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Giveaway Alert!

Clay Bouquet Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate to her shop!

A winner will be chosen next week, so please don’t wait to enter! : )

http://www.storybookhearts.com/2013/03/giveaway-from-clay-bouquet-shop.html

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Featured WedEclectic Shop — ClayBouquetShop!

Continuing our feature of the winner for each month’s Team Treasury Challenge, here is our second interview: held with Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop!  (Jennifer’s winning treasury for October can be seen here.  To vote on November’s treasury challenge see this post!)


BlueHead

How did you start your shop? 

I didn’t know it at the time, but preparing for our DIY wedding laid the groundwork for my Etsy shop. I didn’t seriously consider continuing the creative work I was doing until after being strongly encouraged by every one of our wedding vendors to create bouquets and accessories for other brides! I started creating items for my shop the day after we arrived home from our honeymoon. : )

RedOrange
How did you come up with your shop name?

Since I made the wedding bouquets and boutonnieres out of clay flowers, and I thought that the shop would be comprised mainly of those creations, I named it “Clay Bouquet Shop.” Little did I know that it would grow to include brooch, beaded and feather bouquets, sashes, hair accessories, and jewelry. : )

BlackWhiteBout

Tell us about some of your favourite items in the shop.

I love to make clay bouquets, but have to limit the number of contracts I take on due to the time it takes to make the flowers by hand after my full time job. My husband brags about them to others whenever given the chance, which I find quite funny as he protested quite vehemently (for months) when I told him I didn’t want to carry fresh flowers. He finally changed his mind when he saw them arranged, the weekend before our wedding. And he’s even commented that the fresh bridal bouquets he has seen at recent weddings don’t look as good as the ones I make, as they tend to be a bit wilted by the time wedding party pictures are taken.

I also love the brooch bouquets that I have designed for brides…and if we ever renew our vows (which he brings up all the time…and we just celebrated our 3rd anniversary : ) I’m making one for myself!

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And I have a few favorite sets…

The Amanda, bridal sashheadband, and earrings:

Amanda

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The Colette, bridal sash, headband, bracelet, and earrings:

Collette

What inspires you?

The brides I work with, one on one…their themes and details provide a framework for their bouquets. : )

PeacockBride

What is your favorite wedding trend (now or past)?

I really enjoy seeing weddings that incorporate the bride and groom’s passions and favorite things. It becomes less of a traditional cookie-cutter wedding and more of a unique celebration of the couple’s lives coming together.

SilverBroochBouquet

Given the opportunity, which celebrity would you like to see wearing your designs?

I am tickled pink whenever I see photos of brides wearing or carrying my creations, so I would love if any public figure wore or carried anything I made for them!

The Vivian, crystal headpiece and earrings:

Vivian

What is your unicorn – that is, what is an object or skill that has eluded you so far?

If time is an object…I wish I had enough time to fill my current orders, maintain my life/home/business and to accept last minute orders. I’ve had to turn away a number of brides this year due to my busy production schedule, and wish that I could help every bride that contacts me. (I’m currently booked through March of 2013 for bouquets.)

BlueRoseBouquet

What do you think the future holds for you / your shop?

We’re moving early next year, and my plan is to have a devoted room for my shop…and I look forward to be able to display my creations and have a bright, spacious room to work in!

Poppy

Recipe of the Week

From Jennifer’s Kitchen, from Clay Bouquet Shop

Just in time for those Thanksgiving leftovers! Instead of fretting over what to do with all of that turkey, create a tasty casserole…and it easily reheats for lunch or dinner. : )

Turkey Tetrazzini

Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package cooked egg noodles
2 tablespoons butter
1 (6 ounce) can sliced mushrooms
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups chopped cooked turkey
1 (10.75 ounce) can  condensed cream of celery soup
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Directions:
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Preheat oven to 375  degrees F (190 degrees C).
Melt butter in a large heavy skillet. Saute mushrooms for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in turkey, condensed soup, and sour cream. Place cooked noodles in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour sauce mixture evenly over the top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until sauce is bubbling.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Ready in: 45 minutes
Serves: 6
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Giveaway Alert!

$25 Gift Certificate to Clay Bouquet Shop being given away at SavvyDeetsBridal.

Don’t wait to enter…it closes on 11/8!

 

Summer Circus Wedding

Over the summer the Artisan Maskers collaborated with a whole team of amazing artists to put together a fantasy Circus-themed wedding shoot.  Here’s a quick spread of the carnival madness that ensued!

 

First, we have our Tightrope Walker bride.  She preps for the big day with a gorgeously bizarre assemblage of bridesmaids (below): a Clownette, a Lion Tamer, a Fortune Teller, and even a mustachioed Ringmaster!

 

Next up, our Clown of a Groom and his fabulous Groomsmen: the Magician, the Roustabout, and, okay, the “Lion”, too…

 

A few choice shots of the Bride and Groom…

 

And, then, the gang’s all here!  Time for the party to START!

So, what do YOU think?  Could a Circus be in your marital future?  ;D

 

 

Please, have a look at all of the incredible artists that made this shoot possible!

Mini Top Hats, Clownette Ruff, Dog Ruff, Feather Bouquet – Because It Sparkles

Crystal Bridal Headband and Belt – Clay Bouquet Shop

Bustle Skirt and Groom/Best Man Jackets – DAS

Little Miss Muffett Garter – Never A Plain Jane Designs

Corsets and Petticoat – Period Corsets

(Not pictured:  Wedding Streamers – Extravagant Exits )

Recipe of the Week

From Jennifer’s kitchen (of ClayBouquetShop)

My Mom made these for my sister and I when we were kids (my aunt sent her the recipe from a magazine), and I now make these for my husband and me for a quick dinner. It’s an easy recipe, hearty, and mighty scrumptious…and only uses a saute pan (large) and a few muffin pans for easy clean-up. Perfect for a party appetizer (the recipe is easily multiplied) or a quick and easy recipe for an eat-with-your-hands (or a fork and knife) item while watching a DVD together on Friday night. They reheat wonderfully in the microwave or oven for leftovers, but it could be a bit messy if you are working on DIY crafts.  : )

(Photos and a variation of the recipe was found on http://allrecipes.com/recipe/barbecue-beef-cups/

I’m glad I didn’t have to make them to get photos to share…way too busy with bouquet orders…and getting ready for vacation with my husband! : )

BBQ Cups

2 large refrigerated biscuit tubes (8-12 biscuits each), usually found in the refrigerated section near the whipped cream and such (get some for dessert! : )
1 pound ground beef (or turkey, chicken, meat substitute, per your preference)
1 small onion, chopped (or a small handful of frozen, chopped onions…one of my favorite things to have ready to use)
1/2 – 3/4 cup of barbecue sauce (use your favorite…I prefer a slightly sweet sauce over spicy ones.)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.

Saute the onion until they are cooked (translucent). Add the meat,  cook fully and drain.

Mix the BBQ sauce into the meat mixture in the cooking pan. Fully coat the meat, but don’t make it too wet, as the biscuits would end up soggy.

Grease your muffin pans (if using non-stick), and open your biscuits. Spread each biscuit…it’s easiest if you pull it like a mini pizza. (If you get the extra large muffins, decrease the amount of dough you put in each cup.) Stretch it out enough that you can lay it on the bottom of the muffin pan, and have extra to pull up the sides to just below the top of the cup. They’ll shrink back a bit…so do a few, then fill the muffin cup with a spoon or two of the meat mixture, leaving the sides of the dough visible. The dough is going to rise up and make a little cup around the mixture, so it should look like the photo when cooked. : )
Sprinkle a little (or a lot of) cheese on the top of each on before they go in the oven.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes…until the biscuits are golden and the cheesy tops are bubbling. Leaving them in too long will burn both the cheesy tops and the muffins (not very tasty), so keep a close eye on them. I use a butter knife to pop any of those whose cheese spread out and trapped them in the pan.
If there are any biscuits leftover, I usually stick them in the oven at the same time for a quick bite, or top it with a bit of cheese, spice, or cinnamon before baking for a different flavor. : )
Enjoy! : )

A bit of inspiration from a fun, alternative bridal photoshoot : )

By ClayBouquetShop

I have planned to include alternative brides in my advertising for awhile, and finally had the opportunity to include models willing to have fun with this idea earlier this year. Here are some photos to enjoy…and possibly use as inspiration. : )

We had multiple outfits available for models, some more traditional than others, so many models appear more than once. The models had loads of fun in the wardrobe room changing from one outfit into another, accessorizing their attire, and wandering around Turkey Hill Inn for photos by the different photographers. : )

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Veil by Chaos Couture 

Haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Jacket by Blooms In The Night

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Gloves and lace neck wrap (eye mask) by KVO Design

Bouttonniere by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Hair Flower by Chaos Couture

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Fascinator by Chaos Couture

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Fingerless gloves and Lace neck corset by KVO Design

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Layered skirt by Blooms In The Night

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Lace eye mask and cuffs by KVO Design

Bouquet charm by DelaneyPhotoJewelry

Skirt handcrafted by the model (Elderberry)!

(Yes, I told her that she should open up an Etsy shop, too!)

Thank you to all of our participants!

(listed alphabetically)

Photographers

www.brianbortnickphotography.com

www.flowingcolor.com

www.janeniziolphotography.com

www.metroglamourstudio.com/

www.modelmayhem.com/MichaelLawrencePhotography

www.facebook.com/steven.otte

www.steelcityphotography.com

http://stillsinfashion.com/

Hair Stylists

Allison Tegano

www.nazbeauty.com

www.vervenj.com

www.theupdoguru.com

Make Up Artists

KimmV  MM# 2357138

www.MaganSethi.com

www.facebook.com/makeupbynessa

www.nazbeauty.com

SK Faceworks Makeup MM# 2213330

Models

Andie-Nicole

Ava

Courtney

Elderberry

Jacqueline

Jamie

Kattia

Nicole

Rachell

Stephanie

December Giveaway with ClayBouquetShop

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by: ClayBouquetShop!

Jennifer handcrafts wedding bouquets and accessories created from clay, crystals, brooches and feathers (cruelty free whenever possible), as well as jeweled ribbon headbands and sashes.  Just look at the gorgeous detail of her clay flowers and the stunning sparkle of the jeweled accessories!


Enter this drawing to win $25 for use towards any one of her gorgeous pieces!  The $25 can be applied towards custom bouquet orders and local candy buffet rentals (NE NJ), or any other item listed on her etsy shop or website.  Jennifer is willing to customize items and ships worldwide.
Shipping costs will be the responsibility of the winner, and NJ sales tax will be added for NJ residents/shipping addresses. The gift certificate is not transferable, does not expire, and is not redeemable for cash.

This giveaway is open worldwide and will run until midnight, December 31st, but don’t wait!

To enter, simply leave a comment including your favorite item from Jennifer’s Shop:  ClayBouquetShop  (Please include your email, handle, etc., for verification & contacting you when you win!)

Additional entries for comments indicating that you:

Heart her etsy shop
Friend/Like ClayBouquetShop on Facebook
Follow ClayBouquetShop on Twitter

Follow @WedEclectic on Twitter

Become a fan of WedEclectic on Facebook

Posted this giveaway on your Facebook page.

Posted this giveaway on your blog (make sure to give us a link to it in comments!)
Posted this giveaway on a wedding/social network.

The winner will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on January 2nd via email with the good news!

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Congrats to the winner, chosen by random.org. Comment 14 – Melissa! Please contact ClayBouquetShop via Etsy to discuss how to claim your gift certificate!