Part of the joy of planning my wedding was creating paper flowers for my table decorations. I stumbled upon a free rosebud tutorial by Lia Griffith and was hooked. It was fun to share crafting time with family and friends as the wedding grew closer. Part of my parent’s wedding gift to us was my gorgeous dress (that I found at the Brides for a Cause pop-up shop in Seattle) and after some experience creating paper flowers, I started day-dreaming of creating a crown that echoed the dress’s delicate flower design. As luck would have it, I won Lia Griffith’s giveaway which included a trip to Portland to craft with Lia’s incredible team. My mom and I had an incredible weekend away and Lia’s team was so excited to help us turn my idea into a reality! I now have a total craft-crush (that’s a thing right?) on the whole team at LiaGriffith.com. Their membership program is totally worth it (I joined as a paid member after my trip). I’ve bought quite a bit of crepe paper now, and Lia’s is the best!
(Shout out to Swink Style Bar for my hair and makeup – exactly how I wanted it!)
Check out the full story—and the tutorial!—on Lia Griffith’s blog here.
From Lia Griffith’s blog:
“When we threw a competition surrounding the launch of our Spring Garden Collection at Joann Fabrics, we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect winner. We flew Keridwyn and her wonderful mother Jeanne down from Seattle to spend a day with us here in our studio in Portland. The timing was ideal – her wedding was fast approaching and she had been dreaming of finding the perfect paper floral crown. Designer Jessica helped Keridwyn make her dream a reality and the results were stunning. We recently received photos from the wedding, shot by Jackie Donnelly. In addition to her bridal floral crown, Keridwyn made centerpiece roses, bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and more floral crowns for her ring bearer and flower girls. We’re thrilled that everything turned out so beautifully! Congratulations to the happy couple! And thank you again for sharing your creative spirit with all of us here at Lia Griffith, Keridwyn!
Check out Lia Griffith’s step-by-step tutorial to show you how you can make your very own bridal floral crown.
Now, I’ll get back to dreaming of the day I own my very own Cricut machine. I’m also going to try to make the “Crepe Paper Iris Flowers” soon. I think paper flowers make great gifts, especially for those you want to send some love as they heal from health issues or process through their grief.
You can find the tutorial for the crowns I made for our ring bearer & flower girl on Lia Griffith’s site as well!
The roses in the bridal bouquets and the boutonnieres were adapted from Lia’s rosebud tutorials (just add more large petals to make the roses for the bouquets a bit bigger).
Rose bud and peony flowers (the latter from the nieces’ crown tutorial) adapted to create wrist corsages! These would make great hair clips too. In retrospect, I would have made the wrist corsages with ribbon instead of elastic or as pins, as the elastic was a bit too tight.
Centerpiece flowers and heart shaped “petals” cut from crepe paper around the table.
Photos by Jackie Donnelly.
Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:
Based on a 2003 best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, the current play at The Paramount Theatre provides an unforgettable experience.
Adam Langdon’s portrayal of Christopher, a fifteen-year-old mathematical genius struggling with autism, is phenomenal in every way. Effortlessly, or so it seems, his ability to pull the audience into the frenetic existence of one plagued with the terror of being touched, loud noises, and other ghastly triggers is astounding. Langdon’s agility, flexibility, and brilliance in this role are a must see—he truly carries the show to unimaginable heights.
A shout out to Amelia White for strengths in her delightful role as Mrs. Alexander—her elocution was perfection.
Choreography by Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett is fantastical and astounding. Ingenious scenic designs by Bunny Christie, in addition to innovative lighting designs by Paule Constable, transport the audience into Christopher’s frightening, autistic world. Never have we experienced theatre more mesmerizing.
This five-time 2015 Tony Award winner, including the award for “Best Play,” is at The Paramount in Seattle now through July 30. Tickets here.
Photos by Joan Marcus.
About the event:
Seattle magazine’s tasting event of the summer: Red, White and Brew! Sample from local wineries, breweries and restaurants under the sun at Seattle Center.
Now in its sixth year, the event honors the winning wineries showcased in Seattle magazine’s Washington Wine Awards selected by a panel of the top local sommeliers and wine professionals. NEW this year, Red, White & Brew will also feature the winners from Seattle magazine’s inaugural Beer Awards.
Check out their video from 2016:
Enjoy sips from 60+ wineries and breweries and bites from local restaurants.
Event Partner: Washington State Wine
Presenting Sponsor: AMLI
Sponsors: Tulalip Resort Casino, Celebrity Cruises, Room & Board
Beneficiary: Northwest Harvest
Planning on attending? RSVP and invite friends to their FB event page! Hope to see you there.
P.S. Be sure to swing by the Pike Brewing booth and try their awesome beers! Love those guys!
Disclosure: Red, White & Brew provided me with two tickets to this event, but my decision to share this preview post is my own, as are my opinions. As always, I only post about events/experiences I think you, dear reader, would be interested in! – Keridwyn
Want to enter to win one of four pairs of tickets to see the movie Atomic Blonde at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle?
About the movie: “Atomic Blonde” stars Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, and John Goodman. Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Guest review by Molly Fortin:
Yes, it’s got “fun” in the name, but when you learn that “Fun Home” is short for funeral home, the family business of protagonist Alison Bechdel, and that the musical explores her family tragedy, you might think it’s an ironic title. Admittedly, after reading Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir which the show is based on, I was expecting intelligent, complex, and moving. I wasn’t expecting “fun.”
That’s why the eruptions of laughter at The 5th Avenue Theatre on opening night came as such a welcome surprise. Lisa Kron’s book and lyrics, Jeanine Tesori’s music, and Sam Gold’s direction wring this family tragicomic for every emotion – with three humorous moments to offset every poignant one.
I love a show that makes me laugh, and one that moves along quickly. With a 1 hour 40 minute running time and no intermission, “Fun Home“ hums along as quickly as the pages of a good graphic novel.
I had wondered how the musical´s creators would solve the problem of integrating Alison´s stories at many different points throughout her life, and so I was delighted with the inventive staging. Three actors play Alison throughout the musical, often all on stage at once, but Abby Corrigan as the adolescent Medium Alison steals the show. She immediately wins over the audience with her painfully sincere, awkward interactions with university co-eds as she comes into her own as a lesbian. She’s so cute and funny as she prances around the dorm room in boyish tighty whities singing “I’m changing my major to Joan.”
Lately, I’ve been loving WNYC’s Nancy, frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience (“because everyone’s a little bit gay…”). The podcast featured one woman who was suddenly transported back to her own childhood while listening to Fun Home’s “Ring of Keys,” Small Alison’s ballad about recognizing herself in a butch delivery woman.
It’s so refreshing to hear diverse stories and experiences and to see them come alive on the musical theater stage in new, inventive ways.
“Fun Home” plays The 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle now through July 30. Tickets here.