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41  Martha-Themed Bridal Shower Invitations in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 27, 2008 08:24:22 AM
My mother and sister, who are putting on a bridal shower for me, asked me to design invitations. It's so great having family that understands I'm a bit of a control freak.

I totally adore Martha Stewart, and I thought it's be funny to do a shower themed around her. Here's the mockup (not final draft) I came up with... thought it would make some Craftsters chuckle.




I'll have the postcards printed by Vistaprint.com, most likely. I've used them before and they're cheap and quick.
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42  Re: Debbie Bliss Baby Shrug in R-a-i-n-b-o-w in Knitting: Completed Projects by dellastella on: February 24, 2008 07:07:04 PM
Janey, if I can make a recommendation... check out Stephanie Japel's 'One Skein Wonder.' I made one a few years ago, and it's awesome!

Ooh, and I just found a pic of another one while looking for the OSW... it's Blue Alvarez's Hot Lava Cardigan.

They're both great shrugs for adults. I <3 me some shrugs!
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43  Debbie Bliss Baby Shrug in R-a-i-n-b-o-w in Knitting: Completed Projects by dellastella on: February 24, 2008 06:41:05 AM
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?  Smiley



Rainbow-y goodness...

Hopefully I can get some action shots once little Miss makes her debut!
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44  Re: Loco for Gocco! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 24, 2008 06:31:50 AM
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...






 Cheesy
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45  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 24, 2008 06:28:41 AM
I started Gocco-ing my RSVP cards this weekend. I'm pissed that I wasted a few screens, but I learned some valuable lessons that I'll apply when I re-print them.



The two-color fronts that caused me a world of hurt.


The backs, however, were a piece of cake!

And I'd just like to say that I LOVE my corner rounder.  Cheesy
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46  Re: Loco for Gocco! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 22, 2008 03:51:21 AM
I love 'em, schtankylu! Your choice of colors is, well, choice!

I just finished designing my RSVP's, and I'll be printing them this weekend.


I have a cream-colored card stock to print them on, and I'll be using green and brown ink. Wish me luck!
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47  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 17, 2008 07:04:13 AM
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 wait to get started on the invitations!
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48  Re: Ideas for how to make "Save the Date" magnets? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 12, 2008 12:14:53 PM
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.


Here's a post in my blog about the finished magnets: http://dellastella.blogspot.com/2007/12/my-magnets-arrived-and-i-couldnt-be.html

Happy wedding-ing!
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49  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: January 29, 2008 05:05:27 PM
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!
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50  A Lucky Coin Quilt for, er, Christmas... yeah... in Quilting: Completed Projects by dellastella on: December 30, 2007 06:46:44 PM
I started this quilt in January of this year, and finished it just a few days before Christmas. It was originally a 'moving in together' gift for my boyfriend (circa June), then an engagement gift for my new fiancee (circa October), but it finally got finished as a Christmas present for him! My poor fingers finally get a rest.


The deets: Approx. queen sized lucky coin quilt. All 99 colored squares (7" x 4", I think) are different cotton prints. Sadly, between my stash and my mom's, I didn't need to buy more than a handful. The rest of the front is an off-white Quilter's Cotton from Joann's, and the back is the same fabric in beige.

I had every intention of machine quilting it, but it wouldn't fit into my darling Kenmore. Hence the long production time... My fingers have developed callouses that would make a guitar legend proud.

Gratuitous cutesy label shot. Made a transfer of the message in my own handwriting and embroidered with cotton floss.



The binding is a striped cotton. I sewed it on by machine to the front, and by hand to the back.



This is a Paint-aided shot of the quilting on the back. I quilted one inch around each block, and one inch inside. The back looks like a field of Pez!


This is my first finished quilt, so I'd love some constructive criticism from the ladies and gents of Craftster. Thanks!  Cheesy
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