Archive for the ‘Keepin’ it Crafty’ Category

Despite dealing with finger-related complications from a recent surgery, my mom has been steadily working on sourcing and designing the paper flowers for the tin-can centerpieces. Originally we were thinking crepe paper flowers, but the color selection of crepe up in Maine left much to be desired, so she switched to tissue paper. Here’s what she’s come up with so far:

So cute! And those heart stamens are made out of a garland that she found. I love the colors and the different patterns mixed in add a nice touch. And she will wisely be traveling with them flat-packed, so assembling them together the week of will be a nice crafty activity.

This week has been a challenge of trying to get ahold of vendors to finalize details. Sure,  it was a holiday weekend, plus my home internet is oh-so-conveniently down until further notice, but it’s amazing to me how uneager these people are to get paid. And there was also the realization that if my proposed seating configuration is approved by the Winery, that there will be less tables…which means that I made a lot of extra centerpieces, both embroidery hoops and cans – YAY for wasted effort!

But anyway, things are moving along and I’m steadily making lists and checking them twice…just trying to keep the big picture in mind – I will have fun and any major disasters can be avoided by spreading lamb’s blood on the door.


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It’s been a regular craft sweatshop ’round here as the big day looms closer, with a lot being accomplished in just the past few weeks. Even Butch has sprang into action as his excitement grows (or maybe he’s tired of the nagging)…Here’s what we’ve been working on:

The embroidery-hoop table numbers are finally done! Thanks to a couple rainy days weeks and a burst of inspiration, I finally finished. I used a different stitch for each number (*See my list at the bottom if you care to know what’s what). I also made special signs for the escort card table, the sweetheart table, and the dessert table:


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I finally got all the invites in the mail…and at this point, everyone should have received them. I designed them myself (obviously), based on vintage cross stitch samplers to keep with the “handmade” look/theme. The black boxes are hiding top-secret information not appropriate for internet-eyes.

So far the invite has been getting rave reviews! And guests also seem to be successfully navigating the website and online-only RSVP’ing and registry for the most part, so that’s good… Now I just have to keep the crafty momentum going for another 3 1/2 months!

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Just a couple of projects “in progress”…The cookie tiers for the desert table are based on a project ripped out of Readymade Magazine back when they had their original, awesome staff (see more of my Readymade rant here):


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Now that the dress is done (YES! And I will post pics soon!), it’s now time to start working on the other crafty elements of the reception – Mainly centerpieces, treat tiers, cake toppers, and a few other odds and ends. I also need to organize and delegate the deserts/cookies/cupcakes/misc. treats that will be in place of a wedding cake. Even I will be baking, albeit something extremely easy that I could in no way mess up. However, in trolling wedding sites online, I sometimes wish I was a regular pastry artist and could whip up treats as “crafty” as these:


From Small Things Iced (more…)

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The loose theme of our wedding is “handmade with love,” and while I’m trying not to drive myself batty making everything myself, there are certain elements that have been, since the beginning, very important to me to be customized. The dress for example. In case you need a reminder, I bought a cheap white cotton dress on ebay and have been embroidering the story of Butch and I on it, as well as adding other bits of flair….and I’m Still. Working. On. It.

…because I’m a lazy procrastinator.


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Now that we’ve closed on the house and moved, I can turn my focus back to the wedding planning part of my life (Fun tip: Don’t ever try to close on a house/move/plan a wedding at the same time)….And being at the stage of planning that I am, that means getting out the old checkbook for some deposits – Yay…y….

Even though we’re receiving money-help from all parents, it looks like the majority of will be going towards food/alcohol (with good reason!), so there definitely will be expenses left for us to cover. And since Butch is much more interested in spending money to knock down walls in le neue chez then with what the reception centerpieces will look like, it will really end up being me who’s putting up the extra cash.

I’ve paid the catering, photography, and (am about to send) the officiant deposits, so now I can get on with some of the lesser expenses: Mainly the paper/envelopes for invites, party rental supplies, and decorations. Which may not end up being that much lesser of expenses, but I’m trying to be positive! I do know that I will be saving a BIG chunk o’ change between what I’m going to just do myself, and what family members/friends are going to help out with.

I will:
– Design/print/address/mail the invites
– Design/print escort cards 
– Make table numbers/centerpieces
– Make any other decorations (prob not too many – the venue is beautiful enough!)
– Work with one of the designers here at work to get the flowers together
– Be designing/printing photo albums afterward (with mypublisher.com)

My mom and Butch’s mom (and prob my sister) will:
– Bake pies/treats for desert table
– Help decorate

My dad will:
– Create the slideshow for cocktail hour (I need to get him pictures!)

Butch’s sister, Susan, will:
– Bake treats for desert table
– Be assisting me as DJ of the event
– Do my hair/makeup day-of

My friend Angela will:
– Create our wedding rings for us (!)

Butch will:
– Build 3 “cake-stands” for the pies
– Bake pies/treats for desert table
– Create the owl cake topper for the main pie
– Show up!

Well…while the above list definitely helps out in the long run, it’s reminding me that I really need to start getting things together on my end, especially in order for these people to help me. Onward!

Photo from All Things DIY Bride

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