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Press: Destination Weddings Magazine

15 Dec

Lovely bride, Maria, ordered her papel picado banners from my shop. A few months later, she was nice enough to send a thank you note & share her wedding pictures with me!

Harwell Photography shot her beautiful wedding in Puerto Rico. Then, Destination Weddings magazine featured it in the Jan/Feb ’12 issue. And, let me tell you, the photos are gorgeous. I loved looking at the still, quiet images that conveyed the mood and texture of their location. Oh, Puerto Rico!

Those are her parents. They have been together for over 40 years. When I look at this image, my heart is happy and I look forward to the day when Hubby and I are at our children’s weddings.

I thought it was smart of her to use the banners in both the Rehearsal Dinner and the Wedding. More bang for your buck. I’ve worried that the delicate banners would be tricky to take down/rehang for those who aren’t used to their thin floatiness, (think I just made up a new word there). But they pulled it off. Good to know!

Thank you, Maria and Thad, for sharing your special day and congratulations!

This banner is available for purchase here.


Customer photo: Mi Casa, Airstream trailer banner

12 Oct

A couple of years ago, when I was still a single mom, my daughter Bella, my dad and I took a road trip to Quartzite, Arizona.

A curious and wonderful thing happens in Quartzite. Every Spring, rock collectors, antique dealers and tourists flock to this tiny desert town just inside the California/Arizona border. Overnight, a small city of RV’s, campers and trailers forms. Vendors lay out their wares and peddle everything from depression-era glass to piles of deer antlers to giant African beads. Food trucks offer corn dogs, buffalo burgers, deep fried cheese curds and chili cheese nachos. Definitely not healthy fare, but whatever.

Anyway, my favorite part was the rock vendors. These passionate people hauled boulders (really!) and tons of rocks, gems, fossils and crystals in from around the world. They proudly stood by with a tub of water, eager to show you how to dunk a stone to bring out its true colors. Bella loved it all. It was fascinating to dig through piles of Minnesota pipestone and dunk them one at a time to bring out the flaws. We learned how to search for tiny cracks that would split a stone over time. We also found a few perfect pieces.

I loved the happy, fascinating rock people. Inspired by their friendliness, when I got home I drew my first original pattern that is not based on a traditional papel picado grid.

And, this week, a lovely customer sent me a photo of her sweet  ’57 Cardinal Trailer. She hung the banner at her campsite at a vintage trailer rally. What a cute setup and, seriously, how cool is that?! I want one.

I just love it when I get to see one of my banners ‘in action’. Thank you, dear customer. Happy camping!

This banner is available for purchase here.