October 31, 2010

Last Minute Halloween

I never intended on making Halloween costumes for my 'kids', but when the ball started to roll I couldn't stop.  Naturally all 3 of them HAD to have costumes!  Of course this all happened about as last minute as you could get (around noon on Halloween!).  I'm sure if my 'kids' could talk they would tell you how ridiculous their mother is, but thats ok, I had a lot of fun and made some good memories.  Next year will definitely be taken up a notch.

Our Fairy

Sir Cat Dracula

Snow "Kitty" White

Anniversary Times 2

Not only has 2 years passed by so quickly since we trecked half way around the world to say 'I do', but just the last few weeks have seemed to disappear all together!  As promised here are some pictures from our absolutely fabulous Indian wedding!  (Better late than never!)  These are only a few of the faves (although there are hundreds of more pictures!).  I am still starstrucked when I look back as the pictures.  Its hard to believe that it really happened; at times I feel like it was all just a dream.  Pinch me!!



October 9, 2010

Wedded Bliss

One year ago today I said "I Do" to my husband.  After realizing I was a bride, with a few tears of course, the day was just about as perfect as anyone could have asked for.  Well, the ring bearers pillow was forgotten in the mix, but you get the point, happy happy happy day!  Happy Anniversary!

October 8, 2010

Wedding DIY: Table Decor

I was in awe when shopping around for wedding decor.  From the stationary to flowers to favors, the costs just kept adding up.  But because its every girls dream to have a princess wedding, me certainly not being immune to the fairy tale, I had to deal with the expense.  However, one has to get a little creative in order to have the fairy tale wedding on a paupers budget.  One way of doing so was to scew some of the details (i.e. find cheap ways of doing expensive things). 

The flowers were a huge expense, but for me that was the best part.  I mean, how cheerful are flowers.   By mixing up some DIY with some beautiful flowers you are able to get the best of both worlds.  Here I put a simple lampshade on top of a 3 foot tall clear glass vase.  Then add a candle and you have yourself a pretty classy looking (both contemporary and inexpensive) centerpeice.  Perfect.  Some tables had flowers and others had these lovely vases.

October 5, 2010

Wedding DIY: Photo Books

I can't believe that a year has already gone by.  Where does the time go.  If I didn't know better I could of sworn that our (second) wedding was only a few months ago.  Ahhh, yes I did throw in a second there!  My husband and I were lucky enough to marry each other twice; two ceremonies, a year apart.  The first one that I will refer to was actually our second.  This is the one I'll be sharing some DIY projects from.  The first ceremony I will share more about in the second half of the month - believe me it will be worth the wait!

Planning my wedding was an experience I would never take back and would certainly gladly do again.  At first I never thought I would feel that way as each decision caused another gray hair to appear!  But as the ball got rolling, ideas and decisions just naturally started to flow.  After picking a theme and sticking to it, life became so much easier.  My theme: purple, gold and peacocks! 

So, lets begin. 

This first idea does involve a little bit of an investment, both in time and money.  But I think it was well worth the time and dollars.  Instead of the typical slideshow of photos shown during the reception, I choose to design some photo books to display at each of the reception tables.  Each book was different and represented a trip that my husband and I had taken in our years together.  Since we had known each other for quite a few years, each table had its own vacation theme.

I ordered the books through Shutterfly and did wait until they were on sale before ordering.  They can be expensive otherwise.  It did take some time to organize all of our photos and upload them, but in the long run, it was very worth the effort.  Not only were they a huge hit at the wedding, we now have all of our trip photos organized and ready for viewing whenever we feel like reminiscing.

I also made a bookmark for each book to let people know to find other books on neighboring tables.  This  gave guests the opportunity to mix and mingle as they toured around the reception hall to find each of our destinations.  As a little extra touch, the bookmarks were enhanced with a stamp I had custom made for the occasion.  The custom stamp turned out to be a great investment as I was able to use it in several settings and it allowed me to carry the peacock theme throughout.  Also, much cheaper than custom printing. 

Next up...table decor.

October 3, 2010

Carry Me: The Cover Bag

Here is the bag the book was bought for: the Granny Bag.  I had originally thought I would save it for the last one; you know, something to look forward to at the end, like dessert.  But, like always, I have a hard time waiting!  Since I hadn't intended to make this bag at this time, I hadn't exactly had the fabric picked out for the design yet.  I'm still not 100% sold on the color choices that I used here, but its growing on me.  What do you think?  Oh and yes, I made 2 (count them, 2) bags in one afternoon! 

One big pro on this bag, it is HUGE.  Certainly a bag where keys will be lost!  However, the way the top is designed it opens up nice and wide, so will be easy to get items in and out.  Also, a fairly easy bag to put together (hence I cranked out 2 of these bad boys - maybe that should be girls, lol).  I was a little hesitant at first with the split side, but not nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be.  The diagrams on this one were really helpful. 

There you have it, another bag down with 9 more to go (that includes the one bag that I'm not doing).  Half way there!

Let me know what you think about this bag (style, color, size, etc).