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3 Chances to Win DK Designs’ Clay Flowers on Melissa’s Smitten Blog!

For those brides getting married, there’s a wonderful opportunity for you to win 1 of 3 clay floral creations from DK Designs (Etsy shop and Etsy Wedding Team member – Simply visit Melissa Smitthen’s Blog ( to find out all the details. 3 winners will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, November 7th! Good luck to all you brides out there!

Here are the details of the items we’re giving away to 3 lucky winners! Below is the write up that is posted on Melissa’s blog:

Diane of DK Designs is having an exciting giveaway of her amazing clay flowers on Melissa’s Smitten Blog! Simply email with your name, email and snail-mail address and wedding date to enter! Contest ends on November 7, 2008. One entry per person per day. Be sure to email all your friends to let them know about this fun giveaway!

Gardenia Hair Flower – $20 value: Gardenias are a very popular flower to wear in your hair on your wedding day. Why not try a handcrafted gardenia hair flower! This way it will last you through the ceremony, reception and beyond! The gardenias are slightly off-white, but not ivory. They are 3.5 inches in diameter and are VERY lightweight. The flowers are attached to a U-shape hairpin to fit securely in your up-do or low-do hairstyle.

Passionate about Peonies – $100 value: This arrangement is called, Passionate about Peonies. It measures 6 inches high by 7 inches across the top. It’s filled with light pink and fuchsia pinkish-red peonies, both in full bloom and in bud form! The full bloom peonies have over 30 petals, all handcrafted one petal at a time. The flowers are arranged in a 3 inch square white ceramic cube vase. If you love peonies, you will absolutely love this floral arrangement.

Gardenias in Something Blue – $75 value: This beautiful light blue latte cup is brimming with gardenia blossoms! 2 buds, 2 half open and 3 full gardenias mixed with some light blue floral fillers finish this piece off. It measures approximately 6 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches high. It’s clean, stylish and sophisticated. This would make a great gift for a bride or even a centerpiece for a bridal shower! The flowers are all handcrafted by the artist featured on the Martha Stewart Show, utilizing Claycraft by DECO soft clay, which enables the artist to create lifelike flowers one petal at a time. Diane’s work has been featured in For the Bride Magazine, In Style Weddings Magazine (via and Pacific Rim Weddings Magazine. The bulk of the Diane’s work is in custom bridal bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres and other floral decor.

Everlasting Flora-an Interview with PaulasPetalPastries

Our Featured artist today is Paula of Paula’s Petal Pastries. She creates unique centerpieces, favors and decor for your special day.

1. Where are you located?
St. Peters, MO

2.Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 27 years old and a stay at home mom to my wonderful 2 year old son! I have a great husband and we are a young and happy family J I have a degree in Communications and a Minor in Dance. I love decorating my house, planning parties, organizing playgroup activities, and just recently being a part of esty!

3. What special things do you create for weddings?
I create unique centerpieces, favors, and gifts.

4. Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I made a 3 tier fresh flower cake for my grandmother’s 75th surprise birthday party and my dad looked at me and said, “You should sell those.” After much research I realized there isn’t anybody out there who specializes in silk floral wedding cakes so………here I am!

5. What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
All of my cakes are made from floral foam and come to life when I start applying the flowers.

6. If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
Better centerpieces.

What is your favorite wedding song?
From This Moment

8. What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
Shopping for the dress, there isn’t another experience like it!

9. What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Enjoy yourself because it will go by so fast!

10. What is your perfect honeymoon spot?

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
Paula Abdul

12. If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
My rhinestone and glitter cake

13. Links where we can find out more about your work:

Etsy Wedding Scrapbook: Valerie Tyler

Throughout this blog, you will have the opportunity to meet many members of the Etsy Wedding Team who will also share with you some of the photos and details of their own weddings, weddings we have attended, or our” Always a bridesmaid stories” I figured to kick off the series, I’d share with you a few details of my own wedding.

I happen to be a jewelry designer, and a teacher. These two things make me a bit of a micro-manager. So when it came to the details about the role of flowers in my wedding I was really rather anxious.

For starters, I knew I did not want to spend a fortune on floral centerpieces for my tables. I toyed around with the idea of ordering fresh flowers in bulk, but knew there was no way they would ever successfully make it to the tables. The solution came from a lot of brainstorming on my part and the help of my rather artistically created mother. I wanted the centerpieces to be natural, but not particularly fragile or pricey. What we ended up doing was get affordable glass vases. I then used natural bamboo poles, grasses, and money changers (unfortunately I couldn’t find enough **real** moneychangers, but they still looked and felt real). We then recycled smaller glass bottles as well and put the bamboo inside the bottles to center them inside the vases and filled the entire vase with glass pebbles to weight it. The bottles were then wrapped inside vellum, and a black ribbon added for flair. I think the total cost per centerpiece came to about less than $10.00 a centerpiece.

Since my wedding, I’ve noticed different versions of this. I had a friend who took beautiful branches and put them in a vase. She made personalized cards to commemorate occasions and events that she had in common with her wedding guests and typed all the happy memories on artsy cards. She hung the cards from the branches. They were a great way to get to know the other guests, and let each guest know how much the bride and groom cared about their special memories of their times spent with the guests.

I’ve had also dreamed for ages of doing the old-fashioned toss of the bouquet coming out of church. It had always seemed so elegant and glamorous to me. The whole bouquet toss and accompanying garter dance at the reception just didn’t really fit with my personality or my husbands. The solution was that I had a throw away bouquet of simple daisies, tied loose. I walked out, untied the ribbon and tossed the flowers to—-the children! It was a delight to watch the flowers scatter through the air and watch the children gleefully catch them all.

Having been married on the Fourth of July weekend however, I think one of my favorite moments was when we all lit sparklers under the tent outside. Cute little tin buckets filled with sand and star cut outs were perfect places to put out the hot sparklers. The grown ups were more hilarious than the children even running around twirling their arms in the air (note: my change of dress for late night dancing too!)