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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / FMIL present on: June 07, 2007 03:43:12 PM
For my FI's Dad, we're getting him Cubs tickets and a t-shirt. For my FI's Mother, I'm making her this lace stole. I was inspired by the Somerset Weddings magazine to try this:

I went to Vogue and bought tons of their remnant lace, in 5 yard bolts. Then, I prepped a huge cauldron of tea bags (50 tea bags all steeped in hot water) and tea stained the lace. I put the lace in at different intervals over a 36 hour period, so that I would have varying levels of colour. This worked perfectly, and I got a lot of variance.

My Mom and I cleared her basement kitchen counter, and we set to work cutting 2 1/2 yard lengths, knotting at each end, and laying them out in a pleasing pattern.

We then adhered them to the wash away stabilizer, by running seams down them with the sewing machine. This is totally a two-person project. It would have been so unmanageable on my own.

The next thing I have to do is hand sew in the fibers, in between the lace rows. Then, we can sew the grids into the lace. After that, it will be all ready to be put into a hot wash, to wash away the stabilizer and leave me with a lovely lace stole to present to my future mother in law.

I'll post those pictures next week. I am going out to have my second dress fitting this weekend, I am wearing my Mom's dress that she and my Grandmother made in 1962. And I will work on finishing up this stole while I am out there.

Hope you like this project!
I was at such a loss of what to do for my FI's Mom, before I saw this stole. It is perfect for her, because she collects Battenburg (sp?) lace and loves dramatic, romantic things. I hope she loves it!
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Matchbooks on: May 25, 2007 11:05:44 AM
We are having a bunch of tealights and candles around the reception. I wanted to have matchboxes available for people to light them, relight them, take with them at the end of the night. I found matchbooks at the dollar store, 12 boxes per package, 32 per box. They were rather ugly and would throw off the design flow of the table, so I decided to use some of my leftover Snow & Graham cherry blossom paper to cover them. I cut out a template, used my big ol' paper cutter to do several layers at once, and then Modge Podged the cut outs onto each side of the matchbox, to allow the sides to be open for striking. They turned out great and it only took an hour.

You could modify this for favours too, if you wanted. Print up some round Avery labels with your monogram and wedding date, and apply them to a side of the matchbox. Great favour for PENNIES!

13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Family & Friends Tree guest book on: May 25, 2007 10:58:40 AM
Hi everyone! I have been in a whirlwind of hospitals and funerals and babies being born, and haven't been in wedding-mode. I've just gotten back into town and am getting my act together, 7/7/07 is just around the corner.

I've decided I don't want a traditional guest book. I saw this quilt, and it inspired me:

I found these leaves in a teacher's supply store, and used them as my templates:

I will have another shade of green leaf, as well as this colour of green, I ironed "heat n bond" onto the back of the fabric, and I cut two sizes of leaf. One of my nieces will hang out at the table in the beginning to explain to guests to sign their name (in permanent ink fine point pen), and their birthdate. After the wedding, when the smoke has cleared, I'm going to arrange these onto a fabric tree trunk, and applique them onto a quilt we can display forever.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / RSVP's done! yeah! on: April 12, 2007 02:13:06 PM
Alright, another piece of the invitation puzzle done. Just need to get my maps/direction sheet done, and I'll be able to mail these suckers off!

Here's the RSVP's I designed, printed out, and assembled. I made the labels too. I tweaked the Paper Source labels for my own purposes and printed them in my colours on clear labels. Dear FI stamped them all for me last night.

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Nearly done with wedding/ceremony invites on: April 08, 2007 10:18:25 PM
One set of wedding invites nearly down, one to go....

I made most of the Chicago wedding ceremony/reception, rsvp, maps, etc. The only piece of the puzzle I bought was what I used for the reception invite (because everyone is invited to the reception, our ceremony is private). I was going to make the whole she-bang, but I saw the most perfect photo on an invite (a bride and groom kissing, riverside) and couldn't find it anywhere to duplicate it myself. We're getting married on the river and it was too perfect, plus it fit with both the Walt Whitman and Robert Frost quote I wanted to use!  Here's some shots of the work we've been doing. After spending a week on the STD's, I am finding this is moving much quicker!

Here you can see the ceremony invite on the left, our lovely b&w reception invite in the middle and the embossed ceremony card envelope on the right:

Outside of the ceremony invite:

Inside of the ceremony invite, with green vellum insert:

Detail of my envelope embossing, phew! That took a while, but I love how it looks and feels!:

So, getting close! Just have to get the RSVP's finished, work on the map a bit more (I'm not totally jazzed with my first attempt, 4 hours and still not in love with it.....), the labels are nearly done, and my honey just bought the stamp on line!

Tell me what you think, or if you have any questions.
Thanks for looking,


16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Party, Groom & Parent's presents.... on: April 04, 2007 10:20:17 PM
What did you get for yours? I've still got more than a few to buy or make and 7/7/07 is fast approaching...

(I'll edit this and post pictures as I take them.)

Today I got two really lovely hankerchiefs at the thrift store (65 cents for two identical ones!), that I intend to embroider for my fiancee's Mother and my Mom. I'm also making them special attachments for the sandalwood fans we are giving them with photos of each of us on the tassle part & a "thank you" charm.

I am having two Matrons of Honour, as I am only having two people stand up for me and one is my best friend, the other is my sister. For my best friend, she happens to be having a baby a month before the wedding, and my theme is cherry blossoms and one of our wedding colours is green. I found a gorgeous, green, satin cherry bossom diaper bag with a receiving blanket on eBay. So, I bought that. Perfect!

Now, my sister is harder. She works at a book store. She flies in to Chicago to take bookbinding classes with me. We both do altered arts, papercraft and bookbinding. But, she has very little time for it now, with her three jobs! So, I don't want to give her something she'll have no time for. I do want to give her something meaningful. Still working on that.

I am doing Matron of Honour survival kits. I made them purses to match their dresses, I found fantastic pearl monograms, and I'm filling them with FUN things like mints that say "You need this" on the tin, and lipstick cases with lipbalm in them, tiny flasks, and a few other goodies.

NO clue what to get either of our Dads. My step-father might like a book. I can't think of anything to make for him. My Mom is so easy, I can craft her a million different things that she'll love.

Groom gift. I don't have anything for him yet, and it is killing me. I want it to be special, but I don't want to lose my mind over it or spend too much money. I was thinking of doing a "boudoir" photo album for him. But, I am not sure I would be comfortable or have the cash to have a photographer in to take those shots.

So, what did you make/buy/give to your wedding party?
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Gonna do myself a "favour"..... on: March 26, 2007 11:51:59 AM

Here's my completed signage for our favour table. I'm going to carry this theme into other signage for the guest book table, and the family tree quilt table too. But, baby steps, this is what I got done last night.

And, I'm very excited, our embossing plate for our address came today. Now, all of our invites will have a lovely blind embossed touch to our return address. I was so dreading the idea of printed return address labels, and this solved it, and the place was having a free shipping special, and I already had the hand embossing press, so I just needed the plate, it ended up just being $25. I used Acorn Sales, their turn around and service is great.

Here's my favour table signage.....if you look closely, the pages of the book I used to collage, have our wedding date on them.

18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Save The Dates on: March 23, 2007 02:14:38 PM
We're having two receptions out of consideration for our guests. It is really sucking having to get everything done for both receptions and the ceremony. Having a freak out week!

Here's the Save The Dates for our second reception in Michigan. I'm starting to question why I didn't carry the theme from the Chicago ceremony/reception into the other reception. But, I HAD to have another pallette of colours, didn't I?  Wink

Finished front of the std, monogram by Aylee NYC:
(if you want her info, to have her design one for you, she did three for me, shoot me an e-mail)

The inside (ignore the tissue, it is in there 'til the tacky tape dries):

Santa's little workshop, and her necessary continuously full cup of coffee:
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / handmade cd covers for favours on: March 15, 2007 09:40:17 PM
We're doing several favours, to give people a choice. One of them is a compilation of our favourites from our wedding music, which is all compiled by the two of us. I didn't like the idea of using plastic cases, so I made my own.

I had rubber stamps made at Lakeview Rubber Stamp, of our names and our wedding date, so I could use them throughout the process for different things. I bought a package of 12x12 scrapbook paper in green, cut it to fit a cd, did the folds, punched the corners with a corner cut/emboss tool, and used a ribbon punch on the bottom. Threaded through ribbon in our wedding colours; magenta, chocolate brown and sage green, strung on a "thank you" charm on the inside. On the outside, I stamped our name and date, embossed the ink with a deeper shade of green embossing powder, and embellished the front with a two-toned pink blossom held in place with a brad. I did about 24 of them. Took me two evenings in front of the tv.

20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / crafty DIY save-the-date idea on: March 15, 2007 01:03:34 PM
I saw this in an invitation book I was going through at Papyrus:

And I started thinking about everything you can do with a $7.99 roll of tickets from Party City. Now, the mind reels.....

Just thought I'd share.
I also got the idea of tiny passports, with the save-the-date inside. If you're having a destination wedding, this would really be cute!
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