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How we turned this room –

Into this room.

I really loved our wedding venue. We got married in an old school-house-turned-community-center out in the country near my families lake house. I love

it because it is close to where my father and grandfather grew up. I love it because when I lived at the lake, I would stop by on Friday nights and watch the old-timers play some great country music and slow dance sweetly. I love the bead-board, wood floors, and high ceilings, and that Hank Williams allegedly played there. I loved that it would be newly rehabbed, it has plenty of room, a giant kitchen, more tables and chairs than we would ever need, and that we could rent it all day for less than $200. I spent more money on Indian food for the wedding than I did the venue. Ain’t that sweet. But this place wasn’t without negatives. No booze, no balloons, mismatched plastic tables and chairs, and one vast and bare room. I kinda liked the chairs, and who cares about balloons, but I was having a really hard time wrapping my head around how we were going to decorate a room this big with super high ceilings.

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Early along in the wedding planning process, I came up with the idea of making seed bombs for wedding gifts for our guests. I figured it was something that was a good representative of us, and who doesn’t love wild flowers? But honestly gifts were way down on the list of diy priorities, and in the final month of wedding doing, I figured it might not happen. I had to admit that I just didn’t have the time to make everything I wanted for the wedding, including seed bombs. But in the last two weeks, the internet swooped in and saved the day. I found some very lovely wildflower seed bombs (shaped like hearts no less) for an affordable price (yay!) from lovebybean on etsy. Not only that, but I was able to purchase perfectly sized envelopes at the same shop, making my life way easier. I bought a couple pretty stamps, and stuffed in the seed bombs and some instructions into the envelopes. I finished the whole project in a couple hours. I ended up with cutely dressed wildflower seed bombs for our family and friends without every having to get my hands dirty.

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While I was at the school supply store purchasing construction paper for the garland I made for the wedding, I saw a large pack of tissue paper in a rainbow of colors. I didn’t have any particular project in mind, but it was cheap, so I figured I could figure out something to do with it later. Much closer to the wedding, my friend Leah came over to help me with my wedding crafting. I was in a sewing machine frenzy, so I just handed the tissue paper over to Leah and told her to make something awesome happen. She did, cause she is awesome. I ended up liking what she made so much, I finished up making the Mexican inspired garland until I was out of tissue paper. I ended up with countless yards of the festive decoration, with no real plan on where I would use it. The venue was big, so I knew I would find a place for it.

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I have been busy (well sort of) making garland to hang around the school house for our little wedding. We don’t have much money, so I’m not really buying any flowers or table clothes or any of that fancy stuff. I don’t have a ton of time (despite working half time (see money problem mentioned above)) because preparing for the GRE is taking up a ton of my non-working time. I don’t have a ton of time to get intricately crafty. I am sticking to what is simple and cheap. So flowers growing at the lake house? Free? Awesome! I am sticking those suckers in some mason jars and calling it a day. Garland made out of construction paper? Cheap? Fairly. Easy? Yes. So I have turned the living room into a one-woman sweat shop, and I need to pump these suckers out. I want miles of damn garland, because honestly, there isn’t much else I can afford. So here is how I make it: (more…)

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circle garland

Since moving and all the hectic things that happened at the end of the year, we have finally started back up with our wedding planning.  The invitations are made and printed, I bought a dress, and we have picked a location and a band. But, we have a ton more to do. One of the things I am in charge of is decorations. We don’t plan on spending much money, so I am making alot of the decorations. My main plan is lots and lots of festive paper garland. I am making miles of this stuff. My plan is pretty simple. Punch shapes out of multiple colors of construction paper. Take the shape, and feed it through the sewing machine until you have a chain. Repeat until the end of time, which will give you miles and miles of garland. Yay! The first strand of garland I have done is simple circles in white, blue, green, and light blue. I thought I had way more color options in my construction paper pack, but I have pretty much primary colors, black, white, and light blue and pink. Oh, well. It isn’t like I had a color scheme in mind. I think they look fun. Plus I will be adding other garland with other shapes. Now I have to figure out somewhere to put all of this stuff.

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I am a member of a two person committee, called simply enough, The Committee. We formed to pass important resolutions and drink whiskey. So, around Christmas, The Committee came together for one of our now sporadically scheduled whiskey craft nights.  I made some presents during the holidays at craft nights, and we decided to make ugly valentines this year for all our friends. Now, on the first night, our resources were extremely limited, consisting mainly of burgundy, white and black paint, glitter, Mod Podge, thread, unsharpened color pencils, and an old law-book from the thrift store. Given our resources, I don’t think they were half bad. The next time we got together to finish the cards, we stopped by the ol’ Hobby Lobby first and purchased all sorts of tools, including extremely useful letter stamps. We have found we have a knack for ugly valentines and plan to make some to pass out for free at this fabulous, country, DIY, folk-art festival coming up later this month. I have pictures of two of the cards we made, but we made a dozen or so.

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