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I Heart:::This Week’s Great Finds + Kind Freebies


Happy Friday!
Below is a kind freebie from some of my favorite design + crafty sites.

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::: damask envelope wraps compliments of The Fussy Designer + blogged about at iDiY.

I Heart:::This Week's Finds, DIY Ideas and Kind Freebies

 
Happy Friday! Below are some of my favorite finds, DIY ideas and kind freebies from around the blogosphere:::more specifically from some of my favorite design + style blogs + sites.

 Creature Comforts
free printable aqua + orange mailing labels:::compliments of the creative blog Creature Comforts. 

Craft

learn how to make handmade paper:::compliments of creative Craft. [I actually made paper in school-5th grade-it was so cool + fun].

Twig & Thistle

IDiY

decorative packing tapes, envelope wraparounds, and mailing label tape from TapeSwell blogged about at the creative iDiY and  creative Twig & Thistle.

The Blah, Blah, Blah, Blahg

 
a …life is beautiful card from the creative The Blah, Blah, Blahg.

Thank you to the wonderful blogs above! Enjoy.

Happy {early} St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day is a big deal in Chicago. There are two parades, including the always great South Side Irish Parade and many other wonderful festivities including dyeing the Chicago River-GREEN!

Here is a pic, taken by my husband, from yesterday…
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This is the newly dyed green Chicago River (you can learn more about it here). The building behind it is the Trump Tower.

My husband and I were also married in the wonderful + beautiful Old St. Patick's Church in Chicago, (my parish) so it is extra special to us. :)  

Look for more Irish fun-inspired posts to follow…

Sláinte!

The New Way to e-Send Invites: Pingg

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Ever just want to e-send an invite due to time or other restrictions….and like evite but wish there were something that allowed you to have a little more creative control?

Introducing Pingg

Pingg Invite Image
 

Pingg allows you to choose from various galleries or upload your own image, so the design is your complete individual style- custom made. How cool is that? Martha Stewart and others even helped to design some invitations as well.

Pingg also sends your invite via snail mail {print}, e-mail, sms/text, Web, and social networks such as facebook, twitter and more. Then you can later manage responses, make changes and even send thank you notes. I could go on and on about it really…but will spare you. Go ahead, take a look for yourself.

{Image credit: Pingg, designed by Jessica Gonacha}

Attention Chicagoland Brides

Sephora


Sephora Water Tower Place is hosting bridal event every Sunday for the rest of March. Each Sunday there is something different but they will have a DJ, makeup representatives, event co. reps, and even some photographers depending on the Sunday.

Sundays in March from 12-5pm.

Sephora Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Avenue – Chicago's Magnificent Mile
312-335-9391

Photographer: Andrew Jordan Photography/grooms are people too

I came across Andrew Jordan Photography via his Web site, grooms are people too. Not only is the name super clever, the photography is a unique, cool style.

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Looking for a photographer? Check out the his Web site for more info.

{Image credit: Andrew Jordan Photography}

Gisele and Tom

Tom Brady married Gisele Bundchen today in a small private ceremony. I look forward to seeing pictures of the dress! It is described from US Magazine as "a form-fitting ivory lace strapless gown with a
trumpet skirt, scalloped edges, long train and a floor-length veil with
attached handmade satin roses and attached satin headband, all by Dolce
& Gabbana." That sounds lovely, of course…but the cutest part? 

Pug in tuxedo

Her three dogs wore matching Dolce & Gabbana
floral lace collars…awe! Now that I want to see pictures of…so cute.

If you've included your dog(s) in your ceremony or plan on doing so, I'd love to hear from you!

{Image Credit: Choice Pet Site}

One Word ~ Audrey.

Oh my gosh, totally my thing…. I adore Audrey Hepburn and always have. She is one of my idols, fashion icons and in my mind, THE film sweetheart. During my recent trip to Belgium {where she was born}, I asked the concierge at the hotel if they knew the area where she grew up {couldn't find it online, of course} because I wanted to visit. I must have been the first person to ever ask that because they had no idea.

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Needless to say, I was happy to come across Audrey {and Cary Grant} tags via Jessica at Starr Designs' Etsy page I think they are great for birthday tags, or anything wedding… you name it. Lovely!

{photo credit: Starr Designs}

"Platinum Weddings" is back!

The new season of We TV's "Platinum Weddings" started tonight. New episode 1: Couple Joanna & Michael plan a wedding (with celeb wedding planner David Tutera's help) and wed in Philadelphia. New episode 2: Couple Amy & David plan a wedding and wed in Southern California. Get those Tivos or DVRs set if you haven't already.

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