I know I didn’t post a weekend round-up last week, but I promise I have an excellent excuse: I was having an absolute blast in Salt Lake City at Alt! I met so many of my favorite bloggers, and learned about blogs that were new to me, and came away totally inspired and feeling like I’m part of this awesome community of creative and supportive people – which is so refreshing when you spend pretty much everyday working solo. Anyway, now I’m back, and weekend links are back, too.

{by Simply Bloom}

How about a road trip?

They look like conversation hearts, but they’re cakes!

Cute as a button, via Creature Comforts.

Not that I’m getting a tattoo, but if I were, it would be this or this.

Channeling Grace Kelly.

I know I have a new favorite wedding every week…

The beards behind the chocolate, via paper tastebuds.

I want to live here.

Oh my deer!

Dear Valentine.

Excited about this new wedding resource.

Really loving Seth’s definition of art.

This is the first I’ve heard of a friendship cloth, but I think it’s a great idea.

And congrats to Amanda on the launch of Ruffled classifieds.

Have a happy happy weekend, all!

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My big exciting plans this weekend involve major cleaning and organization of our apartment, reading the book I picked up this week, and hopefully catching a movie with my honey at our favorite Austin theater. What are you up to?

{by Citrus Hearts via sfgirlbybay}

Lemon-ricotta fritters with lemon curd. Drool.

Marching bands make my day, via Linda & Harriett.

Bourbon in boxes.

Coconut pandan truffles are surprisingly delicious.

Beautiful hand-lettering.

Paris in red.

Paris in 1962.

Pretty little save-the-dates.

Ice shacks, via Katy Elliott.

Oh those flowers!

Decorating with black.

Lazy girls’ guide to a blog-chic wedding.

A poinsettia shoot inspired by this board.

Add a little chocolate and champagne, and this would be my perfect meal.

Finally, I want to send my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. If you are able, consider donating to aid organizations like Doctors Without Borders. You can also support artists, blogs, and crafters who are holding fundraisers and donating portions of their sales to this effort – sfgirlbybay has a list of some, and if you know of any others, share a link in the comments below.

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How is it already Friday? And how are there still eight gazillion emails in my inbox? I’ve clearly been having way too much fun visiting with my mom and my little sister, which involves lots and lots of laughing. Anyway, despite my lack of blog productivity in the first week of 2010, I do have some fun links for you to enjoy before you head out for the weekend…

{via Hello-Alana’s flickr}

Toasting the new year, splurge vs. steal.

A gelato bike! For your wedding!

Braving the cold for engagement pics.

Excited about the new Saipua website.

Funny kitty.

I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, but I do want to write more letters.

And send more care packages.

What if you don’t love your wedding?

business cards.

Pretty wooden cake stands, via It’s Mary Ruffle.

Custom photo booths? Wow.

Beautiful portraits.

Congrats to Jillian on her new event company!

I’m so excited to be speaking at Alt Summit with some wonderful bloggers – I hope you’ll join us!

Have a happy happy weekend!

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Today is a big day… my trip to the post office to mail out all of my Christmas goodies. It’s right around this time that I realize I should have started this whole process six weeks earlier, just to avoid the goat rodeo that is the post office the week before Christmas. So wish me luck with that. Also, don’t forget to check back later today when I’ll announce the winner of the Ban.do holiday giveaway! But until then, here are some delightful links from around the web this week…

{from Ryan Schude‘s flickr via It’s Mary Ruffle}

A very talented woman‘s beautiful winter wedding.

For Christmas, I’d like this home. Or this one. Thank you.

Winter citrus. Pretty and delicious.

Amazing Brooklyn Bridge engagement pics, via Brooklyn Bride.

Gingerbread houses galore, via Delphine Ephemera.

Itsy bitsy little chapel.

Itsy bitsy little puppies!

Sure do love a sassy groom.

Burnt caramel sauce is my favorite. Ice cream optional.

Darling wedding with a travel theme.

Cross-stitch badges, via {frolic!}.

Optimistic maps.

Looking for some last minute gifts? Check out some of my suggestions over at So Chic.

Happy happy weekend!

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Somehow this week just flew by – it never seems to me like there’s enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, I guess all there is to do about it is to slow down with things like cocoa and cookies in between all of the rushing around. Oh, and how about a chocolate tasting? That’s what my honey and I are doing this evening at one of my favorite little shops here in Austin, and it sounds like just my kind of night. How about you? How are you taking time to savor the holiday season? Hmmm…. savor…. I think that’s my new word.

{by Little Brown Pen}

Inspired by Chelsea’s holiday tables.

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Wonderfully bold wrapping paper.

This song now playing on repeat, thanks to this guy.

Say yes to suspenders, via Once Wed.

What a nice way to think about gifts.

No tree for us this year, but hopefully next year we can rent one.

I’d like some of these vanilla roasted pears with ice cream please.

Cupcake ruffles.

Wedding in 73 seconds, via A Practical Wedding.

Records on ice. Well, made of ice – absolutely fascinating!

Give the gift of root beer.

Modest Peach sent me a bracelet, and it’s named after me! I’m blushing…

Have a happy weekend lovelies!

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