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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Mrs showmehelen's wedding pics and crafty bits :) on: October 25, 2007 03:19:57 AM
Hurrah for weddings!!

My man and I finally tied the knot on the 15th September and it was sooooooo awesome!!
I found it SO stressful sorting everything out, but I can safely say now that it's over that every single second of stress and every tear was completely worthwhile and I honestly had the happiest day of my life!  Grin Grin Grin

I posted up pics of my invites and favours here already:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=186835.msg1956992#msg1956992


Anyhoo - here's the pics:

We had a really small ceremony in a registry office in the morning to sort out all the legal gubbins and then another larger ceremony with all our friends and family in the afternoon. We exchanged rings in the second ceremony.
I always used to wear this necklace that said "Miss Asp" on it, so in the morning ceremony, instead of exchanging rings, Tim swapped my old necklace for an updated Mrs Ward version I made specially for the occasion!:


I made my hat/veil thingy myself that morning with some millenery netting, a corsage and lots of hair grips - I thought it turned out pretty good  Smiley

We all had a change of outfit for the afternoon ceremony, so here's us:


my mum turned out to be some kind of floristry genius and did all the flowers for the whole day. I was so proud of her!:


Thanks a million to LoriHatesOkra for her guest book idea here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193247.0
We had a table in the room for the reception with the guest book on it. I designed printed out loads of extra pages for the guestbook that could be stuck into the book later and had them here with some instructions and loads of coloured pens and stuff. It turned out to be a real hit and everyone loved it! The results are hilarious and it makes me want to cry happy tears every time I read through all the messages!
Here are the pages:


with the table plan:


We were working to a strict budget with our wedding planning and we found this exhibition space near where we live that we could hire out relatively cheaply. The space is a redeveloped old paint factory and needed a whole lot of decorating to give it a party atmosphere. We solved the problem by using these paper balls suspended down from the ceiling from fishing line. We got them for free from Marks and Spencers (large UK chain store) who were using them as Christmas decorations last year. We called around loads of the stores last December and asked if we could have them once they were taken down as they were just going to throw them away. I was so pleased - they worked brilliantly and they didn't cost us a penny!!



Finally, a picture of our wedding rings which we designed and had made by a local designer:



Hope you like seeing all the pics!!
If you want to see the full set, they can be found here:
www.squirecreative. com/weddingphotos

Mrs Ward  Grin
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / invitations and favours - done. -hurrah!! on: July 31, 2007 03:18:23 PM
so, i've finally got my invites and favours all sorted and thought i'd post some pics up here...

my wedding is in the middle of september and is going to be held in an old paint factory that has been converted into an exhibition space. the building has a real industrial feel to it and we wanted to have invitations that were contemporary and that had reference to the paint factory without being too twee.

there are two different invitations - one for the whole day and one for the people who are only invited to the evening party.
the invitations to the whole day are based on the idea of using paint charts, but using our four chosen wedding colours.

here's the front:


the back:


this shows the handmade black envelopes - which i LOVE!!:


here's the evening invite which is a7 size printed on both sides:



i have finished my favours now too. we bought 100 125ml paint tins from a tin manufacturer which we are going to fill with jelly bellys in our wedding colours and personalised love hearts:




i hope you like them all!!  Grin
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / felt fishy baby mobile on: January 21, 2007 01:54:56 PM

I am very proud to say that I became an auntie for the first time last weekend  Grin

I made this mobile as a gift for new baby alice:




I really enjoyed making this - I have never made anything like it before and it was a good challenge!!

I got the patterns for the fish from this link:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=63399.0
...I chose to overlook the fact that these toys were designed for cats and didn't tell anyone else about that bit it either!!

I am really please with the results.

- Hope you likey  Wink
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / i need help with my wedding dress please!! on: December 01, 2006 04:48:59 AM
hey,

i am sad to say that i know very little aboout making clothes. all the attempts i have made in the past have been pitiful and as a result i have decided to never try again!!

thankfully, i have not decided against paying other people to make clothes for me - hurrah!!

my problem is this:

i am getting married next year and i need to sort out my dress in the quite near future. i have ideas as to the kind of thing that i want, but nothing is set in stone as yet.
perhaps stupidly, i treated myself to a little visit to the vivienne westwood wedding shop in london a few weeks ago. as you can probably imagine, it was ridiculously awesome and i wanted every single thing in the entire shop.
i have promised myself that i can have some shoes, but all of the clothes themselves cost thousands of pounds and i can't even afford one sleeve of a westwood wedding dress let alone an entire outfit!!

i have found a lady near to where i live who is a very talented seamstress and who can make any item of clothing you want if you can provide her with a pattern.

so, i need to find a dress pattern. i have looked about a bit on the simplicity site and a couple of others and haven't found anything relevant as yet.

please, please can you help me!!

here are some pics of the kind of thing i want:

<img src="http://www.good2b.nl/images/sys/headlines/10760755254433da36acb4f.jpg">
<img src="http://www.filelodge.com/files/room14/340926/Images%20Photos/marilyn%20manson%20et%20dita%20von%20teese%202.jpg">

(i do realise that this is quite a lot to expect - but hey, i'm getting married!!)
thanks millions in advance!

helen
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / making baby mobiles... on: November 13, 2006 03:03:29 PM

i've been asked to make a baby mobile for my sister-in-law's new baby who will be arriving very soon 

i was just wondering if anyone had any good ideas about how i could go about making this?
ideally i would make it from amigurumi - but i can't crochet - which obvously would make this rather difficult!!

i can knit ok and i my sewing is not too bad. i was thinking about doing something made out of felt shapes?

do you think that it's important that the objects hanging from the mobile face downwards? i would have thought that this was an important thing, but when i've been looking at mobiles on google images, loads of them have flat pieces hanging down that should be viewed from the side rather than underneath.

any thoughts or ideas that anyone has about this will be greatly appreciated 
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / ideas for making a baby mobile... on: November 11, 2006 11:25:49 AM

i've been asked to make a baby mobile for my sister-in-law's new baby who will be arriving very soon  Grin

i was just wondering if anyone had any good ideas about how i could go about making this?
ideally i would make it from amigurumi - but i can't crochet - which obvously would make this rather difficult!!

i can knit ok and i my sewing is not too bad. i was thinking about doing something made out of felt shapes?

do you think that it's important that the objects hanging from the mobile face downwards? i would have thought that this was an important thing, but when i've been looking at mobiles on google images, loads of them have flat pieces hanging down that should be viewed from the side rather than underneath.

any thoughts or ideas that anyone has about this will be greatly appreciated  Cheesy
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / *cheap idea for christmas presents* scarf w/ felt appliqu (complete w/ photos) on: November 07, 2006 06:49:37 AM
i'm saving up for my wedding at the mo, so this year i am trying really hard to come up with inventive gift ideas that i can make that won't cost me too much money or take up all my time.

i saw this scarf in asda last week and thought it would be perfect for a gift with a little added embellishment. I sewed on some felt icons with some scraps I had at home and a couple of buttons and hey-presto - a unique scarf for my sister-in-law-to-be!!

The whole thing only cost 4!!
hope you like  Grin


8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hand Warmers on: November 02, 2006 10:17:40 AM

Hello  Grin

i was wondering if anyone could help me with any bright ideas...

I have been trying to knit some of the pocket creatures from knitty:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTpocketcreatures.html

but it would seem that my knitting skills do not yet stretch this far and I am finding my first attempt very difficult and fear it may have to stay incomplete.

I thought these woud be great little presents for people at christmas, but i think it's going to be too much of a trial for me trying to knit several of these in the next few weeks.
I am trying to think of a more simple pattern that i could use for the same purpose.
i did find this thread:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=74208.0

which is cool - but i quite like the idea of there being little fellas in your pocket rather than just a knitted pouch.

My knitting is not too bad - i am just a little inexperienced is all.

can anyone think of any more simple patterns that they have seen that i can use for this purpose?

i would really appreciate any ideas you may have.

Thanks millions in advance!!!

Helen  Cheesy
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / ***sock party*** on: June 07, 2006 03:34:17 AM

a friend of mine is having a party to celebrate moving into his new house...

it's a really cool place and it has pristine white floors - so to protect them, he has decided to make it a "sock hop" and everyone has to wear socks so the floor doesn't get all messed up.

i am knitting him some socks as a present, but i also want to make something cool to wear on my own feet. the socks he is getting are going to be the first socks i have ever knitted and as i have found them quite traumatic to knit, i don't think i really want to make myself any more unless i can think of something really good. i was thinking more about customising an existing pair.

the ideas i have had so far are:

1. to get some socks and add on some studs and whatnot to give them a kind of punk theme

2. to somehow change a pair of socks and add laces etc. to make them look like a pair of trainers

3. to make them look like animals - crocodiles or spiders or something

all of these are ok ideas i think, but they would all need refining.
any thoughts or ideas anyone has would be very much appreciated!!

i've got a month - so long enough to do something quite involved.

thanks!
helen Grin
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES / ***ooo, paper shoe*** on: April 04, 2006 06:57:36 AM
Yey, 1st craft challenge Grin
 
I did this collage of some of my favourite Nikes.
It is life-size and has been entirely cut to scale from it's original. I used four different types of paper in varying colours and pierced the pieces with a pin to create the stitching before sticking it all together.

I hope you like!!

Helen

                         
                         
                         

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