mindyweisswedding

isabelle & daniel and their stunning wedding is currently being featured in the newest issue of elegant bride…it was an incredible wedding…mindy weiss is such a talented and amazing woman….come back soon to see the details of this elegant santa barbara celebration…and if you haven’t done so already, you must go and pick up the current issue of elegant bride…it’s simply wonderful…xoxoxo

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eyes

“Love I get so lost, sometimes
Days pass and this emptiness fills my heart
When I want to run away
I drive off in my car
But whichever way I go
I come back to the place you are

All my instincts, they return
And the grand facade, so soon will burn
Without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes
The light the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes
I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
The heat I see in your eyes”

PETER GABRIEL

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messina1001

when you have the perfect veil….you really don’t need anything else….

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twigs & honey has a new collection of headpieces & birdcage veils that
make me a bit weak in the knees….each piece is a stunning work of art.

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myra on twigs & honey…..

“ I’ll be continuing to create handmade and unique pieces that are aimed at complimenting natural beauty while celebrating femininity. The new collection will include pieces that echo vintage styles while being fresh and modern. This coming season, expect to see more color through hand painted flowers that are constructed petal by petal from silks and fine cottons. All the shading is done by hand and the flowers are then hand sewn to form beautiful adornments. The line will continue to create functional yet exciting and bold pieces for everyday, special occasions and weddings. The new collections will bring together the loveliest materials from vintage and embellished laces to oversized feathers, with each piece having its own character. New pieces will be added throughout the coming season.”
 

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these lovely hair adornments could be worn for your wedding…rehearsal dinner or cocktail party.

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myra’s kiss & tell…..

“Matt and I have shared so many kisses over the years and each one has its own story to tell. One lovely kiss happened during a camping trip before we were married. The day was warm and dry and the sun had just ducked beneath the horizon. After setting up camp, we took a stroll down a dusty, beaten trail alongside a gently flowing river. Hand in hand, we watched the blue sky give way to the night, the moon rising to take its place among the stars. We noticed the simple things… the ripples on the water… laughter from the neighboring campfires… the tall summer dried grass tickling our calves… a tiny toad coming out of its hiding place for a late supper. After attempting to catch crayfish with no luck, we made our way underneath a bridge… a secret place where we could both enjoy the presence of the other. Leaning in toward each other, as natural as the sun seems to approach the land on its way to bring a new day to a distant land, we gave each other a sweet and simple kiss. Familiar, comforting, but in its own way, new… as it is every time with each new experience that comes with it.”
 

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TWIGS & HONEY

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adam

TELL HIM

Let me be patient let me be kind
Make me unselfish without being blind
Though I may suffer I’ll envy it not
And endure what comes
Cause he’s all that I got and
tell him…    

Tell him I need him 
Tell him I love him
And it’ll be alright

Tell him tell him I need him
Tell him I love him
It’ll be alright

Now I may have faith to make mountains fall
But if I lack love then I am nothin’ at all
I can give away everything I possess
But left without love then I have no happiness
I know I’m imperfect [I know I'm imperfect]
& not without sin [& not without sin]
But now that I’m older all childish things end
and tell him…

Tell him I need him 
Tell him I love him 
And it’ll be alright

Tell him tell him I need him
Tell him I love him
It’ll be alright

I’ll never be jealous
And I won’t be too proud
Cause love is not boastful
Oooh and love is not loud
Tell him I need him
Tell him I love him
Everything’s gonna be alright 

Now I may have wisdom and knowledge on Earth
But if I speak wrong then what is it worth?
See what we now know is nothing compared
to the love that was shown when our lives were spared
and tell him…

Tell him I need him 
Tell him I love him 
And it’ll be alright

Tell him tell him I need him
Tell him I love him
It’ll be alright

LAURYN HILL

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handmadepaper1

handmade paper is a perfect after school project for your children…simple, a little messy & lots of fun….you can make paper out of almost anything….we made lavender & grass paper….and even cinnamon paper….here’s the 411 about making your own paper….use your imagination & enjoy….

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SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:

 

  • Sponge
  • Window Screening (mold)
  • Wood Frame (old picture frame can be used too) (deckle)
  • Plastic Basin/Tub (Large enough to totally immerse frame)
  • Blender/Food Processor (For making paper pulp)
  • White Felt or Flannel Fabric
  • Staples or Tacks (For tacking screen on frame)
  • Liquid starch (optional) 
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    INSTRUCTIONS:

           

    1. Select the pieces of paper to be recycled. You can even mix different types to create your own unique paper.

    2. Rip the paper into small bits, and place into the blender. (about half full). Fill the blender with warm water. Run the blender slowly at first then increase the speed until the pulp looks smooth and well blended. ( 30 -40 seconds) Check that no flakes of paper remain. If there are, blend longer.

    3. The next step is to make a mold. The mold, in this case, is made simply by stretching fiberglass screen (plain old door and window screen) over a wooden frame and stapling it. It should be as tight as possible.

    4. Fill the basin about half way with water. Add 3 blender loads of pulp. (the more pulp you add the thicker the finished paper will be) Stir the mixture.

    5. Now is the time to add the liquid starch for sizing.(This is not necessary but if the paper is going to be used for writing on, you should add some, the starch helps to prevent inks from soaking into the paper fibers.) Stir 2 teaspoons of liquid starch into the pulp.

    Place the mold into the pulp and then level it out while it is submerged. Gently wiggle it side-to-side until the pulp on top of the screen looks even.

    6. Slowly lift the mold up until it is above the level of the water. Wait until most of the water has drained from the new paper sheet. If the paper is very thick, remove some pulp from the tub. If it is too thin, add more pulp and stir the mixture again.

    7. When the mold stops dripping, gently place one edge on the side of a fabric square (felt or flannel square). Gently ease the mold down flat, with the paper directly on the fabric. Use a sponge to press out as much water as possible. Wring the excess water from the sponge back into the large plastic tub.

    8. Now comes the tricky part. Hold the fabric square flat and slowly lift the edge of the mold. The wet sheet of paper should remain on the fabric. If it sticks to the mold, you may have pulled to fast or not pressed out enough water. It takes a little practice. You can gently press out any bubbles and loose edges at this point.

    9. Repeat the steps above, and stack the fabric squares on a cookie sheet. Save one fabric square to place on the top of the stack to cover the last piece of paper. Use another cookie sheet to press the remaining water out of the stack. (do this outside or in the bathtub, it can make a mess)

    10. After you press the stack, gently separate the sheets. They can be dried by hanging on a clothesline or laying them out on sheets of newspaper. When they have dried peel them off the fabric and voila! you have paper!

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    this is a great way to teach little ones about recycling & when your paper is dry you can draw or paint on it…handmade paper would make super sweet save the dates for a wedding or birthday party too!

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    XOXO

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