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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Lindsey's 9/5/09 UPDATED Thread! on: June 26, 2009 05:17:25 PM
Just over two one months to go, and I am finally making progress!  I am a master procrastinator.  I am so excited to share here!
My fiance and I are getting married on Sept. 5 at my family's cabin that is a few miles up a beautiful canyon in the Wasatch Mountains.  Our colors are shades of blue (sky to cornflower) and green (sage to clover).  Our flowers are blue hydrangeas and white roses.  
Here is the location (the whole wedding and reception will take place outside).  It will be a lot more cleaned up for the wedding though.  We are staining the logs and the weeds will be gone.
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3A8%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D3259985%3A%3B4345nu0mrj
This is the view the guests will have looking toward the altar.  The altar will be where the pile of wood is now - the wood will be gone, obviously. Smiley  Since it will be September, the leaves will just have started to change, so it will be spectacular.  
http://images2d.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3B5%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D3259985%3A%3B3345nu0mrj
Here is a shot of the river that runs in front of the cabin.
http://images2d.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3B5%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D3259985%3A%3B5345nu0mrj

I will be crafting a few things:
cake topper
ring bearer's pillow
flower girl bag or basket
centerpieces (prototype finished)
sashes for the bridesmaids dresses
wrap for me
card box
invitations
road sign

My fiance will also be making an arbor for an "altar," possibly on a stage.

I made the cake topper with Sculpey clay.  I used to do a lot of little figurines and I sold a few at craft shows when I was younger.  When I went to college, I quit because I had no time, so I was surprised I could still do it!  They are hot glued onto a tea plate of the depression glass pattern I collect (Miss America; which, by the way, is not harmed by hot glue).  I don't actually have a photo of them on the plates, but here is the cake topper couple.
http://images2d.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp5367%3B%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D323%3A826836%3C4%3Cnu0mrj
And here is what the plate looks like.
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53648%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D323%3A4965%3A39%3A4nu0mrj

We designed the invitations on my fiance's Mac and had them printed at Kinko's.  We ordered envelopes made of recycled brown grocery bag paper from a website.  The look so rustic and awesome!
http://images2d.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3B7%3Enu%3D3269%3E%3A9%3B%3E%3B6%3B%3E235%3A%3A9%3B%3C5%3C254ot1lsi
Sorry the picture is sideways!!
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53666%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D326%3A3%3A9577345nu0mrj

We are including a recipe card with each invitation, with a request for a recipe, a bit of wisdom, or a good quote.  The guests (hopefully) will bring the card to the wedding, and we will have a family recipe box.  I designed the card on Word.  I just watermarked a photo of the river in front of the cabin and printed it on cardstock.
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53668%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D326%3A3%3A9579345nu0mrj

I found a cheap ring pillow on clearance at Wal-Mart, but it had an awful plastic heart on it.  So, I cut that off and wrapped a little blue tulle around it and VOILA!
http://images2d.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3B7%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D3259985%3A9%3B345nu0mrj
I added a green ribbon that matches the flower girl's basket.  I like it better.  What do you guys think?
http://images2d.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3B5%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D326%3A3%3A956%3B345nu0mrj

I used ribbon, vellum flowers, and colored brads to decorate the flower girl's basket.
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53669%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D326%3A3%3A9573345nu0mrj

I used the same materials to decorate a plain green photo box to use as a card box.  This is also where we'll collect the recipe cards.
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3A6%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D326%3A3%3A9572345nu0mrj
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3A7%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D326%3A3%3A9574345nu0mrj
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3A7%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D326%3A3%3A9575345nu0mrj

I wanted to do something creative that reflected the setting for the centerpieces.  Someone on Craftster gave me the idea of using things from the actual site in the centerpieces, so right away I thought of river rocks, pine boughs, and pine cones.  When I went to gather some stuff, I remembered that all of the river rocks in front of the cabin are slate, which breaks off in sheets.  That's when I thought of using a river rock as a base.  Then, today at Wal-Mart, I found this awesome blue fabric for $1.00 a yard, so I bought the whole bolt.  Please try to imagine it with non-wrinkly fabric.  I don't have an iron!
This is what I came up with.
http://images2b.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53446%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D3259985%3A%3A7345nu0mrj
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3A8%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D3259985%3A%3A8345nu0mrj
http://images2d.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3B4%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D3259985%3A%3A9345nu0mrj
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3A%3B%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D3259985%3A%3A%3A345nu0mrj
http://images2d.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3B6%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D3259985%3A%3A%3B345nu0mrj
]http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3A6%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D3259985%3A%3B2345nu0mrj
We can't decide which we like better - the glass holders or the leather cups (which are beer bottle cozies my grandpa made).  We also can't decide on the bow.  I think the glass looks better without and the leather looks better with.

I didn't even think of it, but my fiance said it looks like the river with a little mountain trail bouquet sitting on an island in the middle.  Which is perfect, if you ask me.  I am excited, so I just hope everyone else likes it too!  I want them to think it's creative, not odd.

I will post more as I complete more.  Thanks for taking a look and for constructive feedback!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Sculpey Cake Topper - UPDATED with Groom! on: March 16, 2009 03:11:29 AM
I have hardly done any wedding planning so far, but I started browsing the boards here and now I am super excited and motivated!  
So, here is the first thing I have actually made for the wedding.  I used to be really into making Sculpey figurines and beads, but when I went to college I stopped because I just didn't have the free time.  But after all the inspiration I found here, I really wanted to do something with that old "talent."  I don't have the right colors for the groom, so he'll be coming along soon...
Sorry about the less-than-stellar pictures.
]http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53654%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D323%3A4965%3B7%3C58nu0mrj
http://images2d.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53687%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D323%3A4965%3B7%3C59nu0mrj


Well, I just knocked out the groom for my cake topper. Here he is! You can't tell very well from the picture, but the suit actually has the lapels and collar.  My fiance wanted the little white lines on his shoes for some reason, so I made them for him.  
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53659%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D323%3A826836%3C4%3Bnu0mrj

Here are some pics of the bride and groom together.  I changed the bride a bit since the above photos.  I decided that she looked scared and I wanted a more happy look, so I made her a smile.  I also decided to give them both colored eyes since my blue eyes and his green eyes inspired our wedding colors.  Finally, I sprayed them both with an acrylic gloss finish to make them look more polished.
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53656%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D323%3A826836%3C4%3Anu0mrj
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53648%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D323%3A826836%3C53nu0mrj


Thanks for looking! I'd love to hear what you think.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Centerpiece Advice/Feedback Please on: March 16, 2009 01:08:03 AM
I have just started planning our wedding for early September.  We don't have a lot of firm plans yet, but I know that I want to make my own centerpieces.  I love this area of the forum!  I have gotten tons of ideas!
Anyway, I have this kind of unique idea for my centerpieces but I would like to pick the brains of all you super creative crafty people to bring it to fruition!
I collect depression glass, which is dinnerware from the depression era.  There are dozens of colored and clear BEAUTIFUL patterns of depression glass out there, and I collect the clear Miss America pattern.  I want to use the plates as the base for the centerpieces, but I would like some ideas for what to do from there.  Obviously I could do vases with flowers on top of the plates and that would be easy to make fabulous, but I am certain that you amazing craftsters will have lots more ideas than that!  I would really like it to be creative and unique.
Here is a picture of one of the plates:
http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53648%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D323%3A4965%3A39%3A4nu0mrj
And a detail of the edge pattern:
http://images2d.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53682%3Enu%3D3395%3E637%3E9%3C9%3EWSNRCG%3D323%3A4965%3A39%3A3nu0mrj

Thanks for looking and thanks for contributing ANY ideas that you have!! I am open to anything!

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Experiments in Altered Books on: July 15, 2005 02:39:34 PM
I just recently became interested in altered books and made these pages as an experiment. there is no real theme. i was just trying out some ideas. but i really like the results.













5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Glue and Altered Books on: July 13, 2005 02:33:36 PM
Hey, I just started altering books but I'm having a hard time with the glue. I wanted a nice sealed page so I used mod podge over the whole page and it worked well except now my pages are sticky and stick together.

So, my question is: what glue do you guys use in your altered books?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / stepdad with cancer-sentimental gift ideas? on: June 04, 2005 10:34:50 PM
my stepfather was diagnosed with cancer about a year ago and was able to fight it with chemo this long, but a few days ago the doctors found a large, unoperable tumor, and there is nothing they can do for him.
we aren't even sure if he'll make it to fathers day, but i'd like to do something for him before he goes. obviously, he doesn't need a lot of material possesions, but does anyone have any ideas for something sentimental that i can do for him while he's still with us?
i was thinking maybe a poem or a long letter but i'm not great with words...
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / New Roomie Gift on: May 16, 2005 09:01:17 PM
Hey guys, I need some ideas.

I live with my dad right now but in about a couple of weeks he's moving away and my best friend (she's also my cousin) is moving in (we'll have separate rooms). Come Fall, we're both moving into my sorority house, where we'll be sharing a room.
We are truly the best of friends, but I'm scared to live with here because we bicker like sisters. So I was hoping to make her a "Surviving With Me/Surviving the Sorority House" kit.

Any ideas as to what I should put in it?
Thanks!
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