Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Our Pawfect Wedding: The Church

Here's our beautiful church!

We are really lucky that we found a church to be married in and to attend in one fell swoop. It's a wonderful fellowship with a GREAT worship band!

Seriously... so beautiful.

Here's what I did to decorate the church:

Candles and a floral centerpiece (that we donated to the church. There were also pew candles (you can see them in the far left and right on this photo.) All candles were FREE FREE FREE! (Well with the $850 church use fee.)

The flowers were OK. I would have wanted less greenery, more white/OUR green, and some touches of black. It looks better from farther though, and while I felt that it wasn't worth what I paid for it ($100-something) I did give him free reign with our colors.


There were also candles on the registers along the sides. It created a wonderful ambiance even in the sunny afternoon.

Did I mention my church is beautiful? We didn't do a ton to decorate the church and it still looked amazing.

We also can't forget about all my DIY projects... our guestbook!

The big bad programs... heck yea!

The spray-painted birdcage with the cards sign on it...

The back of our photo request cards...

Here's one of my pug friends (mom to Hank and Sally O'Malley) signing our guestbook!

I was glad that a pug person was the first to sign this guestbook.

My pal AP handing out our photo request cards!

And beautiful Em with the programs. I think she needs to make this her facebook pic.

And here's one of my fantastic photographers. This is John, Erin's husband.

Just about this time I was in the back, freaking out...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Our Pawfect Wedding: Some Details

Before you get to see the pictures of me struggling into my dress like a special person... here are some of the details that helped put together my day, as taken while we were getting ready! All photos are by Erin Hession Photography.

My beautiful, difficult programs. I finished them that morning as people arrived.

Erin did this shot of our rings on our RSVP card!

And here are our rings with the cake toppers I painted!

Mr Pug's ring...

I have such WONDERFUL blog friends... here's a hankie that Dawn from Lydia & Pugs sent me - I didn't even ASK - she was just all generous and thoughtful WITHOUT BEING PROMPTED. I didn't think people like that existed. (She does products with drawings of many dog breeds, check her out!) Also Melissa from Pug Notes sent over the pug buttons for me... they look JUST like the three pugmigos, do they not?

Here is my jewelry from Luxe Deluxe. I'm wrestling with whether or not to sell them. Not super re-wearable but my Mom bought me the bracelet and it's sort of sentimental. So I'm not sure.

I made this locket the night before the wedding. It's my dad and my first pug, both taken from me too soon.

My shoes! Blogger Stephanie wore them (hers were dyed orange) and recommended them... they couldn't have been more perfect! I was going to send them to Laura but timing wouldn't work for cross-country shipping. Now the question- what color could/should I dye them now for future wear?

I love how my bestie BM H decorated this card...


Here are all the bridesmaid bouquets. Hydrangea with some spider mums and hypericum berries shoved in. Maybe something else, who knows. They didn't hold up well (hello, hydrangeas?) but looked great through pictures so that's what matters most.

My flowers. Dramatic. Different. Gorgeous. Anemones, spider mums, ranunculus, hypericum berries, some orchid-y things I do NOT remember asking for (but liked) and some roses I think (or just ugly ranunculus-es) that I did not ask for and did NOT like. But you could barely see them.

It was gorgeous but also not so great on the holding up front. The spider mums probably survived best (except the berries but they don't count) which was surprising since they're fragile- hit them wrong and they could unravel. Mostly my issue was just wilting... summer brides I do not suggest any of these!!!!

But let's be honest. It was perfect for me and I'd never do it any other way.

Up next... I promise you get to see my dress!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Three days? Holy (#*&$%!

I had a wedding miracle. I ordered 5 tiny ceramic pugs from this etsy seller (nuudee, she's out of Thailand, but yes that made for an interesting "what did you buy from... NUDE?" conversation when I purchased them.) With the shipping from Thailand, I had a really open window as far as when they arrived. The miracle was them arriving 4 days before the earliest supposed arrival date! Here they are... naked ceramic pugs. They look creepy because of the blank eyes.

I spent the evening painting first, due to the gorgeous weather. I finished up the birdcage card box...

...did an antique white finish on our program basket... (antique white aka "I don't have enough spray paint" white...)

Not horrible...

Then I got back to programs. I had only glued 20 into their green cardstock backings last night. While I was working, FMIL Pug came over and told us great news - she's going to move up to Michigan to be with her partner!!!!! - and hung out with and drank some beers while I crafted. She also gave Mr Pug a hair trim (she cuts his hair) so it would be fresh for Saturday. Meanwhile... the pugs were VERY happy to see her.

I did gloss coats (a gloss spray) on the pug cake toppers after painting them. I didn't have great brushes (buying a 99 cent brush pack = poor decision in retrospect) so the paint job wasn't as great as I'd hoped. I'll add their headpieces as soon as I finish them.

The bug eyes kill meeeeee!

Like my lipstick!?

These are B-TOTs aka "Black Tip-of-Tails." I adore the puggie B-TOTs!

OOT bags are tomorrow!!!!! Everything is bought I just have some putting together to do. Also Mr P and I finished gluing the programs into the green cardstock and punching holes... just ribbon to add. Goodness gracious we're almost done!

Monday, March 15, 2010

More programs....

So... sick... of programs.

Today was the next step... gluing the 4 pages together. I used a basic glue stick. I'll use better glue to glue them in the green cardstock and further secure them with the ribbons.

120 of these suckers.

Programs... I officially hate you.

Well there you have it, my brain is mush. Tomorrow is Mr Pug's 28th birthday so give him a shout if you could! I love him so much and can't wait to put wedding stuff on the back burner and celebrate tomorrow!

PS- our rings are ready at Shane Co! I knew Tom would pull through. Celeb status pays off. (J/K... obv.)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Less than a week! Productivity continues!

Seriously people, I had such a productive weekend! I started out on Saturday morning at Aunt P's. FSIL and I went over there to make the cookies. We did half in green and half not-colored (white?) Here's FSIL rolling out the green dough.

We then used royal icing to put dots along the edges and other decorations. We did green on the plain cookies and white on the green.

I left around 11:30 (we got there at 9:00 am!) to get my hair highlighted. I was about 3/4 done getting the foils put in when I get a frantic call from Mr Pug. His task for the day was to take two of our pugs, Dixie and Harley, to the vet so they'd be cleared for boarding while we were gone. (Sophie went a week or two ago.) He went to get gas and while his car was on, he somehow got locked out... with the pugs in the car! He wanted me to come let him in with his spare key (on my keyring.) I tried to explain that I had chemicals in my hair and couldn't leave til they were done. Clearly that didn't make the situation any better. We couldn't find anyone to come pick up my key and bring it to him, so I just took off right after she washed my hair (soaking wet!) to try and help him. By then though, he had a locksmith come and open the door for him. Luckily his car and the pugs are ok, and they made it to the vet. We took some much-needed together time that night.

Today we went to church and then a church fundraiser luncheon. After that, Mr P and I went tanning! I got him signed up so we could get his Irish skin a bit of a base before our sun-filled honeymoon.

After tanning I went to Michael's and Jo-Ann's for some craft items. The first thing we did when I was done shopping? Spray paint!

I got the most boring basic white birdcage card box at Jo-Ann's, but black spray paint gave it a new lease on life. I also got a basket for programs (I need to buy more spray paint for it) and used the spray paint for a business card holder as well. It'll hold our photo request cards.

Aunt P bought this cute little clip stand at Crate & Barrel and I made this sign to put near our cookie favors.

I also made a sign for the birdcage.

I did the linen paper for the wording, then the green cardstock, then black cardstock, then added the ribbon, then finally white cardstock. I think it'll look nice against the black birdcage.

Next up was what I dreaded most. The programs. I went to Kinko's and first got the green cardstock cut in half (less than $2.)

Jumping ahead- when I got home I used the perforation blade on my paper cutter (makes an indent for easy folding) 1-inch in on each 1/2 sheet of cardstock.

Ok, back to Kinko's. While I was there, Mr Pug cut the ribbons I had purchased at Michael's. I loved how much he helped me today! Meanwhile, I was cutting our programs. Each sheet had two program pages on it. Each program was four pages. Which meant I had 240+ sheets to cut, with seven cuts per page. Not fun. It took me more than two hours but I did it! Yes, Kinko's centers have a big industrial paper cutter you can use. Some are good, some aren't. Luckily when mine started to rip up the paper a bit, they brought out the brand new cutter which had come in the day before. Great timing, right?

An overview of the day's projects:

The gorgeous ribbon I got for the programs, cut by Mr P!

The card sign for our birdcage card box.

The piles of pages! I seriously am amazed that I got them finished already. I have cutter's arm now though (paper cutting equivalent of tennis elbow.)

Such a successful day! I seriously cannot believe I'm going to be married to Mr Pug in less than a week!! A week from right now I'll be finishing packing for our honeymoon! CUE FREAKOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!