Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
And today I was at my friend Carlene's house (a faithful reader od this blog I might add :D), and she happens to have an adorable garden with herbs in the back yard of her adorable little house, and she let me take home a bag of 'Lemon Balm Herbs' that smell delicious! So we decided to stop at the dollar store and pick up some 'mist bottles' for me to test out this idea!
We found two packs the included a 'mist bottle' and a 'cap bottle' so this gave me the idea to also create a 'body oil' by filling the cap bottles with baby oil, as well as the lemon herbs.
So when I got home I made them (as I didn't want the leaves of the herbs to wilt) - & I remembered that I had fresh lemon and lime, so I sliced that up as well for extra scent and I placed it, along with cold water and the herbs, into the mist bottles!
I then thought it would be cute to include little clear and yellow glass beads/marbles that I already had to jazz up the 'body oil' bottles, since they did not have lemon and lime slices in them!
Then on Adobe I wrote 'Refresh' for the mist bottles of 'Herbal Lemon Balm and Fresh Lime Body Mist' and 'Relax' for the 'Herbal Lemon Balm Body Oil' - I also found an old fashion depiction of a lemon and thought it would add an extra flare to the bottles! I printed this sheet, making the text the right size to be cut out with my 'tag punch' that I got from 'Stampin Up!'
I purchased yellow ribbon to hold the tags in place so I simply uased a regular whole punch to create a place to hold the tags onto the ribbon, and then I simply tied the ribbon to the bottles and 'Wala'!
I think they turned out really neat and they make a quick and easy gift idea - or would be great as a favour or a prize at a wedding or baby shower. Or it would also be nice to make to place in your own bathroom when you have a BBQ or guests over!
Here are my photos! Like I said, Martha's Got Nothin On Me! :D
Monday, July 20, 2009
I would really love to have old fashioned soda pop for when guests arrive to the reception!
I was in the new Squires restaurant in my home town this weekend and they had 'Boylan Sodas' which are made with pure Sugar Cane and are sooo tasty! They have also been established since 1891, so they look great and go great with the old fashioned theme!!
I have found a 'whole sale' website that sells them in variety packs or in bulk, so its looking like a good option for our refreshment table!!
I would love to place them in my mom's old 'wash tub' with ice!! I found this photo of a wedding that did something similar, and it looks like the kids loved it!
Friday, July 17, 2009
At an old bookstore I found an adorable old 'Scrap Album' cover for 50 cents!! Its SOO Me with the birds of the front cover, and the green and gold colours!!
I thought it would be great to re-use as a 'guest signing book' for at the reception!
I will simply reinforce the spine to make it strong again and add in scrapbook pages with photos of Ben and I for people to sign around!
SO after doing so antiquing we decided to stop at 'Fabricland' to look at what material options they had, to see if making skirts (like the ones in the 'inspirational photos' below) was a feasible idea!
And we found some GREAT colour and fabric options! Below are photos of both silk and satin options that we think would look great as skirts and sashes. We would probably use the 4 first shades of the silk for the Bridesmaid's skirts (as they are a nice range of similar tones) and then possibly the burnt orange coloured silk for the Junior Bridesmaids!
Aunt Ali has agreed to make the skirts for us, which is totally awesome!! So it looks like this might be a good option to get something a little more unique for the girls to wear!
Blouse Examples - each girl will either be in the same blouse - or we will pick all different ones that make each girl just a little bit different (like the colours of their skirts)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I Now Make These For Other Brides - Check them out in my Etsy Shop HERE
How I Made Them:
I simply printed out the silhouettes from my computer onto cream colour card stalk. I then placed them in the frames and attached cream coloured silk ribbon to the back of the frames by tying knots at both ends of the ribbon and placing them under the little brackets that hold the back of the frame on. For those wondering how I made the silhouettes, I did so by taking a picture of each of our profiles (up against a plain wall) and then took the photos into Adobe Photoshop where I selected only our silhouettes and turned them black (warning that it is not as easy as it sounds - but with time and effort they turned out great and it was well worth it!)
Want me to make some for you? Find out how HERE
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I was able to get everything to make the clothespin magnets (expect for the spray paint) at the dollar store!
I used a really pretty colour of spray paint called 'Mocha Latte' I couldn't believe the colour selection they have now!!
I also found these cute little wooden buttons at the dollar store and thought that they might look nice on some of the magnets and so I spray painted them with the copper paint that I had already purchased for the 'tin can hole punch candles' for the reception, so that they would stand out from the mocha colour!
I then found a really nice creamy brown coloured ribbon as well as raffia to tie around the middle of the magnets as well as some brown and cream coloured paper flowers and some sunflowers to attach to the magnets to make them pretty and to make the go with the theme/colour scheme and flowers of the wedding.
I then found three different types of magnets and I think the package in the middle will work best (I found it at the 2nd store) and I had purchased the first and the last package in the first store and didn't know if the roll of self adhesive magnet would be strong enough to hold the clothespin up - but the last type, while strong, only came with six in a pack - so I got both just to try out, BUT then I found the type in the middle and it seems to be stronger than the self adheasive roll and is the perfect width/length to fit right down the magnet, so I'm thinking that will be the best one to use!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I really enjoyed making it and think I would like to 'go into business' making custom things like save the dates, menus, programs, invitations, thank you cards etc. for weddings that all fit the bride's theme and vision perfectly (as often they settle for something that isn't quite what they were looking for). If you or anyone you know is looking send them my way!!
Version II with Wheat behind 'Save the Date':
Monday, July 6, 2009
I was searching 'old fashioned calendars' and I came across this one and it became the inspiration for our save the date!
We used the style and layout to get ideas for how to make our Save the Date look like an old fashioned calendar!
We then searched for the perfect font and came across this one and loved it! It looks very old fashioned without looking too circus like or too western!
It took us a long time to construct the calendar by hand, but it looks good and fits our theme (without being too themey) as its simply a calendar!
We also purchased nice embroidered fabric that will be sewn on the back of the card stock! It should look really pretty and rustic!
I have also always wanted to make a magnet to go in our save the dates - so I was simply going to send in a design to a magnet company that I have worked with in the past! But Then I had the idea to make my own (as they will go with the theme better and be cute and more personal) and I had the idea to attach magnets to clothes pins and to then tie a ribbon or some twine like rope in a bow on the clothes pin as well as to spray paint them copper or cream. I would then put a little photo of us with the date on it - or a little card that matches the save the date - in the clothes pin and include that in the envelope with the save the date so that people can put that on their fridge as a reminder!
I just did a google search and found a couple of cute clothes pin magents!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
I think this will look great as our logo as it's so custom! It would also look great as the label on our bottles and as the opening page of our slide show!
Let me know if you like the one with the initials better or the one with the full names!
It would also be nice to print each of our slhouettes separately and hang them in oval frames, or in a square frame with an oval matte if we can't find oval frames! We could hand them by ribbon on church doors and then the barn doors as people walk into the ceremony and reception!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
If you visit the link you can see how it looks in the different colours listed above!
I already wanted to do the 'guest seating tree' with a photo hanging on the base of our initials carved in a tree - and I also wanted to theme the cake topper with a wood grain base and with the groom holding a wooden heart with our initials on it! So this Save the Date would work in perfect with our theme! Also because it would be one sided I could sew the fabric on the back of it!
My one concern is that I already had an idea for my Save the Date cards, I have already purchased stamps for it (as I have a 'Stampin' Up' Club that I go to every month) But those Save the Dates were going to be really tricky to make as they involved a spinning wheel of photos on the inside that would show pictures of Ben and I through a hole that was punched on the face of the card, and that was held together by a brad!
So maybe these Save the Dates are easier, and fit the theme really well! And I'm sure I will get a lot of use out of the stamps I purchased any way, even if i don't make those Save the Dates with them.
Here is the one I just made:
However, I need my invitation to open - as I have a neat Wedding Map that an artist friend of mine is creating! I also want to use our logo on the front of the card - as so far both these examples are one piece invitations (probably the easiest, if not only, way to sew on the fabric!) But these are some great ideas - Maybe I could sew the fabric on the back of my 'Save the Date' as it will be single sided!