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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / In process: Shower favors on: September 21, 2008 05:59:40 PM
One of my good friends and coworker is due 7 weeks after I am but her shower is going to be early to make sure I will be able to throw it for her. I came across this link for Martha Stewart as a wedding favor and just tweaked the idea a little bit to fit her baby shower.


Martha uses some cylindrical containers and I used votive candles. I used pastel tissue paper and ribbon and then placed each flower into a tiny clay pot and attached the tag to the bottom of the pot.

I'm about half way done and gave up for the night even though these are really easy to make. Luckily I still have a little less than 2 weeks to get everything done for her shower. Pregnancy fatigue sure doesn't let me accomplish much in a sitting.  Undecided

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Costumes from years past on: October 15, 2007 09:25:06 PM
Here are costumes I've madethe last couple years.

Sponge Bob - I made a frame out of PVC and then sewed the costume to fit the frame. No pattern just from a vision in my head. This costume was awesome! We had people stopping cars to jump out and take a picture with him and one lady asked us to come to her preschool... I've never been more proud of my work then that year  Grin

An Aquabat - I made the belt, mask, hat and added the logo to the shirt. Yo Gabba Gabba

Bumble Bee - sorta boring but it was easy to make and didn't need a pattern.

Doggy Bee costume from scraps

Kid size bee costume also from scraps

Zombie and Witch - both were more reconstructs then sew from scratch

And just for fun this is our front yard this year
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / DIY from my wedding on: October 03, 2007 07:08:43 PM
We had our wedding Friday but I couldn't find the cord to the camera for a while. Here's the hanging table numbers I made.

I took small pieces of particle board from Michaels and painted them a metallic teal. Then I used a stencil to spray paint black designs over that and added a silver painted wooden number to each side.

Also, I was going to make centerpieces out of tree branches and hang crystals on them. We ended up finding wire trees which we painted silver and made crystals hanging from chains to add to them. I don't have any good pictures of just the centerpieces so here's one of my cousin being a dork with a centerpiece in front of her

Here's another shot of the centerpiece and table number. Also notice under the centerpieces... my mom made the peacock feather chargers under the mirrors.

I don't have any good closeups of my bouquet yet. Here's a picture of it. I did the bouquets and mine had crystal stems in it.

My BM dresses were Alfred Angelo Tealness and we couldn't find any vests that matched. We found fabric that was almost the exact shade of teal and my mom made vests for the 2 best men from a Kwik-sew pattern.

Well, I think that's about it that I have pictures of for DIY stuff. I'll have more when I get the professional pictures back.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Completed Teal/peacock DIY invites on: July 13, 2007 08:15:28 PM
I bought the background and sash from http://www.formal-invitations.com/teal-invitation.html I had the white and brown cardstock and photo border punch at home. I went through about 3-4 different colors of ribbon till I finally found one that matched the color of the background. I think they turned out pretty nice. I'm happy with them  Grin

It's sort of hard to see but I made a peacock feather watermark to put behind the writing.

I ended up using the 2 different colors of brown paper because it was all stuff I had laying around the house. Both of them worked and I didn't have enough of either to complete the whole bunch. It worked.

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Peacock feathers on: March 11, 2007 05:35:26 PM
Ok I'm starting to narrow down my color choices and I'm looking into stuff that goes with peacock feathers. Does anyone have any ideas on what color flowers would go good with peacock feathers? Or what sort of things could I do with them for a center piece?

Also, someone posted a link to theknot.com that had a list of bios by theme (which had a peacock category) but now I can't find it and I'm searching desperately for it. Anyone remember what the link was??

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Cute and cheap favors on: February 23, 2007 11:17:41 AM
I don't remember what I was searching for on ebay but I came across these fortune telling fish. I remember them from when I was a kid and it just tickled me to think about having them as wedding favors. I just bought 144 of them for $6.99 on ebay with free shipping. I think the idea was great for us because we are planning to get married on a harbor cruise... so the fish and boat kinda go hand in hand. I just can't decide now if I want to include them in the invitations or have them out on the tables at the wedding. What do you guys think?

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / I'm so crafty it's killing me!! (invitations) on: February 20, 2007 02:34:54 PM
Ok, so I posted about my $2 invitations... I don't think I'm going to use them. It's killing me that I can't make my own invitiations like I've always dreamed of. I know it's a lot cheaper to stick with the $2 print and mail invites but I'm dying to craft! I even went around trying to figure out how I could modify them to my liking but they just aren't "me". I think they are pretty but they aren't what I want and I'm just not happy with them. I want color and lots of it. I've been so impressed by the invitations I've seen on here and I know I'd be super happy with ones I made as well. My question for those that have made them already is what were the measurements of your invites? Sticking to the thrifty trend I have a ton of 5.5"x5.5" envelopes at home already... is it tacky to have a small or folded invite? Or does anyone have any suggestions for something around that size?
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Need idea help... (what to use old skeleton keys for) on: February 18, 2007 11:37:14 PM
What could I use old skeleton keys for? I don't have to use them but I like the way they look so I thought I'd ask here for help. I have a vintage lock stamp but I already have invitiations so that idea is out the window. I was trying to think of a favor or a save the date card or something. Anyone have any ideas?
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Got invitations for $2.00 on: February 18, 2007 09:39:22 PM
Ok... They are Wilton print your own complete invitation kit in the Sweet Hearts - Gold... I'd been eyeballing then in the walmart clearance bin for some time now and the price just kept going down. I went back the other day and they were marked down to $2!! I'm so excited! And we're having such a small wedding that the 1 kit will be more then enough. Does anyone have any tips on making the printing easier with the raised edge on the cards? I haven't tried any since we don't have a date picked out yet but I'm hoping we'll pick one soon.

Here's what the kit looks like...

I definitely encourage all of you to check out your walmart clearance bins back by the wedding stuff... they had other things in there like hair pieces and such and they seem to always be putting new things in there...
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Harbor Cruise Wedding on: January 02, 2007 11:40:36 AM
Has anyone done one of these? I'm thinking this is a great idea for our wedding since it's mostly inclusive. You get the ceremony, meal, cake and 4 hours on the ship cruising the harbor for the "per person" price (plus taxes and gratuity). I'm not big on planning a fancy wedding and I really want to keep it pretty simple and small. We will be having approx. 40 guests and I'm hoping to have an at home reception for all the family and friends who weren't invited either that night or the next day. Is that a cheesy idea?

Also, since it's on the ship you are very limited in your decorating. I'm planning to make my bouquet and bout. with flowers from costco and incorporating the crystal stems as well. I think I've decided we aren't going to have BM's or GM's simply because I don't want to hurt peoples feelings and it's going to be such a small ceremony in a small ship so it'll be crowded and it's sorta pointless to make people rent/buy clothes for such a small ceremony anyway.

They only allow a small amount of time for setup, should I even worry about centerpieces or any of that sort of stuff? I know there are restrictions on candles on the ship as well as minimal loose rose petals and I'm not very good with flower arrangements, any other simple center piece ideas that are ship friendly? Also, if you want to put out favors you can bring them in a box and the staff will put them out before you board the ship but I don't know what I'm thinking of for favors yet. I've seen quite a few favors on here that I'm interested in, but I have to go back through my bookmarks and decided on what ones I might want to do.

I don't have a date set. I had picked out Sept. 15th but I have a feeling that's not enough time and I don't want to be rushed. Then I was thinking November, but I have people coming from out of state and I'm thinking most people will be taking off for Thanksgiving and wont be able to get time off twice in the same month. Any advice on picking a date?

Ok, enough rambling...

Here's a link to the wedding packages

and here's the ship we'd be on for our party size
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