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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / DIY Watercolor Invitations on: October 21, 2013 12:46:47 PM
I wanted to share the DIY invitation suite that I created for my July 2013 wedding. I designed the set myself using Adobe Photoshop. The watercolor background uses a free Photoshop brush from www.brusheezy.com.  I can't recall the fonts I used, but they were free scrapbooking fonts from www.KevinandAmanda.com.  (I blurred out our full names for privacy.)

For the save the date cards, I printed them using Vistaprint and the calendar stickers are from Moo. Their small stickers are the perfect size to fit on a standard wall calendar!

For the invitations, the pocket folds are from Cards & Pockets in the color Lagoon.  I printed all the insert cards using Vistaprint and trimmed them to size using my paper trimmer.  The thank you notes are also printed from Vistaprint.  

Anyone using Vistaprint for their invitations, please be aware that their cards are NOT standard sizes.  Even though the sizes on their website say that the flat cards are 5x7" in size - they are up to 1" off from the actual size!  Please make sure to get some samples and measure them out with a ruler to see the true sizes, especially if you want to order pocket folds or envelopes from another site.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / DIY Succulent and Sand Centerpieces on: October 21, 2013 11:28:22 AM
I wanted to share the DIY centerpieces that I created for my July 2013 wedding.

For the succulent centerpieces, I purchased various glass dessert dishes from Goodwill and Salvation Army and used faux succulents and small polished river rocks. Some of the tables had larger dessert dishes than others since they all were different. In the larger containers, I used a small piece of Styrofoam in the bottom and then hot glued the stem of the succulents into that, so that the succulents stayed upright and so I wouldn't need to use so many rocks!

For the smaller containers, I purchased juice glasses from IKEA and filled them with playground sand. My florist brought the roses and sunk the stems into the sand using water picks, so that the flowers didn't wilt. (For the table numbers/menus, I used double-sided photo frames from IKEA.)  I used the same play sand in three candle holders of varying heights near my card box too.

Since I used faux succulents, I was able to create these centerpieces ahead of time and didn't have to worry about making them the week of my wedding.  And they make for great home decor as well!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Flat Iron Pouch on: October 20, 2011 05:22:02 PM

Flat Iron Pouch by sarahblais, on Flickr

I sewed up this cute flat iron travel pouch using a tutorial from Crap I've Made. I thought I'd share the tutorial here on Craftster! Especially with Christmas coming up - I think it'd be a good gift or something that'd get a lot of use with all the holiday traveling!
I used insul-brite batting as instructed in the tutorial but didn't have quite enough for the whole thing. So I made the pouch area a bit smaller, as I have a skinnier iron, and didn't use it on the flap. Instead, I used a medium-weight fusible interfacing on the flap. Also I realized that I only had black velcro in my stash, so I plan on picking up some white velcro and hand sewing it in later, since that'll better match the color of my fabric.

If anyone sews this up, I'd love to see pics of theirs!

(and a note to the moderators: feel free to move this post if I didn't put it in the right category since it's technically not a purse or wallet! thanks!)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / McCall's 6277 on: October 20, 2011 05:09:50 PM

McCall's 6227 - Finished Dress by sarahblais, on Flickr

A few weeks ago I sewed up my first dress using jersey/knit material. The pattern I used was McCall's 6277, a Laura Ashley pattern. The pattern doesn't call for jersey/knit but I had seen a few reviewers on PatternReview.com that had made it up in this type of material and thought it looked great! The fabric is Style Studio Stretch Rayon Jersey Knit from Fabric.com ($4.99/yard.) Sorry - but it looks like this fabric is no longer available on their site.

The dress came together pretty quickly since I didn't have to create a lining or put in a zipper. The dress has a lot of stretch, so it's very forgiving! I just used a zig-zag stitch on my machine with a regular needle.  I finished the neck by creating a facing using the dress material and didn't bother hemming the bottom or arms since it won't fray.

I think I'll be able to use this pattern again to create a top with the same flutter sleeves or omit the sleeves to make a great sheath dress.

Has anyone else tried this pattern in jersey/knit?
5  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Metro Detroit Meetup? on: October 06, 2011 09:41:51 AM
Anyone in metro Detroit interested in doing a meetup? I moved to the area a few months ago and would love to get to know some new crafty people!

I was thinking we could all meet for coffee and bring our recent craft projects to work on while we chat. (I've looked on meetup.com for similar groups but all I've found are ones specifically for scrapbookers or knitters, not any for general crafts.)

I'm in Dearborn, but would be open to meeting somewhere else if that works better for everyone else.

Look forward to hearing from you!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / PhotoShop vs. PhotoShop Elements on: November 11, 2009 04:31:43 PM
I've realized that I need a better photo editing program than the one that came with my digital camera and I'd also love to get started in digital scrapbooking.

I wish I could afford PhotoShop, but at around $700 - it's way to expensive! So I'm thinking about getting PhotoShop Elements instead.

Question - for someone who's already familar with using PhotoShop, do you find PhotoShop Elements to be limiting?

Also - any suggestions for digital scrapbooking elements (kits, backgrounds, fonts, etc.) would be greatly appreciated! Smiley

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Need suggestions on paint color(s) and accessories on: June 18, 2009 12:29:54 PM
I moved into a new (and much bigger) apartment last month and I need help finishing my space! It just looks so bare!

living room
We finally have an apartment where they allow us to paint! But now that I can, I'm a bit apprehensive about it. Any suggestions on a paint color for our living room? The room is very open to the dining room, entry and hallway too. So where do I start/stop the color?
I would like more seating in this room, since we just have the sofa and a small red ottoman, but I'm not sure where to place a chair? Maybe in the corner to the right of the long Expedit bookcase?
This room is so dark at night. I definelty need some lamps. I'm thinking a pair of table lamps on each side of the sofa, but that would mean that I'd need to buy another side table. Where would I put that ottoman if I get another table for the left of the sofa? And I know I need more art & accessories to make the space look more "lived in". Should I stick with red accessories or introduce another color into the room?

dining room
I bought this dining set off craigslist, but that's pretty much the only thing in the room except for a few plants in the window. Our old apartment didn't have a dining room, so we grew used to eating on the couch in front of the TV. So we haven't even used the dining table yet! There is a nook/recessed space to the left of the window. Any suggestions on what I can do with that space? It's so empty!
And since the dining room is completely open to the living room, how do I tie in the colors between the two rooms? Do I need to continue the red into this room too? Because I found a tablecloth that I like that's off-white linen with a big bold print of pears that are kind of a 70's dark avacado green with brown outlines that I thought about using to make curtains. But I'm not sure about the green in the dining room and then the red in the living room. Would it look too much like Christmas?

I love love love bright aqua/turquoise blue! I found this bedding set at Ikea that has a stripe of apple green at the top, but when I brought it home I realized that the whole set is definetly more turquoise green than turquoise blue. Any suggestions on how I can introduce more aqua/turquoise blue into the space without it looking like I'm color blind since it won't exactly match my bedding set? Also any suggestions on wall color - I'm thinking maybe that apple green?

Thanks so much for any suggestions! I'm really looking forward to making my new space feel more like home!

I have more photos in my flickr set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sprsxysarah/sets/72157618942621704/detail/
8  COOKING / Dessert / Layered Dog Cookies in a Jar on: March 11, 2009 09:22:37 PM
Not sure if this should go here or in the Pet-Related Crafts section! Feel free to move this if it's in the wrong place...

I found this recipe while I was crafting for the Luck O the Irish Swap - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294326.0
My swap partner said she liked cooking and had a dog, so I wanted to send something that combined the two!

Here's the link to the recipe - http://www.allfreecrafts.com/giftinajar/dog-cookies.shtml

My swap partner will have to let me know how they turn out, but from the ingredients they seems like something that I might even want to snack on!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Easy Rag Wreath with Tute on: March 11, 2009 09:06:25 PM

I created this rag wreath for the Luck O the Irish Swap - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294326.0.

It was really simple to make!

Materials Needed:
Scraps of coordinating fabric or trim
Wire hanger

1 - Cut your fabric into strips about 1 1/2 inches x 6 1/2 inches - no need to be exact! I even used different widths of ribbon.
2 - Bend a wire hanger into a circle shape and bend the hanger's hook into a hook that you can use to hang the wreath.
3 - Tie the strips onto the hanger - pushing them together and fluffing as you go.
4 - And Voila! a beautiful rag wreath!

You could even tie the strips of fabric around a piece of rope or a string of lights to create a garland instead!

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Celtic Bracelet and Earrings Set on: March 11, 2009 08:54:50 PM
I created this Celtic bracelet and earrings set for the Luck O the Irish Swap- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294326.0.  The color is a bit off since I photographed it with the red background! The small beads are clear, the medium sized beads are an amber color, and the large beeds are a deep green with gold flecks on the exterior.

This was my first time making earrings. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. I used this tutorial - http://www.beadage.net/drop_earrings/index.shtml. And since the materials come in packages with several hooks & pins, I'm sure I'll make more.

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