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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Baby's first Lab Coat on: February 10, 2009 04:00:10 PM
Your son, and his little lab coat are just adorable!

I want one in my size, except that it wouldn't be nearly as charming on me as it is on him.

And of course he's distracted, that book is amazing! (Although I'm partial to "Moo Baa LaLaLa" myself Wink )
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: February 09, 2009 12:09:12 PM
As usual, Craftster is an overwhelming wealth of AMAZING ideas!!! (I have to admit, it's also far more fun than brainstorming with the boy, who just doesn't get as excited as I do over the number of things that can be made with tissue paper...)

I LOVE those pastel lanterns!! I was going to use these (http://marthastewartweddings.com/article/pom-poms-and-luminarias?autonomy_kw=pom%20pom&rsc=header_5) but I think I like the lanterns better! (And the black and white checkerboard floor in the last picture is perfect too! Smiley )

Those cakes are awesome. I really like the mushroom ones, but I'm not sure they'd go over very well with some of the family on the guest list. olive_juice, I think that red and black cake is perfect! I want to do a LOT of the baking myself, and I've been teaching myself (with some help from Google and YouTube) to use fondant. I think we're going to have to do sugar cookies with "Eat Me" on them, also...

I want to do just a dessert buffet, instead of a full meal, (it is a tea party after all) but the boy happens to share dual citizenship between the US and France and wants to do some huge duck-something-or-other at the reception. I'm afraid I may have lost that battle already. I'm going to do a dessert bar anyway, and fill a HUGE table (it's huge in my head at least) with tarts and cookies and all sorts of pastel colored goodies. If he wants to serve goose-liver-on-toast, I'll eat at the kids table and we'll have grilled cheese.  Grin

Speaking of the "Kid's Table" I think I want to make a whole corner of the reception for them, I always hated weddings as a kid, and I'm trying to come up with fun things to do... I like the Cheshire cat idea, but perhaps a step further and make a game of "Pin the Grin on the Cheshire cat"
I suggested Pin the HEAD on the Cheshire cat, but the boy refused immediately. Smiley

I am still trying to work out the giant chess idea. I could carve them out of styrofoam... but I want to do something a little less terrible for the planet.

I like the idea of including playing cards in the invites for dress code too!  I have been trying to think of the best way to convey what I'm picturing to my guests. (whimsical, top hats and stripes and loud colors... but not mimics of actual characters... just silly? Is that too many adjectives?) and those cards would be perfect and SO easy to put together. They wouldn't even all need to be face cards! Heck, I might even glue little hands and feet to them!

I LOVE that idea!
I have a HUGE set of Alice rubberstamps that were given to me that you can have if you want them.
They're not Disney Alice either. Just let me know and I'll send them along.
You are amazing! I looked for Alice stamps online, and wasn't finding much that wasn't Disney. If you're sure you want to part with them, I would be willing to trade or pay shipping or grovel or make it up to you somehow!

My gosh, I don't think I've read a single idea I DIDN'T like! It's going to be tough to narrow down when it comes time to do so!

Perhaps after he is officially stuck with me for good, I will finally tell the boy how many complete strangers helped plan our wedding over the internet.
You guys are so awesome.  Grin
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: February 07, 2009 11:52:02 PM
That tool dip stuff is so neat! I had no idea such a thing even existed! I was going to use a spray gloss I've had laying around for a while to make them look like wet paint, but that's a pretty good idea too! Maybe halfway between the two and just a small can of a high-gloss latex wall paint or something.

And the Eat me/Drink me tags are totally a must! Perhaps wine glass charms that look like tiny "Drink Me" tags out of Shrink plastic.

That picture of the chess pieces is MUCH better than the one I tried to draw for the "Can-We-PLEASE-Have-an-Alice-Wedding" sketches! We're going for outside though so they wouldn't even have to be cut in half, as there would be plenty of room! I suppose it depends on how tricky they end up being to mass produce...
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: February 07, 2009 02:23:35 PM
I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE INVITATIONS.  (except that decline seems to be spelled wrong.  But it's prob just  a typo since photoshop won't spell check for you.

Oh my goodness I'm glad you said so!!  (The boy was asked to proofread, but he apparently was not doing so very wholeheartedly...) I never even think about it any more since EVERYTHING has spell check!

Teapot centerpieces is a great idea too!!

I LOVE the idea of doing playing card garlands... I have lots of time, and lots of crafty people to help assemble such things too... hmmm I shall have to start rummaging around thrift stores!

So much for getting any housework done this weekend!
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: February 07, 2009 11:44:31 AM
I never would have thought the boy would agree to an Alice in Wonderland wedding.. but somehow I have been granted permission to do just that. "As long as I get to be the Mad Hatter," he says.

Deal.  Grin

We're still planning to wait a while to set a date. We want to get out of debt, and have some things in order first. But I can't be expected to let a craft project like that just sit and WAIT. I have to start planning NOW.

Not to mention he got me Photoshop for Christmas, and I have just been dying for an excuse to use it! I haven't had access to Photoshop since my last Graphic Design class... which was a very long time ago.

But I digress...

Here are some of the things I have been putting together while I re-teach myself how to use the blasted program. (I'd forgotten what an "Adobe-headache" feels like...  Angry)

Invitation Back: This is my favorite part; it's mildly threatening! Do you think it's too much?

Invitation Front:

RSVP Cards:

FYI: (To include driving directions and a map on the back)

I've been trying to write all the little poems for them, because that just seemed like the Alice-y thing to do. I'm not sure how I feel about the FYI one yet... But it's a place holder until real inspiration strikes. I haven't yet come up with ANYTHING good enough to use on the inside of the invitation yet... I'm totally stumped there.

I'm trying to avoid the "Disney" Alice as much as possible. I like her just fine, but I don't want a Disney wedding.

Here are some of the other ideas I've collected so far...
*Giant playing cards bent and staked into the ground for croquet! (Perhaps with stuffed animal hedgehogs and plastic lawn flamingos?)
*Mismatched Tea Cups at each place setting
*A close friend's mom is performing the ceremony for us, and will make an AMAZING Queen of Hearts.
*Top Hats for the Groomsmen
*My soon to be step-son is 6, and wants to be the White Rabbit.
*A ring pillow shaped like a giant pocket watch!
*Black and white checkerboard aisle runner! Perhaps giant chess pieces along the aisle too...
*Giant mushroom/flower wall decorations for reception!
*I want to duplicate the glass table with the key and the tiny door in the wall at the bottom of the rabbit hole. (This was always my favorite part of the Disney version.)
*White silk roses half dipped in red paint, dried to look all drippy...
*Tiny topiary centerpieces with white/red roses

The other thing I'm trying to avoid is blatant costumes. No bunny ears or face paint. I'm picturing clothes that sort of just HINT at costumes. I don't want to over-do it and come out looking like a high-school play. I can't seem to find too many pictures that match how I'm imagining it though.
I'm thinking tea-length dresses and sashes and hair bows, And top hats and bow ties...

Google seems to only turn up Alice-themed kid's parties. I can't seem to find very many Alice Weddings other than the Ashlee Simpson one, which irritated me a little, and isn't at anywhere near what I want to do. ANYTHING is possible when you can afford to pay somebody to do it all for you! It just wouldn't be any fun that way. I'm going for as much DIY as possible.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated! I never realized how complex planning this was going to be!

***Updated 5/16***
I just finished these this afternoon! I'm probably going to wrap them in ribbon still, but I was so excited I just had to show them off.
I was going to glue buttons to their centers, but I can't decide if I like them better the way they are.

***Updated 6/10***
So, this is the second draft of the invites. I like them better... I think. I would love some second opinions!

The outside of the cards: To fold down the center... "hamburger style" (flipped so you can read RSVP on the back)

The inside of the cards:

Directions will be printed on the backs of the smaller ones.

I'm pretty pleased with them. Now if only we could agree on a date so I can start filling in some of those blanks!

***Updated 7/14***
So, I just finished this poem for the "Dress Code" section of the website. I am pretty proud of this one:

"Come in your finest!" the Duchess declares.
"Come in your top hats or with bows in your hair"

"Come in your sneakers," the Mad Hatter shouts.
"Come in your blue jeans, with your caps turned about."

"Come in your jammies," the Cheshire Cat smirks.
"Come in your slippers and over-sized shirts"

"Come how you're comfy!" the Queen shouts at last.
"We'll sit and have tea, then croquet in the grass,
Do I care how you're dressed, sir? Not in the least.
You can even come late (long as you're not the priest!)"

There are some lines that don't flow as well as I would like. Any suggested re-wording is welcome. Smiley
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I heart Jhonen *IMAGE OBESE!!* on: July 04, 2008 12:49:34 PM
Of all the things in my house I've traced for shrinking, the Johnny comics have got to be the one thing I somehow missed.

You are a genius.

I think I need earrings with Happy Noodle Boy on them now.
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dr Seuss Shrink Earrings on: July 03, 2008 12:32:02 PM
I made these a few months ago, so the sharpie is a little faded. I never got around to sealing them. They're still my favorite earrings ever.

I traced the fish from The Cat in the Hat, although nobody seems to recognize him.

18  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Checkerboard sheet cake, mission impossible? on: June 23, 2008 05:29:01 PM
This (http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=771275EC-802D-F658-0B7BDDDDA5454F10) is the only way I know to do such a thing, but I have never seen one done square.

I suppose you could construct something similar to fit in your pan. Out of folded up strips of foil or something?
19  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Nananananananana BATMAN! on: June 13, 2008 08:15:22 PM
I know this one isn't terribly complicated, but I am awfully proud of it anyway.

The colors are a little tough to see because i did some metallic paint over the top, but it's yellow, green, and blue under there.

I've had this hoodie since high school, and it's falling apart, but now it's my favorite thing in my wardrobe again. ^.^
20  COOKING / Dessert / Dragon Cake on: February 04, 2008 02:36:04 PM
I don't usually do very well with this sort of thing, but for once I was pretty proud of how this one ended up.

I think it would have been a bit easier without the over-excited Birthday boy hovering 4 inches from the cake the whole time.

And this is a really poor quality picture, but I had to include it because it physically hurt to watch...

His friend's parents all requested to hire me for their kid's parties, which would be fun if I had time for that sort of thing. Smiley
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