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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My green "green" wedding thread. (picture obese) on: October 13, 2009 01:40:48 PM
I'm getting married Saturday, so I'll have more pics of everything "in action". I wanted a handmade, eco-friendly and CHEAP wedding. So far, between me, my mom and my fiance, we've paid about 1200 dollars (that included my dress!). I handmade the invitations (can't remember how to link them), and I've basically made all of this.

The ceremony area (we're setting up the chairs and we bought an arch for the officiate to stand under).

The reception area from a distance.

The cake toppers. My fiance and his friends and family are OBSESSED with Star Wars, so I figured it would be fun to do a Han Solo and Princess Leia cake topper. The flowers were a pain because I had to cut petals from green flowers to make her flowers. Very small snipping so that was annoying!

Flower garland, made from dollar store ribbon and flowers. To be draped over the arch.

I used an awesome flower tutorial here on craftster to make flowers out of fabric. These were made from a secondhand green scrubs shirt. I wrapped the stems with ribbon and tied them at the end. These are for the bridesmaids.

Ringbearers pillow and tie. I found a tutorial on purl bees blog to make a childs tie. I bought the fabric on sale for 50 cents, so I used the rest to make the ring pillow. The tie, however, is pretty bad. It works, but I forgot to put in the interfacing so its very flimsy. Only has to last for the ceremony and pictures! Lol. Im using a tie bar to keep it in place on the shirt.

My bouquet. I took out those weird little beads on wire. It looked kinda silly. I think I may remove the white flowers too. They may clash with my dress.

My bridesmaids are wearing black dresses of their own choosing and my sister is wearing a green dress, so I thought matching them with jewelry would be nice.

That's it so far! I can't wait to post all the pictures of the wedding!
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bridesmaid's bouquet on: August 30, 2009 03:38:45 PM
I saw the fabric flowers tutorial here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318808.0 and figured these would make great flowers for my bridesmaids to carry (and me too!).

Because we're trying to have an inexpensive eco-friendly wedding, I knew I couldn't go and buy brand new stuff. I found a bright green scrubs shirt at a yard sale and a green beaded bracelet at Savers (thrift shop). Turns out, the beaded bracelet was actually made of beads from Michaels so I saved myself 3 bucks because the bracelet was only 50 cents. I should get two bouquets out of it for only about 3 bucks. Smiley Not too shabby!

I made the petals and then took manicure scissors to nip tiny holes in the center (tried poking with a needle but threading kept snagging).  I took 12" flower wire, threaded a bead to the middle then put the ends together and twisted the ends together. I threaded the petals onto the wire and viola! I have a bouquet. I haven't figured out just yet how to keep the petals from sliding, probably a drop of hot glue in the back.

Still don't know how to cover the wires. I'll probably wrap them with ribbon or something else. This was a great project and how they came up with it, I have no idea! The flowers look amazing. I'll probably spray them with some essential oils to make them smell all pretty. Smiley

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Record Tote Bags on: August 03, 2009 04:34:10 PM
I love thrift shopping, and I especially love finding records for cheap. The problem is, every time I go, they try putting all your records in a plastic bag which always rips, rendering it useless to reuse and what a waste of plastic!

I'm in the process of packing up to move to New Mexico and I need to use up some of my stash. I'm trying to be more eco-friendly in life, so all these bags are made from re-used fabric from thrift shops, such as bed sheets or fabric people donated. I only shop at Savers because they buy from Big Brothers Big Sisters which means I'm supporting charity too. Who doesn't love that?

So yeah... I don't really have a set pattern. I traced a record and cut a seam allowance around it. Both bags can hold 10 records easily, leaving a little wiggle room to add a few more if you wanted it to stretch at the seams. Both bags have little vinyl appliques made from vinyl I ripped off some old purses. Waste not, want not!

Okay, here are the pictures.

BTW, I found that MJ record and Thriller in mint condition at Savers for 25 cents each a year ago. Now they're worth 20 bucks on ebay. Crazy isn't it?

The lovely headless model is my sister doing me a great favor.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My first wedding post: Our wedding invitations! on: June 07, 2009 07:26:57 PM
I'm so excited to have one wedding thing done. Sadly, our wedding is 4 months away and I should have more done! lol.

Anyway, FH and I want an eco-friendly wedding on a budget, but eco-friendly invitations were pretty pricey or didn't look like I wanted them. I've all ready decided that most everything "proper" about weddings will probably be thrown out the window, including color schemes. I found eco-friendly, 100% pcw paper from K & Company, so I order it in nearly every color. Smiley I couldn't help it, it was so cute and I could indulge my indecisiveness.

I only got 44 done today and ran out of paper (had some 'oops' moments). I need about 30 more to be completely done. I'm not good with paper crafting, but I'm pretty proud. I wanted something different than the normal ones, so I used a heart-shaped brad to let the front part spin so you can see the info. I don't have all the copies of our pictures so I just showed a sample of the end product.

Okay, enough babbling, here are the pictures!

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