I'm back and I'm ready to blog! Now that the wedding is over and the new year is here, I'm really looking forward to updating my blog more with all sorts of stuff. The first thing I want to share with you is how great the Craftsy online classes are!
If you haven't heard, Craftsy offers some amazing on-line courses in all sorts of crafty stuff like sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, jewelry making, home decor and more. I recently signed up for Sewing Studio taught by Diana Rupp and I have to say that I'm blown away! Diana manages to cover everything from the basics of your machine, to pattern reading and even professional finishing touches that are helpful for new sewers or for anyone looking to freshen up your skills.
She walks you through how to make a french-seamed envelope pillow and a really cute and figure-flattering pencil skirt with in-depth detail. One of the best parts is you can leave a comment during any segemet of the class and Diana herself will get to you with an answer!
While I've watched a great deal of the class (mostly while I was laid up in bed with a head cold), I have yet to begin to work along with her. But I've gathered up all of my supplies to make my pencil skirt and now I'm ready to roll! I plan on beginning tomorrow night and I"ll post another review along with my finished project.
I really love to sew but I have to admit sometimes I find beginning a new project a little daunting since I never have a clear indication if I'm doing it right. That's why I'm so excited to start this class. You can follow along at your own pace and watch each chapter as many times as you like. Another great thing - the classes are pre-recorded and never expire! So you pay for the class once (I paid $29.99 for Sewing Studio but the prices vary based upon the course) and it's all yours forever.
Check out the what they have to offer and let me know what you think.
This is a pretty image heavy post but I just couldn't resist sharing some of the most memorable momets of our big day. All of these great photos were taken by Phil DeSimone and Jennifer Murtha of fromthephotopit.com
Here's an amazing video of our big day captured and edited by the talented Matt Rockoff. We're so very happy with how it turned out! All of our special moments are highlighted and set to music that we selected. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
It was really important to me to incorporate as many handmade details as possible into our wedding. So, of course I had to make my own cake topper. I found some really adorable handmade toppers on etsy but they were out of my budget and since I love crafting I decided to give it a try.
The Cake Topper
I think it came out pretty nice especially considering that this too was a last minute project. While my maid-of-honor pushed through yards and yards of burlap and lace on the sewing machine, I cut, sewed, stitched, glued and primped until the wee hours of the morning to get this baby done. And it was worth it!
Since we didn't have a real long or formal ceremony and since the temperature for that day was predicted to be hot and humid (and it was), we decided to make informal programs into fans for our guests.I used Adobe Illustrator to design them and printed them out on heavy card stock and cut at Kinko's. A little glue, a bunch of popsicle sticks, one amazing groom-to-be and our good buddy, James and presto - we had some fun and unique wedding programs. The best part may have been that they were fashioned into fans...I saw a lot of our friends and family beatin' the heat the old-fashioned way with these little beauties that day!
Phew! Being a DIY bride & groom took over lives! I'm back now (as a married blogger) with all the wedding day recaps of the sweet, the funny and the happiest moments of our big day. But first here's a look at some of our crafty projects that made the day our own.
My Brooch Bouquet
My Bridesmaids Brooch Bouquets
After about a year of searching for brooches in vintage shops, flea markets, on etsy and on ebay, we gathered enough to make some really stunning bouquets (if I do say so myself).
Something extra special: My Aunt gave me some really beautiful vintage pieces that my dzidza (Polish for grandfather) had given her many years ago. One was an over-sized rhinestone flower brooch that worked in nicely to my bouquet and the other was a gorgeous little pendant that I wore on a silver chain that day. Also, some adorable vintage rhinestone shoe clips but more on that soon!
My bridesmaids and my mom were essential in the gathering and assembling process, really I couldn't have done it without them. My Mr. helped out with the wiring too! He really had a hand in pretty much every project. I'm one lucky Mrs.
Our Table Runners & Table Numbers
We started this project back in May and didn't finish up until the day before the wedding! The table numbers are pieces of burlap with fabric numbers sewn onto each and then placed in an embroidery hoop. Each one was embellished with a little blue flower and lace trim and hot-glued onto a little wooden base. And with seventeen tables, it took longer than I had hoped but then again, that seemed to be the case with most of these crafty wedding projects.
Like the burlap table runners. My bridesmaids and I were working on those bad boys right up until the day before. They look simple enough but since each table was a different length (some up to 14 feet long), it meant a lot of sitting in front of the sewing machine to adhere nearly a hundred yards of lace to each runner. Man, I have some good friends and one great Mr. too!
I'll be back with some more crafty wedding tidbits and special moments of the day!
I'm so excited to share this with you. It's the first bridesmaid brooch bouquet and I think it came out great. I still have 4 more to assemble plus a junior bridesmaid bouquet to make (hers will be constructed of little animal and flower brooches). But I finally feel like it's all coming together!
I'm so lucky to have such great friends! They worked until their fingers were sore...literally. And yesterday I got a little surprise in the mail - some lovely little brooches from my maid-of-honor who lives out in California. Mike helped me wire them up along with a few others last night. Everyone has been just a big help! I'm one lucky bride-to-be!!