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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / DIY EASY Cake Stand on: August 27, 2008 08:54:45 AM
I've never really liked seeing a wedding cake sitting directly on a table. So just weeks before our wedding, out came the new Martha Stewart Weddings, and in it was her "Good Things" Cake Stand... So I don't take credit for the idea myself, here is the link below

So, we cut a board, painted it, used vintage glass cabinet knobs for feet, then hot glued ribbon all the way around. I was excited for such a simple thing, and it added such a touch of grandeur, so I'd thought I'd share.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My Pink Polka Dot Wedding (ADDED More PICS) on: August 14, 2008 01:32:51 PM
I just thought I would share some DIY wedding projects from my recent wedding. Although, let me clearly state in advance, it was not DIY, more like DIBO (Do it by others) I had lots of talented friends who help me out will all the wonderful details..

My dress was a custom made creation by a very talented dressmaker friend of mine. It consisted of alternating 6 layers of white & pink organza, topped with pink netting. The layer beneath the pink netting is a beautiful silk organza embroidered with polka dots. I couldn't find anything like what I wanted here in the US, so I had my cousin who was living in Singapore at the time commission it from a man in India. It traveled a long way to be with me.  Smiley

The wedding cake was made by the Best Mans Mother a professional cake baker. It was so yummy everyone keeps asking for her name. It was 3 tiers of lemon delight with my grandmothers own wedding cake topper from the 40s.

 The arbor we stood under was an architectural labor of love created by my father. The beautiful flower wreaths and swags were created by my dress maker.

It seems that none of our other projects seems to have been recorded on film. It included programs, favors, signs, floral centerpieces etc.

Thanks for listening.. and viewing.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Thank You Gifts - Perfect Find even if it isn't DIY on: February 08, 2008 03:00:49 PM
Let me preface this by saying I hate plastic bags! I refuse to use them when shopping. And although I love to sew and do crafty things, for some reason I have fallen in love with Envirosax. Partly because of their beautiful graphics and their easy compact form. They are truly the best reusable grocery bag out there.

Envirosax is running a limited edition pink for Valentines day that I LOVE. So, I decided to purchase them as wedding Thank You gifts and tie a pretty little ribbon and thank you card around them for helpers. I am also going to fill one with several items for my maid of honor.

They cost $8.50 each, which sounds like a lot (when you think you could DIY), but instead of these, I probably would have purchased gift card thank yous. So, not only are they green & pink to match my garden wedding theme, but pretty to boot.

Plus everyone asks me where to get them and why they dont have them when I shop with them.

What do you think? Is this something you would like to receive as a thoughtful thank you?

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / PLEASE! Need help finding fabric! on: February 08, 2008 12:01:46 PM
I am desperately seeking a sheer white organza with large polka dots. I need $15 yards ... similar to the fabric in the photo.

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Pink & Green Garden Wedding - DIY by others (pic heavy) on: February 04, 2008 03:06:10 PM
I'm getting married in an outdoor wedding in August. I know that people seem to be tired of pink weddings, but for me personally there really is no other choice. So I thought I would share a bit about the DIY. But unlike most people, I'm not very crafty at all, so, instead I enlist all the help I can to exploit my helpers best talents.
First, my inspiration board. I'm going for colors of bright pinks and lime greens.


The wedding and reception will take place on my parents landscaped (park-like) property. My mom owns her own greenhouse & landscaping business.

The Dress:

The dress is being made by a close family friend of ours. She is a professional couture wedding dress creator. She will be making a dress inspired by Maggie Sottero's Rasharna. However the dress will be made in cotton candy pink.

The Invitations:

My graphic design artist friend will be making similar invitations to these cosmos in pink & green.

The Food:

Mr. Groom loves all smoked meat, but LOVES pig. Through a connection, we found a great deal on a man that smokes whole pigs at the reception site. Yay! With that, I have several helpers lined up to serve the rest of the buffet which is green salad, rolls & crock-pot baked beans.


Above the tables and through the trees we are going to hang garlands of pink twinkle lights an Martha Stewart tissue paper pom-poms

For flowers we have lots of options! Ms. Mother in Law's best friend owns a dahlia farm who is offering cut dahlias. As apart of my mothers greenhouse business we also have cosmos, pink hydrangeas, snapdragons and various other options available. The bridal bouquet will most likely be made of pink & white cosmos. The boutonnieres will be made of small pom dahlia's, and the table centerpieces will be potted arrangements of english daisy's. The rest of the flowers, including ceremony & reception will be huge urns, hanging baskets and wreaths of potted flowers.

The favors:
My father sells tree seedlings to the timber industry. We will be giving away baby trees for our guests to plant in remembrance of our celebratory day. We will tie a pretty ribbon & a small card to each tree.

The Details
For our wedding cake topper, we will be borrowing my grandmother's 1920's kewpie doll cake topper to sit on top of our white with pink polka dot cake. The topper is less than 2" tall.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Grandmother's Vintage Wedding Dress Pattern - Maybe Someday on: June 18, 2007 12:18:41 PM
I'm not sure if this is the place to post this or not, since I'm not even getting married.

The other day while helping my Grandmother, I came across the pattern she used for her beautiful wedding dress. She made the dress herself, and wore it in 1943, however I don't know when the pattern was originally published. A very close family friend is a professional seamstress and makes wedding dresses for a living. She looked at the pattern, and LOVED it. After working on HUNDREDS of dresses with HUNDREDS of brides, she decided this one was her favorite due to the beautiful clean lines and the unique pleating at the waist that would be flattering for almost every shape.

I hope some day when I get the chance, I will get to use this pattern for my own wedding. (We can always dream can't we?)

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration, so maybe this will inspire someone who actually has an upcoming wedding.

Thanks for letting me share.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Archery Quiver - Tutorial on: June 11, 2007 09:28:44 AM
Although archery is a sport, there is no reason you cant be fashionable while participating. Yet for some reason, there is nothing fashionable about the industry. While participating in an Indoor Womens League, I began looking for a hip quiver in pink, to match my custom pink bow. After all- sporting equipment should be classified as fashionable accessories. Plus for some reason I have always had to be unique and stand out from the crowd, nor did I want to spend $40 plus for an ugly quiver.


3/8 of yard Home decorator fabric canvas style($2.02 -40% off at Jo-Ann's)
2 Golf Club separator tubes($2.00)
14 webbing, 1 wide ($0.24)
Small piece foam ($0.50)

Total Cost = $4.76

We purchased 3/4 yard of fabric, but this turned out to make double what we needed. If you have more tubes, you will want more fabric. If you want lots of pockets, or extras, you will need more fabric.

Golf tubes are particularly long, so you will need to cut them to length. We chose 21 long. We cut them with a utility knife, it did not make a perfect cut, but since its in the bottom of youre your quiver, and youll never see it, we didnt mind.

Next you will want to measure your tubes and make a pattern. Since our tubes were 21 long and we were putting a piece of foam in the bottom of 1 thick, our pattern measured 22 long. We also started out by tapering our tubes like a lot of manufactured quivers do, but in the end decided we didnt need this. We measured the circumference of our two quiver tubes laying together, and it came out to be 7 around. We drew this down on newspaper, then added a 5/8 seam allowance. Voila! Your quiver pattern made!
We cut out two layers of fabric with wrong sides together according to your pattern. Do not cut on the fold, or you will have twice as much. We sewed a double layer of fabric, to help with durability, stability and to have a pretty lining. By cutting out your fabric with wrong sides together and sewing them with wrong sides together, your inside will be just as pretty as your outside.

Pin your two pieces together just they way they were cut out. (One piece is a lining, the other is the outside).

Next are a few suggested steps we did not take. After learning the hard way, I will add them here.

First, sew your top hem. If you dont, sewing your top hem will become very difficult!

Second, if you want pockets, add them now. Fold your fabric in half to get an idea of correct placement.

Third, pin your webbing into the seam of your quiver. We sewed first, and found that we had to sew the webbing to the top, which makes your quiver hang straight. So, if you pin your webbing loop into your seam, at an angle, it will hang from your waist correctly at an angle.

Fold your length of webbing in half, and sew the bottom together. We burnt the edges with a lighter to keep it from unraveling. Pin it to one edge at a 45 degree, about 5-6 inches from the top. Play with it, and check it out with your belt. You will be able to slide your belt through it and let it hang, or attach a carabineer to the quiver loop & to a belt loop.

Next fold your fabric in half and pin the edges. If you added pockets, make sure your pockets are on the inside. Make sure your webbing ends are on the outside. Sewing from the top sew along the edge, over your loop all the way to the bottom. Turn the corner and sew the bottom shut.

Youre almost finished! Iron your hems, (keep the iron out of the way of the webbing). Clip your bottom corners. Start to turn your quiver inside out. Just as you get the end out, push in the small piece of foam that will make your base. Ours was 1 deep, 3 long, and 1 wide. If you wait to do this till the end, its too difficult. Finish turning your quiver right side out, and insert your tubes.

Everyone at league is going to be jealous!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need Help with New Bike & Basket Cover on: June 08, 2007 10:50:04 AM
I just got a new bike yesterday, and I'm very excited. It's an Electra Townie 21. Best bike EVER!

I live in rainy Oregon, and for those of you who don't know, it can rain just about any time, even when it looks sunny. So, I'd like to make some sort of cover for my basket to protect the things inside it, in case this does happen. I was thinking maybe oilcloth? With elastic around the edges?

Suggestions would be really helpful!! Has anyone ever made something like this before?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Color Spot Photography right from Camera on: June 08, 2007 08:59:47 AM
I was playing around with my camera, taking photos of the beautiful lily in a bouquet of flowers I had received. After playing around, I found a new feature on my camera called "color accent". You move the camer around the room and select a color using an the small box on the bottom of the window and the arrow keys. Once your color is selected, take a photo and everything except that color will appear black and white.

I've seen several people go at lengths to do similiar things in photoshop and was pleased to see that I could do it myself right from the camera. Your limitations however are on singular color. I have seen people making similiar effects in photoshop for an entire area, rather than singular color. I recognize that this would not work for those effects, however This was a simple solution for certain types of photos.

Here are the pictures of the flowers. There was no photoshop editing.

Then I played around and took a few more photos throughout the house. Here's the best one of some trays in a hallway.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need Oilcloth Help on: June 05, 2007 09:23:19 AM
Although it is summer, the weatherman has threatened rain all week, and even possibly snow. My dear friend commutes to work by bike, and uses a plastic bag to keep the seat dry. I saw a tutorial where someone made a nice bike seat cover out of oilcloth, but I've never sewn with it before. I've read some a bunch of posts where everyone says to get a specialty foot (that's expensive), which I don't want to do for one little project.

Is there a way I can I sew it, without the difficulties and without a special foot?

Can someone else tell me if there is a good place online to buy that has a nice big selection? I checked out denver fabrics and a couple others. Thanks for the help!

If the project goes well, I thought I would make one and a matching basket liner for my turquoise cruiser with this fabric.I found this at Mendels. Has anybody ever shopped there?

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