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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My Etsy Wedding {Recap} IMAGE OBESE on: December 19, 2010 06:17:14 PM
So, some of you may remember my other post:

I'm not super crafty, but I definitely have a great appreciation for all things handmade, so most of our wedding was collected from Etsy.
Thank you all for the opportunity to share all of my finds Smiley

Adorable caketoppers from Bunny With A Tool Belt

Flower Ring from MeridethGrace

Heart Sunglasses from Ebay
Mustaches on sticks from WhiskerWorks on Etsy
Pinwheels from Rule42

"&" Sign from Thebackporchshoppe

Photo Booth Poster from TaylorsType

Groom & Groomsmen Socks (online purchase)

My Shoes Smiley (Not crafty... just thrifty)

Flower girl baskets were actually clear paint cans from Michael's ($1 each!)
*Notice, I ended up with different dresses!! The tutu's were too tight for 2 of my girls, so, in a last minute panic, I picked something new.

I used locally bottled soda as place cards (hang tags free from my mom's stash)

and the straws are from Etsy seller HeyYoYo and the
Thank You Pins from Minepress

**The card says "Put this straw inside your pop. Smile for the camera, it's a great photo op!"
And we got:

Fingerprint Guestbook Tree from Bluedetoi

My Hair flowers were from Jujacrafts

And I think that's it! Thanks for letting me share, I hope you're still here!

***Photo credits: Michael Carr Photography in Chicago

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / honesty (honestly) - Fun with Ps brushes! on: April 19, 2010 09:04:26 AM
I am new to photoshop and I just learned how to play with different brushes!

Here's what I came up with!

Advice & comments are welcome!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A Painting for Lennon on: April 17, 2010 05:52:49 PM
So, my little girl cousin is named Lennon Riley.
In her short 7 years here on earth, she has received countless Beatles related gifts.
This one is no exception <3

I have been looking at pictures of hot air balloons on google image search for awhile and, today, I decided to give it a go!

(She loved it, btw)

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Save the Date... help with mailing!! on: March 17, 2010 04:19:41 PM
So, I printed our save the date's on business cards and mounted a small magnet to the back!
Trouble is, now I don't know how to mail them...
Should I just stick them, loose, into a bigger envelope?
Should I mount them, somehow, onto a card or cardstock?
I don't want to spend an awful lot... but I don't want it to look lame.

Advice please!!

And just for visual reference, here is the artwork from the card! (it takes up the whole card, but I left a wide border on it so I could edit it for printing)

Oh, and for anyone following my invitation mini-saga, here is the finished version (front and back) (The patterned paper was from my collection. Convo me if you would like any additional information on it and I will look to see who made it!)

And, just for fun, here's the RSVP (I *THINK* it will be a postcard when all said and done) I also want to change the wording from "circle your choice" to something else. Haven't decided what, yet... any help is appreciated!

COMMENTS AND CRITICISM WELCOME!! It's your advice that has gotten me where I am with these!!

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My Giraffe Submission! on: March 06, 2010 05:40:01 PM
Thanks sprinklez for introducing me to this project!
 http://www.olahelland.net/giraffes/ This guy is trying to collect 1 million hand drawn giraffes!

So here's mine!

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / A Custom Wedding Invitation on: December 20, 2009 12:06:42 PM
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Thank You's - Help me with printing!!! on: December 13, 2009 04:26:11 PM

Here is what I made for our "thank you" cards for our wedding...

But now I don't know what to do...
How do I get the image ready to be printed?
Where to I send it to get printed?
Do I have it printed onto regular paper and then do I cut them into cards?

(P.S- Comments and criticism welcome!)
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / DIY Wedding Invitations! Comments and Suggestions Welcome! on: November 28, 2009 02:54:19 PM
I painted this, scanned it into my computer, and then added text...

What do you think?? Is it good enough to be our wedding invitation?
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pillsbury Sandwiches on: November 17, 2009 09:49:42 PM
I have no idea if these are an actual food with an actual name, but we just call them "Pillsbury Sandwiches" at our house!

You're gonna need:
2 tubes of Pillsbury croissant rolls (we're bad... we like the extra buttery, extra flaky kind)
Various deli meat & cheese or other filler (we like to make "baked mac&cheese sandwiches")
Shredded cheese

What you need to do:
Preheat the oven to the temp on the croissants.
Spray/line a cookie sheet.
Unroll 1 tube of pillsbury croissants... so they're laying flat on the baking sheet.
Pinch together the areas where they are precut to be croissants... so you have a 1 big dough piece.
Put ingredients in! Leave about a 1/2" border around the edges.
Unroll the other tube, pinch together seams, and lay it on top of your meat&cheese and pinch together the whole outside edges.
Now it's a giant, rectangle calzone!
Sprinkle shredded cheese on top and bake!
(just follow the croissant baking instructions or eyeball it)

When it's done, let it cool and then cut with a pizza cutter!!

***Please note, the one in my photo is a mini one... it's just 2 croissants on the bottom and 2 on the top, made into a pocket.

EDIT! My friend told me that this is very similar to something they made as kids and he said his mom used a fork to "pinch" together the outside seam so it made a decorative edge! Definitely gonna try it that way next time!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My Etsy Wedding <3 UPDATED! on: November 08, 2009 02:34:57 PM
We actually officially tied the knot this year, at a small ceremony in the Chicago Cultural Center. We did this because of the wedding budget (and obviously, we're in looove and were already engaged). We had been paying $300 a month for my insurance (got too old to be on my parents' anymore) and $300 a month is a LOT!! Especially when the signing of a piece of paper can eliminate that payment. BUT, I had already begun planning our ceremony for 9.12.2010, so what's a girl to do?? Oh well, we'll just get married twice! Our second wedding & reception will be at a Golf Resort in Illinois. (about 30 minutes Southwest of Chicago)
We have a sunset ceremony, followed by a twilight reception. We're expecting about 200 guests.

I didn't get everything from Etsy, but definitely the majority! Here are some of my very favorites:




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