a collection of joy...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Blog

I have a new blog I just started. It will chronicle my experiences crafting for profit..... and probably lots of other wonderful things.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

reduce, reuse, recycle...

Just a few tips from Green by Design...

  1. Bulk Stores rule! No wrapping, no packaging, no frills – just about anything you may need sits in large bins, ready to scoop. From pasta to peanut butter (self-ground) and anything in between. Just go easy on those chocolate chips.

  2. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag). Bring a cool-looking tote to take your groceries away in, and forgo those plastic carrier bags that stay around for the next few millennia.

  3. Recycle. Most cities and towns have a recycling program in place for paper, glass, tin, even kitchen waste. Garages will take your old car batteries and tires. Many hardware stores will take your old paint, batteries and old CFLs.

  4. Compost your kitchen scraps. Your flower beds will be happy

  5. Lug Your Mug for take-out coffee; many places will even give you a discount for it.

  6. Avoid take-out food. I know, that can be a challenge on a Friday night. But all those plastic and foam take-out boxes produce a big stream of toxic garbage.

  7. Eat home-cooked meals. Okay, another potential mine field here, but let’s face it: all those plastic and aluminum trays that those frozen dinners and prepackaged meals come in don’t really compensate for their overload of sodium, saturated fats and missing vitamins.

  8. Drink tap water instead of bottled water. Evian and Perrier are no longer cool.

  9. Repair, don’t throw out. Need I say more?

  10. Buy durable. Sure, it may be a little bit more to get the better quality product, but it will last much longer and always pays for itself in the long run.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

centerpiece mock-up


So I've been thinking a lot about centerpieces this week. originally I had planned on doing just the glass vase with a tall pillar candle in the center and adding some berry garland around the outside of it. But the more I thought about it the whole thing became more and more boring.

I took it to the next level. I'm now thinking of keeping the same idea but putting it all on top of some old suitcases, stacked drawers, and in this case a hat box. Adding some old books and an old b&w picture of a family member on top.

sorry for the blurr...


Since the beginning I have opted out of the traditional guest book thing. I was wanting to put cards at each table and have our guests write some words of advice or encouragement to us. I would then take them all and put them in a scrap book. I feel like this way we would look back through it more often. But I took that idea one small step further. I'm now thinking that I want to find old/vintage postcards and have our guests write on the back of them.

In the picture above I put the postcards and pens in an old ceramic bowl. Since I can remember my mom and my aunt have been collecting this particular pattern. It's the dish ware their grandmother used. I have been trying to find a way to incorporate this some how.
What do you think??

wedding head


i think i have settled on my veil. what do you think? too many feathers? or just enough whim?

listening to today...

Please Clap Your Hands... The Bird and the Bee


Let it die.... Feist

The Mating Game... Bitter:Sweet








a bit of inspiration...

i love this centerpiece idea found at vintageglamblog.com. which by the way is a new addition to my google reader. maybe i will make a stop by the downtown mini mall later this week to see if i can add a little old school to our wedding in may. any other ideas of how thrift store finds can add a bit of glam to a wedding?

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