My Baby Birkin

October 31, 2011

It's that time of the year again! The ultimate dress-up day - Halloween! I'm continuing the tradition of creating DIY costumes for my little one. Here are the two past year's:

2009 - Cupcake!


And for 2011- "The only Birkin Victoria Beckham can't add to her collection"

Building the Birkin:
I have gotten a ton of emails from people asking if I could sell these or give them tips on how to make them. People, I do this as a hobby and craft activity that I enjoy. I'm really sorry but these are not for sale! As for the DIY tutorials - these pieces are pretty much like "sculptures", and I myself have no clue how I get from point A to point B sometimes. I can provide you with a list of materials and a general idea, but the steps are pretty hard for me to explain (sorry, I'm just really horrible at giving instructions, period.). I don't use a pattern and basically just create as I go. 

Materials I used:
Pleather ($27 at Britex Fabrics)
Pleather purse handles ($12 at Britex Fabrics)
Old cardboard box (free)
Gold cardstock (Michael's.. one sheet leftover from last year's costume)
Gold Padlock & clasp (recycled from another purse)
Glue Gun
Needle and Thread

Here it is in progress:



My Baby Birkin:



















Natalie loves the costume and had so much fun in it!
Happy Halloween from my little baby Birkin!!

Weddings: Vintage Vineyard {Part II}

October 18, 2011


Here are a few more lovely shots of the vintage vineyard wedding (see part 1 here) taken by photographer Sherman Chu!
The bride's bouquet was made up of cream English garden roses, ranunculus, and scabiosa. Isn't she one gorgeous bride?
The bridesmaids carried petite bouquets of lavender roses, lisianthus, sweet peas and lavender while the flower girls carried bunches of lavender.
 The dapper groom wore a bout of cream spray roses, while the groomsmen's consisted of scabiosa pods and misti.

View more photos from part 1 here.
Venue: Murrietta's Well, Livermore Ca
Photos: Sherman Chu









Weddings: Vintage Vineyard {Part I}

This classic wedding took place in a gorgeous winery in Livermore, California earlier this Spring. I created the florals, print goods, and styled the event. It was a lovely, intimate ceremony and reception (about 80 guests) filled with  lots of personal details.

Here are the photos my hubby took (isn't he a natural?!):
I created vintage inspired tag escort cards and displayed them on a found wood fence that I spruced up with decorative nail heads. I carried out the tag design into the signs and table numbers and used black velvet ribbon to add some luxe. The bride added her own vintage birdcage to hold cards and letters.
For the ceremony programs, I designed mini booklets that coordinated with the rest of the signs and escort cards. 

We kept the flowers loose and romantic, with lots of texture.  I used Garden roses, hydrangea, lisianthus, ranunculus, queen anne's lace, anemones, scabiosa, sweet peas and lavender in purple and cream hues. Milk glass vases in different sizes and shapes added the vintage charm the couple wanted.
While the ceremony took place outdoors, the reception was held inside an old barn wine cellar.
I styled different areas with my own personal collection of vintage decor.
 The bride added her own Anthropologie monogrammed mugs, which we used as vessels for more florals.

Up next: View Part II featuring photographer Sherman Chu's photos here.