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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Thinking of DIY'ing things, but not sure where to start? on: February 04, 2009 01:49:58 PM
Are you having any sort of party with friends afterwards? In the tradition of our families, my partner and I are eloping at the city hall. We'll be sending out a letter saying "(Him) and (me) (ourlastname) invite you to celebrate our marriage, which took place on (date)." Something like that. That way, they know that we're already married, but they still feel included.

I don't have many more ideas...I know how you feel though. We're diying the whole thing, and I've pretty much said "screw it" to anything that I didn't really care about, to keep things simple, and to keep costs down.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / A wedding for $500...max. on: February 04, 2009 01:26:15 PM
Long story bits:
About a month ago my partner and I decided to get married.Were getting married near the end of June/beginning of July, which doesn't give me much time to plan.

Our budget is so low, its insane. I am almost finished with my associates degree, and he will be finishing his masters in May, so we have some bills to pay off. Itll be our first time living without other people (I still live with my parents, he lives with three roommates.) Our money will be steady but low, because Im going to be a full time nanny, and he will be getting a stipend from his PhD.  We want to put money towards our house, and being able to see his family (who live in another country...this will double as our honeymoon.) My parents would probably help out if we asked, but we want to pay for it ourselves.

Our budget is as low as we can get it, with a MAX of 500, preferably about $200. Here is what we have in our heads already:

Rings: Our engagement rings were beautiful, and handmade, so very inexpensive. We plan on doing the same thing for our wedding bands.

-Eloping, with a party. Out of fairness to his family (its physically impossible for them to come here for the wedding) and the fact that we are extremely private people. We dont want people watching us say our vows.

-Clothing: Hes wearing dress clothes he already owns, Im wearing a summer dress I bought on clearance for 10 bucks.  It was originally 100. : )

-Music: On our announcment/invitations, the RSVP will have three lines where we ask them to request songs. These will be downloaded on our Ipod, with our computer Itunes standing by (in case of emergency) and well play songs over speakers from that.

-Venue: Public park! It costs about $50 to rent a large shelter near a lake. It has has a grill and electrical outlets.

-Food: I am insane about cooking...so I will be cooking a large part of the food myself. My partner wants to make some traditonal food from his country, and I am guessing that my grandmother, mom, and stepmom will want to help cook. If they dont, Ill still be able to do it. Im thinking about cooking some on-site barbecue at the same time. Also, no alcohol because, well...I'm 20. *blush* I prefer this anyway, because there will be lots of kids, so I want it to be a family thing. Plus, alcohol is expensive.

-Cake: I also love baking. Tons of cupcakes.

-Additional entertainment: Between the different parts of my family, we have a Wii, an X-box, and a PS2. So, I am hoping to set up rock band 2, Wii Sports, and DDR, so many people can play games together. If this doesnt end up working, Im not going to stress about it in any way.

I need your help!!
I have no idea what do do for decorations! I want to try and make them myself, and have them so that I can used them again in our house. Any ideas?

As for the party when we visit with his family? Since we can't be there, his parents said they would plan everything. His sister and mother are ecstatic, so we were happy to let them. So yeah, I'm not even worrying about that.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Altering a book- burning on: January 27, 2009 10:14:15 AM
I'm not sure about the cover, but be careful with those pages. When I was a teen, i decided to "age" some pages by setting them on fire and immediately put them out. I did it in my bathroom over a tub of water, but still, not the greatest idea. Nothing caught on fire, but those pages will smolder like no-one's business. The entire page smelled of ash. Also, it creates a lot of smoke. My smoke alarm went off, woke my parents, and long story short, I wasn't allowed to have candles for three years.

If you do burn the cover, let us know how it goes.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / I FINALLY did it! on: January 27, 2009 10:09:55 AM
I have wanted to make an altered book since I first heard about it when I was fourteen. I'm 20. I just feel horrible about ripping up books. When my fiance and I found a box of books that was being thrown out at the library, I told him I wanted to get one, but felt bad. His point was that if I didn't do something, these books were going to be thrown in the dumpster. I would be giving them an new life and purpose as art.

See why I love him?

Anyway, I took one home and finally did a few things. It's only a little...I added a ribbon for a page-marker, and sewed a pocket. Not much, but definitely a first step. I'm going to work my butt off on it, because I want to get it ready for our anniversary in March. I'm giving it to him, he being the one who got me started and all. I just wanted to share, because I'm feeling rather proud of myself. Grin
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Bookmark swap? on: December 14, 2008 03:02:51 PM
As someone who has never participated in a swap before, this seems like a great swap to get my feet wet with!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Tiny House Swap on: December 11, 2008 12:59:59 PM
I would be interested, so long as it was after the holidays. I love those cute little houses! I think it comes from the childhood days when I longed for a dollhouse...
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: pirate room for my son on: November 25, 2008 07:20:30 AM

I also  have to say, I burst out laughing in the library when I saw the seagulls....It reminded me of the movie Logan's Run, and the robot Box. If you haven't seen it...you must. (if you like cheesy sci-fi movies.)
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Old shoe boxes given new life - now beautiful decoupaged craft storage! on: November 24, 2008 09:13:01 AM
Beautiful! I will be making some of these for my redone craft room!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Kitties Puke on Everything on: November 16, 2008 09:36:49 AM
I think it would look adorable in a pink or lime frame. My boyfriend wants it so much now.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: I need new ideas!--please post your homemade ornaments on: November 11, 2008 11:43:39 AM
I've been scouring the internet looking for things to make, since my boyfriend and I have NO ornaments. Here are some links that I had:

a little house ornament: http://pimpstitch.typepad.com/blog/2008/10/monday-tutorial-little-house-ornaments.html

A few different yarn ornaments from Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=863ad9de53425110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Also from Martha: http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=9d58809dc732f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default

A few others:


hope this helps! Can't wait to see what others come up with.
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