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Monday, January 4th, 2010

I made corks for the wedding. Odd, eh? I wanted to use them as place markers for the family table (we didn’t do a head table) but I was over-ruled. So, we ended up using them to label the food and the cakes.

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Pretty huh?

So, how did I do it? Well, very carefully.

First, you need a bag of corks. These can be purchased at any beer or wine making store. We got 25 corks for $4.00

You also need an exacto type knife (I used the utility knife from my tool kit) and something to cut on. I chose to cut on my wedding to do list, it was cathartic.

First step: cut about 1/3 of the way into the cork so that you can create a base. Basically, you have to cut the bottom of the cork off, and it’s a pain. But don’t be afraid!

This is what the bottom of the cork should look like.

Next: you’ll want to sand down the bottom of the cork so it sits nicely. Just keep sanding until you’re happy.

See? Pretty.

Now, the obnoxious part. It’s a toss up of whether this is easier or harder than the other. The thing you have to focus on here is a) cutting straight and b) making it wide enough to be able to slip paper into, but not so wide that it won’t tightly hold the paper.

Voíla! You have a pretty cork place holder thing. You’ll notice they aren’t perfect, but they were really nice. A quick google search shows that you can get about 8 corks for $12.00 that are like this, which is like 1.50 each. Ours were 25 for $4.00 or .16 a piece. My math may be wrong, you’re more than welcome to correct. In this case, I felt like this was legit as far as a craft goes. (Unlike the invitations) One thing to be wary of is blisters, which I had after 25. Not the kind that can be popped, but little red ones. Just a warning.

On another note, I heard that someone is following my directions for the garter. That makes me so happy! If you do any of these, please send photos? There is absolutely nothing like hearing people read your blog to make you want to keep blogging.

Making Your Own Garter Is…

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Originally, I wasn’t going to have a garter. I didn’t want to do a bouquet and garter toss. I don’t like them. They make me uncomfortable. But, Chet and I were doing something and I mentioned we weren’t having one and he was broken hearted. Damn. Fine. Well, I didn’t want to spend $30 on a frilly, fancy garter that would just be uncomfortable. So, I though, “Pssssh! I can make one!” That was over a month ago. I sat down last night a worked on it. I’m a bit of a procrastinator.

I found no good tutorials online on how to do this. I kind of picked up bits and pieces, but most just sucked, no matter how they tried. Granted, I’m not the tutorial reading kind so that could have been the problem.

Anywho… I’m posting my tutorial if you want it. Let me know if there are any questions.

First, pick some fabric you like and cut it to your desired length. Who knows what that is. Everyone says something else. I have a 17in thick thigh, I cut mine to 23 inches and it fits lovely. Yes, it’s crooked, don’t worry.

Step 2

Then, lay out the ribbon or fabric you want to put over the base fabric. See, it’s already getting confusing.

Step 3

Next, sew said ribbon onto the base fabric. The difficulty of this really depends on how good of a sew-er you are. I didn’t have much of a problem with it, but I’m a decent sew-er.

Step 4

When you’re done with the first part you have smiley face basically. I think it’s cute.

Step 5

Both sides of the ribbon are sewn down. Please note, the ends should not be sewed. You must feed the elastic through there. It’s looks bad, but it’s okay.

Step 6

Step 7

Step 6 Fin

Now, it’s time to scrunch it. I’m sure there is a waaaay more professional way to do this, but I chose just shoving it onto a screwdriver. Actually, Chet figured that out.

Step 7

Then, we taped the elastic to the screwdriver and pushed the fabric over it. Again, I’m positive there’s a more professional way but this worked for us.

Step 7 Cont.

Feed the garter over the elastic… be careful not to loosen the tape.

Step 7 fin

Alright! Now your garter is over the elastic! You deserve a pat on the back. At this point, Chet held onto one end while I held the other.

Step 8

This gets really scientific now. Scrunch the garter up to your liking. THE ELASTIC SHOULD BE SHORTER THAN THE MATERIAL!!! Thus, if you cut your garter material to 23 inches, do not make the elastic the same length. This is what allows it to be all scrunchy. I think I cut my elastic to about 15 inches.

Step 9

Now… very, very, very carefully pin the ribbon, material, and elastic together to hold it in place. Do this on both ends. Preferably put it about an inch away from the end so you can sew the ends and not be worried about the elastic falling.

Step 10

Sew up the ends. Hold the ends together and stick it around your thigh where you want the garter to go. Make sure you’re still happy with it. If you’re not, well, I don’t know what to tell ya, but I’d check just to be sure.

Step 11

Now… carefully sew the two ends together.


Fin 2!

Now you have a very pretty pretty garter. I’ve added a giant button over the seams ’cause I wanted to. If the material is fraying (like mine) make sure to have some fray check or something on hand to fix it if you care too.

I made two garters, one to toss and one to keep. Not sure why I’m keeping one but whatev.

Next up… Table Runners!! Wooo!

Music Music Music ♫♪

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Music for the wedding has been an adventure, to say the least. Well, not really for the reception, we covered that pretty quickly  deciding that a DJ was important to us and thus throwing a huge chunk of the budget to that.

However, the ceremony has been a wild ride.

A friend of ours was going to handle the music for us. He is in the music program at the University and thus was willing to help put together a brass quintet and it was going to be amazing. Then, the guys had to play at an away game in the marching band. Ugh.

So then we tentativly set up with another friend of ours and his string quartet. About two weeks later something else came up and they couldn’t do it. Ugh.

Then, we said, alright, we’ll just pay the extra for the DJ to handle that music.

Phew. Settled. Ha! You just thought it was. We realized we would be paying close to $1600 for wedding music and couldn’t do it. That’s all of our bills in a month. Nope. So we cancelled. Back at square 1.

We’ve decided to go forth with a playlist and a speaker and an iPod. Maybe. My dad is apparently in cahoots with the university looking for a string quartet.

If we get it… AWESOME!! If we don’t, well, we have a back up plan.

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Hair Hair Hair

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

I’m not sure what I’m gonna do with it for the wedding. I’m not paying to have my hair done because I have full confidence that I can make myself look beautiful without the help of a $60 hair do.


  1. I have this great bun thing that I do a lot. It’s comfortable, easy to do, and cute.
  2. I’ve also been playing with curling my hair, since it’s so stinking long.
  3. I’ve seen some really cute braid like up do’s recently too.

Perhaps I’ll do something with all three?

I’m just playing with my hair currently trying to come up with something. My guess is I won’t have a decision until you see me walking down the aisle (or the pictures hehe).

Yay Flags

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

If you’ll remember, I really wanted Yay Flags for the wedding send off. Our venue won’t let us use rice, confetti, sparklers, birdseed, or petals. And, frankly, I like the pom poms, but I’m seriously doubting they would let us use those either. :o )

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So, I wanted Yay Flags. When I made this decision, I promptly ordered flags from Oriental Trading. They were a great price, 5.99 per dozen. You can’t really beat that.

Now, flash forward to about a week ago. They have been happily sitting in their boxes since we purchased them. They made their move up to Nebraska and were quickly tucked away in our ever growing wedding corner of the house. Chet looked at me and said, “so, are we making the flags or not?” Ugh.

The directions for the yay flags call for printer/iron on paper and an iron (duh) that preferably works well. And a printer that isn’t a jerk. Oh, and maybe some patience.

We had none of that. So what was our solution?

Make stamps!!

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This would be our dear friend Brittany who helped with the flags.

We purchased paint, laid out a few newspapers on the dining room table, poured paint onto said newspapers and Chet and Brittany began stampin’ away.

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Alana and I were in charge of gluing the sticks to the canvas, becuase the sticks very easily would just slip out and I was worried about someone poking their eyes out. Much like if we were giving Red Ryder BB Guns out at the wedding.

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Then, Ted showed up! Bless him! He cut the tags off the back since they were bothering me.

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We ended up with 80ish I believe.

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Currently, I am debating about writing on the back of them

“CHET AND NICOLE  EST. 11/21/2009″

Because, you know they’re flags. One must have an established date with flags. ;) And, without a flag, you are obviously not a country. Or an entity.

We have some other fun projects to show you with only 13 days until the wedding!!


I wanted to show you my yay flags in all their awesomeness:

By the end of the night, there were probably only about 80 people there, which was perfect since that’s all we made….