Seeing as it is the Holiday season, I wanted to share this delicious recipe that is my all time favo...
garter on etsy ($69) but it's cute AND it has a super cute little horseshoe! But I think it's supposed to be hanging the other way for goodluck... whateves, it's cute!
NOT GOOD. See what I'm afraid of?! Bulges will be apparent on either side of my too tight garter. Loose is good here...methinks.
Etsy ($55) And it's your 'Something Blue' too. This is romantic and elegant.
Simple.... oh I love this Etsy ($42)
www.shopbleugarters.com ($85) I just love how flat this is, shiney, lovely, romantic, AND it ties!!!
A Low-Profile Garter
I am Thinking About Getting A Garter
BUT then again, I'm not sure if I'm a garter type of gal... I'm also not exactly sure what type of gal is a 'garter-gal'. I don't usually open my conversations with people asking them their garter-tendancies... I digress.
I have thought about a garter because they just seem so pretty and are usually incorporated into the big day in such a fun or funny way. The dude and I decided that we would not be doing a garter toss. This just works out better for us, neither of us really likes all that much attention. I think this day will have enough attention focused on us that we could be just fine without the garter toss. :)
I have also thought long and hard about how a garter would look under my dress. My dress is not poofy. It does not have multiple layers. In fact, quite the contrary, my dress is quite fitted and I'm afraid that by placing an elastic band around my thigh, I will end up with a very tiny area on my leg and two bulging areas on either side.
Yes, Night. Mare. NIGHTMARE!
With that being said, I believe that I tend to gravitate towards garters that might not be so restrictive or bulky. I just love the idea of something simple and lacy......a low-profile garter (read close to the skin, nothing too beady/big/poofy).
Etsy is a girl's best friend for providing that!
I also really like the idea of a ribbon tie. Something about ribbons and ties just makes me all happy and warm. I am concerned though, what if this garter is loose enough to slide down my leg? Ha! Great, can you imagine a bride tripping down the aisle over her own garter? That would be me. I'll be sure to get it all on tape for you gals.
There has got to be a fine line to walk between cutting off circulation while showcasing a fat pillow on either side of the garter vs. having it so loose that you trip yourself as it falls down your leg. I will find this happy medium. Yes I will.
I am still lovingly and pain-stakingly ironing and sewing and ironing and sewing and ironing and sewing :) all of the napkins. :)
I have also had my first meeting with my florist, which I am a little bit concerned about. We spoke a little bit about what I wanted, the colors in the wedding, the color of my dress, and the location of the wedding. Then she had me pick out 3 yellow flowers that I liked and 3 creamy/ivory/off white flowers.... I had mentioned that I loved the monochromatic look but wanted to include a gold color.
I am hopeful that the final product will be nice... I just wish that I could see something in the meantime so that if I absolutely could not stand something, it could be removed now as opposed to never. Fingers crossed.... my girl kept on telling me that everything would look wonderful and that nothing looked out of place in what I had selected...
Someone, preferably a florist, should develop a program like CAD so that you could see 3-D versions of your bouquet.... c'mon ladies, let's invent this and quit our jobs!
RSVPs are coming in....
And I'm trying out recipes
Yay! Already getting back the RSVPs, it makes me happy when people write little notes on there. :) It's the little things :)
Also pretty stoked that people are not confused by the whole two-part invitation situation. Part One: Poster Invitation Part Two: RSVP card.
And today I tried out a cupcake recipe on MarthaStewart.com (Seriously, I am in love with her marketing team). It is a banana (no nuts) cupcake with honey-cinnamon frosting. It is absolutely delicious.
Now I'm off to go get a Christmas tree, hasta ladies!
This Week's Projects & Things
What's on my docket this week
Sew More Napkins.
Awesome! The goal is at least 15 per week up until the wedding. Yikes, I only have two complete! (maybe I can fanagle my mom into helping. The parents are coming into town on the 30th..... 10 days in advance. fingers crossed). So I'll be hunkering down to complete these.... might be kind of quiet on my end for a bit.
Construct The Veil.
I was supposed to start yesterday, but I realized that I had purchased 54" tulle and not 108" illusion tulle. SO we'll see the actual difference between tulle and illusion tulle (Really, I have no idea). AND I'll have a bunch of extra ivory tulle to run around with and make things with... hm... greyhound tutus...
Build a super cool bracelet/bangle/cuff.
I know exactly what I want - now I just have to build it! I want a plain cuff bangle bracelet with a bow tying the ends of the cuff together (no the tie is not necessary to the integrity of the bracelet, I just love the idea of a bow on my wrist)
Meet With Florist.
I have a meeting with a florist this week as well. I really hope that things work out for us and we get a smokin' deal. I kept flip-flopping on this one: DIY craftage or Pay for real floral. One of my BMs talked me into paying because I already have a bunch of stuff on my plate, by adding this DIY I am confident that it might put me over the edge and significantly make me more miserable and unable to enjoy this last month.
It's been 3 months since I've cut or colored my hair - really looking forward to this pampering! Also have an appointment for bridal hair - pretty excited about that :)
Coming up! Good thing I picked a longline bra. I'm stoked to see how it will fit!
I guess it's all starting to come together :) Yay!
L-R: Carnival, Va Bien, Va Bien
Va Bien 513 - lined boning with soft, but modest cups, really liked the fit.
Va Bien 513 has lined modest soft cups. Not bad, either.
Va Bien 513 hugged the curves and fit well. The girls weren't tucked into my shorts.
Va Bien 1503 - well made, supportive molded cups, thick elastic bodice!
Va Bien 1503 molded cups
Va Bien 1503 - would have been perfect in ivory AND a band size smaller.
Carnival 426: Funky cups. Flimsy structure.
Carnival 426 - probably not the best option for well-endowed girlies.
Carnival 426 - See, cups not fitting... gross.
Undergarments I Tested 3 Strapless Longline Bras
The Blind Leading The Blind
Or so I feel. I just haven't found any good posts to help me with this one..... I will admit that I am not the best internet searcher when researching things like 'The Perfect Strapless Bra'... So here's my attempt.
But first a little about what I am looking for in my under-things for my wedding day.
1.) Strapless (don't care how low cut front/back are - higher would be better!)
2.) Cups that fit me and are lined. I feel akward in unlined undergarments, I'm really modest when it comes to this sort of thing.
3.) Do not want to see it under the dress (so nothing hot pink :( boo.)
4.) Longline secondary to my build and what Mom gave me. (Ranging from 32DD-34D depending on manufacturer)
4.) Prefered something to suck me in, so a strong material and not too stretchy. I really don't care if I can't breathe SUPER well, just fine is good enough for me.
I researched a few online places because lately I haven't had much time to run around Phoenix and try these contraptions on. I went through http://www.herroom.com/ primarily because they have a broad 30-day return policy, and if you're like me it is like finding a needle in a haystack when finding the right size/fabric/color/fit..... Seriously, just a bad situation.
I found 3 styles that I thought that I could try out and maybe end up wearing. I wanted one of the options to be in nude (thinking it might be light enough - I was wrong) I also wanted a variety of sizes in case I over/underestimated ribcage or cup size.
I selected Va Bien 513 in cream (winner), VaBien 1503 in nude, and Carnival 426 in ivory for my three trial bras. When I tried them on, I didn't look at the brand/size/pricetag. I just went with what felt best and supported the girls the most.
Now I will evaluate each one.
Va Bien 513: Winner 32DD ($55)
This one was the worst to get into - likely because it actually fit. It is my favorite because it seemed to fit the best through the hips, waist, and ribs as well as in the chesticle region. It hugged me: just what I have been looking for! I was also slightly surprised to like the fact that the cups were not molded - they are soft, but there's a good amount of fabric for support and modesty. I am still concerned that the boning might show through the dress... so I have a second place-er coming to the fitting next week. I think that the band size might run either spot on or a teensy bit tiny, but the cups spot on. I ordered my normal bra size and turned out this was perfect.
Va Bien 1503: Not Winner 32D ($75)
The color is more of a mocha color, far too dark for my pasty-in-door-girl body so I pretty much had to turn it down from the get-go. I also felt that it was too big around the ribs. It kept sliding down HOWEVER, if it came in a 32DD, I really have a feeling that this would have been number 1 simply because the cups were molded and modest, AND the bodice was thick elastic, felt well-made and had it been smaller, would have hugged me the way I wanted it to. It has a really neat liner on top of the actual longline bra where the garters hook onto, so you don't feel as if your bra is constantly being pulled down. I thought this really a neat trick. I am having a hard time gaging whether or not this bra is accurate in sizing as I fluctuate 32-34. It did seem a bit big in the band size and even maybe a little bit big in the cups. I would order a cup size and a band size down if it were available.
Carnival 426: 32DD ($67)
Second place-er. I liked the fact that it was smooth through the body and not likely to show through the dress, however it was kind of loose throughout the body on me - not the tight suck-me-in fit that I was looking for. the The cups seemed ridiculously tiny, which may or may not work out for me. Also, the fabric for the bodice had too much give and was too flexible for my wants/needs. I felt that every pudge would show- which would make me very self-conscious. I really hope that I do not have to use this bra. The more I look at it, the less I like it. It just doesn't look that supportive or feel that comfortable... :(
I hope this helps other ladies :)
For what it's worth, it worked out well for me I think :)
Wedding Rings And Jewelry
I think I found my wedding band. I want something simple, non-competitive with my engagement ring, and different. I would love to see something like this with yellow in-laid diamonds... but alas I cannot find it so this looks like the winner!
P.S. It's titanium... the dude LOVES this idea. I'm sure it will be fine with the platinum e-ring... right?
Tools for ironing
1/4 inch seam (this is the back side of the fabric)
Ironing the second 1/4 seam so that the outside (cut) edge is hidden inside the seam. Fold the seam to the back of the napkin where you will not have to see it.
I pinned my corners so that they wouldn't slide and look icky.
Sewing! Make sure to hold onto your threads when you begin sewing (unless your machine is very new) otherswise they can get caught up on the underside of the fabric and cause problems. No Bueno.
Complete napkin with a finished edge
A fabric flower would look nice in the middle of that ribbon band..
Sewing Napkins With Lots of sewing tips (nerd alert!)
Well, I think I might start with one because you learn sooooo much about what you're not supposed to do with that first step.
What you need:
Good Iron (really any iron will work, I loooove my Rowenta)
Ruler/measuring tape - something for consistency
Animal to constantly be underfoot
Good lighting (this is really important)
Brand new sewing machine needle
Standard foot on your machine (read on)
Sewing Machine or
Strong hands, good needles, and gumption
And of course good tunes!
Preface: OK, so I had my walking foot on my machine from machine quilting a few baby quilts for some friends. It's kind of a pain in the neck to remove so I thought, 'Ahhh heck, I'll try it!" Not a good idea ladies. walking feet are made for quilting, hence its previous use. Basically I'm trying to tell you that I normally do not sew like a kindergardener all hopped up on Kool-Aid.
Iron your seam. If you decide to fold up your seam while you're sewing it might get crooked unless you are a very experienced and confident sewer. I am not that confident. Besides ironing is therapeutic. ew.
I decided on a 1/4 inch fold. See picture
I folded the edge in once towards the back so that the raw edge was closest to the middle of the napkin on the back side. I then folded over 1/4 more inch so that the raw edge is now inside the seam. Looks pretty and won't unravel and embarrass you later when your guests machine wash the napkin.
I like to measure each fold so that it is consistent and I end up with a square.... not a trapezoid or a rhombus. Been there, done that.
We get to sew!! Select thread that is a pretty color. If you're flip-flopping back and forth on a color, it is always easy to just pick the background color (most common color in the pattern) and I usually just go a shade lighter and it somehow seems to disappear. This time I went darker, thought it might be fun.
Good thread is a must. If you buy cheapy thread, it will break, split, and just look gross as well as drive you crazy and waste your time because it is likely to get caught up in your machine and bobbin.
Good or new needles are also important. Machines get caught up in the thread and bunch up or ruin fabric when needles are dull. Sharp = good!
Sew away at this point! I like to sew just in from the folded in edge... I kind of eyeball it. I figure that it will look good that way and it's easy to follow especially if you have ironed well.
Step back and admire your hard work or tell yourself that next time you will use a standard foot, and it curse yourself for even trying a walking foot in the first place.
Repeat 50 more times... thank goodness for intimate weddings.
P.S. I think that I am going to practice making a bunch of fabric flowers or ribbon flowers because they would look adorable as bling on the napkins as a napkin ring. MORE TO COME on that. I'll have to brainstorm this weekend!
My Fabrics up close. There's 5 total fabrics.
Here's all the piles of fabric 18 x 56 NOT CUT into individual 18x18 squares yet.
Straightening up the edge that you will measure from. This needs to be straight otherwise your napkins might warp and look janky. Janky = bad.
After you have squared up the fabric with both the ruler (on the top) and the cutting board (bottom) use a rotary cutter. It makes nicer cuts than scissors & makes quick work of this portion of the project.
I like to put the straight edge over my project portion of the fabric so that if something slips, I still have that 18x18 square... to the left of the rotary cutter.
Here this piece of fabric is lined up on the mat both vertically as well as horizontally. We do want squares. We can still correct it at this point: we don't want to fudge it because you might get trapezoid napkins.. .. that's just weird.
Everybody needs a buddy while sewing. Ivy likes to hang out on my floor. :) Happy greyhound :)
Napkins: The Beginning....
All good things begin somewhere and for me, it is making the rules and being up-front with the dorky things that will ultimately yield spectacular results. :)
One preface: I am a sewing geek. Prepare for some total nerd-out here. :)
That being said, there are a few things that are very important for you to have nice results in your sewing ventures.
1.) Ironing is your friend. Iron at every step that you can. It will keep your work controlled and flat = pretty. I like to iron prior to cutting (usually, just didn't this time) BUT I will iron after each seam because it sets the thread and makes everything flat and clean. :)
2.) Your initial cuts are very important and can sabotage your efforts if you are lazy or sloppy in the beginning.
After I bought my fabric, I measured its width: Varied from 52 to 56. So my mom (yes, she did the initial math: I love her.) determined that I could fit 3 18x18 napkins across for each width.
We purchased 72 inches of fabric off the bolt. This way I would end up with 4 rows of 18 inch fabric. I would then take each row and cut them into 18x18 squares.
More coming soon as I'm starting the sewing tonight.
Note to Self..
Guh, so I mailed out the poster tubes (invitation) AT THE SAME TIME as the normal envelopes (RSVP) assuming that my arch-enemy aka the USPS might be able to deliver both 'parcels' within a timely, appropriate, symmetrical, and professional manner without disappointing me completely. Denied.
USPS: 473,000 Me: Goose egg
Yesterday & today I received a few emails and texts: "Love the invitation! So cute!! When is the wedding and where is it?"
To which I responded, "You got the envelope and not the mailing tube, right?"
and sadly so, I am right.... apparently people are receiving the RSVP BEFORE they get their invitations, which is understandably confusing for them.
So... my note to self and advice to anyone who is wanting to listen and learn something from this current issue:
If you want whatever happens to be in your mailing tubes to be in-hand first (maybe to clue in your guests as to what you're inviting them to) you might want to mail those first. Wait a good 2 to 3 days and mail your regular envelopes if you are a 2-part-invite-bride like me.
At least the dude and I are laughing about it. Really: It is funny. :) Oh wait, funny and completely predictable that this happened. Maybe I shoulda gone the carrier-pigeon route....
Getting Ready To Make Napkins
New Inspiration Found while looking for pictures for this post: Check
Self-healing Cutting Board: Check
Rotary Blade: Check
Straight Edge: Check
Fabric: OOOHhhhh yes Check
Good Music: Check
Pictures to follow! Here I go!