Archive for the ‘DIY Projects’ Category

Breaking Down the Details- The Invites aka Paper Part 1   1 comment

Okay, so I have lots of paper projects. I am going to break them down over a couple posts. I am dedicating a whole post to the invites, because after much stress and many posts about these babies I have got the design all settled. WooHoo! I will be ordering envelope and paper samples, asap, so I can get these babies going and in the mail in about 8 weeks. OMG! So here we go! Are you ready? I am so excited to have these babies designed and ready to begin printing and assembling.

1. The Invite- Printable Book Lover Wedding Invitation by KwirkCreative

2. Insert- Book Lover RSVP Card converted into an Information Card by KwirkCreative

3. RSVP Card- Penguin Book Covers Post Cards

4. Mini Moo Cards- Hanging Tag refering guests to wedding website for additional information

A La Mrs. Thimble via Wedding Bee


As you can see in the above picture of Mrs. Thimble’s invites she tied it all together with twine, as will I with turqouise divine twine from Paper Souffle. Yeah for awesome invite designs! For the envelopes I am considering these from Paper Source.

A7 Shimmer Gold Envelope


I am still tossing around ideas for the envelopes, though. I am considering embossing the envelopes, like this.


Or with a wrap around label, like these from Blush Printable on etsy.


And of course I want to add an envelope liner.


How fancy did you get with your wedding invite envelopes? What do you think embossing with Mama Austen hand addressing envlopes or wrap around labels?


Breaking Down the Details- The Bar   Leave a comment

When I look online for wedding inspiration I love to see the details. I think these little babies give the true esscence of the wedding. In an effort to organize the details and planning process. I have decided to break down the details in our wedding into areas and blog about them for you (and me). First up is the bar not a super over the top place, but an area to bring some life and pizzaz.

1. Barber Straws- I loved these babies since the first time I layed eyes on them in the wedding blogosphere. They are oh so cute and oh so vintage. They may not exactly fit my vision, but that’s okay because their fun and I want them.


2. His and Her Signature Drinks- We aren’t offering a full bar, because our reception is at 2 in the afternoon. We are having a cocktail soiree, though and I feel we should offer some kind of cocktail, enter his and hers signature cocktails. Mr. Darcy’s- Jack and Coke Miss Austen’s- Peach Bellini (and of course cute signage as pictured above to advertise said drinks)



3. Drink Stirrers- Again one of those adorable details, that I don’t really need, but I think adds a splash of personality and color to the bar.


4. Cocktail Napkins- I found this project on Wedding Bee from one of my favorite bees and thought it went so well with our book motif. I couldn’t help stealing the idea. (Thank you Miss Cinnamon Buns for all your blogging inspiration).


There you have it the oh, so important details that will be gracing the bar.

Did you have any special details that you added in unusual spots? Did you spice up your bar with a signature cocktail or cute bar accessories?

Etsy Goodness   1 comment

For those you who do not know what Etsy is, let me explain. (Since you obviously have been living in a dark room. Just kidding. You really should log on as soon as your done reading this post, though) Etsy is the most awesome craft site, ever. It is an online shopping site with a menagerie of artisans with a focus on the vintage and handmade. It is a bride’s dream. I absolutely L-O-V-E Etsy and want to share with you some of my favorite Etsy finds for the wedding.

1. Baker’s Twine- Seller Paper Souffle

Turquoise Divine Twine


2. RSVP Stamp- Seller 4 hands

Moniilee Wedding Stamp-Custom


3. Satin Ribbon Wrapped Decorative Book Bundle- Seller The Shabby Chic Cottage


5. Custom Wrist Corsages- Seller hART jewelry


6. Quiver Arrow Microfiber Necktie- Seller toy breaker


7.  Vintage Opulence Bouquet- Seller Croska


8. Personalized Bridal Walnut Hanger- Seller Wisconmon


9. Satin Bridal Clutch- Seller Fallen Sparrow


There is so much more, that Etsy offers. You can see some the gorgeous book themed invites here and here. Explore Etsy for inspiration, adorable wedding finds, and gifts.

Did you find any wedding items on Etsy? What was your favorite Etsy purchase?

Bad, Bad Bride   1 comment

I am a bad, bad bride. I have not really been avoiding planning (we got our ceremony music set right). I have been avoiding doing anything. I am so tired after I get home from work. I help make dinner, eat, take a shower, put on my pjs, turn on the tv, pull out my computer, and sit on my bed to do some minuscule task (read wedding bee, post for school, pick our ceremony music), and then go to bed. So in an effort to save myself from falling into panic mode when the wedding is one month away and none of the DIY projects are done I am going to be making wedding goals for myself for all summer. WooHoo for wedding goals. I will keep it simple for the month of June, because I am still in class, but will step-it-up in July and August, (invitations, here I come). My wedding goals for the month of June are:

1. Send Mrs. Sewing the guest list and addresses for the bridal shower.

2. Go with Mr. Darcy to Macy’s or Sephora and do some smell testing (more on this later).

3. Complete ceremony planning worksheets for The Chapel.

4. Set-up tasting/ cake consultation appointment for July.

5. Create the fishing bouts.

6. Send Mr. Darcy off to the tux shop to figure out his attire.

7. Order/buy washi tape, book themed stamps, ribbon, and tulle for all upcoming DIY projects.

8. Order envelope and paper samples.

9. Test run of mini bundt cakes.

There it goes my to-do list for June. Nothing to complicated, but enough to make me feel efficient. Yeah for efficiency.

Did you find your self in a project slump? How did you get out? Did you make lists and set goals?

The Six Month Mark…   1 comment

So we have reached the six month mark. This is seemingly unreal for me. I feel like I have been waiting so long for this moment and now it’s finally here I feel a bit overwhelmed. It just seems like so much. I have so much I want to share with you, like about the rehearsal dinner and registry and bridesmaid gifts and welcome bags and more decor decisions (I think Mr. Darcy may ban me from reading wedding magazines, because of fear I may get new ideas). I have lots of DIY projects I want to complete during the summer. My reasoning for this is two fold. 1. I decided to not take any courses this summer and 2. My work schedule will be changing and I will be finished earlier in the day. There is so much I have to share and do. I am feeling excited and overwhelmed all at the same time. Mr. Darcy and I will be taking a few days away just the two of us to celebrate his birthday and to take a break from it all, but before we left I decided to make a list of projects to complete this summer (by the end of August). So here it goes. Here is my list:

1. Order paper samples for invites (Mama Austen, Papa Austen, Mr. Darcy, and I have made a decision regarding these, that I will be sharing in the near future).

2. Deliver the bridesmaid bouquet tutorial and materials to my FMIL for the bridesmaid bouquets. In case you forgot here is what she will be making.

Source: Jewel Box Ballerina

3. Make fishing boutonnieres. On our last trip to Vegas Mr. Darcy and I found the perfect fly fishing lures (read pretty feathers) to make these with.

Source: Weddingbee

4. Baking test run for mini bundt cakes for welcome bags. My FMIL will be making Polish cookies for the welcome bags (Mr. Darcy’s great, great grandma’s recipe) and I will be making mini coconut macadamia nut bundt cakes, a la Martha Stewart to represent my Hawaiian heritage. The goal here is to see how far ahead of time I can make these babies. According to Martha I can freeze them for one week, but I am more concerned with how long they take to thaw.

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

5. Paper Crafts. I have decided to add a few more details to the reception. These included a thank you sign for the card table and a bride and groom sign for the sweetheart table. Plus, I am playing with the idea of a photo display.

Just Married Sign for Sweetheart Table/ Source:Mrs. Seashell on Weddingbee

Thank You Sign for the Card Table/ Source: Mrs. Cheeseburger on Weddingbee

(To customize our sign I am thinking it will say Aloha.)

Source: Southern Living

(This photo has inspired me to hang pictures from the railing on the staircase, leading up to our reception space.)

6. Begin working on the programs, schedules, and other printed materials.

7. DIY bar accessories. I am planning on making drink stirrers and stamping cocktail napkins for the reception.

Washing Tape Drink Stirrers/ Source: Weddingbee

Book Themed Stamped Cocktail Napkins/ Source: Miss Cinnamon Buns Weddingbee

8. Decorate welcome boxes and kid’s boxes for wedding weekend with washi tape.

OOT Welcome Boxes/ Source: Mrs. Elephant Wedding Bee

9. Make the flower girl wands.

Tulle Flower Girl Wands/ Source: Sweet and Sassy Girls

So the goal for my summer is to complete as many DIY projects as possible. And as you may be able to tell Miss Austen is a stealer, stealer of ideas from the lovely ladies over on Weddingbee. I freely admit it, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Right.

Did you complete most of your DIY projects before the wedding or did you do them as the time came closer? Did you have a treasure trove of ideas, that you turned to during the planning process?

On a side note, I am leaving on a short get away with Mr. Darcy and will not be updating the blog, while I am away. I promise, when I return though I will bring you a delightful menagerie of updates and project successes (cross my fingers).

Sweetheart Table Decor   Leave a comment

In my quest to cut the budget one of the areas I quickly chopped into was our decor budget. I reviewed our florist proposal to see where I could cut, I chose our $200 worth of decor for the sweetheart table. Having cut our decor I had to come up with another idea. After I thought about it for a while I thought why don’t we use books? Both Mr. Darcy and I are avid readers and as much as I love my Nook, I love nothing more than a vintage book. I did a quick google search to see if there were any images that matched what I had in my head, a vague image of stacked vintage books and candles. Here is what I found.

Source: Zenadia Design

After finding this picture I knew I had found the perfect idea for our sweetheart table. I was so exctited. I just couldn’t justify spending $200 on decor, when we will be barely sitting there and this design was just so us. I figured we would just order some of our favorite titles from Penguin’s line of vintage books, but at $20 a pop it wasn’t exactly the savings I was looking for. I justified the expense in my head by saying the books would be ones we could keep in our collection afterwards. Well I had a stoke of luck on my last trip to Vegas. Not only had I won the money ($430) to pay off our wedding cake on the Sex and the City slot machine, I found vintage books for free. Yes I said, FREE. While staying at our honary grandparents’ house in North Las Vegas, a stack of vintage books caught my eye. When I asked Grandma Sprinkle if we could borrow them for them, she quickly agreed and offered even more before I could explain their purpose. I was so excited. We had the books for our sweetheart table. I forgot to take a picture of them while we there. I plan on doing a mock-up with our candle holders (we’re using the teal ones pictured below) and the books next time we are in Vegas visiting, which hopefully will be next month.

Source: Jamali Garden

 I am so excited for our sweetheart table. Did you strike gold in an unexpected place? How will you be decorating your head/ sweetheart table?

Success…DIY Project Completion   1 comment

Mr. Darcy and I have finished our save the dates and they will be entering the mail tomorrow. Yeah!!! Let me just tell you how excited I am. This is a huge weight off my shoulders. I am smiling from ear to ear and dancing a little jig. Yeah, I didn’t get them out by 7 month mark like I wanted to, but I am getting them out six months before. So without further ado let me show you. The last step in the process was lining the envelopes.

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First, Mr. Darcy measured out a template. Mr. Darcy was an art major in school and is much better at these types of things (drawing straight lines) than I am.

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Then Mr. Darcy cut the template. He was such a good helper.

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I made sure the template fit into the envelope before we began cutting the liners.

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Mr. Darcy used the template to draw guide marks on the back of the scrapbook paper and then cut the paper.

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The scrapbook paper I found at Jo Ann’s Fabric Store has I love you written in several languages.

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While Mr. Darcy cut the paper, I inserted them into the envelopes. Doesn’t the dark red look lovely with the gold vellum envelopes from Paper Source,

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See how pretty the bookmark looks with the envelope. Here is the final product

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(It pains me to have black out the beautiful handwriting.) Don’t they look beautiful? Mama Austen addressed the envelopes beautifully and the gold wedding band stamps were the perfect touch.

Here is what I learned:

1. Pay careful attention to where you are cutting the paper. Mr. Darcy cut a few of the liners with the bar code on them. The problem is that you can see the bar code through the vellum envelopes. My solution cover it with a small piece of scrap scrapbook paper.

2. Do not glue the liners. I glued the first couple and they turned into a hot mess of wrinkled envelopes. It may have been the glue I used (Scott’s clear liquid glue), but I found the liners were pretty secure in their without the glue.

Were you super excited when you completed your first DIY project?