May 27, 2011

Monogram Unity Candle Set

This custom made unity candle set speaks to my heart in so many ways. A lovely keepsake and so affordable at only $35. You can easily remove the hand lettered heart charm and use this wooden set at any family dinner celebration including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve. Choose the stain that matches your dining table and other wooden d├ęcor. Mine would be rich, dark walnut that I have on my beds, my baseboards and my patio deck. This set includes one large candle holder and two smaller candlesticks. The heart is hand-lettered in black ink and you can order it as seen here, or substitute a last name or wedding date.


May 26, 2011

Pinwheel Wedding Bouquets

Pinwheel wedding bouquets - it’s an idea that’s sure to take off. Add a nice touch of whimsy to a serious and sacred day of celebration. Holding a brand new paper pinwheel out the window of my Dad’s old blue and white Chevy sedan, riding home on the last day of school - pure heaven! Why should the wedding party have all the fun? Purchase one of these colorful wedding pinwheels shown below. A listing for a set of pinwheel bouquets and boutonnieres for a wedding party of eight, fully customizable from over 9,000 designs will cost about $148 plus shipping.

pink bridesmaid pinwheel bouquet

pinwheel boutonniere

flower girl pinwheel bouquets
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Beach Themed Save the Date Cards

Beach themed save the date cards - promise your nearest and dearest a day full of sunshine and great memories, hopefully without the humidity. Here in Virginia Beach, weddings by the sea just got a little more expensive. Virginia's largest resort city recently began charging $200 for the privilege of hosting your families and exchanging your vows on our beautiful white beaches. Keep in mind anything you do here or at any beach on the east coast, Memorial Day to Labor will cost you more. That oceanfront room that goes for $179 a night in July will be available in October for less than half.

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May 24, 2011

Christmas Ornament Centerpiece Ideas

Christmas ornament centerpieces - the most easy, elegant, and affordable holiday centerpiece you'll ever make! You may be on your way in to the dollar store for detergent and dog food, but there's no way you can avoid tube after tube of colorful glass Christmas ornaments. As many as eighteen for just one dollar! Be on the lookout for these beautiful glass bulbs marked down half price or more after December 25th at your local Salvation Army or Goodwill. I prefer individually owned thrift stores (supporting small business owners!) for a generous bag of low priced vintage Christmas ornaments.

purple ornament centerpiece

blue and silver wedding centerpiece

red Christmas centerpieces


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May 22, 2011

Day of the Dead Wedding Stamps

Day of the Dead, why does it fascinate? It's all about love and loyalty.  A Mexican ritual going back as far 3,000 years ago,  honors and celebrates deceased loved ones. How great to be remembered so long after you're gone. The Spaniards must have thought it a little bit creeepy, and after conquering Mexico, and they tried to eliminate it with no success. These colorful Day of the Dead wedding stamps reflect the joyful belief of happily married life now and forever.

Fall Wedding Bouquets

Fall wedding bouquets are made of the loveliest flowers available September through November: sunflowers, marigolds, dahlias, daisies, carnations and cockscomb. And crimson roses with enchanting names such as Warm Welcome, Scent to Remember, Tequila Sunrise and Remember Me.

fall wedding bouquet
rustic sunflower wedding bouquet
fall wedding bouquet with eucalyptus
peach and burgundy bouquet
Colorful fall wedding bouquet with crimson roses, golden calla lilies,
seeded eucalyptus, wheat and beautiful red hypericum berries.
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May 18, 2011

Regional Wedding Favors

Regional wedding favors - very affordable little thank you gifts (courtesy of Martha Stewart) that reflect the unique charm of the city or state you call home. What makes my hometown of Virginia Beach a favorite family vacation destination between Memorial Day and Labor Day every year? Martha suggests it may be the roasted peanuts. Having lived here for over twenty years, I say salt water taffy is a much better choice. Sold all along the boardwalk - at a low price every tourist can afford (about three dollars a box) - they are individually wrapped in assorted flavors and would make charming wedding favors from Southeastern Virginia and our beautiful three mile beach.

Texas spice rub favors
roasted peanut favors from Virginia
Roasted Peanuts from Virginia

cherries from Maine
Cherries from Maine
maple sugar candies from Vermont
Maple Sugar Candies from Vermont
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Vintage Blue Damask Wedding Invitations

Vintage blue damask wedding invitations - a warm and dramatic welcome to a day of fun, family and free food!What is damask? A lovely weaving style or technique that originated in the early Middle Ages near Damascus, Syria. In history, damask was the linen of kings, queens, princes and princesses for feasts and important festivities. Why should your wedding day be anything less? Lovely ornate patterns combined with the most popular color in the world and printed on 50% recycled paper, add a sophisticated elegance to these stunning vintage style wedding invitations.

Vintage Blue Damask Wedding Invitation invitation

May 17, 2011

Gold and Ivory Wedding Cakes

Gold and ivory wedding cakes - each one of these more beautiful than the next. Gold metallic layers look lovely surrounded by pale peach and pink garden roses. Gold edible pearls make a cake appear rich and radiant. Metallic gold icing dripping down the sides of a tall white layer cake. No way I would take a knife to something so exquisite. Your guests will be looking for something sweet to follow a night of Bacardi and Tenderloin of Beef. Serve them slices from a lightly decorated sheet cake while they feast their eyes on one of these breathtakingly beautiful gold wedding cakes.

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May 15, 2011

Flower Girl Pomanders

A beautifully crafted flower girl pomander - for your beach themed wedding. This one is a wooden vine sphere holding seashells and a large starfish resting on a bed of naturally preserved green moss. This "kissing ball" measures 6 inches in diameter with a six inch ribbon loop. Natural jute twine can be substituted for the ribbon for a more rustic look. Update: this handcrafted pomander was once available at Etsy for $29.00. The seller has stopped production on this item. Today I found honeysuckle grapevine (15 feet) at Save On Crafts (online) under $10. There's no reason you or I couldn't create a pomander every bit as lovely as the one you see here.

May 13, 2011

Vintage Style Wedding Birdcages

Every time I see a vintage style wedding birdcage on Pinterest, it looks nothing like this. Often I find white metal cages draped in faux pearls, filled with pale green Spanish moss and pink garden roses. And wrapped in white lace and tied with cream satin ribbon. As predictable as my tight fitting swimsuit the first week of June. The randomness of these colorful flowers fills my heart with joy. I want to park my happy self here under the noon day sun and lift my glass of watermelon sangria in warm appreciation to the bride and her groom for making this day so festive and fun.

May 11, 2011

Vintage Ads Featuring Married Women

Vintage ads featuring married women - don't even look unless you want a scary blast from a male-dominated past. The world of advertisement catered to men in a way that would be unthinkable today. Check out these hilarious advertising gimmicks from the 1940s and “fabulous” 50s. Grandma and her friends just couldn’t catch a break. Not only were they expected to be perky and cute, do housework in their high heels and fall in love with common household cleaners and appliances, they had to maintain those cherry red lips and an unforgiving 22-inch waist. Steady yourself - the last two black and white vintage ads feature a world you won't soon forget.

black and white vintage ad
vintage housewife ad

May 10, 2011

15 Great Beach Wedding Reception Songs

Beach wedding reception songs - a great selection that includes everything from the Drifters' 1964 hit with promise of a sexy liason "Under the Boardwalk" to Jimmy Buffet's hilarious ballad about blowing out his flip flop, cutting his heel on a pop top and drowning his pain with a fresh batch of frozen margaritas. "There's booze in the blender, and soon it will render, that frozen concoction that helps me hang on."

1. Summer Lovin’ (from Grease)

2. Summertime (Janis Joplin)

3. Beyond the Sea (Bobby Darin)

4. Come Sail Away (Styx)

5. Under The Boardwalk (The Drifters)

6. Under The Sea (from The Little Mermaid)

7. Coconut (Harry Nilsson)

8. Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet)

9. Heatwave (Martha Reeves & the Vandellas)

10. Hot, Hot, Hot (Buster Poindexter)

11. Sail Away (David Gray)

12. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder)

13. Sea Of Love (the Honey Drippers)

14. Hot Fun In The Summertime (Sly and the Family Stone)

15. Walking On Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves)

Starfish Inspired Wedding Bouquet

A stunning starfish inspired wedding bouquet. I've seen a beach themed bouquet like this on Etsy for $90.00. Ouch! But look closely and you'll recognize many of these same affordable silk flowers (mostly roses and stephanotis with faux pearl centers) from Michael's and A.C. Moore's. And on Amazon today I found a set of 6 brown sugar starfish (2 or 4 inch size) for less than $10. You can purchase an abundance of these items and play around until you get it just right. Or make a bridal shower game of it and see who can create the best looking beach bouquet.

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May 2, 2011

Bridesmaid Dress Cookies

Bridesmaid dress cookies - freshly made to order, iced and hand decorated with sashes, petite roses and sweetheart necklines. Choose from these classic color selections: black and white, chocolate brown, pale blue, pale lavender, yellow (as shown below) and pink and white. Each cookie is presented in a high quality cellophane bag and tied with a beautiful, matching satin ribbon. Two sizes are available - small (4 x 3 inches) and large (6 x 4 inches) and if you have a special request about the color of the dress, they will be happy to accommodate you.

Robot Bride and Groom Wedding Topper

This sensational robot bride and groom are obviously two of a kind and ready for the big day!  Constructed from polymer clay and attached to a pair of wooden skewers, they have been hand carved and painted in shades of antique silver and gold. The bride has a gorgeous gold flower bouquet and a heart on her chest and the groom looks dapper with a top hat and silver bow tie. This handsome pair stands at 3 and 4 inches tall (plus an additional 3.5 inches for the wooden skewer legs) and has been featured in Model Life Magazine.