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« Reply #1660 on: May 09, 2009 06:46:32 AM »

Sweets4ever:  Do you have a tutorial for your corsages?  I was just going to make larger bundles of beads for the corsages until I saw yours.  I love yours, and am totally craft-stealing! (that is, if you don't mind.)  I'm not the biggest fan of fresh flowers since they fade to fast--I'd rather receive a potted plant than flowers!  So, I wasn't going to have any roses in my ceremony (just origami cherry blossoms and maybe some potted orchids).  But then I saw your corsages, and tonight I found some beautiful wooden roses at a food festival.  So, I picked up 15 for $5, which didn't seem too bad.  That's enough for all the grandmothers, the mothers, the step-mother, and attendants.  Now, I just need to learn how to make them as well as you did!

Wow, 15 for $5 is AWESOME!  Those sound really neat.

I don't have a tutorial for corsages.  It was my first time doing anything like that, so I just kinda winged it until they looked appealing to me.  Here's a run down of the basics!  Let me know if you have questions about anything in particular and hopefully I can help.

For the flowers, I just trimmed the stems and bent them slightly.
For the beading, this is a great tutorial http://www.geocities.com/chris_breecher/beadbouquets.html  It looks like I did 12 - 20 beaded stems for each one.
I used double-stick tape for adhere the ribbon to the stem.

It's really just that simple!
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« Reply #1661 on: May 10, 2009 10:24:45 PM »

Oh!  Double stick tape!  I used hot glue.  Double stick tape would be so much better!  Thanks!

The roses really are cool.  They look so real!  I'll have to post pics of them as soon as I can remember where I put the camera...
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« Reply #1662 on: May 12, 2009 12:16:12 PM »

I still need to download photos of the roses!  They are great!

Well, I changed my mind about the sticker for the back.  I created a new one with Photoshop.  it's a P monogrammed over a faded cherry blossom (we're having an asian-themed wedding since I'm part Japanese and since our first date was at an Asian restaurant). 

The prototype that I made for the sticker is a little too big.  I'll make it a little smaller. It's to the right of the invitation. 

The invite is really simple. I made a more ornate one with a petal envelope, but the FH and I both decided we wanted something more simple. The cherry blossoms are actually from a stamp.  I stamped it in black ink and scanned it into the computer.  I used Photoshop to color it in.  I will get the actual invites printed at Staples since my home printer isn't that great.

Here is the front of the RSVP postcard.  Again, I've faded the cherry blossoms:


Here's the back of the RSVP postcard.  We opted for postcards to save paper. We already feel like we're being so environmentally unfriendly!  So postcards seemed better than having envelopes!


Whew!  Another long post!
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« Reply #1663 on: May 12, 2009 12:25:19 PM »

I forgot about the map and the backside of the invite.  The map and the rsvp card slide under the ribbon on the back of the envelope.


I am in love with the map.  It took forever!  I had to individually add all the street names.  I still need to mark the location with a heart, but I might do that with a sticker instead of on photoshop.  I'm not sure yet.


Anyone have any suggestions on how to mark the map?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1664 on: May 12, 2009 01:02:14 PM »

Hardyjenni, I love your invites, I don't usually see cherry blossoms paired with blue but it looks really nice and everything is so polished, no stationary snob would suspect you did it yourself, congrats!

Our Wedding is October 10th, 2009:

Invitations and reply cards
Cake server set
leaf shaped escort cards and manzanita tree display
centerpiece rings to go around their amber colored lantern
Vases to hold our bouquets
decorate flower girl basket
pumpkin themed favors (need to iron out details on that one)
knitted garter belt
earrings and necklaces for my 3 bridesmaids and myself
jewelry box flower girl gift (and maybe a bracelet)
gift card box (fabric covered present stack)
purse to hold card
thank you cards
Guest book
Wedding Album (using blurb)

Pictures will follow soon...I'm starting on the cake serving set, I designed the invites and got the paper, need to print and the garter belt I'll get out of the way, it'll be quick.
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« Reply #1665 on: May 12, 2009 01:32:54 PM »

TreeTree:  Congrats on your engagement!  I can't wait to see your crafts!
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« Reply #1666 on: May 12, 2009 03:30:56 PM »

hardyjenni, the invites look fabulous! I love the map, I think a sticker would work great to mark the location if you found the right one--or maybe even a stamp?

On the wedding front for me, the date is approaching fast--a wee bit faster because now we're going to have the wedding on Friday May 22nd (rather than 23rd) at a totally different location (up in the mountains rather than by the beach) and time. Still frustrated that our wedding planner turned out to be irresponsible and unprofessional, but every time I start getting angry I remind myself that I'm still getting married to the man I love on a beautiful island.
And now for some crafty pictures...and requests for your input!

Here's the gown with final alterations--really I just removed a lot of the flowers and unpinned parts of the sheer overlay, I didn't dare to mess with the dress too much.


I've been working this week on  figuring out what the heck I'm going to do with my hair...I'm planning on "doing it" myself but the only thing I'm capable of doing with any proficiency is sticking it up and out of the way in a ponytail, so this has been a challenge. I've bought a set of hot rollers and a ton of various clips/hair products and have been going to town. This is the latest product--comments and advice are very much welcomed, because I'm afraid my hair is going to look a hot mess:

I made up a bunch of flower bobby pins in case I can't get a hold of decent fresh flowers on the day of the wedding--so easy and satisfying to make:


I also kind of played around with a cake topper--we're going to have a little cake for our little wedding group, so I thought I'd keep it simple--I purchased these wedding doves and replaced the rings they once held in their beaks with a hammer (for my mechanical engineer FH) and a stethoscope (for me, who just graduated from med school). I also made some wire initials to stick on them, but I'm not sure whether the doves look better with or without them. What do you guys think?


Still not done (and we leave in 5 days!):
-Final music selections
-Final vows
-Crocheted garter (if I have time)
-Packing
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« Reply #1667 on: May 12, 2009 07:33:34 PM »

Synne:  I didn't think about using a stamp!  Good idea!

I love your dress. It looks very beautiful. 

I'm not very good with hair, so I don't have any good suggestions.  Will you be wearing a veil?  Here are some dos and don'ts:  http://www.do-it-yourself-weddings.com/do-it-yourself-wedding-hair.html

I like the doves without the initials, but I tend to like things simple.  I think the charms personalize them and make them special.

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« Reply #1668 on: May 13, 2009 12:18:51 PM »

I agree with hardyjenni. I think the doves are lovely without the initials! I adore the charms you added.
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« Reply #1669 on: May 14, 2009 08:56:12 AM »

Aww, they're so cute!  My vote is for w/o the initials.  They are simple beauty on their own.  The charms add something extra, but I think the initials make them a bit too busy.
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