Brides for a Cause October 05 2018

We recently had the honor of participating in a beautiful styled shoot at Ray's Boathouse, organized by event and wedding planners The Eventists, and wanted to highlight one of the cool businesses we got to work with!

Styled Shoot by The Eventists with dress by Brides for a Cause

Brides for a Cause is a nonprofit organization that collects and re-sells wedding dresses, donating the funds among various local and national women-focused charities, which allows them to have a greater impact on a wide variety of charities and causes (rather than being tied to just one!).

Their gowns are donated by high-end designers, boutiques, and generous brides all over the country and are available in a wide range of sizes, styles, and designers. Select discounted accessories—like veils, slips, and headpieces—as well as bridesmaid and flower girl dress are also available.

While they have permanent locations in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland, Brides for a Cause also offers road shows in select cities to offer brides the opportunity to shop their stock. Their permanent locations are open seven days a week on a walk-in basis—no appointment needed!

If you're not looking for a wedding dress, consider donating yours to give it a new life and to help out a really cool, charitable organization!

Styled Shoot at Ray's Boathouse by the Eventists and dress by Brides for a Cause

Syled Shoot Details:
Florals: Juniper Rose Studio  
Jewelry: Aide-memoire Jewelry  
Photographer: Emma Lee Photography   
Calligraphy: My Lovely Letters
Planning, Design, Coordination: The Eventists

12 Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone in Your Life: Handmade in Seattle November 17 2017

With the holiday season fast approaching, planning gifts for all the important people in your life can get stressful—and it doesn’t have to be! We’ve compiled this list of the things we’re giving this year (and some of the gifts we’re hoping to receive). All of these gifts, by the way, are handmade by Seattle small businesses. Score!

Gift Ideas

Hemleva's Orb Mini Himmeli Air Plant Holder, handmade in Seattle
Photo credit to Hemleva.

What: Hemleva’s brass himmeli air plant holders—plants not included (but for sale!)

Where to Buy: Online, from Hemleva’s website, or in-person, at one of several Seattle-area holiday markets

How Much: Prices start at less than $10, for some of the smaller himmeli, and range upwards for the large mobile pieces.

For Whom: Your friend who just moved to a new apartment; your coworker who loves air plants (true story: Aran got two of these for Christmas last year!); someone who’s looking to decorate a baby’s room (or their own)… maybe grab a couple for yourself while you’re at it!

Why: Not just for plants, these sculptural ornaments are inspired by traditional Finnish mobile decorations. Hemleva’s open, geometric air plant holders, wall sconces, and mobiles (limited edition or otherwise, both are equally stunning) are the perfect mix of form and function.

Hardmill's Grocery Tote in charcoal waxed cotton canvas, handmade in Seattle
Photo credit to Hardmill.

What: Hardmill’s Grocery Tote in charcoal waxed canvas

Where to Buy: On their website!

How Much: $110

For Whom: Everyone—honestly!

Why: This reusable tote is great for transporting groceries (and just about any else!) wherever you need to go. As a bonus, the waxed canvas bag is both heavy-duty and water-resistant, with an inner leather base, making it super useful on rainy Seattle days.

Aide-memoire Jewelry's Small Smooth Bead Set Pendant Necklace, in 14k yellow gold with a diamond, handmade in Seattle

More necklace styles available here.

What: Our Small Smooth Bead Set Pendant, pictured above in 14k yellow gold with a recycled diamond

Where to Buy: Right here!

How Much: $230-280 in the combination pictured above (but very customizable!).

For Whom: Your partner/girlfriend/wife/fiancee; your mother, grandmother daughter… The list goes on! PS—planning a wedding? This necklace makes an awesome gift for your maid-of-honor and bridesmaids!

Why: There’s nothing costume-y or flashy about this sweet, delicate necklace (one of our own!). In both the small and large sizes, this minimal, matte gold pendant looks great with both the coziest of sweaters and businesswear. Made in your choice of 14k yellow or white gold with a recycled diamond or fair trade black spinel center stone, this pendant offers a range of options for even your loved ones who don’t like wearing jewelry.


Tuesday Shop's raw silk blanket scarf in indigo, handmade in Seattle

Photo credit to Tuesday Shop.

What: Tuesday Shop’s raw silk blanket scarf in indigo

Where to Buy: Online, or in-person at their Seattle shop

How Much: $48

For Whom: Your mom; your sister; your friend/coworker/partner who is always cold; someone who loves a good bright color (this goldenrod scarf is also awesome)

Why: These colorful and cozy blanket scarves are dyed by hand, which gives each scarf a one of a kind uniqueness. Both functional (silk is a great insulator!) and beautiful (you can see these colors, right?), these scarves are perfectly suited for mountains and sidewalks alike.

Design by SML's Topographic Coat Hanger in maple, medium size - handmade in Seattle

Photo credit to Design by SML.

What: Design by SML’s Topographic Coat Hangers, pictured above in maple—although we’re also big fans of their wall-mounted bottle openers

Where to Buy: Online

How Much: $90 for the medium size coat hanger style with two coat hooks, $140 for the large size with three coat hooks

For Whom: Your parents; your friend who never has room in their coat closet for more coats when you visit...

Why: We love a gift that looks nice and serves a purpose! These coat racks are handmade in Seattle with upcycled scrap materials from SML’s larger design projects, and each one features a laser etched topography of Mount Rainier. Bonus: each coat rack comes with the hardware needed to install it!

Decicio Glass' hand-blown whiskey glasses in antique greyDecicio Glass' hand-blown whiskey glasses in antique grey
Photo credit to Decicio Glass

What: Decicio Glass’s hand blown whiskey glasses in antique grey

Where to Buy: Online

How Much: $48 for a set of two or $88 for a set of four

For Whom: Your friend whose taste in alcohol almost rivals their taste in friends

Why: These hand blown glasses have a nice, solid weight to them and a smoky color. Bonus: they’re dishwasher safe, and double as stemless wine glasses. Have a friend you meet at a bar for drinks on a regular basis? Start making it a comfort night in, with these unique glasses (not just for whiskey!). For the full effect, we’d recommend pairing this gift with a bottle of their favorite spirits for sharing purposes.

Aide-memoire Jewelry's Hexagon Stud Earrings, in 14k yellow gold with fair trade black spinel

More earring styles available here.

What: Our Hexagon Stud Earrings, pictured here in 14k yellow gold with a fair trade black spinel

Where to Buy: Right here!

How Much: Pricing ranges between $230-315 depending the combination you choose

For Whom: Your sister/friend/partner/mother; someone who wants to wear more jewelry, but doesn’t know where to start

Why: These tiny, geometric studs are just about as minimal as it gets! With a recycled diamond or fair trade black spinel center stone, you can feel good about what these earrings say and their impact on the environment. Handmade-to-order in Seattle, with a two week lead time.

Raw Parcel's Macro Tray, in red oak and peach - handmade in Seattle

Photo credit to Raw Parcel.

What: Raw Parcel’s Macro Tray in red oak/peach—but there are tons of other color combination options

Where to Buy: Online

How Much: $52

For Whom: Your friend who always has, at minimum, three different varieties of cheese in their fridge at any given moment (or maybe that’s you!); your sister, who could always use more help organizing their extensive jewelry collection

Why: Handmade to order (in Seattle!) and one of a kind, we think these trays would be equally suited for both food and jewelry displaying purposes. Don’t see a color combo you like? Not to worry—Chelsea can work with you to customize a tray exactly as you want it. If you’re in the Seattle area, we’d recommend pairing this gift with a variety of cheeses from Kurt Farm Shop in Capitol Hill! Prefer a non-dairy alternative? Try Fauxmage!


Minter Goods' cork business card cases, handmade in Seattle

Photo credit to Minter Goods.

What: Minter Goods’ cork business card cases, available in a wide range of colors

Where to Buy: From their Etsy shop!

How Much: $15

For Whom: Your friend who’s getting their own business started, or your friend who already owns a small business

Why: With its sleek, minimal shape, these business card holders are something you’d be excited to pull out at a networking event to share your cards. Made from a durable and eco-friendly cork fabric, this card holder is both easy to clean and a great vegan alternative to a fully leather product.

Improper Goods' Whiskey Ginger Smash Cocktail Kit, handmade in Seattle

Photo credit to Improper Goods LLC.

What: One of Improper Goods’ cocktail kits—we think that the Smokey Old Fashioned and Whiskey Ginger Smash Kits sounds stellar!

Where to Buy: Online

How Much: $25 for a kit, but all of the components are also available for purchase separately on their website

For Whom: Your friend who’s into mixology, who always ends up as the party’s informal bartender anyways; your cool neighbor friends who make a mean cocktail (or want to!); yourself, to bring along to a small holiday gathering

Why: Sometimes your go-to needs a little bit of updating for the season, and these cocktail kits are great for that! Each kit contains a 50ml bottle of bitters and 100ml bottle of syrup, perfect for a small party (or to keep to yourself—each kit makes 6-7 drinks!). Paired with Decicio Glass's whiskey glasses, we think this kit would pack the just the right punch for anyone on your list this year.

Bean Box's Coffee Sampler Subscription Box, roasted in Seattle

Photo credit to Bean Box.

What: Bean Box’s subscription coffee box sampler

Where to Buy: Online!

How Much: $24 for one month, $68 for three months, $129 for six months, or $244 for twelve months

For Whom: That family member who’s very picky about their coffee preferences; an out-of-town friend/family member/in-law you need a little bit of java-related help to convince to come visit

Why: Bean Box’s coffee samplers feature four hand-picked roasts from independent Seattle roasters every month, delivered directly to your door! Each box ships with 48 hours of roasting (so fresh!) and includes a roaster profile, tasting notes, and a guide to brewing. Not seeing quite what you want? Check out the other coffee gifts on their website!

Capitol Hill Candle Company’s Vanilla Pine soy blend candle, hand-poured and -made in Seattle, WA

Photo credit to Capitol Hill Candle Company.

What: Capitol Hill Candle Company’s Vanilla Pine soy blend candle

Where to Buy: Online, or at one of their many Seattle area stockists

How Much: $20

For Whom: Your mother/sister/grandmother/partner who needs to take some time to relax; someone who’s feeling homesick for the smell of the Washington’s forests; anyone else on your list who’d appreciate something nice smelling

Why: These candles are hand-poured in Seattle, using only natural and local supplies. This candle smells like Mount Rainer National Forest! Not so much into a pine scent? Consider the Campfire Toddy soy candle! 10% of the proceeds from the sale of every candle go directly to the IslandWood organization, which improves access to nature-based learning experiences for children in the region.


What if someone on your list already has everything they need? Consider making a donation to the ACLU or All Hands Volunteers in their name! You can donate as much as you want—everything helps to make a difference.

Seattle Holiday Markets

Great news: you can find many of the vendors mentioned here selling their goods at a number of the Seattle-area holiday markets. We’ve listed some of the ones we'll be visiting below!

  • Seattle Made Market: on Saturday, November 25th, at the Broadway Market in Capitol Hill (401 Broadway E) from 10a-3p
  • The Seattle Collective Market: on Sunday, November 26th, at the Melrose Market Studios (1532 Minor Ave) from 11a-5p
  • Urban Craft Uprising: on Saturday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 3rd, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (301 Mercer St) from 10a-5p each day

Think of a market we missed? Let us know!

Rustic French and Fern Wedding March 15 2016

Looking for some wedding inspiration? Take a look at this beautiful styled shoot by B. Jones Photography, inspired by the lush foliage and fern found along a springtime French countryside path and romantic French lace. Thank you B. Jones Photography for including us in this beautiful photo shoot!

Women's Rustic Textured Round Ring, Five Stone Ring,
5mm Crown Solitaire, Narrow Classic Contour Shadow Band

Venue: Dairyland
Photography: B. Jones
Gown: MeaMarie Bridal Atelier
Florals & Design: Gather
Baked Goods: Flour Dusted Countertops
Decor & Rentals: Snohomish Rental Co.
Jewelry: Aide-mémoire Jewelry
Cake: Delicately Sweet Confections
Makeup: KaylaKollection Artistry
Hair: Saige Jacobs
Etched Wood Decor: Lasered Design
Bridal Stylist: Rachelle's Bridal Blog.
Models: Miriah Howard & Sage Chiniquy

Bohemiah Frost January 28 2016

We had the pleasure to have some of our rings featured in the styled photo shoot by juliet + lou event planning and design, and photographer Dorothy Huyhn. Here are some of the highlights from the styled shoot, inspired by a bohemian winter. Thank you juliet + lou and Dorothy Huyhn for including us in these beautiful photos!

Oblique Square Solitaire Engagement Ring,
Chevron Contour Band, 7mm Faceted Wedding Band






Photography: Dorothy Huyhn Photography // @_dorothyhuynh //
Planning and Design: juliet + lou // @julietandlou //
Dress: La Belle Reve Bridal // @labellerevebridal //
Makeup: Nick Eberle // @nickeberle88
Cake: Hillcrest Bakery //
Lettering: Elizabeth Rolf // @elizabethrolfshop //

Local Creatives: A Few Favorite Pacific Northwest Vendors October 16 2014

Today, we wanted to send a few shout-outs to some of our fellow event vendors that are creating beautiful work in their respective areas of expertise. Although these creatives aren't necessarily limited to weddings, we are certainly inspired by the work they are producing for so many couples' special days. If you're looking for a good resource for any event you're planning (or even for design help in your home, or a special dress for a fancy night out) look no further than these fabulous artists:

The Dress Theory. Looking for the perfect dress but aren't into the mass-produced scene? The Dress Theory carries hard-to-find, elegant pieces that flatter any figure. Unique, romantic and local, check out their Seattle blog for details and sample sales.

Jaquilyn Shumate Photography. Never was there a more Pacific Northwest-friendly photographer. Located in Tacoma, this Kinfolk-published duo will travel around and across the sound (even nationally and internationally) to capture the perfect tone and feel of your event.

McKenzie Powell Designs: this lady does it all. From floral, to event to home design, we have never met an unhappy client. With a knack for color, space and styling, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better designer to guide you through your special day.

Julie Harmsen Photography: who doesn't love a fabulous photo booth? Another Seattle-native, Julie Harmsen Photography is another go-to for your local event. Hurry up though, I hear they are booking up quickly with a baby on the way!

Got some favorites of your own? We'd love to hear about them! Let us know on Facebook or Instagram!

[Photo credits as linked above.]