Crafty Pie Press

Wedding Chicks Vendor Guide

Crafty Pie Press is an online wedding stationery boutique specializing in unique, modern and vintage designs. They offer couples customizable designs that they can order directly through their website where they can choose their colors, paper, envelopes and wording to match their style and budget. The owner, Rebecca, started Crafty Pie out of a love for design and all things wedding. She absolutely loves working with couples to customize their perfect invitation suite.

View all of their super cute designs here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page. You can also view the corresponding posts for the below images here and here. Join us again tomorrow for another Wedding Chicks vendor happy hour. To get information on becoming part of The Wedding Chicks and join all the fun email us by clicking here.

crafty pie press


Categories: Happy Hour Vendors

DIY Terra Cotta Pots

Decorate Terra Cotta Pots

Didn’t you just love the decorative pots in the last post? You’re in luck! Audra Wrisley Photography & Design was kind enough to share with us the various techniques she used to create the pots for the photo shoot. These DIY techniques include gold and copper leafing, beautiful decorative papers and bold acrylic paints that will easily transform your pots from drab to fab.

Whether you’re planning your wedding or a luncheon with the girls, these pots make a fabulous centerpiece that you can continue to enjoy long after the event! Continue reading to learn some great terra cotta pot decorating techniques, including some tips and tricks from Audra.

terra cotta decorating ideas

For this project you will need
1. terra cotta pots
2. succulents
3.Elmer’s Glue
4. decorative paper
5. acrylic paint
6. gold and copper
7. glazes for leafing
not shown (paint brush and scissors and washi tape)
You can purchase the pots, paint, glue, gold/copper leaf kit and a few extra packs of just the gold/copper leaf at Michael’s, the succulents at Home Depot and the gorgeous fabric-paper at World Market.

how to gold leaf a terra cotta pot

Gold Leafing Technique:

Step 1: Audra began by creating a simple design on her pot using the washi tape.

Step 2: Then she prepped the area of the pot she wanted to apply the gold leaf with adhesive from her gold/copper leaf kit. She chose to give her pot a textured, vintage look by not being too specific about painting the area in entirety.

Step 3: Audra then began applying the gold leaf. Once the main areas of the sheet of gold leaf are adhered to the pot brush off any extra crumbles of gold leaf. Tip From Audra: These sheets are extremely delicate and will break, tear or stick to your hands if you’re not careful! I chose to apply these sheets imperfectly for this look, instead of going with a opaque gold effect.

Step 4: Next, cover the gold leafed area of the pot with the sealant from the gold/copper leaf kit, then let it dry.

Step 5: The final step is to remove the tape. Tip From Audra: For a more uniform sheen, I would recommend sealing the whole pot after removing the tape.

how to gold leaf a terra cotta pot

how to paper decoupage

Paper Decoupage Technique:

Step 1: Audra began by mixing 2 parts Elmer’s Glue with 1 part water to create an adhesive that spreads easier with your paint brush. When you have enough of your glue mixture, liberally brush it onto the pot making sure the pot is fully saturated with the adhesive.

Step 2: Next, trim your decorative paper to fit the around the pot with an inch or so extra on each end. For these pots Audra used decorative fabric paper from World Market, which can be found at Paper Source.

Step 3: Using your hands begin molding the paper onto the pot, folding any extra paper over the top rim and under the bottom of the pot.

Step 4: Finally, brush the paper with the glue mixture as you mold it around the pot, smoothing each section with your finger to remove any bubbles. Make sure the paper is saturated with the glue and shaped to the pot on all sides, then let it dry. Tip From Audra: I would recommend these pots for indoor use. If you choose to use them outdoors, use a sealant (a spray acrylic sealer would do the trick) only once the paper has adhered to the pot and it’s completely dry.

how to paper decoupage a terra cotta pot

diy ideas on how to decorate your terra cotta pot

Acrylic Paint & Gold Leaf Combo Technique:

Step 1: The first step in this technique is to paint the entire pot with acrylic paint. Tip From Audra: I would recommend painting 2-3 coats of acrylic if you’re looking for a bold color, as the paint tends to soak into the pot. Make sure that the acrylic paint is completely dry before you begin the gold/copper leafing process.

Steps 2-4: After the paint has dried completely you can begin the gold leafing using the same steps from the Gold Leafing Technique above.

Now that you’ve learned these basic terra cotta pot decorating techniques, you can experiment with different designs and combinations of the techniques. Happy creating!

how to decorate your terra cotta pot

Categories: DIY Detail & Favor Wedding Projects

Dia de Los Muertos Wedding Inspiration

colorful wedding sign for Mexican wedding

We’re celebrating Halloween by getting ready for the traditional Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This stunning photo shoot was expertly designed by the talented Jean Hilpert. Standard traditions, such as sugar skulls, vibrant flowers, candles and Pan de Muerto, were combined with modern geometric patterns giving this customary celebration a modern twist.

Read on to learn so much more about this Mexican celebration along with details about this inspirational shoot from the fabulous photographer, Audra Wrisley Photography & Design. Be sure to stay tuned for our next post to learn the techniques used to make the awesome Terra Cotta Pot centerpieces! As always, you can view more of these amazing Dia de Los Muertos wedding ideas by visiting the full gallery here.

Mexican wedding invites for colorful wedding

Mexican inspired bridal looks

colorful floral head wreath

Mexican wedding ideas

Mexican inspired bride

From Audra Wrisley Photography & Design:
Our inspiration for this shoot was to incorporate a few ‘Dia de Los Muertos’ traditions (the Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration) in a colorful, vibrant way that will hopefully serve as inspiration for weddings. We incorporated traditional details such as sugar skulls, matchstick favors, Saint candles and homemade Pan de Muerto to name a few – in addition to a few modern twists. Incorporated into the invitations and paper goods, is a strong geometric design aesthetic, inspired from modern Mexican design trends.

About Dia de Los Muertos:
The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

Mexican table decor ideas

succulent wedding decor

succulent in gold terracotta pot

dia de los muertos wedding looks

Pan de Muert recipe for Mexican wedding

About Pan de Muerto:
Pan de Muerto is a type of sweet roll traditionally baked in Mexico during the weeks leading up to the Día de los Muertos, which is celebrated on November 1 and 2. It is a sweetened soft bread shaped like a bun, often decorated with bone-like pieces. It is eaten on Día de los Muertos, at the gravesite or altar of the deceased.

The classic recipe for Pan de Muerto is a simple sweet bread recipe, often with the addition of anise seeds, and other times flavored with orange flower water. Other variations are made depending on the region or the baker. The one baking the bread will usually wear decorated wrist bands, a tradition which was originally to protect from burns on! the stove or oven. Check out a Pan de Muerto Recipe here

Mexican Sodas Jarritos

peach signature cocktail

peach cocktail

Toast to Dia de Los Muertos with a Mexican Peach cocktail
1 1/2 oz. Pallini Peachcello
1 1/2 oz. Tequila
1 oz. Numi Organic White Nectar Tea (made into an ice tea)
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

cupcakes with bunting flags

We included a small DIY project with washi tape; creating fun, colorful flags for the cupcakes and thank you gifts. Another DIY we tackled for the shoot, were a few twists on a basic terra cotta pot: gold leafing, fabric paper decoupage, vibrantly painted acrylics, all while incorporating the modern geometric trend. Alfajores decorated with powdered sugar for dessert and gold sugar rimmed glasses for the white sangria, made for two fun alterations on Mexican party traditions.

succulent wedding favors

succulent wedding favors

diy terra cotta pot wedding favor ideas

Event Designer: Jean Hilpert
Stationery & DIY Terra Cotta Pots: Audra Wrisley Photography & Design
Venue: Glen Echo Park
Hair, Makeup & Veil or Hair Accessories: Mandy Hollinger
Dress Designer: Last Dance Vintage
Groom's Attire: Suitsupply
Jewelry: Exgalabur
Black Dress: Free People from Lord & Taylor
Gold Mask: World Market
Day of the Dead Loteria Card Matchboxes: Kritter Couture by Kathleen182
Papel Picado Tissue Paper Banners: Casa de Charms
Models: Thao Trang & Matthijs Maruanaya

Categories: Inspirational Shoots
Colors: gold, green, orange, pink, red, yellow
Styles: themed

Vera Wang Spring 2014 Bridal Collection

black and white wedding gown

Vera Wang‘s bridal collection for the spring of 2014 is all about simple lines and a whole lot of drama. Featuring clean, geometric lines, open backs and sleek silhouettes in bold black and white, these gowns are perfect for the modern, edgy bride. Visit the full gallery here to view more of the dramatic gowns in the Vera Wang Spring 2014 Bridal Collection.

backless wedding gown

Categories: Bridal Collections