Wheat, also at Gumps

Oh yes, wheat is another favorite.
Murano Glass Wheat Stems [set of 6]
‘Delicate golden glass wheat stems are created by master craftsmen on the island of Murano in Italy. Arrange as shown, or in a vase with fresh flowers. Heads are glass, stems are silk-covered wire. 20″L.’

Oaks & Acorns at Gumps.

I think it’s fairly evident from the wedding that I love oaks & acorns.
Handmade Pewter Oak Leaf Hurricane

‘The exquisite details of our hurricane make it a compelling addition to any seasonal gathering. Handmade of solid pewter, the base features oak leaves and acorns that wreathe a 3” diam. candle (not included). Comes with a pewter-rimmed lift-off glass. 5” diam. x 6”H. Imported. Catalog & Web only.’

So very lovely!

Pewter Acorn Box
‘Bearing a tiny seed that yields a mighty oak, an acorn is a symbol of perseverance. This piece is handcrafted from tarnish-resistant pewter with artfully modeled nuts and leaves. Imported. Also available at Gump’s San Francisco store.’

Pewter Napkin Rings [Set of 4, 4″L x 3″W]

‘Bearing a tiny seed that yields a mighty oak, an acorn is a symbol of perseverance. This piece is handcrafted from tarnish-resistant pewter with artfully modeled nuts and leaves. Imported. Also available at Gump’s San Francisco store.’

Wonderfully charming!

Cohn-Stone Handblown Glass Acorn
‘These harbingers of autumn are made by artists at California’s renowned Cohn-Stone Studios, whose works are prized by museums and collectors worldwide. To create the translucent palette, artisans layer colored glass beneath clear crystal, then blow and shape each piece by hand. Acting as sculpture and paperweight alike, the substantial, opaque acorn features a glass cap with gold luster. Each piece is signed by the artist. Made in the USA.’

On Sale at Gump’s

Gump’s, in San Francisco, was one of my grandmother’s favorite stores. She had a wonderful sense of style and I fully understand why she loved this place so much. I decided to check out what they had on sale today. This is what I found.

Cornucopia Baskets
‘Symbolizing abundance, our cornucopias make a festive harvest centerpiece filled with your own gourds, greenery, or dried flowers. They’re woven from weathered rattan and stand on a stable iron base. Imported.’

Colonial Wax Candle
‘With candle and base sculpted from a single piece of wax, these shapely points of light cast a ghostly glow for up to 15-18 hours. Place on a dish to protect surfaces. 17 1/2″H. Imported.’

Autumn

We set up our autumn table today. We’re actually using the coffee table in our bedroom. My mother has the domain of the downstairs, and I think she needs the distraction at this time. Sometimes it can be hard to get into the ‘season’ of things here as the foliage doesn’t change. Leaves generally just die. We do get the most amazing sunsets this time of year.

Everything we used we already had in our possession, including a few things that were purchased for the wedding. The greenery came from the yard and I’m not sure what we’ll swap out for Samhain. We may keep most of this and add our raven and maybe some webbing.


The Goddess pitcher is an antique Michael collected several years ago. The ‘votives’ are actually Carew Rice tumblers that were given to my parents as a gift for their wedding.


That’s an antique horn that has been in my family for generations. More of my mother’s wedding china…


The tea cup was a gift to my grandmother and I cannot for the life of me remember who it was. I will get that from mom.



Oh wait, I lied. The glass terrarium in the background was scored at the thrift store for $0.99. The vintage perfume bottle was purchased on eBay a couple years ago.


You can see Michael’s sickle that we used in the ‘day after’ photos, in the front.

I love my hobnail vase. I’ve had a lot of bad luck with broken pieces in the past and hope to build up a collection one day.
{Photo credit: Evita Smith & Michael Judd}

We’re ‘out’…

The Fall 2009 edition of Weddings Unveiled is out and we’re in it!!!!! My mother wants to buy a ton to send out. We need to pick them up from different locations as to not deplete the supply for everyone else. 🙂 Thank You Weddings Unveiled! We really enjoyed working with you!


evita and michael 05.01.09
Here are the screen shots, but EVERYONE needs to go buy a copy!



{Photo credit: Weddings Unveiled Magazine}

I’ve been collecting the mag since last summer and really love the diversity in the weddings they feature, but seriously? We are still a little amazed that we were selected and we’re excited and honored to be featured alongside some really awesome events, especially the ‘Free Wedding’ in which they one of the sponsors.

I have no idea what happened to the Spring edition.

‘Day After’ photos

or…
“We went to Dragon*Con and all we got were these stupid photos” – Stacey Bode.

{Photo credit: Stacy Bode. Clicky on the photo for more}
It could almost be the ‘day after’ since we were married on a Friday and these were taken on a Saturday…four months later. 🙂

When Stacey and I started hatching our plans we talked about several locations, but she kept coming back to Historical Oakland Cemetery. Stacey has been itching to use this particular spot and knew me well enough to know that I’d go right along with her. I’m no stranger to participating in photo shoots at the cemetery and the last 5 years I lived in Atlanta were just a block and a half away. In fact, their annual fall Victorian celebration, Sunday in the Park is this Sunday, October 4.

I made a new bouquet for the shoot and was crushed when our florist told us that neither ranunculus’ or peonies would be available. I surprised myself by choosing the antique roses. They were stunning and for the most part, they held up well traveling from Charleston to Atlanta and the 3 days between pick-up and shoot. I combined them with the variegated pittosporum, and a lotus pod. I brought my feathers to use, but in the end we decided to keep it simple. I wrapped the stems in the same moss sheet/ribbon/acorn combo that I used for the wedding. I also had to remake Michael’s boutonniere because I dropped the original the week of the shoot and the wheat broke apart. Thankfully it took me a fraction of the time to make the second bout.

Stacey, as always, did a spectacular job capturing our personalities. I’ve known her for a very long time and she thrives in working outside the box. Her creativity never ceases to amaze or inspire me. When people used to ask me what I’d miss most about leaving Atlanta, I’d always say, “My friends, Gail K. Fabrics, and DeKalb Famer’s Market”. Stacey could be her own category.

{Photo credit: Stacy Bode}

I would like to shout a big, “Thank You!” to Kat for featuring us on Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride.

More in the silhouette style.

I just can’t get enough of this, but it’s a little ingrained in me.

{Photo Credit: marthastewart.com}

{Photo Credit: marthastewart.com}
Make it!

I’m not sure if I’m glad these weren’t around before the wedding.

It would have been really cool to have recreated the part of the invitation with the trees and our silhouettes.

{Photo Credit: marthastewart.com}

Photo from Dragon*Con

{Photo credit: Dawn Murphy}

This was taken Saturday night after our photo shoot. I was very surprised I could still get into that corset and bustle!

Hexagonal Cake Stand

I am trying to find some of the process photos to add to this post. The base was cut from MDF and the edges were routered. We painted it yellow and applied the feet, which were bushed steel door pulls that we painted a matte black. The finishing detail is a stain ribbon along the outer edge that has a black vintage inspired button to cover the ends. We gave it to Renata and she matched the yellow for the fondant.

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