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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yummy Table Runner on: March 08, 2009 09:39:11 PM
Yum - great work.  It's making my mouth water a bit to look at!

Is the kit put out by any company in particular?  I did a bit of poking around online, and I didn't see it anywhere, but I've love to find a place I could order it online!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Lighting that's not hung from the ceiling? on: November 12, 2008 11:35:20 AM
We used fiber optic lamps and LED candles wrapped with paper to create bases and "holders" as our centerpieces.  These "white" lamps, as you can see, have a sort of blueish tinge to them in photos, and I know you can also buy the same type of lamp with colored lights as well (we wanted white because none of the colors we found matched our theme, but I definitely saw them in blue!).

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/ <- this website has TONS of DIY lighting ideas for receptions with all kinds of different lights!  We bought our lamps from them.  Killer shipping costs though, so you might be better off getting ideas from their site and buying elsewhere.

here's a photo of one of our tables (taken by our photographer, David Barnes)
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Crystal Bouquets, Fiber Optics and the Subway - Our Metallic Autumn Wedding! on: November 12, 2008 11:20:26 AM
your bouquets are the most beautiful crystal bouquets i have seen! did you use a tutorial? if so may i ask which one? Also.. I love the fiber optics idea. My father works at a company that makes fiber optics.. I wonder if I could get him to bring me home some scraps to experiment with.. hmmm.

Thank you!  I mostly used this tutorial (careful, it's hosted on geocities, so sometimes when a ton of people visit at once it becomes temporarily unavailable, but it'll come back!  I've been looking at it randomly for years since I first saw it and wanted to make some. Smiley ).  It took a lot longer than she (or one of the people who wrote tips) estimated on her site, but maybe they had more people working than I did.  There were just two of us working on mine!

I ran out of steam towards the end, and I think my bouquet is about 100 crystals smaller than I'd originally hoped, but I guess that just means more beads for me to play with!  Smiley

Edit to add:  oh, and I highly recommend the fiber optics!  There's a lot of wow factor for not very much work; all of our guests were really into the centerpieces.  People were touching them and playing with them all evening.  Smiley
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Crystal Bouquets, Fiber Optics and the Subway - Our Metallic Autumn Wedding! on: November 09, 2008 12:32:53 PM
Hah those little raptors were cute. Too bad you didn't get to use them :/
And what a fantastic idea about the lightbox for the envelopes. I hate my writing too, and I was worried about what I was going to do for the writing. That's a great solution; thanks!
Where did you get the fiber optics part of your centerpieces? Those are awesome!!

Thanks!  THe light box worked like a charm.  Another thing we did for the save-the-dates, which didn't have metallic envelopes so we could put them through the printer, was print the addresses in a really light grey, and then trace over them with a dark colored marker.  No white box necessary!

We got the lamps for the centerpieces from save-on-crafts.com.  My only complaint about them was that their shipping costs were pretty outrageous, even though their products are pretty cheap.  They were the only place we could find white fiber optic lights, though - most people sell blue, red, or rainbow!  The lamps are here: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/fi1.html  It looks like they now sell a cheaper lamp that lets you choose which color light you want to use, but I'm not sure how they compare quality-wise: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/fiberoptics2.html
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Crystal Bouquets, Fiber Optics and the Subway - Our Metallic Autumn Wedding! on: November 01, 2008 10:24:24 AM
All of these photos (except the invitations and dinosaurs) are courtesy of our awesome photographers at David Barnes Photography in Cambridge, MA. 

We lucked out and had perfect weather for our wedding day, and all of my crafts came off more or less as well as I could have hoped!  A lot of people helped out with the crafting, planning, and assembly for the day, and really helped to make the day handmade and special.  (there are a ton more photos on my flicker sets if you want more detail, but these are some highlights.  Craft planning setWedding Day Elements Set.)

I designed the invitations using Envelopements paper and pocketfolds.  I did the text in Apple's Pages software, and took them to Staples to be printed.  Way cheaper than a professional printer!  A couple friends helped me with the assembly:


I chose a font for the addresses, printed them out onto printer paper, and then used a lightbox to trace them onto the envelopes (in real life, my handwriting is terrible!).


We decided to take public transit to the wedding instead of hiring a limo, so we met up with our photographer at the Porter Square station in Cambridge and did our first wedding photos in the subway station and on the trains.  Since they're not terribly crafty, I won't embed those images here, but you can see them on my flickr.  :)  Then we got off the train at Park Street (for you locals) and did photos in the Boston Commons and Boston Public Garden.

A lot of the inspiration for our "theme" elements came from a combination of the colors that make me think of fall (rich oranges, golds and a bright bright blue sky), as well as my crafty side and the fact that we're both pretty geeky (that comes up later with the fiber optics).  The urban skyline view from our venue also wound up contributing a lot as well!

My dress was a light gold, and we chose brown tuxes for the guys (you should be able to click any of the images to make them bigger!):



Guys in brown tuxes, and girls in metallic golds and coppers from Watters and Watters:


A friend and I spent many hours over a drill and made 5 beaded bouquets, and something like 16 beaded boutonnières and 6 beaded corsages.  I love how they turned out and went so well with the metallic colors in the dresses!







Box of boutonnières and corsages waiting to be handed out:





My mom lives across the country from me, but helped me to knit our chuppah square by square.  We were very worried about gauge, but it turns out that we were fine - once I sewed the squares together, we couldn't tell them apart!  THe pattern is Hannah's Tablecloth from the book Handknit Holidays.






I designed our programs in Apple's Pages software, and we had them printed at Kinko's.  I picked up the metallic cover paper from a local craft store in the scrapbooking aisle.


Inside we had the usual order of ceremony, readings, and names of people in the ceremony, as well as an order for the reception (since it was in several different rooms), the menu, and explanations of the traditions we chose to include in our ceremony)


I also made our centerpieces and place cards (which were LED candles wrapped in vellum paper to look like frosted glass candleholders with the guest's names on them).  We were going for sort of an urban feel with a lot of twinkly lights because the view from the ballroom where the reception was was of the Boston city skyline:


Close-up of a place card:


I was SO pleased with how the centerpieces came out!  I used fiber optic lamps, that come packaged in clear plastic tubes.  I cut the tubes down to the height I wanted the "vase" part of the centerpiece to be, and then covered them in brown and gold papers.  Stick the lamp in, and the fiber optics light up and the base lights up, too, making the paper glow.  Cheap, easy, and nobody will believe you made it yourself!


Lighted centerpiece with glowing candle place cards.


Finally, I didn't craft this, but I LOVE how our cake turned out!  We ordered it from Konditor Meister in Boston.  The layers are pumpkin spice with maple mousse, and strawberry grand marnier.  We chose ivory buttercream icing (no fondant for us!), chocolate icing paisleys, and rolled chocolate leaves in an array of fall oranges and reds.



the one sad part:  we were supposed to use this raptor cake topper DH helped me design and make, but I used the wrong kind of glue and the dinosaurs snapped off the topper plate the day before the wedding and we didn't have time to fix them.  :(


If you made it this far, thank you for indulging me while I share my wedding crafts!  I had a lot of fun making these things over the past year, and I'm really happy with how they all turned out.  I almost don't know what to do with myself now that all the crafting's done - I guess I'll go back to knitting socks!  :D
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP HELP! My wedding dress SUCKS! on: July 11, 2008 05:35:54 AM
Hmm, this is tough.  I originally would have said, "It's your wedding, you're an adult, wear what you want."  However, now that family friend has put effort into making a dress for you, you don't want to hurt her feelings either since it's too late to politely refuse her offer to make you a dress. (Nothing you can do about that now: water under the bridge.  Breathe deeply and move forward! Smiley )

My suggestion would be: quietly take the white dress to a professional seamstress who can alter it to fit better - at least take in the top!  Wear it for the wedding ceremony and a few photos, and then surprise your guests by changing into the smashing purple dress for the reception.  Make sure to get lots of photos of you with your new hubby in the purple dress after changing so you'll be able to get one of those for your wall if it's the dress you really want to remember!  Smiley

Happy wedding planning!  (Mine's in October...)
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: I wish my machine was alive so I could kill it. on: May 15, 2008 06:09:20 PM
My machine used to do this ALL the time.  It's usually a sign that the tension is off.  In my case, I pulled out the owner's manual and discovered I'd been threading the machine incorrectly.  Once I started threading everything correctly (including the bobbin!) and managed to get all of my tension settings worked out it behaved much better.

Good luck!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sherlock Cloche - link to pattern included on: November 06, 2007 09:50:55 PM
I just finished this Sherlock Holmes-inspired cloche.  I figure, if Sherlock Holmes was (well, a woman) practicing today and fashion conscious, he might wear something like this!

I posted the pattern on my blog: http://blog.blacktabi.com/2007/11/sherlock-cloche-pattern.html.  Please enjoy!  (and if you do try this pattern, let me know if you run into any trouble: I haven't test knit it yet other than the one copy I made while writing the pattern down)



9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Who are you on Ravelry? on: September 28, 2007 01:04:08 PM
blacktabi

figured it was time for a new web moniker, since I've been using skuterrat for about 10 years.  Smiley  Might even get fancy someday and look into changing my Craftster name, too.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: HOW do you stash all of your yarn!? on: September 14, 2007 05:26:04 AM
skuterrat - I love that pic! My cats are both very fond of my new shelves. Mine look the same, except they're bigger(?), black/brown, and from Ikea (I have the "medium" Expedit unit). I love them!

lol - for a second I thought you meant that your cats were bigger, black/brown and from Ikea.  I was like, "Woah, where is there an Ikea that sells cats?"  I think that means it's time for coffee...  Wink
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