Friday, October 14, 2011

{Seniors} Graduation announcement

Little Mackenzie's all grown up!  The first time I held her I was wearing a hot pink wind suit and had a perm.  Now she's living it up at SMU.  You go, girl!

(I don't get the photo credit here, just the announcement design)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Paper fortune cookies

I used this idea to distribute verses to girls at the Confirmation retreat last January to supplement a talk I was giving.  The girls loved them and many of them actually placed their verses carefully back inside and tucked them away for safe keeping.

All you need is CD-sized pieces of paper, fortune strips and hot glue!

 Idea credit goes to 70 Piggies!  Go there for instructions.

Boy, do I miss the days of crafting in my Forever Lazy!  My husband, however, does not.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

BCH Sports - They're on it!

For some reason I offered to take photos at Shotwell Stadium (a high school football field) in the middle of July because I thought the sports team needed some fresh promotional photos before the season started and because I wanted an excuse to rent a wide-angle lens.  It was more than 100 degrees outside, so we did this all in about 10 minutes.  I'm mostly pleased with how they turned out, but I would have spent a lot more time barking orders about who should stand where if it had been, oh, only 90 degrees.

I can't believe I forgot to use the flash to fill those facial shadows.  I hate flash photos with the exception of outdoors on bright days.  But what was I supposed to do, ask them to come back? :)

Kat in the Hat

Not to be redundant from the other blog, but here are a few photos I took last week for, in exchange for a discount off of the hat to go with Kate's Halloween costume, which remains a surprise! :)

Mila's Daydreams knockoff

If you haven't seen pictures of Mila's Daydreams, you should check them out.  Unfortunately Mila's mom's photos got "stolen" from her blog so quickly that she doesn't even have them up anymore, but they're still all over the internet.

Austin requested a picture of Kate for our anniversary, so using those photos as inspiration, here's what I ended up with!  I LOVE it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wedding collection complete

 Here comes the bride... all dressed in ivory.

I've blogged about this project a few times, so let's take a look back and see how it compares, shall we?  For instance, here you can see the pleated satin trim is totally silver, not taupe as it appears in the picture.  I also only used a tiny bit of the velvet leaves I ordered because they just looked flat.  Thankfully I found some silk hydrangeas in the perfect color.

Ring pillow, bow tie and garter
The color scheme also changed a bit from what we originally talked about.  Emily's bridesmaid dresses were originally going to be a taupe color but based on her bevy of blonde bridesmaids, she decided to go with a more complimentary crimson.

These were so hard to photograph – probably because of the colors and the ticking time bomb soon-to-wake baby – but hopefully you get the gist of it.

I'm a little sad I didn't take any pictures of the sewing process, but it was night time AND I was in the groove.  But I'd be happy to provide a step-by-step if anybody asks.

In the next month I'll add another photo of the headband I'm going to make Kate with all the leftover scraps.  She and Liam (the ring bearer) have to get a picture together!

Made with Dupioni silk and trim purchased on Etsy, the brown ribbon from the bride & groom's invite and rust silk hydrangeas found on a shelf in my living room.

I added a handle to the bottom for 2-year-old Liam to hold on to.  The rings won't actually be attached to the pillow.  He's just walking because he's so cute!

I sewed a two-inch strip of silk with a 1/2 inch pocket for the elastic to thread through.  The embellishments are hiding the issue of fraying fabric.  In the future, I wouldn't use Dupioni for something as over-worked as a garter.  And the feathers were found in my closet.  Goodness, I have a lot of pretty junk laying around!
Find the pattern for this tie at