I’m not sure I ever knew this about myself…

But it’s really cool to keep learning things about myself, year after year.  And one things I’ve learned since we’ve gotten engaged, and I’ve really gotten into this process, is that I love crafting and being creative, and my stuff doesn’t look half bad!

I made this….

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photo (27)I put these together….

photo (26)Made these and sent these out….

photoAnd I spent about two hours in the antique store yesterday, catching more and more chills as I sifted through a box of brooches.

I kinda knew I was creative, but doing this stuff for my wedding has opened up this joyful side of me, that I didn’t know that I had.  I was happy before, don’t get me wrong, but I am happy happy  now.

So what else am I doing, from a crafty standpoint?

  • I need to shop for more stuff for the bouquets, and continue putting them together.  That means I need more bouquet holders, to purchase the brooches after the antique lady, Laura, gets a chance to price them all, and continue acquiring more personal touches for each of my girls.
  • I have got to address and stamp these save-the-dates by the end of this weekend.  A little bit each day, right?
  • I spoke with the Whole Foods in Greensboro, and instead of Peonies, which are a premium flower, I am going with Garden Roses for my centerpieces – which I am planning to do myself 🙂
  • I decided I’m making candles for the favors.

So all of that said, I need some help!

Do you or someone you know have any of the following items?

  • Buttons?
  • Mason Jars?  Varying sizes will do for centerpieces, candles, and decorations.  I will PayPal you shipping for it, I am SO serious!
  • I actually think that’s it…

Any help for putting together our wedding from folks who have done it before? 

Is the craft store dead?

I discussed this with a few friends this week, but since I decided that I’m taking on a lot of the crafting, painting, glueing, and marrying for my wedding, I’ve spent a good bit of time, and a little bit of money at craft stores.

The past two weeks I’ve hit up some weird little scrap exchange in the area, a JoAnn’s Fabrics in North Raleigh and one in Cary, and a Michaels in Cary, and all of the experiences have been similarly discouraging.

The experience goes a little something like this. I walk into the craft store, and look around for a second before I realize I’m completely lost and I don’t know where anything is.  I contemplate asking one of the old women walking around where the section is for the buttons, for the wedding stuff, and for the ribbon, but they all look pretty busy.

Okay, find someone who can help.  So I look for someone in a smock by wandering for a few minutes before I decide that I’m wasting time by aimlessly wandering, and I head to the register, where I wait for the associate to finish up before I ask where the buttons are, for starters.

“They’re on 18B”

I think to myself, where is 18b.  What is an 18b?  I look at the associate sort of desperately, and I spread my hands out, and ask, “So is that…like 18b, where would you say I should head to find that?”

The associate points, almost wordlessly, and I start to count aisles as I try to navigate the Wal-Mart of crafting.  I repeat this at every big box craft store I go to, until, horribly upset two Saturdays ago, I almost dissolve into tears.  Austin could immediately tell that something was wrong.

What happened to customer service?

I work in retail, so I get it.  You don’t always feel like helping some idiot, but guess what, sometimes YOU are the idiot.  So you treat customers the way you’d like to be treated.  When a customer asks where something is, you don’t point, you don’t ignore them, and you certainly don’t huff and puff like you’ve got better things to be doing.  And yes, I’m talking about you, rude lady at the Michael’s in Cary who couldn’t be bothered to tell me where the floral wire was without rolling your eyes.

Collector’s Corner of NC

So yesterday, totally frustrated, and not completely willing to buy everything online without getting to hold/touch it first, I went to Collector’s Corner in Wendell, NC, where a friend had sent me in order to collect buttons, brooches, and little doodads for my button bouquets.  And not only was it small, the owner/operator, Laura Wagner was actually nice to me, accommodating, and pulled out a bag of buttons, and boxes and boxes of brooches for the bouquets.

photoHere were some of my finds.  Laura is pricing them for me, and additionally, with each paycheck, I will be down at her place to give her business, and to collect little bottles, suitcases, vintages razors and other odds and ends for the wedding.  Michaels, JoAnns, and other crappy big box stores be damned, I found a place where they actually would love to have my business for our wedding.   (Also check this place out, because it’s the tits!)

 

 

Wedding Wednesday

I feel like time has been wearing spoilers, and I don’t know where the time is going, and how we’re on another Wednesday, on another week.  But it’s time, it’s time for another edition of Wedding Wednesday, where you get to hear about all the crap I did in the past week to make this wedding actually happen.  So, a few things, that I’ve gotten done in the time that I’ve seen you.

photo (27)So I started last week by going to the paper store for Save-the-Dates and things, and while I was there, I picked up some things to craft some little cards and treats for the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, who don’t really know who they are as of yet, because I sent the thingies out yesterday.  The Groomsmen’s card was pretty easy to do, only took some craft paper, some blank cards, some felt-tipped pens, and some little crafty things that were groom-themed to glue onto the cards, plus some twine from the jewelry store.  These are more for my piece of mind because we gave them to one of the groomsmen and I literally saw him shove it into the pocket of his cargo shorts.

photo (26)These little numbers were fun to make, and I did them for my bridesmaids.  I sent them out today, and I totally hope that they say yes!

photo 3 (4)This project literally took forever, but I’m loving the look of what we can do with these.  This one was just a practice, and thank you Nicole from The Girl who Ran Everywhere for helping me, a complete stranger, with this.  She has been an absolute dream, and I don’t know you, but I am so indebted to you girl.  This one took floral wire, buttons, and about 5 hours to get done.  Like I said, just a practice, so I’m loving the way it’s going.  One practice down, about 8 or so more to go.  WHEW!

Fun Wedding Facts

  • Crafting has been amazing, and I love it.  I need to quit my job and blog, craft, and work out full time.
  • I had my first wedding-related sticker shock today, when I headed to FedEx to send some stuff to the bridesmaids.

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I’d really rather not get into how much all of this costed me, but suffice it to say that it cost me way too much, and I need to be super super careful about how I send stuff.  Seriously, I almost fainted in that FedEx.

Okay, so that’s it on wedding updates on this wedding Wednesday, but I’ve gotten so much done!

Now I need a favor from you guys.

If anyone has buttons or brooches around their house and they would like to be a little piece of my wedding, please contact me through here and send those buttons/brooches my way!  Can’t wait to hear from you guys!