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Wedding Wreath August 30, 2010

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Last weekend there was a big celebration. Our great friends Jackie and Dave got married, and it was a beautiful day, ceremony, and party.

Mr. and Mrs. Dave and Jackie Wilson!

Their wedding was at a farm in Snohomish, WA, and was full of wonderful DIY touches. Vintage fabric napkin rings (seen below), recipe cards at the table, and upcycled tree ring cake stands made the day truly picturesque. We hope that even though the wedding is over, our crafting nights can continue!

Isn't the barn pretty??

For the front door of the barn, Jackie asked me to reprise last winter’s felt ruffle wreath in a summer version. We used upcycled fabric (bed sheets) acquired at thrift shops. I left the edges unfinished to give a softer, frayed look. I tried a couple different attachment methods (i previously used straight pins into foam for the felt wreaths), but because of the flimsiness of the fabric, i settled on hand sewing each petal in place.  Long story short, I loved making this wreath but I won’t be selling them on etsy 😉

 It looked terrific on the door next to the other warm tones, and i was so glad to be able to contribute to their special day.

Bonus Pic! The twinsies at the wedding.

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My first Pierogi October 13, 2009

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Weekend before last, I flew to Calgary for the wedding of my wonderful high school friend, Laura. She went to high school with me in Seattle, then to Toronto for undergrad (she is a native Canuck), then the University of Calgary for grad school where she met her fiance, Derek. They hosted a wonderful fall (winter!) wedding in downtown Calgary, and although i was nervous to go alone i had a great time!

100 year old Hillcrest United Church

100 year old Hillcrest United Church

Mr. & Mrs. Teterenko!

Mr. & Mrs. Teterenko!

The day started out with a beautiful church ceremony in a 100 year old Elizabethan inspired church in the Kensington neighborhood. I got a chance to walk the neighborhood in the morning – more on that in a shopping post! Froze my patootie off, as it was highs in the low 40s that day.
 
The reception started early evening at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, another beautiful historic building. As Derek and Laura both have Ukranian heritage (as does a LOT of Canada, i learned), there were a lot of eastern european influences at the reception. For example, i was seated at a table with 7 of Derek’s childhood friends who hail from Winnepeg. Awesome and hilarious bunch of people, all with Ukranian roots. The waiter brought a bowl of dumplings to our table and they all got very excited. Until i asked “what are those?”
Please note that this is A pierogi, not MY pierogi. I was too busy being heckled to take any photos of my meal. Image via SonicWalker's Photostream

Please note that this is A pierogi, not MY pierogi. I was too busy being heckled to take any photos of my meal. Image via SonicWalker's Photostream

Apparently its a crime never to have eaten a pierogi. I mean, i’ve had gyoza, ravioli, empanadas, american dumplings, all sorts of other dough wrapped treats, but i guess i’d never had a pierogi. Pretty much they stood up and decided to announce this to the WHOLE reception who then waited with bated breath until i took my first bite and declared Thumbs Up (i didn’t really have a choice, i mean, Derek’s grandmother cooked them herself and FLEW them from Winnepeg to Calgary) But, they were delicious.
In addition to the pierogi I also polka-d my butt off and learned how to sing “Many Happy Years” in Ukranian Russian. It was quite fun!
Chasing the Garter

Chasing the Garter

Those Canadian’s know hoow to throw a party! The polka didn’t die down until after 1 am! Lets just say this, they brought out MORE food around 11 pm because it had been so long since dinner.
I had a really great time and i am so happy for Laura and Derek. Hopefully I’ll be back to Calgary next year for Stampede!
the bride and I: congrats, Laura!!!

the bride and I: congrats, Laura!!!

 Stay tuned for a follow up post on Shopping in Calgary!