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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / beautify popcorn centerpieces? on: March 16, 2007 09:04:03 AM
ok, odd as it sounds, the center of my table has a large cone-ish shaped tin vase, with red wrapping paper around it. inside is tissue sticking out, and in that... is popcorn! its a cheapo solution (and I LOVE POPCORN) to a snack for the many kids/adults to have available for that hour when the bar is open but the wedding party hasnt arrived yet. its so close to dinner i didnt want any filling hors deurves, and we are showing a mini slideshow so it sort of fits into the 'movie' theme.

but, I want to 'beautify' the popcorn a bit, and I was thinking of making the vase filled with a huge mound of popcorn balls dyed red or pink or something... kind of flower like. ANY ideas?

to give you an idea of the look, the table cloth is red, and on either side of the popcorn vase are bottles of wine, sorounded by real grapes and real apples and red and pale pink tissue paper roses scattered.

22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: need ideas for a tacky kitschy wedding in vegas (by elvis!!!) on: March 16, 2007 08:58:50 AM
OH!!!!!!!!!!! Your invites HAVE to look like a deck of cards!!!!!!!!
your favours should be dice!
I am a graphic designer, so if you need help, let me know.
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: liquor bottle candles... on: March 14, 2007 12:34:45 PM
no, its just a better visual guide for her to see what she is doing, she cuts next to it,and a few bottles have cracked, so it stops the shards from going everywhere.

she holds the glass cutter steady on the edge of a table, and twists the bottle around in a circle next to it. you just have to be steady.

the glass cutter she has is a diamond bit one, made for stained glass. you basically score the glass, then break it off. nothing cuts right through, is my understanding.
24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / unusual shape cutters or mold ideas? on: March 14, 2007 12:23:21 PM
I need to make 100 little chevy symbols:
http://www.synlube.com/Logos/Chevy_BW_logo_sq.jpg
for cupcake toppers.

I can make them out of chocolate, or fondant, but I need some sort of mold/cutter.

any ideas of a food safe way I can make one? or where to buy one?
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: liquor bottle candles... on: February 18, 2007 02:53:04 PM
ok, I had the bottle cutter, but it was just too finicky.

My mom does stained glass, and has a real glass cutter.
she first puts black electricians tape around below she wants to cut as a guide. then scores it with the glass cutter. a bottle cutter should do the same, but she doesnt have one where she lives and learned the trick after I got rid of mine. (thank god she was  persistant in making this work... I would have given up).

so, after its scored, she fills the sink with ice cold water. lights a candle, runs it around the score mark till the bottle is hot  (a minute?) then drops the bottle carefully in cold water and CRACK. instant two pieces.

she also uses a dremel to sand them (1/10th the time as sandpaper). right now, I have 15 vases of yellowtail wine bottles made into candleholders, waiting for my wedding centerpieces!!!
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My start on wedding crafts on: February 15, 2007 09:14:35 PM
I have 4 months to finish 180 more of these (individual, not bouquets).

These are for scattering loose on the tables around the centerpiece:
Tissue paper flowers ala Martha stewart!

http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=391768505&size=m

http://www.flickr.com/photos/artistrea/391768408/

They are soooo easy and cheap. after making a few and getting the hang of it, I can do about ten to fifteen roses in an hour.

literally, all the supplies I got at a dollarstore or walmart, $5, and I should have more than enough to do all 180 flowers.

I am putting some in vases as well for the coffee/tea tables and guest book tables.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: strapless help!? please? on: February 05, 2007 01:30:47 PM
there is no boding, its sort of a fitted stretchy mock neck style top, lace applique over/under the bust, that zips up the back.

exact same seams as a fitted tshirt.

I know it sounds odd. I figure there is enough fabric I can cut straight across the chest, under the arm pits, and across the back (but above a bra) and do some sort of seam. I am hoping the fact its stretchy and fitted with a zipper, that it will hold it up.

28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / strapless help!? please? on: February 05, 2007 08:08:56 AM
I am 'renovating' a polyester (back zip up) turtleneck longsleeved wedding dress into a WICKED strapless dress.

question... I have no clue how to finish off the top into a strapless. there is enough fabric to cut it and do a squarish top across the front.

Do I just do a fold over seam, and assume the stretchy fabric and fittedness from the zipper hold it up? do I insert elastic into the top seam? do I use interfacing? (I dont think i need it though).

the fabric is this thick ivory scrunchish polyest stuff. (old).

do I sew it onto a strapless bra to stay up?

any ideas? I don't own a strapless dress, so I don't have anything to copy from.


any hints or tips would be WONDERFUL. I think this would be too simple to take into a tailor, I know i can figure it out.
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: I need help to finish my invite... see pic. on: January 19, 2007 08:27:35 AM
I would have made all the other items the same round oval shape as the fan, so it would have fit together really well.
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding Favors on: January 19, 2007 08:26:19 AM
I'll be making wine jelly and spiced honey in jars for our guests, tea sachets for the grandmas and cookies for the children.

For a while I was considering making bottle stoppers out of corks, screws and clay, but not everyone attending drinks wine.

I saw one creative wedding where the bride and groom where a chef and baker, and got everyone a wooden spoon with a design painted onto the handle. It was neat because when ever the guest wanted them to kiss, they used the wooden spoon to tap the table. there was also alot of joking in the photos with people pretending to run after each other with the spoon (to spank, etc).
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