Sunday, August 22, 2010

Wedding: Children's Gifts

I wanted to make the children's gifts extra special since my daughter was going to be our flower girl. I tried to think of what I, as a mother, would want her to have. Something that wouldn't just become clutter and be forgotten. I wanted them to have something they could actually use but that was still personal.

Again, I referenced the lovely tutorials from for these children's capes. They were a bit cumbersome to make since I was making 4 at one time. I felt like a factory worker pumping those capes out in time. It was my first project using an applique so I had to get the hang of the stitching since I just used a zig-zag stitch. The kids loved them, because really...what kid doesn't like being a super hero?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Wedding: Ring Pillow

Back with another wedding project. Sharing today with you the ring pillow I made out of the same fabric I used for the clutches. Gotta keep everything consistant and get my monies worth of course ;) They were real simple, just two squares of fabric stitched and stuffed. Then I finished them with an embroidered 'a' and 'k' as well as our wedding date :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Wedding: Centerpieces

I liked the whole mason jar trend going on in the wedding world. It fit in with our rustic/vintagey theme and they were pretty inexpensive to buy in bulk. I also used regular canned food cans as well as Starbucks Frapp drinks to supplement the mason jars. A great way to both save money and the environment :) I drink a lot of Sbux drinks so I just saved those and cans that were in good condition and dressed them up with twine, ribbon, and burlap. A very low cost centerpiece with highly attractive appeal.

Above is the final end result at our reception.

Tip: GooGone is a great product that helps get sticky residue off surfaces. I used that to get the Sbux bottles nice and clean.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wedding: Apple Clutch

I wanted to make my gifts for my bridesmaids. I figured it would be that much more personal. I used Michael Miller/Sandi Henderson Farmers Market in Spring Apple Dot fabric. Lordy was it a painstaking process. It literally took blood, sweat, and tears. First, I had to figure out the purse shape pattern, which took a few muck-ups to get right. I eventually came up with a pattern that worked and from there three more purses were born. Needless to say my fingers got quite a bit raw and bloody getting the fabric in the purse frames. Alas, I persevered through the pain and ended up with 4 cute and personal clutches for my ladies.

Lisa at has a lovely tutorial that helped sooo much!

Hiatus over!

Sorry for the absence...I was busy getting married and all :P That and I decided I deserved a little break after all the stresses that wedding planning brings. So to update you in all the happenings, I'll be writing in retrospect for the next few posts. Thanks for your patience and welcome back!