With the holiday season coming up, many people are turning to the web for DIY Christmas presents to save a little money. I've been working on quite a few things, some you may have to wait until next year to see. After all, I have to give them as gifts!
One I can share is an annual gift I give to each couple I designed wedding invitations for, as well as each wedding I attend. This DIY literally cannot be any easier!
1. Gather your supplies
- Clear Christmas ornament (You can get these at Michael's for just a few dollars)
- Wedding invitation
- Straight edge & exacto knife or paper cutter
-Small round object for curling (a pen or pencil will work just fine)
2. Prepare your invitation
Use your exacto knife or paper cutter and slice up the invitation. I like to make sure I focus on the important things, so I don't slice through the center of them, such as their names, the date and the location. I don't take the time to be perfect with my slices either, when they are all different widths I feel like it adds to the intrigue.
3. Curl your slices & fill the ball
Again, super simple, just curl each piece around your round object, such as a pen or pencil and then drop the slices into the ball. You may want to use your pen or pencil to move slices around, I try and get the names to show and make sure there aren't any awkward empty spaces.
3. Finishing up
Last, but not least, replace the topper, add a ribbon and a bow and wrap up your gift for giving!
Now if you all will excuse me, I have some more DIYing to do.
An aquarium trip while on vacation in Florida seemed totally normal to Brandi Engstrom, but only because she didn't know what her high school sweet heart, Jeremy Westfall, had in store for her! After an engagement in front of otters, they seemed the only way to go when it came to the invitation package!
Proposal photos used with the permission of Brandi & Jeremy
I knew a quick Google search of otters was in store, so I got right to the task at hand.
BTW, if you're having a bad day, do an image search for otters, it's really impossible not to smile!
I mean look at these photos, imagine what else Google has to offer! Soooo adorable!
Illustration time! I COULD NOT get over the cuteness the whole time I was working on them! First I drew them based upon my Google image search, then I transferred the drawing into Photoshop to add color.
Next up was making my thumbnail design come to life!
They were also in need of programs so we took one of my previously designed wedding programs and switched out the information.
I loved the otters so much that I felt I had no choice, I had to frame them!
I sent the print with my close, personal friend (and their wedding photographer) Ashton to give to them on their wedding day. I was so excited when she sent photos of them holding it later that evening!
After the wedding I got the best FB message from Brandi,
Jer & I were SO EXCITED to receive our otter picture!! We absolutely adore it & always will. It is so very special to us. Thank you so much!! We will (hopefully) have lots of babies one day and will be using you for cool stuff with Ashton's pictures.
Brandi and Jeremy were such a blast to work with that I literally CAN NOT wait to work with them again!
Thank you guys again for choosing me, I wish you all the love and happiness in the world, happy one-month anniversary!!!!!!
To see Brandi and Jeremy's wedding in full photo detail please visit Ashton Kelley's blog.
My first wedding related post! Today I bring you my sisters peacock themed bridal shower from February 2014.
My youngest sister Bailey was getting married and who better to throw her shower than our other sister, Tanya, and our mom? The three of us love all the details that go into planning out parties, and constantly joke (or is it a joke?) that we want to start our own party planning business together.
First up, the invitations! I wanted everything to be one-of-a-kind for her, so I pulled out the pencils and paper and got to work. After some sketching I was ready to move to the computer to add the color and rest of the text. I also decided that such a special girl couldn't have plain envelopes so I got to work on my own version of calligraphy for the names and addresses. (I did not realize how hard on my hand that would be, not sure that I'll ever do that again. Or probably will, after all, my wedding is coming.)
Invitations were in the mail so it was time to get to work on all the details of the party. We wanted to choose a place that would have meaning to her and settled on the studio at D&J's Dynamite Dance Company where Bailey spent many years learning to dance, especially tap which she could rock (she makes a great Charlie Chaplin.) They are an amazing set of teachers and if you're in the Manchester/Hampstead/Westminster area of Maryland, I highly suggest checking them out.
Food was super simple, after a few minutes on the phone we had that all worked out. We just needed the decor/ favors.
First I concentrated on what I could accomplish on my own. I had designed and sent a recipe card in each invitation with the request that each invitee fill it out and bring it to the party. Recipes are great but they need a place to go! First I made the matching dividers and then pulled out my wood burner. I've owned the tool for probably 7 years and had never used it. Truth be told, I was kind of afraid of it, something that doesn't allow for mistakes is pretty unnerving to me. But it came out so great, and I'm so happy I took the plunge and did it!
Now favors! My very talented sister and mom were in charge of them. They made a trip to Dollar Tree and bought up all the wine glasses they had. Then Mod Podge and extra fine glitter to make the glasses shine. Tanya even made up a little thank you tag to place inside. So simple and perfect!
Before we knew it party day had arrived. The three of us spent the morning cooking, we considered it practice since the three of us were going to "cater" Bailey's actual wedding the next month. We finished setting up just as the guests started arriving. It was a wonderful shower, and it was so nice to see Bailey so unbelievably happy.
Here's a peek into her shower.
All in all is was a great day for everyone. I hope Bailey enjoyed it as much as we think she did.
And if you think that's the last of peacocks you are sorely mistaken, they were also her wedding theme, look for that blog post coming soon!
Blogging isn't a constant thing for me, but hopefully someone will get some use out of the things I say, no matter how far in between.