Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Instagram Sneak Peeks

Here are a few of the first photos of the big day (stolen from friends' cameras)...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Heart-felt cupcake toppers

We decided early on that we wee doing cupcakes rather than a traditional wedding cake, partly because you can have a bunch of different flavors, and partly because I really liked the idea of getting to make some interesting, handmade cupcake toppers.
Once I had my plan, I ordered some felt on etsy and sorted out all the red/orange/pink/etc scraps. After that there was a lot of cutting. 
I cut freehand, making hearts of varying sizes and shapes, but made sure to cut a counterpart to each unique heart so the two sides of each cupcake topper could be sewn together evenly.
Then there was a lot of sewing. I sewed hearts at the dinner table, in bed, and on the front porch. I carried some in my purse and stitched them while my oil was being changed or while I sat in waiting rooms. I used a simple running stitch and various shades of embroidery floss, and stuffed them using a small crochet hook to help urge the stuffing into the right places.
Some of the hearts were big...
and others were little...
Once they were all stuffed and stitched, I separated out the larger ones (for another project) and stuck a toothpick in the bottom of the small ones - and poof! Cupcake toppers. 
I also made some extras that the florist will incorporate into the arrangements and corsages.
Update - here are some wedding images so you can see the hearts in action:

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Wedding Milk

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Guestbook Alternative

We wanted to do something a little different for our "guestbook" - we've seen a lot of guestbooks at weddings that have only a couple pages of signatures, then a whole bunch of blank pages. So we decided to cut scraps of paper and have people sign them and place them in a memory jar sort of thing. Maybe later on we'll do something with the hearts - string them as a garland, make a collage out of them, decoupage over a box or frame or something? Or we could leave them in the jar, which is nice looking on it's own, and display it somewhere in our home...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Working on programs today, plus emailing with everyone ever (florist, venue coordinator, parents, reader, officiate, etc) and generally feeling spazzy. Eli leaves on Thursday to make the drive to Wisconsin, so I have to have everything done for him to take in the car. I keep forgetting to breathe.
P.S. The programs will be displayed in baskets that were hand woven by Eli's Grandma...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Rugs from Claire

As you can sort of tell from recent posts, we have been switching around our rugs lately. When we were visiting Claire last weekend, she gave us a few small area rugs that she had been storing in a closet because she didn't have places for them in her home. Since we have pretty tiny rooms, they fit perfectly next to a bed or in our hallway. Darby is especially excited to have several new soft-sleeping-spots. Maybe now she will stop sleeping on the suitcase? Surely these are more comfortable...

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Wee Gifties

I probably like making and shopping for these things way more than the tiny humans enjoy receiving them.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Nested Hearts

Mary Nation really outdid herself with this wedding gift. The nested heart bowls are hand turned out of olive wood, and she used a tiny wood burning tool to engrave our names and wedding date on the inside of each dish. At the ceremony, my sister will carry the smallest one with our wedding bands in it.

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