Friday, February 25, 2011

30 Before April 30 Project 11 Completed!

Bridal shower number two is this weekend, hosted by my mother and being organized and coordinated by a group of family and friends. I tend to show my gratitude with something homemade but with a larger group, that kind of generosity can make for some late nights. In keeping with the garden theme, I'm giving the women a little flower that can be planted and enjoyed this Spring.


At the local CVS, I picked up flowers for $1.99. Obviously, the plastic container they come in isn't eye-catching so I needed a low-cost cover solution. I grabbed a few tools, sat in front of my TV and the end of Glee Season 1, and got creative.


Decorative paper is something that we can all afford (a few cents if you bring in a coupon!). I placed the container in the center of a 12"x12" sheet of paper.


After a few miserable attempts at decorative folding, I overlapped two edges on two sides of the container.



First, I punched a hole on two sides so that I could weave a ribbon around the container, but that was a miserable sight! Instead, I grabbed washi tape that my dear friend Michelle gave me for my birthday. A piece on each side and I'm done! That saved a lot of time!




Instead of making cards, I decided to make little signs to stick into each plant. The Cricut machine was pulled out and I used the Simply Sweet cartridge that included these adorable tabs, which look a lot like the signs you may use in a garden to label your herbs. On one side of the sign is a "thank you" and the other side has a butterfly.


In order to see the designs, I glued pieces of paper behind the tabs. See how pretty that looks!



To make this easier, I taped the stick to one tab and then glued the two tabs together. A quick stab into the dirt and we have ourselves a cute gift!




30 Before April 30 ongoing list ... (this list changes occasionally)
- Homemade totebags for the bridesmaids
- Guest bags and all of the pieces that will go inside for out-of-towners
- DONE! Save the dates
- Wedding invitations
- Hand written addresses for wedding invitations
- Wedding programs
- DONE! Bags for Program Attendants
- DONE! Bridal shower invitations
- DONE! Bridal shower party favors
- DONE! Reserved signs
- DONE! Escort cards for wedding party
- Photobooth props & sign
- DONE! Rehearsal dinner dessert
- Rehearsal dinner invitations
- Rehearsal dinner menus
- DONE! Fabric bunting flags for bridal shower
- DONE! Thank you gifts along the way ...
- Groomsmen gifts
- Door initials
- DONE! Bridal Shower Cake Bunting
- DONE! Dessert bar components
- Sign in *surprise* area (we can't give everything away)
- Bridal Party dinner table monogram runner
- Signs for front of reception site
- Centerpieces for cocktail tables & bars
- Wedding cake topper
- Bouquet bling
- Signs for pictures
- Toiletry kits for bathrooms
- Thank you gifts for our generous vendors, family and friends helping on the big day!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

And the Winner Is: Me!

After a 3-day weekend, it's so incredibly hard to get back into traffic and join the masses for another work week (but it is a short week so hip hip hooray!!). While quickly checking my blog, I learned that I'm a winner!! Krista at It's Always Craft Time (heart you) awarded me and 14 other amazing bloggers with the Stylish Blog Award! How am I supposed to focus the rest of the day with this honor hanging over my head?! I will likely take this very seriously and email all of my family and friends with this amazing announcement! (It'll be a nice break from the heart-wrenching emails detailing wedding tasks.)

Thank you Krista and I hope this post makes you proud!


As a recipient of this award, here are the rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award. (Hi Krista!)
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered great blogs.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

This is no doubt about to bore you, but I will do my best to insert humor where, at all, possible!

1. I'm going to marry one of my best friends (because CM and KB are pretty important too) on April 30! I heart you JC!
2. I grew up in a small town where I spent my summers showing dairy cows at the local state fair! I mostly did it for the cinnamon rolls.
3. My parents were born in Azores, Portugal, and came to America after they married in 1969. I speak Portuguese fluently and it comes in handy when I need to say something about someone without hurting their feelings.
4. I heart Mexican food! And my favorite place to grab a burrito is a truck in my hometown where a burrito the size of two meals costs $3. I don't ask for the meat's origins. It's better that way.
5. My favorite shows are Glee, Mad Men, Greek, Modern Family, and Californication. As you can see, I like to watch a variety of shows that span the lifespan of a human being, from high school to rock bottom!
6. I have chronic nose-drip. It is what it is.
7. I enjoy running and have trained for and ran 9 half marathons. My 31-year-old body has recently informed me that this has been a bad idea and we have decided to keep the runs shorter.

Now, I get to spread the love!! And I really hope that these winners realize how much they have inspired me, how much I appreciate the time they spend sharing their intellectual property with me (I learned that on The Social Network), and please keep it up!

1. Michelle @ The Whole Enchellada
2. Jen, Jamie and Jodie @ eighteen25
3. Kate @ Centsational Girl
4. Lorie @ Be Different Act Normal
5. Cassity @ Polly Want a Crafter
6. Jamie @ C.R.A.F.T.
7. Kimberly @ Craftyland
8. Amy @ The Idea Room
9. Christi @ P is for Party
10. The girls @ The Purl Bee
11. Beckie & Brad @ These Creative Juices
12. Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous
13. Meredith @ Welcome to Heardmont
14. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition
15. Hannah @ Young and Crafty

This is probably the longest blog I've ever written and you deserve an award for sticking through. But please visit my new 15 favorites! These blogs truly remind me why I do this - for fun - and why I get excited to do anything just to blog about it! xoxo Debbie

Monday, February 21, 2011

Freebie Roundup

With all of the paper and fabric cutting, sewing and sugar consumption, I have little time to spend on my dashboard and check out all of the ideas on blogland that inspire me to create, create, create. It's truly sad.

During a quick glance at my favorites, there are so many freebies to share. So before they go away and I lose them forever, I'm going to list them here similar to a journal entry so that I can one day return and try again.

Thanks eighteen25 (again!) for reminding me how wonderful you are with the free subway art and getting me excited for St. Pattie's Day!


I'm always looking for ways to use yarn that doesn't include another scarf. The Lettered Cottage has instructions on how to create a wreath that is the perfect transition from 'goodbye winter' to 'hello spring'!


I have visions of cute headbands for my cousins that are actually part of that 30 Before April 30 list. Craftaholics Anonymous provides a great tutorial on how to make them and I sure look forward to taking this on.


Monogram pillows are so in right now! And I wish I could put one on every single couch in this house! But I've learned that they're kinda hard to make if you want a good quality product. The Sweet Survival has one of the best online tutorials.


One of the most important lessons I learned in college was glitter is an outside toy. Since then, I have learned that embossing powder and glitter paper also falls into that category. That is why this amazing artwork by Reasons to Skip the Housework would look great in our house but the project will need to go outside.


Another 30 Before April 30 project is the photobooth props which I will need to make. But thanks to Today's Creative Blog, she's collected a few favorite freebies from Amy Locurto, which includes the infamous smiles, 'staches and teeth on sticks.


Keep creative people!

30 Before April 30 Project 10 Completed

This little project isn't on the original 30 list but as any party planner can support me in saying, you can not anticipate everything and changes are inevitable. That is very much the case with this project. Next weekend is my second bridal shower hosted by my mom and I have been very much involved in the details for this garden-themed gathering.

For the cakes, I made little bunting flags to hang over each tower. I decided to recreate these little flags into big person versions to drape around the venue. Here is the list of materials used:
- 1 yard each of four different fabric prints
- 5 packages of bias tape - single fold
- white thread for sewing the triangles; blue thread for sewing the bias tape
- sewing machine, scissors, iron
- triangle template (homemade)

During Super Bowl Sunday, I sat on the familyroom floor and cut out 132 triangles measuring 8" x 9" x 9" from 4 yards of fabric.



Take two pieces, design face-to-face, and sew the two longer sides, making sure to overlap the stitch at the tip.


Thanks CM and KT for helping on a Sunday afternoon turn the triangles right side out and iron each one flat.


A visit to the fabric store and I picked up bias tape - single fold, not really knowing if this was the best option for connecting the triangles. I did the best I could, overlapping one of the edges over each triangle. I spaced each triangle 2 inches apart.



Use a zig-zag stitch. I tried really hard to get the zig on the fabric and the zag on the bias tape. Not every single triangle looked great but practice made perfect, and over time, I was able to accomplish this.



I apologize for the limited decor, but Valentine's Day came down this morning and I'm not yet sure what will go on the mantel next ... something a little more permanent.



30 Before April 30 ongoing list ... (this list changes occasionally)
- Homemade totebags for the bridesmaids
- Guest bags and all of the pieces that will go inside for out-of-towners
- DONE! Save the dates
- Wedding invitations
- Hand written addresses for wedding invitations
- Wedding programs
- DONE! Bags for Program Attendants
- DONE! Bridal shower invitations
- DONE! Bridal shower party favors
- DONE! Reserved signs
- DONE! Escort cards for wedding party
- Photobooth props & sign
- DONE! Rehearsal dinner dessert
- Rehearsal dinner invitations
- Rehearsal dinner menus
- DONE! Fabric bunting flags for bridal shower
- Thank you cards for gifts along the way ...
- Groomsmen gifts
- Door initials
- DONE! Bridal Shower Cake Bunting
- DONE! Dessert bar components
- Sign in *surprise* area (we can't give everything away)
- Bridal Party dinner table monogram runner
- Signs for front of reception site
- Centerpieces for cocktail tables & bars
- Wedding cake topper
- Bouquet bling
- Signs for pictures
- Toiletry kits for bathrooms
- Thank you gifts for our generous vendors, family and friends helping on the big day!


Celebrating at these linky parties this week:
- Polly Want a Crafter
-
Making the World Cuter
-
C.R.A.F.T. Making Monday Marvelous
-
Craftomaniac Monday
-
DIY Showoff
- Take a Look Tuesday at Craft Bee
-
These Creative Juices Linky Party
- Creative Share Wednesdays at The Trendy Treehouse

Monday, February 14, 2011

shower me with love part I

There comes a time in a person's life when the spotlight shines a little brighter. I experienced a little bit of unfamiliar attention as the bride-to-be at my first bridal shower this weekend hosted by my best friend and maid of honor (same person). As a testament to our honeymoon destination, she put on a Parisian bridal shower full of macaroons, chandeliers, cheese and wine.

This table is a dream come true with sandwiches from Sweet Affair Bakery and sweet goodness from Walnut Creek Baking Company. The black and white table runners are a homemade addition with sale fabric from Ikea.


The cannoli-like dessert is the Portuguese version made by my mom! All you need is puff pastry, bakery store custard, and powdered sugar. The secret incredient is actually the metal funnel tube that you wrap the puff pastry around which is from Portugal.


The party favor included flower seeds and a metal tin to grow your flowers in. See the tutorial here.


And what kind of French party would this be without macaroons? These were so beautifully stacked on this little glass cake stand.



My beautiful friends and family traveled from the South Bay, San Francisco and the Central Valley to share this day with me!


Thanks to MW and MJ for taking pictures of the day, and to CM for being such a wonderful host and making everyone wish that their maid of honor was as beautiful and thoughtful as you! I love you.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

30 Before April 30 Project 9 Completed!

You may have heard this before along this blog, but this little wedding we're planning does not carry a small guest list. A decision was made a very long time ago to not use escort cards or assigned seating. But this creative soul needed to include these wedding staples somewhere.

Photo by Stephanie Baker Photography

Our wedding party won't have any problem knowing where to sit after being announced. The escort cards for this lucky bunch include pictures of the bridal party with one or both of us. I just created a word document with text boxes, picture copies and the names.


A hydrangea-like stamp, Color Box ink in lettuce, and a little embossing was the personal touch here.





Working on the invitations, there's a lot of leftover cardstock, so I made sure to fit the escort card to what I had on hand. Want not, waste not.





30 Before April 30 ongoing list ... (this list changes occassionally)
- Homemade totebags for the bridesmaids
- Guest bags and all of the pieces that will go inside for out-of-towners
- DONE! Save the dates
- Wedding invitations
- Hand written addresses for wedding invitations
- Wedding programs
- DONE! Bags for Program Attendants
- DONE! Bridal shower invitations
- DONE! Bridal shower party favors
- DONE! Reserved signs
- DONE! Escort cards for wedding party
- Photobooth props & sign
- DONE! Rehearsal dinner dessert
- Rehearsal dinner invitations
- Rehearsal dinner menus
- Bar menus
- Thank you cards for gifts along the way ...
- Groomsmen gifts
- Door initials
- DONE! Bridal Shower Cake Bunting
- DONE! Dessert bar components
- Sign in *surprise* area (we can't give everything away)
- Bridal Party dinner table monogram runner
- Signs for front of reception site
- Centerpieces for cocktail tables & bars
- Wedding cake topper
- Bouquet bling
- Signs for pictures
- Toiletry kits for bathrooms
- Thank you gifts for our generous vendors, family and friends helping on the big day!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

30 Before April 30 Project 8 Completed!

It's not very often that a bride is as involved as I have been with her own bridal shower. But the concept of a "garden" theme was my own since I am completely in love with succulents and my mom is hosting this shower around that idea. I have stepped in and produced a few of my own signature pieces and will continue showing them off here on this very popular blog!

First, I want to show off my little bunting flags made for the cakes. I've asked for three different cakes with three different stands which will carry these colorful flags. Cute huh?



I'll share with you the amazing inspiration behind this idea. You'll want to make your own little flags!
One Lovely Day by Project Wedding


The little wooden bride and groom get me and I'm still determined to make a similar pair (having a little trouble finding the body).


Kiki La Ru sells DIY bunting kits so that you can easily put one together for your next cake.


This one almost brough me to tears with how cute and tiny it is. The City Cradle shows you the steps to completing this mini-fiesta bunting.




Wedding Paper Divas has a nice selection of ideas on their blog.

30 Before April 30 ongoing list ... (this list changes occassionally)
- Homemade totebags for the bridesmaids
- Guest bags and all of the pieces that will go inside for out-of-towners
- DONE! Save the dates
- Wedding invitations
- Hand written addresses for wedding invitations
- Wedding programs
- DONE! Bags for Program Attendants
- DONE! Bridal shower invitations
- DONE! Bridal shower party favors
- DONE! Reserved signs
- Escort cards for wedding party
- Photobooth props & sign
- DONE! Rehearsal dinner dessert
- Rehearsal dinner invitations
- Rehearsal dinner menus
- Bar menus
- Thank you cards for gifts along the way ...
- Groomsmen gifts
- Door initials
- DONE! Bridal Shower Cake Bunting
- DONE! Dessert bar components
- Sign in *surprise* area (we can't give everything away)
- Bridal Party dinner table monogram runner
- Signs for front of reception site
- Centerpieces for cocktail tables & bars
- Wedding cake topper
- Bouquet bling
- Signs for pictures
- Toiletry kits for bathrooms
- Thank you gifts for our generous vendors, family and friends helping on the big day!
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