Sunday, November 15, 2009

Card Box - Easy!

Card boxes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and even themes. Bird cages are popular, but there is the fear that cards can easily be slipped out through the cage bars (although, seriously, who are these people being invited to weddings who would steal from the bride and groom???).

I wanted a damask-like box to tie into our wedding's theme. Etsy had some wonderful selections, but they were rather expensive for, well, a box - not to mention that this box would then have to fit in the car at the end of the night with the other gifts.

So, with only a few weeks to go, I decided to make my own box. Because we had received many of the wedding gifts prior to the event, there were several box of varying size hanging around the apartment. I decided on the box our new knife set came in (awesome Calphalon knives, by the way!) and wrapped it in white-on-white paper from The Container Store. I then wrapped a band of light blue chiffon ribbon (also from the Container Store) around the box about 1/3 of the way down from the top.
I made the bow following these instructions from, who else, but Martha:
Don't forget to cut a slit on the top of the box! (An Exacto knife will help to make this more accurate.)

Box (find a used one): $0.00
Wrapping paper: $6.99
Chiffon ribbon: $4.99
TOTAL COST: $11.00

Monday, November 9, 2009

The To-Do List

When Hubby and I got engaged, it is safe to say that he did not have a clear understanding of all the things that needed to be done and made in order for a wedding to take place. About a month into the engagement, he asked, "I am having a hard time visualizing the to do list. Can you print it out and tape it to the wall for me?"

He thought it would be a regular sized piece of paper. Yeah, well, those fantasies were dashed when I brought home this and taped it to the wall:

That's right. Good ol' Martha Stewart had provided us with upwards of 100 (way upwards) tasks to complete. And those were just the starters... add in the various handmade items we were making and we had lists for months!

Needless to say, when Hubby came home from work that day, he exclaimed, "What is THAT?" "The list you requested," I calmly replied. "Um. I can't do anything with that," was his honest answer.

After that, we had two lists taped to the wall: the giant Martha Stewart list and Hubby's week-by-week (or month-by-month, as it later evolved) list. Two distinct lists for two distinct personalities!

What lists have you found that are proving to be helpful (or a hinderance?)

Back in the Saddle

I took a hiatus from blogging for awhile there. My apologies. But now I am post-wedding and rested and ready to go!

Sneak Peak for future blogs:
  • Bouquet monogram designs
  • Handmade earrings for bridesmaids
  • Handmade gifts for groomsmen
  • Tissue paper flower posies