Green Wedding Dreams

Despite not having had a wedding ourselves (nor any plans to anytime soon), we've had weddings on the brain a lot lately. We've been best man/groomsman/bridesmaid/maid of honour/emcee, made many products for friends' wedding, strangers' weddings, and recently showcased our wares at Ottawa's Indie Wedding Show, Wed By Hand.

We love the current trend of rustic, nature-inspired garden weddings with an emphasis on being green. Weddings are notoriously wasteful and we commend all efforts to leave less of an impact on the planet with your special day. We have added a bunch of items to our line to cater to requests we've received. Here's a little wedding round up of our favourite items sprinkled with nuptial-oriented B&B goods.

Rachel is obsessed with this bespoke wedding dress from eco-indie fashion label Simone's Rose. Just imagine a barefoot bride walking across the dewy grass in this beauty!simones-rose-wedding-dressIn the summer here at Silverwood, we always have jars full of flowering herbs from the herb garden. You don't want to let all your herbs go to flower, but chives are one of the few that flower early, and they make the most incredible bouquets. Those purple blossoms and bright green stems would just pop from antique tinted blue glass jars, don't you think?


These white birch place card holders make a lovely compliment to jars full of chive flowers. We rent these, just contact us if you're interested in details!


We love the beautiful artisanal letter press wedding invitations from Montreal's Tartine Paperie. If you are going the DIY route for your invites, why not use seed paper? A few summers ago, we enjoyed three large planters full of gorgeous wildflowers that started out a friend's wedding invitation.

Screen shot 2013-03-06 at 12.11.35 PMA really great way to incorporate a slideshow into your wedding reception is to use the picture frame function on your iPad - you create an album with your adorable romantic pictures in it, choose that album in the settings for the picture frame, then simply press the flower icon on the home screen of your iPad. It'll play an endless slideshow loop of that album, without going to sleep. Just remember to fully charge your iPad!

We created this tablet stand from a heavy maple log. A minimalist and sturdy way to hold your tablet on the reception table by your guest book.

tablet-stand-4Speaking of guest books, we make a wedding album that doubles as a guest book - the chicago bolts allow you to add more of the FSC certified archival quality paper. Why separate the photos captured on your special day from the heartwarming notes left by your guests?


We love all of Dallas Curow's wedding photography, and especially this snap from her styled wedding shoot, Underwater Garden.

Screen shot 2013-03-06 at 11.47.22 AM Our scrap veneer bunting is a really versatile decoration - use it decorate your walls, run it across the garden, cap the ends of each row of seating - and when you're done, simply compost it!


We love the current trend of using slices of log as a cake stand. Until we have a bandsaw big enough to slice logs, we have this vintage walnut cake stand that Rachel refinished and woodburned, as part of our new section "Refurbished by Rachel".walnut-platter-5When all is said and done, don't forget to thank all your friends and family who helped make your special day a reality! We had a "blast" (pardon the pun) making these custom rifle bookmarks with riveted recycled copper bullets for groomsmen who had organized a skeet shooting themed bachelor party. groomsman-bookmarks-4We also offer sets of chopsticks that make great wedding favours or even a wonderful wedding gift for your getting-hitched friends!


Starting Seeds & Paper Pots

The Spring Equinox took place two days ago on March 20 and ushered in many reasons for celebration.  If you're an avid gardener like myself you know that its high time to celebrate sprouting vegetables.   The time has come if you are planning to grow Tomatoes, Peppers, Broccoli, or Celery (amongst others) from seed. The next batch includes such favourites as Lettuce, Squash and Melons. Here in my Northern climate (zone 4) it's important to sprout certain plants in order to ensure they have a sufficiently long growing season and to circumvent the final frost of the year (May 13). This year I debated about how I was going to equip myself. Even though I've been gardening in varying degrees for many years I don't have a full kit of trays and pots. Since I'm keeping to a budget and I don't want to purchase plastic trays I could eventually salvage I decided to try paper pots. In two separate gardening catalogues and subsequent websites I saw paper pot makers for sale. Since I own a lathe and love wood-turning I decided to make my own.  I used scrap wood and firewood to make two models (55mm & 35mm) based on the sizes I saw in the catalogues.

Making the pots proved quite easy. It a perfect activity to do while watching a movie on the couch. Wrapping the paper strips twice around the wooden form seems to ensure they will hold their shape. When the two wooden pieces are pressed into one another the paper is folded to conform to the mating profiles of the wood. It's this fold that creates the structural integrity.

I've used a potting mix of coir (a natural fibre extracted from the husk of coconut) and perlite (naturally occurring volcanic glass). Coir is a wonderful alternative to Peat Moss. Since neither of these materials contain any nutrients I'm going to have to enhance my water once the sprouts gain their true leaves. I will either make a compost tea or invest in some sea kelp.

As it is, 5 days after seeding, the pots have held up well.  Since I have them trapped in a mini "Greenhouse" they are entirely wet all the time. I really do hope they continue hold up well - I've entrusted my entire crop to this method. Fingers Crossed!