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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! I  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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When my fiance and I got engaged, one of the first things that I came up with was a concept for our invitations. I did a mockup of invitations that I absolutely loved, all based around this really pretty scrapbooking border that I had found. I was even more excited when the owner of the store I was talking to said he could bring the border in for me in bulk to do them!

Image<— My ‘mockup’ invitation

Fast forward to today… I just found out that they have actually gone out of business, not just ‘hey look, there’s a sale there’ but like the store is empty and everything is gone already. So much for that idea…. the border was the entire focal point of the invitation so here I am looking through invitation inspiration again trying to figure out what to do!

Nothing like feeling you’ve accomplished something only to take a jump back to square one again… Now since that point I have created invitations for our rehearsal dinner and could try to play up the look of them a little, now there’s a thought… Hmmmm… I did a postcard style rehearsal dinner invite, considering its only going out to the closest friends/family. I also didn’t list our number on it for the RSVP as I know they all have it by now!

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Image <—- Back (the red block is covering the location and address of the resort we’re getting married at/doing the dinner at)

Now the roses are like a central theme, so maybe I can create a rose pattern invite for the invitations? OR I could do something totally off the wall in protest to the fact that my invitations aren’t going to be my first design… That sounds like the most fun plan for me but pretty sure family members would have a thing or two to say about it!

Sometimes I want to just do a grade 2 cut and paste game and send em off!!! Imagine the response that would bring about…. But for now I will go back to the world of researching invitations and see if I find anything that’s worth working on…

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Alright, so I made the 4 hour car ride to my sister’s apartment to try on my dress. Now I know there are very few of you reading this that know the story so here’s the background…

When I was 4 I decided I was wearing my mother’s dress when I got married, and continued to tell her that all through my childhood and into my teen years. Once the ring was on my finger and planning had begun I was stuck between a rock and a hard place, you see I REALLY wanted to wear my mother’s dress BUT…. it was TOTALLY 80s with the puffy sleeves and the whole bit, which didn’t fit the vision of our wedding at all. This is where my sister stepped up and saved the day. She went to school for fashion design, and offered to take my mother’s dress and alter it into a more modern dress.

I had some satisfaction of it being a little big on me from the last time we tried it on, so I did lose some weight in the last few months, but definitely not as much as I was hoping! We altered it tight to give me that extra push to lose a bit more in the next 6 months. Bridal boot camp here I come! We also scratched the ‘strapless/backless’ idea when looking at it. You see, I love the backless look, but I also don’t love the idea of taping myself into a dress with no support and just hoping I don’t give a free show to my whole group of family and friends SO we opted for some really subtle straps that attach the front of the dress to the side of the backless dress, and still doing the backless route.

End of the day result? Feeling MUCH better about the whole not knowing exactly what my wedding dress is going to look like 6 months before my big day…. How do people usually handle this stress?!?!?! Or maybe I’m just a little insane 😉 Also a possibility!

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Ok, lets be honest – the cost of getting married these days is INSANE!!!! My fiance comes from a large family, and so a ‘small guest list’ wasn’t really an option, I needed to find places to cut costs elsewhere. After doing a bit of research one thing I decided was to try ordering in silk flowers and making my own bouquets. Result: I made my bouquet, my toss bouquet (I want to keep mine), 4 bridesmaids bouquets, the MOH’s bout, the grooms bout, 11 other bouts, 4 corsages, aisle/altar decorations and centrepieces all for around $200. I would spend that much just getting my bouquet easily!

So I was sharing this with some of my fellow ‘Brides-To-Be’ on a facebook group I belonged to and realized it would be SO much easier if I took the time to throw together a little how to.

First trick is to find somewhere with good quality silks. You can pick them up everywhere from craft and specialty stores right through to dollar stores these days! I personally ordered mine from an online site, AFloral. Look for the best looking ones you can find, in the style you want, at the best price available and don’ t be afraid to shop around! This is the joys of the internet and online shopping! Also make sure you have lots of floral tape, its your friend!

Image Here is the first order of flowers! I opted for white roses for bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers. Stuck with the red roses I loved for my fiance and I, although I did 3 different kinds/styles of red roses to change it up. I mixed red and white roses for the decorations and corsages.

I also decided I wanted there to be some bling in my bouquet, so I went to Michaels and got some of their floral wire stems and some flashy beads. To create the bling I would slide a single bead onto the wire stem approximately 6 inches, bend it over and twist as tightly as I could to hold the bead in place. The wire itself is going to be hidden by the flowers so don’t worry too much about its appearance.

Image I did white for my bouquet, and red/black for the bridesmaids and MOH.

Next step was to start the actual bouquet. I begun with 4 roses held together and taped firmly in place in a circle. This is going to be the centre of the bouquet and give you some structure to build around. I took some of my bling beads and taped them in between a couple flowers around the outside. How many and how often you put them on in this step depends on how ‘blinged out’ you want your bouquet to look.

I then took one rose at a time taping them in place working in a circle around the outside of the bouquet centre you created, until you’ve created another full circle all the way around. Then rinse and repeat – Add gems and add another circle.

As you’re getting closer to the edge, start bending the flowers slightly when adding them so that the bouquet bends down on the sides if that’s the look you’re going for (I did).

Here are pictures of the top of my bouquet and one of the bridesmaid’s bouquets showing the bling. Please ignore the dog hair in the one of mine hahaha, my Shepherd cross was trying to help!

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The next step is to do the handles of the bouquets. I am not sure if how I did it was the ‘right’ way but here’s what I did. I used 2 kinds of ribbon for each bouquet, one really thick satin ribbon for the main colour and one really thin ribbon to accent. I cut a short piece of the thick ribbon and wrapped it over the very end of the stems gluing it all in place. I then took the thick ribbon and wrapped it all the way up, gluing the end inplace to create a base. For glue I used E6000 which holds like CRAZY! I then took the accent ribbon and started at the bottom gluing the middle of a long string of it on the bouquet and started wrapping it loosely on the way up creating a lacing effect, using a bit of glue each time they crossed and tying a bow at the top. You don’t have to glue at each X but I found it much easier. For the final touch I added a rhinestone at each X.

Here are the handles I created:

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I hope this helps someone! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer them!

Hopefully before you know it you’ll have all your bouquets laid out for a picture, proud you did them yourself (and happy with how much you saved in the process)!

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So I’ve been here, done this before. I started a blog about a year ago… made it specific to reviewing books I was reading. It was great, and I sounded like I TOTALLY knew what I was thinking about… and then I got too busy to read enough to have new books to post and that tanked.

Shortly thereafter I started another blog, focusing on my lessons I was learning in the religious side of my life. I was having fun with that, and even learning how to make the posts kinda fun an quirky…. but then not only did I forget the password to the blog, I forgot the password to the email address that it sends my password reset to!!! Yep, I’m a little absent minded sometimes…

So here we go again! Although this time I’m taking a few steps to make sure this one sticks. I’m connecting it to an email I use ALL the time, instead of assuming I might get spam and using another. I am also not going to make this about any specific topic. You see, my life isn’t any specific topic… Its one big, colourful collage of a million different things that all spell me – and that’s what this blog is going to include too!

A quick intro – My name is Britt and I’m 25 years old. I am an Ovarian Cancer survivor, a recovered Anorexic, a fitness enthusiast, a ‘Bride-to-Be’ (check out the countdown on the side, 6 months to go!), an eager student in the area of leadership, a pet owner, a country girl… the list goes on.

So lets get this rocking and rolling! I hope you’ll get to know a little about me, and I about you through your replies. At the end of the day, lets just have fun, because you only get one trip through this thing called life!

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