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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Plum Wedding! on: May 21, 2012 05:33:41 PM
I updated the post to include wedding albums and jewelry!  Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Super Cute Dress from a Mens XXXL Flannel Shirt on: January 28, 2012 05:28:23 PM
What an inspiration! You did a great job and I think it looks very flattering on you. I know it can be hard to reconstruct things and it can be frustrating, but I've found that if you just stick to it, you can usually overcome it and make something awesome, like this!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Plum Wedding! on: January 15, 2012 12:03:38 PM
They definitely were! They took at least an hour and a half plus drying time per flower. Not that the work is hard, just time consuming. Totally worth it for a wedding, because I can be proud of them, and they will last forever! In fact, my bridal bouquet is now on displace on our top shelf in our little apartment. I'm quite pleased with them. The boutonnieres were the only ones that were a little sad, because the more my husband hugged people, the more crushed his became. But I salvaged it by the end.   
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Plum Wedding! UPDATED! on: January 12, 2012 06:57:21 PM
I just got married a couple of weeks ago, and after nine months of planning, I think things came out quite nice! I'm looking forward to updating this post as I get more pictures of the super fun homemade DIY part of my wedding.

What I'm most proud of, are the coffee filter flower bouquets that I made with my sweet mother-in-law! I got my inspiration from alinaswedding in this particular post. And then I went to Martha Stewart's website, found some instructions, and after a few tries, managed to come out with some rather real looking roses! I could not have done it without my crazy talented mother-in-law. I would have given up, because each rose takes a LONG time. I underestimated the amount of time I would need to put into making five bridesmaids bouquets of six roses each, one bridal of eight roses, and ten-ish boutonnieres for groomsmen, groom, fathers, and grandfathers. Not to mention the mothers/grandmothers corsages! But it came together.

I chose the color "plum" for my main wedding color (December wedding calls for December colors---plus it happened to be the Groom's favorite color...  Wink ) and black and silver for accents. It's the plum color that David's bridal has for dresses and men's wearhouse has for vests and ties, if you want to know specifically. The flowers were a lavender color and went quite nicely with the dresses! We tipped them with the plum color so they matched.

Let's start with some flower pictures, shall we?

The bracelet you can see in this picture was actually made by my wonderful mother-in-law (can you ever sing their praises enough?)  Smiley and she made my earrings as well, but I don't think there is a picture of those yet. I'll post one when I get them in. As you can see, we used pearls as accents in all the bouquets, and for just the bridal bouquet, we used sparkly tulle instead of plain.

Here's myself and my bridesmaids with our bouquets. See how many roses we had to make?!

And there is just a picture for scale, so you know how big the bouquet turned out to be.

More pictures and wedding goodness to come! Comments?

UPDATED 5/21/2012

Hey Craftsters! Are you guys ready for some epic sappiness?! No? Just me? Oh...
I finally got my wedding pictures and I took individual pictures of some of my wedding projects recently to show you guys!  Smiley Let's start with the albums. So for my wedding, I wanted to have pictures of myself and my husband growing up, together and apart (together, meaning, we had known each other and were friends, but I don't mean we were ever dating before we started dating...if that makes any sense... nevermind, ignore that...)

We had a lot of pictures and I wanted to do a theme for my reception. I decided to make every table be a different year. For instance, there was a 2005 table, a 1992 table, etc... Each album was a year or two worth of pictures of us! And then for decoration purposes, I threw some hobby lobby colored vases on the table with some fake flowers in there. On to pictures!

This is my favorite album. The boat is significant, because right before we began dating, we sat in a hotel lobby and talked until the wee hours of the morning. We wrote notes back and forth to each other (sounds sappy, I know... I blame the wee hours of the morning...) and then I took the little piece of paper we were writing notes on (it was a hotel pad of paper) and folded it into a little boat and gave it to him. He kept it for a long time, until he lost it and was sad right before we got engaged later on. Thus, this album has a boat on it to remind us of that one day we really recognized how much we loved each other and wanted to be together.

All of the insides of the books look like this, or something similar to it. I used music paper, because my husband's major is music and he plays the piano.

This is the inside of the dark blue book. Each page in every book has a picture of me on one side and a picture of him on the other, as we grow up through the years. (FYI: Our song is "Day by Day" by Frank Sinatra!)

I bought all of the paper in the scrap book section at Hobby Lobby. Oh, and I used this tutorial! http://www.tortagialla.com/2010/08/16/chain-or-coptic-stitch-bookbinding-tutorial/

I used embroidery thread for the stitching and I used a different color for each one. Some of the threads were the multicolored kind that fades in and out of a certain color!

Doesn't this one look like wall paper! I love the print on it.

And there is a cute picture of my husband with his little cousin right after we started dating a couple years ago.

This one is really neat, because I used this thick textured paper, and actually sanded those fading lines into it after I had constructed the book.

Our monkey book! It's actually the one that holds all of our toddler pictures.

This one reminds me of summer.

Stack of coptic bound books! It took hours to construct the books... and all of the seasons of "how I met your mother," but I finally finished them, and I was finishing putting all of our pictures (by the hundreds) in the books the night before our wedding. Eh, sleep was overrated anyway, right? Who can sleep the night before their wedding... NOT ME!

I had ten albums, but we gave one (the 2011 one) to a very close family friend as a thank-you for helping us so much with our wedding. But now I have a lovely collection of growing up pictures on my shelf in my apartment for me to look at, not only of me and him in it, but of our families too! We did put little notes on the table that asked our guests not to take the books home... we were a little worried that they would. They didn't though!

We spread confetti around the table and the permanent marker is actually for the wedding rocks. We bought a bunch of river rocks from the dollar store, bought a few different colors of markers and spread them on the table for people to write their well wishes on, in place of a guest book. I now have them sitting on my shelf in a glass container, just until I have a garden and a house where I can spread them around in. Such a cute idea. I think I came across it on Pinterest, but I'm not sure...

We got all of those Hobby Lobby vases for free from one of my Bridesmaid's sisters who recently got married. Yay for inexpensive weddings!

Now here is an up close of the beautiful bracelet my mother made for me. It was my something new!

Isn't it just lovely?

These are the earrings she made to match! They were perfect.

My ring bearer pillow (very quick sew up and I just added a coordinating ribbon to tie the rings to) and garters. One to throw and one to keep. The one to throw has blue ribbon on it (my something blue) and the one to keep has one of my mother's brooches (of Cinderella) attached to it and it served as my something old. My something borrowed was my veil, as it was my sister in law's.

And just for kicks, here's a couple of photos of our wedding party! All of the dresses were from David's Bridal, and I just had them all pick a different dress as long as it was plum and floor length. Two of them had the same one, but I didn't mind and I thought it looked great! Every dress looks different on different people.

The little couple is not a flower girl and ring bearer. The girl is my niece and I am really close to her. My husband has been longtime family friends with the boy's family and he asked him to be in our wedding since I had my niece too.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Red Waldorf-style sack doll on: August 20, 2011 04:32:48 AM
That's adorable! I wish I knew how to make those!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dresses and shirts on: July 23, 2011 07:20:20 AM
Those are awesome dresses! You are so talented. I'd love to own any one of those dresses, and I'm particularly fond of the yellow one shoulder one. Superb!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super Simple Sassy Salsa Dress! on: May 16, 2011 01:12:42 PM
Try saying THAT five times fast...  Tongue Sorry, alliteration fan over here... I know, I'm a nerd.

So I haven't been around for a long time what with college taking up all my time lately and getting engaged (And yes, expect a crafty wedding post coming soon! It's going to be a diy wedding). I've been holed up all of fall, winter, and spring doing homework and studying for tests, so this is how I rewarded myself now that summer is here! I made a dress!

The dress is really simple. I have had this skirt hanging in my closet for a while just waiting to be made into a dress. I finally got to it and paired it with some black contrasting fabric (say thanks to my old dance pants) and it's the first time I've really used knit. It wasn't too hard. I enjoyed it and whipped this dress up in about an hour and a half. There's lots of ways to wear it, I just didn't take that many pictures. It's hot outside. Tongue I think I'll wear it on my date with the fiance tonight! The reason I call it a salsa dress is because I can just picture someone kicking it on the dance floor in it dancing to salsa music. It's very twirly and fun to wear!
On to pictures!

Edited artsy photo.

Dance pants that I used for the top.

Grandma thrift skirt that I got for a dollar.

Sassy look?

That's it! It was easy and fun and such a good project to get back into my crafty habits. There are a couple more pictures on my blog. http://texanmusings.blogspot.com/2011/05/summer-dress-2011-edition.html
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Cotton Candy Quilt on: September 15, 2010 08:10:01 AM
This is a truly inspiring little quilt and you forced me to sign in to reply.  Smiley And that is so sweet about naming her after your Gran! The quilt is very sweet and I like the colors and pattern. It looks really well made! Was the stippling hard to do? I have only ever made one quilt and I just quilted the lines across the top.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Sundress - McCall's 4444 on: July 01, 2010 05:53:05 AM
Hahaha! I just picked this pattern up yesterday and what do you know. I, too, chose blue polka dots! Wow, great minds think alike, eh? Cute dress!  Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: green and cream afghan on: June 07, 2010 07:50:09 AM
Yay, it's the most beautiful thing ever! Smiley I love it.
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