Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Loco for Gocco

A couple of weeks ago my friend invited me over for a "Crafty Gocco Fun Day". She had just bought a Gocco Machine (if you don't know what this is check out the info here). We thought it would be fun to make some stationary sets as gifts for friends and family.

I really had no idea what I was getting myself into but I left the house at 9am on a Sunday and told my husband I wouldn't be back until dinner time. I was THAT serious about it. So after MANY trials and errors (and some chatting and lunch) we were able to print these puppies out....

First Try: Thank You cards. We didn't want to do anything too crazy and to be honest - this was REALLY our 2nd try at it. The first try was well...not very successful.
First lesson learned: Printing graphics that bleed (come off the edge) is tricky.

Second Try: Birthday Cards: I really wanted to print something
with white ink and colored paper.
They turned out pretty cute!
Lesson 2: Make sure to use DARK paper to print with white ink. For some reason
the ink kept clumping and getting goopy (official gocco words). So it was a pain
to make sure the ink printed with clean lines.

It was hard to see the white ink on pink, sage green and light blue paper.

Third Try: Hello cards. I wanted to make the olives a different color but it was hard to block the coloring on it. The big pain here was the dotted lines on the bottom.

Lesson 3: Avoid lines if possible and avoid lines that Bleed. Yikes.
This was hard to register and if the paper wasn't aligned correctly
you could tell immediately after printing one because the lines on the
bottom would be crooked. I know - they are so darn cute but the cuteness does not
outweigh the number of gray hairs it gave us.

Overall, I was very happy with the results and ordered my own Gocco this week!!
Can't wait to start some more projects and share then with you.

Oh - and thanks (I think) Nicole for getting me hooked :)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Patty & Michael

Patty and Michael got married on a beautiful day in October at The Westin Hotel in Palo Alto, California. It was a small intimate affair and I was happy to be a part of their special day. All photos taken by their photographer Jack Ip.

I supplied the flowers and Patty (and maybe some helpers!)
placed the orchids on the napkins and floated them in the bowls. They did a great job!

Look at their cute cake topper!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Zoi & Alex

Zoi and Alex had a destination wedding here in San Francisco! They are both from Texas and decided that SF was the perfect place for them to get married.

Bride's Bouquet
Rhinestone Initial for the bouquet stem

Jr. Bridesmaid Bouquet


Zoi's hired Lisa from BV Weddings to help her coordinate everything.
Lisa did a wonderful job and helped add nice touches like napkin ribbons.

Gorgeous calligraphy by Kathryn from Dream A Little Dream Events.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Clifbar Dinner Event

Clifbar had a dinner event last week and asked me provide some fun and modern flowers for them.

This reminds me of a Muppet. Maybe it's the color or the fern pods but I
half expected this to start singing and dancing for me.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Jinny & Michael Part Deux

I posted some pictures of Jinny & Michael's wedding in September. They got married at Thomas Fogarty Winery (one of my favorite places!). Their pictures were taken by Ingrid Nelson of Myrtle and Majoram. I would have to say that these pictures are WAY better than the ones I took....

Sunday, November 04, 2007

DIY Workshop

I had a DIY workshop over the weekend for the ladies who plan to make their personal flowers for their wedding. We had a great time chatting, sharing ideas and best of all just being crafty and creative. It was a lot of fun ladies and BIG thank you for making it so successful. As you can see - they have a lot of talent!

Jackie and Cathleya showing off their bouquets!

Cathleya's Bouquet

Close-Up of Jackie's Bouquet

We had enough flowers for 8 Bridesmaids

Sara and her bouquet

Melissa and Connie

Melissa's Bouquet

Connie's Bouquet

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Tami & Mike Part II

I blogged about Tami and Mike back in August when they got married. I received some professional pictures from their photographer Jennifer Kloss Heffner and thought I would share. Beautiful!