Wedding Craftiness

The anticipation has been built! The big day happened! And it was wonderful and beautiful AND crafty. I stuck true to my goal of enjoying the crafting for my wedding. There were no late nights of frenzied crafting. No going overboard on minor details. Just simple crafting that I enjoyed along the way. Time for the photos!

 

Gifts at the rehearsal, many handmade.

 

I made eight boxes for the girls who helped with the wedding (I didn’t have official bridesmaids). Each girl got a personalized bookmark and handmade sugar scrub (sugar + Olay Dawn Dish Soap Pomegranate – two ingredients).

 

A little hot glue with flowers, tulle, and a hair comb. Easy! I made two versions of this and the hairstylist chose this one. I tried to make a full birdcage veil and it just made me look like a lunch lady. This worked out so much better and I couldn’t even feel it.

 

I made my bouquet very early on in the process. Three fake hydrangea stems with brooches scattered through out. I watched many YouTube videos on how to make brooch bouquets and the series by Jessica Flores was the most helpful.

 

I made us cards to exchange on the morning of our wedding. Here I am reading the one Tom wrote to me. Very similar design to our thank you cards.

 

Of course I had to get a photograph of me knitting on my wedding day! Here I am working on a Bitty Baby dress for Ella. I bought that bag just for the wedding from The Needle Palace on Etsy.

 

And then my sister Avery knit me the shawl for my wedding! I gave her the yarn (Quince and Company) and requested the Shaelyn pattern.

 

Just throwing in one of my favorite shots here. Our photographer was amazing.

 

Reception time! I used three mason jars (quart, pint, jelly) on top of a wood slab. Tom’s grandmother gave us the jars from her canning days and his uncle cut the wood slabs for us from a tree on his property. I bought a big roll of burlap to make the runners myself (raw edges). Hydrangeas and baby’s breath for the flowers with a fake votive candle. Very simple!

 

Our table signs were a little different – from an idea I saw on Pinterest. All numbers that were important to us. Miles between our hometowns, dates, etc.

 

There were about ten children at our wedding, so they had special placemates and a set of crayons. I also made these “I Spy” jars (the tag is on the other side). When you rolled around the jar, you could “spy” the different items, like a dinosaur, eraser, etc. Another idea from Pinterest.

 

Our sweetheart table. I almost bought a custom set of mugs, but then found plain mugs at Joann’s for $2 and dressed them up myself. We had a special wedding brew in them. Very fun!

 

I even decorated the bag for the dollar dance! Just a simple canvas bag from Hobby Lobby. Used a masking alphabet and misting spray. Just took a few minutes to make.

 

Those are the highlights!  Our guestbook were quilt blocks, but I’ll save that for a separate post when I finish the quilt.  I’m so glad I got to craft parts of my wedding and save some money along the way doing it.  We are so blessed!  I’ll leave you with this last fun photo (made that pennant in the background too).

 

Second Quarter 2014 Report

Halfway through the year of flow already and it so it is time for the second quarter stash report (prepared before my wedding and honeymoon, of course).  I am using a lot of fabric and keeping ahead of my fiber stash, but the yarn stash is on critical alert for the next quarter.  More knitting and less buying.  Should be easier now that two festivals have come and gone, but still.  Even one skein of sock yarn will put me over the edge right now!  So glad I have been able to spend lots of time crafting this summer.

Fabric Update:

Used Year to Date: 18.5 yards

Added Year to Date:  12 yards

Destashed Year to Date:  6.5 yards

Yarn purchased at my first Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival!

Yarn Update:

Knit Year to Date:  3,980 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  993 yards

Purchased Year to Date: 3,823 yards

Acquired for Free to Date:  745 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  405 yards (on the verge of being behind…must keep knitting!)

The first four ounces from my Jacob fleece.

Fiber Update:

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  33 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  25 ounces

Yards Spun Year to Date:  1,516 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  8 ounces

Hello Friend

This is the first summer I have had a break in about nine years.  A real break from work without worrying about papers I need to write or second jobs I have to go to.  It feels wonderful!  And as a result, I have really been doing a lot of crafting.  Imagine that!  I even had time to make a card from the June Simon Says Stamp Kit…in the month of June.  The same month as the kit was released!  And it is a card that I just made out of the blue, not even for card club.  This one was originally created by Stephanie for the SSS card kit gallery.  We get letter stickers in almost every monthly kit, but this was the first time I have used mine.  I need to create more phrases on my cards like this one.  And the tilt of the paper is simple yet a new thing I have been seeing everywhere.

 

 

 

Now it is time to go get married!  And it will finally be time to share all of the crafting I have been working on for the big day!  Be back soon.

You’re a Winner Card

Last month’s Simon Says Stamp May 2014 card kit was all about boys.  My favorite part was the Distress Ink mini dauber with a mini ink pad.  I used it on the card below with the star stencil.  This card was an attempt to replicate Lorraine’s card.  I replaced the sneakers with buttons and used a thin piece of cork to stamp the saying.  I have had a single piece of cork paper in my stash for years and finally found a use for it.  A fun, simple card that I shared with my Happy Mail Card Club and they say the cork is trendy right now.  Time to go explore the June kit!

 

 

You Brighten My Day Cards

Time to share another Happy Mail Card Club creation!  I absolutely love the Simon Says Stamp April 2014 Kit called, “You Brighten my Day.”  Great stamp set, glittered paper, and wooden pieces!  I felt inspired to make several cards from this kit.  Who can resist a lightbulb stamp with a heart in the center?  I added pink Stickles and baker’s twine to the kit supplies.  I also started to use my pop-up Glue Dots that I have had for ages.  I like them even better than my foam squares/dots!  Here are the creations I made, all inspired from the card gallery:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope your day is brightened a little by these fun cards!

Crocheted Rag Rug

Now that my first year as an assistant professor is over, I have more time for crafting!  I am almost overwhelmed with the possibilities of projects.  Last week I bought a subscription on sale for Creativebug.  It is like Craftsy in the sense that they have online tutorials, but instead of paying for each class, you pay for the time you have access.  It has a different feel and allows for more dabbling across different types of projects.  Perfect timing for my summer schedule!  The first class I tried was, “Crochet a Rag Rug” by Cal Patch.  I also read Crazy Mom Quilts’ recent tutorial.  I found a bag of scrap strips in my fabric stash that have moved with me at least three times.  And so, this 10″ by 28″ rug was created in just one evening.

 

 

If I find some cheap bed sheets or knit fabric this summer, I will be creating bigger rugs for the kitchen.  It really is a fun project.  You just have to watch your wrists as the fabric is very unforgiving.  Let me know if you have ever made one.  Here is to the beginning of a wonderful summer!

An Epic Quilt

In November, my youngest sister made a crafting request for her college graduation in December – a quilt big enough for her bed.  I almost fell over at the request for two reasons:  1 – I had never made a quilt that large before. and 2 – She usually does not usually ask for things.  I knew I was not going to get it done in time for graduation, but I immediately started planning.  First, I had my sister pick a pattern and colors.  We decided on the Raspberry Dessert pattern by Jaybird Quilts in turquoise and black.  Sometime in December I ventured out to Joann’s to choose the perfect fabrics.  My sister approved through Snapchatting photos.  Over Christmas break I cut the fabric into the strips and squares necessary, which I rarely do.  I am a pre-cut and/or wonky kind of quilter.  After this experience, I will stick to my pre-cuts, thank you.  Slowly I pieced the quilt together in January and February.

 

 

 

Then after I finished the quilt top and stitched together a back, I decided to send it to Missouri Star Quilt Company for the quilting part.  This size of quilt was never going to fit in my small machine and I would not want to have tried!  My sister picked out the quilted pattern.  I waited about three weeks for it to come back to me.  And wow, was I impressed.  They did such an amazing job on the quilting and getting the quilt square.  Saved me a lot of agony (well that is what I would call it – other people seem to enjoy this step).  After all of that work, I had to hand sew the binding, right?  Again, how people see that part as enjoyable, I am not sure.  And black binding was definitely difficult to see.  I spent about a week working on the binding in the sunlight.  I ordered a custom label from Etsy to include (my first quilt with a label!) and off it went to my sister – about six months after the original request and long after graduation!  But she loves it.

 

 

 

So this was the largest, most expensive, and best quilt I have ever made.  I have no desire to make another one any time soon…although I seem to say that after every quilt I make.  Next one on my requested list is a toddler sized quilt for my goddaughter’s birthday in August.  I can handle that, but I better start now.  :)