Saturday, November 19, 2011

Steampunk Wedding Cake Extravaganzaaaaa!

k, not steampunk at all, but frakkin' awesome!

Well, it's been a while. I've been busy with wedding planning, wedding planning, wedding planning! 

I tackled designing the invitations myself from scratch. Now the invitations and RSVP cards are complete, along with homemade envelopes... and mailed! Now we sit back and wait.... hah..

Today my mother, my fiance, and I, met with Melissa from Buttercream Couture. I was introduced to her at the Fraser Valley Wedding Swap a few weeks ago. Her cupcakes are delicious, and I could literally eat a whole vatt of the buttercream icing. Oh yes, it's my bag baby. So good. We met with her to discuss pricing and throw around ideas. She is extremely excited about the prospect of a steampunk theme for the cakes. Apparently, almost every wedding she's done this year has been "Tiffany blue" (gag). She was brimming full of ideas.

Honestly, I hadn't really given cake ideas much thought, I've been busy with everything else milling around in my brain. I was excited that she was excited. And not just, "act into it for the customer" excited. She almost peed when I showed her our invitations. So I thin this will be a lot of fun for her, and us.

I'm hoping to make the cupcakes an extravagant display, rather than just placing them on a table in a pyramid. Naturally, I googled steampunk wedding cake ideas. They are so gorgeous!

*UPDATE* To see the steampunk wedding cupcakes I ended up with for my wedding (they're gorgeous!), check out my post Steamy, Buttery, Cupcakey

have you seen these edible button cakes?

kekeke... steampunk "buggies" cake topper

Monday, September 26, 2011

Red Head Redemption

"Ohhh, alright" by Roy Lichtenstein

I have decided to pay honour to the red hair I had for three weeks. As a naturally very dark brunette, becoming a flaming redhead for three weeks is no small feat! Especially when there is old black hair dye and bright blue streaks involved. But I did it. Even after three different shades of red, I still couldn't find the exact shade I'd always wanted to try on myself - and after all the bleaching and dyeing my hair couldn't take much more experimenting - so I finally went back to black.

My short stint as a redhead.

 And so now I shall live vicariously through these paintings of beautiful red hair. Enjoy!

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema - "Spring Flowers"

 "Perdita" - Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys

"Alice Guerin" - Paul César Helleu

Mary Cassatt - "Maternal Kiss" 1896.

Mary Cassat - "At the Theater (aka Lydia Cassatt Leaning on Her Arms, Seated in a Loge)" 1879-1880

"Lady with a Red Hat" - Frank Duveneck

Pierre Auguste Renoir - "Seated Girl with Blue Background", 1890

Laura Muntz Lyall (1860-1930) -  "The Little Red Hair"

"Helen of Troy" -  Anthony Frederick Sandys

François Boucher - Title unknown to me

John Hughes - "In The Grass"

William Holman Hunt - "Amaryllis"

Jules-Joseph Lefebvre - "Mary Magdalen in the Grotto"

"Melancholy" - Jean-Jacques Henner

William McGregor Paxton - "Girl Combing Her Hair"

I don't know the artist or title for this one.

Frederick Sandys - Love's Shadow

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer - "Eve"

George Frederic Watts - "Portrait Study of a Girl with Red Hair"

Władysław Ślewiński (Polish, 1854-1918) - "Woman Brushing her Hair"

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Magnolia Pearl

Magnolia Pearl is a romantic style clothing/bag company whose shop is a traveling caravan. Everything about it is devastatingly beautiful.

Magnolia Pearl is the brainchild of Robin "Pearl" Brown, one of Texas' most influential fashion and design icons.


Magnoila Pearl's humble beginnings

The Graphics Fairy!

I've discovered a wonderful blog! The Graphics Fairy daily offer up free high quality vintage images, graphics, and clip art. There's over 2000 images on here to pick through for use in craft projects, collage, DIY, scrapbooking, Home Decor, etc. Again I say, wonderful!

Some samplings! (You'll have to visit her site for the large downloadable PDFs!)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Engaging Engagement Photos

Well, I've officially been engaged since August 3rd, and as of yet have not gone about getting any decent engagement pictures taken. In a situation like mine, where money is a huge issue, I see engagement photos as more of a frivality. I'd still like to take some, just so I have some awesome pictures of my sweetie and me together. 

I even wrote out a list of creative ideas we could try. Whether we ever get around to trying them remains to be seen, but in the meantime here are some of the more cute, clever, or creative engagement photos that I came across online the other day. Enjoy!

Artistic/Theatrical Creativity
A salute the the famous painting "American Gothic", by Joy Marie Photography.

Same creative couple as above, this time a salute to Superman. Joy Marie Photography. Click here to see the rest of the photos from this session.
Click Here to see the rest of the photos from this shoot.

Creative Chalkboard Photoshoot, by Ben Blood. Check out the rest of this adorable photoshoot here

A singapore couple's chalkboard seasons by OneEyeClick

"Theatrical" engagement shoot by Hi Fi Weddings

 Outings or Event Themes

Zach + Sara seaside shoot by Jagger Photography

Christa Kimble Photography

Vintage Travel Inspired Engagement shoot (with a yellow airplane!) by Alison Conklin Photography

It's a nice day for a wet wedding. Allebach Photography

Maybe I'm just kinky, but I thought this was great. Caitlin Blue, aka ~ComaBlue on Deviantart.

Balloons and Props

Made U Look Photography - Paper Hearts

White Balloons fill up a room!
Photographs by Brittany Esther
Inspired by the pages of books... Micah & Megan Photographers

Some cutesy stuff with props from Maile Lani Photography

Artists with balloons and a quilt from Green Wedding Shoes

Gotta be one of my favourites. I love it. 1314 Studio Photography.

Another favourite of mine!! Daniel Kiyoi

Remember these guys? Co-ordinated sweaters is the prop. Ben Blood


I love this americana motorcycle couple. By Lauren Ledbetter

 Lighting and Effects
Allebach Photography
Beautiful rain capture (okay so its a wedding photo, not an engagement photo) by Matt Adock of
I love the magical backlighting. By Luke Pickerill Photography
Again, the night-time backlighting... Miller + Miller Photography
A beautiful engagement photo with sunlight streaming from behind. Samantha Kurtz Photography
Out in Nature
Hiding in the greenery - Allebach Photography

Allyson Conklin Photography

Scent of Lavender ... Ausnippets Photography
Alyssa Schroeder

Rapeseed fields of the English countryside. Photography
Very Romantic tree photoshoot. Ausnippets Photography

Special Editing/Other cutesy stuffs

Split screen! By Jagger Photography

Jen n Joe by acgphotography
Another winner by Alison Conklin
Well I found this on stumbleupon and have no idea who to credit for it...
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