Thursday, November 11, 2010

365 days and counting!!!

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

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Yup, that's the man I'm marrying!

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:

Then I head to the bathroom to shower. On the bathroom door is another one (which I forgot to take a picture of) that say "Love You!"

Then I go in the bathroom and on the bathroom mirror is this one (Please ignore the 1970s tile in my apartment bathroom. haha):

Then after I've finished getting ready and am heading out the door to work, I find this one on the inside of our front door:

And that's one of the MANY reasons that I am marrying this man.  :-)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I want to win.....

... 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

DIY Lovebirds Cake Topper

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
- Oven
- Toothpicks
- 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.

- Ok, so... buy your sculpey and sculpt your birds. Again... I just kind of winged this part. I looked at some other pictures of clay birds for reference though. I chose to sculpt all the parts of my bird separately. The body, the wings, and the beak. I didn't really want my birds to be too realistic looking.... so adding the parts on later seemed to give me the look I was going for.  If you plan on giving your birds legs then you need to make the holes for the legs now as you won't be able to after it's baked and hardened.  Toothpicks ended up being just the appropriate size for my bird legs. (Don't leave the toothpicks in while baking, just make the holes and then remove them.)

- After you've sculpted your birds, you then bake the clay in the oven according to the directions on the side of the Sculpey package. I believe it's like 15 mintes for every 1/4 inch of thickness or something. Read the package, it'll tell you.

- Take the birds (and their various parts) out of the oven and allow them to cool completely.

-After they've cooled you can paint them any color you prefer. Also, paint their various parts and accessories. I painted by birds a pale pink and their beaks a mocha brown color.

-Add accessories. I chose to give my groom a dark brown bow tie that I sculpted from the clay too. The bride has a veil that I created by just cutting a small rectangle shape from a piece of tulle and then sewing with white thread at one end to gather it.

- 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.

And there ya have it. They aren't perfect, but they are handmade and I adore them. And this project probably cost me about $10 total. Awesome!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

DIY Coasters

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

DIY Personalized Napkins

I'm all about having as many personal touches to our wedding as we can. Deep down one of my biggest fears is that I'll look like a generic bride and our wedding will feel like a generic "cookie cutter" wedding. That's just not my style and not what I want. Now, our isn't going to be anything crazy strange or anything like that, but I definitely want to have as many little unique personalized touches as I can.

So... as I'm sure many of you have seen on the numerous wedding sites we all visit, they sell napkins that you can have personalized with your name and wedding date. They are cute but I just can't justify spending so much money on something people are going to wipe their mouths with. So, I decided to just to a more simple DIY version.

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).

I already had the clear acrylic stamp blocks from Michael's (40% off coupon again) from when I first thought we were going to attempt embossing, which didn't really work out as great as I thought. I found this little pack of "W" stamps in one of the dollar bins at Michael's during one of my many trips there. We ended up using the one in the bottom right.

Then I went to Dollar Tree and got 4 packs of 20 pale pink napkins. I also had an open pack of white from when I attempted embossing in my earlier days so I used those too.  Then I just started stamping away. I let the fiance have some say in what stamp we used. I tried several (not pictured) but he just liked the plain "w" the best. Some of the more intricate stamps don't look as clean or nice when stampng on a napkin, so that's another reason we stuck with a simple design.

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

Frame and Poem for the Guestbook Table

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.)

So I spray painted the frames ivory. They came out pretty good. I am thinking of making them a little more "rustic" by using some sandpaper on them to give them that antique/vintage vibe, but I haven't officially decided yet.  Then I typed up a poem to put in the frame to kind of explain our guest "book".

I've never really been a fan of the traditional guestbook, just because I'd hate to just put it away on a shelf and that be the end of it. So months ago I came across this photo (Sorry, can't remember where or I'd give credit where credit is due.) and knew that's what I wanted to do. We went to a second hand record shop and each bought a record of our favorite old bands. I picked an album by "The Doors" (I Loooove me some Jim Morrison) and the fiance picked an album by "Led Zepplin". We'll have the guest sign them with paint pens and then hang them in some collectible display cases (larger than the one pictured) that I got on sale at Michael's a few months back.

Anyway.... so I typed up the poem and put it in the frame. The first 2 lines I read somewhere on the web (again, I'm bad about remembering where I saw things. Sorry) and the rest I just made up. It's not perfect, in my mind, but I'm trying not to be a perfectionist when it comes to all things wedding. And since this is something that most people may not even read I didn't want to spend too much time on it.

In case you can't read it, the poem says:

Instead of a guestbook
stuck in a drawer,
Alex and Samantha
thought they would do more.

Please sign your name
or leave them a note,
so all their lives
they can read what you wrote.

Thank you for sharing
in their wonderful day,
and for helping to celebrate
in your own special way.

Monday, August 2, 2010

DIY Flower Girl Basket

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

Free Postcards.

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

DIY Doily Disaster

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:

Yes, what started out as a bag for the bridesmaids ended up as a bag for me. Lol. Oh well... I had to figure something out to do with it. So I painted it with the brown fabric paint that I bought today and then used some left over acrylic paint I had around the house (after I googled to see if acrylic paint would be ok for fabric, and the general consensus seemed to be that it is... we'll see). I just freehanded the color blocks, then decided to try to freehand the "W". I drew the "W" on the bag first with a pencil and then painted over it.

It came out pretty good. I'm kinda proud of it for a project that wasn't planned and for not letting the "Doily Disaster" get me down.

I found some cheaper canvas bags online today from here. Even after shipping they still end up under $2 per bag.

I hope to still make some sort of bags for the bridesmaids.... just have to rethink my design (and figure out what to do with all my leftover doilies).

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Reception Site

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

Gotta love free stuff!

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 So many cute and inexpensive things there that I would love to spend that $25 on!

Good Luck!

Wedding Colors

Our wedding is in the fall (11-11-11) and I've been having a hard time deciding what colors I would like to do. I have it narrowed down to a few, but just can't decide!

Option 1: Hot pink/fuschia and chocolate brown- Because pink is my FAVORITE color and I would love to be able to incorporate it somehow. Though, I'm not sure if this really goes into my fall rustic/picnic type of theme, especially since I was intending to use candy corn for my favors.  Here is the only inspiration board that is kind of what I'd do for a fuschia and brown wedding.

Option 2: Orange and brown. I love this idea because I totally love anything pumpkin related. Seriously... I heart pumpkins. This would go well with my theme and outdoorsy/pumpkin decorations. My main issue with this one is that I haven't seen a lot of orange bridesmaids dresses that seem to be the right color. A lot of them look like neon orange and I'm just not sure that's the color I want to go for... and I don't know if that'd look good on all the bridesmaids. I had contemplated putting the bridesmaids in brown dresses with an orange sash or something. But that also presents a possible problem since my groom and groomsmen are wearing brown tuxedos. If they are all wearing brown, then I feel like the browns need to match, which could be difficult to do. Here is a picture of a pumpkin inspired wedding I love... and a partial picture of bridesmaids in brown dresses and a groom in a brown tux. (I've been saving pictures I found on the internet for a long time, so I'm not sure where I got most of these from... but if they belong to anyone who reads this, let me know and I'll give you credit. Sorry)

Option 3: Purple, orange, and brown- I like the way the really dark purple looks in pictures, but purple really isn't one of my favorite colors. I mean, I like it.... just wouldn't normally be my first choice and I'm also concerned about the wedding looking too "summery" when I'm going for the autumn look. But I like the idea of being able to put my girls in purple dresses and then give them orange flowers, like these pictures.

I'm completely indecisive.... you'll learn that if you keep reading. I apologize in advance.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Making my own Monogram

I love the look of the personalized monograms for weddings. So, I've been trying to create my own. It's still in the very early stages, especially since I don't really consider myself a computer genius. They have started out very simple, which I like. I just don't know if maybe I want to incorporate something else with them. Perhaps some sort of fall element?  We'll see.

Here are the preliminary options:

Welcome to my new blog!

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.