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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / UPDATED WITH MORE INSTRUCTIONS & PHOTOS: 3.5' Black & White Cupcake Stand 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!!

* * *

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

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Will You Be My (fill in the blank) CD Jewel Case Calendar - Free Template! 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!!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Fortunte Tellers/Cootie Catchers - Need Your Help! 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!!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Fun Word/Name Stand Up Plaques 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?!) :-)
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / UPDATED: DIY Hand Painted Aisle Runner w/Photos - And Video! 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!)

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / DIY Dyed Crinoline Slip *Tutorial w/Photos* 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! :-)

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / What would you charge/pay for these? 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 :-)
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / "Will You Be My Bridesmaid/MOH/Etc." - CD Jewel Case Calendar on: January 01, 2008 06:13:58 PM
This is how I officially asked the girls to be in our wedding. I have been DYING for a reason to make those CD Jewel Case Calendars and decided THIS was my chance! :-) I already asked all of the girls but wanted to do something nice to formally ask them.

I found some photos/graphics I liked, paired them with a meaningful or fun quote for each month, adjusted a couple pages depending on who will be receiving the calendar, printed, cut, inserted into the jewel case, and tied with a pretty ribbon.

I really liked them and I was surprised that the girls loved them more than I expected!

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My DIY Invitations on: January 01, 2008 05:26:45 PM
(I posted this in the paper section and realized it's more appropriate in THIS section!)

I've been playing around with a few ideas, but I think we've decided on the following style invitations. FI loves the idea of the monogram on the front, which we will continue to use throughout the wedding.

We chose the gatefold layout, with a metallic black backing, pearlescent white insert, metallic pearlescent pink & orange accents, and metallic silver envelopes. I absolutely LOVE the shimmery paper!

I have a laser cutter so the black backing will be laser cut (you can see how the white insert goes underneath the banner with our names and in the side slits), then I will score and fold by hand. I am having the white insert paper cut by a printer then I will run it through my laser printer and insert them into the black backing. I'll print and cut the monogram squares along with the pink & orange accents and attach them with scrapbooking adhesive. Time consuming, but we love them!

With previous designs I incorporated pink flat back crystals, which I really liked, but I don't know...they might be too much with this design.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / One Possible Centerpiece Idea (Wooden Roses) on: January 01, 2008 05:10:33 PM
I am in love with wooden roses and have a billion of them in my basement (okay...not a billion...but probably 1,000!) and plan to order more since I don't have enough in my wedding colors of (black with) pink & orange accents. So...I was looking up ideas online and playing with different things and I am really liking this:

It's whimsical yet classy and won't be very expensive. My Fiance also likes it so that's a big plus too. :-) The lighting kind of distorts the colors, this one was made with hot pink and lime green roses. I'll be using hot pink and bold orange roses, and I'm thinking maybe a iridescent or silver onion grass...or maybe just leave that green. We'll have black table clothes so the colors will really pop. I just hope it won't be too tiny on the big tables. This piece has 4 dozen roses!
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