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If you were to describe January what would you say? Off the top, I automatically go with Snowflakes. I'm done with Christmas and the reds, greens and bells and trees. I'm all for the beauty and freshness that winter and the New Year brings.
Most often people choose a January wedding for the Winter Wonderland approach which can be anything from elegant snowflakes, ice-sculptures or cold climate whimsical creatures such as Polar Bears and Penguins (or even Swans). If taking on a more formal theme, using pure whites or even a rich gold and/or silver will do.
In any case, snowflakes can be incorporated in whimsical, formal and even a rustic theme. It's all in how you decide to reproduce them. They are great to use as the main design element or as a filler decor piece. It's ok to overuse them too!
Paper Snowflakes from Basic to Advanced
Remember making these in grades school? Did you forget how to make them? I did. My little guy is only 2 1/2 so I'm not exactly re-living grade school just yet, but here's a basic starting point.
Back when I did this original post Reception Tent DIY: Coffee Filter Pom-Pom How-to, I had promised some pictures of the pom-pom's at the wedding. Unfortunately, the lighting at the time when we did setup and had time to take our own pictures, was a little sharp. These were the dreadful tents we had to work with, but it worked out.
The reason for the revisit is that I had many many people contact me via COLOURlovers, facebook and twitter for more detailed information to assemble these things. I dumbed it down and made a process that worked great and pretty efficient I must add. I have omitted the details of dying the filters (to add colour) because that's something in itself and was covered a bit in the last post. I will also do an immediate follow-up post on different variations on what I found worked, to add colour to the pom-pom's.
Getting the Scrunch Right.
Trust me when I say that this step matters. Prepping your filters for scrunch is highly important as they will just turn in to floppy filters within an hour (or less) after ONLY hand scrunching. I spent an entire afternoon with trial and error to nail down the best method for best final results in the most time-efficient manner.
I spied this wonderful baby room back in July from a spectacular photographer we have featured on our COLOURlovers Wedding channel before in Creative Engagement: "Pushing Daises". Thanks again to Jordan Weiland for letting us feature another and yet, more personal piece of photography. This is her daughter, Autumn's room.
So much creativity was put in to this and yet it remains simple. I like the mix of vintage and modern with a little splash of imagination pieced here and there. I even love the blue, even though it's for a little girl. I always consider blue sort of a depressing wall colour, but this room has completely changed my mind on that. With the additions of some sunny yellow, warm furniture-brown and a hint of raspberry-red specs here and there - it all pulls together nicely.
Rather than simply regurgitate this post from Jordan's blog (here: "Autumn's Room"), I've gathered a few more snippets of information on what was used and links to where you can get things similar to what was used in this room.
What have you done or what are you planning on doing with your wedding dress?
Meet Erin. She's done a terrific job of transforming her wedding dress into a reusable keeper. Not only has she had it re-structured to be a sexy cocktail dress, but she's added a unique element that I haven't seen anyone else do yet–she's re-coloured and added a hand-painted design.
I had the opportunity to interview Erin a little on her entire dress experience from purchase, to wedding day, to finished cocktail dress.
Perfect timing! I just came across this wedding from one of my photographer's (friend & client), Micah Williams who is located in Atlanta, Georgia. For those of you thinking about a Fall wedding, I adored some of the simple ideas and colour palettes that made up this wedding.
I realize these aren't scary carved or painted pumpkins, but they still remind me of Halloween. I love them! This was the entrance to the farm where the wedding was held.
You've gotta love a man with great style. I'm always really interested in what the man is wearing at his wedding, from his choice of neckwear [or not], to boutonnière all the way down to his shoes. Men have a lot of options to make their outfit look cool if they're willing to step outside the box a little without going too far - you don't want to outshine your misses or scare the guests. ;)
I've dug around a bit and found some really unique shoes that still retain a classy look, yet scream "style!" - I've found a few designer lines I don't think I can live without too!
Marsu Homme, by Chrissy Hammond, an Australian based shoe designer, makes some nice styles. One of which I fell in love with called Alfred in Louvre Red Fox. This can go for an elegant look but also add a little funk to your wear.
After seeing the packaging design for Highland Park 50 year old it made me think back to the days that I don't actually have any memories of; the days when there wasn't a bunch of goofy stuff on a whiskey bottle and all you had was good clean glass color and simple type. Lucky for us, there are sites like Antique Bottles so we can all have a look back and find a little color inspiration. We're also checking in with current popular brands and their label colors and designs. Drink up, cheers!
I loved how this couple incorporated RED in to this wedding without trying too hard or going overkill. They used it in the cutest of areas down to using tu-tu's and tootsie rolls. The average wedding already incorporates the white of the brides dress and black for the man's tuxedo, so their colour scheme involved all of red, black and white as a whole.
My friend and feature photographer, Jolyn Hutsell at Davee Blu Photography was nice enough to put together this adorable collage with all the adorable details this couple used. I thought that the tu-tu's for the flower girls was an adorable and abstract touch.
It seems that long before Red Bull, Radio Stations and unknown hip-hop artists started visually polluting our streets with promotional vehicle wraps, Volkswagen was were already driving down a similar road, but one that was designed quite a bit better. In fact, it was a big enough part of VW's business that they produced dealer books to showcase this very promotional tool. Today we get a look at some fantastic scans from a VW spilt-window logo bus dealer book.
Found at CarType and generously collected and shared by VintageBus, here for our color inspiration are Vintage VW Spit-window logo buses. You can see the complete book (60 pages total) at CarType, and even more inspiration can be found at what is probably the best VW bus resource on the web, VintageBus.
Today we look at an interview with the artist Francisca Prieto from Insideout, take a tour of Dave Chihuly's boat house with shelterrific, ponder the visualizations of race and ethnicity in cities across the U.S. by Eric Fischer, and take a step back with vintage inspired print series by Blue Art Studio.
Have you always been creative, even when you were a child?
When I was little, I asked for the same birthday present over and over again: the Staedtler box of 40 felt tip pens; and instead of writing in my diary, I would create a different pattern for every day of the year. I am not sure if that means that I was quite naturally creative, or if it was a good exercise to become creative.
Dave Chihuly's Boat House
by Eric Fischer
"I was astounded by Bill Rankin's map of Chicago's racial and ethnic divides and wanted to see what other cities looked like mapped the same way. To match his map, Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people. Data from Census 2000. Base map © OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA"