Monday, August 31, 2009

monday luvs - diy flowers

Cushion Moss Wreath
(via - check out the how-to video)
Cushion Moss Wreath

An inviting wreath composed of cushion moss will thrive all year. Use some or all of the following natural materials to craft a beautiful wreath for your home.

Pincushion Moss
These plants are of the genus Leucobryum (order Bryales), and form tufts resembling giant grayish white pincushions in moist woods or swampy areas. Three or more species are native to North America, and it grows in dense clumps ranging from a few centimeters to a meter (1 or 2 inches to more than a yard) in diameter and from 3 to 10 centimeters (1 to 4 inches) high.

Sheet Moss
Sheet moss, which is any of the plants of the genus Hypnum (subclass Bryidae), is a species of carpet moss. It forms dense green mats in many habitats throughout the world, especially on decaying wood in moist areas; a few species are aquatic. There are about 20 North American species of Hypnum. Sheet moss dries out extremely quickly, especially outdoors, so it's important to water it often.
Tools and Materials
•12-inch straw wreath
•Pincushion or reindeer moss
•Sheet moss
•Nylon wire or chip brush
•Floral pins
•Glue gun and glue sticks
•Floral pick
•Floral tape

Wreath How-To
1. Start with 12-inch straw wreath. Select a handful of pincushion or reindeer moss. Brush excess dirt from moss with a nylon wire or chip brush.
2. Firmly cup moss in hand and hold to wreath to retain the lumpy shape of the moss. Push floral pin through moss into straw to hold moss; repeat until moss is secure. Brush dirt from moss with light brush if necessary. Continue placing moss around wreath until complete.
3. If you prefer to use sheet moss, take a few inches of the sheet moss, and trim dried out parts with scissors. Use glue gun to adhere to valleys in moss. This will also hide the floral pins. Continue gluing sheet moss until wreath is complete.
4. Add embellishments to the wreath: Wrap a few stems around a floral pick and wrap with floral tape. Create hole in wreath with a pencil; push floral pick into hole. You can also use a glue gun to attach some embellishments. Arrange embellishments in wreath as desired. Finish wreath with ribbon, tie ribbon in half-windsor knot.

Pom Flowers:

Pom flowers come in an assortment of different colors that would work for the 2 projects below:

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(image via weddingflowersofamerica)

Pom Flower Ring Pillow / Centerpiece (diy - via mydiyweddingday)

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There are so many fun things to do with flowers at your wedding. Here’s an idea from the ladies at Flower DIYvas. Give your ring bearer pillow flower power in seven easy steps.

1 in. thick artificial floral foam
Green button mums
Black boutonniere pins
1 yd. of ½ in. ribbon
Faux rings

Step 1: With the knife, score the foam to the desired size and snap off any excess. Bevel the corners for a pillow shape.

Step 2: It’s time to prepare the flowers. Use the clippers to cut off the blooms, leaving no stem. Next, push a pin through the center of each mum.

Step 3: You’ll need to assemble the flowers in rows. Start in one corner, on the beveled edge of the "pillow", and carefully pin the mums into the foam. Complete all of the outside edges first.

Step 4: To fill in the top and sides, continue adding mums and stagger the blooms so that all of the gaps are filled.

Step 5: Once all of the sides and top are done, gently flip over the pillow and finish the bottom.

Step 6: Wrap the pillow with ribbon, like a gift box. Tie a double knot on the top so the ribbon doesn’t slip, and secure with a few pins pushed through the knot.

Step 7: String faux rings onto the ribbon and secure with a pretty bow.

Pom Kissing Ball (diy - via weddingbeepro)


Pom Pom Kissing Ball:

-1 3 or 4 inch styrofoam ball
-1 bundle of pom pom mums
-1 box of pearl pins or straight pins
-Several straight pins
-Water mister
-Large zip lock freezer bag or clear bag (with no holes)
-Bag ties
-Floral shears

1. Cut individual mums from their stems. Make sure that all stems are removed.
2. Fasten ribbon (to use as handle or to tie pomander as decoration) to the styrofoam ball securely with straight pins.
3. Starting with one side. Secure mums to styrofoam, using pearl or straight pins, by poking the pin through the center of the mums. Continue until the entire ball is covered with mums.
4. Mist pomander with water.
5. Take a zip lock or plastic bag and blow hot air into the bag. Place kissing ball into the bag.
6. Secure the bag tightly using the zip lock or bag ties.

With mini carnations, you do the same thing but instead of styrofoam, use an Oasis ball. Make sure that you let the water-soaked Oasis ball stand, until the water stops dripping. Then, secure your ribbon to the ball with straight pins. However, instead of cutting all the stems off the mini carnations, cut them down to 2 inches. Insert the stems directly into the ball; no need for the pins. You can also add some spray roses and little green buds into the ball like the pink kissing ball above.

TIPS: What’s the trick to making a sturdy, fresh pomander? I tried making one of my own and completely failed! Water was dripping from my foam and the stems kept breaking as I pushed them into the foam. Would you mind sharing your expert tips and advice?

I personally have a love/hate relationship with kissing balls (aka pomanders). I love making them, but they aren’t as easy as they appear. Even though we’ve made over 200 kissing balls over the course of our business, they are still one of those pieces that we continue to finesse. For me, the trick with kissing balls is using the right flowers. Many people don’t realize that there aren’t many flowers that work. I once saw someone use French tulips to make a kissing ball. Sorry, but that’s the absolute worst flower you could use. First of all, the beauty of the French tulip is its gorgeously long stem. What a shame to waste that stem on a kissing ball. Also out of water or Oasis, tulips aren’t very “happy”.

Most important tip: choose a sturdy, flat, round, mass flower. My two favorites are mini carnations and pom pom (button) mums.

We use two different methods when making a kissing ball. For mums, we like to use a styrofoam ball. For the carnations, we use an Oasis ball. It’s a matter of personal preference and ease for us, so you don’t have to follow this. Most people use Oasis balls because they keep the flowers hydrated. We have a professional cooler where we can keep kissing balls for several days, so we often use the styrofoam method. For a non-professional, I suggest using the Oasis balls.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

engagment sesh

via greylikesweddings, photos by Trevor Hoehne, (you can also view his blog here:

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

film photographer

Luv these photos shot by Ann Arbor photographer Linda Wan (via She uses actual film, & she develops & prints all her shots in her darkroom! Luuuuuuv it!!!

Her method is inspiring:
Spontaneity, spirit, real moments in time. This is what I hope you will see in my photographs. With great respect, I will capture you, your loved ones, or your wedding day in a style that is both friendly and unobtrusive. As one of the rare photographers today still working in film, I will use this beautiful medium to create unique and timeless images for you. You will receive a collection of photos you will be able to display both as loving mementos and as fine art....I like to get to know my clients before the photography. Spending time together allows me an understanding of who you are and this will be reflected in your images.
Why I Work with Film
While I appreciate the many benefits of digital photography, I greatly prefer traditional film photography. In this fast-paced, high tech age, I take both comfort and pride in creating images in the time-honored traditional ways. With almost 20 years of darkroom experience, I have developed a high degree of craftsmanship, which I proudly bring to my work today. All of my black and white photos are custom-printed by me, making each photo a unique, hand-printed piece of art.
Custom Albums and Boxes
To complement my artisanal approach to photography, I offer custom-cut mattes and beautiful hand-crafted albums and boxes for display and storage of all your images.
I welcome the opportunity to photograph all celebrations big and small and am happy to customize packages to suit your individual needs. In order to give my couples and families my very best effort, I limit my work to a select number of assignments each year.

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Reminiscent of the Italian lemon liqueur...

flowers via leif
tags via lindaandharriet
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hair & flowers & decor.....oh my

isn't her hair to die for.....

and the flowers......

and the clothesline hung photos, not to mention the veil

see the entire post at 100 layer cake
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Monday, August 24, 2009

tissue paper pew wreath

With their whispery petals and luminous silver centers, the tissue-paper flowers that bloom on this wintry wreath look as if they were plucked from a fairy tale. Perhaps more magical is the fact that this inexpensive pew decoration won't wilt or fade, so you can make as many as you need well ahead of time.

Tools and Materials:
Low-temperature hot-glue gun
About 51/2 feet of 1-inch-wide silver double-faced satin ribbon 6-inch
Styrofoam disk (1 inch thick)
White tissue paper 20mm and 30mm silver-ball floral ornaments
White floral tape

Wreath How-To:
1. Cut out center of disk, leaving 11/2-inch-wide ring. Hot-glue ribbon to inner and outer edges of ring.

2. Make flowers; you'll need about twenty for one wreath: For one flower, trace a round object on tissue paper to create three 3-inch circles; cut out. Stack circles; poke wire end of one or two floral ball ornaments through center. Slide circles up wire, ruffling them as you go, to shape petals. Wrap base of flower and wire with floral tape; trim stem to 11/2 inches.

3. To secure each flower to wreath, apply a dab of hot glue on ring, insert stem through glue into foam, and press flower base onto glue. Leave a 1-inch gap bare for hanging ribbon. Loop a 24-inch length of ribbon around wreath at gap; spread petals of adjacent flowers to cover (add flowers if needed). To hang, tie ribbon ends, and slip over removable self-adhesive hook placed upside down inside pew (check with church about restrictions first).

(via martha stewwart weddings)
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

outdoor adventures

I have been obsessing over outdoor fete's lately. Here's some inspiration :)

Some things to consider for an outdoor affair:
• String up strands of white lights for soft, subtle lighting inside the tent or around the perimeter of the reception area.

• Use seasonal flower centerpieces on the guest tables. Along with roses, summer blossoms include buttercups, daisies, lupine and peonies.

• Serve a buffet that mixes hot and cold items. Incorporate seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries and baby peas along with summery entrées, such as Chicken Picatta or sautéed lemon haddock fillet.

• Add weights to all table linens if the reception is outdoors. Nothing will ruin a wedding faster than tablecloths blowing away. Linen weights are available at most party supply stores.


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sunday photo inspiration

I hadn't checked out the rocknrollbride's site in quite a while, she has an amazing blog w/ some awe inspiring images.....see her revamped site for more!

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Friday, August 21, 2009

fave photographer o' the moment

my favorite photographer of the moment: Max Wenger , (If you follow any wedding blogs at all, he is all over them.....the flavor of the week you might say, but he's got the talent to back it up!) His use of lighting, space, etc......pretty amazing. You can also view his blog here:



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confetti & cake

(via snippet & ink)
ohhhhhhhhhhh what the shower this would make!
Mood: sweets and whimsy
Palette: cotton candy blue, lemon ice

cake pict (via

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Friday, August 14, 2009

white wedding

Digging on this fab event! Of note: white bridesmaids dresses, fab wedding logo, the cake :)
(via sms photography)

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