Crafted wedding invitations

This is a very special post, and though it is more than a year old, it marks and celebrates a very special event that shook this planet exactly a year ago. Very special family members, my husband’s brother and my now sister-in-law got married and today are celebrating their first anniversary! This post serves as a treasured reminder of that beautiful occasion, and my tiny contribution towards it.  Congratulations guys and thank you!

I had a priveledge to put my Cricut Cutter to use, and craft out these amazing invitations. Close to a hundred of them (that’s counting all the ones that I’ve ruined, too). 

I wasn’t sure if I can call them “handmade” as the pattern was purchased from an online shop. The puchase gave me some headache, too, as apparently you have to use it quickly, because the file expires and cannot be saved… I learned that the hard way.

My Cricut cutter was amazing! I love it! One of the best purchased for my craft soul, however pricey. 

I have learned a way to streamline my production. I bought two sticky pads, and while one invitation was being cut out, I was busy popping out the cut out pieces and cleaning the mats. Hideous, tideous job. 

It took a few long weeks to bring it all to completion. The cutting took long, but hunting for the right material, in the right quantity, took even longer. 

Once cut and folded, the insert was printed and displayed inside.


The order of service was adorned with a heart, cut out in similar pattern to the invitations. This one, I’m proud to say, I designed myself on CorelDraw. 

Most importantly, they were done in time, and the happy couple were, well, Happy!

Make it and love it!

Tulle and Ribbon Flowers

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Ever wondered what to make with left over ribbon and tulle? Here is a therapeutic tutorial – and I say therapeutic, because who does not like a quick craft that produces a pretty flower that can be used on a hairband, or pinned to a cushion, or even a card? Very therapeutic indeed!

I have two favourite designs.

This one is super easy to make. I used circle cut outs of tissue paper and tulle, which might prove to be a tricky part – I was fortunate enough to have two colours that matched nicely. White tissue paper and white tulle would be easy to match, too.  The wonderful thing is that you can make this flower varying sizes, depending on the template size. Once you have your circles, layer then anyway you like, in my case more tissue layers towards the bottom of the flower, more tulle towards the top. All in all, about 10 pieces of each material. Sew through the centre, crinkle it up a bit, throw in a purl or two, and it is done!
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The other design is just as beautiful! All you need for this is a ribbon, about 25 cm long. The flower size depends on the width of the ribbon. The one thing you have to consider is to use double sided ribbon. I found some ribbons have a shiny side and a matte side. You might want to avoid that. Fold as shown below, either into a square or a pentagon. A square will produce a flower with four petals, while a pentagon will produce a flower with five petals. Stitch through the outter hem, pull the thread, and you have a flower. I used one flower inside the other for a fluffier flower.

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I can’t recall all the places where these flowers found their purpose. They are just too lovely not to be everywhere! Here are a few of my other posts, where I’ve used hand-made flowers:

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Make it and love it!

 


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Maid of Honour Dress

Days go by, holidays come and go, new year is welcomed in, and I haven’t posted since last year!

I wish I could say I had no inspiration because things have been so hectic lately, but that would be a nice excuse. Truthfully, because things have been so hectic, so have been my crafts. I think a ‘craft fail’ post is panting to happen.

Things could be bleak. However, every now and then I am reminded of some of the brighter, more successful creations that inspire me to keep creating. My sister’s wedding is one such occasion – a day of sunbeams and smiles and that natural obvious untamed glee.

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The embodiment of perfection in white dress is my sister.
The one trying to suck out purls from her earring is me.

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This lovely dress was sewn by then 4 month-pregnant me for this joyous occasion. My sister sent her choice of material to me, the Maid of Honour (Yeah!) and the bridesmaids, and gave us a free range over the design. I don’t think I’ve ever sewn so meticulously ever before! Every seam, every tuck, every nip was calculated and executed with laser precision (now, I say that, but it wasn’t really…). It even had an invisible zipper! All those other failed invisible zipper attempts now gained a purpose – practice, to make this zipper perfect.

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The main goal, as well as looking sister-worthy, was to accommodate the following:

  • naturally occurring paunch
  • baby growing there-within
  • wedding feast

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I think, mission was accomplished.

I managed to save a few quid sewing it myself and that’s also a plus.

If you liked this post, I have a few other posts you might enjoy:

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Designing a Wedding Dress

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For any crafter, the feeling of completion is probably one of the most craved for, yet most illusive feelings. “It is finished!”  In close second, it’s the “I-could-totally-do-that” feeling (you know, when we browse Pinterest for hours for DIY projects…) but that’s for another post.

Here is a brag post of my wedding dress. This is one of those finished projects that even I didn’t think I could pull off when I started dreaming of it (if you are a crafter, you know I am talking about literal dreams).  Yet it is finished, looking beautiful in my wedding photos!

Wedding planning glee quickly turned to gloom when I was faced with the harsh reality of the wedding cost and I was beginning to seriously consider the Little White Chapel. In Cyprus, to buy a dress, you would have to say good-bye to 2 to 3 thousand euro out of your precious wedding budget to purchase a dress, while to rent one for a week, you would have to pay some 800 euros for the simplest dress already worn by somebody else. Either was a “Noh-Noh”!  Luckily, for a DIY-er, when we can’t buy, we DIY!

Having done some dress shopping in Cyprus, I knew what I did NOT want, and having done loads of bridal magazine browsing, I knew what I wanted.  As this was before I learned how to sew, I needed someone to help me.  And it just so happened that I knew a wonderfully talented tailor-ess, who would sew the dress for 300 euro, including purchasing fabric.

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Motive, means and opportunity!

A little sketch and I could see my vision. Lots of explanations and negotiations later, and my tailor could see my vision, too.

I wanted a deep V-neck, yet cover it up a little with chiffon, and almost the same pattern at the back. A wide satin sash, a long flowing skirt and a train. Perfect for an outside wedding!

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Just in time for the wedding, the dress was done!

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And even though I didn’t actually sew the dress myself, I take full credit for not settling for off-the-shelf generic dress, but pursuing my vision and taking necessary steps to achieving it.

Hopefully, I will be able to blog about my sister’s wedding dress next. She got my mum to sew it! Oh, and I am hoping to write  few words about my head piece, which I did make myself.