Sometimes Weeks Are Busy

Will + Juliet's Engagement Photos - paper Swallow Events

Hello lovelies!

I'm just popping in today to say I'm not sure if I'll be posting much this week. I'm busy with client work and miscellaneous projects now that my family has departed. I want to make sure that I can give the attention needed to these tasks, so blogging is on the back burner for the week. I should be back next week with my regularly scheduled programming. ;)

Have a great week!

xoxo, Stacia

P.S. To make up for my absence I'm leaving you with these two photos that I adore from when my husband Michael took engagement photos of our dear friends Will + Juliet. I can't wait for their wedding in just a few weeks!

Will + Juliet's Engagement Photos - Paper Swallow Events

My Week in Review

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1. My family was in town this past week! We hadn't seen them since July  so it was amazing to catch up with them all. I love Tennessee, but I wish California wasn't so far away. 

2.  Kelly of Whisperwill makes the most beautiful and unique jewelry! I adore everything that she creates. There are still a few more days for those of you wanting to join the giveaway!!

3. This week I coordinated + designed a styled shoot with Jenna and Christina. It was such a fun day! I can't wait to see and share the images!!

4. I'm the only non-coffee drinker in my family, but I still loved exploring a couple local coffee shops with them this past week! 

You May Have Missed:
Vendor Highlights: Whisperwill
Jalapanos Poppers Recipe
Pros and Cons to Doing a Receiving Line
My Week In Review

Great Finds:
These shoes! ~heart eyes emoji~
Such a simple and elegant design!
This engagement photo is too cute!
A wedding with a Volkswagon bus? Too cute!
These sweet treats look so delicious!

What are some of the highlights from your life this past week? 

xoxo, Stacia

Vendor Highlights: Whisperwill

You all have probably heard me talk about the Etsy shop Whisperwill before. It's run by my friend Kelly and I own (and wear incessantly) a set of her rose gold stacking bands. Today she's here sharing a little about her business' story and where her creative inspiration comes from! If you read through to the end, she also has a special giveaway for one of you readers! :) Thanks so much for sharing, Kelly! xoxo, Stacia

Vendor Highlights: Whisperwill - Paper Swallow Events

Tell us a little about yourself and Whisperwill

Hi there! I'm Kelly. I was raised in a little town (actually it's starting to be not-so-little) called Ooltewah near Chattanooga, Tennessee. These days I live in Los Angeles (the Valley, to be exact, no hating allowed!) with my foxy filmmaker Colton and our adorable, fluffy, orange cat Peaches. I started Whisperwill in 2012, the year after we moved to California. It's really exciting to have a young business! I love what I do. When I'm not at the jewelry bench, you can find me cooking up a storm in the kitchen (I tend towards non-fussy soul food, and I have a REAL sweet tooth), digging in the garden, laying around on the couch watching bad television, or drinking too much coffee and thinking up a new hobby. If we're being honest here, I kind-of collect hobbies. The other day I decided that I should start quilting! I can sometimes be a little bit all over the place, but my life is a beautiful, creative mess and I love it that way.

Vendor Highlights: Whisperwill - Paper Swallow Events

What inspired your company's name?

Not a great story, actually. I was in that weird half-lucid state between waking and sleeping and mumbled, "Whippoorwill. Whipoorwillow. Whisperwill!" I liked it and I stuck with it! Now looking back, I think it's actually a really great name that captures the mix of softness and strength that I like in jewelry. Clean, architectural lines but still sophisticated and feminine. That is the type of woman I strive to be too... a soft gentle spirit, but with quiet strength. But coming up with the name was really just luck. :)

Vendor Highlights: Whisperwill - Paper Swallow Events

What inspired you to start making and selling jewelry, especially using the unique techniques that you do?

That goes back to my hobby collecting. The first jewelry I ever made was just for myself. Back in highschool, I had some spare change in my pocket and thought, "I bet I could make some killer earrings with these!" I took my pennies out in the yard and hammered the bejeezus out of them on a big rock. They actually turned out really nice! I sold a few pieces here and there, but I was never serious about it. Fast forward to 2012 - I was new to a big city and had recently graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and Greek. I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. After a short stint trying out working in the art department on films, I knew for sure it wasn't for me. One day I found a Native American beadweaving tutorial online. It reminded me of this great bracelet my grandmother had bought me back when I was a kid. I got some beads and picked up the technique in a few hours. I was hooked! I don't really remember when I decided to head down to the courthouse and get a business license - it was probably pretty impulsive, like most of my decisions. My gut was totally right this time, though, and Whisperwill was born! After a year or two of beadweaving, I made the plunge and purchased a torch, flexshaft, and everything else I needed to begin metalsmithing. I read alot of articles and tutorials and watched tons of videos on Youtube. (You can learn ANYTHING on Youtube these days.) After a period of trial and error, plus a few singes and alot of sweat, my first metalsmithed collections were born. I'm certainly still learning, but I'm very proud of the progress I've made.

Vendor Highlights: Whisperwill - Paper Swallow Events

Where do you go to find inspiration? 

My inspiration mainly comes from minimal, modern architecture and the beautiful, open spaces of the American Southwest. I really love sparse, polished design.

What is your favorite part of running your business?

Definitely my time on the bench! There's also a really special thrill when you wake up to an order in your inbox!

Vendor Highlights: Whisperwill - Paper Swallow Events

Do you accept custom requests?

Yes! I love custom work. 

What motivates you to return to Whisperwill even after a tough day?

Well, I can't say that I've really had a bad day. The worst that can happen is that I melt the piece I'm working on, and I can always try again! Sometimes I feel a little tired if I've been at the bench too long, but I recharge with treats and down time after my work is done :)

Vendor Highlights: Whisperwill - Paper Swallow Events

Do you have any rituals that help you get into a creative zone before starting your work?

Not particularly, although I like to have some background noise. Usually I'll do a little bit of fantasy karaoke as I work. I don't have the greatest voice, but I pretend I do and perform alot of complicated vocal runs, diva hands, and attitude heads. You know what I'm talking about. I also love story-based podcasts like This American Life or The Moth.

Vendor Highlights: Whisperwill - Paper Swallow Events

What is something on your business bucket list?

I'd love to make someone a custom engagement ring! I'd also love to learn casting one day. Other than that, my main goal is to find some really great vendors who have a clear brand and a clientele who will be attracted to my work.

How can people find and connect with you?

You can find me at my Etsy shopInstagram (@kellyedavie), or Facebook! You can also email me at kelly.e.davie@gmail.com :)

Vendor Highlights: Whisperwill - Paper Swallow Events

Now for the GIVEAWAY! Kelly is generously offering to give away either a set of 3 stacking rings (any color), a pair of her bar stud earrings, a small metal open cuff ring, or one of her initial rings.

To Enter: Go to the Whisperwill shop on Etsy and share the photo of your favorite piece on Instagram using #whisperwill and #paperswallowloveswhisperwill to enter! Feel free to tag Kelly (@kellyedavie) and myself (@paperswallowevents), too! The winner will be announced by Kelly and myself on Instagram on Thursday, April 16th. Each photo you share counts as an entry! Happy entering! xoxo

Jalapenos Poppers Recipe

Easy Party Food: Jalapenos Party Poppers - Paper Swallow Events

For Michael's birthday last month he requests an all hor d'oeuvre dinner; a combination of his favorite finger foods versus an actual meal. His mom and I had a fun time determining which hor d'oeuvres we would cook. It was a bit labor intensive, but overall it was a really fun evening. I think we should definitely build these into our meal plan as an occasional thing.

One of the hor d'oeuvres I knew we had to make were the jalapenos poppers my friend Emily taught me how to make. They're so easy, delicious, and a little bit spicy! They wouldn't be loved by those who do not enjoy spicy foods, but I don't generally enjoy peppers and I like these, so they can convert some people. ;)

Jalapenos Poppers Recipe
Ingredients:
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese
8-12 jalapenos (Depending on the size and how much you stuff them.)
1 16 oz. package of sausage
Parmesan cheese (I use the already grated kind that Kraft sells.)

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and set the cream cheese and sausage out so they get closer to room temperature.
2. Cut all your jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
3. Mix your sausage, cream cheese, and parmesan cheese together in a bowl. I don't have a precise measurement for the parmesan cheese (sorry!). My best estimate would be around 1/2 a cup.
4. Fill each of your jalapenos with the sausage/cream cheese/parmesan mixture. As you fill them place them in a casserole dish to keep them all upright during the cooking process.
5. Cook until the peppers turn a darker green and the sausage mixture turns golden/looks cooked. About 20-30 minutes.
6. Enjoy! They taste great by themselves or with some sour cream for those who don't enjoy the spicy flavor.

What are some of your favorite party foods?

xoxo, Stacia

Pros and Cons to Doing a Receiving Line

Pros and Cons to Doing a Receiving Line - Paper Swallow Events

All photos in this post are by Morgan Trinker Photography from Maddie + Shane's wedding.

In recent years, receiving lines have fallen out of popularity in wedding circles. Couples tend to prefer the organic feeling of mingling with their guests during their reception. As I've continued observing the different methods couple's try using to mingle with their guests I've come up with some pros and cons that each couple may want to consider before officially nixing the receiving line.

Pro: Doing a receiving line takes the pressure off of the bride + groom to ensure that they get to every table during the reception. If not timed correctly, sometimes guests will start dancing before the couple makes their complete round. There is also greater potential that the couple will miss out on the meal because they're so worried about getting to every table.

Con: It can be awkward if the couple doesn't know a fair amount of their guests. It's also not very enjoyable for the guests to wait in line to see the couple.

Pros and Cons to Doing a Receiving Line - Paper Swallow Events

Pro: There is more time to spend dancing and celebrating at the reception. The couple can connect with their nearest and dearest friends during the reception instead of getting stuck in a drawn out get-to-know-you conversation with a cousin they haven't seen in almost a decade.

Con: If the couple skips out on a first look and didn't do very many photos pre-ceremony, doing a receiving line can cut into time for photos. Guests are just excited to see the couple and don't tend to think about being on a schedule or what the couple might need to do besides the receiving line before the reception. Also, the bride's hair and makeup can also get messed up from all the hugs, along with the groom's boutonniere.

Pros and Cons to Doing a Receiving Line - Paper Swallow Events

Pro: It allows for a smoother transition from the end of the ceremony to the exit to the reception.

Con: Because of the rushed atmosphere of a receiving line it can be more difficult for the bride and groom to introduce each other to friends and family the other has never met.

Pros and Cons to Doing a Receiving Line - Paper Swallow Events

BONUS: A good method for making a receiving line less awkward for both your bridal party and your guests is to only include the people that will actually know the majority of the guests. Include the bride, groom, and their parents and leave the bridal party and the rest of the party out of the lineup. 

Are you for or against receiving lines? 

xoxo, Stacia