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10 Jun 2010 Leave a Comment
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12 Feb 2010 Leave a Comment
Creature Comforts is one of my loves. Between the inspiration and the sweet tutorials, I might stalk this blog a bit more than I should.
Check out this lovely little freebie – print your own mini candy bar wrappers. These would make a sweet valentines treat – or maybe a cute little wedding favor.
20 Oct 2009 Leave a Comment
Congratulations – and good luck!
I recommend consulting your local printshop and taking a class or two if you have the resources. But once you do decide to take it on, I recommend you work with Boxcar Press.
I used them to print our printing plates. Their professionalism and quality of product are pretty fantastic.
The prices are also quite fair (you know how some Etsy shops will charge $60 or more for a custom plate for an invitation or business card? Boxcar’s minimum is $30, and they charge by the square inch).
They have a highly comprehensive Q&A section and really know the business.
10 Oct 2009 Leave a Comment
I really wanted dramatic cake stands that:
a. didn’t break the bank
b. looked fantastic
I needed 5 and set my budget at under $60 for the whole bunch – virtually impossible, right?
We purchased 5 wooden discs – 1-12″ and 4-10″ – from our local home improvement store. Each cost about $5.
Then we found fence post caps – to serve as the bases. Each cost about $1.20
For the rise, we chose 12″ high carved decorative fence posts – they looked like miniature stair spindles – each costing about $.97.
We grabbed some 1 1/2 inch screws and just screwed the disc to one end of the spindle and screwed the fence post cap to the other end. Once this 5 minute task was completed, we hauled them outside and spray painted them our desired color (ivory).
2 coats later, they were done!
Since we were planning to place food (cake & cupcakes) onto the discs, and they’d been spray painted, I trimmed out some discs of paper to match the card box and guest book.
The final product took under an hour to make, and cost about $42 to make them all (the spray paint added about $6 in cost).
Oh, don’t mind the stupid carrots on our cake, our ridiculous caterer (Miel y Leche) decided to “surprise” us with them. Ugh. at least the cake was delicious.
Want more info/tutorial photos? Comment with interest. I’d be happy to recreate and photograph the process.
08 Sep 2009 2 Comments
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We hosted a DIY photobooth at our wedding — with a local photography student manning the camera (for less than $20/hour). We were lucky enough to have someone provide the backdrop stands, so we just used our polka-dot fabric (that we used a runners) as the backdrop.
I stumbled upon this photobooth backdrop at Green Wedding Shoes. Freaking Brilliant. I want one.
24 May 2009 Leave a Comment
I wanted something a little different for our cardbox.
I stalked eBay, Craigslist and online stores for the perfect birdcage. It had to be large and difficult to simply pick up or open (I’ve heard too many horror stories about staff, guests or crashers stealing wedding cards, or the entire cardbox!).
We finally scored a sweet birdcage, originally from Pier 1, for under $20. I went to work removing a few bars, and R used some sort of saw or other machinery to cut through a metal bar (so we could make a slot).
R took the cage out to the yard and went through 3 cans of spraypaint to turn it from a dingy brown to a luscious ivory color.
I finished it off with a layer of Paper-Source scrollwork paper in the bottom.
As a finishing touch, we added the sweet sign “Cards and Kind Wishes” and hung it by ribbons.
It served a function while also looking pretty gorgeous on the gift table.
Photos below the jump: More
11 May 2009 2 Comments
I’m sorry I’ve been so absent. We’ve had a whirlwind last 10 days. Our venue surprised us with some information pertaining to double booking for our date, and also changed their liquor policies between April 24 and April 30. The prices tripled in 1 week! And, the policies changed, and we weren’t willing to make major sacrifices in order to appeal to their new situation (and couldn’t anyway).
On top of that, we’ve been preparing our new home (we closed on it on Halloween, have put a lot of work into it, worked with a contractor on a major remodel, and now need to prepare it for a family brunch on Sunday!).
To give you an idea, we’ve got 14 bags of yard waste (leaves, grass, sticks, branches, etc) waiting for the trash man on Wednesday.
In the last week, R painted and installed new closet doors in the entry, painted the exterior of our addition, and other projects, all while doing some very important work on our cardbox and cupcake stands (info coming soon!). We’ve been cleaning like crazy, because if we just leave the cleaning ladies to do everything, they’ll be here for about 6 hours (we’re tidy, but a major remodel = major dust!).
So, I promise a DIY project — probably tomorrow. And some decor DIY, and a sneak peak at our favors, and then we’ll be married (in 5 days!).
01 May 2009 7 Comments
17 Apr 2009 4 Comments
We’ve been planning to use my old blue ball jars for our wedding for some time now – but I knew I couldn’t just throw them on the table and hope that they work out.
I put together 2 options — using the same ranunculus bouquet from Trader Joe’s.
Option 1: ranunculus in the blue quart Ball jar. If I go this route, I’m going to have to work with stem lengths, I think I’ll have to trim them down so the heads are closer to the mouth of the jar.
Option 2: I have a bunch of these laying around — I thought they’d look fabulous with a ribbon tied around them, and the flowers. Again, I’d have to play around with the height of the stems before the actual wedding.
Or maybe I should pull them apart and go with a more sparse look, a la Martha Stewart.
Either way, I’ve got to figure it out soon — the wedding is less than 30 days away!