A Vintage Chic Bride on a Budget

I wanted to give you all a  little viewing treat this fine tuesday…

Dress: Eliza J Rosette Trim Shantung Dress via Nordstrom – $158

Necklace: Forgotten Treasures Necklace via Anthropologie – $58

Shoes: Nina Culver via Zappos – $79

Hair Fastener: Emmie via The Honeycomb on Etsy – $30

Earrings: Enamel Flower Posts via Urban Outfitters – $12

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Georgeous Flower Centerpieces on the Cheap

I literally swooned when I saw Everyday by Rachel Ray run this amazing piece on flowery centerpieces. As the middle-class American family guru, Rachel has associated her name with an incredible group of creative people to provide this gorgeous line of centerpiece inspiration that won’t break the bank.

I will even admit that we have adjusted our centerpiece plan to incorporate one of these ideas and I cannot wait to show you all the pics when we have it all set-up 🙂

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Incorporate your regular grocery budget with your wedding decoration budget? Can you say “Score!” It’s amazing how simple fruit and veggie cans put together with some basic mums can look so retro classy.

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Lush blooms in a creative display that make simply vases look stunning and require far fewer blooms per table… totally loving this idea!

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The best part about this gorgeous display is the price! You can get away with using cheap silk flowers since the glass will distort the appearance so guests won’t know if they are real or not. At about a $1 a glass (based upon my own Ebay stemware purchases) and $.25 a votive (you can get a case of 24 for $6 at Big Lots) you can create this set for around $2 a display. Such a bargain!

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Who would have thought jello could look so cute with embedded fresh flowers?

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I think this is a refreshing twist on classic centerpieces for all you Latino/Chicano brides out there. Pinto Beans! Totally unexpected and adorable 🙂

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This is a very creative centerpiece for either a kids table or the wedding of an artist type couple. It seems so fun and playful and can yo imagine how much money you would save by using butcher paper as table coverings instead of cloth linens?

Hope this gets you all inspired and thinking our of the box when you decide to use flowers in your tablescapes 🙂

Picking Father/Daughter or Mother/Son Songs that don’t suck…

In the WIC there is a lot of emphasis put on the Father/Daughter  and Mother/Son dances but most of the songs often chosen for these make me want to gag! They are either over used or really creepy/awkward (especially in the Father/Daughter) case.

So I have decided to provide you with a list of songs I feel are great for any occasion or relationship…

The Father/Daughter Mix

Father & Daughter – Paul Simon {this is actually the song I picked because I feel it is completely perfect. Not too slow, not too cheesy. Just the perfect sentiment between a father and his only daughter.} Father & Daughter – Paul Simon

My Girl – The Temptations {an oldie but a goody 🙂 this song is just so fun and great for dancing} My Girl – The Temptations

Do You Realize?? – The Flaming Lips {of course I love the Beatles but this was a wonderful remake and I think it is so wonderful for a nontraditional father/daughter song} Do You Realize?? – The Flaming Lips

Jesus, etc – Wilco {You’ve got to love Wilco mellow alt country-ness and how can you not love a song that says “Don’t cry. You can rely on me honey. You can come by anytime you want.” Everyone say “aww” now} Jesus, etc – Wilco

The Mother/Son Playlist

Still Fighting It – Ben Folds {one of my all time favorite songs and I think the words are just so sweet and lovely. Someone please pick this for their wedding!} Still Fighting It – Ben Folds

You Are Goodbye – Holly Conlan {Nontraditional? yes! Sad? yes! Incredibly sweet? absolutely! I just love the line like “Stay” “Please don’t ever leave” that are exactly words mom’s say to their children} You Are Goodbye – Holly Conlan

Other Side of the World – KT Tunstall {listen to all the words and maybe you’ll get but I thought it was very sweet} Other Side of the World – KT Tunstall

You Are My Face – Wilco {can’t you just hear a guy singing this about his teenage years with his mom?} You Are My Face – Wilco

The Songs That Can Go Either Way

Yellow – Coldplay {I’ve always felt like these were sweet words you should say to your child} Yellow – Coldplay

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses {my dad actually requested we play this song at our wedding *smile*} Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Stand By Me – Ben E. King {one. of. the. best. songs. ever.} Stand By Me – Ben E. King

You Belong to Me – Jason Wade {I like this song b/c no matter where you go or who you are with you will always belong to you parents because you nothing breaks blood} You Belong to Me – Jason Wade

Ok so I know that not every family is “cookie cutter perfect” with a mom or dad always in the picture. So here are a few songs for those “different” circumstances…

Songs for Estranged Relationship

This Boy – James Morrison {one of my favorite songs and I just love how he tells his mom that he gets why she had to do what she did and he’s ready to move on} This Boy – James Morrison

Broken Strings – James Morrison & Nelly Furtado {I like how this song is about letting go and saying good bye for that one last time… I think it works great for a son or daughter} Broken Strings – James Morrison & Nelly Furtado

Daughters – John Mayer {anyone whoever thought this was a sweet song about a father and daughter is severely mistaken. Listen to the lyrics. It’s not so sweet but it is pretty and it’s often very true} Daughters – John Mayer

For the Daughter who wants to Dance with her Mom

The Best Day – Taylor Swift {this is actually my mom’s ring tone for my phone b/c I vividly remember what it felt like to be 13 and only have my mom there to cheer me up and get me through everything} The Best Day – Taylor Swift

SansParents – For the Sibling Who Was Always There

Daniel’s Song – The Finches {I don’t have a brother… but if I did I hope I could be as good of a sister as this} Daniel\’s Song – The Finches

Orange Sky – Alexi Murdoch {one of the prettiest songs I know… it’s like the best lullaby} Orange Sky – Alexi Murdoch

Hope this helps in your song quest!

*All photos by yours truly 🙂

Don’t cry
You can rely on me honey
You can come by any time you wantI’ll be around
You were right about the stars
Each one is a setting sun

How To: Steam Open Envelopes

Why would you need to do that? Well if you are like my family you may repeatedly run across putting the wrong combo of inserts or all together forgetting them when stuffing your invitations.

And of course we couldn’t realize this after just sealing the envelope… oh no… we sealed, stamped, calligraphy, and added the embellishment sticker seal (I promise to show pics of the whole suite very soon).

So what do you do?

Steam them open of course!

Now Luke has this saying that goes a little like “Yes, Nora, you win! You are always right!” Nora being my mom of course. Why does he say that? Because as much as I hate to admit it, it’s true. I don’t know how she does it but she is just so freakin’ good at everything she attempts! *peeved inflection fully intended* {I love you mom!} 🙂

So when I realized I needed to steam open about 10 of our invitations, I turned to the internet… I read and prepared and set out to work…

I used a large frying pan like this…

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I started to boil a couple of inches of water. Once the steam started really going, I used metal tongs wrapped with a paper towel (to not mark up the paper) to grip the envelope flap faced down and started steaming it about an inch above the water.

What felt like 5 minutes later I could very slowly and carefully pull the flap up and replace the contents.

It worked but it was time consuming and required a lot of focus not to drop the envelope in the water or tear the paper while peeling…

So about 3 envelopes later my mom walks in and goes, “Use the steamer!” So out she brings her travel steamer…

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And pops those envelopes open without even trying. She literally finished 6 in the time it took me to do my last one. And she didn’t even have to tug at the paper. The glue just melted off.

So anyways we were able to make our changes and seal them back up with a glue stick without anyone being the wiser.

Moral of the story: Moms always know best 🙂

Gift Giving: Awesome Manly Gifts from Steampunk Vintage Design

If you are planning a wedding I know you are secretly stressing about what to get your maids and men, right? And if not, you probably are going to at least one wedding this year, aren’t you? I’ve counted a minimum of 13 weddings of friends in the coming year O_O

So what do you get them? Well here is a new series on some wonderful gift ideas courtesy of me… so to start with here’s a gift idea for your groom and groomsmen or any special guy tying the knot that you may know…

You all remember how much I love Steampunk Vintage Design‘s shop, right? Well let me tell you, Luke LOVES it too so it’s not just a “bride thing” 🙂

Steampunk Vintage Design has a great new line of wedding cuff link packages. Each cuff link is hand crafted by husband and wife team, Tim & Connie, who have been in love with art and design since childhood and wanted to bring new life to the vintage items they’ve collected over the years from estate sales, auctions and antique stores.

Two of their great new cuff link packages are the Hamilton Silver and the Rose Gold

Steampunk Jewelry -- Wedding Set - SILVER PINSTRIPED HAMILTON Ruby Jeweled // STEAMPUNK CUFFLINKS // (4) MATCHED PAIRS - Set of (8) Movements -- Wedding Gift - Grooms Gift - UNEXCELLED QUALITY by Steampunk Vintage Design

Steampunk Vintage Design Hamilton Silver Package $286

This package “features 4 pairs of Hamilton silver watch movements.  Hamilton movements are a higher grade watch with very eye-catching details on the movements.  You will notice these all have a pinstripe appearance to them that makes them truly stand out from others.  The rare find within this package is the pinstriped square-shaped movement.  All of the movements are ruby jeweled movements.  The price of this package is $286.”

Steampunk Jewelry -- Wedding Set - SWISS ROSE GOLD Ruby Jeweled // STEAMPUNK CUFFLINKS // (4) MATCHED PAIRS - Set of (8) Movements -- Wedding Gift - Grooms Gift - UNEXCELLED QUALITY by Steampunk Vintage Design

Steampunk Vintage Design Rose Gold Package $302

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The Rose Gold package “features 4 pairs of rose gold watch movements.  Most of these movements are SWISS made.  They all are the rose gold color, which is a rare color.  You will notice these all have different shapes to them.  There are 2 rare finds within this package, and they are the thin rectangle movement and the medium-sized rectangle movement.  All of the movements are ruby jeweled movements.  The price of this package is $302.”

Every cuff link package from Steampunk Vintage Design includes a rare movement that would be great for the groom or best man 🙂

Rose Gold Package rare movement cuff link

Rare movement cuff links

Cuff links make great gifts because they last beyond the wedding and work great for any formal occasion. Plus they can be handed down from generation to generation as a very special family heirloom.

Tim and Connie are always coming up with new designs and creations including custom bracelet, necklace, and earring sets that would make great bride and bridesmaid gifts. So make sure you stop by Steampunk Vintage Design often to see what you may find 🙂

Messages of Passion by Angelika Liv Bolero Winner

Here is the announcement you have all been waiting for…

And Random.org has spoken…

That means a huge congratulations goes out to Amanda B. Young @ Swoon Over It! I’m so happy for you 😀

And thanks to everyone who entered! There’s still a few more prizes left so be sure to enter for them…

Turning Inspiration into Action

So you all have heard how much I love Made by Julene paper cuts

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and I contemplated actually making one…then my oh so brilliant father jumped in and was like “We own a plotter, you know.”

Do know what that means? All I had to do was design one in Illustrator or Corel and send it to the plotter to be cut out in vinyl and then mounted on a nice matte… whoop! whoop!

So I procrastinated forever but today I finally took the time (that should have honestly been spent on a higher priority item O_O) and made this…

So what do you all think? 🙂