Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Crafty gifts and wedding bells

So my best friend got married to my husband's best friend this past weekend. It was a lovely weekend in the hills of farmland, with friends and fun. I had a lovely awesome time, and enjoyed the entire getaway from the usual work stuff.
Here's some pics from the wedding (these were by me) at the Glasbern Inn:

 (the bride the day of)

(my bridesmaid hair)

(The hubs and I at the reception)

So here is what my husband, a friend of ours, and I cooked up for their wedding gift. They are the type of people that if they really want something, they probably already have it, so we decided to go more thoughtful. I apologize that I stink at tissuepaper placement. And the purple ribbons- all from her bridal shower (kind of an inside joke- I promised her I'd find a way to use that ribbon someday, and I did!)

I created the framed piece of artwork that includes their birthdays, first date, engagement, and wedding date all in one lovely framed graphic. After seeing similar ones on Pinterest like this one, I knew I could do something similar on my own with their dates and wedding colors (green and silver). I scored this awesome frame at Michaels, that is silver but shiny so it looks black and silver at times. Later I'll try to upload the original file for anyone who wants a similar printable (once I figure out what's best to upload the file to)

We also got some things together for a "date night"- 3 bottles of wine and 3 gift cards (1 for movie tickets, 1 for dinner, and 1 for ice cream). I also made a card, as well as a mini album.

The mini album was the most labor intensive piece, as the mini album I chose for the base was sort of tricky- it had pages that flip up, as well as over. Here's the layouts and cover. The cover is my fav.

Some pages I like more than others (but's that's how life is, right?). It was a lot of work to put it all together, but I knew it was something I wanted to do. I originally was going to try to do their wedding colors, but that just didn't happen. ;(

Overall the wedding was beautiful and fun. Oh, and the brooch bouquet that we collected brooches for at her bridal shower (see post here) turned out amazing! Her matron of honor did a fabulous job putting it together.

Other great DIY things included the centerpieces the bride and groom put together (apothecary jars and the main table had a dome like that of the beauty and the beast rose!), the bride's mom made her veil and shoes, and her necklace was an antique store find we found while wandering a shop after a day of dress fittings.
It was a blast and I can't wait for the awesome pictures from the photographer come out. So fab!

Oh, I also got this AWESOME steampunk necklace as a thank you for being a bridesmaid (with matching gear earrings) so I am determined to put together a steampunk costume for this year's Halloween. I am in search of some super cool goggles and all things steampunk. Here's my inspiration board for my ideas for the costume.

Anyways, with the housing situation being pushed back to October 29th (we hope) sadly all my Halloween decor hopes went out the window, so if I get to it, I'll try to do a little bit around here, but no promises- which makes me super sad, as Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday! *tears*
I just hope it all actually happens this time! We've been waiting for almost 8 months on this house! (Short sales are anything but short- but that's a post for later).

Lastly, I tried out this super cool program online called Floorplanner, where you can create 3d and 2d models of whatever type of home you want. I basically did it to test out some ideas on furniture arrangement in our future home, though I totally was guesstimating on the dimensions of everything (rooms and furniture). Was a fun waste of a few hours a few days ago. hehe

Oks, time for bed, got work in the afternoon.

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