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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Epic Cake for 21st B-Day (image heavy) on: September 04, 2010 01:46:06 PM
one word

2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Dinosaur Cookies & Cakes! on: September 04, 2010 01:43:30 PM

for my sons birthday party we're having it dino themed!

i need to find some recipes and cookie cutters

they look amazing <3
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Question about DIY wedding budget on: September 04, 2010 12:39:05 PM
This is a question for all those who have completed or are planning a wedding involving some level of DIY. What was your (approximate) budget/actual cost, and what did that include that was DIY and not DIY? I was reading some wedding blog and it said something like "I decided to make a lot of the stuff myself, so the wedding only cost us like USD 20,000!" Ummm... sounds like quite a lot to me!

We've just bought a new house in the country, and the location is quite pretty and fairly big. So my idea is to invite maybe 80 friends and family round for a housewarming party next summer. And they won't know until they get there that we'll also be having a very brief wedding ceremony in the garden. We have a lot of fairly big garden parties so people shouldn't suspect. The reasons for the surprise are the following:

- People come to weddings with certain expectations. I want people to come just to have fun and spend time with family and friends. I want the focus to be on the party rather than on the couple.

- I don't want people to get all dolled up for a wedding, just to come as they are, to have a nice time.

- I don't want people to bring gifts! We've been together for 13 years already, we truly don't need anything.

The whole idea is to have a nice, relaxed garden party, although still elegant (not cheap-looking!). I don't want to go overboard with anything. It's already outdoors in a nice setting, so there will be no need for huge amounts of flowers or anything. I thought I'd DIY the following:

-my dress (probably short and not white); hubby can wear whatever he feels comfortable in.
-decorations: I thought I'd make some fabric bunting, maybe paper-covered fairy lights, lanterns made out of candles and jam jars, and a major theme of fresh apples and apple-tree branches in bowls/vases (because apples will be in season and we will have 20 apple trees)
-flowers: the wedding will probably be in August. What flowers could I plant in my garden now in the fall or next spring that I could then cut for bunches in August? We are in hardiness zone 5b. Peonies are my faves but they will be finished by then.
- the other option is to make a huge load of these and skip fresh flowers altogether (just have those and the apples?)
- quilts: I thought some families with kids might like to have their dinner as a picnic on the grass -- weather permitting -- so I might make some simple quilts from my huge fabric stash (to match the bunting)
- the cake and maybe other desserts
- gifts/favours (not sure what yet, but I can make them over the winter)

Stuff I will try to find cheap:

- tablecloths: I have some vintage pieces of fabric, tablecloths and bedsheets and want to try to find some more. If they are all in the same colour palette (close to white) it might work to have mismatched ones. Otherwise I might have to rent or buy plain white cloths.
- I am thinking about getting mismatched bargain vintage plates and coffee cups from thrift stores for the dinner (I saw a caf that did that and it was quite charming).
- music: I was going to make our own playlist from an ipod. We've got room to make a small dance floor inside the main house or in the "barn" building. I might be able to convince a friend of mine to play the violin as we walk down the "aisle".

Main stuff we will have to pay for:

- officiant's fee
- rings
- renting a tent, tables and chairs
- renting crockery and cutlery, unless I decide to go the vintage route (above)
- photographer (although he's a friend, but I want him to charge properly)
- hair/makeup
- drinks

Major question mark:

- Food. My fianc is an excellent cook and people always love the stuff he makes for our parties. However, I want him to be able to relax and socialise on this occasion, which he rarely has time to do. We could make some things in advance (like I'm planning to make the cake), but can't possibly make everything. I think I read that Molly of orangette had people bring stuff to their wedding dinner and it was great. However, she probably knows people who are all chefs and stuff. People will probably be only too happy to bring food to a garden party but I'm worried that (a) they'll feel a bit cheated by having to bring stuff to a wedding (once they find out), (b) the food may not be stellar and/or go together very well and give a shoddy impression, (c) people do like a good sit-down dinner at a wedding, don't they? So I'm not sure what to do about it. If we have to order catering, it will be a big chunk of the budget. And it's not always great anyway.

So, anyway, thanks if you read this far! What are your thoughts? Did I miss anything?

have you thought as well for center pieces - sourcing vintage teacups and sources from thrift stores etc
and filling them with candle wax to make cute candles Smiley

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mexican Kitsch Swap: sign ups 09/01/2010 till 09/08/2010 send outs 10/22/2010 on: September 04, 2010 12:32:15 PM
woo im in - my first swap <3 so excited <3 i love day of the dead stuff <3
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Finally sewing again - Maxi Dress on: August 21, 2010 11:21:21 AM
please make a tutorial
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Large Pasties with Video Tutorial on: August 21, 2010 11:19:35 AM
i love these

iv seen some made to look like cupocakes
and theyre relly cute
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Snorlax!!!! on: August 21, 2010 11:17:41 AM
WOWOWOW  want it!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: A couple of tiny matchbox shrines on: August 21, 2010 11:16:40 AM
so much detail!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Space Invader Pop Up Card on: August 21, 2010 11:15:56 AM
love this!

so cute & retro
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 7 costumes, 2 days, $52 on: August 13, 2010 04:41:05 AM
haha i adooore these
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