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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Ideas please! 5-ish months to go!! on: July 08, 2011 11:19:55 AM
Sounds like you have some good ideas, and the pictures of the train depot, that place looks cool!

I think it would be cute if you hung some smallish photos on the trees instead of putting them inside the cages.  Have you seen the photo frame jewelry charms?  I saw some on ebay that were six charms for $3.55, could be pretty affordable.  Then you could use them for Christmas ornaments after the wedding Wink  As for the birdcages, a tealight candle would be cute as someone else suggested, or even a flower.

Good luck with the wedding, sounds like it will be pretty.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My DIY Sea Glass Wedding! on: July 08, 2011 08:23:45 AM
I LOVE your ideas!  It turned out so beautiful.  I too did not have any flowers in my wedding and chose to use shells.  Your dress is gorgeous, what a beautiful day.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Easy Table Centerpiece tutorial on: July 08, 2011 08:20:46 AM
My mom, sister and I designed these centerpieces for my sister's wedding. They are so easy to make yourself. 





What you need:
    square vase - ours was 8" square
    Mirrored tile (Bigger than your vase, I think ours was 12") If you need more than a couple you can get them at home improvement stores such as Lowe's or Home Depot much cheaper than craft stores
    9-12 roses depending on size (per vase). You can mix different colors like we did, but you want all the blossoms to be the same size/diameter, or you can do a solid color
    2 pounds of clear glass marbles
    tealight holders and tea lights - we used 6 per table[/li]
How to assemble:

Take your roses out of the package the day before and place them in a larger container with warm water. This will get the blooms to really open up wide.

Wash the vase and marbles.

Pour your marbles in your square vase

Cut 9 to 12 roses all the same length (we did ours to where just the tops stick out) and stick them in the vase in rows. (3 roses, 3 rows worked for us)  Ha! you're done with that part already

Place the vase on mirror in the middle of the table, get some rose petals of various colors and sprinkle them about
Put out your tealights

We also took a rose and put in each napkin.  If you wrap the stems of the rose with floral tape and include a coursage pin, then people can wear the rose as a coursage - clever, I know.  The guests loved having the coursage pins.

Optionally you can wrap a length of ribbon around the vase and seal it with a fancy sticker or bow.  The bride did not want hers that formal, but I thought it was pretty.  We also tried to get these clear 2" stickers with rhinestones on them with their new last name initial "B".  That was cute as well, but ultimately we decided to just have them plain.

I think its possible to do this with other types of flowers, but you'll want it to have a hearty stem, so that it could stand up by itself.  If you want to use say gerberia daisies, you could try to slip each stem into a green straw (or wrap with floral wire) to give it some stiffness.  I'd say you want a trial run before the wedding to make sure everything is just how the bride wants it.  Enjoy Smiley
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Super Mario Birthday Party! *pic heavy* on: July 05, 2011 02:38:21 PM
Everything turned out cute! Thanks for sharing Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Star Trek Themed Birthday Party - Need help on: July 05, 2011 02:36:04 PM
Good luck with the party, what a fun theme!  I just wanted to throw this out there... if you need ideas for party favors, I made a star trek bracelet from shrinky dinks


I got the idea here on craftster, so maybe if you search on that, you can find them, but basically I found a font of Star Trek characters. I blew them up really large and printed them out on paper, and then traced over them using sharpies onto the srhinky dink film. Then I cut them out and shrunk them into these charms. Cute, huh?  I gave it to my step-mom for her birthday, she loved it!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Clever idea for helium balloons on: July 05, 2011 02:22:23 PM
Here's a clever idea to keep your helium balloons in place. Take a piece of colored tulle, and fill with clear marbles (or beads/trinkets I suppose), then tie off with a pretty ribbon. No need to buy one of those ugly ones from the store, this one is eco-friendly and reusable!  When you're done with it, just re-craft into something else.



7  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Raising money for blood cancers -- need crafty ideas on: March 07, 2011 02:47:33 PM
I am raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since I just found out my dad has Lymphoma.  I am very excited to be doing something for a good cause!  I'd love to hear some crafty advice on how to use crafting to raise funds for a cause.

We are hosting a silent auction - I was thinking some silent auction items could be crafted.  I'm just not sure what to make?

Here are some of my crafty skills:
sewing, painting, jewelry, paper-crafts and other random craftiness.

Here are a few ideas I've come up with...
- instead of having a bake sale (I dont' cook) I'm making earrings and bracelets to give away with donations
- girlie hair bows... I make them for my daughter and have lots of ribbon left over.
- tu-tu's
- One silent auction item will be a bow board (decorative thing that you hang your clippies on) with bows.
- a 16"x20" acryllic painting of Buzz Lightyear that I painted on canvas.
- I need 20 other auction items of other variety (kid friendly and non-kid items)

Any advice you have is much appreciated! Smiley
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Homecoming mums! (Image heavy) on: December 30, 2010 03:05:07 PM
I don't know if I put this in the right place, but it seems like an accessory bauble to me.

I don't know if homecoming is celebrated in other states, but here in Texas it is a huge ordeal. The girls and guys wear these huge mum flowers with long streamers. Don't know why, but it is a tradition. I was asked to make this one for a very special young lady (whom I love and adore) who cheers, it is her first high school game and her first Homecoming. I put some really personal touches in it. Here in Texas, you can buy a majority of this stuff pre-made, then you just assemble it with whatever accessories you want. Its a bunch of tacky plastic stuff from China and pretty junky in my opionion. So I made some charms from shrinky dinks with the school logo, and a megaphone from an old vinyl record. Their school initials is JC and her name also just happens to be Julie. I also put a disco ball on here which is an old Christmas ornament and included black and white damask ribbon which is a special print to her. The J in the center of the flower is an iron on applique which I glued using E6000 to some foam core board. It has beaded necklace so that she can wear it around her neck or pin it on her shirt. It is about 36" long. I also made one for the boyfriend which is smaller, attached to a garter and worn on the arm.




Close up of the flower part.  I love the alphabet blocks that spell out HOMECOMING.  The cheer parts around the flower are actually these buttons sold with the scrapbooking stuff.  The springy stars are sold where the giftwrap is.



Here are some of the charms I made, the Texas one is actually their school logo and I made it from shrinky dinks.  The megaphone with the letter J on it is made from a vinyl record (because she is a musician and I wanted music in it).  I used E6000 to glue the rhinestones on.



I wanted to have a few recycled bits, hence the record, but I also made a candy wrapper chain from granola bar wrappers and chip bags.  Its unfinished in the photos because my hands started hurting, but I had it finished before I gave it to her. Another view to see more of the pretty ribbons.


Here is the boyfriend garter mum


This one is smaller, worn on the arm with a garter. I also attached a pin where he could pin it instead of using the garter because it seemed scratchy to me. The boy ones are not supposed to be as *loud* as the girls' mums. This one is about 12" long


Again on this one I used iron on collegiate block letters for the center of the mum and some whispy girlie feather boa around it to make it a little flirty and fun


I spent about $30 on materials for both mums, but to have one made, they retail for about $250 for the one like I made for the girl and probably about $25 for the boy one.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Butt bag accessory pouch made from pants pockets on: December 30, 2010 02:06:46 PM
This is a bag I made from the back pockets of a pair of my husband's khaki's.  I used the fly for the opening and each pocket actually works as originally designed Smiley  Lined the inside with some festive looking hibiscus print.
The rest of the pants (including cargo pockets) were used for a really cute bag, the front and back each have a cargo pocket.







Edited to add the matching tote pic!


The tote is big enough to hold a laptop and its cords, etc..
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Star Wars Tusken Raider on: November 12, 2010 06:31:43 PM
I make my kids costumes every year and this year my son wanted to be a Star Wars Tusken Raider.

The robe was really easy and the entire costume cost me $9 with lots of fabric left over.  I ended up forming the mask out of paper mache (spelling?).  We blew up a large balloon and covered it with paper mache even got the newspaper for free.

We spray painted all the pieces for the mask with silver spray paint ($3)  The eye pieces are actually pvc fittings (my husband owns an irrigation company, so they were free in the garage), the spikes in the head are actually drinking straws that I had on hand.  I had never done paper mache before so it was the most difficult part.  It took 2 days to dry before we could decorate the mask.

Took me about 5 hours to make it (not including down time/drying).  He loved it and won a costume contest.

on to the photos:








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