I’ve been saving this 4 feet x 18 inch scrap piece of wood for almost a year.  It’s leftover wood from the back of this wood mirror frame that I made last year.  It’s nothing fancy, just a piece of cheap plywood, but I knew I could use it for something one day.  Jeff almost […]


(photo by Jules Bianchi) Since our venue was a sprawling estate with lots of multi-level terraces, little cottages, courtyards and even a path through the private zoo, I wanted to make sure everything was adequately labeled so that  our guests didn’t get lost!  I hand painted a lot of wooden signs for our wedding!   There […]


My Wedding: The Cupcake Stand

by ilene on September 14, 2011 · 11 comments

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I have to devote a whole post to our stunning cupcake stand, it is my favorite DIY project for our wedding and I didn’t even make it myself.  The wedding cake and cupcakes display was going to be one of the focal points at our reception so I wanted something nicer than the cheap styrofoam […]


My Wedding: Floral Monograms

by ilene on August 19, 2011 · 2 comments

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(Photo by Jules Bianchi) As you can tell from the last couple weeks of posts, I may have been on a little of the crazy side when it came to our wedding. Now that it’s all over, I can admit it, albeit sheepishly, that I was wedding obsessed!   I almost baked 600 cookies for our […]


A Big “Owie”

by ilene on May 10, 2011 · 11 comments

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Postings might be a little light the next few weeks around here.  My furniture making dreams came to an abrupt end a few days ago when my right index finger got a little too close to a joiner saw in woodshop class.  *shudder* I will spare you the gory details.  Six hours in the ER […]