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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My Brooch Bouquet - Red, Teal, Silver on: September 12, 2013 10:24:23 AM
Well no one could ever fault me for moving too fast.  Roll Eyes  I'm actually putting this up because a friend is getting married soon and asked me about my bouquet. I didn't have a Craftster thread to share with her! Shameful! Anyway, this is my brooch bouquet that I made for my wedding in the fall of 2011.


Flowers are pretty but a flower bouquet never did it for me, personally. When I saw a brooch bouquet I was immediately drawn to it. Purchasing a brooch bouquet can be VERY expensive, but I can safely say, after going through this process, that price is deserved. In my opinion this is not an easy overnight project for a lot of reasons, but it was SO worth it!

Let me tell you, finding brooches is a PROCESS. Brooches are incredibly easy to find, but at $5+ for the majority of the "good" ones, a gal like me just gets priced out really quickly. There are some brooches that I did pay a good price for, but with such a large bouquet, you can only do that for brooches you REALLY want. Lots of people also have access to old brooches that may not mean a lot to them or may not be their style or they just don't wear for a number of reasons. I was VERY lucky in that I had a large group of women (including LOTS of mods, and even the super sweet JinjeetPhoenix!!) who were on the look out for me and helped so much with all of my wedding crafts, including sending me lots of brooches.

When I felt like I had a lot to choose from I tried to lay them out to see how I would arrange them.  


Let me tell you, you can have an idea of what you want, vaguely, but when it all comes together you may have to abandon that. Some brooches just don't fit together as well in a half-sphere as they do on a flat surface.  Wink You will have to play around with it A LOT.

There are tutorials around and they can help but I really just used them for the gist of it. A lot of it was just trial and error. Basically you need a relatively strong but malleable metal wire and floral tape.  Wrap one length of wire (decently long!) on each side of the pin, then bring them together and twist all the way down. I curved them over at the bottom so there were no pointy/pokey bits. Then I covered them in floral tape so that if any of the wire could be seen, it would just come across as black. Then I just tried to arrange them as best I could. Maybe I'm just used to working with softer materials like fiber and fabric but using the metal wire was not the easiest for me and the floral tape was not my favorite thing to use but it all worked out. I'm sure someone more familiar with these supplies will think "Duh! Why didn't you use X? That would've made it so much easier!"  Wink

Anyway, here's a bit of a peek into the messiness!

Once everything was arranged, I cut a circle of felt to hide the bottom of the bouquet and then wrapped all of the "stems" in felt I'd used for other projects for the wedding. For the bottom bottom... I just kinda stuffed some felt in there. Wink No biggie.


Then I wrapped the felt with some nice red silk(ish?) ribbon and then a tied a nice velvety teal ribbon around it. (Did those ribbons come from you, batgirl?) It came out beautifully I think! I was really pleased with it!

Here are some more gratuitous shots. Smiley



I actually didn't use ANY real flowers at my wedding! Here are my bridesmaids' bouquets, which I purchased from FlowerThyme. (She was really great and they were a great price! You could definitely make them if you wanted but it wasn't worth it to me. These were perfect and a price I was willing to pay to not have to make them myself.)

Photo courtesy of my amazing photographer. You might know her? Her name is sweets4ever.

The centerpiece flowers were all made my myself, and mods, and other friends. I will need to do another post for all of that stuff! Hopefully it won't take another 2 years.  Wink
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Small Business Advertising on Craftster! on: August 29, 2013 11:03:29 AM
Hey small business owners!

Did you know you can advertise right here on Craftster?

Ads are self-serve and are available for purchase directly through our small business advertising page. You can see that page here: http://www.craftster.org/advertise/squarebuttonads/

We offer ad spaces in "sections" that cover multiple boards on the forum (Cooking and Home, Jewelry, Knitting and Fiber, Sewing, and Miscellaneous), PLUS options for the Home page only AND the option to have your ad run site-wide!  jpg, gif, and png files in 125x125 pixel size are accepted up to 100KB. You can also use this page to create an ad if you don't have one created already.

Currently, only weekly ad pricing is available (with all ads starting on Mondays), however, we hope to eventually expand our options. You are able to purchase weekly ads in advance up to 7 weeks. You will need to add each week separately, but you can add as many as you like before you make a payment.

You're welcome to contact me with any issues or questions you may have about this entire process and I will do my best to help!
13  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / "I've made a huge mistake." - The Arrested Development Swap - 1 Angel FOUND on: August 19, 2013 05:44:17 PM
Swap Name: "I've made a huge mistake." - The Arrested Development Swap
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424973.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426135.0
# of angels needed: 1 (I won't necessarily be choosing the 1st responder.)
Deadline for shipping: 2 weeks from approval
Swap Requirements: 1 large and 2 small items (or the equivalent)

Recipient's country: USA
Recipient's Allergies: None
Recipient's preferences:
Favorite Bluth or associate: Lucille and Lindsay (I'm both)
Other Bluths or associates you love: Tobias
Any you hate?  George Michael is my least favorite but I don't hate him. He's essential to the story.
Favorite quote: Lucille: I dont understand the question, and I wont respond to it. Any of Tobis' gay jokes.
Anything you'd totally love to get? Something for the wall, a fabric panel I can add to a quilt or pillow. I'm limited on shelf space right now.
Anything you'd totally not love to get? I'm easy.
Additional things you'd like your partner to know (including Pinterest links, etc.): There's something poignant about the banana stand.


Angel: stitchzBstitchz
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / VOTE for the Knitting Category Challenge Winner! (Through Aug 21st!) on: August 14, 2013 02:26:28 PM
Vote for the winner of the Craftster 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge in the Knitting Category!
15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / VOTE for the More Art, Less Craft Category Challenge Winner! (Through Aug 21st!) on: August 14, 2013 02:06:16 PM
Vote for the winner of the Craftster 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge in the More Art, Less Craft Category!
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / VOTE for the Toys, Dolls, & Playthings Category Challenge Winner! (Thru Aug 21!) on: August 14, 2013 01:43:29 PM
Vote for the winner of the Craftster 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge in the Toys, Dolls and Playthings Category!
17  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / VOTE for the RRR Category Challenge Winner! (Through Aug 21st!) on: August 14, 2013 01:26:57 PM
Vote for the winner of the Craftster 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge in the Reusing/Recycling/Recrafting Category!
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / VOTE for the Quilting Category Challenge Winner! (CLOSED) on: August 14, 2013 12:56:08 PM
Vote for the winner of the Craftster 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge in the Quilting Category!
19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / VOTE for the Pottery/Ceramics/PolyClay Category Challenge Winner! (Thru Aug 21!) on: August 14, 2013 12:48:49 PM
Vote for the winner of the Craftster 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge in the Pottery, Ceramics, Polymer Clay Category!
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / VOTE for the Paper Crafts Category Challenge Winner! (Through Aug 21st!) on: August 14, 2013 12:30:10 PM
Vote for the winner of the Craftster 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge in the Paper Crafts Category!
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