Friday, September 26, 2008

Pounce Find

So, I feel like posting again today. Look what I found on Pounce! I think these headbands are super sweet. Perfect for a wedding!

Featured Seller: Meowstro

I stumbled upon this seller while browsing the forums on Etsy. Look at her wonderful prints!

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This one is my personal favorite:
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She also makes the cutest miniature books. And by miniature, I mean smaller than a quarter. Adorable!

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{all images from Meowstro's shop}

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wedding Project #1

As anyone knows who's planned a wedding, the choices to be made and the options one has are almost frightening. Add to that the whole slew of do-it-yourself and craft ideas, coupled with blogs of amazing photography and beautiful dresses and amazingly cute table centerpieces, and all of a sudden you're in such whirlwind that you almost don't know where to start. You doubt decisions you've already made, and you suddenly find yourself wanting to just buy everything you see because you just have to have the best wedding ever.

After my first couple weeks of wedding blog innundation, I think I've finally calmed down. I've developed a mental filter, so now I don't find myself drowning in options. I've come to realize what I like and my certain style, and this allows me to ignore or pass over a lot of things and focus on what is right for our wedding.

Which brings me to this. I haven't even tried on any wedding dresses yet, but I keep coming back to this one (from J. Crew) as a final contender. There is something about it that I just love. It's simple, sweet, not too frilly. And...it's only $350! Which, amazingly, is still over my budget for a dress (I was shooting for $300), but I may allow myself to overspend by 50 bucks.

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Our wedding date is in March 2009. I'm thinking it will be a bit chilly, so of course one day I spent a good chunk of time on Etsy searching for hand-knit or crocheted shrugs. As expected, I found a good amount of them, all of them beautiful. But then I started thinking, um, why don't I just make one myself?

I taught myself to crochet over Christmas, and up until this point the only thing I've made are scarves. Because, duh, scarves are easy. Just long rectangles, really. So I am going to attempt to make this, from the Stitch 'N Bitch book
The Happy Hooker:

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I went to our local yarn store, and thank goodness the sweet lady who works there helped me pick out the right type of yarn. It is cottony and soft and a lovely buttery yellow. I've already started on it this weekend, and I'm thrilled. This is my first time following a pattern, and so far it's working out wonderfully. I plan on taking pictures and posting my progress.

Apparently a lot of people have made this bolero, in varying colors and adaptations. I particularly liked this one that I found on
this website where a girl posted very cute pics of her finished bolero. I really like how she kept the sleeves a bit shorter, almost like cap sleeves.

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What do you think? How do you think this little shrug (imagine it in a pretty pale buttery yellow) would look paired with that dress?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pounce Find

Found on Pounce...Cute tags and small crocheted flowers...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Featured Seller (and my wedding invitation source!): SilhouetteBlue

Ok, so I haven't even gotten a proof or anything, but I and Megan of SilhouetteBlue have been exchanging convos all day about the design of my wedding invitations! She is super easy to work with, and I wanted to showcase her here.

On Sunday night I spent hours (hours!) browsing Etsy for just the perfect wedding invitation. Actually right now I'm more interested in a save-the-date card, since we're getting married in only six months! So I searched and searched. I'd find fonts I loved, and some graphics that were nice, but nothing jumped out at me. And then wham! I found this!

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Perfect! She's going to customize this stationary to be a save-the-date, and then a wedding invitation. I love it because it's so simple. It's cute without being too cute, and it's sweet without being too sweet. I didn't want anything flowery or damasky or formal. It also seems appropriate since we're getting married
here.

So go check out her shop. She has other lovely stationery and really nice designs, and like I said, she's great to work with! Yay for great Etsy artists!


Monday, September 15, 2008

Cooper-Young 2008

So I did it again! I had a booth at the Cooper-Young festival here in Memphis, and while it was a bit slower than last year, it was definitely a success! I sort of laughed at myself when I saw the pictures that I took of the booth - a little sparse looking, for sure. But I had over 80 pairs of earrings, so I thought it would look fuller than it actually did. Oh, well. It was a really fun day, and thanks to everyone who stopped by.

The best part of my day? When a store owner asked if I would be interested in selling my jewelry in her shop! Score!

So, now you can find my jewelry for sale
here, and if you happen to be in Memphis, you'll soon be able to find it at this store.

my earrings for sale at cooper-young!

my sparse-looking booth - but that's ok

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Wedding site!

We found a perfect wedding site! It's lovely, charming, quiet, and they provide everything! It's a small bed and breakfast outside of Nashville, TN. If you're interested, go here. Check it out!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

What have you eaten?

{Found over at Culinary Concoctions by Peabody}

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam Chowder in Soudough Bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted Cream Tea
38. Vodka Jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala Oh I love this.
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal Sadly, yes.
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake Yes, yes, yes, and yes!
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang Souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom Yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. 3 Michelin Star Tasting Menu
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam Grilled, with cheese. I know, I know...but it's so good.
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

I think I need to try more new things...