{Ramblings} Thoughts about weddings

Today a ton of my photographer friends have been sharing an article from The Huffington Post by Anne Almasy, an award winning photographer. 

At first read of the article, “Resolution,” my heart kind of dropped. I felt saddened that so many of my photographer friends agreed so whole-heartily with something that felt as if it went against what I do and my little contribution to the wedding industry. However, after a few (like 10) more reads… I had some other thoughts about the article and my friends’ response to it.

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{Inspiration} Spring Centerpiece

I’m SOOOO ready for Spring to get here.
I’m ready for flowers, gardening, Spring clothing, and some sunshine! I’m not looking forward to allergy season… but, my readiness for spring is overriding my fear of another sneezing season. In my desire for Spring to get here I decided to create some Spring-like centerpiece items. I used them as decor at the Portland Creative Connection event… now they sit on my diningroom table making me happy all day long. I think these decorations would be cute for any Spring event including Easter dinner, an afternoon May day celebration, or a Mother’s Day brunch.

{Weekend in Review} Party like a one-year-old, networking, and blog posting

Happy Monday! I spent three days of last week as a solo-mama as my husband was in California for work. Of course, that meant that I had very little time this past week for the business of posting/working. It also meant that we packed our weekend full of events.

During our time of just the two of us, the kiddo and I both had visits to the salon to get our hair done. I visited Franny from Edward Wadsworth Salon for a much needed hair appointment. I haven’t had my hair done by a professional in years… she did a great job explaining the costs, color ability, and best cut options for my hair. She was the perfect mix of chatting and being quiet. Sometimes I really just enjoy resting and letting someone take over! She did a great highlight job on my hair! I’ll be seeing her again in 10 weeks for another lightening. Just in time for summer!

The boy visited Little Clippers in Lake Oswego. The place was AMAZING. It was like we were walking into an indoor playground. He was thrilled to see cars, slides, and lots of bright colors. I was afraid, from past at home experiences, that he would be too wiggly to get his hair done. Instead he was completely content the entire time! His stylist, Lolita, did an AMAZING job. She was quick and able to anticipate when he was getting bored or uncomfortable. We even hung out a bit after the hair cut so the little guy could enjoy the toys.

On Saturday we visited our friend’s home for little A’s first birthday. The rainbow themed party was just ADORABLE. And, all of the attendees wore their favorite rainbow colors. I can’t wait until I get back some of the better photos taken at the party so that I can share all of the fun details her mom put into the event.

Saturday evening I was able to meet-up with some awesome women for Creative Connection. Some fun collaborations are sure to come of this great event. Twenty Portland creatives in one room created such a buzz of energy. There was some major power-houses in that room! A big thank you to Margaret for putting it all together! Oh, and the cute decorations above will be on the blog later this week.

What did you do this weekend?

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 I’ll share some of my favorites on Sunday!
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Portland Wedding Photography // Sash Photography

Okay, I promise that I will stop posting photos of this adorable wedding after today…but, I couldn’t NOT post these adorable photos taken by Sash Photography. This is the kind of wedding photographer that I would want if I were getting married again. Briena was fantastic on site, came prepared with back-up everything, dressed nice, and took all the traditional shots as well as a ton of images of the guests.

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{Real Parties} Vintage Sweet Portland Wedding

I’m so excited to share these gorgeous photos taken by Sash Photography of this Vintage Sweet Portland Wedding. The beautiful bride and handsome groom are my friends, Alishia and Ryan. I was thrilled to be in attendance at a celebration that was so personal and touching. Enjoy the photos!

{Friday Finds} Oscar Party

The Oscars are this Sunday… are you celebrating? I am probably not… I have a busy, busy weekend. But, for those of you that are watching & celebrating with an Oscar Party, and need some last minute tips and ideas, check out these great posts:

I’ll see you back later today tomorrow for a {real party} Portland Wedding! Super excited to share the photos that I just HAD to have two posts today. Sorry! Time got away from me today. Have a wonderful weekend y’all!

{Inspiration to Reality} Sketched Wedding Vignettes

In August of 2012 I was fortunate enough to get to help my friends Alishia and Ryan with their beautiful wedding. I posted a few sneak peek photos from my camera a while back. I’m excited to finally be able to share some of the wedding photos (from the photographer) and the process behind the event! Check back tomorrow for the full {real party} post— today I want to focus on the process of before and after. I hope that if you are planning a  DIY wedding some of these tips can help you with the process.

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{Weekend in Review} Valentine’s Day, Ladies’ Night Out, and a Lazy Weekend

My weekend began on Thursday with a lovely Valentine’s Day! I mean… it was the BEST. My little guy and I hung out during the morning hours and met my husband for a delicious Japanese lunch at Koji Osakaya in downtown Portland. We love this restaurant for its authentic cuisine and great service. The little guy even managed to work his chopsticks a bit! While my husband went back to work the little one and I hit Playdate PDX for some good ole fashion playtime. I was certain that after 3 hours of playing hard on the Playdate PDX indoor playground X would go to bed early in the evening. But, alas…. he was not giving in! I made a steak for dinner and topped it with a spicy cherry salsa. SO GOOD. And, finally, the night ended off with a nice hot bubble bath with a glass of wine. It was the best Valentine’s Day I’ve had in a long, long time. What did you do for Valentine’s Day?
Lately I’ve been trying to make a point out of hanging out with just the ladies at least once a month. Friday night the hubby watched the kiddo while I went out to paint the town red with a few ladies. The night was an evening filled with delicious Paddy’s lemon drops, an amazing steak sandwich from the Realto, and a lot of laughs. The pictures above are at the end of the night when we started getting silly with our iPhone cameras. Jenn, of Pfaus Photography snapped the beautifully lit shot of us ladies being ridiculous with her iPhone… check her out on Instagram!
After such a busy couple of days we decided to hang out at home and be a little lazy. We played outside in our pjs, enjoyed homemade cauliflower-crust pizza, and chilled on the couch. I did get some new sketchs done and they’ll be heading to my Etsy shop soon!
What did you do this weekend?
* This is a for-profit blog that accepts sponsorship in many forms…. however, none of the companies mentioned on this page are sponsors of A Well Crafted Party. I really did go to these places! No product/money was given in exchange for this post. 

{Real Party} Plaid Valentine’s Day Girl’s Night

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I love today. As a Valentine’s Day treat I am sharing a {Real Party} feature. I think real parties are always my favorite posts. I like to see how everyday people do parties and what the parties ACTUALLY look like in process. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

This past weekend a few of us ladies got together for a fun Ladies’ Night. (Galentine’s Day anyone?) It was hosted at the beautiful home of Suzannah from Adventure’s in Dressmaking. Seriously, her place is so nice that we barely needed to decorate at all! I wanted to steer away from using too much pink in this party…not because I don’t love pink, but because I’ve used it SO much over the years. I wanted something that made me think coziness and winter. We went with a beautiful red, black, white, and grey plaid for the base of our decor. From there we added in some pink and red heart confetti, red flowers, and warm and fuzzy decor items

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Redesign and Rethought

I have been MIA the past couple days here on the blog even though it is right in the prime party season of Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day. What? You don’t celebrate President’s Day?
But, while there haven’t been posts here on A Well Crafted Party there has been some work. I changed the look of the blog finally. I wanted simple and bright. I am sure I’ll be changing the design for a bit now until I get it perfect. But, I needed a change and I needed it NOW.

{Weekend in Review} Valentine’s Day Prep, Party, and Portland Bloggers Meet-Up

I’m always amazed with how quickly the weekend flies by… and, then I sit down to write a “Weekend in Review” post and I realize that there was a good reason for the quickness— I’ve been busy!
This weekend I prepped and help host a Valentine’s Day Ladies’ Night over at my friend Suzannah’s beautiful home. I spent my Friday evening making fabric roses, hand-lettering signs, and prepping Valentines. I have some fun projects from the party to share with you this week, and of course, photos from the party itself!
Saturday was all party, party, party. We invited a few friends over and had a blast chatting, snacking, crafting, and taking photos in the photo booth. (see animation above) These ladies have STYLE! You can look at any of them to get some ideas for something to wear this upcoming Valentine’s Day!

I also secured some final details on the March 10 Portland Bloggers’ meet-up and set up the ticket sales for the event. If you are a Portland-area blogger then you will certainly want to get your ticket before they sell out… this event is going to be AMAZING! Attendees are going to get the chance to pose for Portland photographers, learn tips on how to make their photos better, and more. Click here to purchase your $10 ticket!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’ll be back tomorrow to share some more Valentine’s Day fun!

{Printables} Celebrating Love

UPDATE: 9/14/14 I used to have these prints in my Etsy shop, but have since closed the shop. I now have them linked below as free printables. If you like the printables I’d appreciate you sharing via social media or subscribing to my newsletter! Every edition of my newsletter comes with a set of brand new free printables!

I’ve been having a lot of fun doing some hand lettered illustrations that are all about LOVE! I’ve picked some of my favorite quotes and drawn them out. I really enjoy the look of hand lettered quotes framed up on the walls. So, I hope you enjoy these little printables. I’ve got several of them in the Scribd shop for an affordable price as a digital download or you can purchase them customized in your color choices and in 3 sizes from my Etsy store. They’d make a sweet gift for a friend or loved one this upcoming Valentine’s Day.

PS. Because I love you and it is almost Valentine’s Day… I have a 20% OFF coupon code for my Etsy shop! Which means you can get the printables for even cheaper! CODE: LOVE20

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{Working on it Wednesday} Valentines’ Day Prep

Short and sweet this evening… today I spent the day doing pretty much nothing even though my to do list was a mile long. Which means tomorrow’s to do list is even longer.
But, this evening I did get a few things done. I started the work on some handmade Valentines’ for the upcoming Valentines’ Day party that I am helping host on Saturday. My Valentine’s Day cards are being made out of card stock, some cellophane, and a lot of my favorite pens. I love a good Valentine… don’t you?
But, the best part of the evening was taste testing some amazing cupcakes that Bee from The Spicy Bee was working on. Oh dear, was it good!

What are you working on this Wednesday?

 

{Recipe} Mini Corn dogs

This past Superbowl Sunday I wanted to bring something that would fit into the whole “Superbowl Food” category. From experience, I interpreted that as snack food/ bar food/ appetizers. Warning: This is not a healthy treat… but, it is a treat! These were a fun addition to the Superbowl snack table, but they would also work for a carnival themed party, game night, or guys’ night. And, they are not too difficult to make!

I adapted my recipe from the Epicurious recipe, Mini Corn Dogs by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park. I didn’t have all they had on hand and needed a larger batch… so, I made the following changes. But, I encourage you to check out their recipe too!

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