Now that my honey is working crazy hours, I have a whole new appreciation for my weekends with him. Even if they don’t include much more than trying a new taco place and watching episodes of Arrested Development in our jammies. How do you like to spend your lazy weekends? Maybe browsing some of these awesome links (this list seems to get longer every week)…

Let the wild rumpus start!

Reminded of Mississippi.

I heart kraft paper, and I heart vintage clip art.

Something old, via Moodboard

and something new, via Junebug.

And borrowed and blue, too.

It’s autumn, and you know what that means: velvet pumpkins!

Confession: I love Hanky Pankies. Now I want a pair with my name on it.

In a fight of pirates versus ninjas, who’s your money on? via i am a greedy girl

A new map of Paris.

Cake stand or modern art? via Thoughtful Day

Cookies make me smile.

Red-lipped brides are gorgeous!

How cool is this chalkboard speech bubble?

Sweet porcupine love, via Innove.

My kindergarten class never did anything this cool with cardboard tubes.

Wedding budget? Who needs spreadsheets.

The shy girl’s guide to boudoir pics.

Happy weekend lovelies! And make sure you stop by on Monday when I’ll be announcing an AMAZING contest that you won’t want to miss!

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Gosh it’s late – the day is almost over! But I promised you an inspiration board, so here it is. I’m not sure it turned out quite the way I was hoping, but I do think it gives you a good idea of the color scheme and the relaxed backyard feel, which is really what an inspiration board is all about – the ideas. I had Jordan Ferney’s darling purplic picnic box lunch in mind when I pulled these images together, and though there is something Spring-like to this look, I think it could work for a late summer or early fall picnic wedding reception too.

Mood: relaxed, sweet
Palette: grape sorbet, deep red cherry

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Top row from left: photo by Jessica Kettle, concord grape sorbet from Martha Stewart Weddings, lilac centerpiece (from Nole’s beautiful wedding!) photo by Punam Bean, magenta envelope with calligraphy photo by Corbin Gurkin
Row 2: dahlia and strawberry centerpiece by Studio Choo, purple felt ring pillow by ssdksy, little cake via Twigs & Honey, purple dress with belt by
Row 3: pinwheels from Hatch Creative Studio, lilac bouquet by Claire Bean for Brides, purple picnic box by Jordan Ferney for Project Wedding

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Today’s inspiration board just isn’t working for me – not sure what it is, but it’s just not ready to make it’s debut. I’ll have that inspiration board for you tomorrow. Meantime, I hope you enjoy these links!

Made this for my honey’s birthday yesterday – it was perfect with blackberries.

It’s gray, ruffled, gorgeous

Happy birthday parties!

If I hadn’t just bought a new table, I’d definitely go for the chalkboard look.

Perfect gift for the plaid lover.

Not that I’m ready for 2010 or anything, but I do love this calendar.

The girl and the boy together.

I thought the days of covering books were behind me. Maybe not.

Great advice for business, for brides and for life.

Fashion mags: one man’s point of view on post-its.

United steaks.

Happy Wednesday y’all!

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When I first got a glimpse of this wedding over on Unruly Things, I was just itching to see more pics and to know more about all of the great details! Matthew at Flowertoss Photography was kind enough to send over great photos of the day, and the bride, Alison, shared all about the DIY details and family and friends who helped to create this beautiful day…

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What Alison and Per-Lars wanted for their wedding: … a fun party, with an emphasis on love, family, good music, good food and good humor. We wanted a non-traditional, fun-loving, good time for all. We had an absolute blast at our wedding from beginning to end… the very late end. We stayed up dancing to 3am with a big group of our best friends and family members. The day was one non-stop love fest from beginning to end – we just didn’t want the night to end!
Per-Lars wore orange Converse. Alison wore Marc Jacobs Mary Janes in green satin with silver sequins.
Alison wore a dress from the 1950s that she found on Etsy and had altered and customized by a local seamstress, as well as jewelry from her own line, Katica Jewelry. The bride also designed all of the stationery, from the invitations to the programs.
The August wedding took place in the apple orchard at the groom’s childhood home, on Vashon Island – just a ferry ride from Seattle, and where both the bride and groom were born and raised. They wrote their ceremony together with the friend who officiated.




Per-Lars’ suit was a bargain found on eBay.

The couple made strings of paper flags to decorate the apple orchard, with fun photos clothes-pinned to them. They also made the cute silhouette buttons for guests to take home with them.
Flowers were purchased from a local gardener. The bride’s mother and family members made the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces.
Alison shares a bit about the food: We got a lot of help with our food! A few family friends roasted a pig and some halibut (a gift that was caught by another friend), while another family friend roasted a lamb. Vashon caterer, Terri Calello, put together a beautiful spread of salads. A group of close friends and family members were asked to bring homemade desserts for a lovely buffet of sweets.
Okay, how cool is this… all of the plates, glasses and napkins were provided from a local organization called Sustainable Vashon, which has a program called “No-Trash Bash.” They loan out all the settings needed for large parties in order to reduce trash, in exchange for a donation of any size to help cover the cost of broken items and to keep the program going. I think every community should have such an amazing program!

Guests enjoyed a photobooth (see some of the pics at Alison and Per-Lars’ wedding website) and dancing to a combination of iPod playlists put together by the bride and groom and a live band – the Wolczko Brothers. And one of Alison’s favorite part of the day was when a bunch of friends and family gave some hilarious speeches, and performed original music and poetry.
How’s this for some golden advice from the bride: Don’t take it all so seriously. Laugh and have fun.

Congratulations Alison and Per-Lars – this is one of those weddings I wish I could have been a part of! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome day with us, and best wishes to you. And a big thank you to Flowertoss Photography and second-shooter Brookelyn Photo for sharing these beautiful images with us!

{photos 1-3, 15, 16 by Brookelyn Photography; photos 4-14, 17-19 by Flowertoss Photography)

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