The Other Thing I Do

July 24th, 2017

Tatted lace necklaceI haven’t mentioned this in a while, but in addition to wedding and event planning (and a few other things), I also make hand-made lace.  The kind I make (there are many, many kinds!) is called tatting.  I’ve been doing it for years, and it’s a fun thing to do with my hands.

Tatting is a kind of lace that is made from hundreds and hundreds of tiny knots pulled into loops and chains.  It takes hours to make a small doily or edging.  But it cannot be replicated by machines.  It requires the human hand to bring it into being.

I have a few pieces that I use as examples, but what I really like is creating custom pieces.  If you see something here that sparks an idea for something you would like to have–for a wedding or for anything–let me know.  I’d be happy to make something that would be a family heirloom.

Prices for custom pieces depend on the size and complexity of the work.  Feel free to get in touch if you have questions.

Forest Preserve Wedding

July 7th, 2014

I had a fun one recently:  a wedding in the forest preserve–and a big, old rainstorm.  Fortunately, it all turned out well.

The welcome table at the ceremony set the tone: hand-made, offbeat, colorful, and fun.

The welcome table at the ceremony set the tone: hand-made, offbeat, colorful, and fun.

The bride had made about a hundred pom-poms on sticks to line the driveway to the picnic shelter.

The bride had made about a hundred pom-poms on sticks to line the driveway to the picnic shelter.

Home-made banner garland hung on the backs of the vintage chairs.

Home-made banner garland hung on the backs of the vintage chairs.

Inside the picnic shelter, there were more colorful decorations.

Inside the picnic shelter, there were more colorful decorations.

And more garland hung from the roof.

And more garland hung from the roof.

Here's the cake table, with photos of the couple hanging behind it.

Here's the cake table, with photos of the couple hanging behind it.

Here's a close-up of the flowers on the cake table.

Here's a close-up of the flowers on the cake table.

On the patio, there was more vintage furniture.

On the patio, there was more vintage furniture, creating a pleasant lounge area.

There were also games on the patio.

There were also games on the patio.

Inside the tent, the picnic tables were set up for eating, once the food trucks arrived.

Inside the tent, the picnic tables were set up for eating, once the food trucks arrived.

Everything was going wonderfully:  There was beautiful sunshine for the ceremony; the food trucks (tacos and gelato) kept everyone fed; the cake had been cut; and the guests were starting to trickle out.  And then….

The skies opened up!

The skies opened up!

It rained and blew for about 40 minutes.

It rained and blew for about 40 minutes.

After about two inches of rain had come down, the sky cleared.  The rest of the guests were able to leave, and everyone agreed it had been an exciting day.