Monday, March 19, 2012

diy - chair bunting

most people will tie a sash around the guests chairs to add a bit of detail, we decided to make up mini bunting in pastel colours. most of the wedding decor is white so this will be a nice way to add a splash of colour. here's how we did it.
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you will need:
1. paper in the colours you desire - we used a value pack from cna in pastels
2. a pair of scissors
3. an eyelet punch - you can find these at any hardware, hobby shop or haberdashery
4. eyelets - we went with white to match the ribbon we used, also available from most hardware, hobby shops & haberdashery's
5. 2mm thick ribbon - again we used white
6. a printer to print triangles onto the paper
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the chair backs measured in at 50cm. i used 5 colours so the triangles measure in at 10cm x 10cm. click here to download my template. i got 10 out of an A4 page. print out as many triangles as you need in their different colours and cut them out.
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now punch and eyelet the two bottom corners of each triangle - you will string them upside down.
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once you have them all punched and eyeleted, string them with a piece of ribbon and secure them to the backs of the chairs with safety pins.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

diy - wreath detail

i am all about the details. those who know me will be sitting reading this and nodding their heads with a knowing smile on their faces. odc? um, definitely. gary refers to me as "the crazy virgo person" que evil scientist laugh. when it came to addressing the envelopes i would be posting to people i wanted to do something that said "there is a special inside" not just a plain old address on the front. our wedding is all 1000% handmade and so i want everything to reflect that. i am no leigh harrington so i had to come up with a way i could uniformly decorate the envelopes by hand and have them look pretty. i tried to free hand a wreath and it came out horrid, so i drew up a stencil on my computer. here is a quick and super easy way to add detail. i hope you like.
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you will need:
♥ envelopes - i used A5 size with bubble wrap on the inside to protect the contents
♥ a pen of your choice - the artlines are my fav
♥ a piece of card coard
♥ a pair of scissors
♥ a printer
here is the stencil i drew up. print it out on a piece of card. cut out the oval & then cut of the top.
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now you have you stencil. i drew a little heart at the bottom of my envelope (you could do whatever your heart desires), put the stencil on top and centered it. now trace your line around the stencil.
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now draw on your leaves using the line as a guide. address in the center and voila you have a pretty detail. nice huh?
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

two door cinema club

as i am sure you all know #5gum brought two door cinema club out to south africa. gary enter both us. the friday they announced who had won tickets, ga had been driving me mad the whole day, "check you email", "have they text you?'... mad! as usual, he called me on his way home from work and was all, "we won! we won!". chuffed to the hills i hung up the phone. 5 secs later a text comes through saying i won a set of double tickets!!! what! no ways! so there i am running around the house screaming "bitches!!! i won! i won!". i called mel and was all, "we r going to watch two door cinema bitches!" now we are both running around scream "woohoo! two door bitches! wooowoo!". we hang up. a minute later mel calls back and is all "i just won double tickets to go see two door cinema!"! aaaahahaha! crazy funny. dudes can i just say that i've seen a bucket load of live shows and boy do these fellas take the cake. dare i say, even better live than on cd? yes. i dare. well organized, we didn't que for the loo or drinks longer than 5 minutes. sure we chose to be further back because lets face it, i am pretty old and grumy and don't fancy being bashed around but we could dance and boy did we only! thank you #5gum for one incredible night. enough jibber jabber, here's a clip i filmed, a moment in time, if you will.

diy - lacy invitation envelopes

i know most brides to be guard their decor and ideas like a leprechaun does his pot of gold and you all probably think i am a total nutter but my momma always told me that sharing is caring. i don't really mind if someone other bride out there sees this and decided that it's just up her street... good! is what i say. i am glad i could be of service. besides, i sure as hell didn't think these bad boys up, i came upon a very similar idea using square doily's well traveling the intawebs and just tweaked it to suit me and my resources. i have put together a little do-it-yourself tutorial. we decide to use doily's as a recurring theme throughout our wedding decor because they add a lacy feminine touch without the actual expense of lace and they are made from paper so we can recycle them after the wedding. here i have made pretty envelopes for our invitations.
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you will need:
♥ a piece of card in the dimensions of your invitation - ours measure 99mm x 210mm (that's 3
per A4 page)
♥ a ruler
♥ a pencil
♥ a pair of scissors
♥ project glue
♥ a paint brush
♥ round doily's - the amount and size you need. i used big ones that are 29cm in diameter. the cheapest i found were from the china mall at 49 bucks per pack of 250.
♥ water colour paint (optional)
♥ a nice pen in the colour of your choice
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take one doily. fold it in half one way and them in half the other way so you get a cross running through it. do the same with your invite template. them center the two by lining their crosses up. once you have the invite center in the doily take a ruler and line it up with one side of your invite template and draw a line using your pencil from one side of the doily to the other. do this for all four side of the invite template.
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cut out the four little triangle type shapes where the lines overlap.
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now you have your doily envelope template. now you can take a few doily's at a time and cut them out in one shot using your template on top as a guide. once you have cut them all out place your invite template in the center of each doily and fold the edges in one buy one.
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start with the smaller sides, add a little glue and folded the big bottom one up so it sits on top of the smaller sides. voilĂ ! you have an envelope. i added a little water colour heart on each and the address on top. pretty, no?
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surprise

i know. i know. i suck. but in my defense i am getting married in just 227 days. and to add to the pressure, am making all the decor and stationary by hand. what!!! i know, right? cra-to-the-zy! i am loving it so far. last night ga and i managed to fold 500 doily's in half. only 2500 to go... haha! oh jeez! anyway last month our beautiful friends and family pulled together and threw us such an incredible surprise engagement party - balloons, streamers, belly dancers and all! it was so wonderful to have everyone together (bar a few who couldn't make it from a far). here are just a few of my favorite photo's from the evening.
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a massive huge thanks to my smelly melly and her handsome craigers as well as t-race for all of your efforts and decorations. it really means the world to us to know we have such incredible friends. also a massive thanks to the dish and chanie for you photo taking skills! man. blessed.