Monday, November 16, 2009

5th Street Market Holiday Bazaar

Join Foosie Design, starting this Friday November 20th - December 20th, every weekend {Friday - Sunday} for the 5th Street Market Holiday Bazaar in Eugene, Oregon!! Foosie Design will be offering our custom and packaged holiday cards, as well as wedding invitation and birth announcement custom services. The Holiday Bazaar is located in on the second floor of the Markets west end, next to LaVelle Vineyards Club Room. Stop by to grab a glass of local wine, and shop from local artists for the holidays!

Not only will the 5th Street Market Holiday Bazaar include local artisans, but there will be live music inside the space throughout festivities. So get a ahead start of your Holiday shopping this year, and come on down to the 5th Street Market for the Holiday Bazaar! Your local artisan boutique for the Holidays!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Couture Wedding Dress for under $500?

Yes it's true! I'm here to help you find the dress of your dreams for your ever so realistic budget!

For most Brides looking to keep to a Wedding budget, I'm sure that you've learned that at some point you're going to have to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! Lots of DIY couples today tend to spend the majority of their budget on food and location, often leaving little cash left over for items such as your Dress, Flowers, table decor etc.

Now, anyone who has ever shopped for a Wedding dress knows that to find a dress for under $500, your embellishment choices are typically sequence, polyester toole, or more sequence! So for the brides out there looking for something that's not quite so "flashy", try this idea on for size!

Appliaué Your Way, by Kayte Terry, is a wonderful new how-to book, giving you a step-by-step guide, on how to create handmade embellishments such as fabric roses and much, much more! Chances are if you're trying to keep cost down you're probably not in the market for a grand ballgown anyway, right? So why not create the dress of your dreams yourself!

Try starting here: First, find a dress silhouette that suites your figure and makes you look absolutely gorgeous! Check out this great little tool from, to help you pick out the best silhouette for your body.

Once you've found your prefect silhouette, start shopping around for a simple dress within your price range, keeping in mind that you're going to add your own embellishments, so the simpler the better. The Whitney Long Dress, and Cecelia Long Dress from, both go for $395.00 and have the perfect amount of elegant minimalism to be the foundation for your one of a kind Wedding Dress!

Now that you've found the dress, it's time to get started on Jazzing it up! Kayte Terry gives a wonderful step-by-step guide on how-to create these darling little fabric roses, on The Storque, Etsy's Handmade blog. To craft these fab little rose buds first head on down to your local fabric shop and go straight for the fabric remnants section. Here you'll find a magical array of discounted fabric, perfect for what you need it for! Or why not head down to the local vintage shop we're you'll be sure to find the perfect fabric just waiting to be repurposed for your big day!

Using your fabric finds, follow this step-by-step guide and voilà! you've got yourself a couture Wedding Dress for under $500! Not only will you save some cash, but the sense of satisfaction that you'll receive from rolling up your sleeves and doing it yourself will be priceless!!

To find out more information about Kayte Terry's Book, Appliaué Your Way and other fabulous independent book writers, go to

QUICK TIP: To keep your handcrafted dress from looking the a handmade mess, start by using natural fabrics. Starting with your dress, if you stick to natural fibers, like cotton, silk, and chiffon, your couture masterpiece is far more likely to look tasteful and purposeful, than like something that Bjork might have worn to the Oscars!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Love Birds

Congratulations go out to Ashley Anna Brown, owner, designer, and crafter of and winner of the DIY Wedding Crafts Contest with Etsy and Martha Stewart Weddings, for these delightful little patchwork cake toppers!

These completely handcrafted bird, cake toppers start at $130 for the pair, and are made using vintage and recycled material. They're stuffed with 100% organic cotton, and stand at about 4 inches tall. So for the bride who is really not trying to take themselves too seriously, they'll add the perfect amount of whimsy to your wedding confections!

Congratulations again to Ashley and all the other finalists! All will be featured in a side show on Martha Stewart Weddings so be sure to check it out!

Find Ashley's shop and other fabulous handmade wedding finds on

FOOSIE DESIGN MATCH UP: I can't even handle how cute this match up is! Love these unique and fetching bird cake toppers? Then you'll for sure want to match them up with Foosie Design's Maggie & Bradley wedding invitations! too cute!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wedding Season takes a Holiday!

So while most brides are on hiatus from wedding planing for the rest of the year, I just couldn't help giving a little plug for my new collection of holiday cards! You can check out these darling little dancing mitten cards, and find others just like it at my Foosie Design Online Shop.

These blank folded Holiday Cards are sold in packages of 12 or as a single card. Packages of 12 go for $20.00 and single cards go for $2.00. Right now when you buy 2 packages of 12 cards, you'll get the 3rd one 50% off. That's like $1.38 a card! I bet you were in middle school the last time you saw a card go for less than $3, so take advantage and enjoy!

These earth friendly holiday cards are printed on recycled card stock and wrapped with a recycled paper belly band. The single cards are packaged in a biodegradable cornstarch bag, making all materials used in the process either re-used, recyclable or future plant food!

I'm also selling these fab little holiday cards, along with gift tags, and (soon to come) stocking stuffers at my Online Etsy Shop. And if you're local to the Eugene, Oregon area, I'll be hosting a both at the 5th Street Market Holiday Bazaar, Every weekend {Friday-Sunday} November 20th - December 20th.

So while you're taking a break from having to decide "whether we should go with the white or cream linens?", do a little Foosie Design holiday shopping and get a head start on the season!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Brown Bag Vintage

Wanting to plan a green wedding? Well I have one word for you, vintage! Now I know that we've all been beat over the head recently with the whole "green" thing, and thankfully it's looking like it's here to stay. We've successfully worked new words like "earth friendly", "eco chic", and "green" into our daily dialogue, and I've decided that it's time to add an old word back into the mix, and it's "vintage".

One of the best tools that we have against waste is the ability to reuse, and that's the name of the game when it comes to vintage finds. I stumbled across this fabulous shop on Etsy called Brown Bag Vintage. If you're planning a more casual affair, this shop houses some of the most stylish and chic vintage wears around! They offer an array of vintage dresses, shoes and accessories that would be perfect for a modern day bride looking to to not only cut down on waste, but cost as well. Most of the shop listings fall well below the $50 mark providing guilt free shopping on so many levels!

Check out Brown Bag Vintage and other vintage sellers on

FOOSIE DESIGN MATCH UP: Pair one of these fab vintage finds with the Annabelle & Marcus wedding invitation by Foosie Design. Throw some hurricane lanterns on the table, hang some tea lights in the trees, and cue up the fireflies!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pumpkin Picking

After a long, and absolutely gorgeous summer out here in the Pacific Northwest, I'm finally accepting that it's time to put away the flip-flops and settle into the Fall!! If you're planning a Fall Wedding, what better way to embrace this fabulous season than to celebrate the rich colors that come along with it. From the turning leaves to the pumpkins and gourds, color inspiration is all around and ripe for the picking!

I decided to look to none other than the master on this one, as I stumbled across some beautiful spreads from the Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2009 issue. It's incredible how the color orange can warm up just about any setting. Pair it with a touch of honey or gold and a warm neutral, add the glow from the candles, and your guests aren't going to want to leave!

QUICK TIPS: Colors like gold, honey, and orange are known to make people feel comfortable and warm. This color palette is not only great for a cozy event setting, but it would be spectacular in your dining room as well! These warm and inviting colors will stimulate your quests appetite and open up the conversation. Cool colors like blue and gray will decrease your appetite and make you more quiet and tranquil, which makes it the perfect pallet for a bedroom or bathroom.

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Jenny Yoo Collection

The Jenny Yoo Collection offers Bridesmaid Dresses and Wedding Dress Alternatives for stylish and modern brides looking to satisfy their taste without maximizing their budget! These beautifully designed dresses offer a simple elegance while making a huge impact. My favorite thing about the Jenny Yoo Collection is the natural fabric used in the construction of the dresses. From Lace to Eastern Silk Shantung, the collection is not only fashion forward, but forward thinking!

While shopping for my own wedding dress up in Portland, Oregon with a girlfriend one day, I stumbled across this fabulous dress shop in South West Portland called the English Department, which happens to carry the Jenny Yoo Collection. Needless to say, I bought the first dress that I tried on! In Addition to Jenny Yoo, the English Department carries Vera Wang's Maids Collection and several others. The owner of the Shop, Elizabeth Dye also designs and crafts her own collection of stunning wedding dresses, and offers customs services as well.

FOOSIE MATCH UP: This dress reminds me of one of my favorite wedding invitations in the Foosie Design Wedding Collection. Our Olivia & William invitation is perfect for a black tie ball or an urban coffee shop reception. With Wedding Invitation Packages starting as low as $181.00, invite your guests in style and save your extra cash for your honeymoon!