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Could this be my Babycakes? Cupcake maker for the time-deprived

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The color decision was easy. Yellow is the happiest color there is. Especially for a mini cupcake maker you plug in. It’s like a waffle maker for cupcakes. I know, not that sophisticated, but nonetheless tempting.

My top concerns: I might miss the liners. The cakes might be too small. The house won’t smell like cupcakes all over the place. But…

Less mess, less heat (I do live in Southern, CA, after all. And isn’t this using much less energy?), more cupcakes, more often. Hmmm… Yummmmm… Ad ready in minutes.

Yes, I do think I need one!

How else will I show you how gorgeous & useful our new tea, cake & cupcakes stands can be? More vintage china is here; more stands to come…!

Colors coming up: soft buttercup yellow, egg yolk yellow, pink & gold, black & white, soft French blue… For now,  see our most photogenic cupcake stand yet.

Super melt-in-your-mouth favors for beach weddings & more

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Are wedding favors a thing of the past? 
Absolutely not. Just ask any wedding guest!

Guests love favors, especially small, thoughtful ones that reflect the bride & groom’s good taste & the spirit of the day. What’s more, they love edible favors, the sort they don’t see all over town, the kind they rarely splurge on.

Edible wedding favors tingle the senses & create new memories, whether guests pop them in their mouths on the spot, savor them on the trip home, or save them for a rainy day.

Recently, modern brides have been clamoring over these deliciously chewy Fleur de Sel caramels from Superfine Bakery in Los Angeles. The buttery sweet caramels come packed with a generous dose of vanilla seed & two kinds of fleur de sel (a French sea salt). They’ve also sprinkled some on top! They’re the perfect little treat at each place setting.

Island wedding couples like to pile them loosely in a large clam shell on the dessert table or tuck them into a small shell for a sweet favor. Pick up a box of 10 Superfine-style fleur de sel caramels on etsy, so you can taste test them first. (As if you need to!) Don’t forget to save the link so your guests know where to order them when they can’t stop thinking about the best flavor from your wedding day…

And if you need a hip yet lovely wedding cake to match that modern scheme? Well… need we say more?

Lovebirds soap for the newlywed bathroom vanity…

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I’ve never been too into soaps that are too pretty to use. But then again… they make some of these sculpted soaps so darn cute!

Two white turtle doves perched in a white pedestal dish, these would make a nice little addition to any registry gift.

By Gianna Rose Atelier at Cambria Cove, the intricately detailed lovebird soaps are sweetly scented with tulip and hyacinth. Their black Chinoise-style gift box comes hand-tied with a grey velvet ribbon; $35. Very sweet.

Speaking of carved soaps, have you seen our new vintage china soap dish? Pale blue with gilt from a Paragaon fine bone china saucer from England… It makes a splendid little business card holder, too.

Vintage monogrammed silverware, my instant obsession

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Always a fan of “use it at the bridal shower/rehearsal dinner/wedding then use it back at home” concept, I nearly fell over when I opened the latest NapaStyle catalog to discover this jumble of vintage silverware stamped with a monogram. A 20-piece set (four place settings of a fork, knife, teaspoon, salad fork & soup spoon) of vintage monogrammed silverware, now clean, polished & perfectly mismatched into a set that’s as one of a kind as any family who uses it.

As the copy reads… “Just like your guests, each piece is one-of-a-kind, brought together by a single, elegant, unifying mark. A perfect gift for weddings, anniversaries and housewarmings, choose one initial and we’ll have it cleanly stamped on the handle of each piece. The utensils are genuine silver-plated and up to 90 years old – gathered from estate sales, vintage markets and antique stores all over the US and Europe.” Sold. I’ll photograph the full set when mine arrives so you can see! $169 for a 20-piece set. {Tip: Sign up for their newsletter & receive $10 off your first order.}

From the same company & also wedding-ready, authentic vintage utensils from the 1920s and ’30s sold as vintage silverware by the pound. Search no more for the ideal tableware for your vintage-style wedding celebration. Extra sets make splendid gifts after the big day, tied together with French ribbon & a letterpress card. Order more than one set of personalized silverware to combine your first initials with your last. Dreamy!!!

Feeling very grateful for life, love, friends, creativity…

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

And what perfect timing.

My friend Aedriel (yes, you’ve read about her here before and can find her plates in our wedding gifts section) just introduced this most endearing plate.

On the table, on your wall, as a gift… it’s the perfect reminder to pause & give a little thanks.

Aedriel chose this quote to go with…

I’m thankful for the sea breeze that feels so good right now, and the scent of jasmine when the sun starts going down.
I’m thankful…

~Johnny Cash

You can see why I love her so much, huh?

The Grateful plate measures 8″; $20 each by Aedriel Originals.

Modern His & Hers pillowcases for romantic goodnights

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

I’m not the only one who loves the retro touch of His & Hers pillowcases propped up on a nicely made bed. Room Service Home catalog presents this 300 thread count version in a modern script font. As much as I like the look & feel of a pair of crisp cotton vintage embroidered pillowcases with a crochet edge, I have true affection for this updated version of the classic as well. Made in India, His and Hers pillowcase set, $49.

If you are in the market for the real deal, we just added this authentic pair: a Mr. & Mrs. pillowcase set for the vintage-honeymoon-style boudoir.

Stamp your names on save the dates, thank you’s, anywhere…

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Far off in the land of Sydney, Australia, someone is using a knife to hand carve your names into a rubber stamp. Just to ship it off to you so you can stamp, stamp, stamp your hearts out in any color you choose. 

The little carver is Riyo, who is from Japan and very talented in many ways. This stamp is one of them.

Her etsy shop, talktothesun, has many other stamps to send “best wishes” and “thank you”s among others. Wait til you see what the little ones sit inside…! Custom wedding name stamp, $38.

(For stamp pads, Color Box & Ancient page both have lots of stamp pad ink colors.)

Custom lettered vintage plates for your wedding or your walls

Friday, June 25th, 2010

With vintage European china very much on the brain lately, these are high on my wish list for our kitchen wall. I’m trying to decide between “love” and “live,” which both have an equally inspiring message to me.

For weddings though, how cute would these be hanging on a wall or a fence at the reception? Okay, that’s assuming your event is somewhere that would allow you to hang these in some way. But you could also display them on stands along a table before you hang them up back at home.

Your names with an ampresand in between, or “us forever,” perhaps? I’m melting! Custom lettered plates in floral designs by The Salvaged Tea Party.

Your artful wedding cake on a hand-painted wedding plate

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

This is one of my favorite new wedding gift ideas. And it happens to be made by one of my favorite people!

Orange & Blossom artist Aedriel Originals creates custom wedding plates that memorialize that gorgeous cake you spent so long designing & not nearly long enough enjoying.

She paints an original artwork version of your lovely confection on a glazed & fired ceramic plate then adds your names & wedding date in a fanciful font below. Here are the original wedding cakes that inspired these personalized wedding cake plates.

Of course, I also love the Date Night At Home Dinner PlatesSexy Little Dessert Plates that she created just for us! Ah, a woman of many talents…

This face has been known to relieve wedding stress

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Ever sit down at the dinner table planning to keep the conversation light & casual until… yeah. It’s easy to do. Life has its conversations & not all of them are easy & carefree, unfortunately. Add planning a wedding to the mix & more than one bride and groom has claimed “loss of appetite” as a symptom of pre-wedding madness. Alas! Dinner feels a little more jovial no matter what the topic with these adorable funny face plates, inspired by the vintage Wooly Willy children’s toy. (I remember my brother & I fighting over the travel version we had for long car trips.) Available for $12 each from uncommongoods.com, the plates are supposedly meant for kids. But really, they’re heavy ceramic! Seems like adult tableware to me. They’re not your wedding registry china, to be sure. But for an uplifting boost to any meal, they cannot be topped.

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