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Wiley Valentine, California Vendor: Invitations and Paper Products Website: Wiley Valentine About Me: Wiley Valentine is named for our artistic grandmothers, Mary Wiley and Norma Jean Valentine. Our company is 4 years old and growing strong. We specialize in invitations, stationery, and all sorts of paper delights. We love the forest, vintage books, thunder storms, butterflies, fairy tales and the smell of rain. We strive to think of our environment first when creating our paper products, and only use 100% recycled or 100% cotton papers.
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DIY Holiday Gifts (Or Favors)

November 12th, 2009 @ 10:49 am by Wiley Valentine

It’s getting to be that time of year again when I start brainstorming about what gifts I will make/give this holiday season. Each year I like to give the ones I love something handmade. I find these are always the best kinds of gifts and the ones people appreciate the most. They are also a lot of fun! This is where I begin - I have put together an inspiration board for myself to start the creative juices flowing. I looked mostly at DIY wedding favors as these can easily double as holiday gifts. I like the fact that many DIY brides are thinking of something personal and meaningful to give as wedding favors - exactly what I want to achieve for my holiday gifts!

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Food is high on my list of ideas since both my husband and I love to cook, it definitely brings in that personal touch. My inspiration above came from: 100 layer cake. We love jam; check out their recipe and DIY instructions! Love this especially if you grow your own fruit!; the next images also from the fabulous 100 layer cake are more for visual inspiration although I am loving the coffee and tea bags and those handmade caramel apples! brilliant!

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Sarah Parrott, Rhode Island Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Parrott Design Studio About Me: I am the designer & printer behind Parrott Design Studio, specializing in custom letterpress and screen printed wedding and event invitations, stationery, and paper goods. With a background in non-profit marketing & art history, I began the studio in 2006 in my small apartment in Providence, RI. Since then I have moved to a studio built my fiancé, acquired a Golding Jobber letterpress, & have been happily printing ever since. I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I have always had an affinity for the ocean, mountains, birds, gardening, & the simple life. When I am not printing, I can be found somewhere outside with my fiancé & playful pup.
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…is for the birds! In more ways than one.

Oh! I had such a time goccoing on fabric this time around. I had not printed on fabric since January, and I think that is the key. It was cold. Very, very cold. When I printed these birds, it was hot. Very, very hot. The gocco fabric ink was acting like a liquid running everywhere, and the bird was printing like a blob. I certainly printed as many, if not more, duds than good ones. I still have a few more to go, but here is a photo of most of them.

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Sarah Parrott, Rhode Island Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Parrott Design Studio About Me: I am the designer & printer behind Parrott Design Studio, specializing in custom letterpress and screen printed wedding and event invitations, stationery, and paper goods. With a background in non-profit marketing & art history, I began the studio in 2006 in my small apartment in Providence, RI. Since then I have moved to a studio built my fiancé, acquired a Golding Jobber letterpress, & have been happily printing ever since. I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I have always had an affinity for the ocean, mountains, birds, gardening, & the simple life. When I am not printing, I can be found somewhere outside with my fiancé & playful pup.
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I think one of the first things my sister knew she wanted for her wedding were coasters that said, “Eat, Drink, be Married.” When it came time to decide whether she and her now-husband wanted favors or not, I suggested using the coasters not only for the reception, but for favors as well.

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Sarah Parrott, Rhode Island Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Parrott Design Studio About Me: I am the designer & printer behind Parrott Design Studio, specializing in custom letterpress and screen printed wedding and event invitations, stationery, and paper goods. With a background in non-profit marketing & art history, I began the studio in 2006 in my small apartment in Providence, RI. Since then I have moved to a studio built my fiancé, acquired a Golding Jobber letterpress, & have been happily printing ever since. I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I have always had an affinity for the ocean, mountains, birds, gardening, & the simple life. When I am not printing, I can be found somewhere outside with my fiancé & playful pup.
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It must be the paper, because I have never tasted the chocolate. Above are chocolate bars from the Mast Brothers -leaders of the chocolate revolution and pretty packaging with Italian papers. From all the articles I have read, it sounds like people would give their left arm for a tiny morsel of this goodness. I am completely charmed by their process. The brothers clean, sort, roast, and refine the cacao beans in small batches themselves and develop the flavors, like almond + sea salt. They also hand-wrap and tape each bar closed themselves {my favorite part}.

In the brief and fleeting moments I have thought about our wedding favors, I think an edible one is the way to go, especially when they are this pretty. Many people will be traveling to our wedding and to give them something such as a small plant or flowers {our first choices} will only be appreciated for a day or two, then left behind. Plus, who does not want to nibble on a bit of chocolate before their dinner comes?

But back to the paper. I actually own some sheets of the same paper. Which makes me think -maybe I should do this myself. If I did it myself I could:
1. Customize the paper as well as the label; 2. Buy chocolate bars from local shops {such as my favorite, Haven’s, in Maine}; 3. Then I would not have to travel to Brooklyn to get these chocolate bars; and 4. Not spend $7 - 8 per bar {well, I will have to crunch some numbers and get back to you on that part}, even though I am quite sure they are worth it.

Now I want some chocolate. :grin:

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Christina Friedrichsen, Winsor, Ontario, Canada Vendor: Wedding Writer Website: Intimate Weddings About Me: Christina Friedrichsen is the author of Intimate Weddings: Planning a Small Wedding that Fits Your Budget and Style and owner of IntimateWeddings.com. She wrote Intimate Weddings after planning her own 50-guest wedding. She wants other brides to feel confident in their decision to have an intimate wedding – even if their ideas buck convention. She wants couples to feel a sense of validation and to hear about all the wonderful things a small wedding can offer them. IntimateWeddings.com provides brides with a slew of planning articles, as well as a place to find small wedding venues. The Intimate Weddings Blog is chock full of fresh ideas for planning a small wedding, as well as real weddings and a slew of creative DIY wedding ideas that cut costs without sacrificing quality.
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Just the other day I was singing the praises of consumable wedding favors. Then, I found these Oreo truffles made with Oreo cookies. Wouldn’t these make divine DIY wedding favors? Place them in a lovely box with ribbon and presto - your guests will love you. I discovered them on Whismy Love, and I’ve been dying to make some of my own. I enjoyed the step-by-step photo tutorial on Whimsy Love (especially the Oreo truffle smile photo). Check it out. The recipe is from Recipeazzar.

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Kate Parker, New Hampshire Vendor: Wedding Planner Website: Kate Parker Weddings About Me: Kate Parker is the owner of Kate Parker Weddings, a wedding planning and floral and event design studio located on the Seacoast of NH. KPW specializes in simple and sophisticated weddings throughout New England and New York and also provides lighting services, paper products, custom out of town welcome baskets and music entertainment. Kate loves to work with as many details as possible- ribbon banding, monograms, favor tags etc to make each wedding unique and fabulous! She lives in Somersworth, NH with her husband Ryan, son Zachary, and chihuahua Lola. Although she doesn't have much free time, Kate loves to travel, read a good book, and entertain for close friends.
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We work with Michelle Bohigian from Something Sweet by Michelle for our wedding cakes as often as we can. She came to our studio one day with a little bag of cookie favors from Jennifer of Cookie Creatives. Wow, were they beautiful -all hand-crafted and packaged, customized to fit your style and color scheme! I took a few photos of some of the samples she brought, but make sure you check out Jennifer’s website to get a complete look at her fabulous favor options!

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Melody Brandon, Long Beach, CA Vendor: Baker Website: Sweet and Saucy Shop About Me: Sweet & Saucy Shop is a dessert studio that specializes in cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, as well as many other goodies that taste as good as they look. Our new bakery storefront will be up and running within the next two months!
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Using embossed fondant on decorated cupcakes is yet another way to bring out the stylish side of your yummy treats. This technique is extremely easy and very user friendly…a perfect project even for kids!

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Laura Hooper, Northridge, CA Vendor: Calligraphy Website: Laura Hooper Calligraphy About Me: I've been practicing the art of calligraphy since the age of 12 and nothing gives me more pleasure than waking up each morning knowing I get to do what I do each day. I love having the ability to infuse my own personal style into each of my bride's special day. When I'm not working, I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading and painting; but most of the time I don't consider calligraphy to be work at all!
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Favor Tips: Maps as T-Shirts

June 23rd, 2009 @ 8:32 am by laurahooper

We create maps for any destination, and every design can be screened onto t-shirts for a wonderful keepsake gift!

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Christina Friedrichsen, Winsor, Ontario, Canada Vendor: Wedding Writer Website: Intimate Weddings About Me: Christina Friedrichsen is the author of Intimate Weddings: Planning a Small Wedding that Fits Your Budget and Style and owner of IntimateWeddings.com. She wrote Intimate Weddings after planning her own 50-guest wedding. She wants other brides to feel confident in their decision to have an intimate wedding – even if their ideas buck convention. She wants couples to feel a sense of validation and to hear about all the wonderful things a small wedding can offer them. IntimateWeddings.com provides brides with a slew of planning articles, as well as a place to find small wedding venues. The Intimate Weddings Blog is chock full of fresh ideas for planning a small wedding, as well as real weddings and a slew of creative DIY wedding ideas that cut costs without sacrificing quality.
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These DIY wedding favors are simple, delicious and healthy! Who doesn’t love sweet cherries? Simply place in a bag or box with a pretty label, and voila, you have easy peezy DIY wedding favors.

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Melody Brandon, Long Beach, CA Vendor: Baker Website: Sweet and Saucy Shop About Me: Sweet & Saucy Shop is a dessert studio that specializes in cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, as well as many other goodies that taste as good as they look. Our new bakery storefront will be up and running within the next two months!
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Cakes & Cookies

June 18th, 2009 @ 5:48 pm by Melody @ Sweet and Saucy Shop

This past week was a crazy one for me again, but I have some photos for you. Basically you are getting a random post with lots of photos, so hopefully you like it! :-)

First off is a wedding cake I did. The bride gave me a basic look and colors she wanted to incorporate and then left the rest up to me. The cake had two different flavors -red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and banana buttermilk cake with peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache filling -definitely two of my favorite choices! The cake was covered in swiss meringue buttercream, and then I piped a shell border and added silver dragees and dahlias to the cake. Overall I liked the cake -simple, yet elegant.

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