Medal Boutonnieres

There is a whole world of awesome non-flower Boutonnieres out there. Not that there is anything wrong with real flower Boutonnieres, they just seem kind of expensive, short-lived, and difficult to make. Not to mention they have to be made LAST MINUTE, and anything I can cross off my list before the week of the wedding is awesome in my book.

I scrolled around on Pinterest and Wedding Blogs to find what kind of non-floral Boutonniere worked best for us. In the end I stumbled upon this (oh Martha, how I love thee!) adorable little Brass Engraved Boutonniere! So precious, but at $20 a medal  + engraving costs (and 5, originally 6 Groomsmen) that would cost way too much, were on a budget here people! I also thought it seemed silly to spend that money on an engraved charm that I doubt any of his groomsmen would actually want to keep.

Next I found this Wooden Carved Medal Boutonniere on Etsy. Soooo Cool! But similar deal to the first one. It’s just too expensive for a bunch of boys who will likely leave them on the hotel nightstand the next day. But I really liked the striped ribbon look that the first one was lacking.

In the end I decided to try to make my own. Here are the supplies I used:

– 1 1/2″ Stainless Steel Disc with Hole

-1 1/2″ Grosgrain Yellow Ribbon

-Rooster Tail Feather Yellow

-Stainless Steal Jump Rings (I forget what size I did, on tiny, one a little bigger. Both purchased at Joanns)

-1″ Pin Back

-Smallest sheet of Balsa Wood I could buy (purchased at Joanns)

-Grey paint

-White Sharpie paint pen

-1/2″ Dark Grey Ribbon

-1 Full sheet of “sticker” (there is an office supply store in town that sells them individually for 10 cents)

Also:

-Craft Glue

-Iron

-Scissors

-printer

-Photoshop.

Alright, after listing it all out it seems like quite the project, but I swear it wasnt too hard. I also really do think it was the most economical way to get what we wanted. As for how I designed them, I winged it. The hardest part was folding the ribbon so it created that medal through the loop look. I used an iron to press the seems, and did a little cutting so that back of the ribbon tucked in nicely, then just glued it down. Same with the grey ribbon and feather at the top, just ironed and glued. The feather was actually a random last-minute add on that I really like, its quirky.

For the medal, they actually came with white plastic on them to protect their “shiny-ness” which was awesome with all the gluing and ironing around them. I finally got around to creating the little circle in Photoshop last week. I had originally thought I would have it printed on actual circle labels, but then I realized it would be soooo much easier to just print it on a sheet of label and cut the circles out. Voila!

As for the name “plaque” at the top. I tried to find a little metal square somewhere that I could just glue on and write on, but nothing fit. In the end I bought a strip of Balsa wood and had Mr. Gaunt cut it into little 1.5″ strips about 1/4″ tall and painted them grey to match the ribbon. Then I used a fine point paint pen in White to write their first initial and last name. They aren’t perfect, but very personal.

One of the things I like most about these, is how they look with the shirts I picked out. The Groomsmen outfits are the only “all matching” thing I really wanted in the wedding. Their shirts were something I put some thought into. I didn’t want just plain white boring shirts, I wanted a little bit of classy Pizzaz! So I picked these Kenneth Cole shirts that have just the faintest white-on-white stripe on them. I love how the stripes on my Boutonnieres match up with the stripes on the shirts. Eeek! They will be so cute!

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The Most Beautiful Wedding Invitations in the World

This my friends, is a love story.

A story of the truest, most beautiful, life long love there ever was.

I’m talking about Mr. Gaunt my Wedding Invitations…Le Sigh.

There are little girls that dream of the perfect dress, the perfect man, the perfect cake. For me it was ALWAYS about the invitation. So let me take you back, way back, to tell the tale of our sweet sweet romance.

It all started when I crawled out of the womb and declared upon the world

“I, MORGAN MELIM WILL NOT ALLOW A SINGLE POSTER, PRESENTATION, SCRAPBOOK, CARD OR OTHER PAPER ARTFORM BE TACKY OR WITHOUT GREATNESS!”

I’m not lying folks, that really happened.

And so throughout my 13 years in the public school system, I disguised my sheer lack of grammar, spelling (shush you! Dont act like you don’t notice!) math skills, geography skills, or any other REAL intelligence with the most ass-kicking visual aids you have EVER seen! I tell no lies!

Whats that? You need to design a flag for a made up country? DONE!

You need to make a pretty cover for your book report? DONE!

You need a whole yearbook designed? DONE!

And so on. I actually blame the public school systems for being so easily fooled by my visual talent that here I sit today, not being able to spell or locate any of the countries we may or may not be at war with as I type. It’s fine, I listen to NPR.

So there you have it, Kindergarten through 12th grade wrapped up in 1/2 a blog post.

Moving on. My first REAL-ish job was during my senior year in highschool when I worked for 9 months at The Paper Zone! Which for those of you who are not blessed to live in the Pacific Northwest, is an awesome paper/craft/scrapbook supply store. Also the discount was amazing. I’m pretty sure though, while working there I was told more than once that I had to re direct my attention from making “Example Displays” to actually talking to customers…huh? No thanks.

Since then I have excelled at any job that has allowed me to be creative (kitchen designing, painting, home decor) and FAILED at all jobs involving customer service, math, money, and boredom. Why wont someone pay me to make dioramas all day!?

So now that you have my history, lets narrow this down to my wedding invitations. I always knew they had to be AMAZING, well at least by my standards. There were so many cool ideas that I found out there, but in the end there were 3 big things we had to take into consideration.

1. Cost of Materials. This eliminated anything in this family

2. Cost to Ship. I had wanted to do posters, but I couldn’t afford the tubes and postage.

3. Could we easily DIY 100 of them?

Which brings us to the design we created. I actually got the idea last Valentines day when I bought this adorable book for Mr. Gaunt.

Rob Ryan is an AMAZING artist, who works manly in the art of “Paper Cutting” or the more technical term Scherenschnitte. There is also a local artist name Nikki McClure who’s work you may have seen around, she also inspired our invitation, as all of her art is also done by paper cutting.

So I told Mr. Gaunt about this idea of mine (originally to do a poster in this medium) and told him to design something. Although I am very creative and very good at pulling together a look, actual “fine art” is not my style. In the month that I was in Washington and he was in Colorado I gave him the task of designing an image to cut out.

In the end he did the whole design all by himself, including cutting it out. And then I added the heart and all the wording. It was  a joint effort. In the image the basis is him and I and Hula walking down a path. The left side (his side) is all Colorado themed, with the Rockies, the bear and the mountain feel. The right side (my side) is all Washington with the ocean, the San Juan Islands, a Madrona Tree and a Whale.

FACTS ON THE CUT OUT:

-It was done on white 80lb paper 8.5″ x 11″

-Cut with an Exacto Blade and Nail scissors

-The first draft was done on a brown paper bag, this was draft #2.

After the cut out was done we realized we would have to make it smaller, a 5″ x 8″ instead of 8.5″ x 11″. I also wanted to figure out how to make it sharper, without losing the look of a cut-out. This was hard. I originally took pictures (see above) of the cut out on wood, but then when I imported it in to Photoshop, I quickly realized the background had to go if I wanted to clean it up. So I smoothed and edited the image and then realized that I still wanted the background, so I brought it back, only better. I ended up finding a large image of “Woodgrain” and layered it in the back. It doesn’t look 100% 3D, but it’s not too bad.

After that we went to the Paper Zone and picked out a grey and “Mustard” color cardstock to have printed. I designed the backside in Photoshop, and made files to have the front and back printed. I’d like to note that I bought a few different sheets of white (glossy, mat, thick, thin) and did a test print to see which showed the wood grain best, it really make a difference. We also used the same font that we had downloaded for our Save the Dates. I also  really encourage people to use an interesting font.

I mentioned about having our invites all printed and cut at kinkos in this post. Then we made a little production line and put these bad boys together!

The whole thing cost us about $60 to make all of them, awesome! We also have plans to frame the original cut out, because I love it! And I know they are funky and not as traditional and elegant as some might like, but they are PERFECT for us! I really couldn’t be happier!

 

100 Napkins

 

So we went ahead and rented 100 Gray cloth napkins from a local wedding rental place Bellingham Event Rentals. I went with Gray over Yellow because I really am trying (although often failing) to just do the mustard colored yellow. All they (and anyone) has to offer is a bright yellow napkin. So Gray it is!

Anyways I want to do a fun napkin ring to spice it up a bit, but we will need 100 of them. I’m hoping to DIY some. Here are a few ideas I’m thinking of.

Adding Gray fabric rings to make them bows?

Alright which do you like best? I’m leaning towards the pom-poms (2nd to last photo) or the little paper fans (3rd to last photo) And better yet, who wants to help me make 100 of them? It will be fun I swear! Invitations are being printed and cut this weekend! This gives us about a month to put them all together and address them. My goal is to mail them the first week in August.

 

 

Our Pink House

When we moved in the house looked a little something like this…

FEBRUARY 2011

Now it looks a like this…

JUNE 2011

Funny huh.  We did a tiny bit of landscaping too which makes it look a little better. My landlords picked the paint color, and while it’s not anything I would pick, it’s not bad. It’s unique. The doors still needs to be painted (black we think) along with the mailbox. There is also a little bit of trim on the right window that had to be repaired and will be painted later. Other than that I plan on ripping out that big UGLY bush on the right and putting in a white Lilac Tree that my brother gave me. I also think its funny how the tree in the foreground has gotten so lush!

A few other shots of the house

FEBRUARY 2011

JUNE 2011

In the back you can see where we put in the patio. Also before there was a large dirt bed (on the left) and two circle beds in the middle that we filled using the grass from the patio spot. I’m so pleased with how well the grass took, you cant even see the spots! I would like to re-lay the stones the are to the left of the porch where the hose is. The hose had a really awful leaking problem and it became a mud zone over there. Other than that the walk was edged and things were just cleaned up a bit. Oh and all the gutters were also replaced.

FEBRUARY 2011

JUNE 2011

MAY 2011

JUNE 2011

JUNE 2011

Tada! Oh the wonders that paint and spring can do for a house! Oh and in case anyone really wants to know, the colors are Benjamin Moore BAKED TERRA COTTA and FRAPE

Patio In the Works

This was all done a couple of weekends ago. I’m hoping we can maybe use my moms car tomorrow to get the rest of the bricks. I wont lie, we are really winging this project, but its going ok. It’s not perfectly level, or straight, but were doing it ourselves. We are about half way done now. I need to have my dad come over and assess the project. Speaking of my dad, he’s kind of a lawn mowing expert. He came over  and mowed/weedeatered my whole lawn, it looked awesome! He looked pretty cool too…lol!

We also edged the front walk and around the little stepping-stones. Makes it all look a lot cleaner. Today I removed two dead bushes from the right bed, and we planted a Columbine (the Colorado state flower) and some wild flower seeds. We also made two herb gardens in some big pots my mom gave us. They are loving the rain in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon. I can’t wait for the gutters to be replaced and the outside of the house to be painted too, hopefully next month.

Obviously that first stone might need to be replaced...lol.