Thursday, February 17, 2011

I love weddings!!

Post Valentines and I think of marriage. I love me a beautiful wedding!! Years ago, it was simple enough. Dress, tux, some flowers, jordan mints and a cake. I think it's so fabulous that women get to be a little more creative these days. However, because of the amount of choices and freedom we now's perhaps more stressful!! Weddings have become so over the top and expensive they appear at times to be a big show instead of the witnessing of two people pledging to spend their entire lives together. This is a big, frikking deal!!!

One of the most beautiful ceremonies I've seen (at an online wedding site) was at the Oregon coast. The couple walked up a sandy path together--but not touching, not holding hands. They met the officiant and a few witnesses at a spot overlooking the ocean. That was where they took their vows. It really struck me as sweet and precious and meaningful.

So, in honor of all those brides to be or those involved with the bride to be, I'm posting some things I find delightful and unique!

This item started my quest for new, not quite traditional wedding details. I love this porcelain ring dish. Banish satin pillows from the 70's! (found on Etsy)

Hmmm....table decor?

My love of the natural is showing. A nest boutenierre.

I'm not a princess ballgown kind of person. I'd want to get close, close to my groom!

Flowing, free and a little wild..

Something blue?

Shoes are where you can really have fun!

Something old...

Feathers vs flowers

..or a beaded..? Spiral bouquet?!

Old buttons...

..and vintage enamel pins from grandma's, mom's and auntie's jewelry boxes!

An alternative to rice

A magical reception

Or maybe I just love the lighting!!

A cake is a must...maybe simple or with....

..a to die for topper!

Or something more whimsical....

the birds & the bees!

No topper needed!

..all out joy!

Thanks for indulging me! Hope you enjoyed my little show!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dang!.....and recipes

This is about how I feel!! Why do I forget to bring my camera to our parties at the shop???? It was such a great day. All. Day. Long. Fun, fun people!! We had a great time. Thanks for making our Girl's Day Out such a success!!

For all of you that asked--here are the recipes:

Cheese Wrapped in Fresh Basil
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese (4 oz)
1/2 cup crumbles Gorgonzola cheese (2 oz)
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan
1/8 teaspoon pepper
salt to taste
24 fresh basil leaves (about 2" long)
Mix all cheeses, salt & pepper. For each appetizer, shape about a teaspoon of the cheese mixture into a ball. Place on wide end of basil leaf and roll up. Refrigerate no longer than 24 hours. Yum!

Fruit Salsa w/ Cinnamon Chips
1 lb strawberries
2 kiwi
2 apples
1/4 cup orange juice
10 flour tortillas
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
spray butter
Dice fruit, add OJ and refrigerate.
Mix sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. Cut tortillas into desired shape/size. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Spray w/ butter spray and sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Serve w/ fruit salsa. Really Yum!!