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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Jamie's Crafty Wedding Repository (uber pic heavy!) on: August 04, 2008 09:25:00 PM
12 Days to go!!! I wish I could have been craftier with my wedding, but life kept interfering!

Inspiration Board

(major props to all the awesome Etsy sellers for the color inspiration and good old Martha)


Major camera balancing skillz to take this pic, let me tell you.
Save-the-dates from shutterfly.com



From somethingboldveils

I added a vintage broach from my grandmother and feathers!


Rehearsal Dinner poms

They were a little wonky when I started to poof, so I'm making the wedding reception poms like this;

Centerpiece Mock-up (will be long strands of grass around the flower head)

My aunt and I are doing the flowers the day of


Mothers Hankies (I embellished one in red and one in blue)

Hankies found here

Little tee for our flower girl

Embroidered Boxers for the future hubby

Buttons for Us

Yea for buttonempire!



Those bows were a pain in the butt. Bubbles from TheKnot Wedding Shop.

Seating Cards

From Brides.com and Gartner Studios

Favors (with Reeces Pieces inside)

Boxes from Save-on-Crafts

Fun Facts About Us

I'll be posting more pics once I get done with the last few things, and I'll of course include wedding pics later on!

- Jamie

2  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Polka Dot B-Day Cake on: June 01, 2008 06:23:01 PM
One of my bridesmaids just had her birthday, and being crafty me, I decided to make her cake. I haven't made a cake in years, so I was really excited with the results!

It's three layers of Betty Crocker yellow cake mix, with chocolate frosting and fondant polka dots.
(Don't mind that it's not centered at all on the cardboard)

Another view...

...and from the top!

Comments/criticism/tips welcome!

- Jamie
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Want to get crafting - Need opinions on my color scheme! on: March 05, 2008 05:29:51 PM
Hi everyone! Here's the scoop. I'm getting married August 16, 2008 in an outdoor wedding in southern California. I want to get crafting, but I have to decide on colors first, so I need your opinions!

I really want to go with aqua and red color scheme like this...
(PS - I want these earrings, but alas I am poor)

For reference...

My dress

My veil

Bridesmaids - 2 in each style, all in the color "pool"

What do you think about aqua and red for a wedding? Splashes of ivory and black would be thrown in also.


- Jamie

4  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / First attempt at embroidery...cat and sparrow on: January 27, 2008 05:43:35 PM
Here are my first attempts at embroidery. I've been eying Sublime Stitching forever, and finally broke down and bought some patterns.

First cat (with crappy flash)

Second cat

Third Cat

Closeup of somewhat even stitches...

Then I got ambitious and went for a t-shirt...

I can't decide what to put in the banner...

Comments? Any tips for a n00b?


- Jamie
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Denim Purse with Ties on: December 28, 2007 10:37:11 AM
My fiance and I are staying with friends in San Jose over New Years, so I whipped up this purse yesterday afternoon for our hostess. I hope she likes it!

(I really need to reupholster my dining room chairs...I hate that fabric!)

The denim fabric is what was left over when I hemmed our new bedroom curtains that I found at the thrift store. The denim is lined with fleece interfacing for more stability and has three pleats on each side.

Close up of the tie (modeled by my pink tinsel Christmas tree).

Inside lining with two pockets. I kinda wish I had chosen a different color for the lining. I like how the denim and red look, but the person I made it for is a lot more girlie than me. I hope she likes it!

Comment/criticism welcome!  Smiley

- Jamie
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First Completed Bag...sweet! on: December 21, 2007 02:41:54 PM
I made this bag (my first) last week. I wanted to try my hand at making a bag before I jumped into making AB's Sophia. It's loosely based off of mgenevieve's tutorial found here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=49030.0

As modeled by my dining room chairs...

And modeled by my floor...

It's fully lined in light purple. I had intended to make it for my sister for her birthday in February, but I love it too much to let it go! I'm planning on making another for her in the same fabric (I bought too much again!)

Thanks for lookin'!

- Jamie
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler's Sophia...whew! (pic heavy) on: December 21, 2007 01:53:14 PM
I've only been sewing for about 6 months, but when my bf said he was leaving for 12 days to go cycling in New Zealand, I thought I'd have time to give this pattern a try!
(UPDATE: He came back from New Zealand with an engagement ring! Grin)

Here she is! (The fabric is also Amy Butler from fabric.com)

It took me about 4 days to complete (1 day cutting, 3 sewing). I have to say that by the 4th day, I was pretty much over it. The directions were pretty easy to follow. I didn't have a zipper foot, so I ended up using a regular foot which worked out fine. I had never installed a zipper or made cording, but the directions made it do-able for a n00b like me.

My only complaint about this pattern was that there were a million pieces to cut. I ended up labeling everything with stickie notes to keep everything straight.

This is only the second bag I've ever made, so I'm pretty happy with it! It holds everything I need. And when I went to Old Navy this morning, I bought shoes that match it perfectly http://www.oldnavy.com/browse/product.do?cid=37558&pid=522925&scid=522925062

Comment/criticism welcome!

- Jamie
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hats! (with links to tuts) on: October 19, 2007 04:09:48 PM
So lately, I've been into making hats...I've already finished three this week!

This first one is my favorite, but I'm planning on giving it to my sister for Christmas. Its made with Lion Brand Wool-Ease.

Its based on the pattern found here...http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=21665

I also used this pattern to make this hat from good old sugar and cream yarn.

The brim on this one is driving me nuts. I didn't follow the pattern for the brim, but winged it myself...I could have done a better job, but I still like the hat.

This last one is based off the Hep Hat pattern found here...http://redcrochet.wordpress.com/patterns/hep-hat/

I've been wearing this one a lot. Its made out of unknown wool yarn from the bargin bin.

Comments? Criticism? Thanks for looking!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Monogrammed Pillows! (with link to tut and tips) pic heavy on: September 19, 2007 12:09:19 PM
I found this awesome tut for these super cute monogrammed felt pillows via craftzine, and have starting making a bunch for Christmas presents.

3rd finished pillow for my cousin Rachel. (and my favorite!!!)

2nd finished pillow for my boyfriends sister Jessie.

1st pillow I made for my sister Lindsey.

(I LOVE this fabric!)

Tut can be found here at jcarolinecreative.com. http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=FELTPILLOW

A couple tips...
- Make sure to use interfacing on the back of the felt to keep it from stretching and give more stability.
- I found that its better to print the letters, then trace the outline on the back of the paper. Then place the original printed side face down on the back of the felt (the letter will look backwards). Then start to cut.
- Screw using the hobby knife to cut out the letters. I found that good old fabric scissors worked the best.
- Bigger the letters, the better (and easier to sew!)

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purple, brown and reconstructed all over on: August 14, 2007 07:56:13 PM
Here's for my second recon...

My coworkers have discovered that I'm learning to sew and have been begging for me to make them things. A trip to Ross and an hour later, we had a dress.



The patterned top and bottom edging are from a $7 tube top. The brown skirt is from a huge shapeless sack of a dress we found for $5. (sorry...I always forget the before pics) The girl I made it for loves it and it fits her perfectly. Yea!

Comments/criticism welcome!
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