Wedding Shadowbox

Hi Everyone,

As most of you know, I was married in August and I have been very busy with life since then.  We have been doing a lot to our house that isn’t really blogable (lots of remodels!).

I did have some time recently to complete a project that I have been dying to do since before the wedding!  I created a shadowbox of things from the wedding that were special to me.

Before the wedding I really wanted to have someone do it for me but I just could not bring myself to pay hundreds of dollars for something that only cost me $25.  Sure they aren’t live looking flowers but I might actually like them more dead!

It was very simple to make and a lot easier than I expected!

Supplies:

  • Shadowbox
  • Pins
  • Double-sided tape/hot glue gun
  • Fabric for the background (optional)
  • You shadowbox items

Directions

It really couldn’t be more simple to make.  I decided to use my wedding bouquet, my husband’s boutonniere, our ceremony invitation, our reception invitation, and our cake topper.
My husband trimmed the cake topper for me so we didn’t have the long stakes at the bottom which was a lot easier to use!
The first thing I did was cover the back in black fabric.  The board was thick so on the sides I held the fabric by pushing pins as far in on the edges as possible.
Next I laid out all of my stuff and figured out how I wanted to lay it out.
Once you have it all in place, pin the bouquet where you want it on the shadowbox.  Since the bouquet is so big, it is easier to work around it rather than fitting it in at the end.  It is easy to do if you pin the ribbon that was wrapped around the bouquet in the back.  I used about 6 pins to make sure it was secure.
I used the pin that came with the boutonniere to pin it to the shadowbox.  Next, I used double-sided tape to tape the invitations to the back (lots and lots of tape).  Finally I used as little hot glue as possible to glue the L to the back.
It was so easy to make!  I was shocked that it was finished so quickly.  I have a few friends getting married soon, if they don’t make one I might have to steal their stuff to make it for them!
Happy Crafting!

DIY Garter

Hi Everyone!

I know I have been sharing a lot of wedding things lately.  My plan was to alternate between regular and wedding posts but it is just so easy to post about the wedding because our photographer’s already took all of the pictures!
I decided I wanted to make my own garter just to see how hard it would be and if I could do it.  It ended up being one of the easiest things that I did for the wedding!
I even made two garters so I could keep one and throw one!
Garter
Super cute right?!  But also super easy!

Supplies

  • Lace
  • Elastic
  • Ribbon (blue and white)
  • White thread
I kind of cheated because when I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics they already had the elastic, lace and ribbon sewed together.  It was cheaper than buying it all separately.  If you have that option, take it!

Instructions

Cut the elastic to the size that you want it.  I suggest putting on some shorts and actually wrapping it around your thigh.  I wrapped it in the store because I had to pay by the yard.  I got a few weird looks but oh well!
Cut the white ribbon longer than your elastic (you will be scrunching the ribbon) and the lace the same size.
Now its time to pull out the sewing machine!
Where you place the elastic and ribbon on the lace (top, center, or bottom) is completely up to you.  Sew the ribbon onto the front of the lace so that they are perfectly aligned and there is no scrunching.  Make sure you sew so that your are doing it on each side of the ribbon.  We don’t want lose ribbon!
Next, sew the elastic onto the back while scrunching up the lace/ribbon.
Finally, sew the two ends of the elastic/lace/ribbon together so the outsides are together.
That’s it, you are done!  I decided to tie a blue bow and then hand sew it onto the front.  I also looked for an L charm but couldn’t find one.

I thought it looked pretty cute the way it was though.  You can decorate it however you want!

What did you do for your garter or what are you going to do?
Happy Crafting,

Suit Card

Hi Everyone!

You know all of those Pinterest pins that you pin and say “Oh I have to do this one day, I can’t forget!” but you really do until it is too late.  Well this time, I didn’t forget!

I would attach the pin but honestly I had never clicked on it before and it was just a picture!  After the disappointment warred off and I realized I would have to do it myself, I decided not to share the “link”.

Before I get to the main event, I have to share something.  I hate buying cards.  Is there a stronger word for hate?  Detest, despise, loath.  I think they are over priced and never have enough personalization in them.

Don’t worry, my husband hates them too!  So we made a deal with each other that we would never buy each other a card again.  Yes I know I will regret this one day when I forget to make a card (I almost forgot on his birthday but shhhh).

For the wedding I had to make a card for him to read the day of and I wanted to personalize it just for him and but a little more effort in than drawing a picture like a 2 year old on the front.

So without further ado, here is the card I made him, a suit card!

Wedding card

I really liked how the card turned out because those are the colors and what he would be wearing.  It was something super easy to make but also looked great!

Supplies

Here are the supplies you need:
  • White blank card
  • Black and red paper
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter (recommended)

Directions

I suggest starting with the tie and the suit coat.  Simply lay the two pieces on the card to get the right size.  Tape the pieces down with the tie under the suit (makes sense right).

Now for the pocket.  I think it ties the entire card together, especially with the cute pocket squares!

You can use your best judgement for the size of the square but the rest is based on that square.  After you cute the square, cut a rectangular shaped piece that is 1/5 of the square.  Doing this gives the suit more dimension.

Cut two triangles that overlap and are a little longer than the square and have them overlap a little.

Tape each of the pocket pieces together and trim the sides of the triangles.
Last but not least, tape the pocket onto the card and write your personal message inside.

If you want, you can always finish the suit on the other side of the card, but I didn’t think that was necessary, nor would the hubby really care about it.
It is a great card to make for the groomsmen, fathers or any male in your life!
I hope you enjoy this simple card because I know I did!
Oh wait before you stop reading, aren’t you at all curious about what Eric made for my card?  Don’t worry, I will share.
card
He did such a great job too didn’t he?!  When we got back from the honeymoon he handed me all of his supplies and told me he had no idea what to do with them.  I think that is his last craft for a very long time!
Did you and your spouse do anything special or personal on the wedding day?
Happy Crafting!

How To Personalize Place Cards

Hi Everyone,

Confession time, I spent way too much time thinking about how I wanted to do my place cards for the wedding.  It was something everyone would be guaranteed to see and it also had to have something that deciphered what meal they were having too.

Has this ever happened to you?  Something super pointless but for some reason matters because people might actually note that detail.

Good thing I did too because people have complimented them!

So let me give you some tips and tell you what I did!

Distinguish meals place cards

Our colors for the wedding were red, white, silver, and a damask pattern.  It was very easy to use black in the things I was doing so it almost became part of the wedding colors!
The place cards are Martha Stewart brand, Martha Stewart Crafts Place Cards, Flourish.  Be warned, it took them a few hours to dry.  I then distinguished the meals based on the different color bows.
A huge hit!
I was so glad I put so much thought into them because people commented on them!  Now on to how to personalize your own place cards:

Not so Generic

If you don’t need to distinguish the meals, have fun with your place cards!  You don’t need to buy generic place cards  but get ones with a trim or have a fun edging or in my case both!
This is the simplest way to make your place cards stand out from normal place cards.

Change Your Font

Instead of sticking to a single font for both the name and the table number, change it up!  I used a normal print for the person and a cursive font for the table number.  My cursive font is “Great Vibes” if you want to use it yourself.  I downloaded it free online that I am sure you can find by a simple google search.
By changing your font, it makes the place cards more interesting and appealing to the eye.  The different fonts is actually my favorite change about the place cards!

Distinguish Meals

There are so many different ways to distinguish meals but this is your most creative way to make you place cards yours.  Here are a few:
  • Small bows in different colors
  • Punch outs in the shape of something from your theme in different colors
  • A chicken, beef, fish, etc picture on your place card
  • Different colored place cards
Even place cards can be tied in with a theme and make them seem more like your own!  There are so many different ways to personalize your own place cards!
Leave me a comment if you have any other ideas to personalize your place cards!
Happy Crafting,

Tea Party Time: Bridal Shower Overview

Hi Everyone,

I am back!  Not only am I back but I never gave you a Bridal Shower overview!  I want to share how amazing everything was since I had a fabulous time!

The theme of the shower was a Tea Party and Cupcakes!

Tea Party

Our invitations were Tea Bride Invitations from The American Wedding.  There are both tea and cupcake items on the invitations!  Make sure you head over to check them out, they were completely customizable.

When guests walked in, there was a place to put the recipes that they brought and which table they were to sit at.

Bridal Shower Entrance
We went to thrift stores and bought tea cups and tea pots, they were really cheap!  We planted flowers into our tea pots using them as centerpieces, if you missed that post check it out here.  At the end we gave it to the oldest guest at each table.  Our guests loved it!
We also made Tea Cup Candles as favors for our guests.  They doubled as an additional centerpiece attraction.  People actually loved all of the different tea cups and being able to swap them with each other.  

Tea Party Centerpieces

While everyone waited around, we had a guessing game for people to guess how many pieces of candy were in the containers.  One jar was my favorite candy and the other was his!  We didn’t really want to do games, so this was the main one.
When I opened gifts, we had a 7 min timer.  Every time the timer went off, the person whose gift I was opening received a prize!  It kept everyone interested so they didn’t get bored watching me open the gifts.

Tea Party Game

I don’t have a picture of our food table but we had cucumber, turkey, and chicken salad finger sandwiches with a regular and a fruit salad.  We also served hot and cold tea for our beverages.
Tea Party Tea
Dessert was everyone’s favorite part!  My maid of honor made red velvet and regular madelines, some were even dipped in chocolate.  They are one of my favorite cookies so I was extremely excited about them!
We also had sugar cookies made in the shape of tea cups, tea pots, and cupcakes.  There were cupcakes as well of course!
Lastly, my friend made Lemon Cheesecake Shortbread Bites.  She actually blogged about it too so make sure you check them out here!
Bridal Shower Desserts
Bridal Shower Desserts
My tea set from when I was little!
Bridal Shower Desserts
Since I just got a new DSLR camera and we couldn’t find thank you’s online that Mother and I liked, we had a mini-photo shoot on the kitchen table!  Here was our favorite picture that we took, it incorporated everything from the shower.
I had them printed as photo cards and I sent the picture below as my thank you cards!  The theme of the bridal shower continued even through the thank yous.

Tea Party Thank You Card

I had the best time ever and I couldn’t have asked for a better bridal shower.  It flew by so fast but it was great seeing family and friends and celebrating our future marriage.  I not only had fun at the shower itself but making everything with my mother and bonding before I left “the nest”.
What is your favorite part of tea parties?
Happy Crafting,

Teapot Centerpieces

Hi Everyone, I am back!

It feels like it has been months since I last blogged even though it has only been a few weeks.  I have been so busy lately with the bridal shower that I haven’t had time to blog.  Now that it has past, I have been writing thank yous.  I am still not done yet but it has been so long and I have missed blogging!

I really want to do a Bridal Shower round up but before I can do that I want to share a few more things we have made!

You have already seen my Tea Cup Candles that were our favors, but I haven’t shared our Teapot Centerpieces!!

While my mother and I were thrift store shopping, we were looking for teapots too.  I must say, these are extremely hard to find!  But we found 11 and that was perfect because we had 9 tables!

We set our Tea Cup Candles around the teapots so they both ended up being part of our centerpieces!

These were really easy to make too!

We went to Lowe’s 3 weeks before the shower to buy the flowers.  We bought ones that were just budding or had just bloomed.  That way they would be just blooming and not dying by the day of the bridal shower.

We happened to buy a few that were already in bloom and we actually couldn’t use them .  Mom planted them in her flower bed though so it was okay.

Some of the smaller flowers were for the teapots!

The week before the shower, we planted them in the teapots to let them adapt to their new pot.

We have a lot of deer and we didn’t want them to eat our plants so we did pull them inside every night. We weren’t taking that risk!  We also watered them at least twice a day.  These plants were NOT dying on our watch!

I ended up giving them away to the oldest person at each table; everyone was so chatty after that!  I heard comments like “Oh now we have to tell each other our age *giggle giggle*” and “Yes! That’s me!”.

So everyone loved it! Best part was we left the tags in them so people knew what they were and they could plant them in their garden!  We also gave them the lids so not only did they have cute flowers but if they washed the teapot, they had a cute teapot too that wasn’t going to die.

There was only one left and it was my favorite pot with my favorite flower, what a wonderful coincidence   I gladly kept it for myself!

Next week I am going to share are our Thank You cards Mother and I made, make sure you check back next week!

Happy Crafting,


Customizable Wedding Budget

Hi Everyone!

I was thinking about it and I realized I haven’t shared any of my wedding stuff yet!  Crazy right.  Such a big part of my life right now and I haven’t showed you anything.

The only thing I have really shared is my bridal shower favors, Tea Cup Candles.  They are awesome, don’t get me wrong but its time to share some of the actual wedding stuff!

Today I am going to omizable Wedding Budget Excel Sheet!

So why is this budget awesome you may ask.  It is because I spent way too much time making it perfect!
Okay but really, this budget is awesome because it is automatically adjusted based on what your set budget amount is.
When I made it I researched the percent that you should spend on each part of the day.  Based on your budget, the amount designated is determined.  All you have to do is put in how much you spend in each category and it will tell you how much you are over or under.
Amazing!
This is perfect for me because it is so easy to see where I am at and what I have spent without having to crunch the numbers every time!
If I missed a category, all you have to do is insert a row and add the percent of budget and the rest is calculated for you!
I LOVE my budget!  I hope you do too!
Happy Planning,

More Tea Cups!

Hi Everyone!

Mother and I made more tea cups this week and we are doing our last round next week!  It is kind of bittersweet but I am sure we will have plenty more to do for the bridal shower.

I wanted to share our favorite tea cup of this round:

candle

So pretty!  We are both currently trying to claim it as our own!  If you want to know how to make them, check out my post Tea Cup Candles.  So easy!

While we were making them I spilled wax all over myself.  Oops!

How to get wax out of clothes
Thankfully I was wearing jeans.  If you want to get the wax out, just put a paper towel over the spot and iron it (first time these jeans every got ironed).  There was a stain left from the dye so I put some stain stick and it all came out!  I was so shocked, I even went to the store and bought a new pair of jeans to replace these but I don’t need them anymore!
Happy Crafting,

Tea Cup Candles

This is my favorite craft so far!  I am so excited to share it with you I am pretty much jumping in my seat!  I got the idea off of Martha Stewart’s website.

So the worst part about this craft is that these are my bridal shower gifts so I will be spoiling the surprise for the guests at the bridal shower.  However they have something to look forward to!

My mother and I made these together and we had a lot of fun together.  It only took us one and a half hours to make 33 candles!

Here are the things that you will need :

  • Tea cups (with or without saucers)
  • Pot
  • Candle Pouring Pot
  • Candle Wax
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wick Sustainers and wicks
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Candle Dye
  • Candle Scent
  • Super glue
Now before I explain how to make these gorgeous candles, I should explain where I found some of theses items.  I am not associated with any of these companies so this is my personal opinion.

I started with the candle wax.  My mother and I had no idea what kind of wax we wanted or where to find it at so we started searching online.  I found a great site Lone Star Candle Supply that explains the different types of wax and which you should use for each type of candle.  We ended up choosing IGI 4636 from the website since the description was helpful and it was a decent price for wax.  We also choose our pink dye and Japanese Cherry Blossom scent from the site as well.   

The candle pouring pot and the candle wicks we bought from amazon.  I highly recommend the Candlemakes Store for the wicks because you get so many for such a cheap price!
Lastly the tea cups which is the most fun part!  My mother and I went to thrift stores like Goodwill (yes the thrift shop happened to come on every time we were looking and we would blast it) and bought tea cups and matching saucers for a total of $1 each.  A lot of the places we went to had around 10 tea cups that we liked (and that was us being picky) so it is really easy to find them!  This is probably the best part because you get to see all of these different types of tea cups!

Before I begin, I want to mention that my grandma was afraid that the hot wax would melt or ruin the tea cups, it did not!  So don’t be afraid to use them!

Now for the fun part!

Preparation of the wax:

Cut up your wax into smaller pieces (ours came in one giant 10lb block) by heating up a knife under hot water.

Cutting Wax

Put water in the pot, and put it on the stove to start heating up the water.  Put your candle pouring pot inside and place some of your wax inside.  Do not overfill the pouring pot with wax.  You can always add more blocks after you have melted it all of the way.

Candle Pouring Pot

Once the wax is melted, add scent until you can smell the scent inside of the wax.  You don’t want add too much so that you don’t over do it for when the candle is burning.  Also add drops of coloring to the wax.  We wanted a light pink so we put 8 drops of the hot pink into the wax.  Mix it together so it is consistant throughout.  When you let the candles dry, they will dry whitish.  Mother and I kept making the dye darker because we thought it was turning white but it drys white and then will go back to your dyed color after.

Adding candle scent

Preparation of the tea cups:

To prepare the cups, you need to glue the wick inside the cup.  Put hot glue on the bottom of the wick sustainer and place in the center of the cup.  Use one of your popsicle sticks to push it down in the bottom of the cup so you don’t burn your finger.

wick sustainerspreperation of candles
Combine:
Before I begin, you need to make sure your cups are where you want to keep them for at least 2 hours.  You can move them after than to let them finishing cooling but you will not be able to move them before that.
Pour the hot wax into the tea cup.  Pour a little more than you actually want into it because the wax will condense a little while it is drying.
Filling candle container
Using your popsicle sticks, bend the wick over it so that the wick is centered in the candle.
Candles drying

Let them dry.  This is the worst part because you just want to see the finished product!

Finishing touches:

Take off the popsicle sticks and trim the wick.  Your candle is all done!

Tea cup candle
Optional step:
We had saucers for our teacups as well so we super glued the tea cup to the saucer after the wax was dried.

Extra assistance:
If you want to see a real-time video of how to do this, head over to this great video that my mother found where she shows you how to make candles.  We used this so we could figure out how to properly make them.  The lady isn’t that social but her husband does a great job clarifying what you need to do and she doesn’t over complicate the process.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Crafting,


Invitation Ornament

Happy Day After Christmas!  I hope everything went well and you enjoyed time with your family and friends!

Now that I have given out all of my Christmas presents, I can finally share what crafts I have done this season!

My fiance’s sister got married in June so I found a pin on Pinterest from Christy Robbins for an adorable ornament from the wedding invitation!  I highly suggest checking out her blog post because it is wonderful.

Here is what my ornament ended up looking like and I love it!  This is actually the first time I have seen someone opent the ornament too and the two of them absolutely loved it which made it even more special!

I want to share some tips as well that I learned from actually making the ornament.

Before I begin I need to mention that I do not suggest doing this project until after the wedding or make a copy of the invitation so you can look back at it if you wanted to make it as gift for the wedding.  I cut up the invitation before the wedding and I felt so stupid asking my Future Mother In-Law the details over and over again.

When you cut the invitation, I suggest cutting it so that it is with the lines of the text.  you may have different size pieces but it will give the ornament character.  This particular invitation was a cream colored sheet of paper with the text on top of blue paper and they separated easily so I cut both sheets.

The next thing I suggest doing is splitting up the strips into what text is important and what is not.  You won’t be able to fit every strip in the ornament so it can help you prioritize.  In addition to the text, I also included two of the blue strips of paper to give the ornament color.
Next, we want the strips to be in curls.  This was my favorite part of making the ornament because it was so easy!  All you need is a pen or pencil.  Wrap the strip around the pencil tight and take it off, simple as that!
Once you are finished, stuff the curls inside the ornament and you are all done!  This is one of my favorite ornaments and it is so sentimental and attractive.  I can’t wait to make one for myself!
It is also a great idea for any other kind of invitations especially baby announcements!
Happy Crafting,