Magnolia Rouge feature – photo shoot in romantic setting

We were so excited to be a part of this amazing Spanish Mission photo shoot.  The photos really tell the story, prepare for a fairy tale.

The amazing team at Belle Soul Weddings hit it out of the park again for us.

Thank you Allann and Sage!!

Please have a look here: http://www.magnoliarouge.com/galleries/romantic-elopement-inspiration-at-a-spanish-mission/

green earth silk ribbon wrapped box

Delicate hand dyed silk

 

Seattle Wedding Show is almost here!

With the new year comes one of our favorite events, The Seattle Wedding Show. The creative energy has been flowing in our studio and we have designed some beautiful new invitation suites and hand dyed silk ribbon colors for the upcoming wedding season. Stop by our booth to take a sneak peak or visit our updated website. Now mobile friendly!
http://www.custompaper.com

Handmade seeded paper wrap with belly band and poppy

6 x 9 handmade seeded paper wrap with belly band and poppy

5 x 7 recycled panel with handmade paper print

5 x 7 recycled panel with handmade paper print

5 x7 handmade seeded paper panel with queen ann's lace

5 x7 handmade seeded paper panel with queen anne’s lace

2.5" hand dyed cream and gold silk ribbon

2.5″ hand dyed, cream and gold, bias cut silk ribbon

Seattle Wedding Show
Washington State Convention & Trade Center
705 Pike Street, 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
Of The Earth booth #1124

Saturday January 14th, 2017
10:00am to 5:30pm (ticket sales open at 9:30am)

Sunday January 15th, 2017
10:30am to 5:00pm (ticket sales open at 10:00am)

Tickets are $17.00 per person and can be purchased at the door.
Children twelve and under are admitted free.

Come to the show Saturday, get your hand stamped on the way out, and come back Sunday for FREE.

http://www.weddingshow.com

Wedding Sparrow desert elopement editorial piece

You should head on over to WeddingSparrow.com to have a look at the beautiful photos taken in Vantage, Washington.  The setting was stunning and the details were amazing.

You will wish it was the setting for your event.

silk ribbon bouquet

We were honored to be a small part of the day and are delighted with how it turned out.

Lots of talent and hard work went into making this happen.

 

http://weddingsparrow.com/article/organic-desert-elopement-in-vantage

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

SewExpo 2015 Washington State’s (and the Nation’s) largest retail sewing show

Today is the fourth and final day of the annual sewing and stitchery show at the Washington State Fair Grounds.  We are wrapping up our first time exhibiting at this unique event.  The last time I was at the fairgrounds  was as a newlywed visiting the 1995 Puyallup Fair (since renamed the Washington State Fair).  The scones, oh my the scones.  These amazing treats have been a part of the Fair since 1910 and I was happy to enjoy a warm one yesterday.   Twenty years ago Lori and I had just started our marriage and business.  Today finds us with a maturing business (and marriage) and thousands of dollars in hand dyed silks at a sewing show.  Next year we will be better prepared with small project kits for silk flower making and fabric embellishments.

Our silk customers have recommended this show for years and now we know why!  With over 30,000 paid attendance we were happy to find the aisles full of crafty customers.

The Sewing and Stitchery Expo SewExpo is the largest consumer sewing show in America.  There are more than 100 daily seminars, workshops and shows.  There are over 400 booths packed with tools, supplies and fabrics.

I spoke to attendees from South Carolina, Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, California and Texas.  I saw a license plate in the parking lot from Tennessee!

You can buy a four day pass for $40 or visit one day for $12 to see a non-stop series of demos on the Free Stage and fashion models on the Expo Runway.  The daily hands-on classes always draw a crowd as participants learn a new technique and leave with a finished project.

We hope that if you found us there this year you will be back for more silk ribbon next year and if you have not attended this event before you will come see what all the fuss is about.

Our most popular item by far this year was our silk ribbon remnant bags followed closely by the five minute silk flower project found here: http://crazylittleprojects.com/?s=five+minute+fabric+flower

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.

customer photo2

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

Front of seed paper holiday card.

Inside of seed paper holiday card.

Inside of seed paper holiday card.

 

Earth Silk Hand Dyed Sash Wedding Gown Success!

We are so fortunate to have such wonderful customers!  We recently were contacted by a customer who celebrated a fall 2014 wedding who just wanted to say “Thanks” for our contribution to her wedding day.  We had worked with her to find the right silk color for her wedding, not realizing until receiving the photos just how prominent our Earth Silk ribbon would be on display on her big day.  It was so wonderful to have a window into her event and see the happiness on display.  Thank you so much for sharing!  We love how beautiful you made our silk ribbon look!

Earth Silk ribbon in beautiful fall tones.

The beautiful bride wearing a hand dyed Earth Silk ribbon sash of her own construction.

Hand dyed silk ribbon ties bride and wedding together

Earth Silk sash ties autumn wedding details together.

Wedding gown with an Earth Silk Sash

Earth Silk hand dyed ribbon sash on a wedding gown.

Photographer: R.T. Photography, Louisville, KY
Alterationist: Heather Brown Alteration, Louisville, KY
Flowers: By the Bride, Erin Tims

Earth Silk Sample Cards – At long last; longer lengths!

Silk ribbon sample set

Hand dyed silk ribbon sample set

Since we started our silk dying studio in 2010, we have known there was a need for this, now we have finally made it happen.  The Earth Silk Sample Set gives you a look at our 90 blends in a new way.  The 1 inch wide lengths will let you see how the dyes interact with the material in a more informative way than our 5/8″ swatches can.  The eight yard lengths allow you to see how the patterns that form on some of our blends, repeat.  Unlike the swatch card where the silk is grouped in numerical order, on the silk sample cards we have arranged them by color.

Earth silk sample sets

Hand dyed silk ribbon sample cards

You can find these sets on our samples page here  custompaper.com/samplesets.

We have numbered them on both sides, with the silk overlapping by a half inch.  You will notice that the ribbon’s number is centered on the correct color.  You can also use the web site as a quick reference if you are unsure.

 

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!

 

 

Video from New York trade show –

Well we did it!  We battled Super Bowl hotel prices, a slushy snow storm that shut down parts of the city and empty propane tanks (burrrrr!) in our efforts to put our Earth Silk ribbon line in front of an East Coast audience.

Here is our latest effort at creative film making (video #3)

http://www.custompaper.com/Files/OfTheEarthEntersNY.wmv

We would love to hear your thoughts.

Kevin