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3351  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* on: August 16, 2012 05:38:08 PM
Good luck rayne!
3352  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 3 ~*SU thru Aug. 19 ~ SO by Oct. 10*~ on: August 15, 2012 01:26:46 PM
Oh, and does anyone else have a Harry Potter pinterest board to look at for inspiration?  mine is here - http://pinterest.com/annaonthemoon/harry-potter/

Um, I have 4 different HP boards...
Harry Potter Goodness (HP Crafts) http://pinterest.com/mistressjennie/harry-potter-goodness/
Harry Potter Bedroom (for decorating my future childrens' rooms) http://pinterest.com/mistressjennie/harry-potter-bedroom/
Harry Potter Parties & Recipies http://pinterest.com/mistressjennie/harry-potter-parties-food/
And one for the Harry Potter Craftalong, where I'm posting my badges and projects.
3353  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: August 14, 2012 10:48:22 AM
Pinkleo, the Kitty Ghan came out beautiful!
3354  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: August 14, 2012 10:40:23 AM
People keep raising their eyebrows and looking sceptically when the budget comes up, especially since *gasp* we're planning a STEAMPUNK wedding.

Eh, ignore the snarky replies.  My husband and I planned a *beautiful* wedding for under $3,000. (Which is actually a little under your budget!)  Because I was in graduate school at the time, I couldn't do everything myself, as I might have done otherwise, but I did a lot of it on my own, or with the help of friends and family.  I did end up buying my dress, but I got a huge discount on it for renting the groomsmen/father's tuxes at the same place.  

For favors, I asked my mother-in-law to make her family caramels, which she makes every year for Christmas. And my mother (who owned a gift shop at the time) bought Swiss fudge from a famous candy shop in the town where I grew up at wholesale cost.  She also ordered the favor boxes from one of her suppliers for next to nothing.  We sat around filling them in the hotel room the night before the wedding.

For flowers, we did our own, as I was taking a floral design course at the time.  My professor was kind enough to donate the use of her classroom, all the pins/wire/tools we needed, and even donated a ton of flowers that she had left over from another project.  So the day before the wedding my mom, dad, and a couple who are best friends with my parents, helped me put together 15 centerpieces, arrangements for the alter, bouquets and boutonnieres.

We got a really good deal on the venue by getting married on a Sunday (instead of Saturday which is popular here).  My uncle happily served as DJ with the help of my laptop and some speakers & sound equipment rented for $60.  And we had a stunning cake that I picked out of the shop window.  Because she had "already designed it", she took off the standard design fee.  She even worked in the extra flowers from my bouquet.

Oh, and I made the groom's cake myself on the DAY OF my wedding!  It's a tradition in some parts of the US to make a cake for the groom that is more reflective of his personality.  I made a cake that looked like a pint of Guinness right before going to get my hair done.  Cheesy

Update:  Here's a link to the post I did here on Craftster about our wedding: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53280.msg3464924#msg3464924
Proof positive that you don't need a ton of money to create *beautiful* results.  You just need to have love in your heart while you work towards it!!!
3355  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: August 13, 2012 06:17:16 PM
::Waits patiently, and keeps an eye on the Weasley twins, who are clearly up to no good::
3356  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: August 12, 2012 08:44:33 PM
I'm so proud of how hard everyone is working to craft for their teams, and for good causes.   And I'm *extra* proud of my Gryffindor teammates for creating 6 items for charity!!!  Way to go ladies!
3357  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: August 12, 2012 12:55:08 PM
Dearest Headmistress pinkleo,
For the enlightenment of our Quidditch teams, what time constitutes "the end of the day" today?  Are we going with a time stamp on the post of midnight, CST?  Or midnight wherever the crafter happens to live? 
Cheers, jennieingram
3358  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Altered Dominoes on: August 12, 2012 06:54:20 AM
Simply STUNNING phizzy!
3359  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: S.P.E.W. (HP Charity Crafting) on: August 11, 2012 08:23:38 PM
Huzzah for Pinkleo in gathering and organizing all this wonderful information!
3360  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Puff Mitts ~free pattern included~ on: August 11, 2012 08:19:57 PM
Adorable!
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