Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bridesmaid Necklaces

About a week ago I stopped at the craft store on my way home from work and ended up picking up some glass beads. After looking at I wanted to make some sort of jewelry - there are just so many cute things posted on that site! I recruited my best girlfriend to test out my crafting challenge and before you know it we had two beautiful necklaces for my bridesmaids. 

Things you'll need if you want to try this out:
Beading string (this looks like fishing line and I'm sure that would be an acceptable substitute if you have some lying around)
Glass beads in 3 different sizes or color (although, if you wanted them to all be the same that would be ok too!)
1 Larger bead type
Necklace closure/clasp

We started by measuring out 3 pieces of string - each should be able to be folded in half (so it is basically two strands) and go around your neck to length desired of your necklace. Ours were roughly 38 inches long without the fold. All three strands get put through the clasp - folded in half so that you can pull the tails through the string loop to secure the strands. The larger beads are strung from the closure down as far as you want then separate the strands out. Two strands with each kind of bead. Again, you can add as many or as few as you want so long as they are all even. Braid this section of beaded strands together. Add the large beads on the left over strand area and finish by wrapping around the closure piece, knotting, and threading the left over strand back through the last couple of beads on the strand. 

This project took about 2 hours to have a completed, but well worth it!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Paper Peonies

I saw this project on pinterest and just had to try it out. I am however, sorry to say that I am unsure of the original project pinner or featured page but remain grateful of the 'project share' nonetheless. My wedding roses were made of coffee cone filters {check out some of the earlier blog posts!}, so when I saw that these beautiful flowers were made from traditional coffee filters I was pretty excited. 

Super easy project that turns out beautiful - here is how:

Count out five filters (this make one set).Fold in half, in half again, in half again, and in half one last time. Cut the "corner" out of the folded side. Open one fold and round the two outside "corners". Crumple. Open all the way up and separate the set. Below is a photo that shows all the stages for direction clarification.

Crook a floral stem and insert through middle of one of the filters. 

Add a bit of glue and twist the filter. Insert the stem through the next filter and twist. Continue with the rest of the filters in the set. Secure the middles/bottom of the filters to the stem with floral tape.

Create a second set of filters and add them to the steam in the same manner, taping when you have added the last filter. Fluff and enjoy!

Ya'll have to act surprised and be sure to shout out some "oohs and ahhs" 
on the big day when you see them again!
But until then, try it out - make something beautiful to enjoy this spring :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Apologies

I feel like I should apologize for not keeping up with this blog. 

My intentions were solid, I was going to keep everybody up to date with all the wedding planning; however, I have failed to post frequently enough for anybody to feel really involved. Today I downloaded an app on my phone that is basically a fancy to-do list. The app makes sure to remind you to do the things you list (Brilliant! I tend to make endless lists that end up lost in the bottom of my purse and never get completed). I made sure to put blogging on there, along with a million other things that I think I need to get done- setting up the app to give me a weekly reminder. So, the bad news is that weekly updates aren't all that frequent, but the good news is that at least I will be updating everybody! 

Six months til the wedding day  -   I plan to catch everybody up on the projects from the past three weeks and projects that lay ahead of me still.

Get ready ya'll, here we go!