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1  Re: tiny paper bags in Weddings and Bridal Showers by crazy_bc_jen on: February 26, 2008 11:00:25 PM
I used little ones I got from Michael's with 40% off coupons.  I don't seem to have any pictures of them opened up, but if you look at the placecards here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=189670.0, the blue part is the lunch bag folded in half.  They also come in craft brown, etc.

Edit - found a photo in a set taken by a friend. 

They look big in this picture, but they actually weren't all that big.  You could also cut them down if you wanted to.
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2  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by crazy_bc_jen on: August 13, 2007 10:01:54 PM
The crafty part of my wedding can be found at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=189670.0, but I wanted to share a couple of my favourite photos.

The ceremony site.  The arch (borrowed from a recent bride) was decorated with brown tulle (borrowed from a different recent bride) by my mom, and the flower baskets were done by my Godmother.

One of my favourite shots of us.  My Godmother made my bouquet, and I made my veil!
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3  My complete brown and blue wedding - STDs, invites, centrepieces, etc, PIC HEAVY in Weddings and Bridal Showers by crazy_bc_jen on: August 12, 2007 09:20:16 PM
I was married on June 30th, and we had a brown and blue theme, with a daisy motif here and there.  It was a perfect combination of classic and fun (in my opinion, at least!)

Everything was held at H.M.C.S. Discovery, a Naval Reserve base in Vancouver, BC.  It was a perfect setting - a tiny island off Stanley Park, with forest, mountains and ocean in the background, but still minutes away from downtown.  (Note: this location is not open to the public; my Uncle sponsored us).  The ceremony was outdoors, between two trees and overlooking a small bay, and the reception was in the Chief & Petty Officer's Mess.

The crafty stuff I did:

Save the Dates

The photo strip is similar to something I saw on here before - I don't know who to credit, I apologize!  We took them using a digital camera, and photoshopped them into a strip.  The signs in the photos were hand-lettered, and I hand wrote a message to each guest (70 in total!)


Front cover:


Inserts (in one photo to save some space; response card left, map on the right):

The invites were a modified pocketfold I created.  They are about 8" tall and 5" wide and trimmed and folded from a 12x12" piece of cardstock.  The cover features a strip of scrapbooking paper.  Inside the pocket is a response card in an envelope (with a heart stamp on the envelope flap) and a map.  I drew the map on a larger piece of paper, then scanned it, reduced it to fit, and printed it.  Everything was printed on a regular black and white laser printer.

Reserved Seating

I'm including these because I almost forgot to make them, so I thought it might jog other people's memory.  Simple cardstock with wide grosgrain ribbon to tie them to the chairs.

Seating Chart

I hand-lettered each set of names in a different writing style.  The numbers are wooden numbers I found on sale at a dollar store for 10 cents per set of six numbers.  I coloured some of the surfaces with stamp pads.

Place Cards

The placecards were actually folded out of tiny blue paperbags.  Names were handwritten on small tags, backed in brown paper, and rubber cemented on.  Guests could then unfold their paper bags to take home treats from the...

Candy Centrepieces!

In the centre of each table was a mirror with a mix-matched collection of old glassware on it, each glass filled with a different type of blue or brown candy!  No two tables were the same.  My mom, aunt, maid of honour and I collected the glassware from thrift stores for months leading up to the wedding, trying to find quirky pieces.  Among the glassware was itsy bitsy liquor glasses, massive margarita glasses, a glass beaker, tiny crystal mugs, and more.  Everyone really liked the centrepieces - there was something to snack on if you were hungry, and who doesn't like candy!  Guests were also invited to take a piece of the centrepiece glassware home.

(Also in this picture: the table numbers.  Simple tent cards with numbers stamped on them.  I didn't have any big number stamps, but spotted a fun foam math bath toy at the dollar store, and used the numbers from it - worked great!)

On the head table we used a line of glasses.  The link is to a picture of the flower girl filling up her bag at the head table.


The favours were cookie cutters - practical yet inexpensive.  Dave picked the airplanes, which were a huge hit (he has his pilot's license and works in the aircraft industry).  To add a personal crafty touch to them, I printed out little tags with our names and the date, and stamped the back (it says "A little something...").  Inside was one of my favourite cookie cutter cookie recipes.

Flowers & Flower Girl's dress

The absolutely gorgeous flowers were done by my Godmother.  She did an amazing job.  The daisy theme was carried throughout the bouquets.

My mom sewed the flower girl's dress for me, as I was getting too busy near the end.  I picked the pattern and material.  I absolutely love this dress.  I've asked her mom (my cousin) to have the dress back once she's outgrown it so that my daughter (if I have one) can one day wear it.

Action shot of the dress:


The cakes weren't quite homemade - we bought them from White Spot, which shocked everyone (White Spot is a local restaurant best known for its hamburgers).  My Godmother decorated them with flowers.   She also made the beautiful floral baskets in the background.  The baskets initially sat at the base of the ceremony arch.

"Scrapbooky" Photos over the years pages

I had pages of Dave and I growing up in the hallways.  We picked out some of our favourite shots, and I put them together into pages that will slide into the back of our wedding album.  I did about 25 or so pages; here are four.  They were a big hit, as Dave's family could see me growing up, and vice versa.  We also made an effort to include photos with other people (such as our cousins), which added further interest.

Guest Book Bowl

Unfortunately, no one took a photo of the overall setup, but I laid out several different sizes and shapes of several colours of paper on a plate, and a bunch of acid free gel pens.  This sign was propped up nearby, along with a giant round (fish-bowl like) vase for people to drop their notes into.  The notes we got were awesome - so nice to read once we returned from our honeymoon.


Wow, that's a lot of stuff.  I hope you like it!  I loved it.
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4  Re: Quilt Block of the Month Craftalong in Craftalongs by crazy_bc_jen on: April 12, 2006 08:02:41 PM
Very exciting!  I finally got our camera AND the camera cable off my boyfriend, so I now have pictures of January - March (I haven't done April's blocks yet, to my chagrin).  Note that they might not look square because of the funny angle I had the camera on (and not much / any pressing), but they are more or less square:


Balkan Puzzle:

Depression Block:

Bonus!  I used my extra squares from the Depression block to make this block, just by switching the arrangement of lights and darks and the orientation of a few of the blocks:


Kid's Heart:

Card Trick:  This one is actually a little wonky..


Ribbon Block:

Friendly Hand: Upper left hand corner is a touch wonky.. the white fabric has a bit of stretch to it (it's all I have around, and I can't afford to only buy 100% cotton "quilting" fabrics - quilter's have always made do with what they had because that's what they could afford, and I do the same).

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5  Re: Quilt Block of the Month Craftalong in Craftalongs by crazy_bc_jen on: January 20, 2006 11:38:33 AM
Yawningyak, those are so pretty!  I love how they both have the purplish diamond..

I just realized I should have posted this technique much earlier in the month, but there is a slightly easier way of making the individual triangle blocks that are in the Depression block.

1) Cut 2 - 3 7/8" squares, one light and one dark.
2) On the back of one of the squares mark a diagonal line (shown in blue).
3) Pin squares right side together.
4) Sew a scant 1/4" seam away from the marked line, and another on the opposite side of the marked line (on the red lines).
5) Cut along your marked line, and you have two squares.  If you want to have a patchy quilt with every square different, you repeat 15 more times, and then have enough patches for 2 squares!
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6  Re: Squid Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by crazy_bc_jen on: November 10, 2005 05:18:29 PM
I sure did receive!  Thank you so much, ax!  The stuff is all amazing - you must have spent so much time.  I especially like the finger puppet - it's so cute!

Ax is extra-amazing because she did enough research to know that I don't have reliable access to a camera, so she uploaded photos for me to post, too!  Thank you so much for doing that - I always feel bad about not being able to post pictures or only posting them really late.

So, since you're all dying to see the goodies:

A few of the items - notebook, water bottle holder, and stuffed squid:

A closeup of the knitted water bottle holder - it even has a strap to hook it onto my bag:

Hanging, with a water bottle in it (Ax even sent an empty bottle with the holder!):

The notebook, which is reportedly made out of a pillowcase, a pocket from a thrifted shirt, and a fabric marker.  I love the octopus drawing on this - so awesome!

A bag (apparently a shoe bag - it's too pretty to use for shoes, though!) also made of thrifted items:

And, what you've all been waiting for, the octopus finger puppet!

Isn't this an amazing package?  Thank you, thank you, Eva!
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7  Re: ipod question in Discussion and Questions by crazy_bc_jen on: November 01, 2005 10:55:03 AM
Okay, I've drafted up the measurements.  The blue lines are centrelines, the red is the actual iPod, and the black are the actual dimensions.  Sorry for the bad drafting - I don't have any drafting software at home, so I had to do this up on illustrator - talk about time consuming!

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8  Little clay characters in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by crazy_bc_jen on: October 18, 2005 08:12:24 PM
I am a potter, and enjoy making small clay characters, since I'm an instant gratification kinda gal.  Most of these little friends stand somewhere around 5-8 cm high.  They've all been underglazed, and then coated with a clear glaze.  If any of you folks are in and around Vancouver, BC, Canada, they are currently on display at the UBC Pottery Club Show and Sale at the UBC SUB Art Gallery (11 am - 5 pm daily until Friday).

The group:

Christmas Frog:

A little dog:

Face dude:


My favourites, the Hallowe'en Frogs:

Angel, Devil and Witch

(edited to fix one of the image links)
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9  Re: Canadians Only Swap 2! in The Swap Gallery by crazy_bc_jen on: October 18, 2005 07:36:59 PM
So, I wrangled my hands on to a camera, so here are two sets of photos:

From Shotgun Bettie, Decades Month:


PJ Pants (mmm... soft and comfy):

Other stuff:

From Krysta, Random Month:

Overall package:

Closeup of bag:

Closeup of painting "Canadian Wilderness:"
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10  Re: Tie Dye Party Help in Party Planning by crazy_bc_jen on: June 25, 2005 12:03:28 PM
Okay, so two examples with the chromatography.

The first shows low-solubility - you let the ink partially set, then put in just a little isopropyl alcohol:


This shows high-solubility - you add the isopropyl alcohol as soon as you finish drawing one section.  You can also wait for that to partially dry and then add more in a different place to get a different effect:


These two examples are both a bit old, and have faded (too many trips through the washing machine, and too much hanging out in the sunshine), but you can make them as quirky and colourful as you like.
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