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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tiare Clay Hair Flower used in a Proposal in Paradise Video

DK Designs had the opportunity to participate in a wonderful video project with local wedding professionals in her area, which is aptly called "Vendor Chic". The event & project designer asked DK Designs to create a clay hair flower and custom invitations for the video project. Lea McIntosh of Ready to Propose brought together 18 talented wedding professionals to create a Proposal in Paradise. It's such an innovative business concept and much needed in the wedding industry. Why just stop at a stylish and memorable wedding??? Kick it off with an over the top wedding proposal! What's even better, one lucky couple could win a Custom Wedding Proposal! Check the Ready to Propose website for details on how you could enter and win!

The clay hair flower seen in the video is uniquely different, but yet stylish and adds the perfect touch. The model in the video shoot wore it pretty much for the entire day and evening and it's seen in almost every shot. Most people wouldn't even know it was clay until they felt it or touched it. That's the amazing thing about the clay flowers. They look so real. The video shoot lasted from early in the morning until late at night, so the clay flower was perfect. There's no way a fresh flower would last that long without wilting or turning brown.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Modern Whimsy: An Interview with Cheerupcherup

Today's interview is with the talented Alaina of Cheerupcherup. She brings charm and her sense of modern style to play when creating spontanious stationary for brides from all over.

Where are you located?

Columbus, Ohio


Tell us a little about yourself.

I love bright colors and can never seem to get away from using them, not only in my designs, butin pretty much everything I do. My kitchen is bright green, my laundry room is bright orange, and my office is purple… and I’m pretty much wearing a different colored pair of shoes everyday. I make wedding invitations in my spare time, and I work full time as a graphic artist.


What special things do you create for weddings?

I design and make wedding invitations, and other important wedding paper goods.


Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?

Good question. My best answer is that weddings are so much FUN.


What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?

I am obsessed (maybe a little OCD) with the way the envelopes HAVE to match the invitation PERFECTLY…. I’m not sure if that is interesting or not.


If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?

Wish we had hired a professional photographer, instead of having a friend do it.


What is your favorite wedding song?

“True Companion” by Marc Cohn


What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?

Cake tasting!


What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?

Don’t be afraid to spend the extra money on something you really love. It’s worth it. You only get married once (hopefully)


What is your perfect honeymoon spot?

Italy


If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?

Oprah?


If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?

I’m not sure, but my calendar save-the-date is very popular, and is really versatile and can work for any wedding because the color possibilities are endless.


Links where we can find out more about your work:

www.flickr.com/cheerupherup or http://whimsicalbliss.blogspot.com




Friday, December 5, 2008

Pretty Stationary for Beautiful People: An Interview with Fubabee

Today's featured artist is Lisa of Fubabee, a very talented graphics designer who uses her professional experience to make beautiful invitations and stationary to fit any bride's unique personality.


Where are you located? Brooklyn, NY


Tell us a little about yourself. I’m an art director and graphic designer in the corporate world. Making stationery is my part-time love affair. It’s where I find my balance. If I had a choice I’d delve into the stationery world headfirst since it’s such a gratifying thing. People appreciate the beauty of the creative process, and the uniqueness of what I do. In the corporate world, it’s all about starched, standardized uniformity.


What special things do you create for weddings? I create handmade wedding invitations, note cards, and gift sets.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items? The whole wedding invitations designing started back several years ago when a friend asked me to design some response cards for her. It just took off from there.


What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting? Each and every single Swarovski crystal is hand adorned using non-toxic, acid-free glue. I must have glued over then thousand crystals to all my cards and invitations just this year alone! It’s almost zen-like when I get into it.


If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t? I’m not married yet, though we are talking about it. It’s funny because with each wedding we attend as guests, we see something we’d absolutely love to do, or would totally avoid. For instance, one couple had jars of candy set up for favors, and everyone mobbed the area. Definitely not our style. Another couple set up a cookie bar station, which we loved the idea.


What is your favorite wedding song? There’s just so many great ones. Brian McKnight’s Back at One is a great one. You by Tara MacLean is another.


What is your favorite part of the wedding journey? From the outside, I would say it’s the creative planning process of two people. I always love how the brides-to-be light up when they find the perfect invitation that sets the stage for their wedding. Or when they find the perfect escort cards that give their reception that added touch they wanted. It’s a fun discovery to witness.


What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year? Don’t force anything, be open to possibilities, and let the professionals guide you.


What is your perfect honeymoon spot? We went to the Virgin Islands earlier this year, and were blown away by the beautiful beaches and laid-back atmosphere. We’d definitely visit the Caribbean again. Or anywhere that has crystal blue waters for snorkeling, scuba, kayaking. We’re all about fun beach activities.


If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be? This is a great question. I’d say Angelina Jolie. She has a fun and down-to-earth personality, and would appreciate the fact that the stationery is made of 30-70% post-consumer recycled materials.


If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be? Thank you notes. It’s a must have for everyone.


Links where we can find out more about your work: http://lisafu.info

http://fubabee.wordpress.com

Monday, December 1, 2008

Letterpunch Design - the winner of our logo design contest!

This interview is in honor of Laura of Letterpunch Design, also know as lilribbers on Etsy. Her modern and classy design was chosen as the new brand image of the Etsy Wedding Team. Read on to find out how she is inspired and how she specializes in creating branded weddings, where all your stationery is custom designed to match.

Where are you located? Chicago’s vibrant North Side.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a born and raised Midwest girl, living in Minneapolis, St. Louis and graduating from the Un
iversity of Kansas. As of this past summer, Chicago, where my husband is pursuing his dream job as a trader on the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. For me, that meant leaving my graphic design job at a small St. Louis marketing agency. Spoiled by the fun and flexible work environment of my last job, I wasn’t terribly excited about the job prospects in Chicago (you couldn’t pay me enough to work in a cubicle!) So, I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue my own dream as well…self-employment. Now, everyday I get to do something challenging, creative and fully satisfying…and the fact that people pay me to do it…just a bonus! For the time being it’s just my husband and I, my overflowing studio, and our two spoiled cats, Jazzy and Kiwi, the closest thing we have to children. We’re thinking a dog next, then maybe the children.

What special things do you create for weddings? Mainly, I create custom wedding invitations, but also do matching save-the-dates, thank you notes, place cards, favor tags, menus, programs .I’m pretty much willing to tackle any challenge thrown my way. I tend to borrow from my experience in the corporate branding/event planning world, helping brides create a unique and consistent look and feel throughout their entire event. For some brides I end up becoming a mini wedding consultant. I love it!




















Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items? I think most graphic designers who’ve gotten into this business will say “I couldn’t find anything that wowed me when I was planning my own wedding, so I figured…’I’ll just design my own invitations!’ I can do what those large companies do and I think I can do it better!”

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
Every invitation in my shop/website is inspired by a real bride. Whether it’s one I’ve personally worked with, a friend, or one I’ve read about in a magazine. Real people, events and themes are more inspiring.


If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
The entire Etsy Wedding Team! I discovered Etsy about a month or so before my wedding . I ordered a few last minute items and wedding party gifts, but I would have ordered much more had I known about this wonderful little community. What is great about them is that you can take an idea for most anything and you can find someone to bring it to life…you’re not stuck picking pre-made things out of a catalog.


Wh
at is your favorite wedding song? We did “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton, sweet but not too sappy.


What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
As an invitation designer, I’m usually in the picture earlier than later. I love helping brides bring their visions to life…that “ahhh” moment when they really start to see things becoming reality, it’s always fun to hear the reactions when couples see their names together in print for the first time, I’m lucky to be a part of that sentimental moment.


What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Worry about the details all you want, but the second that first family member gets off the plane/arrives to celebrate your marriage, put away the planning book and stop. If you are like most couples with family in all corners of the country, this could be one of the only times when all your loved ones will be in the same place at the same time … enjoy every moment!

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Well, we went to Bermuda … perfect weather. It sounds exotic, but it’s only a little over an hour plane ride from the east coast.


If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be? I don’t know, whose getting married, divorced and remarried again? That would be great for business.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
A custom design package! Wedding stationary has the ability to offer up a bold first-statement about your upcoming event (the save-the-date/invitation), as well as a final lingering impression (the thank you notes). Not to mention that it can also help tie in your theme throughout the wedding day programs, menu’s place cards and favors). Make it extra memorable by making it truly unique!


Links where we can find out more about your work
: http://www.letterpunchdesign.com/

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Etsy Wedding Team Has a New Look!

As our team of quality wedding artisans continues to grow and we continue to evolve, we decided that we needed a logo and a look that equaled our talents! We asked our team members to submit their ideas and this is the winner - Laura from Letterpunch Design (http://www.lilribbers.etsy.com/)! Why look outside our group when we have such talented artisans and she did a great job giving us a modern and fresh new look! Thank you Laura for sharing your amazing talent and giving the Etsy Wedding Team the look and feel it deserves.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be posting new articles on fashion and color trends, great finds and ideas, giveaways and more. We will also be posting more interviews with more of our members so you can get a in-depth look at the person(s) behind the shop!
Please visit the Etsy Wedding Team blog often as we share with you, the modern and stylish bride, what wonderful handmade wedding items we have to offer that will make your wedding not only stylish but memorable.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

TickledPinkKnits - Featured Seller on Etsy!

Congratulations to TickledPinkKnits on being the Featured Seller on the Etsy home page!TickledPinkKnits does some amazing knitting work for every day and for bridal wear! More and more brides are utilizing custom knitted bridal wraps and shrugs to accent their wedding dress. TPK does a lot of custom commissions and works with brides to create stunning bridal wear that can be used well after your wedding day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Be Bold, Beautiful and Unique: an Interview with Designer Photo Imaging

Today we are talking to Teresa of Designerpi, an invitation boutique on Etsy. She offers exemplary service, stylish designs and complete customization to make your big day one to treasure.

1.
Where are you located? Fridley, Minnesota (a suburb of Minneapolis)

2.
Tell us a little about yourself. I’ve been married to Greg for 6 years and am a mom of two little girls (Ashley-5, Courtney-3). I love playing competitive volleyball (no community ed leagues). My degrees are in Graphic Design and Studio Art, with a business minor (which I highly recommend to anyone). I have 2 kitties, Ace and Deuce (both tabbys, Ace is orange and deuce is dark brown). My family growing up was always creative, my brother is now a professional photographer and my mom hand crafts stamps and in the past has built our entertainment center and china hut.

3.
What special things do you create for weddings? Invitations, rsvp cards, thank you cards… anything printed.

4.
Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items? I came across a website one day that sold wedding invitations and thought to myself “I can create these!”. I always thought wedding invitations were embossed, traditional envelope in an envelope in and envelope designs. ;) They’ve come a long way from those stuffy, waste of paper, proper invites.


5.
What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting? I print the directions on the back of the invitation and my invites involve floods of color. So I can customize any color because the color is printed, it’s not actually the color of the paper.

6.
If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t? My invitations! Plus there’s a designer on Etsy that does colored ruffles that go under your dress, they’re super cute!

7. What is your favorite wedding song? Cannon in D


8.
What is your favorite part of the wedding journey? The planning that goes into it to make your day special and individual from anyone elses.

9.
What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year? Really focus on slowing the day down as you go through it. Look at all the details and put the day in slow motion in your mind. Take it all in, especially if you paid for it! It’s your day, don’t worry about anyone else, focus on yourself. It’s ok to be selfish on that day, you deserve it!

10.
What is your perfect honeymoon spot? We honeymooned up on the north shore of Minnesota along Lake Superior. We camped right on the lake, waking up to the sound of crashing waves. It was so peaceful and relaxing.

11.
If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be? Good question. It would have to be someone who tells everyone how much they love something. So I guess it would be Oprah if she ever decided to get married.

12.
If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be? Stationary made out of the wedding invitation designs. I’d just delete the current text. :)

13.
Links where we can find out more about your work:
http://www.designerpi.etsy.com/ http://www.designerpi.com/ and http://www.designerpi.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 24, 2008

3 Chances to Win DK Designs' Clay Flowers on Melissa's Smitten Blog!

For those brides getting married, there's a wonderful opportunity for you to win 1 of 3 clay floral creations from DK Designs (Etsy shop and Etsy Wedding Team member - http://www.dkdesignshawaii.etsy.com/). Simply visit Melissa Smitthen's Blog (http://www.melissasmitten.blogspot.com/) to find out all the details. 3 winners will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, November 7th! Good luck to all you brides out there!

Here are the details of the items we're giving away to 3 lucky winners! Below is the write up that is posted on Melissa's blog:

Diane of DK Designs is having an exciting giveaway of her amazing clay flowers on Melissa's Smitten Blog! Simply email info@smitteninvitations.com with your name, email and snail-mail address and wedding date to enter! Contest ends on November 7, 2008. One entry per person per day. Be sure to email all your friends to let them know about this fun giveaway!

Gardenia Hair Flower - $20 value: Gardenias are a very popular flower to wear in your hair on your wedding day. Why not try a handcrafted gardenia hair flower! This way it will last you through the ceremony, reception and beyond! The gardenias are slightly off-white, but not ivory. They are 3.5 inches in diameter and are VERY lightweight. The flowers are attached to a U-shape hairpin to fit securely in your up-do or low-do hairstyle.

Passionate about Peonies - $100 value: This arrangement is called, Passionate about Peonies. It measures 6 inches high by 7 inches across the top. It's filled with light pink and fuchsia pinkish-red peonies, both in full bloom and in bud form! The full bloom peonies have over 30 petals, all handcrafted one petal at a time. The flowers are arranged in a 3 inch square white ceramic cube vase. If you love peonies, you will absolutely love this floral arrangement.

Gardenias in Something Blue - $75 value: This beautiful light blue latte cup is brimming with gardenia blossoms! 2 buds, 2 half open and 3 full gardenias mixed with some light blue floral fillers finish this piece off. It measures approximately 6 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches high. It's clean, stylish and sophisticated. This would make a great gift for a bride or even a centerpiece for a bridal shower! The flowers are all handcrafted by the artist featured on the Martha Stewart Show, utilizing Claycraft by DECO soft clay, which enables the artist to create lifelike flowers one petal at a time. Diane’s work has been featured in For the Bride Magazine, In Style Weddings Magazine (via http://www.estiloweddings.com/) and Pacific Rim Weddings Magazine. The bulk of the Diane's work is in custom bridal bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres and other floral decor.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

More Members in the Press!


One of our wedding handbag designers, LeighAnnKline, had her bag, Christin-Ivory, in the Spring/Summer '08 issue of Inside Weddings Magazine. Her bag appeared on the same page with top evening bag designers Judith Leiber, Badgley Mischka and others. This is the third time one of Leigh-Ann's handbags has appeared in the magazine.

A Very Stylish Etsy Front Page...


Congratulations to one of our very talented wedding gown designers, LondonDemimonde, for making it to the front page of Etsy today!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Clay Flowers Seen as a "Green-Chic Alternative to Fresh Flowers - In Style Weddings Magazine

On page 80 of the Fall 2008 In Style Weddings magazine, there is the Rainbow Sherbet clay flower arrangement from DK Designs. Although it does not say DK Designs, Diane Phillips is selling her clay floral designs through the very stylish and hip online wedding retailer, www.estiloweddings.com.

More and more Etsy designers in the wedding industry are being noticed on a national and international scale by some of the most well-known professionals in the industry today! You can view more of the "Green-Chic" clay flowers for weddings offered at www.estiloweddings.com as well as some other creations by Etsy designers.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Eye Spy on the Front Page of Etsy....

Congratulations to Whichgoose for making it to the front page today!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Wedding Team Treasury

A marvelous selection of talented artists in the Etsy Wedding Team! Thank you for curating this lovely collection Arippke!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Cherishing Dedication: An Interview with Flyleaf Book Studio

Today's interview is with Kristen of Flyleaf Books. She shares with us her passion for making beautiful wedding albums which can be customized to fit each bride's personal tastes.

1. Where are you located?
Great Lakes, IL near Chicago

2. Tell us a little about yourself.
I recently graduated with my degree in Art Education – while in school I had taken several courses in Book Arts and had completely fallen in love with bookbinding. Since I was trained as an art teacher, I also do drawing, painting, ceramics and printmaking. I love color and modern design. Stores like IKEA are right up my alley. I'm also recently married, it's been a little over one year now and I'm a Navy wife soon to move to Norfolk, VA with my JRT Juniper who we love like our child.

3.What special things do you create for weddings?
I create DYO Wedding Albums made with Joel Dewberry fabrics that you can have personalized with a monogram of your choice as well on Luxe White paper.

4. Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I noticed that the Book and Zines were over-filled with journals and notepads and my listings were getting pushed back quickly. So I started to look for another niche on Etsy – in the Wedding section I was surprised to see only 2-3 wedding album makers, not a lot of variety. So I thought I could help add to the mix plus I had just finished my own wedding and loved working on things for my wedding. I also had worked at a bridal invitation store and felt confident in selling wedding albums.

5. What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
The papers from my albums are from Italy. I use a Laguna binding not a normal library binding for my albums. Plus, most books and albums on Etsy are made with paper mine are made with fabric. The Luxe Whitepaper is made from 30% cotton rag, so it won't deteriorate as quickly.

6. If you are married, what's the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn't?
Have someone else do my invites! Mine were okay, but if I had known about Etsy before my wedding, I would have ordered some Letterpress invitations. I love letterpress.

7. What is your favorite wedding song?
Kiss Me with the Kisses of Your Mouth – by Heather Clark on Dark Yet Lovely.

8. What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
The invitations and photography. I'm a sucker for paper goods and photographs.

9. What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
No matter what your budget, there is always a creative way of making things happen for your wedding day; I had a budget of only $3000 and was not able to pick anything out in person because I was student teaching and lived 2 hours away from the wedding site. I learned to let go and trust my mom and keep in mind that I had been waiting a long time for this day and I only cared about being with Corey, my new hubby. Plus, we had a lot of creative friends who did some things for us for free and we borrowed as many items as we could.

10. What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Sapphire Valley, North Carolina. We loved the mountains in NC and want to go back again! Next time, we want to go white water rafting!

11. If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
The Dog Whisperer – he's already married but I love him, I like to DVR his show all the time. I not only love my dog, but I'm just a dog lover, period.

12. If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
One of the newer items that I've listed: Manzanita Linen 10x14 Album with the Damask or Lily fabrics, the Monogram in black ink, old script font. It was my first custom DYO Album order and I really fell in love with it. It screams wedding more than any other album fabric I have.

Links where we can find out more about your work:
http://flyleafbooks.blogspot.com
www.flickr.com/photos/flyleafbooks
http://reflectionsphotography.ifp3.com

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Found on the Front page of Etsy!

These beautiful earrings by ValerieTyler were featured in a treasury on the front page of Etsy today!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Etsy Wedding Team Artisans get Featured on Top Industry Bridal Blogs!
The wonderful artists who call themselves the Etsy Wedding Team are getting more and more coverage from many of the most read bridal blogs in the industry today. These blogs include What Junebug Loves, The Flirty Guide Blog, Snippet & Ink, and Get Married's Blogger Brides! So you can see that Etsy Wedding Team artisans are really being taken seriously by the top wedding professionals in the industry! With all the amazing talent we have as a collective team, there is no doubt that we will be featured more and more in not only the wedding industry blogs, but also the bridal magazine market as well! Stay tuned...

TickledPinkKnits' lovely scarflette was featured on Snippet & Ink's blog recently. Many of her knitwear have been featured also on the Etsy home page of handpicked items!


Mikiye Creations' beautiful silk flower hair pins with Swarovski crystals was featured in What Junebug Loves blog. Mikiye makes the highest quality, and absolutely stunning floral hairpins on the market! Mikiye's hair flower is the white flower with the black center (2nd from the bottom on the right side).







Rainsend's cute bird's nest ring pillow was featured on Get Married's Bridal Bloggers site. A guest blogger had discussed all the wonderful and unique bird themed wedding items there are available!






Dkdesignshawaii was also featured on The Flirty Guide's blog (Stacie Tamaki's oh so Fun and Flirty Wedding & Lifestyle Blog)! Dkdesignshawaii does everything from bridal bouquets, hair flowers, cake toppers and centerpieces all out of clay! A great alternative to those who don't want to use fresh flowers.







Thursday, July 24, 2008

Eco-Friendly Invitational: An Interview with Staccato

Today's featured artist is Kelly of Staccato. She spends her days crafting gorgeous stationary with earth-friendly recycled papers and even offers custom design services to create invitations to fit your bridal dream.

1. Where are you located?
Northern Virginia: half way between VA Wine Country (yum) and the DC Metro Area.

2. Tell us a little about yourself.
I have a BM in Music Education and teach elementary school band. For fun, I play flute with the Fairfax Wind Symphony, am learning to play golf, hate to run but do it anyway with my two fabulous hounds, and I make it through football season by knitting baby blankets and screaming "yeah!" every once in a while to please my hubby of almost 5 years.

3.What special things do you create for weddings?
Anything paper-related! Invitations, announcements, programs, place cards, menus, etc.

4.Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
My mother has been in the bridal industry for over 30 years (you can find her at www.annleslie.etsy.com) so from an early age I was surrounded by tulle and satin and I worked through high school and college helping brides find the perfect gown at a large boutique in Connecticut. When my paper-crafting hobby became a business, it was just a natural transition to move to bridal. Brides are always looking for that item that will make their wedding stand out from the crowd and it is great fun to see the results that come from putting their ideas together with my artistry.

5. What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
Everything I create is done with eco-consciousness. I adore paper, don't get me wrong, but using less of it is a good thing. 98% of my materials are either recycled or cotton/linen fibers and printed with solid ink, which is non-toxic and creates very little waste like ink or toner cartridges. Many of my designs utilize the "scraps" from former customers so very little goes to waste and I have a tree planted by the National Arbor Day Foundation in a de-forested area for each customers.

6. If you are married, what's the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn't?
I hate to say it, but nothing…my wedding was pretty near perfect except that it didn't last long enough!

7. What is your favorite wedding song?
I wrote "Love Is" for my own wedding, so I'm a little partial to that one, but I'd have to say "The Prayer" made popular by Josh Groban and Charlotte Church is a particular favorite.

8. What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
You learn so much about your future spouse while planning a wedding and I think that discovery process is part of the fun. Okay sure, you'll disagree sometimes, but with each decision that you make jointly, you are setting up a formula for how your marriage will work.
9. What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Have Fun!! This is like no other time in your life yet many brides get so caught up in the details that they don't see the big picture. Control what can be controlled and let go of the rest. Your day will be beautiful and memorable and you'll be happier. Oh – and hire live musicians! Makes all the difference in the world.

10. What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
My husband planned our perfect honeymoon at Caneel Bay in St. John, US Virgin Islands. It is peaceful, romantic, and nothing at all like the hustle-bustle of neighboring St. Thomas (though close enough that you can visit when you need a break from relaxing on a pristine beach or yoga class).

11. If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
That's tough…I'd say Heidi Klum. A beautiful woman with timeless style would be a great spokesperson for my designs.

12. If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
I'd want every bride to purchase her own custom listing. While I have my "stock" designs, I love to customize them so each bride has something unique.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Team Features!

Here are some fabulous items from the team featured on the Treasury West
AND
I spied this beauty by TickledPinkKnits on the front page of Etsy this morning!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

In Full Bloom-An Interview with DK Designs

Today's featured artist is Diane of DK Designs. She creates gorgeous floral wonders out of DECO Craft Clay, bringing bouquets of joy to brides everywhere!

1. Where are you located?
San Jose, CA
2. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a former Silicon Valley high-tech marketing professional, now a stay at home mom, making clay flowers out of CLAYCRAFT by DECO Soft Clay for weddings and events. I also teach interested crafters how to make their own clay flowers and figurines out of this fantastic clay from Japan. I’m a certifie
d DECO Clay Craft Academy Instructor and have been doing this since 2001. I’ve been featured on the Martha Stewart Show - which her producers happened to find me via my Etsy storefront and weddings where I’ve made clay flowers for favors and my wedding stationery have also been featured on TheKnot.com. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE what I do and I enjoy making each bride’s wedding uniquely their own!

3. What special things do you create for weddings?
Clay flower bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, favors, centerpieces, cake flowers, save the dates, wedding invitations, programs, menus, table cards, place cards, seating charts, guest books, favor tags, pretty much anything!

4. Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I always loved the wedding industry. I guess getting married at 33 I had a lot of time to look at bridal magazines wondering if I would ever get married. Weddings are always a happy occasion and even in a down economy, weddings still take place. I love helping brides create a theme and a motif to really bring their weddings together and everyone just raves about the items I produce.


5.
What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
I obsess over getting the flower just right for my brides. If it’s just okay (which my brides probably wouldn’t even know the difference) I start over and perfect it.

6.
If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
Although we had a fabulous dessert buffet at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki -which I didn’t get to try but heard it was fabulous and yummy, I wish I had done the candy bar thing! I love the ideas that brides come up with these days.

7.
What is your favorite wedding song?
Push - our wedding song by Sarah Maclachlan. It’s different and not the norm, but the words touched my husband and I.

8.
What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
Designing something new and trying to think outside the box.

9.
What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Although the invitation sets the tone for your wedding, I recommend doing the wedding website link and posting your most up-to-date information there instead of doing the 3 inserts (things to do, directions, etc). Use that extra money you save there on the wedding day details that make your wedding ceremony and reception much more special (programs, candy bars, table cards, favors, etc). I would also say, try giving clay flowers a shot. I think more and more brides are realizing that clay flowers are a great alternative and they have something to show for it well after the wedding. I LOVE fresh flowers, but with the amount of money you spend, it’s a great gift for guests to take home!
10.
What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Hawaii - where we used to live…

11.
If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
That’s a hard one… any celebrity who has great sense of style!

12.
If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
Well, since my Etsy shop is more about just vase arrangements, I would say, I hope they see that my flowers are really lifelike and could pass for real flowers and it will entice them to order my clay flower bouquets which I don’t currently sell on my site because it’s all custom work. They do however the pieces on my site make great cake toppers!


Links where we can find out more about your work:
www.dkdesignshawaii.com
www.dkdesignshawaii.blogspot.com
www.flickr.com/photos/dkdesigns