Monday, November 23, 2009

Wha-? Gift Registries? We Don't Do Those Here

You see, here in Quebec or at least in the french community, gift registries are not really known. I had spoken to some family members and they said that they usually just give money at the wedding. I had gone to one wedding shower, the only one in the history on my father's side of the family (whom I have 5 aunts and 3 uncles: all with children of their own. You can do the math). What did they give as a "housewarming/wedding" gift? Canned food. Yes. You read correctly. CANNED FOOD!

My mom's side of the family is a lot smaller than my father's, but she wanted to do something special for us even if there wasn't a gift registry. She asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I smiled and became hopeful for maybe getting a few things that I had my eye on for months.

KitchenAid Mixer
Yea yea, every future bride wants one of these. I absolutely love to make cakes and sweets and this would help me tremendously. Yes seriously it would! Plus its so pre-tty!

Ikea Data Cutlery set and Ikea Data Extra Spoons (since I always need extra small spoons)
When I went to Sweden a couple of years ago I fell in love with the cutlery! The spoon is made differently than the traditional spoons we have over here. They kind of look like ice cream scoop spoons.

Reversible Double Griddle
I saw this cast iron griddle on Weddingbee back in September and I really liked the idea. Mr. Ferret enjoys making pancakes and this would really work well.

Melamine Mixing Bowls
I had actually seen these bowls at Winners!,  but never got them thinking "well, I already have 2 bowls", which I now see that it is clearly not enough. When I make sweets I generally make two recipes at a time, so I constantly have to clean my two bowls over and over. They have really cute colors that generally run with the holidays and the seasons. Last April I had seen some beautiful shades of pastel for the Easter holidays.

My mom pretty much knows what I want since I'm always blabbing away when we meet up for lunch once a week and also when we go to Winners! together (it's a mother/daughter ritual we have when I come over to her place).

Did you ever get canned food as a gift?

Since a few people have asked me about my vegan vanilla "buttercream" icing recipe here it is.

1 cup margarine
2-3 cups icing sugar
1 tsp clear vanilla (the real stuff)
wee bit of soymilk

Mix the margarine with the icing sugar one cup at a time. If you want to make it creamier you add a bit of soymilk. Do it bit by bit because if you put too much at once you almost have to double the recipe of the margarine and icing sugar. As for the vanilla, it's really up to you. Start with 1 tsp and work your way up.

The picture I found tonight is so cute and I think I will actually use it in the wedding! Instead of red velvet, why  not make it blue velvet? Heck, it would go with my teal accents!

If anyone wants any other recipes don't be shy to ask :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bouquet Time

I have A LOT of ideas for my bouquet. I don't like bouquets that are too busy and I'm not a fan of roses. I would prefer if they had yellow, white, and maybe some green. My two favorite flowers are daffodils and gerbera daisies.


Unfortunately I don't have any links to these pictures since I saved these on my computer over the months before I started the blog...

Which one do you like best?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I have wide feet. Like REALLY wide feet. As in C or D wide feet. Plus, I have big man toes. I already have a lot of trouble finding shoes that fit so you can imagine trying to find elegant wedding shoes! Gah.

I originally wanted yellow shoes, but I couldn't find anything that was to my liking. Plus, I told my mom about maybe getting yellow shoes and she turned white. So then every time I would go shoe hunting in downtown Montreal for either green or blue shoes (for maybe my something blue), I would keep my mind open for anything that I could probably wear.

Seeing as our wedding is in April, it might be warm, it might be cold. However, I cannot wear heels if the toe part is closed. Its a recipe for blisters and much more pain later since I'm starting bunions. Eeek. I hate bunions.

I dropped by one of my favorite stores, Winners! It's basically a store which you can spend way too much time in scouring the racks of clothing, coffee, candles, dinnerware, shoes....ah the shoes! I hopped into the size 7.5 - 8 and ...I couldn't find anything. I was sad.

Then, I spotted an orphan shoe.

You see, lots of people who shop at Winners tend to try on one shoe and then put it back where it doesn't belong. Then you have a heck of a time trying to find it's twin.

So I find this orphan shoe in teal. Priced at 79.99$ it was a little out of my budget (I've never bought pretty shoes for more than 60.00$) It looked really nice, but in a size 8.5? Hah. It would never fit it would be way too big. I decided to try it on and *magic happened*. You have no idea how hard it is for me to find shoes that fit. It was such a sigh of relief to find what I was looking for for months! But wait...I have to find the other shoe...somewhere hidden in this gigantic store. *sob*

I kept the shoe and continued shopping around the store checking everywhere I possible could. I stopped by the gourmet foods/coffee beans to sniff the goodness and what do I find? THE SHOE! I grabbed it immediately and headed out the store ASAP. I did not want to regret this shopping find.

I showed the shoes to my mom a couple of days later. She was a little skeptical about the whole colored shoes thing at first, but thought that I "hit the nail on the head" with these shoes.

See what I mean by my man toes?!?!?!

Did you ever have the hardest time finding the right pair of shoes?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cake Flavors

Remember a few weeks ago I told you guys that I would like to make my own wedding cake? I have finally pin-pointed exactly which flavors we would like to have: almond, green tea, and vegan red velvet.

 I made vegan red velvet cupcakes for a BBQ back in August

Mr. Ferret and I love to have sweets from China Town which are usually made of coconut, almond, and green tea. Also, those are our wedding colors so it works out well.

At first I wanted to make lemon cake since I absolutely LOVE lemon pie. However, after many tries, I couldn't get the right consistency of lemon taste. It was either too bitter or not enough.

As for the vegan cake, my photographer Frederika Wellet, is vegan. I absolutely want her to have cake! Plus, the cake is really yummy to begin with.

For the icing, I have perfected my recipe for vegan vanilla buttercream icing. I'm addicted to it myself! I would eat a spoon every time I would make the recipe "just to check if tasted alright". Haha.

I'm really glad to have tried these different types of cakes over the past few months. My guinea pigs/testers really enjoyed them all!

Which cake flavors have you decided for your wedding cake?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Not The Usual Wedding

Mr. Ferret and I have decided not to invite children to our wedding. We absolutely love kids, but we want our guests to have a wonderful time and have fun.

So there's no ringbearer and flowergirl. Honestly, I've only seen it in one wedding that I have attended.

I have seen something really cute that would be cool if we could wing it. Mind you, they would go a little crazy with all of the people around!

I can't stop giggling! I know. It's really silly, but c'mon you know Truffle would make a beautiful flower girl!

Ok, nevermind. It was good for a few laughs. I would never hear the end of this from my mom, dad, Mr. Ferret's parents, my friends....etc.etc.

Have you ever incorporated your furrbabies into your wedding?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I fried my modem!

Last Wednesday was my birthday! I drank some iced cider and accidentally tipped my third glass onto my computer and modem which fried it. No fun. The technician had come on Friday to fix it, but apparently he was in the wrong area of town. I finally managed to call them today and they fixed it tonight. FINALLY!

On another note, I failed the weddingbee application -_-. I thought I would make it. It's a little frustrating since sometimes I feel that I could bring more to weddingbee than some other bees that have been on there. I guess I'll give it another shot sometime in the future.

Whenever I feel down this little picture of this little guy always cheers me up!

You know what? Life give you lemons. Heck, life gives you a truckload of lemons. And you know what you have to do with those lemons? Make lemonade and lemon pie! 

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Movie Theme?

Mr. Ferret and I are movie fans. And 80s cartoon fans. We have a collection of DVDs next to the couch that can make some people blush. There are maybe 2 romantic comedies, but everything else is action, suspense, thriller, mystery, or horror. And then some wonderful little Disney movie here and there.

So we thought of using our favorite movies as table numbers. I don't have a picture since I haven't started any printing as of yet (also since we don't know exactly how many tables we will have).

Here is a bit of an example for titles:

Monsters Inc.
The Little Mermaid
Pirates of the Caribbean
Van Helsing
Forrest Gump

We are probably going to use the Scriptina font for this project, the invitations and other paper stuff, but it's not concrete. I find it very elegant.

We want to incorporate more of the "Movie Theme" into our wedding. I'll put other ideas in future posts.

Did you go for the usual table numbers or did you go a different route?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Dressin' Up The Bridesmaids

I was freaking out a couple months back. I checked out so many stores for dresses for the girls that I was getting so discouraged you cannot imagine. To the point that it was stressing me out more than everything else wedding related. Crazy eh?

I tried finding light green dresses during the spring/summer collections since it's pretty much the only time that there will be this shade of green during the year. I was thinking along the lines of the color sage or bright green.



Unfortunately all we could find were kiwi green or puke green. Bah. So frustrating! I really didn't want to go the black dress route. It would look really somber and feel like a funeral!

One day Bridesmaid S went to a store that I thought we had checked out, but we completely forgot about it. She found a beautiful dress that I unfortunately do not have a picture of. However, its in this beautiful shade of teal.


The dress we chose is not this one here. It's from RW&CO and it is strapless (with the option of adding straps), knee length, and empire waist. It's a stretchy material which is not spandex. All of the bridesmaids look lovely in the dresses! They all have different body types and this dress complements all of them.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to go back to RW&CO to see if they had other dresses that I might like since I really like I need one for MOH C's wedding next September.

I found this lovely flower which would go great for MOH C to either put it in her hair or to attach it to her waist. Plus, it is a shade darker than the sage green that I was looking for. Score!

Did you ever change the dress color choice since you couldn't find what you originally find in mind?