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Tease III- Organic Ring Pillows November 12, 2009

Organic Ring Pillow 3

Organic Pillow 6

Organic Pillow 9

Say I DO ( I cannot resist the occasional overdone wedding pun) to Ring Bearer Pillows that you can REUSE as throws in your home.  They all have ties for rings- but tie those things up and put them in your house after your wedding! Who wouldn’t want one of these cuties adorning a chair?

Rings by  fellow Wedding Hive co-founder Genevieve Flynn Metalsmith

Photo by Melissa Lin Ellis

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Owl and Mouse September 20, 2009

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viking14 owl and mouse


3 Airplanes owl and mouse


owl+mouse textile designs is a small printing company based in kansas city, mo. all designs are hand-dyed and printed by kcai grads alice youngblood and cristin llewellyn.


Wouldn’t these shirts be adorable in engagement photos?

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Bling Queen September 18, 2009

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Swarovski Crystals

Ohhh, shiny.


Now, normally I favor subtly pearl and vintage buttons over big sparkles of crystal.  These Swarovski crystals i just got might inspire me to change my toon (don’t fret, I’m not abandoning my rustic , earthy, vintage style entirely)… I’m just digging on some bling in addition to my former clean, matte aesthetic.


I have these crystals in Aurore Boreale (AB- rainbow shine), Citrine, Aquamarine, and Peridot.  They would be sweet scattered in one of my Flower-Bomb Headbands, on a Veil or Comb, or even sparkeling up some bouquet or garment.  


If used on a Veil, I would put them back-to back on both sides of the veil (to make sure the backsides don’t photograph like black dots).  Pass the Sparkle, please.


I might be blinded if I stare at them any longer! Seriously.

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Lovin’ on The Farmhouse September 17, 2009

You know how after you’ve had a really long day all you can think about is a nice comforting dinner?  Maybe it’s something you grew up eating, something fresh and soul-soothing, something that takes you back to the sheer joy of tasting & allows all other thoughts on your mind to simply drift away.

Now, couple the bliss of satisfaction in sustenance with the responsibility of  supporting your local farmer & reducing the demand on the earth in food transportation and you’ll understand the reason behind The Farmhouse.

The Farmhouse is a new farm-to-table resteraunt in the Rivermarket. So Yummy!


4 courses for $45 per person, a steal of a deal for some of the most fresh food you can find in Kansas City. By reservation.  Cannot make it? Every other Thursday, next dinner is September 24th.

Brides- they CATER!


300 Delaware St
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Monday-Friday : 11 to 2
816:569:6032 {main} 
816:569:6034 {fax}


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Day 2 – NYC – Battery Park, China Town, Little Italy, Nolita August 20, 2009

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Hi from NYC!

Day two was a blast= we crammed so much into one day that it’s hard to believe in retrospect.  We begun by visiting Battery Park, then went to Chinatown.  Street vendors were selling dragon fruit, which was a yummy snack.  We found an amazing green cleaning, remodeling, and home store called Green Depot.

We shopped the Nolita area, which had shop after shop of super unique and handmade clothing.  Our favorite was Label, they had a $5 and $10 rack of beautiful handmade clothing that we went after like wild rabbits.

Lunch was Spring Street  Natural, we spent only $24 total on two plates of organic, local food, and their roasted red pepper/rosemary bread to start was melty yummy good.


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1ST Day – NYC – Time Square, Garment District & Little Korea! August 19, 2009

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Jen and Spike July 27, 2009

I just adore this couple! They are unique and spunky.

I custom designed all 5 bridesmaids dresses for each girl, and used earth-friendly vintage silk.

The bride wore her grandmothers wedding dress that I extensively altered.  She has a custom asymmetrical birdcage veil edged in freshwater pearls and garters made from vintage and heirloom fabrics.  She’s a punk rock princess!