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

End of the year recap – Looking forward to 2015

This time of year always has us scrambling; rushing to pack and ship orders in time for the holidays, rushing to get gifts wrapped for friends and family, rushing to complete our end of year inventory, rushing up and down I-5 to visit our loved ones.

Now that the new year has begun the next rush is on.  Our annual local bridal show begins next weekend at the Washington State Convention center which was built right over I-5 where it passes through the center of downtown Seattle.  We have new designs to add to our existing line of plantable invitations.  We have new equipment going into this bridal season that we bought at last year’s Stationery Show in NY.  We have just 7 more days to put the finishing touches on the invitations that we hope resonate with our Seattle customers.

Once that show is over we begin building a new (sturdier) crate for the NY Gift Show that runs Jan 31 – Feb 4 at the Javits center.  At the end of February we are excited to be participating for the first time in the largest show of its kind in the nation: The SewExpo http://www.sewexpo.com/.  We are excited to be part of the show and look forward to meeting many of you there.

We are excited to see what these next few months bring but want to give a quick shout out to a couple of our 2014 customers who shared their photos with us.

Here is a photo of our Earth Silk ribbon that Heather Edgar sent.

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She runs her own business: Evergreen Flower Co. of Columbus, Ohio and was kind enough to send these beautiful photographs.  Thanks Heather!

Earth Silk ribbon on a flower bouquet.

Earth Silk ribbon on a flower bouquet.

One thing we love about the Seattle Wedding Show is the special connections we make with our local brides.  We met Rebecca and Thomas at last year’s wedding show along with Rebecca’s mom.  They were that couple you meet who you can see married forever, their shared energy and enthusiasm were infectious.  We had a great time working with them on all of their wedding plans, this pair was doing it all!  They loved that we offered so many do it yourself options as they were planning to do just as much as they could (including making their own rings).  After their event they shared their wedding web site with us (which is where this photo is from).  You should take a look!

Seattle couple assembles Of The Earth invitations at home.

Seattle couple assembles Of The Earth invitations at home.

Lastly we were excited to work on these holiday cards with a great creative team from Darien, Connecticut.  Thanks for letting us share your project Jim!  GW Hoffman

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Inside of seed paper holiday card.

Inside of seed paper holiday card.

 

Garden Themed Bridal Shower Invitation Ideas

Natalie Pirveysian blogger at Crème de la Craft contacted us looking for flower stickers for her garden themed bridal shower invitations.  Our purple larkspur botanical stickers were the perfect addition to her special event.  Congratulations Natalie on your upcoming wedding!

Check out the entire DIY tutorial here

http://www.cremedelacraft.com/2014/04/DIY-Bridal-Shower-Invitations.html

Of The Earth offers a variety of botanical stickers in various sizes.

They can be found by following the link below.

http://www.custompaper.com/Shop/Stickers/flowerstickers.html

Interview with Andrea Miles of A Miles Designs

2015 update!  We just got a note from Andrea asking to have her images removed from our blog so that they could submit them to Martha Stewart!  Best of luck Andrea!!
When Andrea Miles of A Miles Designs approached us about her wedding we were excited and eager to help. She had a distinct vision and color palette, but used our ideas and suggestions to elevate her design elements to a level we could have not imagined.  Needless to say, we loved the finished product so much we asked her for an interview about the process. Read on for more about the details of Andrea’s wedding and her latest use of our products in her own line for children!
How did you discover Of The Earth? 
I found you on Etsy and fell in love with the hand dyed silk ribbon in Tickle. I ordered a few yards and basically designed/dyed the bridesmaids dresses around it. It was the first thing I bought for the wedding and it inspired the bridesmaids dresses that our girls (our daughters) wore that day.
What were your initial product needs for your wedding?
It was decided that I could use some interfacing to make it more rigid in the area that went around their waists, so it became their belt/sash. The length that tied was left soft. When  I ordered the roll of 2.5″, there was quite a bit left over and it was the perfect thing to tie around all of the bouquets. I noticed that they had various widths and bought a roll of a thinner width to replace the white satin ribbon that was stitched on the edge of my veil. Again, there was a large surplus of this thinner width, so I used the extra on the invitations. We had our invitations rolled up and inserted into glass bottles. wrapped around these bottles was a square that looked like the Brady Bunch (9 squares, mom in top middle, dad in bottom middle, my children in the left squares, my husband’s in the right squares and in the middle square in the same font as the TV show it said “bridal bunch”). The thinner silk ribbon was tied around the bottles to hold these in place.
How was our input helpful during your planning process?
After I got my first cutting of the 2.5 silk ribbon, I decided that I wanted the girls’ bridesmaid dress to be dyed in a pink ombre. I contacted Kevin because I was totally ignorant on the subject of dying. He was super helpful and pointed me in the right direction. I had to use a different type of dye because I was dying tulle instead of silk, but I could not have done it without his help. I recently contacted him about ribbon for another project, and once again, he went out of his way. My experience with Of The Earth has been one of the best, if not the best, that i have ever had with a business. And trust me, I’ve  done a lot of shopping/buying in my day.
Tell us about your Etsy line, A. Miles Designs?
AMiles Designs, my shop on Etsy, has monogrammed and appliqued towel wraps, hoodies, bikini bottoms and stockings right now. but I am adding pom pom shorts (really excited about these!), bandeau swim tops, 4 baby items, and pillows in the very near future.
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How do you plan to use the custom ribbons from Of The Earth in your designs?
I love the ribbon because it is hand dyed and has the qualities that go with that. With wear, it gets a slight fray on the edges which I’m crazy about. I knew that I would incorporate the ribbon into a product in my shop on Etsy from the beginning, but I just have not had the time until now.
Thank you again and CONGRATS, Andrea!

VERSATILITY: RIBBONS FOR EVERY OCCASION

We know we are biased, but we are consistently amazed by the projects our clients create.  Luckily, many of them are eager and excited to share said creations and generously send photos our way upon completing a project.

Jewelry designer Amanda Ace creates one-of-a-kind pieces and delivers them to clients in beautiful packaging (if we do say so ourselves) featuring our handmade papers and ribbon.

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It is an enormous compliment to know your designs are being chosen for a first impression.

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We recently worked with another client who created this gorgeous bridal bouquet using our silk ribbon, shown here in her wedding day portrait.  Any of you brides and creative folk reading this; be sure to share your work with us so we can feature it here.

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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.

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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

 

DIY: NO LONGER JUST A TREND

DIY (Do It Yourself) weddings have far surpassed the trend status and are now becoming a popular practice for creative, budget-minded couples who want to put a personal touch on their event without breaking the bank.  Some of the most lovely and unique nuptials we have ever seen (or attended) are those where the couple put their stamp on the ceremony and reception.  All you truly need is an open mind, some extra time, a few helping hands, and a source for inspiration.

Luckily for today’s brides there is no shortage of sources for said inspiration.  There are a variety of bridal magazines, bridal blogs (we gravitate towards the green selections) and of course, Pinterest.  Tutorials on everything from creating your own bridal bouquet to instructions for printing on pre-folded paper are abundant on the internet.

On our invitation supplies page you can find many of the tools and materials you need to construct any of the hundreds of invitation styles we display.  We have templates and instructions for free here.

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Our plantable seed paper box was part of a DIY wedding profile in the Minneapolis St. Paul paper’s “Aisle Files”.  We will soon be adding video demonstrations of the detailed finish work we create, like the lovely leaf seen on this seed paper box.

Cotton Seeded DIY Kits with Eco-Twist Paper Ribbon

For those of you who want to handle every aspect of the invitation process, we offer almost everything you need to make your invitations at home: cotton linters to make your own paper, seed and petal inclusions sold by the ounce, paper folding and tearing tools and all the blank paper and envelope stock you need to print and mail your invitations.

Whether or not you take a DIY approach to your entire wedding, or choose to tackle certain projects here and there, we hope we have provided you with a few feasible options in the invitation and favor departments.  And, if you ever have questions on any of these topics, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

CUSTOM PROJECTS

What do we do?  We make paper and ribbon, right?  Piece of cake.  Two products, easy peasy.  Well no actually, we have over four thousand inventory items currently featured on our website and thousands more when you consider the custom work we offer.  This includes everything from the aforementioned Accommodation Cards to Memorial Invitations.  Since starting this business eighteen years ago, we have greatly increased the breadth and depth of our collection.  While we continue to expand and take on a variety of products outside wedding planning, invitations and promotional events, we always welcome the opportunity to take on custom projects.

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We created this custom silk ribbon for our friends at Tiny Pine Press in California who needed to match a fabric color for invitations and wedding day decorations.

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We took on a custom matching dilemma for Susan Hammer of Fontastic in Georgia.  Ultimately this order did not go with our hand dyed silk.  We could not match the effect created in this Dupioni silk where threads of different colors are woven together and seem to shift color from different angles.  We were able to provide a ribbon for her wedding programs, just not one we dyed by hand.

Program favor and place card set in Golden Woodcut

A beautiful custom place card for an English bride.   This customer has been working with us for close to a year planning her wedding.  Tomorrow is the big day!  April, 27 2013.  We are very excited for her and all of the couples we have the pleasure of working with.

If you are in need of a custom piece, please contact us directly.  Some of our favorite and most innovative works come directly from client commissions.