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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: June 09, 2009 03:38:29 PM
I put up a bunch of pics over in the show-off thread (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53280.msg3538447#msg3538447) but here are a few crafty ones...
I'm really happy with how the things I crafted came out, even though they were pretty small projects (I spent WAY more time on my STDs/Invites than on my actual wedding crafts!) I think it ended up being a really personal wedding for us because of the little touches and our own vows/ceremony/music.
What to do with garter, wedding topper, and hair ornament after a wedding? Stuff them into a shadowbox you've had lying around for years, of course!
Chopstick wedding favors--all I did for these was make the little tags for them. These are for our at-home reception this Sunday, I somehow managed to delete/lose the pictures I took of the ones we gave out to our families for the wedding, which I packed up with airplane bottles (to make everyone's ride home that much more fun!) in little wedding gown boxes.
I somehow forgot to mention before that my husband made his own wedding band out of inconel, a crazy alloy metal for high-pressure/temp environments. I think he did a heck of a job considering it's the only jewelry he's ever made (though he did make me a cable needle out of brass early on in our relationship!) and that apparently inconel is extremely difficult to machine. Clearly we are both craft crazy in our own separate-but-complementary ways.
This picture isn't of crafts, but I did love how dramatic the seascape looks--clouds were rolling in around sunset.
Now I've just got to get the house cleaned and decorated and figure out how to entertain our guests for that at-home reception...we'll start with lots of bubbly and go from there...
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! on: June 09, 2009 03:20:34 PM
Despite a last-minute venue/date/time change, our wedding went off a hitch! We were married May 22 in St. Lucia--we wrote our own ceremony and vows, had a tiny ceremony with our families, and had a casual reception afterwards in one of the villas we rented. It was a beautiful, hot Caribbean day and we have tons of photos from both the pro and our two camera-happy families. Without further ado...

Since it was a very simple destination wedding there wasn't actually a whole lot for me to craft. I made the cake topper, my earrings, my garter (which you can't see, of course), and the flower for my hair (which is also not pictured). My husband machined his own wedding band--you can see what a nice job he did in the last shot.
Yay for being married!
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! on: June 09, 2009 02:08:47 PM
thekster, you look GORGEOUS
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: wedding in one week!!! (june 6th) need help with details on: June 03, 2009 02:21:14 PM
I just got married in a small ceremony and took pictures in my dress at the beach--heels (however small) + sand = sinking. Wedges are the way to go--I got a pair of these at payless in a gold tone (http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?productId=64389&lotId=067631&selectedSegment=Adult&width=8.5,Regular&size=8.5,Regular ) and changed into them for the beach shots and they were perfect--comfortable, gave me a little height, and didn't sink into the sand.
For the favor tins, an easy way to add your initials would be: print your initials and the date onto cardstock, cut out (or punch out with a large craft punch) a cute shape the size of the tin, secure to top of tin with glue or double-sided tape (they sell these little sticky foam dots for scrapbooking that would be perfect)
Good luck, congratulations, and be sure to let us know how it goes!
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: June 02, 2009 05:02:59 AM
Back from our wedding/honeymoon! The wedding went beautifully, everyone seemed to have a good time, and we have tons of pictures which I will put up in a bit. Thanks to all of you for your support over the planning!
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Passport Save the Dates! (Picture-Heavy) on: June 02, 2009 04:58:23 AM
mandeed81, I didn't use a template, however as I mentioned I used Avery DesignPro (free!), which makes it really easy to line up printing and make your printed project look just like you want it to. 
I used three types of paper-- darker blue cardstock for the cover, patterned scrapbooking paper for the inside of the cover, and light blue cardstock for the middle pages. I bought all three at A.C. Moore, but any scrapbooking or crafts store would have appropriate paper.
Good luck, and congrats on your engagement!
27  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Rainbow Collage Table Tiles (VERY image heavy!!) on: June 02, 2009 04:52:55 AM
This is amazing! A fantastic finished product worthy of all your hard work!
Not only is it beautiful from afar, but provides fun too when sitting close-up in looking at all the little photos!
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: May 16, 2009 08:07:30 AM
Thanks guys for the feedback! I think I like the doves better without the initials as well--plus it's one less thing to get broken/bent/lost/eaten in transit!

I DID manage to get my garter done, and I'm rather happy with how it came out:

Crocheted with vintage ecru thread I've had lying around for AGES, pattern improvised (the beauty of crochet!). The gold ring in the middle is from my grandmother, who sadly can't be at the ceremony due to visa issues. Quick, fun, satisfying, and it came out just how I envisioned it.

Vows are done, music is finalized, we're almost all packed...should be all ready to fly out tomorrow! Wish me luck getting my dress there in one piece!
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: May 12, 2009 03:30:56 PM
hardyjenni, the invites look fabulous! I love the map, I think a sticker would work great to mark the location if you found the right one--or maybe even a stamp?

On the wedding front for me, the date is approaching fast--a wee bit faster because now we're going to have the wedding on Friday May 22nd (rather than 23rd) at a totally different location (up in the mountains rather than by the beach) and time. Still frustrated that our wedding planner turned out to be irresponsible and unprofessional, but every time I start getting angry I remind myself that I'm still getting married to the man I love on a beautiful island.
And now for some crafty pictures...and requests for your input!

Here's the gown with final alterations--really I just removed a lot of the flowers and unpinned parts of the sheer overlay, I didn't dare to mess with the dress too much.


I've been working this week on  figuring out what the heck I'm going to do with my hair...I'm planning on "doing it" myself but the only thing I'm capable of doing with any proficiency is sticking it up and out of the way in a ponytail, so this has been a challenge. I've bought a set of hot rollers and a ton of various clips/hair products and have been going to town. This is the latest product--comments and advice are very much welcomed, because I'm afraid my hair is going to look a hot mess:

I made up a bunch of flower bobby pins in case I can't get a hold of decent fresh flowers on the day of the wedding--so easy and satisfying to make:


I also kind of played around with a cake topper--we're going to have a little cake for our little wedding group, so I thought I'd keep it simple--I purchased these wedding doves and replaced the rings they once held in their beaks with a hammer (for my mechanical engineer FH) and a stethoscope (for me, who just graduated from med school). I also made some wire initials to stick on them, but I'm not sure whether the doves look better with or without them. What do you guys think?


Still not done (and we leave in 5 days!):
-Final music selections
-Final vows
-Crocheted garter (if I have time)
-Packing
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations (Picture-Heavy!) on: May 12, 2009 06:00:05 AM
ju1ie107, thank you! the "Love bears all things" paper was included in a wedding-themed variety cardstock pad from A. C. Moore--two sheets of that and several other lovely patterns.
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