My Crepe Paper Crown Tutorial (with the Lia Griffith team!)

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!

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(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!

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Check out Lia Griffith’s step-by-step tutorial to show you how you can make your very own bridal floral crown.

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Continue reading Lia Griffith’s blog here.

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.

Check out more photos of paper crowns, bouquets, and centerpieces in my Facebook photo album here. 

 

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You can find the tutorial for the crowns I made for our ring bearer & flower girl on Lia Griffith’s site as well!

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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).

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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.

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Centerpiece flowers and heart shaped “petals” cut from crepe paper around the table.

Photos by Jackie Donnelly.

 

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Review: Tony-award winner “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is unforgettable

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.

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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.

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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.

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Photos by Joan Marcus.

Red, White & Brew – Wine & Beer event this Thursday at Seattle Center!

Seattle Magazine’s “Red, White & Brew” event returns to Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center this Thursday! The beneficiary for this delicious event is one of my favorite non-profits, Northwest Harvest.

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!

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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

Giveaway: Atomic Blonde movie tickets

Want to enter to win one of four pairs of tickets to see the movie Atomic Blonde at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle?

Click here to enter the giveaway! 

Trailer:

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.

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“Fun Home”: A totally original new musical about sexual identity and family (at The 5th Avenue Theatre now through July 30)

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.

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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.”

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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.

Sweeney Todd at ArtsWest is wonderfully ambitious and innovative (now through July 1)

Guest Review by Russell Hathaway:

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I loved it! I have to admit, I love this show and would probably love a production of it if it was put on by an elementary school. But ArtsWest’s production was lovable, even if you’re not necessarily a devotee of the show.  
 
The story of an exiled man running from the loss of his past and finding a dark, unlikely partnership with a pie maker, and the revenge they seek on the classes who have left them broken in the shadows, is familiar to all who have seen Sweeney Todd on stage or film. But ArtsWest and directors Mathew Wright and Eric Ankrim present an innovative production where the age, race, gender, even dress of the characters are not necessarily what they appear to be.  It makes every character more than just what you see in front of you and makes you think about the story differently. Yes, this is a classic tragic story of revenge. But it’s also a timeless tale of power and powerlessness, mainstream and marginalized. And the cast tells—and sings—the story with gusto! 
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For a small, neighborhood theater, this production has a cast worthy of a Broadway touring company.  Ben Gonio (NBC’s Grimm, As Boundless as the Green Earth) is dark and brooding, but he brings power (in presence and voice) to Todd that’s moving, whether in his disgust for the world around him (“No Place Like London”) or his anguish over lost love (“Pretty Women”).  Jeff Church (5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, ArtsWest) is perfectly cast as Judge Turpin, holding power over their village, sanctimonious, but more corrupt than those he judges.  John Han (Seattle Musical Theatre, ArtsWest) as Toby, is soft and gentle and naive, but honest and morally consistent.  All the actors work well together and bring depth to their characters and strong voices to the music.
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Mrs. Lovett, played by Corinna Lapid Munter (5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre)— Wow! The strength of her voice! The nervous giggling! The dark devotion to Sweeney and Toby—this is her show! It’s her longing for someone to care for and her need to be needed that makes her fast infatuation with Sweeney and her fostering of Toby understandable. She can steal the show, singing “Not While I’m Around” with such tenderness and warmth, while offering up her cannibal concoctions.  
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It’s a wonderful, ambitious production, innovative in it’s staging and top notch in its casting. I probably enjoyed this story more told by this small company than a technicolor, surround-sound motion picture. If all the talk about pies leaves you hungry, they have a nice selection at the concessions counter.  Enjoy!
Sweeney Todd plays ArtsWest now through July 1.
Photos by John McLellan

Giveaway: Seattle Center Monorail

Before Brandon and I got hitched, we had a blast taking our engagement photos with the lovely and talented photographer Jackie Donnelly.
Brandon and I are kids-at-heart, so when we started brainstorming ideas of where we should take our engagement photos, the Pacific Science Center came to mind. We have a lot of fun memories of visiting Pacsci when our nieces were younger and the space is full of creativity and color. When we mentioned this idea to our photographer Jackie, she suggested we hop on the Seattle Center Monorail to get there (we live in Capitol Hill) and snap some fun photos on our way. Perfect!
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When I lived on Queen Anne and worked downtown at The 5th Avenue Theatre, I would often take the monorail to work. The monorail offers beautiful views (ABOVE traffic, so it’s an efficient ride) and gives you such a fun “true Seattle” experience. I love to think how different this city was when it was first built in 1962 for the world’s fair. I get warm and gleeful feelings every time I ride the monorail, sometimes feeling nostalgic for a time I wasn’t even alive.
The monorail goes from downtown (Westlake Center) to the Seattle Center Armory. If you haven’t been to the Armory in a while, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the restaurants they now offer. I’ve used the Monorail to get to food and wine events at Seattle Center, to see shows at Seattle Rep, and to visit the Pacific Science Center.
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Some fun facts about the Seattle Monorail:
The monorail departs each stop approximately every 10 minutes and the ride is about 2 minutes.
This year, the Monorail celebrates 55 years of service. It carries over 2 million passengers each year.
The Monorail is powered by electricity, which means no emissions.
The Monorail runs until 11 pm daily, occasionally later for special Seattle Center events.
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Want to enter to win a couple Seattle Monorail passes?
Simply comment on this blog post, then comment on my Facebook giveaway post.
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Giveaway ends 6/16/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
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Photo credits:
Photos of us by Jackie Donnelly jackielynnimages.com
Photos of exterior of Seattle Center Monorail by Megan Ching, Seattle Monorail Services.