Monthly Archives: November 2010

Alison’s favorite things (vol. 21)

I first discovered my next favorite thing, Mountain Ash Designs, on Etsy 2 years ago and I simply had to have an apron made from recycled and repurposed fabrics.  I love the shabby-chic style of  Sarah O. Green’s designs.  After my husband and I finished setting up a wedding at The Round Barn in Waitsfield this

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Simple candlestick holder DIY

Happy Thanksgiving!  So your turkey’s done, the side dishes are taking turns warming up in the oven and you’re ready to set the table.  To create a candlestick holder in a pinch I used dried mung beans in tiny ball jars to hold these beeswax candles in place.  You can use any dried beans you have on hand or

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Wonderful Wife Tip–Thanksgiving dessert recipe

I recently heard someone say, “Thanksgiving is not about perfection.”  I think that is such an important thing to keep in mind while you are knocking yourself out in the kitchen.  Whether you will be hosting your first Thanksgiving or are looking for a dessert to bring to dinner and I’ve got the perfect pumpkin

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November Wedding at Sleepy Hollow Inn

It was an unbelievably beautiful (like mid-50’s and sunny kinda beautiful) November day for Annie and Andrew’s wedding at Sleepy Hollow Inn in Huntington, Vermont.  Perhaps the weather took a cue from Annie’s floral choices of irises for a spring-like minimalistic feeling–an unexpected palette for a “fall wedding”. The bride’s color choices were rooted with her love of the color

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Wedding Planning Tips part deux

Last Wednesday I posted the first 3 things I think you should determine when planning your wedding (# of guests, budget and location to boil it down for ya!).  Today I am adding to this list to help keep you prioritized and on-track so grab your wedding binder or a file folder and get planning!  Cross

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It’s Engagement Season! It’s Duck Season.

It’s officially hunting season in Vermont and while it is neither rabbit season nor duck season around these parts I cannot help but think of Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck when I hear wedding magazines & websites say that it’s engagement season. It’s true that many couples will get engaged over the next few weeks or months, but I

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Honeysuckle in Alison’s Garden

OK, so there has been a frost…well, quite a few of them…and it’s November, well, mid-November at this point, but my honeysuckle vine is still hanging onto a few final blooms.  I noticed this pop of pink as I was headed out to my compost pile yesterday and was amazed to see the honeysuckle triumph

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Wedding Planning Tips for Newly Engaged Couples

Newly engaged couples who are planning a Vermont wedding have lots of details and decisions to consider.  Whether you are hosting a large event or an intimate affair most aspects of the wedding planning process pertain regardless of size or budget. You can find a lot of “timelines” and “checklists” out there, but here are the first 3 things I

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Vermont Wedding Affair at Shelburne Farms

On Saturday afternoon Vermont Vows Magazine presented the state’s most gorgeous wedding show at Shelburne Farms.  The carnival theme at the Vermont Wedding Affair was both fun and charming.  I presented the first seminar of the day on Budget Savvy and DIY Planning Tips along with Nancy of NJoy Events.  I think every good wedding has at least one DIY project, but I always caution brides against

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Happy 1 year of wedding blogging to me!

I have been blogging for one year…since Nov. 4th 2009!  Happy Anniversary to me!!..and it’s been so much fun to hear people say, “You’re blogging?!” or even better, “I’ve been reading your blog.”  I smile and think to myself, “You subscribe to my feed?  You like me.  You really like me!”  Soooo…as an aw schucks, thanks for reading gesture

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