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1  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by riverwatson on: September 18, 2010 10:53:44 PM
September 4, 2010

The Frank Lloyd Wright Westcott House, Springfield, Ohio

(The car is a 1920 Westcott motorcar- designed by the man for whom the house was built.) It was truly a privilege to be married here, but the real honor was marrying the man of my dreams! It was the best day of my life!

Wedding invites, designed by my love:

Mock cake to make sure we had the dimensions right:

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2  Re: River's D.I.Y. Frank Lloyd Wright Wedding 09-04-10 in Weddings and Bridal Showers by riverwatson on: August 24, 2010 10:23:45 AM
So, a few things have changed. I have added mocha and copper and silver to my list of approved wedding colors, and changed my "green" to chartreuse. Just because I can. Also, only one Spooky pumpkin has popped up in my garden so far (despite a million accidental jack-o-lanterns: the fruits of last year's compost) so we picked up some garden lanterns and rock crystals to use as centerpieces, instead of pumpkins. And Jason won an Emmy!

I potted a fake orchid, all by myself, I made two bouquets, 65 favors, and I'm growing my very own fingernails to paint for my wedding day! How's that for D.I.Y.?!

Wow. I have gotten SO MUCH done since I last posted. Unfortunately, most of that SO MUCH has been accomplished in the past few weeks!

I have had all summer to do this stuff, but I had been working full time and taking classes full time until June (despite that awful Alternative Research Methods class, I still got a 4.0!!!) , and working full time until July after that (exhausting!) so I didn't get a good start on all of this until a few weeks ago. Anyway, here's some of the SO MUCH, so far:

I made two ostrich feather pomanders for my two flower girls:

and I made little TAZO herbal tea favors for everybody. Each little bag contains 2 packets of TAZO and 1 packet of Sugar In The Raw, tied up with an orange or green ribbon.

I used Calm, Zen, Passion, and Organic Chai flavors in different combination. They really easy to put together and they were actually surprisingly cheap!

I also decorated my own bubbles. I had leftover envelope seals that I ended up not using for my invitations, so I printed them with our names and date and I tied a little chartreuse ribbon around each one. They're so cute!

I made my own toss bouquet. (I bought my REAL bouquet from Ardesign on Etsy. It's beautiful, but it's made of very high quality silks and latex orchids, so it weighs a TON. You could kill a bridesmaid with that thing!) So I made this one to toss:

And I made this one for my MOH:

And we are ordering these cymbidium bouquets from a florist to set on the hearth (which we will be married in front of):
*Photoshop courtesy of Jason Wilson, Emmy-award-winning film and video editor and The Best Fiance Ever

This faux cymbidium was $26.99 retail, but I got it for $3 at a wholesale craft store here in Ohio. The pot was a pot leftover from an edible arrangement and the moss was $2 at Joann's. I stuck the orchid into a Styrofoam ball and wrapped it in some leftover tulle to keep it steady. I think it turned out AMAZING, especially for $5!

My fiance's mock-up of our cake, just to make sure we had the proportion's correct:

I know you want to see the real thing really badly but the picture that inspired it looks nothing like the cake we really wanted, so you'll have to wait for the big day to see it in all of it's raspberry Italian butter cream glory.

Oh, and Jason is BUILDING a prairie-style cake stand. He's amazingly crafty like that. So stay tuned for it's awesomeness.

August's pitiful pumpkin crop:

There are still about fifteen more out on the vines, but that won't help us, now.

My D.I.Y. veil:

The clip was like $3 at Target (by Goody, I think). I was looking EVERYWHERE for something to pin up my veil with. It matches all the diamonds and filigree that Jason has lavished on me, so I was SO lucky to find this thing. It's still going to take some fancy styling to get it to hold all night, but I have faith in my stylist that she will make it stick.
And the veil was $16 at the aforementioned wholesale craft store. All the veils I tried on at the local bridal shops were $80 and up, and I didn't like a SINGLE one. I wanted a simply stitched edge, not ribbon, and not fraying and unfinished. I found it! And now I'm really excited about it.

Here's my blurry wedding hair, half-up with loose curls. I love it! (pardon the PJs)

Here we are at the 2010 NATAS Ohio Valley Emmy awards:

Here are our centerpieces:


and lanterns

The flower candles are LED and we are still thinking of a place to put them. Maybe on the steps (with the pumpkins) up to the front door.

I shall post pictures of the star of the show (THE DRESS) shortly. No pun intended. (I'm 5-foot-nothing.) It counts as crafty, because it was HANDMADE by a dressmaker in Australia. It is -devastatingly- gorgeous.

Thanks for popping in to check up on my D.I.Y. FLW wedding.
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3  River's D.I.Y. Frank Lloyd Wright Wedding 09-04-10 in Weddings and Bridal Showers by riverwatson on: March 02, 2010 11:25:46 AM
Hello, everybody!

First, I'd like to say I am so impressed with ALL of the completed D.I.Y. weddings posted here. 'Tis a brave task to undertake, to do one's own wedding one's self!!!

Here's what I have so far:

The venue, for ceremony AND reception:

I consider it D.I.Y. because future husband booked the venue (a 1908 Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style house) FOR FREE! Ever since we first toured the house, we KNEW it was where we wanted to get married. It is so beautiful and small- the perfect excuse to have a small, intimate, low-budget (yet CLASSY) wedding!

I love the fall, so originally we were going to have the wedding in October, but every October wedding I've been to (and my October engagement party!) was cold and/or rainy, and we wanted to take advantage of the FLW home's GORGEOUS GARDEN and have the reception outdoors- so we booked it for early September! I am so excited, but I have a lot of crafting to do! Undecided

Here are some things I/we plan to D.I.Y for the wedding:

~Grow my own centerpieces: Rouge vif D'Etampes pumpkins!
~Grow my own bouquet (flowers to be determined)  Huh
~Make my flowergirls' pomanders
~Dress up my flowergirls' $20 white, easter dresses with exposed orange petticoat fringe and big orange sashes
~Make my flowergirls' hairpieces/headbands
~Finish my invitations (halfway done!)
~Make my own TAZO tea favors (I forget who I stole this idea from!)
~Thank You cards

I'm sure the list will get so much longer, but for now, this is all I have planned as far as craftiness. Just planning has been quite the adventure. My colors are Brown, orange and green because it is sort-of Autumn and because I LOVE PUMPKINS. I grow pumpkins in my backyard garden and they are my pride and joy! So I had to include them in my wedding. (Here's hoping for a booming, healthy crop for 2010, because my back-up centerpieces are orchids and let's face it, they're a b!t@h to transport!  Cheesy )

Thanks for stopping by to read about my crafty wedding! I will update frequently and with more photos, because it really helps keep me organized!

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4  Yaar. A Jolly Roger Pirate Cake. in Dessert by riverwatson on: May 29, 2009 09:15:52 PM
I whipped up this little thang for a friend's groom's cake / birthday cake for her husband-to-be as their wedding day was close to his birthday. He is a proud member of the U.S. military (woot!) but his secret wish is to be a pirate! Hence the cute cake, by which he was pleasantly surprised on his wedding day. Cheesy Yay for adorable stories and equally adorable cakes!

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5  cherry blossom cake (first time with fondant flowers) in Dessert by riverwatson on: April 06, 2009 05:47:54 PM
I made my boyfriend a cherry blossom cake for his birthday.

As proud as I am of the cake, (handmade with marshmallow fondant of course), I am ten times as proud to have a boyfriend secure enough in his masculinity to allow me to make him a cherry blossom birthday cake. Cheesy Thanks, Lovey!
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6  hare krishna collage in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by riverwatson on: July 02, 2008 03:04:54 PM
 Cheesy collages make me happy!

I needed some new welcome art to hang on my front door. And I thought it would greatly please the hippie people across the hall from me if I allowed them to start each day being greeted by His Holiness Rama Krishna Vishnu. Plus it's just plain auspicious.

(the Ani Difranco fish is also good luck, just FYI  Grin )

Thanks for looking!
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7  BLAH gardening clogs to UBER CUTE shoes in 20 minutes! in Shoes: Completed Projects by riverwatson on: June 26, 2008 05:26:36 PM
UBER should be umlauted. I apologize.

ANYwho- I have a rehearsal dinner to attend. A casual one. For my boyfriend's sister's wedding. He surprises me by buying me the prettiest dress to wear, except for one thing... I can't find shoes to match!! What's a girl to do?!  Huh

Then a light bulb appears above my head. I remember my boyfriend seeing those gardening-clogs-turned-mary-janes on craftster and saying how cool he thought they were. And there was a green pair of those same clogs on sale for $4 at Big Lots last weekend! Hallelujah!

Special thanks to Sunshyne, the original designer of these fantabulous shoes! (Scroll down for a link to her original Say no to CROCS!! thread.)



^ Sunshyne's original and SUPER AWESOME thread
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8  happy yoga bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by riverwatson on: June 22, 2008 05:34:27 PM
 Grin It's made of 100% salvaged fabric and hardware, and- oh yeah -it's SUPER BIG! My favorite part is the straps for my yoga mat, because I'm always carrying yoga stuff, towels, clothes, books and magazines in my bag, so there's never any room for a yoga mat. Problem solved!

Thanks for looking!
                              -and namaste!
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9  Rainbow Cupcakes with a West Virginia Twist! in Dessert by riverwatson on: May 10, 2008 04:59:09 PM
Woohoo! I jumped on the rainbow cupcake bandwagon and this is what I came up with.

A whole bunch of West Virginia cupcakes and a random happy face, because rainbows make everybody SMILE.  Grin My boyfriend loved these so much he ate the first batch all by himself!

Special thanks to phwarfcat for the inspiration!

That was fun. I heart West Virginia.
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10  Tractor Cake (more fun with fondant) SUPER PIC CHUNKY in Dessert by riverwatson on: May 10, 2008 04:41:50 PM
My best friend's family is from West Virginia and her birthday is tomorrow. So i spent ALL DAY baking.  Cheesy Literally. I been at it since 8 AM and I'm still going! I dirtied every dish in my apartment! Oh well, at least I've got a gorgeous cake!

I was inspired by yet another awesome Craftster post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210889.0
So thanks, Craftinator!

Anyway, it went a little something like this:

I used my marshmallow fondant for the green and dark green, and icing for everything else. The seat is made of wafer cookies covered in yellow cream cheese frosting. And yes, those ARE rainbow cupcakes on the side. I couldn't bear to stab my beautiful tractor with candles!

Hope you like!

Happy Crafting!

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