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Sometimes it seems life just kind of takes over and before you know it a week passes, a month passes. That’s been my life this last while, things have been CRAZY! Crazy good for the most part though, so that’s something!

I started getting more into the crocheting, something that I’ve always enjoyed. Doing so then lead to me opening my own Etsy site. That has been a fun adventure. I have been selling items there and on Facebook, and making money to put towards the wedding in the process. Its been a lot of fun! Some of the items include:

Click HERE To visit my Facebook store or HERE to visit my Etsy site and see more if you’re interested.

Then there’s the wedding side of life. I have officially assembled ALMOST all the invitations and am preparing to put them in the mail this week. Here is a photo of the finished product. I have blocked out our names, however didn’t bother with the resort information. Its a destination wedding, so that doesn’t really give away anything about us at all. Each invitation, when taken out of the little corner pocket, includes a ceremony card, a reception card, an RSVP card, a stamped return envelope and a card with our website which gives more info (including accomodations, travel, etc… more than many share due to the destination wedding aspect). These will be mailed in black envelopes. The return address is written on the back in white ink. On the front I have placed a white address label and written the addresses on them in red. I am SO happy with how they turned out and can’t wait to hear from our guests regarding what they think!

Besides that its been a lot of little planning. We recently made the choice to change our DJ so just working through the contract on that. Also working hard on getting in shape for the big day… but that’s a whole new blog post….

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I set a goal for myself this weekend, that I was going to get done a certain list of wedding things, one of which was figuring out WHAT to do for our table numbers. You see, I knew we needed something that looked nice (or the family members that judge everything would notice) but at the same time I just couldn’t see myself spending $40 or $50 on some of the options you see out there for something that I knew would be thrown away at the end of the night… for something with such a short lived purpose…

SO the decision was I would figure out how to DIY something that would work. I started googling for pictures, to get some ideas flowing, as well as googling images with searches like ‘free wedding flourish’ or ‘free rose corner’ to find images I could use. At the end of the day I think what I ended up with not only works, but looks great AND… the best part… cost me approximately $5 for all 30!!!!

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I shared this photo with a few friends on The Knot and they loved it as much as I did! I had a few questions asking about how to do it (especially at that cost) and so I decided this was another one of those projects that needed a ‘How to’ on here for any brides that are looking to save money during this planning process!!!

So… I started with a few basic supplies. I picked up packets of cardstock on sale at Michaels, although the whole packs weren’t needed, for 30 numbers I only needed 8 sheets of each of 2 colours (black and white in my case). I also picked up some packs of binder clips and a roll of ribbon from the local dollar store. I also used a glue gun and double sided tape (which was from the dollar store as well) to put it all together. Image

I started by designing the table numbers themselves. Now this depends on what program you are comfortable with! IĀ  know many of you likely use photoshop and similar programs, but I’m not all that computer savvy so I tend to stick to Powerpoint because that just makes sense to me! I formatted the slide to be a standard 8.5×11 page (under the Design tab I clicked on Page Setup). Here I created 4 rectangles in a light grey so I had guides to cut it later. I used an image from google and the font Abigail, which came with the program. I just printed these onto the white cardstock sheets.

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After having them printed I used a papercutter in order to cut each of them out. I then measured the individual little squares (just one, after all they were all the same size now) and then figured out the measurements to create black squares that would be just 1/4 inch larger on each of the 4 sides giving it a border. I also cut these out using the papercutter.

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I attached them using the double sided tape. The reason is that the glue doesn’t sit completely flat, but the double sided tape gives it that professional looking appearance in my views. Spray adhesive would likely work the same way. Next step was the bases. Take a binder clip and cut a small piece of ribbon just slightly larger than the width of one side of the binder clip. Using the glue gun put a dot of glue on the end of the ribbon and glue it inside the clip roughly in the middle. You’ll need to open the clip to put this in place. Then repeat on the other side, giving the binder clip a nice strip of colour. Becareful not to close the binder clips on your fingers, I did many times and it begins to hurt after awhile!

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After that has had a chance to dry in place, clip the binder clip centered on the bottom of each of your table numbers and then remove the little silver arms from the clip. These can be thrown out as you won’t need them. You’re left with cheap and easy table numbers! My apologies for the bad cellphone pictures, its what I had when I was working on them!!!!

I hope that this helps atleast one of you out there! Good luck in your planning and all your DIY projects, and keep posted, I might have some more cheap/easy projects to share in the near future!

Also, HAPPY EASTER to all of you!!!!

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This past weekend I decided that I wanted to give a diaper cake to a woman in my life who recently had an adorable baby boy. I overlooked one BIG factor, I’d never made a diaper cake nor did I have ANY idea how to make one…

So I took the time to do some research online and then decided it was time to learn the best way I can… Trial by fire! I bought the supplies and put myself to work…. I took a bunch of bad pictures using my cellphone so I could attempt to explain what I did and help anyone else looking to take on this project like I did…

First thing first, I went out and bought the supplies. In this case the baby was born premature, so I knew the Stage 1 diapers would last awhile and bought 92 Stage 1 diapers, for a bigger baby you could do the bottom tier in Stage 2 so that they are all usable… I also bought a package of elastics, 3 baby bottles, a bottle of baby shampoo, as well as various items to decorate with.

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Next take each diaper individually, unfold it and roll it up securing it with a small elastic in the centre. Make sure if there is a design on the front of the diaper you start rolling from the designed side to keep the end result all white like cake šŸ™‚ If you look closely in the picture you can see some showing the yellow design… I learned the hard way šŸ˜‰

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Take your bottle of baby shampoo (or lotion if you wish) and 2 baby bottles and elastic them together to create the core of your cake. Using a larger elastic to hold them in place proceed to put one full round of rolled up diapers around this base.

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Continue this process to put a second and third row around the bottom tier if making a 3 tiered cake… Which is what I did! After you’re done that tier (securing them with elastics each time) start on the second tier around the same core, adding a first and then second row to create the second tier. Before adding onto the first round on tier one be sure to put it on some sort of a base you can use to move it (I just used a sheet of cardboard wrapped in wrapping paper).

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Next take the third bottle, this will be the centre of your top tier. In the same way you did the bottom two tiers secure a row of diapers around the bottle and then place the bottle ontop of the cake so that the bottom of the bottle fits securely in the centre to hold it in place.

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Now to make it look pretty. First you need ribbon to wrap around each individual tier, covering and hiding all your elastics. Then you can place a bow on the top if you like to finish up the ribbon look.

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Add any decorations you like from soothers to teddy bears, baby socks to spoons… Whatever your heart desires. Voila! You have a completed diaper cake! Here’s mine, I got the wooden letter from Walmart and painted it to match…

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I hope this makes sense and helps someone! I’m sure its clear as mud šŸ˜‰ Have fun with those diaper cakes!!!

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OK, so I know what many of you are thinking, SHE crochets?!??! I have actually gotten that reaction from friends in person on more than one occasion hahaha… truth is ya, I can and I do… BUT there is one thing that I have a bit of an obsession with. I LOVE making baby blankets! I gift them to friends all the time and just have a blast making them…. I love trying new patterns with each one, and seeing what I can come up with… its like some weird obsession.

Here are 3 different ones that I made in the last year or so:

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Here’s the weirder part, the ‘withdrawal’ I am starting to get! You see, none of my friends are far enough in their pregnancy for me to know what they are having and get started on a new one, infact not many friends are expecting right now at all… Instead I am focusing on planning my wedding.

BUT planning a wedding doesn’t mean making baby blankets! Hahaha! I am doing ALL types of DIY projects for the wedding, and yet I still find myself looking up baby blanket patterns online… yep, its official! I am addicted!

I guess I’ll just have to be patient,Ā a few more weeks and I’ll know what the next blanket I’m making is for… I just have to handle a few more weeks withdrawal… I can do this!

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