Pinterest-Worthy Project: Gold Glitter Bridesmaid Hangers

I was inspired by some adorable (but fairly expensive) gold glitter hangers I saw on Pinterest and etsy. I decided that I could make these myself for much less.

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I started by purchasing this set of hangers from Wal-Mart for $5.00.

I popped the bottom rod out of all of them. To do this, I stepped on them and pulled upward on the sides. If you do this, be careful you don’t damage the hangers!

For one, I intended to put “bride” in metal wire letters on in place of the rod, so I practiced with some gold wire I had. I used needlenose pliers wrapped in masking tape so I wouldn’t scratch the gold off of the wire.

I used some sanding blocks to sand the polyurethane and stain off of them. I also filled the nail holes (from the poles on the bottom) with wood filler and let it dry and sanded those areas.

Since not all of the stain came off easily, I wiped them down (to get any residual stain powder off) and I spray-primed them as well with an oil-based primer. (Anything oil based will help seal in the stain, something water based could let it bleed through which you don’t want).

Before I did any painting or priming I wrapped some masking tape around the metal part of the hanger to keep it from getting painted.

After letting that dry, I sprayed them each with two light coats of Krylon Shortcuts in Metallic Gold. *This seemed to be one of the most “true gold” spray paints I could find.

After that dried, I sprayed each one with a coat of Krylon Glitter Blast in Gold.

I let them dry one last time and then I tied a black and white striped ribbon in a bow at the top for each of the bridesmaid’s hangers. And voila; they were complete and ready for dresses!

Ted likes to play Assistant Photographer/Lap Warmer. With that smile, I generally always let him help.

Pinterest-Worthy Project: The Littlest Basket

The littlest basket is for the littlest flower girl. I’m not sure if you noticed last time I posted about the flower girl baskets I had three completed baskets. These were for the three older girls who will all be almost 5 at the time of our wedding. The littlest flower girl will be just past 2 at the time of our wedding. We aren’t really expecting anything out of her, if she wants to walk with the older girls she can but she doesn’t have to (they can be unpredictable at that age!) However, IF she wants to participate I wanted her to have a basket “like the big girls” so she feels included.

I ordered another basket from Saveoncrafts.com in a smaller size than the first three. I was so excited when I opened up the box to see this adorable bitty little moss basket.

I started to weave the vines and small pink flowers into the basket like the larger baskets. For the full tutorial, read this post.

Next, I tied on the same ribbons as on the larger baskets.

Then, I wrapped the red ribbon around the handle so she won’t get tiny moss pieces all over her hands.

Next, I added the EXTRA LARGE glitter butterfly I found with hot glue.

Yes, that is Gilmore Girls on in the background.

Isn’t that butterfly amazing? It makes me think I might need to add some additional glitter to the others…Theo is worried the older girls (like her older sister!) will be jealous!

 

 

 

 

One hundred.

That’s right. We are at the 100 day mark! Only 100 days until I get to marry my long time sweetheart! The photo below is from our first date in April of 2007.

The photo below is from a recent date—do we even look the same almost 9 years later?!?

In 100 days I will be a Mrs.! That’s so weird to say but also SO exciting. I’m pretty sure that true “I’m getting married” feeling hasn’t kicked in yet. Right now I’m still worried about hiring certain vendors and getting crafts finished. I know there is still so much to do and get booked and get finished (I’m pretty sure my WeddingWire checklist is way MORE than 100 items long!) but we also finally get to jump into all of the really fun stuff! Why hello menu tastings and bridal showers….I’ve been waiting for you.

What do YOU have to look forward to other than watching me slowly be completely consumed by “bride brain”? Tons of new content coming at you about the BIG stuff. “Big stuff” like all of the details on pre-wedding parties, my (many) finalized craft projects, creating playlists, writing our custom ceremony, and more. I will do my best to take as many photos as possible along the way to document this special time in our lives.

 

Patience Is NOT a Virtue [when it comes to booking vendors]

One of my bridesmaids is marathoning it this year. What I mean by that is she is a bridesmaid in FOUR weddings between May and October. Two of these weddings she is the Matron of Honor for. I give her mad props. Not to name any names but she said one of the brides-to-be was having a hard time committing to some vendors. I can understand this because even though we are a little over 3 months out from the wedding, we still do not have an officiant. As in the person TO MARRY US. The whole reason for this gigantic party. To her, myself and everyone else in our shoes, below is the advice I wish I had listened to.

It might be hard, but if you want someone, commit to them. You did it with your fiance, and you can do it with vendors too. If you don’t you might lose the “perfect” vendor you found and spent months looking for. If you do lose them, you might need to start your research over and possibly spend more money to find someone as good who is still available. (Like me! Oops!)

However, committing to a vendor often means putting down a deposit. This was the exact dilemma I had when I was trying to decide if we should invest in a highly regarded and well-reviewed wedding officiant.

We had read about her and she seemed to be everything we were looking for: someone experienced in writing customized wedding ceremonies, was located in the area we were getting married (avoiding additional travel fees) and sent prompt and well thought out email replies. But as you’ve probably realized in your vendor search—experience and awesome service comes with a hefty fee.

We had originally budgeted for a friend to officiate our wedding so the budget was minimal, just enough to buy her a nice Thank You gift. Even when doing research on what an officiant should cost percentage-wise to our budget, this awesome officiant was more than double.

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Did we just need someone to marry us? Or are we willing to pay for someone [with experience] to save me loads of time (and possibly frustration) writing our custom wedding ceremony?

Once we got into “crunch time” AKA the final four months before the wedding, I reminded Theo we still needed an officiant and asked if he wanted me to set up an in-person interview or Skype interview to get to know her better. He was the under the impression I had already hired her. He asked why I hadn’t hired her yet and had forgotten what I told him at first…about her fees.

The next morning he texted me and told me to book her. I agreed this was the right move. I emailed her moments later and told her if she or any of her associates were still available we wanted to book them ASAP. She got back to me within a few hours telling me she had a rehearsal on the day of our wedding and was going to see if that couple would be willing to move it OR if either of her associates were available. The following day she let me know the bad news that she nor either of her associates could officiate our wedding.

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I asked some of our other vendors for recommendations and funny enough, our photographers recommended the woman who was our first choice. I had to let them know she WAS out first choice but isn’t available.

So I was off to search for another unbelievably talented custom-ceremony-writing officiant. I found one (I think!) and we have a face-to-face interview with her in a few weeks. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes and if we hire her!

 

 

 

 

Pinterest-Worthy Project: Moss Wire Table Numbers

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I saw these on Pinterest via Wedding Chicks and fell in love, I knew I had to make my own version. They brought another moss element to our wedding decor like the Flower Girl baskets I decorated and tied in with the green glass vases I have been collecting for the centerpieces.

My first try at creating moss decorated table numbers was a flop. It was going to be pretty expensive and incredibly labor intensive…and I wasn’t even happy with the result. There was no making myself push through. Originally, I had bought some flat wooden hearts to cover in moss sheets on both sides. I was going to attach these moss hearts to thin wooden rods and stick it down inside of the table centerpieces. I painted these small wooden numbers to adhere onto the moss covered hearts. *I have since found uses for all supplies except the tiny numbers and the wooden hearts.

As I went along, I realized this project wasn’t what was going to be best for me. More importantly, it wasn’t going to make me happy.

1.The numbers were too small–only about an inch tall and that would make it hard to read when guests tried to find their tables (especially if the room is dimly lit to set the mood).

2. I only purchased enough numbers to put them on one side of the moss heart. (Making it less likely to be read/seen).

3. Cutting the moss was messy and difficult, especially because it had adhesive on the back and that was jamming up my “good” scissors. The moss was also fairly expensive and I would need enough to cover the front and back of each heart. I didn’t have the patience to think about hand-cutting all of those and trimming each one to look like the perfect little flat shrub.

4. The moss had “bald” spots so I had to adhere the wooden pole to the wooden heart THEN paint it green so it wouldn’t show bare wood through the bald patches.

In the end, I decided maybe I would invest in a set of wooden numbers and cover those in moss (probably harder than covering those hearts) or just paint them gold. Something like this:

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That was until I saw these adorable moss wire numbers. They looked fairly easy to assemble and were classy and mossy.

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I followed the first part of their tutorial on how to make the shaped moss numbers, and this was actually wayyyy faster than I would have guessed. I figured out how many I needed of each number and made all of each number at once. *Lots of number 1s!!* This was quick because once I decided how to make each number bending the wire was simple. I did use some needle-nose pliers wrapped in tape to bend the moss wire. (I wrapped them in tape to avoid damaging the moss). Keeping the wire numbers closed was the hardest part; to have closed numbers either requires some wire overlap (to bend or twist them together) OR gluing the ends together with a hot glue gun. I opted for wire overlap of about an inch.

I found a font I liked and printed them once I was satisfied with their size. I knew I wanted them to be about 4″ tall. (If you are unsure of their height and want to know without printing you can always use the ruler function on your word processing program and it will show you.)

The butterfly accents were something I had lying around waiting to be used for a wedding project. These butterflies were leftover from my mother’s crafting stash and I painted them based on their current color. Most of them were originally shades of brown (like real butterflies are). I painted them pink, red and black.

I painted them with watered down acrylic paints and let them dry.

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After they were dry, I prepared to glitter them.

I watered down some glue and painted that on the butterfly wings and sprinkled glitter and itty bitty texture beads on top (more awesome stuff inherited from Mom’s crafting stash).

Instead of adding tiny dried flowers to my moss numbers (like they did at Wedding Chicks) I added my painted and glittered butterflies, plastic vines (used in several other projects), wired plastic gems and some mini ribbon roses. I used “avocado” [moss green] acrylic paint on the slim wooden poles that I will stick down inside of the floral arrangement. All pieces were arranged differently on each number and were attached with hot glue.

Teddy was trying to help me photograph them.

Teddy is really not a good photography assistant. He makes a better door than a window.

I couldn’t resist pulling the numbers together that will be our wedding day!

I can’t wait for you to see these in our floral arrangements!

 

 

Pinterest-Worthy Project: Cake Topper Tutorial

I fell in love with this “M” cake topper long before we were ever engaged.cake topper

I found this font called “Little Lord Fontleroy” that had the same M and decided to order a custom wood cutout of the same M., Two M’s about 4″ tall was about $8.00 from Craftcuts.com.

I painted it gold and glued on some clear rhinestones.

Eventually, I had used the Krylon Glitterblast Spray and loved it so much that I added a thin coat of that over top to give it a little extra sparkle.

However, I couldn’t get the rhinestones off before spraying it and after they were covered in glitter you no longer noticed them, so I painted them neon pink.

The verdict is still out on whether I should keep the pink painted stones or re-make it with my spare, blank wooden M. I might be leaning toward the remake with the glitter spray under the clear rhinestones!

What do you think?

What Happens When a Bridesmaid Quits

Also known As: How to Give a Friend an Ultimatum

You Feel Ashamed, like YOU did something wrong.

You must be a complete Bridezilla if your friend had to quit on you…right? Wrong.

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So I’ve been debating for a while if I should write about this but I figured maybe it will help someone else. In short, I’m going to say it will mess up some of your plans but ultimately it was probably for the best. My bridesmaid left about 4 months before the wedding. I really feel for the brides-to-be that lose a bridesmaid (or Maid of Honor!) even closer to the wedding.

 

You Feel Regret.

*This may be combined with anger and some “I should have knowns..” but that will pass quickly. She’s still your very dear friend. You absolutely still want her to come to the wedding. You’re just frustrated it had to be like this.

My bridesmaid had to drop out because she couldn’t afford it. This is the same reason that most bridesmaids quit. Whether they underestimated what it would cost, had poor spending-plans in place or some unforeseen cost affected their personal budget, this is usually why a bridesmaid will drop out of the wedding party. From my perspective, I only wish I had known sooner. I kind of wish I had asked someone else in the first place so I had more bridesmaids to fall back on or maybe asked someone else in her place. Hindsight is always 20/20 like that though. I had asked her to be a bridesmaid 8 months before this “discovery” (over a year before the wedding date) so she had plenty of time to either prepare or realize that she couldn’t make it work.

 

You Offer to Help.

In an effort to try to make it work OR make it [painfully] clear that it wouldn’t—I gave her an easy out—I offered to pay for her dress (because if she was going to be a bridesmaid it absolutely had to be ordered that week) but also told her that would be all that I could cover for her. I told her that I know being a bridesmaid is expensive and that if she needed or wanted to drop out I understood. She asked what else she might have to  pay for and what it might cost so I did her a favor and did some math on what it cost for me for the two weddings I was a bridesmaid in. I let her know that for one I spent over $600 and for the other I spent over $800. I also let her know there was several things I didn’t end up having to pay for (like lodging for either wedding) that could definitely increase the cost. In the end, she knew that was too much for her right now.

 

Finally, You Accept That It’s for the Best and Laugh It Off.

I guess maybe I should have known with how much she seemed to be dragging her feet about everything and that her busy schedule was making things complicated from her end and mine.

The thing that made me smile about the whole thing was my Matron of Honor thinking the bridesmaid leaving the group was her fault. This showed me what a great friend she was; my poor sweet best friend was worried she had asked too much or been demanding or unreasonable. She thought she had been a maidzilla. She thought it was her that had been driving force towards the former bridesmaid quitting and that simply wasn’t true. I was the driving force and I knew it. I gave her the ultimatum.

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At this point, [about a month later] I’m so glad I did. The bridesmaids ended up having to switch some details of the shower they were planning (since only three people were sharing the cost rather than four). Close friends and family who heard were concerned about my numbers being thrown off for bridal party pairings but that wasn’t an issue since they were already uneven…now they are just more uneven. Oh well!

My attitude with everything wedding-planning related has been “what should happen, will happen”. If something wasn’t meant to be that’s fine and I can move on. Having her as my bridesmaid was not ultimately her destiny or mine and that’s perfectly fine, I’ll still see her at the wedding.

 

The Rings to Rule Them All

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If you want to know more about designing my  customized Engagement ring, you can read this past post here.

When we went shopping for wedding rings however, neither of us really knew what we wanted.

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Theo guessed he wanted something silver-toned but had never worn a ring and wasn’t sure about styles or widths.

He tried on several different things:

Some black Tungsten, some “pewter” or “gunmetal” Tungsten (his ultimate favorite), some White Gold, some Yellow Gold (his least favorite), and some Platinum.

He really liked how super-lightweight the Platinum rings were, but the warning from the sales person about how easily it could scratch scared both of us away from it.

Theo’s final choice is sort of a “new trend” (or “returning trend”?) in men’s wedding rings. Thin IS IN. A lot of the thinnest men’s rings we saw were 6 or 7mm thick. The one he chose is 4mm and is the thinnest men’s ring we could find.

We ordered it in the “pewter” or “gunmetal” Tungsten.

 

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I wanted mine to complement my Engagement ring, so I figured the band would probably be Rose Gold, since the halo around my Morganite is Rose Gold.

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I also wanted to be able to wear my “real” wedding band to work. I work at a paint store and no longer wear my Engagement ring there after I got liquid wood stain stuck under the main stone. Since then, I have been wearing my class ring from High School (I always just tell people it’s because we’re high school sweethearts! ha!).

So I was torn— Do I get the pretty sparkly pave band with the tiny diamonds that matches the band on my Engagement ring OR do I get a plain band? Decisions, decisions. I tried on lots of both with my Engagement ring and wasn’t satisfied at all. Nothing looked right and nothing sat right against my engagement ring.

Part of my problem was something that I never even knew was a problem until we were shopping that day. A little bit of the basket (holder for the main stone) for the morganite on my Engagement ring sticks out and a straight wedding band does not sit flush against it. I was very upset. I thought we picked this ring because the basket sat higher and that wouldn’t be a problem. Well, now there was another issue to deal with (besides my inability to choose between pave and solid rings).

Luckily, the Assistant Manager at the jewelry store swooped in with a solution I originally would have never considered, a band with a little curve to fit around the Engagement ring. I reluctantly tried it on…AND IT WAS PERFECT. Well, at that point I was sold on the pave band. The problem still remained though, I couldn’t risk wearing my diamond ring to work where I get all kinds of harsh chemicals on my hands everyday.

Theo looked me straight in the eye and said, “Just get both”. It was the most freeing phrase I had heard all day and all of my upset melted away. I knew he was right. The plain rose gold band was inexpensive so it wasn’t a huge budget breaker to get both. I could wear that one to work without worrying about it AND I would also have the pretty ring to match my Engagement ring that I love so much. #spoiled

Everything had to be resized and custom ordered (the pave band I tried on originally was white gold and had to be rose gold dipped) and my Engagement ring was FINALLY cleaned (of the wood stain) and correctly resized to fit my finger.

6 weeks later….and here they all are!!

I missed my engagement ring and I’m so glad she’s home for good! Home, well-fitting and sparkly clean!

 

 

 

 

Pinterest-Worthy Project: Valentine’s Day “Pinata” Heart Box

This was the box I filled Theo’s gifts with a few years ago and I’m finally getting around to writing the tutorial for how I made it!

You Will Need:

  •  A Heart shaped box with lid (I used a medium-sized one (about 8″ diameter)
  • Light Pink Acrylic Paint (or mix white with pink or red)
  • Red Acrylic Paint
  • Light Pink Tissue Paper
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

First paint the inside of the heart box and the inside of the lid with the red paint.

Once those are dry, you can paint the outside of the box with the pale pink paint.

After that is dry, you can make lines with your ruler 1″ apart.

I had pre-cut 1″ strips of the light pink tissue paper.

I then glued them on as whole strips at 1/2″ intervals (starting at the bottom) and made little snips for the frills once it was attached.

For the bottom of the box, I worked from the bottom point of the heart towards the top curves on each side (always work from the bottom so your frills overlap nicely!) *This is the same way I added the detail to the lid overlap*

For the top of the lid, I added all of the tissue paper before I trimmed around the edge to match the heart shape of the box.

Happy Valentines Day!

What will you fill a heart-shaped box for your sweetie with?

 

 

You’ve Got Mail: Save the Date Reveal!

Now that our guests will have received our Save the Date in the mail, I can show them off to you!

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So, as all of the options I mentioned in the last post about choosing our Save the Dates showed printables from etsy that were NOT postcards, we ended up using the Poptone Razzleberry (hot pink) envelopes. I had to also add some personal touches to make it feel fancier and more Kate Spade-y.

 

Outside:

Poptone Razzleberry Envelopes, size A7 with Standard Flap via envelopemall.com

Gold Glitter Circle (I hand cut these out!–about 2″ diameter) from sticky-back gold glitter paper purchased at JoAnn Fabrics

Personal flair and handwriting (by me!) I used these markers to achieve this look:

  1. Recollections Opaque Marker in “Snow” (white)– wrote the best [most opaque] of over 5 different white markers I purchased, dries fast and does not leave that ring that oil based markers do. I purchased this at Michaels.
  2. Recollections Masterpiece Marker in “Ebony” (black)– is double tipped with a fine point and a brush point. I used the fine point to write addresses. I also purchased this at Michaels.

 

And which Save the Date design did we choose? The one by BreeCraft on Etsy!

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We printed through Catprint.com and I was very impressed with their pricing, reply system (I requested a digital proof before printing) and I’m happy to report I got a lot of compliments on my handwriting!

Side story: I also had a mini “scare” from the lady at the post office. She told me since my return address was on the bottom back (versus the top back/ on the flap) that she wouldn’t be surprised if our envelopes were read backwards in the sorter (backside read as the “to” address) and they were sent back to our address instead of our guests. (Isn’t their technology advanced enough to see which side the postage is on? Theo and I just watched a video about the sorting technology at the post office…)*She was very rude about the WHOLE thing and probably was just being mean. After several days of looking for pink envelopes in our mailbox, the ONLY one that returned was for a friend who lives in the same town as us (same city and zip code on both sides) so this was an easy fix. I hope you enjoy them and I’m looking forward to sharing our Invitation designs with you too!