on the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
Two Turtledoves

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Top row from left: Lladro hair sticks from In Style, birdcage from My Wedding Reception Ideas, menu from MS, image via Daisy Chain
Row 2: napkin from Brides, cake from MS, Melissa Sweet dress via Price Scope, turtledove print from The Commonwealth of Virginia
Row 3: flowers from Art Fool, birds by Ann Wood, Dove ice cream bar, turtledove from Lee Richardson Zoo

and a partridge in a pear tree.

Update! Look at this sweet necklace by Smitten.

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I am so excited about this. It’s a Snippet & Ink Christmas! Leading up to December 25th, I will be sharing some of my favorite traditions and gift ideas, as well as posting special boards (see below). I know, I know. The twelve days of Christmas really don’t start until Christmas day, but for me, the start of Christmas happens the day after Thanksgiving. For some people, it’s all about sales and anarchic shopping sprees. Growing up, this was usually the day my mom would take us to find a Christmas tree. These days, for me, it’s the day I allow myself to start listening to Christmas music (I say allow, because sometime around Halloween is when I start wanting to put it on, but that’s just ridiculous), and that is when it really starts to feel like Christmas. So, to celebrate, I am posting a special 12 Days of Christmas board.

Also, check in later to see my Christmas playlist!

on the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
A Partridge In A Pear Tree

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Top row from left: poached pears from MS, Ecklectic guest book via Etsy Wedding, Eliana Ben-Zeev dress from In Style, golden pears
Row 2: photo from Alan Maudie, cake via Faye and Greer, partridge feather from eFlyTyer
Row 3: photo from Karen Wise, Elizabeth Messina photo via The Bride’s Cafe, painting from The Artchive (notice the little partridge sitting on the ledge?)

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Happy Thanksgiving (almost)! Here’s a happy harvest board for you to enjoy today and tomorrow – and enjoy your holiday!

Mood: warm, refined abundance
Palette: gold, brown, red, orange

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Top row from left: Sarah Arnett dress from Brides UK, flowers by Ariella Chezar, mantle decorations from Michaele Thunen, gold cupcakes from Brides
Row 2: place setting via Toast and Tables, program from The Knot, ring pillow from MS, bouquet from Karen Wise
Row 3: lanterns from Orange Girl Photographs, champagne “guest book” from Dee Merz, tent decorations from Cole Creates, dress from Stephanie James, invitation by Pearl Papers

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That was the question Mary Kate asked me in her request. She is having her reception at a microbrewery’s tasting room (or an art gallery, but I used the brewery for this board), and she wanted ideas for how to make her white and gold color scheme more casual. Since she’s using colors that definitely evoke a more formal feel, I would recommend that she use less formal materials. Serving this microbrewery’s beer instead of champagne is a start. Also, use cotton and grosgrain instead of satin. Wear a short or simple dress, possibly with a birdcage veil. Serve cupcakes instead of cake. Use funky handwriting instead of embellished calligraphy. For flowers, I would go with white (callas are a good option), and I would avoid overly frilly blooms like peonies. I would also incorporate kraft paper to dress things down (how about gold ink on kraft paper envelopes?). I also love word bubbles as part of your RSVP card. I hope this is helpful, and that if you decide to go with the art gallery, you’ll be able to shape this to fit that venue.

Mood: playful, dressed down elegance
Palette: white, gold, kraft-paper brown

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Top row from left: image from Satisfaction Mag, kraft box, bouquet and ring pillow both from MS
Row 2: ribbon from Ribbons Galore, cupcakes via Oh Happy Day, chalkboard sign from Dee Merz, favor boxes from MS
Row 3: mini fries from Callahan Catering, lanterns, seating cards via Flickr, dress via Shiny Squirrel
Row 4: photo from Jessica Claire, RSVP by Hello! Lucky, photo from Cappy Hotchkiss, flowers from Cole Creates

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Again with the green and white, I know. This time I tried to keep things pretty clean, classic, and not quite modern. I have been making quite a few boards from brides’ requests lately, but this one is just for me (no, I don’t mean for planning my own wedding, calm down). I love each of these images individually, and they pull together so well.

Mood: clean, classic
Palette: green, white, black accents

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Top row from left: centerpiece by Art Fool, Cake Girls cake via Wedding Bee, boutonniere from Nicole Hill, photo from Victoria Pearson, bouquet from The Knot
Row 2: photo from Alan Maudie, flats from The Knot, stationery by Amber Chic, Denise Sharp cake topper via Something Old
Row 3: orchid centerpiece via Bellissima Vita, Liz Banfield photo via Style Me Pretty, classic car via The Bride’s Cafe, hair accessories from Jennifer Behr
Row 4: dress from Brides, bubble photo by Katie Lyman, bouquet from Karen Wise, Georgette dress from Banana Republic, flowers from Brides

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