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Are you looking for the perfect wedding dress? I found it for you…


I’m completely obsessed with my friend Maggie Evans and her gorgeous wedding dress designs. I mean they are incredible!

maggie evans photo, maggie evans designsSo let me introduce you to Maggie Evans. She is a designer, seamstress, and dressmaker extraordinaire AND she is helping so many brides find the perfect dress…. for them! Located in Boulder, Colorado. She believes in soul mates and love and well-crafted, magnificently amazing wedding gowns. If you are looking for a dress that you just cannot seem to find, Maggie is your gal. She can design and create your dream dress from scratch, as well as offer you one of her uniquely designed styles that can be customized.

Just wait … here comes the eye candy you’re going to flip over!!! Today I want to share 2 of her wedding gown designs to inspire you.

As we’re entering our winter wedding season…

I thought you’d enjoy this stunning bohemian gown featured in this snowy winter wedding shoot! I love the funky bohemian details in this one!!

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Isn’t this dress just incredible?!

Okay here’s another that I’m in love with.

Honestly, this gypsy style dress is one of my favorites. I just can’t get over the detail and how very different this gown is. My jaw actually dropped the first time I saw it!

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Aren’t you in love?!

I hope you will check out her website and schedule and consultation appointment. You’ve just got to meet her!

Vendor Credits:

Bohemian Snow Queen Shoot
Venue: Devi’s Thumb Ranch
Wedding Planner: Organically You Events
Photographer: Casie Zalud Photography
Florals: Bella Lu Floral
Jewelry: Moonspun Jewelry
Suit Jacket: Multiblazer
Wedding Dress, Flower Girl Dress, and men’s scarf: Maggie Evans Designs

Gypsy Wedding Photo Shoot
VenueCasa Colorado
Photographer: Alison Vagnini
Planner: Feather and Twig
FloralsEuropean Flower Shop
Paper: SWEET Letterpress
JewelryBohemi Jewelry
Cake and Sweets: Juliana’s Bakery
Dress Design: Maggie Evans Designs

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© 2003-2014 Soirée! Ltd./Natalie Bradley Events

Want to use this post in your E-newsletter, blog, or website? You can as long as you include this complete statement: Athens, Georgia Event Planner & Designer Natalie Bradley publishes the “Soirée Secrets” blog filled with secrets, tips and how-tos for planning your fabulous event. Get your exclusive inspiration, tips and tricks at http://NatalieBradley.com. Soirée by Natalie Bradley Events is an event planning and design company based in Athens, serving Athens, Georgia, Lake Oconee, Northeast Georgia mountains, Central Georgia and select wedding and event destinations


Thanksgiving Craft- DIY Give Thanks Cards


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Welcome to the November Pals Blog Hop, we are thankful you stopped by.  This month we are showcasing projects that show our thanks, including both thank you and Thanksgiving themed projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought…Cards by Amy on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing projects.

October and November have gone by in a flash for me and have been beyond busy in my family and businesses. So, for Thanksgiving planning, crafts and dinner details, I’m keeping my life extremely clean and simple. And today’s project reflects that need for simplicity and streamlining in my life. Here’s a super simple tutorial I did making DIY “give thanks” tags using My Digital Studio (MDS). The best part of this project is that I didn’t even have to design anything really. This beautiful “give thanks” graphic comes with the MDS software and I just printed it out on white card stock and used my “angled tag topper” punch to create the tags. Then finished off the project with pumpkin pie ribbon.

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How fabulous and super simple is that?! See the process I used below…

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The next stop is September Gray at septembergray.com on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month. Happy Thanksgiving! 

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  1. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  2. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  3. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  6. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  7. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought…Cards by Amy
  8. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events << you are here!
  9. September Gray at septembergray.com
  10. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  11. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  12. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  13. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  14. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  15. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  16. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  17. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  19. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  21. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  22. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  23. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  24. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  25. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  26. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  27. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  28. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  29. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  30. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  31. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  32. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  33. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space

 

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© 2003-2014 Soirée! Ltd./Natalie Bradley Events

Want to use this post in your E-newsletter, blog, or website? You can as long as you include this complete statement: Athens, Georgia Event Planner & Designer Natalie Bradley publishes the “Soirée Secrets” blog filled with secrets, tips and how-tos for planning your fabulous event. Get your exclusive inspiration, tips and tricks at http://NatalieBradley.com. Soirée by Natalie Bradley Events is an event planning and design company based in Athens, serving Athens, Georgia, Lake Oconee, Northeast Georgia mountains, Central Georgia and select wedding and event destinations


Handmade Musical Angel Ornaments


It’s no secret that I’m in love with angels … and these angels I made from Christmas sheet music just have me swooning right now! I mean I am in LOVE!!

These ornaments are about 4.5″ high and 4.5″ wide and we have them accented with gold sheer ribbon or purple satin ribbon.

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These angels are $15 each and shipping/handling is $3.

To order, please select an angel below. If you are not in the United States, please email info@nataliebradley.com to order as shipping costs will be different.

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Musical Angel Ornament with Purple Satin Ribbon

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Handmade Angel Ornaments, Ornaments Made from Christmas Music, book page ornaments

 

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If you have any questions about these angels, please email us at info@nataliebradley.com.

Today through Thursday, November 13th, 40% of all proceeds from these angel ornaments will go toward The Guardian Angel Project.

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© 2003-2014 Soirée! Ltd./Natalie Bradley Events

Want to use this post in your E-newsletter, blog, or website? You can as long as you include this complete statement: Athens, Georgia Event Planner & Designer Natalie Bradley publishes the “Soirée Secrets” blog filled with secrets, tips and how-tos for planning your fabulous event. Get your exclusive inspiration, tips and tricks at http://NatalieBradley.com. Soirée by Natalie Bradley Events is an event planning and design company based in Athens, serving Athens, Georgia, Lake Oconee, Northeast Georgia mountains, Central Georgia and select wedding and event destinations


Considering Pearls for the Big Day?


Many brides wear pearls on the big day. As well as the mothers of the bride and groom, grandmothers of the bride and groom as well as the bridal party! It’s also become a wonderful tradition for many brides to wear family pieces, which in the Southeast in particular, usually include pearls!

Well today I have a wonderful guest blog post for you. From our friend India Rows who owns The Pearl Girls and she’s educating us on the difference between freshwater and saltwater pearls today. And if you don’t care about the difference, but want to shop for some fabulous jewelry, you can just skip the article and go straight to her shop here!

Also, if you’d rather watch India talk about the difference between Freshwater and Saltwater Pearls, we have a video for you below from India’s talk in Augusta, Georgia, on pearls and the difference between freshwater and saltwater.

Freshwater Pearls versus Saltwater Pearls

By India Rows 

At The Pearl Girls we absolutely love freshwater pearls. Although we use some saltwater pearls in our pieces, we love freshwater because they are the closest rival to natural pearls. We know that some people misunderstand freshwater pearls. After Mikimoto started culturing saltwater pearls in the early 1900s, he tried the same process in freshwater yet he could not produce gem quality pearls! The freshwater pearls looked like pieces of rice. So, the name freshwater pearls became synonymous with off sized, lower quality pearls. How times have changed!

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World War II halted the efforts to culture freshwater pearls in Japan and led to the Chinese taking over perfecting this process. They have come leaps and bounds in the past decades producing large, beautiful and round freshwater pearls.

So, what is the difference in freshwater and saltwater pearls? The only difference is that freshwater pearls have a higher amount of the mineral manganese. The composition of saltwater and freshwater cultured pearls are almost the same.  Both types of pearls are made of calcium (it is the same material used in the mollusk’s shell!).

Sounds funny, doesn’t it? People put a lot of emphasis on the difference in freshwater and saltwater pearls yet the composition is almost exactly the same.

But, there is a price difference, right? At least, TYPICALLY, saltwater pearls are more expensive than freshwater. This simply has to do with the increased production costs involved in culturing pearls in the ocean versus the lakes. Also, some saltwater pearls have a lower supply than freshwater pearls and this affects the price. This does not necessarily indicate a difference in quality!

Now, there are five differences in the PROCESS of culturing freshwater pearls versus saltwater pearls. Since it is so fascinating, I will tell you about them:

First, freshwater mussels larvae has a different growth process than oyster larvae. Freshwater mussel larvae attach to a fish host before they metamorphose.  So, survival of the freshwater mollusk becomes an issue of culturing fish as well as the mussels used for pearls.

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Inside the saltwater oyster or the freshwater mussel, the placement of the nucleus is different. In saltwater pearls, a bead or shell is inserted in the gonad of the oyster. This is not possible in freshwater mollusks because of its different composition. In freshwater mollusks a small piece of tissue is placed in the soft mantle tissue which lines the shell. A piece of shell would never fit in this thin lining so a piece of tissue is used instead. This leads to our third difference..

I have said before that freshwater pearls are the closest rivals to natural pearls. Because the nucleus is just a piece of tissue, these tissue-nucleated freshwater pearls are 100% nacre and are difficult to distinguish from natural pearls, which start with an irritant and not a standard nucleus.  Freshwater pearls are all pearl and tend to be heavier than their saltwater counterparts.

Freshwater pearls can be nucleated many times meaning that the yield from a freshwater mollusk is higher than that of a saltwater oyster.

Freshwater environments are easier to maintain than saltwater environments. In the ocean there tend to be more pollutants which harm the pearl production.  Saltwater pearl farms must expend a lot of energy to clean their oysters both before and after nucleation.

Finally, saltwater pearl productions cost more money than freshwater. Saltwater farms require divers, ships, boats and complex equipment to access and maintain their saltwater pearl oysters. Freshwater farms are able to maintain their productions on a smaller scale. The total cost put into producing a saltwater pearl is considerable higher that what it takes to produce a freshwater pearl.

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I hope this helps you understand the differences in these pearl processes.

India, Founder of The Pearl Girls