Filex & Milou

I have two dogs and thus can tell you, with some authority, that a truly fabulous dog bed (and by that I mean one that isn't varying shades of neutral or plain ol' preppy striped) is tough to find.  Needless to say, I was super excited to discover Felix & Milou, a brand new dog bed line by Tove Jakobsson -huzzah!  Finally, something with a little style!

Her cushions are all made by hand from lovely graphic Swedish fabrics. They're sized for a cat or small dog, hopefully soon, a bigger size to come! I fear poor Indy is getting the shaft, being more in the medium to large range. But wouldn't they make great floor cushions around a low table as well?

This is the one I purchased - a fabric by Cecilia Hall Åhlens that has a lovely Josef Frank vibe - beautifully made and adorable in person!

All the cushion covers are removable and washable.  Check out the rest of her products here.



Vintage Wedding Dresses

We give props to the women that wear a pre-worn dress on their wedding day. Especially if it's the dress of their dreams. There are so many unique styles out there, so who says a dress from 1950 can't be the one? With Etsy, its not unusual we're caught scanning through pages and pages of inspiration, so when "Vintage Wedding Dresses" popped in the search tool, fantastic results came back. Like this sheer ivory lace dress by Jessica McClintock. We love it because it's bohemian, feminine, unique, and totally affordable.

Do you have a little 50s style in your personality? There are tons of knee-length lace dresses that would make for a fun party dress. This one above from Vera Vague has vintage re-vamped written all over it.

How gorgeous is this silk number from Closet Case VNTG? It's sexy yet subtle, and we love the nude white.

Ruffles have officially made their comeback, so this 1970s era jacquard dress would make a splash at any wedding.

Our favorite may be this 1940s tiered lace dress from Ainslie Wood Co. The delicate lace mixed with tulle overlay is a perfect combination of vintage bliss!

Wooden Guest Book by Totally Salinda

How exciting is it that Etsy now has a wedding registry?! It's such a dependable place for unique gifts and wedding accessories. Among all the treasures found on Etsy are these laser cut wood tree guest books. We're always intrigued by the many creative ways people display their guest books or notes these days. It is such an important keepsake and to preserve it will offer years of fabulous memories. This wooden 3D tree guest book by Totally Salinda doubles as a wedding memento and a piece of art. It is laser cut with 200 leaves for your guests to sign and leave notes and it comes with its own wood frame! Such a lovely idea for an outdoor woodsy wedding. The Totally Salinda Etsy site is full of other laser cut wedding gifts, too! You can sign up and register for this and many other unique gifts. See more info here!

Cake Toppers by Madeline Trait

We're really enjoying the new trend of stylish cake toppers, especially when they're made by local artists. The multi-talented Madeline Trait not only carries these one-of-a-kind laser cut cake toppers on her Etsy site, she also runs a successful business in event and floral design in San Francisco. The toppers are all designed by Madeline in a gorgeous wood veneer and come in all shapes and sizes. We love that you can paint them to match your wedding or event details, but Madeline also has custom painted cake toppers for your convenience!

To view the entire Etsy collection, click here!

Handmade Jewelry by Rare Indeed

These hand crafted accessories by Rare Indeed are in fact, rare indeed! It's always exciting to stumble upon one-of-a-kind pieces by artists on Etsy, and we're feeling particularly fond of these illustrative items as they remind us of some of our favorite designs.

This striped circus tent brooch would liven up any outfit, especially if attending a circus-themed party (see our new Big Top kids birthday party invitation!)

No summer vacation is complete without a trip to the beach and these anchor stud earrings would be the ultimate accessory. Or, for all you Cape Cod brides, these studs might make the perfect gift for bridesmaids!

Our new Adventure wedding invitation has been a popular addition to our collection, so we can definitely see this hot air balloon necklace making a splash.

To view the entire Rare Indeed collection, click here!


Porcelain Valentines


Happy Rustic Farm week everyone! To wrap up the end of our country chic themed posts, we want to share the artistic creations by our friend and colleague Corie. Every week we look forward to her Lucky Friday posts, and always get a kick out of her cheeky greeting card descriptions. Corie carries on her humor in her own art, too! Her etsy shop coriejcole is filled with miniature porcelain figurines, that are equally as hilarious as her posts. We're loving her Gray Squirrel Eating Heart-Shaped Cookie, especially because Valentine's Day is right around the corner!

Porcelain Lamb (above) and Denver the Guilty Dog (below)

Check out Corie's etsy shop here!

Craft Bar Event at MOCFA


Tonight's Craft Bar event at The Museum of Craft and Folk Art is going to be a total blast! Every first Thursday of the month the MOCFA invites local Etsy artists to come participate in a craft night - complete with materials, tutorials, and beer! For just $10 you can go home with some adorable felted wool penguin buddies and handmade holiday cards! Artists Jackie Huang and Rigel Stuhmiller will be there offering hands-on help to all of you first timers. It's completely kid friendly so bring the family!


The event lasts from 6-8pm and is located at 51 Yerba Buena Lane in San Francisco. Don't miss it!

Dreamy Candies at Andie's Specialty Sweets

Remember the sweet little sugar buttons we featured a while back? Andie's Specialty Sweets in Los Angeles has broadened their beautiful repertoire to include these gorgeous goodies:


Absolutely adore these acorns. And they're chocolate filled, with a cocoa bean in the center!




And this edible sugar skeleton key is fabulous! Reminds us of our Whimsy Save the Date.

Be sure to visit the Etsy Shop, here and find more sweet sculpted delights.

Midsummer Night's Dreamy


Love these bone china tea lights/votive holders by Karin Erikkson.  Would be so dreamy for an evening's reception at a rustic chic wedding.


And we thought these vellum cut paper votives would be beautiful for an asian-themed wedding reception. Gives us DIY ideas, wethinks.

La Moustache Party de Mr. Hugo


We were very pleased to be invited the La Moustache Party de Mr. Hugo (who you may remember from his recent appearance as a French clown)...


His mom, Vanessa, is hilarious and quite the style maven, and she did not disappoint with the many cute and funny details!


Like these snappy little moustache cupcake toppers (the cupcakes were DELICIOUS - from That Takes the Cake)


and these hard candy lollipops...


She had all kinds of simple, yet ingenious, touches - Washi tape bands add cute graphic flair to  plain glass bottles...


Love these little paper cups!



Of course, one must have a selection of moustaches on a stick!  These fab paper 'staches available here and the wooden 'staches here...


...and we loved the hilarious bunting made from photos of famous mustaschioed gentlemen - ah, Tom Selleck...


And the random celebratory moustache imagery that popped up in unexpected those Y-fronts!

Ah, how we love a well-designed par-tay!  Bonne anniversaire, Mr. Hugo!

Jude's Big Top Birthday!


Saturday was Jude's first birthday party, and what a fun little fête it was!


We served fresh popcorn in vintage style popcorn boxes, sugar cookies frosted with royal icing (so fun to paint!)  and delicious cupcakes with chocolate frosting with little flags made from ribbon and satay sticks - classic birthday treats!


The cake was a yellow cake with buttercream frosting, with a cute little banner (it's been a hot trend this year, and I couldn't help myself - so perfect for the circus theme!) And how perfect were these napkins?  I found them (as well as stripey straws, paper fringe and more) at a super adorable little shop called Shop Sweet Lulu!


We provided clown noses, for those who didn't happen to have any appropriate circus attire on hand...


...or who just happen to look ridiculously cute in one...




We made these charming birthday hats out of pom poms, ruffly paper trim, stickers and poster board - so fun!


One of Jude's birthday presents was this amazing Schylling baby piano that Sabrina picked up at the super marvelous shop  Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids which was a big hit at the party - she brought over hers too so we could have dueling pianos...

Jude, striking a pose...
One of Jude's friends, the ever charming Miss Eva, arrived dressed as a tiger!  How apropos, given the presence of this Ring 'o' Fire - hilarious!
We painted an upside down flower pot to look like a circus pedestal - a perfect place to pose this vintage Dumbo doll and his strong man friend...and I made simple striped slip covers for our ottomans to transform our living room into an instant big top!
Now, a great party is all about enthusiastic guests:  Sabrina's son James, seemingly unperturbed by his amusing head wear and sporting a natty suit!  Quite the sartorial splendor!
Darling Hugo, who's half French, looking very adorable as a tiny French clown!
spacer spacerOur friends Jillian and Toast of Because We Can, came in hilarious cowboy attire...(props to Jillian for staying up 'til the wee hours the night before decorating cookies!)
The whole family, getting our circus on...
Alas, the birthday boy was a little less than enthusiastic about sporting a birthday hat!
Sabrina and her son Alex, having a jolly time! (How could you not, while double fisting kazoos??)
The party reached it's peak with an all kazoo birthday salute!
Happy Birthday, Jude!
We'll be posting tutorials for the Ring of Fire, Pennants, Circus Sugar Cookies, the cake topper and more, all week, so stay tuned!

Felted, Crocheted Animals

Prepare yourself for some intense cuteness... we thought we'd indulge ourselves a little for Valentine's Day. We have a nostalgic weakness for crocheted stuffed animals. But then, the felted ones are a double-whammy of adorability (pardon the new word.)


Oh heavens! So cute! We have to share our Beaver Love for Valentine's Day.




A chenile duckie! We can't decide which is our favorite.  But how great are these for a baby shower, or for a new arrival?

MillieFern on Etsy made these— they are some of the best we've seen.  And of course, I bet you might find or commission a sock monkey.

Gorgeous New Zealand Linens

LOVE THESE! Artist Melina Martin from Wellington illustrates and silk screens these beautiful designs for table runners, tea towels and pillows.  Found her here on Etsy.


She draws her inspiration from the nature and culture of New Zealand.


Maybe we see a little Maori influence here?


Beautiful! And what a backdrop! We would like to go visit, please...?



Ok, totally obsessing over Essimar Papel - the work of artist Esther Ramirez.



She creates all kinds of seriously cool wraps from scrap, confetti, masking tape and the like...



We happen to be working on a really cool custom invitation that is all about found paper and handmade details (gold leaf! neon pink! so exciting! - more on that later), so needless to say when we came across Esther's work we were super duper inspired!



Amazing, right?


Check out more of her projects on her blog and her etsy shop...

Via MyLittleDay

Vintage Mexican Wedding Dresses

For rustic elegance for a southwestern wedding, or a beach destination wedding, we think these 50's and 60's vintage Mexican wedding dresses are muy lovely. mexican1

Found this on Ruffled.  Sadly, it sold a while back on Etsy. Maybe there are others like it just waiting to be found in closets and estate sales?


Or how about this genuine 50's article. Just look at the detailing below! Methinks we're on a bit of a lace kick!


Found this dress here.

We have a new southwestern wedding invitation design coming out soon, a southwest skyline, similar to our Desert Skyline holiday card.  Keep your eyes peeled for our new design launch, just around the corner. We're super excited!

Our Mi Amor and Malaga designs might also suit a southwestern style fete or fiesta.  Or for beach destination weddings, our Visit Hawaii is easily adapted to other shoreline locales with a simple text customization.

Thinking warm thoughts on chilly day, and wishing warm weather your way!