Dec 31, 2016

Rustic Country Wedding Welcome Sign

This rustic welcome sign, hand painted on weathered old wood with a simple contrasting wood frame is so refreshingly simple and much more friendly than "Choose a seat, not a side, we're all family, once the knot is tied." A casual, country style greeting like the one shown below makes me feel cozy, well-loved and comfortable. If there's no welcome sign, I'm still going to claim my share of Blackened Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Sauce and knock back a lemon martini or two. But during a time in this country when so many feel mad and mistreated, it's good to know friends of the bride and friends of the groom are just one big happy family, even for just one sunny afternoon.

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Dec 22, 2016

Breathtaking Eucalyptus Wedding Cake

This amazingly beautiful eucalyptus wedding cake is a show stopper in so many ways. Covered in homemade buttercream icing, it will be a real crowd pleaser instead of the smooth but less delicious fondant. Long, narrow eucalyptus leaves with their fragrant camphor-like scent, wrap around each cake layer and beautiful succulents sit on top. The real beauty of a rustic cake like this? You could easily bake these cake layers and freeze in advance. A set of three non-stick wedding cake pans sells for about twenty five dollars on Amazon. Seeded eucalyptus garland is available by the foot online and succulents can be grown at home or found at your local garden store. Imagine paying a fraction of the price for a wedding cake as breathtaking as this.

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Dec 14, 2016

Wedding Advice for the Bride and Groom

What is your best wedding advice for the bride and her groom? Always treat your husband like your best friend, never go to bed mad, don't sweat the small stuff, never stop flirting with each other? I've seen all these and totally agree except that flirting ("teasing, tickling and winking") takes more effort than I can give it full time. I want to offer up a piece of advice I seldom see. Always be kind to your husband or wife's family - including stepmothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. Your family may be educated, employed and elegant. His folks could be one paycheck away from living in a van down by the river (I still miss you Chris Farley). Every birthday you remember, every encouraging word you give, and every phone call you make will come back to you in a thousand loving ways.

Dec 7, 2016

Engraved State Wood Coasters

What I love most about these engraved state wood coasters is they make a stylish and sophisticated wedding gift for less than $25. Not everyone who shows up for the day of your dreams can afford a Kitchen Aid mixer with a stainless steel bowl so big it can mix up to eight dozen cookies in just one batch. And if you love the city or town in the state you call home, you can request the tiny heart be placed over that location as well. Shown here is Kentucky - a set of four personalized engraved coasters in rich cherry wood that measure 3.5 inches in diameter. The names of the bride and groom can be substituted for the last name as shown. So personal, so affordable wedding gift that will be cherished for many years to come.

Dec 1, 2016

Bridal Party Starbucks Coffee Cups

Every hot coffee or latte loving person in your bridal party would get a big kick out of receiving one of these personalized Starbucks coffee cups. And I don't just mean all the usual suspects - bridesmaids, maid of honor, mothers of the bride and groom. Because you're known to be generous to a fault, you can customize one of these 16 ounce reusable travel cups for everyone from the makeup artist, to the photographer, to the stylist who does your hair. At just over ten dollars each (one dollar more for name on back), these classic green and gold Starbucks cups make the perfect personalized bridal party gift.


Nov 30, 2016

Mason Jar Winter Candle Centerpiece

A Mason jar candle centerpiece - perfect for a winter wedding or Christmas display. At first glance I thought I could make one of these charming holiday candle holders in less time than it takes to brew my morning coffee. And call back into service that unused plaid tablecloth, waiting for my next trip to the Goodwill. Now I see the fabric looks like fleece and has a beautiful finished edge on top and bottom. So the whole project will take more effort (require a sewing machine!) but this unforgettable Mason jar centerpiece will cast a warm and welcoming glow over family, neighbors and well-loved friends.

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Nov 26, 2016

Fun and Easy Unity Ceremony Idea

What makes this unity ceremony idea (from Disney weddings) so fun and easy? The large jar and two smaller glass jars look suspiciously like containers that hold my favorite brand of mayonnaise!  What was once headed right for the blue recycle bin - now wrapped up in twine with customized cardboard hearts - makes an attractive sand ceremony set. You will find a variety of glass ceremony sets on Amazon from about $19.95 and up (shipping not included) and a Mason Jar set just like this - wrapped in burlap instead of twine - for $12 on Etsy. I cherish the idea that even on the most important day of our lives we can recycle and reuse, celebrating our love and this beautiful blue planet we all call home.

Nov 22, 2016

Breathtaking Tulip Bouquets for Spring

It may seem too early to talk about tulip wedding bouquets when the first winter cold front, like a runaway train, could be headed our way in a matter of weeks. What better time to plan a spring wedding than after the Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Pie and before the Christmas holiday rush? Tulips are a perennial flower, when planted in the fall, will return year after year. can actually grow your own tulips for centerpieces, bridal and bridesmaid bouquets! Plant the bulbs at least eight inches deep - pointed sides up. (In southern climates, you need to chill the tulip bulbs in the refrigerator before planting for at least 12 weeks.) Avoid overwatering and you'll find yourself with an abundance of these breathtakingly beautiful spring flowers.

Tulip Bridal Bouquet Ideas


Nov 19, 2016

Star Wars Wedding Gift - Darth Vader Print

The American Film Institute lists him as the third most bad ass movie villain of all time. Second only to Hannibal Lector and Norman Bates ("Psycho"). Medical students are even told to observe the Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet because he exhibits six out of the nine traits for borderline personality (think Amy Winehouse, Lindsay Lohan and yes...Angelina Jolie). No matter, he's a tall sexy guy in a black armored suit. At just $15, this is the perfect gift for the groom who will always part with his hard earned cash (films, novels, comics, video games, action figures) for Star Wars. Printed on vintage dictionary paper, this Audrey Hepburn and Darth Vader print measures 7.5 x 10 inches. A fashion icon who spent her life helping impoverished children all over the world. An evil guy who sacrificed his own life to save his son.  A well-loved Star Wars wedding gift for the groom.

Nov 18, 2016

9 Exquisite Christmas Ornament Centerpieces

These easy Christmas ornament centerpieces remind me that the holidays are meant to be a joy, not a job. You can't rush the baking or the wrapping or the cards. But you can create an exquisite winter centerpiece in just minutes with things you may already have on hand. I love the upside down wine glasses, their naturally concaved bases keep the dripping candle wax in check. Most of these were made using two complimentary winter colors: purple and silver, green and red, white and silver, royal blue and silver, and turquoise and silver. Don't leave the store without silver Christmas ornaments! Another great money saving wedding idea - purchase almost everything, including the glass stemware your at local dollar store.

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Nov 10, 2016

Our First Christmas Together Ornament

A very affordable wedding gift that will soon become a cherished family heirloom! This sweet and sentimental "Our First Christmas Together" ornament is laser engraved, made from pale birch wood and lightly stained...yours for just $12.  This price includes the bride and groom's first names (arrow and heart accents) and the year they were married. More text can be added on back for an additional fee. See the ornament in the center? "Our First Christmas as Mr. and Mrs." is their best seller. All of these engraved wooden ornaments - 3.5 inches in diameter - are available in the font as shown.

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Nov 7, 2016

Mini Heart Wedding Place Cards

These charming wedding place cards are made from 100% recycled kraft card stock and can be paired with natural jute twine. I love to support a small Etsy business that takes pleasure in creating safe and sustainable products for an eco-friendly wedding. Eliminate the need for place card holders, an unnecessary wedding expense, and one more plastic item that will linger in your local landfill. (These ship out of Australia so allow yourself plenty of time to receive your order.) Make your place settings much more elegant and inviting with these mini heart place cards that sell for just $1.25 each.


Nov 6, 2016

Plantable Seed Paper Hearts

Two of these plantable seed paper hearts (gray and brown) are created from recycled newspapers and grocery bags.  An eco-friendly wedding idea to spare this beautiful blue planet we call home! Otherwise, you have a selection of over 30 trendy colors including soft peach, sunshine, salmon and sage.  A variety of wildflower seeds including Baby Snapdragon, Bird's Eye and Black-Eyed Susan are embedded in these one inch hearts - 100 for just $13.00. Clear envelopes, planting instructions and custom insert cards (all reasonably priced) are sold separately.

Eco-friendly favors made from recycled grocery bags and newspapers.

Nov 4, 2016

Groom's Wedding Date Cufflinks

I only wish this stylish pair of groom's wedding date cufflinks were available that warm December day I married Phil in San Pedro, California.  As it was, I stared at his yellow gold wedding band with interlocking circles from the time I placed it on his ring finger until we drove back from our three day honeymoon in Santa Barbara by the sea. How can a ring or a pair of silver plated cufflinks command such power over your heart and your head?  This $40 price tag seems very affordable for the man who first became your best friend, then your lover, and now the man you can't live a day without.

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Nov 2, 2016

Bridesmaid Gift Idea - Whipped Body Butter

A well loved bridesmaid gift idea - a jar of whipped body butter with very pure and natural ingredients including shea butter (from the nut of the African shea tree), organic avocado and coconut oils. Because your girls need to look good!  Rich with anti-oxidants and Vitamin E, these vegetable oils moisturize the skin, keeping it healthy and hydrated. This Pink Sugar Body Butter comes in a 4 ounce bottle and has a lovely, light cotton candy fragrance. At less than $10, everyone in the bride tribe will love this all natural whipped body butter that will leave their dry skin smooth and silky, especially this time of year.

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Oct 28, 2016

Will You Be My Groomsman Gift Tags

I'm a girl, not a potential groomsman, but I still love these Will You Be My Groomsman Gift Tags. Your service (pay for your tux, plan an unforgettable bachelor party and provide a kick ass getaway car) is requested! These manly looking walnut stained tags with hand written calligraphy and tough little suede ties are available for your best man, groomsmen and ushers for $4.50 each (unfortunately, Jack Daniels not included). An additional fifty cents and you can personalize each with names and/or wedding date on the back. Imagine his surprise when he finds one of these welcome little whiskey bottles - at home or at the office - with a handsome "will you be my groomsman" gift tag.

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Unforgettable Hand Lettered Wedding Signs

Some of these hand lettered wedding signs can be made by you or I with plenty of practice. And some (like the first photo) are refreshingly simple. Who doesn't want to be greeted this way? Sweet or sophisticated, all these rustic wedding signs share one thing in common - an announcement that today all of us will be witnesses to a deep and forever kind of love - that we were chosen out of many others to hear these sacred vows and share our special blessings. A day to hug and be hugged. Kiss and be kissed. You're so glad we're here? There's no place on earth we'd rather be.

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Oct 24, 2016

Rustic Wooden Engagement Ring Box

A rustic engagement ring box like this, cut from reclaimed redwood in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is yours for $29.99 (top branding only) or $34.99 (initials on top and date on the rim). These personalized ring boxes have been cut from fallen trees and branches, a genuine gift from Mother Nature with little or no carbon footprint. Your engagement ring will fit perfectly in this beautiful wooden box (each one with its own unique charm) that has been carefully sanded and oiled to enhance its natural beauty.

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Oct 22, 2016

DIY Coffee Wedding Favors

To the thoughtful bride and groom who gives the gift of coffee wedding favors - I say may all your days be happy ones and all your children millionaires. Once again at Evermine (with a guide on where to find these chalkboard favor tags, labels and window bags), I found a favor that (after the wedding) will guarantee freshly brewed hot coffee Monday through Friday and a cup or two before Sunday's game. No tea lights, no trinkets, no rock hard candy on a stick. Something warm, something wonderful, the rich aroma of a special brand of coffee - you chose to grind yourself - that makes me savor both the drink and the special day you invited me as your well-loved guest.

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Oct 21, 2016

Beautiful Satin Bridesmaid Robes

Satin bridesmaid robes - a real beautiful bargain at just $18 each. Years ago a friend loaned me a homemade pattern and I turned out these kimono style robes for just about every woman I know, plus size to petite. One size fit everyone with a comfortable belt that tied loosely over jeans, shorts, sweat pants or pajamas. Mine were designed out of comfortable cotton, these are made of shiny polyester satin. Yes, these make an elegant and affordable bridesmaid gift idea. But if you have a sewing machine that delivers professional looking edges on a variety of silky fabrics - inside and out - you may want to consider making these beautiful satin bridesmaid robes yourself.

satin bridesmaid robes
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