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Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Last DIY Wedding Post...maybe

 So for the wedding centerpieces the Lovely Jean bought these vases from the dollar Tree-so they only cost a dollar! YAY! Then I used the comic book weddings that Uber son collect on line for me, and made a collage of them all in an easy peasy word document. The I printed that collage on vellum paper. I used an actual photocopier machine to make the color copies, to me, vellum looks fuzzy out of the ink jet printer.
Then I trimmed them to the right height, just even with the top of the vase. If you are doing this, make sure your design is right side up when you trim and attach to the vase.
 Then I taped the end that has the wider white margin to the side of the vase. Wonderful thing-the 8 1/2 X 11 paper fits the 11" way PERFECTLY with just the exact amount of overlap.
 Then I wrapped it around then taped it really well. I used the tape that is kind of frosty looking and it was really invisible! The plan is to put battery candles in these, so I put a little bit of salt in the bottom of each vase to lift the candle up just a little bit. We also decided to use two votives in each vase. Just a little bit brighter and pretty and fun!!

Here's the salt I used. It's pretty and white and doesn't discolor or make a hard shadow under the paper. And it's pretty cost effective and easy to find.
 There one box down 4 more to go.
 If you want to get these vases, here's the info from the box.


So these looked really fantastic at the wedding and I'll get that posting done soon!
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wedding Fans Finished

SO I worked up the short program & agenda for the upcoming wedding on a word document. Lovely Jean approved the spelling and such and then I printed it out on some lovely gray card stock I found at Micheal's.  I googled around and saw this easy way folks were making fans for their weddings. And since it's August in Iowa, well you can bet it will be warm. I just hope it doesn't rain or I'll wish I could make umbrellas!
 So then I used the scoring tool on my little paper cutter to score the center of each page.
 See how I stuck that piece of green card stock on the ruler edge. That allows me to bump the edge of the page there and not have to measure over and over...150 times.
 Then I used my paper cutter to trim the edges. I could have just folded the 8 1/2X 11 paper in half and called it good, but it looks so much better to be a unique size.

 I just trimmed close to the edge at the top and then cut the bottoms near the print of the tree.
 They actually ended out about 5 1/2" X 8" folded.
 Now time for some assembly.  First I use packing tape to tape the wooden handle in place. I just eyeballed the center of one side. OOOpsy, see that picture below....I had a typo on the document, so I corrected it and then just printed on the blank side. No need to waste a bunch of card stock, no one, except you, will ever know it's inside the perfect printed fan.


Then I used the heavy duty  glue stick to glue one side of the paper, including the wooden handle, getting it all the way to the edge.

 Like this see? Then fold it over and smooth it out pressing it down good and firm!
 You want to be sure the edges are even and glued together really well.
 And here we go!
 more and more and more. Glue and smooth, glue and smooth...I used almost two entire glue sticks!
 Now the fans have dried overnight so now it's time to round the corners. I know it's not necessary, but look how good they look!!
I have a hnady little corner rounder punch, and it didn't take too long to do all of them.
 Now I picked up a few spools of this floral ribbon. It's a lot stiffer than the satin-like spools you see at JoAnn's and fabric stores. It also is the same on both sides so there's not a front and back so when you tie it you don't have to worry about the ugly side showing.
So do this.....
And then do this.....
And then do this.....
 with help from Bob


And you'll end up with 150 of these!
 Don't they look nice! Those rounded corners and unique size are just so nice looking!!
 And that blue ribbon knot just sets it off!
 Lots and lots of knots. Here they are in a blue basket all ready to go to the wedding location over in Cosgrove on Friday.
 Keep praying for no rain!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Project Finishes!!

 SO these cornhole boards are ready to get a shiny finish. I bought polyurethane in gloss finish and it says to put on 3 coats and sand in between, OK!

Here we go, I sanded the tops where I wood burned the design to smooth out any bumps. Then I wiped all the dust away with a tack cloth. then started slathering the poly on!

While I'm waiting for the coat to dry, I'm getting the Yahtzee paper ready. I made the big wooden dice for the yard game awhile back.....Here on my blog.
So I think we'll need jumbo sized Yahtzee score cards too. These tablets of paper are about 18'X 24" or something like that. I downloaded a scorecard on line so I would make it correctly. Bob helped me draw the lines
...yeah, thanks loads....

 Anyways, then I just wrote in the scoring information and then I did it ten times...not all at once! I had coats of polyurethane to sand and apply in between times!
 Another coat on.....
 And look the Yahtzee score sheets fit perfectly on the sign boards I made last year!
Ready to go for the yard game/cocktail time at that upcoming wedding.
And one other wedding related project is complete. This is the sign that the little grey dressed girls will be carrying.
Friday, August 12, 2016

The Final Stitch!!

 SO, I think I have finished all the sewing for the upcoming wedding! I know! right? The 4 little girl gray dresses are now hemmed! Look how nice that looks!
 So I had thought I was going to make the taffeta and the lace the same length, but I had some feedback that said the lace should be a little bit longer...so, OK I can do that.
 I just used my rotary cutter to cut the lace smoothly and neatly about an inch longer than the taffeta.
 Easy peasy!
 I hemmed the taffeta layer with the tiniest little hems.
 I used the trick I learned from the internet...just press the hem where you want it to be then sew as close to the edge as you can, then trim the excess fabric away as close to the stitching as possible then turn it over one last time! See how I move the needle over to the right as far as I can, that way the presser foot can grab well, and I can sew close to the edge.

 I love those tiny little hems! I also finished up the addition of the corset back to the loveliest Cait's dress. I think she will look so beautiful in this dress!
 I added the "modesty panel"...you can hardly tell, I finally found some fabric in a really close match in color and made the panel out of that. Now I don't know which color ribbon will be the final look, gray or blue? Hard to tell but I'm sure either way it will look great!!!