Friday, December 25, 2009

you'll shoot your eye out...

Happy Holidays!

let us all remember the true meaning of this holiday while in the midst of traffic, flowing wine, junk food, and the 24 hour marathon of A Christmas Story. i wish you all a very merry holiday, whichever it may be. and of course, peace on earth.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

oh christmas tree...

i love christmas time. our little home feels so much more "home-y" with lights and a tree. here are just a few pictures i took of our cute little house.

i realize it looks a little creepy in this picture, but i promise its cute.

here is our $30 Fred Meyer tree, complete with pompom tree topper :)

one night i became fixated on origami cranes, and decided to make a little garland out of them. i love how it turned out.

this little poster came from the designsponge website. i printed it out, had kinkos mount it for me and then i hung it in the window. i lurve it.

on another note, i finally finished my first ever screen printing project! i was able to do half of this project during a class in a fancy schmancy studio, and the other have was done in our basement. a couple of weeks ago, jonathan helped me set up a make-shift studio downstairs, and was SO gracious to give up half of his workout room for my screen printing stuff... he is great. here is the finished product!


These were done for the capitol hill coop preschool. The little boy i nanny for goes to this school, and his mom/my boss asked me to make these as a class gift. Claire, my boss, got me everything i needed to set up my own studio, and as i trade i made these! i as SO happy with how they turned out. especially as my first project. but certainly not the last. i have already started designing our invitations, and hopefully after the new year i will be able to start printing them! so excited!

okie doke, time to get ready for a christmas party. until next time... bisous!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


now that i don't have to worry about a dress or shoes, i have turned my attention to how i want my hair and face to look on The Day. i think i have decided to keep my bangs down for the ceremony, and then put'em back for the reception. i have a feeling there will be lots of dancing people at the reception, and i'm sure it will get a little warm in there. it doesn't matter who you are, no one looks good with sweaty bangs...
i have been surfing the internets, all of them, and here are some looks i am diggin' so far:

1) Mischa Barton. i know she is a little crazy, but there is no denying her great style.
i am not a perfectionist, and i don't like my hair to be perfect. i am a huge fan of messy looking hair.

2) Ashley Olsen. she is gorgeous.
i love that she has tin cans in her hair, just like the good ole days... the makeup in this one is loverly.
i love braids!

3) Zooey Deschanel, duh. she was the reason i got bangs in the first place, and every time i go to the hair dresser i tell her to "make me look like zooey."

again with the braids!

i love the sweet softness of this look.

and this! so natural, and retro at the same time.

just plain delightful.

those are my style muses.

but, even with all of those great looks part of me just wants to put my hair in a ponytail...

until next time, bisous!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

pretty pretty paper...

i didn't really know this about myself, but i have a deep love for paper. especially colorful paper pompoms hanging from trees...
i just made one of these tissue paper pompoms and used it as our tree topper (i'll post a pic later). instructions can be found on Once Wed's website.

i think that i get the most excited about our wedding when i think about all the little details that go into it. i love decorating, which is another thing i didn't really know about myself. i can just picture tons of colorful paper pompoms and streamers hanging from the trees in the courtyard at the dresser mansion, or on the alter, or hanging from the ceiling. i have to be careful not to go to far and turn our wedding into a high school prom, but i think with just the right amount it can be very pretty and whimsical. like this:
you can view the whole wedding here, this couple does some really cute things with tissue paper (her bouquet for example!). i also love her dress and shoes!

this wedding is super cute too:
this was done by a whole group of wedding masterminds as a part of The Free Wedding 2009. here are some pictures from it taken by our labor of love. it's amazing!

ok, i must get back to my origami cranes now. i need to make 10 more to complete my window display. pics to come.


Friday, December 4, 2009

looks for the groom...

i know that my blog has been primarily about me and my looks and ideas for the wedding, but i would like to turn my attention to jonathan and what he will be wearing on our big day. i am a huge fan of the sartorialist, it is by far the most fashionable blog out there. because of that fact, i have turned to them for help in finding a look suitable (pun intended) for jonathan to wear to the wedding. here are my top pics so far:

the grey suit, very don draper
(via ruffledblog)

the khaki suit, with loafers and no socks. causal swank
(via the sartorialist)

and i LOVE shorter pants with no socks or patterened socks. i don't know if i could talk jonathan into it though...
(via ruffledblog)

our next trip to Tulsa will involve some suit shopping. lets hope Tulsa has something stylish to offer. we shall see...


Friday, November 27, 2009

i love dior...

i am so in love with the miss dior commercial by sophia coppola. it is so perfectly girly, and beautiful, vintage, and parisian. all of my favorite things all rollled into one! i love the colors, the balloons, the sunglasses, and the flowers. i just wish i could copy and paste all of that beauty and charm onto my wedding day.

also from the loverly sophia coppola is this little diddy:

thats right. champagne in a can. and not just any can, but a pretty little pink can. how perfect is that pink little straw?! i have been thinking about these for the bridal luncheon before the wedding. i think they would be a perfect pre-wedding drink with my beautiful bridesmaids!


Monday, November 23, 2009

drool-worthy invitations...

i have been waiting very patiently for Rifle Paper Co. to open their online shop, and it's finally here! i already made my first purchase. i couldn't resist these little guys...

click here to see some of their invitation suites, they are kind of amazing. they have inspired me to play around with hand-drawn type. maybe even some painting? i just love them!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

we're on snippet and ink!

this morning i was going through my usual routine of searching for inspiration on wedding blogs, and lo and behold we are the inspiration! snippet and ink is one of my top three go-to blogs, and it totally shocked me to see our names as the headline. check it out:!
and don't just stop at our feature, that blog is FILLED with endless eyecandy and inspiration. thanks so much to snippet and ink, and thanks again to the oh-so-talented Sarah and Chris Rhoads!


oh, and since jonathan "accidently" peeked at my wedding shoes, i will be posting a picture of them because i am so in love with them! stay tuned...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

total wedding inspiration!

my friend Sarah Rhoads sent me this link to some photographer friends of hers called our labor of love. she said that it reminded her of the wedding jonathan and i envision for ours, and she is SO right! there are so many things i love about this wedding, and so many things that i have been thinking about incorporating into our wedding. L-O-V-E it! here are a few of my favorites, but be sure to check the whole post out here.

the colors, the hearts, the dress, it is all so perfect. this wedding gets me excited to plan and decorate!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

8 loverly things on etsy...

i love etsy, i mean LOVE etsy. just ask jonathan. if you glance over at what i am looking at on my computer, 9 times out of 10 its most likely something wonderful on etsy. here are my current loves. enjoy!

timelessvixen always has an amazing selection of vintage dresses. currently loving this one

these handmade cake stands from stylegarden are so creative, and i think totally make-able. i see a trip to goodwill and a weekend project in my future...

i MUST have this swimsuit! by ladramaqueen

loving this vintage kodak camera with original box at tweedandrelics. i want to round up enough vintage (working) cameras to set out at our wedding reception for people to use. still in debate...

i'm a little obsessed with cross stitch right now. especially this orla kiely inspired one over at wallwork.

AMAZING handmade cloches by yellowfield7

his and her thermos' at jennyhopscotch

and last, but not least, a yellow typewriter at modera's shop

ok a little random, but etsy is so wonderfully random what do you expect?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

today i am inspired by...

i want this to be me. i just bought a pair of shoes similar to these because of this picture.

image from iheartbando

Saturday, October 31, 2009

happy halloween!

my favorite costume EVER was when i went as Batgirl.

i used to watch the 1960's batman tv series at my Nana's house when she babysat me. i would hope and pray to see her batgirl cycle roll across the screen in the opening sequence. that's when i knew it would be an episode with her in it. man, that was a great show. i also had a huge crush on robin. wasn't he dreamy?


tune in next time at the same bat-time, same bat-channel!

Thursday, October 29, 2009


i fell head-over-heels for this adorable dessert. pie?! in a jar?! yes, please! bleubirdvintage is some kind of genius, and i am glad to reap the benefits of it. i will most definitely be making some trial runs of these guys. i'm thinking peach, or maybe apple... jonathan is so lucky to have me :).
maybe if these go well, and prove to be cost effective we could use them as wedding favors. it could be super cute to create some labels with one of our engagement photos. or maybe cute little tags tied on with twine. or maybe cover the lids with fabric. the possibilities are endless!

if you would like to try it yourself, you can check out the recipe here.

flower puff things!

so, i found this do-it-yourself tutorial on how to make these cute little guys here. right now our house seems very brown to me, and i was looking for an inexpensive way to add some color. they are so easy to make, and kind of addictive. i have made about a million of them (slight exaggeration), so now i am finding ways to put them to use.
the most obvious to me was to glue them to fabric floral stems and make flowers:

but i suppose you could also make christmas ornaments, use them in gift wrapping, bunting, and apparently they make great cat toys...

i know this because the other morning i found tiny little pieces of string all over the bedroom floor. i guess they dug one out of my yarn box and completely obliterated it. they are crafty little hellions.

i think next i will try to make a brooch or a necklace with the fuzz balls and maybe mix in some feathers or some vintage pins i have stored away. we shall see...

i think i like these guys enough to incorporate them into the wedding. maybe a fresh flower alternative? or have them displayed in a big glass vase? or maybe make a garland out of them? i just don't know yet...


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

so, i guess i'm a blogger

welp, i never thought i would see the day when i would have a blog of my very own. i have been so addicted to the blog world lately, and i wanted a place to put all of the loverly things i have found, and add a few bits of my own. i guess this blog will mostly be about my wedding. well, OUR wedding, sorry jonathan... love you. but there will probably be a few random artsy craftsy things on here as well.
ok, thats alls i gots. thanks for stopping by, and i will leave you an inspiration board i created for our wedding on