My first bridal bouquet

This is the first bridal bouquet I’ve made and if it doesn’t sell before I get married, I will use it. Need a good man first. 😉 This vintage style bouquet is made up of 20 or so fabric flowers made from ivory and cream linen fabric, ivory sheer bridal lace and beige ruffled chiffon with gorgeous vintage pearl buttons, brooches and ivory pearl beads. The handle is wrapped with cream crochet lace and accented with champagne pearl pins. I’ve only made 3 bouquets and wish I could do more, but I don’t have time. I am always working on custom orders and not many brides ask for bouquets. It seems bridal bouquets are not popular on etsy, but I could be wrong. Most of my bridal customers request wedding decorations and bridal belts. I love making bridal sashes!! If things slow down I will design more bouquets to list at my shop. I really want to make a good 20 or so and sell at next springs craft show. One of each top pantone color for 2014!!

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Etsy Shops, be careful using the name “shabby chic.”

I recently found out that the term “shabby chic” cannot be used to describe my vintage style fabric flowers because it is a trademark brand by Rachel Ashwell. I have been reading stories online about small business owners and online trading shops that have been sued by Shabby Chic Brands, which own the trademark “shabby chic.” I thought shabby chic was just a general phrase to describe a particular style. It seems too risky for me to describe my handmade items with the name “shabby chic.” My listings could be removed for using that phrase. Better go ahead and edit 900+ listings. 😕

US brand targets online retailer over “shabby chic” name.

Etsy forum discussion regarding the phrase “shabby chic”

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Chocolate Brown and Creamy Mocha

I wasn’t planning to design a brown fabric flower sash but, I ran across a brand new yard of rich chocolate brown bridal satin and knew exactly what to make. I think this would look so cute for a rustic wedding. It’s 9″ long and 3″ tall but it’s lightweight and curves nicely around the waist instead of being stiff.

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Sash Made to Match Pantone’s “Freesia” Color Choice for 2014

Pantone has recently released the top colors for 2014 and, I must say, Freesia is my Favorite! I designed and created this beautiful sash yesterday from a variety of fabrics in soft yellow tones. The photos do NOT show how Gorgeous this sash really is. The fabrics I used to make this piece are more of a buttery yellow/golden yellow than the brighter “Freesia” yellow. I still think it is a gorgeous color for a spring or summer wedding. As a matter of fact, if I were to add some burnt orange and deep reds with this soft yellow this would make a gorgeous sash for a fall wedding!

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Freesia Inspired Fabric Flower Sash

Top Pantone Colors for Spring 2014

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Pantone recently released their top 10 colors for Spring, 2014. These colors are absolutely beautiful! I’m super excited to design bridal sashes and flower hair accessories in these colors. Designing bridal accessories and hair accessories is so much fun! Taking photos of my designs and listing them in my etsy shop is also exciting. I have drawers full of brand new fabric that I cannot wait to use. I’m wondering if I should combine some of these colors. Maybe I will. Why not?