Monday, June 24, 2013

Craft Challenge June - Vote and 'The Key to my Heart' link-up.

June has flown by and despite the fact most of it was spent away from my fiancé, it has been a romance-fuelled month. There's nothing like wedding planning to make your stomach butterflies flutter. It's time for you lovely lot to vote on which of our romantic crafts was your favourite and also to link your romance-filled projects, be they crafty, date ideas or even a recipe - if it represents 'The Key to YOUR Heart' then add it in!

Here's a quick reminder of our projects this month for you:

Which was your favourite project? Vote below!

So now it's time for you to link up your own projects. Please only link up 'heart felt' ideas or I will need to delete your entry. Particularly if you are the person selling watches who links up each time. I will just be deleting your advert from the linky!

In July it's all about food and it's time (with some sunshine) to make something tasty, perhaps for the BBQ, a picnic or even a summer party. I will be back next week and cannot wait to mull over what I might make to share with you next week. Until then!
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

My Top 5 Wedding Blogs - For Brides and Romantics!

If you own a bridal magazine, then this might not make comfortable reading. As a recently engaged person (had I mentioned that at all?) I nearly fainted at the cost of wedding publications. I wanted ideas though, so I bought a couple...and while some of the information was really useful, the vendors, fashions, and products were all massively expensive. It's no wonder that the average price of a British wedding is £ many brides read these magazines and think that the standard price for a dress is £3k etc?

A quick search of 'wedding blogs' on Google quickly revealed a plethora of people who write and share their ideas for free. There's the couture bridal sites and then there are ones for people like me: moderate, budget conscious and just a little bit quirky. Even if you are not a bride-to-be, the chances are one of your friends or family are. So please pass on these excellent links and help them plan a wonderful wedding, without having to pay for expensive magazines offering premium priced products (try saying that after a sherry!) Just click on the pictures* to go to the site.

My Top 5 Wedding Reads
This is a great site for gaining inspiration and fantastic British vendors.

Incredible for crafty projects, guides for organisation and inspiration for all aspects of the wedding.
I love how these guys break down the wedding process of lots of reader weddings. It has given me some awesome tips on how couples make decisions which reflect their beliefs and budget.
I love gazing over the real weddings section of this site. It's amazing to see the trends come and go...

This lovely lady has just had a beautiful baby and as a new mum isn't posting as often as she would want. The archive is full to the brim though and many a top tip has already found it's way into my wedding scrapbook.

The best thing about finding these blogs is that I think I will probably end up reading them way after my wedding. There's nothing like a love story to bring a smile to your face. Happy browsing!
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*Some of these screen shots are 'older' versions of the sites.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Wedding Crafts Commence! A Hessian Bunting Banner

Warning: you might start to seriously question my naivety at attempting to craft all of the decoration for my wedding. You might start to shake your head and say: "Rosie, no matter what your best intentions, you will not have time/the patience/the time/the willingness to handcraft a lot of your wedding. And you certainly won't want to spend a whole day setting up when you have hair/flowers/cars/runaway grooms/great aunt Mildred to entertain."

I thank you for your well-meaning advice (can you tell that many IRL people have already given me said tips....?). All I can say is that, while riding high on a reason to craft again I am going to try my level best to make as much as I humanly can to decorate my reception. I started on Sunday with a homemade Hessian bunting banner having been inspired by these cuties I pinned from Pinterest.

And when I say inspired - I pretty much made the exact banner, just in German. I saved myself some pounds though by making it myself. That makes me and my wedding budget VERY happy. I have so much hessian and paint yet I may yet make some more of these to compensate for my terrible sign painting. This, it turns out, even I can do!
If you want to do the same you need: hessian, a sewing machine, fabric paint, a paint brush.

It is so simple to do. You just need to make a template, which is a triangle with a rectangular head on top. Make no sense? Here's a picture to help you out.
I then painted (free hand again) onto the Hessian using white paint and a flat ended brush. You definitely need a table protector for this section.
I then fixed the paint with an iron, as indicated on the fabric paint packet.

Pin over the ends of bunting (essentially folding that rectangle in half) and then machine sew.

I didn't bother hemming my hessian - I think the 'rustic' charm is that it frays slightly. I also haven't threaded it onto the string yet as it needs to travel to Germany and I do not fancy untangling it at the other end. I also expect it is easier to put up if you thread it in situ. Well, we'll see about that in about a year's time when I try this approach for myself.

Now with that little project all done and dusted, it is time for the real bunting....the metres and metres and metres of the stuff...while repeating the mantra: "it'll be much cheaper if you make this yourself".
Wish me luck!
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Experiments in Sign Painting: Tea cups and buttons!

I started this project in May so that I would be able to show you another type of wall art that is inexpensive and fairly easy to make. Granted, it would have been a LOT easier with a cricut or silhouette to provide me with a lettering template. I would hope that you find the slightly wonky writing adorable though....
My button tea cup was made with: an off cut of mdf, emulsion paint tasters (3 colours on offer for £1)and some budget buttons from the craft shop. With a hot glue gun, pencil, ruler and infinite patience, it turned into my fun sign.

You probably don't need a tutorial to tell you that I painted the wood first, drew on a t-cup and then painted it in a pastel shade of purple before sticking on buttons with my glue gun (and only burning one finger...result). The lettering I typed on my computer first and then used sight drawing to transfer it to the wood. The bottom part, had I applied more logic should have been drawn out starting with the middle letters first to avoid the slant. I'm not even going to pretend to you it is deliberate. I find painting stuff bizarrely therapeutic, so really enjoyed the process of this project. However, I was also more relaxed as the whole project cost less than £2.

I want to make a bunch of signs for my wedding reception (preferably not quite as wonky) so will be running some more practice attempts before then in the hope that hand lettering will one day be an art I CAN do. It might also be because I went a bit 'offcut' crazy while visiting the DIY store and have a heap to paint.

Are you sign writers? Do you have any tips for me to perfect my proportions and lettering by hand? I would so appreciate your input.
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