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Free Place Card Template (Modern Clementine)

Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Spring, Summer, Under $10, Weddings

This rectangular place card free printable template coordinates with my modern orange and green DIY wedding invitation that was seen in the Style Me Pretty feature “Inspiration to Reality: Modern Clementine.” You can personalize...Free Place Card Template (Modern Clementine)... »
 
 

Giving Tree Personalized Postage Stamps

Invitations & Cards, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

You've asked for Giving Tree personalized postage stamps and so here they are! These Giving Tree personalized postage stamps coordinate with the free Giving Tree Save The Date Wedding Announcement printable template from Cristin...Giving Tree Personalized Postage Stamps... »
 

 

Free modern orange and green DIY wedding invitation {seen in Style Me Pretty}

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Spring, Summer, Vintage Inspired, Weddings

Here's my modern orange and green DIY wedding invitation that was seen in the Style Me Pretty feature "Inspiration to Reality: Modern Clementine." I designed this unique mod wedding invitation (as well as round...Free modern orange and green DIY wedding invitation {seen in Style Me Pretty}... »
 
 

Make individually wrapped sugar cubes {video} with ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ sugar cube wrappers {free printable}

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Printable, Showers, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired, Weddings

Remember when I made personalized wrapped sugar cubes to go with my friend Debbie's shower gift? I'm still obsessed. And this time I made a video to show you exactly how to fold paper...Make individually wrapped sugar cubes {video} with ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ sugar cube wrappers {free printable}... »
 

 

Personalized Sugar Cube Wrappers {free printable + how to wrap}

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Printable, Home, Under $10, Vintage Inspired, Weddings

I made these personalized sugar cube wrappers to go along with a bridal shower gift for my friend Debbie. I bought Debbie's sugar bowl and creamer from her registry (very pretty btw) and filled...Personalized Sugar Cube Wrappers {free printable + how to wrap}... »
 
 

Ring Holder Made From A Recycled Egg Carton

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Weddings

I made this ring holder from a recycled cardboard egg carton as a gift for my friend Debbie's recent engagement. Would you ever guess that this ring holder was made out of a recycled...Ring Holder Made From A Recycled Egg Carton... »
 

 

60s-Inspired Modern Geometric Free Printable Wedding Invitation and Place Cards

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Vintage Inspired, Weddings

These free printable wedding invitation and round place cards are part of the "Inspiration to Reality: My Modern Clementine" feature at Style Me Pretty in partnership with Bliss Wedding & Event Design and C...60s-Inspired Modern Geometric Free Printable Wedding Invitation and Place Cards... »
 
 

Vintage-inspired Kissing Couple Box Wrapping

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day, Vintage Inspired, Weddings

Years ago I bought a vintage kissing couple pendant at a Manhattan summertime flea market. I wore the sweet thing ad nauseum, which you can see here in this summer cider and berry smoothie...Vintage-inspired Kissing Couple Box Wrapping... »
 
 

Kathy and Shane on WeTV’s ‘Amazing Wedding Cakes’

Inspiration, Weddings

Whew! I finally edited and posted our episode of 'Amazing Wedding Cakes' that first aired June 2009 on WeTV ...right after Bridezillas as a part of WeTV's We Go Bridal night. Check it out...Kathy and Shane on WeTV’s ‘Amazing Wedding Cakes’... »
 
 

Sewn half flower + loose leaf fabric wedding invitations with fabric backs

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Sewing Projects, Weddings

I am totally in love with these DIY sewn fabric wedding invitations that I designed for recent bride Natalie Fayard. Thanks to Google, Natalie and her mother found me and my sewn fabric poppy...Sewn half flower + loose leaf fabric wedding invitations with fabric backs... »
 
 

Covered Card Box for Weddings

Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

Cristin Siegel made this sophisticated wedding card box covered in decorative paper to collect cards at her sister-in-law Mara's wedding reception. Pretty crafty and much cuter than a most of the pre-made money boxes...Covered Card Box for Weddings... »
 
 

Filming for Amazing Wedding Cakes on WeTV

Inspiration, Weddings

Mary and Brenda Maher of Cakegirls are two of the most talented and inspiring self-taught ladies I've ever encountered. Their cakes are not only totally original and visually arresting but taste delicious too (I'm...Filming for Amazing Wedding Cakes on WeTV... »
 
 

Handsewn fabric tea bags for loose tea favors

Decorations & Favors, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Parties & Birthdays, Recipes, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

I'm posting the free tutorial for how to make sewn fabric teabags for loose tea by request. Jessica Mullen wrote: "I saw your beautiful photos from the tea party and I have a quick...Handsewn fabric tea bags for loose tea favors... »
 
 

Bouquet Mason Jars with Handmade Name Tags for Receptions

Accessories, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

I really like this thoughtful detail from Cristin and Adam Siegel's Chicago nuptials. Cristin tied handmade name tags around the tops of water-filled glass Ball mason jars to hold the bridal party's bouquets during...Bouquet Mason Jars with Handmade Name Tags for Receptions... »
 
 

Smythe Sewn Letterpress Wedding Invitation Book

Inspiration, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Weddings

Holy smokes! This invitation by Nick and Nikki Lo Bue is one of the most amazing wedding invitations I've ever seen. Nick and Nikki had a charming story behind their relationship which inspired them...Smythe Sewn Letterpress Wedding Invitation Book... »
 
 

Handbags for bridesmaids or brides weddings redux

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Weddings

Back in the summer, Liesel Eastman saw our wedding featured in the Knot Magazine and contacted me to see if I could help with the creative details for her October wedding to Barrett. In...Handbags for bridesmaids or brides weddings redux... »
 
 

Giving Tree Save the Date Wedding Announcement for Fall

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

How sweetly romantic is this save the date wedding announcement for Cristin Witcher and her fiance Adam Siegel's fall Chicago nuptials? Adam designed the whimsically simple letterpressed save-the-date announcement and matching tree branch mailing...Giving Tree Save the Date Wedding Announcement for Fall... »
 
 

Recycled wrapping paper sewn wedding card

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

My downstairs neighbor Susan gave us a beautifully wrapped wedding gift in thick, shiny silver and pearl-like white wrapping paper. Channeling my mom, I decided to fold up the shiny white and silver paper...Recycled wrapping paper sewn wedding card... »
 
 

High School Themed Engagement Party

Decorations & Favors, Inspiration, Parties & Birthdays, Weddings

Hostess Heather Crosby had a blast from the past throwing a high school themed engagement party for her brother Chad and bride-to-be Shayda who met back in their teens. Starting with a handwritten ‘Secret...High School Themed Engagement Party... »
 
 

High School ‘Secret Passed Note’ Engagement Party Invitation

Inspiration, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Vintage Inspired, Weddings

Leave it to Heather Crosby to come up with an invitation concept that I've never seen before. Heather's beloved brother Chad and his lovely bride-to-be Shayda met way back in high school. A chance...High School ‘Secret Passed Note’ Engagement Party Invitation... »
 
 

Friday Inspiration: Turquoise and orange

Decorations & Favors, Inspiration, Weddings

I love the combination of turquoise and orange that Anne-Marie Rosser and Adam Whipple used for their intimate outdoor wedding reception on a Chicago terrace. Anne-Marie started with turquoise tablecloths and crisp white linen...Friday Inspiration: Turquoise and orange... »
 
 

Sewn return address on envelopes and matching custom photo stamps

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Sewing Projects, Weddings

We customized the envelopes for our wedding invitations using a couple of easy tricks: Sewing our return address on the back of our envelopes and adding custom photo stamps from PhotoStamps.com. Supplies: A7 size...Sewn return address on envelopes and matching custom photo stamps... »
 
 

Engagement Party Alphabet Cookies

Cookie Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Edible Gift Recipes, Parties & Birthdays, Recipes, Weddings

We co-hosted a couple's BBQ last July to celebrate the engagement of my friend Heather (H) and her fiance Noah (N). Our co-hostess Michelle Platts scored by bringing these festive romantic sugar cookies that...Engagement Party Alphabet Cookies... »
 
 

Custom photo books from Blurb.com

Weddings

My first custom Blurb.com hardcover book arrived in the mail and I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. My coworker Mandy first told me about Blurb.com's powerful, professional bookmaking software publishing...Custom photo books from Blurb.com... »
 
 

Sewn invitations

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Sewing Projects, Weddings

Here are our sewn fabric wedding invitations that were featured in the The Knot's 2007-2008 Fall/Winter National Magazine and "Amazing Wedding Cakes" on WeTV. After searching fabric stores, websites and even ebay, the poppy...Sewn invitations... »
 
 

We are the Wedding of the Week!

Weddings

We are so grateful to The Knot Magazine. Not only did they feature us in their 2007-2008 Fall/Winter national issue of The Knot magazine on newsstands, but now they've featured us on their homepage...We are the Wedding of the Week!... »
 
 

The Knot TV and The Knot Magazine features Kathy and Shane’s wedding

Weddings

We are thrilled to have been one of four couples featured in The Knot 2007/2008 Fall/Winter national magazine including this feature on The Knot TV! Really, everyone we have met at The Knot is...The Knot TV and The Knot Magazine features Kathy and Shane’s wedding... »
 
 

Super simple wedding menu

Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Weddings

Time consuming, yes. Overkill, perhaps. But I think wedding menus are totally worth it. Wedding menus are that extra detail that helps add anticipation while guests wait to be served at their tables. But...Super simple wedding menu... »
 
 

Whimisical wedding “altar” from strung flowers

Decorations & Favors, Inspiration, Recycled Crafts, Weddings

One of the biggest challenges of getting married in a "non-traditional" space is that the backdrop might look a too plain or stark during your ceremony. We got married in a Chicago loft space...Whimisical wedding “altar” from strung flowers... »
 
 

Reserved signs for wedding ceremony

Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Weddings

Here's a detail that I thought of late in the wedding planning game. We put these reserved cards on front-row ceremony chairs intended for our families. It was easy to make them and they...Reserved signs for wedding ceremony... »
 
 

Double zigzag sewn wedding program booklet

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Weddings

I had a ball designing our ceremony programs as small, handsewn booklets. Our non-denominational readings that Shane and my friend Liz found were super cool and so I wanted to our guests to be...Double zigzag sewn wedding program booklet... »
 
 

Poppy Fall Themed Wedding Cake

Recipes, Weddings

++ UPDATED: See our retro poppy wedding cake featured on an episode of 'Amazing Wedding Cakes Season 2' on WeTV!! Part of We Go Bridal Night. ++ Honestly, I'm not typically a cake type...Poppy Fall Themed Wedding Cake... »
 
 

Online reservation system

Invitations & Cards, Weddings

One thing that greatly simplified our wedding logistics was a custom online RSVP system. Through our website we were able immediately see who had responded for all the events throughout the weekend. We looked at...Online reservation system... »
 
 

Placecards / escort cards / seating cards

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Weddings

Here's a simple placecard design that's equally at home at weddings and showers or the Thanksgiving dinner table. Fabric edges are intentionally left raw to enhance the Holly Hobbie, handmade vibe. Supplies: Kathy's free...Placecards / escort cards / seating cards... »
 
 

Table numbers sewn with poppy flowers and leaves

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Sewing Projects, Weddings

If you're like me table numbers are probably one of the last details that you're thinking about. But they can be a key way to dress up and personalize your tables. I sewed the...Table numbers sewn with poppy flowers and leaves... »
 
 

Guest towels for bathrooms

Decorations & Favors, DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

This is the detail that got the most comments from my wedding guests. My friends said it was 'typical Kathy' to personalize even the bathroom towels. But this crafty activity is something you can...Guest towels for bathrooms... »
 
 

Ring pillows

Free Patterns, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

I adore the photos of our rings on the pillow before the ceremony. In addition to looking nice at the ceremony itself the photos from our photographer added a nice storytelling element to our...Ring pillows... »
 
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