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!

DIY Wedding Favors

Hi Everyone,

I want to share the favors I made for our wedding!  They took some time because I made 200 favors and anything you do 200 times takes awhile!

Our favors were chocolate Xs and Os where each guest got 1 X and 1 O.  Whether or not people knew I made the favors, it was nice knowing that I personally made them.  The cherry on top is that they were $.50 a favor!

chocolate favors

I bought several chocolate molds of each letter so that making them would go faster!

If you would like to buy the same molds I did, here are the links:

“X” Chocolate Candy Mold
“O” Chocolate Candy Mold

To make them, melt chocolate and fill the molds.  Let them cool in the refrigerator.
We bagged one of each letter and attached a label with a bow that said “Hugs and Kisses From the Mr. and Mrs.”  Eric made the tags himself and you are more than welcome to download them and use them yourself!
They turned out really cute and our guests really liked them!
The favors were something simple but a nice personal touch from the bride and groom!
What were your favors for your wedding or what are you planning?
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,