Monthly Archives: February 2011
- 1 Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 2 Mix the chili powder and brown sugar in a shallow bowl.
- 3 Fit a sheet of parchment paper onto a jelly-roll pan.
- 4 Bury each slice of bacon in the chili and sugar mixture; rub both sides to assure the mixture adheres.
- 5 Lay the bacon strips on the prepared pan.
- 6 The bacon strips may be left flat or twisted two or three times by holding each end to make a candied “stick”.
- 7 Bake for 30 minutes without turning.
- 8 Always transfer candied bacon using tongs; the hot sugar can easily burn your fingers.
Don’t forget to scour Etsy.com for your favorite paper goods shop. It is very likely that they are willing and able to create these for you in any style you like.
|Rock Themed Weddings
We (the Offbeat Etsy Weddings Team) recently had the pleasure of becoming a partner with Cynthia of PoptasticBride.com. She will be keeping and eye on our members’ items for potential features and we will just continue to love her great work 🙂 Squeeee! She has a fabulous blog inspired by her not so traditional invitations/stationary and tees/apparel. She realized that there are very few ready made invites on the market today that cater to a funky individual feel. PoptasticBride.com fits that niche very well with bright colors, interesting designs and non cookie cutter ideals. Her blog is like her product line. Unique!
When you stop by the About section of PoptasticBride.com it is like reading the mission statement of We Love Offbeat Etsy Weddings (this is a match made in heaven):
My first advice would be involve your friends in your wedding planning.
Get a wishlist of products and ideas you like and think you want.
Go to your local library and grab some wedding books for ideas.
This will give you a vast supply of ideas new and old for you.
A day planner is exactly what you need to plan your special day.
Funky planning ideas for your offbeat wedding
Mustaches on sticks! I really love this idea. All I see if fun here.
I am in love with these pomegranate wedding soap. Personalized for your day
|Rollergirl Bouquet from Floricultcha|
Amy (Floricultcha) offers brides a non-floral, funky, funny and unique bouquet alternative. She uses vintage, retro items, ribbons and other embellishments to create one of a kind sculptural wedding bouquets meant for weddings that seek to represent the couple instead of the industry. Amy is very well educated in sculpture and horticulture and uses this knowledge to create wedding flowers that are considered “art”. She has also worked with live flowers for weddings and often uses that experience when working on new designs. Amy lives just outside of Boston with a husband that encourages her to fill their home with the wonderful oddities that make her happy. Her interests have never been mainstream but she appreciates the symbolism behind her flowers and truly hopes that they become cherished heirlooms.
I asked Amy to tell me why she is unique and what made her feel passion for these non-traditional creations. This was her fabulous response:I love seeing all the different themes that are being incorporated into contemporary weddings. It inspires me to brainstorm non-traditional ideas for bouquets. It's wonderful that the white wedding no longer dominates the world of weddings or that even if a bride chooses a traditional white gown there are more options for adding personal touches. There are additional styles that reflect what they really like or who they really are, rather than trying to fit into to the mainstream. That is like trying to squeeze into a gown that doesn't fit. There are so many different couples and different attitudes about marriage and what it represents. I also think folks involved in helping with alternative weddings begin to embrace these changes and often find that the changes are more genuine and indicative of the couples' lifestyle or what brought them together in the first place. -Amy-
So, you’re engaged. Congrats. You and your partner have decided to have an eco friendly wedding without sacrificing your offbeat style. Think vintage, the ultimate recycling. I know you’re thinking that you don’t want to look old fashioned but modern hip and dripping with stylish originality. And why not!
Make sure you ask or read about their policies. You will probably be required to make a non-refundable down payment to start work. I know this can feel a little scary. Do your research. There are many sites with good resource info. Here is a good starting place
Here are a few of our offbeat and traditional photos for you to see what you prefer.
>The following pictures of bridal hair accessories I found on etsy.
I am in love with these head pieces and becoming inspired by these fabulous pieces.
From dramatic hats to feminine flower feather pieces.
Gothic Valentine Dramatic black and red mini Pillbox Hat with Veil
by orderabandon on etsy
Baby blue feather fascinator BELLDANDY design – Made of guinea hen feather and satin flowers – CHOOSE headband, comb, elastic band, or hair clip. This clip is by Castlememories on etsy
Gothic Tiara by EJPcreations on etsy
Be it adventure, romance, or just on the prowl this tiara is the perfect accent for any hair do. Made out of small ornate clock hands it adds just a little of Gothic, Neo-Victorian sparkle to any outfit. This is the hair accessory that will bring excitement and adventure to you. A tiara with echos of the past encased in it’s clock hand peaks.
>Whether you are you are just starting to plan or hoping to offset your destination wedding carbon footprint with a eco-friendly honeymoon, there are a million ways to go green with your wedding. Here is a quick list of a few fashionably eco-chic sites and blogs to inspire!