Archive for April, 2009

LOVE/HATE: The ‘Wood’ You DIY Edition

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Though I’m not the world’s biggest wedding cake topper fan, since most of them are kind of cliched, but I have to say that I have a soft spot in my heart for original cake toppers, a la yesterday’s robot wedding cake toppers. So when I came across this DIY wedding cake topper kit from Goose Grease, I was at first smitten. It is, after all, only $8!


But then I started asking myself whether the individual components would be even less expensive and how well the toppers would turn out if the painter was less than painterly.


The seller will whip some up for you for $40, but honestly, I think I could do almost as good a job. YMMV where that is concerned. All in all, I like (not love or hate) the DIY wedding cake topper idea, but I have to wonder about the execution when one is using the above kit.

What say you?


Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Aren’t these cake toppers from The Builders Studio rad?



There are all kinds of cake toppers in the crafter’s Etsy shop, from elegant robots to secret agent robots to “Sky Captain Airplane Robot and Sexy Bride Bot Queen.” The only thing I did see was gay robot wedding cake toppers, but custom orders are accepted so it’s up to our homosexual brothers and sisters in matrimony to get the trend going!

A Wedding Favor For the Birds

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

They say that if you’re going to invite your wedding guests to chuck things at you after you get hitched, it should be birdseed. The old “rice is bad for birds” myth aside, birdseed is nice in theory because it attracts interesting wildlife. Of course, tell that to anyone whose driveway has become a repository for bird droppings or who has had to pick tiny bits of birdseed out of the lace of their wedding gown, and you might get a different opinion.

If you do like the idea of feeding the birds but don’t want to get pelted with seeds, consider another method of birdseed delivery. Nature Favors makes heart shaped birdseed favors that aren’t meant to be tossed at the newlyweds — in fact, they’re not meant to be tossed at all.


Each birdseed heart wedding favor is formed around a 12″ bamboo stick and tied with natural raffia ribbon (and there are birdseed hearts on strings, too) — according to the seller, they should be given to the birds within 30 days of purchase unless you’re planning on freezing them for pre-wedding storage.

Oh, and if you’re wondering how best to discourage guests from tossing anything at you and your new spouse on your wedding day, I’d suggest you do what The Beard and I did, which was not give our guests anything to toss!

Building a Wedding Cake Block by Block

Monday, April 27th, 2009

We’ve posted about Legos within the context of marriage (sort of) here on the blog, but we’ve never given much space to Legos as they relate to weddings. There are, of course, Lego wedding cake toppers andLego wedding cakes made entirely of actual Legos, but Lego wedding cakes that are actually edible are few and far between. Here are two of the nicest I could find:


Photo by Norma Tub

If the construction theme isn’t for you, but you still want to incorporate Lego into your wedding cake, you could always do a stacked cake of different sizes and colors of Lego blocks or go entirely nuts and create a cake that is two three-foot-tall Lego people!

Twistie’s Sunday Caption Madness: The Boogie Down Edition

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Yesterday, I had a painful experience. I fell flat on my face in public. Not just in public, but at an Earth Day celebration in Berkeley. And I didn’t just take a bit of a tumble. No, I did a huge roll followed by a nasty faceplant in the grass. It could have been worse. I could have stumbled on the cement walkway…or I could have been in a crowd where that kind of a landing might have inspired someone to reach for my wallet. As it was, several kind strangers checked on my well-being and a couple even stuck around until Mr. Twistie had managed to haul my distinctly not petite backside off the grass and I had proved I could walk under my own power.

Still, I’m bruised, my nose is badly scraped, and I’m a tidge mortified to have taken a spectacular splat in front of so many people.

In short, I need some giggles. The fastest way I know of to get such giggles is to present all of you with a picture that’s just calling out for a silly caption. You know what to do with it.

Next saturday, when naught but the memories are painful, I’ll declare a winner and there will be much rejoicing.


The Perfection of Imperfection

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Last night I had a movie night with a good friend. We went the chick flick route and wound up the evening with Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow. I must admit that Mr. Knightley’s proposal is one of my favorites. I love that he recognizes that he, his love, and their future life together are not without flaw. In particular, I love that he tells Emma that it is their combination of imperfections that make them perfect for one another.

My father had another way of putting it. He used to tell people that my brother the alpaca rancher and his lady had ‘saved two perfectly normal people.’ I’m pretty sure he said the same thing about me and Mr. Twistie. What’s more, I’ll actually agree with him. Mr. Twistie and I are both somewhat acquired tastes, for those among you who know your Gilbert and Sullivan.

I find my reaction to these facts kind of amusing in light of an article I read yesterday that discussed an article set to be published in the July issue of the journal Psychological Science. It seems that psychologist Daniel Molden of Northwestern University did a study on romantic couples and their perceptions of one another to see how that would affect the strength of the relationships.


And the Guest Wore White?

Friday, April 24th, 2009


A long while back I bookmarked a People Magazine poll that asked whether it was ever okay to wear white as a wedding guest. If I recall correctly, something along the lines of 73% of people said “No way, Jose.” I tend to agree with the majority, not because I imagine that wedding guests would wear anything resembling a wedding gown (though some of the nastier ones might), but because all of the other wedding guests will make assumptions based on one’s fashion choices.

Summery cotton or linen dresses in white can be wedding appropriate — especially when paired with bright and colorful scarves, sashes, stockings, or other accessories — but why risk being incorrectly regarded as a jealous ex-lover or peevish in-law? That’s my take, anyway. What say you?