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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Little Sisters, meaningful role on: August 06, 2007 02:29:14 PM
I guess this would require a crafty, or at least creative, answer.
I have three sisters, 16, 15, and 10.
The 16 year old is going to be a bridesmaid.
The 10 year old is going to serve as a "ringbearer" and "train adjuster", then sit down during the ceremony.

The 15 year old.. I am not especially close to and we have somewhat conflicting personalities. I am also having a small wedding party, so although I know it would be meaningful to my sister to have her in the wedding party, I have decided against it.

I do still want to give her a meaningful/significant role in the wedding though, just one that doesn't require as much responsibility or trustworthiness. I was thinking of having her man the guestbook, and proposed that to her, but she didn't seem thrilled with it so I told her I would consider what else I could have her do.

Because of her nature, I think for her to see a job as significant, it would have to be relatively public, and therefore a part of the the actual ceremony. I can understand that and do want to respect that.

Me and the fiance already decided against having candle lighters, otherwise that seems like it would be an ideal role for her.
It seems like whatever we had her do would have to be mainly ceremonial, but I still want it to be meaningful and symbolic, as opposed to just a thing to do (hence why I don't want candle lighters).
I thought of having her be a "matchgirl" or something, for when our parents come up to light the unity candles. But I did want to consider other options too..

Any ideas? I haven't been to enough weddings as of late to really have a good idea of what all does or could go on..
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My Bohemian/Victorian/Vintage/Bird Themed Wedding (New Pictures as of 1/02!) on: August 05, 2007 01:33:14 AM
I started a thread on Bohemian themed weddings but decided to leave that for discussion specific to the theme and create a new one for things specific to my own wedding. We have it planned for July 19, 2008 at a church in Bakersfield, CA.

I'm not sure exactly how Bohemian it will turn out as we are kind of going with the ideas that come to us, and deviating and implementing other ideas as desired. As well as being as thrifty as possible with a 200 person guest count on a $5000 budget (generous enough for me).

My fiance is a big fan of intricate, Victorian designs.

I want to incorporate birds into it, as well. That idea was mainly inspired by a couple of lines from an e.e. cummings poem that I want to use on the invitation:
"i have found what you are like...
the coolness of your smile is
stirringofbirds between my arms"

Our colors are going to be dark red, chocolate brown, and probably a teal blue (or some other shade of blue, still undecided, we will probably focus on a teal blue and incorporate a few other shades.)

Things I plan to be crafty with:
Invitations: As much DIY as possible, and relatively simple.

Table Centerpieces: Birdbaths made from 99 Cent store glass plates and margarita glasses, inspired by A_Patchwork_Oran's Design, with gold foil origami cranes to adorn and double as favors. (Don't worry, I don't plan to fold all those origami cranes, I bought 300 of them on Ebay for $30.. a price I thought was quite worth it!)

Additional Favors: As inspired by multiple people on here, my fiance already created a mix of many of the songs that have been significant to us throughout our relationship. We will burn that onto CDs and make basic envelopes/holders for them out of paper.

My Dress: I bought a lovely dress used once, for $80 (and that included the veil!) that I plan on adjusting slightly. I.e., taking in the bust slightly, converting it from straps into strapless, and de-poofing the skirt.

My Jewelry: Simple. I have a string of (imitation) pearls that I want find some sort of vintage-y charm or medallion type thing to add to. I'll probably make earrings to match.

Bridesmaid Dresses?: Are a possibility (I sew, as well as two of my sisters). I want to wait until the fall/winter styles set in and hopefully there will be more dresses in dark red/crimson/burgundy as I have yet to find anything I really like. (And am not going the typical David's Bridal/prom dress route)

Reception Food: Appetizer buffet, something simple and yummy. We will probably "hire" a semi-professional caterer friend, to appease the church we are using, but do a lot of the prep ourselves.
We also want to serve lemonade instead of punch, made from fresh lemons picked off of friends' trees (so hopefully they get good pickin's this year!)

Bouquets: Again, we'll probably employ friends of the family or even one of my bridesmaids to work with flowers we get wholesale.

Cake: Fiance has a family friend that does wonderful cakes. I just bought two lovely birds at Target today, that I am quite happy with, to be used as cake toppers. So I guess that implements DIY..

And who knows, maybe more (or less?) to come!

Pictures of the works in progress to come when I am not quite so tired!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Garter Toss Alternative on: July 17, 2007 12:35:04 PM
So neither me or my fiance liked the idea of a garter toss. But I do like the idea and tradition of the tosses and would want to do the bouquet toss without leaving the men feeling left out at all.    Wink

Sooo I need some crafty brainstorming! What would be a good alternative?
My guy isn't into sports much, but he is into music and literature a lot. I would want it to be somehow expressive or connected to him and us, and yet not risque or completely cheesy.

Any ideas?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Wedding Dress on: June 25, 2007 12:24:02 PM
The plan: I'm getting married in January and need a dress.

The dilemma: I've found a couple that I am absolutely in love with, but they are both designer dresses and at least 10x more expensive than what my budget allows. I haven't found anything close to them for any cheaper.

The solution: I can make my dress! Both of the ones I like seem relatively simple.
The bonus: I can combine what I like about a couple dress to make it even more fitting to my tastes!

The need: A pattern or two that I can use and modify as needed. I'm pretty good at working without a pattern. I do that a lot more than working with patterns, actually. But with this, I don't want to take risks. I want to have a similar pattern that I can base it off of, moreso with the skirt and making sure I get the flowiness of it right.
Has anybody used or seen patterns that they could suggest? If it incorporates any aspect of what I am looking for, it would be great (just the skirt, or just the sleeves, etc.)

Also, any tips or suggestions or advice on making formal dresses or working with organza and chiffon (what I think I would use for the dress), or specifically on how to turn this dress into a reality would be soooo helpful and so welcome!

I definitely plan on doing a practice run with cheap fabric first.

All that said, here are the dresses:

Le Spose di Gio #N5:

Vera Wang, don't know what design:

I love the bodice of the Vera Wang dress, with the three sections, except where it connects to the skirt, I'm not sure I would want that detail.
I love the overlay of the Le Spose dress, especially at the shoulders.  And the skirt is just perfect.
Those are the main features that I would want to combine.
The Le Spose dress is just a little too far on the simplistic side for me, so adding the bodice detail from the Vera Wang dress would be the perfect combination, I do think.

- In the Le Spose dress, it seems like -at least the overlay- is all one piece. How would I go about gathering the skirt that way? It almost seems like the skirt is gathered at both sides, and not across the front or back.
- In combining the two styles, I don't know if I should keep the overlay all one piece; which could either be attached or entirely separate from the bottom layer (the actual dress). Should I have the chiffon overlay completely on top of and separate from the bodice detail? Or should I attach it to the bodice detail? So that the trim/lace/whatever I decided to use to separate/outline the three bodice sections is on top of the overlay as well?
- Is there any trick to the off the shoulder style? It seems like most of the work with the dress, at least the overlay, would be finding the pattern to use, as the sleeves aren't separate from the bodice. I could make them separate, but the seamless look really has a lot going for it.
- I am tempted to detail the sleeves, also (of the overlay). I have always loved the medieval style sleeves (not the bell sleeves, but where the sleeve has the slit/opening on the upper arm) and it would be amazing if I could incorporate that into the dress. But would it be too much for this style?

If any of these questions or ideas are unclear, I apologize. I'm really bad with knowing the right terminology to use. I've also sketched up some designs that I could scan, if that would help.

I'm not digging myself too deep with this project, am I? It's not like, a whole lot more complicated than it appears to be, is it?
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bohemian Wedding on: May 24, 2007 11:05:00 AM
I am not officially engaged yet, but that should come in a couple of months. The wedding would most likely be in early 2008. But I am certainly already thinking of ideas. Grin

I am strongly considering a Bohemian theme for the wedding. With elements of asian and vintage.
I am still narrowing down ideas, but I know I want it to be somewhat traditional and elegant, but with a strong bohemian theme/flair.

I searched on here, but couldn't find any threads already talking about it. So I just wanted to start a general one to get ideas flowing. Has anybody here done a Bohemian wedding or been to one? I would love to see pictures or hear any ideas you might have!

Mine would be a winter wedding, so it might be a little tricky to make everything work, but I do live in Southern California so it wouldn't be snow and ice (hopefully!)
Looking forward to some great ideas!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Little Sister Needs Accessory! on: April 24, 2006 11:17:22 AM
My sister is turning nine.
She begged me to make an outfit for her, like one I made for myself, so I let her pick out the fabric and I made her a skirt and a hooded shrug. I'd been wanting to make her a roll-up pencil holder because she always makes a mess of her colored pencils when she takes them with her. So I did that in matching fabric.
Now I have a small bit of the fabric left. I thought of making her a purse to go along with the rest, but I wanted some more ideas first, something more creative, possibly?
Any ideas? If you were a nine year old girl what would you want for your birthday that could match your outfit?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A couple of dolled up T-shirts on: January 28, 2006 05:35:39 PM
Hi, my name is Sarah, a long time browser but a first time poster!
I decided to finish up my Christmas Break with a bang...

I found this child's M/L t-shirt at a thrift-store and snatched it up right away!

I took in the sides, and made a strip at the bottom and a strip at the top out of an old plain black top I had (sorry the pic is dark):

Here's the back, the straps can be worn on or off the shoulders:

I decided to spice it up a little more by adding these buttons (actually beads) that I found (they are little plastic bows):

This next one is pretty simple, I just wanted to girlify my Maverick's pride.
Started with a child's large t-shirt:

Cut off the sleeves, took in the sides, cut a slit in the collar, added some ribbon (sorry for the picture quality, it was too dark, and to make it bright enough I had to make it look like this):

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL ADDED! My Girly Cloak/Jacket! (Image Heavy) on: January 28, 2006 05:26:07 PM
Hey! My name is Sarah. I'm a long time browser here, but I think this would make my first post. I decided that since I've gained so much from all your wonderful posts it was about time for me to contribute!

So I bought this fabric a couple years ago from the $1 a yard rack at Wal-Mart.

It was so soft and cozy and fun that I wanted to save it for something really special. Well, I finally decided that I needed to use it and save it from it's banishment in the closet. It took me a while of brainstorming, but I finally decided that every girl needs a cozy cloak! I wanted it to have sleeves and I wanted a big cozy hood that could double at keeping my neck warm...so here's what I came up with:

It goes all the way to my feet, and the sleeves are super-long too (which I adore), right now I have them folded over, but I might decide to cut and hem them so they are still long, but not quite so.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Lavender on: June 03, 2005 02:54:01 PM
I'm new to posting here, but old to browsing!
I will make some contributions soon, but first I have a question.

I want to make the hot/cold aromatherapy pillows. I did a search and found some rather thorough posts covering the topic. But I stilll have a question!
I have heard much about using lavender in the pillows. Is it best to use the essential oil, or dried lavender? It seems to me like the dry form would be better, but where could I find lavender, either in the oil form or the dried form?
I know there are places to order from online, but at this point in time I would need it sooner rather than later, and I don't want to wait for shipping. What stores/kind of stores would carry lavender?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / 8 MM Film on: June 25, 2004 01:29:53 PM
New to posting here, though I've been browsing for a little while.

A friend was going through a bunch of stuff and getting rid of it. She gave me some 8 MM film videos...the kind that is in a strip on a reel about 1/4-1/2 and inch wide. The first thing I thought when I saw it was BRACELETS!
I think the film would be sturdy enough by itself. Although it might be kinda uncomforable after a while, as it is thin plastic. I was thinking I could put it on a strip of felt somehow, so it would be comfy.
But I'm not sure...
Each frame is way too tiny to really make out what it is...only some of them you can make out, if the frame is clear. I was thinking it'd be cool if you could tell what was in each fram, but at this rate, I don't think it is very possible, unless you have very good eyesight...

I am posting this for ideas. The three reals would make LOTS of bracelts, so any other ideas of what I could use it for??
And also, any ideas for how to do the bracelets...If I can make enough, and find a good way to make them, I might try selling them. I don't think I have seen the idea anywhere else, and I think they might catch on...seeing today's jewelry scene, where anything unique and creative goes. :-)

Also posted to share the idea, in case anyone else wants to steal it, feel free!
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