Posts Tagged ‘wedding’

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Jigsaw Project: Marriage sign

February 4, 2013

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing really well.  I am doing well and really excited Valentine’s day is quickly approaching.  I can tell you it is one of my favorite holidays and I’m not really sure why.  In my normal life I don’t love pink and red and hearts, but at Valentine’s I practically go overboard on it!  I have a few crafts I made recently that are full of love and celebration so I thought they would be most appropriate for the blogs leading up to Valentine’s Day.

I was finally able to give the gift of my first jigsaw project away!  It was simple, but something for me to practice on.  My beautiful aunt re-married over the Christmas break to a wonderful man.  As a wedding gift to them, I wanted to make a sign declaring the establishment of their new family bonded by marriage.  I sketched out their name and wedding date after cutting and painting an old fence board.  It was a pretty simple process.  I wrote out the text in sharpie and then painted over to complete the look.  Check out the finished product:

Miller Sign

Miller Sign

I didn’t get around to sealing it with any sort of sealer, but I would definitely suggest doing that.  I also did not attach a bracket to the back because, since it is a small sign, I believe they can hang it or put it on a shelf to display it.

I have yet to make one of these for David and I, but I hope to make one soon.  I made one for Melissa and her husband when they married and used their wedding colors.  The options are endless really, just let your creativity flow!

Miller sign on display

Miller Sign on Display

Happy love,
Amanda

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Fabric Flowers, a follow up

January 17, 2013

Hello!

I decided before my Monday post ever went up that I probably should’ve posted about how to make these beautiful fabric flowers first.  I even thought about switching the order of the blogs so this one went first and then the wreath, but I decided to keep the order in hopes to lead to excitement for today’s blog.  Did it work?

I had a vision for my wedding that included beautiful fabric blue flowers lining the aisle with candles (battery operated) to create a little bit of that crafty, vintage atmosphere I was going for.  I think it was a huge success.  Seriously one of my favorite pieces of the wedding scene.

Fabric Flowers lining the aisle

Fabric Flowers lining the aisle

These are super easy to make and more fun with a group of people working on them!

Supplies:
Fabric (the lighter weight the better, any color you want!)
Compass Rotary Cutter (I own this one, and love it!)
Cutting mat
Corresponding thread
Needle

Directions:

  1. You first need to decide on the diameter of your circles.  Mine are approximately 3 inches in diameter.  Adjust your rotary cutter to the radius (half the diameter) and cut away!  
  2. You need 9 circles per flower.  
  3. Once you have those 9 circles, fold each circle in half and then in half again.
  4. Stack the 9 folded circles so they all line up (like stacked pie slices).
  5.  With a strong needle and thread, stitch just near the point of the slice, from the top of the pile through all layers to the bottom.  Do this stitch as many or as few times as needed to hold your fabric together.  
  6. Tie off the thread and voila, you have a fabric flower.  They need to be played with to lay perfectly, but sometimes the way they flop gives them extra character. 
Fabric Flowers

Fabric Flowers

I have many, many of these flowers and am hoping to do lots of crafts with them.  I also think I may make some in new colors for other festive wreaths and such.  Any brainstorms on other crafts for my flowers are greatly appreciated!

Happy Crafting!
Amanda

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300 Cake Balls

May 23, 2011

My wonderful friends’ wedding has now come and gone along with 300 wonderful cake balls.  It was a relatively in depth process so I’ll try to share it here with you and not write a billion words!

As you saw in an earlier post, I was practicing “cake balling” to prepare for this wedding.  I kept having trouble with lumpy chocolate so I finally decided to sign up for a cake ball class at our local bake shop.  Low and behold, life got in the way and Melissa and I had to leave town and miss the class.  I quickly emailed people I know who are master “cake ballers” and went to the bake shop to find out if they could at least advise me.  They were amazing.  Here’s a little bit of the info they shared:

1. Guittard Chocolate is the best chocolate to dip in.  No tempering required.  They even said microwaving it is just as good as using a double boiler.
2. Flavors recommended: Red Velvet with Cream Cheese and dipped in White Chocolate & Strawberry with Chocolate dipped in Dark Chocolate.
3. Cake mix and icing from a jar is just as good.  The only person who knows the difference would be my grandma.

So helpful!  I went with their flavor recommendations and I used box mix and jars of icing.  My sister, Melissa, helped me with the dipping process, but I’m jumping ahead.  Here is the cake ball game plan as it played out.

Tuesday: I baked 6 cakes on Tuesday before the wedding.  3 Strawberry and 3 Red Velvet.  I crumbled the cakes with each flavor in their own container.  I then mixed them with 2 jars of icing.  I bought 3 just in case, but 2 ended up being the perfect moistness!  I stored this in the fridge overnight.

Wednesday: I came home from work and rolled the cake into balls.  I use a scoop to insure consistency and preciseness.  I ended up with 149 Red Velvet balls and 153 strawberry.  I have no idea how that happened.  But I needed 250 for the wedding so we were good!

Thursday: This was the intense and dreaded day.  I came home from work and covered the island in my kitchen with parchment paper.  I luckily have an awesome island that is one solid surface.  I then got everything ready so I’d be really prepared and not have to dig in cabinets or drawers while I worked.  I dipped each ball in chocolate or white chocolate while Melissa followed with a popsicle stick to smooth out my fork marks (I am not a pro at that part) and she added pretty sprinkles to the top.  It took us 4 hours to dip and decorate 300 cake balls.  I left them on the counter overnight.  I had lots of dishes to do.

Friday: I woke up early Friday morning to layer the cake balls in my containers.  I layered rows of 5 x 8 between parchment paper to end with 125 red velvet balls and 125 strawberry.  I had what I referred to as “ugly” balls and brought those to work with me.  They were a hit so I knew the wedding guests would enjoy the pretty ones!

Saturday: This was the big day.  I had other errands to run in the morning and then headed toward the venue in the early afternoon.  Melissa met me and helped set the balls up.  The bride and groom had purchased beautiful dishes to display them in.  They looked great!  I hope the photographer took pictures because I want to steal a few!  I got so many compliments and there wasn’t a cake ball left at the end of the night!  Success!

In this time of reflection, it wasn’t nearly as stressful as I thought it would be.  I definitely couldn’t have done it without the help of Melissa. Would I do it again?  For a friend or family member yes, a random person, probably not.  🙂  I may have to up my price to after figuring out the hours of labor from day one through Saturday.  With Melissa and my combined hours of labor, we worked 16 hours.  Wowsa!  This great couple got a deal!  🙂   I think I might now understand why places charge at least 2 dollars a ball!  So much work.

If you have any questions about the process, let me know!  I thought it might be most interesting to reflect on the process and share some fun pictures!

Enjoy and Happy Sweet Eating!
-Amanda

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Wedding Quilt – Completion

March 12, 2011

Hey Everyone,

I know I’ve been a bit slow at completing this quilt, and I’m sure Melissa feels even more impatient about it.  But, I am proud to say that this past weekend – I completed the wedding guestbook quilt.  And it looks great.

Because of the special meaning and lifetime of this quilt, I wanted to be sure it was designed just as special.  I tried a few new things and tried to make it feel modern and fun.

I’ve never:

– Quilted through my solid spacer fabric with a contrasting color before… But it looks great.

– Created a NOT Solid backing.  I was worried about it being straight and square, and I was right.  At the very edge it veers off a bit… But really, I think it made the back awesome.

– Created my own binding! Again… LOVE. I learned from that process as well and corners are my enemy.

I’m glad its done… Not just to get if off of my to-do list, but so Melissa and Andrew can finally enjoy the memory of their wedding and my special gift!

Love you Guys!

Sarah

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The Quilt is Coming Along

November 1, 2010

So I thought I’d go ahead and update you with my progress on the wedding quilt.  After I pulled together all the signed pieces, I decided to make the quilt slightly smaller to keep the signatures dense throughout each row.

As you can see above – I worked through each row to attempt to balance out the signatures.  I want this quilt to be modern and beautiful for my sister and her husband.  I did a lot of research and pulled together all of the ideas into what I’m building into their quilt. Below is my recent progress.  I’ve added spacer rows of a complementary tan color – which was not as easy as you might think to pick.

Since the front is pieced – I enlisted Amanda to help pull together the right colors for the backing… Can’t wait to pull it all together!

Thanks, Sarah