Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas from a couple of legends

A Christmas card from Ray and Charles Eames
Last night for their season finale, the PBS series American Masters aired a new documentary about the work and lives of Charles and Ray Eames, called "America's most important and influential American designers" in the PBS description--a claim I'd be hard pressed to argue with. Watch the trailer for the film here:

Bob Wirth
There's a brief shot of the two working around what looks for all the world like Ward Kimball's train room, though I'm pretty sure that's just a coincidence of layout and fun functional organization. Who knows. Most famous for their eponymous chair, the couple did much more than that, and if you don't already know them, you should. Everything about this pair seems stimulating.

Also displayed are two other holiday cards that were sent to the couple, from the collection of the Library of Congress:
Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Icons of Animation-another great Fred Moore piece going, going...

Profiles In History's "Icons of Animation" auction is happening right now, 11am PST, Saturday the 17th, so you still have a shot at acquiring the Fred Moore piece pictured above.
[5pm PST: it sold for the low-end estimate of $3,000]

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas in Manhattan, 1934

...as imagined by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Woody Van Dyke, inspired by Dashiell Hammett and interpreted by Myrna Loy, William Powell and Asta, I give you Christmas morning with the Charles family.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Enzoani Dream Gown Giveaway

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Have you ever dreamed of walking down the aisle in an Enzoani couture dress but just can't seem to make it a reality? Enzoani is giving away an Enzoani, Blue by Enzoani, or Modeca gown, plus one accessory piece to not one, but three hopeful brides across the world.

Here's how it works:

1. Upload a one minute long video onto YouTube mentioning where you are from and why you are an "Enzoani Bride". Title it "Enzoani Dream Gown -The Name of Your Country". (ie. Enzoani Dream Gown -USA) 

2. Tag Enzoani and the name of your country on YouTube and share the link onto your personal Facebook Page

3. Each Enzoani Office (US, UK, EU) will select their favorite five by Jan. 15th and upload them onto Enzoani's Official Facebook Page

4. Followers will vote for their favorite story from each office 

5. Enzoani will announce the winners on the official Enzoani Tumblr on Feb. 27th!
*Refer to the Terms & Conditions before entering

Bridal Give Away -Term & Conditions: Link

Great Deal: Chair Covers, Table Covers

I am so excited to share my experience with eFavorMart.com! My package came Monday and this is what I ordered: 

2 banquet chair covers ($2.38 each). Available in 4 colors

Taffeta Flocking White/Black Chair Sash ($1.99 each). Available in 8 colors

Taffeta Flocking Table Runners ($4.29 each). Available in 8 colors

I read some reviews on this company that were hit or miss but, based on the prices I decided to take a chance. I was not disappointed. Come to find out the distribution center is located in Southern California. My order was placed Dec 9th and delivered on Dec 13th! The quality of the the items I ordered didn't disappoint either. I was a little worried, based on the price, (you know the saying "you get what you pay for") but, I was completely thrilled and I would recommend ordering from them for any event.

Free Printable: Holiday Label Tags

I created this label for you to print! Click here to download a free pdf version. It will print on Avery 8293. Enjoy and happy holidays!

Also, from PrintYourParty.com you can download this very cute set of Freebie tags! Click here to download the complete set! Thank you so much to PrintYourParty.com

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Merry Christmas from Disney's in 1955

 This is a repost of one of my earliest entries, shortly after I began this blog in 2005. I think it suits the season and so merits an encore.

This is the front of the Disney Studio's 1955 Christmas card.  It's quite a beautifully done thing; printed on a soft, high-quality paper, it's a large card that opens into a double-spread of the brand-spanking-new Disneyland, with a calendar running down the sides.  I was unable to scan the entire thing, as it's just a bit longer than my scanner is.  Great artwork--I don't know whose...anyone have any ideas?

May your fifty-years-on New Year be merry and bright!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

TODAY ONLY! Get Bride's Magazine for $4...a YEAR!

Attention, all Brides to be!! This is such a great deal: Brides Magazine for only $4.00/year (up to 3 years) with code KRAZY
This special rate will be live through Sunday (12/11) through midnight (EST). You can purchase this deal as a new subscription or to renew your existing subscription. You can also purchase additional subscriptions as gifts! This is such a great price for this magazine, and you are getting an entire year for the same price as the cover price of one issue!
Just head on over to DiscountMags and enter the code at check out! But, ACT FAST! This deal is only good today until midnight (EST). 

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Although it won't be on shelves for another seven months, last week Amazon put up the cover art and a short description for "The Art Of Brave", which I had the pleasure of authoring. It's going to be quite a beautiful book, one that I only wish could have been twice as long as its 160 pages. I'll write more about it here as publication time draws nearer.

In other Brave-related news, Brenda Chapman began using Twitter and has started a Tumblr blog. There's not much there yet as she only just began it, but it does link to a new, very good two-part interview with Brenda on the site Pixar Portal. Her thoughts on art, work and storytelling are a must-read.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Enter to win: Free Sheet of Wedding Postage - $25.00

Win a free sheet of custom postage
Perfect Postage is giving away one sheet (20 stamps) of .44 cent first class USPS wedding postage! All you need to do is follow their blog or like them on their facebook page! Then let them know in the comment section which sheet of postage you would like to win. It’s that simple.
Your choice of one sheet of postage stamps (20 stamps) in one of 4 fun wedding designs:
  • 1. Pink and cream Eiffel Tower with a decorative heart background
  • 2. Two Golden hearts with I Do! in fun casual font
  • 3. Burnt orange calla liles in a beaded vase with Love in gold script font
  • 4. Two delicate white orchids
Once you have followed their blog or liked their Facebook page, simply leave a comment letting them know which one you did and on which sheet you would pick - I would be leaning toward the Eiffel Tower - Pink and Paris...two of my favorites! One lucky winner will be selected on December 11, 2011! Good luck! 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Here's some help for writing Thank You notes!

One of the things you will do through out the process of getting engaged to getting married is write a whole bunch of "thank you" notes! A couple will have hosted for them: an engagement party, a bridal shower and then the wedding it self that people will purchase gifts for them and it is customary for a note of thanks be written for each of these gifts.

Thank you notes should be personal and always hand written. So what do you do if you are not a good writer or what about if you are just stumped for what to say after writing your 100th note? One thing you can do is visit Emily Easton's Thank You Notes website. From crockpots to cash, from sheets to salad bowls, Emily has done the work for you. You will find over 70 items she has put words of thanks to and it'all free for brides and grooms to use. Emily doesn't sell stationery and she doesn't actually write the notes for you - she just provides brides words to copy or ideas you can use! Check it out if you are needing some helpful tips on what to say or how to say it!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A glam package giveaway from Bonny Bridal

What's black, cream, full of glam and best of all....free? A wedding giveaway of epic proportions! Bonny Bridal has partnered with some amazing wedding vendors and are hosting a $1250 Vintage Hollywood Glam wedding giveaway - that ends NOVEMBER 30th!

One lucky bride will get all kinds of goodies including: The dress, a vintage handmade brooch bouquet, a Tessa Kim feather fascinator and birdcage veil, 25 couture wedding invitations, paddle signs and a wedding banner! There are only 4 days left to enter this fabulous giveaway! GOOD LUCK!

Free Printable: Photo Booth Props

Oh happy day! Literally. I found the most adorable - FREE - do it yourself photo props over on the blog: Oh Happy Day. Mad props to them for putting these together but, it gets even better! They have an easy to follow DIY tutorial on how to make them! 

I downloaded them myself for future use - one can never have too many photo props sitting around, right? When I opened the first set I was thrilled to see that the images are actual size! Thank you so much to the fab group at Oh Happy Day for this awesome DIY project!

Friday, November 25, 2011

We have a WINNER for our S'mores for Two Giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who entered our November Giveaway: S'mores for Two! We changed things up a bit on this particular giveaway and allowed you to "tweet" every day for an additional entry. It's a good thing Melissa took it seriously....because all that tweet, tweeting paid off and now you will be heatin' things up at home with some ooey-gooey goodness! 

Congrats Melissa...
and thank you for entering!

Please send me an email with all your shipping information and I will get your s'mores kit right out to you! :) Stay tuned....December will be an AMAZING giveaway month! It's the end of the year and we have our elves already gearing up for another round...stay tuned!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful to everyone who comes by and reads my musings on all things wedding! Sharing the love I have for weddings, deals and steals and how to have a fabulous wedding without breaking the bank gives me great joy! I love the act of "giving" - I get so excited every month when I announce our giveaways! This blog has really been a labor of love so, THANK YOU to everyone who stops by! From my family to yours...have a wonderful day! 

If you haven't entered our November giveaway - stop by today and enter! We are choosing a winner tomorrow!!

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Thank you to Jessica at Craftily Ever After for providing these 
free printables for Thanksgiving! 

Friday, November 18, 2011

S'more Kit for two giveaway! Last week to enter!

This is the last week to enter our November giveaway! Plan a romantic night in with your sweetie and surprise him with s'mores for two! This s'mores kit offers everything you need - right down to the chocolate and graham crackers! It's a sweet way to end a romantic evening! 

Così S’mores Kit
Winner will be announced Friday November 25th

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wedding Shoes - Add a little color at bargain prices!

The idea of adding a little color under the dress has been widely popular. I see a lot of "real wedding" pics with brides showing off their shoes. Having a color shoe that matches your wedding theme makes options endless - and I love shoes! I fell in love with this purple silk shoe from Nine West and what a bargain it is from Amazon's shoe site 6pm.com:

This particular shoe is also offered in Black Silk and Taupe Silk. Add in free shipping and you just scored! 6pm.com offers name brand shoes and sometimes you can score these shoes at deeply discounted prices! It's a great site to shop at and they have (literally) 1000's of shoes! I was browsing the Clearance section and look at these deals:

It is also available in French Blue, the color shown above which is a pretty popular wedding shoe color!
One of my favorite bridal shoe designers is Pour La Victoire. Gorgeous shoes but, they are not cheap! So, finding them at bargain prices is a big deal! Many white and ivory satin designs feature blue leather soles that read "I DO" in sparkling rhinestones. But, their colored shoes are also trendy, well made shoes you would pick as your go-to favorite! This morning I saw a "Real Wedding" on La Magnifique and the bride was wearing the "Divia" by Pour La Victorie in Royal Blue Satin! I found the same pair, in a pretty Silver satin:

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I do love the Royal Blue Satin color though so I had to sneak in these! The "Baylie" is available in 5 colors and lots of sizes are available!
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An impressive Indonesian male model

Priyagung Luhur Wicaksono defined himself as an experienced model from Jakarta, Indonesia. He was one of L-Men 2011 contestant, didn't win at high position but he is truly the man that I was most impressed. 175cm height, 70kg comes with well-proportioned body, he should be an Indonesian guy who owns the most beautiful body I've ever seen. His advantage, as you see here and after, is photogenic face, that make every picture of him become beautiful with gorgeous handsome face. Chest, shoulder, 6 pack and his sexy legs, each of them I could give for 9/10 at least in every photos he posed for.

Photo credit by DeJong and Burgy Photography.