Winter Wedding Wreath

Winter Wedding Wreath
I designed this project for a wedding, but it could easily adapted for your own home holiday decor. The base is a birch, and it's adorned with tufts of Juniper and Bay Berry Branches. The Poinsettia blooms are made of felt.

For complete instructions and a template for the flowers, please visit The Brides Cafe.

Winter Wedding Wreath

Winter Wedding Wreath


Wedding Cake Chandelier

Wedding Cake Chandelier

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I've started contributing DIY posts to Janie Medley's beautiful blog, The Brides Cafe. Janie is lovely gal, and I'm thrilled to be working with her.

For this project, I created a "Wedding Cake Chandelier" out of inxpensive acetate ribbon. The project isn't difficult to make, but it does require a little bit a time to construct.

For complete in structions, visit The Bride's Cafe


My, Oh My, It's Martha !!

A few months back, I got an email from Katie, style director over at Martha Stewart Weddings. They were putting together a feature on hand made wedding elements, and she asked me if I would want to contribute to it. Of course, I jumped at the chance. I've been a fan of the magazine since day one, and I have bought literally every single issue. To be asked to be a part of it all was such a huge thrill, an honor and a complete dream come true.

The elements of the bouquet
After a few emails and phone calls, we figured out the color direction for the bouquet I would be making. I went shopping for ribbon, fabric and paper in whites, creams, and yellow tones, then shared my samples with Katie

Bouquet in progress
Next, I did a little experimenting with some new flower ideas. I worked with linens and cottons, both patterned and plain. I also worked with crepe paper.

Completed bouquet, ready to ship off to Martha Stewart Weddings
I made hundreds of fabric and paper leaves and petals. The flowers were constructed and arranged into a bouquet. The bouquet was carefully packed, then shipped of to New York for the photo shoot.

Summer 09 MS Weddings

The issue hits the stands today. You'll find my bouquet on page 138.

Hooray! That's my bouquet!!!

Hey!  That's my bouquet!!

A coordinating boutonniere is also featured in "A Note From Darcy" on page 20.

My bouttoniere included in "A Note from Darcy"

A huge thanks to Katie, Shira and all the fine folks at MS Weddings who made my dream a reality.


Woodsy Little Wedding



Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet detail

Here are a few pics of a recent custom order I made for a lovely Portland bride.


Tree Pedestal Cakestand

Tree Pedestals
Cake topper

They hardly cost a thing to make, and only take a little time. You can stack them high and display cupcakes, or cluster them together and display cakes and pies.
For complete instructions, visit Once Wed.


Art in the Woods

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A long time ago, I can't even remember exactly what year it was, I collaborated with my friend Eileen Ward on this outdoor installation.

We both made a car-load of furry blue balls of various sizes, and with our husbands' help, decorated a cluster of trees. It was in the woods near Duvall, Washington, and part of a big outdoor art and music festival.

I have this fantasy that all of the balls have stayed perfectly in place and are now covered in inch-thick moss. Maybe a few bits of blue fur got picked off by birds, then worked into their nests in the surrounding trees.

I would love to return to this spot and see what remains.


Tacoma is for Lovers

Tomorrow (April 26th) from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM , I'll be setting up shop at the Tacoma is for Lovers artist craft sale at the Blackwater Cafe. I'll be selling my crafty things and kitty cards too.

There are lots of great vendors participating, so please come on by. My fingers are crossed for a beautiful day.

Hope to see you there!

The Weekly Volcano did a little write-up on the sale. Pick up a copy or visit their website to see a list of all the participating artists and crafty folks.

Tacoma is for Lovers
at the Blackwater Cafe
743 St Helens Ave
Sunday, April 26th 11 AM - 4 PM


Bird and Flower Garland


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For this week's DIY post on OnceWed, I created this little garland of Baby's Breath and Birds. Please visit OnceWed for complete instructions and a template for the birds.


Flutter Bye!




Rizzo the shopcat at Flutter, PDX



Thanks to all who stopped by Flutter this past Saturday. It was a pleasure to meet all of you! A HUGE thanks goes to Cindy (dear friend and Flutter's proprietress) who worked so hard to make it all happen.
I left a few corsages and bouttonieres at Flutter, so if you couldn't make it to the show on Saturday, you can still pick up a piece.



I'm packing up the goods, and heading down to Portland today. I've got oodles of new things to share, please swing by Flutter and say hello.

Saturday, April 4th from 11 AM to 6 PM

xo Laurie



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My trunk show at Flutter is just a little over a week away. I've been crafting away, hoping to have plenty of stock for the Flutter show and The Sandpoint sale too.

Here are a few images of my latest springy things. Cindy has posted a lot of images on the Flutter Blog too.


Please Stop By and Say Hello!

Come say hello at Sandpoint this Sunday!

Hey folks, I'll be setting up shop at the Sandpoint Antique and Design Market this Sunday. I'm sharing a booth with my dear friend Colleen Monette. I'll be bringing lots of my springy creations and a few other treasures as well.

Colleen's got an amazing eye for antiques (and flowers too!!) and I'm sure she will be packing lots of pretties in the booth.

Hope to see you there! xoxo Laurie


La La Laurie at Flutter

La La Laurie @ Flutter!!
On Saturday, April 4th, I'll be packing up my goods and heading down to Flutter, in Portland, OR for a spring trunk show.

If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by. I'll be showing lots of new corsages, bouttonieres, and bouquets.

Flutter is my dear friend Cindy's shop. She has an amazing eye, and has filled Flutter with the most incredible objects. It's rich, eclectic, layered and lovely.

Cindy and I worked together at a Seattle flower shop many, many, years ago. It's a thrill to collaborate with her again!

Please join us Saturday, April 4th between 11 AM and 6 PM.


Fabric Flower Bouttonnieres

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fabric flower bouttonnieres

These cheery fabric flowers are simple to make (and inexpensive too!)
For complete instructions, visit Once Wed!


Handkerchief Hanging Vases

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Inexpensive, and easy to make, handkerchief wrapped vases. For complete instructions, visit Once Wed.

Ring Book Box

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This book has a tiny well cut into the pages so the rings can be safely tucked away inside. For complete instructions, please visit Once Wed.