Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Saying my Vows.


These last few months have been pretty surreal. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the encouragement and love, the thoughtful messages, those of you who talked me off the ledge (and those of you who pushed me right up to it) and the select few who listened to me whine and praise the whole time. I love every single one of you.



The one and only Kim Wadsworth

While I have many amazing ventures at my fingertips, I feel like my biggest project to date has been the latest issue of Vow Bride magazine. In May, I was hired as the Art Director of the celebrated wedding publication and had no idea just what was in store for me. I've met so many wonderful people, including my editor, Kim Wadsworth. I received a couple new freelance clients, and became more engaged with current ones. My design and writing skills were tested (yes, I actually wrote for this issue).
The girls from Table Seven Antiques

Delicious desserts from Incredible Edibles

But most importantly, I got to play a very important role in supporting the neighborhood businesses of Hampton Roads. One thing I absolutely adore about Vow is how much it loves its community. As you're flipping through the pages, you can really see just how many phenomenal small and local businesses we are fortunate to have in this area. And, how much these florists, photographers, designers and other talents give back - for free a majority of the time!

If you haven't seen the Fall and Winter issue, please pick one up today...or head over to the online version.


John from Glass Gardens

#36: Vow Bride

#52: Freelance

#34: Write an article

#78: Flower Cart


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mid-Summer Fantasy Fest


After such a pleasant surprise stumbling upon the Mid-Summer Fantasy Fest last year, we put it high on our weekend to-do list last weekend. Riding bikes to Town Point Park, we ended up making a date night of Friday. We even hit up two wedding favorites, the Marriott Bar and The Taproom.


#41: Bike Rides
#45: Date Night
#22: Fantasy Fest


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Felt Flower Inspiration


Most people don't realize that so many of my flowers and bouquets are inspired by real flowers and photos. I love flipping through the pages of my wedding magazine stash and bringing those images to life - through felt. Sometimes it's the specific type of flowers, the combination of colors or the positioning, but it is already stunning, why recreate the wheel. I suppose I'm already doing that by handcrafting the flowers.



One of the headpieces in a recent post was inspired by an absolutely remarkable blog called botanical brouhaha. If you love flowers, or just anything pretty, this is a must-bookmark blog. Additionally, the remembrance bouquet from my wedding (made from my grandmother's wedding dress, above) was inspired from an arrangement I found on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with. One time at a craft show, I had a had a woman ask me if I could recreate her bridal bouquet from a photograph. Then added "that'd be a great anniversary gift from my husband!" BINGO! Nothing would make me happier than to preserve memories of weddings, childhood moments or special events through felt flowers.



#3 Inspiration Photos




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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Beach.


It just never gets old.

#35: The Beach



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Monday, July 20, 2015

Hair Accessories Gone Wild.


A brand new selection of more exuberant forever floral headwear is now available by fairview place. I decided that the smaller clips and combs weren't substantial enough to wear as a Friday night statement piece - let alone for a bride or her maids.






These new embellishments have different attachment styles, such as a snap clip, barrette or hair comb and range in size from three to nine inches, in all colors and flower varieties. And custom orders are always welcomed!


#2 Hair Clips
# 26 Floral Headpieces




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Friday, July 17, 2015

This Lady Needs a Name.


This might be one of those projects in which you ask yourself why? But the answer is simply because I just had to. I purchased the animal bust and gave it several coats of gold paint. This girl will be hanging up at work, so I made her flowers match the fabric on my cork board.

As always, custom orders are welcome! These busts start at $65.

#66 Animal Bust


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hopeful Green Thumb


It's reassuring knowing that I didn't just generate those trashing-digging cravings on my own. My dad found both of these planters next to his condo's dumpster last year and brought them down on his most recent visit. The tiered planter (below) I scored at a garage sale a few years back for just $5. A few coats of brown and gold spray paint and $20 worth of plants from Lowes - and voila!



I finally got around to replanting my African Violet as well. I hop that along with those planters, my dad gave me some of his green thumb so I can keep all these lush babies alive!


#55 Replant African Violet
#76 Porch Planters


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