I've been a deadbeat bride (and a deadbeat blogger) lately in terms of DIY projects (and postings).
However, I would just like to make sure it's known that today marks exactly 1 year until our wedding day!
I can't wait to marry him! <3
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I've been a deadbeat bride (and a deadbeat blogger) lately in terms of DIY projects (and postings).
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thursday I was feeling a little down. Alex noticed and hates when I feel sad and tries to cheer me up.
Friday morning comes along...and this is what happened:
Alex leaves for work before I wake up, but he knows my routine. So, I wake up and go to feed my 2 cats. It's the first thing I do every morning as they are always waiting right by the bedroom door when I wake up and are ready to be fed NOW. lol.
So I go the closet to get the cat food and there's a post-it stuck there:
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
... the giveway at Bridal Gown Blog, that is. I entered to win one of the awesome personalized hangers.
If you want to head over and enter too, here's the link:
Saturday, September 11, 2010
I'm sure many of you have seen the variety of sculpted cake toppers. From personalized brides and grooms to animals... there is a large selection. One of my bridesmaids saw some sculpted birds for cake toppers and I LOVED them! However, these cute toppers usually come with a hefty price tag... and I just can't justify in my mind spending $40+ on a cake topper.
Enter crazy DIY bride notion to make her own. :-)
I had no idea what to do, what I'd need, or where to start. So I just winged it. (Most of these pictures were taken with my phone as my camera was on the fritz. Sorry).
- Sculpey clay
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Super glue
- Ok, so I went to Michael's and bought one of the small blocks of Sculpey clay. This is not the smallest block, but probably counts as the "medium" size at Michael's. I picked this clay because it's the kind that you bake after you've molded it. I like this idea because then I didn't have to rush or worry about changing my sculpture, since this doesn't harden just from being exposed to air for a bit... and because after baking they get very hard so I didn't have worry about messing them up from that point on.
- Super glue the wings, beaks, and accessories onto the birds.
-Paint some eyes on. I gave mine dark brown eyes.... the bride got some cute eyelashes.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Lots of lots of projects still going on. I had a long weekend from work for Labor Day so I've been doing lots of shopping and lots of DIY. Here's the more recent one.....
-I purchased a pack of 125 square, 4 inch, chipboard coasters from an Ebay seller for about $14.50 (including shipping).
-I already had the ink pads (have to use the pigment ink on coasters since it's water resistant) from previous projects.
-I purchased the "lovebirds" stamp and "Thank You" stamp at Hobby Lobby for about $2-2.50 each (during one of their stamp sales).
-The heat gun I borrowed from my future father-in-law, who had used it for rebuilding an old car. It's not an actual embossing gun, but it gets the job done just the same (and I didn't have to pay for one, which is awesome).
-The clear sparkly embossing powder I bought from Michael's using a 40% off coupon.
- This one is pretty easy. I just took the bird stamp and inked it up with the brown ink and stamped them on the coasters. I had to get a good amount of ink on there and then press down really hard on the coaster to make sure that I got all the lines nice and complete, but they came out pretty good.
-Then I took the pink ink and the "Thank You" stamp and stamped it right below the birds. Since I was going to be embossing the pink part I had to have the embossing power open and ready to go since I have to sprinkle it on the ink immediately after stamping to ensure that it sticks.
-So, after stamping the "Thank You", sprinkle on the embossing powder.
-Shake excess embossing powder off the coaster (I shake mine into a bowl that way I can reuse it later by just funneling it back into the powder jar).
-Then take your heat gun and melt the embossing powder until you see it start to become cohesive and shiny.
*TIP: When it comes to embossing I've tried tons of inks, powders, etc. What I found that works best and gives me the clearest image (this is especially important if you are dealing with a pretty detailed stamp) is to stamp the image with the color of ink you want and then emboss it with the clear powder. Embossing with the colored powders looks more messy for a detailed image, at least in my experience.*
All done! I LOVE them. The birds are so cute! Not sure how my wedding theme came to involve birds, but I love it. We definitely have a rustic elegance look to most of our stuff.
Have a great rest of the week!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
First I got an ink pad from Michael's (again, used a coupon. I hardly buy anything at Michael's without using a 40% off coupon). You have to make sure for things like napkins that you get the pigment ink because it's water resistant. It doesn't bleed when a sweating glass is placed on it and it won't wipe off onto your guests faces (I tested it out to make sure).
Ended up with around 100 napkins for a about $7.
Nothing too fancy, but still cute.... and super easy to accomplish.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Another quick and easy one today.
I found some frames from the dollar store that were kind of rustic looking. They gave me the shabby chic vibe that I was going for.... except they were totally the wrong color. Their original color (which I forgot to photograph) reminded me more of an outhouse, which isn't really the vibe I'm going for at my wedding.
So.... last weekend I went to BM Tonja's house and we had a spray paint party. She was nice enough to let me use their deck and help me paint. (It's a little hard and kinda unsafe to be spray painting in my apartment, I guess.)
Monday, August 2, 2010
This one is quick and easy.
First I found a cheap small wicker-type basket from Goodwill. (I often frequent the 50% off Saturday sales, so I got this basket for about 50 cents!)
Then I picked up a can of spray paint from Wal-mart in my desired color. I chose Krylon's "ballet slipper" pink.
So then I painted the basket in the pink color and got some chocolate brown ribbon on sale at Michael's to tie on each side of the basket.
Ta-da! Finished product:
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Been too long since I last posted. Things are moving along these days. We are still about a 15 and a half months away from our wedding. Gosh, it seems SO far away... but I have to remind myself that we started out with almost 23 months away from the wedding so time is ticking by pretty good.
I have lots of DIY projects to post and recently have stepped up my DIY efforts as I realized that with as many as I have to do, I should probably get started. I may be being a little over ambitious with the DIY projects but I just want to do as many as I can to make our wedding budget friendly and very personalized.
I've also been back on my healthy eating and exercise plan or the past 2 weeks. I took too much of a break during my birthday a few weeks ago. I'm back on it now though. Not just because I'm a bride-to-be but I've been attempting this for the past few years. I've lost about 35 pounds or so, but things kind of stalled after that point. I want to get back on it because I want to LOVE my wedding pictures and not look at them and think about how I hate my flabby arms and chubby face. I know it's not about how I look though, it's about the committment I am making that day. But I'd like to love the pictures that I'll be spending so much money on. I also want to get healthier because we are planning on starting a family soon after we are married and I have already had some problems down in the lady parts with Fibroid tumors and such so I'd like to be healthy so I can be the best expectant mother that I can be. I want to give my future babies a good home for those 9 months and I want to be around a long, long time and watch them grow-up.
In other news, the fiance's sister is getting married 2 weeks from today. So that's exciting. We are considering using the same family friend as our DJ that she's using at her reception so I'll get to see him in action to know if we want to use him for our reception too. It'll be a fun time. I love my fiance's family. They are the greatest and I can't wait to be an official member of their family.
Anyway... have a great weekend, ladies! I'll try to start posting all my DIY and other post soon
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Well... one my favorite blogs is giving away stuff! I'd like to win it, but of course I'm not greedy.... So any readers/lurkers/whatevers head on over to Lucky in Love for a chance for some awesome postcards (So many uses for these!)
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I've been wanting to do some sort of craft lately, so I figured I would do a trial of the canvas totes that I wanted to make for part of my bridesmaids gifts.
I have seen this project on SO many blogs lately, but I believe that this is the one where I first came across it.
I thought it seemed cute. I liked that I could still personalize it, and it seemed easy. So today I had the fiance drop me off at Michael's (I didn't make him go in as he has apparently reached his limit on the number of times he can suffer through a Michael's shopping trip with me) and I went in search of the items I needed. I already have lots of paintbrushes at home, so I bought one plain canvas tote, a bottle of brown fabric pain, some 10 inch doilies, and a can of spray adhesive. Thanks to a 40% Off One Item coupon, this cost me about $12.
So, I came home and attempted it. I had read on some blogs that people had had some problems getting the paint to look exactly right. It seems it often creeps under parts of the doily and then you don't get that tidy look that I was going for. Still... I figured I'd give it a shot.
Well.............. It didn't work out. The bag looked like a sad little doily disaster. I thought I did it all right too. I adhered my doily. I made sure it was firmly in place, but yet my paint still got into places I didn't want it to. I read on another blog (can't remember which one right now) about how she found out that if you use an Exacto knife and cut out a freezer paper stencil from the doily and then adhere that freezer paper stencil to your bag it comes out much more precise, but I'm lazy and dont feel like cutting out all those little tiny holes so the doily idea may have to just go into my "DIY Fail" file.
So, here I sat with a messy looking $4 canvas bag. I couldn't let that go to waste. I tried to figure out something else to do with it that would cover up the doily mistake and yet still look cute. I couldn't think of many easy things. I didn't feel like searching for a new project or stencil... so I decided to just wing it.
Here's what I came up with:
Thursday, March 4, 2010
We booked our reception site about a month ago. It's the Fairfield Banquet & Convention Center here in Cincinnati, OH. I'm actually very happy with it. It was the best price for all the things included. We are having our reception in the "Diamond Room" which is the smallest of the 3 banquet rooms they have, but is plenty big enough for us since we are hoping to keep our guest list around 100-125 people.
When I first went to visit and saw the room with one of my bridesmaids, Anna, I loved the room but hated the way it was painted and some of the decorations. It just looked a little dated. The walls were a pale peach color and the accents were a light green color. However, I was willing to deal with that for the price, all the things included, and the general facility was really quite nice. Weeks later I took my fiance back to see the place just to make sure he was ok with it too before I paid the deposit.... and SURPRISE! They had repainted everything. The room is all crisp and white. This was the best thing I could have hoped for. So, now I am quite excited. Here's a picture from their website of our room.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Over at the Bridal Gown Blog... there is a give away for a mongram inspired package of goodies! I especially love the cookie cutters.
The Backyard Bride... is giving away an Ulta giftcard so you can stock up on some make-up/hair supplies.
And over at Lucky in Love... there is a give away for a $25 gift card for myweddingfavors.com. So many cute and inexpensive things there that I would love to spend that $25 on!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I decided since my other blog is mostly devoted to weight loss/healthy living stuff, that I'd create a separate one for just wedding stuff.
I am getting married 11-11-11 to my favorite man in the world!
We picked this date because:
1) It's a cool looking date.
2) Maybe since it'll be easier to remember, he won't forget our anniversary.
3) We are on a tight budget and need time to save up the money for this wedding.
4) I want to DIY as many of the wedding details as I possibly can.
So this will be my place for ideas, inspiration, projects, rants and raves.