Banga, what a *lovely* dress!! I especially love the low scoop back. Can't wait to see it beaded!
Here's my contribution to this thread for the evening... my bridesmaids bouquets! Sorry for the slightly fuzzy pictures, my camera was having a fit.
I was worried about this project, because I've never arranged flowers before, but I'm very happy with how they turned out. Once I get some quilt batting, I'll wrap a strip around the stems over the wire, and then cover it with chocolate brown double sided satin ribbon.
Now that I'm feeling a bit more confident, I'm ready to tackle my bouquet!
Edited to add: these bouquets consist of green and white ranunculus, pink snowberries, and green snowball spray. My bouquet will be white peonies, pink snowberries, dusty miller leaves, and ornithogalum.
A friend at work is pregnant with her second child, (a little girl!), and I took that as an excuse to delve into the realm of Knitting for Bebbies. The pattern is a free one by Debbie Bliss, called 'Baby Shrug.' You can get it here: http://www.prima.co.uk/index.php/v1/Baby_shrug
The yarn is a worsted weight wool/alpaca blend that I dyed with Kool-aid. Not terribly washable, I realize, but we'll consider this more of an heirloom piece, mmmkay?
Hopefully I can get some action shots once little Miss makes her debut!
Took a stab at my RSVP's this weekend... with mixed results. The backs turned out great! Only got about 10 good 'fronts' from the 20 or so that I printed before I decided to stop. Long story short, the different colors I wanted were just too close together to work. I'm going to re-print using a screen for each color to keep myself sane.
I'm very happy with the initial results, though...
I started printing my invitations on my new Gocco this weekend. I started out pretty simple, just doing the return address on the RSVP, invitation, and thank-you card envelopes. This was my first attempt at Gocco-ing, and I'm HOOKED. A quick background: a Gocco is a Japanese screenprinter. You can burn your own screens at home, very simply, and print with ease. Check out http://www.gocco.com/prod.HTM for more info.
I couldn't believe how easy it was, and how quick everything got done! I printed 100 A6 envelopes and 50 4 bar envelopes in about an hour. And I only screwed up one! :-D
It kind of ate my dining room table.
My trusty PG-11!
All lined up to dry.
The finished product. Ta-da!
If the pictures look a little funny, it's because I had to blur out our address. Take my word for it, though, the text is incredibly crisp and clear.
I can't recommend Vistaprint.com enough. I, too, was determined to make them myself, but this turned out to be a better option for me. For $19.14, including shipping, I got 50 magnets, and they were great quality! They were glossy finish, and the ink isn't smudgeable like a magnet printed on an inkjet printer might be.
I searched Google for 'custom magnets' and Vistaprint came up in the top of the page, with the sponsored links, as having a 50% off sale. It seems like they're almost always having a sale! If you watch their prices, they dip a LOT. And if you sign up for their newsletter, you get notified of any promotions they're running. Right now, business card magnets are at $12.99 for 25. It's a few dollars to upload your own graphic, but they make it very easy.
OK, after five revisions, I have my final invitation design!! ...and a question.
First thing's first:
Now, my question. We'd like to invite our out-of-town guests over for a barbeque 'rehearsal' dinner the night before the wedding. To get an idea of how much food we'd need, I'd like to ask guests to RSVP to the dinner as well. As you can tell, though, my wording isn't so hot.
If anyone has any suggestions on how to phrase the double RSVP, I'd be really grateful. It's a pretty casual affair, so anything goes! Thanks in advance!