My friend Tim has started out on a new creative venture that I want to highlight. He is a pilot and has a background in aircraft mechanics. Recently, Tim began making these unique industrial lamps constructed out of authentic aircraft engine components. The parts are non-airworthy, and non-serviceable for aircraft use. Check out a few of his lamps below. I love the clean, modern lines. I think these would make a great addition to a modern interior or a great gift for the aviation enthusiast.

Tim has also has a line of contemporary styled clocks constructed from the same aircraft parts. These adorable aviation ornaments are made out of spark plugs and would be the perfect addition to any flight themed room.

If you are interested in one of Tim’s pieces please let him know. Call 402.452.6954 to place an order or get more information.

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“They are seriously telling their guests where to sit!” is the response many people have when hearing about a couple’s plan to utilize escort cards and table numbers.

One of the most misunderstood parts of any wedding is the seating chart. Couple’s loathe the time consuming task of placing each guest at a table and guest seem to want to rebel against elementary idea of assigned seating. However, the seating chart is one of the simplest ways to alleviate stress on your wedding day and ensure your guests have a great night.

Why this is a must for the couple. You just made your grand reception entrance and found your seat. Everyone is in their chairs waiting for dinner service to begin when you look up to see a straggling couple walk into the reception. They stand there trying to figure out where to go. Do they split up and take one of the seats with your new husband’s second cousins and the other one with your mom’s co-workers? Or do they grab one chair and try to squeeze in at the other table. That is one bad scenario but worse yet, what do they do if there aren’t any seats left. Did one of your guests RSVPs get lost in the mail leaving you a few chairs short? I have seen this happen at a wedding. Nothing disrupts your reception like the staff quickly attempting to set up an extra table. With escort cards in place the couple would simply grab their cards and discretely take their seats.

Why this is a must for your guests. Of course ,this is your wedding day, but these are your guests. Being that late arriving couple without a place to sit is horrifying. Especially if you are left standing there waiting for your table to be set up. The odds that they were the ones who did not RSVP are slim. Weddings are a time to socialize, when you don’t know who you are sitting with this can make for an uncomfortable situation. By placing people of similar age group and interests at the same table you can set your up guests for an interesting evening. You can put all your husband’s college buddies at the same table far away from your grandmother and her sister but perhaps next to a table full of single girlfriends???. When your guests are having a good conversation and making new friends or re-connecting with old ones they will stay all night

My last reason is a purely a design one. If you have escort cards you can add another personalized aspect to your decor.

Like this garden inspired display from hgtv.com

Save yourself the stress, ensure your guests will have a great time and be sure to have a few blank seating cards for those who failed to RSVP.

Omaha has a fantastic music and art scene. I never realized how good our music was until a friend from New York was talking about it one day and how she would love to come to town and check it out. Locally made movies also are taking a position. The Omaha fashion scene is catching up and I love it! I adore fashion, especially unique one-of-a-kind, dare I say, couture pieces. (Not what you see on the rack at Dillard’s). And I admire the local artists that give Omaha flavor. The latest event showcasing these artist was Saturday’s Fashion in Salvation. The annual show created by local designer, Angela Poor, served as a fundraiser with all proceeds going to MOHM’s Place and North Omaha Good News Bears.

I did not attend the event last year. It was held at a new venue this year, the Scoular Ballroom. The show attracted a multitude of people all there to support their artist, whether they be a dancer, designer or model. I was very proud to see the support Omaha provided. The event itself could use a little more organization. Next year I would suggest a larger venue, I don’t see these events losing their popularity.

The show was awesome, entertaining with some great designs that I would love to own. The evening featured designers, Angela Poor, Sabrina Jones, Jennie Mason, Ellene McClay, Shamina Wiek, Dan Richters, Jane Round, Shawntelle Kuhlmann, Juantisha Christiansen, Rasheena Nichols, Dede Williams, and Roots & Wings. More in-depth to come on local designers.

Looking forward to the next one, Big O! Fashion Show coming this spring. Stay tuned.

We are all guilty at one time or another of not being able to find exactly what we are looking for. Once you have an idea in your head, nothing else will do especially when it comes to your wedding. Couples want their wedding to be unique and personal making it extremely hard to just pick something off the rack. If you are spending hours upon hours searching for the perfect anything, I strongly suggest you check out Etsy.

Just about anything in every price range can be found on Etsy, making the site very budget friendly. Plus, the sellers are accessible. If you find the perfect bracelet but it is slightly out of your price range. You have the opportunity to contact the seller, you can ask them if they can do a similar design in your price range. Perhaps they can use crystals instead of gemstones? However, do keep in mind that these artists skillfully craft their products from top quality materials when asking for a scaled down piece.

Feel an important need to support local business? Etsy makes it extremely easy to find a local vendor that suits your needs with their Shop Local feature. You can search by city or state to discover a local business owner whose product suits your needs. A definite plus when using a local vendor they may allow local pick-up to avoid shipping costs and you might even be able to see the item in person prior to purchasing.

After combing through the plethora of products on Etsy you still don’t see exactly what you are looking for there is another option. The site offers a custom request opportunity through Alchemy. Here you can list a custom request complete with images for inspiration and your ideal price. Etsy sellers will then bid on your listing and you can select the one you would like to make the item. This is a great way to guarantee you will get exactly what you are looking for and be the only one to have it.

Of course, Etsy isn’t just a wedding resource. It is a great place to find just about anything.

Since I love paper and am always looking for an easier, cheaper, greener way to create, it only seems natural that my latest obsession is paper flowers. I have an upcoming party where I am hoping to use paper flowers for the décor. I am using coffee filters and have tried painting them which is tedious and does not result in the look I was going for. I decided to try dyeing them. Here is how I did it using RIT dye.

Since I wasn’t planning on dyeing two pounds of coffee filters I couldn’t use the recipe on the package. I needed a formula to break up the dye into smaller batches. I used 1/4 tsp powdered die to about 2 cups hot water.

After deciding how many filters I wanted to dye I filled a bucket with enough hot water to allow the filters to move freely. I kept track of how much water I put in the bucket so I would know how much die to add. Next I mixed the powdered dye with a small amount of hot water.

Once the dye was completely dissolved I stirred it into the larger bucket making sure the dye was evenly dispersed. I then added separated coffee filters until the bucket was full but the filters could still move around. I have found that slightly balling the filters up before adding them to the dye bath will help you to separate them later.

The package says to stir constantly. I don’t think this is necessary. I experimented with time and treatment of the dye bath. Stirring the batch once every few minutes for about thirty minutes resulted in a nice even color. Leaving the filters in overnight produced bolder color. The less stirring the more color distortion I experienced. The variance is nice if you are using the filters for flowers. It gives them a more natural appearance. My best results came from reusing the dye bath to get various shades of them same color. I was also able to create some new shades by mixing different dye colors together. This is a great way to achieve your desired result.

After letting the coffee filters soak in the dye I put the bucket under a warm faucet gradually decreasing the temperature until it was cold and water coming from the filters runs clear. I then gently squeezed out the coffee filters, separated them and then hung them on a homemade clothesline outside. It takes them a few hours to dry based on them outside temperature and humidity.

There are hundreds of ways to add personality to your wedding. One that can be affordable and makes a great keepsake is your guest book. Use this opportunity to really show off your theme or unique personal style. When it comes to having guests leave their imprint on your wedding the possibilities are endless.

If you are a traditional couple than you will be looking for something that illustrates the classic, elegance of your day. However, this doesn’t limit you to what is on the shelf at your local bridal store. There are some beautiful options that still show off your personality like this music inspired one from Elegantly Bound.

Instead of just a signature have guests also leave their address. It will come in handy for thank you notes. Another idea I love is encouraging guests to leave notes with designated spaces. With a fun layout, like the one below, everyone will be more inclined to share.

Coffee table books are one of my favorites. They are still on the traditional side but allow you to show off your personality a little more. Destination wedding? Look for one that shows off the beauty and culture of your location. Are you into art or getting married at an artistic venue? Pick out a book that showcases your favorite artist or a dominant one from your venue. Can’t find a book that matches your extra unique style? Have your engagement photos made into a book with space for guests to sign. Blurb is a great resource for creating your own professional quality book. Be sure to look for pens that do not smudge to keep everything legible.

Utilizing art as a signing medium will leave you will a beautiful piece that you can display in your home. Have an artistic friend paint a canvas with colors that match your décor or purchase a simple graphic print. Pick out colored markers or pens that coordinate and ask guests to sign the art. Experiment with different colors and pen tips to get a unique effect. No artistic resource? Have your guests right their notes on small colorful paper cards and then later use a paper mache technique to attach them to a larger piece of paper or canvas.

Picking an object that shows off your style has also become a trend. From over-sized wine bottles and ceramic platters to guitars and even furniture, the possibilities are endless when it comes to having your guests sign something.

Make sure its you and you’ll have a guest book to treasure for a lifetime.

You have started to plan the over-the-top, elegant wedding your have been envisioning since you were five. The only obstacle in your way—the budget. No worries. You can still wow your guests and not max out your credit cards.

Start with white. White is ultra traditional and has made a big come back in the last few years. The key to keeping it fresh—stick with white color palette with some black accents. It will be easier on your wallet and lead to simpler planning.

For your invitations stick with a basic design on white paper. Colored paper is often much more expensive. Have your stationer use a script font to convey over-the-top elegance. Think about adding a monogram or a script element that can be used throughout the day. Using print is an affordable way to bring all aspects of your day together. Outline your ceremony in a simple, coordinating two-sided program.

White flowers are easy to come by. Therefore you will have some flexibility in what type of flower your are using. Instead of having your florist search for the perfect shade of purple hydrangea (which also happens to be out of season) they can utilize a variety of in-season more affordable blooms.

Calla lilies are affordable and work great in different types of arrangements. Have your maids carry a single calla lily for a simple and elegant effect. Add a two large arrangements at the front of your ceremony space. Reuse your ceremony decor on your sign-in or cake table at the reception. Vary short and tall calla lily centerpieces throughout your reception venue to create drama. And added bonus—calla lilies are easy to arrange and display if you are thinking about creating your own arrangements. For an added touch wrap your vases in thick white ribbon with a thin black ribbon accent.

Candles are an inexpensive way to give a room a romantic, elegant feel. Various heights of white candles will add interest. Look for interesting clear candle holders like these from CB2.com. Then mix in smaller tea lights for a beautiful glow. Let a votive candle do triple duty by serving as an escort card, favor and part of your decor. You can use this rub-on technique to add each guest’s name and table assignment to the candles. Give a trusted friend or relative the job of periodically relighting the candles to keep the room glowing all night. Want to dress up your tables a little more? Many times event venues will include white linens at no extra charge. Add black table runners or chair ties to bring it up a notch. Efavormart.com has some amazing prices on chair ties and table runners. If you want to take it a step further have a custom stencil of your monogram created. Then use fabric paint to create custom table runners or unique bride and groom chair ties.

Use clothing to add in your black accents. Keep your maids simple in black dresses. Allowing them to pick the style ensures everyone will find something they like and definitely be able to wear again. You can add a sash or a fun piece of jewelry to tie them all together. The guys will look great in traditional tuxes.

By utilizing the basics and adding small details you can pull off the traditional style you crave without breaking the bank.

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Most of my posts usually focus on design and decor but I was sent something today that I just had to share. If you have looking for an upbeat way to kick off your ceremony take a look at this video for inspiration. I love it! What a great way to get everyone excited about your ceremony. You could work this into a recessional too. I love the recessional scene from Love Actually if you are looking for something slightly more traditional.

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I am definitely not a girly-girl. However, there is something about an English Garden theme that I just love. Its crisp and classic and at the same time can have a funky vintage twist. Plus it isn’t so over the top that it must be confined to just weddings. You can use it for a bridal shower, birthday party or even a baby shower.

To start choose your main color palette. Going for girly? Pink is a must. If not, pick pale greens, blues or yellows and then accent with pink. For a dramatic twist throw in aubergine or peacock blue.

Keep your décor light and airy. I am loving paper right now. You can find instructions on how to craft just about anything out of paper online. A bird motif is always a nice touch. This paper bird project from MarthaStewart.com fits the garden party theme. Add some feathers to add a modern touch. If you are picturing flowers everywhere try crafting them out of coffee filters. Check out these on Craftster.com. You can easily get about 100 flowers out of a $2 pack of coffee filters. Very budget friendly! Scour garage sales and secondhand stores for milk glass vases in various colors to display your paper arrangements.

Collect vintage china to use at your place settings. Vary the styles among the settings to keep the tables from looking stuffy. Pitchers, bowls and even cups can be used as vases.

If you are having a hard time finding vintage china that goes with your motif or it doesn’t fit into your budget use paper printed with similar patterns under clear plates. Use white linens to keep your tables from being overwhelming.

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When I am not filling my day designing wedding stationery and décor, I am obsessing over the décor in my house. Thanks to a few of my favorite blogs, This Young House and High-Heeled Foot in the Door for helping to drive this obsession. My current fixation, not new, just re-accruing, is chairs.

Strange, I know.

I think it started in college with my discovery of the Barcelona Chair (below left). I just had to have one. Next came the Louis Ghost Chair, like the one below right from the MoMa Store—in a word gorgeous! A brilliant combination of traditional with sleek and modern. One drawback, the price—slightly out of my range.

I have been on a mission for a stylish vintage or vintage-inspired chair that will fit my budget. Visiting garage sales and thrift stores has become a weekly routine for me, only to the chagrin of my fiance. “Quit bringing home junk” he tells me. Ok, maybe the late 60’s ice bucket was a little much. But, I have found plenty of jewels, like a vintage Herman Miller molded chair (below left).

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However, most of the time the sellers know exactly what they have and priced accordingly. Aside from overpriced jewels, I have found the occasional diamond that just doesn’t fit in with the rest of our décor. Then one day I stumbled across the piece above right, for $5. I couldn’t believe it, good shape, sturdy, and the great lines I was looking for—at a great price. I snatched it up right away. I am not totally sure exactly what kind of chair this is, if anyone knows or has seen anything like it, let me know.

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