Spotted this video on Twitter via @GuyKawasaki and HAD to share...81 year old high school sweethearts reunite after 62 years...sweetest thing you'll ever see and guaranteed to make you smile. Enjoy! XOXO, Cindi
Last weekend I had the pleasure of exploring Seattle's newest open-air market located in the heart of Seattle's oldest neighborhood...Pioneer Square. The Seattle Square market is nestled within the quiet oasis of Occidental Park on a shady tree-lined street, just one block over from Pioneer Square's busy main drag. Public art installations mingle with intricately carved totem poles. Masses of flowers tumble from flower pots and hanging baskets. Ivy covered walls beg you to relax and stay a while. This is a really nice place to spend an afternoon.
The market was well curated with top-notch vintage and hand-made goods. You won't find a single import or veggie at this market...it felt more like...well, a living and breathing Etsy. I jumped at the chance to stock up on hand-printed and letterpress cards from fellow Etsians Orange Twist and Ilee Papergoods. I was thrilled to learn that Orange Twist uses 100% recycled PCC papers AND her plastic sleeves are compostable. Amen!
For lunch, I had to visit the market's rotating mobile "food-court" which features an ever changing assortment of the best mobile street food Seattle has to offer. I could not resist the lure of NOLA style red beans and rice from Where Ya At Matt. I was not disappointed, and in fact, took my bowl back for seconds. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
If you are hungry for more scoop on this amazing new market, be sure to visit The Seattle Square website and find your way downtown on Saturdays through September. Public demand will keep this market going, so show some love! And stay tuned for part 2 of this article...I'll be back with some more vendor highlights and tips for planning a unique and personalized wedding via a craft market. XOXO, Cindi
This vintage Spanish summer wedding has so many thoughtful details and great DIY ideas that it's hard to know where to look first! I
love the doily-trimmed "Just Married" bunting and the recycled jars
with lace wraps as vases. Oh, and the quilt-turned-guest book is just
Brought to you by one of my favorite wedding blogs, Green Wedding Shoes...hurry over to visit the website for the rest of the scoop on this gorgeous and intimate wedding.
How sweet is this wedding! I am so smitten with these ribbon hung glass vases...I wonder how they would look at night all lit up with twinkling tea lights? This would be so easy to do...we all have extra glass vases from the florist and assorted jars from our fridge that are just longing to be recycled so elegantly... Be sure to visit Utah Bride and Groom for more photos and some other great ideas.
And if you like these photos and live in the Salt Lake City area, be sure to contact Phung Photography for more information.
corn dogs standing at attention in recycled styrofoam blocks that I taped together and covered with paper and fabric scraps.
BBQ chicken sliders with Asian slaw
shoestring and sweet potato fries in handmade paper cones (see video below for how to make paper cones)
buttery grilled sweet corn
mini strawberry shortcakes with farm stand berries and homemade scones
fresh lemonade with lemon slices and striped paper straws - I originally wanted to serve lemonade in individual mason jars but ran out of time to thrift them. (STRAWS! I featured these straws in my previous post about this party and when I went to buy some they were sold out. I contacted the seller to find out if she had more and when I mentioned that I had featured them on my blog she was so sweet she sent me these straws and another set at no charge! Many thanks to Carrie at CDK Designs for being such a sweetheart!! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop for LOTS of cute party supplies!)
Not shown: a large metal chest full of iced beer and old fashioned sodas (vanilla cream, black cherry and orange creme)
rings for the ring toss were made with discarded silk flower stems from my bridal business that I stripped of leaves, bent into rings, secured with duct tape and then wrapped with scraps of fabric and ribbon leftover from my flag bunting.
the can toss was 6 recycled cans and a ball we had on hand.
the sacks for the races were vintage pillowcases from my stash...easy to find at thrift stores.
tickets were "awarded" to the kids just for playing...they redeemed them at the end for their goody bags. I saved them as a PDF, so you can print your own on 8.5 x 11" sheets...just cut them into strips and then use your zig-zag scissors on the ends. :)
All in all, it was a wonderful party...the flag bunting is still up over the deck...too cute to take down, but when it does come down, I will be hanging some of it in my daughter's bedroom. I am also happy to say that I was able to pull this off with almost 100% recycled/compostable waste. I intentionally served food that did not need plates. The napkins, paper cones and food waste were compostable. Beer & soda bottles, plastic cups & spoons for the shortcake were recycled. Hope you enjoyed the party too and found some inspiration for your next event. You can see larger photos and more description in this Flickr set.
This has to be one of the cutest and most original wedding shoots I've seen in a while! Here are a few teaser shots, but you simply must visit photographer Jessica Claire's website for all the juicy details.
Through the long and winding internet road, I stumbled across this adorable animation set to a wonderful song by the Magnetic Fields. Thanks To Hi-Fi Weddings for pointing me towards Caroline Fontenot and her great New Yorkin' playlist. Enjoy!
The photos in this album are of brides who I've had the honor and pleasure of working with. They have graciously opened the pages of their wedding albums and shared these gorgeous images from their weddings. If you would like to be included in this album, please feel free to send me your photos featuring your Brass Paperclip creations.
Welcome to the farm! This album is all about chickens and urban farming. Right now it includes photos from several urban chicken coop tours I've been on, but I will soon be updating to include photos of my own garden, chickens and coop.