Archive for ‘Bella Pop’

June 6, 2011

Ryan :: Hagen’s Home

The puppy’s got some new digs. 

A huge thanks to Stevo, an old friend, for taking time away from his new wife to make a home for Hagen.  It stands 6 ft. tall, is 4 ft. wide and 6 ft. deep. The house still needs some work, including license plate shingles ($2 garage sale find), a great dane mud flap for a door and repurposed siding made from our save-the-date & wedding signs.  Of course, there will be a small wreath to welcome her canine guests as well. 

In other house news, we have a door on the bathroom now.  The tape,  bedding & plumbing is done … texturing is going up today.  Plus, we scored a marble counter top for the bath at an estate sale this weekend .. along with a pink iridescent fire king bowl that I am obsessed with!  Some organizing was done over the weekend, but there’s lots more to do! 

Happy Monday to you and yours.  Hopefully yours didn’t start off with a workout session gone wrong.  I started my day with a 6 am hit-to-the-eye while doing arnold presses.  I don’t know whether to blame my sleepiness or lack of coordination. Luckily, it’s not swollen … I just have a nice little shiner to share with the world.  As my husband said, “Having a blackeye makes you just that much more hard core!” To top this, we were scheduled to have our bride & groom shots with Bella Pop this evening at Ryan .. but because Brandy is such a doll, we’ve rescheduled for next week when I have my skin tone back. Another reason to love her. So when arnold pressing, remember — you don’t have to be rambo out there .. but if you do, try to keep a good distance between your face and the metal.


May 31, 2011

Vintage Fresh [ love & teacups ] :: Style Shoot

So … in case you’re getting tired of all of the Ryan posts, here’s something fresh for you .. some images from my lovely peeps, Brandy & Brandon of Bella Pop Photography.  Yeah, they’re pretty amazing peeps I must say.  This style shoot was back in April at Honeysuckle Gardens in Midlothian, TX.  We also collaborated with Shannon Caldwell of Something You who made our models — Stacy, Lisa & Matt — even more gorgeous … and handsome (Matt was such a great sport).  This style shoot was an opportunity for me to show my abilities, but also to give ideas to incorporate at a wedding reception, shower, etc. The day was perfect, minus a little wind, and it was great experience for me .. pulling all of the details together.  The overall vision was a fresh take on vintage with a smidge of french influence.

I incorporated lots of fresh flowers from The Connection (previously The Flower Market) in milk glass vases, also used in my wedding. Brandy contributed some of her doilies to accompany some my grandmother had made, which heightened the vintage feel. The place settings were borrowed from my mother … I almost lost it when I found them in her cabinets, because I had never seen them before! Way too pretty to be collecting dust on a shelf. The spoon napkin holders were borrowed from Levi’s aunt, who made them using rustic silverware that had been passed down. All of the teacups and saucers were graciously offered by some dear family friends. Brandy made the macarons, which were delicious! I made the scones and intended to bake the wedding cookies, but unfortunately they flopped … so Central Market lent a hand there!

Overall, the table, tablecloth, and chairs were the only pieces that were rented. The troops definitely rallied to help me gather the pieces for this event!

I took inspiration from Martha’s fringe focused designs for the paper pieces for our shoot. Using paper selected from Jo-Ann’s and the convenience of Brandy’s printer, with our’s on the blink, these pieces came together seamlessly. I really love them a lot.

I tried some different paper dahlia techniques, but was never satisfied with the result. So I created my own method for the paper dahlias.. cutting tissue paper into small squares, pinching the middle of the paper and twisting the edges, then pinning the twisted middle to a foam ball with sewing pins, until completely covered with paper. I used hot glue and a sewing pin to secure fishing line to the ball to hang in the trees. For a more permanent application, hot glue would be a good option to secure each pin down, I just didn’t take the time. Unfortunately, the wind was a little rough on the dahlias … so they flattened on one side as the day progressed!

Stacy .. this girl has some definite style. Loved the skirt.

Lisa and Matt .. working their stuff. This was around their anniversary; what a great time for some new photos!

Happy Tuesday!

May 18, 2011

Vintage Fresh Style Shoot :: Sneak Peek

So… remember that workshop back in April that I styled with BellaPop?? Well, I have a little sneak peek for you compliments of Vanessa of Del Pino Photography, who attended the workshop. We had such a great time that day and the weather was perfect (minus the minor gusts of wind)! Here’s a small taste of that day … many more pictures to come! Vanessa, girl, you’ve got some major talent. Thanks again for sharing your amazing shots!

April 13, 2011

Oh Dear! :: Rustic Wedding Shower

This wedding shower was a gift to one of my best friends, and his beautiful fiancé. At the end of this month, she will walk down the aisle, take his hand, and they will become husband and wife. They are full of life and ready to take on what this world throws at them! Stephen and Teresa both serve in the U.S. Marines and have a love for all things country .. as a lot of us do in Texas. For their shower, I wanted to incorporate their wedding colors and lots of rustic details.  The weather was perfect and we had lots of fun catching up with old friends and making new ones.

We had a biscuit bar, with all kinds of toppings … including the infamous jar of bacon!

My brother contributed some deer antlers he had, you know, just lying around … and even took the time to mount them for me! Like a pro!

What kind of Texan party would it be without some haybails?!

One of my favorite things about the food [other than the bacon, of course] was the Heart Cake that my mom and I made the night before.  I fell in love with this idea a few months ago … and just had to try it!  We were going for a more “peachy” color, but with the cocoa it turned out much deeper.  It was quite yummy, though!

A HUGE thanks to everyone who helped with this event, especially my husband — lugging those pallets around — and my mom, chef extraordinaire.  Also, to the wonderful Brandy & Brandon Frank of Bella Pop Photography!  They so graciously took pictures of the details before the guests arrived.  Hugs to all.

April 4, 2011

Kate Spade :: Wedding Belles (and whistles)

This is an exciting week at Leftover Lemons. Still recovering from the wedding shower last weekend (detail pictures to come this week!!!) and pulling together the final details for the Vintage Fresh style shoot — this weekend I was a busy girl! The style shoot went off without a hitch, thanks to the help of my wonderful hubby, our amazing Bella Pop peeps, and a new friend, Shannon Caldwell, who rocked makeup and hair for the event. Look forward to a sneak peek this week of all the style goodness!

For today, another shopping distraction .. Kate Spade debuted their wedding line, Wedding Belles (and whistles), last week. The collection boasts bright colors, little white dresses, and lots of killer shoes! The wide selection of jewelry would make a statement at any occasion! There’s a yellow necklace on the sight that has my name all over it. Pop over and take a look – spring has arrived.

March 17, 2011

Vintage Fresh :: Style Shoot Inspiration

Here it is! The inspiration board for Vintage Fresh [ love & teacups ] coming up on April 3rd! You don’t want to miss it! Brandy and Brandon of Bella Pop Photography will lead a photography workshop that will be rockin’. We are so excited for this shoot and the details we have in store are pretty sweet too, if I may say so myself!

Hope you’ve got your green on today! Yes, I’m one of those pincher types.

March 10, 2011

Free Photo Shoot Contest & ROCK IT! With BP

In case you didn’t see the previous post, I am collaborating with the oh. so. talented. Brandy and Brandon of Bella Pop Photography for a workshop on April 3rd!!!  Bella Pop is having a contest in which you could win a *free* photo session + high res cd with printable images for promoting the workshop!  For details, take a hop over to their blog!  You have until Thursday 3/17 to enter.   

You’re just fabulous.

March 1, 2011

Vintage Fresh [ love & teacups ] + Leftover Lemons

So friends, I must tell you about this dream I have. To remove myself from a 9 to 5 (more like 6 to 9, lately) desk job and be a full-time wedding and event planner … everything from engagement and birthday parties to baby and wedding showers, and of course, weddings. I am so excited to share this with you and announce that the official website of Leftover Lemons is in the works!! This blog will get a bit of a makeover as well! There. is. much. to. come.

For the meantime, day-of coordination and styling shoots with amazing friends will fill this void! The first style shoot will be a collaboration with the lovelies over at Bella Pop Photography on April 3rd. Our gorgeous backdrop will be Honeysuckle Gardens in Midlothian, TX. The workshop will be 4 hours long and you will learn all kinds of photography tidbits; take a jaunt over to Bella Pop to see everything the day will entail!

You don’t want to miss it! Picture a fresh take on vintage pieces with a renewed purpose. Lots of detail, and of course, lots of love.