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28 Aug

In an effort to live up to this blog and the lovely sweets featured here in my banner and beyond, I spent some time this lovely Saturday making a version of the decorated cupcake.

I was inspired by Clockwork Lemon, I decided to try my hand at DIY Marshmallow Fondant.

DIY Marshmallow Fondant

I had to use a LOT of powdered sugar to avoid stickiness!

I couldn’t get the red color I wanted with my wimpy food coloring drops, so I enlisted some red sugar.Fondant and red sugar

Then I piped some frosting onto my chocolate cupcakes, and TADA! I’m very proud of them.

cupcakes with diy fondant

Seriously, yum.

And the money shot.

the most beautiful cupcake

All photos are mine, courtesy of my trusty point-and-shoot Sony Cybershot.


practice still hasn’t made perfect

8 Aug

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been practicing my ampersands, hoping to get them in shape for addressing save-the-dates and invitations. The highlight has been writing on the fun paper that reminds me of grade school. And of course I bought fun pens (Le Pen!) in many colors for the exercise.

So, here’s what I’ve done:


Style 1, 2, or 3?

Oh, man. I knew these were hard. My option #1, the most traditional, is pretty weak, right?  They all need work, but which version do you like best?

Save that Date!

7 Aug

It’s finally time to get moving on save the dates, and the Sweets and I have a plan. I thought I knew what I was going to do — I had very elaborate diy plans — but I’ve changed my mind. Hey, it’s my wedding. I’m allowed.

I’m still going a little DIY, and I’m still doing postcards, but I decided I didn’t love any of the designs of the postcard save-the-dates I found at printers online. But then I was nosing around a bookstore (Posman Books in Grand Central Terminal) and found some great NYC postcards. Brainstorm! I bought one to bring home to show to Sweets, he liked the idea, and this week I asked them to order me 70 postcards! Tada!

Vintage New York Postcard


The diy still to come involves me putting the date on the front, and of course more info on the back, and addressing them all by hand. I want them to feel personal and fun. Look out friends and relations — they’ll be on the way in a week or so!


31 Jul

I LOVE THEM. But I stink at writing them. Like, really stink. I like my handwriting, but I cannot get the hang of this lovely symbol. I’ll be hand-addressing all my invitations (I like it better that way), and I want to be able to throw in a glorious “&” flourish between the names of our guests. 

Here’s the “for your information” part of this post. The word “ampersand” is a corruption of the phrase “and per se and”, meaning “and ( symbol which by itself (is) and”. So, it means “and,” and all by itself it’s a word. Cool, right? 

There are many variations of the symbol in different typefaces. I’m not sure which is my favorite, but the one I currently write is a sort of left-leaning Helvetica, according to the chart below. But mine’s not so pretty. 


Can't decide which one I love best!


I’m going to be working on my ampersands now. Handwriting practice, with maybe a little extra flourish thrown in. I should get fancy pens and the school-lined paper! Fun! I’ll try to post my progress in the near future. 

Thanks to the Interesting Facts blog for the image, and the new knowledge!

gathering more inspiration

2 Jul

I stumbled upon this blog today, and Emily’s wedding invitations are in the same spirit I want mine to be. Only mine will be red. Enjoy this lovely post.

And this real wedding from OnceWed has so many elements that I’ve been envisioning for ours. The red tissue poms, balloons (we love UP and I’ve been hoping to incorporate that romantic story somehow), the fabric (I’m a quilter/crafter and LOVE the Amy Butler red), and I’d LOVE to have a photo booth (we’ll see if it’s in the budget.)

red wedding decor

Photography by Brooke Schwab

DIY Hair?

24 Jun

I just saw a tweet from Ruffled_Blog (It would make an adorable wedding hairdo with a white ribbon! RT @pleasesir Amused by this super cute and easy updo that sent me to this video, to a very pretty and simple (but chic!) up-do that I think I could manage for myself.

I am under the impression that I should be growing my hair out right now, so as to have maximum options for a pretty “do” on my wedding day.

Hey readers, brides, experts: any other easy and pretty hair ideas to share? And will you be wearing your hair up or down?

Thinking DIY and books

22 Jun

After I thought more about the book decor post yesterday, I remembered a half-finished project on the back of a shelf. Months ago I was inspired by book art on Etsy — probably something from Rhymes with Magic — and I turned an old paperback novel I knew I wouldn’t read again into a practice project. Last night while the Sweets and I were watching TV, I decided to finish folding the pages, and I made this:

folded book vase

forgive the silk flower and dusty window pane, please!

While I was shooting a few photos of this basic concept, I got to thinking about the other DIY things I could do around books. Not too long ago I bought up several yards of gorgeous home deco fabric from Anna Maria Horner when I found it on sale; I love its subtle nod to rickety piles of much-loved books. I didn’t have a plan for how I was going to use it in any of my sewing projects, but now I wonder….

red flower and book fabric for wedding?orange flower and book fabricDisplay tables? What do you think? Any comments appreciated to help me fine-tune this idea would be most welcome.

Oooh, and look what else I found: I LOVE!