Friday, September 2, 2011

Handmade Wedding {contest closed}

I had the pleasure of contributing several projects to Handmade Wedding, published by Penguin Australia, and the book is finally out! I was so excited when I got my copy - obviously, contributors have no control over how projects will be photographed or how a book will look once it's all finished, so there's always a high level of anticipation/fear. I love the way this one was put together - it looks gorgeous and has plenty of good projects in it and I approve of all the fonts. That's huge.

Handmade Wedding
{Handmade Wedding}

I have an extra copy that I'd love to share with one of you, and I'm also going to include the shoe clips that I made for the book. The clips are particularly special to me because they were made with a pair of vintage earrings that I'd been hoarding for years in the hopes that they would someday prove useful. And they finally did! They're entirely handstitched and made of blue silk chiffon and wool felt backing. If you're getting married soon, they could be your something blue. Or you could, you know, just wear them.

shoe clips, vintage earrings
{shoe clips, vintage earrings}

shoe clips
{shoe clips - these types of shots always make me even more bitter about our cheap carpet - someday i'll have hardwood floors and my life will be complete}

shoe clips, vintage earrings
{shoe clips, vintage earrings}

I also made these little fabric topped bags, which I'm fond of, along with a couple other projects that I didn't manage to get shots of before mailing them out.

fabric topped bags
{fabric topped bags - for holding favors or tossing confetti or whatever}

Leave a comment on this post to enter and I'll choose a winner on Monday. It's a holiday weekend here, so that might make the pool smaller and give you a better chance at winning!

International readers, I love you, and normally I would include you on this as well, but international shipping requires a special trip to the post office and I just can't face it when I'm staring down my wedding in one week (!). Next time, I promise.

Sadly, the book doesn't have distribution in the US at this time, but if you want your own copy you can order it from Australia.

126 comments:

  1. Those shoe clips are adorable! I am wearing blue shoes (two weeks for me!), but I have a friend getting married in December that they would be perfect for.

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  2. having just survived my own wedding, i'm eager to help friends who are soon-to-tie-the-knot with craft projects--all fun and no stress for me!

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  3. The shoe clips are quite lovely. I think one would look very pretty in my hair. Hugs and happy thoughts to you on your big day!

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  4. I'm very excited to check out this book for my DIY wedding this July! :)

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  5. Oh my god, those clips are beautiful. I love them! One week!!! It feels like time flew by. So excited for you guys can't wait to see pics from the wedding.

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  6. Love those shoe clips! And I'm not getting married yet, but any event would benefit from little handmade touches.

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  7. As you know, I'm getting hitched next year. This book is a requirement - whether I win the giveaway or not. :-) Congrats on a week left! I know it will be beautiful.

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  8. Love that the shoe clips are made using vintage earrings! I would consider myself a semi-hoarder so I'm always excited to see beautiful items being recycled. Great idea!

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  9. I am 29 days away from my wedding and have been so busy with gifts for my bridal party and family that I'd forgotten about my "something blue"! These would be lovely!

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  10. those shoes! so gorgeous! love this post = )

    -meesch
    http://www.aperfectkindofday.com

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  11. I love those fabric topped bags!!

    xo, Mel.

    lordknowsilovetodance@gmail.com

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  12. what a great resource for wedding planning {ours is next summer!} & of course I'd jump at the chance to own anything you've made- the clips are beautiful!

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  13. Love the shoe clips. This book looks awesome, especially since I am planning my own wedding now.
    jamieleighmason@gmail.com

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  14. Your shoe-clip creation is almost too inspirational. They have the perfect mix of innovation and vintage. I would love to wear these to my old roommate's wedding. At the last minute when she realizes she hasn't crossed off her "Somethings," I will lend them to her. They can then serve as her something blue and her something borrowed:)

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  15. i love your blog & all DIY things! can't wait to check out the book - congrats on next week!

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  16. oh Rachel it would be awesome to win these prizes. My sister is getting married shortly & is planning on organizing/decorating, etc. almost her entire wedding herself. I'd love to give her these items as a 'go-get-'em, girl' kick off!

    Thanks!

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  17. That is probably the best use of vintage clip-on earrings I have ever seen! (besides wearing them, of course!) --what a fabulous idea, I love it.

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  18. I love all of the things you make! So orginal and fabulous. xox

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  19. I just got married in July and now I am helping to plan my little sisters backyard wedding for next summer! The book would be of great help for that and the shoe clips are just adorable (I might have to keep those for myself ;-))!

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  20. Congratulations on being featured in such a lovely book! I can't wait to check it out. And of course, the shoe clips are fabulous! Would love to use them to fluff up some old standards :)

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  21. Those shoe clips are too cute! And there are so many good ideas in that book. Very inspiring.

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  22. Wow! Congrats!!!

    I'm super in-love with those shoe clips! Good luck, Everyone!

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  23. I don't have a wedding to plan (yet) but would love both the book and the clips nonetheless!

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  24. Awww, those clips are adorable! I am actually in Tennessee this weekend for my cousin's wedding. It would be so much fun to have the book and compare to what she did!

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  25. I love those shoe clips! You are sooo talented! Congrats on the book! xo.

    nicole.boddington@gmail.com

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  26. Congrats on the book! How wonderful!!!

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  27. Although I just got married, the book would be great help with friends. 1 week to go...WHOA!!

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  28. How fun! I need some wedding motivation to keep going on the planning. Congrats on being in the book and on your almost-here wedding!

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  29. Congrats on the book! The shoe clips are beautiful! They would be perfect for my wedding next June! (I just got engaged, and it would knock something off the list, cute shoes!)

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  30. I'm in! But if I win, please wait to mail it after your wedding and honeymoon. You have enough on your plate already!

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  31. you are pretty much a bottomless source of surprises and goodness. what a fun project - congratulations!! they're obviously smart people to include you in the book...aaaand have a good eye for fonts. i totally relate. i'd love a copy of the book & those gorgeous shoe clips! THANK YOU! and congrats on the wedding. so close!

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  32. Those are amazing! And congrats about the book. Also, I love the fact that you're doing a giveaway just days before your wedding. Where do you get your energy? :)

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  33. The book looks perfect -- so cool that you had a hand in it (and glad to hear that the fonts are acceptable)! And the shoe clips too; I just love how the small details can make such a mark! This would be such a nice resource to have!

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  34. The book looks amazing! I recently just got married and made plenty of crafts. One of my best friends is planning her wedding in a few months and this book would be perfect for her.

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  35. Those shoe clips are wonderful! I would love to get a copy of this book, especially since it isn't in distribution in the US!

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  36. I would love a copy of this book - approaching my own wedding in 8 months, and some handmade help would be amazing.

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  37. The shoe clips are beautiful! And the book would be handy for my approaching wedding.

    Ellen
    nellemansion at gmail dot com

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  38. it looks deliciously lovely! Congrats!!

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  39. Those shoe clips are lovely! The book looks like a must-have.

    sassysam [at] gmail [dot] com

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  40. Congrats! The shoe clips are gorgeous.

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  41. I'm getting married, and these would make a great something blue :)

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  42. You're so creative. Those are gorgeous. That book is right up my alley. I would adore it! ;)

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  43. While I had my own hand-made wedding last year (http://jadeflower.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/im-back-lets-start-the-wedding-recap/), my dearest friend is getting married soon, and this would be such an amazing gift!

    But in any case, Rachel, I love your blog, and can't wait to see the pics from your wedding soon!!

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  44. What a great idea! I would love this book as a reference for my upcoming wedding, and the shoe clips? Amazeballs!

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  45. I love the shoe clips! You are so talented :)
    Claremont Colleges '09!

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  46. Love the shoe clips. I'm getting married in the summer and have already started some DIY projects of my own. This book would definitely help!

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  47. Congratulations on getting published! And in hardcover!

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  48. awww i wish i could win! my best friend is just starting to plan her next-september wedding, and she's enlisted the full arsenal of my help to make it as DIY as possible :) and those clip-ons would be a perfect something-blue! but sadly i live in canada.

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  49. Published?! So exciting! Those shoe clips are divine. Hope I can score the book to inspire the many DIY projects I'll be doing for my friends' weddings next year!

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  50. That looks like such a great book, and I'm sure not just for weddings but for all festiviti!es

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  51. Congratulations on being published! Love the shoe clips, the colour is beautiful. I have a newly engaged friend I would love to give this to.

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  52. I am seriously drooling over those shoe clips right now. Yep, they're amazing. I can't wait to see how your weekend comes together. And of course, I mean that in the least creepiest way possible.

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  53. How fun! I would love this book! And those clips are just too cute!

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  54. My mom just launched her wedding planning business. I think she would really enjoy the book, and it would give her lots of ideas for her brides. How awesome to have contributed to it! You go girl!
    ~Jenn

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  55. Oh, my friend is getting married and she adores vintage things and handmade ideas! What a cool thing to have :)

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  56. i'd be happy to take them off your hands. they are adorable! but why aren't you wearing them in your wedding?!?!

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  57. Excited to pick up the book. Those shoe clips are amazing!

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  58. I love those shoe clips so so much. I have been looking for a good tutorial to make some just like that for my bridesmaids... perhaps I will need to order the book (you know, if I don't win it!). Fingers crossed. Good luck with everything this week!

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  59. Those shoe clips are absolutely beautiful! The fabric is such a lovely color. Just wanted to say that I adore your blog- it's so down to earth and inspiring. Good luck planning your wedding, I can't wait for you to post photos!! And I'm excited for the return of your shop on esty because your hair clips are adorable!

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  60. Love the shoe/earring clip ideas!

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  61. then that makes two of us who's life would be complete with hardwood floors !
    :)

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  62. I hope to have a handmade wedding next october!

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  63. Adorable! I love the idea of diy-ing as much as possible at a wedding... it would definitely help make the special day that much more personal
    Bisous,
    Rachel
    http://lovealamode.wordpress.com

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  64. I'm loving you're blog! You're funny and awesome : )
    This book would come in handy for me next year.

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  65. i would love to win this book! i am just at the beginning of wedding planning and any ideas help!

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  66. I love your creativity. Well done. And congrats on your upcoming wedding. i'm sure you'll be a belle.

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  67. Your ideas and execution are lovely!! Good luck to you in the final preparations for your wedding. I am a bridesmaid in a wedding on 9-10-11, which I think is your date as well (I love that the date is a sequence of numbers…). I have been helping the bride make table numbers, place cards, programs and a program holder. I bet this book would help me a lot in the future!

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  68. What a great book and lovely project!

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  69. Great giveaway! I'm getting married a week from today...09.09.11...EEEK!! But I have two friends that are getting married next year. Also, I plan on getting into the wedding planning business, so that book would be great! = ) Thanks!

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  70. Awesome sauce for you! And those shoe clips are gorgeous! Sending you good vibes to knock out all the business these last few weeks, too :)

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  71. Congrats on the book contribution! That's awesome!

    (1 week! Eep! xoxoxo)

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  72. Oh wow the book looks awesome! And I loooove the shoe clips, they look like the perfect scale and you gotta love the vintage raspberry-style earrings! Congrats on being a part of the book!

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  73. Those shoe clips are just lovely!

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  74. So cool for you! Thanks for sharing.

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  75. Congratulations on the book!! And I'm in love with the shoe clips, beautiful

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  76. That book looks incredible, I'm sad its not available stateside. Great idea for vintage earrings, I'm always collecting too many to actually wear. Would love those shoe clips!

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  77. I would be honored to win!!! I am in the middle of wedding planning, so this would mean so much to me!

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  78. The Shoe Clips are adorable. And, are those Enzo pumps? I have about 10 pairs, and hope I'd be able to spot them a blog away.

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  79. Rachel, the shoe clips are AMAZING! Congrats on the book : )

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  80. The shoe clips are beautiful. My sister is getting married soon and I would love to give them to her as her something blue. I know she would love them.

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  81. Those shoe clips are amazing! I would love to win them but I would be more excited about learning how to make even more of them in the book! Best Wishes next week!

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  82. oh, I'd looove to have a taste of this book..;-)
    ..and I just moved in to the US!..and I don't have my ears pierced..haha
    wish me luck!
    xx

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  83. So cute! I've been married (almost) 11 years, but they would look adorable when he takes me out for our anniversary! Love your blog and I'm sure the wedding will be lovely!

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  84. Those shoe clips are so adorable! I love your blog, wishing you endless happiness in married life!

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  85. Thanks for the giveaway! This looks like an awesome book!

    lesjoujou AT gmail DOT com

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  86. I love, love, love your blog! Congrats on your wedding, the book and those beautiful clips.

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  87. Those shoe clips are so gorgeous! I would love to own the book!

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  88. Just found your blog from cupcakes and cashmere....L O V E the shoe clips! Very Carrie Bradshaw! Please, please enter me for a chance to win :)

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  89. such a lovely book!!! would love to explore the projects!

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  90. I would love to win this! While there is no wedding in my immediate future, pretty much all my dearest friends are tying the knot and this would prove helpful to every one of them--after I finish with it, of course!

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  91. I'll be planning my own mostly-handmade wedding wedding soon, and I would love the inspiration and tips this book would provide! Thank you for this giveaway!

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  92. The thought of marriage right now is very intimidating to me, but this post has made me realize how much fun it's gonna be! THANKS, RACHEL!

    I can't wait for the next international giveaway! Fingers crossed!

    ps. This week I have made:
    - curtains for my bed frame
    - finished off a hat
    - finished off a circle scarf
    - two different types of garlands
    - 6 wine charms
    - 6 cards
    - a lace headband
    - yummy banana loaf

    with many more ideas on the way, all thanks to you and your blog. SO inspiring. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

    Chelsea

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  93. Rachel,
    I am so excited for you with your upcoming nuptials. Good Luck! Oh, and I'd love be the lucky recipient of said treasures, you are so sweet to take on the endeavor so close to such a big event as well as share the fruits of your labor. Thanks,
    ann

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  94. My goodness, your shoe clips/earrings are gorgeous. This book looks stupendous, and I can't wait to explore the crafts inside!

    I'm so excited for your upcoming wedding!!! Looking forward to hearing about it, and seeing some pictures

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  95. So beautiful! If I win, I promise to treasure them =) Happy wedding week! Everything is going to be great!

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  96. Australia gets the coolest stuff. I love the added earrings on the shoe clips! Congrats on your contribution and your upcoming wedding!!

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  97. Gorgeous shoe clips! Happy Wedding! It is all so lovely.

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  98. These are absolutely gorgeous :) Have a wonderful wedding! I cannot wait to get my hands on that book as a few friends are getting married soon!!

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  99. Congrats on the book! I can't wait to see what else is in it, I'm sure it is all wonderful!

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  100. Congratulations! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  101. Congratulations!

    I totally judge books by their covers and I must say it definitely makes me want to dive in.

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  102. Congrats! I hope your wedding is lovely! Then shoe clips are adorable!

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  103. Good luck with your upcoming wedding- I'm sure it will be beautiful.

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  104. Congrats on your big week coming up! I pray that everything runs smoothly and that you and D enjoy every moment of it1 Thanks for the chance to win!

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  105. this is so wonderful and precious! congratulations!!

    http://xoxo-carolinalove.blogspot.com

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  106. Congratulations!! And I'd love to be entered!

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  107. The shoe clips are beautiful - such a perfect color. Thank you for being so thoughtful during such a busy time. Hope everything is going smoothly!

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  108. Those shoe clips are very lovely. I never really liked shoe clips before, but something about these ones just seems very simple and cute. I hope the final days you have leading up to your wedding are going smoothly.

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  109. Handmade weddings are my favorite. We are eloping, but this is perfect! And I do need a something blue, those are gorgeous.

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  110. Lovely little clips! Would so love to win & get my hands on this book as well!

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  111. beatricebring@gmail.comSeptember 5, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    They are super cute! Good luck with your wedding preparations.....

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  112. So gorgeous, and the book looks great!

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  113. I love the shoe clips! Hope you have an amazingly lovely wedding.

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  114. Is it too late to be entered? I love these shoe clips - they are made beautifully! The vintage earrings add a special touch. Would love to own them for dressing up any shoe!

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  115. a little humor for the wedding obsessed: http://www.glamour.com/weddings/blogs/save-the-date/2011/08/real-wedding-album-barbie-ken.html

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