Archive for the ‘Handmade’ Category

Color Collages

February 8, 2010

** As always, please excuse my crap photography **

I have always been crazy about the little color cards brides make for their bridesmaids.  Any excuse to craft something lovely out of paper and I’m there.  Sadly, I didn’t think this project was necessary for my wedding since my sister is my only bridesmaid and she’s choosing her own dress.  But, as my DIY list continues to grow, I’ve slowly started to enlist the help of my mom and sister (MOH) on a variety of projects.  I live far from home and have made most wedding decisions – like the final color palette – independently, so it turns out these little color guides were appropriate for my wedding afterall!  Now my gracious helpers are up to speed.

I sealed the color swatches (yellow, blue, ivory, and two shades of gray) in a little vellum envelope and attached it to a card that showcases other wedding details (vintage book pages, vintage buttons, Etsy calligraphy, and my lovely leaf-shape hole punch).

So happy I found an excuse to make these!

Save the Dates revealed!

October 15, 2009

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Despite my lackluster photography, I am thrilled to show off our handmade save-the-dates!

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The cards – which have already been mistaken as store bought! – were a total collaboration.  We sat in front of the computer for a couple hours before getting them just right.  The project also forced us to pin down our final color scheme – dusty blue, yellow, and gray.  (I would absolutely recommend stationary design as an essential exercise for all couples about to tie the knot.)  And! — When all was said and done, the pre-postage cards/envelopes came in at only 60 cents a piece!

SaveTheDate_blueCompare our file to our inspiration below…

Save the Date Inspiration

October 12, 2009

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I found this coaster online ages ago and tucked the image away in one of my many “inspiration folders.” Little did I know that it would resurface months later to inspire our save-the-dates!

Our handmade masterpieces were mailed last Thursday morning.  I’ll post the finished product here later this week.

Bridesmaid Dress Cards

September 21, 2009

Just spotted these homemade dress cards over at The Wedding Chicks.  I have a bridal party of one (and she’s going to be picking her own fabulous frock), otherwise I would totally attempt something sweet and crafty like this!

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Follow the  fabulous bride behind these lovely cards at: Blue Eye Brown Eye.

Lovely Budget Swizzle Sticks

July 31, 2009

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I go nuts over unique drink stirrers and other decorative flourishes in my beverages.  Handmade swizzle sticks would be an inexpensive and unique detail at a reception.  Makes me want to go pretty paper shopping!

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| “B”: Wedding Project, PomPoms: Martha Stewart, “J&A”: Young House Love |

Who do? Yudu!

July 28, 2009

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I just spied these incredibly charming save-the-dates over at Style Me Pretty.  The vintage hankies were screen printed by the bride using a Yudu.  A Yudu?

yudu_1Yes, a Yudu.

As we sadly prepare for the endangered gocco’s imminent extinction, it seems crafters are turning to the Yudu to fulfill at home printing needs.  Having wanted to try my hand at a gocco ever since learning about them, I’m super curious about this new apparatus.

But I must admit the image on Yudu’s product page is alarming.  The machine is as big as the model!  Where does one store something like this?  The display panel and glowing buttons on this beast make the little orange gocco look so cute and cuddly.

Has anyone tried the Yudu?  How do you like it?  More importantly, where do you keep it?

| Beautiful hankies by Rachel on Style Me Pretty; Monster Yudu from Yudu |