It's never too early to get started on your holiday shopping! I've seen a wave of 'Xmas in July' sales emerging and have decided to have one also. Use code JULYXMAS20 to get 20% off your entire order in either Etsy shop! (Does not apply to custom orders, sorry)
I'm loving the extra space and natural light in my new studio. I didn't have much of either in the previous place! It has my creative juices flowing and I'll be adding many new items this wedding season. Here are a few of the new bridal hair accessories I finished this weekend and added to the Woodland Bridal shop today. More to come later this week, so check back soon : )
I stumbled upon this amazingly beautiful aqua blue door somewhere online...it didn't have a source when I found it. I wish I at least knew where it was taken, but I just had to share it. I LOVE doors, alaways have. Especially unusual ones. This is one of my favorites of all time. The design and artistry involved is magnificent. And it has some of my favorite colors... It ispires me daily to think out of the box ... or should I say "out of door frame"?
I'll be making more wire wrapped gemstone jewelry from now on. It is a fun technique (though it can be a bit difficult when working with gemstones that are delicatedly drilled!) and I recently incorporated the process of giving the sterling wire an oxidized patina and then polishing to bring out the highlights (as seen in the earrings below). I truly love the effect, and hope you do too! Visit the shop to see more...
I'm excited to say that I've been creating jewelry that has customizable color options lately! Earrings and necklaces like the ones below make great bridemaid gifts and I can make them in just about any color you like. Use your wedding colors, or use different colors for each bridesmaid for a truly customized gift!
Leaves are finally starting to show themselves on the trees here in Vermont. Such a soothing sight. I've missed them. They remind me to pause for a moment in the midst of all the different projects I'm elbow deep in right now. I haven't posted in about a month mainly because I've been posting away on Sweet Violet Bride. It has taken more effort than I ever imagined to make my dream of a wedding blog a reality, but it is starting to take shape and I've had the pleasure of featuring some amazing photographers and gorgeous weddings, styled shoots, and engagement sessions already!
In my studio, I've had so many ideas for woodland bridal pieces and wish there were 48 hours in a day, but I've started laying them all out for production. I've been seeking out vintage millinery materials, such as leaves and stamens for a beautiful couture look. Here is a little glimpse of some of the bits and pieces I am working on. Check my etsy shop soon, to see some brand new creations for this lovely wedding season!
Big news! I've started a wedding blog for nature inspired brides. Sweet Violet Bride will showcase real weddings, DIY ideas, inspiration, and resources! I feel this blends perfectly as I continue to build my line of woodland bridal hair accessories!
Violets have a special meaning to me (I was picking violets when I decided I wanted to marry my husband), and I also like their meaning.
Sweet Violet (Viola odorata) also known as the wood violet, can be deep violet, or white in color. It can mean faithfulness, love, virtue, affection, and ‘lets take a chance on happiness.’
I just love weddings and want to provide a place on the web where brides can be soak up the inspiration that I search for each day. Be sure to check it out!
Birch bark is one of nature's most versatile treasures. It can be used on just about anything; book covers, baskets, boxes, tags, toppers, and even jewelry. When it comes to nature inspired weddings, it makes for a woodland chic theme that you and your guests will never forget. I used birch as an inspiration for my own outdoor wedding. The beautiful natural paper was used as the cover of our guestbook, left on natural birch log candle holders, as a cover on the favor boxes (which held wildflower seed!) and our cake was scuplted to look like birch bark.
I can't seem to get enough birch, so I've started a board on Pinterest (you can follow me by clicking the link in the right sidebar of my blog). Here is one of my favorite finds, by Elizabeth Scott Designs (esdesigns).