Monday, November 26, 2012

So I'm Trying this Blogging Thing... AGAIN

No promises as to how it will turn out, but in between diaper changes/feeding/working/laundry/overall (wonderful) LIFE, I'm trying to write a blog post here & there.  Still not wedding related, but I'm never going to 100% rule that out, we'll see where the writing & inspiration takes me.

In the meantime, if you'd like to hear me rant about what it feels like to "play house", share my favorite baby(&mommy) products, figure out my new mommy identity & how snuggling my baby is the BEST thing in the world; I'm over here...

(still not head-over-heels for the name, but it was the best I could come up with on mommy-brain, you can read my explanation of it here)

Hope to see you there!

p.s. I have a fun new holiday gift guide that I just posted, featuring some of my favorite small (online) businesses!  Take a peak today, Monday November 26th as many of them have some fab Cyber Monday deals going on!

p.p.s.  For my wedding loving friends still out there, there is a glimmer (or shimmery sparkle, should I say) of hope that I may be able to restore my old posts in the near future!  Will keep you posted! xo


Sunday, July 1, 2012

A *little* Update

Oh boy... this is a post I've been meaning to write for WEEKS (probably months) now....

I know that so many of you have been oh-so-patiently awaiting the return of Sparkle & Hay... and I really, truly, from the bottom of my heart am sorry that it hasn't returned.  To be completely honest, this hack-job (literally) took the wind completely out of my sails.  As of today, I still do not have access into the old files/posts... which means that an entire years worth of rustic chic wedding prettiness is stuck in a black hole in cyberspace somewhere.  (Feb 2011 - Jan 2012, to be precise) please, please, please accept my apologies to all of the amazing vendors/creatives/brides who's work I featured in that time - or a future bride who was looking for information to plan her wedding with based on something that was posted on Sparkle & Hay in that timeframe.  I'm still not able to access any of those files, so I am unable to re-post or even print them out.  I know some of you have asked for feature print-outs, sorry! :(   There have been quite a few times I thought it was within reach to get it all back, which made me so excited, but each & every time those opportunities were snatched away.  And with those times, a little bit of my passion was dampened.

 I'll also 10000% admit, that my dedication to the blog has waned considerably, given that I've been so crazy-busy with preparing for what will be my biggest "project" EVER in life... preparing for little baby sparkle (who should be making her appearance into the world in a little over 2 weeks from now!).  Not to fall into every old cliche, but even though she is not here yet, the feeling of " oh my goodness there is a little person in my belly and I am her mommy - this is the most important thing in the world" has completely overtaken me. and I LOVE IT! (& I must admit that a huge software implementation project at my day job has also been consuming my life for the past months, but I won't bore you with that, not nearly as much fun as baby stuff)

So, I'm not quite sure where the future of Sparkle & Hay stands at this very moment.  I do still have hopes that I someday may be able to resume the lost files, or that the urge to blog once again returns with fervor but in the meantime I just wanted to say Thank You.  For your support, patience, and I truly hope that some of the old restored blogger portion of the blog might help to feed some of your rustic-chic cravings.  When any progress is made or anything changes I will let you know.  & though I've been slacking on it as of late, I will try my hardest to keep up with the Sparkle & Hay facebook page, sharing links to other rustic chic weddings I see featured out in the blog world, or other fun wedding ideas/deals that I see.

In the meantime, I'll still be over here.  Blogging when I can or when the inspiration hits me.  (who knows, maybe I'll be craving some blog typing time while the little one naps).  One place where you can now find me (my newest most fun social media addiction) is on instagram  - I'm erin_ethier.  Feel free to follow along for lots of photos like these: beach walks, Cape trips, weddings I'm attending, flowers, cute everyday life stuff, ... and probably billions of baby pictures to come. 

(classic cape cod)

(love logs)
(evening calm on the water, pretty sure I had an ice cream in hand when I took this photo)

(sparkly water on a beach walk at the town beach)

(sparkly cupcakes by Dulce Cakes for my baby shower)

 (gorgeous florals by Hana Floral Design at my college roommate's wedding)
(Note, this was to celebrate our 3 year engaged anniversary on June 18th.  3 years ago we were in Paris & Dan proposed... 3 years later we were exactly 1 month away from our due date.  How time flies...)

(nursery in progress, note the hank & hunt garland from our wedding is being re-used *again* )

Again, thank you so much for your patience & support the past few months (years, really).  I'll be around from time to time, and truly never know what the future will bring!  If you have any ideas or suggestions I'd love to hear them too.  sparkleandhay <at> gmail <dot> com.  (yes, my original sparkle & hay email is still on the fritz too :(  )  I can't promise a speedy reply, but I will be checking it periodically!

Wheeew... I feel a bit better now... a  bit sad... but better. :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

We're Back... Kind of...

Sparkle & Hay's hacker restoration is underway! Please don't mind all of the shimmery dust that will be flying around in the next week or two as we've still got quite a bit of work to do to put the finishing touches on getting everything up & running properly! (Restoring &; importing the last YEAR of posts, for a start!) Even if it continues to be one step forward, two steps back, this is progress nonetheless!!!    So please, please bear with us while we're still tidying things up & getting ready, but don't you fret - there is more rustic chic wedding goodness coming your way soon!!!

p.s. In the meantime, you can still visit us here for A Little Sparkle on the Side  xo

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Bouquet: Peony & Daisy Bridal Bouquet

I am on SUCH a daisy kick lately... there is just something about the simplicity of this pretty flower mixed in with a fancier arrangement that I keep coming back to.  ::sigh::

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Feature: Made by Girl - The Love Series ( A great wedding gift idea!)

 It's Friday & I feel like sharing the love - literally!  A few months back during one of my web peruses I happily stumbled upon artist Jen Ramos and her fantastic blog & shop Made by Girl.  Pretty, fresh & fun much of her artwork is customizable for that extra special touch.  How is this wedding related you ask? Well I don't know about you but I am quite fond of the idea of giving a couple a little something different as a part of their wedding gift.  One often gives something from the couples registry for the shower and then a check for the wedding gift, but why not add a thoughtful little something - like a custom print!

I bet Vicky & Marcus loved this one (available in other colors as well)

& you can never go wrong with a classic "LOVE" print - especially one in lavender!

& not romantic, but a personal favorite of mine (also shared with me by ms jacin
Wouldn't you love to receive one?

*All of these design is copyrighted by MadeByGirl/Jen Ramos. Copying this work for resale is a violation of ownership copyright.

p.s. be sure to check out her adorable & slightly sassy cards too!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

1 Thing I love: Wedding Dresses with Dyed Crinoline

I have very few "regrets" or things I would have done differently for my wedding (I truly could count them all on 1 hand & they honestly did not detract one bit from my day) but this is one of those things if I could go back and do it again I would - dye the crinoline under my wedding gown.  Wouldn't it be so charming to have the crinoline under your gown tinted to just the lightest shade of a peachy blush pink (similar to the Sparkle & Hay header color)... I may have to see if this can be done before my wear it again session...

or for those of you who want even more color (a la the Gwen Stefani look) dying the bottom tip of the gown is a gorgeous option as well!

All of this inspired by this pretty image from SMP yesterday!

 a perfect little something blue no?

*note; I did TRY to have my dress dyed but unfortunately it was at the last minute - at my second to last fitting a mere two weeks or less before the wedding and my fitting expert Akelina at Kleinfeld strongly urged me not to chance it.  So if you are considering this learn from me and ask about it early!

Thursday Purseday: LL Bean Pink Madras Plaid

Oh yes, I did just choose an LL Bean bag as my Thursday Purseday pick - and how could I not.  It is so preppy, so, sweet, so durable and so, so SPRING!

p.s. I would suggest ordering now while it's still in stock!