Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Caramel Apples

You can tell fall is here when days are broken up by short spurts of hard rain and Fred Meyer has all of their caramel apple supplies up at the front of the store. I needed a dessert to bring to my friend's house tonite so when I stopped by the store to pick something up, I fell prey to the display and caramel apples it is. I had never made them before but it was super easy and fun. I followed the directions on the bag of caramels (Put all caramels plus 2 tablespoons of water in a pan and melt over medium-low heat until melted, stirring constantly. Spoon caramel over apples and leave in fridge until 15 minutes before ready to serve.) They came out perfectly. I love summer but squash, candy corn, sweaters and caramel apples serve as nice distractions that it's over.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pot Holders!

I have been busy applying to craft sales for the holidays. I'm moving Antelope Baby into a new direction that I'm really excited about! My main focus now is incorporating vintage fabrics and trims into sewn goods for the home. These potholders are one of the new items that will hopefully be in my etsy shop by October. I have such a passion for thrifting and estate sales and I always keep an eye out for vintage craft stuff. As a result I've got a pretty nice collection of vintage fabrics and making this stuff into new items people can use in their homes is so exciting to me! I also felt really unmotivated and bored with baby clothing, the new things I'm working on are so much more fulfilling. Let me know what you think!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Handmade Wedding Items Part Two

Last nite I went to a bridal shower, which I am still feeling the after affects of, and it made me really excited to wrap up the details of my wedding.

We chose to have cupcakes (from local wedding favorite Saint Cupcake) instead of cake mainly so I could make these little flags that said "d heart v" on them. I also thrifted small saucers and various plates for people to use. The cupcakes looked so cute. The cake stands were also thrifted and my favorite one was a Seattle World's Fair plate I found and glued to a ceramic candle holder. It looked great!

On the table along with the centerpieces we put karaoke slips out for later since we had everyone do karaoke instead of dancing. I designed the D heart V stamp and stamped the back of all of the slips. We also had to check everyone's IDs when they came in so we used this as a stamp for that. Everyone was walking around with the stamp on their wrist. CUTE.

All around the patio and bar we hung flag banners that I made using dress lining cut into triangles and bias tape. This was a really simple project but I think it helped make the whole reception look more like a party. The boy came up with the brilliant idea to do a musical toast instead of a traditional one. We asked several of our friends to sing a song to toast us, everyone crowded around and watched the music, then our dads came up and did more traditional toasts and to finish we performed four songs that meant something to us to sing to everyone there. So many people said this was their favorite part of the wedding and that means a lot to us.

We got matching ties for Dan, his best friend, and both of our brothers and dads, from Cyberoptix on etsy. They were really nice about letting me choose the tie color and the ink color. The ties ended up perfectly matching my dress! My dress came from Porshes Place on etsy. The woman who runs that shop (and makes the dresses) is just beyond accommodating. Her prices are wonderful and my dress fit like a glove. I found a headband with felt flowers at Anthropologie and added a birdcage veil piece to it that I found at fabric depot. I really wanted a short veil, more like a hat and I think it worked out!
I think that about finishes our handmade portion of the wedding. There were things I wanted to make that ended up being dropped for one reason or another and that's ok. About a week before the wedding I got the crazy idea to sew all the napkins for the wedding but I was quickly talked down from that insane idea. It makes me so happy to go back over all of this. It really was such a wonderful journey and making these things gave me to time to think about our wedding and how excited I was for it all as opposed to just making decisions and then letting someone else do the work, the work was a chance to relax and focus and on the wedding.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Handmade Wedding Items Part One

Oh blog, you have been neglected. I am blaming it on trying to squeeze the last good days out of summer and just generally trying to get back to a normal schedule after such a busy, busy past few months. We still have another wedding to go to this weekend!
As promised, I have done a recap of all the things I made or were handmade by someone else for our wedding. Here's the first part of all the handmade aspects of our big day. I think it's so special to look back on these items and know they weren't mass produced. I am so lucky that I was able to do so much of this (thanks unemployment!) and looking back on these photos makes me feel proud and happy that everything turned out so well.(Some of these photos were stolen from our guests, thanks friends!)

We had a private ceremony on the beach with all of our immediate family. Everyone headed out to the Oregon coast on Friday to stay at the beach houses we rented. I did a welcome bag for each person with beach-themed goodies (flip flops, sun screen that sort of stuff) and all the ladies got a hand sewn make up bag. Our family kept thanking me and I think everyone really appreciated the thought that went into these.

Most of the things I made were for our reception. After the ceremony, we all headed back to Portland and met up with friends and more family for a big party at Produce Row Cafe. I designed and printed (using my gocco of course) all the invitations for the event. I love how the dark brown envelopes turned out with the gold.

When people walked into the bar, we had a table with a polaroid camera, pens and a welcome book. The idea was people would use a backdrop we had and take posed photos of themselves to put in the book, as an alternative to a traditional guest book. I used a sketch book and added photo tabs on the inside to fit polaroids and glued thick brown ribbon to the inside of the front and back covers as a tie. This book was definitely a hit. Everyone took photos and later in the nite, people carried the camera around and took candid polaroids.

On several of the tables both inside and on the patio we placed our centerpieces. I took white clay that air drys and shaped flowers. Before they dried, I pushed a wire through the clay so they could be wrapped around branches I found in our neighborhood. I glued them inside simple white vases from Ikea and added some moss I bought at the dollar store to the opening of the vase. The bottom piece was trivets I made following Martha's instructions. I loved how these turned out and total, we spent about $50.