Belle Soul Wedding – Styled Shoot

So we were contacted by Allann and Sage from Belle Soul Weddings about our silk ribbon.  After determining what they needed we sent what we thought would work best for their shoot.  Please tune in here for the amazing results!

Green Earth Silk Ribbon

hand dyed Earth Silk ribbon

 

https://www.dropbox.com/styled-shoot.mp4

 

Earth Silk Ribbon - Photo Shoot

Noel Perrone photography – Hand dyed silk ribbon by Of The Earth

A great deal of work went into this production.  Please see below for all of the hardworking contributors.

 

Photography: Noel Perrone www.noelperrone.com

instagram: @noelperrone

Concept and Design: Belle Soul Weddings www.bellesoulweddings.com

instagram: @bellesoulweddings

Cake and Florals: Belle Soul Weddings www.bellesoulweddings.com

instagram: @bellesoulweddings

Hair and Make-up Design: Sunkissed and Made Up www.sunkissedandmadeup.com

instagram: @sunkissedandmadeup

Gown was provided by Now and Forever Bridal Boutique  @nowandforeverbridalbtq

Paper Suite: Elins Art Studio www.elinsartstudio.se

instagram: elinsartstudio

Bridal Headpiece and Boutoneirre : www.thewildroseaccessories.se

instagram: thewildroseaccessories

Ribbon: Of the Earth  http://www.custompaper.com/

instagram: @of_the_earth

Ring: Wild Gems by Sarah Lajah (custom made) http://wildgems.com/

Tux: Menguin https://www.menguin.com/

Lingerie: Petticoat Fair http://petticoatfair.com/

instagram: @petticoat_fair

Furniture: Marquee Rentals San Antonio ; http://www.marqueeeventgroup.com/

instagram: marqeesatx

Violinist, Talmage Spackman (Tal let us know how you want to be credited and if there is a web address)

instagram: @talspackman

Videographer, Honeygem Creative: http://honeygemcreative.com/

instagram: @honeygemcreative

Wedding Experts! That’s what they called us!

The Seattle Bride Magazine just shared a link on Facebook that talks about an article we contributed to, and they called us “experts”.

Ha! We fooled them, didn’t we?

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Of-The-Earth/

Here’s a direct link to the article.

http://seattlebridemag.com/expert-wedding-advice

We come off sounding pretty good actually.  The quote is taken from a larger message they asked us to contribute last year.  You can find the complete message here on our blog if you do some digging.

 

How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments

We were thrilled to receive news of our inclusion in the latest book by the talented Elaine Schmidt: How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments: Trims, rosettes, sculptures, and baubles for fashion, decor, and crafts.

How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments

How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments

“Create amazing trims, butterflies, flowers and more with How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments. With clever techniques and a huge selection of ribbon styles to choose from, the timeless art of making ribbon embellishments is better than ever. Let author Elaine Schmidt take you through 100 ribbon designs, offering helpful hints and tips to help you make beautiful accessories to place anywhere.”

This is the second time Elaine has used our products, the first was in her second book The Complete Photo Guide To Ribbon Crafts. The tutorial using our silk ribbon is featured below.

Complete Guid to Ribbons and Crafts

Complete Guid to Ribbons and Crafts

This is actually not our first foray into the publishing world. Our products have also been included in Green Wedding, It’s Easy Being Green and The Everything Green Wedding Book.

Thank you, Elaine – and congrats on yet another lovely publication!

 

 

Hand addressing envelopes – how to stand out from the junk mail.

Calligraphy sample from Long Village Lettering

How to stand out in the mail

In this incredibly busy week as we gear up for the new bridal season and work on last minute plans for tomorrow’s flight to New York to set up our booth at the National Gift Show in Manhattan I was stopped for a moment, long enough to sit down even to enjoy a piece of mail that the dripping wet postman just delivered.  It was a hand written thank you note from a woman in North Carolina who runs her own Calligraphy business.  She sent us one of our own seed embedded envelopes back in the mail with beautiful hand lettering on the front and a business card and note on the inside.

I think this can stand as a clear testament to the power of the personalized mailing.  I know everyone is busy, I know I am busy, and yet this simple act of handwriting really can stop someone in their tracks for a few moments and draw their attention to the message you are sending.

For all of you brides out their considering printing your guest’s names instead of hand writing them, don’t.  Just take the extra time to let the people (you care enough about to invite to one of the most exciting days of your life) know that you really care.  You really want them there and your own handwriting spells it out for them.  It is that personal touch missing from so many areas of our lives today.  Your extra effort will be noticed and appreciated.  It really does make a difference.

Okay so clearly we don’t all have amazing handwriting like the image above, but still you have family you can enlist to help, you can pick up a book or watch a video demo for pointers and tips on improving your own handwriting.  Start early and it will be manageable, and worth it.

Silk Flower Hair Clips for Flower Girls, Brides and Bridesmaids

We announced earlier this year a partnership with Sashaco, a local (Kirkland, Washington) startup company who began buying our silks last year and makes beautiful hair clips and pins out of our ribbons.  Here we have a collection of photos of their wonderful work!

As 2013 winds down, we find ourselves without much time to reflect on what a crazy year it has been as we are looking forward to what 2014 has in store for us.  We expect big things to come from this and our other (soon to be revealed) partnerships as we keep our eyes on what is next.

I am sure you will agree, these silk flowers are fantastic!  We have over 170 colors now in our silk line and there are so many that would work beautifully in this clip format.  Imagine the brides who can color coordinate their whole suite of paper goods with their bridal party attire, just by tying together the ribbon on their invitation with the ribbon in their flower girl’s hair.  What do you think?

These hair clips (or pins, they have both hardware on the back) measure 3.5″ in diameter and sit 2″ tall.   You can find them for sale right now on Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/173418350/.  They can be ordered in any of the colors shown here: http://www.custompaper.com/earthsilk/hand_dyed_blends.html

Each color we make comes out so uniquely on these flowers, we can’t wait to see them all!

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

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Purple Silk Flower Hair Clip

Purple Silk Flower Hair Clip

Purple Silk Flower Hair Clip

Purple Silk Flower Hair Clip

Purple Silk Flower Hair Clip

Purple Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

Pink Silk Flower Hair Clip

PInk Silk Flower Hair Clip

Silk Flower Hair Clip

3" silk flower clip

Lavender silk flower pin

 

 

WRAP IT UP

Our green flower print handmade wrapping paper was included in a round-up of holiday wrapping options in Artizen Magazine.

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“Artizen magazine’s goal is to spread the love with inside scoops on the artisan and handmade industry.” The magazine is free to readers and offers myriad of inspiring images and projects.  We love seeing the creative holiday uses for our papers and we also love being recognized by our fellow artisans – what a compliment!

While we don’t like to contribute to the frenzy of the season, we know there are only a few shopping days left and hope you consider using handmade, beautiful packaging this year. A thoughtful and lovely finishing touch to even the most practical or impractical of gifts – you can check out our selection of papers here.

Happy Holidays!

WEARABLE RIBBON

It appears we have officially segued into the fashion industry: we have launched our very first silk ribbon wrap design!  This is a one yard length of our hand dyed silk that is finished with two pointed ends and a seam stitch along the entire length.

wrap ribbon

Our modern take on the classic “fairy ribbon” design is available in over 150 color options.  These Earth Silk ribbons are made by hand in our Seattle studio. We measure, mix, dye, rinse, wash, dry, fold, iron, stitch and sew to bring you this great wrist accessory.

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The wrap is a thoughtful, eco-gift idea and an easy and affordable accessory option to elevate any ensemble.  After years of inquiries, we are excited to offer to offer a hand dyed silk ribbon option to our jewelry-designing and accessorizing clients worldwide!

THE GOOD EARTH CANDLE COMPANY

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We often write of the custom orders we create for clients’ worldwide, commissioned projects remain to be some of our favorite and most memorable endeavors.  Recently we had the pleasure of working with Jeanette Maurer of The Good Earth Candle … Continue reading

Summer 2013: A Recap

The end of summer always marks the winding down of our busiest season, and this year was no exception. There was no shortage of productivity; in addition to the usual fervor of the wedding season, we moved to a new location, continued working on our website redesign and found time in the sun with our kids.  Whew!  We are exhausted just talking about it.  We cannot wait to “officially” share our new space with you, but until then take a look at highlights from the last few months:

In June we made it on to the front page of Etsy!  As you can imagine it is the dream placement for any crafter/maker selling on the site.  Our hand dyed silk ribbon is featured above.

Here we are again in July!  This time our ribbon was included on the craft supplies browse page.

Finally, a lovely feature by Canadian blogger Janick in mid- July had us blushing; it is always an honor (and an exciting surprise) to receive praise from fellow designers and crafters.

We hope you enjoyed a lovely AND relaxing summer; keep an eye out for news on our open house to showcase our new space!

We can’t resist sharing this image from our summer fun.

Lake Dorothy - North Cascade Mountains

Looking for mountain lake trout