Sunday, November 30, 2008
If anyone is curious how I did it, feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me. I think my favorite so far was making the fake watercolor one.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I don't know why but I have some issues with having a wedding bear on my tree. Imagine a bride with a yellowed dress and ripped veil still hanging there 20 years down the road. Kinda like the bride who has her fiance run out on her her wedding day, goes nuts, and refuses to take her dress off so she dies all alone in her house.
I'd pretty much given up on ever finding one til I stumbled across this cute little snowman pair.Simple, sweet, and you usually can't go too wrong with snowmen (well til the dog decides to smash through the poor thing and eat the arms made of sticks).
Has anyone else been looking for a "First 'holiday of your choice' symbol" and had any good luck?
Friday, November 28, 2008
I am a huge fan of giving gifts and as a thank you for putting up with my insanity this year I've decided to have a little giveaway every week in December. That means 4 cool gifts that I have found and love so much I just had to share with 4 lucky winners.
They're all something that I have personally bought, so no free advertising from big corporations.
I do ask that only those in the US enter as shipping is already evil enough (which makes me sad as I know a few overseas bloggers I'd love to have get a little something, oh well).
Check back on Monday for the first little surprise contest and the challenge. Til then, have a nice relaxing holiday weekend.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This was my first attempt. I used some grass and weeds behind and of course dropped the saturation like a stone. For a comparison this is what the original looked like.
I wanted to see what I could do with this favorite picture of my tall flower girl:
She's got some gorgeous water hidden behind her. I also played that up by making the background a lot bluer. Here is the original for a comparison.
This last one was a bit more work but I wanted to try something a bit outside of my comfort zone:
This was my layer extrodinare as I wanted to make it look like we were made out of flames but not the whole picture. It involved a lot of boring rearanging, copying, and erasing that I am sure you don't care about. But the original is this.
I can't wait to try a few others, especially once I hopefully get in the rest of the reception pictures (this waiting thing really sucks). I have some really cool Halloween ideas.
Once again thanks so much Jenna, and you guys really got to go check out her tutorial.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
But if you have any dog lovers in your life who does use cards these are just too perfect for the holidays:
The first one is such a lab thing to do, growing up our two were notorious package sniffers. I love the card of the puppy sleeping too, always a peaceful house when the dog was down for a nap.
And God forbid I ever need it but if someone I know does need a Get Well Card I am definitely sending the last one.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I don't know if you all remember my cute little ring bearer who just had to be Cookie monster this year but his mom worked hard on his cute little costume.
She took towels and turned those into a hoodie and pants:
But that wasn't all. This is the really cute part. Thinking that he may get hot and want to take off his hoodie she made for him a T-shirt with cookie monsters insides.Look you can see the cookies in his stomach. Take that store bought costume.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This would be so adorable as a gift for a bachelorette party, and much cuter than any inflatable penis. Or if you have any medically minded friends there's a great T4 bacteriophage virus and lots of bacteria.
I really don't think I could pick a favorite, oh okay maybe this one.
I'm taking you back, back to October 17th when I was still a little lowly bride and had a horde of people coming to ransack our apartment.
I don't know what most normal people do the day before their wedding but ours was pretty much devoted to two things: 1. rehearsal and dinner & 2. the making cool and painting of numerous wigs.
My MOH showed up on our doorstep with a toddler in tow and a wig that looks like this:
Not very scary or Bride of Frankenstienish now is it? But not to fear my tall flowergirl and I were gonna work our magic to make it look awesome (or fail miserably and lead to some serious problems, we've done both).
First the Tall flower girl (while wearing the tiara I got her) pinned up the weird tales and shaped the poor wig to give it some lift.
Then I got out the white paint, mixed it up with some water and painted some really cool freehand racing stripes. I think it makes her head go faster.
I got distracted a bit and had to try on the Chucky wig my tall flower girl was gonna work on for her boyfriend as well.In the end our little bride turned out looking quite cool. It was quite surprising how quickly she fell into character without having a clue she was doing it.
(And if you're wondering about the shirt change, let me say wet paint is dribbly and changing a shirt while having a huge wig on is hard work. So put a towel down if you're gonna try this).
If anyone else wants to make a just about perfect Bride wig, we used this one from Target.
I am sure that lots of women routinely paint wigs right before they're about to get married, right? Right?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I've got a little surprise cooking (actually I've got a few) and for this one I was wondering if you could help me out.
I am looking for those new or classic wedding blogs that give or gave you inspiration. They can be ones that I have already linked to or totally new ones that I have missed.
To thank you guys for your help, here's a dancing penguin.
No one is exempt (I am a talker, but only to myself or in my sleep) and while we all are madly in love with our significant others and wouldn't want them to change there are a few little things they do that just make you scratch your head.
I felt like sharing those that my husband does that I will never understand but I am sure to come in time I'd miss if he did it any different.
Whenever we get out of the car he has to shut everything off.
This requires a good two minutes of flipping switches, turning knobs, and pushing buttons. Then while I'm already inside the apartment he can get out of the car.
I can kind of understand his reasoning behind why all of the climate controls must be turned off before the car (I say kind of because I'm being nice, I really don't get it at all) but I have no idea why the radio must be silenced so then we have to turn it on every time we get back in the car.
He says it's because his mother always wanted to talk and not have the radio on while riding with him, but all I can think is anything longer than a quick 5 minute drive and I'd go mad without some background music.
Shopping is an interesting experience as well.
Apparently his idea is to let me be constantly in front while he's behind watching to make sure I don't suddenly bolt.
I remember in our early days of dating I'd slow up so I could walk beside him, well then he'd slow down again to be behind. It would get so bad we'd be standing in the middle of the grocery store, neither of us moving.
Growing up I was more used to the idea of splitting up and meeting up in the middle with whatever you wanted to look at. He likes to travel in a group and is scared to leave me alone for more than a few minutes (though he is getting better in a smaller store that we've been in multiple times. He's all but suctioned onto my side at Wal-Mart).
How about the rest of you? What strange little quirks do your fiances/husbands have that you can't understand?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
We didn't just throw out the rule book when it came to the bridesmaids attire, we also ran over it with the mower, set it on fire, and dumped it into a volcano for good measure.
I know next to nothing about dresses and shoes and how to make something look just perfect on another body. What I do know is how uncomfortable an unfamiliar dress and pair of shoes can be (not to mention how expensive and just downright evil).
So all I told my best friends and future family was to find a dress in either blue or green and wear it. It didn't matter if you already had it or it was found at a department store clearance sale. Just try to not show up naked (though thanks to some last minute alterations that was a possibility).
However, I would have been perfectly fine with a few barefoot women running around. People didn't even start asking me what shoes they should wear til about a week before and lets face facts it's way too late now, missed the boat, sorry you'll have to pick on your own (and we won't even talk about matching hair and makeup).
I'd say in the end it looks pretty good:
And for a shoe look:
It worked out so much better than I could have imagined, everyone was really happy and relaxed, and no one felt the need to smack me upside the head because my girls weren't in the exact same dress, shoes, and hair.
So take that rules. If one of your best friends wants to wear a dress that isn't made by the same designer as your others or even from the same dreaded dye lot just think about it letting her. Who knows how much fun you could have?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
That's right, I'm trying to embrace my new change in life status (crazy me thinking there really was only one change in life status: alive to not. Though I guess there are always zombies) with a quick blog redecoration and header re-design.
I have no idea what direction this blog will be heading in (though I still have lots more wedding stories to tell) but I'm sure it'll be a wild ride.
Won't you join me?
Friday, November 14, 2008
Yeah, right at her wedding. They just came up behind her, slipped a blindfold over her and walked her out (though it seems they are really bad at blinding someone as she didn't walk into the few poles they tried to lead her in to).
The suspects? Well the ring leader looks a lot like Bride of Frankenstein
The last one appears to have just gotten off work at a vet clinic.
What should we do? Just sit down and color while you handle it? Okay, we can do that.
We just got in these ransom pictures. It appears to our forensics office that the bride was kidnapped to a local Doc Johns probably to embarrass the shit out of her.
Here the culprits proceeded to drag her around the store, pointing and giggling. They may have at one point had a store employee show off one of their vibration machines. Perhaps they finished the crime off by buying her some "things" for the wedding night.
So, do we prosecute?
No, it seems she was delivered back in time for the end of her reception. Let's just call it case closed and go get some coffee.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
You have all convinced me to show you a little something I made to appease my husband. I'm not totally happy with it due to a lack of footage but it was still fun to make.
I present my Dr. Horrible Wedding:
I promise I'll think of more fun ways to deluge you in pictures.
I'm more of a paper napkin and plastic plate person myself so catching any of those $50,000 weddings never stirred my deep waters of envy. If anything it made me happy we were so simple as it was one less thing to worry about and a lot less money spent.
But now my wedding is over along with a lot of other peoples in the blog'o'ball and we're all posting our re-caps/fun pro pics at the same time. Seeing how other peoples visions turned out makes our wedding feel like the weird little knicknack you got once on a lark and now keep in the closet.
Basically, while our wedding was good enough for me it just doesn't feel like it's really good enough to share with the world wide web and I've been second guessing putting any pictures up thinking "There's no way anyone really cares, or it's helping anyone." Or there are those really evil little thoughts "You know everyone's just laughing at it, right?" (thanks The Knot)
Maybe it's my little introverted thoughts but while I always at first want to show off one of my artistic endevours, after it's been out for a little while I begin to see all the cracks and faults and promptly want to take it all back.
And I just want to stress that no I don't regret wearing a tail or having a halloween reception, I'm just not sure if any of you really want to see pictures anymore.
So while I debate and decide here are two comparisons of my head table and a fancy wedding's one:
A nice expected head table.
And then there was our mess
Am I the only other crazy person who really doesn't want to share pictures for fear they don't measure up?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
It's generally just been having fun with the saturation. In this one I can make just the flowers pop utilizing the layer tool: For this one I did some cropping and cranked the saturation the other way. But because of the fact that our skin is still showing I did have to layer that underneath so we didn't look like boiled lobsters.
Okay so this was just a simple macro on the edit site to turn your picture into a cartoon but I like it. It's subtle but still looks like a drawing.
Keeping with subtle, for this one I just totally dropped the saturation, softened it up a bit, oh and totally deleted the background. It's eerie just how similar they all look though.
But the guys can't have all the fun. This was probably my most complicated picture. First I changed the background, then I needed to make myself some green skin so another fun layer. I didn't want to completely make it B&W so somethings would pop.
Then it was just a matter of adding some fog and voila, a spooky bridal threeway.
Is anyone else planning on getting their proofs and do a little editing themselves? Once you get into it and mess around it really isn't as scary as you'd think (undo is your friend). Even with those really picture perfect professional shots it's still a lot of fun to play and see what you can come up with.