Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wreath and next craft...

What you're seeing here is two crappy pictures that I uploaded directly from my cellphone.... isn't that awesome! I can auto upload to my blog from my phone! Ah! Sometimes I really love technology and all that it does to make my world more seamless.

Now back to the pictures: although the quality isn't quite there, the point is that I wanted to show you my wreath, all finished up and looking quite adorable if I do say so (remember that the idea originally came from Betz White). I've decided that I need to make at least 1 or 2 more. One that is dominantly white, and one more red. What do you think?

In the meantime (and in Weddingland) I've run into a bit of a dilemma. I found the most beautiful headband ever while I was ordering my dress a few weeks back. It's stunning I tell you! Oh, wait! I can mobile upload a picture of it! Sweet! Ok, so check it out. It's real cute, right? The problem here (you know, besides the fact that this picture makes my nose look absolutely GIANT) is that the headband is $200! Where do people get the nerve... charging that much for a headband? So there you are, standing in your overpriced dress, wearing your overpriced shoes and jewelry, and you think to yourself "$200 isn't that bad... I'm not wearing a veil..." and you're trying to justify it. Because in Weddingland, outrageous prices are fairly standard. Hey, I just paid $80 for glitzy buttons, $150 for pockets to be added, $150 for a sweetheart neckline and another $80 to cut off the train...(yes, paying for them to remove some of the dress). So what you need to do in this scenario is walk away. Leave the shop, get out of the dress and out of the fairy tale! I've actually been getting quite good at this... (after walking away from a $4,000 dress that I was in love with). Once you've walked away and gone home, you'll notice something in your house that needs replacing... holey socks, a holey kitchen floor, whatever. Suddenly, $200 on a headband seems a bit more ridiculous.

And this is the point that I always do my little thing where I twist my mouth to the side and say "I can make that." So yesterday I went to Michaels with a 50% off coupon and started scouting out the rhinestone scene. Oh yes, I picked some up and I fully intend to use them! I'm not sure how its going to work out, but I figured I would give all of you a little heads up about what disastrous project could be coming down the line!

So keep your eyes peeled for rhinestones or sparkly buttons or what have you, and send them my way! Stay posted....

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Nerve.

Question: What business does theknot have e-mailing me to tell me that there is only 334 days til my wedding?

Answer: No Business! Now I am in a panic! I have reviewed my DIY list, and there is just not enough time to complete these tasks if there are really only 334 days until the wedding. Do you think it's possible theknot is just trying to trick me?

Probably not, huh?

On that note, I've been hard at work on those WIPs I showed you last week. The pink on pink fleece you saw is a blanket I am making for my sister, if it's done soon I'll give it to her for her birthday (Nov. 1), if not... Christmas is right around the corner. Speaking of Christmas: the green rosettes you saw are coming together nicely on a wreath form. The roses are made from recycled wool sweaters that I threw in the wash with *GASP* hot water! And then... I put them in the Dryer! OH NO! Actually, this is what is called "fulling" or "felting" a sweater, and it's awesome. Idea Stolen from Betz White, who I am rather obsessed with. The target bags are being recycled into reusable totes.

Yes, I know I can reuse plastic bags as they are without making more work for myself - but does that sound like something I would do?

On top of those things I also have a very long list of things that need to be done at home, for example I am currently working on cleaning up the attic and organizing all of my crap. And there is an amazing amount of crap up there. Dan says he wont start work on the kitchen floor (which the dogs chewed up) until I organize my stuff in the basement and attic. One down, one in progress.

Debating whether to give it to goodwill and be rid of it once and for all, or, save for a tag sale next year. Too hard to decide.

Cleaning the attic has reminded me of what a jerk I am. I must have 3 rubbermaid bins full of fabric, and loads of wreath forms and foam and trims and such. Does that stop me from going out and starting new craft hobbies like felting sweaters? No, it does not.

So I'm trying to stay away from joanns and michaels and ac moore and goodwill and savers.... the list goes on. No more new projects for a while. I've got to work with what I've got: which is an extensive DIY wedding list and a stash of supplies.

So sorry for the utter lack of pictures in this post - I swear - things are really happening. I will prove it one day soon!