Great Etsy Finds: Wedding Accessories


(Photos taken from Twigs and Honey Esty page)

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind accessories for the wedding, look no further than Etsy. Etsy is a website that specializes in handmade items. The site allows everyone from recreational crafters to professional artists to showcase their talents with their unique creations. It’s amazing what kind of magical and quality handmade things that you can discover here.

Silk Flowers:

One purchase that I was particularly happy with was Bridal silk flowers from Twigs and Honey, a shop that specializes in beautiful bridal hair accessories. These flowers were $80 plus shipping. It was a great deal for such delicate and breathtaking flowers. Owner Myra Callan has such great eye for style. Just check out her website, Twings and Honey, and you’ll know why brides-to-be everywhere fight to wear Myra’s hair accessories on their special day.

Shawl Wrap:


(Photos taken from Alex Bridal Esty page)

Another Etsy find that made the big day special was the shrug stole shawl wrap that I purchased from Alex Bridal for $50. After I saw my (and everyone’s) style Goddess Kate Middleton wore that Alexander McQueen dress with sleeves, I knew that I wanted to cover my shoulders for my own wedding, so I was ecstatic when I found this lovely shawl to wear over my strapless dress.

I wasn’t sure how it would look at first, but I was delighted to learn that the shawl matched the dress perfectly. I received a lot of compliments on the lace dress and faux fur combination, and a few even said that it was very Kate-esque! I love that it fit comfortably and I was able to move my arms freely in them.

I heart Etsy!

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Fabric Pencil Case

Happy July, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day celebration. For those of you who followed my No Dining Out adventure last month, I am happy to report that I only cheated … twice!  lol Okay, I wasn’t able to be perfect but I definitely reduced the monthly food spending significantly. I ended up spending about $150 altogether on food (including the dining out) so I know that I can go down to $100 with better planning next time. I wish I took pictures on all the homemade dishes … but I certainly will next time.

Now, with my weekend craft adventure. I’m super excited about my latest sewing project. I finally learned how to sew on a zipper using this wonderful tutorial by Twelve22, and made a fabric pencil case using the Liberty of London fabric.

My favorite part about this pencil case is the clip I attached inside, to keep my tiny VNP fob in place. I have been so afraid to play around with zippers for some reason but I’m glad that I decided to go for it. I can’t be happier with the case. I also like that it’s big enough that a pocket mirror and a lip gloss fit right in, along with pens and small post-its. I know I’m going to be carrying it around with me everywhere.

I think I’m now officially addicted to zippers. I have a feeling that I’m going to be sewing up all things zippers soon.  By the way, if you’re looking for great quality zippers, try K and C Supplies on Etsy.  I got mine here and I can’t be happier with the service and the products!

Paper Lover’s Heaven: Paper Source


My boyfriend and I were driving down Ventura Blvd. in Studio City last Friday on the way to dinner and we drove past newly-opened Paper Source!  Whoa!  I had no idea that it was opening on this trendy stretch of the boulevard! 

Paper Source is a stationary store packed with breathtaking paper goods, spanning from gift cards to wrapping papers. It also houses some of the cutest rubber stamps around. In short, it is the crafter’s ultimate heaven. Take me to Paper Source and I will go crazy, like a cat on catnip! I frequent the one in Pasadena’s Old Town but this new location in Studio City is much easier for me to get to as I’m not a fan of the parking situation in Pasadena. (By the way, the photos you see here are from the Pasadena store, not Studio City.)

The next day, on my way home from my Saturday run on the beach with my sister and the Roadrunners (I am training for the LA Marathon again this year), I stopped by the store to check things out. I found out that the store opened a mere week ago, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for Saturday, October 23. It’ll be offering several demonstrations throughout the day. How exciting is that?

While I was there, I picked up some beautiful Japanese “washi” wrapping paper, as well as other pretty wrapping papers. Everything I saw were so high quality and vibrant, it took me a very long time to decide on which ones to purchase! If it weren’t for the two-hour parking, I bet would have spent the entire day there! I ended up bringing home about six wrapping papers, and made mini pocket mirrors with some of them, using my nifty button maker. If you are interested, you can purchase your own at my Etsy shop, Lavender and Olive (sorry about the cheesy shameless self promotion here)! 😆

Paper Source
12174 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604