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41  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Two Bridal Veils... on: July 22, 2011 08:59:29 PM
So! Long story short, I'm a freelance photographer in my spare time, and I do a lot of weddings.  I wanted to do a bridal photoshoot that was a little less stressful than an on-the-spot shoot with an actual bride, so I enlisted the help of my 16-year-old cousin who just got her braces off and was DYING for a photoshoot, lol.

I decided it would be cheaper to make my own veils than to buy them (and I'm sure I was right--total supply cost was under $20, I made about 4 veils, and have enough supplies leftover to make, oh, about 10 more, haha), and here are the results of two of them, at least.  As for the other two, one of them was nearly identical to one of the ones I photographed, so I didn't bother using it, and the other one....well....let's just say it didn't turn out exactly how I had wanted it to, lol.

Oh, and for the record, for this shoot, it took about 4 hours to get ready, and I did:

made the veils
made the "bouquet"
bought the dress (thrift store, $15)
bought the necklace (thrift store, $3)
provided the earrings
provided the headband (borrowed from my aunt)

My cousin did the modeling (obviously) and provided the shoes and "ring".

Definitely the most effort I've ever put into one photoshoot to date, lol.  All of that being said, here are the veils!

First one is a traditional veil, made by hot gluing tulle to a comb clip (more difficult than it sounds).  If you flip the veil over your face, the comb actually has some pretty pearl beads along the back, but I didn't get any shots of it.

The second veil is a vintage-style birdcage veil.  Base was another comb clip, which I glued a small piece of cardboard to (made it a little easier to attach the flower), then glued the tulle to the cardboard and the flower on top.

.............and I totally just realized she had taken off the ring for that last picture.....d'oh!  >__O

And there you have it!
Two handmade veils! Smiley
42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: GIVING AWAY Semi-Recycled Hair Accessory!! **EDIT: CONTEST UPDATED** on: June 22, 2011 11:23:03 AM
That's okay--and I just realized, I misspelled your username >_O  lol

But nope, not 16, gotta try again :3
43  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Fabric-inspired nails somehow wound up being...Reese's nails?? O_o on: June 04, 2011 08:25:40 PM
What a great happenstance! I love that you get your inspiration from fabric, and they are so tidy!

haha, that's awesome! I love the fabric inspiration too.

Thanks guys!! ^_____^
And yeah, La-Z-Boy has some INSANELY beautiful fabrics--honestly, it's difficult NOT to be inspired by them! :3

44  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Fabric-inspired nails somehow wound up being...Reese's nails?? O_o on: June 02, 2011 10:57:16 AM
So, I painted my nails with the intention of them looking like a fabric I really like from my job (I work at La-Z-Boy), but with the colors I used, I think they turned out matching the Reese's packaging (which I discovered by accident when I bought a package of them and noticed it, haha)


And the fabric that (originally) inspired them, haha:

45  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Wants My Dress on: May 30, 2011 08:30:51 PM
My husband suggests talking to a lawyer. Not only is it one of a kind, but they are seeking to put it in a museum where it will be added to stock that they will be making profit off of daily. I think that would be your best course of action, get a professional opinion so you don't get burned.

I DEFINITELY agree with this suggestion.  It's not like you're selling it to a regular buyer--you're selling it to a business that's going to make money off of it.
46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: GIVING AWAY Semi-Recycled Hair Accessory!! **EDIT: CONTEST UPDATED** on: May 29, 2011 10:22:00 AM
Awww, I guess nobody wants it.  Sad
I guess I'm not the only one who thinks it isn't quite their style.  :/
47  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Lots of Upholstery Fabric Swatches...what to make?? on: May 29, 2011 10:16:24 AM
Stitch magazine has an AWESOME patchwork rug made from these kind of pieces.  Check it out!

I definitely will!  Cheesy
Not something I would want to do with mine (not that I think it's a bad idea, it's just that I would rather do a bunch of little projects as opposed to one big one, since a quilt would take up all of the fabric that I have), but sounds like it'd look amazing--I'm gonna have to google it  c( :
48  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tiny Bow Earrings on: May 25, 2011 10:20:41 PM
Aww that's adorable! I'm currently obsessed with bows and tried talking my friend into letting me put a bow on the dress i just made her, but she wanted buttons instead. Those are so cute though! What a good idea!

lol, thank you!  ^___^
49  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tiny Bow Earrings on: May 25, 2011 09:57:19 PM
I have a friend at work who is OBSESSED with bows (she even has one tattooed on her foot...which looks awesome when she wears flats that have bows on the toes XD), and I recently acquired a bunch of upholstery fabric swatches that were PERFECT for making bows.  So I made her one for her hair (which she requested), and she asked me to make more.  I made a big one for her hair, and I also made teeny tiny bow earrings (I hope she likes them!).

Just hot glued everything together, then hot glued them onto the ends of the bars that hang off the earrings.

"Action shot":

Let me know what you think!  Wink
50  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Crafty Business Card "Take One!" Display! on: May 25, 2011 09:52:21 PM
Didn't really know where to put this, so I hope this is the appropriate category! <3

I've been looking for ways to try and advertise my photography, and came up with this!
I had some extra clothespins lying around from a previous project, so I decided to hot glue my business cards to them, then pin them onto a strip so that people could do the whole "take one" thing.  :3

Before I glued and attached everything though, I "laminated" everything with clear packaging tape, which is something I do a lot--because it works so well!  Basically, it's just clear packaging tape on both sides of the business card (and the thing the cards are attached to, for extra durability), and I make sure to leave a tiny border around everything, that way it's truly water/weatherproof (for if I wanted to hang this display outside....I think I'm gonna put it up on the bulletin board of my local grocery store or community center though).

It was super simple--only took me about 10 minutes--and I think it's creative enough for people to remember it  Smiley

(and considering the fact that this whole post is basically about advertising my photography, please don't think that these pictures are the quality that I normally shoot in--these were taken with my cell phone.  I was just too lazy to take them with a REAL camera and upload them that way...cell phone is faster.  XD)



"Action shot" (aka, me holding it up to show what it would look like hanging, lol):

Let me know what you think!  Wink

***EDIT:  Oh!! And the thing at the bottom says "*Free clothespin with business card!*" lol***
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