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Earth Day: What we do here at HC to support the cause!

Hi lovely friends of HC! It's Earth Day!

Here at HC, you might be surprised to know that we are really passionate about lowering our carbon footprint! It's a passion for the whole team (in and out of the workplace), and especially over the past year with the new branding - we took the time to implement eco-friendly packaging where ever we can.

Read on to hear about how we are doing our part, we hope to inspire you!

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Always recycled paper boxes!


Using stickers that don't have a glossy finish and printed with eco-friendly inks, means you can recycle them!

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Dissolves in water! We said GOODBYE to harmful styrofoam and switched to these biodegradable fillers!

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Un-used scraps at the studio? We use FabSrap to reuse the pieces that don't work for us...but might work for someone else! Check them out here


Paper packing tape!

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Mailers in fun metallics look nice, but they are terrible for the environment - so we have switched to paper mailers!


Stamps! We used a local artisan to create custom stamps for us. These little guys can be used over and over again!

Plus, you can decorate boxes without plastic....

Tada! An entirely recycle-able box and we encourage our brides to do exactly that!

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To round things out, here are a few of my favorite things to use in my day-to-day life to support keeping the Earth clean and healthy! 

Speaking of iced coffee...I've got one more trick for you! How many of you hate holding that cold plastic cup that sweats all over your hand? ME TOO. I used to grab one of those paper cup holders, but not any more! I've got this

p.s. yep, it works great in the winter too!

It's Iced Coffee season! Did you know that Americans use an estimated 500 million straw A DAY?! Yikessssss.  Skip the plastic straw...and carry your own metal straws! I seriously keep these in my bag, plus they keep the iced coffee really cold!

Snag them here!

Or, try a fun colorful glass straw from SimplyStraws!

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My other favorite easy-to-implement product is...beeswax storage paper! STOP USING CLING WRAP.  This company from Australia has the coolest prints, and great quality!

Save the world, look good doing it!

DIY Cake Stand Makeover

When I finalized my wedding cakes (yes - there are three - instead of one large one) with my baker in NC we were talking about how to display them and I mentioned I wanted gold cake stands, to my disappointment she didn't have any in her collection. Instead of opting for another type of stand I decided to take on the task of finding some inexpensive cake stands to make over into delightful gold stands! Not only would they look the way I wanted, they would be one-of-a-kind!

I had no idea what I was in for....

The search began with Amazon: nothing. Either the stands were very pricey, not the style I wanted, plastic, too small and the list goes on. I moved on to Walmart, Target, and Google product search...still nothing. It turns out, cake stands are quite pricey! Since I don't plan to use these again after the wedding, I had to keep up the search. I even stopped by my local Salvation Army, nothing.

This past weekend I was in Brooklyn at my local Target and decided to wander over to Marshall's with nothing particular in mind...and I am so happy I did! It was there that I found my first Cake Stand: a design I loved and a great price! You'll see it in the picture on the left, the bottom stand with the texture: $7.99!

Feeling lucky, I decided to walk over to the Salvation army again to take a look, and voila! I found my second cake stand: $4.50!! A true lesson in perseverance.

Below you will see my journey to transforming the stands....

Any local art store should have gold spray paint, I opted for a Matte finish which I think looks a bit more elegant. 

Thoroughly clean the surface of the glass so that you don't have any dirt or particles trapped in there when you apply the spray paint. 

Make a plan before you spray! I looked over my dishes and realized that if I sprayed the top of the stand, it would cover up all the beautiful detail work on the under side, so I chose to spray the under side and not the top.

The second dish I did the same with, even on the actual "stem" part, the detailing was in the middle hollow section of the stand, so I only sprayed that part. 


See here: spraying the underside of the dish, as well as the inside of the "stem". NOT the outside of the "stem" part. You can cover that section with paper or just spray carefully. 

Spraying the underside of the second stand. 

After the dishes were dry, I flipped this one over and sprayed the outside "stem" of the stand since there was no detailing to be lost on the hollow inside of the "stem". 

Voila! Gorgeous vintage style cake stands in gold with beautiful detailing. I love that you can see the "etching" more with the gold applied than when the stand was "bare" glass. 

Can't wait to use these as the wedding! Now I just have to find one more....