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April Treasury Challenge

 

This month’s treasury contest was about celebrating in style. These are fabulous collections, and it’s going to be a tough decision. We need your vote!  Check out these gorgeous collections; each one featuring  March’s challenge winner:

Julie Farrell from Odd Lot Emporium.

Voting ends at midnight on April 30th EST, and the winner will be posted on 5/01/13.

Please vote for your favorite collection here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NLZ3C7F

Previews of the treasuries, in the order of entry: (Click on the photo to open the treasury in full page view.)
April 1 Keri DJDApril 2 Karen - bag secrets April 3 Karen - bling for the tableApril 4 Karen - bling for the table

March Giveaway

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by

Keri creates Memorial Charms for your bouquets and boutonnieres, necklaces, bracelets, even ornaments!

An array of her bouquet charms…to remember someone dear who cannot be present at your wedding, or to include a photo of the two of you with your wedding date!

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And a few of the options she offers of customized charms to wear! Perfect for Moms, the bridal party, and gifts!

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Keri is offering a photo ornament from her shop…a value of $39!  And shipping within the US is included!

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This giveaway will run until midnight, March 31th, but don’t wait!

Entries will be accepted for:

Commenting, including your favorite item from Delaney Photo Jewelry‘s shop.

Commenting that you hearted Delaney Photo Jewelry‘s Etsy shop (and your Etsy name for verification).

Following Delaney Photo Jewelry’s blog.

Commenting that you follow DelaneyPhotoJewelry (@delaneyjewelry) on Twitter (and your twitter name for verification).

Commenting that you friended Delaney Photo Jewelry on Facebook (and your FB page for verification).

Follow @WedEclectic  on Twitter.

Friend WedEclectic on Facebook.

Tweeted this giveaway (please copy your tweet here).

Posted this giveaway on your Facebook page (please copy your post here).

Posted this giveaway on your blog (please include the link here).

Posted this giveaway on a wedding/social network (please include the link here).

The winner will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on April 1st via email with the good news!

February Treasury Challenge

 

It’s time to get your vote on! This month there are only 4 entries, but I don’t know if that will make voting any easier; they are beautiful! Check out these gorgeous collections; each one featuring both of January’s challenge winners:  Clay Bouquet Shop and Bag Secrets.

Voting ends at midnight on February 28th EST, and the winner will be posted on 3-01-2013.

You have just a couple days to vote, and the winning treasury will be selected by majority vote. The winner will be announced here on the 1st. Please vote for your favorite collection here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6JDP9WK

Previews of the treasuries, in the order of entry: (Click on the photo to open the treasury in full page view.)
Thank you so much for voting!

January Treasury Challenge

 

It’s time to get your vote on! This month’s treasury contest was a team challenge that produced over 50 treasuries.  I think we covered every possible wedding theme, and now we need your vote. Check out these gorgeous collections; each one featuring one, or both, of December’s challenge winners:  Forest Candle Studio and Delaney Photo Jewelry.

Voting ends at midnight on February 8th EST, and the winner will be posted on 2-09-2013.

Please vote for your favorite collection here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q7K6RBW

Previews of the treasuries, not in the order of entry: (Click on the photo to open the treasury in full page view.)
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SandSurfLoverusticwedRomanticGardenWedding

PurpleGold

PinkBlack

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GoldenHuesAutumn

GayMarriageEquality

exchvowslavenderfieldEcoLuxuryWedcrimsongoldcowboy weddingcobaltgoldweddingChristmasweddingWedding Inspiration...a Palette of Blues and Purples by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on EtsyHoneymooning...Beaches  Lingerie and Mementos by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on EtsyBridal White by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on EtsyWedding Themes   Music by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on Etsywhitewedhoneymoonweddingsseasonalsparklewedding fantasiesVisionsSilverIvoryVintagevintageroseVintageloveTropPinkOrangesummernightsweddingTwoBridesWedDaystorybookwedsteampunk weddingsValentine's weddingsportsinspiredSomethingBlueTropical Wedding Inspiration...Shades of Aqua and Coral by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on EtsyForTheGroomAndFriendsIts Wonderfully Romantic by Annie Farber on Etsy

Blushing Bride by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on Etsy

Lime Green Dream Wedding by Kristin Ames on Etsy
A Rainbow of Wedding Favors by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on Etsy
Black and White Wedding by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on Etsy
Weddings with Geekery    Theme Weddings     by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on Etsy
A Touch of Spring by Tina Cooke on Etsy
The Beauty of Spring Weddings by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on Etsy
Bold Victorian Wedding Inspiration by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on Etsy
Destination Wedding   Travel Themed Wedding Details by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on EtsyWedding Inspiration...a Palette of Blues and Purples by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on EtsyWedding Palette  Red and Black by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on Etsy

Fairytale Weddings by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on EtsyWedding Palette of Pink and Orange by Jennifer Ferencz Barato on Etsy

Here is a special Thank You to our team captain, Jennifer of Clay Bouquet Shop, for having an outstanding number of entries in this months contest. We appreciate your efforts and the exposure.

October Giveaway

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by

Keri creates Memorial Charms for your bouquets and boutonnieres, necklaces, bracelets, even ornaments!

An array of her bouquet charms…to remember someone dear who cannot be present at your wedding, or to include a photo of the two of you with your wedding date!

And a few of the options she offers of customized charms to wear! Perfect for Moms, the bridal party, and gifts!

Keri is offering a photo ornament from her shop…a value of $39!  And shipping within the US is included!

This giveaway will run until midnight, October 31th, but don’t wait!

Entries will be accepted for:

Commenting, including your favorite item from Delaney Photo Jewelry‘s shop.

Commenting that you hearted Delaney Photo Jewelry‘s Etsy shop (and your Etsy name for verification).

Following Delaney Photo Jewelry’s blog.

Commenting that you follow DelaneyPhotoJewelry (@delaneyjewelry) on Twitter (and your twitter name for verification).

Commenting that you friended Delaney Photo Jewelry on Facebook (and your FB page for verification).

Follow @WedEclectic  on Twitter.

Friend WedEclectic on Facebook.

Tweeted this giveaway (please copy your tweet here).

Posted this giveaway on your Facebook page (please copy your post here).

Posted this giveaway on your blog (please include the link here).

Posted this giveaway on a wedding/social network (please include the link here).

The winner will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on November 1st via email with the good news!

Biodegradable Orange Peel Bird Feeders

By Delaney Jewelry Designs

Can you picture these hanging all around at your outdoor wedding reception? Maybe add some lemons and limes.

This is my daughter, Delaney, demonstrating how to make an Orange Peel Bird Feeder. She loves to stop dead in her tracks and listen when she hears the birds singing. We’ve even had to track down a few to identify them.

Scraping out the fruit can be a little messy.

But very tasty.

 Choose big Navel oranges with a thick peel for the best results. Cut off the top 1/3 of the orange, and scrape out the fruit using a big spoon. We made 6 feeders at one time, so we made an orange smoothie once we were done. I’ve read that oranges not only strengthen our immune systems, but they help protect against cancer, and even help people with asthma and arthritis.

Poke 4 holes in the skin all at approximately 1 inch from the top.

Cut 2 pieces of twine (equal in length) approx 3’ to 4’ each.

Thread your twine.

Poke each piece of twine in one side, straight across, and out the other. Your twine pieces should cross in the center

Fill the orange peel with bird seed.

I must advise you to tie your twine ends in a knot before you fill it, so that your seed doesn’t spill; we learned the hard way. Now you can easily hang it on a branch at least 6’ from the ground keeping your orange level. We chose a bird seed that would attract song birds to our yard, but you can use whatever you have on hand.

It becomes a colorful surprise, and one that the squirrels don’t seem to bother.

Refill as many times as you can. Eventually it will fall to the earth and degrade.

Side note: If you place all of the orange peel tops into a mason jar and fill it with vinegar, in a week or two you can pour the liquid into a squirt bottle and you will have a great household cleaner. The orange peels help reduce the vinegar scent and aid in cleaning.

Written by Keri O’Hara from Delaney Jewelry Designs

Creating a Balanced Look

By Delaney Jewelry Designs

Creating a balanced look for your wedding day:

Choose the right earring and hairstyle for the shape of your face.

Many people believe that earrings are the single most important piece of jewelry that a woman can wear. When you greet someone they are likely to notice your earrings before any other piece of jewelry that you’re wearing. That is, with the exception of some facial piercings. For many women, putting on the “right” pair of earrings will do more for them than putting on make-up, but there is a lot to consider when determining which pair is the “right” pair for your special day.  A style of earrings chosen without considering the shape of your face can distort your features and create a lack of balance.  Knowing the shape of your face is the first step in determining the best earring style for you.  This will help you choose a pair of earrings that will accent your best facial features and bring balance to your appearance.

The easiest way to determine the shape of your face is to ask your hairstylist.  Another easy way is to pull your hair back off of your face and simply look.  If you’re going to rely on your girlfriend’s opinion make sure that she hasn’t had more than a glass or two of wine, as that tends to distort your features and her judgment.  Your face may be obviously round, square, or oval.  If it’s not obvious to you then try what I did; stand a foot or two back from a mirror and using your least favorite eye-liner trace the shape of your face on the mirror.  Then, holding a piece of paper over the outline, trace it onto the paper with a pen. Match it to one of the descriptions below as best you can.  Once you have defined your look you can choose an appropriate hairstyle.  Ask your hairstylist what styles are in fashion that would suit your shape of face or head.  If you already know the shape of your face; a simple rule is that your hair should be wide where your face is narrow and narrower at the points in your face that are the widest.  This will not only complete a balanced look but it can compliment your facial features and often accent your earrings.

Studs make a good earring for everything from work to working out.  But for some face shapes the stud can be the “right” earring for all occasions.  If the stud is your earring of choice, I recommend matching your eye color to a natural stone or a gem stone stud whenever possible, but diamonds and/or pearls are the go-to stud for a bride. Blue eyes will pop out next to stones like blue agate, or aquamarine.

Green eyes will light up next to a pair of jade, green agate, or Peridot studs, as shown here. Hazel eyes will glow next to amber, carnelian, or topaz stones.  You could even choose a stud that matches your wedding colors.

A pair of single pearl studs can be worn with absolutely anything from jeans to bridal gowns and they come in so many different sizes and colors.  I love the addition of the dangle like the pearl earrings shown here.   And now for some insight into creating a balanced look:

If you have a round face it will look about as long as it is wide. Your face will be a circle with a rounded chin.  For a round face long lines are best when it comes to earrings.

Dangles and drops like these Rose Quarts earrings, will help in elongating your face giving it a slimmer appearance.  But for an “everyday” earring, an angular stud will look good on any round face. You will want to balance the length and height of your hair to elongate your facial appearance.  Up do’s are good for round faces keeping the fullness away from the sides of your face. If you wear your hair up, leave some pieces dangling down.  A loose ponytail with wispy dangles will frame your face nicely and you can wear it higher for a more youthful appearance.  Chunky layering and a sweeping bang will also offset the roundness of your face.  An up do such as a twist is easy and it will show off your earrings as well.

If you have an oval face it will be about 1½ times longer than it will be wide.Your face will be the shape that many see for its graceful and symmetrical proportions.  Your forehead is usually wider when compared to your chin.  Oval is considered the perfectly balanced face, making it a favorite in the beauty industry so consider yourself admired. You will usually have a softly rounded hairline and a jaw line that is slightly narrower than the temples.  With an oval face, you’ll want to wear earrings with soft shapes like oval studs and teardrops.    

Earrings like these round garnet studs will add balance to your appearance & look fantastic.  People with an oval face shape can really wear almost any earring design and hair style.  So, if you’re lucky enough to have an oval face you should avoid hair styles that hide your fantastic features, thus making the right pair of earrings even more important.

If you’ve got a square face you most likely have a broad forehead, square hairline and jaw.  With a square face you will want to avoid wearing bulky earrings that will end up making your face appear wider.

Longer earrings like the amethyst earrings shown here will soften the appearance of a square face. Round earrings, such as hoops, are also a desired style for these features.  Try a hair style with long layers; this will be the key to softening your features.  A style that will compliment your face is an up-do with loose curls for height. You’ll want to avoid a center part, which will put an emphasis on the fullness of your face and go for a side part to slim your features.

If you have a heart shaped face you will have a narrow jaw line and possibly a pointy chin. Your face will be similar to the oval face but your cheekbones or forehead will be the widest part.  Longer earrings such as chandeliers with wide bottoms will work best for a heart shaped face.  And soft curvy teardrops or pyramids will add fullness to a slender jaw line and help balance your features.

I love the design of these garnet drop earrings for a heart shaped face.  You’ll want to avoid calling attention to your jaw line so layers of hair around your face will help make your chin look less pointy and the longer your hair, the better.

If you have a diamond shaped face you have a broad forehead with a square hairline and angular jaw. Your face will be wide at the cheeks and equally narrow at the forehead and chin.  You most likely have gloriously high cheek bones that will be admired by many.  For a diamond shaped face you should wear earrings that are less in length and more in width as the beautiful citrine circle earrings shown here.

But you will also look great in studs, like the Peridot earrings shown above, and small drop earrings such as a single gem stone.  You can wear shorter hair styles if you like; however you need to leave a weighty thickness in the back to achieve a balance between your dramatic cheekbones a delicate chin line.

If you have an oblong face it is very much similar to a square face but it is longer and narrow.  Studs and chandelier style earrings look very good on an oblong face adding width to the middle as a balance.

You won’t want to wear long dangly earrings as this will only lengthen your features, but something like the design on these garnet earrings will add width as well.  You will want a hairstyle that is short to medium in length with fullness at the sides of your face.  Not too long as you will want to balance the long and slender features.

Many women have a combination of face shapes happening all at once, and most of us do not have perfectly symmetrical faces.   You can always experiment with different earring and hair styles to decide what looks best on you.  Once you have your dress and colors picked out you can take this information and simple earring examples shown above and find what you really love. Check out these styles from the Wed Eclectic team on Etsy:http://tinyurl.com/73xjbl5.

I hope that you are now better equipped to choose a pair of everyday earrings that will bring out your inner beauty and highlight your best features; and a fabulous pair of earrings that will be the perfect complement to the fashion statement you make on your wedding day. When you know you look good, it makes you feel good and feeling good may only be a pair of earrings and a new hair style away.  If that doesn’t work; try sharing your girlfriends wine.  After all, it is your right to look and feel good.

Build A Bride’s Bracelet

By DelaneyJewelry

 

As a child I learned to make beaded jewelry from my mother.  When I was old enough to work in her book store I spent a great deal of time reading and learned a lot about the meanings for crystals and stones. Once I had started selling my jewelry, I felt it would be helpful for the recipient to know the meanings, and I tried to include it whenever possible. This knowledge was very beneficial during a period of time that I worked as a Certified Childbirth Educator for Swedish Hospital in Seattle. I noticed soon-to-be mom’s really connecting with one another by the end of the class series. Occasionally, on the last class, women would even bring gifts for the other expecting mom’s. These gifts were always something that was intended to welcome their baby, give them strength in labor or to use as a focal point during their labors.  I was moved by this gesture time and time again, as were the recipients of the gifts.

This happened often enough that I started using a Birthing Bracelet idea for each of my classes. I asked every couple to bring one bead for each of the other expecting mothers in the class.  I would bring the supplies and we would string the beads into bracelets that they could keep forever.  Each participant handed out their beads and shared the reason for the bead they chose.  Many times it was the color, or the healing properties of the stone, and often it was a charm that held a special meaning.  Over the course of many classes I learned the properties of stones that I hadn’t even heard of.  One day I ran into a woman that had taken my class years prior and she told me that she wore the bracelet on her second pregnancy as well, and that her youngest daughter occasionally wears the bracelet.

You can use this same idea to build a bride’s bracelet. A sweet gesture and a fun moment for a wedding shower. All the attendees could bring a stone or bead to contribute to the bracelet? One with a meaning, or a wish for them to take into their new married life. Whether they wear it, or keep it tucked away in a safe place, your wishes will be with them always. What a fabulous ‘something old’, or ‘something new’ to give a bride. You can add charms to an existing bracelet like these below:

Or suggest a color scheme, or a theme such as Vintage, or Pearls as in these next two.

If it ends up being something that doesn’t fit the bride’s style or color scheme, just make it long enough to be worn as an anklet under her wedding gown.

Here are some of the meanings I have discovered (Alternate stones are listed in parentheses):

 

Zodiac Stones

Capricorn (De c 22 – Jan 20) – Ruby
Aquarius (Jan 21 – Feb 21) – Garnet
Pisces (Feb 22 – March 21) – Amethyst
Aries (March 22 – April 20) – Bloodstone (Jasper)
Taurus (April 21 – May 21) – Sapphire
Gemini (May 22 – June 21) – Agate
Cancer (June 22 – July 22) – Emerald
Leo (July 23 – August 22) – Onyx
Virgo (August 23 – Sept 22) – Carnelian
Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 23) – Chrysolite (Peridot)
Scorpio (Oct 24 – Nov 21) – Aquamarine
Sagittarius (Nov 23 – Dec 21) – Topaz

Stone Meanings

Amazonite  – prosperity
Crystal quartz  – harmony
Jasper  – grounding
Lapis lazuli  – intuition
Onyx  – balance
Pearl  – purity
Peridot  – health and wealth
Rhodochrosite  – love
Serpentine  – clarity
Sodalite  – wisdom
Tourmaline  – strength
Turquoise  – peace

Modern Birthstones

January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Pearl
July – Ruby
August – Peridot
September – Sapphire
October – Opal
November – Topaz
December – Turquoise / Blue Zircon / Blue Topaz

Traditional Birthstones

January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Bloodstone
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Alexandrite
July – Ruby
August – Sardonyx
September – Sapphire
October – Tourmaline
November – Citrine
December – Turquoise

Wedding Anniversary Stones:

1st           Gold (Peridot)
2nd         Garnet
3rd       Pearl (Jade)
4th       Blue Topaz (Blue Zircon)
5th       Sapphire (Pink Tourmaline)
6th       Amethyst (Turquoise)
7th       Onyx (Yellow Sapphire, Golden Beryl)
8th       Tourmaline (Tanzanite)
9th          Lapis Lazuli (Amethyst, Green Spinel)
10th     Diamond (Blue Sapphire)
11th         Turquoise (Citrine, Yellow Zircon)
12th      Jade (Opal)
13th      Citrine (Moonstone, Hawk’s Eye)
14th        Opal (Agate, Bloodstone)
15th        Ruby (Rhodolite Garnet, Alexandrite)
16th        Peridot (Red Spinel)
17th      Wristwatch (Carnelian)
18th      Cat’s Eye / Chrysoberyl (Aquamarine)
19th      Aquamarine (Almandine Garnet)
20th       Emerald (Yellow or Golden Diamond)
21st      Iolite
22nd     Spinel
23rd        Imperial Topaz
24th      Tanzanite
25th      Silver (Tsavorite, Green Garnet)
30th      Pearl
35th      Emerald
40th      Ruby
45th         Sapphire (Cat’s Eye)
50th      Golden (Imperial / Golden Topaz)
55th      Alexandrite
60th      Diamond (Star Ruby)
65th      Blue Spinel
70th        Sapphire (Smoky Quartz)
75th      Diamond

80th       Ruby