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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My handmade veils (warning: image heavy!) on: September 08, 2007 08:24:31 AM
Thanks for sharing.  Your friends that have received your veils are very lucky.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Pearl/Ribbon Bridesmaid Necklace on: July 28, 2007 05:34:37 AM
Oh yeah, thanks for the PSA.  I had a hard time finding the silk at my local craft stores and I wanted draping that I wasn't getting from the tiger tail.  I have almost 6 months so there is time to restring these if I find something better and have time.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Pearl/Ribbon Bridesmaid Necklace on: July 28, 2007 05:30:33 AM
The bridesmaid dresses are white (the $30 one on sale at Target... strapless, Isaac Mizrahi, knee-length) and I need to make sashes.  The sash will match my champagne colored dress. 

Champagne and white are not our wedding colors but we are trying to do the match-the-bride thing to go in line of the old tradition of faking out the "evil spirits" when everyone looked close to the same at the altar.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Pearl/Ribbon Bridesmaid Necklace 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.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Bohemian Wedding 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.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Amazing Eco-friendly Handmade Paper Invitation Site on: May 22, 2007 07:29:33 PM
I have a few "green" things listed in my knot bio including a wedding carbon calculator if you are interested.

We are making our recycled-paper for the invites.  This is a project I am looking forward to, but it is going to take a while.  We are doing the wildflower seed embedding and pouring the mashed pulp over the screen with cloth over the screen so we don't have those obvious wire imprints.

It is hard to say we are having a green wedding because of the carbon expenses from the travel.  People were going to have to travel no matter what, but it would have been awesome to have lived close to our friends and family and done it potluck style in a park.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Ideas for my Indian wedding on: May 22, 2007 07:17:32 PM
I don't know the intricacies to tell you the difference between Sikh weddings and other Indian weddings.  Have you talked to his family about suggestions?

The knot also has a South Asian Wedding board, which is a great source to find out about jewelry and your bangles.

I definitely say pick your bright color scheme and work with textiles if you are doing linens, chair covers, and chair sashes.

Are you doing any "animals" you can decorate as part of a centerpiece (e.g. elephants or peacocks)

Escort cards and menus can be handcrafted to include your monogram (if you have one) and or some Sikh element you may be thinking of.  You can print these or Gocco.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My wedding crafting day! on: April 10, 2007 05:45:18 AM
The cake garland is darling.  I am looking forward to seeing the whole presentation at the actual wedding.  Please post a picture of that when it happens.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Fall Orchard Wedding on: April 01, 2007 05:13:07 AM
I think your plans sound amazing.  Simple vows and a picnic.

Are you collecting table linens from thrift stores now or blankets for people to eat on?  Are people going to sit on hay bales or are there picnic tables?  Will their be a hay ride?  Are you going to have an apple bob?  Any possibility of slate to make signs with chalk?  You can make them with chalkboard paint.  Maybe a menu slate near where the picnic packs will be.

I grew up in urban Los Angeles and would attend Apple Days at a nearby NGO called Tree People when I was growing up.  It was always so much fun.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Chocolate + Turquoise + Orange = June 23, 2007 on: March 30, 2007 04:44:14 AM
I love your location.  I'm from the west coast originally and worked for the Siskiyou National Forest for a while.  It is going to be beautiful.

Oh yeah, your work so far is great.  However, you MUST know that!  Smiley
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