Hopefully everyone was able to make it out to the Depart-ment show this weekend!  I definitely could have spent all of my money there on items for me, but I forced myself to think of other people.  There were tons of great items produced by hand by local artists- one of my favorites was Paper Stories. The four crew design team makes cards, invites, journals and also does custom projects mostly on a vintage printing press.  My personal favorites include the “Bittersweet Collection.”
Paper Stories - Bittersweet Collection

So spruce up your holiday card selection at their etsy shop and the recipients of your cards will be grateful!


Finally, the big day has come and passed, but I have to say that I had the hottest bridesmaids ever.  And I’m not just saying that because I made their dresses.  It’s just too bad the aisle wasn’t really a runway and then the wedding could have been multi-purposed.

I wanted to photoshop out me in this picture, but so far it’s the only one I have of all us together (thanks Aunt Anita & Uncle Sam!), so just pretend I’m not there and focus on my super hot models, ur, I mean bridesmaids:

Me & the Girls

Me & the Girls

So, Haley, standing next to me is wearing a V-neck in both front and back with a gathered 3/4 circle skirt, her sister, Maddie is wearing a scoop neck in both front and back and wearing a double box pleated 3/4 circle skirt, Andrea, the maid of honor, is wearing a straight/square neckline with a deep back scoop and a double inverted box pleat 3/4 circle skirt. The dresses were made out of a rich, sapphire faille and each girl wore a petticoat in berry.  I didn’t make the petticoats- they came from a square dancing company in Texas.  They were very comfortable, so if you want to trade in your scratchy crinoline I would highly suggest ordering a Sam’s Petticoat. More detailed pictures of each to come soon!

One last thing- why I am still the shortest person there? I was wearing 3 inch heels! Oh man…

So now it’s exactly one week away from my wedding and really, the only thing I hear from people is how awesome my invitations were.  They didn’t want to send in the RSVPs because they were so pretty.  I think they are so excited about the prettiness of the invitations that they’ll be disappointed by the actual wedding.

A former co-worker of mine, Christine van Duyn,  has sadly left the Chicago area and has headed out to California to start her own custom invite studio. No worries about the distance- she’ll ship everything to you in a really cute box that you won’t throw out and use it to store anything you can think of and more.

Here’s what she did for my save the dates- I’ve been really bad and haven’t sent her a picture of the invites yet, but it’s on my list:

CEVD custom save the date

Check out her collections:

CEVD Collections

Over the weekend I got to meet Faryl of Farylrobin and it was probably the greatest day of my life!  I am OBSESSED with her shoes and not only are they awesome, but they are comfortable too! My bridesmaids and I are all wearing Farylrobin shoes at my wedding in less than two weeks now…

Here are our shoes: I’m wearing the plum ones and the bridesmaid’s are wearing the pearl ones:
Farylrobin Desiree Pumps

And just wait til her spring line hits the stores in February!

Also at Depart-ment is Pterodactyl Pants– designed by my friend, Jessie Mansbacher.  Be sure to fill your holiday with orna-monsters like this one:

Orna-monsters from Pterodactyl Pants

Depart-ment’s Holiday show is almost two weeks away!  Stop by to pick up local, handmade gifts, or to pick up an awesome, handmade Audacity skirt or dress for you holiday party!Depart-ment Holiday Show

A friend emailed me today with news of a custom fabrics company out of North Carolina!  Oh, all the possibilities…

The company is called Spoonflower

Here are some fabrics people have designed:

This one was created by Rachel Galloway

Horse Fabric

And this one by Shannon Benavidez


Check it out and order some custom fabric!