Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Creative Space...

In my creative space today- the wedding cake topper. I've put together a little assemblage for my little vintage bride & groom to nestle in.

I flocked the the base (two bits of cardboard box) using the technique Kirsty blogged about a while back (here). Cardboard was my choice for the base because it's light and I could wire my bits and bobs to it. I thought it turned out okay... until...

Disaster struck! Poor mini Adams lost his head! Like, for real! Oh dear do you think this is a bad omen? Adam thinks I can just glue it back on, but it seems kinda wrong, ya know? I mean I'm not normally superstitious, and if a broken ceramic head can be the death of us then maybe we best not get married, but still it feels wrong somehow.

Okay, the truth is, I actually cried when his head fell off. I mean, my poor dearest love of my life lost his head bloody head! What does it mean? Does it mean anything or was it just a stupid accident?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More paper folding...

Are these not divine?
I'm constantly amazed by the beautiful things you can make from paper, the simplest of materials. I found these on etsy while searching for inspiration on paper lanterns... one of the things I'm having difficulty working out how to do second hand or handmade.

I'm thinking of using those big round rice paper lanterns mixed with tissue pom poms in the roof of the marquee, but where to get a whole bunch of them second hand? I mean I'm hardly going to make 30 giant paper lanterns! Does anyone have any left over from their wedding? lol.

Anyway, back to the star lanterns, after much searching I found a great tutorial here. So I'm going to have a go at making some and hopefully I will find some tea lights in the oppie!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wedding Playlist...

So yay, We've found a band! They fit all our criteria (talented, local, country, love weddings, love kids, and will play what I want them to play...) and they are just lovely to boot. Hooray!

This has got me thinking about music. I know that for the 'party' part of the wedding I want a rockin country barn dance, but what about the rest of the wedding? What music is so special to us that we have to play it? What do you play as a wedding march? Your first dance? The garter fetch? The bouquet toss? Oh so much to think about!

Which led me to this most excellent place, Hi Fi Weddings, where you can see real life wedding playlists and get yourself some inspiration. There are so many eclectic and interesting playlists on there, you can't help but get excited! 

I've worked out a few songs that I absolutely have to have played at some stage...

Cliquot- Beirut
Rich Woman- Alison Kraus & Robert Plant
White Winter Hymnal- Fleet Foxes
Big Rock Candy Mountain- Harry McClintock
Do you love me now- The Breeders
St Peters Day Festival- Ra Ra Riot
Open Up Your Heart- The Rapture
Jewels & Gold- Angus & Julia Stone
No Rain- Blind Melon
Brown Eyed Handsome Man- Johnny Cash
Hope There's Someone- Antony & the Johnsons
In The Sweet By & By
My Love- The Bird & The Bee
Music Is My Hot Sex- Cansei De Sexy
Luna De Margarita- Devendra Banhart
Think I'm In Love- Beck
Lighthouse- The Waifs
I am a Man of Constant Sorrow- Soggy Bottom Boys

That's a pretty good start! What about you? What are (or were) your must have songs? I'd love to hear them!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wednesday Finds...

Beautiful rose trim...

Cute and versatile personalised heart tags

Sweet bargain vintage corset
Everyone loves a vintage prom dress...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Nestling In

I've been MIA lately and have sadly been neglecting my dear blog and my wedding duties. We've had school holidays and visitors most weekends and social engagements lined up and we've been looking for land to build our house on with renewed enthusiasm and Adam has been working late and the kids have been tired and ratty.... We have all been feeling rather exhausted to be honest. So I've been focusing my energy on our little family to try to bring things back into balance. Sometimes you just have to drop everything and focus on feathering your nest, hey?

The felt nest & knitted hearts above were made by a lovely local girl, Amanda, and it's going to be used for the rings. Now, I just have to make the rings... lol. Oh so much to do!

Friday, July 2, 2010

My DIY wedding garter tutorial

Okay, this is how I made a garter from simple materials which I found I already had in my studio. I used two types of grosgrain ribbon (this ribbon was recycled from a gift of beautiful cupcakes we got at our engagement party), but you could use any ribbon you like, so long as it is wide enough for the job. I also had this vintage shoe clip which I threaded on, but you could stitch on flowers, crochet, feathers, lace or anything else that takes your fancy.

I started with four pieces of ribbon- the three blue pieces are 25mm wide and the striped ribbon is 15mm (a total of 90mm, which created a final garter width of 35mm). You could use different widths of ribbon,  in various combinations, so long as they added up to about 90mm. My ribbons were 800mm in length (I'm a size 8)- but you might like to measure your thigh circumference and have a guess at how much extra length to add for gathering. Remember it is always better to make it possibly longer and trim it.

Then lay one ribbon on the top of the other with about a 2mm overlap and carefully top stitch your ribbons together. Check each time that you haven't missed any spots and re-do them if you have.

You should have something that looks like this.

Then place your next piece of ribbon (which will become the back middle strip), right down on top of the pieces you have already sewn. Stitch very carefully down  the length of the ribbon as close to the edge as possible. Then fold the whole thing in half, right side on the inside and stitch along the edge to create the long tube of your inside out garter. Use a safety pin to pull through and turn it the right way. I was able to just push mine through because of the slippery nature of the ribbon, but it will depend what ribbon you use.

You then need to top stitch a channel for the elastic to go through. Iron the garter flat (be careful of your iron setting if you are using synthetic ribbon), how you would like it to be seen from the top, then sew twice down the length in the middle of the garter, leaving enough room in between the rows of sewing to thread the elastic through. My elastic was 5mm and I sewed with a 10mm gap down the edges of my striped middle ribbon. Thread the elastic through with a safety pin. If you are threading anything on, like I did, this is the time to do it.

Then bring the ends of the elastic together and measure it around your leg to get the right fit and tension. Either sew or tie your elastic together (be sure it's secure!) and cut off any excess. You then need to hand stitch the end of the garter together, don't worry about neatness as this will soon be covered.

Then take a piece of ribbon 2 1/2 times the width of the garter and wrap it around the join (with the end inside the garter), folding under the end of the ribbon to keep it neat, hand stitch the ribbon in place. This is a good spot to sew on your adornments if you are using any.

 And voila! Handmade garter from simple, recycled, everyday materials.

The origami crane breeding program

So I've been folding cranes every chance I get... mostly in front of the wire or true blood in the evenings as Charlie likes to grab them and scrunch them up if I do them during the day. I have lost quite few precious cranes to Charlie's destructive tiny little hands. If I don't make it a thousand, I can blame her.

I think it's a nice little pile.... but there's a long way to go.... am I crazy doing this?