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1  Re: A full, delicious, 6.5 feet of cupcakes and cheesecake! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by frogeyesalad on: August 31, 2008 09:49:42 AM
I don't know if you still view this site, but the photos of the cupcake tree are not posting and I am so super curious to see what the process looks like.  If you can repost them, it would be very  helpful!


They are loading just fine for me, photobucket is still hosting them. Weird. I'll try posting one here and see what that does. Let me know!

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2  A full, delicious, 6.5 feet of cupcakes and cheesecake! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by frogeyesalad on: July 02, 2008 06:26:45 PM
ETA: I don't have the dimensions for the cake stand, we wrote them on various scraps of paper and they have long since disappeared, sorry! It's pretty easy, just decide on the biggest diameter you want for the bottom, and what looks good for the smaller layers from there. For the styrofoam, I just decided how much I wanted it to fill on the inside, and did two of each size so they were proportional to the boards.

We had 165 cupcakes and lots of mini cheesecake bites, along with flowers and greenery- there was definitely plenty of space! If you packed in the cupcakes you should easily be able to fit 300+.

My biggest DIY project for my wedding was the cupcake tree, and it was a LOT of work! Thankfully everyone pitched in and we got it done. We based it off this picture we found in a Sam's Club mailer a few years ago, so my sister (wootwoot) used her impressive math skills to calculate the size of each layer of the stand based off the width of the little girl's head in the picture!

We made the layers from 1/2" MDF from Home Depot, cut them with the jigsaw for basic shape, and then used the router and a circle bit to smooth the edges and round off the top of them.
We painted them white and cut circles in the middle with a forster bit.
The center pieces separating the layers were 6" styrofoam cake dummies we covered in white wrapping paper and cut holes in the middle as well.
The base is an octagonal elevated contraption my parents use as the Christmas Tree stand every year, with boards holding up a curtain rod, which went through the holes in each piece to support the tree.

Whew! I'm sure that was confusing, so here are pictures, the part you're really here for!

With us, for scale. My husband is 6', so I'm guessing it was at least 6'6", but we never measured the final product.

And, the picture we based it off of, for comparison.

Thanks for looking! Let me know if you need more explanation, it's impossible to find any instructions on how to make something like this, I searched everywhere, so I'd be happy to help anyone!
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3  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by frogeyesalad on: July 02, 2008 06:09:15 PM
It's about time I showed you guys come wedding pictures!! My main DIY-ing was the cupcake tree, but I also made flower lights for the tables, my bouquet, and my mom stitched pink tulle on my crinoline. We also frosted/decorated all the cupcakes ourselves. So, here we go!

My bouquet- mini gerber daisies, wrapped in brown satin ribbon. Oh, and I also re-gathered my veil because it was too pouffy.

A shot of the food tables, we did all the lights with flowers on them draped along the sides. And my mom and MIL made all the food.

Pink petticoat and my beautiful 4" heels (I was determined to NOT have to hem my dress!)

A couple pictures the kids at the kids table drew for us, I'm going to put them in an album

And finally- the cupcake tower. It's getting its own post with more pictures, so here's one to give you an idea- it was taller than both of us, and my husband is 6'!

The post with more pictures and explanation is here:
And, these are my low-res pictures so you can actually load them, so that's why they are semi-grainy. The full size are excellent:)
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4  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by frogeyesalad on: February 09, 2008 02:06:23 PM
I love that your fiance is helping with favors, amigurl:) My fiance is getting off VERY easy, since he's 1300 miles away, and will be until about 3 weeks before the wedding. I'm giving him all the assignments I can find for him that he doesn't have to be here to do:)

Ok, I've been working on our postcard invitations- we are sending out about 100 nicer, handmade invites, and then I'm making about 250 of these at http://overnightprints.com, because we invite EVERYONE from church. No, we are not feeding them all! Just cake and fingerfoods, it's more of an open house. So, this is the front. I just wanted to see if you all could read the words ok, since I had to put them on top of the picture. Also, if you want to print save-the-dates or anything, these guys are cheap, and they have good reviews on http://weddingbee.com (I'm addicted to that site!). They do offset printing, which I have no idea what it is, but I know its good, so I'm happy:)

Here it is: You may have to enlarge it to tell if you can see the words or not, they are going to be 4x6 postcards

This is my favorite quote for us, because we've known each other for 18 years, but never really dated until we were much older:)
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5  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by frogeyesalad on: January 30, 2008 05:29:02 PM
Well, I think I've been lurking long enough! I started my wedding planning in October, when we got engaged, but have yet to post any of it on here. Our wedding will be May 17, 2008 in San Antonio, with a reception in Austin and Dallas.

So far I have made...nothing:) I do have my dress (bought from another bride, so saved a bunch there), and I am searching for the perfect pink shoe, that is at least a 3 1/2" heel (because I'm not hemming my dress, and I like heels:) ).

The things I need to make are:
  • invitations- just bought a print gocco last night, so those will come soon
  • bouquet/boutonniere- we aren't having a bridal party, so I'll just have my bouquet (hot pink daisies) and his boutonniere to do the night before, probably
  • centerpieces- like this http://www.brides.com/weddingstyle/decorations/gallery/realwedding/detail/8911?f=blossom%3ahydrangea&pf=type%3acenterpieces&offset=6&page=1, but I'm going to use daisies. Hopefully 80 stems from Sam's Club will cover centerpieces and the bouquet!
  • guestbook- in order to have something I think we will use, I want to make a photo book of all our engagement pictures, and have guests sign in the blank spaces. I'm having trouble finding any sites with flexible layouts though. Apple is pretty rigid on where you can put the picture and the words, but I'll keep looking
  • thank you cards- almost completely designed, and will be goccoed when it comes
  • cupcake tree? this is my inspiration-

    but I can not figure out how I'm going to make it. And yes, I really really do want it to be like 6 feet tall, but I may have to accept it can't be:(  Anyone have ideas? I cut this off the back of a Sam's Club catalog a year ago

I think that's all. I sure hope it is, anyway. We are on a really small budget, but we are saving a lot of costs with the ceremony and reception place free through church, having just a limited reception with the cupcakes and some munchies, no bridal party, etc.

I love reading all your ideas, and seeing your beautiful pictures:)
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6  "I was wonderin' if, uh, you wouldn't mind marryin' me very much"-Rocky Monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by frogeyesalad on: December 18, 2007 09:33:37 PM
Ok, This is definitely due to be posted.
I made a Rocky Sock Monkey for my (now) fianc in July. He had been gone for two years for a Church mission, and our only communication during that time was letter writing. So, I wanted to make him something he would like, but nothing too major in case things didn't work out:) Obviously, they did, and we are getting married May 17, 2008.

On to Rocky-
I machine stitched his body following this awesome tutorial, and I was definitely inspired by therealgigantor's Mr. T.
I knit his hat, just a 2x2 rib, and HAND-SEWED his clothing from a grey sock. I really wanted the sweatsuit, and it took me forever. There is an elastic band with a snap to fit it over his tail, although I never made any other clothes, so he doesn't change. One day I want to make his Converse too, and of course an Adrian as well.

Doing his sit-ups and lunges to get ready for the fight

Demonstrating his hood with working ties to keep his head warm

And, showing off his incredibly unflattering high-waisted sweats, and the tail snap

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed posing him for them!

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7  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by frogeyesalad on: July 19, 2007 03:43:04 PM
Here they are!! I'm seriously the slowest person ever, and I'm very sorry hollylynne!

Holly TOTALLY spoiled me. Feast your eyes on these goodies!

Fresh out of the box, with all these surprises peeking out!

Everything all together

Delicious goodies to pamper myself. Lip gloss, bath stuff, yummy smelling soap. How did you know that C.O. Bigelow in Orange Cream is my absolute FAVORITE lip gloss EVER? You amaze me:)

A coin purse and tissue holder in beautiful fabric, which matches the lining she sent for my purse. Also, two broaches to pin on the purse, a felt owl and vintage buttons.

Herbal tea, an awesome coin ring, button necklace (I never would have thought to make a button a pendant!) a marble picture and a cd. Is the cd from your boyfriend's label? I haven't had a chance to listen to it, but I will![/b[

And a close up of the ring. It has Queen Elizabeth on it! I love Great Britain and everything about, it so this is a perfect match

Thank you SOOOO much hollylynne!! You were the BEST swap partner. I'm hoping to convince my sister to line my bag for me tonight since I leave on a trip tomorrow...we'll see if it works:) I'll post pictures once I have them. Also, that is a BLOOD PILLOW in the back of the second picture! It was unstuffed, and my sister and I could NOT figure out what it was. I finally made her read the note that Holly included to read after I finished the ball, because we had no clue. I'll post a picture of it in use once someone gets home to take one of me.

Thank you!!!!
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8  Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by frogeyesalad on: April 30, 2007 03:48:19 PM
Yes, I found the batteries. While it may seem like a week is a really long time to wait for pictures, I like to think of it as extra time to come up with the clever captions. And I honestly am sick, I promise!:)

"What time is it? It's Valentimes! What time is it? It's Valentimes! What we gonna get? SEVERAL BOYS! How we gonna get 'em? ...Uhhh" yes, spolowitz and I have a teen girl squad connection (I really think we are the same person) and so a TGS card accompanied my tin!

Spolowitz combined my cupcake theme with my argyle/stripes theme for a super cute tin: Stripes outside with a cupcake, mirror inside with argyle, and great treats!:)

Now the close-ups- argyle envelopes with cute little cards inside (and a cupcake with a little "C"- for Cupcake...or Christine!)

A book with argyle covers and ribbon to tie it shut

Two cupcake stickers that match the outside of the tin, cupcake pictures (that match the cards. So much matching, I love it!:)) on marbles, but attached to..paperclips! I never thought of doing that! Plus a striped napkin

and finally, three rolls of argyle ribbon, Love them!

Spolowitz, you did an awesome job, thanks so much! Sorry I'm so slow at the pictures..and that I lost my wit somewhere in this post, so the descriptions aren't all that clever:) I do love it all though!
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9  Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by frogeyesalad on: April 14, 2007 09:20:26 PM
Here are the pictures!! I've decided getting these posted is just going to have to take priority over writing my paper.

Burstnbloom sent an awesome tin, using my Eleanor of Aquitaine theme. I love history, especially medieval Europe, and she is my favorite. E.L. Konisburg wrote a book about her (fiction) called "A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver", and it is probably one of my top 10 favorite books ever. I'm a big reader, so I have many favorites:) I've read it at least 30 times though, I got it when I was about 12.

So, she made me a jewelry box tin with jewelry Eleanor would have worn, and it's all awesome. She said it's her first jewelry making experience, and I'm very impressed. I'm even more impressed that the package made it in about a day, since we're only a four hour drive from each other.

Here is the tin, covered in a beautiful microsuede feeling fabric with a picture of Eleanor; a necklace with another picture of her; a cross necklace with some beading and a wireworked cross; a book mark with pretty silver scolls; and a gold and pearl bead bracelet.

The inside, with a mirror and a divider with a flap!

She also sent some paisley stuff (I love paisley!)- paisley paper, awesome paisley tags and a little fold up book that has a paisley back, and then has the same pictures of Eleanor that are on the tin and necklace.

Thank you burstnbloom! I absolutely love it! Sorry I take so many pictures, I want everyone to see all the details!
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10  Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by frogeyesalad on: March 23, 2007 03:35:44 PM
Ok, here come the photos! I hope they aren't huge.

To start it all off...awesome photo album in GREEN AND BROWN POLKA DOTS!! and an adorable knit octopus, so cute!

Next, I discovered lots of bookmarks with quotes from Jane Austen:) I love Jane Austen

Also, Jane Austen magnets!

More really nice magnets in all my favorite designs- argyle, stripes, polka dots, green, brown, pink and blue.

The magnets were in an adorable handmade box with buttons and a cute turtle charm. I love buttons, and never have any cute ones. Now I have the cutest!

REALLY cool handmade gift tags with awesome designs. I am soooo in love with the bird, did you draw that?

A frame my sister is trying to steal (they are officially her dogs, but I claim them too, I just don't pay for their vet costs...)

And finally....the best of all...A FELTED BAG! I honestly told my sister a couple weeks ago I should have asked for a bag to carry my knitting in, so this was the best surprise. I'm so excited:)

And that's a bracelet she made me in the picture, too!

Also, a TON of joann flyer designs and a recipe for apple spice cake and amish friendship bread. They sound awesome. I totally forgot to include the recipes I wanted to send you, so I'll pm you with them.

Thank you so much, this was such an awesome swap, and I LOVE it all.
Thank you!!!!
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