Monday, August 31, 2009

First big delivery

Well, kind of my first delivery. I did get my box of mason jars that I ordered off Ebay a couple of weeks ago, but today was my first delivery that made me soooo happy. My shoes!! I love love love them. They are awesome. I got them off Zappos. They have such a great selection of fun and colorful shoes. Here are some of favorites. The ones I got are among them, but which ones they are...I will not tell. Can you guess?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

You can get lost

You can get lost on Style Me Pretty's newest website Style Circle. Here, you can browse through tons of reader-made inspiration boards and even make them yourself. Its quite addicting! Here is how my first one came out:

Burst of Spring

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

DIY trial run

I am helping my friend and coordinator, Paige, at her first bridal show in three weeks. I told her I'd make lollipop stands and poms for the booth and candy buffet. I figure it will give me a reason to get some of it done way ahead of time and get in some practice. Here is the lollipop tree from the Martha Stewart website:

For directions, click here.

I made a two bases, and I'm thinking I might need one more. Granted, they will look much better with all the candy stuck in them. I also have to find the right font for the flag on top so it doesn't look lame. Here is a pic of my bases:

I also tried out a couple of tissue poms. I had to learn not to pull them too hard or you end up with ripped "petals." I have them hanging in the hall and its driving my pups crazy when they blow in the air conditioning. I think I heard Bruiser run down the hall and try to jump and eat one. He tries hard to look so innocent:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Change of Mind

I keep trying not to change my mind over and over, but my maid of honor and I looked through patterns online tonight and found a new one that would be perfect. The Target dress isn't feeling dressy enough and isn't fitting too comfortably on the girls. I love this pattern by Cynthia Rowly and I think its much dressier than the previous one. Maybe I can talk my mom into making one for me! This has been my fav so far and it can switched up to be appropiate for the junior bridesmaid too.

Monday, August 17, 2009

A GREAT weekend!!

What a productive weekend! Mom and I went to the City Wide Garage Sale on Saturday. We found three milk glass vases and two iron planter boxes. I also got the most perfect frosted green footed candy dish ever! The price wasn't marked and the guy said he'd give it to me for $5 (they usually would be about $35). On the way back to the car, the bag broke and slipped out of my hands. It completely shattered. I thought I was going to cry. The base of it is still intact, so my grandpa is going to see if he can cut it down to be smooth across the top and then I'm going to try and find an old china plate to put on top of it. I think it can be repurposed. Then, we went to a junk shop and found two old wine crates, 2 wrought iron baskets, and an old suitcase for my friend Paige's project. We figured the iron baskets can be filled with moss and then have votives and lemons tucked inside. We also found two more round iron baskets at Hobby Lobby for $1 each and a wicker stacked basket set (usually used for fruit) for $7. Deals and steals, thats what I'm about.

And now for the deal of a lifetime. We stopped by Target to pick up a bottle of wine (which was much needed by then) and just happened to go by the dress department. I pointed out a cute tank dress in this awesome lawn green color. Mom thought it would be a great going away dress, but I thought it would work for the bridesmaids. Its fully lined and has the "wearability factor" that I promised the girls. Best yet...they were only $39.99 and they had all the sizes I needed!!! We'll be able to accessorize them to death and still be on a great budget!! Plus, it would cut down on the sewing for my mom. The color looks awesome with so many colors. Here is a picture, but its on a camera phone and under store lights...

So, keep in mind when looking for bridesmaid's dresses, they can be anywhere!!

Lastly, I tried on the mock up dress that my mom had to put together to see if the shape was right. She used three patterns to get the look we wanted. I must say, she nailed it perfectly. I absolutely love it! I couldn't be happier. We also found all the material for it on Saturday while shopping and it was all 40-50% off!
I hope to have more weekends this productive!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Mason Jar Madness

I'm in love with blue and green mason jars. I've decided to use them in my centerpieces with some milk glass vases and other vintage what nots sprinkled in. I do plan on using them in my future craft room (yes, my husband to be promised me long as he gets a 3 car garage) as holders for my brushes, pens, notions, etc. but I can't see myself dispersing the 60-65 that I'll use in the reception. That might be a little overkill. Plus, finding that many seemed to be a daunting task. However, my mom sent out an email to all my family and her bunco ladies to see if anyone had some on hand. My mom has seven, I ordered 12 on Ebay, and my Aunt Diane some green to use in the mix. So, instantly I was already at a little over 20. Then, our friend Liz emailed from her summer home in Minnesota and said she found a place that is selling them for $1 each and that she'd bring as many as I needed back with her. What a doll! I think two dozen should suffice. I love deals like that!!
Mom and I are off to the City Wide Garage Sale again tomorrow. We're hoping to find some of the above mentioned vintage what nots for decor and anything else that strikes our fancy. Then its off to the fabric store to see about finding the material for all the layers under the lace on my dress. If we're lucky, we can find bridesmaids material too, but the fabric selections just aren't what they used to be. I'll post my finds on Sunday.