just got a groupon offer for a free bottle of garcinia cambogia
just got a groupon offer for a free bottle of garcinia cambogia
With graduation rapidly approaching, and myself still not even signed up to take NCLEX or to get my license, I’m feeling the crunch to simply focus on the next two weeks academically. I am thankful that my family has been chill about not telling me that I need to hurry up and figure wedding plans out. Honestly, I know things will come together as I want them to for a large extent, and the rest will work itself out just fine.
However, at the same time I do feel a desire to start picking up my blogging again and looking through my wedding-related bookmarks. After all, we do have a deposit down on our venue so the date is set: September 14th, 2012. It’s a Friday, which ended up being $1500 cheaper, so I told A’s mom to seriously not worry about the date and do it then. I guess the plan right now is to have our ceremony at their house and then the reception at the winery. Which will work out well because our photographer probably will be more than willing to go down the road and take pictures at the winery as well.
I guess I can go update a few things on my to-do :P
Presenting…a felt poem creator!
Similar to magnetic poetry, this little board can hold words for creating prose. I plan on using it as one of our fun attractions at our vineyard reception.
First of all, please bear with me as this is my first attempt at a tutorial. I am the type of crafty person that chooses the materials that speak to me and run with it, so many of my creations are on the fly without much structure. If things seem like they weren’t planned, they likely were not! A trip to Wal-Mart with my credit card resulted in bargain craft shopping and this project.
For this you will need:
STEP ONE: Form your wire hanger. This will be what holds up your cork board. I coiled mine into a twisted pattern. If you make it a little tight, that’s okay, because you can pull it apart and make it looser later on.
You can use a push pin to create a hole for the wire near the top of the cork board. Make sure you give yourself enough room for the wire to hold. If you put it too close to the edge, the wire can tear through the cork board.
After you put the wire through the cork, pull through so there is enough slack to wrap it around and secure. Make sure the excess wire slack is pointing inward to prevent injury (can also cut or round off).
STEP TWO: Apply decorative pattern from card stock. I chose this piece of card stock for my design because I wanted a semi-sophisticated polka dot pattern. However, you can choose any shape you like.
Cut out as many shapes as you wish to use and arrange to test out your spacing. I wanted 5 rows, and for me it worked out to be 18 circles that I had to cut out. You want to leave room between the shapes so that you are able to place pieces of felt. Glue your shapes to the cork board.
I did this because I was going for a particular look and wanted the cork board to be visible. You could also alter the look of your poem board by applying the sticky back felt/gluing plain felt to the cork board before placing your shape design. Either way is fine. (If you choose to place the felt before the shapes, you can skip step three.)
STEP THREE: Add felt pieces. The felt pieces are what will allow the words to “stick” to the cork board for the guests to create their own poetry. I chose white and as mentioned above, I had self-adhesive felt which made this part of the task much easier.
I cut out long thin strips of the felt that would comfortably fit between my circles while still showing the cork. They’re not perfectly even, and that’s ok!
STEP FOUR: Decorate and make header. This part could have been sped up for me if I had a glue gun. While I generally don’t like using glue guns on paper and the like, it is good for using on sequins, like the butterflies I used. It was a bit of a pain using white craft glue.
The header itself was made from felt on the bottom, then white card stock on top of colored card stock (all glued together). I left the backing on the sticky felt for this part and secured it with push pins so that the header was still able to be moved around/removed for other purposes.
STEP FIVE: Make word bank. Take a section of felt and cut it to desired size. I made mine the same width but shorter length than my cork board. Use wire and same technique in STEP ONE to attach felt to bottom of the cork board. I found that using a push pin to create a hole and leaving the sticky backing helped me to thread the wire through the felt.
Remove the sticky backing from the felt and place card stock cut to size on back.
Trim off extra edges.
STEP SIX: Make words. The words were simple to make. I wrote the words in by hand in permanent marker on white card stock, then glued on top of colored card stock.
The final result is fun. My fiance stopped by the poem creator board this morning and looked at it for a good five minutes. He found it to be really intriguing and wanted me to make more words.
Bonus: the cost is fairly low. The cork board was around $6 for 4 pieces, so $1.50 per piece. Packs of card stock are $5 for 50 pages, and I used 3 pages, so $0.30. Velcro strips can be pricey, but I got 15 for around $3 (you don’t need industrial strength). Wire, stickers, and butterfly decorations I found on Wal-Mart clearance for around $2 each.
Grand total is about $12-15 (for crafty people who already have supplies and won’t be out the extra money). If you bought everything just to use it for this project, it could run you closer to $20.
Feel free to use and/or modify!
Flower inspiration. I’m thinking about dropping the turquoise and using the turquoise instead in engagement photos or something.
Well, after my epically long post about getting married about A’s parents’ house, it’s possible that the plan has changed again. It went from a ceremony and reception there, to maybe just a ceremony there, to maybe the ceremony and reception being at the vineyard instead. The good news is that I’m fine with that, really. I originally wanted a vineyard wedding to begin with, so I’m actually heading more in the direction of what I originally wanted. I really love A’s parents’ house and the landscape surrounding it though, and I think it would be a great setting for either engagement pictures or pre-ceremony bridal party shots.
Here is the new possible venue:
I’ve sent them an email for now to see if they have a generic brochure or a list of rates for services, but I plan on calling and making an appointment to see them and meet in person at some point soon.
My dress design :)
I love this wedding band from peacesofindigo. She does custom designs, too, and has some male versions. Still, $199 for silver might be a little high and out of my budget.
OMG I LOVE IT. From Angel’s Bridal Boutique. It’s tea-length, has a little lace, and a little turquoise color. :)
My frankenstein of a dress. Taken from two dresses I found on an outlet dress website. I’m seriously considering seeing if my mom or a college design student will make me a dress instead of paying for it. It would also be perfectly fit to me then. Hmmmm.
Cute, huh? From Timeless Vixen Vintage on etsy.