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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / SO much to do! (Suggestions?) on: March 29, 2007 07:33:19 AM
I'm going to start a checklist here so a) you guys can help me with suggestions and b) I NEED SUPPORT! I'm doing 99% of my wedding by myself. So. Yeahhh. I have a year to get all this done for about 150 guests, so I'm tyring to get this all together and figured out so I can start tackling the things I can.
Here's a few notes:

My colours are different shades of ivory (light ivory to champagne) and black. I want it to be very classy, but not nearly as expensive as a wedding where I buy everything, so the ceremony and reception will have lots of candles to make it look brilliantly wonderful.

I am not sure about my dress. I'm wondering if just buying it from David's Bridal will be easier, since I'm making British money, and buying it in the States when I go to visit my mom will mean I'd buy the dress for half price. The one I have my eye on is $300, I'll be spending about 150. I've yet to find a good dress pattern. All I want is a simple A-line. No frills. Just a dress! It's ridiculous how hard it is to find a good pattern, ecspecially because I'm plus-sizes. A big theme running through the ceremony/reception will be black satin ribbon since I'll have one on my dress around the waist. It should look great!

I am lacto-veg, my FH is vegan. We're having a vegan reception, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. HOWEVER I wanted to figure out a way to make the food ahead of time where we could have the hotel staff serve it hot. I'm trying to figure out good meals I can do this with. GAH!

INVITATIONS!!!!!! Dear God. This is one of the only things I'm getting help with. My mom, cousin (MOH), and aunt are all helping me design, print, assemble, and mail the invitations, which all has to be done in a day or two, because I plan to mail them/make them at my mom's house in the States in July when I'm out there. Any ideas for designs? I don't want something too overdone (the "black paper, ivory vellum, tied together at the top with black ribbon" invitation has been suggested so many times, but I've also seen it WAY too many times!), but I also want something I can handle easily.

Centerpieces. Huh I was considering saving wine bottles and doing something with them. We drink a lot of wine. not a LOT, but enough to have a good amount of bottles saved!

The cake. Wow. I just bought a vegan desserts book with a million recipes, so I think I can handle it. I also saw in Sainsbury's (my grocery store) fondant icing in a box, which, apparently, is vegan, but I've heard tastes horrible. I figured if I can ice it nicely and evenly like fondant does, I can handle making and decorating the cake. What about a topper?

I'm sorry if these are way too many questions, I'm just freaking out about doing it. I know it's in a year, but I DO want to span all this out as much as possible in order not to kill myself in the end.

ONE THING I'M WORKING ON!!! My Ring Bearer's pillow! I've nearly finished knitting the top part of it, I'm going to sew it together when it's done and it'll be DONE!
I stole the idea from Martha. of course. heehee!

link!
i'm also considering making tiny ones in to sachets for favours. Good idea? yes? no?

edited: photo because I used hotlinks. Saved to Photobucket. SORRY MODS!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bridesmaids goodie boxes! on: March 26, 2007 08:05:02 AM
Martha Stewart Weddings had these this past issue, and I found them adorable!
Click!

My question is if anybody's seen pails around like that? They're adorable, and I'd love to craft the outside of them with cool designs and their names. I was thinking of filling them with food each bridesmaid likes specifically (like my MOH, Sarah, LOVES Ranch Flavoured sunflower seeds, so I think I may make my own, like take a bag of normal salted ones and toss them in ranch powder; Kelli, my other bridesmaid loves Babybell cheeses, and here in the UK, they make double packs of them for snacking, which she will find adorable; Rebecca loves Kettle Chips; Alisa loves chocolate ANYTHING) and putting in each a tiny bottle of wine and water. Sounds great!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Emailing Save the Dates? on: March 24, 2007 09:46:22 AM
 Huh

My fiance and I are strapped for cash, but plan on getting married next March. We don't want to spend the money buying the cards, or even the material for them, if it means we can use that money towards something else. I had an awesome idea of taking our scrabble board, spelling out "We are Getting Married" on it, then writing the date on a piece of paper below it on the board, taking a picture of it, putting it in an email and including more details. Do you think this is TOO impersonal or do you think it's handy? We need STDs, as my family will be coming from the States, and we live in the UK.

Do you have any other suggestions for emailable STDs?
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Wedding Cake! on: March 23, 2007 01:16:37 PM
I need a vegan cake for my wedding. I have a local baker who will decorate it if I make the actual cake, which, for me, is the best route to go, so I'm not freaking out about it on the day of the wedding.

The only recipes I have are chocolate, vanilla, and lemon. Which to me, is very dull. I want something nice! like maybe red velvet? Thanks!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / White Stripes Stencil? on: March 22, 2007 07:17:51 AM
I'm trying to figure this out. Okay.

I LOVE the original picture of that. I HATE the stencil. However, it's the only stencil I could find...

I was wondering two things:
1) if anybody has another stencil of theirs
and/or
2) could anyone turn one of these pictures (second row down) of them in to a workable stencil? I've tried to SOOOO hard and they're not working out for me. I'd like to use a Patrick Pantano photo of them, since I love that man tremendously. Thanksssss!!!!!! This is for a 45 box I have that's plain and I want to spice up a bit. All the White Stripes singles I have will fit int here, so I figured why not? Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Stripes??? on: February 07, 2007 07:29:05 AM
I bought a book yesterday called "Not Your Mama's Knitting" by Heather Dixon. There's a scarf pattern in there I really love called Barcode. However, what the scarf, essentially, is a cast on of five stitches in one color, one row of the same color, then a color change to do another two rows of five stitches with the other color, reapeating until the scarf is done, leaving some fringe behind.

HOWEVER I am supposed to do it with Size 15 needles! Which are HUGE for me! The biggest I've worked with was a set of size 7.

1) Do you have any tutorials on changing colors?
2) Any advice with working with large/plastic needles? I only bought plastic ones because I was hoping this could be a project I could work on during my nine hour plane ride to England on Friday.

thanks so much!
-Holly
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Curvatious wedding dress? on: February 02, 2007 01:37:30 PM
hello kids!
I was wondering if you guys had any basic designs I could use to make a dress for my court-house wedding in two months? I'd like something knee-length, but also something flattering. I would VERY much appreciate it! I'm about a 2x. Thanks!
-Holly

EDIT: This will be my first clothing project, so something REALLY easy would be appreciated. I'm used to making quilts and purses. Tongue
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New to knitting! on: December 08, 2006 07:39:55 PM
I JUST mastered the art of knitting. I had known how to cast on for the longest time, but never got past it. Well, now I've got something that's about 10 rows in to it, I think it's going to be a scarf, haha.

Any patterns for first-time projects? I want to do something I could possibly give to someone, something cute. And easy.

Thanks a lot!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 17th Birthday Party ideas? Rockabilly/retro garage?????? on: August 15, 2005 03:12:44 PM
Any ideas for a theme for my first party in five years? I'm stumped. I've come up with a rockabilly theme or a retro garage theme, but I can't think of any ways to make the party themed that way.  Huh

Any other theme ideas or ideas for the themes I mentioned? I'm concerned about invitations right now, as I want to hand make them and it's in November.

Thanks a while bunch!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / I NEED SERIOUS HELP, PLEASE!!! on: August 15, 2005 02:32:43 PM
Okay, so my ex boyfriend had a band in which I wrote their name across a teeshirt in fabric marker with. I just found the shirt on Saturday, so I decided to bleach it out because I could TOTALLY use it for a stenciling shirt.

the only problem is, it's sat in bleach since then and it's not faded one bit.

Anybody have any stencils I couold use that would cover up a two inch-tall logo that goes across the whole shirt? the logo I made looks as such:


but I want some sort of stencil to go voer it that either involves Michigan, Detroit, or any band from Michigan/Detroit. It would be helpful. THANKKSSSSSS!
[also posted in stencil_swap]
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