Friday, 24 September 2010

More crafting: Hen 'do presents!

I know I haven't posted for ages, but that doesn't mean I haven't been getting busy with the wedding preparation! Today I finished the first batch of presents for my hens on my hen do: I decided to make them personalised Alice in Wonderland necklaces in homemade pouches. It seemed like a much nicer present to keep than a straw shaped like a willy!! Photobucket
I used charms from a company called My Vintage Charms: one is shaped like a stopped clock, and one is shaped like a tea cup. The bottles (similar to the Alice "drink me" bottles) were from ebay, and each one has the hens name written on it on a scroll in the middle, and inside each scroll is a personalised note. The ribbon I used is the same ribbon I am using for the bows on my Thank You cards. And here are the little pouches:
These were shockingly easy to make: I made little pouches out of blue felt, cut hearts out of red felt and secured them to the pouches with a cute shiny button! I then stamped the names onto labels and used the same blue ribbon as before to tie them to the tops of the bags - easy peasy!

My next projects for the hen do are to make candles inside teacups (i'm assured this is easier than it sounds!) and to research some personalised cotton bags to put all the trinkets into!

Love, Tor xx

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Brooch bouquet progress update

I'm really excited about the progress we've made on the brooch bouquet; so far we have around 40 brooches wired up like flowers, and I think we only need another 25 or so before I have enough to completely make the bouquet!

I've started putting it together already, just to get an idea of the shape and size. I'm crazy pleased with how it's looking, and think it's definitely comparable to the professionally made ones that i'm modelling it on. The top picture shows how it's looking so far, the bottom picture are the loose brooches I have left to add in. Although actually they aren't just brooches: i've also used scarf rings (that's what the stopped clock is - very Alice in Wonderland!) rings, clip on earrings - anything that had a solid base to hold the wire really!!

I was hoping to spend £1 or less per brooch and complete the make for £75, but haven't ended up anywhere near target: including the ones I didn't buy for myself (because everyone has been great at donating/buying brooches for me!) I think the overall cost will be somewhere between £150 - £200. As my mum pointed out though, the average fresh flower bridal bouquet costs about £150, and this way I get to keep all the brooches and have the amazing, unusual bouquet of my dreams!

I'm definitely not disappointed about going over budget, and can't wait to get it finished and show you guys!

Love, Tor xx