With this big event just around the corner, I think there is this looming emotion in the air. Things seem more intense. It’s not a specific feeling, or even good or bad, it’s just everything. There’s a certain weightiness of feelings.
I have been feeling nostalgic and contemplative, examining things in my mind. I feel like I’m wading through a river and will reach the far bank when we are married; a new land.
I’ve been looking through some old photo albums I borrowed from my mom. I intended to use some for a wedding related project, but it seems I won’t have the time. Instead I just browse. I stumbled upon the very brief section with photos from my parent’s wedding. This is the lot of them. Well, there are a few more of guests (even one of a famous director playing drums at the reception) but not many. Their wedding was small and their marriage was short and that is as much of the story as I know.
I feel as if getting married gives you a chance to start anew. It’s not that you will leave the past behind, but you are now allowed to sculpt your own family. I am no longer just the child of divorce, but will soon be a wife.
A friend of Shawn’s said that the moment you become engaged is when everything changes, that it is that moment when you make the commitment. I definitely felt a major change at that point. When you realize you don’t have to worry about whether or not the person you’re with really likes you or not, for once you know for sure they do.
But marriage, that’s up there on the list of huge life changing events. I don’t imagine things will be entirely too different for Shawn and I. We already live together and spend our time together and all those things. I know though, there will be change and for the better I’m sure. I look forward to all of it.
This weekend my mom and her dear friends threw me a bridal tea. They brought together everyone’s china and tea sets and borrowed from friends as well, to make a spectacular spread. It was really inspiring for me to see all these traditional serving sets put to use. I loved it.
One of the most special parts was being able to use Shawn’s mom’s china.
We had a selection of scones and rugelach from C’est la V Bakeshop. So yummy.
My mom picked out some great invitations from Royal Steamline.
Tons of delicious finger sandwiches were made, including watercress, cucumber and seitan curry. My sister-in-law, Michelle, even helped (and here’s photo proof).
I also made some lemon cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes with raspberry filling.
My grandmother dyed a pink streak in her hair in my honor.
There were even personalized water bottles, with some cute owls.
Some super addictive banana bread also from C’est la V.
There are those sandwiches. I ate countless numbers of them. The watercress had a fantastic radish poppy seed spread in them.
And you can’t forget the tea. We had lots of tea. I was really excited to use the creamer.
It was really special, every detail was thought out from the food to the napkins. Major credit goes to Carolyn and my mom for pulling it off seamlessly.
This weekend there was not one but two craft fairs going on in Los Angeles. It’s time like these that I wish I could clone myself so that I could have attended both. While I missed Renegade this year, I did get to browse the enormous Unique LA. I’ve been attending for the past few years and every event is massively bigger than the last. Viva la handmade revolution!
I wanted to share a few of the shops I was able to snap photos from, as well as a few I wasn’t able to. Like those adorable felt whales from Janie XY. So freaking cute. I have a major weakness for felties, which is probably why our apartment is teaming with them.
One of the first booths I saw and loved was the paper goods from Shortstack Press. Very sweet designs plus I got to chat with Allison who was super nice. I loved the recipe cards.
There was a photo booth set up by Oh! Snap. Definitely the coolest photo booth I’ve ever seen. Everyone wanted their photo with the snow monster.
How cute are these shirts from Rad is Rad? Super cute!
Dave from Taco Comics was painting away during the show. It was cool to see the work in progress.
Sycamore Street Press had a lovely set up. Wonderful holiday cards, a great 2011 calendar and foldable fortune teller.
There were some great home made jams from Lemon Bird. They had some seriously ingenious flavors.
One of the most gorgeous booths was the one shared by Liz Huston and Amy Reed. Liz had some amazing artwork and Amy is the maker of Dust jewelry. I wanted to live in their booth. Go check our their work!
These cute pot holders were from collisionware. All the owls are great. These could totally spice up your kitchen.
I also got to hang out for a bit with the rad Sara Tea while she DJ’ed. She kept everyone’s spirits up while they checked out the shops.
That’s all for my photo round up, but I have a few more shops to mention…
The most beautiful jewelry from Melissa Loschy. I really wanted one of her necklaces, but was shopping for gifts, not myself.
Super hot lingerie from Purrfect Pineapples who I finally got to meet. I love Erika’s designs and they’re all cruelty free.
Rad shirts from Timber Preservation Society.
There was even a vegan pie from I Heart Pies.
Lovely vintage badges from Crown and Badge Salvage Company.
It was really fun, I wish I could have roamed around all day peeking in the shops and checking out all the crafts. Can’t wait for the next one.
Dear friends, I know I promised you cookies, but I’m having a major shoe crisis. I need your help.
I can’t decide on shoes for our wedding. I’ve already gone horribly astray. I am really quite a bad shopper, especially when it comes to shoes.
It all started when I bought the grey shoes above. I really like them. I thought I’d add a little lace or something. But, these lovelies were politely vetoed for the heels were too high. It’s true, for a girl who rarely wears heels, it’s not the best idea for me to be prancing about in such things (although I love the shoes, and will save them for another occasion since they were inexpensive).
Then I found these beautiful olsenHaus wedge mary janes and fell in love. They of course are much more than I want to spend. I’m also not sure why I am obsessed with grey shoes. I’m pretty sure they don’t go with my dress. Gosh they’re so pretty though.
Next I took a trip to Humanitaire to see what they had left in stock (they’re closing their doors and selling everything at a major discount so I suggest you check out what they have post haste). Again I was plagued with the problem of the too high heel. I loved these black Neuaura Sparrow platforms. Is it appropriate to wear black shoes under a wedding dress?
Then, in a moment of desperation, I bought these horrendous things. I thought I’d take off the bow and replace it with some extra lace from my dress. They’re so darn ugly though and hideously bright white. Back to the store they go.
What I’d really like is something like these. Something old-timey. I can’t find anything suitable though. I really don’t want the ones with lace windows that keep popping up in my various searches. I keep finding ones that would work, but they’re always black. Something seems odd about wearing black shoes under my off-white dress.
So friends, shoe enthusiasts, I’m asking for your help. I’m taking suggestions and recommendations. I have only three requirements.
- They can’t have a super high heel. Approximately 2 – 3 inches is probably about right.
- They must be vegan friendly. Fabric is great or there are always synthetics.
- They should in some way match these fabrics (since there isn’t a completed dress to show you).
If you find something for me I will do something really nice for you. I promise.
This weekend I got to be a part of a cake and ice cream birthday party with two lovely ladies, Tara and Gen. I would say that we outdid any other party I’ve been a part of with mere quantity of delicious cake and ice cream.
We had 3 cakes, more than a dozen cupcakes and two ice cream cakes from Scoops.
I made a chocolate covered vanilla cake and a red velvet cake. There were chocolate cupcakes too.
But my absolute favorite part…
…was the brown bread ice cream cake. Heaven on a plate. I’ve always wanted to have vegan brown bread ice cream. It was exactly as I imagined it would be. Amazing!
We all wore fluffy tiaras and sang happy birthday and ate loads of cake and ice cream. I had a major sugar overload but it was well worth it.
Oh, and I kind of fell in love with Tara’s cat Lucky.
How cute is she?