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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / my vintage brooch wedding bouquet on: October 23, 2012 07:04:40 PM
I've always found floral arrangements a little depressing, they are beautiful for such a short period of time, then they die and you have to throw away what is often a fairly sentimental piece. So for my wedding instead of spending hundreds of dollars on bouquets i decided to make a vintage brooch bouquet, I've seen them here on Craftster and on Pintrest and figured it would be a untraditional, personal piece I could make and keep forever Smiley it was quite time consuming and less cost effective than i though it might be but in the end i was very happy with the results

I found most of my brooches at local thrift store. but found i could easily incorporate pieces with sentimental value as well. i wrapped a necklace that used to belong to my grandmother around the stems and I borrowed one brooch that used to belong to my husband's grandmother to incorporate (temporarily) into the arrangement. it was very special to have pieces of these important people with me as i walked down the aisle. One of the most heartwarming moments was when my husband's blind grandfather found his late wife's brooch in my bouquet. it nearly brought him tears as he leaned down to kiss it. he was thrilled to know that a part of her was there with us that day

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Disney pin groomsmen boutonnieres (with tutorial) on: September 26, 2012 02:36:15 PM
My wedding is coming up in less than a month, and I've been busy busy crafting many different unique personalized elements to make the big day beautiful. my latest project is the boutonnieres for the groomsmen. we have no floral elements in the wedding My wedding bouquet is made of antique brooches (pictures to come) and my bridesmaids are caring handbags not flowers. so it did'nt make much sense to have floral boutonnieres for the groomsmen, so i decided I would have to make them. they needed to be untraditional yet still elegant, I found the perfect solution.

When he proposed my Fiance surprised me with a two week trip to Disney World. While we were there one of our favorite activities was pin trading (http://disney.go.com/eventservices/whatispintrading.html) we managed to collect almost two entire sets of these beautiful character silhouette pins. we decided these pins would be a great way subtly incorporate our mutual love of Disney and our engagement trip into our wedding. each of our wedding party was assigned a character from the set and their boutonnieres were designed around the pin (the bridesmaids will have fascinators made in the same style)

I am really happy with the way they've turned out and wanted to share the process with all of you.

here is a list of supplies that you will need

first you will want to assemble all the pieces you are going to need to build the boutonniere

1. Cut a rough leaf shape from the page of an old book

2. Hot glue a piece of 19 gauge wire (roughly 3-4 inches long) to the bottom of the "leaf" and curl/crumple the "leaf" to give it some texture

3. Next wrap a piece of 19 gauge wire (roughly 3-4 inches long) around your contrasting feathers, use needle-nose plyers and squeeze the wire tight to ensure the feathers wont fall out. make two of these

4. to Create a branch of beads begin by stringing one bead onto a length of thin jewelry wire (roughly 16ish inches long) leave about 3-4 inches on one side for the "stem"

5. Use the remaining wire to twist around the bead to form "branches" continue to add more branches until you are happy with the shape of your bead branch.

6. Create a bead stick by stringing a small bead onto the top of a piece of 19 gauge wire (roughly 3-4 inches long). use your needle nose plyers to bend the top end of the wire (roughly .5 inches) over the bead and back down to meet the rest of the wire stick (this secures the small bead) then thread a larger bead onto the wire. push it up against the small bead so the hole in the bead goes over both the original stick and the top end you've just bent down, if you have small tail from the top end you've bent down, use your needle nose plyers to bend it up over the big bead a little bit to ensure the big bead doesn't fall off. (sorry sounds complicated it really isn't)

7. next wrap the stem of the bead branch around the stem of the bead stick to form one unit

8. now onto the pin (or whatever centerpiece you choose to use) hot glue a small part of the lace to the top back of the pin

9. Give the lace a small "dart" or "pucker" to allow it to bend around the pin, hot glue it into place on one side

10. Continue dart/puckering and gluing to each edge until you've wrapped the lace all the way around the pin. Trim the edges of the lace and glue any loose ends into place, try to make the two edges blend as seamlessly as possible

11. glue the decorative metal piece to the back of the finished lace pin

12. arrange the elements. start by arranging the bead branches and the book leaf tap the stems together

13. then add the feather sticks and tap them into place

14. arrange your group of stemmed elements on top of the feather, hot glue the feather in place on the back of the stemmed elements

15. hot glue your laced pin in the center of the boutonniere

16. lay your boutonniere over the fluffy feather so just the tips of the fluff peek out at one side. (ignore the fluff at the bottom it will get covered in the next steps

17. tape the fluffy feather in place

18. use the wire snips to cut the stems down to the desired length

19. hot glue one edge of the ribbon to the back of the boutonniere stem, wrap the ribbon several times around the stem

20. to finish the ribbon twist it and wrap it once more around the stem

21. bring the twisted end around to the back of the stem and hot glue into place.

22. trim any remaining ribbon and tweek the elements to your liking

and TADA! a beautiful unique personalized boutonniere

please let me know what you think. Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome. If you find this tutorial helpful in making your own boutonnieres please post pictures i'd love to see your creations as well! 

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / sexiest prom dress EVER! on: December 17, 2008 09:17:56 PM
ok so this isnt mine it's my sister's but she doesn't have an account on craftster so being the gracious sister that i am offered to post them for her. it's afantastic piece of work and needed to be shown off! Smiley

she worked from a pattern for the top but it was altered considerably. the bottom is a circle skirt and the "crinoline"  is a tutu she made for everday wear some years back. she worked on it for quite some time as she is a novice sewer and she had to undo nearly as many seams as she made but i think it turned out really well! you can't really see in the pictures but the edge of the skirt and puff sleaves are scalloped and the extra fabric was cut by hand because she hadn't learned to use her serger yet. anyway enough story more pictures!

the front (the top hat was stolen from a friend part way through the night)

the back

the cute couple! and another basic full dress view!

hope you like it. i know she's looking forward to reading all your comments. feeback both positive and *gasp* even negative, is greatly appreciated! thanks! Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Show off your dorm room! on: September 09, 2008 06:03:47 PM
hmmm i don't have pictures of this year's room yet (and it's an ENORMOUS mess right now so i'l save those for later) but i do have last year's room. this was very early on in the year so it's still really neat (i can promise you it didn't stay that way) our residence is actually pretty nice, it's used as a hotel in the summer so if you are thinking to yourself, "hey that look alot like a hotel room" yeah you're right, but the benifit is that the building is always really well kept, we have fantastic housekeeping staff that keeps the hallways and shared building lounges and kitchen REALLY clean and they come in every two weeks to mop our kitchen floor and clean the toilets and stuff (the things that a large percentage of the residents wouldn't actualy do themselves) anywho on with the pictures!

this is the view from the doorway. my roomate had gone home for the weekend and brought her sheets to wash and stuff so it looks pretty empty

this was my half of the room and my attempt at decorating i love my pink floyd poster and my beatles record paintings!

our closet and desk space

my desk area

the view from my side of the room into our kitchenette there is a door leading to the bathroom on the right and my awesome front door-o-magnets
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: awesome new paper lamps for college design classroom on: August 25, 2008 09:54:28 AM
yeah i got all the pieces at canadian tire hmm i'm assuming this is a strictly canadian hardware store but i'd guess that most hardware stores would sell them. basically it's just an extension cord with one of the plug ends cut off and both the wires stripped about half and inch to reveal the actual wires underneath (there should be 2 separate strands) and a light socket essentially it's just the bit in a lamp that you screw the bulb into, you can buy just that piece. then you take the two exposed wires and slide them into the two holes in the socket it's super simple. i hope that description made sense.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: awesome new paper lamps for college design classroom on: August 24, 2008 08:28:59 AM
Alabamanda yeah it's simply a lightbulb on a cord, apparently you can buy them at Ikea but the nearest Ikea to me is an hour away so i did a search around my area, nowhere seemed to have them but i did find the parts to make it, you can buy a light socket and a cord and just attach them together pretty easily and that's what i ended up doing and it's working out quite nicely.

creatively chelsea marie i was also thinking about using these at a wedding (mine won't be for some time still but the brainstorming is tons of fun) i thought that made with a smaller template and used as a part of a centerpiece with those little LED candles inside would be really sharp. also i thought that instead of cutting out hundreds of pieces you may be able to get a print shop to dye cut them for you, i'm not sure of the exact price but i know that as far as dyes go this one would be relatively inexpensive (no tight corners, simple shape) that would save you HOURS of work and i think is definitely worth looking into!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: awesome new paper lamps for college design classroom on: August 22, 2008 10:21:24 AM
lol julibooli i definitely wouldn't say mine look cooler than yours i LOVE yours the shapes are so awesome! thanks though and a big thanks for the pattern!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Post your photography in here :D on: August 21, 2008 07:08:58 AM
thanks guys i did make the house and the little furniture myself it took HOURS of work but i think it was well worth it. and my camera of choice at the moment is my Cannon Rebel XTI and the lighting was just two large diffused studio lights. 
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Post your photography in here :D on: August 20, 2008 09:55:02 PM
i don't think i've posted these yet (if i have someone let me know and i'l take them down) i just found them on my computer again and remembered how proud of them i was so i wanted to share. this was a self portrait assignment for class the assignment was called "secret desire" take a picture of yourself as something that you secretly desire to be/do/etc i LOVE Alice in wonderland and have always imagined myself going to "wonderland" so anyway this is what i came up with i was super happy with them

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Candy shot glasses - my first attempt on: August 20, 2008 09:33:57 PM
WHA!?! javascript:void(0);that is WAY too cool! i also must ask where you got those fantastic moulds! i defiantly want to try this!
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