Posts Tagged ‘jonna isaac’

Quaker Wedding Certificates

June 17, 2010

I was completely inspired by this post from Once Wed.   How adorable is that marriage certificate?!

I search, researched and discovered that it is a Quaker marriage certificate. It is a Quaker wedding tradition to have a marriage certificate.  In fact, in a Quaker wedding there is no officiant. Instead, all the wedding guests sign the certificate of marriage. Most of these certificates required 7 – 10 days to complete due to the intricate decoration.

While I’m in full support of an officated wedding, I do think it’s a sweet tradition that could be implemented into a modern day wedding.

Why not hire a calligrapher to make one for you, like Chelsea? Or a snazzy graphic designer will killer penmanship, like Jonna?

Happy Thursday!


Friends & Cupcakes Part I

March 1, 2010

Good Morning, Readers!

Now, I know you don’t really need a play-by-play of SLO, because I’ve given you one plenty of times, but this trip was really special because Jonna Isaac, Alex Creswell and I did a lot of things that we haven’t done before on the way up to and while in SLO.  So, I’m excited to share some of our adventures with you.

Let’s start off with the gorgeous view we had going up to SLO.

The drive is already a beautiful one, so after the rain and with those stormy clouds, how could you not experience something spiritual?

Jonna and I pretty much hate Creswell for being able to live up here.

Now, let’s talk about this place…

This place is fabulous.  It’s so cute and yummy and beautiful and… HEAVENly.

I’m being completely serious.

I don’t think I’ve loved a bakery item this much… ever.

In the future, if you’re heading up to the 101, the little town of Los Olivos (off the 154) is completely worth stopping by.  The scenery is beautiful, the food is delightfully, and the staffers are so friendly.

Inside this sweet little wine tasting house (tons of which line the streets) is Enjoy Cupcakes.  The makers of the BEST cupcakes I’ve ever had in my life. However, due to their popularity, all the cupcakes were sold out by the time we got there.

But we did end up enjoying a walk around the beautiful town before continuing our trip.

The rest of the trip, I decided to leave the photography to the professional (a.k.a. Creswell), so as she posts photos from our weekend, I’ll be reposting and sharing some of my thoughts about our fun trip of thrifting, cupcakery, and friendship.

Happy Monday!

LOST: The Final Season

February 3, 2010

Okay, okay… I know that this doesn’t have anything to do with centerpieces, DIY, parties, interior design, or whatever it is that I post on here, but let’s please acknowledge the elephant in the room, ok?

LOST was amazing last night.  I’m totally at a loss for words.  We’ve stuck by it since the beginning and we’re all hoping for a great ending to one of the most phenomenal television shows in history.

By the way, did I mention that Jonna started a blog (oh so many seasons ago) devoted to recaps, funny Photoshop jobs, and insights about LOST? You should check it out.  Leave a comment or come up with your own theories.

Happy Wednesday.

Tag, You’re It!

October 12, 2009


Note, that I didn’t say “Happy Monday!”  Besides the fact that it amazingly gloomy today in So.Cal, it is after all, Monday.  However, to brighten your Monday, I’ll be coming at ya later this week with a few DIY projects from the shower I helped throw this past weekend for Amber.  I have to say, it was a huge hit, colorful, and we had the perfect weather.  Amber said, “This is the tea party of my dreams!” 

That’s good enough for me.  But, I figure you guys will get more satisfaction from some photos, so I’ll show you them soon.

On another note, I was tagged by Jonna to fill out this little survey, who said I should blog about this.  I had no idea you all would even want to know stuff about me personally, thanks for the tip Jonna.  If you’re reading this, then you should blog it too.  Let’s make it viral, people!

1. what books are on your favorite shelf?
My books are organized by color, thanks to Creswell, so my entire book shelf is my favorite shelf.  I know, I know, pictures please! – I promise, soon. Okay, my favorite books on my shelves are – A Book of Poems by Robert Browning, an old french book (can’t remember the title) that I used to cut out photos from and frame for the living room – plus it has a really cool orange cover, and my Martha Stewart cookbook.
2. what dvds are on your favorite shelf?
My dvds are not on my favorite shelf, but they are also organized by color and in a really awesome IKEA shelving unit.  My favorite dvds there are Elizabethtown, The Holiday, The Family Stone, and ALL the Ocean’s Movies (What?!  George Clooney is hot). 
3. what are your two favorite cookbooks?
I own three cookbooks – A pancake recipe book I got from my wedding, a 30 minute Rachel Ray Cookbook (that came in handy in the first year of marriage), and a Martha Stewart cookbook (I have never made anything in this cookbook – there, I said it).

4. select one to three recipes you will cook for your special guests:
I make this pretty awesome chicken dish with grilled shrimp, spinach and red mashed potatoes. The glaze is a mix of italian dressing, honey, garlic, white wine, and Worcestershire sauce.  It’s like two recipes in one because there are two meats and really, isn’t it the meat that makes it a meal?

5. what will we be drinking that’s available?
If I could, we’d pair it up with the same wine that I used to make the sauce, but since I’m a prude, we’ll drink pellagrino or a ginger ale concoction.

and five random facts (i’ll do my best to tell you things you don’t already know…)
1. I don’t like sleeping on the same side of the bed every night.  I like to mix it up and I actually sleep better when I change it up.

2. A lot of the food that I say I don’t like, I’ve probably never tried but it just looks gross so I don’t want to try it.

3. If a project gets to me and is sitting on my desk, it will drive me crazy not to finish it.  I like to finish projects within 15 minutes of it hitting my desk; because not only do I love having a clean desk, but I also hate leaving for the day with un-finished work.

4. I like coffee, but never pour me a full cup.  No matter how amazing it is, I won’t be able to finish it.  I’m a sipper when it comes to coffee.  Now, Chai is a different story.

5. I’m launching a new site!  So, get ready for some changes.  Hello Leelo  is going to be the new Bricka Brack.  Alex (my hubby) is working on the programming of it and made me some awesome business cards – I’ll show you those really soon.  Check out the landing page he made me ( and get ready for some changes.

Now I can say, Happy Monday!

DIY: Fabric Pumpkins

October 7, 2009

Here’s a DIY of the fabric pumpkins I made for Pumpkin Day!  Sorry I don’t have more pictures of the actual process.  I’ve been working on a Bridal Shower (A few DIYs to come from that)!

fabric pumpkin_1

Photos by Jonna Isaac

Things You’ll Need:


Embroidery Floss or Doubled up thread


Grocery Bag (2 per large – 1 per small)

Cinnamon Sticks (halved)

Fabric or Hot glue



Fabric Leaves (I made mine out of felt)

Artificial berries

Floral wire coiled

Step 1 – Choose colorful fabric in shades of orange, red or yellow. Don’t limit yourself to solid colors.  Any type of material will do, but note that thicker fabric is harder to work with.

Step 2 – Use a dinner plate as a template for the medium-sized pumpkin (6-8 inches).  You can do smaller pumpkins using your smaller plates (4-6 inches).

Step 3 – Thread a needle with embroidery floss or doubled up thread. Half an inch in from the outside of the circle, make a running stitch all the way around. Pull thread and evenly gather the material. Leave an opening large enough to insert your grocery bag, but don’t tie off the threads yet.

Step 4 – Stuff the pumpkin tightly with the grocery bag. Pull the gathering threads until the opening is almost closed.  Hot glue a one half a cinnamon stick to the opening. Pull fabric tightly around the stem and stitch.

Step 6 – Embellish your finished pumpkin. Use a hot glue to add silk fall leaves (or felt ones) around the stem.  I used floral wire and coiled it and attached that to the top of the pumpkin.

fabric pumpkin_2

It really doesn’t take that long and I was able to get about 8 pumpkins made in a few hours, on the road.

Get Inspired and Happy Fall!

Pumpkin Day Spread

October 5, 2009

Happy Pumpkin Day, All!

Here are a few pictures from Pumpkin Day in all it’s glory. Enjoy this feast for the eyes, while I stuff my face.


Jonna brought some stuff from home and made all the signage and set up.


For those who submitted their ideas early, Jonna had special signs made up to match the decor.


Here’s a picture of the amazing spread.  Jonna also made the pendant flags. Very festive!


Here are some of the goodies.


Thanks Jonna for putting this on!  I’m thinking this should be a trend for every workplace.

Pumpkin Day

October 5, 2009

pumpkin dayToday is Pumpkin Day at church.  I’m stuck at work while everyone celebrates Pumpkin Day, boo.  But, I did helped make the decorations and I’ll be showing you a DIY later this week on how to make your own fabric pumpkins!  And, I’m going there for lunch, so I’ll be back during my lunch hour to show you some pictures.  In the meantime, here are a few pumpkin recipes to get you in the pumpkin mood:

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, Pumpkin Pie Bars, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Gingerbread, Pumpkin Roll

Happy Pumpkin Day, To You!

Renegade Craft Fair Recap

July 20, 2009

Good Monday Morning!

I had such a full weekend and I can’t wait to share all the fun things we did for Megan and Phil’s wedding.  Until then, here’s a little recap from the Renegade Handmade Craft Fair last weekend.

There were over 200 vendors at the California Marketplace in LA and it was HOT.  It was set up like a chic swap meet, which totally got my deal hunting mind pumping.  Jonna found one of her favorite illustrator’s fabric in a purse by Karlee Fuchs and was uber stoked.


I about died over all the fascinators and feather headbands.


Yes, that is a tepee.


This store was amazing!  Everything made from felt including the belts below.  Don’t you love the textures?!


Here are a few of the vendor’s booths we stopped by:


Just a funny sign we saw.


Jonna and Alena, deal huntin’.


More fun things…


This was so rad.  This guy takes old books and removed the binding to put in blank pages for a journal.  He leaves a few of the chapters in there and then spiral binds them.  So awesome!


Yes please…


More of those awesome journals by another awesome vendor.


Ugh… I want these.


Alena, you’re beard is good.


Excuse me, 3 Fish Studios, you amaze me.  These are prints all done with linoleum stamps… just amazing.


And here they are… craved by hand and made from linoleum!


What’s this?! A stereo system and albums for sale? Actually they are amazing prints by Bug House


This is my favorite.


Well, hello little Nome.


We went home with quite a few goodies.  I’d say Alena got the most stuff, but Jonna for sure was the best bargain shopper.



Oh and we can’t forget to stop for Coffee Bean on the way home.


I’d say it was a success.

DIY: Cake Platters & Chocolate Frosting

June 23, 2009

This past Wednesday was my brother-in-laws birthday. 


His fiance planned a surprise party and wanted me to make his favorite: yellow cake with chocolate frosting.  I was so set on creating everything from scratch because in the past, I have had some horrible yellow cakes with chocolate frosting.  I found a sweet recipe on-line at the joy of baking and was set.  However, when it came down to it, I just didn’t have time to make it all from scratch, nor the money.  I decided on making the frosting from scratch and to stick with the Betty Crocker extra moist butter yellow cake and I would mix in a little vanilla for a better flavor. 

I originally tripled the recipe for the frosting because I was making three small round cakes, but now I’m swimming in chocolate at my house.  One and a half times should be enough.  I also added some fresh strawberries for show… well, and taste.


8 ounces of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped.

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces

3 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions:  In a stainless steel bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, place the chopped chocolate, cocoa powder, milk, and butter.  Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.  Remove from heat and beat in, with a hand mixer or wire whisk, the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.  If the frosting is lumpy, strain through a strainer to remove any lumps (I had to do this!).  Cover and place the frosting in the refrigerator until it is firm (this may take a few hours).  Once the frosting is firm remove from refrigerator and place in your mixing bowl.  Beat the frosting for a minute or two or until it is nice and smooth and of spreading consistency.  YUM!

I was also completely set on a three tiered cake stand I saw at Michael’s, which ended up being $60.00.  So, I resorted to DIY.  I found a great idea for making a cupcake stand from Once Wed and used the same idea to create a three tiered(ish) cake stand.  And here are the fruits of my labor:


All photos by Jonna Isaac.

Who said you need to spend a fortune?! Get inspired.

Recipe: Pushing Daises Strawberry Pie

June 22, 2009

This is not your ordinary strawberry pie!  In fact, the inspiration for this pie came a recently canceled show Pushing Daisies.  Jonna, a great friend and fellow blogger of mine, made dinner for my husband and I on Friday night before we watched the series finale of Pushing Daisies.  Our dessert consisted of strawberries dipped in sour cream and rolled in brown sugar.  This might sound a little obscure but I assure you, it’s fantastic. 


Photo by Ryan Nowell

While watching Pushing Daises and eating this delectable dessert, our stomachs exclaimed, “Make it into a pie!”  And so, Jonna did.

Read all about this mouthwatering pie here. 

And drool over it here:


Photo by Jonna Issaac.