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MInted Challenge: Its Party Time

You say it's your birthday....then check out my entries at Minted's Childrens Birthday Party Challenge. I would love it if you would take some time to vote and let Minted and me know what cha think? 

Hand Lettered Calligraphy Necklace

Is this not the cutest stinkin thing you have ever seen? Made from stainless steel and a 15″ sterling silver chain, you can purchase this custom made calligraphy pendant from the hand lettering of calligrapher Crystal Kluge at Brevity.

Font Friday: Diner

Today is Friday and you know what that means. It's all about font love. Today's lovely font is called Diner. Available in four weights and all them for FREE.

DIY: Heirloom Wedding Keepsake

Found this gorgeous brooch bouquet over at Bridal Guide. I thought I'd share their handy DIY guide for creating one of your own.

floral tape
craft wire
silk flowers ( hydrangeas pictured)
48 vintage broaches, pins, earrings

1. Collect vintage brooches, pins, and earrings. Look for them at estate and garage sales, vintage and antique stores and resale shops. 
2. Wire each brooch and covered the wire with floral tape. Form the silk flowers into your desired bouquet shape. Scatter the brooches throughout the silk flowers.
3. Cover the stems with vintage handkerchiefs, add a charm for your handle!

TIP: Save a couple of choice broaches, pins or earrings from your hunt and gift one to each of your bridesmaids!

DIY: Paint Chip Garland

Looking a fun and quick DIY project for Valentines Day? Try this super cute paint chip garland. It's pretty self explantory: paint chips + paper punch = garland

Courtesy of  GraceandLight

Real Wedding: Tomo and Phil's Antique Garden Wedding

I love. LOVE when brides share their pics of their big day but I am always tickled pink when I stumble on them myself! Was crusin the interwebs and found these lovely pics at Spindle Photography. Tomo was such a sweetheart and she looks amazing!

Off the Beaten Path

Thought I would share some more cool designs for save the dates up for vote at Minted's Mark your Calendars that point your guests in the right direction.

Black tied by Carol Fazio

Path to Love

i'm so excited to share my Path to Love save the date that I created for Minted 's Mark Your Calendars. I love the illustrated maps done by Laura Hopper  and wanted to create a similar simpler concept. I love how it came out. It's up for vote now. Let Minted know if you like it!

DIY: Nautical striped yarn bangles

Ahoy! This DIY project I found over at katye elliot will have you in knots! See her handy tutorial below or visit Martha Stewart's original craft post.  

cheap acrylic bangles
cascade 220 wool yarn or cotton ( for year round wear)

1. First, pick your first color and gather the yarn into a small ball. Tie a knot onto the bracelet and leave a long tail.
2. Wrap the yarn around the bracelet making sure to keep the strands even and tight; keep the first long tail exposed.
3. To change colors tie the two yarns together in a tight knot. The tighter the knot the smaller the bump. Trim the ends leaving two long tails.
4. Start wrapping with the second yarn to create tension. Drape the tails on the inside edge of the bracelet. Wrap the yarn over the tails. Hopefully the small knot will be the only evidence of a color change. Continue to wrap and change colors as you like.
5. When you reach the end secure the working yarn onto the long strand you have left dangling from when you first tied on. I clipped the ends and applied fabric glue on the knot and ends so they wouldn’t unravel. Don’t butt the two ends too close together. You want the knot to have some room to nest between the yarns and blend in.

Inspiration Board: Crochet

I don't knit or crochet but Mr. Wonderful comes from a long line of women who work wonders with a bit of yarn. Over the holidays I got an eyeful of some gorgeous antique dolies just laying around at his grandmothers house. It took an inhuman amount of strength not not to throw my tea cup of tea down and grab them but I did it. I might have politely mentioned though that if she should ever want to part with them. I would be the grandaughter in law ( that even a word)? most likely to accept them with open arms. She said "what these old things? They're old as dirt dear." Yes...yes I know grandma...that's just the way I like 'em.I think she was secretly pleased.

Anyhoo...until then. I created this to hold me over.

This crochet wedding dress by Lela Rose is stunning coming and going!

I LOVE this necklace. So pretty for a wedding. Can you believe it’s only $32? Check it out at  treeandkimball.

Away we go

Check out some of my fav travel/destination  save the dates currently up for vote in Minted's Mark you Calendars.

Want them? Need them? Go vote and let Minted know!

Inspiration Board: Ethereal

From the graceful shoulders to the A- line hem to the hundreds of appliqued butterflies, this airy organza dress from There Is Only You & Me, designed for BHLDN is a Spring Bride's answered prayer. Love the pleated tulle lining peeking out from the bottom. Looks like you're floating, rather than walking across the room! Seriously, I ask you . . . what bride doesn't want to look like she's doing that!

Source: 1) wedding gown  2) pearl necklace  3) headband  4) clutch

Quote of the Month

New for 2012.Quote of the Month.

A year in my rearview

2011.Oh the year that was. I will spare you the boring details but happily share the lessons learned. I found these lovely Maya Angelou quotes that sum it all up quite nicely.

Making a "living" is not the same thing as making a life.
You shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
Whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.
Nothing will work unless you do.
You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
and my personal favorite
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.