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Monday
Jul182011

Featured: The Knotty Bride DIY : Mason Jar Table Numbers

Happy Monday friends!  Did you all have a good weekend?  Do anything exciting?  I was in Los Angeles visiting a friend for a good part of the weekend.  On Saturday we went to Renegade and stocked up on cute, handmade items.  The fair seemed HUGE this year and even though we were there for six hours, we rushed through the last part.  But I found all kinds of great stuff and supported a few of my favorite artists and crafters so I was super happy with the trip.  Sometime this week I will post about all of my finds and share pictures (even though I wasn't able to take that many since I was busy shopping the entire time).  On Sunday, on my way home, I visited a local farmer's market and visited with a few other friends who have a booth there.  So it was a weekend of markets for me.  A lot of time in the sun, a little sunburnt, a lot of time away from my computer (I didn't look at my computer all weekend, minus checking Twitter on my phone...and it was glorious!), and a lot of new, handmade goodies to add to my collection.

Today I am excited to share one of my recent DIYs that was featured on The Knotty Bride last week.  Mason jar table numbers...

I am almost appalled by how easy this DIY is and that I didn't think of it sooner.  All you need is a mason jar and a paint pen and then you can trace whatever numbers or letters you want.  I came up with it totally on the fly too.  I was standing in the check-out line at JoAnn's and saw these painters pens on display.  All of the sudden the wheels start turning and I think, "These could work on glass!"  I frequently see menus or escort cards written on the glass in vintage window frames and I just love that look.  One of my first DIYs last year involved painting silhouettes on mason jars and these paint pens could be an easier solution to achieve that same look or something similar.  

Mason jars are big in weddings now but it seems I never tire of them.  They are classic and have that hint of vintage flare which so many of us love.  They are also cheap and versatile, which is a big selling point for me.  Are you a fan of the mason jar look?  Or are you ready for the next trend?  

This might be the easiest and quickest DIY I've featured to date.  No special skills are required and it has a high success rate.  Check out the full DIY on The Knotty Bride and see the how-to pictures.

Have a good week everyone!   

Thursday
Jun162011

Featured: The Knotty Bride DIY : Spool Place Cards

A couple of weeks ago I shared another one of my DIYs with The Knotty Bride's fabulous readers.  This time I made place cards using simple and easy materials.

Vintage spools are an easy way to add a rustic-chic touch to any event and fortunately, you can find them pretty cheap on Etsy.  Use the ribbons to personalize to your specific event's colors.  I stamped the spools with this stamp kit which I use for many of my crafting endeavours.  See the full tutorial and all the pictures at The Knotty Bride.

Today I wanted to share a few behind-the-scenes details about this project and the little shoot I did to capture the details.  First, my inspiration...I love vintage spools and have used them many times before.  I always have a stash of them around my studio, on-hand for emergencies.  They frequently appear as props in my pictures but around the holidays, while I was doing my Christmas wrapping, I decided to do something different and incorporate them into my packaging.

I replaced traditional gift tags with these spools by stamping names onto them.  When I was brainstorming for The Knotty Bride DIY recently, I thought of these spools and knew this could be an easy and inexpensive detail for brides to replicate for a wedding.  Transforming them into place cards or escort cards seemed like a logical choice.  

In terms of capturing the project, I was greatly inspired by a photography book I've been reading recently, Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin.  Who is Helene Dujardin?  She is a talented French food stylist and photographer and she writes the blog Tartelette.  Her blog is filled with her gorgeous pictures and it is just overflowing with yummy inspiration.  The yumminess refers to both the recipes and the photography!  Her book was recently published and I knew I had to add it to my collection.  Although all of the food pictures make it seem like a cookbook, Helene uses the book to explain her creative process in capturing her images.  It has been very informative and inspirational for me and my work.  Although I do not specifically take pictures of food, her tips and advice can apply to any kind of still-life photography.  She mostly shoots in natural light, as do I, and I have really enjoyed reading about how she works.

Images found via Creature Comforts; photos by Helene Dujardin 

So I took a lot of Helene's tips into consideration as I was setting up my shots for the place card DIY.  I really took the time to think about light and background textures and props.  I shot this project during the evening while the sun was setting.  I was looking around in my backyard for the perfect location and ultimately settled on this wood planting table.

We have a bunch of random plants on the table but once I moved them, I really loved the rustic feel of the wood and thought it would compliment the spools perfectly.  Since I was very zoomed in for these pictures, it didn't matter that I was on a planting table and not a normal dinner table.  Helene's book encourages you to make your surroundings work for you.  This planting table is also located under a deck, so although there was plenty of natural light filling the scene, there wasn't any harsh, direct light.  

It's too bad that someone did not take a picture of me while I was shooting.  It was pretty humorous.  I had to stand up on those steps and balance and hover over the props.  I definitely almost lost my balance a few times.  

I was really happy the way the pictures turned out.  I didn't do much post-processing Photoshop work on them once I was finished shooting.  Helene's book has definitely encouraged me to practice my photography and to think about my shots more beforehand.  I'm excited to read the rest of her lovely book and to keep practicing.

I hope you enjoy the DIY tutorial.  Get crafting!  

Monday
May232011

Featured: The Knotty Bride DIY : Tissue Paper Fringe Chandelier

Happy Monday friends!  Now who's weekend went by WAY too quickly?  I'm not the only one right?  To be perfectly honest, my weekend was a little backwards.  On Friday I lazed around a bit and relaxed after having a very busy week.  But to make up for it, I turned Saturday into a working day and completed a DIY (which you will see this week) and crafted something for a client.  I must admit that I love the flexibility that comes with having your own business.  When I was in architecture school, I very much created my own schedule.  Some kids worked better in the middle of the night and they would stay up late in studio slaving away on their projects.  Now sometimes I couldn't avoid an "all-nighter" either but typically I liked waking up early and starting fresh after getting a few hours of sleep.  I worked better this way.  And still today I like having the option to make my schedule work best for me.  Like this weekend for example.  On Friday I just needed to veg for a day.  I didn't want to wait until Saturday, I wanted to relax then.  So I did!  And it was glorious.  

Today I want to share a DIY that I did for The Knotty Bride awhile back.  It was Easter inspired but it would work great for wedding or party decor at any time of year.

I have been seeing a lot of work inspired by fringe recently and I wanted to create my own version of a fringe chandelier...sort of like a piñata but without the violent whacking with a baseball bat.  This project is easy to recreate and it does not require any special crafting skills...just gluing and fringing ability (which is easy once you purchase fringe scissors).  

Fringe scissors are kind of my favorite thing right now.  I'm trying to experiment with them and see all that I can do.  Fringe is a lot like confetti, it's just fun!  

So what do you think of this fringe DIY?  I recommend making one {or two!} of them up for your next fiesta.  To see the full tutorial head on over to The Knotty Bride and start fringing!

Have a great week everyone!  

Wednesday
Apr272011

Featured: The Knotty Bride DIY : Matchbook Save the Date

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I loved reading all of your feedback about Pinterest yesterday.  Clearly I am not the only one that is in love with this new blogging tool and I'm happy to see so many readers using the platform.  Being able to follow some of my favorite artists and see what is personally inspiring them is fun and almost like having your own window into their world.  So happy pinning!

I hope we're all in a crafty mood because today I am sharing some DIY save the date inspiration.  Awhile ago I created this project for The Knotty Bride and just haven't gotten a chance to share about it here on the blog.  So today I am sharing my matchbook save the dates.  A lot of my projects incorporate vintage elements or give new materials that vintage-feel but this project is modern, with clean lines and bold colors.  Design-wise, it was a nice change for me because I appreciate working on all kinds of styles.  But if you're wanting something vintage, this DIY could be altered to satisfy any wedding colors or theme.  

One of the reasons why I love this project so much is because it incorporates a few of my favorite crafting techniques, all which involve a sewing machine.  Although it has been done before, I have just discovered the beauty of stitching paper and I must admit, I want to stitch everything now.  I'm a bit obsessed but in my defense, it is an easy way to add a simple detail.  And it has a bit of a 'wow' factor!

Recognize the blue dot paper?  I used some leftover scraps from the bridesmaid booklets I made for my friend's wedding.  The paper is from Paper Source and it is this gorgeous Japanese decorative paper.  Paper Source sells a whole bunch of them.  It is a little pricey but the colors and patterns are so gorgeous and I definitely recommend them for wedding invitations, envelope liners, and book making.

The card rips out like a ticket stub so guests can pin them to bulletin boards or refrigerators as reminders.  I used the sewing machine to create the perforated tear-line.  See the tutorial for tips on how to do this and I'll plan to post a how-to about that specific technique sometime in the near future.  Because it's an awesome technique!

See the full post, with the tutorial and all the pictures at The Knotty Bride.

Happy mid-week friends!  I hope you enjoyed this DIY today.  I have more fun DIYs to share in the near future so stay tuned. 

Thursday
Mar172011

Confetti Thank You DIY

Tomorrow the blog will be silent for the For Japan With Love bloggers event to spread the word about the tragedy in Japan and to honor all those affected.  If you haven't heard about this great cause being organized by Lydia of Ever Ours and Lucia and Henny of Utterly Engaged, please visit their site and contribute in any little way you can.  $16,513 have been raised so far (when I wrote this post) and their goal was originally $5,000!  Everyone has been so generous and it is absolutely amazing to see.  

Today I wanted to share a DIY that I contributed to The Knotty Bride a few weeks ago.  It was a definite favorite of mine and a big hit.  The idea was a wedding twist on the mad lib and it appears that everyone is as big of a fan of them as I am.  So I created a mad lib that was also a thank you card!  And confetti was involved!  Get excited!

Now that is the epitome of fun right?  Well, I sure like to think so.  If I received this in the mail I'd be delighted.  To see the full post with all the pictures, download the template, and read the tutorial, visit The Knotty Bride.       

Happy Thursday and have a great Friday and weekend since I won't be posting tomorrow.  See you next week!