Tuesday, September 21, 2010
You guys know I love baklava. Making it. Eating it. I love blogging about it.
Now, normally, I eat it and it goes to my hips. Makes me sweeter, my honey would say.
But, what if eating baklava could BE GOOD for you?
Good for your heart? Good for your soul?
Okay, I might be pushing the analogy a bit here, but a former co-worker of mine put me on to a tasty little secret. His Mom, and a team of "golden hands" are running "Dial-A-Baklava." What's this? Well, you see St. Nicholas church is holding a fund raiser.
You call, they bake...baklava.
What a wonderful idea!
If the embed video above won't play, head to this CLTV link or to the Chicago's Best page.
So, if you live in the Chicago area and would like to dive head long into a fresh baked pan of baklava, grab your nice strong coffee and give a call to ol' St. Nick's.
Dial a Baklava
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
10301 South Kolmar Ave. - Oak Lawn
Phone: (708) 636-5460
Friday, September 17, 2010
Even if you are trying to keep it...real.
So, for each and everything we buy, I'm trying to keep two things in mind.
1) Can this be gotten or made for less? Coupons, etc.
2) Can I make it more personal?
Guest Books. Apparently, you HAVE to have one. (Okay, actually, I sorta like the idea.) But, I sure don't like the price. Even at Michael's or Hobby Lobby - my two favorite stores - guest books are 20 something. (You can wait for the 50% off sale, but I still don't like them.)
So, I thought how can I make it more personal?
Since we are having a huge board game night the night before our wedding I thought I would see what Etsy.com had to offer.
I found an ADORABLE bingo card notebook and I ordered it right away. Sadly, there was a month long delay in shipment which resulted in no delivery. (The seller DID have a shipping number, but wherever it was delivered to in my town, it wasn't to me.) Refund was received. And, I went off looking for a replacement guest book.
Lo and behold, an even better option was waiting for me!
You prolly know by now that I love all things (well, most things...) retro. Matter of fact, soon I'll be blogging about the coolest ever honeymoon spot which involves an airstream trailer! So, when I saw this notebook with the cover of a vintage board game I fell in love.
The Etsy.com shop is called Another Work In Progress and there are all sorts of upcycled items offered. Love it!
This blank spiral bound sketch book/journal measures 5" x 3.75". It is made from the box top of a 1947 version of the card game "Touring" (Parker Brothers). The front and back covers of this notebook have been laminated and all four corners are rounded. The inside front and back covers are decorated with a patterned card stock. The book is filled with 75 leaves of 70 lbs. text weight 100% post consumer waste recycled paper. It is spiral bound with 7/8" white spiral o-rings. There is a translucent bronze vellum end sheet on either side of the text block.
For me, I think the best part is that it's special. Personal. It means something to us. It can sit on a shelf and it will remind me of our soon-to-be-wonderful honeymoon. Hitting the open road. Getting our kicks on Route 66. And, since we're leaving from Chicago, yep, I'm gonna give ya one more...for the Sinatra fans in the house.
When it comes to wedding "must have's" we're doing it "Our Way!"
So tell us...
Did you personalize anything in your wedding - really make it...you?
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
I love it!
Over the next few weeks I'll be highlighting items that I'm purchasing for my wedding. Some will relate to kitchen stuff - like the cheese boxes for the reception flowers. Or, the linen tablecloths for each table. What you can count on is that most will be either true vintage antiques or in the vintage style.
Today, I'd like to share with you these earrings. Since my engagement ring was handcrafted from a vintage mold and featured tiny flowers, I wanted to find flower earrings for my maid of honor and me. Vintage or reproductions. Either way.
I love Etsy.com and I enjoy supporting the sellers there. So, I looked for some vintage earrings - and found many I liked. I finally found some non-vintage beauties being sold by Sharon at MetalRocks.
But, I was hoping for posts, not dangles. So, since it looked like she made her own jewelry, I asked if they were available in posts and could be "antiqued" to look like vintage silver with a patina.
She answered YES and YES!
We messaged back and forth - this gal could NOT have been nicer! - and I ordered 2 pair right away. Since she makes each by hand, and she and her husband live in Canada, time was of the essence. No worries, though. They arrived in plenty of time!
Sharon, thanks so very much.
My wedding will be a prettier place thanks to your handiwork.