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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wild Flower Themed Wedding Cakes! (Picture Fat!) on: February 03, 2009 01:43:04 PM
We had an August wedding and though our colors were blue, green and yellow, we had very colorful wildflowers as centerpieces, bouquets etc.  So we carried that through with the cakes!

And yes, we did have multiples!  Luckily for us, my one and only cousin just happens to work as a cake decorator!  So, as per her request, I baked the cakes a week before and stuck them in the freezer.  They were a mixture of boxed cake mixes (like Party Chip) and homemade (my mom's carrot cake recipe!)  The reason for so many?  We just wanted to have something for everyone!  So, we had: Party Chip, German Chocolate, Carrot Cake, Yellow Cake, Vegan, Gluten Free and Sugar Free. 

My cousin spent HOURS making tons and tons of foundant flowers.  She barely had time to change into her bridesmaid dress!  I don't know what we would have done without her!

Anyway, I just wanted share some pictures of our beautiful cakes!!


I should mention the cake toppers: A little heavy for soft baked goods!  But, they are two little statues that my husband and I made together during the first couple months we were dating.  They are made from casting resin and one has black tape swirls in it, the other has cherry blossoms.






We also made lables for the cakes with wine corks.  (My dad shaved off the bottom and made a slit for me to put the paper through!)


My cousin hard at work while the bride and two other maids look on!


Tons of fondant flower pieces!

The cake decorating and fondant was a gift from my cousin.  So, our total cake cost (including a pound of buttercream frosting!) was less than $15!  Thank goodness for talented relatives!
22  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fear and Loathing in San Jose on: February 02, 2009 02:25:39 PM
So, we didn't really make anything for these costumes, but everything was assembled from thrift stores, with minor alterations (removing things from the hat, painting the jacket, cutting and styling the wig)  Oh, and the lit looking cigarette was from the joke section of a dollar store!



My attorney (husband) and I won best costume at the party we went to, and it took people actually talking to me to realize that I wasn't a man.  (My voice acting skills are pretty weak!) I wish we had a full body shot... I had khaki shorts, tube socks and white tennis shoes.  And I hadn't shaved for at least a month in preparation! We also had to color my husband's stash with eyeliner, as it was much too blonde!



Anyway, no so much hand crafted as pieced together, but it was fun! (Especially the amount of time I spent hitting my husband with the fly swatter!)
23  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Princess Leia on: February 01, 2009 11:11:54 AM
For my "to school" costume (I am a teacher) I made this.  Halloween is a big deal where I work, as it is the one day where students don't have to wear their uniforms, and they get a half day and put on skits.  Anyway, this is the third time in my life I have been Leia, only this time, I had to make a new costume.  (My previous one fit me before I had hips and before, apparently, my arms got buff!)

I didn't use a pattern, I just kind of winged it.  (There was a lot of laying on top of the fabric and marking where my ankles were and that sort of thing!)
I got the cheapest fabric Jo-anne's had to offer.  The belt is made from Diet Pepsi cardboard, painted with some leftover white house paint, topped with more cardboard covered in foil.
I did buy the wig, as my hair is too short to do anything with.  Plus, it was much easier to make those buns when I could put the wig on my husband's head!

This is my "Help me Obi Wan" face.


Pardon my tired face! I stayed up super late the night before Halloween to finish, as I had spent all my evenings for the previous week finishing a costume for one of my high school students.  (Which, sadly, I never did get a picture of!)
 
Several of my elementary school studnets were Jedis and they were excited that we were from the same movie.  One student was Darth Vader and I think I might have creeped him out a little when I made some reference to him being my dad...



Here is one from years ago, with an ex-boyfriend as Han.  That dress was originally made when I was in 8th grade (out of a sheet).  Both that time and this one I had hair long enough to work without a wig!  Anyway, I think I did a much better job with my latest version!




24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My 50's inspired wedding dress! on: January 29, 2009 01:56:49 PM
So, now that our wedding was almost 6 months ago, I am finally getting to posting some of the many things we diy'd!  I can't seem to find a normal picture of me just trying the thing on, but here is one from wedding day, don't mind my slip falling down from underneath!



It took my mom and I about a month to complete, and just in time too!  I found the fabric on e-bay, but it was coming from China and I was really getting nervous when July came and we still hadn't made my dress yet!  (We got married in August.)  Anyway, we used a pattern but changed it beyond recognition (took off the sleeves, took in the waist, and sadly the bust area) added various touches of our own, out of want, and necessity!  It was comfy and I didn't trip, which took care of my main concerns in a wedding dress!  The hardest part was working with the slippery fabric and getting those creases perfect!

Here are a couple other angles:





25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Over 60 Wedding Invites for only $17!! on: May 12, 2008 05:24:31 PM
Ok, so, maybe a little lie... $17 does not inlcude the price of the stamps!  (I guess that adds about another $25, but at least we got them out before the postage went up again!)

Here are our invitations! 
We spent:
     Less than $1 on 100 regular security envelopes (Wal-mart)
     $6 on three cans of spray paint (Wal-mart)
     $3 on rivets (Michael's)
     $5 on the rivet puncher thingy (Michael's)
     $1 on colored paper (Dollar store)
about $1 worth of ink
     Free paint chips from various hardware stores!

Other supplies from home: glue sticks, a power drill, hammer,  rolly thing that serates (I believe it is for fabric/patterns.  It looks like a ravioli cutter!) one sheet of small,plain address labels, (that we put a tiny picture of us on!/used to write recipients address on if the paint seemed like it wouldn't show the pen too well!) and a pen!

I love how they turned out!  I think the hardest part was deciding what to say on the invitations!

Our spray-painted envelopes:


Fiance and I had a fun time being artsy!


Should mention that these are all various shades of our wedding colors!
The front side:


The informative side:

We had the event details, the directions, for getting their and reserving a room, and the third card was for RSVP'ing.  We did not put stamps on every one, as we gave three options: calling (three phone numbers listed, inlcuding my mom's), wesite (a simple one which my fiance built that has links to our emails), and sending the card in.  That is where the serating come in.  You can tear off the card from the rivet.  I test sent some paint chips in the mail, and the post office was cool with it.  I just used a regular letter stamp instead of a postcard one, to be safe!

Here are some of the spoils of our hardware store runs!


We are really happy with how they came out!  There was a lot of cutting and pasting and a decent amount of hammering, but they turned out just like we wanted! 

Thanks for looking!

26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Save The Date Postcards! on: April 14, 2008 06:11:31 AM
Well, I have been lurking in this thread since we got engaged, and now I finally have something to post!

We decided to do postcards for out save the date cards.  My fiance drew this picture of the two of us, (by looking at a photo) then we scanned it, added the names and date, and order photo prints from Wal-mart.  Then, used spray glue to attache the prints to posterboard, cut 'um and hand wrote our little message on the back.  The 65 postcards cost us less than $10 (not including the postcard stamps though!  We better send out actual invites before the price of stamps goes up again!)



Thanks to everyone for all the wedding inspirations!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Trial Wedding Dress on: April 12, 2008 12:44:06 PM
I am getting married in August and wanted a dress that would be comfy, and not too long because I have a tendency to trip on things!   I originally was inspired by a dress that Lucille Ball wore in "The Long Long Trailer".  I was planning on just making the pattern up as I went along, but I found a great vintage pattern by Vogue.  (V2903).  I could not have done this without the help of my great mommy!  The pattern has sleeves, which we left off.  Also, a lot of fitting had to be done, due to my proportions.  (I needed the size with the bigger hip and waist size, but that meant the bust area was extremely too large for me!)  I plan on making a pettiskirt for the real thing, to make it a little more dressy



I am now on the hunt for the wedding dress material.  I am looking for a white brocade with a white flowery pattern.  I found some online that I love, but it is $15 a yard!  (This dress takes about 8 yards!)  Which is a little out of my price range... Anyone know where to find inexpensive brocade?  I have been to soooo many fabric stores in my area, and they have tons of brocades, in about every color except white!! 



Thanks for looking!!!
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Alaskan Bottle Cap Pins on: February 22, 2008 04:09:57 PM
I am sure this has been done tons of times before, but I am really happy with how mine came out!  I made pins and magnets with the caps from various Alaskan beers.  They come in great color combinations, have two bears on the front, and only say "Made in Alaska".    My fiance and best friend were both born and raised in Alaska, so I made them some.  I forgot to take a picture before I sent a batch to my friend (there was more variety!)  These really only work well with twist off caps.  (I tried with the bottle opener kind, but they just get all dented looking!)  It's a really good excuse to buy beer!  ("It's for a craft project!")

I had this cap in my pocket when my boy proposed. So, had to find a good way to display it!




I filled the cap with some craft glue, then set a slice of cork (from a wine bottle) inside.  I then superglued the pins or magnets to the cork.  (It makes it nice and even, and you can then have the caps right up against the fridge or your shirt/purse/bulletin board!)
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pink Pirate Polo on: February 22, 2008 03:51:52 PM
So, I took a huge, plain pink polo, made it smaller and added some bits of an old pair of boxers, and got this. 
I think skull and crossbones come across as such!

The shirt


Close-up
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Scrabble Nameplate on: February 22, 2008 06:29:01 AM
When I started student teaching, my awesome mommy made this for my desk!

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