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Friday’s Favorites: Weekly roundup with great Etsy finds

What a delight to find that I am on Bride Tide’s Top 100 Wedding Blogs list again! Thanks so much to all of you for nominations and support!

This week’s posts ran the gamut from centerpieces to Japanese inspiration. Here are a few treasuries to go with this week’s posts and get you started on bits and bobs for your own special day!

‘Wedding Centerpieces’ by ravengrrl


Bling Candelabra, Bling Chan…

$55.00

Wedding centerpiece. Repurp…

$35.00

Wedding Centerpiece, Wedding…

$39.00

Wedding Centerpiece Upcycled…

$135.00

Burlap Wedding centerpiece f…

$34.50

Rustic Wedding Centerpiece C…

$120.00

Glass Hanging Terrarium Jumb…

$37.00

Creme-white driftwood candle…

$39.00

Colorful Fabric Wrapped Vase…

$30.00

Log Candle, Fireplace Log, Y…

$40.00

FERN GREEN Vintage Decorativ…

$32.75

Stackable Teacups & Teapot C…

$40.00

Silk Floral Wedding Centerpi…

$65.00

Treasury Item- Mason Jar Lac…

$18.50

Forever candle luminary for …

$42.00

Large Moss Purse and Angel V…

$12.95

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‘Statement Ties’ by ravengrrl

Men’s ties that command attention.


Blue Tie. Men Tie. Hand Pain…

$35.00

SALE Men’s Tie Klimt, ex…

$72.00

Kryptonite Supermans Rock on…

$30.00

Mens skull striped necktie, …

$40.00

Tie – Dapper Fox Necktie – M…

$28.00

Absinthe bow tie, self-tie. …

$40.00

The Beau- NEW men’s prep…

$36.00

Neckties – Seaside Necktie …

$22.95

Carmen Men’s Tie (MADE T…

$90.00

Mens Necktie Cream World Map…

$19.95

Custom, Hand Painted, Men…

$65.00

Red Crystal Embellished Tie …

$35.00

Doctor Who – Tardis – Freest…

$25.00

Custom Hand Tailored Retro S…

$35.00

Against The Grain Necktie – …

$24.00

Pomp & Ceremony, Men’s B…

$55.00

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‘Japanese Inspired Wedding Details’ by ravengrrl


Koi Invitation, Koi wedding …

$1.99

Asian Wedding Invitation wit…

$4.75

Japanese Obi Sash Pale Gold …

$65.00

Wedding Dress with vintage w…

$720.00

3 White Cherry Blossom Hair …

$27.00

White Innocence Japanese Kan…

$24.99

Custom made wedding rings – …

$200000.00

Vintage Japanese Painting Cu…

$38.00

4 wedding ties. Groomsmen ne…

$108.00

Original Square Sushi Candle…

$2.75

Japanese Chopsticks Wedding …

$76.00

SAKURA Wedding Card Box Mone…

$85.00

Kimono bunting flags, Japane…

$20.00

Bride and Groom WEDDING CAKE…

$138.00

10 Lotus Lanterns, origami w…

$110.00

Pre Fixe Peace Crane Ornamen…

$5.00

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Wedding Wednesday: Japanese Garden Inspiration

One of my absolute favorite places to go to in San Diego, is the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Once upon a time, there was a tea house in that spot that was built in 1914 for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. It remained a functioning tea house until it was dismantled in 1941. In August 1990, the Japanese Friendship Garden was built to honor the memory of the original tea house. It currently holds exhibitions and you can get a bite to eat and sip some tea to cap off your visit to this gorgeous spot.

For some reason, this spot was on my mind today as I was talking to my kiddo about where I grew up. The topic of my many trips to Balboa Park came up and I mentioned the garden (which wasn’t there when I was a kid, but I did stop off at during a conference I was attending). It’s a lovely spot and the inspiration for today’s Wedding Wednesday.

Japanese inspired DIY Favors:
Spicy Asian Brittle (if you leave out the red pepper flakes, the brittle will be more in line with Japanese cuisine)
Origami Butterfly
Washi Tape Votive Candle
DIY Washi Tape Favor Wrap

Japanese Inspired Garden Wedding

Wedding Wednesday: Red and Aqua Dala Horse Inspiration

Happy Wedding Wednesday! I’m taking a break from all of our Denver snow to bring you a fun inspiration board based on Dala horses. The Dala horse (Swedish: Dalahäst) “has been around for many centuries, and probably was created by Swedish woodcutters in the province of Dalarna near Mora. During the long winters, these lonely men would spend their evenings away from their families, and passed their time by carving little toys for their children.” – http://www.svenskhyllningsfest.org/dala-horse.html . Over the years, it has come to be a symbol for the Swedish community in welcoming others to their towns and homes.

I adore these little horses as they are a nod to my maternal heritage and I like the message they convey: welcome and hospitality. What a great little idea to center one’s wedding around! So, if you like them as much as I do, here is a complementary color palette perfect for incorporation these little creations.

Dala Horse Wedding

Monday, Monday, MONDAY! Etsy Virtual Bridal Show

FEATURING GIVEAWAYS FROM:

Hopscotch Couture

This gorgeous necklace

“Marelle’s work has been featured in Style magazine, Vogue for the People/U-Closet, Talk of the Town, Allure Gallery, Weekender, Bergen Performing Arts Center, Janice Charach Gallery, Kirby Center of Performing Arts, and The Forwardian magazine, just to name a few.”

Jolie en Rose Vintage

$50 Gift Certificate

“Paper Patisserie” by Jolie En Rose Vintage is a unique line of Hand Painted and Hand Cut Paper Wedding Cake Toppers and Party Decorations for those who love Vintage Style decor reminiscent of past eras such as the the “Roaring Twenties”, the “Nifty Fifties” and the “Swingin’ Sixties”. Jolie En Rose Vintage Decorations are all handmade and feature original illustrations with added embellishments of vintage German glass glitter, vintage Millinery flowers, antiqued charms, vintage jewelry, vintage buttons, vintage ribbons and reproductions of my vintage fabric collection.”

Moore Impressions

20 yards of personalized ribbon in either 3/8″ or 5/8″ wide

“We offer beautiful custom printed ribbon for any occasion. Use our personalized ribbons for all occasions or special events, weddings, showers, awareness, product identity or just for an added custom touch.”

C.R. Boggs Designs

$30 Gift Certificate

“CRBoggs Designs have been purchased from the likes of Courtney Love to Simone. Custom creations are a specialty. 2011 Brides Choice Award for outstanding Design and Service, 2010 Brides Choice Award for outstanding Design and Service, 2009 Brides Choice Award for Outstanding Design and Service, 2009 Top Designer Choice Award Bridal Services.”

Clay Bouquet Shop

$25 Gift Certificate

All of my sashes and ribbon headbands are made of jewelry (not appliques) which can be turned into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or other fashion accessories to wear long after your wedding day. Contact me for details! All of my bouquets, bouts and corsages are custom made for each client. My Brooch Bouquets will be featured in the June issue of (201) Bride magazine!

Three Little Pixies

This personalized necklace

“My name is Liz. I’m a stay at home mom to four wonderful children, three daughters (my three little pixies!) and a brand new baby boy! I’ve been married to my super fabulous (and supportive!) husband for ten years. Each piece is made by hand (my own!) to create something truly special for you and your loved ones. Because of the handmade nature of my items no two items are exactly the same. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.”

Tatty Chic

These gorgeous earrings!

Tatty Chic is a collection of jewellery and accessories inspired by romance and all things feminine. Each piece of jewellery is designed and created lovingly by myself using pretty vintage and new trinkets and treasures which I collect from around the world, the end result being a delicate and romantic, one of a kind piece of jewellery you will want to treasure.

Sash Couture

Tea Length Infinity Dress in the color of your choice! S, M, or L

Sash Couture provides customers with the opportunity to design their own dresses and the chance to own an item of clothing that is truly unique and suited to their tastes. Shauna’s World was founded in July 2008 by the Austrian entrepreneur, Dagmar Klosenski and lounged into “SASH COUTURE” in 2010 with 2 new dressmakers on board: Beverly and Bonnie. Although the style of a dress varies greatly from customer to customer, the high level of quality is consistent. Please feel free to contact us for any request. Dagmar and Beverly are professional Designer and Dressmaker and we use professional equipment.

Mark your calendars for this awesome collection of the best of Etsy!

April 2nd

Belle Memorie Blog

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Coming April 2nd

FEATURING GIVEAWAYS FROM:

Hopscotch Couture

This gorgeous necklace

“Marelle’s work has been featured in Style magazine, Vogue for the People/U-Closet, Talk of the Town, Allure Gallery, Weekender, Bergen Performing Arts Center, Janice Charach Gallery, Kirby Center of Performing Arts, and The Forwardian magazine, just to name a few.”

Jolie en Rose Vintage

$50 Gift Certificate

“Paper Patisserie” by Jolie En Rose Vintage is a unique line of Hand Painted and Hand Cut Paper Wedding Cake Toppers and Party Decorations for those who love Vintage Style decor reminiscent of past eras such as the the “Roaring Twenties”, the “Nifty Fifties” and the “Swingin’ Sixties”. Jolie En Rose Vintage Decorations are all handmade and feature original illustrations with added embellishments of vintage German glass glitter, vintage Millinery flowers, antiqued charms, vintage jewelry, vintage buttons, vintage ribbons and reproductions of my vintage fabric collection.”

Moore Impressions

20 yards of personalized ribbon in either 3/8″ or 5/8″ wide

“We offer beautiful custom printed ribbon for any occasion. Use our personalized ribbons for all occasions or special events, weddings, showers, awareness, product identity or just for an added custom touch.”

C.R. Boggs Designs

$30 Gift Certificate

“CRBoggs Designs have been purchased from the likes of Courtney Love to Simone. Custom creations are a specialty. 2011 Brides Choice Award for outstanding Design and Service, 2010 Brides Choice Award for outstanding Design and Service, 2009 Brides Choice Award for Outstanding Design and Service, 2009 Top Designer Choice Award Bridal Services.”

Clay Bouquet Shop

$25 Gift Certificate

All of my sashes and ribbon headbands are made of jewelry (not appliques) which can be turned into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or other fashion accessories to wear long after your wedding day. Contact me for details! All of my bouquets, bouts and corsages are custom made for each client. My Brooch Bouquets will be featured in the June issue of (201) Bride magazine!

Three Little Pixies

This personalized necklace

“My name is Liz. I’m a stay at home mom to four wonderful children, three daughters (my three little pixies!) and a brand new baby boy! I’ve been married to my super fabulous (and supportive!) husband for ten years. Each piece is made by hand (my own!) to create something truly special for you and your loved ones. Because of the handmade nature of my items no two items are exactly the same. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.”

Tatty Chic

These gorgeous earrings!

Tatty Chic is a collection of jewellery and accessories inspired by romance and all things feminine. Each piece of jewellery is designed and created lovingly by myself using pretty vintage and new trinkets and treasures which I collect from around the world, the end result being a delicate and romantic, one of a kind piece of jewellery you will want to treasure.

Sash Couture

Tea Length Infinity Dress in the color of your choice!  S, M, or L

Sash Couture provides customers with the opportunity to design their own dresses and the chance to own an item of clothing that is truly unique and suited to their tastes. Shauna’s World was founded in July 2008 by the Austrian entrepreneur, Dagmar Klosenski and lounged into “SASH COUTURE” in 2010 with 2 new dressmakers on board: Beverly and Bonnie. Although the style of a dress varies greatly from customer to customer, the high level of quality is consistent. Please feel free to contact us for any request. Dagmar and Beverly are professional Designer and Dressmaker and we use professional equipment.

Mark your calendars for this awesome collection of the best of Etsy!

April 2nd

Belle Memorie Blog

Monday’s Finding: Modest Wedding Gowns

Happy Monday! Yep, I know…grr.

Today’s Monday’s Finding came about as a search for wedding gowns on Etsy for the Second Annual Etsy Virtual Bridal Show (coming in March/April). I began to notice that modest gowns for Muslim, Mormon, Orthodox Judaism, and for those with a personal preference for more gown coverage were practically non-existent. In my search, I used the strictest modesty guidelines: no see through, elbows covered, no collarbone showing, and full lengths. I hope that some of my finds help you in your search for a gown that not only fits closely held modesty standards, but also inspires the dress of your dreams!

Modest 1

Modest 2

Modest 3

Gown
$669 – abigailwrightdesigns.com

Prom dress
$230 – latterdaybride.com

Wedding dress
weddinginspirasi.com

Gown
sacramento.backpage.com

Friday’s Favorites: Wed in Morocco, Lego Party: Etsy Treasuries

Happy Friday everyone! This week I’m sitting here with my beloved coffee (aka Vitamin C) watching the snow accumulate outside my window. We are supposed to get 15 – 20 inches, which is rare for Denver. The last time we had this much snow was 2006. Contrary to what many people think about Denver and snow, we really don’t get that much and in fact have more sunny days per year than San Diego. Anyhoo, on with Friday’s Favorites.

As per usual, Friday’s Favorites correspond to the inspiration board postings of the week. This week I have two great Etsy treasuries for you: Wed in Morocco and Lego Party. Wed in Morocco combine the aesthetic of Morocco with a muted orange, turquoise, and a light green. Lego Party is all about the primary colors in the nostalgic palette of this beloved toy. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

‘Wed in Morocco’ by ravengrrl


Vintage Moroccan Wedding Bla…

$450.00

Moroccan style personalized…

$18.00

muslin gift favor bag MoROcc…

$12.00

Moroccan Patterned Wedding G…

$50.00

Layered Table Number Morocca…

$20.00

Moroccan Fig Goats Milk Soap

$6.00

Marrakech tea glasses in gre…

$40.00

12 inch Henna stained goat s…

$80.00

Rust patina hanging lantern …

$28.00

Mod Designer Waverly Morocca…

$20.00

Fall Inspired Fan Program

$180.72

Henna Designed, Moroccan In…

$27.00

Moroccan Wedding Cupcake Top…

$8.00

Ceramic Napkin Ring Set of 4…

$24.00

Moroccan Berber Fibula Pair …

$100.00

Antique Moroccan Teapot & Tr…

$68.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘Lego Party’ by ravengrrl


LEGO (R) Inspired Birthday -…

$25.00

48PC Fondant Lego Blocks Cak…

$30.95

6 building brick lollipops

$8.00

Primary colors pom poms 5 pi…

$10.00

Lego Cookies, Party Gift Set…

$45.00

Lego Garland with Lego Embos…

$13.00

Lego inspired minifigure roo…

$35.00

Set of 2 Silicone Lego Minif…

$19.99

Lego jewelry, Lego Rings/Cho…

$5.00

Building Blocks and Mini Men…

$5.50

Mom’s Killer Cakes & Coo…

$38.50

Custom Building Blocks Birth…

$12.00

Lego CUSTOM BIRTHDAY CUPCAKE…

$49.99

Lego inspired pinata

$25.00

Lego(tm) Wine Charms

$16.00

Lego Inspired Poster – Keep …

$30.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.