Monthly Archives: June 2012

Away from the blog for a bit- My father passed

Hello everyone. I received word today that my best buddy, my rock, my most awesome Daddy passed suddenly at his home in Whittier, CA. I don’t have the words to describe the emotions running through me right now. The hole left from my mother’s death last year just got bigger. Mom and Dad are together now and I know that after 49 years together and one since my Mom passed, they are both rejoicing in heaven together.

I must apologize for I will be away from the blog for a while, but I will return once everything is wrapped up. Much thanks to those who are helping me get to CA and making it possible for me to have the time to take care of business. I am blessed with amazing friends and family.

Until then,
Kristen

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Friday’s Favorites: From Steampunk to Rustic Denim

Happy Friday! I am SO looking forward to this weekend. I’ll be working on more bouquets for my Etsy shop as well as taking new photos that will do my bouquets justice. Crossing my fingers that I will get a sale or two in the next week.

This week’s Friday’s Favorites takes us from Steampunk to racy lacy gowns sure to grab some major attention. I hope you enjoy my finds and as always, please consider buying from individual artisans and businesses. There’s just nothing like a great bit of vintage and the character of handmade goods. Enjoy your weekend!

‘Steam-fueled Nuptials’ by ravengrrl

Gorgeous Steampunk wedding finds from invites to cake topper.


Steampunk Wedding Dress Goth…

$495.00

MADE TO ORDER Steampunk insp…

$350.00

Brown and Black Tooled Faux …

$525.00

Full Steampunk with Leather …

$400.00

Set of 12 Mini Twirlable Wed…

$12.00

Alice in Wonderland Inspired…

$3.00

Vintage Steampunk Wedding In…

$6.39

Steampunk wedding ‘Pocke…

$38.00

Antique Gold Clock Hands Ste…

$50.00

Steampunk Boutonniere – Groo…

$24.00

Steampunk Victorian Rail Chi…

$38.00

Metal Wedding Bouquet–a Ste…

$225.00

Old Time or Western Version …

$229.00

Steampunk Ring Pillow – Hand…

$38.00

Steampunk necklace, Couture …

$267.00

Edible Chocolate Candy Gears…

$127.50

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‘Heirloom Bridal ‘ by ravengrrl

From brooch bouquets to garters accented with gorgeous jewelry. You are sure to find that these pieces will be handed down through the generations.


Brooch and Jeweled Bouquet -…

$200.00

SALE – Bridal bouquet CANDY …

$355.00

Brooch and Satin Bouquet… …

$300.00

Amelia Sparkling Hand Tied H…

$320.00

Bib Pearl Necklace- Statemen…

$595.00

HUGE Brooch OR Hair Comb, Vi…

$87.99

Edwardian Bride EXLUSIVE Sig…

$250.00

Heirloom Double Strand Butte…

$325.00

Bridal Garter made of Gold L…

$47.00

Bridal Garter Set in White P…

$81.00

WEDDING Garter SET- Vintage …

$120.00

Wedding Garter Set in Vintag…

$85.00

Teardrop Rhinestone and Pear…

$90.00

14k Gold Vintage Goddess Cam…

$295.00

Custom Engraved Family Crest…

$295.00

Rhinestone Brooch Vintage As…

$155.00

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‘Blue Jean Wedding’ by ravengrrl

Blue and tan for a rustic casual wedding.


shabby chic Stretch denim an…

$20.00

Custom Wedding Photo Album B…

$38.00

Distressed Wooden Letters, C…

$67.00

Denim Ring Bearer Bow Tie Fo…

$18.00

Romantic style Denim Flowers…

$64.95

Clutch – Bridesmaid Clutches…

$20.00

Paper flower and denim weddi…

$300.00

Texas Blue Bonnet real press…

$43.00

Shabby Chic Country Denim & …

$25.50

Wedding First Dance Lyric Pa…

$69.80

Denim Blue Fabric Bird

$28.00

Woodland wedding Handmade Se…

$70.00

Pale Blue Denim Yellow Gingh…

$40.00

Special Event or Wedding Inv…

$20.00

Classic Blue Beige Stripes F…

$54.00

Blue Bird Tags – Two Colored…

$3.75

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‘Ooh la lace!’ by ravengrrl

These bridal designs are definitely true statement pieces for the bride who loves lace, but that wants to really challenge the status quo.


Custom Made Hand-embroidered…

$278.00

Custom make Vintage Beach We…

$309.00

Custom make Vintage Wedding …

$249.00

Pink Lacen Bohemian Wedding …

$650.00

Romantic dress, gorgeous fre…

$595.00

Belinda-Strapless Silk Lace …

$275.00

LAURA ivory wedding dress (…

$499.99

White Lacen Assymetric Chiff…

$450.00

Hippie Beach Wedding Gown

$695.00

Vintage 70s The Fashion Plac…

$35.00

Lace Wedding Dress Vintage R…

$1400.00

Joleen – Vintage Inspired La…

$675.00

Customized ivory lace brida…

$168.00

Custom Wedding Shoes — Ivor…

$375.00

Swarovski Crystal – Black & …

$200.00

Bella7289 Wedding Shoes Lace…

$220.00

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Stunner Thursday: Ooh la Lace!

When I say “lace wedding dress,” what’s the first image to come to your mind? For many, it’s the beautiful lace gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (RIP…sigh) that the Duchess of Cambridge wore for her marriage to Prince William and for others it’s the iconic Grace Kelly’s gown wore for her wedding to Prince Rainier. Did you know that the lace for Grace’s dress was 125 year old Brussels rose point lace?

Quite often we think of lace as something old fashioned, stuffy, and reserved, but it doesn’t have to be. I have come up with a collection of lace gowns and sexy lace shoes that will turn heads and get tongues wagging. These pieces are definitely not for a shy bride. They are true statement pieces for the bride who loves lace, but that wants to really challenge the status quo.

Lace gowns can be transformed with plunging necklines, a mini hemline, see through panels, and thigh high slits. As for lace shoes, sexy lace up booties, ruffled accents, bold color, and a sky high stiletto heel brings the typical demure lace shoe to a super WOW! statement piece guaranteed to grab your guest’s attention. Here are just a sampling of some of the super sexy lace gowns and shoes that I came across in my quest to transform “yawn” in to “ooh la la!” I hope you find them fun and perhaps even consider them for your wedding. Take care all!

Racy Lace Bridal Gowns

Dress
$90 – shibawi.com

Vintage dress
clairepettibone.com

Dress
weddinginspirasi.com

Bridal dress
jlmcouture.com

Blow dryers iron
weddinginspirasi.com

Ad Spring/Summer 2012
inesdisanto.com

Solid border
polyvore.com

Lace bridal shoes

Charlotte Olympia high heels
£820 – charlotteolympia.com

Gold heels
$800 – gina.com

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti cut out heels
$298 – albertaferretti.com

Pumps
$100 – chineselaundry.com

Zara sling back shoes
$90 – zara.com

Promiscuous shoes
$63 – zappos.com

JustFabulous high heels
$65 – heels.com

Amanda Special Order
$260 – milkandhoneyshoes.com

High heel shoes
crazysexyshoes.com

Shoes
popkarenmillenshop.com

Shoes
shoe-tease.com

Solid border
polyvore.com

Wedding Wednesday: Denim and Khaki Inspiration

Before I begin with introducing today’s inspiration board, I must ask for your thoughts and prayers for my beautiful Colorado. We are burning and the fires are like nothing ever seen before.


The High Park Fire (highly publicized last week) continues to burn and is 65% contained. The Waldo Canyon fire is also of epic proportions and doubled in size last night with 32,000 people evacuated thus far. It is threatening populated areas of Colorado Springs and has destroyed many homes. I know that there are many fires elsewhere and ask that you continue to pray for those as well. Thank you to all of those who are fighting theses fires (some in CO are fighting fires while they have already lost their own homes) and I wish for your safety and that Mother Nature would lend a helping hand. Thanks all!

For today’s Wedding Wednesday, I have an inspiration board for a casual rustic wedding with the bride wearing a gorgeous ruffled skirt paired with a cute button down denim jacket. It was this photo that inspired the board and I found some great denim accents to tie the theme all together. When using denim, I recommend a light hand in it’s application and pairing it with slightly more formal touches to bring balance to denim’s casual nature. I’ve been a long time fan of using raw cotton as part of rustic florals and the little puffs of cotton here bring a bit of whimsy to the whole affair. I hope you enjoy the board and if you are leaning towards a rustic country wedding, consider the possibilities that a touch of denim can lend to your fete.

Denim Wedding

Mesh dress
$223 – shoplesnouvelles.com

Jeans
pinterest.com

Modern Barn Wedding
somethinggreenevents.blogspot.com

Nutfield Weaver
nutfieldweaver.blogspot.com

bouquet
lauryllane.com

inspiRAID
inspiraid.blogspot.co.uk

Tips or Trends Tuesday: Trend: Heirloom Jewelry

Welcome to Tips or Trends Tuesday! I hope the beginning of your week is going well. Me, I have some sort of stomach cootie, but am blessed that Mr. Wondermous is able to stay home today and take care of the kiddo while I rest.

Trending? Heirloom jewelry as wedding accents. Whether you are using family heirloom jewelry from your own family or are creating a new heirloom to pass down to your children, there are some great ways to incorporate them in to your special day.

I for one will attest to how special you feel when you carry those pieces of family history along with you down the aisle. My engagement and wedding band were my mothers and when my dad gave them to me, I was touched more than my feeble vocabulary could say. Every day I get to have a piece of my amazingly wonderful mother with me by my side and in some spiritual way, have her with me as I plan my own wedding. In addition to my wedding set, I will be wearing an emerald statement ring that was my mother’s on my right hand and incorporating several cameos from both sides of my family in to my bouquet. It’s my way of honoring my family tradition and having those who have passed on close to me as I marry my true soul mate.

Here below are some great ideas for incorporating your heirloom jewelry in to your wedding. My favorite? The bling on the dog collar. SO cute! How do you plan to incorporate your heirloom jewelry or family traditions in to your wedding? Take care all!

wedding heirloom jewelry

Monday’s Finding: Steampunk Wedding Attire

Over the past few years, a subculture that began in the 80s has made it’s way in to the main: Steampunk. What is Steampunk? Steampunk as an aesthetic (for our purposes here) that combines influences of Victorian fashion, science fiction, fantasy, and a setting where steam powered gadgets and whatnot are brought together to create a Jules Verne and Wild Wild West world of fancy. In the past couple of years, this aesthetic has taken off and has become it’s own unique subculture that often sits alongside the gothic subculture. It’s fantastical whimsy at its finest: gears, goggles, leather, petticoats, waistcoats, and cravats all with an ode to mechanized gadgetry.

Here’s a glimpse in to the Steampunk world:

Isn’t it fabulous!?!

Steampunk aesthetic has definitely wound (lol…pun intended) it’s way in to the wedding world. With more couples basing their nuptials on who they are and what they love together rather than what has been prescribed to them for so long, I couldn’t be more thrilled to share this collection of Steampunk wedding attire for both the feminine and masculine folk. I hope you enjoy and remember that it’s YOUR wedding. So, make it your way!

Steampunk 1

Dress
$895 – weddingdressfantasy.com

Red dress
$865 – etsy.com

2 piece dress
$800 – etsy.com

Corset gown
£350 – etsy.com

Knee length black skirt
$950 – etsy.com

Steampunk Wedding 2

Bridal dress
$998 – etsy.com

White Steam full outfit
$600 – steampunkcouture.com

Regency
£70 – lovechildboudoir.com

Steampunk Wedding
$43 – clockworkcouture.com

Black dress
lovemydress.net

SteampunkCouture.com
mysteampunkfashion.com

Steampunk Wedding 3

Tuxedo vest
$795 – etsy.com

Vinyl coat
$139 – clockworkcouture.com

Step In Time Steampunk Tailcoat
$131 – clockworkcouture.com

Sherlock tailcoat
$299 – steampunkcouture.com

Saturday’s Latest: Goodies from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

I’m keeping my commentary short but sweet this week. Long night with a sick kiddo. I always hate it when he’s sick. That motherly instinct kicks in and all you want to do is make your kid better. Thankfully he’s feeling better and has his daddy’s immune system. I don’t know if there’s enough coffee in the world to keep me awake…lol.

This week I have two treasuries for you showcasing the latest and greatest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team. Support individual artisans and vintage purveyors! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

‘Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 6/23/12: 1 of 2’ by ravengrrl

The latest offerings from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team.


Vintage Butterfly Design Hai…

$20.00

Charity Donation Cards for Y…

$3.00

Sparkling Aqua Calico Monogr…

$4.00

Sparkling Brown Calico Monog…

$4.00

Black and White Whimsy Cotto…

$4.00

Silk Dupioni Dress Summer Ir…

$185.00

Satin Charmeuse Dress Bridal…

$225.00

Wedding Ragdoll Dress Maxi F…

$125.00

Gypsy Rose Dress Womens Whit…

$150.00

Fuchsia bridal bouquet – wed…

$50.00

lunch in Italy sirio off whi…

$130.00

Rustic Woodland Garden Weddi…

$28.00

Gothic Ball Gown Black Weddi…

$485.00

The Original EDIBLE BUTTERFL…

$19.90

Pink and White Wedding Dress…

$719.00

Wedding Seating Chart-Wall M…

$125.00

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‘Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 6/23/12: 2 of 2’ by ravengrrl

The latest offerings from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team.


MI FAMILIA (3-Pack) Personal…

$174.00

Beach Wedding Nautilus Shell…

$49.00

Beach Wedding Tiger Nautilus…

$38.00

Beach Wedding Pearl Nautilus…

$49.00

Wedding Bouquet, Large Roman…

$68.00

Antique 1930s orange blossum…

$158.00

Lace blossom garter – pale i…

$40.00

Peacock Unity Henna Candle S…

$85.00

Purple Tone Beadweaving neck…

$45.00

Black blazer with zipper lea…

$285.00

18 Gourmet Lemon Marshmallow…

$17.95

Pearl Bridal Jewelry SET, Y …

$62.00

Deer Antler Titanium Ring wi…

$249.00

Oak tree personalized weddin…

$18.00

30 Real Preserved Orchid Flo…

$35.00

Turquoise and Gold Beaded Ne…

$25.99

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