Friday, November 26, 2010

DIY Boutonniere

Thanks to Google alerts, I've found a few tutorials on how to make a Pixel & Hank Boutonniere. These DIY brides post our photos and link directly to the shop. I was a little upset at first but ended up convincing myself that imitation is the best form of flattery. Am I wrong?

So, when my friend Carrie shared the Ready Made DIY contest I decided I should post my own DIY. (If you can't bet 'em, join 'em)?

FYI, I do not currently carry this item in my shop, this is a very simplified version of a P&H boutonniere!

Pixel & Hank's - Shabby Chic Wedding Boutonniere / Corsage

2-3 faux flower stems
2 pieces of coordinating fabric
Floral wire
Floral Tape

Glue gun

1. Cut your coordinating fabric in to 2x4 squares {a}. Decide which fabric will be the 'top' leaf and cut two leaves out of the the fabric {b}. Layer top fabric leaf over bottom fabric {c} and cut around top leaf {d}.

2. Place floral wire between bottom and top leafs {e} and glue them together {f}. Next, take floral stems {g} and wrap them together with floral tape {h}.

3. Combine leaves and floral {left} and wrap them together with floral tape. Continue wrapping base evenly until it is the right thickness. Trim the excess wire and tie a bow {right}.

So, there it is! Get to work!

You can also VOTE for our diy on Ready Made. Pretty please?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In Action : A peek at Navy Pier

Did I mention there is a Part 2 to our shoot in Chicago? I look forward to unveiling it in the next week or two. However, I can't hang on to this little teaser picture any longer!

Monday, November 15, 2010

In Action : On the streets of Chicago

Nearly a week after Amy Carroll and I wrapped up our first collaboration we were scheming the next. We instantly decided we were going to head to Chicago for a three day extravaganza of eating, gossiping, shopping and taking pretty pictures!

Before I dive in to ALL the lovley photos, their are a few people that made this shoot possible -

Amy Carroll Photography - For the constant inspiration and amazing talent behind the camera.
I heart Ipanema -  For being the hottest little shop in west michigan and for providing 99% of our wardrobe.
Emy Tres Jolie - For the perfect smokey eye and updos... and for last minute modeling.
Theresa Jones - For creating the modern version of a beehive and lovely makeup.
Models - Hannah and Evita. Without your beauty and friendship this shoot would have never been.


You can view Amy's blog preview or purchase most of these lovely things from our shop!

Lastly, stay tuned for part 2 of our little trip to the windy city!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In Action : A peek at Jamie + Neil

Jamie contacted me months ago about custom p&h items for her wedding! She wanted unique boutonnieres, corsages AND a vintage hat brought back to life.

Here is a little peek of Jamie & Neil!

These photos were captured by the super talented Kat Braman and you can view all the extrodanary details on Kat's blog!

Also! The genius bride Jamie has happens to have a rad event planning business called Hey Day Event Lab.

In Action : Elements of Elegance

When I heard  Dee of Elements of Elegance was collaborating with Amy Carroll Photography on a styled shoot, I knew this was something I wanted to be part of! Thankfully, Dee contacted me about providing hair accessories as well a bow ties. I was giddy and honored to be included.

Here's a little taste...

 Shannon (above) was a boutonniere client of ours. Isn't she stunning?

Thanks again Dee + Amy for asking me to be part of something so sweet and fabulious.

Be sure to check out all the photos on Amy's blog.

The list:
Amy Carroll Photography
Spirit Custom Make Up
Special Occasions Linens
Sondra’s Ink
A-1 Rental
September’s Bride
Pixel & Hank
Food - Trish Grandler
Hair - Christie Grabowski
Setup, Planning and Floral - Elements of Elegance