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It’s in the mail

We are reaching a major milestone in the wedding process today – mailing out the invitations!

They are stamped, addressed, stuffed, and ready to go 🙂

M and I spent a good long while mulling over and designing the invites… and, like our Save the Date cards, we did these totally in-house, hand-made style. They relate to the StD’s but go a step further in the design, and I really hope they make a great impression when our recipients open them!

Our RSVP cards were the element holding up our mailing. We actually had these printed at a print shop, since we didn’t have the heavy-weight paper.
We decided to do a postcard RSVP, for a few reasons. To save on postage, to save on weight in our invitations, and to save paper: all good things to save, in our opinion! The RSVPs are a bit more light-hearted in design that the invitations themselves, and we left a spot for folks to write us some comments, so we hope they do!

So this is the moment of truth! No turning back now (haha), the invitations in the mail means it’s official, and we are less than 2 months from the day. I know that the next several weeks are going to fly by like none other, but I plan to do my best to keep it all in check and ignore those pesky wedding-nightmares that pop up every week or so (yes, I have had multiple wedding nightmares – the kind where you show up without your dress, or have no idea what your vows are, or you don’t recognize anyone at your own wedding, haha).

But really, I’m so grateful we have such generous friends and family who are helping us with so many things along the way. We literally couldn’t do it without you. So here’s to the final-stretch countdown 🙂


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Little birdies

Sneak peak of two cute little birdies I’m making.Perhaps to go atop a cake? or even just beside…


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I mentioned a week ago I am making ceramic mustaches for our planned wedding ‘photobooth’ – they turned out pretty hilarious!

mustaches and a pucker

I think they will be fun times ^_^

how do you do, sir?

give us a kiss

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Petticoat Update!

So, as I mentioned on Monday, I had plans to sew myself a petticoat, to go under dresses, skirts…and perhaps a wedding dress…

And now that it’s Friday, I’ll let you know how it went! Well, first thing – I followed the tutorial by Sugardale, almost exactly, and now I DO have my very own handmade petticoat!

Second – it was a pain in the patootie to make, hahaha! No seriously, I thought I could crank this thing out in a few hours. Turns out I needed about 7 hours to sew this garment! I confess, I am not an experienced seamstress, but even if you are, this is a time consuming project.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the way it turned out (pictures below). But for anyone thinking of doing this, expect to spend some quality time on it.

The thing is, there is just so much material. First, measuring for yards and yards. Then tracing your lines with Fray Check (important! fraying edges are no fun!). Then cutting out all those yards and yards of fabric. And we haven’t even begun on the sewing machine!

Anyways it is really fun to see a garment start from this:

petticoat materials

To this:

measured and cut fabric

To a finished product:

finished petticoat

Isn’t it sweet! Definitely worth the effort. 🙂 It’s not a hugely dramatic petticoat – it’s pretty understated, but just gives that little bit of extra bounce and lift to certain dresses.

no petticoat..............................................with petticoat!

The fabric I used is crinoline, which has some stiffness to it, but it’s not nearly as structural as, say, tulle; so this kind of petticoat is ideal for dresses and skirts that are also of a light fabric (so the petticoat isn’t weighed down too much). Hmmm, very much like a dress I’ll be wearing this summer… 🙂 No previews for that dress though! That one is a surprise. 😉

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New items in my Jadeflower Etsy shop

After the big craft fair in November, I’ve been posting more new items to my Etsy shop – many with a holiday vibe. Fun, brightly glazed ceramic ornaments and festive ceramic pins!

If you haven’t checked out my shop in a while, please check it out! I’d love to hear what people think of my newest additions 🙂

A sampling…

Berry Red Cedar Impression Pin

Speckly Green Holly Ornament

Peacock Green Holly Ornament with Gold accents

Gold Maple Heart Brooch

Red & Gold Heart Ornament

I have lots more in my shop, and lots more I need to get posted, too! Hopefully I can get that done before the Christmas season passes.

P.S. Today is the 29th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. I think I’ll put on a Beatles record to commemorate.

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Another DIY wedding project- custom signposts

You could, perhaps, call me a hands-on crafty gal who is blessed and burdened with a long engagement. It is wonderful to have so much time to do lots of handmade details and elements, but at the same time, I continue to think up more and more projects for myself!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love doing all these crafty things, especially for a day that will be one of the most significant in my life. I just worry that friends and family will think I’m crazy… 😉

So with that segue in mind, here’s another DIY project that I decided to undertake – custom signposts!

wedding signs!

One of my chief goals in planning this wedding is to make our guests feel completely welcomed and comfortable. Weddings can be very awkward if one doesn’t know what’s going on, where to be, etc. I want to plant visual cues all around the site so that we can avoid that! Starting right as people drive up the street.

We’re getting married at my parents’ home, which isn’t the easiest place to find, so I decided on three separate signs – one for the end of the street, with M and my names pointing the way; one pointing to parking; and one pointing the way to the ceremony site.

So here’s how I went about making these fabulous signs!

Plank wood, base paint, computer print-out text, graphite pencil, ballpoint pen, acrylic paint

1) unpainted wood

I picked up a small pot of Behr paint from Home Depot (technically a “color sample,” but there’s been plenty of paint for many projects already). It is the lighter of our wedding colors – a very pale keylime green. First I painted the wood plank this base color – it took a couple coats for a nice coverage.

2) plank painted light green

Next, I needed my template.
I didn’t want just any old font. After seeing this amazing post for a ice cream buffet, which originated from Eat Drink Chic, I fell in love with the bold font Ecuyer DAX which can be downloaded for free right here! I printed out my words (split over 2 pages, since the text needed to be big), cut them out and taped them together so they would fit nicely on the board.

3) text template

Next, in order to transfer the text from the paper to the board, I used the trick of tracing the backs of the letters with graphite pencil. Then line up the template to the board, and trace over the tops of the letters with a ballpoint pen. Tracing with a firm hand, the pencil will transfer onto the board.

4) trace in pencil the backs of the letters

Now that there is a pencil outline on my board, the next step is painting in the letters with our other wedding color – dark navy blue- with a fine tipped brush.

5) painting letters

It takes a steady hand, some time, and a few coats of the acrylic paint (cheap-o 39 cent stuff) to make signs that look brilliant!

finished custom wedding signs

The next step, of course, will be mounting these on some kind of post, but I’ll worry about that later!

For now, I’m glad I have another project done! And I hope that when people arrive on the big day, this will be the first welcome they see for our event. The first of many small details to put people at their ease for a fun and memorable day!

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