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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / July Outdoor DIY Wedding - Photo Heavy on: August 12, 2007 02:19:52 PM
We had a July garden wedding in a zoo. Nearly all of our decor and paper products were DIY, and I thought I'd share the finished products here. Our primary colors/motifs were turquoise and green, peacock feathers, and zebra print.

Ceremony Program - trifold, printed on standard computer paper, rhinestone on cover

Boutonierre - peacock feather + three sprigs of fresh lavendar, wrapped in pool-colored ribbon

Flower girl bouquet - sunflowers + green filler

Bridesmaid bouquets - assembled the day before from Farmer's Market flower finds, $7 total for each bouquet

Napkin rings - made from paper, 4x1.5 inch printed with zebra pattern, secured with double sided tape

Ribbon board with seating cards

Seating cards - each guest received a button designed for them based on their interests or inside jokes

Vellum-wrapped candles - printed zebra pattern onto adhesive vellum and wrapped candles throughout reception

Vow display

Wishing-well guestbook

Centerpieces - also made from Farmer's Market flowers the day before. Each bouquet in the center cost between $7-$10, and each center bouquet was flocked by two smaller vases with flowers and peacock feathers, $3 ea.

Table names - tables were named after animals at the zoo, represented by full color photos

All photos by Rathbone Images.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Summer Garden Invitations on: April 25, 2007 06:59:55 PM
For our evening wedding in July, we will be playing up some rich peacock colors in a garden setting. Our DIY invites hopefully give a good first impression of the motifs guests can expect...

The outer envelope is Astrobright A7 in "Terra Green." I handcut a liner using a patterned wrapping paper from Paper Zone.

The invitation suite is packaged together with a ribbon band and a personalized cardstock tag.

Suite includes: Invitation panel, RSVP card and stamped envelope, and "Details" card with wedding website info.

The reply envelope is Astrobright 4Bar "Celestial Blue."

All pieces were printed on a color copier at Kinkos onto Stardream Quartz card stock.

I designed the invite on Microsoft Publisher. The panel is just short of 5x7, so I could print two per page.

The flower design is a graphic I purchased from istockphoto.com and reworked to remove unnecessary elements. I also changed the colors to reflect our peacock motif in a subtle way.

Fonts are Lainie Day (script) and Copperplate Gothic Light (block).

TIP: You can hide imperfect cuts pretty easily by rounding out the corners using a simple paper punch.

Total cost not including postage is approx. $1.88 per invitation.
3  UNITED STATES / Washington / Seattle Area: July craft marketplace with 5000 daily visitors on: May 14, 2006 04:49:31 PM
I'm passing on the word about a craft vending opportunity in July with a non-profit sporting event, the All Nations Cup, that attracts 5000 visitors a day. The organization behind it (Sister Communities) is really amazing. They get together soccer teams from the often disenfranchised immigrant communities of the Seattle area to participate in a mini-World Cup tournament in a huge two-week event that includes lots of cultural festivities, a craft marketplace, international foods, and of course, the awesome soccer players.

The All Nations Cup MARKETPLACE

The ANC Marketplace will be the area where local craft vendors and non-profit organizations will be able to sell, distribute, and promote their business/organization with everyone.

The Marketplace will be located in the area surrounding the stage, the center of the festival, to ensure maximum exposure to the public. The Marketplace will be a meeting point between games for old friends to meet and new friends to be made.

Please forward this to all your community members and any non-profit organizations that would like to participate in the Marketplace.

Non-profits can sell non-hazardous baked goods.

Booth fees are $50 for one weekend or $75 for both (July 15/16 and July 22/23).

For an application please contact Juanita at Sister Communities, 206-267-9000 or info@sistercommunities.org

Thanks and please forward widely!

Juanita Jasso
Sister Communities


4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Necklace and magnet display on: March 18, 2006 07:28:45 PM
Just wanted to share a very lovely, very cheap display idea I stumbled upon while at Ikea.

I have been looking for something vertical to display various items including magnets and necklace. While at Ikea, I came across some metal bookmarks (called PYNT) that are perfect for display. Each book end cost me only $1.99, and because they are sold separately, you can buy as many or as few as you need.

Magnets stick to it no problem, and necklaces hang nicely because of the grooves cut into the top. Plus, there are flower-shaped cut-outs that add a nice decorative touch, and a piece of colored paper can be placed on the backside and show through the flower holes. The bookend measures W:4 " x H:7".

Considering how expensive necklace busts can be, this $1.99 alternative is quite nice.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Origami Jewelry Collection on: February 14, 2006 09:27:38 PM
Using a 1" button maker and a 2.25" button maker, with adjustable settings, I've made a fun assortment of matching origami accessories. The set includes a trinket box, pinback button, pocket mirror, adjustable ring, and stud earrings.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pop Art Dog Card on: February 13, 2006 06:03:23 PM
I made this image of my sister's mutt, Roosevelt, using a scanned picture and MS Paint (actually filling colors in with paint bucket, rather than manipulating color values with Photoshop) many many years ago. I finally got around to finding a use for the image-- simple notecards!

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine Pinback Buttons for friends on: February 11, 2006 01:51:20 PM
I've got a whole load of girlfriends who will be bitter come this Valentine's Day, so I'll be sending them each a little love and festivity with these pinbacks:

- Becky
8  Washington / Washington: West / Live Maori Weaving, Tattooing, and Carving Demonstrations at Burke Museum on: January 27, 2006 12:56:23 PM
Celebrate New Zealand Culture!
Sun. Feb. 4 & 5 from 10 am to 5 pm
Opening Weekend Events at the Burke Museum

Seattle - Celebrate New Zealand culture in a two-day cultural extravaganza, Sat. and Sun. Feb. 4 & 5 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Burke. Watch weavers, tattoo artists, and carvers at work. More than a dozen Maori artists and local Native weavers will demonstrate their talents throughout the opening weekend of the new internationally touring exhibit, Toi Maori: The Eternal Thread (on exhibit Feb. 4-May 29). Included are a special panel discussion, lectures, and presentations by both Maori and Northwest Coast artists. The weekend event is sponsored by Air New Zealand.

Sat., Feb. 4   
Demonstrations:  10 am 5 pm
Maori weavers, carvers, and ta moko (tattoo) artists, and Northwest Coast weavers

Lecture:  12 pm
Contemporary Maori Art and Culture
Speaker: Darcy Nicholas, General Manager, Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, New Zealand

Panel: 34:30 pm
Maori and Northwest Coast weavers discuss their art
Moderator: Carol Ivory, Professor of Art History, Washington State University

Sun., Feb. 5   
Demonstrations: 10 am 5 pm
Maori weavers, carvers, and ta moko (tattoo) artists

Presentation: 12:301:15 pm
Maori ta moko (tattoo). Presenters: Derek Lardelli, Wayne Ngata, and Patrick Takoko

Presentation: 22:45 pm   
Maori carving. Presenters: Jack Brooking and Simon Lardelli

Performance: 3:304:15 pm
Maori Haka (chant). Performers: Derek Lardelli (composer) and others

Mon. Wed., Feb.  6 8, 2006   10 am 2 pm
Weaving, carving, and ta moko demonstrations continue

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $8.00 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/ youth. Admission is free to children 4 and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum,org.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Valentine cards on: January 24, 2006 11:44:53 PM
I've gotten my hands on a Xyron sticker machine, so the card making has begun...

These two are my favorite Valentines.

First is Bee Mine, with chocolate brown velvet letters, pink satin ribbon with brown bees, and brown and white polka dot ribbon. I used the sticker machine to adhere the ribbons.

Then there is Take Me Out. The black parts are printed, and the red is handpainted. I then stickerized (heh) a real fortune cookie fortune, stuck it on an origami paper backing, and then stickerized that to adhere to the card. The fortune reads "You will take a chance in something in the near future."

Other views, including back side, are on my website (see link in signature)
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Stationery lines on computer on: January 08, 2006 06:33:53 PM
Whenever I draw stationery lines on my computer software (whether I do it as text lines using the dash key, or as graphic lines using a line drawing tool), every fourth line prints heavier than the others. I cannot figure out why this is happening. Is it a printer issue? (I'm using a color HP inkjet) Or a software issue? Anyone experience this before.
It's driving me nuts, and I don't know how to get around it!
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