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Making the Garter My Own April 17, 2010

Filed under: accessories,crafts,crazy deals,diy — clln @ 2:21 am
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I really wasn’t excited about the garter, it wasn’t a priority for me and I really didn’t care what it looked like. That is, until I bought the cheapest one I could find and spent some time looking at it.

I don’t regret buying it, it was $6.99 at Michaels and I used a 40% coupon on it so it worked out to just over $4. Couldn’t go wrong. Couldn’t. Go. Wrong. Plus it was blue and at the time I was still having trouble finding blue shoes to fulfill my blue requirement. And really, how closely are people looking at it anyway? It’ll be hidden for most of the day. It still needed some help though.

Being a crafty kinda gal, I decided that the garter would be my next project. I like simplicity, so the glued-on bow was the first to go, followed by the lace. I just pulled off the bow and then carefully cut the lace off and let me tell you, it was liberating. I was so pleased with the way it looked with no embellishments:

The garter sans embellishments. It's naked!

There’s no way to get the glue remnants off though, so I decided to make two very, very tiny fabric flowers using the same idea as the Martha flowers in the last post. I used scraps from the material for the flowers which were too small to use for anything else, so they were saved from the garbage. Not only did it cover the glue, but it keeps up the fabric flower theme from the rest of my outfit (my dress and hair will feature them.) Plus, I feel like it’s personalized now and that’s important to me. It also puts the “cheap” in Cheap ‘n’ Quirky, my changes didn’t cost a cent because it was made with scraps. The supplies to make my own from scratch would have cost much more.

It’s much more “me.” I’m pleased. What kind of garter are you going with? Has anyone found a cute pattern to DIY?

 

My Martha Stewart Flowers April 16, 2010

Garden roses from the Martha Stewart pattern

I’ve been working on my Martha Stewart fabric flowers for a while now, the ones I mentioned in an earlier blog post. I went a little nuts and made a ton. See, the voile fabric was on sale so I bought a lot. $4 for a meter of green and a meter of ivory. So basically I have enough to use a couple of the large ones (attached to pins/brooches) on my dress and plenty of small ones (attached to bobby pins) in my hair in place of a veil. Since taking that photo, I’ve made many more ivory ones.

I’m kind of concerned about how the petals don’t stay up too well; I’m considering using hairspray to help the petals stiffen, but I’m not sure if it will stain the fabric. Maybe starch?

The large flower on the left is floppin'.

I mentioned that I plan to wear these in my hair and not wear a veil. Well, I tried making the flowers out of tulle to really be a replacement for a veil but let’s just say that I don’t recommend this type of material for this project. As you can see below, the tulle “flower” looks more like a pompom:

The pompom, err, I mean tulle flower.

Now I just have to wait for my dress to come in to make sure it looks decent. Gaaaaaah, I ordered the dress back in November, it should be here any day now. I can’t wait for it to get here!

 

DIY Cake Toppers March 11, 2010

Filed under: cake,crafts — clln @ 4:46 am
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Like many couples, my fiancé and I met online. It wasn’t on a dating site  or even one of these new-fangled social networking sites.  We met on Habbo Hotel. You make a cute little avatar, you walk around the hotel, you meet other little avatars, and you chat in little speech bubbles. It was eight years ago, we were young. We even got Habbo-married. 

We wouldn't want to easily identified on the internet, our Habbos went undercover with mustaches.

 

As a result, Habbo holds a special place in our hearts and we’d like to incorporate it into the wedding somehow. My fiancé suggested a cake shaped like the hotel. As this blog’s title would suggest, I’m cheap. I’m not paying for a cake that looks like that; for starters, I’m not a fan of fondant. Plus I think it would be challenging to cut… So my fiancé suggested a cake with a photo on it, like from Sam’s Club’s bakery.  OK, that’s a bit too cheap and any still off of Habbo will be pixelated (see above.) I love the idea of cupcakes at weddings. They’re adorable, no one has to stand around and cut them, they’re easy to take along if the guests are too full to eat it there, and if a child (or drunk person) decides to dip a finger into the icing, they only ruin one cupcake and not the entire cake. It happened at my aunt’s wedding, it’s been a fear of mine ever since. We can do a small cake to act as a cutting cake/top tier (depending on how we decide to arrange the cupcakes) which can take cake toppers.

That’s it: cake toppers! That’s how we’re incorporating Habbo Hotel into our wedding. Of course, no one sells custom Habbo cake toppers, so we made some out of Sculpey III. I say “we,” but it was my fiancé’s idea and he made his and I made mine. I’m not the only crafty one in this couple. So here, enjoy photos of our craftiness.

My fiancé's cake topper's head. I got myself a crafty man.

Yes, my topper's head looks like a balding man now, but just wait for the finished product.

 

Basically we used small styrofoam balls in the heads to keep them spherical and two in each torso to keep the weight down (we don’t want them too be too heavy on the cake.) We also used toothpicks to keep all of the styrofoam balls where we needed them to be or to hold them one on top of the other in the torso. In the bottom of the bride’s dress, I used some crumpled up tin foil to fill it out, save clay, and cut down on the weight. Here are the finished products:

Well, the bride is accidentally tall and busty, but hey, I can't complain that I'm fabulous.

By the way, the groom did have a very spherical head before having to attach that hat. The hat was tough, but my fiancé’s Habbo always wore one so it had to be there. 

Hopefully they look bobbaing awesome on the cake! I would definitely recommend trying to make your own clay toppers. They’re cute, not too tough once you get the technique down (we didn’t even have a practice run), and they add a very personal touch. Have you seen some of those cheesy toppers people are falling for now? Plus these aren’t too pricey if you get your clay on sale. Hello, Michaels coupons!