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Alaska Weddings: Roxanne + Michael

I’ve been waiting all summer to use Alaska-grown dahlias. When bride Roxanne contacted me and requested “designer’s choice” bouquets, I knew it was finally my chance.

A stunning wedding bouquet with a dinner plate dahlia, gold eucalyptus, ferns, myrtle, waxflower and spray roses | Designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

Roxanne’s dress was unusual – traditional red Chinese brocade with a peacock embroidered in gold. It only made sense to include gold sprayed eucalyptus and peacock feathers.

A stunning wedding bouquet with a dinner plate dahlia, gold eucalyptus, ferns, myrtle, waxflower and spray roses | Designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

This bouquet was over the top thanks to the enormous dinner plate dahlia from All Dahlia’d Up Flower Farm.

A stunning wedding bouquet with a dinner plate dahlia, gold eucalyptus, ferns, myrtle, waxflower and spray roses | Designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

The bridesmaids’ bouquets were equally as luscious with smaller pink and purple dahlias, waxflower, myrtle, seeded eucalyptus and white spray roses.

A stunning wedding bouquet with a dinner plate dahlia, gold eucalyptus, ferns, myrtle, waxflower and spray roses | Designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

I couldn’t resist putting a peacock feather in Michael the groom’s boutonniere.

Boutonniere made with button mums, dahlia bud, waxflower, fern and peacock feather | designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

One of my favorite bouts to boot!

The groomsmen’s bouts were all similar but slightly different. I love that!

Boutonnieres made with button mums, spray roses, dahlia buds, myrtle, gold eucalyptus, ferns and waxflower | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

The bride and groom were wed in misty, beautiful Girdwood this afternoon. Many congratulations to the happy couple!

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Alaska Weddings: Peter + Jessica

Brides are all different. Some know what they want, others need a little more guidance, but some have a creative vision. Jessica was one of those brides. She and her mother came to me with the boldest theme I’ve encountered yet – burgundy, gold and deep purple. When they told me those colors, my eyes got big and I just said, “Oooooooh!”

A bridal bouquet of true majesty. Burgundy peonies, gold sprayed eucalyptus, antique pink carnations, red roses, white spray roses, burgundy and white stock, rosemary, purple mini carnations, Italian ruscus and leucadendron is a perfect wild, regal, ravishing flower arrangement fit for a queen! Designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

I seriously contemplated putting on my wedding dress just to hold the bridal bouquet (the above photo is the toss bouquet).

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I’ll have a glue, glue Christmas — #5: DIY Kitschy desk caddies

Number 4 on my holiday craft guide was all about recycling. Today’s cheap craft is about upcycling. Instead of making planters, we’re going to make planters into something else.

Last week at the thrift store I found a couple of vintage ceramic baby planters. I’m sure you’ve seen them collecting dust somewhere. They are usually hideous with a thick layer of dirt crust inside.

DIY Kitschy Desk Caddies | #5 on Alaska Knit Nat's DIY Holiday Craft Guide

Metallic desk stuff is all the rage right now. I’m jumping on the golden bandwagon. This craft took very little time and even I was impressed with how well they turned out.

DIY Kitschy Desk Caddies | #5 on Alaska Knit Nat's DIY Holiday Craft Guide

You need no artistic ability, just minute index finger strength. Use them to hold pencils, cell phones or place them in a kitchen to hold rubber spatulas. The world is your kitschy oyster!

A great place in Anchorage to find a vintage ceramic planter is The Packrat on Fireweed or Lazy Dog Antiques on Karluk. They are usually reasonably priced (about $10) but I lucked out at the Bishop’s Attic and found two for $2 apiece. But really, you could take soup cans and spray paint them gold and you’d probably mildly impress your significant other on Christmas Day.

DIY Kitschy Desk Caddy: No. 5 on Alaska Knit Nat’s DIY Holiday Craft Guide

What you’ll need:

  • A ceramic planter/figurine from the thrift store
  • Metallic Spray paint
  • Glossy finish spray (optional)

Directions:

Wash your planter with hot water and soap and scrub away as much dirt as you can. This isn’t a huge deal because you’ll be spray painting it anyway so any super crust will be hidden.

Once the planter is dry, set on newspapers in your garage and apply a thin coat of spray paint. Spray the inside of the planter too. Let dry and apply another thin coat, being sure to spray any missed areas from the first coat. Once dry apply an optional glossy finish spray. Props to my graffiti artist friend, who shall remain anonymous, for lending me some of his stash.

DIY Kitschy Desk Caddies | #5 on Alaska Knit Nat's DIY Holiday Craft Guide

Revel in the cutest, shiniest thing you’ve probably ever made.

DIY Kitschy Desk Caddies | #5 on Alaska Knit Nat's DIY Holiday Craft Guide

DIY Kitschy Desk Caddies | #5 on Alaska Knit Nat's DIY Holiday Craft Guide