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71  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: with flower or with out flower? on: June 13, 2007 08:13:53 AM
IMO, it looks good both ways.  I do prefer it without the flower though, but that's just my taste.  Someone mentioned using a gold brooch instead of the flower.  I think that is an awesome idea!
72  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Christmas Wedding Ideas on: June 13, 2007 08:00:27 AM
I think the candy canes are a great idea! Something cute, fun, and inexpensive! I don't think it would look cheap at all.  I, too, think favors are over rated.  We didn't give them out at our wedding, and neither did any of my friends.  I don't think one person was ever upset about that, and in fact I had a few people thank me for not sending them home with 'junk'. *smiles* 
73  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Christmas Wedding Ideas on: June 12, 2007 05:15:02 PM
The garland on the pews was from the front all the way to the back.  People were able to get into the pews from the aisles on the sides.  I did it this way because I'm a little crazy.  I wasn't having an aisle runner...because I've NEVER seen on work the way it's supposed to, and because the church had red carpet that made my white satin look absolutely stunning....and I didn't want anyone walking the aisle before the wedding party did.  The garland was hung from pew hooks that can be bought very inexpensively at many crafts stores.  Do not try to run a garland like this without them.  No pew hooks = trouble. I've had many friends marrried before me...I knew not to repeat their mistakes.  However, if your guests have no other way into the pews then doing only a couple of rows either in the front or back, where pictures will be most likely taken of you entering the auditorium, would be a great idea.

Another thing I did was take full advantage of the church's already gorgeous decorations.  They had greenery and white lights running the entire length of the front of the auditorium and the length the stairs and balcany.  It was more than I would have ever been able to afford.  So, before you buy a lot of stuff I'd see if you can talk with the person in charge of the church's decorating and see what will already be up and usable.  We were also able to borrow the church's archway, we just had to make sure it was stored back in it's proper place at the end of the evening.

Everyone does have really great ideas.  Keep them coming...lol.  I may be able to use some of them for our church's Christmas banquet or school fundraiser.
74  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Christmas Wedding Ideas on: June 12, 2007 01:52:51 PM
A Christmas wedding, how fun!!!  My husband and I were married on Dec. 17th, 2005.  So...I'm still full of ideas...lol

I used small glass bowls filled with red and white candies sitting on a mirror and surrounded by pine cones (some plain and some painted white with glitter on them) with red and white ribbon curls entwined in them for the centerpieces.

Instead of having a gift table we had a Christmas tree decorated with gold lights and all white ornaments of every shape and size with gold ribbon as garland for the gift tree.

Our decorations on the platform were several Christmas trees with white lights and a gold bow atop each one.  Under the trees was that fake snow, like stuffing almost, with white lights underneath that twinkled.  Also on the platform were some gorgeous poinsettas that the church was using for their decor that season.

On the pews going up the aisle was green garland with a gold bow on every other pew with large jingle bells dangling from each one.  The other pews each had a white rose instead of the bow and bells.

My bridesmaids carried bouquets of white roses with the gold bow around them and the large jingle bells hanging down.  My flower girl couldn't bring herslef to throw petals on the aisle, so she carried on of those round bouquets of white roses with several bells hanging from the bottom.  She also had little bells sewn into the inside of her hem so she jingled very prettily walking down the aisle.

My gifts to my bridesmaids were beautiful snowflake ornaments.  I chose a different one for each girl and wrote a letter explaining why I chose that ornament for her.  It's something they'll be able to pull out each year and have a fond memory attached.  Something they'll actually be able to use!

Our cake was very simple basketweave with silk poinsettas and mistletoe on top of each cake and a garland of mistletoe and white lights around the bottom.  My cake topper was a Christmas ornament with the initial of my new last name.

That's about all the ideas I have for now.  If I think of anything else I'll let you know.  Have fun planning!
75  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Vacation Bible School Decor on: June 12, 2007 12:57:52 PM
Please help!  I am in charge of decorating for our church's week long Vacation Bible School.  The theme is RescueZone.  Each  night will feature a different rescue squad...police, firemen, national guard, etc.  The logo is a flying helicopter.  I'd love to have a large helicopter in the front of the auditorium, but am not sure how to go about making it.  I plan to use a lot of balloons and color.  Any ideas for decorating would be greatly appreciated, as would any ideas on how to make a large helicopter inexpensively.
76  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Personalized Labels on: May 11, 2007 12:01:35 AM
Sorry if this is in the wrong category.  I'm not sure where to post it! lol  My husband just bought me a sewing machine...I've used my Mom's in the past...and I'm beginning to make purses/totes and other miscellaneous items that I'd like to personalize with a label that has my name on it.  I've found several online sites that sell them, but they are a little too pricey for me right now.  Does anyone know of a good place where I can get them less expensively? They don't have to be fancy.  Simple and elegant is more my taste.  Thank you.
77  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Husband's Office on: May 07, 2007 12:09:20 PM
Wallpaper...what a great idea!  Why didn't I think of it?  My mom always hated hanging wallpaper, so we always just painted our walls creatively.  I checked Ebay and found some really neat patterns there in wallpaper.  Thanks for the ideas...please keep them coming.
78  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Husband's Office on: May 07, 2007 11:04:49 AM
My husband is getting a new office.  He is the assisant pastor of our church, so the decor needs to be nice.  He has always had a passion for monkeys, and I would love to decorate it that way for him.  The problem is this, everything I find is much too childish! His office needs be grown up and tasteful with a dash of fun...not a child's nursery.  He'll have one window I need to make a curtain for, a futon I'd love to recover, and one large wall to work with.  Any ideas?
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