I will offer a tip I learned first hand about Star Trek cakes. If you decide at the last minute you want a Star Trek cake for your birthday that looks like space but the only dark food coloring you have is blue, do NOT make space black by using LOTS AND LOTS of blue food coloring.
Lets just say you will be very disturbed the first time you go to the bathroom after that cake.
Apple Cobbler: Well, to be honest, I don't care for this one. I like apple themes just fine, but I don't like the way this particular one is put together. It seems like out-of-date country more then classic country, if that makes any sense. But thats just me. I think it has a lot of potential, so if you like this one don't listen to me. =P Once you put your own personal spin on it it will be awesome. =)
Butternut: I like the colors, but the way the quilt block is put together bugs me for some reason.
Cabin Quilt: This is my favorite. It's so warm and homey and cabiny! I love the block, the colors, the patterns, and the way they are put together. I think it also lends itself very well to being versatile - you could use almost anything country with this pattern and it would look great. You'd have the freedom to add and switch around items in your kitchen without having to worry if your linens match. You could even incorporate some apple-type stuff to combine the apple theme with this one, and I think it would look super.
York Lights: I like this one as well, but it looks more French-country then American country to me. It just depends on which look your going for. This one wold be a lot more airy and delicate of a look, and would also be decently versatile.
I hope that helps somewhat. If I think of anything else that might be helpful to add, I'll let you know. Congrats on your soon-to-be new place!!
Maybe try a light coating of spray adhesive? I've stuck things to the wall that way before, but it is possible that it could leave behind residue it it were left there long term. I used regular spray adhesive, but I think they do make a movable/removable type.
When I was little, my favorite way of sticking things to walls was to use a type of removable adhesive glue-stick that essentially made the paper into a post-it note. It removed clean, and seemed to stick very well.
Does the temperature fluctuate in the room a lot? Depending on the placement of the room in the building, it's possible that it's just getting really hot or cold at night, which could mess with the adhesive and make things fall off the wall.
If it's the stuff that I'm thinking of (it actually says "for plastic" on the can) then yeah, it works pretty well.
I've used it twice, the first time I used black onto smooth plastic masks for a sculpture, and it turned out really well, very smooth and shiny.
The second time I used a wine/red color on an old mailbox, and it came out blotchy and needed lots of coats to smooth it out.
So it does seem to stick very well (might still consider sealing your project though), but it takes an even hand and a bit of patience to get it smooth - it seems to be less forgiving then traditional spray paint in the streaky/uneven area.
I'm so very glad I'm not the only one that does this. I keep so much stuff, and never use it.
Mostly I think of things, and decide that the idea isn't good enough, or is stupid. When I try to think of something better, I can't, so I chalk it up to "makers block" and end up not making anything. Then when I don't make anything, I feel uncreative. Then the questioning of the abilities sets in....
Gah. I've been having a whole lot of those little "life epiphanies" as of late, but I hadn't gotten around to thinking about my crafting life specifically. Maybe I'll make it part of my life revamp to just make something - anything - each day, and deal with the results as they come. I'm tired of having these several month long dry spells. I have some decent Valentine's day ideas for the husband, so maybe I can start there.
That is too freakin' awesome!! I may stealing this one as well - a family friend of ours does doxie rescues, and has about 6 doxies in her house at any given time. Plus, she is really hard to buy for, so I think I just found her next b-day present!
That, and I got a brand spankin' new sewing maching for Christmas I'm dying to try out. Now I just need to learn to sew.
Is that $300 include the dress? I'm not a seamstress, but I believe that fabric/patterns/supplies on that alone will eat up most of your budget. Maybe consider going to a thrift store and finding a funky dress you can modify instead of starting from scratch?
Also, do you have a theme in mind? That will help us out a lot with suggestions. I love the pic-nic idea. It's too bad it will be so cold because then you might be able to just spread picnic blankets on the ground and forgo the tables, with baskets of flowers as the centerpiece. A winter/ice theme would be easy and cheap as well. Just get some blue table cloths, a piece of mirror from Hobby Lobby for each table, put a candle on the mirror and sprinkle some of those fake ice crystals (they are in the wedding isle) around. That would be pretty cheap, just remember to put candles in a tall glass to keep the wind from blowing them out.
I got my bridesmaid flowers at Hobby Lobby. They should still have what I used -it was just a standard, premade bundle of white roses that I hot-glued a few red sprays into for color. It was WAY cheap. You could also just pick two or three nice flowers, and tie them together - very elegant. Making invitations out of card stock is also super cheap, but can suck up a LOT of time so you may want to enlist some help on those.
I agree with those that say forgo the favors. They are just expensive and many people won't remember to take them anyway. I loved the cupcake idea - that would be fantastically cute and much cheaper then cake.
Officials can be a little pricey, but less so if you don't have to pay for the venue (such as a church). I'd also ask around and see if anyone knows any officials. Very often someone will know a pastor or other type of official they could hook you up with.
Food is usually a huge cost, is your family and friends helping with the cost of the barbecue? Again, it would help to know how much of the 300 is already budgeted. As far as music, we just did what everyone else said and cobbled together some speakers to our laptop. Instant DJ. =)
As someone who threw together a wedding in less then three months, I feel your pain. It can be done though, so don't freak out too much, but be prepared for a hard couple of months. Hopefully with a few more details we can give you some more help. =)