Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Poem "The Invitation" by Oriah


It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interst me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, wthout moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it's not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!"

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments. "

Monday, January 18, 2010

Cute and Cheap Photobooth Idea!

I'm ripping this idea right off. Song and all! I love the Fruit Bats!

Our Wedding in 73 Seconds from Jeff Kirsch on Vimeo.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cutest Cake Toppers

I will be making my own cute little bird cake toppers inside a nest. The birds will be made out of paperclay which is a type of clay that doesn't need to be fired. Here is an example of what i am shooting for from RedLightStudio, a wonderfully talented Etsy seller! The set shown is only $60!

Gocco Glory!

My wonderful husband to be got me a Gocco printer for Christmas! Now i need to narrow down designs for save the dates and invites and maybe monogrammed napkins and bridesmaids gifts!! For those of you who haven't researched Gocco printers before it is a way to make hundreds of invitations or napkins or business cards or just about anything you can imagine in less than an hour. You use a "one use flash bulb" to burn the image onto a screen and then slather the screen with gocco ink and press the image onto you paper. Here is a tutorial because the instructions come in Japanese. Mine was about $265 but you can find them cheaper if they are used or the PG5 version would work just fine.
Here are some designs i've collected so far....I love the peacock one! A lime green peacock with black lettering!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Lime Accessory Inspiration

Top Left to Right:
Lime Green Chandelier Black Leaf Earrings from Blondechick on Etsy.
Adorable Faceted Peridot Wrap Earrings (I'm Totally making these!) from Silverdotjewelry on Etsy. Green Fresh Water Pearls necklace and earrings from Overstock.com.
I love these ballet flats from E Shoe Warehouse on Ebay. I've looked at many birdcage veils and am in love with this one from Heknowsmyname on Etsy. And last but not least the beautiful twig earring inspiration from Lauraarrington on Etsy.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Make Your Own Bridesmaids Gift!

My sister made this awesome wedding binder for me to organize my thoughts and budget along with two new bridal magazines. In the Martha Stewart Wedding magazine i found a tutorial on these little acorn earring made from yellow faceted jade beads and acorn tops. I just bought everything i need from Ebay to make like 10 pairs. It even shows you how to make the tree lining!

These earrings for your bridesmaids boast BFF-worthy qualities (they're hip, handmade, and look expensive) -- yet they cost just a few dollars.The charming illustrations for the backing were created for us by Virginia-based illustrator Katy Jean May. If you like the style but want something different, you can commission her to draw something for you. Reach her at 215-356-9513.Ours are sized to fit into a 2-1/8- by-3-inch jewelry box. The images are designed to have the larger white space toward the bottom of the box.
Tools and MaterialsPushpin12-millimeter yellow jade beads, Acorns, 1 1/2-millimeter gold ball pin, 24-gauge fish hook earring, PDFs (Tree Card 1, Tree Card 2, Tree Card 3)Stiff paper or card stockCraft knifeMetal straightedgeSmall Japanese hole punch, 3-by-2-1/8-by-1-inch jewelry box.

Acorn Earrings How-To1. With a pushpin, poke hole through acorn cap from underneath.2. Slide bead and cap onto a jewelry finding called a head pin.3. With needle-nose pliers, make a loop just above the cap, and cut away extra wire.4. Slide a hook on.Backing How-To1. Download the PDFs (Tree Card 1, Tree Card 2, Tree Card 3), and print onto stiff paper or card stock. Use a craft knife and metal straightedge to cut between the crop marks; do not cut all the way to the edges of the paper, but leave them intact to preserve the crop marks for subsequent cuts.2. Use a small Japanese hole punch to make two holes along each branch for the earrings.From Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2009