The wedding reception is a place to really let your personalities shine! Here are some awesome handmade votive and tea light candle holders for inspiration as you plan your table decor and lighting. After the wedding, what great favors for your guests to take home to remember you and your special day!
Gold Leaf Votive Holders by Ma Belle Amie 1316
Btw, in case you missed them, here are links to Parts 1 & 2 of this series:
Part1: Silverware Holders
Part 2: Place Card Holders
Best Wedding Wishes,
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
Welcome to the WedEclectic Offbeat Interview Series! Here, we invite you to absolutely pay attention to (wo)man behind the curtain. And lucky you because they are all amazing artisans making amazing things in their fabulous shops.
Today, we’re chatting with Krissy Cartwright, Atlanta based owner of Make Believe’N Alternative Weddings LLC and captain of the wonderfully offbeat WedEclectic team on Etsy.
How did you come up with your shop name?
My shop name came from my theory that we should be the most authentic people we can be. No make believin’ to fit someone else’s ideal version of you or your wedding. Being able to fill my days designing and daydreaming about ways to buck wedding traditions is awesome!
And what exactly are these tradition-bucking designs?
I take high quality fabrics and embellishments and transform them into personalized keepsake bouquets and accessories. Each flower is individually handcrafted out of satin, chiffon, organza, crepe, and tulle, and centered with any embellishment that can be imagined. My desire to create non-traditional wedding bouquets and accessories has enriched and fulfilled my life in ways I never could have imagined. My “art” allows me to focus on the style and personality of my clients. Every custom order is a window into a life I never would have known otherwise.
How’d you get started?
A few years ago I started making hair doodads for a friend and the business snowballed from there.
Who would you say has had the most influence over your craft?
Etsy has influenced my work profoundly. Finding the right niche, and building my shop all came from learning from Etsy admins and my fellow Etsians.
What is your favorite wedding trend (now or past)?
Unique and quirky wedding details that represent the couple instead of the masses.
What would you like to see at more weddings?
I would love to see more programs that give additional background on the couple…how they met, favorite foods/songs, etc.
Which celebrity would you like to see sporting your designs?
If I had to choose a celebrity to work with it would be someone eclectic…a Katy Perry maybe.
A woman should always carry…?
Women should always carry a cell phone. Keeps you safe and connected with those you love.
What is your unicorn – that is, what is an object or skill that has eluded you so far?
My unicorn…so many things, but the biggest is web/graphic design. Just ticks me off that I don’t have a clue how to do this!!!
If you are interested in bucking a few traditions of your own, Krissy is at your service. Feel free to browse her shop on Etsy for a gallery of her offbeat designs, ready to purchase or to serve as inspiration for your custom order. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Interview by Janice J. Bear of Never a Plain Jane Designs
This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by:
She creates upcycled art – fabulous hats, fascinators, hat pins, neckties, boutonnieres, jewelry, wristlets…the list goes on and on! They would be perfect accessories for your unique wedding, or for wearing a different one everyday.
Take a look at some of her designs…. : )
For your wedding…
To embellish your hats or hair…
She has graciously offered an Orange Blossom Fascinator, a $30 value.
This giveaway will run until midnight, March 31st, but don’t wait!
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The winner will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on April 1st via email with the good news!
I don’t care what you say, you’ve dreamed about a fairy tale wedding. Even if it was just once. And even if it wasn’t your typical fairy tale.
Over the next few months I’ll draw inspiration from the combined genius of Lewis Carroll, Walt Disney, Tim Burton, and a score of other Alice fanatics to bring you a series of curiouser and curiouser Wonderland Wedding ideas.
Today, forget all about a white wedding. If you are going to be queen for a day why not make it
The Red Queen
(via LA Weekly*)
I’m not saying you have to have heart-shaped red hair (although that would be awesome!), but you could definitely set the tone with this amazing ring-bearer pillow from My Haley Girl.
(Hold my Heart Ring Bearer Pillow**)
Sweet, isn’t it? But why stop at sweet, when you can go sassy.
(links below ***)
Of course, we can’t forget your partner in passion.
(links below ^)
I adore the steampunk touches in this reception décor mood board that refer to the Red Queen’s Victorian roots.
What about you, my darlings? Are you a bold ruler of Wonderland or does your wedding fantasy take you down another rabbit hole?
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