…for the love of feathers…

Feathers…oh, wonderful fluffiness!

They add so much texture, dimension and distinction to a project. I, myself, love to use feathers when gift wrapping – in place of a bow, to add that element of height.


One of my signature gift wrapping designs, is to build a small base – I use jewels and faceted rocks – and insert feathers into the crevices. What I like about this design, is that once it is removed from the gift it can be used for other purposes! A paperweight, a fascinator – the possibilities, once you let your mind wander, are endless!

But feathers certainly are not limited to gift wrapping. A fellow wedding stylist also used my dyed curled feathers for her bouquets and boutonnières…I love the ethereal look that the curled feathers contributed to the final looks!

These lovely wedding photos are of my good friends Whitney and Travis, many kudos to Chance James Photography for capturing their beautiful nuptials.

With The Great Gatsby carving a niche for 20s Flapper Style weddings and events, feathers are definitely making a comeback in styling and design. I cannot wait to use them more and more in many designs!





…Engelmann Cellars, A Bridal Showcase…

This is rather belated post – but rather late than never!

I was honored to be one of the vendors invited to participate at The Bridal Showcase hosted by Engelmann Cellars in Fresno, CA. It was a wonderfully beautiful day – sunny skies and a cool breeze. Bret and Elainea Engelman are two of the greatest people I know – so genuine and giving – and they held such an amazing affair. The park setting of their winery is a breathtaking venue for weddings – especially at sunset when the sultry suns rays radiate off the surrounding vineyards! This happens to be one of my favorite wedding and event venues in Fresno. It also happens to be one of the few places that will allow brides and grooms to choose their own vendors – which is perfect when a couple is on a budget or wants a DIY affair!

Below were my designs for the showcase…


The above design was inspired by the 20s Flapper Era. Vintage black sewing desk, dotted lace, Royal vintage typewriter – topped off with fur throw, pink feathers and roses, a heart shaped birdcage and whimsy lamp! The lovely lady was my neighboring vendor, Whitney Vasquez, who is a fantastic hair stylist!


This second look pulled together bright colors of teal and pink, with subtle accents of black and gold. The typewriter is more retro, and such a great way to get guests involved by typing love notes or sayings during your wedding!

I loved creating these looks and sharing them with Fresno’s future Mrs.’s was a joy!!

See the complete looks at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.392620140835922.85197.230223937075544&type=3


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