Saturday, August 18, 2012

One of my favorite projects actually ended up costing nothing. I made a  banner out of paper I had laying around the house and this suitcase was a freeby at a yard sale. I had never made a banner quite like this one before. I had always just made them flat and one dimensional. For this I used the "folded fan" technique over a sturdy cardboard circle covered in decorative paper, I glued the letters on top of the fan and tied them together with scraps of ribbon. I think it turned out great. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012



The overall theme of the wedding has sort of evolved over the last few months. I knew I wanted it to be vintage, a little old and rustic, but still have a splash of sparkle here and there. I really think I have achieved that "feel" that I was going for. However, the one thing I did not expect it to be is "green". As a matter of fact, due to my (how can I put this) FRUGALNESS, this is probably the "greenest" wedding that ever was. I went to yard sales, I borrowed items, I revamped what I already owned, and I created things out of items that were going to be thrown away. (I.E. The centerpieces) But my lowest point had to be when I went dumpster diving. Every day as I took out the trash where I work I would notice two pieces of broken fence just laying there on the ground. I wanted to bring them home so bad and make them pretty but I was always too embarrassed to load them up in my car. Finally one day I told my friend what I was going to do, I told her that if she wanted to walk away and pretend she didn't know me I would understand. Anyway I'm glad I did because this is what I created.
Well folks my niece's wedding is a month away. I am so excited to share all of the great projects that we've been working on over the last several months but I am so very slack and I only have a few pictures to share with you as of now. But never fear, I will definitely be taking lots of pictures of every detail on the big day. 
One of the biggest means of controversy during the whole wedding planning process were the centerpieces. When my niece first came to me and asked for my help the centerpieces were the first big idea that we came up with. The idea was to come up with something big, eye catching, a little glitzy, and a little rustic, Oh and did I forget to mention... CHEAP.  The family has be very forthcoming in the fact that they hate them. But, Amelia loves them, I love them, and they cost almost nothing. 
My friend started saving bulk size vegetable cans from the restaurant that she worked, Amelia and Brett tediously wrapped each can with burlap string, and I started a new sport called "branch hunting". With these three steps along with a wonderful maid of honor who cut out thousands and I do mean thousands of paper butterflies this is what we created. I also added a burlap square with the couple's monogram and a sprinkle of glitter.Tell me what you think.