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on: July 18, 2006 07:59:57 PM 
Started by beans, Message by cawfeehowse
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I was pretty crafty today I think.  I updated my flower girl basket, made a sample centerpiece and made a fun activity for the cocktail hour.  Here's the pics:

Flower Girl Basket

The basket came with these sweet little flowers on it and leaves on the handle.  I got it around Easter at a craft store, but the flowers didn't exactly match my wedding colors and I wanted to incorporate them into it some how.  So what I did was wrap some ribbon around the handle (which will be nice for our FG to hold because there are little twigs that sorta stick out and would poke her) and also around the base of the handle.  I think it's just darling but let me know what you think!


As I mentioned on a previous post, my florist is charging an astromoical amount of money for centerpieces (for the whole story go here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107739.0) and I really was not going to pay $500 for them.  I got to thinking about what I could do with the beta fish vases that I had already bought and with the help of some crafters and some of my own tweaking I came up with this. 

Our wedding is kind of a very elegant french garden theme (we're getting married under a white arbor, wine corks are being used, etc) so I think it kind of fits.

What I did was put double sided tape on the bottom of a skinny glass (literally from the kitchen cupboard) and centered it in the middle of the vase.  Then my mom (who works at a restaurant) has saved like a couple thousand wine corks for me and I took those and filled around the glass making sure to cover the glass as best as I could. 

Then, I took my silk roses and inserted them around the lip of the vase.

After that I went into the backyard and found some pretty sticks (we had a storm yesterday so there were tons on the ground) and cleaned them off a bit and brought them inside and stuck them in the glass (I think for the actual centerpieces we'll use curly willow branches from the craft store).  Then for some fun I took two of my pearl necklaces and draped them around the branches. 

I don't know why but I like the sophistication of the pearls with the rusticness of the branches (my fiance doesn't like the pearls - what do you think?).  I'm still debating about adding the thicker purple ribbon with the thinner pink ribbon around the neck of the vase or maybe using more wine corks.

I thought maybe putting it on a white tablecloth with the rosepetals and the votives around would give the more complete look for the centerpieces.

As you can see, I added the ribbons on this version.

Wedding Word Search
Our cocktail hour is going to be more like cocktail 2 hours so I wanted to make sure that our guests had plenty to keep them entertained.  My fiance and I love games and puzzles so in addition to the cootie catchers I made a wedding word search.  I fed 30 words about my fiance and I or weddings in general into this website (http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/WordSearchSetupForm.html) and copy and pasted it into Microsoft Word.  With some fun formating I had a totally cute little word search.  I rolled it into a scroll and tied it with some extra ribbon and good to go!

That website even gives you the solution that I also formated and printed off so quests can see how they did!

** UPDATE to add more crafts **
Heart Wreaths
My fiance and I were at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago and saw these two wreaths made out of sticks and formed into the shape of two joined hearts.  Since joined hearts is kind of like our wedding thing (it's on our toasting flutes and caker serving set) we decided to buy them and boy were we surprised to find out their price: $1.50 each!  So we got both and I've spent some time today putting some of my touches on them.  Check it out:

The plain wreath.

The wreath with ribbons.

Side by side

A close up of the ribbon.

That's all my crafty projects, what do you think?  I'd love to hear some feedback.

on: April 13, 2006 01:14:15 PM 
Started by beans, Message by cawfeehowse
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Wedding Date:  November 18th, 2006

Craft Projects:

Be my Bridesmaids/Usherettes/Jr. Bridesmaid cards
Bridal party packets and Bridesmaid newsletter
Flower girl basket  See: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=89044.50
Save the date cards
Invitations  - Thanks to some friends of our we finally finished them at 1:30 A.M. 9/15!
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations   -just need to be printed
Guest book (it's a wishing bowl!)
Flower pens for the guestbook
Favor bar - lots of candy &  donating money to the animal shelter where I got my canine soulmate Sadie
Cootie catchers    All 80 million have been folded. FINALLY
Menu/Table # Card   
Wedding Arbor
Tears of Joy packets  Done at my bachelorette party!
Aisle runner
Aisle decorations (white planter boxes with Shepard hooks and candle lanterns line the aisle)
Unity candle I'm buying the candle holder from the Knot but I'll be making the candles
Memorial Candles
Cake Table banner
Wreath for the door of the site
Bathroom basket
Embroidered Hankies for the moms, grandma and the bridesmaids
Bubbles     Also done at my bachelorette party
Card box      
Red Wings Garter - Fiance is a big Red Wings Fan. 
Proposal Display - My fiance is a total engineer and proposed via powerpoint slides and I want to show off his cute proposal.

** UPDATE:**  (Shouldn't I be crossing more things off this list rather than adding to it?)
Flower pearl sticks
Lollipop Rehearsal bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres
Rehearsal Dinner Centerpieces
Montage Graphics
Word Search and Crossword Puzzles
Menu Cards
Wedding Camera Scavenger Hunt cards and cameras
**End of 7/24 Update**

**UPDATE - 9/16**
Once again, I'm adding to the list:

Grooms Gift (A Groom's Wedding Day survival Kit.  See - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119891.0;topicseen)
Bridesmaids Survival Kit
Out of Town Hotel Bag (Little goodie bags for all the out of town people staying at hotels with travel brochures & snacks in them)
**End of 9/16 Update**
As for what I've made already:

Handkerchiefs - I started these

Centerpieces - Here is our mock ups  -- UPDATE 7/18:  Decided I didn't like these.  So I made some new ones: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=89044.50

Save the Date Cards

Rehearsal Dinner Invites

Wedding Arbor - Built by my mom!

Wedding Shoes  - see post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=97873.msg925432#msg925432 here

There is still a lot to do and less than 5 months to go!  AUGH!  Will I ever finish?!?!?

9/16 - Almost two months to go!
on: April 07, 2007 10:02:00 AM 
Started by beans, Message by iheartmyTHO
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I'm only doing a few crafty things for my wedding on September 15th.  My wedding colors are red and black and the reception has a retro 50's cocktail party theme.  But here are some in-progress pictures.

Robot Cake Toppers:

I found these robot ornaments at Old Navy and thought that they'd be perfect cake toppers.  Unfortunately my mom isn't too thrilled with having robots on top of the cake.  She wants me to have one of those initial things.  But hopefully I do well enough with re-vamping the Christmas-y robots and she'll like them.  I still need to do some more detailing on the faces.  I also bought some resistors (for the bowtie) and some hex-nuts and screws to make a bouquet.




For my 2 bridesmaids I plan on knitting them both a Clapotis from Knitty using this sparkly black and gold yarn.  I'm still working on the first one.

Sequined Purse:

I used the Fit To Be Tied/In Bloom pattern from the Happy Hooker book and just added sequins and a sexy leopard print lining.  I wanted to wear leopard print shoes under my dress but my mom got really pissed off about that.  But I figured out a way to work some leopard print in somewhere.


I didn't do the invitations myself.  But the lady (http://www.designsbyginny.com/) who's making them is pretty crafty and I'm totally in love with what she created. 


Actual Invitation:

Reply Card:

She made the guy and girl on the reply card look like me and my fiance. 
on: May 11, 2007 12:24:08 PM 
Started by beans, Message by amnesia
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Here are the to do/DIY projects for the reception

There will be three floral arrangements for each table-- two short ones with fake orchids (shown below) and one tall arrangement with live dendrobium orchids.  I need to get the rest of the supplies for this: vases, pebbles, lotus pods (and later the "live" flowers)

Pen holder for guest "book" pens (actually a guest sign-in tablecloth):

Envelopes for wish bowl and the lucky "trees" (there will be two) that go with them:

I painted the hair darker on our cake topper (for the small cutting cake):

String and bead the strands Origami cranes (not pictured)-- at least I've folded all 1001 of them!

Fold 144 napkins into this shape and pin the name card on them (so they stay in place):

Finish making the cream puff stand:

Make the tablecloths

Finish placecards and table cards (which will look like these)

Make table numbers
on: May 11, 2007 01:35:24 PM 
Started by beans, Message by amnesia
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Although I'm not DIYing my dress, I did have them made using commercial patterns from a local dressmaker, so these would be good examples for DIY'ers who have some dressmaking skills (not me!).. I photoshopped in the sash because I didn't have it when I tried the finished dress on, but it does really exist!

My wedding dress uses a slight modification of this pattern:

This is the finished product:

The same dressmaker is making a rehearsal dinner dress out of this fabric and a re-sized use of a pattern similar to this one:

And she's making a reception dress from this fabric and pattern:

I get to see the work in progress in 3 weeks!

MY DIYs were a garter and veil-- pics below:

on: May 11, 2007 01:40:20 PM 
Started by beans, Message by amnesia
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Favor and gift DIYs

TO DO: Reception favors:   these chopsticks will lay horizontally and be tied to the top of the square boxes with two small navy ribbons (a play on the line formations of shrine gates):

TO DO: OOT gift bags will have:
Favor tags:

Matted but not framed engagement pics (not shown)
Favor CDs:

Origami crane chocolates:

Two of these bookmarks:

Fun bottle of a favorite soda drink

Welcome letter, map and general info

Photo books of engagement photos for our parents:

Flower girl trinket bags and necklace:

(shows the outside fabric)

on: July 25, 2009 07:11:16 PM 
Started by beans, Message by KupCake
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Hi Everyone!!

So here are a couple of photo's of the crafts that I have started and finished for the wedding which is coming up in just under a month!! Oh my goodness. I can't wait.

Bridesmaid Jewellery

Candy Bar Box

Starting of Unity Candle

Starting of card box


Blue Shoes

Colouring Book

Starting of ring pillow


Bathroom Baskets

Candy Bar Sign

I hope you enjoy
on: April 09, 2006 03:20:51 PM 
Started by beans, Message by caradee
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oooooooh can I play?? Grin
(wedding is soon! May 27th)

Crafty Things
Invites/RSVPS Screen Printed
Beaded Table numbers
My Veil/Cocktail Hat
Small Totes or lingerie bags for the Bridesmaids
CD Thank You for my shower hostesses (mailed, I couldn't get the pretty cover printed in time!)
"Guest Book" Wish Bowl Style cards
Hankies for mom, FMIL, FsMIL, and grans
something crafty for the groomsmen, but not sure what yet (a small crafty thing)
cute little drink flags
drink and dinner menus
water bottle labels
favour tags

oh, I hope that's it, time is running out!!

I decided to add pictures of the stuff I've done,

that one is in prgress

veil/cocktail hat finished!

that is the page I printed for the CDs I made, it was really nice, on glossy cardstock!

that's the water bottle with a pineapple centerpiece in behind

not really crafting, but proud of my cheap centerpieces.  16 pineapples for less than 50$.

flower girls "purse", which was not on the OG list, because I was going to use a pommander, but after thikning about how fast she'd set it down, the purse won.  I think I should get bonus points for dyeing the fabric too.

crafting the program "fans" with family.  we opted for a single fan shape, printed both sides.  Information was our names, the date, the officiant's name, the bridal party names on the reverse was our only reading, Cohen's "Dance me to the end of love".

"ring pillow" tomato pin cushion from same velvet as flower girl's purse.  That's my mom handing it off to the best man.  She thought we may need to prove his posession of the item later.

the ugly craft, which deservingly got an ugly picture.  I'd given up on pretty crafts and felt the need for one, "WEDDING!!!" craft, the result, our cake card-box.

edited post wedding to show what I actually pulled off! note: the red parts were scrapped!
on: May 11, 2007 12:30:36 PM 
Started by beans, Message by amnesia
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So, I've finished the Save the Dates and Thank Yous:

I am started on the invitations:

And here is the mock up of the completed version:

Outside (but sash and ribbon will be a bit skinnier):

TO DO: I need to design and print the inserts.

Tonight I'll post about gift/favor/attire/misc. to-do and DIY items
on: May 20, 2006 09:27:22 PM 
Started by beans, Message by kristiface
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Ugh, I just made a long post and now it's gone Sad

Anyway, wanted to update with the crafts I've been working on!

I started on my pomanders for inside the gazebo and from the surrounding trees (cat shown for scale):

And we got the invitaitons finished and printed-- now I just have to address the last two envelopes and assemble stamp and mail the invites (ugh).  Here are the proofs (I haven't got pictures yet).

The paper "sash" that holds the whole packet together is simulated here-- it's actually made from a really pretty embossed, handmade paper I bought online. 

And here's my attempt at "calligraphy" using a pen/nib set and acrylic ink-- fun!:

on: June 09, 2006 10:05:50 AM 
Started by beans, Message by kristinp36
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Here are some of my DIY items:








on: July 04, 2006 07:32:29 PM 
Started by beans, Message by Speakaboo
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We got a ton done this week.  Only a few more things to do, including the flower girl outfits (and wings), and the ring bearer's vests (we'll buy the shirts and slacks, I'm getting lazy).

Fan Programs:

Favour Tags - these have a description inside them outlining the medieval uses of herbs.  Some of them are pretty neat.  A few ward off demons...yay!  The tags will be attached to potted herbs, which I'm currently growing (the herbs, not the pots  Cheesy )

Flags - these are the favours for the kids.  They're actually green, but they look black in the photo.

"Guest Book" - the sign describes what this is about, heh.  The fabric in the front is hand-dyed, and will be cut into little leaves that I will applique onto a wall hanging after the wedding.

Pouched Stones - we've encorporated a stone ceremony into the wedding. The guests will hold the stone, channel their good wishes into it, and then make a wish as they deposit it into a wooden bowl after the ceremony.  FFIL is currently making the bowl.  I sewed the little pouches, FI bagged the rocks!

FI's Jacket - this was a PAIN IN THE BUTT to make.  I think it took a total of 20 hours, give or take.  It's lined in brown satin.  That was the real pain.  That crap frayed like crazy!  I'm just happy I had help with it.  It would have ended up an unfinished project, otherwise.

on: July 05, 2006 10:37:26 PM 
Started by beans, Message by littledoe
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Here are my DIY projects for our August 12 wedding.

The invites were simple.

My fiance built this arbor for us to be married under.

I've sewn my daughter's dresses as well as made their flower girl baskets.

Their earrings.

Small multicoloured pom poms to decorate fence.

There will be larger red and copper coloured ones for the tent, etc.

Hair picks for the girls.

- I've also sewn my Indian inspired outfit and dupatta.

- I've sewn vests for the boys.  My fiance gained weight and doesn't fit his anymore.

- I'm in the process of making favour tags to accompany the sugar cookies we'll bake and decorate.  The tags say "Christine and Blake.  August 12, 2006.  Two crafty souls joined to become an unstoppable Do It Yourself Team!"

- I am making the boys' ring pillows.

- I will be making keepsake necklaces for our kids.

- We also customed designed my wedding ring.

More photos will come as I complete more projects.
on: May 11, 2007 12:16:52 PM 
Started by beans, Message by amnesia
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I'm fairly new to Craftster but have been working my way through a lot of wedding planning DIY crafts... I could use the extra "DIY commmunity" chatter as I'm winding my way closer (we're about 4 months out)...and I'm getting to be more freakish.

Here are my DIYs and to do list for the ceremony (other posts will be coming)


Aisle runner (I need to finish ironing, but it's done)

I'm rethinking these pew decorations because they aren't holding up well... so I need an alternative to these:

Programs:  This is the mock-up but we're not quite ready to print the "guts" yet

Sake trays: I need to change this lining from navy to more of a wheat color

Flower girl headband:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i219/ksimer/DSC01913.jpg

Ring pillow: mom is sewing shut and stuffing this, but I finished the stitching

TO DO: Altar table runner, 2 large (fake?) floral arrangements, one (my) bouquet (girls are carrying umbrellas), and decorating the FG baskets
on: May 11, 2007 01:36:17 PM 
Started by beans, Message by amnesia
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Rehearsal Dinner Invitations and Favors:

The masu cups will be filled with cello bags of red/white jellybeans!

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