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I’m changing “Link Lot” to “Friday Finds.” (I apparently love alliteration.) And I’ll be expanding on the links round-up, adding more photos and slightly longer descriptions.  I hope you’ll enjoy the Internet finds that have made me smile, laugh, cry, cheer, and otherwise be inspired this past week…

1. This new “Black Label” collection by Ban.do is gorgeous, but wow, do these photos add something! That hair is to die for. And the model is Alison Sudol from A Fine Frenzy, which is one of my favorites. This really can’t get any better. [Photo layout via Oh Joy!]

2. Cartoonist James Sturm is quitting the Internet (and blogging about it, ironically). Catch his bi-weekly installments of words and pictures on Slate.

3. Patchwork pillow lust. Must have this. Made by The Sometimes Crafter.

4. Author Donald Miller asks, “What If?” The same question novelists ask of their characters when writing a story is the most important question you should ask yourself in writing your life story. Do it.

5. Nomnomnom. Actually, I might not be able to eat cookies this cute. The little white nonpareils send me over the edge. [Via Oh Happy Day]

6. Imagine The Matrix with Will Smith as Neo. Now go see what the movie poster would have looked like, along with many more posters of movies as they were originally cast at MovieFone. [Via PopEater.]

7. Ever heard of anyone knitting graffiti? To promote Art Week Austin, the Knitta Please crew is yarnbombing light posts, street signs, and businesses. I love this lamppost in pink and green argyle.

8. The future is here, and it includes sewing machines that match thread to your fabric. Seriously. The technology combines white thread with CMYK color processing. Sweet, right!? [Via Craftzine]

9. I was heartbroken this week to learn of the death of Alicia Parlette, the 28-year-old copyeditor at the San Francisco Chronicle that had bravely blogged her journey living with a rare form of cancer. In an early post, she wrote: “If I get through this, this story will help me remember the important moments along the way, the details, the dizzying emotions. And, in the worst of all circumstances, if I go through this life-changing ordeal and my body just wears out and I die, I will die a writer. The one thing I’ve always wanted to be.” Alicia, you were a beautiful writer and a lovely person. Thank you for sharing your story.

10. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this a million times already, but I love looking at wedding blogs. They’re always packed with beautiful photographs, stunning dresses, creative decor ideas, etc. If you’re looking for creative inspiration, I highly recommend hitting the wedding blogrolls. Anyway, I adore this rustic Washington wedding featured on Style Me Pretty. A barn, homemade jam, and loads of DIY touches… wish I could have been there.

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Link Lot

What I’ve enjoyed on the Internet this past week…

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I came across the wonderfully talented Kristy Rice and her team at Momental Designs through Google while researching wedding invitation options in the Spring/Summer of 2008. I was looking for something that felt more personal than a traditional invitation, and her hand-painted, custom creations blew me away.

Kristy works closely with each bride to bring a wedding’s—and a couple’s—personality to life on paper. She uses vintage stamps and her own sketches to create landscapes, engraved tree trunks, jewel-encrusted peacock feathers, glittery snowflakes, hand-drawn destination maps, and, well, you should just see it all for yourself by cruising the current projects gallery.

For my wedding, Kristy created vintage-stamped save-the-dates, invitations, program covers, and favor tags with a brown, dark red, burnt orange, and white palette. She even included a little hand-drawn frog at the base of the tree on the invitation. (Frogs are one of my favorite animals, and Paul proposed to me beside a frog pond.)  It all turned out so perfectly and really meshed with the other elements of the the big day.

More than a year after my wedding, I still follow Kristy’s work and continue to be inspired by it. Plus, her blog should be bookmarked by anyone looking for creative inspiration.  She’s currently gearing up for her 10th anniversary and vow renewal celebration in Utah—and showing blog readers bits and pieces of the preparation. Check out her hand-painted artwork paired with letterpress.  Amazing, right?

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Bay Area–based photographer Jennifer Chaney braved mosquitos and a forecast of hail and wind to shoot her cousin’s wedding on Minnesota’s 10-Mile Lake.  Thankfully, the worst of the weather was overcast skies and light rain, allowing Jennifer to photograph the couple on and around the lake (plan B was inside a garage!).  I am so in love with this shot of them in a canoe—so much so I’m considering a lake-centric vow renewal in the future.  The rest of the photos are equally stunning; check them out here.

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A Year Ago

On November 8, 2008, I married my best friend, Paul. This past year has been absolutely amazing. We both turned 30; we bought a new condo; we traveled to Disneyland and Las Vegas. It’s incredible how much closer we’ve grown in 12 months—and how much our love has grown for each other. Paul is a man of God, of strength, of integrity—plus he’s great at laundry and dishes, and makes a mean tuna casserole. I am blessed.

On an entirely different note, planning a wedding was so much fun—certainly the biggest creative project of my life! I had always dreamed of being married in autumn, and November 8, which is my parents’ anniversary, just happened to fall on a Saturday. They’d been married for 33 years, and it seemed like a fitting tribute to them, as well as a “lucky” date for us. We booked the church we were currently attending, which was also the place we met when we attended its private high school. I decided on an usual timeline. We’d have the ceremony at the church, followed by a dessert reception. Then later in the evening, we’d have a sit-down dinner with just our families and the wedding party. It was the best way I could think of to celebrate with extended family and old friends (the guest list topped 300) as well as to slow down at the end of a long day and enjoy a more intimate setting with the people we’re closest to.

The color scheme was fall reds, browns, oranges, and yellows.  Kristy Rice and Momental Designs, who I discovered through some late-night Web surfing, created gorgeous hand-stamped save-the-dates, invitations, program covers, and favor tags.  I don’t know a lot about flowers, but the ladies at East Bay Flower Company took my fuzzy vision and made it come to life in bouquets, centerpieces, and on lanterns that lined the church aisle.  The cake by Katrina Rozelle was one of my favorite things—it was more beautiful than I could have imagined.  A chocolate and caramel cake, covered in chocolate ganache, wrapped in edible “ribbon,” and topped with real flowers. I knew I didn’t want a cake topper (I find them kind of cheesy), but I did purchase the Willow Tree “Together” figurine, which sat on the cake table among rose petals and candles.  The team from Barbara Llewellyn Catering whipped up all kinds of sweets and treats for the dessert reception, including a chocolate fountain, gourmet cheeses with crackers, homemade pretzels, kettle corn, cookies and petifores, a selection of candied nuts, a float station with personalized Jones soda (root beer, orange, and cream soda) and vanilla ice cream, a coffee and hot coco bar, and a candy buffet with build-your-own favors. The children were in heaven. We wrapped up the evening with a four-course dinner at Postino, an Italian restaurant housed in a gorgeous brick building covered in ivy. I had the most amazing swordfish and a chocolate souffle. It was the first time Paul and I had eaten, having chit-chatted through the entire dessert reception. Lastly, Jessamyn and Robert from Jessamyn Photography captured all the great moments on film. We just received our album, and it is awesome!

I didn’t have a wedding planner, so I just had to wing it. And I had SO many amazing friends and family members helping me out, from Melody making name tags for photo frames and Erin editing music to my mom making five million trips to World Market and Michael’s to all the bridesmaides assembling invitations and programs. It was like a larger-than-life craft project, and it was so much fun.

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Lasertron1While doing some aimless Internet browsing (where do the hours go!?), I stumbed across the most glorious thing: vintage felt and button bouquets by Princess Lasertron.  Love, love, love these!  If only I had discovered them a year ago, I would have used them in my wedding.

Megan Hunt of Omaha, Nebraska, is the artist behind these beauties.  She uses wool felt, vintage fabric, and antique buttons and jewelry, then adds sweet embroidered details.  Going beyond wedding bouquets and boutonnieres, she also creates notebook covers, hair accessories, and button-flower arrangements.

Plus, her blog is a must-read.  She writes about her work in progress, posts professional photos of the weddings that incorporated her work (check ouLasertron2t this colorful and fun Alice in Wonderland–themed wedding!), and shares photos and anecdotes about life with her husband and cat.  It all has personality and loads of style.

I am SO hunting down my embroidery hoop and floss, which I know is buried somewhere in a storage locker.  I’ve only really used the supplies for friendship bracelets and quilt squares, and maybe a stuffie or two in school or Girl Scouts.  I had no idea embroidery could be this incredible, and I’m inspired to try something new.

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