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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine's Postcards on: March 16, 2009 12:35:26 PM
These are some of the postcards I sent to my friends and family.  I used Super 77 spray to make the fabric and lace stick to the cardstock.  And, they actually held up in the mail!

12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Puff Balls! on: February 24, 2009 12:56:37 PM
Nothing original here, but I just had to share because I loved them anyway!
Tissue paper puffballs!  They work really well for filling a room with color, especially if the room has high ceilings.  (I had my tall and willing friend hang them around the weird pipe ducts that were in the room!) These take a lot of tissue paper (8 sheets per puff) but if you can find the colors you want on sale, not too expensive!
Here is the link to the instructions we used (only we just used random wire we had laying around, and fishing line)
Anyway, easy and fast when you have a lot of hands!  And my one bit of advice:
We assembled the night before, but saved the poofing (aka separating all the layers) until we got to the venue in the morning, otherwise, I have no idea how we would have managed to delicately transport them! Also, after they were all hung, we had tall friend go around and do a final poofing!

(This sign we put outside to let people know where we were!)

13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Tea Light Holders on: February 23, 2009 12:54:51 PM
For centerpieces, we just had flowers and little tea lights in these holders.

I used the dessert napkins I bought at the party store (by the way, that's how we finally chose our wedding colors... Wandering in the party store, saw the perfect shades on napkins... "Carriebean Blue" "Sunchine Yellow" and "Kiwi Green") Anyway, I cut and decoupaged pieces of the napkins onto about 25 glass pot-shaped things.  Added a a little ribbon and that was it.  The candles gave a nice glow through the napkin colors, and as a nice bonus, the holders and paper napkins matched quite nicely!
This only took about 6 napkins, and I waited for the glass things to go on sale at Michael's, so it cost me about $5 or $6 for the whole thing!
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Quick and Cheap Seed Favors on: February 19, 2009 10:55:12 AM
We got all the seed packets on sale for about 5 cents a piece.  I loved the decorative packaging.  We just stuck our name and a thank you on there, and attached a piece of paper to the back with instructions for our Flickr account.  (Since we didn't have a photographer, we asked our friends and family to contribute with their digital pics.)  The seeds went really well with our wedding, since the flowers were all random and wildflowers. Also, we got some personal significance in there too: Forget-me-nots are the state flower of Alaska, where my husband is from, and throughout my childhood we always were overwhelmed with bachelor buttons in our front yard.

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Ties! on: February 18, 2009 01:24:44 PM
My mom was amazing and made all the ties we needed, for six groomsmen, two dads, the officiant and the groom!  My husbands ties was made from the same fabric as my dress, the rest were made out of really hard to work with material, but the colors were perfect and my mom is very patient!  The tie pattern we have always used is great though.  A late 70's Simplicity.

Me and my brother, the officiant, with the black and silver tie.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bridesmaid Jewelry on: February 17, 2009 01:47:11 PM
For each of my bridesmaids, I made a necklace, earrings and a bracelet.  The colors for our wedding were blue, yellow and green, so those are the colors I used in the jewelry.  Each gal had the same color jewelry as her groomsman had for his tie.  I made all the jewelry different and tried to make it something I knew my friends would like, and that would go with their dresses (they each had a different black dress that they chose.)  Anyway, I just wanted the girls to be able to wear the jewelry again.  I used beads from the dollar store and whatever I could find laying around the house.

A couple of my favorites:

All the jewelry:

And, a very far away view, but I think you can kind of get the idea!
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Something old to something new... (Garters and Slip-thing) on: February 12, 2009 03:14:38 PM
When I was about 8 years old, I got this dress from a swap meet. (For a dollar.  Someone did not have a very happy ending.)   I LOVED to play dress up in it and always said I was going to wear it when I really got married.  (And I had plenty of fake weddings for practice!)  However, there were only a couple problems with the plan.... The dress fit me perfectly, when I was in third grade. (The woman who wore this must have been sooo tiny!) And, my tastes in dresses has changed significantly since that time.  But, I had kept the dress and when it turned out I was actually going to get married, I knew I had to use it somehow.

Here is the dress:

This I made with most of the material I cut from the original dress.  I also painstakingly removed lace from the dress only to sew it back on to the material where I wanted!  This worked out really well, as I wanted something under my wedding dress to make it poof out a bit, and I wanted a little something showing underneath. My actual dress: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289689.0

Here is the garter for tossing.  Made from actual dress material, then lace from the old dress.  My husband wore this garter throughout the ceremony under his pants.  He threw my bouquet, then I took off his garter with my teeth.  I think mostly people were a bit confused!

And here is the garter I wore and kept.  (I play guitar and my husband's last name is Gibson, hence the picks!  Oh, and I guess my name will be Gibson too, if I ever get around to changing it!)

So yes, I got my something old, and a little bit of blue too!
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bridesmaids Magnets on: February 11, 2009 12:39:55 PM
I wanted something inexpensive and thoughtful to give each of my eight bridesmaids.  I made them all jewelry to wear for the wedding, but I also made them each a magnet with photos from our histories together, then put a quote that was relevant to us in the middle.  I just arranged the photos in Word and printed them out on my computer.  Quick, easy, and fun to go through all the photos!

(The only picture I have of them all together.  Each one has multiple pictures and is at least three by three inches.)
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Spray Painted Bubbly on: February 10, 2009 01:38:18 PM
At our very budget conscious wedding, we still wanted champagne (and sparkling cider). So we of course got Cook's, which we love, but we did decided to class it up a little!  We removed the labels, then my husband masked off some stripes and spray painted the bottles with leftover spray paint from our invitation envelopes (on our wedding colors).  We loved the result!  The big blue ones were champagne, the little green ones were cider.

20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Hand Picked Wedding Flowers on: February 04, 2009 03:13:57 PM
For our wedding, we didn't want to spend a bunch of money, and flowers tend to be expensive.  We also wanted bright and eclectic so knew from the beginning it had to be wildflowers.  We usually grow a bunch in our front yard, but of course, the wedding summer was not looking promising.  We had scoped out farmer's markets, but those bunches can still be expensive, and all the vendors were being very elusive about what they might actually have closer to the date.
One his way home from work one day, my soon-to-be husband say a sign for fresh flowers and went to check it out.  There were rows and rows and the woman who owned the place said she would be happy to let us pick the flowers ourselves.  She stayed at the property late the evening before our wedding and several of us (friends and family) went out to pick!  She charged us $25 for as much as we could stuff into those five gallon buckets. With four buckets we had more than enough to do all bouquets, centerpieces, corsages etc!

Me selecting!

The pickers!

Organizing by type in the driveway back home.

Assembling at the venue.


The table toppers.

The tons of bouquets!

Anyway... I LOVE how our flowers turned out, though it did take a lot of hands to complete! I love the colors and the randomness and how we were able to have at least two vases (aka canning jars!) jammed full of flowers on every single table!  So, if you've got the time and the hands and are looking for spending $100 on flowers, I highly suggest finding a u-pick place!  (If the season is right!)  Actually, my best friend told me one of her favorite memories of the wedding was picking the flowers.  She said she felt like a pioneer!
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