Valentines Cupid Kit

Sweet and simple Valentines Day gift ideas are always my favorite. Perfect for leaving cute little love notes for your valentine, this Cupid Kit is the kind of token of affection just perfect for what can often be an overly commercialized holiday. Sure, I love chocolate and flowers as much as the next girl, but a mushy little note tucked in my car or in with my lunch is going to make me far happier.

{Photos from Paper + Twine.}


A Romantic Encore Bridal Shoot

When Heidi of White Loft Studio shared this wonderfully romantic anniversary encore shoot I was pretty much hooked immediately. As a girl who found herself rather surprised by how much she loved her wedding dress, I love this idea of putting your dress back on for a fun photography session, especially if you didn’t do a formal bridal shoot at the time of the wedding. With pretty equestrian touches and impossibly gorgeous flowers and sweet little details, this could also be inspiration for a really lovely romantic country wedding, too.

Thank you so much for sharing, Heidi!

Vendors :
Bliss banner – t. hein originals
Bracelet – All Things Tinsel
Cake – Eat Cake
Cake stand – Snug Harbor Farm
Calligraphy tag – Astrid Elizabeth Calligraphy & DesignDress – J.Crew
Flowers – Cymbidium Floral
Horse ribbon – Vintage Market Place
Ribbon – The Ribbon Store

{Photos by White Loft Studio.}


Cool DIY Video Save the Date

This morning I am off to Salt Lake City by way of Chicago (where I’ll be catching up with Ami of Elizabeth Anne Designs for the rest of the flight west) for this year’s Altitude Design Summit. I am, in a word, crazy excited. I can’t wait to meet so many blogger friends I have yet to meet in “real life” and just know I’ll be starstruck by all the talented bloggers under one roof.

Enough about me. You have to check out this super cool DIY video save the date that Chris and Grae made in preparation for their May wedding. It’s short and sweet, but entirely unique and full of fun personality. Here’s how the story goes (according to Chris) – “We are both really into birds and live along the Jersey shore. I’m a Jersey native and Grae is a transplant from Virginia. We met in high school, but didn’t start dating until I was in college in Baltimore and she was in college in New Brunswick, New Jersey (what great timing we have). We have lived at the shore since 2007 and the photo-video is taken at our favorite bird-watching spot. Created using a series of photos from an afternoon shoot, sequenced, and set to show for .2 seconds each. Set to the band Guster’s cover of a much beloved Beatles song, it fits us well.”

A huge thank you, Chris and Grae, for allowing me to share your video and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

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DIY Ruffled Cake Toppers

Today is another exciting day here at The Sweetest Occasion as I welcome our second DIY Contributing Editor, Jenny Batt! Jenny writes the blog Hank + Hunt and keeps an Etsy shop stocked full of the coolest handmade goods for parties and weddings. Jenny will be stopping by regularly to show off her DIY prowess and keep you inspired with great ideas for all of your entertaining needs. Read all about Jenny and please give her a warm welcome!

Hello darlings! This is Jenny from Hank + Hunt with a pretty little DIY project for you today. These lovelies are pretty simple and pretty quick to whip up. Once you master the quick ruffled flower technique, you could use them all over – I even have some as magnets on my fridge.

lollipop sticks
fabric scraps (about 3” x 12”) in coordinating colors
needle and thread
hot glue gun
pinking shears

Trim your fabric scraps into 2.5” x 10” with your pinking shears.  Save the leftover squares at the end.

Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise. Thread your needle and double or triple knot the end of the thread, so it doesn’t pull through. Take the needle and thread and sew a gathering stitch, basically a running stitch, down the folded side, about ¼” from the edge.

Pull the thread taut, producing the gather.

Once fully gathered, tie the two ends together and well knot.  Trim the ends.

Separate the two layers of fabric and attach a lollipop stick with hot glue.

Hot glue buttons in the center or cover the back with fabric circles (cut from the leftover squares). Enjoy!


Loving Watercolors

I’m loving the watercolor trend emerging in design and stationery right now and had to share a few favorites. There is something so quietly beautiful about the sheer colors of watercolor paint that lends a wonderfully special touch to invitations, envelopes, save the dates, business cards and whatever assorted paper ephemera might be your flavor of the day. A soft wash of color and a great textured paper are my latest stationery obsession.

{A watercolor study from Parrott Design Studio.}

{Watercolor holiday cards and envelopes from Jordan Ferney.}

{Custom watercolor map and save the dates from Swiss Cottage Designs.}

{Watercolor calendar from Courtney Khail Stationery.}

{Watercolor paper chains from Jordan Ferney.}

{Watercolor business cards from Dingbat Press via Oh So Beautiful Paper.}