Dizzy Swallows

Here

August 1st, 2013

Back to earth. After the most amazing experience of my life. It is still difficult to find the words to describe the utter beauty of our wedding, the unbridled out-pouring of love from our community, the joyous, united effort to pull off one amazing weekend. I can’t wait to share everything with you, once I get my legs back under me.

All love.

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Lately

May 29th, 2013

These past weeks have been filled to bursting. May is nearly done and I’ve been so focused, I was hardly aware of it’s passage. I thought I’d share a few of the sights and sounds that have so occupied my world of late.

Good music. Always. Here’s a lovely ditty from Taken By Trees: “Dreams.” Taken By Trees is the solo project of former Concretes singer, Victoria Bergsman. Incidentally, Victoria is yet another Swede.

We’ve built and painted a dozen chalkboard signs for the wedding (can’t wait for you to see them in action!), and thought we’d use some of the leftovers to paint the inside of one of our cupboards. I’m thinking to fill it with handy measurement conversions and such.

I was never one to go in for banner-making during my school days, but I did recently play with metallic paint, glitter, and sponge brushes. Again, … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

March 11th, 2013

Happy Monday my darlings. Spring is just around the corner! Thank heavens. Today I’d like to share with you a song that’s been roaming round my head since happening upon it a few weeks ago (shout out to Tommy!). Enjoy while you peruse the rest of the post!

Lightning’s Girl by Nancy Sinatra on Grooveshark

How was everyone’s weekend? Ours was full, as was the week previous. Though I was down with my first cold of the year, we did manage to get some key measurements at our wedding venue, lock in the catering, and have a nice walk about the land.

We even managed to plant the start of our garden! So far we have strawberries and peas in the ground, and butternut squash, cilantro, mint, and broccoli in the seedling tray. Much more to come!

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Wedding Wreath

February 27th, 2013 1 Comment

Remember the apple tree pruning? Well waste not, want not as they say. Yesterday I constructed the base for a huge floral wreath, lashing and weaving together the water sprouts. I had such fun maneuvering and nesting the shoots between and around each other, covering the initial wired round. There’s something undeniably pleasing about the lithe lengths running side by side, over and under, fuzzed and ruddy on the tip, slick and green at the base.

The wreath is about 3 1/2 feet in diameter and I intend it to hang over us, festooned with flowers and ferns, as we exchange vows.

I’m using the beautiful floral wreath from this 100 Layer Cake styled shoot as inspiration.

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Flower Pom Tutorial

November 20th, 2012

The rain is official here. Yesterday we woke to a roaring deluge, entirely unlike the usual misting dampness that generally assails the Seattle area. By noon, streets were underwater. By the evening, we were bailing out the basement, and cursing the leaves that had clogged the ancient drain. Ah the joys of homeownership.

These soggy days leave me itchy for crafts. So what better time to work on the paper flowers I’m making for a bit of wedding decor? Fun and relatively easy, I thought I’d share a quick how-to with you today. I’ve adapted this from the original Martha Stewart Pom-pom tutorial to create a flower rather than a sphere. I’m scheming to make some colored ones as well, so they’ll look even more like peonies!

Materials (per flower):
  • 8 sheets of 18″ x 20″ tissue paper
  • 1 18″ piece floral stem wire (I use 22 gauge, white)
  • Scissors
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