My favorite sort of wedding DIYs are the sort that are good for something besides just a wedding! I had all these grand plans to craft for my wedding, but really never got it together in time. This tote feels like the perfect place to start. I adore Liz of Say Yes To Hoboken‘s  Blank Canvas Tutorials, and the beautifully simple neon dot tutorial is definitely my fave. Maybe a craft party is in order! Haven’t had one since I was about twelve…

So cute! All you need is a blank canvas bag, fabric paint and a pencil.

Click here for the full instructions.

I’ve been perusing my sister’s wedding board on Pinterest more and more, as we start nailing down her wedding style and the particulars of the bridesmaids’ dresses. And I’m loving it.

Vintage Style

Sweet Accessories

Gorgeous Hair

Love! The latest is that we’ll be getting custom vintage style dresses from Etsy and I can’t wait to see all the fabrics she picks out! Now I need to start looking for shoes…

I’m officially on the prowl. My sister isn’t getting married until August 2013, but she is rather fabulous and I want my dress to do her proud as I stand beside her! And so, I’m officially moving on from casually browsing to seriously searching for the right dress. There’s not a definite theme or style yet, but something with a vintage feel in the perfect pale shade is where I’m starting. My first picks:

there is only you and me via bhldn

alfred sung via dessy

louiseomahony via etsy

The first of many!

Wow. Serious red alert here. I’ve always had a soft spot for bright wedding dresses. The first dress I tried on was a vibrant yellow dress at Luly Yang. It was a little more drama than I was going for, and I ended up falling in love with a dress in a more classic shape, but I still dream about it!
And these gorgeous, rich reds are equally swoon worthy. Vera Wang always does bridal perfectly. Would you wear a bright wedding dress?

images via nordstrom trend alert 

What a weekend! And I mean that in the best sort of way. I didn’t make much of a fuss about buying my wedding dress, but I’m so glad my sister did. She found the most amazing vintage shop down in Portland Oregon, Xtabay. We drove down for the weekend with our mom and a couple of my sister’s closest friends. We came, we mimosa-ed, we shopped. Then we had a little more fun.

I highly recommend Xtabay for the quintessential wedding dress shopping experience. Every detail was perfect. And when we’d finally seen enough, we hopped down to the main store downstairs and shopped a bit more. It was curated perfectly, every piece was a dream. I held back and just picked up a sweet, short yellow jacket for myself, but my sister really cleaned up.

After exploring a little more of Portland, we wined at dined at the Zeus Cafe (delicious! love those McMenamins spots!), hit the photo booth at the Ace Hotel, and danced the night away at Kell’s.
I’m thinking we should have ladies weekends more often.

My sister’s engagement party is coming up and based on her amazingly talented entourage, I know it’s going to be quite the DIY affair. I’m not terribly crafty, but I’m always collecting ideas. Recently, I stumbled across this fabulous post from Wedding Chicks. So cute! So simple! Maybe even I can do it. And fruit roll ups were one of my absolute favorite treats as a kid. Yum! Bright and fun! I love it.

See complete directions below!

Cake Flowers
from Wild Orchid Baking Company via Wedding Chicks 

Fruit leathers
Round cookie cutters
Small bowl of water
Small paint brush
Floral wire (tooth picks or skewers would work as well)
Piece of foam

Step One.
Using a round cookie cutter, cut circles out of the fruit leather. The size of the cutter you use will determine how large of a puff you have at the end. For these puffs we used round cutters that were 1/2” to 2” in diameter.

Step Two.
Pick up a fruit leather round, and using your thumbs and forefingers, press the sides of the round together towards the center of the circle. You’ll end up with a shape resembling a ruffled “x”. Just be sure to press towards the center of the circle, so that you don’t close the “x” entirely. The open loops are what give the puff it’s shape.
Repeat with other circles. For a nice full puff we used 6 fruit leather rounds per puff. You can use more or less depending on how full you’d like the puff to be. To begin to form a puff, press 2 of the ruffled fruit leather rounds together at their points.

Step Three.
If the fruit leather has begun to dry out, brush on a small amount of water so that they stick together. Add more ruffles until you achieve the desired puff shape. Set formed puff onto a piece of styrofoam. Use floral wires or tooth picks to prop up the fruit leather puff into it’s desired shape. Allow to dry out over night. Using the wires or toothpicks helps keep the puff from drooping or losing it’s shape as it dries. You may need to allow puffs to dry out longer depending on the humidity.

Make The Small Circles.
Add dots to your cake or cupcake design by cutting out small circles from the leftover fruit leather. Apply using royal icing or water, just like the puffs.

Apply to a finished cake using small dots of royal icing, or if applying to fondant just brush on a small amount of water where you’d like the puff to stick.
For cupcakes: Set onto freshly piped frosting.

images by mark davidson

My sister is getting married next summer and she’s been pinning away wedding ideas. Next month we’re hitting Portland together to scour the vintage shops for bridesmaid dresses, but more recently I’ve been dreaming of wedding hair. I’m thinking something slightly messy to go with her vision of the day. Honestly, I am completely incompetent when it comes to hair styling myself, but I’m determined to track down the perfect picture to show my favorite hair gal!

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