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1  Re: My rose/masquerade wedding -- New photos on page 5 in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Raine_Dementia on: April 27, 2008 12:34:07 PM
Hey guys, more updates are coming soon. I've been making some major breakthroughs with the roses, but to start with here's one of my nifty random experiments:

Now, I'd probably be doing this with something a bit nicer than a jamjar, but I think it looks pretty cool just as it is. What I did was take an LED candle then carefully bury it in all the sparklies. Alas, said sparklies are quite expensive at michaels, so the actual end result will probably be something more like glass marbles, which I can buy more of for cheaper.

Edit: Oh, forgot to mention the end result would also have a group of roses or something decorative on top. I am taking suggestions as to what to put up there.
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2  Sketchbook from an old calendar for a friend's birthday. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Raine_Dementia on: April 12, 2008 09:41:21 PM
Okay, so originally this was going to be a chopstick sketchbook, but my chopsticks wouldn't stay in place because I was doing it wrong. Also, I had crappy string. So I used wire. It's my first real attempt at binding, and the inside wire bit is not very pretty looking, but it worked out well.

Here's the image link, I'm too lazy to split the file up and upload it on the site hosting right now:

I also have another one that I took a small picture frame, and an image of a merfolk from the front of a Magic: The Gathering booster pack that I put on a black (premade) sketchbook for him too, but I forgot to snap pictures of it before I gave it to him. If he brings it over later I'll post a photo of that too.
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3  Tiny roses! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Raine_Dementia on: April 09, 2008 02:36:12 PM
Hey people! So, I've only just discovered the whole linked thumbnail thing so I'll be going back to update my old posts later so their a little more bandwidth-friendly.. But for the moment, enjoy my latest achievement! Tiny roses:

My mother brought it to my attention that I might want smaller roses for my bouquet, so I began creating these a week ago.
Here's a size comparison from the bottom. As you can see, I haven't done floral tape on the small ones yet, but thus far I have several off-white/yellow roses and a few pale pink, and pale red ones. I wanted to do white roses without having the coffee filter bright white, so these have worked quite well.

As always, comments and suggestions welcome! ^^
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4  Re: My rose/masquerade wedding -- New photos on page 4 in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Raine_Dementia on: April 01, 2008 04:11:02 PM
Thanks for the comments, guys! Smiley I love hearing what people think of these.

Here's some new photos:

This is a test arrangement my mom did. I left a few of my less succesful roses with her and she put them together with some of her own paper creations.

The dusty miller leaf is made from a cleaning cloth sold at the dollar store, so are the bells, and the cherry blossoms are coffee filters with embroidery thread stamens.

Here is some of the fabric we'll be using to go between the pillars, and two kinds of lace we were thinking of using for the head tables.

This is the only real plant in the arrangement. It's baby's breath painted black, with some netting.

Close-up of the dusty miller, pretty real looking, no?

Edit: Oh no, I almost forgot the forget-me-nots!

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5  Re: My rose/masquerade wedding -- New photos on page 4 in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Raine_Dementia on: March 30, 2008 10:20:43 PM

Here is the aforementioned bridesmaid dress. Both my maid of honor and my other bridesmaid have the same dress, the model in this photo is not the MoH but I'll get a shot of her later on.
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6  Re: My rose/masquerade wedding -- Warning: Many photos! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Raine_Dementia on: March 30, 2008 09:48:17 PM
Updates! Well, thanks to our ever-helpful MC giving us a ride to Michaels yesterday, many favors have been assembled. We only have a little over 20 bottles complete with the scrolls because we ran out of gold string, but more string will be procured later on.

The bottles and paper both come from an ebay store. Their very small, so we had to fold the paper in half before rolling it up to make it fit.

Here's a closeup of the stamp. I got a set with several stamps for 15$ at Michaels. Their really quite beautiful, I think I'll have to find an excuse to use some of the others ones, too.

Here's the quote on the inside. It reads:

Think where glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
-W.B. Yeats

I thought it was the perfect message, very beautiful compared with the usual "thank you" message.

Here is just a nice close-up shot of the inside of the bottle. The black sand was from a spare bag we never used in our lizard tank.

Also thanks to some helpful people in my shoe thread, I have found somewher ethat has the shoes I wanted in flats!


Behold the cuteness! I just wish I knew what color to get. This is a link to the red ones, I love red and black, but my bridesmaids are wearing white/black and most of the decor as you can see is very light, warm colors. Not that everything need match, mind you.
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7  Re: My rose/masquerade wedding -- Warning: Many photos! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Raine_Dementia on: March 27, 2008 05:21:38 PM

Now, do remember this cage has been outside in my mom's garden all year and would be cleaned up very nicely for the wedding, but right now it's full of dead leaves. So.. picture if more full of candles or flowers of some kind.

Same as the last one, full of plants but easily cleaned up. I kind of like the asian style of this one, especially as we've figured out how to do paper cherry blossoms. (My mom is awesome. Pics of those will follow.)

These.. I really forget what the heck these are called, but their cool and I was also thinking of adding these to my fiancee's wreath. This actually what they look like dry, and their quite nice.

Edited to add:

I'm looking for cool ideas for wedding shoes. They MUST be flats, heels hurt my feet terribly, and I was hoping for something a bit more elaborate than just ballet shoes. Examples, photos, or places that might sell nice flats online would be awesome.

Also I'm looking for some jewelry in a Victorian or Renaissance style choker, like this:


I could also use some ideas on how to make lights like these:


Oh, and I have a question on behalf of my bridesmaid: Anyone know a cheap place to get large quantities of black fondant in Canada?

Specifically, enough to cover a 3 layer cake?
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8  Re: My rose/masquerade wedding -- Warning: Many photos! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Raine_Dementia on: March 27, 2008 04:53:29 PM
Hey guys! Still alive, but been very busy with planning. Here's a few of my ideas for centerpieces, I'm hoping I can get some opinions from you fine folks!

First off, a few important details about my wedding. I've been to the hall recently, and we have now decided our ceremony will be taking place there, instead of just the ceremony.

The reason is that all the outdoor locations we want to have our ceremony require quite a bit more walking over uneven terrain than the grandparents will be able to manage. Also, this will mean I don't have to worry too much about "outdoor" decorations aside from maybe something for the door to the hall.

I've now learned from visiting the reception hall however that the pillars are close enough together to have some fabric or vines between them, with roses spaced out in the center of each sash. We went to walmart over easter and bought some white and pink fabric, I'll have samples of that posted a little later on.

Other things I have learned: The tables are NARROW. This means all my centerpieces have to be very small, so they won't get knocked over. Thus, as I'll have roses both wound around the pillars and between my fabric & vine draping between them, I don't necessarily have to have roses on the tables.

This is my first idea. I actually got it from someone else's wedding thread but I've lost the link. The basic idea is to have plants (I have some branches as an example) floating in water. I was thinking a piece of lace around the base or something might also be pretty, so we added one to the center vase to see how it would look.

In terms of displays for, say, the guestbook/favor table however I can do much larger things:

The little green plant in this photo is one of an assortment of free samples I got from a local florist. Wonderful man, took us right down to the freezer to show us which of the flowers we wanted that he had in stock and gave us little samples of the ones we liked. There are some plants it's a little harder to fake, so the filler for my bouquet will probably involve a few small, real flowers.

Back to the actual centerpiece, my mom has all kinds of brasswork, lamps and vases scattered about the house, so I popped my roses in this one. You can actually see a few of my new roses in here. They look quite beautiful in the sunlight. You can't tell from the photo, but we put crystals in the bottom of the vase piled around a small LED candle that makes the vase glow.

Which is another idea I had, actually. I found a very affordable ebay lot for a large number of waterproof LED candles. You can also get small numbers of them coated in wax. I've been thinking with the narrow tables, alternatives to real fire might be nice.

These are some things I'm thinking of putting into my fiancee's headwreath. We're both making wreaths for eachother, and I've found that finding a masculine headwreath is somewhat of a challenge. I was thinking eucalyptus buds, fake berries, and ming fern all looked fairly interesting, any plant suggestions though are welcome. I'll have shots of my samples up a little later, but a few have wilted a bit so I may just find photos of them somewhere.

I want to avoid fake plants for the wreath, so nuts or berries that dry nicely are always a plus.
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9  Re: My rose/masquerade wedding -- Warning: Many photos! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Raine_Dementia on: March 08, 2008 08:20:54 PM
Here's my jar of roses thus far: I'm really running out of space in this jar now so some of them are a little squished together.

These were done by one of my lovely bridesmaids, who is getting married in July and she wanted to try to make some roses for her hair and has been experimenting in different colors:
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10  Re: My rose/masquerade wedding -- Warning: Many photos! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Raine_Dementia on: March 08, 2008 07:38:21 PM
I might try that perfume idea.. I still think I might try storing my filters with scented soaps, though. Everyone thinks it's a weird idea, but that's never stopped me before. Also I've now decided I'm definetly doing a paper bouquet. They'll never wilt, and I'll be far more proud of something handmade anyway.

Anyhow, more of the promised photos! I am now using:

1. Wilton Dyes (like the stuff you can buy in wedding shops for dying icing) which is gorgeously bright, but alas some of the colors change after painting. I'll be using this in moderation for some of my roses now, but I think I'll be mostly using easter egg dye for the decorations.

2. Watercolor paints.. Really, in texture it's just a high class tempra paint, but it gets the job done.

3. Easter Egg Dye. I love it to bits, it's easy to use and much faster than either of the first two.

Now for the photos:

Argh! For some reason it won't let me upload photos more photos.. it says it's uploading but they don't show up in my gallery. Anyone know what's going on? I was unaware there was a limit.. It actually *says* I have no limit, when I go to upload.. Will post more photos if someone can help me. x)
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