Whimsy in the little things

January 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

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I feel as though what to do for the centerpieces is a MONDO decision when it comes to big events, like a wedding. A lot of thought (and usually money) is involved – in my case the most I spent on the centerpieces was time.

Going with a rugged theme with a family picnic feel, I really wanted to use pinecones. I had seen a lot of painted pinecones, mostly as Christmas decorations, but with a few changes to colour, they can be used for any season. They have a flower-like look, have playful feel and they are free! I began collecting them off the street and at my university campus – coming home with a backpack or sweater full of them when I had a particularly good find. I was always on the look out.

Many of the large pinecones were scattered and left as-is, but the smaller ones we glue-gunned to shish-kabob sticks (from dollar store) and then painted them a variety of the colours we were using in the wedding. They went in up-cycled tin cans which we had glued some repurposed wall paper testers to the outside. The pinecones were kept company with baby’s breath and azaleas.

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Table cloths were various colours of fabric I bought discount then accented with strips of burlap. I read a lot of blogs trying to find a place to get burlap, because it is not cheap at fabric stores. Turns out, most coffee shops who roast their own coffee give away their used burlap coffee bags. Done.

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Then just add food!

Scones with clotted cream and jam

Fresh corn on the cob and blue berries

Amazing cake from a high-end grocery store – what a steal!

    

Heart-strings

January 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

heart stringsOutdoor weddings don’t require a lot decoration when the location provides the beauty and atmosphere we could never dream of being able to create ourselves through rustic pines, ocean views and mountains fading in the horizon. For our reception on Bowen Island, BC, we just wanted to add a few special touches to the natural beauty that was already there and of course, it had to be hand-made.130915_CorinnaDan_Wedding-486

I had seen beautiful mobiles of paper cut into different shapes and sewn together at my favourite store on Granville Island, Paper-ya. I looked at them and I declared, as so many crafters have before me, I could make that! So began hours of cutting out hearts from patterned paper and sewing them together. On thing that saved some time was that I found some antique gold heart foils which were basically all ready to be sewed. That was just one of the kinds of items I found for crafting at this great shop called Urban Source on Main st. They have all sorts of left over industrial bits that can be repurposed or up-cycled.

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Inside the clubhouse, the walls were well-rustic, but just needed a little adornment. Dan and I love maps, (who doesn’t?!) and I found a vintage collection of global maps in Salvation Army. I ripped out map after map and folded them into fans, then taped the fans together to form a full circle which could then be hung on the walls. The great part was that the antiquated colours of the maps went perfectly with the kinds of colours we were using throughout the wedding 🙂 Loved it.130915_CorinnaDan_Wedding-545

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