Wednesday, June 29, 2011

DIY Wedding Favors

Today, I've got a fun suggestion for some do-it-yourself wedding favors, made from a couple of items from Etsy. This also happens to be a sneak preview of what I did for my own wedding favors. :)

Start out with some of these beautiful handmade plantable paper shapes from Recycled Ideas. Each of these small pieces of paper (which is made from recycled junk mail) is loaded with flower seeds, so your guests can take them home and plant them. The paper disintegrates, and flowers appear! What a great way to make the world more beautiful and to give your guests a lasting reminder of your wedding!

And so that your guests remember where the favors came from, you can stamp them with biodegradable ink using one of these stamps from Terbear Collectibles. I probably shouldn't count how many of Terbear's stamps I have, but I love them and use them all the time. I picked out this "save the date" style stamp because I liked the hands in the shape of a heart and including the date of the wedding on the favor. I think I'll also probably use the stamp on the back of envelopes for thank you cards and other letters.

One important tip to mention: make sure that the stamp you choose is smaller than the paper shapes you choose. I had small flower shapes and a stamp that was REALLY close to the same size, so I ended up with a few mis-stamps. That's okay, they'll still grow just fine! They're just not quite pretty enough to scatter across the tables.

So there you have it! Favors that could be kept as mementos of your wedding, or can be planted and enjoyed by more than just your guests!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Timey Wimey, Wibbly Wobbly

Beginning today, I'm featuring items from some of the Etsyians I ordered things for my wedding from. While Doctor Who pendants might not be the first thing on many brides' minds, Amy Pond had an unusual take on the "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" line at her wedding. And so I will have it at mine as well. :) Thanks to Imagination Emporium (featured second today) for helping me make that a reality!

Dr. Who Necklace - Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey ... Stuff

Timey Wimey Detector Necklace from Imagination Emporium

Friday, June 24, 2011

Featured Friday: No Mark At All

One of the newer EtsyRain members who I met at a meetup was Rachell from No Mark At All. Rachell takes wonderful photos of outdoor and indoor scenes. While I adore her Three Crows print, this one, called Story Book, got my attention right away. If you look closely at the pages, you might find that you recognize the story in question (especially if you're a huge Neil Gaiman geek like me). :)

Rachell has also partnered with Ellen from Limelight Designs Shop to turn her photographs into photo pendants--a great way to wear a little piece of artwork!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Squeaky Clean!

I have a slight obsession with handmade soap. And while I probably already have enough to last me a year, that doesn't stop me from wanting more. Check out these soaps from members of Team EtsyRain!

Sampler Pack for 4 Organic Handmade Soap Bars from Beautanical

Cherry Almond Bath Soap from Good Earth Essentials

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

In the Trees

I love the look of these trees on children's clothing--so cute and fun!

Sky Blue Applique Tree Tee from Kokoleo

Little Blue Tree Skirt from York Patty

Friday, June 3, 2011

Featured Friday: Captain Magnificent

Those who know me know that I'm pretty much obsessed with Star Wars. In fact, my fiancé and I spent our day off on Monday watching all six of the movies (in numerical order), just so we could say we had done it. So it's not surprising that I LOVE Captain Magnificent on Etsy. His sugar skull styled Star Wars characters are amazingly intricate. Even though I'm a supporter of the Rebellion, I think that the Imperial characters translate better to sugar skulls, and I have a set of the Imperial Trio just waiting to be framed and hung up. Good thing we're going to Ikea this weekend!

In addition to the sugar skull styled drawings, Captain Magnificent has a handful of other Star Wars-inspired prints as well. They're a fun bunch of images for Star Wars fans looking for a little something different to celebrate their fandom!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer is coming!

Well, it's June, so it ought to be summer. Summer hasn't quite arrived in Seattle, but based on these items from members of the Big Damn Crafters, it must have gotten to other parts of the world by now!

Summer Blossoms Crochet Necklace from Tradewinds Studios

Indian Summer Handspun Merino Yarn from Inlerah