Monday, February 2, 2009
Last night I stumbled across a very inspiring wedding blog, called Offbeat Bride. I was doing some research on alternative weddings for some new ideas, and found myself scrolling through photographs, stories and vendors for the better part of three hours! There was such great stuff! The most popular wedding go-to-guide I've heard of, is The Knot. But other than it's very helpful Budgeter, I find it to be not so great for the couple who's budget is ringing in around $5,000 or so. It may be that you have a small budget, don't want to blow all your money on one day, or are just looking for some off-the-grid ideas, so if that is the case, Offbeat Bride may be more your thing!
Through this blog, I discovered a really fantastic idea for couples who want to put some muscle into the ring-discovering process - that is, by making their own! Through the Wedding Ring Workshop, you can as a couple work together to create your rings with the help of a trained professional. The styles of each couple's rings vary and you wouldn't believe that they were actually made be you and your significant other! And best of all - all of their metals are recycled! Michael and I were lucky enough to find a location right here in Seattle, but there are locations all over the place (not just in the states!). It usually lasts about 5-6 hours, and in cost of your experience, both rings, a bottle of champagne (to celebrate such a task!), a disposable camera documenting the day, and a working lunch are all included! Making rings, sipping champagne - now that's what I'm talking about! A great way to start a brand new journey.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
It started with my boyfriend, Michael, and I coming together as a unit (a little over 3 years ago now), and although we shared all of the same hobbies like entertaining, decorating, spending time with family, friends and some good food, we were both starting a new chapter in our lives on Vashon Island, WA (a 15 minute ferry ride from Seattle) and our pockets were never very full. So, these past few years have been creative and tight, but we've made it and have been enjoying ourselves more often times than not!
Luckily for me, Michael is a very talented Web Designer, so for lack of a better word(s) - I've got the hook up.
Roughly about 6 months ago I came up with this idea for lettucentertain and we've been honing it every since. I know for me, I'm always looking for new, inventive ideas to put my spin on in the kitchen or really any other room in the house.
It all began with my grandmother Nancy's stash of Martha Stewart magazines. Martha has, and will always have a special place in my heart for with the combination of all of her wonderful articles, photographs, books and the wonderful cooks, green thumbs and decorators in my family - I have all the inspiration I could ever want! But, as I got older and realized my Turkey Hill Manor days were yet to arrive where I could dedicate a room to ribbons and wraps, so I decided I'd have to get crafty and creative because a Barista (turned Florist) can only make so much green in a day! I started a binder of clip-its and snip-its from 'Martha Stewart Living', 'Real Simple', 'Dwell', newspaper articles and handwritten notes from summers of going through my grandmother's cookbook collection. It's my creative bible to living my good life. My "go-to-pal" when I'm inspired to give the bedroom a face-lift, or whip up a quick snack for having guests over or need some new ideas on how to package a friend's gift. Now, it's become the source for my brand new baby, lettucentertain.
The name was derived from a poem called 'The Garden' I found via the fabulously genious Google. However, it had to be tweaked a little (sharin' the 'e') as I couldn't purchase the domain lettuceentertain.com. Ha. But, we're makin' it work!
Here is the poem. I thought it was clever!
T H E G A R D E N:
Come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses…
FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:
1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another
NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another
TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME:
1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends
WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. THERE IS MUCH FRUIT
IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.
Cheers and all my best!
- Elizabeth Gaudet, Founder of lettucentertain