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DI-WHY? Friday

Mekala Tinnin of Tie That Binds put together a lovely little project for us that includes some pieces available for purchase. I love when designers do that, don’t you? I especially love the mason jar label (which doubles as a thank you note) that she’s designed! And HELLO, COLOR!

Check out the entire invite suite here, and her Etsy shop for more! (I especially love these resin frames as table numbers!)

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Garden Fete

This romantic garden party was shot by Jessica Hill and an amazing group of vendors! I was so inspired by the bright pops of color, gorgeous flowers, calligraphy, and simplistic beauty. You can just never go wrong with the pretty, can you?

Special thanks to Jessica for letting me feature her stunning work. Be sure to check out the amazing vendors that I’ll mention throughout the images! What a great team!!!

First up…adore the all greens centerpiece! So fresh!

Treats were by Amber at Le Cookie Monkey!

The invitation suite (including the lovely wine bottle label) is by Megan and Jen of Hi Friend Design!

The styling, design and production is by Dani of Weddings Fresh!

Giveaway winner will be announced at NOON, pst!

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DIY Friday!

First, let me say how incredibly excited I am that so many of you participated in the survey. It really means so much to me that you took a moment to answer  questions about your experience here. You are helping me better gear Grey Likes content toward what you want most. I’m planning on sharing much of the findings with you, however, we are busy tabulating and compiling data. I’ve also got a really great little addition that I’m throwing into our survey giveaway to sweeten the pot, but I’m waiting until Monday to share it with you. I promise, it’ll be good. So if you haven’t yet taken the survey, get into it, would you?

Speaking of survey, what I can say with certainty is that an overwhelming majority of you want are more DIY projects! So, ask and you shall receive. I’ve gathered a few ideas here that at first glance, may not seem like DIY projects, but I’m going to go ahead break it down for you, DIY style.

First up: Vintage stamps above from Blue Bell Bazaar. If you are making handmade save the dates, I think these little suckers could be a really cute way to print out the date. Check out this postcard and a full DIY how-to by Lauren Elise Craft as an example:

Next, bunting above via Mary Ruffle. Yes, bunting is everywhere. All the cool kids are doing it. And you wanna be cool, but you don’t want to be the same as everyone else. Well, I think this nautical style bunting is a nice little twist. The shape in particular is a little different from the triangles that I’ve been seeing.  It’s all about mixing it up and adding your own spin. Here’s a bunting DIY how-to, along with another example of some unique shaped bunting from Purl Bee:

Third: Chalkboard menu above by Karen Mordechai of  Sunday Suppers. For a fabulous chalkboard DIY how-to check out Joy de Vivre, who also put together this gorgeous board, with credits here.

Even more goods coming. For reals. I’m killing you with DIY today. Your fingers will be all sore and bloody by the time you report back in on Monday morning.

The doily garland above via Mary Ruffle (I’m obsessed with her tumblr blog, if you can’t tell!)  is a little twist too. I’ve never seen it done like this and I absolutely ADORE it mixed in with lights. Don’t you? Looks like it involves white twinkle lights, heart shaped doilies, and tape. Need I say more?

Next up are the tin can centerpiece containers. What I like about the ones above is the twist in color. DIY projects are all over the internets about these guys…but take note of the really great copper color that isn’t painted on perfectly. I really love it. But, if you’re not into the copper paint, there’s always tea tins, like these ones shot by Jose Villa:

And last up is the cinder block centerpiece by Kelly Harris of Yes, Please Design. She’s gone and taken an ugly cinder block and turned it into a really modern, affordable little DIY centerpiece AND table number. And of course, it’s insanely cute. I love it! Check out her DIY how-to here!

So are you stoked or what? I just dropped 6 (ish) DIY projects in one post. Boom.

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Found: Airmail Envelopes

These images by Johnny Miller were a part of a feature in Martha Stewart Weddings. It got me thinking about those vintage-looking airmail envelopes. Actually, it got me thinking about the “envelopes with red stripes on the edges” but google couldn’t make heads or tails of that search query. My digging uncovered the term “airmail envelope” and I was so proud of myself and my discovery (which MANY of you are likely to taunt me for my naivete) that I felt an obligation to share the goods with you.

It turns out airmail envelopes are easy to find, cheap, and – well, we already knew this – super cute. So if you are doing some sort of DIY stationery situation for some sort of wedding-ish event, airmail envelopes could be a REALLY fun little addition. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the pic above is actually a regular enveloped lined with paper reminiscent of the airmail envelope. Here’s a picture of an actual airmail envelope (which I think are even better):

So yes, you can search for expensive vintage versions, or you can DIY your fingers to death by printing out and folding one of the downloadable versions I found floating around, or your stationery can design custom ones for you ($$$). OR, you can go to Amazon, and get 40 new ones for the fabulous price of $2.82. DEAL.

Just be sure to search for: “Airmail Envelope” not “Vintagey looking red and white stripes envelope”. Nothing good will come of the latter.

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Tiffany Blue Bridal Shower

This Tiffany blue bridal shower is absolutely gorgeous. Bet you’d never guess it was done on a budget! With the combined talents of Nanci at So Happi Together, Jane at Olive Hue Paper, Melody at Sweet and Saucy, and a few other vendors (see below), the result is absolutely lovely. Thoughtful, well-executed details (and some Trader Joe’s peonies) are all it really takes! Connie M. Chung Photography took these photos! Thanks gals for sharing!

Special thanks for the provision of: Chiavari Chairs – Chiavari Chair Rentals | Linens –  Elegant Design Specialty Linens

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DIY Hot Air Balloon Kits

I received an email last week from a reader that was desperate to track down the hot air balloons from these photos by Brandon Kidd:

The hot air balloons were a handmade item that I designed and assembled for a workshop/photo shoot last fall. The vintage hot air balloon motif was so much fun to work with and since it might be something you’d like to use for your own shower, wedding, birthday or event (and per last week’s email and a few other inquiries) I’ve put together an Etsy offering for custom DIY Hot Air Balloon Kits. You could even order the stationery suite from MaeMae Paperie!

Also, I wrote an article for The Storque: Etsy’s Handmade Blog that features a collection vintage items for your wedding. It includes lots more photos from this shoot as well as a ton of great vintage finds, so be sure to check it out!

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Ribbon Wands

I saw these beautiful ribbon wands by Frolic in this Lemon Meringue Pie Inspiration Board by Snippet and Ink. The wands were a DIY project featured on Project Wedding. I love the color palette and the idea of handing these out to guests in lieu of bird seed or flower petals. Give them something to wave in celebration!

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Spring Fling

The sunshine is finally out, but it still feels cold. I’m ready for a spring dress and perhaps a picnic. I put together a spring inspiration board, which has really given me the idea to throw a spring picnic…

*All photo sources listed below

I think the scene below is totally doable, but I realize sometimes it can be difficult to turn inspiration into reality. Sure, professional stylists, florists and designers can turn inspiration into reality. We’ve seen inspiration to reality features all over the blogosphere. But can little ol’ you? Without the help of a stylist? And HOW?

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Today, I’m giving you a little guide on really pulling it together on your own. Here’s a little shopping list if you’d like to throw your own spring picnic:

Aqua and floral vintage tin plates from Jen’s Closet:

Wire basket tote with ball jars from Old Ohio Farm Finds for carrying a carafe of a seasonal cocktail, and perhaps a spring couscous salad or some fresh berries:

This vintage woven picnic basket from heartfelt primitives:

Picnic Cutlery by Kate’s Paperie:

And perhaps it all ought to be spread out on this vintage chenille bedspread?

Just a little extra effort goes a long way, wouldn’t you say? Hope these finds are enough to get you started on your own search for the perfect picnic accompaniments!

Oh…and you might want to make…

…these Savory Greens, Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese Tarts from Tartlette!

Inspiration board photo sources left to right, top to bottom: 1. 100 Layer Cake 2. via Design Lovely 3. Jean Tsai 4. Anthropologie 5. Lisa Lefkowitz via Style Me Pretty

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A little weekend treat…

The weather is supposed to warm up a bit this weekend and I think this little dessert photo shoot might offer the perfect recipe for a sunny Sunday brunch! Head on over to Grey Likes Nesting to check out more images and to see the full recipe!

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Cake Toppers

With the help of my “Style Circle”, we’ve put together a little collection of cake toppers with a ride range of styles. If you are thinking about doing a topper, I’m sure one of these may just suit your fancy. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the 40’s style vintage bride and grooms. Seems like the kind of adornment my grandmother may have had on her wedding cake!

First up, couples:

The left is from The Small Object, and the right is from The Vintage Bride.

Next up, unexpected nature:

On the left, quilled flowers as cake topper. Check it out here via So Happi Together. In the center, a “Love Nest” from Pom and Plumage. Last up, a DIY teacup topper via Ruffled.

Last, might we call these, vintage inspired, perhaps?

On the left, a cake flag banner from Baumbirdy. (LOVE IT!) On the right, “Love Birds” from Cotton Bird Designs.

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