Tuesday, August 4, 2015

wedding: Astin & Dylan

From one wedding in April 2014, I met an incredible group of women that asked me to help with each one of their weddings, and for the first time, I was in the same room with three couples that I was lucky to work with last year. From the moment I met Astin and Dylan, I looked forward to every meeting, email and phone call because they were so energetic and full of love that I couldn't be more proud to work with such wonderful people. In just a few snapshots by the talented Kelly Boitano you'll see an honest reflection of the glamour and love found on this wedding day!

Ceremony and Reception Location: Firehouse 8 in San FranciscoPhotography by Kelly Boitano Photography | Catering by California Rose Catering | Music by Tony Martinez (DJ Teen Wolf) | Floral by Edgar Tamayo | Getting Ready and First Look at the Phoenix Hotel in San FranciscoDay of Coordinator: Debbie Cotton Celebrates

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

wedding: Chrissy & Oliver

In honor of their first wedding anniversary, I am finally sharing moments from Chrissy and Oliver's Walnut Creek wedding. I met the adorable couple through their bridesmaids - I was a gift to the bride in her planning process so that she would have all of the support she needed for her wedding day! With a month to plan together, this couple truly had a unique day that was the casual and fun wedding that they wanted for their guests. Food trucks served a nontraditional meal, and we couldn't get anyone off the dance floor when it was all over!! 

Ceremony and Reception Location: The Gardens at Heather FarmsPhotography by Dan Johanson | Catering by Me So Hungry Too Food Truck and Swifty Sweets | Music by Free Will Productions | Floral by Sarah's Garden Design | Photo Booth from 143 Photo Booth | Rentals from Elegance Party RentalsDay of Coordinator: Debbie Cotton Celebrates

Monday, March 16, 2015

wedding: Ashley & Rory

When I left the night of this wedding, I felt like I was walking away from a really great vacation and the people that I met. Today's couple has an amazing way of making you feel like you've been friends forever, maybe even family, and you hate to see them go. We had so much fun putting together the details for this beautiful Healdsburg wedding, and to this day, the best thank you letter I have ever received came from these two. Welcome back to Northern California!!

Ceremony and Reception Location: private estate | Photography by Kelly Boitano | Catering by Oui Cater | Music by DJ-AMOS Productions | Floral by Sweetness and Light | Rentals from Grapevine RentalsDay of Coordinator: Debbie Cotton Celebrates

Monday, February 2, 2015

craft: heart dream catcher

February already. It's not too late to begin the New Year's resolution that you promised yourself to take on - be more creative! Here's one that is simple to learn and beautiful to see finished - the blanket stitch. I created these hearts exactly four years ago to the very day that I'm writing this post (1/25/11, totally not planned) and have used them in different ways since. This year, I'm turning them into this:

I sewed the hearts to each other and then tied them to this casualty of crafts that once lived on my front door. The easy craft is one of my favorites - even if the hearts are totally not the same shape. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

celebrate: pink & gold baby shower

I had the privilege of working on a baby shower for a friend who is about to have her first baby - a girl! The co-host is one of my favorite people in the world, and she often calls on my crafty services to add a little glitter to her events!

First, I really wanted to attempt this hot air balloon centerpiece but failed, again and again, to create it. Ultimately, I found Easter baskets at Goodwill, spray painted them gold, attached the balloons to the baskets, and added gold tissue paper for filler. Love how they turned out!

Guests signed paper dots that will be added to a print that I quickly created with this free graphic. Once the baby is born, I'll add her name and digits, and the print will hopefully be added to the new nursery. 

This balloon chandelier was the inspiration behind the baby version we created here (right). With baby pictures of the mom- and dad-to-be, we created a pink balloon chandelier at the entrance. 

And finally, with this inspiration, I created these easy party favors for guests to take home, full of sixlets (how did I miss these as a child?).

Monday, January 26, 2015

holiday: valentine's craft round-up

Looking at posts of IHB past, we've done a bit of Valentine's Day craft posts here. In honor of the upcoming holiday, here is a short round-up of four previous projects. Get out your sewing machine or take the glitter project outside - it's time to try something! Click on links below for tutorials.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

celebrate: vintage toy baby shower

Every once in a while, I put down the hammer and take DIY to the computer. This was the case with this adorable vintage toy themed baby shower. A girlfriend in Southern California reached out to me to create custom pieces for games and activities that the guests would enjoy during a friend's baby shower she was hosting.

Each guest received a paper onesie to write down their wish for the mom-to-be, and then each onesie was clipped on to string in front of the mantel. Above the fireplace she spelled out the parents' names in vintage block letters - so cute!

The hostess wanted the guests to guess the sex, weight, height, birthdate and even name of the little one. The guest that gets the closest correct answers will receive a prize! This is such a fun way to keep the excitement even after the event.

Another creative game was to match the children's book quote to the book title and author. This was a tough one - I'm sure this took serious brain power but an innovative way to make guests dig into their memory bank.

And the real star of the show had nothing to do with paper but with the creative assembly of these vintage toys sprinkled throughout the shower.

Finally, guests went home with homemade banana nut bread made by the hostess. She asked me to create labels with this perfectly appropriate saying - such a warm way to send guests home.