diy holiday bags and tags

by lizzie & isaiah on November 30, 2011 · 11 comments

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make it: ruffled t-shirt tutorial

by lizzie & isaiah on January 11, 2011 · 21 comments

Have I mentioned lately just how much I love Pinterest? It has been majorly helpful for me…I used to have hundreds of tabs open in one window…so much so I think my laptop may have secretly designed Pinterest in its spare time…what do you think?

Anyways, most of those tabs were things I was saving to buy when I got a job. It got insane.

In the list of things I don’t have to wait until I have a job to get is this ruffled t-shirt, which the lovely Sachiko made from a $1 t-shirt. That’s right, $1.

ruffled tshirt tutorial $1 craft diy

So head over to Tea Rose Home for the tutorial. I know I’ll be making one of these beauts.


make it: candy wrapper purse

by lizzie & isaiah on January 4, 2011 · 11 comments

We’ve committed to our creative endeavors this year. We spent all of yesterday in the cafe working on Isaiah’s sketchbook and a children’s story. It was a beautiful day, filled with close friends, four-or-five bottles of champagne and projects that exercised our creative minds.

Through our chronic state of unemployment and an interest in being more creative, I committed to all handmade gifts this Christmas and had a great time with it. I used to be a serious cross-stitcher. Except that I was around 12 years old when I quit. Yikes.

Embroidering and working on some crafty, homemade goodness lately has been therapeutic. A friend of mine and I have been talking with five or six local stores about consigning our work – design and handmade-wise. It has me thinking – through all of the DIY-project searches I’ve done for inspiration as of lately, looking for radical handmade Christmas gift ideas and what not, finding non-wedding projects that are actually awesome is kind of a tough hunt.

So from my Pinterest to you in the wake of ChristmaHanaKwanzika and the creation of my apparent love for blog series’…I want to share a badass DIY with a tutorial every Sunday. If you strenuously object, we’ll talk in chambers. Wait…I’ve been watching way too much Boston Legal.

Candy Wrapper Purse Eco-Friendly DIY project

Check out the tutorial on Matter of Style and get creative with your candy wrapper, eco-friendly goodness.


geek out: back to weddings

by lizzie & isaiah on December 29, 2010 · 20 comments

geek out - a collection of greats from around the web worth freaking out about.

Well, I think it’s pretty fair to say we haven’t talked about weddings…just about since we moved the blog.  Since school has finished, I’ve been slowly gathering inspiration to put the wedding planning back in full-blown, all-out, let’s-get-it-done mode.

Here’s what I’ve been geeking out about lately:


I get pretty excited when I see cheap, amazing looking DIY projects, like this one from Project Wedding that fit within our style. Who told us our $10k budget was ridiculous? I’d like to have a sit-down with them knowing what I know now.

diy wedding decor from project wedding

I love the suggestion that every wedding should have a release of hundreds of white balloons on Alkeemi. I couldn’t agree more. This looks like a blast.

white balloon wedding decor -- celebrate!

I love this look from Image Spark for over a dessert table. We have some potentially interesting ideas for the wedding that could definitely make use of some of this DIY badassedness.

unique wedding decor hanging vases with flowers diy


I love this idea both for centerpieces and gift and cake tables and what not. The paper flowers are a neat touch. Lesley walks you through creating your own centerpiece similar to this one on Budget Savvy Bride.

diy wedding centerpiece branch paper flowers

I’ve fancied myself quite the crafter lately and I think a ring pillow like this one from Ruffled would be a rad little touch.

cute ring pillow yipee! sewing embroidery diy wedding details

I rarely like wedding cake toppers. Whether they’re of the ridiculously misogynistic and sadly stereotypical bride-drags-groom-across-cake-and-thus-throughout-life persuasion or if they’re just too damn “cute” for my taste…they always seem to miss the bar where our wedding style is concerned. I like the simplicity of this DIY from Ruffled and it looks easy as cake to make as well.

diy wedding cake topper - sparkle

I GEEKED like I may not have ever geeked before over the idea of a churro bar for our wedding. I love the cute instruction cards and the setup on Project Wedding…also, have we not already clearly established that churros are freaking delicious?

wedding churro bar dessert table diy

I loved the entire sharefest on Snippet & Ink while she was away getting hitched. The getaway car inspiration really won me over, however, and this BMW in particular. We always just thought we’d drive away in one of our own semi-well-kept economy scooters, I mean…cars…but something about those Rolls Royce’s and BMW’s really got my heart a-thumpin.

vintage bmw getaway car for wedding inspiration


I really just loved this entire wedding on Ruffled. The vibe of this reception is reallycalling me. The brick walls…the adorable streamers and unassuming tablescapes are what I hope our wedding can resemble in our own fashion.

wedding decor and vibe

If we go the outdoor route, I love this vibe for a wedding. Again, understated and welcoming…oozing with that just-have-a-great-time vibe. To be fair, Green Wedding Shoes usually gets my blood pumpin’ a bit with the wedding vibe-ness.

green wedding shoes wedding inspiration for an outdoor reception with DIY details

This entire wedding featured on Snippet & Ink was stunning. From the photography vibe-age to the decor and detail vibe-age…it screamed the couple’s style through and through. While this may not be our particular style, we’re hoping for something that represents us half as well as this wedding represented that stranger-couple of whom we’ve become fond of.

wedding decor and vibe inspiration teal

Again, another wedding where all of the details swirled together in a tornado of cohesiveness. This wedding from 100 Layer Cake had the most badass invitations, outdoor setup, decor and diy details I’ve seen in a long time.

amazing wedding inspiration for outdoor ceremony and reception diy details from 100 layer cake

Go ahead. Ask me how much I love the pillow effect on the ceiling, the sweet and sincere-seeming details and the concrete floors of this wedding. I’ll just go ahead and tell you. I love it. The entire wedding is worth the look on At First Swoon.

beautiful wedding decor inspiration

It’s been refreshing in our home to talk wedding-shop again. We’ve been avoiding the topic with school and all of the family craziness going on lately. It seems like the blog tends to reflect, naturally and probably all-too-obviously what’s going on in our lives as of lately. I know a lot of my blogging buddies are already married or far too close to change any details now, but we’re still just at the starting line.

Hence, the wedding-ness. Hope you enjoyed your holidays and the new year treats you tenderly. Well, that’s a weird word, isn’t it?


geek out: a handmade holiday

December 16, 2010

We are broke. Literally, absolutely broke. This isn’t the first time we’ve been spotted in this habitat as the majestic brokealopes that we can be…but we’re six months into mutual unemployment and our savings is all but dried up with little crumbs leading us back to when I, so brilliantly, decided I could afford to [...]

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christmahanakwanzika: sarah of my san fransisco budget wedding

December 10, 2010

*I haven’t had any time to throw together a graphic for the series yet…so Isaiah rocked one for me.. This is the fifth post in the holiday series ChristmaHanaKwanzika. Sarah of My San Fransisco Budget Wedding has been a completely supportive, empathetic, hilarious friend to me. She helped me edit a freaking article for heaven’s [...]

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Template Thursdays: Candied Walnuts Labels

December 2, 2010

I just became a new blogger at Intimate Weddings. I’m excited, obviously. While scanning all of the content that I wasn’t familiar with and re-brushing up on posts I had already read, I fell in love with a candied walnut tutorial they posted Monday. I’m absolutely making these little gifties to go inside of a [...]

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A (Badass) DIY 50's Engagement Shoot

November 2, 2010

I fell in love with Pat’s creativity in her wedding journey when I came across her blog the week that we were freshly pressed.   She has impecable style and grace and is all about some DIY projects, including her engagement shoot.  Yes, she DIY’d her own pictures.  Her entry for the Ruffled DIY contest [...]

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Geek Out: Spots and Props Edition

October 13, 2010

I am loving the creativity I’ve been seeing all week in engagement, wedding, love and anniversary shoots. Really, I’ve been blown away. Aside from hiring a creative photographer (note: I didn’t say expensive, I said creative) there are several things you can do to make sure your photos really shine your personalities through: Location (spots) [...]

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Geek Out: DIY Edition

October 6, 2010

I’ve been geeking out lately over some DIY tutorials around the web. A lot of the tutorials I find are so adorable…but not our style at all. I found a little collection that have been filling my wedding bookmark list for a while now. Enjoy the DIY Edition of Geek Out! This painted tube wedding [...]

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