I was married on June 30th, and we had a brown and blue theme, with a daisy motif here and there. It was a perfect combination of classic and fun (in my opinion, at least!)
Everything was held at H.M.C.S. Discovery, a Naval Reserve base in Vancouver, BC. It was a perfect setting - a tiny island off Stanley Park, with forest, mountains and ocean in the background, but still minutes away from downtown. (Note: this location is not open to the public; my Uncle sponsored us). The ceremony was outdoors, between two trees and overlooking a small bay, and the reception was in the Chief & Petty Officer's Mess.
The crafty stuff I did:
Save the Dates
The photo strip is similar to something I saw on here before - I don't know who to credit, I apologize! We took them using a digital camera, and photoshopped them into a strip. The signs in the photos were hand-lettered, and I hand wrote a message to each guest (70 in total!)
Inserts (in one photo to save some space; response card left, map on the right):
The invites were a modified pocketfold I created. They are about 8" tall and 5" wide and trimmed and folded from a 12x12" piece of cardstock. The cover features a strip of scrapbooking paper. Inside the pocket is a response card in an envelope (with a heart stamp on the envelope flap) and a map. I drew the map on a larger piece of paper, then scanned it, reduced it to fit, and printed it. Everything was printed on a regular black and white laser printer.
I'm including these because I almost forgot to make them, so I thought it might jog other people's memory. Simple cardstock with wide grosgrain ribbon to tie them to the chairs.
I hand-lettered each set of names in a different writing style. The numbers are wooden numbers I found on sale at a dollar store for 10 cents per set of six numbers. I coloured some of the surfaces with stamp pads.
The placecards were actually folded out of tiny blue paperbags. Names were handwritten on small tags, backed in brown paper, and rubber cemented on. Guests could then unfold their paper bags to take home treats from the...
In the centre of each table was a mirror with a mix-matched collection of old glassware on it, each glass filled with a different type of blue or brown candy! No two tables were the same. My mom, aunt, maid of honour and I collected the glassware from thrift stores for months leading up to the wedding, trying to find quirky pieces. Among the glassware was itsy bitsy liquor glasses, massive margarita glasses, a glass beaker, tiny crystal mugs, and more. Everyone really liked the centrepieces - there was something to snack on if you were hungry, and who doesn't like candy! Guests were also invited to take a piece of the centrepiece glassware home.
(Also in this picture: the table numbers. Simple tent cards with numbers stamped on them. I didn't have any big number stamps, but spotted a fun foam math bath toy at the dollar store, and used the numbers from it - worked great!)
The favours were cookie cutters - practical yet inexpensive. Dave picked the airplanes, which were a huge hit (he has his pilot's license and works in the aircraft industry). To add a personal crafty touch to them, I printed out little tags with our names and the date, and stamped the back (it says "A little something..."). Inside was one of my favourite cookie cutter cookie recipes.
Flowers & Flower Girl's dress
The absolutely gorgeous flowers were done by my Godmother. She did an amazing job. The daisy theme was carried throughout the bouquets.
My mom sewed the flower girl's dress for me, as I was getting too busy near the end. I picked the pattern and material. I absolutely love this dress. I've asked her mom (my cousin) to have the dress back once she's outgrown it so that my daughter (if I have one) can one day wear it.
Action shot of the dress:
The cakes weren't quite homemade - we bought them from White Spot, which shocked everyone (White Spot is a local restaurant best known for its hamburgers). My Godmother decorated them with flowers. She also made the beautiful floral baskets in the background. The baskets initially sat at the base of the ceremony arch.
"Scrapbooky" Photos over the years pages
I had pages of Dave and I growing up in the hallways. We picked out some of our favourite shots, and I put them together into pages that will slide into the back of our wedding album. I did about 25 or so pages; here are four. They were a big hit, as Dave's family could see me growing up, and vice versa. We also made an effort to include photos with other people (such as our cousins), which added further interest.
Guest Book Bowl
Unfortunately, no one took a photo of the overall setup, but I laid out several different sizes and shapes of several colours of paper on a plate, and a bunch of acid free gel pens. This sign was propped up nearby, along with a giant round (fish-bowl like) vase for people to drop their notes into. The notes we got were awesome - so nice to read once we returned from our honeymoon.
Wow, that's a lot of stuff. I hope you like it! I loved it.
The idea behind the craftalong is for us to learn new block patterns together, trying new techniques, and encouraging each other to make steady progress on a sampler-style quilt. Each month, links to patterns for two different block patterns will be posted - craftalongers can pick the one they prefer, or do both if they are so inclined. By December 2006, each of us will have either 12 or 24 squares, which we can then add sashing, borders, etc, to in January 2007, to finish our quilts.
The block patterns are all for 12" blocks, but you could reduce the sizes if you wanted. I chose the site the patterns are coming from for it's clear directions and diagrams for us beginners and novices.
There are now some finished blocks, starting on page 3!
Q. It's now past January, but I would like to make a quilt, too! May I still join in? A. Of course! People are always welcome to come and go as they please. Too busy one month? Skip it, but feel free to come back for the next one! Joining late but want to play catch-up? Please do! If you have a camera, post your blocks as you go - no worries if they aren't for the current month. Want to join late and just start where you're starting? That works, too!
Q. I don't have a camera or scanner - can I still participate? A. Of course! It's fun to share your work if you are able, but if you're not, we understand (I don't have reliable access to a camera either). You can still join in the happy chatter of techniques, tips, tricks, colour woes, and complimenting others! The craftalong is supposed to meet your needs - help make it what you need it to be!
I'm wondering if anyone would be interested in doing a block of the month quiltalong in 2006? Each month, a different block (likely traditional) would be selected, and we'd each make up our block however we'd like, and share the results. Next December, we would have pieced 12 blocks, and at that point we could each add sashing, borders, etc. to our liking and create finished quilts for January 2007 to share electronically? I've wanted to do more quilting, but have trouble with motivation, but thought this might encourage us to "keep up." It would also be good for beginners, because we could start with simpler blocks, like a double nine-patch or log cabin, before moving into stars or maybe a drunkard's path.
I am a potter, and enjoy making small clay characters, since I'm an instant gratification kinda gal. Most of these little friends stand somewhere around 5-8 cm high. They've all been underglazed, and then coated with a clear glaze. If any of you folks are in and around Vancouver, BC, Canada, they are currently on display at the UBC Pottery Club Show and Sale at the UBC SUB Art Gallery (11 am - 5 pm daily until Friday).
So, I finally managed to borrow a camera from work to take photos of a few of the purses I've made in the last few months, but they ended up being really discoloured. However, here are some of my creations:
This is a dark denim bag, lined with a red paisley. The fabric is actually from a kids' top, and it had an awesome chinese dragon silkscreened on it already:
This one is made with fabric that looks like crazy quilting (and I wish it really was, but I didn't have time for something that elaborate!). It's lined in a rich red broadcloth, and has a beaded handle:
This is my second favourite of the group, made of red satin chinese brocade. The characters are actually a poem. The handle was hand-knotted using a chinese knotting technique with rattail (over a bra underwire, of all things) and hardened with a gold-flecked glue wash:
My favourite, this is lined with white denim, and has a nice bright pink paisley (the fabric is actually much more pink than the photo show; think barbie pink with fushia and orange accents) outer fabric, accented with turquoise ribbon. The handles are made of a richly woven turquoise, blue, and silver ribbon; all of the colours are amazing in real life. The bag also isn't misshapen in real life:
I'd love to hear some feedback! Constructive criticism very welcome - I'm still learning!
This pillow, created for DithMer for the Sex Toy Accessory swap so she'd have a place to hide her accessories, has a nice girly-looking zipped pocket inside the pillow sham itself. The sham fits a standard 14" (35 cm) square pillow form. The pillow is to accessorize her burgandy bed set.
Here is the front, featuring multi-texture fabric patchwork (cotton, fleece, faux leather, velvety material):
The back is a neat print that I really like (I hope DithMer likes it, too!):
This shot shows the bottom of the pillow zipped open, and the zippered pocket inside:
On to the Tutorial:
First, collect your materials:
You will need: assorted fabrics to piece the top from, a 18" square piece of backing fabric, a smaller piece of fabric to create the pocket from, a zipper 14" or longer, and a zipper as long as you want your pocket to be wide.
Next, we will create the zippered pocket. Please ignore the fact that this example is out of a different fabric than the finished product. Cut a rectangle of fabric twice as long as you want your pocket to be high, and as wide as you want your pocket to be. Create a zippered pouch (there are many tutorials on Craftster for this, if you need help), but with the good side of the fabric on the inside. Do be careful, however, to make sure the zipper will open from the bad side. When you place the zipper, it should be flat along one side of the pouch (rather than on the edge):
The next step is to piece your top. Use whatever arrangement is pleasing to the eye. I used different colours, patterns, and textures of fabric to add interest. If you prefer, you could use unpieced fabric in a neat pattern instead of piecing the top:
Trim your top to 18" square.
Then, attach a zipper along the bottom side of the pieced fabric. Attach the other side of the zipper along the bottom side of the backing fabric. You should now have a long rectangle of fabric with a zipper in the middle:
Flip the sham to the wrong side. Pin the pocket along the top zipper, matching it with the zipper along the inside of the backing. Sew straight across the top-side of the pocket zipper, attaching the pocket like a flap:
Match the right sides of the fabric, with the zipper partially open. Sew a 3/8" seam along the three open sides.
Turn rightside out, and voila! You have a pillow sham with a hidden pocket.
Here are some Pysanky eggs I did around Easter. What do people think? They're pretty easy to do, if time-consuming. (And yay, borrowed a camera from work and can actually post). They are all original designs, though parts are inspired by traditional patterns.
New: Note that there is now a written tutorial about five posts down.
The side of this egg has bamboo shoots in white.
Back: "Why do bunnies lay eggs?"
Bottom back detail:
And my boyfriend did this one! I was so proud - it's his first time doing something craftier than model airplanes and trussed bridges (he's an engineer):
Now I have participated in a few swaps, I have to question the delivery confirmation rules. I understand that the rules are there to prevent bad swappers from ruining the system, but I think they are also stopping people from swapping - I know I'm starting to think I won't be able to continue swapping.
I understand that most of the people on these boards are from the US, but the DC rules seem very skewed in their favour, as I understand that DC's are quite affordable in the US (I've been told it's usually under a dollar more). However, it should be acknowledged that this isn't the case in the rest of the world. I know in Canada, sending domestically, even a letter (or super-light crafts that can disguise as letters) that you need some way of tracking will either cost an additional $6.50 over regular shipping costs to send it registered mail, or you have to use Xpresspost (the priority courier service), which starts at just over $5 for just a letter (more for packets or a package). To send to the US, it's an additional $11 on each letter, packet or package; overseas it's even more expensive.
These costs really are making it prohibitive to participate in swaps. I would propose that some sort of system be started that could track good swappers, and that people with a decent number of successful swaps (say, three) could start forgoing delivery confirmation. This would make shipping costs more managable for those of us who are not in the US. We already track bad swappers; I think we should really consider tracking good swappers, as well.