Category Archives: vintagefrocksoffancy

>May’s Giveaway – $30 Gift Certificate

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Do you want something whimsical and light hearted for your special day?
Perhaps a conversation piece?
Or what about something that signifies your role as bride & groom or Mr & Mrs?
LOOK NO FURTHER!!!
Here it is AND you can win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Etsy shop OurHobbyToYourHome, which creates these personalized signs for your wedding!!

Shelley, at Our Hobby To Your Home, absolutely loves weddings and wants each bride and groom to have a unique and specialized sign they can use for their wedding or hang in their house. Each sign Shelley creates is personalized by font, color and size. She would love to create a sign just for you!!

Shelley says that she loves offbeat wedding as much as traditional. She is decorating for a couple that will be engaged this summer and has included a photo of them. She is honored to be a little part of their special day.

Also, Shelley loves to do custom signs for the home and Typography signs. They make amazing gifts and many couples who use them at their weddings have a special memento for years to come.

Here is Shelley’s facebook page:
.www.facebook.com/OurHobbytoYourHomeandWedding#!/OurHobbytoYourHomeandWed

Enter to win this giveaway by leaving a comment below, on our giveaway page or emailing me at vintagefrocksoffancy@gmail.com. The winner will be announced on June 1st here on the blog. Please check back then.
(If I have no other means of getting in touch with you – email address, etsy account, etc… –  the only other place that I can notify you is here on the blog. So be sure to check back to see if you are the winner!!


>Etsy Treasury Giveaway Winner

>During April the Offbeat Etsy Wedding Team hosted a huge giveaway. This treasury was curated with 16 wedding items from members of our team.

I am here to announce our winner……..and it is….

NonlinearDynamics!!!

Congratulations from all of us!

We asked that each person who entered pick their favorite shop in the treasury. Nonlinear chose Artisanmaskers as her favorite. Amanda and her family and friends at Artisanmaskers create beautiful one of a kind hand-made masks for your special occasion.

A great big THANK YOU to all who entered. Visit our blog regularly for month giveaway’s and unique ideas for your offbeat wedding!

Michaelann
VintageFrocksOfFancy

>Pie Is the New Cupcake

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Perhaps by now you have heard that the ever popular cupcake is trending out and making way for PIE!! 
So until pie is worn out as the dessert of choice it is still offbeat if you are going to have it for your wedding.


One of our Offbeat team members, Dionne, from Dionnesimone,  made a great chocolate pecan pie for her daughter’s reception. The pies were star shaped. She says pecan pie lasts well and freezes great. You could make them well ahead of time to save yourself the stress of last minute preparation.


Here is the recipe and a few comments from Dionne:


1/2 bag of chocolate chips
2 tbs butter
1 c corn syrup
1/3 c granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp fresh grated nutmeg (optional)
1 1/2 cup pecan halves
prepared graham cracker pie crust

Heat oven to 350
Microwave chocolate and butter in a large bowl (using short intervals – you don’t want to scorch the chocolate) Stir.
Stir in corn syrup, sugar, vanilla and eggs (make sure that eggs are last – you want the corn syrup and sugar mixture to cool the chocolate a little so you don’t cook them on contact) 
Stir in pecans & nutmeg. 
Pour into pie shell.
Bake for 55 min or until knife inserted 1 inch from center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

For mini pies simply use the mini pie crusts and cook for aprox 40 min or until the knife comes out clean.

This recipe doubles and triples beautifully.

Package each mini pie in celophane bags purchased at craft store. Add a pretty thank you tag to the top. Use your imagination and accent with ribbon, stamps or flowers. The mini scrapbooking brads make wonderful attachments for the flower petals.






Of course you can’t go wrong with good ol’ apple pie. Here is a recipe from Better Homes and Garden Cook Book for 


Apple Crumb Pie

1 cup sugar separated in to halves
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp grated lemon peel
6 cups thinly sliced apples (2 lbs)
3 tbs lemon juice
pastry crust
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp mace
1/4 cup softened butter

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tbs flour,and lemon peel. Sprinkle apples with lemon juice, add sugar mixture and toss to coat. fill pastry with apple mixture. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour and spices in a seperate bowl. Cut in butter till crumbly, sprinkle on top of apples. Cover crust edges with foil. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil, bake for 30 min more or until topping is golden. 

Makes 8 servings.
Or if you prefer not to make the pie you can order them from Etsy sellers. Here is one from KaysSimplyHomemade.



Michaelann
http://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageFrocksOfFancy


>HUGE Giveaway for April!!

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Our Offbeat Etsy Wedding Team is giving away an ENTIRE treasury to ONE WINNER!!

All you need to do is leave a comment on the treasury as to your favorite Offbeat team shop/shops.

Click on the treasury below to be taken to Etsy to enter. One entry per person please!
The winner will be notified on May 1, 2011.

Note: An international winner (outside of U.S) may be required by some of the shops to pay a small fee in postage. 

Michaelann
Vintage Frocks Of Fancy

>March’s Giveaway Winner!!!

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Our winner for March is Casey!!

Casey writes:
My fiance and I have always done things a little backwards! We have a 2 1/2 year old daughter and son from my previous marriage. We want to do something personal and memorable and really focus on the union of our family, as that is the important part in all of this! We’re doing pretty much everything ourselves and want the day to be fun and enjoyable for the kids – nothing stuffy or formal!


Casey wins a $30.00 gift certificate from LIAISON and
a $100.00 gift certificate from 
Isadora Clothing

You can find both of these shops on Etsy by clicking on their shop names. Thank you Kat and Vanessa for providing these for the giveaway. I’m sure Casey will LOVE your shops.


Thanks Casey and everyone else for your entries!! It’s lots of fun for us here at Offbeat Etsy Weddings to read your entries and how you and your wedding are offbeat. We appreciate you stopping by our blogspot and checking out our Etsy shops under ‘Stores’. 


We wish all of you the happiest of times & Wonderful Wacky Weird Way-Out Wild Weddings!!


And now for a little info on April’s treasury…….. We are going to give away AN ENTIRE TREASURY on Etsy. The treasury will go live this coming Thursday. There are 16 prizes that 1 winner will get all for herself!!!! 
Check back here for the treasury link on Thursday morning.




Michaelann
Vintage Frocks Of Fancy

>GIVEAWAY for March

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April 2 – UPDATE……the winner will be announced later this afternoon and details about April’s HUGE GIVEAWAY will be posted!!!


Another month, another giveaway!! For March’s giveaway we have a two Etsy shop’s who have graciously given gift certificates.


Our first shop is LIAISON.
If you are the winner for March you will receive a $30.00 gift certificate to her shop.
To find out more about Kat of Liaison and her stunning creations click HERE.

Click on the photo to see more in her shop!

And next we have a $100.00 gift certificate from Vanessa of Isadora Clothing


The Chameleon dress, Isadora’s exclusive version of the convertible wrap dress, is custom made every time- you choose the fabric ( velvet, satin jersey, matte jersey or bamboo/organic cotton jersey), the color ( over 100 to choose from), size, length and hem style.   

















Enter to win by leaving a comment here about your offbeat wedding or what makes you an offbeat bride or groom. And also send me a convo through my Etsy shop Vintage Frocks Of Fancy or email me at VintageFrocksOfFancy@gmail.com.

>Throw away the bouquet

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As an offbeat bride one must think outside the box and how about this for one, replacing the bouquet?

But replace it with what you may ask? How about the following?

Handbag

A staple for all us ladies whether we are going out for the night or just to work. So why not take one down the aisle? It will come in handy for storing little items such as tissues, lipstick and compact. A perfect example is from Roselani Jasmin shop.

Of course your bridesmaid can not be left out so about getting some matching ones from Norakaren.

Shrug

For those are getting married in chilly climates then discard the bouquet and opt for a shrug to keep your shoulders warm.

This lovely purple shrug from Vintage Frocks of Fancy should get you all the attention and more!

And this capelet from Liaison is full of glamour and fashion.

Mask

If your wedding theme is masquerade then walk down the aisle with a mask instead. Artisan Maskers creates a whole range of mask that will tickle your fancy.

In fact why not get the whole congregation to have mask?

I hope this has given you offbeat brides of some ideas of breaking the mould.