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Okay….maybe not if they were hand-sewn lace panties. Then those would be da BOMB! But no really. What I have to show you is pretty cool. A  long time ago, I picked up some rolls of ivory lace at A.C. Moore for only a dollar.

(the rolls of lace in this picture that I’m using like a vase)

Then I went to pick up more lace (white this time) from A.C. Moore.

Instead of tacky glue or other fabric glue, this time I used my handy dandy hot glue gun.

This tool is absolutely essential for a crafter, but I hate that it gets all drippy if you don’t continuously use it. Hopefully they fix that one day. I had the idea to make flowers, but didn’t actually get around to it ’til about 3 weeks ago. Once Lauren — one of my bridesmaids — picked out her dress, I knew the lace would be perfect in her bouquet. I bought different styles of lace which created different looking lace flowers. I fell in love with the results.

What do you guys think?

Guess I should be asking this question instead….Lauren, what do you think?

I took these pictures before I made the white lace flowers. The white definitely adds color texture. At this point, the lace flowers are pretty much complete. I have a nice size bouquet going on, but it’s not quite finished yet. I have a few added touches I need to put in before I show the final product. Maybe I won’t even show it. I might just keep it a secret until after the wedding. Who knows. By then, I’ll definitely have more time to blog.

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Keeping up with two blogs is not an easy task, but since this is the main one, I’ll try to blog as much as I can. 🙂

With less than 3 months before the wedding, it’s time to make sure everybody is on the right page & getting down to business….aka. that the groomsmen know exactly what is going on. Ben had this dream in January where everything that could go wrong in a wedding did. The groomsmen showed up in tacky sweaters & wrong colored ties. I was running late. Everyone was waiting. & he was freaking out.

First of all, I laughed when he told me because me running late??? Yeah, pssshhhh like that would ever happen. Does he even know me? lol. & secondly, shouldn’t I be the one having these kinds of panic dreams? Haha. Guess since I’m not, one of us has to.

Anyways, about a month ago, I sent out letters to all of the groomsmen (Ben’s 3 brothers, 2 cousins, & Kevin. lol.) It contained a color swatch & specific instructions. I do not know how I could’ve been clearer, but I found out last night that one of the brothers (will not name names), asked what color vest he was supposed to wear. I couldn’t believe it, because I had written all of that stuff down in the letter. Goodness. I’m getting scared. Here is what they are required to wear for the wedding:

  • a white button-down dress shirt
  • dark-colored dress pants (grey, dark blue, charcoal, or black)
  • a vest (grey, dark blue, charcoal or black)
  • & a green tie (specified by the color swatch) that can be patterned as long as the main color is green.

That’s easy enough to understand, right? or am I wrong? I’m pretty chillaxed about what they wear, as long as it fits into my parameters (which are pretty wideset already). If they already own these pieces, then they don’t need to go out & buy it. But if they don’t already own nice dress pants or a vest, it would be a purchase that they could definitely wear in the future.

The vest has been kinda tricky to find. I have looked in a lot of places for nice vests that aren’t too expensive. Hopefully as guys, they know where to go. Here are some pictures I’ve found of vests….to kinda give ya’ll an idea of the wedding look I am going for.

& here are some vests in wedding action!!!

See now? I absolutely fell in love with the idea of vests rather making the guys wear a stuffy tuxedo or sports jacket. Yesterday at Northlake, Ben bought his vest. Here it is.

It was originally $98, but we had a coupon for $30 off. I’m not telling you — the groomsmen — that you have to spend this much. Ben is allowed to since it is his wedding day. Just find a nice vest/tie/clothes in your budget that you would wear again & again.

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“Since love grows within you,

so beauty grows.

For love is the beauty of the soul.”

– St. Aurelius Augustine

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“Marriage, families, all relationships are more a process of learning the dance

rather than finding the right dancer.”

– Paul Pearsall

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“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul

and makes us reach for more,

that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.”

– movie The Notebook

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“I didn’t marry you because you were perfect.

I didn’t even marry you because I loved you.

I married you because you gave me a promise.

That promise made up for your faults.

And the promise I gave you made up for mine.

Two imperfect people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage.

And when our children were growing up,

it wasn’t a house that protected them;

and it wasn’t our love that protected them

— it was that promise.”

– Thorton Wilder

This is probably my favorite quote amongst my favorite quotes.

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It’s time to buckle down & make my bouquet. I bought a flower template online from Etsy. This is what the end result would look like:

Don’t they look amazing?!?!?!?! They are called Ranunculus flowers. Let’s see if I can get anywhere close……

I rearranged the dining room table to fit both projects: the bottle etching side (which is a continual process…working on it when I can) & then the flower making side.

I spent days/weeks cutting out these flower petals & bagging them so they didn’t get mixed up.

It was pretty time consuming, but good thing I like multi-tasking.

The instructions call for each petal/layer to be crinkled & folded upward to create a cupped shape. I used different size bowls to create the curved shape.

Then I made sure to punch a small hole in the middle of each layer. This was pretty tedious work, but I loved my new hole punch….it was green!!

It’s a smaller hole puncher, not just a normal one. Here is the stack of one whole template set.

Looked kinda big, but I just went with it. Here’s the process.

So it wasn’t until I finished my first flower that I realized I wasn’t supposed to use every single piece. lol. It looks awful!!!! I will be the first to admit my mistake & this was a major boo-boo. Owell. Now that I realized my mistake, I started on my second attempt to create a nice ranunculus flower. I only used some of the smaller pieces & here is what I got.

Does that flower look anything like this:

Yeah….I don’t think so. I haven’t figured out what I did wrong & if I like this paper flower. So because of that, this project is on hold until I figure out how I want to proceed. I don’t want to make more of those flowers if I’m not even going to use them. But I’m not discouraged. This flowers are extremely complicated & it might take time before I become good at it.

Well, on to the next project!

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