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Flowers for Family May 18, 2009



I just did some floral arrangements for my Mother-in-law and my Aunt-in-law who came over this weekend. They were really pretty…so I am posting them!


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Table Numbers that Tantalize May 11, 2009



I am a big fan of making your wedding day totally unforgettable and UNIQUE. So it should be no surprise that I absolutely love when couples have themed table numbers!

Many of my clients have asked me to design table numbers for them that are unique and befitting their joyous event. I have had many requests for Chicago-themed table numbers, but I also get requests to reformat actual client photos which typically requires some editing/cropping, and/or change images to B&W or Sepia-tone, and addition of number/name over photo. Examples of these “client-provided photo” ones include the color photos of signs mounted on black cardstock were photos taken by the bride and then I cropped, color-corrected and overlayed text that mimicked the text in the signs themselves, then printed and mounted them to cardstock and attached a self-adhesive easel to the back of them. Also client-provided were the sepia-toned couple photos mounted on purple cardstock. These were photos taken of the couple on various trips and vacations and I just had to adjust the contrast, crop, overlay text and then print, mount and attach easel. For one of my ETSY clients I did 30 Broadway show poster-themed ones and another ETSY client requested cities they’ve visited to be featured. One of my favorite sets of custom table numbers were the wine bottle labels I made for a client that was having a Wine-Themed wedding (we even included the menu on the other side of the bottle). I also made really unique ones for my own wedding: they were round table numbers (8) with art terms and (8) with music terms and their definitions in our fonts and colors displayed on stands I made myself using wire and beads. They were a huge hit and not only did they teach our friends and family the definitions of some of the words that in fact, define us, but they also added to the ambiance rather than taking away from it. That is key when making these…the table numbers have to fit in with the rest of your decor. This includes not only you overall theme/color scheme, but also your lighting, linens, centerpieces, place-settings, escort cards, favors, etc. Well-coordinated decor makes for a beautiful and unforgettable ambiance.


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A Regal Red & Ivory Wedding at Drury Lane May 10, 2009



Betsy and Jon just tied-the-knot today at Most Holy Redeemer in Evergreen Park and celebrated their reception at Drury Lane in Oakbrook. Betsy and Jon’s colors included deep red/burgundy and ivory with accents of champagne.

For the flowers we did mostly roses in burgundy, red and ivory with some accents of champagne and pink scattered about. Other flowers included burgundy snapdragons, white stock, white dendrobium orchids, and white freesia. Foliage also played a small, but still important role and included Pittosporum, Italian Pittosporum, Ruscus, Bear Grass, and Seeded Eucalyptus. We did 2 centerpiece styles for the reception, we put petals everywhere, the bouquets were monochromatic and fabulous and I can proudly report that Betsy loved everything and we exceeded her expectations!  Yay! 

Here are some more photos of the stunning flowers…


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All of the “Faboo” photos were taken by Amy Christian of AC Design and Photography and all of the 1-step above mediocre photos were taken by me…I am getting better, but am limited since I do not have a digital SLR (yet!)


My first blog…ode to my wedding bouquet January 23, 2009

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Greetings!  This is Kristen Janes of Kio Kreations saying, “I am officially a blogger now!”

My very first post had to include a photo of my wedding day bouquet…isn’t it to die for?!  I think so.  But I am a little partial.  This Euro-style hand-tied bouquet consisted of “blue” Vanda orchids, fuchsia Phaleanopsis orchids, white cymbidium orchids, eggplant callas, magenta callas, and purple lisianthus.  It was wrapped in my late Grandmother’s scarf and accented with a rhinestone button that I also inherited from her.  It was everything I could have ever hoped it would be and then some.  I absolutely loved it, and I get to make another one, its “sister” for our reception next month.  

My DREAM bouquet