…gift wrapping galore – vintage & burlap…

Some of my most favorite gift wrapping inspirations have been when clients have approached me and given me a two or three word summary about their recipient.

One time, one of my favorite clients gave me these words: dinosaurs and penguins. And this was a gift wrapping session for a grown woman (so awesome, right?!?!)…but that’s another wrapping story…!

The following gift was for a bridal shower, and the bride’s style aesthetic was vintage, burlap and lace. Oh, I could do a whole series of gifts with that theme! Instead of heading to my favorite paperie – I instead took a jaunt to the local fabric store. There I found a fantastic bleached burlap, more off-white than the typical beige. Also, this grey tweed just spoke to me from among the bolts of plushness and so I added that to my cart.

The final product was simple – the base was a thick white butcher paper, layered with the grey tweed (frayed at the edges) and then a final layer of the burlap (also frayed). I took a lace ribbon and wrapped the package, knotting it in several areas (to symbolize “tying the knot”), then I added acrylic jewels tied with twine where the knots were.

Lastly, and this has to be done the day of, in lieu of a bow I added creamy white Hydrangeas.

The final effect is simple, lovely – with surprising elements. One of my favorite gift wrapping effects to this day!




…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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…wedding bliss – bouquets and boutonnieres…

Just a sneak peek of the lovely wedding nuptial between Chelsea and Brenon! I am so blessed that they had me style and plan their entire wedding – they were a complete joy to work with and the wedding was filled with so much love and laughter! My hat comes off for the delightful Kilean, of Kilean Todd Photography – for her expert eye captured all these amazing details!

For their bouquets and boutonnieres, they had a distinct look that they wanted – simple and rustic with elements of burlap, lace and hues of yellow. It was not intended, but aqua sneaked itself into the design and became an accent color that deliciously complimented the vintage yellows!

The boutonnieres were three little Billy Buttons (such a gorgeous pop of yellow!) with small sprays of baby’s breath and wrapped with a heavy twine. I decided to use previously dried Billy Buttons, which have a slightly more rustic look – this is completely just my personal observation (I think fresh B&B’s appear more modern and retro – but the difference is so minimal it really doesn’t matter!).


The bouquets were all baby’s breath! Such lightness and texture! The bridesmaids all had small, fluffy bouquets wrapped simply with burlap. The bride’s was larger, and was wrapped with burlap and a lace handkerchief given to her from her grandmother – also, an antique brooch tied with twine and lace trail completed her bouquet. The lace trail was knotted twice – to symbolize “tying the knot!”

I loved creating these darling bouquets and boutonnieres – they fit the personalities of the bride and groom wonderfully!