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nov03We have five winners! Yay! Thanks for commenting and tweeting the giveaway. If you are a winner and haven’t received an email from me, please email me prosttothehost@gmail.com Thanks to everyone else who entered! Cheers!

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Winner #9: Jo who loves “stamping cards and fabric”.

Winner #20: Kristen who makes greeting cards instead of buying them

Winner #8: Lisa who tweeted the giveaway

Winner #5: Liz B who likes to make “pretty little cards and ‘gift certificates’ for gifts”

Winner #25: Brittany who is following my on Twitter.

Congratulations!

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nov02Problem: You have 100+ envelopes to address and your hand is already cramping at the thought of it. In addition, your budget will not allow you to hire a calligrapher. What options do you have? Force your bridesmaids (remember they are NOT slaves) to address your invitations or recruit family members… OR you could make your handwriting in a font! Seems strange…but keep with me. There are various websites that allow you to upload samples of your handwriting and they’ll turn into a TrueType font. The ultimate personalization!

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(image from Font for Peas)

You can even add your squiggles, hearts and geometric shapes to “your” font just like dingbats. I haven’t even mentioned the best part. Some sites are free or charge a nominal fee.font

(image from Fontifier)

Check out:

FontCapture (Free!); FontsForPeas (Free!);Fontifier ($9);YourFonts ($10)

If you are like me and your handwriting is nothing special. You can always “borrow” and download free fonts from websites listed above or from Da Font or Abstract Fonts to add some panache to your paper.

oct30Together, Bake it Pretty and Inspired Bride created a table full of candy for the eyes and tummy. I can vouch for Bake it Pretty’s selection and quality, as I’ve used their products for most of my parties (cupcake frosting tip, cake pop sticks, sprinkles, cupcake wrappers…oh the list goes on and on). Find all the delicious details (and recipes) for recreating this spectacular table of sweets.

Maddy, from Inspired Bride, use a simple color palette of ice blues and whites to avoid taking the focus away from the display. Check out Maddy’s tips and easy directions to inspire your next dessert buffet.

oct30This week has flown by. I’ve been working with several website designers to see if we make a good match. Now I think I found my designer, I am trying to figure out what I want to do with the site. With my fingers crossed, the blog should get a makeover before the start of the new year. How exciting! Along with the virtual face lift,  give a commitment to provide fresh and inspiring posts on a regular basis.

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In addition to this mid-week craziness, Halloween is here! With several invitations to parties around Portland, my husband and I (Clark Kent and Superman, respectively) will be out and about. What are you dressing up as? Or if you are not dressing up, what was your favorite childhood costume or memory? My favorite costume was Cleopatra (age 8) with white and gold pointed-toe flats (adult shoes!). I would wear those shoes now. Sigh.

Until Monday, I hope you have a fantastic and safe Halloween. Cheers!

oct28This week’s collection is going to focus on one dress, Amelia, by Vera Wang. Who knew an ice skating outfit worn designed by Vera and worn by Nancy Kerrigan (love!) in 1994 would make such an impact in bridal fashion. Vera’s explosive entrance on the bridal market gave brides an opportunity to express their personality. Vera shares her insight and inspiration for Amelia in her “Behind the Dress” series.

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Soft draping across a structured bodice is a challenging formula in design. At Vera Wang, we have sought to master this technique and made it a signature of my wedding dresses.

The ethereal beauty of a fairytale princess inspired this collection. I wanted to capture the concept of weightlessness through light, frothy skirts. By removing the crinolines (stiff petticoats under the skirt), the wedding dresses gain more movement. The result is a nymph-like sensuality that is both romantic and modern.

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Two important elements of my design philosophy: weightlessness and draping.

With Amelia, I chose to leave the seam allowance at the back of the draped bodice free, consciously adding more detail to the back. My eye is always searching for subtle ways to draw attention there…

I never add ornamentation just for the sake of it. Like jewelry, the crystal corsage at the hip of the Amelia wedding dress can stand on its own. As it is placed here, the crystals add an organic touch of magic to the dress. As a philosophy, ornamentation on a wedding dress should reflect the nature of the celebration as well as the shape of the dress. When added directly to the wedding dress (as shown here), ornamentation accentuates.

Next week, I will feature another dress by Vera, in addition to our regularly scheduled WDW post about a local designer. Yay local!

(All content is straight from Vera’s mouth)

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Don’t forget to sign up for the Giveaway :: Martha Stewart and Ford Warrior inspired stamp kits. There will be FIVE winners! ♥

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Featured :: Creative Party

oct27To start my week of with a bang, I was part of a mini-feature on the talented Creative Party Place yesterday. Weee! Creative Party Place is one of the hundred blogs I follow. Peep your eyes on Real Party features decked out with pictures and themes inspiration. Thanks Shannon for featuring the shower! Check out the little blurb on Creative Party Place featuring Natalie’s zebra, hot pink and lime baby shower. If you missed the original Post 1 and Post 2 on Prost to the Host, check it out!

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Don’t forget to sign up for the Giveaway :: Martha Stewart and Ford Warrior inspired stamp kits. There are FIVE prizes! Double weeee!

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oct23This past Saturday, Martha Stewart and Ford joined forces and unveiled a new stamp set inspired by crafting experts at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to accompany the Ford Warriors in Pink wear and gear. The unique stamp set is useful, versatile and very powerful. You can use them for cards, gift tags, wrapping paper or even holiday ornaments.

Warrior-Stamps-Gift-Tags_edited-1Even if you are not a crafter, this kit is all-encompassing and is for the beginner to advance stamper. A tin filled with 13 wooden stamps and 6 ink pads will help you get started in Warrior inspired crafts. Each stamp represents a

If you don’t win, you can pick up your own kit online or find other inspirational gifts for the Warrior in your life. In addition, Ford has a special line of pink clothing and Warrior accessories. One hundred percent of the proceeds are donated to the Susan G Komen for the Cure. Woho!

Miss Martha featured several project ideas for the stamps, so if you missed Martha’s show last Friday, premiering the stamp collection, you can catch it online. She also has some great project ideas including her Customized Stationary idea. She uses the stamps to make a powerful and customizable stationary set. The ornaments and gift tags (seen above) used the stamps in the set.

PRIZE DETAILS

PRIZE: Five Warriors in Pink Stamp Kits (Value: $32)

TO ENTERLeave a comment on this post with your favorite crafting project.

More Entries:

1) Follow me on Google Reader, then post another comment saying you did.

2) Follow me on Twitter, then post a comment.

3) Post about the giveaway and link back to my site on your blog, twitter (@prosttothehost), preferred social media network site and comment saying you did.

4) Email me (alysia@prosttothehost.com) pictures from a celebration/wedding/party etc. Don’t forget to include some shots of the details. I will feature your event and you can get 2 extra entries! So post two comments, after you emailed me your party pictures.

If you do everything, that is a total of 6 entries! Cheers!

CONTEST ENDS: November 1, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST

OPEN TO: US addresses only

SMALL PRINT: Don’t worry, I won’t spam/sell/advertise your email or mailing address. All winners will be picked from Random.org. The giveaways will be mail directly to your home. Make sure your email address is correct, as I will use this to contact the winner.

GOOD LUCK!warrior stamp kit

Thanks to Hill & Knowlton for your donation!

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!! Winners will be posted tonight! Best of luck!