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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My Craft Room on: August 05, 2008 09:47:07 AM
I am about to tackle my craft room after moving, and I am so impressed by yours that I am now intimidated.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My Bohemian/Victorian/Vintage/Bird Themed Wedding (New Pictures as of 1/02!) on: January 05, 2008 07:59:24 PM
JAIME! Hey Smiley It is pretty random, haha. Thanks for the congrats, though!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Alternative Guestbook Ideas on: January 02, 2008 04:09:35 PM
My fiance and I wanted to do something creative. He liked the idea of people bringing photos but we didn't get our act together soon enough to send out a request in the invitations for people to do so. Our second choice was the coffee table book, but we searched around and couldn't find anything we particularly liked. While we were in Borders though we found a really cool calendar/monthly planner. It is hard cover and probably 12in tall and 6in wide. It is bird themed with a vintage feel and very decorative and artistic.
Since birds are a motif of ours, we decided we would get it. I typed up a rough draft of a little poem/jingle to have framed on the guestbook table to give instructions:

"We wanted to find a creative way
To think of you and what you have to say
So we have a calendar for you to pick your day
Of birth or wed, from June to May

On it write a word or two
Your names alone just wont do
Wed love your thoughts or some advice
Something sweet or give it spice

And as the year rolls around
Well find your words safe and sound
Not tucked away on a dark shelf
But constant, current, daily wealth"

It's still a little rough but I haven't gotten around to polishing it up yet. If anyone has any suggestions for wording or better rhymes, let me know!
And feel free to steal the idea and/or the poem!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My Bohemian/Victorian/Vintage/Bird Themed Wedding (New Pictures as of 1/02!) on: January 02, 2008 04:00:15 PM
Sorry it's taken so long to get pictures up. We only have 9 days left!! So a lot of the crafts are finally coming together. I should finish my dress today (yes, I really did let it get put off until now) I only have to hem it and press it and I'll be done. So hopefully I can get pictures of that in the next day or two.

Here are the suits my fiance and his groomsmen are wearing, they are a chocolate brown pinstripe:

Here are some really bad phone pictures of me trying on the bridesmaid dresses in a fitting room. I guess that counts as DIY because I didn't order them through a bridal shop. Tongue

The detail:

Our Invitations!

We got the Cardstock on sale so that I paid no more than $15 for 135 invitations worth. The parchment type paper my mom got at a garage sale for 50cents for a package of 500 sheets! We planned on printing text and bird design on the front of the card directly onto the card stock, but we couldn't find a printer or a print shop anywhere that could print it (except one that would charge $1 a page, pffh, hardly). So, we modified our plans. We printed the text on separate paper and glued it on. But I wanted the birds (which my fiance designed on the computer) to stand out against the red. So my fiance made a stencil and drew all of them. Initially he outlined them but halfway through he was running out of energy to outline them so he just filled it all in.
We printed most of the parchment paper at Kinko's because my Dad's printer started acting funny. But everything else we cut and put together on our own. It was a fun two-day project to put them all together.
Each of the sheets we printed off I designed on Photoshop, mostly just with free brushes and free fonts I found online, and with the two bird images my fiance designed.

How it opens and our RSVP cards:

The inside:

The RSVP card up close (forgive that one being all crooked). I picked up some vellum on clearance at a craft store without any plans for it, but found a great use for it! It's actually more of a teal than what the close up photo shows it as.:

We used theknot.com and did online RSVPs but put down an email in case the site wasn't working right and a phone number for those who didn't have internet. It worked pretty well. (And I'm too lazy to cross out the personal info at the moment, so I hope I don't get stalkers..)

As for our favors:
We bought 1600 some candy Kisses on Christmas clearance (32 bags for $45!):

(This is less than half of them!)

And with 25 yards of dark blue tulle (we probably only used 15 yards of it though, the rest we will use for decor elsewhere) which we cut into circles (we didn't want to buy the pre-cut circles because they only came in pastels) we made a little something like this:

Here is about a quarter of the 240 we made (sorry for the dim pictures):

A close-up of the tag (I'm quite proud of my cleverness in using that verse, haha):

And there is more to come! Hopefully I'll get around to it before the actual wedding (NINE DAYS!!) but I can't promise.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mario Perler Magnets on: December 24, 2007 01:15:52 PM
I've also seen things like that used as coasters.
Very nice!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My Bohemian/Victorian/Vintage/Bird Themed Wedding (Some Pictures Added!) on: November 27, 2007 09:56:54 PM
Ooh man, I have got to update! The wedding is in a month and a half and I have been keeping busy!
I don't have my camera with me at the moment, but we JUST finished the invitations (addressed the last one ten minutes ago!) that we designed and put together. The fiance himself drew the bird design for it and we are going to continue using it as our motif.

We created a song list for a mixed CD we are burning for invitations and the fiance is going to design a cover.

We bought 80 yards of fabric (for $90!) to line the walls of our reception "hall" (it is actually a gym and has ugly orange and gray paneling on the wall that we are going to cover up.)

We stole inspiration from this board (I'll have to check on who the source is) for our cake, and a family friend and cake decorator is making it for us.

I just found out a friend of mine is an aspiring florist, and therefore am going to use her help for our bouquets and bouts. The bouts will have peacock feathers and we will also use peacock feathers for the pew decorations.

I can't think of anything else off the top of my head.. but I will collect pictures to display what we've done so far!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: How would it look for a wedding to have.... on: November 05, 2007 06:55:23 AM
A burnt orange and gold sounds like it would be gorgeous! They should stock up on fall items now - plenty of golds and oranges. Smiley
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Adult Costume: Pretty, Pretty Peacock on: October 31, 2007 06:04:45 PM
It's wonderful!
Where did you get all those feathers? I want to buy a bunch to use in a bouquet, but the seem rather pricey at craft stores.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: DIY from my wedding on: October 05, 2007 09:36:03 AM
I love the table numbers! And that is a great teal color.
I like that you did a red bouquet with the teal, also.
I am planning a teal and chocolate brown wedding but also want to do dark red flowers, as well as implementing dark red in other places. Smiley
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Envelopes for handmade invitations on: September 25, 2007 11:05:51 PM
Oh, great!
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