Friday, January 29, 2010

Two months and counting ...

until daughter Kristen's wedding. The "big stuff" is mostly taken care of, now our life is full of details, details and more details. And because there wasn't enough going on ... her fiance accepted a new job, which means a move to a new area. Exciting but a little scary at the same time.

Meanwhile, I'm having a great time designing table decorations, stamping favor boxes and nabbing wedding related supplies on sale at Hobby Lobby (gotta love the half price sales and the 40% off coupons; our goal is to pay full price for NOTHING, and we are doing a pretty good job). There are four different widths of Cancun Green satin ribbon on my table right now ...

This week I've been printing wedding invitations. We're using a kit (bought at 50% off) and running them through my home printer. They are turning out very nicely!

I also snapped up all the horizontal 5 x 7 acrylic frames at Hobby Lobby and the vertical ones at our local Walmart. I'm working on these little mini-layouts to set around on tables at the reception:

After a two-month break, I finally completed a layout -- my first in 2010. The subjects are my oldest and youngest granddaughters decorating cookie houses at a local pre-Christmas event. If you look closely, you can see bits of frosting on little Anna's fingers and face.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Is it spring yet?

Okay, the snow was pretty, now can we have spring? I'm already tired of cold weather, ice and slush!

Here are a couple pictures that I took January 8 when it was really cold, and after a foot of snow over the previous few days:

But, the cold weather has given me an excuse to stay in and start to work on DIY projects for the wedding. In addition to the table decoration prototype that I came up with (see last week's post), Kristen found the cutest little bag-shaped favor boxes. They are white, and came with white ribbons to make bows, but we thought they needed jazzing up. So .... I'm stamping them with teal Staz-On ink and the same stamp we used on her save the date cards; then we'll put some tissue paper inside:

The bride's colors are teal, orange and green, so we are thinking of using all three colors of tissue, just to make a more festive display. The boxes will go on the table with the candy buffet, and guests will fill their own little boxes with the goodies of their choice.

My nephew's wife also likes to scrap, and she made mini-layouts using photos of the two of them, then placed them in 5x7 acrylic frames and used them as table decorations at their wedding. Kristen loved the idea, so we will be doing that too. Here's the first one I made -- easy and lots of fun!

We're also printing and assembling invitations (from a box kit, but they also have ribbons); and if we have time, making wedding programs. The wedding is 12 weeks from today; yikes!

Oh yeah, I also made a couple of new year's cards:

This one used the Top Note die, a snowflake stamp and paper from Stampin' Up.

The Top Note die again; love it! Basic Grey paper; Prima flower, leaves and ornament.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ninety more days ...

... until my youngest daughter's wedding day! The to-do list seems to be growing instead of shrinking. The "big things" are mostly taken care of now; it's the little details that occupy our time these days.

My daughter really likes 1940's styling and is incorporating little touches into her wedding and reception. She saw an idea for table decor in a magazine or book and described it to me; this is what I came up with for a "trial run". The result is elegant, easy and inexpensive; we will "tweak the design" a little bit, but these seem to be a winner.

I started with a tall container (this one is actually a pilsner glass from The Dollar Tree) and dropped some of those acrylic marbles and colored stones in the bottom. Then I filled it with water tinted with food coloring and added a floating rose-shaped candle. Last, I spritzed a few twigs from the back yard with spray glitter to add a bit of shine.

The bride loves peacock feathers and wants to use them in the decor if possible, so I bundled a peacock feather tip, a spray of silk leaves and a sprig of dried baby's breath with a sage ribbon.

Her colors are teal (the bridesmaids' dresses will be in this color) with orange-yellow flowers and sage green accents -- pretty much the colors you see in the eye of a peacock feather.

Hard to see here, but when the candle is lit and the lights are dimmed, the candle glows through the water and off the stones, mirror and sides of the glass. They will sit on a white tablecloth, and we'll scatter some crystals and stones around them. We may use some white votives in clear glass holders too.

We had such a good time last week at Hobby Lobby's half price bridal sale, picking up lovely invitation kits, adorable goodie bags and a guest book with matching pen. We used our 40% coupons to buy old fashioned jars for a candy buffet, which will be set up with various kinds of old-fashioned favorites for guests to fill their own goodie bags. We are really excited about putting that together!

Thanks for looking. Have a great week!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The holiday season is coming to a close ...

... but I am enjoying the decorations for a couple more days.