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1  Re: Lighting that's not hung from the ceiling? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by skuterrat on: November 12, 2008 11:35:20 AM
We used fiber optic lamps and LED candles wrapped with paper to create bases and "holders" as our centerpieces.  These "white" lamps, as you can see, have a sort of blueish tinge to them in photos, and I know you can also buy the same type of lamp with colored lights as well (we wanted white because none of the colors we found matched our theme, but I definitely saw them in blue!).

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/ <- this website has TONS of DIY lighting ideas for receptions with all kinds of different lights!  We bought our lamps from them.  Killer shipping costs though, so you might be better off getting ideas from their site and buying elsewhere.

here's a photo of one of our tables (taken by our photographer, David Barnes)
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2  Crystal Bouquets, Fiber Optics and the Subway - Our Metallic Autumn Wedding! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by skuterrat on: November 01, 2008 10:24:24 AM
All of these photos (except the invitations and dinosaurs) are courtesy of our awesome photographers at David Barnes Photography in Cambridge, MA. 

We lucked out and had perfect weather for our wedding day, and all of my crafts came off more or less as well as I could have hoped!  A lot of people helped out with the crafting, planning, and assembly for the day, and really helped to make the day handmade and special.  (there are a ton more photos on my flicker sets if you want more detail, but these are some highlights.  Craft planning setWedding Day Elements Set.)

I designed the invitations using Envelopements paper and pocketfolds.  I did the text in Apple's Pages software, and took them to Staples to be printed.  Way cheaper than a professional printer!  A couple friends helped me with the assembly:

I chose a font for the addresses, printed them out onto printer paper, and then used a lightbox to trace them onto the envelopes (in real life, my handwriting is terrible!).

We decided to take public transit to the wedding instead of hiring a limo, so we met up with our photographer at the Porter Square station in Cambridge and did our first wedding photos in the subway station and on the trains.  Since they're not terribly crafty, I won't embed those images here, but you can see them on my flickr.  :)  Then we got off the train at Park Street (for you locals) and did photos in the Boston Commons and Boston Public Garden.

A lot of the inspiration for our "theme" elements came from a combination of the colors that make me think of fall (rich oranges, golds and a bright bright blue sky), as well as my crafty side and the fact that we're both pretty geeky (that comes up later with the fiber optics).  The urban skyline view from our venue also wound up contributing a lot as well!

My dress was a light gold, and we chose brown tuxes for the guys (you should be able to click any of the images to make them bigger!):

Guys in brown tuxes, and girls in metallic golds and coppers from Watters and Watters:

A friend and I spent many hours over a drill and made 5 beaded bouquets, and something like 16 beaded boutonnières and 6 beaded corsages.  I love how they turned out and went so well with the metallic colors in the dresses!

Box of boutonnières and corsages waiting to be handed out:

My mom lives across the country from me, but helped me to knit our chuppah square by square.  We were very worried about gauge, but it turns out that we were fine - once I sewed the squares together, we couldn't tell them apart!  THe pattern is Hannah's Tablecloth from the book Handknit Holidays.

I designed our programs in Apple's Pages software, and we had them printed at Kinko's.  I picked up the metallic cover paper from a local craft store in the scrapbooking aisle.

Inside we had the usual order of ceremony, readings, and names of people in the ceremony, as well as an order for the reception (since it was in several different rooms), the menu, and explanations of the traditions we chose to include in our ceremony)

I also made our centerpieces and place cards (which were LED candles wrapped in vellum paper to look like frosted glass candleholders with the guest's names on them).  We were going for sort of an urban feel with a lot of twinkly lights because the view from the ballroom where the reception was was of the Boston city skyline:

Close-up of a place card:

I was SO pleased with how the centerpieces came out!  I used fiber optic lamps, that come packaged in clear plastic tubes.  I cut the tubes down to the height I wanted the "vase" part of the centerpiece to be, and then covered them in brown and gold papers.  Stick the lamp in, and the fiber optics light up and the base lights up, too, making the paper glow.  Cheap, easy, and nobody will believe you made it yourself!

Lighted centerpiece with glowing candle place cards.

Finally, I didn't craft this, but I LOVE how our cake turned out!  We ordered it from Konditor Meister in Boston.  The layers are pumpkin spice with maple mousse, and strawberry grand marnier.  We chose ivory buttercream icing (no fondant for us!), chocolate icing paisleys, and rolled chocolate leaves in an array of fall oranges and reds.

the one sad part:  we were supposed to use this raptor cake topper DH helped me design and make, but I used the wrong kind of glue and the dinosaurs snapped off the topper plate the day before the wedding and we didn't have time to fix them.  :(

If you made it this far, thank you for indulging me while I share my wedding crafts!  I had a lot of fun making these things over the past year, and I'm really happy with how they all turned out.  I almost don't know what to do with myself now that all the crafting's done - I guess I'll go back to knitting socks!  :D
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3  Sherlock Cloche - link to pattern included in Knitting: Completed Projects by skuterrat on: November 06, 2007 09:50:55 PM
I just finished this Sherlock Holmes-inspired cloche.  I figure, if Sherlock Holmes was (well, a woman) practicing today and fashion conscious, he might wear something like this!

I posted the pattern on my blog: http://blog.blacktabi.com/2007/11/sherlock-cloche-pattern.html.  Please enjoy!  (and if you do try this pattern, let me know if you run into any trouble: I haven't test knit it yet other than the one copy I made while writing the pattern down)

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4  Re: HOW do you stash all of your yarn!? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by skuterrat on: September 13, 2007 02:25:05 PM
I bought one of these multi-drawer things from Target, and bought the drawer parts as I could afford them.  At the moment, I now have 8 of the drawer slots filled with drawers (and subsequently, those are all full of yarn...).  Spoiled Rotten Kitty still has her own compartment (she kept trying to climb in with the yarn).

I have two shelves on top that were originally intended to house CDs, but right now they're full of a swift, knitting patterns, little drawers for notions, etc...

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5  Knitty's Shedir in a week in Knitting: Completed Projects by skuterrat on: April 28, 2007 03:05:50 PM
I knit this for a friend's grandmother, who's starting chemo soon.

Roughly 1.5 balls of "Sublime" baby cashmere merino silk dk (75% extra fine merino, 20% silk, and 5% cashmere). It knit up very soft, and the cables make it extremely thick and cushy, as well as very stretchy.

The color is actually an ever so slightly off-white...closer to the photo from the top down.

Pattern is Knitty's Shedir from their breast cancer awareness special issue.

Cast on last Friday evening, finished this Friday night while watching TV. Very quick knit, despite all the cables. 

Start taken last Saturday:

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6  (almost) Instant Gratification Summer Anklets - photos galore in Knitting: Completed Projects by skuterrat on: April 09, 2007 08:43:16 AM
I just tried to refer to these socks in another post, and discovered that I must not have ever actually posted them.  So, just in time for spring and summer knitting, may I present the summer anklets I knit last summer?  Smiley

I used the Summer Sock Wardrobe pattern from Spun Magazine: http://www.spunmag.com/article/050605socks

These were my first socks, and GREAT for a first try because they go quite quickly since there isn't really any ankle to speak of. 

Zen shot:

They look kinda weird off the feet:

Maybe I'm a nerd, but I like wearing mine with clogs (but I don't usually wear them with cropped pants like this... Cheesy )
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7  Aran Braid Socks - neon pink and purple in Knitting: Completed Projects by skuterrat on: April 09, 2007 06:41:46 AM
I've been working on these socks on and off since about February. You know how it is...you finish the one sock and can't seem to bring yourself to cast on and start over. However, once I ordered yarn for the Clapotis (I know, I know, I'm years behind the times), I found new momentum because I swore to myself that I was GOING to finish these socks before I so much as unwound a skein of that lovely Lion and Lamb. Talk about motivating factors...

I used this pattern for Aran Braid Socks for Teri: http://www.knitlist.com/97gift/aransocks.htm  (Aside:  This pattern has some major mistakes in it, but with some ripping out and frantic emails to mom, I soldiered through.)

The pattern up the side is sort of a double cable that looks like celtic knotwork, and a single strand of that carries on down the foot.

My socks ended up a little big because, even after subtracting 4 stitches from the circumference, I have narrow feet. I'm hoping that if I toss them in the dryer once, they'll shrink enough to not be baggy on my feet.

Sorry for the giant photos; I didn't look at them before I uploaded them.

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8  Tech Guy Socks - Apple Logo in Knitting: Completed Projects by skuterrat on: December 29, 2006 06:55:14 AM
I made my boyfriend the Apple logo Tech Guy Socks for Christmas/Hanukkah this year.  Haven't gotten to try them on him yet (they...uh...weren't quite finished for Christmas... Wink ), but they look lovely on my coffee table.

I used the pattern from MagKnits web magazine: http://www.magknits.com/feb06/patterns/tech.htm

The Apple logos are stitched in duplicate stitch after the socks were finished. I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Pewter and Charcoal (machine washable! Yay!).  They have an interesting shortrow heel and toe that was a little tricky to get used to, but I think they turned out pretty well.  They seem a TAD bulky to me, but I'll get more feedback on that after they've been worn.  Smiley

I think they won't look quite so wrinkly once they've been worn and washed once.

[edited because I apparently can't spell "socks" in my title on the first try]
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9  Re: Welcome to the Vegetarian / Vegan board! in Vegetarian / Vegan by skuterrat on: November 24, 2006 09:34:59 PM
I made "turkeys" out of polenta, asparagus, and romesco sauce.  It could easily have been vegan if I had left the cheese out of the polenta.  Details and recipe at http://mattsachs.livejournal.com/60978.html.  Photos are at http://images.zevils.com/v/Thanksgiving_2006/Turkeys/; I'll have skuterrat post some inline since she's cooler than me.  She helped.  Smiley

I was asked to post photos since I've had an account long enough to post them embedded in my post.  Wink  These weren't my brainchild, I was just there to take photos!  Happy non-Turkey day!

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10  Re: Animal Crossing Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by skuterrat on: April 05, 2006 05:12:31 AM
Holy crackers!! AC fabric...how the...wwwoooooowwww are they just a billion little iron-ons??

Hee hee, I was tempted for a second to just say, "Oh yes.  thousands of iron-ons.  My Iron hates me now." because it makes it seem much more difficult.   Grin

In truth, the trick is that the cozy is less than 8 1/2 by 11 inches.  Smiley  I used the swap as an excuse to try printable fabric sheets (which I am thoroughly astounded by, by the way).  So I designed the fabric in PhotoShop and then just printed it out.  I don't think it could have gotten much easier.  Now, the zipper, on the other hand....well, we won't talk about my epic battle with the zipper.   Cheesy

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