Friday, May 28, 2010

Quick break for belated engagement pictures!

As I've mentioned several hundred times, Jess Wal is a crafty beast. She's also a photography beast and has her own business. She is taking the photos for the wedding and did an engagement shoot for us. We're only a year and half late, but better late than never! She took us to downtown Acworth and we walked around town for an hour or so taking pictures.

They turned out awesome!
Here are a couple of my favorites!

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The last is my favorite I think.

To see the full set or get Jess Wal to take pictures at your event or special occasion, check out her website.
http://photographybyjesswal.shutterfly.com/
Our set is under the weddings and engagement tab!

***edit*** I know that the first picture is too huge, but I can't resize it properly, so just click it to see the full thing. It's annoying because that's one of my favorites. Thanks!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Felt Flowers!

I'm making a ton of felt flowers lately. My sister's best friend Whitney is going to her senior prom tomorrow with her boyfriend Dallas. Some of her friends raised enough money to send him back to Georgia for the prom, so this prom is a big deal and she asked me to make the flowers for her corsage and his boutonniere. I made a few so she would have options. They've all got pin-backs on them, so that she can either attach it to her elastic corsage band or to his lapel, depending on what she wants to wear. Here is a picture of her choices!

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I mentioned in a previous post about how I'm making all the flowers for our wedding. I've decided I am insane, but I'm working hard on them. I've got 37 down and working on a total of 105. That makes each bouquet at about 15 flowers.

There is a ton to do! Luckily, it's not very hard to make the flowers; it's just time-consuming. Every night I've been trying to make at least a couple, so I'm just going to keep making them until I've made enough for my six bridesmaids and one groomslady!

My colors are blue and yellow, so I found some yellow and blue felt in differing shades. I found a template online for flower shapes and cut out approximately 2109834 different flowers shapes in different sizes. Then I used different embroidery stitches around the edges, added some beads, buttons and floral wire and made flowers! The flowers with blue base shapes are for my sister's bouquet. She's going to wear a yellow dress as the maid of honor, so I wanted her's to be different. The yellow-based flowers are for the other bridesmaids and the groomslady! I'll post a few of my favorites.

I apologize in advance for the poor quality of these photos. My sister is the photographer in the family!
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and here is one of all the flowers together.

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To see all the flowers, go here!
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v363/to_shut_kime_up/felt%20flowers/
I can't make it link-y, so just copy and paste in the browser!

Some are better than others. Most of the uglier ones I made in the beginning and gradually got better at it, but I'm just going to spread out the less attractive ones throughout the bouquets, so no one gets stuck with the sad ones. I'll be sure to keep everyone posted on the progress!

Also, I'm working on my brooch bouquet and will make a post about that soonish!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

From Spiderman to whatever you want to call this...

I am a creeper on Craftster. For those of you that don't know, Craftster is a forum full of crafty people posting things they've made and sharing how they did it if they'd like. (the link is in the sidebar!)

It's the coolest thing you've ever seen. I was showing Jared some of the stuff that people have posted and he remarked, "Wow. Girl forums are a lot nicer than guy forums." (Craftster is not just for girls, but there is a great deal of women on there.) Apparently, his car audio forums are full of meanie heads.

Anyway. I've been seeing all of these altered puzzles being posted and they are so cool. Basically, the premise is you take a puzzle and remake each piece so that is an independent piece of art and then compile it all together again.

I decided to give it a shot since there is next to nothing on the walls at the house in the way of art. Any excuse to be crafty!

Here's what it started like:

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Spiderman and Friends to the rescue! I don't understand why they're playing football though.

I traced the shape of each piece on a different kind of paper and cut them out. After I covered each piece, I made some homemade modge-podge and modge-podged my puzzle together. My pieces didn't fit together as well as I would have hoped, but I have since bought an exacto knife, so next time I'll be more precise.

Once the glue had dried, I added a bunch of stuff and made a background to put it in a frame. Unfortunately, I broke the glass in the corner of the frame because it was too thick to fit, but oh well. I've got a coupon to Michael's for 60% off a custom frame given to me by my friend Alicia, so I'll use that.

Anyway! Here are the finished pictures! I'll post a few because sometime the flash made everything weird and it's hard to see everything in one picture.

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Notice the crack in the bottom left corner?

and here's one where you can see the detail a little better.

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Well, maybe you can't see the detail much better, but there's no flash spot!

I showed my friend Kim Evans, who is awesome, and she said, "My eyes don't know where to focus!" I guess that's true.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Prepare yourself.

There is going to be a ton of crafty posts coming in the near future. Now that school has let out, there is time to focus on craftiness, which is good because I've got a lot I have to do! I've decided to make all the bouquets for the wedding. That wouldn't be such a big deal if I was tying up some fake flowers and letting that be it.

Oh no. Not me. I've decided that my bouquet will be make out of brooches and the bridesmaid's bouquets are going to be made of felt and buttons. plus, whatever I decide to do about the groomsmen.

I've got my work cut out for me!

Anyway, I've got a couple of projects that I squeezed in while writing papers and reading incessantly for school. One is a redone picture frame and another is a mosaic plate I made for the lovely Mrs. Tuttle's birthday.

Here we go!

For the picture frame, I started out with a blank one from Walmart.
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Boring.

I've always like to cut things out of magazines, so I have a huge stash of magazine clippings that I've collected. I don't know what that means in terms of my psychological health, but oh well. I'm weird. who cares? I arranged them how I thought they looked best while watching an old Abbott and Costello movie and then piece by piece glued them all down until it looked like this!

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much better!

I like this sort of thing. I love collages, so I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. Plus, there is nearly NOTHING on the walls at the new house, so this was an easy project to help remedy that.

NEXT!

I posted an ad on Freecycle looking for a microwave plate. You know, the kind that spins around while the microwave warms up your leftovers? I got a couple of responses pretty quick and went and picked one up the same day. I wanted to make a tree, so this is it pre-grout.

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it looks like a green cupcake.

After I grouted it, it looked a little better!
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Mrs. Tuttle seemed to like it, which I'm glad. The last picture is of it sitting in her window. Since there's not any real easy way to mount it, I bought a clear photo easel from walmart to prop it up in the window. I think it looks good!

My newest project (aside from the wedding related ones) is an altered puzzle. Its currently in progress, so I'll be sure to keep everyone posted about that too!