Monthly Archives: March 2010

An Amazing Giveaway {Epiphanie bags}

I’m not doing the giveaway. Epiphanie bags is. And I know I’ve been bombarding you with contests and such. But this is an AMAZING giveaway! Go to this post and leave a comment to be entered to win (it ends tonight). You have a chance to win a Canon 5D Mark II or a $2500 Southwest Airlines gift certificate. I know. I told you it was good. So go enter. There’s also a list of other things you can do to get extra entries (like write a blog post about the contest). Following them on twitter or facebook also gets you extra entries, but I’m not on either one of those. So all my friends that are: become a fan, follow them, and when you win just think about how much you love me and would love to give me that camera as a late birthday present. Just kidding. But really go check them out because they do have super cute camera bags- much better than those bulky black things.

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6 months

Kanon you are such a joy to our family. You continue to smile all the time. Your laugh is contagious. You love to watch your big brother and sister (and think they’re very funny). You just started sucking your left thumb. You are sitting up. You don’t care to eat solid food- mama’s milk will do for you. You are big! You weigh 18 lbs 10 oz and measure in at 30 inches long. You are now too long for your infant car seat. You push up on your hands and knees. You move backwards. You roll. You love to be outside- as soon as we walk outside you start making noises of excitement, especially if the wind hits your face or if it is cold. You have started to cry if you drop a toy or if one is taken away from you. This always catches me off guard and makes me smile because it doesn’t seem to fit your laid back personality so far. You get lots of hugs and kisses from all of us- some a little harder and rougher than others. Karston sings to you whenever you let out the smallest whimper. It almost always calms you down and usually makes you laugh. I think your favorite is 1-2-3-4-5 Once I caught a fish alive!…..You are fun. You are a joy. You bring so much to this family of ours and we love you so very much.

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Our Weekend in Photos

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DIY clip-on earring Place Card Holders

Ok, this is my last entry.

This time I am going to show you how to make Place Card Holders using clip-on earrings.

Supplies:

an assortment of clip on earrings

small wooden blocks

hot glue gun


Step 1:

“Open” the clip on earrings.

Step 2:

Apply hot glue to the back of the back of the earring.

Step 3:

Adhere to a wooden block, making sure the bottom of the earring doesn’t extend too far past the bottom of the block. (So the block can sit up)

Step 4:

Repeat until all the blocks are complete.

Step 5:

Insert Place Cards and set on a beautifully arranged table!

*Another use for clip-on earrings is to use them to close and embellish your attendants gifts. Here they are keeping the bag closed and also holding the ribbon and card in place.

Both projects are super simple, and I think it’s like adding “jewels” to your table and/or bag. Have fun!

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DIY handkerchief garter

Ok, so I entered the contest again. I’m just having so much fun! And she extended the deadline until Saturday night. So if you have an idea or if you did something DIY for your own wedding using something “found,” you should go enter- first prize is $500!

This time I bring you a garter made out of two old handkerchiefs. A super quick project that’s unique and could really have a lot of sentimental value if you used handkerchief belonging to your grandmother or other kin.

So here it is:

Supplies:

2 old handkerchiefs

sewing machine

elastic thread

iron

Step 1:

Cut each handkerchief in half

Step 2:

Sew the pieces together. I wanted to leave the decorative edge of the blue handkerchief showing so I simply sewed one on top of the other (instead of right sides together). Once all four pieces are sewn together creating a long rectangle, sew the end to the beginning to create an oval.

Step 3:

Iron the top edge over twice.

Step 4:

Loosely wind your elastic thread around your bobbin. Insert into your machine as you would with normal thread. Adjust the stitch length to be a little long, and sew around the top edge of your garter. Repeat for as many rows as you want. I sewed three rows. (make sure to backstitch at beginning and end of stitched rows)

Step 5:

Your fabric should already be somewhat gathered from the elastic thread. Now heat up your iron and shoot a burst of steam on your rows of stitches, and it should bunch up even more.

Step 6:

Try on your garter. If it is too big (like mine was), you can just fold the fabric over here and there and put a few stitches in.

Now you have your something old and possibly your something blue too!

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{my entry} DIY Wedding Guest Book

This project is currently a finalist in a contest. Please go to THIS POST and leave a comment voting for #16 The Vintage Wedding Book. Thanks! Voting ends on Thursday, April 8, at 11:59 pm (not sure what time zone).

I stumbled across Ruffled blog a few days ago (I can’t really remember how). A must see for anyone planning a wedding- they have lots of beautiful pictures and inspiration. And while visiting, I found out they had a contest going on. A contest with a prompt of “Found Tucked Away and Used Today.” How fun is that? Using something old and turning it into something new and different to be used at a wedding. And while I am not planning a wedding, I am a romantic, I love repurposing things, and I like a good challenge….so I decided to enter.

Now I just have to tell you how much I love this. I love it so much that it almost makes me want to get married again- TOTALLY just kidding Mark. I guess I’ll just have to use this idea for my sister…..or Kyrie.

What it is:  A wedding guest book made out of an old book.

Why I love it: Guests are able to write little notes to the bride and groom; a quote or piece of advice; a favorite memory of the bride or groom; a childhood story; anything really. But so much more than just a signature. Some pages are saved for photos to be added after the wedding. In the end, you have a book that can sit on a shelf, that captures the wedding activities and who the people getting married really are. I bet you would even learn something new about one another!

So here’s the tutorial:

Supplies:

old hardback book with a cool cover

exacto knife

book binding, linen hanging, or masking tape

paper (for interior pages of book)

one piece of cardstock

paper trimmer

sewing machine

hot glue

paintbrush

mod podge

alphabet stamps or any other embellishments you want

Step 1:

Using your exacto knife, CAREFULLY cut the cover off the interior pages of the book. (After removing my pages I saw that the spine of my book needed to be reinforced. I used linen hanging tape because that is what I had. Book binding tape would also work. Or even masking tape- just something to give the spine a little more support.)

Step 2:

Measure the interior of your book and cut your cardstock slightly smaller.

Step 3:

On your cardstock, make a mark at the center. Then measure the spine from your book cover. Draw where the spine will be on your cardstock.

Step 4:

Measure and divide your spine in equal sections. Draw vertical lines to mark where your signatures (or interior folded pages) will go. I decided to make 4 signatures.

Step 5:

Measure and cut your interior pages slightly smaller than your piece of cardstock. I used 10 pages per signature. My paper was thinner than regular paper, so if I were using regular printer paper I would use no more than 8 sheets per signature. Fold each stack of paper in half to create your signature. It doesn’t matter in the edges are not completely lined up.

Step 6:

Take your first signature (unfolded) and line it up with the first line that you drew on your piece of cardstock. Hold in place with binder clips, paper clips, clothes pins…whatever you have. Now sew SLOWLY down the fold of your signature. Repeat until all signatures are sewn in.

Step 7:

Hot glue the outside spine of the cardstock to the interior spine of your hardback.

Step 8:

Brush Mod Podge onto the back of the cardstock and adhere to the vintage book. Hold in place with clips or pins. Let dry overnight.

Step 9:

Your interior pages will most likely be sticking out of your book. Take a straight edge (I used a ruler) and tear the excess paper off. This will create raw edges which will add to the character of the book.

Step 10:

Take your alphabet stamps and stamp the bride and groom’s name on the first page. Randomly pick pages throughout the book to stamp “save for photo.” This, of course, will be where you will place your pictures after the wedding.

Step 11:

Embellish more if you would like. I chose to leave the cover plain. You could also ink the edges of your pages to “add age” to my pages. The possibilities are endless!

Step 12:

Set out at wedding and let guests write away!

Step 13:

After wedding, print pictures and adhere on the blank pages.

Enjoy a book of your wedding!

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Our Weekend in Photos

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