You just got engaged, congratulations! Now time for some fun and planning your big day, but not before picking the date. Once you have your special day picked out, make sure your guests will know far enough in advance to save the date. Save the date cards are important to remind your guests so that you can work on the invitations and send out final details later. This is a great time to express who you are as a couple, fun and quirky or romantic and serious? Use these traits to personalize your card.
My brother used a really neat trick to make his cards for his San Diego wedding, refrigerator magnets! You can pick up magnet business cards from any office supply store (I suggest Avery brand #8374, you get 30 for $12). You can make a simple card that states the date with the bride and groom’s name. If you are really creative you can use a photo editing program to make a custom design using an engagement photo or make a monogram to put on the card.
So how does M&J factor into this? Try embellishing the magnet with a simple ribbon loop at the top, some new refrigerators won’t let a magnet stick, and some people just don’t like magnets on their refrigerators (like my mother). The loop will allow them tack it on a cork board for safe keeping. Make a little loop at the top and glue it down with some e6000 glue, add an SS20 rhinestone for that ‘Bridal Bling’ and you are done. They are a super easy project that can save you a little money in the long run.
The magnets are light enough that one postage stamp should suffice, but just to be safe, take one to the post office and have it weighed. While there be sure to check out their wedding stamps that they offer every year. Congrats, and have fun planning!
This week I wanted to make an accent pillow with stripes but didn’t have any striped material on hand. What better solution than to make my own stripes! With the cool weather rolling in, I wanted it to be extra soft. I selected some leftover high-pile apoulstery fabric for the body of the pillow. For the stripes I used 22mm velvet ribbon that complimented the color of the fabric. Since I used two different fabrics for each side, I wanted something to break between them with out clashing with the ribbon so I picked out velvet cordedge in a neutral color so the stripes would not disappear.
- Two 13×13 inch squares of fabric
- 51 inches of 22mm (style# 00856) cordedge
- 3 ¼ yards of 22mm velvet ribbon in 1 color, or 1.6 yards of 2 different colors.
- Sewing Machine, needle, thread to match ribbon
- Pin down ribbon evenly spaced on 1 of your 13×13” squares of fabric
- Remove pins as you hem down the ribbon. Try to keep the stitch as close to the edge of the ribbon so as not to interrupt the pile of the velvet.
- Refer to one of my earlier blogs for instructions on the rest of the pillow. Begin with step 8 from my textile transformation blog. FYI-you will probably want to pin the cordedge to the side of the fabric that has the ribbon sewn to it. Since that will be the front, you will want more control of a perfect hem.
- And you’re done!
The mothers of the bride and groom are just as important as the couple, if it wasn’t for them, you probably wouldn’t be the person you are today. Why not give your mom something she will be able to use again? Corsages are a great way to get crafty. I made one from 50mm Velvet ribbon in Scarlet with Moss leaves. This was very easy to make and only took about 20 minutes. I then sewed on a pin back (item #32247) to anchor it to a 16mm velvet ribbon wrist tie. This way, after the wedding, the rose can be worn on a jacket, pinned to a pillow, or added to a purse!
· 1 yd of 50mm Velvet Ribbon – Scarlet (flower)
· Two 6” pieces of 50 Velvet Ribbon – Moss (leaves)
· 1 Pin Back #32247 – 1 ¼” Nickel
· ½ yard 16mm Velvet Ribbon – Scarlet (wrist tie)
· Matching threads for ribbon colors
Start by threading your needle with the flower colored thread. Make a knot on the end. Start threading through the bottom edge of the length of the ribbon until you reach the end – about 1 stitch every ¼’. Pull the ribbon down the thread until it is scrunched up all the way, knot the thread securely.
Simply roll the ribbon into a flower shape and sew the bottom together to keep it’s shape (from the underside).
The leaves are a little trickier. Start by threading your needle with the leaf color thread. You have to take the ribbon in the middle top edge and pinch it to a point, sew the point down. Now you have to gather the ends and shape them with your fingers to create the leaf shape. Sew the ends to secure.You are ready to sew the leaves onto the bottom of the flower. Sew the ends of the leaves to the middle of the flower.
Sew the pin back to the middle of the flower.
Pin the flower to the wrist ribbon. You can pick a pretty keepsake box to present it to her in so she has somewhere to store it for years to come.
Bills, bills and more bills! They just seem to keep coming, one right after the other. Sometimes organizing them or just simply remembering where you placed them can get difficult.
For example, I have a habit of opening them after I get home and throwing them on whichever table or draw is closes to me. I guess it’s not the best habit when I have to pay the bills on time.
I finally came to the conclusion that I need some help. So for this week’s project, I’ve decided to make a mail holder. I wanted to buy one from the store, but it’s a lot more fun to make it myself. Plus the one’s at the store are so dull.
- White on white poster foam core board (Two posters glued together with a thin layer of foam in between the posters)
Above: Poster foam core board
mail_box_sizes1 <— Here’s a pdf of the measures for the mail holder that you can print and trace.
- Measure and trace two 2″ x 8″ on the poster foam board. This will be for the side of the mail holder.
- Measure and trace 4.5″ x 10″ on the poster foam board. This will be for the back of the mail holder.
- Measure and trace 4.5″ x 6″ on the poster foam board. This will be for the front of the mail holder.
- Using a box cutter carefully cut the pieces off the poster foam board.
- Using sobo glue, glue the edge of the 2″ x 8″ onto the edge of the 10″ piece. Repeat this on the other side as well.
- Then glue the 6″ edge onto both of the 2″ x 8″ piece.
- Let it dry for about five minutes.
- Then after it dries, the mail holder should be sitting up right. Place it on top of the rest of the foam board and trace the bottom. This will be the support for you mail holder.
- Using a box cutter, cut of the piece, and then glue it onto the bottom of the mail holder.
- Now you can spray paint the mail holder any color you like. Remember not to put too much paint because it will dissolve the foam.
- Let it dry for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- After it dries, you can now decorate it using the velvet ribbon to hide the edges. Use glue to add this on.
- You can then also use glue to add on the bullion crest.
- Finally, add some nailheads to the top of the mail holder.
- Leave it dry for about 15 minutes and then add the velcro on the back so you can add it onto your wall.
- Now your mail holder is all done and ready for work. Enjoy!