Guest Post DIY and Giveaway at Cornflake Dreams!

This blog is pure loveliness.  The very kind and creative Jillian was so sweet to promote the launch of the magazine and host a giveaway for a DIY veil kit.  She also let me indulge myself in a guest post tutorial for this fun little doily garland!
Photo by Rosemary Photography

Cornflake Dreams is adorable.  Tons of inspiration, ideas, collages (Friday fancies?  Yes please!!!)  So head on over and say hello, enter to win the giveaway and learn how to make this little garland!


Mason Jar Makeover

I have a problem.  I love jars.  In fact, I can't help but buy jars every time I seem them in the thrift store, antique mall or garage sale.  I don't do a ton of canning or anything - although that's one of my aspirations in life, to become a self-sufficient gardener who cans everything.  And I think I officially have too many.

So I decided I needed to come up with a project for all these jars, and maybe even give some away as gifts (sniff.)  This is what I came up with.
Wouldn't you like to get a fancy jar full of flowers like this one?  I'm pretty sure I wouldn't mind.
I bet they'd also be cute table centerpieces for a garden tea party...

It's super easy.  Here's what you do:

Mason Jar Makeover

You will need:
Pint size mason jar
Glossy Mod Podge
Foam paint brush
Vintage Newsprint, sheet music, book pages, etc.
Ribbon or twine
Make sure the mason jar is clean and dry.  Tear the vintage paper into shreds - the size and shapes are entirely up to you.  If they're too big, there will be wrinkles when you adhere them, but that can be charming...

Dip your paint brush into the Mod Podge and paint a little on the jar.  Stick your first shred of paper in place and smooth over the top with your paint brush and more Mod Podge, to get out all the bubbles and wrinkles.  Wipe any excess away with a paper towel, but it should be saturated enough to stick well to the jar.

Continue adhering strips to the jar to cover the main body.  Place strips right up below the lip of the jar.  This part will eventually be covered with ribbon, so don't worry too much about being perfectly even.  Cover the bottom if you like, but I prefer to leave it uncovered.  It won't stick to the table as much that way when all is said and done.

Make sure the paper is stuck well to the jar - use a second coat of Mod Podge if needed.  Let dry.  Tie ribbon, twine, lace, etc. right under the lip of the jar.  Add a tag if you'd like.  Fill with pretty flowers and let somebody know how special they are.


The BIG Handmade Wedding Giveaway Winner is...

Victoria!  Congratulations!  Victoria's blog recycled+revamped is fantastic and full of great sewing inspiration, so be sure to check it out.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered and for all your wonderful feedback.  It's nice to know that all the hard work and creative energy we put into this is inspiring to others.  When I started out with this project, I didn't have any clue what the end result would be (the honest truth!) I just knew I had to do it.  What great fun it's been and I can't wait to get started on the Fall/Winter issue!  Just need to take a nice long vacation first...  ;)

bracelet by www.parisiennegirl.com

boutonniere by www.lalalaurie.com

banner by www.weddinggirl.etsy.com

Veil kit by www.deedsandpetunia.etsy.com

Silk clutch by Dee Jones
Thanks again to all of the vendors who donated their gorgeous handmade goods to this giveaway!  Be sure to check out their shops, blogs, etc!  And another thank you to Rose Wagner for the use of these gorgeous photos!


Borrowed & Bleu

What an honor!  The lovely website Borrowed & Bleu: Inspiration for one-of-a-kind weddings was gracious enough to feature "It's All In The Details..." today in a blog post!  This website is absolutely gorgeous and FULL of wonderful ideas and inspiration, DIY's, a vendor guide and real weddings.  Go check it out.  I think my favorite was the Ghost Town Wedding.  So cute!

And don't forget - tomorrow is the last day to enter our BIG Handmade Wedding Giveaway featuring some lovely items from our Spring/Summer 2011 magazine issue!!!
Just Married Banner by Wedding Girl - One of our giveaway goodies!


Afternoon Bliss

Sunny, warm days are too few and far between here in the Northwest, but when they come, we take full advantage.  Highlights of a sunny day...
Vitamin D in my favorite chair

Little seeds like it too.

The neighborhood all-girl bike/scooter gang

Sleepy kitties are now ready to play


Feelin' Crafty?

Well I am.  I saw this post via Goodwill's Tumblr for a Vintage Tray Memo Board, originally posted at Campfire Chic by guest poster Brook Ann from On The Wings of a Dove.  Me likey.

Vintage Tray Memo Board
I have a large metal tray with all sorts of flowery things on it just waiting to be crafted into something more spectacular.  It's no good letting it just sit in the cupboard.  I'm liberating myself from veil making for a while, so this is the perfect project to free my inner craftress!


A Big Handmade Wedding Giveaway!

Here's what I've been hinting at for the last three months, a great big wedding giveaway!  And it's a good one!!!

In honor of the first issue of "It's All In The Details..." I'm hosting a giveaway from featured items and sellers in the 'zine! All carefully handcrafted, all completely gorgeous!  One lucky winner will win this lovely package featuring all of the following items:
Heart bracelet by Parisienne Girl Designs

Just Married banner by Wedding Girl

Boutonniere by LaLaLaurie

Do It Yourself Birdcage Veil Kit in white or ivory by Deeds & Petunia
Raw Silk Clutch in cream with baby blue satin lining by Dee Jones

So here's how to enter to win (both steps required to enter!):

1. Follow this blog!  Click the box on the right column of this page that says "follow."
2. Look through our new online inspiration magazine, "It's All In The Details..." and leave a comment here telling us what your favorite item, tutorial or idea is.

Earn extra entries by doing any of the following!
1. Tweet about the giveaway and magazine
2. Blog about the giveaway and magazine
3. Post on Facebook about the giveaway and magazine
4. Fan "It's All In The Details..." on Facebook

The winner will be drawn on Sunday, May 22nd, so get those entries in!

A big thank you to Rosemary Wagner Photography for providing the above photos from our photo shoot, and to all the contributors to the giveaway.  It makes me wish I was getting married again!!!


Seattle Vintage Wedding Fair, Deeds & Petunia and the magazine on NWSource.com

Got a nice little surprise again this morning - a lovely article on NWSource.com on the upcoming Seattle Vintage Wedding Fair.  You definitely don't want to miss this event, and the article tells you exactly why you want to be there!
All participating vendors are local, and the Vintage Wedding Fair has an intimate, indie vibe with an emphasis on affordability. The event attracts local brides who want to infuse their wedding with nostalgia, Old Hollywood glamour and unique, personal style.
The vendors, including Deeds & Petunia, had some very nice words said about them/us/me.
The small and carefully selected vendor list has some exciting new additions this year, including Seattle designer Amanda Vernell of Twice Blushed reconstructed bridal gowns, Christopher Jones of Like A Rockstar clothing, and Deeds and Petunia, which makes affordable, picture-perfect birdcage veils and fascinators
And the zine as well!  Probably the most exciting part for me.
Deeds and Petunia will launch a new online bridal magazine at the event, called “All in the Details” -- which happens to be the wedding fair’s theme.
 Can't wait for this weekend.  I'm starting to feel the pressure now.  This week is the big push for me!


Strawberries & Lemonade - a sneak peek from the 'zine shoot...

Though it was tough, we made a summery occasion out of a chilly spring day (it snowed early the next morning!) at our Strawberries & Lemonade shoot with Rosemary Wagner for the magazine, "It's All In The Details..."  Shivering models and rosy noses abounded, but a little adverse weather couldn't stop us!

Here are some photos from behind the scenes.  Thank you Leah Barad for capturing these moments!

Me with cake!  From the yummiest of gluten-free bakeries, Blackberry Bakery!

A special thank you to Janelle and Stacy, our lovely models, for braving the elements and for making things look so summery and fun!  I know your toes took a long time to thaw.  Also a big thanks to Genesis Farm & Gardens, the location for the shoot!  We love your romantic setting!

Now here's a taste of what's to come in the magazine itself next week!
Photo by Rosemary Photography
Photo by Rosemary Photography
Photo by Rosemary Photography
Deeds & Petunia veils
Dress by Twice Blushed
Jewelry by Parisienne Girl Designs
Cake Topper by The Funky Shack
LaLaLaurie paper flower bouquet