Friday, November 18, 2011

Cool Girls with Cool Shops

I have been hearing about these two super cute shops from my friends for the past 6 last week I headed my car west and to the Tower District.  I wanted to share them with you so you too might be inspired to visit these fun and locally owned boutiques.

Twee and the Frosted Cakery are both located {almost next door} on Wishon just north of Olive.  It took me a few wrong turns to find them but it was worth it!  When I walked into Twee I knew it was my kind of store...filled to the brim with fun girl stuff.  Turquoise dressers, flippy-knotty scarfs, hand-crafted cards, hand-made jewelery...I start picking up stuff that I can not live without!  I don't get out much...

Twee is owned by Melanie Davis and can be found on the web at  They sell and showcase the wares and work of local artists. 

A whole wall of stationary...I am drawn to all of the journals...humm

They also have a fun selection of super chic baby toys, children's games and onesies...and no I don't suggest bringing your children, mine just happen to be attached to me and pop up everywhere I go! of my favorites {Ingelnook} is sold here!

Love the mall and love Target but ladies, consider getting that special friend, sister or mom something truly unique at Twee this Christmas and you just might be supporting the artist next door.  Or, you can do like me, and buy something for yourself.  I picked up a journal to record things I am thankful for, a Bordeaux fig soy candle and a glazed pottery bird fun and it felt good in my heart too.

Next to Twee you will find Frosted Cakery.  My good friend Caty first gave me one of their creations and I was hooked.  They have awesome selections like Salted Caramel {they tell me this is their best seller}, Tiramisu, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Red Velvet and there was even something that resembled maple syrup waffles with I'm totally serious.  The Frosted Cakery can be found on the web at  Place your order for your next party...I purchased these for my barn party.  They were so yummie and gorgeous too.

Don't the kids look so excited to be out and about?  So close to cupcake nirvana yet so far....

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fly Girl Fly

Okay so I love my friend Kiley and I love her daughter Emily.  Emily's little word since she began talking has always been "fly"!  Yes, my friend Kiley is active and so are her kids!  We're not exactly sure what "fly" means to Emily but it's her word.  As parents our job is to raise our kids to know and love God, help others and become independent adults.  So farmer Dan and Kiley are indeed raising Emily to "fly" someday!

Kiley wanted something new and cute for Emily's room...she mentioned it to me, and as a thank you to Kiley for all her help with Brown Bunny this year, I decided to secretly make a couple of things for Em's room.  I'm no artist but I wanted to share the project and share a few decorating ideas...

A painting for her room...a little tree with small flowers, potato prints of leaves and yes "fly"...

I also found two old frames at the thrift store...removed the glass...painted them grass green. 

I cut a piece of cardboard for the back. Next, I found 2 girls skirts at the thrift store and cut out a piece from the front and covered the cardboard. I added this "E" from Joann's Craft Store and hot glued a couple of flowers salvaged from an old bride's veil. I stamped the word "fly" on a piece of ribbon and glued it to the bottom.

For the second frame I wanted to continue the "fly" theme by gluing a nest we found in our yard this spring.  We added 3 small eggs.  I made these clay tags to spell the word "fly" for the bottom. 

Kiley had also hung these fun paper lanterns over Emily's cute, festive and feather light so no worries if one falls!  Sweet dreams Emily and God Bless you as you learn to "fly"!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

November 5, 2011 - Kaitlin and Jaime's Wedding

I truly do appreciate all of my clients but it is especially fun for me when we have someone that I have known on a personal level.  Kaitlin and her parents have been family friends for many was such a pleasure to work with them on this wonderful event.  Kaitlin's bouquet definitely had a fallish feel but with very different colors.  We relied heavily on these "antique" bluish-green hydrangeas with a tint of raspberry.  We added in magnolia leaves, gardenias, stephanotis and fern fun!

The groom's boutonniere incorporated the magnolia leaf, hydrangea, fern curl and stephanotis.

We used the families leaf lanterns to decorate the isle.  Fresh green smilax greenery garlands were added to our standing shepherds hooks.

For the alter table we used the families extra large leaf lantern - loved it!

Inside the pergola at Wolf Lakes Park in the Garden we hung dainty glass floral holders with white and green flowers.

The bridesmaids with their lantern bouquets...such a fun and unique idea.

On the tables we used our brown wooden boxes filled with hydrangeas, green roses, seeded eucalyptus and hanging green amaranthus.

Additional centerpieces included tall vases with green moss balls and manzanita branches. 

There were 4 larger "captains" tables for the family members - on these we used candelabras and small vases filled with flowers.


The head table was decorated with magnolia, seeded eucalyptus and hydrangeas.

The cake and dessert table was festively decorated with leaf garlands and cupcakes.

November 4, 2011 - Sarah and Zack's Wedding

Sarah and her family came to me during late summer to seek help with their bouquets and a few other items for their fall wedding.  The family would be taking care of the centerpieces and other decorations.  Sarah talked about these metallic looking tiles in 12" squares that the centerpieces would sit on.  I suggested that we use the rich colors of fall to play against the metallic she had chosen.  It all came together beautifully.  The family did a great job of decorating.  Here is Sarah's bouquet - full of saturated color and texture.

We also incorporated hanging green amaranthus into the brides bouquet.

I couldn't help but share these awesome fabric rosettes that Sarah made herself for her wedding dress.  You rock Sarah!

The bridesmaids wore gorgeous dark plum are their bouquets.

We made a lush fall arrangement that sat on our candelabra for the guest book table at Wolf Lakes Park.

Guests were asked to write their names on the rhinestones - that were later collected in the bride's vase.

Iron candle holders down the isle with purple and bronze ribbons.

The alter held an elegant hurricane and candle with bronze jewel accents.

We added a few fun fall flowers to each of the families centerpieces.

Here is a detail of those tile sheets I mentioned earlier.  An easy fun idea...pretty sure these were found at a local hardware store.

Our ivory chair covers with new bronze chair bows.

Friday, November 4, 2011

October 22, 2011 - Ashley and Blake's Wedding

Ashley and Blake exchanged their wedding vows and celebrated with family and friends at the Three Oaks Vineyard just east of Clovis.  A lovely new wedding venue.

Oh I just loved this bouquet.  The bride chose soft greens, whites and creams for her bouquet.  We used hydrangeas, "David Austen" cabbage roses and white hydrangeas.  We finished her bouquet with a cream ribbon and a piece of her dress.  Such a lovely detail.

Her bridesmaids carried elegant bouquets with white hydrangeas and cream cabbage roses.

Loved this idea...the bride made a burlap pillow for the ring bearer to carry with a Fleur De Li's
turquoise stamp and vintage broach.
The wedding ceremony took place in the Three Oaks vineyard.  The alter was set up using wine barrels and a vintage door.  Our large tin bucket with lush olive branches and cream flowers added the finishing touch.

The reception was nestled between the Three Oaks Studio, vineyard and barn.  They have delicate lights strung above the tables to add soft lighting.

The seating chart was written in white pen on a rustic window.

The bride used apple green as a fun accent color - the napkins were a really classy
addition to the table setting.

Some of the tables around the dance floor were long banquet tables for family.  We filled the families wine bottles with dainty white and green flowers.

On some of the other round tables the bride provided large vases filled with spilt green peas! 
We added tall green willow.

I just loved this petite cake.  Sometimes understated can be so lovely...

{thank you to my mom for all these pretty pictures}