With the NotWedding just weeks away, I wanted to give you another little glimpse at this year’s gorgeous NotWedding couple. This bridal shoot proves you really can find beauty in even the most dilapidated of places. Joe’s concept with this shoot is marvelous – I’m so excited to see more from this guy!
Fashion photography has always been a secret passion of mine so I decided to go with a high-fashion shoot based on Andy Warhol’s muse, Edie Sedgewick. Andy named her the “Queen of the Factory” in that her beauty, and overall essence, captivated his factory studio. Edie was a true light in a dark place, and darkness always seemed to find her…this, however doesn’t negate the fact that her beauty and innocence always shined within the shadows.
The concept was easy…take a gorgeously styled bride and place her in harsh/dilapidated surroundings and let her beauty and soul take the reins.
Concept/Photography: Joe O’Daniels of O’Studios Photography // Floral Designer and Props: Sherry Donnelly of Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio // Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle // Stylist: Anna Hopkins // Dresses: Lazaro, Chaviano Couture, St. Pucchi (all from Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta)
A big congratulations go to Laura Truett the winner of Blue Eyed Yonder’s NotWedding ticket giveaway! I can’t wait to meet you in person.
This is going to be one awesome fake wedding and we’re up to our eyeballs creating lots of fabulous new pieces that will debut at the event. It’s not too late to purchase a ticket of your own, just visit the NotWedding website and grab one before they’re all gone!
See you there!
What: The NotWedding
Where: Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery
When: February 25, 2013
If you’re addicted to Pinterest as much as I am, I’m sure you’ve seen several tutorials for DIY Clay Bowls. With Wedding Day Hooray right around the corner, I thought I’d give it a try as a fun handmade goodie for the swag bags. The concept is pretty simple, so instead of going in depth on the bowl making process, I thought I’d share my tips and lessons learned in case you get the itch to create some bowls of your own.
What you will need:
Air Dry Clay
Scrap of cloth
Large Circle Cookie Cutter (or recycle a large can)
Small bowls (to help form the ‘bowl’ shape)
The photos above show step-by-step instructions for making the clay bowls. Simply roll out the clay, press the doily into the clay using the rolling pin, cut out in the shape of a circle, shape dish over the underside of a small bowl to form shape. Allow dish to completely dry (approx. 24 hours). Once the dish is dry, lightly sand the edges until clean and smooth.
Ok, so that was the fast run through, now here are some time saving tips and suggestions:
1. All clays are not created equal. My first attempt to make these bowls had me pulling my hair out. As it turns out the problem was with the clay. I bought the cheapest brand I could find and it was really sticky and hard to work with. It was also extremely brittle once it dried. The sweet girls at Loot Vintage shared some awesome tips with me, with the biggest tip being the brand of clay – DAS Air Dry Clay. It’s a wee bit more expensive, but well worth it!
2. Clay likes to stick. After peeling clay from my counter, trying to use wax paper and even sprinkling the surface with baby powder, I finally found a solution that worked – cloth! I rolled all of my bowls on a tightly woven scrap piece of fabric. It was so much easier to remove from the fabric than the countertop. Also, because the fabric was so tightly woven, there was little imprint on the bottom of the bowls. Total lifesaver!
3. Time is not always on your side. With 100 bowls to make and just a few days time, I knew I couldn’t wait on each of these bowls to air dry before removing them from the glass dish. The girls at Loot Vintage saved me once again with this handy dandy tip – microwave! After you have formed the clay dish on top of the bowl, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds (approx. 5 seconds). This will allow the bowl to set-up a little bit and allow you to remove it from the glass bowl a little sooner. This way you can continue making more bowls while the rest air dry on the counter. (Warning: You’ll only want to pop them in the microwave for a few seconds. I totally boiled my first bowl when I put it in there for 30 seconds.)
Do you ever find your to-do list just keeps growing and growing – off your desk, out your window and down the street? It’s easy to get caught up in the “busy-ness” and lose track of other things going on around you – guilty as charged. Last night I actually challenged myself to have dinner with Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder and NOT bring up anything about Blue Eyed Yonder, our to-do lists, or just work in general. I admit, it was really hard. I’m usually the one to chat non-stop and I found myself trying to find words that weren’t about work, I struggled. It made me a little sad.
I decided to ask him kind of a silly question – what’s your favorite color? While it turns out that neither one of us can actually choose a favorite color, this simple question led to stories about sweet childhood memories, crayons, hidden talents, art and even travel. It was such a wonderful and interesting conversation and we actually learned even more about each other.
These moments make me want to shut out the world more often and just spend time with my husband, my best friend.
Share fun times with dear friends.
Warm your soul with winter walks.
Stop to soak in the small things around you.
Enjoy quiet, late-night moments by yourself.
Imagine the possibilities.
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I think by now, you all know I’m a collector of many things. That’s pretty much how I got into vintage rentals in the first place. Not many companies can say they got their start in hoarding. Ha!
There’s just something so beautiful about a collection. Sure, one piece is gorgeous all by itself, but put ten on the table and now we’re talking! Collections are unique and often harder to have than just an individual item. It’s the beauty of the masses. My favortite collections are the ones that are gathered piece-meal over time – one piece you may have found at an estate sale, the other in a dusty box at a yard sale. I guess it’s the thrill of the hunt. I definitely inherited that gene from my Mema. She is the queen of collections. She’s the one that got me to pay more attention to china. She taught me the patterns and taught me the values. I have the best time rummaging with her. She’s got the patience to sift through lots of junk – and that’s why she’s always finding lots of treasures!
With so many lovely vintage china collections out there, it was hard to decide what I wanted to start collecting first. One of the first lines I started to collect was Jeanette’s Shell Pink collection. It was produced in the 1950′s and looks like milk glass with a rosy tint. It was made for a very short time, so finding it is a littler harder than other collections. That’s why I like it so much.
I love it’s blush tones and find myself always dreaming of fun ways to use this light pop of pink. I couldn’t resist photographing it with our DIY Fiesta Banner. I think it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Dont’ forget, BEY’s PINK Sale is going on through February 14th. Save on all of our pink (and red) items!