{Wedding Inspiration} Lavender Fields

Lavender Wedding Inspiration, Photo by Paige & Blake Photography

In Love

This breathtakingly gorgeous inspiration shoot was styled and photographed by the lovely and talented Paige Green of Paige and Blake Photography.

Paige contacted me about using one of my flower crowns in the shoot, and when I heard what she had planned, I was thrilled that one of my pieces would be included. The concept sounded wonderful – a lavender themed inspiration shoot featuring many small, independent designers, located at a rescue & rehab facility for abused horses. She said that the bride was going to wear her long brown hair in a fishtail braid, and that she had green eyes. (She didn’t mention that she was such a complete knock-out though!) So, I sent the crown off, and honestly didn’t think much more about it for the next month or so.

I have participated in several of these projects, and it’s always so much fun to see how everything comes together. So, I was super excited when I got an email from Paige letting me know that the photos were ready. I clicked through to take a peek, and what I found completely blew me away. I’m thankful that there was no one there to watch, because by the time I was finished drooling over every last image, I was practically giddy. The concept was executed so beautifully. The photos are stunning. I am truly honored that my crown was included in this amazing project.

Lavender Wedding Inspiration, Photo by Paige & Blake Photography

The horse gets a snack.

I nominate these two for cutest couple ever. I love this photo of them smiling and laughing, they look like they’re having so much fun.

Lavender Wedding Inspiration, Paige and Blake Photography

Lavender Suspenders & Bow Tie

Lavender Wedding Inspiration, Photo by Paige & Blake Photography

Lavender Sachet & Rings

Lavender Wedding Inspiration, Photo by Paige & Blake Photography

Kiss

Every last detail is just so perfect – from the bride’s pretty lavender manicure, to this sweet little sachet for the rings. The groom’s lavender suspenders & matching bow tie. Even the horse has a matching lavender bridle! So much attention to detail.

Lavender Wedding Inspiration, Photo by Paige & Blake Photography

Gorgeous ‘Naked’ Cake with Lavender

The bride made the cake herself!

Lavender Wedding Inspiration, Photo by Paige & Blake Photography

Bride with Lavender Flower Crown

Lavender Wedding Inspiration, Photo by Paige & Blake Photography

Lavender Wedding Inspiration, Photo by Paige & Blake Photography

I saved my personal favorite for last. I just absolutely love this photo.

One of these flower crowns is going to be the prize in my 1st ever giveaway! Be sure to check back next week for details. Or, sign up for my newsletter for exclusive goodies and to be the first to know about upcoming giveaways & special events.

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Credits ~

These photos were originally featured on Wedding Chicks – click here to view the post & here to view the entire photo gallery.

All photos were taken by Paige and Blake Photography.

Sources ~

{Kitchen DIY} Make Your Own Natural & Sugar Free Fruit Snacks

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P4160166Fruit snacks have become a major point of contention in our household, and I’d be willing to bet we’re not the only ones with this problem. The debate goes something like this – Small child: “But they’re healthy, mom! They’re fruit.” Me: “You already had some with lunch, and just because they say “fruit” doesn’t mean it’s the same as eating fruit. Hey, I have an idea, why don’t you have some actual fruit?” Kid: “Nevermind, I’m not hungry anymore…”

It’s not like fruit snacks are the worst thing in the world. I think of them like candy, ok in moderation. I buy the organic ones, but they’re still high in sugar, and as far as I can tell, low in fruit (or any of the associated nutritional value). So, I decided to try to make my own healthy version. I succeeded, in part. I came up with a healthier version. Mine aren’t exactly packed with nutrients either, but they are made with real fruit juice, free of sugar and preservatives, and my kids like them. Actually, my kids LOVE them! (I don’t blame them…they’re actually pretty tasty.) After a bit of fiddling with the recipe, here’s what I came up ~ Continue reading

{Life, Unfiltered} 4.15.2014 – My Kind of Garden Party

The weather was absolutely gorgeous here this past weekend, so I jumped on the chance to get some serious gardening done before it started raining again. The boys helped me spread soil and sift out the rocks. We managed to get both of the backyard raised beds ready for planting (which is a good thing since there are trays and trays of seedlings, currently living under grow lights, that will want to move to their new homes soon!).

Raised Beds, Ready to Plant

Raised Beds – Ready to Plant

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{DIY} Twig Garden Markers ~ Anthropologie Knock-Off

How cute are these garden markers?! I ran across the Anthropologie version a while ago, and of course thought, I could totally make those…” So, now that garden season is upon us, I did! I am pleased to report that they were super fun & easy to make. So much so, in fact, that I think I may make some more as gifts. Tied up with a bit of twine, wouldn’t these would make a cute gift for a friend who loves to garden?

{DIY} Twig Plant Markers

{DIY} Twig Garden Markers

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{Wedding Inspiration Board} Lavender Fields

I adore lavender. The rustic, earthy quality that it gives to a bouquet. The way it imparts a subtle note of sophistication when it’s added to food. The intoxicating smell. I love its soft, sun-washed hues. I think they are absolute perfection for a spring or summertime wedding.

*If you like the flower crown featured below in the inspiration board, be sure to check back later this week. I’m doing my first ever giveaway, and the prize just might be one of these hair wreaths ;) To stay ‘in the know’, subscribe to my mailing list so you never miss another giveaway or sale!

Wedding Inspiration Board - Pale Orchid, Lavender & Amethyst

Wedding Inspiration Board – Pale Orchid, Lavender & Amethyst

Photo Credits: Lavender Place Setting, Photo by KT Merry via Style Me Pretty  //  Vintage Bottles in Shades of Lavender via Bridal Musings  //  Bride & Horse featuring a Sweet Little Sparrow Flower Crown, Photo by Paige and Blake Photography via Wedding Chicks  //  Flowing Gown & Olive Branches, Photo by Jose Villa  //  Lavender Sachet in Bride’s Hands, Photo by Paige and Blake Photography via Wedding Chicks  //  Honey Lavender Macaroons via Hint of Vanilla Continue reading

{Kitchen DIY} Make Your Own Chili Powder Spice Blend

{Kitchen DIY} Homemade Chili Powder Spice Blend

{Kitchen DIY} Homemade Chili Powder Spice Blend

My enthusiasm for DIY spills over into nearly every part of my life, and most definitely into my cooking. I’m not saying I never go the store bought route when buying ingredients, because sometimes I do. There are some ‘convenience foods’ that are just too darn, well, convenient to pass up. It’s just that I’m always wondering ‘hmmmmm, how could I make this myself?’

Having a husband who can eat virtually no sodium, I really can’t use very many pre-made ingredients, which challenges me to make things I might not have attempted otherwise. Really though, this is just an excuse I use to justify the many hours I spend on kitchen DIY projects. The truth is, I enjoy the process. I love knowing that I grew the tomatoes, harvested them, canned them, and then used them to cook something delicious. In fact, I’m pretty sure it makes the food taste just a little bit better (at least in my mind) when I know I’ve made it all from scratch. Plus, I know exactly what’s in it and where it came from – something that is becoming increasingly more important (and more unusual) in this age of industrialized food production.

My point is, that this, and many of my other kitchen diy projects, are probably not strictly necessary. There are lots perfectly good chili powder blends available at your local supermarket (or by mail order if you’re super picky like I am). I happen to really like my own version that I’m sharing here with you today, but I make it not because it’s cheaper, or easier, or better (although it is) than store bought – but because I like to. So, if you don’t enjoy the process, don’t bother. But if you’re like me, and part of the enjoyment is in the making, then I guarantee this chili powder will knock your socks off (and make your next batch of chili the best you’ve ever made)! Continue reading

Shop with Me!

I am super excited to share with you my latest addition to the blog, the “Shop with Me” section. I hate to admit it, but I spend a LOT of time online, during the course of which I find many (many) things I would like to buy. Some of them I purchase, but the rest go on my wishlist. (The really expensive and/or frivolous ones go on my “things I would buy if I was a bajillionaire” list.) Now, should you so desire, you can browse my personal wishlist(s)!

If you click the “shop” link at the top of the page, it will take you to my latest and greatest finds from around the web (updated daily, so be sure to check back often). Eventually it will be organized by category, and you will be able to choose which category you would like to browse. For now though I have only added one category (my personal fave), Women’s Clothing & Accessories. To check it out, click here: Shop with Me: Women’s Clothing & Accessories.

I will do my best to go through and delete links to items that are no longer available, but if you notice one that I’ve missed please drop me a line and let me know. Thanks!

xo~

Stacey

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