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41  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: May 26, 2008 11:51:31 AM
Congratulations, frogeyesalad! Can't wait to see pics!

After lurking on this thread for another extended period of time, I've finally gotten off my butt and done my bridal bouquet. It consists of 3 peonies ($9.50 each), 3 sprays ornithogallum ($3.95 each), 1 spray dusty miller ($4.40 each), and 3 sprays of pink snowberries ($2.30 each). Total cost : $51.65, which is about a third of what I was quoted for fresh flowers.

Here it is with the bridesmaid bouquets that I made ages ago, but never got around to wrapping.

Finally finished!

I also ordered a bunch of birch bark tubes off of Ebay to use as decorations for the reception. I bought around 30-40 tubes of different sizes. I plan on cutting the tubes to size, then putting them around vases filled with white hydrangeas. A neighbor of ours always has beautiful hydrangeas, and she has offered to give us as many as we can use, for free! Hooray for saving money!
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42  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: April 15, 2008 04:55:39 PM
Banga, what a *lovely* dress!! I especially love the low scoop back. Can't wait to see it beaded!  Grin

Here's my contribution to this thread for the evening... my bridesmaids bouquets! Sorry for the slightly fuzzy pictures, my camera was having a fit.

I was worried about this project, because I've never arranged flowers before, but I'm very happy with how they turned out. Once I get some quilt batting, I'll wrap a strip around the stems over the wire, and then cover it with chocolate brown double sided satin ribbon.

Now that I'm feeling a bit more confident, I'm ready to tackle my bouquet!

Edited to add: these bouquets consist of green and white ranunculus, pink snowberries, and green snowball spray. My bouquet will be white peonies, pink snowberries, dusty miller leaves, and ornithogalum.
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43  Martha-Themed Bridal Shower Invitations in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 27, 2008 08:24:22 AM
My mother and sister, who are putting on a bridal shower for me, asked me to design invitations. It's so great having family that understands I'm a bit of a control freak.

I totally adore Martha Stewart, and I thought it's be funny to do a shower themed around her. Here's the mockup (not final draft) I came up with... thought it would make some Craftsters chuckle.

I'll have the postcards printed by Vistaprint.com, most likely. I've used them before and they're cheap and quick.
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44  Re: Debbie Bliss Baby Shrug in R-a-i-n-b-o-w in Knitting: Completed Projects by dellastella on: February 24, 2008 07:07:04 PM
Janey, if I can make a recommendation... check out Stephanie Japel's 'One Skein Wonder.' I made one a few years ago, and it's awesome!

Ooh, and I just found a pic of another one while looking for the OSW... it's Blue Alvarez's Hot Lava Cardigan.

They're both great shrugs for adults. I <3 me some shrugs!
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45  Debbie Bliss Baby Shrug in R-a-i-n-b-o-w in Knitting: Completed Projects by dellastella on: February 24, 2008 06:41:05 AM
A friend at work is pregnant with her second child, (a little girl!), and I took that as an excuse to delve into the realm of Knitting for Bebbies. The pattern is a free one by Debbie Bliss, called 'Baby Shrug.' You can get it here: http://www.prima.co.uk/index.php/v1/Baby_shrug

The yarn is a worsted weight wool/alpaca blend that I dyed with Kool-aid. Not terribly washable, I realize, but we'll consider this more of an heirloom piece, mmmkay?  Smiley

Rainbow-y goodness...

Hopefully I can get some action shots once little Miss makes her debut!
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46  Re: Loco for Gocco! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 24, 2008 06:31:50 AM
Took a stab at my RSVP's this weekend... with mixed results. The backs turned out great! Only got about 10 good 'fronts' from the 20 or so that I printed before I decided to stop. Long story short, the different colors I wanted were just too close together to work. I'm going to re-print using a screen for each color to keep myself sane.

I'm very happy with the initial results, though...

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47  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 24, 2008 06:28:41 AM
I started Gocco-ing my RSVP cards this weekend. I'm pissed that I wasted a few screens, but I learned some valuable lessons that I'll apply when I re-print them.

The two-color fronts that caused me a world of hurt.

The backs, however, were a piece of cake!

And I'd just like to say that I LOVE my corner rounder.  Cheesy
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48  Re: Loco for Gocco! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 22, 2008 03:51:21 AM
I love 'em, schtankylu! Your choice of colors is, well, choice!

I just finished designing my RSVP's, and I'll be printing them this weekend.

I have a cream-colored card stock to print them on, and I'll be using green and brown ink. Wish me luck!
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49  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 17, 2008 07:04:13 AM
I started printing my invitations on my new Gocco this weekend. I started out pretty simple, just doing the return address on the RSVP, invitation, and thank-you card envelopes. This was my first attempt at Gocco-ing, and I'm HOOKED. A quick background: a Gocco is a Japanese screenprinter. You can burn your own screens at home, very simply, and print with ease. Check out http://www.gocco.com/prod.HTM for more info.

I couldn't believe how easy it was, and how quick everything got done! I printed 100 A6 envelopes and 50 4 bar envelopes in about an hour. And I only screwed up one! :-D

It kind of ate my dining room table.

My trusty PG-11!

All lined up to dry.

The finished product. Ta-da!

If the pictures look a little funny, it's because I had to blur out our address. Take my word for it, though, the text is incredibly crisp and clear.

I can't wait to get started on the invitations!
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50  Re: Ideas for how to make "Save the Date" magnets? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 12, 2008 12:14:53 PM
I can't recommend Vistaprint.com enough. I, too, was determined to make them myself, but this turned out to be a better option for me. For $19.14, including shipping, I got 50 magnets, and they were great quality! They were glossy finish, and the ink isn't smudgeable like a magnet printed on an inkjet printer might be.

I searched Google for 'custom magnets' and Vistaprint came up in the top of the page, with the sponsored links, as having a 50% off sale. It seems like they're almost always having a sale! If you watch their prices, they dip a LOT. And if you sign up for their newsletter, you get notified of any promotions they're running. Right now, business card magnets are at $12.99 for 25. It's a few dollars to upload your own graphic, but they make it very easy.

Here's a post in my blog about the finished magnets: http://dellastella.blogspot.com/2007/12/my-magnets-arrived-and-i-couldnt-be.html

Happy wedding-ing!
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