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When I get married, there will be bunting!

theDavisons_web-312Four months ago  last Tuesday, I married my best friend. I said “I do” with a heart full of joy, surrounded by our best friends and family.

theDavisons_web-153I knew before we even met that when I got married, there would be bunting. I knew I would handcraft every bit of my wedding and handcraft it I did. So many friends who were at our wedding said what they loved most was all of the personal touches, the thought that went into every detail. I couldn’t have been more pleased. It was, without a doubt, the wedding of my dreams.

theDavisons_web-202Since I only plan on getting married once, I want to revel in it for a minute by showing you how it turned out! This will be the first of a couple of posts that will highlight all of the handmade details that made our wedding so special. Today, we’ll start with my favorite part – the bunting!

theDavisons_web-008Type bunting into the search box of my blog and you’ll get various posts of bunting crafts I’ve made over the years. When I sat at my sewing machine sewing hundreds of feet of colorful triangles for our big day, Eric asked me, “So, what does bunting mean to you? What is it about bunting that you love so much?” It’s hard to put my finger on it, but I think I love it because it reminds me of life – colorful and full of joy and whimsy!

buntingFor the majority of the bunting that adorned the tables and draped across the main entertainment area, I used red, yellow, and blue fabrics. Many people make bunting with flags that are double sided, but considering the fact that I was planning on sewing 500 feet of it, I decided to go with a simpler option.

theDavisons_web-055My method was pretty easy. I created a foam board triangle that I used as a template for cutting. I cut the triangles out using a scalloped rotary cutter to give the edges a fun, finished look. I used double folded bias tape for the top. I simply slipped a triangle into the fold and used my sewing machine to sew a straight stitch across the top. Each bias tape is 4 yards, so I used that length for single strands and connected multiple bias tapes when I needed longer strands, like for the area across the pool.

theDavisons_web-084Right behind the cake table, we hung strands of some of our favorite pictures – childhood pictures of Eric and me and our favorite shots from our engagement photo shoot. The bunting on top was an afterthought (thank you, Radhi!), but it totally pulled the whole thing together and made it feel like an integral part of the decor.

theDavisons_web-407And of course, the cake had bunting! I love the little flag bunting I got from this Etsy shop.

theDavisons_web-090In places where I wanted some lettering, I sewed in natural canvas triangles, which I cut out the same way. I hand painted a letter onto each triangle. Since mom was with us in spirit, I made a “Mom” bunting strand to put on the chair we designated to honor her.

theDavisons_web-504In other places, I made bunting to decorate and designate certain tables at the wedding. We pinned the LOVE bunting I made on our sweetheart table. Our Mr. and Mrs. bunting adorned the DJ’s table. I also made ENJOY! bunting for the buffet table and CHEERS! bunting for the bar table.

theDavisons_web-375I made extra special bunting for a few choice areas. For the ceremony backdrop, our sweetheart table, and above the doorway where I walked out to walk down the aisle I made white bunting. I used five or six different white and beige fabrics. For a little extra good luck, I added something blue – light blue triangles that I incorporated randomly into each strand. These strands are super special and I hope to someday use them to make a quilt for the little one we want to add to our family.

theDavisons_web-080So much bunting to love! I can’t wait to show you more handmade details of our wedding! Check back next week to see what I came up with for the tables and how I used seed packets for our seating cards! Love and joy abounds!

* Photos by Alex Smith Photography

Etsifying with Handmade Wedding

chalkboardEtsifyverb, to use Etsy to make something even more amazing than it already it. (Yes, I’m making up my own words now). 

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been crafting day and night to get ready for our wedding. I have been waiting for this day for years and have always anticipated hand making the hell out of it! It is a wedding workshop over here and I am loving every single minute of it!

While I am making the bulk of the decor, favors, and flair for the big day, I have also sought out the help of many super talented artists on Etsy to add a few details. Being an artist and having an Etsy shop myself, I feel a special camaraderie with my fellow Etsy artists and feel excited to support their work and their shops. Even when I knew I could probably make the piece myself, I opted to buy the item in order to support the artist. When our wedding day comes, which is fast approaching, I know I’ll be able to look around and see lots of little ways that Etsy artists made the day just a little more special.

Here are some Etsy delights that will be making an appearance at my wedding:

clay_gardeniasClay Gardenias for my hair – I am SO excited about these! Rather than fussing around with real gardenias, which are heavy and have extremely delicate petals, I am going to wear these life-like clay beauties that I won’t have to worry about. Wearing a gardenia is a Brewer tradition and I’m excited to be able to mimic the style of my grandma with a little help from dkDesignsHawaii. They are even more beautiful in person than they are in the images, if you can imagine that!

shrugA Delicate Cream-Colored Shrug  from the WhiteFashion shop – It’s going to be hot up in the Santa Ynez valley where we’re getting married, but when the evening winds pick up, I have a feeling I might get a bit chilly. This shrug is as beautiful in person as it is in the photo. And it fits just as well!

BuntingA Charming Bunting Cake Topper – Bunting will abound all around our ceremony and reception (I’ve sewn over 500 feet of it!!!), so naturally, I couldn’t resist this adorable bunting cake topper with our initials on it. I found  this gem at the AtCompanyB shop.

butterfliesFinally, since my mom passed away 13 years ago now, she will be at my wedding in spirit. Butterflies were always a favorite of ours and they always seem to make an appearance when I’m needing a little mom love. When I see a butterfly, it feels like a little wink from my mom. So, in order to celebrate that connection, we bought the most amazing ombre sugar butterflies for our cake. I am SO excited to see how beautiful they look on ours. We opted for the orange monarch butterfly style since monarchs stop to rest in Goleta, just outside of Santa Barbara (near where we are getting married) during their migration south. They are life-like and gorgeous – a sweet little detail that will make my heart sing! Find these at Sugar Robot!

Want to see all the projects I’ve been crafting up for the big day? Stay tuned!

Honeyberry Love

radishMy friend, Yuko, and I go way back. We go way back to our Master Gardener days. That’s where we met, actually. I had no idea then that we’d become kindred spirits in all things arts and crafts. Yuko blows me away with her creativity and artistic talent. We share an affinity for black line drawings and I always love to see what she comes up with.

watermelonIf you want something happy in your Facebook newsfeed, you should like her page, Honeyberry Studios. The beautiful illustrations she posts brighten my day. Currently, she is working on a “Happiness is…” series where she posts a drawing of something happy. They are so simple and lovely.

stacy_eric_wedding_webI had her create this beautiful drawing of me and Eric for wedding thank you notes. Once I got it though, I loved it so much, I decided I would use it as cake table decor. All I needed to do was give her a few pictures and a couple ideas about what I was hoping for and this is what she created – a little snippet of our personality, captured in pen and ink. I love it more than words can say!

If you want to see more of what Yuko can do, check out her site. She’s a talented one, that girl.

*Images by Yuko Miki, Honeyberry Studios

Fabric Scrap Bunting and “Chalk Board” Wedding Invitations

IMG_3834You know there’s going to be bunting. And chalk boards too. I set the tone for our wedding from the get-go with our wedding invitations. We skipped “Save the Date” cards and went straight to the invitation. I made each one by hand with more love than you can imagine and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.

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I found a solid rectangle stamp, in two different sizes, which I used to create a chalk board on each one. When the ink was dry, I used a thin-tip sharpie to draw a border around each black rectangle to make them look more like slates. The little nails really did it for me. There’s something Shel Silverstein-esque that I just love about them. I used a white gel pen to write our initials on each chalkboard. Yes, I did every one of our invitations by hand this way.

IMG_3733Next, I cut out hundreds of mini, scalloped bunting flags using a rotary cutter and the tons of scrap fabric I hold on to for just this sort of occasion. I glued each flag onto the cards with a dab of Tacky glue. Finally, I sewed a line through the top of the bunting flags using my trusty sewing machine.

IMG_3715Of course, no wedding invitation would be complete without a matching RSVP card. I used the same technique to create the easels on each card. We asked our guests to write a quote on the back so that we can incorporate them into the decor of our wedding (you’ll see where I’m going with this later). It is so much fun to see who’s coming and even more fun to read the special quotes that speak to our friends.

IMG_3837No matter who checks the mail, Eric and I wait for each other to be present to open each card and we savor the moment together. Clearly, we are smitten and are loving every moment of this blissful road!