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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wedding Subway Art

My friend Sarah got married in October. I was a bad friend and didn't bring a gift...but I FINALLY finished her Subway Art I started months ago. (If you've ever made Subway Art, you're probably laughing at me because it really isn't hard) I am Mamma has a good tutorial (click here) for how to use (for free) to make your own printables.

I would be more then happy to fill in your name/date/colors and e-mail you a copy!

I am linking up here:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentine's Day Collage

This year for Valentine's Day I wanted to make the hubby something that included our little man. So I came up with the idea of making him a onesie that said "My heart belongs to daddy". I used my cricut and freezer paper to make it. Click here for a tutorial on freezer paper.

After I made the onesie, I had my friend Kim take a picture of Travis and I.

Then I used to make a collage. (If you aren't familiar with, I am Mamma has some great tutorials!) It turned out super cute! I printed it 12"x12" and bought a shadowbox frame to put it in. Fun, meaningful gift for $12!

I am linking up here!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Wedding flowers

So...did you think I died? Or did you not notice I haven't posted anything new in AGES? Either way, here I am! My little sister got married in January and my dad was out of work for 1 1/2 years before that. So I was busy, busy, busy making stuff and doing things for the wedding. My mom is a chronic DIY'er (yes, where I got it from), and I learned when she said "We will just do it ourselves!" in reference to the wedding, what she meant was "Melissa will do it!" So, when my mom said we were going to do our flowers, I was quite worried. I don't know how to do flowers!

Luckily, Kyla's mother-in-law (yep I know Kyla in real life-she's amazing!) has done flowers in the past. So we went over to her house one night and she taught us what she knew. She taught my mom and I the basics of making corsages, boutonnieres, and bouquets. Luckily, I took ONE DAY of floral class in High School before switching electives, so I knew how to wrap stems with floral tape. That is all I knew before this experience! But, somehow, my sister's flowers were absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I don't want to brag (seriously) but I was impressed!

So, here is how you can save $1000 (or more) on a wedding. Either find someone you know who knows the basics of doing flowers, or YOUTUBE! I went on YouTube and found hundreds of videos for how to make a boutonniere, corsage, or bouquet. Then I googled "yellow wedding flowers" and found hundreds of ideas. Then I found a local flower whole seller that you are actually able to pre-order flowers from. And worked up a ton of nerve and spent all day the day before the wedding slaving over flowers. Luckily I had a few handy ladies who came and helped me otherwise I would still be working! (and the wedding was 3 weeks ago) I made:
-7 bouquets
-13 boutonnieres
-5 corsages
And 13 flower arrangements for centerpieces.
And all the flowers cost...$200. Seriously.
I am still kicking myself that I didn't take a picture of all the flowers I made. SO MAD! But, it was a wedding, right? So we have hundreds of pictures, so just click on them to see them big so you can appreciate the flowers!

Here is my sister's bouquet close up...she didn't want ANY greenery added to it. Only flowers!

And here are us bridesmaid with the beautiful bride and our beautiful flowers!

And the groomsmen boutonniere's...

And here is one with the parents and grandparents and you can see their corsages and boutonniere's. (Ignore my mom's corsage that is upside down. The roses were TOO heavy and wouldn't stay up the other way. She said she liked it up-side down :O) )

And here are a few I cropped so you can better see them...