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1  Pearl/Ribbon Bridesmaid Necklace in Weddings and Bridal Showers by beatluv on: July 27, 2007 08:36:38 PM
I made these for my bridal party to wear at the wedding. One of them is allergic to most metals so I am hoping that the rings wrapped in ribbon and the crimp bead lifted off her neck will be fine.

First you need the pearls. I bought a strand of champagne-colored, freshwater ones long enough for 3 necklaces from eBay for under $10 including S&H.

After procrastinating all month I finally got my stuff together. For each necklace I used clear filamentous string (a.k.a. fishing line), crimp beads (.06 per necklace), 2 7mm double rings (.14 per necklace), between 70 and 74 pearls ($3.33 per necklace), scissors to cut the line, and multi-purpose tool with needle nose pliers for the crimp beads.

Run a line through a crimp bead, around a ring, back through the crimp bead, and crimp the bead close to the ring so that there is hardly any space. Leave a 3" tail and begin stringing the pearls so that 3" of them are run through both pieces of line. At the end of the string run the line through another crimp bead, ring, crimp bead again and string 3" of that line back through the strung pearls. Pull the string as tight as you can so that you can crimp the bead as close to the ring and pearls as possible. Nothing is connected at this time.

Cut a 24" to 30" piece of 1" satin ribbon (.34 to .50 per necklace). Notch the ends. Run this piece of ribbon through both rings and tie in a bow. Here is my wonderful fiance modeling the back of the necklace for me.

Each necklace turned out to costs about $4 for supplies alone. If you won't ever use the rest of the supplies again this necklace turns out to be $6 with a bunch of wasted supplies. However I am sure that you will finish using the spool of ribbon (I am a ribbon fiend) and fishing line is always handy. The crimp beads and rings were $1.99 each from JoAnn's Fabrics in quantities of 70 and 30 respectively. You can give them to a crafter or even ask for a few from a friend that makes jewelry.

I love that I did these and they took like 45 for 3 of them. I just need to notch the ribbon better.
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2  Re: Bohemian Wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by beatluv on: June 06, 2007 11:17:38 AM
Have you started to collect pictures to get an idea of your theme?  I don't mean like bouquets and stuff like that but like a Mood Board

There are a number of great bohemian (even gypsy since they crossed lines culturally in France) images...

peacock lady 1921 Life
Moulin Rouge posters (movie and real life)

I think that since you are on a budget you should be hitting the garage sales, Goodwill and Out of the Closet stores.  Your glassware idea sounds great, but the pieces do not have to match.  That is true for most elements of the wedding like the other posters said.  However you should look around when you get a chance.

Good luck on the engagement.
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3  Re: crafty DIY save-the-date idea in Weddings and Bridal Showers by beatluv on: March 16, 2007 07:51:24 AM
Have you guys also seen the Save-the-Dates that people print through Ticketmaster?  That way guests actually get a ticket in the mail?

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4  Save the Dates for Costa Rica Wedding (Pictures!) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by beatluv on: March 02, 2007 08:24:26 PM
I am so excited.  This is my first project I am posting for craftster.  I hope everything loads right.  Here are the Save-the-Dates for our Costa Rica wedding:

First we got magnets from vistaprint.com with their "free" offer and used a graphic from Rafael Salcedo on DeviantArt.com with his permission.  The magnet has our website where there is a lot of information including passport applications, itinerary, lodging, travel information, links to blogs in CR by expats, and an interactive satellite map we did on Google Earth that has flags for our hometowns, where we live now, where we got engaged, and then Costa Rica locations we will be visiting during our stay in the country.  We can add flags of our guests' locations as they commit to coming.

Second I washed some chipboard with blue watercolor

Then I used my pen and ink set to write a little bit of info on the cards that I cut from the chipboard.  Photo corners were used to attach the magnets.

Next up were envelopes made from an old calendar.  Luckily I get them from the Organization for Tropical Studies that has reserves in Costa Rica.  I cut each sheet in half and folded it around the save-the-date and then cut notches at the folded joints.  The envelope was affixed at seams with double-sided sticky tape.

Here is what the package looks like.  I added a border to a label and punched some palm trees on the front.  On the back is another homemade label (but smaller) with our return address as well as a foil heart seal I found for a serious discount at the Office Depot clearance bin.

Here is an assortment of the envelopes from the calendar with painted chipboard scraps covering the addresses.

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