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1  UPDATE: 3.5' Black & White Cupcake Stand (Damask Brides...Brace Yourselves!) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by LMZ319 on: November 05, 2008 04:27:42 PM
Here it is in action:

If you visit our blog there is a link to a video trailer where you can see it in action! :-) http://www.themeckleys.com

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2  UPDATED WITH MORE INSTRUCTIONS & PHOTOS: 3.5' Black & White Cupcake Stand in Weddings and Bridal Showers by LMZ319 on: September 06, 2008 06:09:42 PM

Just wanted to let you all know I've updated my sort of "tutorial" for this project on my blog!!

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Here's what you can do with some nice plywood, PVC pipe, black spray paint, fabric, hot glue, threaded rod & misc. hardware.

I am SOOO excited about our cupcake stand!!! And you wanna know the coolest part about this thing ladies (and guys, if you're reading) :-) The fabric panels slide out and can be interchanged so it can be reused for other weddings or holiday parties!!! Eeek!

It's actually not 100% done, we plan to trim it in black ribbon and maybe some pink ribbon & bows around the centers, but we'll see. The scary looking hook thing at the top is an ornament display, which we may use as a cake topper.

What do you think?!?!

Here it is in action:

If you visit our blog there is a link to a video trailer where you can see it in action! :-) http://www.themeckleys.com

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3  Will You Be My (fill in the blank) CD Jewel Case Calendar - Free Template! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by LMZ319 on: July 06, 2008 04:51:58 PM

I've had lots of compliments on the CD Jewel Case Calendars I made to ask my girls to be in our wedding. I thought I'd share a a very basic 2009 template for anyone else who might be interested in making one, either for your wedding or any other reason. :-)

I don't remember where I got my jewel cases, but if you search online you can find them relatively inexpensive. Or, maybe you already have some laying around that would work.

Anyhow, you can print the template on heavyweight paper or cardstock, cut them out and decorate with scrapbook supplies. Or, if you have a graphics program that will open a PDF file you can digitally alter the layout.

Here's where you can find the file:

Hope you enjoy - Happy Crafting!!
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4  Fortunte Tellers/Cootie Catchers - Need Your Help! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by LMZ319 on: July 05, 2008 12:29:40 PM
I need the input from some of you crafty peeps to help me write 4-8 fun fortunes for my fortune teller favors. Please post your ideas here or if possible, in the comment section of the post on my wedding blog at http://themeckleys.com/blog/2008/07/05/and-more-fun-stuff/.

Thanks so much!!
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5  Fun Word/Name Stand Up Plaques in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by LMZ319 on: June 23, 2008 05:43:32 PM

I Mod Podged cutout paper and foam board and voila! Fun things to set around the house or at the office.

(I think this is in the wrong area...but I can't seem to delete it...help?!) :-)
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6  UPDATED: DIY Hand Painted Aisle Runner w/Photos - And Video! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by LMZ319 on: June 23, 2008 05:33:46 PM
Yay!! After about 4 sessions, or an estimated 8 hours of tracing, painting and outliningI present to you the completed part one of our personalized aisle runner!!!


Now, part two is to finish the monogram section and part three is to put ribbon around the entire thing. Were talking over 100′ of ribbon folks. Im a little nervous that I might mess up this whole project at the very end.

Photos of the very begining can be found on my wedding blog http://www.themeckleys.com

And here is part two:

You may notice I still need to do some outlining but I am anxiously awaiting the paint to dry. It's killing me to wait but I was starting to get a little sloppy in my rush to finish. After this is done I will attempt to line it in black ribbon. (So stay tuned for more photos!)

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7  Re: DIY Dyed Crinoline Slip *Tutorial w/Photos* in Weddings and Bridal Showers by LMZ319 on: June 14, 2008 09:39:29 PM
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! :-)

My colors are black & white accented with bright pink & orange. We'll have hot pink and bright orange roses for flowers. This is my dress, trimmed black:

My veil is also trimmed in thin black ribbon. I put Swarovski hot fix crystals on my veil. I took photos of that too...but it's difficult to photograph well!

LOL - I think the girls at the bridal shop thought I was nuts "did you say BLACK on your wedding gown??" they asked. "Um, yeah, that's what I said. Is there a problem??" Anyway, I love it. Black has always been my color; classic and classy. (And I love bright colors so add crazy to that list!)
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8  DIY Dyed Crinoline Slip *Tutorial w/Photos* in Weddings and Bridal Showers by LMZ319 on: June 14, 2008 07:06:00 PM
I poke around the Internet A LOT. So much that I don't know how I ever lived without it! :-) It's a great source of information - you've virtually got the entire world at your fingertips. I find a ton of really fun ideas, many that I will be incorporating into our wedding. I found a "dyed slips" site and decided I too, MUST have a pink colored crinoline slip!

So, I bought myself a plain white slip.


And 3 boxes of RIT Fuchsia Dye.



Dug out a plastic tote and put it outside.



Boiled some water. Carefully walked it
out to the backyard and put it in the tote.



Got the slip wet in the sink with hot water.
Squeeze dried it, ran it out to the backyard
dripping water all over the house.



Poured the powered dye into a cup of warm water.
Stired with a plastic spoon.



Mixed it into the bucket of super hot water with plastic gloves.



Held my breath as I put my white slip in the deep fuchsia colored water.



Agitated the slip off and on for 30 minutes
using my gloved hands and a poking stick.



Removed the slip, rinsed it with warm water, then hung over the fence.
Smiled and squealed a little bit.
(Loving it, loving it...!!!)



Washed it in hot water on the delicate cycle in the real washing machine
then hung it up to dry.


Tried it on, took a photo in front of the mirror.







It isn't *perfect* and I wish it was darker pink, but I love it anyway. Polyester and Nylon are among the "do not dye' fabrics listed on the RIT package but it worked pretty well. Right now the slip is a bit wrinkled and it looks like the dye is darker on crinkled parts. The tulle didn't dye as dark as the other layers, but that's fine; you're only going to see the little bit peeking out from under my dress sporadically. All in all, I'd say this project was a success! :-)

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9  What would you charge/pay for these? in Get Product and Website Opinions by LMZ319 on: March 15, 2008 10:10:24 AM
I have been comissioned to make baby announcements and I think I could sell these fully assembled or as a DIY kit. I've come up with a design I really like but I am not sure what to charge and I need YOUR thoughts/opinions.

Basic Information:
Overall size is 5" x 7"
Metallic purple, pink, and green cardstock and green text weigh paper are used
"Welcome Baby" banner on front & rattle on back are cut out of the back layer
Corners are cut on photo backing layer to slide in photo
Top green piece with text is text weight paper for printing

Sorry for the glare on the photo, but metallic paper is hard to photograph well!

I know how much time & materials I have into them, but I'm looking for your thoughts on pricing on perceived value. Fully assembled what would you pay/charge for these? What would you charge/pay as a DIY kit? (All pieces cut, but text paper provided for customer to print and cut, and assemble all pieces.)

Thanks in advance for your comments!

P.S. All baby info in sample is fictional :-)
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10  Re: I've exhausted all search engines, I need some unusual invite ideas! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by LMZ319 on: January 01, 2008 07:39:47 PM
What about a "waterfall card" with a rope & knot. It's flat to mail but when you pull the cord it flips to show details/etc. I had thought about doing something like that in a vertical layout but went with another design instead.

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