thing-a-day fourteen: cracked but not broken

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A little Valentine’s Day treat (and a little bit late… hey, I was celebrating last night!).  Chipped semi-precious stone and craft foam to make a pin.

thing-a-day twelve: Candy Heart Pin

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I’ve seen a lot of similar style projects for the quickly-approaching holiday, and I wanted to do up one of my own!  Made with felt and poly filler, stitched on my machine with a sweet message and finished with my new favorite, the blanket edge stitch.

thing-a-day eleven: first felt beads

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I’ve been dying to try a little bit of felting (just by hand, not brave enough for needle felting yet!), and I thought I’d make a few beads!  I’ve started off with this purple-yellow mix, one of my favorite color combos.

thing-a-day ten: gravity

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Harkening back to my wordspell line, today I made a stamped necklace.  I’d purchased these pre-punched disks and hadn’t used them yet.  The addition of a bead of aventurine completes a planetary look.

thing-a-day eight: the mysterious fruit of the buttonberry bush

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Buttons, felt, and a safety pin!  Easy peasy and cute as a.. well, you know the rest.  ^.~

thing-a-day seven: white and turquoise earrings

I’d meant to make these for my birthday party, but the outfit I ended up wearing didn’t need them.  I wanted to put them together anyway because the colors were just so fun, and I don’t have any HUGE earrings at the moment… so I need some!

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Also I think this picture is funny and looks like an owl.  =)

thing-a-day five: When you wish upon a bracelet

Loving this little sky-blue felt bracelet!  It’s simply a doubled-over piece of felt that’s been blanket stitched around the edge.  I then added the pretty star button and a few extra buttons I had around.  Finally, I used the lettering feature on my Singer to stitch the words "when you wish upon…" through it!  Fun!

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thing-a-day one: Dotty bracelet with a secret!

Even though it was a snow day, I couldn’t quite motivate myself to make a piece of clothing… but with my wearable challenge, there were still lots of small options left!  So I started out with a fun one, a fabric cuff bracelet.  This was a good recycle/reuse project, too, as the fabric came from an old pair of pants!

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Starting with fabric, foam, and ribbon…

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Sizing the foam for the bracelet base…

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And the finished project!  The fabric was wrapped around the outside of the foam base and then the raw edges inside were covered with the dotty ribbon.  I love that it’s kind of a little surprise decoration on the inside, and the button sewn on the outside echoes the pattern.  Super simple, and really cute!

A Perfect Paper!

Okay, a break from wedding stuff!  Ha!  Mostly.  I came across a delightful post from Dollar Store Crafts today in my reader, featuring these amazing and gorgeous dresses.

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The best part?  They’re made of PAPER.  Can you believe it?  I didn’t even realize until I read on further.  I really felt drawn to these after looking at… here it comes… wedding dresses this weekend!

Tomorrow begins thing-a-day, in which I hope to create something new every day of the month!  What an exciting challenge!  My theme will be wearables, buuuut, I might have to stick a few wedding things in here and there.  I’ll be back tomorrow with my first “thing” and since tomorrow is a snow day here in frosty Colorado, maybe it’ll be something BIG!  See you then!

A Forest of DiY

I have about a million DiY ideas for the wedding (ARE YOU SICK OF THIS BANTER YET?  NO?  I DIDN’T THINK SO), so I’m going to take a minute to record them!

image1. Faux mercury glass votives with letter-stamped copper tags (just like my wordspell tags).  This brings in the grey and brown in our color scheme (okay, copper is NOT chocolate, but it’s the closest of the metals).  Best thing about this?  Decorations that double as wedding favors.  Needed?  Votives, mirror spray paint, copper sheeting, glue, and an ampersand stamp.  Expected total?  $50.  I can get about 72 of the votives with candles included for $40.  Spray paint will be about $10, copper I have (or can get cheap), glue and/or epoxy I have, and I have several sizes of ampersand metal stamps (and if I didn’t, sets can be purchased for as little as $10 at places like Harbor Frieght, including numbers!).  I think this is a delightfully classy item to give to friends and family in memory of the event, especially with the handmade touch of the tags.  So this is what it should look like in theory… Photoshop, ahoy!

image2. Centerpieces of dark chocolate bamboo in paper-wrapped ‘vases.’  Remember these bamboo reeds from the wall feature project?  I have TONS of them left.  I really wanted the pretty bunches of branches in vases as a decoration, but manzanita or other branches can be expensive to buy (and for some reason, the park behind our house is always mysteriously clean of any laying around…), and why waste those great bamboo reeds?  They are so perfect, and so FREE.  I also still have the dark brown paint left that we used on the box, and that serves perfectly for our chocolate.  The best part? The vases will not actually be vases, but sections of PVC pipe.  For pennies each, wrapped in old book paper and glazed with our robin’s egg blue color, they’ll be a feature that’ll cost us nearly nothing. Similar to the photo, it’d be a lovely, economical way to decorate our dinner tables.  I hope to add some decorative large letters to the head table – a B, &, and N, of course.

3. Antique book ring holder.  Since Nick and I are voracious readers (we got each other e-readers for birthday and holidays this year) I suggested we go the route of having a book instead of the traditional pillow for the ring bearer.  I sought out Ebay as a good source for vintage and antique books with that pretty, aged look and prayed for the right color… and I think I may have found it (bidding is in process, so I won’t link to it!)! We also went the direction of choosing specifically a Jules Verne book, since we both love sci-fi and fantasy and those make up the bulk of our reading habits.  Loads of blogs have instructions to DiY this project, and hopefully a small splurge of $15-20 won’t be stretching the budget too out of whack.

image4. Super simple baby’s breath bouquets.  This is the SIMPLEST bouquet I’ve ever seen, and I immediately fell in love with it.  It’s simple to create, can be done ahead of time – even with fresh baby’s breath – looks gorgeous, and will be really inexpensive.  This photo from the Sweetest Occasion really illustrates how beautiful, elegant, and timeless this look is.  I’d like to add just a few navy flowers of some kind to my bouquet (probably silk, as navy flowers do not exist in nature, according to the internet!), as navy is the color that Nick chose.

That’s just a short list… I think a lot more things will come up in time, but I also want to keep things simple.  I plan on making my own jewelry, as it’s such an important part of my own life, for one thing.  DiY for me isn’t just about saving money, after all, it’s about expressing who I am and doing what I love: creating.

What are your favorite wedding DiYs?