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1  Re: Budget Challanged Wedding.... need ideas in Weddings and Bridal Showers by calista on: July 31, 2009 11:38:24 AM
I found this post --> http://heart-of-light.blogspot.com/2008/08/wedding-weekend.html
If you scroll down, you can see beautiful butterfly centerpieces. I think fabric flowers can be beautifully coordinated with them.

I had a DIY wedding, too. I made my wedding dress(https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305499.0), and my sister made me a veil & accessories. One my friend who is a graphic designer made invitations, programs, and thank you card as a wedding gift.
Regarding flowers, another friend decorated the hall (a restaurant) and made bouquets for me and my bride maid. We went to local flower wholesalers the day before, and bought 12 bunches of lepto, some other filler flowers and some roses to decorate the hall & the wedding arch, and peony & ranunculus for bouquets. The total cost of flowers, tulles and ribbons was about $300. That was it. She borrowed glasses from the restaurants and made center pieces. Since our ceremony and the reception was done in the same space, we saved a lot of money than decorating two spaces. Lepto is usually used as a filler and very cheap. Since I was going for a wild flower concept with the flower decorations, it matched well. If you are going for the rustic barn concept, using small flowers that usually used as fillers will go with the concept well. Usually, those fillers are much cheaper than the ones with large flowers.

Though I went for the cheaper choices for the decoration, we went for the expensive side for the bouquets, because I really wanted a bouquet with peony & rananculus. Since only a small number of flowers are needed for a bouquet, I kinda pampered myself for that Cheesy

Here are some pictures of the bouquets and hall decorations. I loved how it turned out.

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2  My DIY wedding dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by calista on: May 18, 2009 01:41:17 PM
I'm worn between posting it on this board and the wedding craft board.

Since I posted it there first, here is the link to the original post in case you are interested  Cheesy https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305499.0
There are more pictures and stories in the original post.
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3  My DIY Wedding Dress (picture hea---vy) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by calista on: May 18, 2009 01:03:30 PM
Yes, you heard it. I made my own wedding dress, and successfully got married in April 25 in it!  Grin

I wanted to post the process, but I didn't have a time to write a post back then, and worried that I might not be able to finish up the dress as I planned.
It took me about a month (more accurately, about 4 hours per day for a month, because I have a full-time job!), about 13 yds of silk taffeta, 12 yds of silk organza, 6 yds of polyester lining and so many other notions.

I really wanted to make it look like it was professionally made.
I read many different books and Internet articles about the formal silk gown construction, but it was not enough. Luckily, I have a friend who is a vice-president of a high-end designer wedding dress production company and was able to get a lot of advise ( and most of materials as a gift!!!! Cheesy) from her.

No further explanation, here I present the pictures...

Ahhhh~why didn't anybody tell me that I was wearing the petticoat so short!! It ruined the silhouette! Sad I was actully wearing the petticoat with the waist band rolled up, thinking it was too long..

The back drape(?) part is detachable, and the skirt can be bustled up for the reception like below.
My sister made me the veil and the feather accessory at the back of my waist.

The bodice part has asymmetric pleats..

Other than the dress and the veil, my wedding was full of DIY projects from my family and friend. It was a small, but very warm and happy wedding.

Thanks for reading!  Wink
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4  [TUTORIAL] CROCHETED COIN PURSE in Crochet: Completed Projects by calista on: August 17, 2007 01:47:49 PM

Finally! Ive finished the tutorial for this purse~! (after a year..heehee)
As I warned earlier, its rather a tutorial showing how to make your own pattern than a pattern itself.
Im not sure if this tutorial makes sense to other people.
I have some experience making knitting patterns, but never made a crochet pattern before.
Anyway, here it goes~!

STEP1 Measure the frame you have.

STEP2. Decide how full you want your purse to be. (FYI: mine was the 2nd option)  
Draw the outline on a piece of paper and measure the width.

STEP3. Choose a bottom shape. (mine was ellipse.)
Then crochet the bottom part to make the circumference of the bottom to be same as twice of the width from STEP2.

If you dont know how to crochet an ellipse shape, you can refer to the sole part of this pattern -> http://megan.kiwi.gen.nz/Bootee/instructionsUS.html
(I used SC stitches)
STEP4. When the bottom reaches the size you need, keep crocheting straight up as below;
ROUND 1: ch2, hdc all around.
ch3, 6 dc only through the front loop of the first hdc of previous row, *7dc only through the front loop of the next hdc of previous row* rep from *to* all around the row.
Then, ch2, hdc only through the back loop of the hdc of row 1.
Rep the ROUND 2 until it reaches the height you want.

STEP5. Crochet to make the top shape decided at STEP 2.
1.   If you chose option1, you can simply add couple more rows of SC.
2.   If you chose option2, crochet front and back side separately, decreasing both edges to make the shape you want.
3.   If you chase option3, crochet front and back side separately, while keeping the edge straight up.

STEP6. Sew the frame if yours has holes. Otherwise, glue them in.

Tada~You have a small wriggly purse!
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5  Yeay~now I have my own shop! in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by calista on: August 18, 2006 08:41:31 PM
I opened my Etsy shop today. Even though there is only one item for now, I'm going to upload more of my handmade goods, mostly clothing and accessories. Please stop by and please leave your opinion!

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6  framed coin purse in Crochet: Completed Projects by calista on: July 06, 2006 09:42:59 PM
I made this small (frame size 2.5") coin purse as a gift to my friend.  I just crocheted it up without a pattern.
I can't decide whether it looks weird or cute. Huh

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7  One-shoulder top "Roses & Leaves" in Knitting: Completed Projects by calista on: July 05, 2006 02:36:31 PM
I had this design in mind for a long time and finally knitted it up a few days ago. I named it "Roses & Leaves" (for the obvious reason).
I designed it myself and (of course) made the pattern.
I used 2 1/2 skeins of Harrisville Silk&Wool yarn, and 3mm, 3.75mm, 4mm needles.
(btw, I made the skirt, too.)

I finally gave up waiting for Spunmag.com to pay me and update it on the magazine. I'm selling the pattern though my blog.
Click here to go to the page!

There are more photos on my blog.  Wink
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8  sexy reconstructed denim dress! (photo obese) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by calista on: June 24, 2006 11:23:53 PM
I impulse purchased a denim dress. It looked ok when it was laid on the floor. But it was ugly on me, because my body is hourglass-shaped and  the dress didn't have any darts or shaping seams. So I basically used the dress as a fabric and created new one, and embellished with beads. I saved bottom frills and shoulder straps, and used them again, so that I can still have the washed denim look.
With no further explanation, here are the photos...

These are the before and in-process shots..
You can see how baggy it was before...I don't know what I was thinking when I was buying it!! Huh

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9  Suncap for my mama~ (link to free pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by calista on: May 24, 2006 07:28:50 AM

I knitted this for my mom for her volunteer trip.
I modified this pattern from KNoon Designs to adjust to my gauge.
Actually I didn't like how the visor draped, so I frogged the i-cord border and am knitting it again now.
I used less than 1 skein of cascade sierra. I think it's a good odd ball project.
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10  Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater in Knitalongs by calista on: May 04, 2006 07:08:11 PM
Girls, count me in!!
i just ordered from knitpicks, can't wait to start on this one!!

i purchased the mystery too. can't go wrong with black  Cheesy
i'm thinking to lengthen the 2x2 ribbing for both wasit and sleeve
calista, mind giving me a rough measure of your sweater?

Here's a diagram with the size of each part.

The size on the image is base on the XS size.
If you want to make the rib of the bodice wider, I suggest to remove 1 repeat of the pattern from the bottom and cast on the 6 sts less.
Since the bodice is already quite long, it might be too long if you just add more rows of ribs.
I wanted to make it long enough to fully cover my tummy even when I'm wearing a really low jeans. (because my body is always cold)
Making ribs on the sleeves will be alright.
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