Thank You, Wedding Vendors

My daughter and son-in-law’s wedding was, obviously, as very DIY affair.  In the early days, we thought we were going to do it all.  As the planning process progressed we realized, for the sake of our sanity and relationships with each other, that we should consider hiring a few professionals.  Now that it’s all over, I don’t regret a single one of them.  So, as I frantically try to get ready to be a vendor myself at Siren Nation this weekend, it feels like a good time to give all of our wedding vendors the public and sincere Thank You they all deserve. I’ll start with the first person we hired, and the one you’ve already seen a bit here.  Heather Fitch from Heather Fitch Photography was calm, professional and gave us photos that were everything we hoped for.  She not only captured everything we expected to see, but the spunky, fun personalities that define these two.

Heather Fitch Photography on Crafty Staci

I’ve mentioned before that the groom has celiac disease.  Gluten-free isn’t a choice for him – it’s mandatory.  After we decided on a dessert buffet for the reception, we also chose to make sure that the groom (and the bride, since she gave up gluten for his sake) could eat anything that was served without worry.  That’s where the amazing Liberated Baking came in, providing treats that had me saying “Yes, I know it’s delicious and you can’t tell, but it really is gluten-free!” to guests all evening.

Liberated Baking Gluten Free Bride and Groom Cookies on Crafty Staci

Liberated Baking Gluten Free Lemon Bars on Crafty Staci

We thought it would be fun to have some popcorn on the buffet too, and so we ordered some from a local store called iCandy.  I think it was the best cheese corn I’ve ever had, and everyone we’ve talked to there has been so sweet.

iCandy Popcorn on Crafty Staci

It was very early on that Codi proclaimed there would be cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake.  I think it had something to do with Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Bella Cupcake.  The couple went in for a tasting and chose Raspberry Lemonade, Pumpkin Chai, Strawberry Shortcake and Salted Caramel.  How was anyone supposed to choose which of those to put on their plate?  To alleviate that issue, we went with mini-cupcakes so guests could sample more than one flavor.

Bella Cupcake Mini Gluten Free Cupcakes on Crafty Staci

Bella Cupcake also provided the adorable giant cupcake for the bride and groom to cut and share.

Bella Cupcake Giant Gluten Free Cutting Cupcake on Crafty Staci

When it came to the bridesmaids’ and flower girl’s dresses, Codi knew what she wanted.  And I knew I was capable of making them.  However, just because I could didn’t mean I should and I decided that was a project that could be better accomplished by someone else.  We went with BL Couture on Etsy.  I’ll admit, I tried to talk Codi out of putting just the maid of honor in yellow and everyone else in grey, but it really worked.  And the girls loved playing with all the different ways they could wear these.

BL Couture Convertible Wrap Dresses on Crafty Staci

BL Couture Wrap Dresses on Crafty Staci

Did you see all the amazing hair in that last photo?  Codi wanted all the girls in different braids, and our regular hairstylist, Wendy from the Orient Barbershop, totally delivered.  Not only did Wendy come to our house for the entire day and style all the girls hair, but she did their makeup as well.  Thankfully, I was included in that because otherwise I probably would have been a mess.  Wendy was a calming presence while everyone was getting ready and I don’t know what we would have done without her.

Wendy from The Orient Barbershop on Crafty Staci

Another Etsy store we shopped at was for Codi’s garters.  We talked about making them, but as we started looking around she spotted exactly what she wanted at BridalGoddess.  All we had to do was attach the firefighter charm Codi wanted and she was ready to go.  These were so pretty, and the quality was great.

Garter by BridalGoddess on Crafty Staci

One of the last things we held out on doing ourselves was the flowers.  The closer it got, the more terrified I became, which was a good sign I should give it up to a professional.  Fortunately, one of my closest friends has a sister who owns In the Garden, a floral shop in Redmond, Oregon.  Kellie agreed to do them for us, even though she is halfway across the state from us and it was pretty close to the event.  We emailed her photos of arrangements Codi liked, and when the flowers arrived we were all stunned.  They were amazing.

In the Garden Floral on Crafty Staci

We originally planned to set up a stereo with an iPod playing for the reception.  We didn’t think anyone would really dance anyway.  I am so glad we hired Dennis Marcellino to DJ instead.  He had almost everyone out of their seats and dancing – my husband I were a little shocked.  He was great at keeping everything running smoothly and made sure fun was had by all.  He even sang “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” since he was a member of the band the hit belonged to, The Tokens!  He also played the saxophone, which was a nice combination with the recorded music.

Dennis Marcellino had everyone dancing!

Last, but not least, is this lovely young woman – Savannah Gentry.  She is one of the bride and groom’s friends from high school.  Listened to her playing the songs they chose in my living room before the wedding brought me to tears.  She provided violin music while the guests were finding their seats and during the ceremony and every note was gorgeous.  Savannah is talented and beautiful, inside and out.

Savannah Gentry on the violin

In addition to all these amazing vendors who made it a day to remember, I’d also like express my gratitude to all of our friends and family who went the extra mile (or several) to make sure we could enjoy the day without having to worry about anything.  You all know who you are – THANK YOU!

Memorial Day Sale

How did we get so close to the end of May already?  Between Mother’s Day, my son’s last track meet, helping my daughter make something special to give her bridesmaids (you’ll see those after they all do) and accompanying my husband to a police academy graduation, my week zipped by so fast I barely saw it.  Since life is already in a frenzy right now, I think it’s time for a sale! Aside from Black Friday, I don’t like to plan sales for my Etsy shop.  I prefer to just have them when the mood strikes me.  It keeps things interesting.  I’m only advertising this one to my followers, so you won’t see anything about it when you visit my shop directly.  Starting today and through Memorial Day next Monday, you can use the code MEMORIALDAY2013 to receive free shipping on any order within the United States!

In case you haven't used a coupon code on Etsy before, it works like this:  click the green "Add to Cart" button for the item you want to order.  That will take you to a page showing the item and how you'll pay.  On the right side of the screen, under the payment options, it says "apply shop coupon code" in blue.  Click that and a box will appear.  Type MEMORIALDAY2013 into the box, click "Apply" and your shipping should show as $0.00.

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This includes anything in my shop, including custom items, but I have a little bonus for you.  I have about 30 items that are completed but I haven’t listed yet.  I’m going to show you what they are here, but they won’t appear in my shop until after the sale is over.  They’ll only be available to those of you who read my blog.  If there’s something here you like, just click the link above or below the photo.  It will take you to a custom listing in my shop.  In the Note to Seller, just let me know which item shown here you wanted.  Be sure to use the free shipping code on these items too!

Camera Straps

Camera Straps - Crafty Staci

You can purchase any of these straps through this listing.  The green with the birds has a green leaf pattern on the reverse, which you can see in the photos below.

67mm Lens Cap Pockets

67mm Lens Cap Pockets - Crafty Staci

You’ll find the 67mm lens cap pocket listing here.  These also work well for the smaller 52mm lens caps.

77mm Lens Cap Pockets

77mm Lens Cap Pockets - Crafty Staci

This is where you’ll find the 77mm listing.  This is my most popular size.

84mm Lens Cap Pocket

84mm Lens Cap Pocket - Crafty Staci

You’ll find the 84mm here.

Business Card Pockets

Business Card Pockets - Crafty Staci

If you prefer one of these over the other, be sure to mention that when you check out through this listing.

SD Card Wallets

SD Card Wallets - Crafty Staci

You’ll find the listing for the SD wallets here.

CF Card Wallets

CF Card Wallets - Crafty Staci

The CF card wallet listing is here.  Be sure to verify which type of card your camera uses before ordering.

Coffee Cup Sleeves

Coffee Cup Sleeve Flowers - Crafty Staci

Coffee Cup Sleeve Robins - Crafty Staci

Coffee Cup Sleeve  Fish - Crafty Staci

All of these coffee cup sleeves can be ordered here, including the Father’s Day Fish (there are two of those).

If you have questions about any of these items or the sale, please feel free to contact me through email (my address is over there in the sidebar --->) or through Etsy.  Happy Monday!

Giveaway at The Hartungs

Today I'm passing along the opportunity to enter a giveaway at The Hartungs - and my lens cap pocket is one of the prizes!  Take it away, Sheree!
If you haven't already noticed - I have some pretty wonderful women on my sidebar at the moment. These women have sponsored me for the last month or so, and are generously participating in the giveaway below! The giveaway opens today, Friday, April 19th, and will close on Tuesday, April 30th. Good luck to all!
Gayle's Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // Bloglovin
Want to know more about Gayle? Read her interview here!
Amie's Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // Bloglovin
Want to know more about Amie? Read her interview here!
Staci's Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // Bloglovin // Etsy
Want to know more about Staci? Read her interview here!
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Want to know more about Charissa? Read her interview here!
Sheree's Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin

To enter, you'll need to click here  Rafflecopter giveaway, log in and follow the instructions.  If you have any difficulty, you can also enter at Sheree's website.  Good luck!

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The Natural Parents Network giveaway is also still open!  Enter the NPN Flickr Photo Contest by April 30!

coffee sleeve and lens cap pocket - Crafty Staci

Natural Parents Network: The Deadline for Our Flickr Photo Contest Is Approaching — Enter Now! Recently, Natural Parents Network launched a Flickr Photo Pool and corresponding Photo Contest with over $1000 in photography-related prizes up for grabs for our readers!

Many NPN readers have already submitted photos of your beautiful families, showing us what natural parenting really looks like for you in many forms. We are loving the many images that have been added and the opportunity to see the diverse faces of our readers and fellow natural parents. There are almost 500 images added already to the Flickr Pool, and it is turning out to be a very fun way to see and share images of other parents and families like yours!

The April 30 deadline is fast approaching! Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a fabulous prize package.

Enter your photos into the NPN Flickr Pool from your Flickr account, and favorite the photos you like best. Share the contest, and encourage family and friends to vote for your photos and their favorites.

For details on how to submit your photos to the NPN Flickr Pool and our contest, read our launch post and Photo Submission/Contest Rules.

Crafty with a Y, Staci with an I

Big day at Crafty Staci!  My lens cap pockets made an appearance on television today, in a Photo Accessories for the Mom-tographer segment on a show called Studio 5. 

The segment was great, and Lesli, the photographer who contacted me, was fun to watch.  It was a honor to be included among the other accessories, all of which I’d love to have in my own camera bag.  You can see the video here.  My pockets start at 3:14.

One thing I need to clear up, though, is the spelling of my shop name.  It’s CraftyStaci, not CraftiStacy.  I’m only talking about it here because it seems as though people are searching for the incorrect spelling that was used on the show and landing here at my blog, instead of my Etsy store.  If that’s you, click here:  www.craftystaci.etsy.com to get to my shop, and thanks for visiting!

Breaking News

I have something exciting to share with you.  I received a message through my Etsy shop last week (a convo, for those of you familiar with Etsy) from a lovely woman named Lesli.  She’s a promotions producer for a television station called KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah.  They produce a lifestyle show called Studio 5, which is geared toward moms.  She’s working on a segment for the show that will feature mom-friendly camera accessories.

And guess what?  She wants to include my lens cap pockets!

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Lesli had a specific fabric in mind for the outside of one pocket, but the rest she left up to me.  I have to tell you, I’ve never had such a hard time choosing fabrics!  The good news is, I have several pockets cut out to add to my shop, besides the ones I’m sending for the show.

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I asked Lesli to keep one pocket for herself with my thanks, and the other two will be given away by Studio 5 through their Facebook page.

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The show will air on Friday, October 7th.  They stream online, but I’ll be at a seminar that day, so I’m hoping they’ll post it on their website. 

It’s not every day one of my creations ends up on television, so you’ll have to excuse my tween-at-a-Justin-Bieber-concert vibe today.  My apologies to any tweens that may be offended by that statement.

If you live in Salt Lake City or happen to see it online, I’d love to hear from you!

Still a Newbie

I mentioned a few months ago that my super-sweet hubby bought me a new camera for Christmas. Lens cover 1

I love it and I’ve taken hundreds of photos with it.  I even found a book that covers the exact model I have.  However, I still don’t know what I’m doing. 

I recently got to have a little fun with it though and I have two friends who helped me do that.  Amanda is a professional photographer and Erika will be one day if she chooses (the talent is there).  Amanda specializes in pregnancy and baby photos.  You can find her at Amanda R. Thompson Photography.  And you might remember Erika from her trick-or-treat bags last year.

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We went on a little photograph safari and I got to play a bit.  Honestly, it was the first time I’ve taken this baby out of automatic mode.  It was scary and dangerous.  And fun!

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If you’re from Oregon, you’ve probably heard of the McMenamin brothers.  They’ve brought their quirky style to restaurants and hotels all over the state, transforming properties thought to be lost causes into great places to visit.  They have a location near us called Edgefield, which consists of restaurants, bars, a golf course,  a spa, a brewery, a winery,  a movie theater, a glass blowing shop and lots of beautiful gardens.  We spent a couple of hours wandering around.

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The gardens aren’t quite in their glory yet, but we found a few blooms and greenery.

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The vegetable garden was just starting to sprout.

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Even without many plants, there’s still plenty to look at.

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I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m really enjoying getting there!

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Hopefully we’ll be doing it again soon, this time driving up the Columbia River Gorge on the old highway toward Multnomah Falls.  I can’t wait!

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