Backdrop idea

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Disguise exhibit at Seattle Art Museum

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the wolfborn wedding

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My sister (3/4) got married!
I got to do the decorations.
Although I kept the budget small,
I had lots of time,
so I was able to make or prepare most of it DIY-style.

These buttons in a Mason jar (used as a paperweight for chili-dog baskets)
are just some of the vintage buttons my mom gave me recently.
They’ve already come in handy a few times.

Including…

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…at the bottom of flower jars/vases, to punch up their color.

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The color palette was varied blues (even a little lavender-y blue) and pale yellow,
inspired by wildflowers.

I went on a scavenger hunt through my home looking for props/decorations
to provide pops of color or touches of luxury.

I always love table lamps in unconventional spots.

The popcorn was my sister’s idea!

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The wedding was held in the clubroom of our condo building
(where I held my trunk show!)
for a very low rental fee and a none-too-shabby view.

My sister didn’t have any particular request for a place to stand during the ceremony,
since the ceremony would be very short and casual,
so I rigged up a casual easy one:
a garland made of fabric scraps,
draped over open French doors.

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Over the bar, my hubby and sister (4/4) strung up two paper stars I used to have hanging in my classroom.
My mom did all the tabling.

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I made my sister’s saltwater pearl necklace and bracelet out of strands knotted at the ends
with hand-dyed blue cotton hand-torn ‘ribbon,’
edge-stitched in navy blue for a home-spun feel,
inspired by the wildflower theme
and my sister’s rustic Mason jar and burlap fabric Pins.

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I whipped up a pocket square for my soon-to-be brother-in-law Josh;
I found the fabric in my stash and it just so happened to match perfectly!

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My sister (2/4) and her fiance tended the bar
better than any wedding bar I’ve ever been to.
In the blur, I remember mangled berries and mint.

It was a beautiful day, a beautiful wedding, and I wish tons more beautiful things for my sister and my new brother-in-law.

CUP & PENNY’s first trunk show

CUP & PENNY’s first trunk show (ever!) happened in April.
I’m just now processing beautiful photos
taken by fashion academy classmate and Friend Extraordinaire, Samantha.

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Prepping for the show (a few intense weeks!)

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My former team-teacher Alex is wearing two CUP & PENNY braided-calico wrap bracelets.

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Samantha did all the merchandising for the show; isn’t she amazing?!

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More of Samantha’s merchandising handiwork,
with new CUP & PENNY business cards on display,
cotton paisley neckties
and photo-frame greeting cards.

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CUP & PENNY black/white photography envelopes in large bowl with buttons scattered

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I decorated with two dozen pink tulips fresh from Pike Place Market,
and poured a handful of vintage buttons in the bottom of each jar.

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We set out an array of treats and tea.
The event was hosted in the clubroom of our condo building, for a low rental
which kept the cost of the show low.

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Fortunate little coincidences kept happening leading up to the Trunk Show;
hubby found a garment rack for a bargain on his work’s list-serve!

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The devil was in the details:
it’s one thing to make all these items;
figuring out how to package and display each of them was almost as big a task!
It required a totally different kind of creativity.
Next time, I will start that whole process two weeks earlier.

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What helped me relax a little for this first Trunk Show was that I was surrounded by friends and family
who’ve been nothing but encouraging, supportive, and kind.

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Vicky’s Vintage Buttons were also on display!
These are not even half of the beautiful vintage buttons my mom gave me a year back.
(You will be seeing them again on any/all future garments involving buttons.)

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In the end, I made a list of things I’d do differently next time (of course there were a million),
but ultimately the show was even more successful than I hoped for!
I am still working like a busy little bee on custom work for clients who attended the Trunk Show.
It was a fabulous learning experience, and I will definitely host one again.

Door in Belltown.

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work begins with music

What I’ve been listening to while I work…

thread in basket

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thread dangling from basket
wafting gently on draft
(or was it drafting?)

st. mark’s & mathilda

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jigsaw puzzle
like sand mandala
(created then whooshed away on a breath)
pieced then hand-swept across coffee table
into cardboard box

striped cat agrees

a work in progress: dusty pink ostrich feather collar

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Not sure what to pair this with yet…

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Dusty pink ostrich feathers
Ruffled collar

We shall wait and see.