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1  Grandma's Handprint Patchwork Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Oakwood1 on: December 19, 2008 07:06:34 AM
I am the oldest of 17 cousins on my dads side of the family. I have always loved those ornaments or trinkets with all of the grandkids names on etc. But, since my grandma has 17, its a little hard to fit us all on an ornament. So, I decided to make her a quilt! I had each one of my cousins do a right handprint with fabric paint on rougly an 8x8 square of fabric, I then patchworked them together, and wa la! here it is! I am giving it to her tomorrow, and I am really pleased with how it came out Grin

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2  Re: Our 10-11-08 Crafty Fall Wedding! (SUPER IMAGE HEAVY-BUT WORTH IT!) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Oakwood1 on: November 10, 2008 04:58:21 PM
Thank you everyone for all of your kind words. I am kind of in the process of starting my own side crafty/photography/planning business.


Let me first say congrats on your wedding!

Second, you really did a wonderful job on making everything!  You can tell a lot of thought, love and effort went into your wedding.  The details!  I know this must have taken a lot of time, but if you don't mind me asking, when did you first start all this?  I take on a lot of projects, but it would take me years to get all that done, and so BEAUTIFULLY!

This rocks, for sure!

(Did you ever think of maybe writing a "manual" of some sorts on a DIY wedding?  I think that it would be a big seller, especially with your own beautiful pictures.  Just a thought.)

We got engaged on 12/29/07, he surprised me for sure! I thought it would be at least another year or so before he was ready. And at first we were going to get married next fall, but I was antsy!  Grin I had some things in mind already, but didn't start anything until after we got engaged. I can say though, through the whole planning process right up to the end of the wedding, the ONLY thing that I was stressed out about was the stupid guest list. (long story, we could onlly have 200 in our reception hall, and my parents were being kind of difficult) But none of my projects ever got too out of hand. I was planning on making my own dress, but decided against it, and am glad I did. Let me know if you need tuts on anything, or have any questions.

Oh wow!  You put in so much work and everything came out beautifully!  I love all the personalized details you did, and they all look very professional.  I especially love your color scheme, I think these are the colors I want (someday...) you are an inspiration!  So now I want to know what the flowers were went into your bridal bouquet?

So many lovely details, congratulations and thanks for sharing your pictures!

Our flowers were done with a girl I used to work with. She was AMAZING! I had hocus pocus roses, Black Magic Roses, Milva Roses, Mango Callas, Deep Purple Callas, Hypericum Berries, and Stephanotis, the bridesmaids just had the roses and berries, and for the bouts. I used a fake leaf behind a single rose (milva/orange for the groomsmen, hocuspocus for the rest)

One thing that really helped me through the entire planning process, was I kept a binder - it was actually a registry binder from JCPenney, I just emptied out all the pages - it is probably 2 1/2 inches thick, and I have EVERYTHING in there from reservations at the hotel, receipts from all of our vendors, pictures of everything along the way, and page after page of 'inspiration stuff' Now I have a good memory book also.

Here's some more pics...because I love pictures!!!!

My new hubby & me!

DH's Bout, different than the others

Our christmas card layout for this year!

close up of our cake topper

I made shirts for all of the bridesmaids for my bachelorette party

Our save the dates...again vistaprint.com 100 free - just pay shipping!

better picture (better colors) of our aisle runner

DH's ring on left, Grandmas ring on right (see first post for story)

Better pictures of my camo garter and the flowergirls bun wrap as promised!

Close up of our favors...

Hope you enjoy!!!! I love reading all of your comments!!!!
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3  Our 10-11-08 Crafty Fall Wedding! (SUPER IMAGE HEAVY-BUT WORTH IT!) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Oakwood1 on: November 10, 2008 12:08:04 PM
Hello Everyone! I have posted a few things here and there, but have been looking at all of the great ideas on here for a long time, and now, since our wedding is done, and I got SO many inspirations from this site, here is my diy wedding review. (I honestly can't remember if I got any exact things from certain people...so im not going to link to anyones post) Sorry! I hope you enjoy!

Here is a DIY past wedding history board. I tracked down our parents, grandparents, and all the way up to my great great great grandparents wedding picturres, then backed them and put them on a board. It was a huge hit to see everyones reactions!

Here is my veil. I made the entire thing by hand. It is 5 layers, with cascading gems on the top layer, and white seed beads around EACH layer. It took forever, but was worth every second!

Another veil picture...

Here is our Unity Candle, and Ringbearer pillow. I designed our AJL logo, so you will see that reappear on a lot of our stuff. I just could not see spending $40+ dollars on a cookie cutter pillow and candles. So, I bought a pillar and two taper candles from michaels, then glued on rhinestones in a pattern, then decopaged our monogram that I printed out on my computer. I also spraypainted the taper holders brown, (it is extremely hard to find brown taper holders!) I just bought clear ones at the dollar store, then painted them.) For the ringbearer's pillow, it was completely from scratch! The letters are all seed bead embroidery on a white satin, and the edges are a stretchy glittery brown. It turned out so neat! and now I can use it as a throw pillow since its not all white and wedding-y.

this is my tiara. I bought it at a 'damaged rate' at michaels because it was missing all of the pearls. I didnt want the pearls anyways so i added all of the white and brown beads instead to match the brown in my hair and the rest of the wedding.

This is my 'something old' It used to be my favorite bracelet when I was really little. I restrung all of the beads that it had on it onto an ankle bracelet since it didnt fit my wrist anymore.

These are my shoes. I could not justify spending $50+ dollars on a pair of white shoes that I would never wear again. I found these at Kmart for $12.00. I hand painted them white, then added the same white seed beads that I used on my veil to tie them in. They turned out awesome, and they were fairly comfy too!

This is a picture of our rings. (not very diy, but I love this pic!) DH's grandpa had givin him his grandmothers wedding ring when she passed away in 2005 to use someday in my wedding setting. Well, i fell in love with my marquis ring, and I felt really bad for not using his grandmothers diamond. (the ring itself was in really rough shape) So, I brought the ring to Goodmans, picked out a brushed mens ring without a diamond in it, had them put her diamond in his ring! HE LOVES IT! We also took the gold that was in her ring and had it melted into a pendant for DH's mom. She also loved it! It is really neat to know that his grandparents were married more than 50 years, and now the diamond will last until death does us part!!!

This is one of our reception tables. It shows the centerpieces really well, as well as the camo napkins that I found (The guys wore camo vests and ties!) Also, it shows on the napkins, little round favors that we made. DH loves those little metal puzzles that you have to try and get apart, so we found mini ones at orientaltrading.com, and put them in these little jars with a circle note that said: "We tied the knot and there's no untangling us! Andy & Lindsay 10-11-2008" They were a huge hit, we had people coming up to us all night and saying "We untangled you!!"

This is one of our three centerpieces. It is just a hurricane vase that i found on clearance at michaels for $3.00! with leaves and pinecones around it and a yummy candle inside. the other one was a leaf platter with a candle on it that DH and I painted, and the last one was floating leaf candles. I highly recommend doing different centerpieces, then you dont have 20+ of the same thing to get rid of at the end.

Our head table

Our flowergirl and ringbearer. I made her headwrap out of those mini white and brown roses and ribbon, I added leaves to the back of her sash. I added her name, leaves, and painted the handles of her basket, and I made his pillow.

Our Programs. didnt want the really fancy traditional ones, so I designed these! Vistaprint.com runs specials, for 25 free ones, and I ended up getting 100 of them for just the cost of shipping ~maybe like $30.00

This is a placesetting for one of the bridesmaids. I bought the vases at the dollar store, tied a brown bow around it, then took fabric paint and did the initial of each girl on the front by the bow. The bridesmaid sillouette is from one of my showers, i took them home and used them at the wedding. Then I printed up place cards for the head table only so they would know where to sit.

These are memory frames. I just bought regular wood frames then took fabric paint and wrote In loving memory... I have lost two grandparents, and DH has lost one, so it was important to make sure they were there with us, and so others could see. the left two have me in the picture with each of my grandparents, and the right one is DH and his grandma.

These are memory buttons on my bouquet (see above for details) and the brooch on top is my something borrowed from my other grandma

The following is a frame that i made for our flowergirl, It is a hanky that I personalized for her with her initial with fabric paint, then I found this poem on newtraditionshankies.com...

For My Flower Girl

You are so very young, but the years will pass by
and you'll too be a bride, in the blink of an eye.

While you may not remember, the day that I married,
the part that you played, or the basket you carried.

There will be a day, that will burn bright like an ember.
The day you will wed, you will always remember.

So here is a hankie, for the day you will say...
"I need "something old" for my wedding day"

All My Love Sweetheart.

(that is me as a flowergirl in my aunts wedding on the left, and our flowergirls picture on the right)

I designed my day of hoodie for getting ready in the morning, I just uploaded our monogram to cafepress.com and added "mrs. Jenner" I love that I can still wear it - since it doesnt say "future" mrs. jenner on it

and these are my Jenner pants!!! I just glued individual rhinestones to spell out jenner.

Here is our DIY invites! I designed them, and had the white part printed at kinkos, then my MIL and I spent about 4 hours putting them together!

Guest book table. I didnt want a traditional guest book, because I invited our guests, I obviously had their addresses already. I wanted something we could keep and look at over and over again, and something the guests could actually write a message on. I printed a photobook at walmart.com with pictures of DH & me growing up with LOTS of white space for people to write! It worked out really well.

This is our card/gift table. I made our card box out of three stacking cardboard boxes from michaels that we painted and drilled holes through so the cards would go all the way down.

This is the grooms cake that I decorated for DH. His mom baked it, then we added the decorations. He is a big hunter (funny thing is I hunt with him!) everyone LOVED IT!

close up of the grooms dinner 'topper' I painted it to look like my dress and his camo tie/vest

My bridesmaids. I made a lot of their gifts work as stuff they could wear/use the day of the wedding and also stuff that they would use after the wedding as well. I had ordered the necklaces online, then found 'pearl's and brown beads at michaels that matched, so I decided to make matching earrings and bracelets for them.

My girls flip flops. I added the 'ties' this way they didnt have to buy brown shoes, and they were comfy all day and night (and you couldnt see them with their dresses anyways.)

My mossy oak/camo garter (I have a closer one ill post later) Garters are the easiest thing you could possibly make to personalize to your wedding.

Kids table
I don't have any pics of the whole kids table yet, but here is a coloring page I made in photoshop. I also went online to all of the word find/crossword sites and personalized a bunch to make coloring books out of. the kids (and the parents) loved them!

Bridesmaid cake charms - bought at michaels, added meaning tags and ribbon

cake topper made by DH's dad! he did such an awesome job. I loved the rhinestone monogram toppers, but the whole look of it didnt go with our flow, so this is what he came up with and i love it! I also painted the pillars to match.

My Cake Apron! DH always joked that he was going to smash the cake all over me..so I made this (also found online somewhere) It says: WOW! We did it! Our days ALMOST done, but if you shove that cake in my face tonight you get NONE! People were cracking up.

Bathroom baskets, Again, I have better pictures, but this is one of our baskets we left in the bathrooms. They had everything from aspirin, hairspray, perfume/cologne, safety pins..MANY people got uses out of these! We also made OOT bags for all of the 35 people staying in our hotel~ with homemade oatmeal raisen cookies, homemade oatmeal soap, homemade banana bread, persoanlized bottled water, and candy and treats. another BIG hit! Ill post pics later.

This is DH's gift from me the morning of the wedding. I had been up to Duluth this summer with my mom and we set out sticks to make it spell out my new last name and i took a picture and blew it up and framed it...with a post it that said Good morning, I cant wait to become Mrs...   I had my girls deliver it to his room the morning of.

My aisle runner. I traced and painted our monogram onto it. (the colors are way off in this pic, they are a dark metallic brown and a dark copper.
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4  Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story! in Halloween Costumes by Oakwood1 on: November 05, 2008 10:08:35 AM
Hello Everyone! I made a leg lamp costume from A Christmas Story! I made a skirt with a yellow/cream color satin, and the batting/flame proof stuff that you use for ironing boards on the inside to make it stiff, then I edged the bottom with black beaded fringe. I even added an LED light to the inside that you could see in real life but it didnt show up on my pictures. Then,  I added Fish Net Stockings, and Black High Heels!

Leg Lamp 1:

Leg Lamp 2:

Real Leg Lamp from Movie:

Hope you like! I was going to have my husband dress up as the FRAGILE Crate box but he is against dressing up and wouldn't do it. Let me know what you think!!!
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5  Grouse print for bf in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Oakwood1 on: September 17, 2007 10:40:51 AM
Here is an oil painting I just finished for my bf's b-day. It is my first attempt at oil painting, and much messier to clean up that I had predicted, but it was also very fun to do! Let me know what you think!

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6  Tie Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Oakwood1 on: September 17, 2007 10:37:26 AM
Here is a purse I just finished. the pattern calls for the same fabric inside and out, but I changed it up a little bit and did a contrasting liner on the inside. Also, the pattern called for velcro on the inside to close it, but velcro wears out too easy. So I sewed on a white button and a strap to keep it closed. Let me know what you think!

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7  Idea for unique baby gift... in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by Oakwood1 on: September 17, 2007 10:33:38 AM
Here is an idea for new parents & babies. I made this for my girlfriend, her baby is 5 months old and is being baptized this Sunday. It is a baby blanket, with the babies picture printed on fabric in the middle (my original plan was to have working buttons on it so if they wanted to wash the blanket they could just detach this, but my buttonhole thing wasnt working so the blanket needs to be drycleaned now. Also, I wrote the babies birthdate, baptism date, birth weight, length, and some babies first on the quilt also, And I am giving a new bottle of the fabric paint i used so the mom can update as the baby does some of the firsts. This is definately just a visual wall quilt, since there are small buttons and fabric paint. But the little blanket below is totally usable by the baby, Let me know what you think!
sorry, this is only my second post, so i cant post pictures yet

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8  Pajama Pants... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Oakwood1 on: September 17, 2007 10:14:58 AM
Hey everyone, I have been scoping this site out for a few weeks and it is so awesome! Here is a pair of fleece pj pants I just made for my bf. I know its basic, but they are super comfy!

Hope you like!
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