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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: is this too creepy to have in a wedding? on: March 26, 2008 07:37:16 PM
First of all, to answer your question: NO, that is not too creepy!  It is awesome.  And it fits your theme, so use it. 

Also, just skimmed the replies, so this may be repeating previous responses, but what about pics of you and h2b (singly, together, whatev) in those teensy little frames hanging from the branches?  You could put that on the head table as a centerpiece, or if you're going to have a table where the guest book, card box, wish bowl, history in photos, etc. will reside during the reception (ie everyone will stop there for some reason) you could put it there.  Or incorporate it into a tablescape near the cake.  Or print out pics on acetate and put them in those tiny clear ball ornaments and use light somehow that will shine through them?  I like the idea of origami blossoms, or cranes for luck.  Lucky penny favors tied to the branches? *Racking the brain, napping cells are fist shaking* Ok that's all I've got right now.  But seriously, it's a cool sculpture.  Bare branches are very trendy in wedding centerpieces (anyone ever watch Platinum Weddings and see the $10,000 centerpieces and go "I could make that for $40?  Of course you do, you're craftsters!)
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Bride's toiletry and wedding day survival kit on: August 22, 2006 10:55:50 AM
Oh wow they turned out really well!  I think they'll be much appreciated.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Bride's Day Of: Survival Kit on: August 04, 2006 12:18:09 PM
JasperKat brough up an excellent point: the umbrella is a good idea too.  I had a golf one in my car just in case, but the rain was the day BEFORE the wedding.  It was a record-setting flood dubbed as the "Flood of 05" by the news.  Thankfully the day of it was a sunny, clear, warm October day.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: So much wrapping paper garbage!! on: July 28, 2006 09:53:46 PM
For bigger presents and such (afghans, fleece blankets, throw pillows, notice a crafty theme?  Wink )  I get a big box with a lid, for example a box that used to hold a ream of printer paper, or boxes from my Avon lady, and I carefully wrap them in paper, top and bottom separate, pop the gift in, and wrap a ribbon around it to hold it closed.  My mom saves these big wrapped boxes and puts away holiday decor, gift bags, etc in them, then in the following years we have already wrapped boxes for larger gifts.   It's also easy to pop store bought gifts in boxes or those weird-shaped plastic packages in instead of wrap them.  I also save tissue paper and gift bags.  And I cut out motifs from wrapping paper scraps to use on handmade Christmas cards.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Personal DVD Carrying Case? on: July 26, 2006 12:21:40 PM
Post a pic when you get it done, I'd love to see what you did.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Bride's Day Of: Survival Kit on: July 24, 2006 09:57:53 PM
OOO  OOO!  Pick me! Pick me!

I made a big survival kit for use by the entire wedding party in my best friend's wedding (I was a groomswoman   Grin )  I put everything except the water and snack food in a plastic shoebox and taped a list of the contents to the top so everyone could see if what they wanted was in there.  It was a hit!  I'll list the contents and some notes about them:

   Oil blotting sheets (don't smudge makeup and take down the shininess right before photos)
   Concealer (I even used it on one of the guys)
   mirror
   Eye drops (get redness reducing for when the crying starts, photos will look better)
   Lip gloss
   clear fingernail polish
   white paint pen (quick fix for chipped french manicures, and scuffs on white shoes/handbags)
   nail polish remover
   q-tips/cotton balls
   eye make-up remover (good for mascara smears)
   lotion
   breath mints (I bought 4 paks of the dissolving strips, kept 1 in my tux, incredibly handy)
   floss
   safety pins
   needle and thread (both dark and light)
   black socks and extra nylons (socks for the 1 guy who brings white or blue or brown)
   bobby pins
   hairspray
   tail comb
   Kleenex
   scuff cover (for black shoes)
   bandaids
   shout wipes/ tide to go
   nail file
   lint roller (the groomsmen loved me for this)   
   energy bars/snacks (I took energy bars, cheezits, fruit snacks)
   water
   drinking straws (saves the ladies' lipstick, less likely for spills)
   tape (scotch & masking)
   feminine stuff
   Tylenol (useful for headaches, footaches, backaches, etc.)
   Antacid/Pepto (I took pepto chewables and Rolaids chewables, the groom was happy)
   Scissors   
   White chalk (good for a quick fix for scuffs on white dresses or purses)
   Super glue
   Full flask
   Wet wipes
   Spray-on deodorant/body spray (spray on means no sharing stinkiness between people)
   Static spray (panty hose are the devil)
   Kids toys, games, crayons (for the flower girl/ring bearer b/c we did pictures beforehand)
   Hand sanitizer
   pen and notebook (vow revisions/anything the bride or groom doesn't want to forget, signs)

I also took a travel clothes steamer, which turned out very handy when one of the bridesmaid's dresses came out with a very wrinkled skirt.  I could also recommend a disposable camera in case you have a moment when the photographer isn't around. 

Any problem that came up through the course of the day (and night) we found a solution for right in the survival kit.  It was awesome.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: LV Cherry Blossom Mini Purses on: July 24, 2006 08:44:58 PM
Getting a bandwidth exceeded error when I try to look at the links and in the one posted in the thread.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Personal DVD Carrying Case? on: July 08, 2006 10:31:22 AM
I'm not sure if you have a specific style in mind, but my neice has one of these DVD players, and if I were to make her a bag to lug it around in, I would make a tote or a messenger style bag, with pockets on the inside for the cords and maybe a couple of dvds.  Maybe you could think of it like a laptop:  make a padded sleeve that is fitted for the actual player, and then a matching tote or a messenger that you could put it into, with pockets for cords and stuff.  I think both of those ideas would be fairly easy to handsew.

Check these out for ideas:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=81377.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=103095.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=65009.0
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Purple Messenger bag with flap + pockets on: July 08, 2006 09:53:38 AM
Suh-weet!!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: outdoor wedding -HOW? on: July 05, 2006 02:06:37 PM
I have a couple of ideas, hope that something helps:

You could get your hands on some room divider screens and screen off an area for your wedding party to wait behind.  You could then designate the ushers to move the screens in behind you after you walk down the aisle to screen off the back of the wedding guests from the general public (if the wedding party will be in a tree alcove, it sounds like it would be pretty cozy). 

Or take nellum's idea for hanging a fabric screen to hide behind. You could use clothesline strung between trees and pin the fabric on (or sew a quick casing at the top and run the line through) and then weight the bottom down with rocks, bricks, staple it to 2 X 4's, etc so it won't blow around.

Places that rent wedding supplies like chairs and arches usually rent tents, and you could see about renting a smaller plain tent to set up as a waiting room for the wedding party, or a dressing room for the bride and her ladies.  Or, if you are feeling particularly ambitious, you could build a collapsible wood frame and use a staple gun to cover it in fabric or paper (off those big rolls).

Or, you could make an entrance, i.e. have a limo, a carriage, a buggy, a group of half naked men and a carrying chair, a chariot, a horse, a motorcycle (etc.) deliver you (and perhaps the rest of the wedding party) directly to the ceremony site once the guests have arrived.  This would take a little coordination, and maybe some flexibility in how you want your processional to look, but it can be done.  Two outdoor weddings (in the country) I've been to have employed this technique.  They both had the guests arrive on site, and the wedding party.  In one, the wedding party (except the bride) simply arrived together and lined up at the altar site, in the other they sat in the back row of the seats until the guests arrived and then had a processional.  Then in one the bride and her father were driven in by a horse and buggy and dropped off at the aisle.  Afterwards, the bride and groom took a lap around the guests in the buggy.  In the other, the bride and her father rode in on horseback and dismounted at the aisle, and the ushers walked the horses as little way away.  Both of these had outdoor receptions, set up a short (walking distance) away.

I'd definitely go with something you can pack up and throw in the truck fairly quickly.  If you had a limo or something deliver you and the wedding party, you could climb back in after the recessional and cruise around until the guests make their way to the reception site (a whopping two blocks away was it?) so you can make an entrance there as well.  If you set up a screen, then you and your new hubby and the wedding party can make the jolly stroll with the guests.  Either way, it sounds like fun.
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