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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Felt Christmas Stockings (with templates) on: December 08, 2009 11:58:38 PM
Good job - I like them a lot. I think they look really classic and Christmasy! Cute!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Food Gift Ideas on: November 28, 2009 06:44:32 PM
I love this thread, because my husband and I are planning to make some food gifts this year to supplement our strictly-budgeted gifts.  We want to make some mini-loaves of my Aunt Susan's Best Banana Bread, hazelnut truffles, pumpkin fudge, orange creams, and some kind of as-yet-to-be-decided cookies.
pinkmichk, I am using your recipe for orange creams (thank you!), and I was wondering if you, or anyone here, knows if those can be frozen.  I have read that the truffles can't be frozen, but I know that fudge can.  I am just worried about having to scramble the two or three days before Christmas trying to cook all of this stuff, but I don't want to make it too far ahead and have it go stale or bad.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Crafting AT the wedding? on: July 06, 2009 05:27:13 PM
sweets4ever, I would LOVE that Word Document, if you would be willing to send it my way.  We have lots of kids in our families, so we were planning to have some markers/crayons and paper for them, and coloring books would be cute too!  

As far as crafting at the wedding, it might be cool to have paper and instructions so guests could make some origami creations.
Or you could have your guests create a mural with a large canvas and paints.  Each person could add something to it, and you might end up with something really cool and abstract.
I don't know...just random thoughts.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Lindsey's 9/5/09 UPDATED Thread! on: June 26, 2009 05:17:25 PM
Just over two one months to go, and I am finally making progress!  I am a master procrastinator.  I am so excited to share here!
My fiance and I are getting married on Sept. 5 at my family's cabin that is a few miles up a beautiful canyon in the Wasatch Mountains.  Our colors are shades of blue (sky to cornflower) and green (sage to clover).  Our flowers are blue hydrangeas and white roses.  
Here is the location (the whole wedding and reception will take place outside).  It will be a lot more cleaned up for the wedding though.  We are staining the logs and the weeds will be gone.
This is the view the guests will have looking toward the altar.  The altar will be where the pile of wood is now - the wood will be gone, obviously. Smiley  Since it will be September, the leaves will just have started to change, so it will be spectacular.  
Here is a shot of the river that runs in front of the cabin.

I will be crafting a few things:
cake topper
ring bearer's pillow
flower girl bag or basket
centerpieces (prototype finished)
sashes for the bridesmaids dresses
wrap for me
card box
road sign

My fiance will also be making an arbor for an "altar," possibly on a stage.

I made the cake topper with Sculpey clay.  I used to do a lot of little figurines and I sold a few at craft shows when I was younger.  When I went to college, I quit because I had no time, so I was surprised I could still do it!  They are hot glued onto a tea plate of the depression glass pattern I collect (Miss America; which, by the way, is not harmed by hot glue).  I don't actually have a photo of them on the plates, but here is the cake topper couple.
And here is what the plate looks like.

We designed the invitations on my fiance's Mac and had them printed at Kinko's.  We ordered envelopes made of recycled brown grocery bag paper from a website.  The look so rustic and awesome!
Sorry the picture is sideways!!

We are including a recipe card with each invitation, with a request for a recipe, a bit of wisdom, or a good quote.  The guests (hopefully) will bring the card to the wedding, and we will have a family recipe box.  I designed the card on Word.  I just watermarked a photo of the river in front of the cabin and printed it on cardstock.

I found a cheap ring pillow on clearance at Wal-Mart, but it had an awful plastic heart on it.  So, I cut that off and wrapped a little blue tulle around it and VOILA!
I added a green ribbon that matches the flower girl's basket.  I like it better.  What do you guys think?

I used ribbon, vellum flowers, and colored brads to decorate the flower girl's basket.

I used the same materials to decorate a plain green photo box to use as a card box.  This is also where we'll collect the recipe cards.

I wanted to do something creative that reflected the setting for the centerpieces.  Someone on Craftster gave me the idea of using things from the actual site in the centerpieces, so right away I thought of river rocks, pine boughs, and pine cones.  When I went to gather some stuff, I remembered that all of the river rocks in front of the cabin are slate, which breaks off in sheets.  That's when I thought of using a river rock as a base.  Then, today at Wal-Mart, I found this awesome blue fabric for $1.00 a yard, so I bought the whole bolt.  Please try to imagine it with non-wrinkly fabric.  I don't have an iron!
This is what I came up with.
We can't decide which we like better - the glass holders or the leather cups (which are beer bottle cozies my grandpa made).  We also can't decide on the bow.  I think the glass looks better without and the leather looks better with.

I didn't even think of it, but my fiance said it looks like the river with a little mountain trail bouquet sitting on an island in the middle.  Which is perfect, if you ask me.  I am excited, so I just hope everyone else likes it too!  I want them to think it's creative, not odd.

I will post more as I complete more.  Thanks for taking a look and for constructive feedback!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: March 21, 2009 02:40:01 AM
Hey everyone!  I am really excited to post here.  Get ready for a long list, because this girl is in wedding/craft obsession mode!
I have spent hours reading through this post, and I still haven't read it all, but I have been jotting down notes of things I want to try to craft.  The whole wedding is going to be pretty much DIY.  We are getting married at my family's cabin.  It's got a mountain in the back yard and a river running through the front yard.  It is wild and woodsy - it doesn't have a manicured lawn AT ALL, so the feeling will be pretty casual and laid-back, which fits us.  I will post pictures after the next time I go up there.  We are going for a subtle woodsy natural theme.  We are a little hazy on the budget at the moment, so beyond the location there aren't many details that are nailed down, but we're working as fast as we can to hammer out some plans because the wedding is in September! Six months! Eep!
Our colors were inspired by the colors of our eyes.  Mine are blue and his are green and our favorite colors are blue and green as well.  We've always considered those colors special, so of course they had to be the wedding colors.  I am having a hard time deciding on shades though, so I decided to go with two blues and two greens that will all coordinate.  That way, I will have more flexibility.  I decided on sage and clover greens with dusty sky and deep cerulean blue.  I hope that makes sense!
Anyway, here's my list.  If you have any suggestions or feedback I am totally open!

Invites - I am a little nervous about these, but we made our own Graduation Announcements a few months ago.  They turned out wonderfully and everyone loved them, so I think we'll be able to pull this off.
After-Party Invites - These will be easy and simple - probably a colorful design on plain white paper.  We are having a dry wedding and reception to please our families, but we are throwing an after-party for our friends.  Of course we want to party on OUR day!
Recipe Cards for Guest Book Alternative - I got this awesome idea here on Craftster!  We are going to tuck little recipe cards into each invitation and ask the guests to give us a favorite recipe, piece of advice, or quotation.  Then we will collect them all in a cute recipe box.  My fiance is an amateur chef so we thought this would be really special and unique.  To simplify this, we may just do fancied-up index cards.
Archway - My fiance will be building this, as well as a stage-like platform.
Welcome Board or Video - Since it is outdoors, we may go the non-technology route and do a scrapbook-type Welcome Sign with pictures of us and our family.  Or, we may make a video and borrow my fiance's brother's projector and screen.
Flower Girl Basket
Ring Pillow
Flowers: Bouquets, Corsages, Boutonnieres
- I am excited to do this myself!  I love working with flowers and I am not afraid of imperfection.  I like bouquets that are more "casually thrown together" and less "perfect."  I am probably going to use the roses and hydrangeas Wedding In a Box at growersbox.com.  I will likely use white roses and blue hydrangeas.  I may also incorporate evergreen boughs and other natural items (twigs, foliage, etc.) that can be found in the backyard of the cabin.  We'll see how that goes...
Centerpieces - I am debating about using my antique depression glass plates as the base of the centerpieces, but that could be dangerous.  I am also thinking about incorporating evergreen boughs and river rocks straight from the backyard.
Card Box or Basket
Cake Topper
- DONE!  I made these little ones out of Sculpey Clay and I LOVE them!

Favor Alternative - We are not doing favors.  Instead, we are making a donation on behalf of each guest to the American Cancer Society in memory of my stepdad who passed away from cancer a couple of years ago.  We'll be putting out frames with a small picture of him and an explanation.  Should I put them on each table or just on the guestbook or gift tables?
Wedding Party Gifts - We are thinking of giving the guys a nice pocketknife - perhaps monogrammed somehow.  This is a very expensive idea, though!  For the ladies, we are thinking of picnic baskets with various nice handmade items and/or handmade jewelry.  The problem is we have a LARGE wedding party, so keeping costs in check is a biggie.

Whew!  All this, plus we may be doing our own food and cake! But my fiance and my dad both cook and we have a friend who used to work for a catering company, so he can helps us plan and maybe even hook us up with a wholesale food connection.

Please note that all of my ideas have either been blatantly stolen or at least took inspiration from ideas on this forum. I am sorry that I didn't offer credit for each thing, because I have been gathering these ideas over several days so I can't remember where they all came from.  Thank you all for sharing your amazing and beautiful ideas!!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: March 20, 2009 10:34:13 PM
theKster: I would probably go ahead and get the 12-in-1 reader.  That seems like it would cover all of your bases, rather than just hoping most people have cards that will fit in your computer.  I don't know that much about computers, but from what you wrote, it looks like that would accept 3 or 4 cards at the most.  The 12-in-1 is so cheap it's definitely worth it I think.
In fact, I love this idea and I will probably be doing this as well! Great ideas ladies!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Centerpiece Advice/Feedback Please on: March 16, 2009 12:36:23 PM
Wow! What great ideas! Keep 'em coming!
Thank you all so much.  I can't wait to go to the craft store and start experimenting.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Invitations..Save the Dates...The beginnings on: March 16, 2009 03:31:33 AM
They all look great.  I especially like the first one, but it seems like the third is a little more personalized to you.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Sculpey Cake Topper - UPDATED with Groom! on: March 16, 2009 03:11:29 AM
I have hardly done any wedding planning so far, but I started browsing the boards here and now I am super excited and motivated!  
So, here is the first thing I have actually made for the wedding.  I used to be really into making Sculpey figurines and beads, but when I went to college I stopped because I just didn't have the free time.  But after all the inspiration I found here, I really wanted to do something with that old "talent."  I don't have the right colors for the groom, so he'll be coming along soon...
Sorry about the less-than-stellar pictures.

Well, I just knocked out the groom for my cake topper. Here he is! You can't tell very well from the picture, but the suit actually has the lapels and collar.  My fiance wanted the little white lines on his shoes for some reason, so I made them for him.  

Here are some pics of the bride and groom together.  I changed the bride a bit since the above photos.  I decided that she looked scared and I wanted a more happy look, so I made her a smile.  I also decided to give them both colored eyes since my blue eyes and his green eyes inspired our wedding colors.  Finally, I sprayed them both with an acrylic gloss finish to make them look more polished.

Thanks for looking! I'd love to hear what you think.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Centerpiece Advice/Feedback Please on: March 16, 2009 03:03:58 AM
Oooo, see I knew that I could get more/better ideas on here than I could on my own! I never even thought of lighting it.  That would be beautiful.
We are probably going to be having the wedding at my family cabin, so it will be outdoors.  It is a woodsy, wild kind of place, so the feeling will be more laidback and casual than formal.  We want a lot of traditional elements, but nothing too stuffy.  We've also decided on shades of green and blue for the colors. It'll be sage and clover greens with sky and deep cerulean blues. 
I know that the fancy plates give more of a formal feel, but I like them because they are so personalized.  I love antiques and crafts, etc, and I want that to be reflected. 
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