Mar 23, 2010

Robot Bride and Groom Toppers

The artist at Builder’s Studio has just the robot bride and groom topper (complete with retro ray guns), you’ve been dreaming of...all your science fiction loving life. Many of his grooms are tall, thin and dapper, dressed in the latest tuxedo tails in dark bronze, with silver white shirts, fancy copper bow ties and tall top hats. The brides wear bright silver gowns and carry freshly made bouquets of finely detailed, real metal gear flowers on metal stems. With few noted exceptions (boutonnieres and bouquets), these steampunk bride and groom toppers are all made of futuristic looking painted wood and range from $99 to $355.

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Mar 16, 2010

Maya Hansen Corsets

Ivory damask brocade corsets with satin and velvet trims straight out of the closet of a French aristocrat’s mistress. Edgey and elegant, these vintage inspired corsets feature antique lace, sweetheart necklines and gorgeous bow-trimmed garters. Maya became a corsetiere in 2006, studying corset techniques, patterns and textiles from the beginning of the 20th century and re-creating them for modern women with a vintage esthetic. Lady Gaga is perhaps her most famous American client, seen wearing custom Maya Hansen corsets at many red carpet events, here and overseas.

gold brocade corset
Steampunk Corset by Maya Hansen
blue Maya Hansen corset
pink pin up corset

Mar 12, 2010

Pink Wedding Cakes

What is so sweet and sentimental about pink wedding cakes? The color pink often symbolizes tenderness and compassion, kindness and love. Adorned with peonies and pink cabbage roses, these spring wedding cakes are even more rustic and romantic with the help of ruffled cake layers and freshly picked eucalyptus leaves. Spring and summer are when these beautiful blooms are at their peak. Peonies are a medium priced wedding flower at about five to $10 per stem.

Spring wedding cakes with pink gum paste flowers.

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Mar 7, 2010

I’ll Still Be Loving You

When you hair has turned to winter
and your teeth are in a plate,
when your getter up and go
has gone to stop and wait—
I’ll still be loving you.

When your attributes have shifted
beyond the bounds of grace,
I’ll count your many blessings,
not the wrinkles in your face—
I’ll still be loving you.

When the crackle in your voice
matches that within your knee
and the times are getting frequent
that you don’t remember me—
I’ll still be loving you.

Growing old is not a sin,
it’s something we all do.
I hope you’ll always understand—I’ll still be loving you.

C. David Hay

Mar 1, 2010

Victorian Courtship

Victorian courtship - what was it like? See for yourself all the heavy lifting young Victorian women had to do before courtship: sing and play the piano beautifully and effortlessly, be light on her feet doing the latest dances, be fluent in French and chatty about popular literature of the day, and most importantly, learn the art of...silence. Did I mention she was never allowed to speak to a man without a formal introduction or go out of the house by herself or shopping with a female friend. Victorian gentlemen had to show up every Sunday for church and go other "acceptable" places a good looking and available girl might visit.

Victorian woman with fan

Once contact was made, an elaborate flirting protocol began with a small but necessary piece of pretty equipment no decent Victorian woman left home without - her prized paper fan. Here's the unspoken Victorian wedding customs of the day we find funny and fascinating:

Fan slow—I am engaged
Fan with right hand in front of face—Come on
Fan with left hand in front of face—Leave me
Fan open and shut—Kiss me
Fan open wide—Love
Fan half open—Friendship
Fan shut—Hate
Fan swinging—See me home?

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