Dec 7, 2016

Engraved State Wood Coasters

What I love most about these engraved state wood coasters is they make a stylish and sophisticated wedding gift for less than $25. Not everyone who shows up for the day of your dreams can afford a Kitchen Aid mixer with a stainless steel bowl so big it can mix up to eight dozen cookies in just one batch. And if you love the city or town in the state you call home, you can request the tiny heart be placed over that location as well. Shown here is Kentucky - a set of four personalized engraved coasters in rich cherry wood that measure 3.5 inches in diameter. The names of the bride and groom can be substituted for the last name as shown. So personal, so practical...an affordable wedding gift that will be cherished for many years to come.

Dec 1, 2016

Bridal Party Starbucks Coffee Cups

Every hot coffee or latte loving person in your bridal party would get a big kick out of receiving one of these personalized Starbucks coffee cups. And I don't just mean all the usual suspects - bridesmaids, maid of honor, mothers of the bride and groom. Because you're known to be generous to a fault, you can customize one of these 16 ounce reusable travel cups for everyone from the makeup artist, to the photographer, to the stylist who does your hair. At just over ten dollars each (one dollar more for name on back), these classic green and gold Starbucks cups make the perfect personalized bridal party gift.

 
 

Nov 30, 2016

Mason Jar Winter Candle Centerpiece

A Mason jar candle centerpiece - perfect for a winter wedding or Christmas display. At first glance I thought I could make one of these charming holiday candle holders in less time than it takes to brew my morning coffee. And call back into service that unused plaid tablecloth, waiting for my next trip to the Goodwill. Now I see the fabric looks like fleece and has a beautiful finished edge on top and bottom. So the whole project will take more effort (require a sewing machine!) but this unforgettable Mason jar centerpiece will cast a warm and welcoming glow over family, neighbors and well-loved friends.

 
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Nov 26, 2016

Fun and Easy Unity Ceremony Idea

What makes this unity ceremony idea (from Disney weddings) so fun and easy? The large jar and two smaller glass jars look suspiciously like containers that hold my favorite brand of mayonnaise!  What was once headed right for the blue recycle bin - now wrapped up in twine with customized cardboard hearts - makes an attractive sand ceremony set. You will find a variety of glass ceremony sets on Amazon from about $19.95 and up (shipping not included) and a Mason Jar set just like this - wrapped in burlap instead of twine - for $12 on Etsy. I cherish the idea that even on the most important day of our lives we can recycle and reuse, celebrating our love and this beautiful blue planet we all call home.

Nov 22, 2016

Breathtaking Tulip Bouquets for Spring

It may seem too early to talk about tulip wedding bouquets when the first winter cold front, like a runaway train, could be headed our way in a matter of weeks. What better time to plan a spring wedding than after the Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Pie and before the Christmas holiday rush? Tulips are a perennial flower, when planted in the fall, will return year after year. Yes...you can actually grow your own tulips for centerpieces, bridal and bridesmaid bouquets! Plant the bulbs at least eight inches deep - pointed sides up. (In southern climates, you need to chill the tulip bulbs in the refrigerator before planting for at least 12 weeks.) Avoid overwatering and you'll find yourself with an abundance of these breathtakingly beautiful spring flowers.

Tulip Bridal Bouquet Ideas


 
 
  
 
 

Nov 19, 2016

Star Wars Wedding Gift - Darth Vader Print

The American Film Institute lists him as the third most bad ass movie villain of all time. Second only to Hannibal Lector and Norman Bates ("Psycho"). Medical students are even told to observe the Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet because he exhibits six out of the nine traits for borderline personality (think Amy Winehouse, Lindsay Lohan and yes...Angelina Jolie). No matter, he's a tall sexy guy in a black armored suit. At just $15, this is the perfect gift for the groom who will always part with his hard earned cash (films, novels, comics, video games, action figures) for Star Wars. Printed on vintage dictionary paper, this Audrey Hepburn and Darth Vader print measures 7.5 x 10 inches. A fashion icon who spent her life helping impoverished children all over the world. An evil guy who sacrificed his own life to save his son.  A well-loved Star Wars wedding gift for the groom.

Nov 18, 2016

9 Exquisite Christmas Ornament Centerpieces

These easy Christmas ornament centerpieces remind me that the holidays are meant to be a joy, not a job. You can't rush the baking or the wrapping or the cards. But you can create an exquisite winter centerpiece in just minutes with things you may already have on hand. I love the upside down wine glasses, their naturally concaved bases keep the dripping candle wax in check. Most of these were made using two complimentary winter colors: purple and silver, green and red, white and silver, royal blue and silver, and turquoise and silver. Don't leave the store without silver Christmas ornaments! Another great money saving wedding idea - purchase almost everything, including the glass stemware your at local dollar store.



  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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