August 31, 2009

shoe love, vol. II

Though I normally incorporate the chiffon puffs onto my shoe embellishments, this bride wanted a slightly different twist on her feet. We reworked a variation of one of my gardenia pieces and these beauties are what we came up with. I'm in love with the end result. There's not much better than a big, creamy flower to accentuate a little toe cleavage!

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Email me at or convo me through my Etsy if you'd want to work on something similar for yourself!

August 24, 2009

sound the alarm

Today is the first day of school.

We started last week, but just with faculty and staff. Today, the students arrive and the real stuff begins. This week is one of my favorites, since it's all about acclimation, showing off that you learned how to whistle over the summer, finding your way through the classroom, and reconnecting with your "best friend"... all eight of them.

In honor of today, here's a little before and after for you. I'm proud of our art space: it's cozy and clean and just right for our younger students. I travel to work in the Middle Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School student's classrooms; these tables and chairs become much too small for an nine-year-old, much less a 13-year-old.

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Do you remember the first days of school? Were they something you dreaded and faked a stomach ache for, or something you anticipated for weeks, picking out your outfit a week in advance and packing your backpack full of pencils and notebooks and binders, so that you resembled slow-moving tortoise?

August 19, 2009

{ darling dahlias }

One of my favorite things about owning a home with my husband is our yard.  We don't have much land, but it's a good chunk for living in the city, so we're working on making the most of it.  I picked these dahlias from our garden last night and just loved how they brightened up our living room.  Maybe they'll brighten up the mid-week-blues for you!

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August 17, 2009

these bouts were made for wearin'

You'd think after typing the word boutonniere at least 100 times, I'd learn how to spell it correctly. But no. My solution is just to shorten it to bout and rely on spell-check to catch my blunders. I'm also still learning the difference between affect and effect, so maybe I grammar and spelling isn't my strong suit.

Anyway, I'm sweet on these bouts I made for a lovely, late-summer bride. I think this color combination is so fun and lighthearted. Really, it's one of those pallets that fits just about all year-round, in my opinion! Plus, who can get enough of that red-and-white Martha Stewart twine? So what if I just ordered 300 feet of it...

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Happy Monday!

On another note, today is my first day back to work after a lovely summer vacation. I am thankful for these past few months off, anxious about the coming school year, grateful for a job, and looking forward to having the first few weeks under my belt.

August 3, 2009

feathered finds

If you can't tell, I'm a huge fan of OnceWed.  The reasons are endless.  Plus, it doesn't hurt that I really, really like Emily: the brains and beauty behind the scenes. 

Today, Emily featured Justin and Amanda's wedding.  The wedding was lovely, clean and classic.  Luckily, I was able to make the boutounneirs, two fabric flowers for Amanda's hair, and a miniture piece for the flower girl.  Head over to OnceWed's "Real Weddings" section to see more of this charming day!

Photographs by Ella Blue Studio