her often, particularly since I live in her house.

My aunt looked around for something I could borrow and found the absolutely perfect thing.

It's the handkerchief that my grandmother gave my aunt at her wedding! And it is lace trimmed with a lovely little bird and two rings and oh my, do I love it.

I mean, seriously - look at that bird!

I plan to wrap it around my bouquet (perhaps with some tissue below it so it doesn't get further stained).

My aunt might have to fight me for it to get it back. :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

House of cards

I seem to have accidentally hit on a recent theme for the wedding: vintage cards.

I found these beauties on Etsy.

I purchased 15 consecutively numbered vintage playing cards for only $5.60, including shipping! Hooray for inexpensive, unique and vintagey table numbers! The Etsy store where I purchased them (30one) has a bunch of fun things like this.

The seller mentioned that the design on the back of the card left something to be desired, but honestly, I don't mind it. It certainly conjures up the look of old playing cards to me!

Although, I can't imagine what card game was played with a deck of cards that were numbered up to 15. Then again I'm no card playing expert. :)

You know what might have been my favorite part? They were wrapped in an old McCall's sewing pattern!

Love! I think I'll be using that to make a tissue flower for one of my tables. I'm so addicted to paper goods it's ridiculous.

I was completely reaffirmed in my belief that these cards were great when I saw them in a Seattle store called Watson Kennedy (purveyor of fine goods - yes, please!). I want my wedding to look like that store, except without the price tag, of course. And you know what's completely adorable - it's Chris' mom's favorite store in the city! She's got good taste, that Wisconsinite. And did I mention that the store is conveniently located across the street from our wedding venue. Win!

Of course, we had to visit while she was here, so my aunt and Chris' mom and I went to check out the venue and then wandered across the street for a little shot of fine goods. I fell in love with these cards (and 15 other things in the store, but, you know, I exercised some self control).

They're rather large, and extra sturdy. My lovely aunt purchased them for me. How sweet! Yes, they're more orangey than champagney, but you don't always want to be perfectly matchy matchy, now do you?

Check out the back! It's soooo the best part!

Apparently there are more words that begin with C than begin with K.

The detail on these babies is pretty great.

I can't wait to mock up a dessert table using all of these great vintagey monogrammed finds!

Oh, and I also love the tissue paper from Watson Kennedy (shown behind the cards in these photos). I will use that for some flowers as well. I'm like a kid - the packaging is just as much fun as the actual item!

PS - Some day I will learn to take photos in daylight so they look a little less...uh...dark. Some day...

Monday, April 18, 2011


Dear blog,

I'm sorry I have been neglecting you, but, I'm looking for a new job, you see, and that takes time. A lot of it. Ok, I'll admit it. It's a little exhausting.

But, soon I will have a little extra time on my hands for taking photos of pretty things such as my finished napkin rings and the lovely banner I purchased. There will be more pretty things, I promise!

Now I'm off to put some good "new job" vibes into the atmosphere!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Cake x 4

I made some cakes this weekend.

My friend's adorable daughter turned 5. She loves pink and purple, you know, because she's a girl. But, she had a science party because she's awesome like that. She also has good taste...she wanted a lemon cake with blueberry filling and I made a lemon buttercream frosting as well. All vegan of course.


I made the cake into a beaker because, well, I can't draw anything else science-y.

In fact, I can't draw a beaker all that well, either, but oh well.

I did think it needed some bubbles:

Also, Chris' mom is in town all the way from Wisconsin, so we celebrated Chris and Serena's birthdays 5 weeks early so Grammy could join in the celebration.

The birthday boy and girl don't agree on cake. So, mini (many?) cakes were born.

She wanted chocolate with raspberry filling and chocolate frosting.

He wanted chocolate cake with no filling and vanilla frosting (although I threw some almond in there as approved.)

I made myself a little vegan lemon cake with blueberry filling from the leftovers of the beaker cake.

It did make for a cute little cake trio, although I wish I had put the cakes on cake plates.

Some day I'll be able to do it all. (That there is delusion, people.)