Monthly Archives: March 2011

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Attendant Dresses/Feminine Attire

Welcome to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show with links for readers to donate to Wish Upon a Wedding and For Japan With Love.

Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

When I originally came up with this idea, it was solely to benefit Wish Upon a Wedding. However, given the recent disaster in Japan, I am aware that some viewers might want to donate their funds toward relief efforts. Well, thanks to Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours, the wedding and event blogging world is coming together to support For Japan With Love. “For Japan With Love has a direct link on the website to our fundraising page for ShelterBox. ShelterBox was one of THE first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.” -http://www.utterlyengaged.com/please-help-for-japan-with-love-update/

No matter where you direct your donation, be it Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love, you will be making a difference in the lives of those facing life’s most difficult of circumstances. If you are unable to donate monetarily, your thoughts and prayers will truly touch the hearts and lives of those affected. I send my thoughts, prayers, and strength to those affected by such life altering circumstances.

Legalities:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding and a participant with For Japan With Love, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love in any other capacity and is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love. In addition, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Etsy or the vendors featured and is not an official representative of Etsy or of each of these vendors. I am simply a fan of these artists/vendors and a volunteer with a passion for what I do and for organizations I have chosen to donate my time and finances to. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Our first artist in this category is Michelle Tan who has worked in the fashion industry for over 10 years and is a fan of vintage and retro clothing. “Ordered this dress for my maid of honor – she says it fits like a dream, and is very well constructed! So excited for her to wear it on my big day!”

Next we have The Grace Boutique whose dresses are made for a bride with boho style. “All our beautiful handmade collection of halter neck wrap floral bridal bridesmaid wedding dresses and skirts are uniquely handmade and fabric print will change every two to three months…Every woman needs a dress that makes them feel amazing, feel super special – we’ve made figure-flattering favorites for your selection.” “Grace was a breath of fresh air to do business with. She answered all my questions with genuine concern and in a professional timely manor. Her dress is made of amazingly silky and quality material. It is even better than the picture!! I love it and can’t wait to post pictures from the wedding next weekend!! I recommend her shop and etsy all the time to friends and family. I would definitely do business with her again. =]”

Dawn from Eleen Fashions says, “As a award winning and published artist I have an eye for color and detail that I put in the garments I create. If you are interested in a glimpse of my art work you can go here: http://www.canby.com/webhorses/art. Dawn is in the process of transferring her items to this Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/eleenfashions. “Wore this dress to a wedding and go SO many compliments! p1xie is amazing to work with.. and is incredible with a sewing machine!!! :D”

Here we have Lirola. “love creating flattering and classic garments that make any woman feel feminine , comfortable and fashionable. I enjoy making garments out of unexpected materials like my sweatshirt dresses that are so fun to wear. Feel free to consult with me about fabrics ,colors, the way a garment will fit or anything else.” “Another amazing dress from Lirola!! I ordered this dress in Venice Blue and the colour is absolutely beautiful!! Just like my last dress, this one fits perfectly! Liron is a wonderful seller to deal with. She communicates every step of the way and makes you feel at ease about your purchase. I cannot wait to wear this dress and try out the different ways of styling it! The dress arrived in the exact time frame given by Liron and was packaged with lots of TLC. I’m a returning customer and will definitely be returning to Lirola again in the future!! ♥”

Next on the show is Loca Loves Pirate. “Loca Loves Pirate is fun, modern, vintage inspired, and colorful fashions and accessories for the bride that wants to stand out and have a one-of-a-kind wedding!!! Check out my other shop at llpvintage.etsy.com.” “Absolutely excellent seller, very professional and delightful to work with!! Gets back to you very quickly and is flexible with various requests, as I’m having my entire bridal party wearing her dresses 🙂 Staysi is fantastic! Thank you!!”

Prizy Sebastian says, “I am an emerging designer based in NYC, inspired by beautiful clothes and a love of couture! All designs are original and most are made by me in the studio…Most fabrics are natural fibers, such as silks, wools, and cottons. Styles are one of a kind, custom order, or made in small quantities in the studio. All garments are professionally finished, attention and care is given to every item.” “I purchased two shirts, and asked that they be made in a different material from what Prizy usually uses for these shirts. They are STUNNING. I couldn’t have dreamed of anything better. The fit is superb. These are now my favorite shirts. Prizy is an extremely talented artist and I would trust her to make anything.”

Next we have Amanda Archer Collection. “Amanda Archer Collection is about the modern woman; classic and easy to wear with a twist of retro and a bit of vintage romance. Fabrics in the collection are always made from natural or eco friendly fabrics. Amanda searches far and wide to find the best quality of new, organic and vintage fabric and trims.” “Amanda did an INCREDIBLE job with these dresses! They are very well-made, and the color and design is absolutely beautiful. When we picked them up, my fiance asked me if they’re “actual” bridesmaid dresses or if they were “regular” dresses I just happened to buy 5 of. I KNOW that brides always say they get their girls dresses they’ll wear again, but this time it’s actually true! After the wedding, I’m going to have to have Amanda make me my own! And she’s super patient, responsive, and helpful to boot! One of my bridesmaids actually went to her studio to get measured, and she had nothing but great things to say about Amanda herself, her studio, and the quality of her work. Thank you so much!”

Here we have Isadora who features a variety of Chameleon/Infinity dresses. “The Original Chameleon was a fitted dress that was an immediate hit with customers on ETSY. As popular as the original Chameleon was, we began to receive feedback from customers who wanted a dress that would suit a wide range of body types. Our customers feedback is absolutely invaluable to us and so we listened! In 2007 we launched the Flared Chameleon- our best selling dress due to its versatility and its classic draping that flatters almost every body type! The Flared Chameleon went on to inspire new designs such as the Chameleon Gown, the Sassy Chameleon, the Ruffled Chameleon, the Pouf Chameleon and the Reversible Chameleon.” “YAY! I had ordered these for my bridesmaid dresses and had to have one for myself now that the wedding is over. I cant wait to wear this dress!”

Tali from My Lola Studio (a shop opened in November 2010) says, “My name is Tali and I’m 27 years old independent designer from Israel. I’m all into fashion, beautiful-top quality fabrics, flattering shapes and comfort.”

Last on the show is Elbling. “We are a brand new creative project from Israel- A mother (Ettie) and two daughters (Adi & Liat) all artists from different fields. Mama Ettie has been designing and creating fashion for the past 25 years, owning a large store side by side with a studio where wonderful and creative designs are made. When she just started as an independent designer in the early 80′ she decided to focus mainly on evening wear, suits and fancy layered dress which most were custom made. On this path she was very thrilled to design for the first time after many years, casual, light affordable pieces that you can all love and purchase.” “Such a beautiful dress fits amazingly and very well hand crafted Will definitely buy from again !excellent communication with seller and fast delivery and the lip gloss was a really cute touch !!!! Thank you cant wait to wear this for my friends wedding 🙂 Sashalina”

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Lost My Mother Today…

I received word today that my beautiful mommy (yes, I’m 36 and still call her mommy), my best friend, my heart passed today. I am grateful that in August when her liver cancer was discovered (gall bladder cancer that metastasized in addition to surviving endometrial cancer a year prior) I had the opportunity to go and have some girl time with her thanks to by BFF from college, Ricardo, and his wife, Amanda. We shopped, we laughed, we enjoyed the ocean, we held each other and we cried together. A month and a half ago, she had a stroke as a result of the stress the chemotherapy was putting on her heart and she entered the hospital. Two weeks ago, she was moved to a beautiful hospice filled with beauty not just in looks, but in terms of people too. The nurses taking care of her were phenomenal. Thanks to my wonderful now fiancee, he, my son, and myself were able to spend a week with my mom and were blessed with moments of consciousness with her. Mom was able to snuggle with her youngest grandson, she was able to snuggle with her “baby girl” as she called me (past tense…going to have to get used to that), and meet the man who has made me happier than anyone outside of my amazing son. My fiancee asked her if he could marry me and she said, “Of course.” Thank you God for those moments and for a man who has been my rock through all of this. To know my mom was to love her. She was quite possibly the most determined and selfless person I have ever known. She didn’t let cancer stop her from getting her Masters Degree in Marriage Family Therapy or from counseling her clients (some of whom others had difficulty counseling). She always thought of others first and she was loved by so many. She made me the determined individual I am today and to never stop dreaming. When my health got weird and I lost my job as a result (fired the day my FMLA ended), she told me that this didn’t mean I could give up. When I went back to my young adult dream of owning my own high end alternative salon and just two months after starting cosmetology school my knees gave way and I needed surgery on both…when my surgeon told me I couldn’t go back to school, I thought my dream had died, but there was my mom supporting me and telling me to keep dreaming until I found another. When I found another dream that went back to doing what I do best: events and weddings, she was so proud and even now when I am struggling financially to get clients in this economy, she told me to stick to it, “because Sherman women CAN DO!”

A couple of weeks ago I said that I would be sorrowful because she’s gone and rejoice that she is no longer in pain. Some people thought that was a bit strange. Shouldn’t I just rage and wail because she has been taken from me at the young age of 65? NO! My mom was a woman of deep Christian faith. She believed in focusing on the words in red and doing what Christ had commanded, to love one another as you would want to be loved and my mom had a great love for people that translated in to her work and her ministry. She is now in heaven and for that I rejoice.

I can feel her around me now and I’m sure if I had one of those energy monitor thingies that supposedly measure spirit activity, it would be pegging. I can feel her arms around me and her gentle words. I can hear her soft well enunciated southern voice telling me that it’s okay. That right now, it’s okay for me to cry, to be sad, and to be angry, but that I will need to pick myself up and be the best me I can be.

Rest my dear sweet mother. You are and always will be my heart and my best friend.

Ema Sherman
3/17/1946 – 3/30/2011

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Bags and Purses

Welcome to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show with links for readers to donate to Wish Upon a Wedding and For Japan With Love.

Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

When I originally came up with this idea, it was solely to benefit Wish Upon a Wedding. However, given the recent disaster in Japan, I am aware that some viewers might want to donate their funds toward relief efforts. Well, thanks to Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours, the wedding and event blogging world is coming together to support For Japan With Love. “For Japan With Love has a direct link on the website to our fundraising page for ShelterBox. ShelterBox was one of THE first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.” -http://www.utterlyengaged.com/please-help-for-japan-with-love-update/

No matter where you direct your donation, be it Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love, you will be making a difference in the lives of those facing life’s most difficult of circumstances. If you are unable to donate monetarily, your thoughts and prayers will truly touch the hearts and lives of those affected. I send my thoughts, prayers, and strength to those affected by such life altering circumstances.

Legalities:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding and a participant with For Japan With Love, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love in any other capacity and is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love. In addition, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Etsy or the vendors featured and is not an official representative of Etsy or of each of these vendors. I am simply a fan of these artists/vendors and a volunteer with a passion for what I do and for organizations I have chosen to donate my time and finances to. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Powder Blue Bijoux is our first artist in this category. “All items in my shop have been handcrafted with care and attention to every detail. Enjoy luxurious accessories directly from the designer at affordable prices.” “I LOVE this purse! Even more gorgeous in person and worth every penny! So much cuter than anything I’ve seen in my local bridal stores!”

Next we have Davie and Chiyo who have this to say about their work, “The use of high quality materials and attention to detail ensures the excellence of each product, while our youthful energy and drive, and our ability to create new designs and customized products on a weekly basis, provides the engine for high growth. From oversized fuchsia bow clutches, to subtle floral chain models, the Davie & Chiyo collection is wide enough to attract a diverse market – from prom queens to brides-to-be, bridesmaids, and those looking to improve their collection of stylish, unique and one-of-a-kind accessories.” “I received my custom clutch yesterday and I absolutely LOVE it! It’s perfect. Great quality. It makes the perfect match with my wedding dress. Thank you!! XO”

Bella Fiore: “Color is what inspires me, unexpected color combinations and textures. Layers upon layers of colorful goodness is what makes my heart go pitter patter. When in the fabric store I can spend hours just going through the racks, touching the fabric and envisioning what they would look like paired with another fabric. How it will give my purses dimension and my hair accessories POP. I think about who would carry a purse in those colors and where would they be going.”

Our final artist is Murwati, “Hello there, I design and make handbags and clutches. They are available in many colors and are handmade by me in my smoke and pet free home studio. If you have particular colors or sizes that are not in my shop, I will be happy to customize them for you.” “Love these wristlets!!! They were ready and arrived so quickly!! The quality of workmanship and materials are incredible… will purchase these for another occasion and will be purchasing from the Murwati again !!!”

UNITE TO HELP: For Japan With Love

Those affected by the disaster in Japan still need our help. Please consider making a donation to For Japan With Love. The proceeds will be donated to ShelterBox. For Japan With Love has raised over $60,000 thus far and even $1 helps.

“We’ve all seen the images and videos rolling in of the devastation from the Japan earthquake and tsunamis. While aftershocks and tsunami scares are still happening days later, the nation is in for a long long road of recovery. So far, the death toll is estimated to be over 10,000. In just one town, 9,500 are missing. And 660,000 are living in shelters. Not only do the survivors have to suffer the loss of loved ones, but as temperatures fall, electricity, water and food are now scarce to none. Many have tried to go back to their homes and to start picking up the pieces, only to find the tsunamis have plowed their homes down and there is literally nothing for them to come home to. Convenience stores have lines hours long and a limit of 10 items to each person. The second crisis has only begun and so many are left helpless.”- http://www.forjapanwithlove.com/about.html

Here is a video of ShelterBox in action:

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Bouquets and Florals

Welcome to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show with links for readers to donate to Wish Upon a Wedding and For Japan With Love.

Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

When I originally came up with this idea, it was solely to benefit Wish Upon a Wedding. However, given the recent disaster in Japan, I am aware that some viewers might want to donate their funds toward relief efforts. Well, thanks to Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours, the wedding and event blogging world is coming together to support For Japan With Love. “For Japan With Love has a direct link on the website to our fundraising page for ShelterBox. ShelterBox was one of THE first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.” -http://www.utterlyengaged.com/please-help-for-japan-with-love-update/

No matter where you direct your donation, be it Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love, you will be making a difference in the lives of those facing life’s most difficult of circumstances. If you are unable to donate monetarily, your thoughts and prayers will truly touch the hearts and lives of those affected. I send my thoughts, prayers, and strength to those affected by such life altering circumstances.

Legalities:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding and a participant with For Japan With Love, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love in any other capacity and is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love. In addition, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Etsy or the vendors featured and is not an official representative of Etsy or of each of these vendors. I am simply a fan of these artists/vendors and a volunteer with a passion for what I do and for organizations I have chosen to donate my time and finances to. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Our first artist in this category is Krissy from Make Believe’N. “Unique and personalized handcrafted fabric wedding flower bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, accessories, and centerpieces. An original wedding is certain with these keepsake flowers. Custom one of a kind creations are a specialty.” “Positive is an understatement! Krissy was amazing and the final products are equally wonderful. I was basically dumped by my original fabric floral vendor and had a complete bridal meltdown. Someone on Offbeat Bride recommended Krissy and I am eternally grateful. She was so quick to respond & amazing with all forms of communication. Texted photos through out the process, from piles of fabrics, to center baubles, to completed individual flowers. She just “got it”. She created rustic chic beauties that I adore. I said I wanted coffee bean bead centers and she made it happen. I said I would love bits of burlap, she worked it in perfectly. I wanted an organic but dressy, vegan, purple, hints of black and champagne, no matchy-matchy, some thing or other and Krissy took my pile of wants and turned them into the most perfect bouquets, boutonnieres, hair accessories, & flower girl wand EVAR (for us). I was %100 comfortable and confident with her understanding of what I wanted and her abilities. She just exudes trustworthiness through emails! I’m sorry if I am gushing but you have to know – She’s a bride’s dream. For Reallies.”

Next, we have Desicra. “I am a lover of all crafts and craft supplies 🙂 I really enjoy creating detailed, slightly vintage and whimsical looking pieces for special events 🙂 I have been crafting all of my life and have a BFA in Industrial Design. Currently I am loving my job as a freelance wedding designer/florist in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina!” “We loved our wedding flowers, and you were so great to work with. you understood exactly what i wanted, and kept me appraised of how things were going. you arranged to ship the flowers overseas in time for our holiday wedding, and you packaged them so carefully! you even made a special little pin for my baby daughter. your flowers were perfect and one of my favourite parts of my wedding. thank you!!!”

Here we have Hair Bows Wonderworld. In addition to amazing hair accessories and headpieces, Hair Bows Wonderworld does some of the most amazing brooch bouquets and feather enhanced bouquets I have ever seen. “Most beautiful creation I’ve ever seen! It’s absolutely stunning. And better than I could have imagined. I can’t wait to show this piece off at my wedding! The seller is a pleasure to buy from and would do so again in a heartbeat. Shipped quickly and packaged with care. TY so much!”

Our next artisan on the show is Ardesign. “Having been part of an award winning team and having the pleasure to design pieces for TV, Movies, Magazines and celebrities including Her Majesty The Queen. I love to create new and interesting pieces for anyone that is willing to give me free reign. Giving an artist the freedom to create what comes from the heart is the best way to receive the most beautiful piece you can imagine!” “When I opened the box with my wedding flowers in it I got tears in my eyes!!!! They are BEAUTIFUL. Ardesign has just made my wedding!”

Here we have Accents and Petals by Grail Casilen. “My passion is to create with recycled wood and paper, making Accents and Petals all about flowers, bouquets, and accessories created with these materials.” “Beautiful flowers, arrived ahead of schedule! So excited to use these on the tables at my wedding this spring! Thank you!”

Noaki Jewelry brings back the glamor of the Great Gatsby era not only through jewelry, but through amazingly beautiful brooch bouquets. :It began because I was trying to figure out what to do with pieces of my grandmother’s old jewelry that I’d held onto for decades — scraps of the forgotten excess of the Art Deco era that were too lovely to discard but too old- fashioned to wear. Eventually the pieces I created led to my little shop.” “I just received my bouquet and it is breathtaking. I can’t wait to walk down the aisle with it in September. The service was great and it was packaged perfectly to make it from California to Ohio in one piece. I would definitely recommend Noaki’s site to everyone.”

Enchanted Bouquets says, “Everlasting paper rose flower bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages for the bride and her wedding party! Our absolute, greatest endeavor is to make your special day a little more unique and magical by creating you and your wedding party one of a kind/custom bouquets and boutonnieres that suit your wedding ceremony, and more importantly YOU!” “Amber was wonderful to work with, Full of great ideas and really took everything i was picturing and turned it in to a BEAUTIFUL bouquet! I can’t wait to show it off on our big day! I definitely recommend Enchanted Bouquets for every bride!”

Here we have The Panache Bride by Juliana. “I always love figuring out new and exciting things to do with weddings and flowers so that each bride can be unique. I came up with my custom Swarovski crystal bouquet handles when we were asked to design the flowers for “the wedding of the year” in our city. Everyone couldn’t stop talking about the crystal handle. It couldn’t have been more beautiful. She was beautiful, the flowers were beautiful, the day was perfect.” “ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! The meticulous work by this seller is perfection. If you want to add a unique feature to your bridal bouquet THIS IS IT!!! Thank you so very much!!!”

Really Bad Kitty is a mother and daughter design team from North Texas. “Getting married? Let us know your colors and we will create a bridal bouquet for you! And don’t forget about the rest of the wedding party. We also make bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, ring bearer pillows and flower girl bouquets! (And much, much more!)” “I received the bouquets and stems today, I absolutely LOVE them, pictures don’t even do them justice! It was so nice to work with you on these bouquets, I will be HIGHLY recommending you to others. I am sure people will be asking us where I got them from and I’ll be sure to let them know! Thank you so much for all of your help!”

Michele from Amore Bride says, “MOST popular question I’m asked? “Are your flowers real or silk?” This is SUCH a compliment to me!! All of my designs, bouquets and florals are “Silk”, NOT Real or Fresh!! BUT I do have years of experience as a Floral Designer in BOTH Fresh and Silk Florals, keeping my silk floral arranging style very “FRESH” looking!!” “ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it…I’m already getting compliments on it and I haven’t even used it for the wedding yet…I only showed it to co-workers and family so far. I can’t wait until the wedding.”

New Hampshire Woods Creations: “We specialize in birch & moss items for your nature, eco friendly weddings. We have a variety of birch bark vases with custom engraving available. Many Flower girl baskets and ring bearer pillows. Now taking orders for spring and summer weddings. Custom orders welcome…We try our best to run an eco-friendly business…All our Birch bark is harvested from dead logs, we never take bark off of live trees. We never use chemicals or insecticides on our products.”
“The baskets & ring bearer pillow are AMAZING 🙂 i want to keep the baskets for myself! Your dedication and creativity really show through! Thanks again.”

Finally, we have Fruits of the Forest. “I am constantly in awe and wonder of the magical mountains and forests around me. I try to instill appreciation for Mother Nature and her natural forms in my designs. I try to use found, recycled and repurposed materials as often as possible to lessen the environmental impact of my designs. All natural found materials are meticulously cleaned and preserved when appropriate.” “We just received the boutonnieres and they are gorgeous! Thank you SO MUCH for all your work! These are going to make our wedding even more special!”

ShelterBox In Action: For Japan With Love

If you have been following this blog over the past couple of weeks, you will have repeatedly seen a link for For Japan With Love, a fundraising drive conceived and led by the ladies behind Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours. With your help, For Japan With Love has raised over $60,000 for ShelterBox. I thought you would all love to see this video of ShelterBox in action as much as I did as I watched it (Thanks to Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours for bringing this video to my attention).

If you haven’t made a donation as of yet, please go to For Japan With Love and give as you are able.

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Shoes

Welcome to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show with links for readers to donate to Wish Upon a Wedding and For Japan With Love.

Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

When I originally came up with this idea, it was solely to benefit Wish Upon a Wedding. However, given the recent disaster in Japan, I am aware that some viewers might want to donate their funds toward relief efforts. Well, thanks to Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours, the wedding and event blogging world is coming together to support For Japan With Love. “For Japan With Love has a direct link on the website to our fundraising page for ShelterBox. ShelterBox was one of THE first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.” -http://www.utterlyengaged.com/please-help-for-japan-with-love-update/

No matter where you direct your donation, be it Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love, you will be making a difference in the lives of those facing life’s most difficult of circumstances. If you are unable to donate monetarily, your thoughts and prayers will truly touch the hearts and lives of those affected. I send my thoughts, prayers, and strength to those affected by such life altering circumstances.

Legalities:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding and a participant with For Japan With Love, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love in any other capacity and is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding or For Japan With Love. In addition, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Etsy or the vendors featured and is not an official representative of Etsy or of each of these vendors. I am simply a fan of these artists/vendors and a volunteer with a passion for what I do and for organizations I have chosen to donate my time and finances to. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Our first artisan is Arbie of Paris XOX. “While preparing for my own Wedding in Switzerland and a Blessing in England I wanted something to wear with a bit of romance and history. I purchased an antique gold horseshoe brooch studded with diamonds and pinned it onto a silk ribbon to wear as a choker… And there is the very small beginning of our company.” In addition to Paris XOX, Arbie has two other shops Waikiki XOX and London XOX, both are wedding related, so please check them out. “My shoes are perfect and glamorous! Arbie is amazing at what she does! Thank you for making these beautiful shoes for my wedding!”

Next on the show, Nora Karen, who says, “I studied graphic and Fashion Design in Argentina.Painting and designing is a true passion for me. I owe this to my Father, whose love for life,art and the needed inspired much of what I am today as an artist,person and believer.” “I bought these shoes for my upcoming winter wedding and they are absolutely AMAZING. They are so perfect it is hard to put in to words exactly how much I appreciate Norakaren’s work. Beautiful craftmanship. I was also touched by the packaging they arrived in as well as the sweet hand written card left by nora. I would highly recommend anything created by norakaren and I hope to be back soon for more beautiful unique items. Thank you so much again. Both shoes and clutch will add so much to my wedding day. Also I should mention that the shoes fit and are comfortable!!”

Here we have Sofisticata’s beautiful shoe clips.” Each piece is delicately handcrafted using the best quality materials available. My designs incorporate gemstones, beads, sequins, crystals, feathers, wire, and metal findings. These flowers are hand-stitched and handcrafted, each one will be unique (small variations are only natural to find).” “What can I say…your are talented and a true delight to work with for an extremely customized request! I sent my family tartan to add a special detail to my wedding attire and I am quite pleased. I also enjoyed the collaboration, patience and positivity during the design process. THANKS AGAIN! I will certainly provide pics from my wedding day to share your creation in action. Hope to work with you again soon.”

Brigitte Chung is a shoe designer from San Francisco. “Custom handmade crystals jeweled shoes. Perfect for wedding, pageant, prom, and party. Mix & Match our rhinestones heels, height, and colors with the shoes.” “Be-au-ti-ful sandals and experience. Great communication from Brigitte and the quality is excellent. I will treasure these shoes made for my wedding day.”

Our last shop is Chloe and Maddie “The perfect place for adorable handmade accessories for women and girls! Vintage inspired headbands, hair clips, combs and wedding or party accessories and gifts!” They have some seriously unique shoe clips that I just had to share. “LOVE these clips, they are so pretty! Can’t wait to wear them – will send you a picture of them on our wedding day.”