Friday, February 26

Craft Week Day Three: Invitations

This post is one of my favorites. I love our invitations. My MIL generously has provided the paper, along with cutting, putting together and the majority of the stamping.  Here are some of the papers:

We did this really cool embossing on the front and side flap. Imagine a beautiful sheer pink ribbon holding it together with a scripty "k"...I will have photos later, it looks really cool, just trust me.


 It's raised. Recognize the image?


 Open invite. The actual invitation will go in the middle. You can see here where the two pieces fit together, but it will be covered by the white piece of paper that will have the information on it.


 All open, just another angle.


 This is my job. After she has assembled them all I have to stamp (see, I told you that you would see this stamp later!)


 This is the pocket that the RSVP will go in, along with the directions and where we're registered.

Naked pocket flap.

Beautiful stamped flap.


The complete stack, I do not have a photo of because I am not done with them. But I am so excited for these, I think that they look great and I cannot tell you how thankful I am for my MIL

Thursday, February 25

Craft Week Day Two: Throwing Things

Day Two of Craft week is probably the least exciting thing, but it's a craft that needs to be done and it looks so cute. It's the things that people throw at us after we're pronounced "Mr and Mrs. FI's last name."
It's actually going to be as we're boarding our decorated pontoon boat (We're getting married by a river, and our best man lives five minutes up the river and have offered their pontoon boat for our get-away vehicle and since we're finishing our photos at the park, it saves money so we don't have to rent a fancy car to drive around the block.)

Anyways, first photo of cute bubbles in our flowergirl's unfinished basket (stay tuned for that craft later this week!).


They are so cute! I bought the ribbon (which looks brown, but it's our beautiful raspberry/purple color) at hobby lobby, the baskets at Meijer, and the bubbles at Walmart.


Close-up. Two pieces in random fabrics (organza and satin) and in random color (pink and sangria). Love.


But you didn't think that we were just going to have bubbles, did you? No, we're going to have to have something else. So, we take tulle circles (bought again at hobby lobby) and fill them with eco-friendly confetti.


 This stuff is so fluffy and awesome. Love love.




I've done about ten little packages (see next photo) and this is all I've used. It's cheaper than bubbles and way more unique.


These will accompany the bubbles in the flowergirl baskets.


Another photo of both of the colors of programs. I love these, but like I said, they will be the death of me.


Another fun photo of my shoes that I am going to make into lace-up slippers because I couldn't find any plain white lace up ballet slippers under 50 bucks. These were purchased at Meijers for 12.99.


Wednesday, February 24

Craft Week Day One: Programs

This first craft is my longest and most tedious. It's going to kill me. Period.

But it's so so so cute.

the printing of the programs. I downloaded a template here. I love this template, it's so easy to enter your own information and print.

For some reason, that step made me super nervous. I had to wait until Ryan got home to make sure that everything looked ok.  Here are all my supplies:

Yea!! Now, this step is going to be the one that gets me. I have to cut out 200+ pages of fan templates. Uggh. I figure if I break them up, so I cut 25 each day while watching a movie or something, it won't be so bad. This is also the step that I should employ the help of my BMs...


I layer them with a solid color (wait to see final project to understand) so that way I have half the lines to worry about. After they are cut, I stamp them (look forward to seeing this stamp used a lot...I love it!) with pretty in pink ink (for both colors. The programs will also be in my sangria color, but I just did the sample in pink).


 Now that all of them are stamped (assorted number and direction per program, just so that they look more hand-made), stack them up...


Punch a hole and place a brad. 



I love these brads. My MIL (who is paying for all the paper supplies bought these and loves them so much, she said that she's going to collect the remaining programs that aren't used and take all the brads out of them..haha.


The finished product. I love love love these.

My wonderful FI modeling the fans. :) These are going to be done in the sangria color too (So at the alter, we'll just see a sea of pink and sangria! I'm going to tell my photographer that I want a photo of this for sure!). The only information that I put on them was the names of our wedding party, along with our pastor, our parents, the ushers and the master and mistress of ceremony.  I figured everyone knows how a typical wedding plays out (seating, bride comes down, vows, exchange of rings, ect...) so this information wasn't needed. But I did want to make sure that the people who are directly involved got recognition for all their hard work. Right now, I'm just worried about how long it's going to take me to finish these all, since I have so much. But I have three months, so no big deal, right?

**all paper products and brads used are Stamping Up! products. Visit their website here to find out more about their products and crafts. **


Hello Blogger Friends!

It's craft week! (kinda...since it's already Wednesday, it will be a half week)

Most of the DIY projects I haven't started on. And this week, I am house-sitting. PERFECT!
I will be photo updating you all starting tonight, so stay tuned. There is lots of fun to come!!

Tuesday, February 16

For your viewing pleasure...

This was me in my PJs after a BIG storm we had in the mitt (Michigan) and Ryan thought it would be funny to use my christmas present against me...I was just dropping off the mail, only to find that it had already came...shoot.

Monday, Monday...

What a great monday!
I haven't been able to say that in awhile, but believe me, there is a good-no GREAT reason why it is so amazing.


(my DRESS I mean!!)


I'm so excited! I was very worried that it wouldn't fit or it would be too short or something would be wrong with it, but, nope! I was worrying for no reason at all! And, like all my other wedding situations, it was like a dream. The girl who sold the dress to me had run into the same situation I had (buying the dress, and then having the wedding style go in a different direction) and so she was very helpful and willing to give me back my money if I didn't like the dress...but I do! So happy!!

Thursday, February 11

Four Months

There are only four short months until I marry my best friend. I am so excited, but there is a lot to do. We have to:

Finish Centerpieces (we need candles)
Update flower order
DJ-meeting to discuss music
Arrange chair rental
Meet with photographer
Find Dress (Long story, one is coming in the mail right now, one is ordered at Bridal store and one is on the dashboard if the first one doesn't work out-all are returnable)
Finish/Find Veil and Fascinator
Pay off photobooth
Pay off Deposit for Hall
Meet with Caterer and figure out food
Make Arch and table for unity candle
Figure out Rehearsal Dinner
Make candles for decorations at reception
Make programs, invitations, and favors (and buy seed packets)
Thank you notes for all showers and wedding
Lighting plan for reception hall
Make and buy tissue paper for poofs
Finish making bubbles and throwing-snow containers
Suit rentals for men
Arrange flowers
Find my jewelry
Cake order
To-do lists for everyone on wedding day (just so we're all on the same page, my family is amazing and I couldn't get married without them!!)
Flowergirl dresses
Make Mr and Mrs signs
Make 'Thank You' sign for gift table
Make photobooth sign
Buy objects for Photobooth
Ring bear pillow and flower girls baskets
Register at Bed Bath and Beyond
Honeymoon and hotel for night of wedding!

I think that's it, at least it's all I can remember now! This is a pretty long list, but most of them can be done in one day. I think it's just going to be my DIY projects that will slow me down. And, I'm receiving lots of help from FMIL and my mom (I couldn't do this without them!). 

Pissed Off Bride

Dear Engaged Friends,
My friends over at You Can't Take It With You and Miss Pug's Pawfect Wedding have created an amazing Website. It's for engaged or wed friends who just want to vent about an experience they had wedding planning. It's really funny, and feels really good to get that stress off your mind! So GO and check it out!!

Wednesday, February 3

Three Days!

My Best friend's wedding is in three days...AHHH. It's going to be a nice 'trial run' for my wedding (my hair and make-up and nerves, that is) which by the way is 128 DAYS away. It's crazy to think how much time has passed from when we got engaged (it was over 300 days).  Stassia is providing our jewelry and she has these awesome white furry shawls for us to wear for photos.

Stash and her engagement ring

Pretty Pretty

Bridesmaids at a friend's wedding

She is a beautiful and one of my best friends....there's a reason she's my MOH and I'm so excited to be in her wedding!